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Autism Center’s annual Walkathon will be on May 18 in Laconia

LACONIA — With April being recognized as National Autism Awareness Month, organizers and participants are busy  preparing for the annual Autism Center Walkathon, which will be held on Sunday, May 18, in downtown Laconia.

The Walkathon begins and ends at Lakes Region Community Services in downtown Laconia, the home of the Autism Center, on Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30). LRCS's main office is located at 719 North Main St. (across from the Laconia Clinic and adjacent to the entrance of the WOW Trail). Participants walk the length of the WOW Trail then turn around and return to LRCS. The route is approximately 3.2 miles.

There is limited parking available on site, but ample parking is available on the street, in municipal lots and across from LRCS at the Laconia Clinic. Please join us and enjoy a brisk walk on a spring day for a great cause.

A unique aspect of the Walkathon is its very special group of sponsors. Every business sponsoring the Walkathon – Kara Financial, Syl Lapierre Masonry, Peanuts Auto, and Right Angle Construction, is connected to a child who has been enrolled in the Autism Center. The Region III Family Support Council, which works with Lakes Region Community Services to support individuals and families receiving services from the agency, is also an event sponsor.

Those wishing to participate can go to www.lrcs.org to register online through Eventbrite. This will let organizers who is  coming, their T-shirt size (raise at least $25 and get an official Autism Center T-shirt) and whether they will be attending the lunch following the walk.

The Region III Family Support Council is sponsoring lunch immediately following the Walkathon. There will be grilled hotdogs, snacks and soft drinks.

Walkers can also set up a charitable page through GoFundMe to be able to collect online donations. Visit the www.lrcs.org for instructions on how to set up your own page.

The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that one in 68 children are identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is an increase of 30 percent since 2008.

Jennifer Doris, LRCS's Early Childhood Manager oversees the Autism Center, stresses the importance of early developmental screening and praises New Hampshire's Watch Me Grow developmental screening system.

"Developmental screening is imperative to assisting all children grow and develop as close to their expected milestones as possible," said Doris. "Parents who wish to have their child screened should visit www.watchmegrow.org for more information. Forty-four percent of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by the time they were three years old."

The Autism Center empowers parents to educate, encourage, support and advocate for their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In a natural, child-friendly environment, the Autism Center's team teaches parents strategies that they can incorporate into their everyday family routines. The teaching model provides measurable goals and objectives. Staff works with each family to meet its specific needs.

"One of the best parts about being involved with the Autism Center for families is not only the support they receive from staff, but the opportunity they have to connect with other families who have similar needs and experiences."

For hundreds of families living in the Lakes Region each year, the Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, a program of LRCS, offers education and support to help families meet basic needs, keep children safe, and make positive connections. The Family Resource Center believes strong families lead to strong communities. Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. A dynamic human services organization, LRCS offers other essential and critical services to individuals in the Lakes Region from birth throughout their lifespan. At the core of LRCS' work are inclusion, acceptance, and building strengths and partnerships – whether at the individual, family or community level.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 06:32

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QuickBooks workshop offered at community college

LACONIA — Charleen Smith, the owner of Support Services LLC, will be teaching a two-day basic QuickBooks I workshop on Monday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lakes Region Community College. Smith will also be teaching a two-day basic QuickBooks II workshop on Monday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.

"I specialize in assisting small businesses, non-profits, and individuals in keeping track of their finances using QuickBooks, one of the most commonly used accounting software programs," says Smith, an LRCC Accounting Honors Graduate in 2010. "I am excited about the opportunity to pass my QuickBooks' knowledge along to others in the community. The best way to assist businesses is to help them understand how to set up QuickBooks to maximize efficiency."

For more information about LRCC's workshop offerings, call 524-3207. One may also call toll-free 1-800-357-2992.

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Registrations now accepted for Belmont Parks and Rec Summer Day Camp

BELMONT — Registrations are currently being accepted for the Belmont Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp.

Summer Camp will start on June 25 and run for 6 weeks. Weekly camp rates are $100 for residents of Belmont, and $145 for non-residents. Registration is open to children entering 1st through 8th grade in the fall. A limited number of part time spaces are available for the summer; rates and information are available on the department's website. The counselor in training program is open to youth entering 8th-12th grade in the fall.

On August 4 through 8, Challenger Sports will run a one week British Soccer Camp at the Belmont High School and Bryant Field. Registration is open to players from 3-16 years. A few seats are still available for the June 18 Boston Duck Tour trip with lunch included at Cheers and shopping at Faneuil Hall.

Additional information for all programs is available at www.belmontnh.org or by contacting the Belmont Parks and Recreation office at (603) 267-1865 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 05:41

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Gilford adult hiking program begins May 6 on West Rattlesnake Mountain

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a series of spring hikes on Tuesday mornings through June 3. Participants will gather at 9 a.m. in the Gilford Town Hall before departing for the hike.

The first two hikes are scheduled for on May 6 at West Rattlesnake in Holderness and May 13 at the Winnipesaukee River Trail in Tilton. The cost of the hikes is $1 per person, per hike.

All interested participants are asked to RSVP at least one day in advance to each trip. For more information or to RSVP contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 10:58

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