Laconia Kiwanis Club plans 100th Birthday Bash

LACONIA — The Kiwanis Club of Laconia invites the public to a 100th Birthday Bash to recognize the longevity and accomplishments of this highly respected service organization on January 21 at the Belknap Mill.

The party starts at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres by Contigiani's catering, wine tasting by Hermit Woods Winery, cash bar, and raffles galore.
A Hermit Woods gift basket and winery tour will be raffled off during the evening. The portable device minded will be attracted to the iPad-Mini, which will also be raffled off at the event. No winter event is complete without a March Madness raffle, however. In partnership with Greenlaw's Music, the Laconia Kiwanis Club will initiate the sale of tickets for an LG 55" LED SMART TV at the 100th birthday bash. The drawing is scheduled for March 16, the eve of college basketball's March Madness competition. TV raffle tickets will sell for $10, and are available from any Kiwanis member, Greenlaw's Music, or the Belknap Mill.
Rounding out the event, Mayor Ed Engler will offer brief remarks, and Executive Councilor Joe Kenney will present a proclamation on behalf of Governor Maggie Hassan recognizing the Kiwanis Club's 100 years of service to children. The gathered crowd will also have the opportunity to hear testimonials from recipients of the Kiwanis Charities Fund.
A limited number of tickets for the Birthday Bash are available. Purchase tickets in advance at or at the Historic Belknap Mill. Tickets will be sold at the door, but advance purchases are recommended.

Fund raiser Saturday to help Moultonborough family

MOULTONBOROUGH — A friend to many, Stephen Gibbons is battling cancer and is hospitalized in Massachusetts receiving treatment.

His treatment is in the early stages, but we are all positive; he is strong and will persevere. The Gibbons have three children, a home in Moultonborough and are self-employed.

With Ginger splitting her time between Stephen receiving treatments, appointments and traveling back and forth to check on the children, the financial hardships are rapidly closing in.

A group of friends have rallied together and put together a benefit fundraiser for Stephen and his family to assist them through this difficult time. On Saturday, January 17tfrom 6-11 p.m. at the Suissevale Clubhouse in Moultonborough, there will be a pot luck dinner, with local entertainment and dancing. Donations will be accepted at the door, and during the event, there will be raffles along with a live auction performed by our very own Rich Hough, local auctioneer.

Anyone interested in donating to the event or assisting in anyway should contact Patti Kohut at 986-8350 or Anne Kinmond at 455-4730. Those who would like to make a contribution to the "Stephen Gibbons Family Fund" may do so at any Meredith Village Savings Bank branch or via US Mail:

Stephen Gibbons Family Fund
c/o Meredith Village Savings Bank
24 NH Route 25
Meredith, NH 03253

Online contributions can also be made at:

Retired Educators to meet on Jan. 20

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Retired Educators' Association's Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 20 at Giuseppe's Restaurant at Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith. Members will gather at 11 a.m. for an informal social time to share books, hobbies, and/or types of volunteering.

Attendees may bring books to swap with others they wish. Lunch will be a buffet. The cost is $15 per person which includes tax and tip. Reservations are due by Friday, January 16. To make a reservation or for more information call Meg Greenbaum at 253-8559, Patty Heinz at 968-1073, or Evelyn Morse at 524-4062.

LRGHealthcare offers workshops for those living with chronic conditions

FRANKLIN — Would you like to increase your energy and better manage your health? If you or someone you live with has an ongoing health concern such as chronic pain, diabetes, or arthritis, and would like to learn how to better manage this health concern so that you can do the things you want to do, you can benefit from "Living Well".

Learn how to manage your symptoms with the Better Choices, Better Health workshop presented by LRGHealthcare. Join us for one of two upcoming free sessions in both the Twin Rivers and Laconia communities. Sessions will be offered on Wednesday's beginning Jan.28-March 4 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Bessie Rowell Community Center in Franklin or on Monday's, beginning Feb. 16-March 23 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Taylor Community Woodside Building. Those attending the workshops will apply skills for living a full, healthy life with a chronic condition, learn to set weekly goals and develop a practical step-by-step plan for improving health and quality of life. Weekly topics include healthy eating, physical activity, relieving stress, pain and fatigue management.

Workshop leaders will guide participants through this proven program developed by the Stanford University School of Medicine. These sessions are ideal for anyone living with a chronic health condition or a caregiver of someone with a chronic health condition.

For more information or to register for this upcoming workshops, call LRGHealthcare Education Services at 527-7120.