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Heart of the Lakes Sufi Center offers classes

LACONIA — The Heart of the Lakes Sufi Center will be offering a series of classes on the topic of Breath this fall. The once a month classes will be on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. in the Alliance Room of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia, 172 Pleasant Street in Laconia.

For September and October, the classes will be the 4th Thursday - September 26 and October 24, switching to the third Thursday for the next two months - November 21 and December 19. There is no charge for classes at the Heart of the Lakes Sufi Center.

Breath is an essential focus of the Sufi path of mysticism, and along with prayer is one of the two foundational practices of Sufism. Developing the breath helps ground spiritual realization, focuses meditation, and heightens awareness.

This series of classes was developed by senior teachers in the Sufi Order as a way to help those interested in Sufism to not just learn some of the concepts, but to experience the teachings in a way that has a positive impact on one's process of awakening. The class will include readings, meditations and spiritual practices, and include time for discussion. All are welcome, from those just beginning to explore spirituality to those who wish to delve deeper into the richness of the Sufi tradition.

Malik Haig will be leading the class. Haig is the coordinator of the local Heart of the Lakes Sufi Center and has been leading classes in Sufism since 1984. He recently completed an advanced two year training in Sufism. He has been an initiate in the Sufi Order for more than 33 years.

For more information about Sufism or about the series of classes, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Malik at 832-3550.

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'I Have Been Busy All Day' chronicles the life of an 1890's housewife and mother

LACONIA — Anna Samson Bradley's journals from 1893-1899 provide the background for intimate glimpses into the life of a New England housewife and mother. Judith Buswell has written and produced a dramatic presentation, which will be presented Monday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in Taylor's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave.

Anna Samson was born in central Vermont and married Daniel Edward Bradley from Jaffrey, N.H. The couple lived in Vermont and Connecticut and had four daughters. Their youngest, Edith Bradley Rogers, had ties to the Lakes Region.

Edith married James P. Rogers, co-founder of the nationally recognized Allen-Rogers Corp. of Laconia that produced turned wood products for more than 60 years. This reader's theatre presentation is based on the journals kept by Anna Bradley and includes a minimal set, props, music, choreography and visuals from the late Victorian era and Bradley, Rogers and Stamps families.

Because seating is limited, RSVP by calling 5224-5600, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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VynnArt Gallery Hosting Exhibit of Rob Caron Paintings

MEREDITH — Local artist Rob Caron will show his oil paintings at VynnArt Gallery September 26-29. A reception and an opportunity to meet the artist will take place on Thursday, September 26 from 3-6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Rob Caron of Meredith is a self taught artist. His subject matter is primarily oil paintings of a variety of nature subjects, Many of his paintings are large in size and include beautiful ornate framing.

Caron has spent a considerable amount of time in Europe visiting the major art museums where he studied the works of the masters in England, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. He is a former member of the Manchester Art Association is currently a member of the Lakes Region Artists Association, and is also an active participant of the Artists Loft group.

VynnArt is located at 30 Main Street, in Meredith. For further information go to www.vynnart.com or call (603) 279-0557.

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LRGHealthcare Offering Athletic Performance Series


LACONIA —LRGHealhcare's he Athletic Performance Series is designed to assist coaches, student athletes and the everyday recreational athlete to develop sport specific skills or improve their overall fitness.

These educational classes are taught by LRGHealthcare Rehabilitation professionals and are freeto the public. Individuals are welcome to attend one or all. Please dress appropriately and come ready to participate.

Core Strengthening for the Athlete: 6–7:30 p.m.
Introductory lecture on the importance of developing and maintaining a strong and stable core, as well as learning the many strengthening techniques available. Your core is a combination of your torso, hips, and pelvic muscles that make up a base for all body movement.

· Thursday, Sept. 26 at Westside Healthcare, Franklin-Rehab Entrance

· Thursday, Oct. 3 at Hillside Medical, Gilford- Rehab Lot C

· Thursday, Dec. 12 at Interlakes Medical Center, Rehab-Lower level

Rotator Cuff - Keeping Your Shoulder Healthy & Strong: 6–7:30 p.m.

Lecture will discuss basic shoulder anatomy and simple exercises to keep your shoulder strong and healthy for participating in everyday activities, as well as sports and lifting demands.

· Thursday, Nov. 7 at Interlakes Medical Center, Rehab-Lower level

Dynamic Stretching & Injury Prevention: 6-7:30 p.m.

A method of stretching and preparing the body for physical activity while improving strength, speed, agility and endurance. Come and learn what's behind this better way of stretching and learn techniques that you can apply to your own program.

· Thursday, Oct. 24 at Franklin Regional Hospital

Keep Your Back In Motion: 6-7:30 p.m.

Class will discuss basic back anatomy and simple exercises to help keep your back strong and healthy for lifting, sports, and everyday activities.

· Thursday, Jan. 9 at Hillside Medical, Gilford-Rehab Lot

For more information or to register, call 527-7120; class may be cancelled due to weather or low enrollment.

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