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Free basic math & reading classes start Sept. 9

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering free Basic Math and Reading Classes starting on Tuesday, September 9, and Thursday, September 11 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Improve your math and reading skills and eventually work toward a HISET Certificate or High School Diploma. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, the Reading Clinic will cover the subject areas of Science, Social Studies and Literature Comprehension in addition to writing and grammar skills which are pre-requisites for the HISET Exam.

The Adult Basic Education classes will help provide you with the reading and math skills that you need to get a job, get off welfare, or even get a job promotion. The classes are individualized; each student progresses at his or her own pace. There are no tests and there is no fear of failing. There is no need to feel embarrassed or self-conscious if you have weaknesses in reading or math. Improve reading comprehension skills and learn basic math skills from fractions, percentages, decimals to Pre-HISET math skills.

To enroll in the reading and math classes call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 or stop by the Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School. There is no excuse for not being able to read. Call 524-5712 for more information or to enroll in the classes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:30

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St. Charles Church invites adults to explore Catholic faith

MEREDITH — St. Charles Borromeo Church in Meredith invites members of the community to explore the Catholic faith through its RCIA program – the Rite of Initiation of Adults. 

RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process for learning about and embracing the Catholic faith. RCIA includes investigating Catholicism through discussions, teachings and sharing of personal faith stories. As you continue through the process and reflect on your spiritual growth, you make a decision whether to become a member of the Catholic Church.

Those interested in finding out about the RCIA process please contact the St. Charles Borromeo parish office at 279-4403 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:24

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Racky Thomas Blues Band in Laconia on Saturday


LACONIA — The Racky Thomas Blues Band will perform at Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia on Saturday, August 30th, 8 pm.

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

The Racky Thomas Band has been a torchbearer for the blues since its formation in 1995, when Racky Thomas collaborated with bassist Todd Carson, guitarist Nick Adams, and drummer Ted Larkin to make a demo cd, and do some gigs around the Boston area. Racky Thomas has a vast repertoire of tunes – blues from world-class bluesmen, plantation gospel (the original blues), rocking electric blues, classic and obscure blues, and Racky Thomas blues, including "Matchbox Blues", "Biscuit-Bakin' Woman", "Mona", "Sugar-coated Love", "Big Road Blues", "Hoochie-Coochie Man", and "Mojo Workin."

Gutsy vocals, down and dirty harmonica, smoking guitar, a killer rhythm section delivering pure unadulterated blues, and you've got the Racky Thomas Band. Twice nominated for Boston Music Awards, and winners of the 1997 Battle of the Blues bands you've only got to experience them once to become a believer.
Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 494-3334 for reservations. www.pitmansfreightroom.com,

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:04

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Shaker Village taking registrations for Fall Workshops

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village fall workshops are now open for registration. The fall schedule of "Health and Home" themed Shaker-inspired workshops include demonstration cooking classes, artisan workshops in Shaker broom making and letterpress, health and healing arts workshops. All classes require advance registration. For a full schedule, please visit www.shakers.org.

Culinary Arts Workshops offer three demonstration style cooking classes on Sunday afternoons—Chowders on September 7, Fresh Pasta on October 19, and Stews and Braised Dishes on November 16. All are offered in partnership with Lakes Region Community College Culinary Arts program, which operates out of the Shaker Table at Canterbury Shaker Village. The classes will be instructed by the Culinary Arts Program Director, Chef Patrick Hall and are $25 for Village Members, $27.50 for Not-Yet-Members. The workshops will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Herbal Workshops are led by Maria Noel Groves, a clinical herbalist based in Allenstown. She will host Shaken, Not Stirred: Herb and Fruit Cordials on November 1 from 10 a.m. to noon and the cost is $45.00 for Village Members and $49.50 for Not-Yet-Members. She will also lead a Do-it-yourself Herbal Holiday Bodycare Gifts workshop on Saturday, November 22 from 10-12:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $45 for Village Members and $49.50 for Not-Yet-Members.

On Saturday, October 4, Mark Stevens will lead A Walk Back in Shaker History, a guided hike through the woods to one of the old Shaker maple sugar camps. Participants will explore the foundation ruins/remnants of the sugar house, barn, outbuildings, well, etc. and compare the remnants at the site to historic old photos of the sugar camp when it was functioning at its prime. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and the cost to attend is $10 for Village Members and $12.50 for Not-Yet-Members.

New this year are two Healing Arts workshops instructed by Patricia Wild. The Healing Power of Art will be held on Sunday, October 19 from 1-3 p.m. The workshop is an opportunity for participants to explore their inner self and their creative potential. Nurturing Caregivers through Art will be held on Sunday, November 2 from 1-3 p.m. The cost of each workshop is $50 for Village Members and $55 for Not-Yet-Members.

Dr. Amanda K. Hegnauer will conduct the three part lecture series, "A Naturopathic Biochemical Tune-Up," that includes sessions on Optimal Body Weight and Composition, Adrenal Health and Thyroid health. The sessions will be held on Saturday, September 27, Saturday, October 18 and Saturday, November 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The per class fee is $15 for Village Members and $16.50 for Not-Yet-Members.

Popular Village demonstrators Jim McNab and Everett Bailey will be offering traditional Shaker craft workshops in letterpress and broom making respectively. McNab's one day letterpress workshop on Saturday, September 27 from 9:30-4:30 p.m. will allow participants to set up and print their own project on a hand fed 19th century platen printing press. The cost to attend is $77.50 for Village Members and $85.00 for Not-Yet-Members. During Everett Bailey's one day broom making workshops on Sunday, September 14 from 9:30-4:30 p.m., he will guide participants in the skill of basic broom making. At the end of this workshop, each participant will take home a completed Shaker style broom that offers something out of the ordinary. The cost to attend is $75 for Village Members and $82.50 for Not-Yet-Members.

Advanced registration is required and interested participants can find more details and sign up at www.shakers.org, by calling (603) 783-9077 ext 284 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:22

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