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‘Cabaret for a Cure’ at Scenic Theater in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — Songs such as "Somebody to Love" by Freddie Mercury, "Timeless to Me" from "Hairspray," sung by that infamous duo Angelo and Jean Gentile, "Carry On" by Fun and, of course, "Cabaret" will be the entertainment highlights for this year's benefit Cabaret For Cure, taking place Saturday, Sept. 20 at Scenic Theater.

The Cabaret, which began three years ago, raises money for both the American Cancer Society and The Pittsfield Players. Eighty percent of the ticket sales go to the Cancer Society, while 20 percent goes to the Pittsfield Players Sprinkler Fund. The raffle prize money go directly to ACS while the refreshment donations are split 50/50 between Players and ACS.

Raffle prizes include a handmade basket (size large) by Stacy Davis of Davis Fuels, a quilt by the ladies of The Dorcas Guild of Pittsfield's First Congregational Church, a Bose Bluetooth mini sound system donated by WOKQ 97.5, a pink peony framed photograph by Susan Bleckmann, a satchel handcrafted by Pam Wilson, donated by Sgt. Richard Walter Jr., a gift certificate to Edible Arrangements donated by Gay-Ann Cooney, tickets to "South Pacific" donated by The Pittsfield Players, tickets to "Suessical the Musical" donated by The Village Players, a gift certificate for a Christmas tree and decorated wreath ($75 value) donated by Sandy Burt and Neva Dun Farm.

The Cabaret was started with the generous help of sponsors like Darrah Enterprises, Deb and Ken Jones, The Pittsfield Players and The Suncook Valley Sun.

Doors for the evening's program open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are $12, and are available at Jitters on Main Street in Pittsfield, or by calling Meggin Dail at 736-8073, or at the door.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 10:17

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Laconia Adult Education offers workshop for retirement tips & strategies

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering a free Retirement Tips & Strategies Workshop Series that will run for three (3) weeks beginning on Wednesday, September 24. The Workshop will meet from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

You will begin to understand and learn how to put your money to work for you and make it grow as you begin approaching retirement age and need to plan for your future.

There are many ways that you can learn about investing. This includes putting money into stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, or starting your own business. These are referred to as "investment vehicles", which is just another way of saying "a way to invest". It doesn't matter which method you choose for investing your money. The goal is always to put your money to work so that it earns you an additional profit or income so that when you begin to reach retirement age, you will be able to continue enjoying your current lifestyle.

Investing is not gambling. As an investor, you do a thorough analysis or investigation before committing any money in order to make sure that there is a reasonable expectation of financial gain. Investing is a way to increase your sense of personal freedom, sense of security and ability to afford the things in life that you want now and in retirement.

The Retirement Tips & Strategies Workshop Series will cover such topics as: Savvy Social Security & Medicare Planning; Smart Retirement Tips & Strategies: Wealth Planning 101: What Every Savvy Women Needs To Know. The rewards for taking personal control of your finances will far outweigh the efforts that you put in. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to let banks, bosses or investment professionals invest your money in directions that you don't understand. You are the person who knows what is best for you and your money.

This Retirement Tips & Strategies Workshop Series will help you understand what investing is all about. It will also teach you about the building blocks of the investing world and the markets, give you insights into techniques and strategies, help you to think about which investing strategies suit you best, and how to make savvy decisions about Social Security & Medicare planning. So, do yourself a lifelong favor and call Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 to enroll in this enlightening and timely workshop.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 10:15

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Nick Goumas Jazz Quintet at Pitman’s

LACONIA — The Nick Goumas Jazz Quintet will perform at Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia on Friday September 19, 8 p.m.

Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Nick Goumas is a jazz musician who has developed his own mature ,imaginative and identifying style. Nick performs with energy, feeling and musical integrity. His Quintet is joined by four outstanding Boston area musicians who all have outstanding credentials. Steve Hunt / piano, Bruce Gertz / bass, Ken Cervenka / tpt and Peter Moutis/ drums. The Nick Goumas Quintet's post Bebop, contemporary straight ahead style and it's display of rhythmic and harmonic sense produces some exciting jazz improvisation. Their growing audience has a mixture of musicians and jazz aficionados alike.

Catered dinner buffet available before the show, call 527-0043 for details and reservations.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 10:12

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Comment period opens for Planning Commission’s Draft Lakes Region Plan

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) is distributing a copy of the Draft Lakes Region Plan to the Boards of Selectmen, City Councils and libraries of the thirty communities in its jurisdiction. Distribution of the Draft Lakes Region Plan starts the official 30 day review and comment period of the Draft Plan.

The information includes the Executive Summary, Summary and Telling the Story, vision, Implementation Plan and Regional Strategy, and the six major plan components – 1) Economic Development, 2) Housing, 3) Transportation, 4) Environment, 5) Natural Hazards & Climate Change and 6) Energy Efficiency & Green Building. The LRPC prepared the plan in accordance with NH RSA 36:47. The draft plan is an advisory and informational document and covers the period from 2015 to 2020.

The Lakes Region Plan Advisory Committee (LRPAC) reviewed draft planning documents, offered comments and guided the plan preparation. As representatives of local governments, the LRPAC made sure the plan reflected local and regional concerns, and issues and aspirations. Jean Marshall, Chair of the LRPAC and a Commissioner from the Town of Freedom stated: "The Lakes Region Plan can be a valuable resource and source of information for communities as they consider future land use issues, update chapters of their Master Plan and explore ways to collaborate on regional issues such as transportation, watershed planning, economic development and others."

"The changing demographics of the Lakes Region – the aging of the population, the decline in the number of younger persons and the projected slow population growth significantly influenced the planning process," commented Jeff Hayes, LRPC's Executive Director.

On Monday, September 29 at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, NH the LRPC Commissioners will hold its regular meeting and conduct a public hearing on the Draft Lakes Region Plan. The meeting will start with an Open House at 4:30 p.m. followed by the LRPC Commission meeting at 6 p.m. and then the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. to consider adoption of the Draft Lakes Region Plan. The draft Lakes Region Plan can be viewed at Town/City Offices, Local Public Libraries, LRPC website online at http://www.lakesrpc.org/Extra1.asp, Granite State Future website, and the LRPC Office.

An LRPC representative can meet with the local Board of Selectmen and Planning Boards to answer questions. To comment on the draft plan, contact Gerald Coogan, AICP or Jeffrey Hayes, MRP at 279-8171, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by U.S. mail at LRPC Humiston Building, 103 Main Street, Suite 3, Meredith, NH 03253.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 10:07

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