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Remax Bayside Donates Turkeys to St. Vincent de Paul

MEREDITH — The owners, staff and associates of RE/MAX Bayside and Bayside Rentals donated 30 turkeys to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Laconia for Thanksgiving distribution.

St. Vincent de Paul is highly successful in their mission of charity locally. Each year the Society distributes hundreds of thanksgiving baskets to families in need throughout the Lakes Region.

RE/MAX Bayside owners Rob Wichland and Chris Kelly feel that community support is very important and above all during the holidays when many families are struggling. "We are thankful to be able to offer our support at this time of year," said Rob Wichland.

RE/MAX Bayside is also inolved in the Toys for Tots program. It is one of the region's busiest drop off locations. People can drop off new, unwrapped toys and gifts at either the Meredith Office (208 Daniel Webster Highway at the junction of Rts. 3 & 104), or at the Laconia Office (423 Main Street at the intersection of Union Avenue and Rt. 106 in downtown Laconia).

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 10:43

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Breakfast at Local Eatery Saturday to benefit LRFN Veggie Round Up

LACONIA — Chef Kevin Halligan is excited to announce Local Eatery will be hosting a special breakfast dining opportunity before the 2013 Laconia Holiday Parade on Saturday November 30 to benefit the Lakes Region Food Network's Veggie Round-up Project, raising awareness and funds for its 2014 initiatives.

The mission of the Lakes Region Food Network is to create an environment where people and organizations can access information and resources, find one another, and discover ways to work together to realize the vision for the Lakes Region Food System. Having received some special funds in 2013; the Lakes Region Food Network offered coupons to families with children, that can be used to purchase vegetables, fruits, and eggs at the Thursday Outdoor Market in Laconia. Families received two $5 coupons, which they used at either or both of the last two markets in September.

Named, the Veggie Round-up, the program is to increase access to fresh local food to families with children and support local farmers. This was a trial period to determine the usefulness of encouraging local families on assistance to buy local fresh produce without being held back by the current challenges with the local markets not offering SNAP (food stamps) transactions. Given the success experienced, the 2014 initiative will provide the coupons through the entire farmers market season. For more information go to LRFN.org.

Join Chef Halligan for a Local breakfast before the 2013 Holiday Parade and support Veggie Round-up. Reservations are required. Seating is available between 8 a.m,. and noon.

Chef Halligan will host this year's parade as the guest Grand Marshal. The parade begins at 11 a.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 10:33

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Noel Shoppe Features Locally Made Gifts

MEREDITH — The "Best little Christmas Shop in the Lakes Region",  the Altrusa Festival of Trees Noel Shoppe at the Waukewan Golf Club, Waukewan Road. in Center Harbor, will be open to the public on Friday, December 6 from 2-8 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children (5 and under are free).

The Noel Shoppe's shelves will be stocked with many unique items from whimsical to traditional that are exclusive to the Festival of Trees. All are designed and created by Lakes Region artisans.

Meredith's Bonnie Edwards of Photographic Portraits unveils the popular 2014 Lakes Region Monthly Desk Calendars featuring a selection of captivating local scenes as well as her beautiful note card sets and other frameable Lakes Region photographs. New this year, are primitive handcrafted signs created by Jesse Lacasse from the Prim House in Chichester. To add to your rock and wine glasses that were offered two years ago will be 'loon' etched martini glasses as well as 'loon' and 'moose' etched pilsner glasses. A choice of hand turned pottery by Trish Eisner will be an addition to any home. Fun, functional, and delightfully scented goats milk soaps are handmade in small batches by Jess Storey from her Winona Glen Farm in New Hampton. There will be homemade mustard and pretzel dips created by Sarah Baldwin of Provincial Palate, Gilmanton.

An array of jewelry will be on hand, such as handmade beaded bracelets created by Debbie Brown of Meredith as well as Wolfeboro's own Nicole Reed who creates Japanese beaded bracelets using the Kumihimo technique. Another feature is a variety of yummy chocolate bars handmade at Winnipesaukee Chocolates in Wolfeboro.

The Noel Shoppe will be partnering with Bayswater Books in Center Harbor to gather a selection of books for both children and adults. Center Harbor resident, Karel Hayes, has written two books over the last year. Her autographed books "The Weirs" and "The Christmas Visitors" will be offered.

During Gala Night, December 5, Carol Lee Anderson will be signing her new book, "The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip", from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Also, Peter Miller, who is a resident of Meredith and has a rich civic history in the town, will be providing his books, "So Fade the Lovely" as well as "Seven Canterbury Tales Retold".
The Festival Silent Auction and Gala, Thursday, December 5, 5:30-8 p.m. Guests will enjoy the picturesque New England barn setting, featuring a huge rustic fireplace, while bidding on many great items contributed by area businesses. Tickets are advance purchase only and are $25. They can be purchased at the Greater Meredith Chamber of Commerce, Kara's Café, Cackleberries Garden and Gift Shop, Meredith and Fashion Forward, Moultonborough.

The magic of Christmas is in the air Friday, December 6. Children 3-8 years old and their favorite adults will be captivated by the story "The Christmas Magic". Each child will take home a special holiday treat. Admission is $2 for children and $3 for adults. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For reservations, call Mary Anne, 279-5529.
Altrusa distributes all donated trees through area Christmas funds and other outreach organizations following the Festival.

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Gilford Youth Center hosting Turkey Trot on Thursday

GILFORD — The 6th Annual GYC Turkey Trot is a 5K Race and Family Walk held on Thanksgiving morning. Race time is 9 a.m. (8:45 for walkers). Registrations are still available at www.gilfordyouthcenter.com. Registrations will also be available at the Gilford Youth Center on the morning of the race. Registration fee is $24 per person or $65 for the family rate (up to five).

The course runs through Gilford village and is considered flat and fast. Strollers and pets are allowed.

Those that plan to register on the morning of the race are asked to arrive at the Gilford Youth Center between 8 and 8:15 a.m. For more information contact Scott at 603-524-6978.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 10:18

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