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A Valentine Celebration in Song at Taylor Community

LACONIA — "Songs of Love and Flirtation," is the title of the next musical concert at Taylor Community. Performed by Angelynne Hinson, soprano; Melinda McMahon, mezzo soprano; Dorothy Braker, cello; and Barbara Flocco, Piano, the event takes place Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. at Taylor's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave.

The afternoon performance will feature texts of love, lost and found, set by composers including Handel, Massenet, Saint Saens and Foster. Additionally, Angelynne, Melinda and Dorothy will each perform solo repertoire of Bernstein, Finzi and Rachmaninoff.

Angelynne and Melinda have concertized regionally, singing a wide variety of repertoire for two voices. In 2008 they were invited to London to perform in a series of concerts in the city's historic churches. They're known for their unique blend and are passionate about presenting thoughtful, educational and eclectic concerts, making the song recital experience memorable and meaningful.

The concert is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information on the music series, or about Taylor Community in general, call 524-5600.

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Lobster Pound aiding Philippines relief effort

LACONIA — The Lobster Pound Restaurant will be holding a fundraiser all day on Valentine's Day, Friday, Feb. 14 in which 50 percent of total sales for the day will aid Grace Capital Church's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.

The church is raising funds for support of mission teams which will be going to the Philippines in February and March to help with Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. The mission teams will travel to Ormoc, a  city of 190,000 on the island of Leyte, to help rebuild homes and public buildings, including a historic church.
The typhoon, which hit the Philippines, on November 8, is unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed, with sustained 10-minute wind speeds of 175 miles per hour and one-minute sustained winds of 196 miles per hour. It killed at least 6,183 people in the Philippines and left 11 million people homeless.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:43

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Parks and Rec February Vacation Schedule

LACONIA — The Laconia Parks and Rereation Department has released the following schedule for events it will be hosting at the Laconia Community Center during school vacation week.

Monday, Feb. 24

Middle School Age Basketball 1- 4:15pm
Wii Time for High School age 3- 4:15pm
*Sledding Party from 2- 4 P.m. (South Street)

Tuesday, Feb. 25

High School Open Gym 11-12 p.m.

Middle School Age Basketball 1-4:15 p.m.

Arts n Crafts 1-4:15 p.m.
*Cardboard Sled Racing*
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Elementary Open Gym 1- 4:15 pm
Board Games Time 1- 4 pm
Thursday, Feb. 27
Elementary Open Gym 9-11 a.m.

High School/College Basketball Time 1- 4:15pm
Wii Time for Elementary School Ages 1- 4:15pm
Cardboard Sled Racing 2 p.m. Laconia Sledding Hill

(7 and under, 8-12, 13-16, prizes awarded),

register at 524-5046 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, Feb. 28

High School/College Basketball Time 1- 4:15pm
Wii Time for Middle School Age 1- 4:15pm
Ice Skating Party from 2-4 p.m. (Memorial Park)
Come skate and enjoy a bonfire to warm up by.   
We will provide hot cocoa and cookies.  
Weather &  Conditions  permitting.   
Call to check the party status at 524-5046.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:40

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World Championship Sled Dog Derby festivities begin Thursday evening, first race is Friday morning

LACONIA —Festivities for the 2014 World Championship Sled Dog Derby begin on Thursday evening and will continue with races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Races will begin and end near the intersection of North Main Street and Parade Road, near the former state correctional facility. The public is welcome and encouraged to visit the races to cheer on the teams, or to attend the social gatherings in the evenings.

Mushers participating in the championship will gather at Patrick's Pub and Eatery in Gilford at 7 p.m. on Thursday for the unveiling of the 2014 button and the draw for the starting order.

Races will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday with the six-dog classic race, followed by the open class race at 1 p.m. A community social hour celebration will be held at Patrick's Pub at 7 p.m.

Saturday's competition will start with the six-dog classic at 9:30 a.m. The three-dog junior race will be held at noon and the open class will race at 1:30 p.m. The social gathering at Patrick's Pub will begin at 7 p.m.

Sunday will feature the final races of the championship, with the six-dog classic at 9:30 a.m., three-dog junior at noon, and at 1:30 p.m., the open class.

A food vendor will be on site at the start/finish line, and Laconia Country Club on Elm Street will be serving food from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Country Club will also be a great place for spectators to watch the teams of dogs as they race through the club's grounds. The awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Laconia Country Club.

Organizers expect a number of dignitaries to visit the championship. Governor Maggie Hassan will be in attendance on Saturday February 15, as will City of Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, and Mark Primeau, the president of Bank of NH, a prime sponsor of the derby. Miss Lakes Region Kendall Wipff will be singing the Canadian and American National Anthems on Friday an Sunday and Kayla Frank will be singing the National Anthems for Saturday's ceremony of events.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:34

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