LACONIA — Beginning Tuesday, February 13 new students can begin learning T'ai Chi Chih, the moving meditation that has been written about in The New York Times, AARP national magazine, and many other media. The new eight-week class begins at 6 p.m. in the Laconia High School cafeteria.
People around the country who practice T'ai Chi Chih credit the slow, gentle movements with health improvements, including lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, improved concentration, and all around well being. Academic research studies at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and elsewhere also document the benefits.
"I started T'ai Chi Chih as a skeptical student more than 15 years ago," said Nancy Frost, now a teacher of the form in the Lakes Region: "Right from the beginning I felt a wonderful difference. Tension just seemed to melt away, I had more energy, and now I've been doing the movements faithfully every day for many years, and teaching others how to get the same great results."
In a number of studies between 2003 and 2011, various UCLA researchers have found that doing T'ai Chi Chih improves immune system function, helps relieve depression, and improves the quality of sleep. Hundreds of accredited teachers nationwide say their thousands of students over the past 30 years have reported these and many other benefits.
"A lot of good can happen when we learn to work with the vital energy that circulates within us, which the Chinese call chi," said Nancy Frost. "The stories are compelling – people with migraines report relief, people with high cholesterol and heart problems report improved health. Just about everyone who takes a T'ai Chi Chih class says it changes their life for the better."
To register, please contact Laconia Adult Education at 524-5712.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:42
FRANKLIN — All local boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The competition will be held Sunday February 9 at 12:30 p.m. at the St. Gabriel's Parish Center on Elkins Street in Franklin. Registration will begin at 12 noon.
There is no cost associated with this event. Each contestant will be given a chance to shoot 15 free throws, with the winner of each division determined by who sinks the most shots. There will be six separate divisions for boys and girls – 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14-years-old. The age of the contestant as of January 1, 2014 will determine the division he or she competes in.
Trophies will be awarded to the 1st place winners while all contestants will be recognized for their participation. Division winners will have a chance to go on and compete at the State of NH Free Throw Championship.
This year's sponsors are the Knights of Columbus Council 11868 in Tilton, Council 12147 in Franklin, Council 10943 in Belmont and Council 428 in Laconia. In the event of bad weather, the make up date for this event is February 16. For more information call Matt Harmon at 286-2284.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 05:42
HOLDERNESS — Join the Squam Lakes Association Thursday, February 13 at 7 p.m. for the Squam Speaker Series: What is Wlderness?.
John Marunowski, Wilderness Manager, for the Pemigewasset Ranger District on the White Mountain National Forest will talk about the Pemigewasset and Sandwich Range Wilderness Areas. John's talk will explore the meanings behind this powerful idea, changes over the last 50 years since of the original Wilderness Act was signed into law, along with what the US Forest Service in New Hampshire has accomplished over that time.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. On September 3, 1964 President Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Now, 50 years later, as a result of America's continuing support for Wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. Don't miss out on this exciting talk about why Wilderness is so important!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:24
MOULTONBOROUGH — The Miller Environmental Education Fund (MEEF) is now accepting applications for grant funding for 2014. These grants are meant to support interested applicants who will have direct contact with Moultonborough children through environmental projects and learning experiences.
Projects that qualify may include: construction of nature trails, wild life monitoring, water quality monitoring or climate change awareness, outdoor classroom activities and supplies, funds can be used to support operations for projects of this type (transportation, supplies, etc.)
Projects previously funded by MEEF have included: A nature garden of native species at MCS, a songbird study including purchase of binoculars for use by all students, a presentation and workshops for children and families by a naturalist encouraging their observations in nature.
MEEF was developed in 2007 out of a profound appreciation for the service and dedication of Michele Miller, former Principal of Moultonborough Central School and the 2006 NH Environmental Educator of the Year award recipient. Grants this year will be available in amounts up to $3500.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:15