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Babe Ruth baseball league holding sign-ups on Monday

LACONIA — The Armand J. Laramie Babe Ruth Baseball League will be holding its first registration drop off night on Monday, April 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Laconia Community Center on Union Avenue in Laconia.

For more information, visit www.ajlbaberuth.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 08:09

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‘Meredith Dressed Up’ fashion show on April 30

MEREDITH — Gather some friends and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun at "Meredith Dressed Up", a Fashion Show, featuring local businesses on Thursday, April 30th at 6:30 p.m. in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing. Hosted by the Greater Meredith Program, proceeds will benefit Meredith's 250th Anniversary Celebration.

Along with the fashions being modeled, guests can bid on the following silent auction items donated by local merchants. Items include an Extreme Clean Car Wash Auto Detail, a one night stay at the Ballard House Inn or Mill Falls at the Lake and gift certificates to Giuseppe's, Waterfall Café and Y- Landing Marina. Also being offered is a Hermit Woods Winery wine tasting and tour, a cake from Kara's Café, a Country Carriage black straw Vera Bradley handbag, a Cascade Spa basket and a GMP gift basket filled with spring items.

Tickets are $50 and include one drink voucher. For reservations go to www.greatermeredithprogram.com

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 08:04

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center trails open for 49th season on May 1

HOLDERNESS —  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center opens for its 49th annual trail season on Friday, May 1. Regular trail hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.). Since 1966, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors about the natural world through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises. The Science Center is the only institution in northern New England accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The Science Center has new exhibits, new animals, and a new look for the boats for the 2015 season. Beginning in May the Science Center will feature a three-dimensional art installation in the Mead Discovery Place of the Trailhead Gallery called Stream of Conscience. To build excitement and awareness about water and the upcoming new Water Matters Pavilion (scheduled to open for 2016), the Science Center is working with the non-profit organization Art for Water (artforwater.org) to create this installation. It will be on display from May 1, through November 1, 2016.

Through visits to schools and with Science Center attendees, Art for Water associates will talk with groups about global and local water issues. Art for Water will be offering a seminar during H2Ooooh! Day at the Science Center on Saturday, June 20 with a day all about water.

Another new exhibit opening in 2015 is the Gordon Interactive Playscape; A Predator-Prey Adventure. Visitors play the role of a red squirrel searching for food as they climb rocks and logs, scramble through tunnels, and balance on branches to escape predators in search of the bird's nest. The Playscape is located next to the Gordon Children's Center and will open July 1.

The Celebrate Birds Exhibit will feature a new feathered friend - a Raven. The Raven replaces the Blue Jays which were part of a three-year research study completed by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire. The Raven arrived at the Science Center in March as a former pet whose owners could no longer care for him. He is habituated to people and cannot be released into the wild.

The 2015 season features the ever popular cruises on Squam Lake to see wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the lake. The Osprey, one of the Science Center's pontoon boats has a pre-season facelift of a new floor and side curtains. This will add to visitor's comfort on cruises. The Bald Eagle Adventure Cruise, Loon Cruise, Dinner and Sunset Cruise, Explore Squam Cruise, and Nature of the Lakes Cruise will all be back for the 2015 season. The Lake Explorers Family Cruise also returns to get young people interested in life on the water. Squam Lake Cruises begin May 16.

The live animal exhibit trail features native New Hampshire animals such as coyote, red fox, gray fox, skunk, bobcats, mountain lions, white-tailed deer, river otters, black bears, and various raptors including bald eagle, great-horned owl, and red-tailed hawk. The Science Center features River Otter Feeding presentations every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30 a.m. starting May 2. River Otter Feeding allows visitors to learn about otter biology and ecology while watching the two resident river otters play and enjoy a special treat. Visitors can also see live mountain lion training on Thursdays at noon during July and August. Mountain Lion Training and Feeding shows off the tasks the mountain lions have learned that enable keepers to ensure the health and safety of the animals while providing enrichment. Up Close to Animals presentations offered five times a day in July and August allow visitors to meet an animal up close and learn about them from a naturalist educator.

For details about hours and admission rates please visit http://www.nhnature.org/visit/hours_admission.php.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 07:57

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Nuno felted flower class offered May 2 at League of NH Craftsmen gallery in Meredith

MEREDITH — The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will hold a Multi-layer Nuno Felted Flower class with Nancy Evans on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants will how to combine wool roving with silk hankies and wet felt them to create these beautiful flowers. Each flower is multi-layered and done in one step. No sewing is required. These make great pins or embellishments for hats or coats. The centers can be beaded or embellished to add extra sparkle and beauty.

Students will need to bring a couple of old towels, scissors, needle and thread for sewing on beads if you want to embellish.

Tuition is $45 per student and there is no materials fee. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register call the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery at 279-7920.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 07:49

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