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Alaskan Wilderness Hiking Program, February 6 from 6:30–7:30 p.m.

GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library will host a special presentation by wilderness hiker Kristin Gates on Thursday, February 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This past summer, at only 26 years old, Gates became the first woman to traverse Alaska's Arctic Brooks Range solo. Kristin's trip took her 1,000 miles across this isolated mountain range. Since there are no roads, let alone hiking trails, north of the Yukon River, she bushwacked and packrafted the entire distance.

Kristin will share stories and pictures of her wild river crossings and daily grizzly bear sightings, and what it was like to travel through one of the last pieces of true wilderness in North America. Kristin will also talk about her next expedition, following the route of the old gold miners up in Alaska. She estimates that this trip should take 2.5 months and will cover over 3,000 miles. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 10:41

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Pitman's Hosting Pat Braxton Live Jazz Tour

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Downtown Laconia will host the Pat Braxton Live Jazz Tour Friday, February 7 at 8 p.m.

Braxton is a thrilling vocalist, composer and entertainer. She was awarded the Best Female Jazz Artist and Best Jazz CD at the New England Urban Music Awards. She has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Asia, including The Blues Alley in Washington D.C., Scullers Jazz Club in Boston and The Acton Jazz Café.

The Pat Braxton live tour celebrates the original Jazz Clubs of Boston. Admission is $12, doors open at 7:30 p.m. and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.  For more info call 494-3334 or check www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 10:36

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Hands Across the Table temporarily moving to St. Andre Bessette

LACONIA — Hands Across the Table, which offers a free weekly meal on Tuesday evenings, will be temporarily relocating to the St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall on Gilford Avenue. The move is effective immediately. Tonight's meal will be served at 5 p.m., doors will open at 4 p.m. The third Annual Hands Across the Table Soupathon and Silent Service Auction will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall. The meal is expected to return to the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region for the second Tuesday in March.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 09:35

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Lakes Region Singers begin spring rehearsals

GILFORD — The community choral group Lakes Region Singers will launch its spring concert season with a first rehearsal on Tuesday, February 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Gilford.

“We are so pleased to see the size of our adult group continue to expand, and the youth chorus is growing by leaps and bounds. There is no audition, so all you need is a desire to sing and a willingness to learn," says director Karen Jordan.

The Youth Chorus for children ages 7-14 rehearses every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., and the Adult Chorus rehearses on the same evening at 7:30 p.m. “We welcome more young voices, but we also want to reach out to high school singers in our community and encourage them to consider joining the adult chorus,” said Jordan. “It’s a great opportunity to start singing with a large group, and we do have fun. Whatever your age, come on out and give us a try.”

The spring concert dates are scheduled for Friday, May 3, and Sunday, May 5. The adult program will feature poems set to music such as “Set Me as a Seal” taken from the Song of Solomon, some love songs like “If I Loved You,” a jazz piece called “Dear Heart” which was made famous by Andy Williams, and selections from familiar musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The youth singers will have some fun with a piece called “Jabberwocky,” and they will also join the adults for a combined performance.

For more information, call the director at 524-0835 or 998-8545, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 10:21

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