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Gilmanton Thrift Shop Holding Bag Sale

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Community Church Thrift Shop is holding a bag sale going through April 5 as it prepares to fill its racks with a spring/summer clothing line. Fill a shopping bag with as many items as possible for $10 a bag and receive a reusable cloth shopping bag for free.

All individual purchases during this time will be at 50% off. 

Starting on April 14, the Thrift Shop will also be open on Monday's from 1 – 5 p.m.

The Food Pantry has started collecting foods for Easter Baskets. Foods needed include turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, pineapple, canned vegetables, potatoes, onions, pickles, olives, sugar, muffin mix, cocoa, coffee, juice, eggs, milk, margarine, rolls, cake mix and frosting. We also try to make something special for the children. Materials for "bunny baskets" consist of buckets, grass, egg dye kits, plastic eggs, Easter candy, chocolate crosses, small toys/trinkets.

The GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop has a new mailing address. Correspondence and/or monetary donations should be mailed to Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N. H. 03237. Our physical location remains the same at 1817 NH Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works. Hours are Wednesdays, 3–7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. And, starting Monday, April 14 Mondays from 1- 5 p.m. The telephone number is  603-364-0114.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:23

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Squam Science Nature Matters Campaign

HOLDERNESS —  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center announced the community phase of its Nature Matters Capital Campaign. This comprehensive fundraising effort is designed to prepare the Science Center for the future with multiple exhibit expansions, infrastructure improvements, and long-term financial stability. The campaign goal is $4 million and approximately $3.6 million has already been pledged through leadership gifts.

The background thinking for the campaign began in 2010 after a review of the Science Center's "Forging New Trails" strategic plan looking toward the future of the Science Center. After reviewing ideas and suggestions, goals were set and the Board of Trustees launched the Nature Matters Capital Campaign in 2012 to build four new exhibits and strengthen its financial foundation through expanded marketing and additions to endowment and reserve funds.

The campaign will fund the following new exhibit.

Wood Energy Exhibit: A model of sustainability, saving energy and dollars using renewable, locally-sourced wood. This source of fuel heats five major buildings on the Science Center's campus. Exhibits will compare renewable wood heat to other forms of energy and demonstrate the state-of-the-art boiler system that the Science Center installed. This project was completed in February 2014 and the exhibit will open for visitors in May 2014.

Adventure Playscape: An outdoor play structure for children that will integrate climbing with interpretive learning and fun. This exhibit is scheduled to open in spring 2015.Water Matters Pavilion: A fresh and engaging experience with live turtles and mink, an outdoor water play area, native fish aquariums, amphibians, and more, which will teach visitors why water is vital for all life. This building and exhibits are scheduled to open in spring 2016.

Raptor Mews: Housing for the collection of more than a dozen hawks, owls, and falcons that the Science Center's educators use in programs. The Mews will replace an aging winter bird quarters and other raptor living quarters. It is scheduled for completion in 2015.

"We are delighted to announce the community phase of this campaign and share how successful it has been thus far," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director. "In 2016, we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Science Center. The culmination of this effort and the opening of these exciting new exhibits will be an incredible way to prepare us for the next fifty years."

Questions about the campaign may be directed to Executive Director Iain MacLeod at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-968-7194 x 23 and more information can be found at www.nhnature.org/naturematters.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:20

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P.I.C.K. to hold 2nd Annual Big Band Dance

LACONIA — People Investing in Community and Kids (P.I.C.K.) will hold its second annual Big Band Dinner-Dance. Last year's event drew guests from all over central and southern New Hampshire. According to P.I.C.K. Board member Charlene Smith, "For people who take ballroom dance classes, this dance offers them the opportunity to use what they have learned. Others simply come to listen to the music."

Set to coincide with Mother's Day Weekend, this event will take place Saturday, May 10 from 6-10 p.m. at the Opechee Inn & Spa Grand Ball Room in Laconia featuring a full buffet dinner. Music will be provided by Dr. Sax's Swinging Big Band. This eighteen piece band plays classic jazz works of the 1920's, '30's and '40's, with an emphasis on the popular ensembles of the day.

In addition, there will be an opportunity for couples and groups to have a photo taken by a professional photographer. "Last year we had a number of couples dressed in gorgeous ballroom dancing attire and thought how nice it would be for them to have a photo of themselves to remember the occasion". Stacey Brobst of Franklin will provide her professional photography services for the occasion. Brobst frequently photographs local events, including this year's Red Dress Gala which was held last month.

The evening's festivities will include a silent auction, and a 50/50 drawing to help P.I.C.K., a 501c3 non-profit organization, raise funds for needy families of the Lakes Region. P.I.C.K. is happy to accept donations of items and gift certificates valued at over fifty dollars for use in the silent auction.

For businesses wishing to sponsor this event there are a number of tiered options which may be viewed on P.I.C.K.'s website. This years' sponsors to date include Engraving, Awards & Gifts; Page Street Storage, and BizBuzz Marketing Partners.

Early Bird ticket prices are in effect until April 1. Individuals are $50 and a table of eight is $375. Starting April 1 prices increase to $55 dollars per person and $400 per table. Tickets are currently being sold at Greenlaw's Music and Audio on Main Street in Laconia and can also be purchased by phone at 273-0861 or online at www.pick1.biz/upcoming-events.html.

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FHL now collecting dresses for annual Gowns for Girls Event in April

LACONIA — The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation (F.H.L.) is pleased to announce that it is now collecting prom dresses, cocktail dresses and bridesmaid dresses for girls in need of a dress for prom. Dresses will be donated to area girls.

Dresses must be in good condition,  less than 10 years old, formal in style and ready to wear. Dresses must be free of stains, tears or visible damage.

Those who would like to donate a dress or dresses, can drop them off at one of the following locations by Friday April 11: The Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth, SunDay's Salon and Spa in Laconia, Dressbarn at the Tanger Outlets in Tilton, The Barn Doggie Daycare in New Durham, Divine Inspirations in Meredith and the Somersworth and Nashua YMCA during club hours.

The F.H.L will be holding their Annual Gowns for Girls Event on Saturday April 12, at the Meredith Bay Colony in Meredith from 1-4 p.m. (Up from the traffic circle) This is a day for all area young women to pick out prom attire for free that was donated during the dress drive. For more information on the event email co-founder Laura at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation was founded in 2006 by Laura Brusseau and Jessica Dutille and strives to bring hope to children and youth in need. The Foundation has given out over $20,000 to children and youth as well as collected thousands of dresses for young women. For more information on The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation, visit www.faithhopeandlovefoundation.org or follow them on facebook.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:14

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