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Parent Backpack, January 21 at Gilford Library

GILFORD —  The Gilford Public Library will host a special program for parents looking to become more involved in their children's education and homework routines on Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m.

M.L. Nichols, the director of a parent education non-profit and mother of two, will offer suggestions and provide tools to help build parent-teacher connections, avoid homework meltdowns, and become a more active part of a child's learning process. This program is free and open to all.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:16

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Tilton Sports Center gears up for 2nd indoor season

The Tilton Sports Center is currently gearing up for their second indoor session for Soccer, Field Hockey, and Lacrosse. Players from across the region have been enjoying indoor soccer since late October. In the next session we will expand our available sports to include Field Hockey and Lacrosse in addition to our already popular Soccer Leagues.

Individual player and teams of all ability levels are welcome to participate. The session will run for 12 weeks from January 18, 2014 through April 11, 2014. There is typically one hour-long game per week either on the weekends or late afternoon/evenings on weeknights. Field Hockey players can play on teams from 3rd Grade thru 12th Grade. Soccer players from age 6 through adults are welcome to join a team. Lacrosse players ages 8 to18 are welcome to join a team.

For more information and to register, please visit the Tilton Sports Center website at www.tiltonsportscenter.com by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-528-7600.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:05

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Local Children's Author visits Laconia Head Start

LACONIA — Karel Hayes, author/illustrator of 12 children's books, visited with the four preschool classes at Laconia Head Start and Community Childcare on Wednesday, December 11.

She arrived at 9:15 and went to each classroom, where the children had made multicolored garlands and gold stars to decorate their classrooms. This idea was inspired by Ms. Hayes' book Winter Visitors , which the children had read with their teachers. Ms. Hayes set up in one classroom and the children came in one class at a time - where she read Snowflake Comes to Stay, which she wrote and illustrated, and Who's Been Here? written by Fran Hogkins and illustrated by Ms. Hayes. She also talked to them about the book they had read, Winter Visitors, and demonstrated how she begins her illustrations.

When their time with Ms. Hayes was over, and the next class arrived, the children moved to the adjacent classroom for hot chocolate and cookies, which was almost as much fun as visiting with a real author. Ms. Hayes joined the last group of children for a snack, before heading on her way.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:03

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Olympian Kris Freeman Hosts Clinic at Waterville Valley Resort Jan. 18-19

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Three-time Olympian and Waterville Valley Resort Nordic instructor Kris Freeman is hosting a pair of events on January 18-19 as he continues to prepare for his 4th Olympic appearance at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

In addition to receiving instruction from one of the most successful Nordic skiers in US history, guests can learn from Kris about his life in and outside of the sport.

From 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, Freeman will hold a Skate Clinic for intermediate and advanced Nordic skiers at the Waterville Valley Resort Nordic Center. The clinic is $35 per person and is open to the first 25 guests. From 10-11 a.m. on Sunday, January 19, he will be in the Meeting Room at Town Square speaking about his life and career. It is open to all guests and free of charge.

As a competitor on the world stage for more than a decade, Freeman excels in long distances, winning a World Championship in the 30km and is the reigning National Champion in the 50km, which he has won three straight years.

"I began skiing at Waterville Valley when I was four years old. When I grew up, I moved as close to the mountain as I could because it is still my favorite place in the world to ski. I am grateful to Waterville Valley for running such an awesome facility and for all of their support." says Freeman.

Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained, four seasons resort. In winter, Waterville Valley Resort features world-class alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, an indoor ice rink, and activities and events for the whole family. Lodging options include country inns, condominiums and all-suite hotels. Dining options include traditional favorites and elegant dining.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:55

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