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37th Annual Harvest of Quilts to be held Oct. 4 & 5 at conference center in Lakeport

LACONIA — The annual Harvest of Quilts of the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild will be presented for its 37th year on October 4 and 5 at the Conference Center at Lake Opechee Inn, 62 Doris Ray Court in Laconia. The public is invited to view the veritable feast of color in patterns and shapes on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A special raffle drawing for a quilt made by guild members will take place Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The event, the result of nearly a year of planning by committee and guild members, will showcase many articles created by this year's featured quilters, Mary Boutin of Gilford and Marlene Morin of Laconia.
A special 2014 Hoffman Challenge exhibit will be featured. People who wish are encouraged to bring in their own quilts on Saturday for appraisals by Julie Crossland, an American Quilters Society certified quilt appraiser.
Besides bringing to the public examples of the centuries-old sewing art of quilting in other forms, such as clothing, the event is a major fundraiser for the 107-member guild as it supports Lakes Region charities and awards scholarships to local students furthering their education.
Other attractions include door prizes, a penny sale, and a boutique, where handmade items will be sold. Coffee and muffins will be available as will a homemade lunch in the Harvest Cafe.
Among the vendors offering items and demonstrations of various skills will be Bittersweet Fabric Shop, Cowles Quilting Machines, Dreamland Machine Quilting, Evergreen Country Primitves Quilt Shop, Inspired2knit, Mad River Quilting, Patches' Quilt Loft and Embroidery, Quilters Treasure, Quilting Corner, North Country Quilters, The Fabric Garden, The Quilted Frog, and Wingspan Crafts.
The center is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Admission is $7 per adult and $5 per student. Parking is free and bus tours are welcome.
Inquiries may be made with the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild, P.O. Box 6174, Laconia, NH, 03247-6174, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and with the website: bmqg.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 09:50

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Lakes Region Zonta club disbands, gives last gift to Circle program

PLYMOUTH — For twenty-six years, the Zonta Club of the Lakes Region has been one of 1,200 clubs worldwide that are part of Zonta International. The members of Zonta have made it their mission to advance the status of women of all ages through service, advocacy, fellowship, and educational programs. In keeping with this mission, the Zonta Club of the Lakes Region has always been incredibly supportive of the girls and teens enrolled in the Circle Program.

This is because the Circle Program shares a direct synchronicity of purpose with Zonta. The Circle Program is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide girls from low income families with new opportunities to develop the skills, courage and confidence they need to handle the challenges in their lives. Circle does this by offering girls a unique combination of adult and peer support delivered through residential summer camp and year-round mentoring programs. Currently, over 90 girls and teens are participating and they come from 29 towns in central and northern New Hampshire including the Greater Concord, Plymouth and Laconia areas.

Due to dwindling membership in the Lakes Region, the Zonta Club of the Lakes Region recently decided to disband as a Lakes Region Club, and join forces with the Concord Zonta Club. They realize that together they will be a stronger club that can do more in terms of service and fundraising. As final gesture of support for the mentoring program, the Service Committee of the Zonta Club of the Lakes Region presented a generous gift of support to Circle. Phyllis M. Corrigan, Committee Chairperson, said, "It has been a pleasure to support your agency [Circle Program] over the years and we wish you continuing success in meeting the needs of those [girls and teens] served."

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 09:43

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Yoga and music fund raiser on Thursday will help woman injured in car accident

TILTON — Awakening Chiropractic is hosting a fundraiser for an injured co-worker, Michelle Maslanka, at their Grange Road faciiity on Thursday, September 18 at 6:15 p.m.

On the evening of July 22 Maslanka was in a serious car accident with her 6 year old daughter in the vehicle. Michelle Maslanka is from the Laconia area and active in many community functions. Her daughter was released that evening from the hospital. However, Michelle is recovering from a broken neck and her co-workers want to help her and her family reduce stress by providing financial assistance to them.
There will be live music yoga and live musiv by  Girish at the event. Space is limited. Cost is $30 per person and all profits will be donated to the family. Yoga teacher, Asa Dustin, will be donating his time. Call 603-729-0009 for reservations.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 09:35

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Adult Education offering Meditation course

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering a four-week Meditation: Focusing Within Series starting on Monday, October 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Huot Technical Center: Room CTC H-230. The class will be taught by Helen McConnell.

Meditation is a stress reliever, that can prevent many different forms of ill health; even disease. McConnell is a Health Educator who has seen firsthand the health issues associated with stress. This course is designed to help you cope with, and in some instances, eliminate the stressors in an individual's life. Participants will learn simple but very effective techniques to minimize the effect of stress on your body. 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 the body and mind. 

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 everyday life. To enroll in the class or for more information, call the Laconia Adult Education office at 524-5712.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 09:29

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