Landscape expert to speak at Moultonborough Library

MOULTONBOROUGH -- An expert in Granite State landscape and horticulture will lead a program titled Landscaping in the Lakes Area at the Moultonborough Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The program, featuring Dr. Cathy Neal, is free to the public and is provided through the Bearcamp Valley Garden Club. Dr. Neal will share valuable tips about creating and maintaining landscapes that are beautiful, lower in maintenance, and environmentally friendly.

Neal will talk about how landscaping can have far-reaching effects on water quality. She will explain which plants thrive with a minimum of care. Other topics she will cover include how close to a well or water body can one safely use pesticides, and what lifestyle choices can one make that will help New Hampshire's lakes and rivers remain pristine.

Neal's program is for the average gardener/homeowner, and not just for those with waterfront property.

Dr. Neal is an Extension Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at UNH, and is the state specialist in Landscape Horticulture for UNH Cooperative Extension. She frequently conducts training in sustainable landscape practices. She is author of several fact sheets and books, including "Landscaping at the Water's Edge: A Manual for New Hampshire Landowners."

She will be available for an informal question-and-answer session after her talk. Reservations are not required, but they are appreciated, as refreshments will be served. For more information, see to reserve a place, select the tab "Make your reservations now."

‘Aging with Humor’ program to be held at Taylor Community on Monday

LACONIA — Mary Lou Fuller’s “Aging with Humor” program held on Monday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. The 2012 National Mature Media Awards Winner will present a light-hearted program for seniors and seniors-to-be.

Fuller is the author of “A New Beginning: Living on What I Learned After 70,” a collection of anecdotes that reflect her views on aging with humor. She lives at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord.

This event is free and open to the public and will be held at Taylor’s Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave. Please RSVP to ensure seating: 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 366-1400.

Needle felted pumpkin class at Meredith craft gallery

MEREDITH — Join us at the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Sunday, October 5th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM for a Needle Felted Wool Pumpkin class with Carolyn Wright. During this three hour class you will learn how to make a felted pumpkin ornament that be perfect for a sincere pumpkin patch. No experience necessary and this class is for all ages.
Tuition is $25 per student to be paid in advance, and with an additional $15 materials fee to be paid to the instructor the day of the class. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register visit the League of NH Craftsmen on 279 DW Highway, Meredith, NH or call at 603-279-7920.

Canal Street bead shop participating in 7th Annual N.H. Bead Bop next month

LACONIA — The seventh- annual N.H. Bead Bop will be held Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, and Friday through Monday, October 10-13.

Bead Divine LLc is one of seven New Hampshire specialty retailers in the beading business that has bee accepted to participate in the 2014 Bead Bop event this October. Bead Divine, which opens its doors on Canal Street in July, specializes in beaded jewelry and other items and beading supplies, as well as classes, workshops, and retreats. 

"What drew me to beading more than a decade ago is that you can make something so beautiful even as a beginner," says owner Cari Ordway, who has been selling her own creations and teaching classes for several years before opening her brick-and-mortar location in Downtown Laconia. "I want to share that with as many people as possible - and joining forces with other beading retailers in a program like Bead Bop is a great way to do so."

To participate, enthusiasts must purchase a "2014 Passport Kit" at any of the seven specialty bead shops. The kits, which are priced at $12.50 and went on sale in July, include a BEad Bop tote bag, 2014 pin, ad Bead Bop passport containing the individual stores' coupons and or raffle tickets. Participants can then visit the 2014 Bead Bop stores during the event dates in October, getting their passports stamped and using the coupons and raffle tickets at each location. Prizes include a grand prize worth at least $400, a Bead Challenge raffle for seven free.