Lakes Region Singers begin rehearsals

GILFORD — Lakes Region Singers, a community choral group, will begin rehearsing for its fall concert schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The Youth Chorus (for singers in grades 2-8) will meet at 6:30 in the First United Methodist Church in Gilford, and the Adult Chorus (for singers in high school and up) will meet at 7:30. "We welcome everyone interested in performing good music, and we don't require auditions," said director Karen Jordan. "If you know anyone who might like to join our groups, encourage them to come, or bring them along with you."

At its advisory board meeting on Monday, Sept. 15, the group discussed ways to increase its outreach to music lovers throughout the Lakes Region. The Advisory Board is comprised of Jordan along with LRS members Mary Albert, Kelly Cleveland, Charlotte Cox, Lorraine Gebhardt, Paul Stickney, Betty Welch, and Rachel Young.

Jordan said, "Our membership as well as our audience has grown steadily during the past couple of years. And the creation of our Youth Chorus has expanded the age range of our musical appeal. Our advisory board continues to offer new ideas and new interests from the community."

There will again be two performances of the Christmas Concert, one on Friday, Dec. 19, and another on Sunday, Dec. 21. This year's program will include traditional favorites like "Winter Wonderland," and "Joy to the World," as well as arrangements of "Festival Gloria" and a medley called "Irving Berlin's Christmas." Some pieces will be performed by the Youth and Adult Choruses together, and some will feature vocal soloists, along with flute, organ, brass, percussion, handbells, and four-hand piano accompaniments.

For more information call the director at 524-0835 or 998-8545, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laconia, Plymouth Elks lodges to host Grand Exalted Ruler on Tuesday

LACONIA  — John D. Amen, the National Leader of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, accompanied by his wife Marcia, will visit the New Hampshire State Elks and their Lodges on Tuesday, September 23rd , 2014.

His trip to the Granite State will include a luncheon at the Laconia, NH Elks Lodge #876 at 1:30 pm and a reception-banquet given in his honor at the Plymouth, NH Elks #2312 which will start at 6 pm. In Plymouth, Mr. Amen will speak on his objectives and goals for the Order. Elks from all over New Hampshire will be in attendance to meet John and his wife Marcia.

The Elks have Lodges in 14 New Hampshire towns and cities with a statewide membership over 7,000 members. The Elks provided over 36,908 hours of volunteer help in the Granite State last year. Members and their helpers also traveled 209,774 miles in New Hampshire in conjunction with the Order's programs. The Elks total contribution to the state of New Hampshire last year amounted to $1,357,608.

Squam Lake foliage cruises offered

HOLDERNESS — With fall foliage season fast approaching, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is offering Squam Lake cruises daily through Columbus Day weekend.

The 90-minute cruises run at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. These guided tours utilize one of the Science Center's canopied pontoon boats which hold approximately 23 people and offer a way to see and learn about this beautiful landscape. Binoculars are available on cruises for wildlife viewing at no additional cost.

Squam Lake is the second-largest lake located entirely in New Hampshire at 6,791 acres. It served as the location for the filming of "On Golden Pond" in 1981. It is known for its wildlife including common loons, bald eagles, great blue herons, and more. It is also famous for its amazingly clear water, rocky shores, celebrated islands, historic homes, and scenic mountain views.

Reservations are recommended for Squam Lake Cruises by calling 603-968-7194, option 7.

Temple B'nai Israel announces High Holy Day services

LACONIA — High Holy Day services at Temple B'nai Israel in Laconia, usher in the Jewish New Year. These solemn days begin with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and conclude on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). The services will be led by Rabbi Terry Ross Bard and Cantorial Soloist Melody Funk. The blowing of the Shofar heralds the start of Rosh Hashanah and the conclusion at the close of the final service on Yom Kippur. Scheduled service times are:

EREV ROSH HASHANAH Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30 pm

ROSH HASHANAH Thursday and Friday, September 25 and 26 at 10:00 am

Children's Service Thursday, September 25 @ 10:00 am

Tashlich at Bartlett Beach following morning service on Thursday, the 25th

KOL NIDRE Friday, October 3 at 7:30 pm

YOM KIPPUR Saturday, October 4 at 10 am followed by Yizkor.

Mincha Service at 4 pm. Neilah at 5:30

Children's Service Saturday, October 4 at 10 am

Break the Fast at 6:30 pm

Temple B'nai Israel, in the heart of the Lakes Region, welcomes members and visitors to High Holiday Services. Tickets are not required.