Cascade Spa to host several speakers for October

MEREDITH — Cascade Spa at Mill Falls will be holding several events throughout October for their Meet the Professionals series where the public have the opportunity to meet experts in the health, wellness, and beauty industry, learn about new lines and brands, and experience product sampling and discounts.

Martha Zyla, director of the newly renovated Cascade Spa, said she often launches new product lines by hosting an event to educate spa guests and showcase the products and treatments. "I have found that meeting the owners and corporate managers behind a spa brand allows our guests to feel connected and have a positive feeling towards the brand and its integrity," she said.

Of the featured professionals who will be at Cascade Spa in October, Zyla said, "They have been in the spa industry for years and are so knowledgeable and passionate about spa and wellness, as am I."

On Wednesday, Oct. 1, Zyla will be introducing BABOR, a German Luxury Skin and Body Care Line. Brian Bechtel from BABOR will be on hand from 4 to 7 p.m. with the Cascade Spa team to offer mini spa treatments, skin analysis, facial cleansing, and fluid applications. Tickets for the event are $20 per person, and the full price of each ticket will be credited back toward any BABOR retail purchase at the event.

The second evening in the Meet the Professionals series will take place on Oct. 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event, titled, The Holistic Shift: A Night of Women's Wellness, will feature Ellie Whalen, Katie Hess, and Lisa Reinhardt. These women with diverse backgrounds will share their experience in embracing a holistic lifestyle. They provide real-life examples of physical, mental, and spiritual transformations that are available with the right tools. Guests will enjoy an inspirational talk, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, sweet treats, and shopping. The event will take place at the Carriage House at Church Landing, and tickets are $20 per person. The full price of each ticket will be credited back towards Sprayology, Lotuswei Essential Oils, Perfumes & Elixirs, and Wei of Wellness Chocolate retail purchases at the event.

On Thursday, Oct. 30, Steven Turpin, international educator for Moroccanoil, will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Turpin will share Moroccanoil product news. Guests can reserve one or more of the following Moroccanoil services for $45: a Blowout with Shampoo and Mask Treatment, a Manicure, or a Pedicure. $25 of the service fee will be credited toward Moroccanoil products purchased at the event. Guests who spend $50 or more on Moroccanoil products will also receive a free gift.


Inter-Lakes PTO Walk-A-Thon to be held Sept. 28

MEREDITH — The seventh annual Inter-Lakes PTO Walk-a-thon and Family Fun Fitness Day will take place Sunday, Sept. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes High School Football Field.

There will be games on every lap, food to each, fun games, live music, and raffle prizes.

The Walk-a-thon is the Inter-Lakes PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year.

Those who cannot attend are welcome to send donations.

Wolfeboro poet to speak at Moultonborough Library

MOULTONBOROUGH — Wolfeboro poet Robert Demaree will read poems from his new collection "After Labor Day" at the Moultonborough Library on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The program begins at 7:30 p.m., with an open mic to follow the featured reader.

Demaree is the author of three book-length collections of poems, including "Mileposts" (2009), published by Beech River Books. He is a retired school administrator whose work has appeared in 150 periodicals, including The Louisville Review and The Aurorean.

In the past two years Demaree has won first place in three poetry competitions. Critics and editors have commented upon his "gift for describing the rituals of place" in accessible poems that "demand further consideration." The setting for many poems in "After Labor Day" is the Lakes Region. Copies will be available.

Priscilla Burlingham, program coordinator, said, "All are welcome to participate and to listen. Bring some words or a song and share it in the Open Mic portion."

The Moultonborough Library is located at Routes 25 and Route 109 North, at the blinking light.

Horizons Counseling Center invites public to open house on Wednesday

GILFORD — Horizons Counseling Center is inviting the public to an open house to mark the center's celebration of Recovery Month on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. at their offices in Village West in Gilford.

Horizons Counseling Center, an independent, non-profit organization which deals with people suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders, has been serving the Lakes Region since 1987. Horizons' mission is to offer quality, affordable treatment, to raise community awareness of the disease of addiction and its consequences for individuals and families. It also seeks to remove the stigma and discrimination associated with addiction and mental illness through community education. It provides assessment, outpatient individual, group and family counseling, trauma-focused treatment for women in early recovery, specialized adolescent treatment and intensive outpatient treatment through the Nathan Brody Program.

In addition to its Gilford location at Village West 1, Suites 705 and 607, Horizons operates a satellite facility in Plymouth.

Two years ago the Nathan Brody Program became an integral part of the Horizons array of services, allowing it to expand its ability to provide clients with a smooth transition between levels of care based on individual need rather than mere availability.

Horizons Counseling Center has developed strong alliances with the medical, educational, social service and criminal justice arenas in the region. It takes special pride of its role in the Recovery Court initiative which brought together the county Department of Corrections, the Public Defender's Office, the County Attorney, the county Restorative Justice Program and the District Court in a cooperative effort to engage offenders with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders in an intensive treatment and skills building program geared toward supporting recovery and engendering responsibility and accountability through community service, education and employment. The goal is to assist offenders in becoming productive members of their families and their communities.