Meditation class offered by Laconia Adult Education

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering a four-week program on using meditation as a way to relieve stress.

The class, Meditation: Focusing Within, will begin on Monday, Jan. 26. The class will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Huot Technical Center: Room CTC H-234. The class will be taught by Helen McConnell.

McConnell is a health educator who has seen firsthand the health issues associated with stress. This course is designed to help people cope with, and in some instances, eliminate the stressors in their lives. Those attending the course will learn simple but very effective techniques to minimize the effect of stress on your body. McConnell says she has found that the most effective and easiest way to ease or eliminate your stress is by learning to meditate and to understand the different methods of breathing which will help to relax and calm you.

The class will explain the physiology of stress and why meditation really works. You will learn about a variety of different meditations and breathing methods so that you can chose the one that works the best for you. The goal of the class is to teach students how to control the stressors in life in order to achieve better health and ways in which to use these techniques in your everyday life.

Those wish to enroll in the class or who want more information, can call the Laconia Adult Education office at 524-5712.


Musical comedian Bucky Lewis performing at Margate Resort on January 31

LACONIA —  Laconia native Bucky Lewis brings his outrageously funny musical comedy show back home with a special show at the Margate Resort on Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m. to benefit the Half Moon Sober Festival (HMSF). In its twentieth year, HMSF, held at the 4H Youth Center in New Boston on Memorial Day Weekend, is a three-day celebration of clean and sober life, with live music, children's activities, sobriety workshops and 12-step meetings onsite.

HMSF is a non-profit charitable organization and Bucky is happy to help raise operating funds for the group. "Drugs are such a big problem for children, youth and families and clean and sober, family-oriented events like the Half Moon Sober Festival are a great way to support the sober lifestyle," said Bucky. "I am looking forward to the show and expect a great turnout in my home town."

Tickets are $20 and include entry in a raffle for a 32-inch flatscreen TV; entrants do not need to be present to win. The show will be held in the Blackstones Lounge at the Margate Resort, 76 Lake Street in Laconia, and there will a cash bar, raffle. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. For tickets and further information, contact HMSF by calling 603-393-7875 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Advance tickets may also be purchased at the Margate. Bucky Lewis Show information and photos from recent performances are on the Web at

Juston McKinney comedy show in Waterville Valley

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Comedian Juston McKinney will be performing at the Waterville Valley Conference Center on Sunday, January 18 at 7pm. Tickets are $18 and are available for purchase through

McKinney grew up in Maine but now makes his home in New Hampshire. Performing standup for more than 15 years, McKinney has appeared on a half dozen Comedy Central specials, including a half-hour Comedy Central Presents feature, and most recently in his 1-hour special Juston McKinney: A Middle Class Hole, which was released by Warner Bros. on CD and DVD. He has appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and he was chosen to be a part of Comedy Central's Blue Collar Comedy Next Generation Tour with Bill Engval, airing on TBS. McKinney has also hosted his own radio program on Sirius/XM radio, Live from the Woods with Juston McKinney.

It's a weekend for Waterville Valley Resort that will also feature a Starry Nights dinner and fireworks in Town Square. Starry Nights is a unique dining experience where guests can enjoy a gourmet meal with drinks and entertainment right on the mountain, followed by a torchlight ski down to the base. Tickets are $125 and reservations can be made by calling 603-236-8311 ext. 3000.

Belmont Old Home Day to be on first Sat. in August


BELMONT — Belmont's Old Home Day is being moved up one week beginning this year, organizers have announced.

This community celebration has traditionally been held on the second Saturday of August. However, at the request of the town's selectmen, the 2015 gathering will move to the first Saturday of August. This will eliminate the conflict of the town's largest community event falling on the same weekend as the Belknap County Fair, as well as the more recent conflict with Soulfest held at Gunstock in Gilford.

A large draw for Belmont's Old Home Day each summer is the Road Race. Under the new schedule the Road Race will continue to take place on the second Saturday in August -- one week after Old Home Day. Jeff Roberts, race director, has kicked around the idea of expanding on the success of the road race for the last few years. The request to change the date for Old Home Day has given Roberts an opportunity to pursue a morning filled with various types of running events and to grow the day into its own draw of visitors to Belmont.

With the assistance of Gretta Olson-Wilder, Special Event Coordinator, a second 10-mile race course was recently certified which will be used for a fun relay race. Similar to the traditional 10-Mile, the new course will start on Concord Street and will incorporate Wareing, South, Jamestown, Union, and Hurricane Roads and will end at the same finish line on Main Street.

The road races and other activities will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, and will include events for athletes of all ages. Plans are also under way to provide space for vendors related to the day's events and food concessions to fuel athletes and spectators.

Leaving the road race on the traditional second Saturday in August will provide a fresh look at Old Home Day, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1. This year's theme is "The Good Old Days."

In the past, vendors needed to be set up so that Main Street could be cleared before the early morning race started. With the change in date, this will allow for a later start to the day's events and will add more activities to the afternoon. Evening events will continue as in the past.

Anyone who has questions or would like more information regarding these upcoming events, can contact Gretta Olson-Wilder, Town of Belmont Special Event Coordinator, at 603-998-3525 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..