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LRCS Parenting Classes beginning at the end of January

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, 719 No. Main Street, Laconia is offering a wide variety of parenting programs this winter/spring for parents of children of all ages.

Classes, held in the early evenings, are offered free of charge, with dinner and childcare available on-site each evening for families in attendance. Advance registration is requested for each program as space is limited. Assistance with transportation is also available with advance notice and approval.

Four week parenting classes beginning in January include: Healthy Eating for Families with Children, offered for adults interested in being healthy role models and better educators for their children and covers reading food labels, dealing with picky eaters, exercise and food safety. Program begins on Monday, January 27. Tenant 101 program aimed to help support individuals to overcome negative landlord references and learn to be the best tenant they can be. Program begins on Tuesday, January 28. Cooperative Co-Parenting begins on Thursday, January 30. This program is for non-married, separated, or divorced parents and caregivers raising children together who share separate households, and covers positive communication, reducing and resolving conflict, and negotiating agreements. 

Pay Yourself First one time workshop will be held on Thursday, January 30. The workshop is aimed to help participants understand ways to save money toward large-expense goals. Workshop attendees will be entered to win a $25 gift card.

For more information call Erika Lea of Lakes Region Community Services at 582-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or visit www.lrcs.org to review the Schedule of Current Parent Education Programs on the Family Resource Center page.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:04

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Laconia-Gilford Lions give out 2 Melvin Jones awards

4ACONIA — Lions Clubs International is renowned as the largest service organization in the world. The highest honor any individual club can bestow is the Melvin Jones Award, named for the founder and original guiding force of the organization. The award is given "for dedicated humanitarian services" achieved through the club.

Over the past two years, the Laconia Gilford chapter of the Lions presented the Melvin Jones award to three deserving individuals. In 2012, Marylin Brown was the recipient. Brown has been tireless in her efforts in support of the Lions mints program, and also the food service program held at the Loudon race track. In addition she has served as head of the committee organizing the electronic recycling event since its inception in 2011. Brown became a Lion in 2006, but has been an unofficial supporter of the club for over thirty years. The tradition of Lionism in her family includes her husband Allan, a Lion primarily in Connecticut from 1967 until 2004. And that tradition extends back to her father Ted Corbett, a Lion for 60 plus years in several states and overseas.

In 2013, Barbara Young was the recipient. Barbara was a Lioness before achieving Lion status in 1992. She has been more than diligent and dedicated in her work on behalf of the Loudon race track program, traveling to and from the race track twice per year from Exeter, New Hampshire, to prepare and monitor the lunch division of the Laconia-Gilford Lion's Club food concession stand. Young became the Chair and Director of the lunch committee in 2013.

The Melvin Jones Award, the organization's highest state recognition award, may be given to anyone, whether they are an actual Lion or not. In 2013, the award was also given to Brenda Ferland, owner of Café Dejavu in Laconia, in recognition of her continuous and exemplary assistance in facilitating operations and resolving questions with the Loudon race track food service program.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 09:59

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Still Room in Advanced Indoor Archery Leagues in Holderness

HOLDERNESS — There's still room in the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's free winter archery league. Sign up now by calling Tom Flynn or Eric Geib at 603-536-3954.

Participation will be limited to 10 people in each league. You must be able to commit to attending all four weeks to sign up. Please note that the beginner leagues are full.

Each league meets one night a week, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., for four consecutive weeks:

January Advanced League - every Tuesday beginning January 7, 2014.

February Advanced League - every Wednesday beginning February 5, 2014.

Participants in the advanced league must bring their own equipment in good working condition. Only field tips or target points will be permitted; no broadheads.

"This is a great chance for experienced archers to keep their skills sharp over the winter," said Tom Flynn, Facility Manager at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center.

For directions to Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, to volunteer at the center, or to learn more about other course offerings at Owl Brook, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Activities at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center are funded by federal Wildlife Restoration Funds, supported by purchase of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. Learn more about this user-pay, user-benefit program at http://www.wildnh.com/SFWR_program/sfwr_program.htm.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 09:51

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Bolduc Park Cross Country Ski Program

GILFORD —  The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be offering four weeks of Cross Country Ski Lessons at Bolduc Park this winter. Lessons begin on Saturday, January 4, 2014 and will continue through January 25, 2014 (in the event a day is cancelled because of poor weather, it will be made up the week(s) following January 25th). Lessons begin at 10 a.m. and rental skis may be picked up at 9 a.m. at Piche's Ski Shop.

Registration forms are available at the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department, Bolduc Park and Piche's Ski Shop. Mail, fax or drop off registrations directly to Piche's Ski Shop.

Cost is $70 per person including rental equipment, $40 per person if you have your own equipment.

For more information contact Bob or Pat Bolduc at 524-2068.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 09:08

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