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Laconia Kiwanis Club Donates $4,000 to Pediatric Program at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice


Laconia — The Laconia Kiwanis Club, through the Laconia Kiwanis Charities Fund, has generously donated $4,000 to the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Pediatric Program.

The Pediatric Program supports and teaches Lakes Region families through prenatal visits, mother-baby postpartum visits, home visits by pediatric Registered Nurses, immunizations, Child Development Clinics and follow-up programs, Partners in Health programs for children with chronic health conditions, and pediatric care management.

The Laconia Kiwanis Club has supported the Pediatric Program for many years. Jack Batchelder, president of the Kiwanis Club of Laconia said, "We're proud to support this Pediatric Program because we sincerely believe the work they do is an important investment in the health of children in our community. For almost ninety years the Laconia Kiwanis Club has been dedicated to the needs of young children in the Lakes Region through its support for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, the Kiwanis Dental Program, the Laconia High School Key Club, Kiwanis K.A.R.E.S. in Laconia elementary schools, bicycle safety programs, Laconia Little League, scholarships through the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, immunizations for young children, and much more."

Anne Marie Mercuri, RN, Young Family Program Nurse Coordinator says, "The Kiwanis Club of Laconia continues to make a real difference in the lives of Lakes Region children. Because of support from Kiwanians over many years, we have been able to help connect young families with health care providers so that they receive regular and consistent care. This means that potential problems can be detected and treated earlier; children can grow up healthier and perform better in school."

The Laconia Kiwanis Club welcomes new members as well as financial support for programs which serve the children of Lakes Region communities. The club meets at 6:15 p.m.  the second and fourth Monday of each month. For more information visit www.laconiakiwanis.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:58

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Sant Bani adds jazz to concert series

SANBORNTON — Sant Bani School will be adding a jazz concert in this year's concert series. On Friday, April 4, Delfeayo Marsalis, New Orleans' own trombonist, producer and composer, will take the stage. Later in the spring on Friday, May 9, the famed Cavatina Duo will return with its virtuoso guitar and flute repertoire.

Performing Arts Department Chair Craig Jaster says, "It wasn't until I heard these world class artists play in the intimate and informal setting of our Studio Theater that I became a fan of chamber music myself. And the performers tell us that the setting has inspired them as well, both to bring adventurous, exciting programming and to share with our audiences a little of their thoughts on the music, which they have expressed with the same intelligence, eloquence and passion with which they play."

As a jazz pianist, Jaster does not disguise his excitement at adding a jazz concert to the series. "Our young people get as little or even less exposure to jazz as they do to classical music. But thanks to several very generous new donors who are helping to make it possible, this year the students are going to hear some jazz up close that they will not forget. Not only is Delfeayo one of the finest trombone players today, he is also a great entertainer who I guarantee will bring New Orleans charm, warmth–and heat!–to the bandstand."

The Concert Series exemplifies Sant Bani School's commitment to the arts. Bringing outstanding musicians for live performances helps foster a lifelong love of music. Look for more details of the artists' programs on the school website santbani.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:53

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Do Emotions and Stress Affect the Way You Eat?

FRANKLIN — Food is a topic that interests most everyone. How and what we eat can be very personal based on our choices and preferences. We all know that food fuels the body for its daily functions and helps to keep us healthy in prevention of illness and disease. Eating when we are hungry and at regular mealtimes can assure that our bodies are fueled and ready when called to action.

We know that over eating can cause obesity. Despite these facts about food and fuel, many people eat for other reasons than hunger. Mindless eating when we're bored or emotional eating when we're stressed or feeling down both contributes to weight gain. The frustration and emotions that accompany this type of eating habit can be a vicious cycle, especially when our goal is to lose weight.

If you know what you should be eating to lose weight but feel that stress, boredom, or other emotions are preventing you from achieving your weight loss goal, you should consider "A Weigh Out". This four-week program taught by a Registered Dietician and Health Educator addresses the core issues of mindless eating and emotional eating and how you can break the cycle. You will learn tools and strategies for managing stress, dealing with difficult emotions, accepting you, and becoming a more mindful eater.

"A Weigh Out" will be offered on four consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning on March 4, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Franklin Regional Hospital. This is a four-session series and has a fee of $25 per participant. For more information or to register, call 527-2850.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:46

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Sold Out Comedy Night at Pitman's Freight Room

LACONIA — The comedy nights at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia continue to grow to the point where more than 30 people had to be turned away from the show Saturday, Feb. 15 when 215 filled the room to see comedy stars Tony V and Bob Seibel perform.

The 215 eclipsed the crowd of 202 which turned out last February to see Jim Lauletta, Graig Murphy, and Chris D.

"People kept calling all day," said Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell. "We kept taking reservations, but I was worried we wouldn't have enough chairs. But Connie (Dick's wife) kept saying 'Yeah, we can fit you in."

"The people loved it," added Mitchell. "It was a wonderful show. ''People were thanking us for doing this type of event in Laconia.''

"This was the second show which drew more than 200," added Mitchell. "The fan base is growing. We had two groups of college kids which we haven't had in the past. The people like bringing in their own food and drinks. It's a fun night."

Connie Mitchell added, "We rented 20 chairs and still had to use some stools and our office chairs."

Seibel, who performs in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and cruise ships, was impressed with the room as well as the overflow crowd during the snowstorm.

"I had a ball," said Seibel. "The owners were hospitable, the people were great. I loved the room. After something like that, you're on an emotional high from the energy level of the show and feeding off the crowd."

The next comedy show at Pitman's is March 15 at 8 p.m. starring Joe Yannetty (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, and more than 40 television appearances), Ryan Gartley, and Abishek Shah. Tickets are $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:42

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