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Bereavement support groups being offered in 2 locations in Sept.

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is offering seven-week bereavement support groups in two locations beginning in September. One group will meet in Laconia on Tuesdays and the other group will meet in Wolfeboro on Thursdays. Each group consists of a series of 1 1/2 hour meetings.

These session are designed to give people the opportunity to discuss and learn ways of coping with their loss, to gain the support of others in safe and caring ways, and to learn about the grief process. Although grief is a unique experience through which each person finds his or her own way, there are common threads we all share when going through grief.

Pre-registration is required. The support group is offered free of charge. To register for the group or for more information, call or email James Miller, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator at 603-524-8444 x 2390 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:23

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Appraisal event to benefit Year-Round Library


GILMANTON -- Two antiques appraisers will be giving verbal appraisals on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. in a fund-raiser to benefit the Gilmanton Year-Round Library.

Library doors will open at 12:15 p.m. for this event. The Year-Round Library is located on Route 140 across from the Gilmanton School.

Caroline French, an appraiser for more than 40 years, is generously donating her expertise and time. French is a member of the NH Antiques Dealers Association, NE Appraisers Association, Made in New Hampshire, Strawbery Banke, Currier Museum and a life member of the NH Historical Society. For 12 years French was owner of the Parker-French Antique Center in Northwood, one of the oldest group shops in New Hampshire.

French has donated her time and talent to support many libraries in New England. When asked about her generosity, she said: "I love libraries. My mother was a Librarian at Phillips Exeter and I have a Masters in Library Science that I used as a school librarian for several years in Durham. I volunteer on Monday mornings in Rollingsford Public Library."

The second appraiser for this Appraisal Day is Devin Moisan, a local auctioneer. Moisan has had extensive experience in appraising antiques and personal estates.

Both French and Moisan have complementary knowledge in the field of antiques.

Participants will be given a numbered ticket to sort out the order of appraisals. There's a limit of three items ($5 per item) for the first round of appraisals. But people may bring more items to be appraised after everyone else has had their three items evaluated. Photos of items too large to be brought can be used.

Appraisal Day hours may extend beyond 3 p.m. depending on the number of items presented. A silent auction is also planned during this event.

For more information contact Carolyn Dickey, 267-6098 or Linda Clarke, 267-8428.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:18

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‘Talley’s Folly’ caps off Winni Playhouse’s summer season

MEREDITH -- The Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy "Talley's Folly" will cap off the Winnipesaukee Playhouse's summer season, with performances starting Aug. 20 and running through Aug. 30.

"Talley's Foley" is the story of two unlikely sweethearts in rural Missouri during World War II.

The Playhouse's production is directed by New York-based actress and director Marta Rainer, and features Toby Miller as Jewish immigrant, Matt Friedman, who arrives at the Talley household to woo the reclusive Sally Talley (played by newcomer Molly Parker-Myers). Matt is eager to rekindle an old relationship, but Sally's past disappointments make her uncomfortable with love and afraid of commitment.

"Talley's Folly" is recommended for ages 14 and above. Performances are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Thursday, Aug. 21, and Monday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's 2014 summer season is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Kovio's K-9, and the Bank of New Hampshire, with additional support provided by AutoServ, Lakes Region Fence and The Laconia Daily Sun.

Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse also offers free educational programs: "How'd They Do That?" a backstage tour at 6-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21; "Symposium" a pre-show presentation offering insight on the play from 6-6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26; and "Talk-Back Wednesday" a post-performance question and answer session with cast on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

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Annual Laconia Multicultural Festival taking place Sept. 6

LACONIA — Downtown Laconia will light up on Saturday, September 6 when musicians, food vendors, and artists and craftsmen fill the city's Rotary Park in celebration of cultural diversity in the Lakes Region.

Named New Hampshire's top celebration of multiculturalism in 2012, the festival features a day of free entertainment for all ages, from one to 101.
Performing artists are selected not only for the diversity of their talents, but because they reflect the cultural heritage of their show. This year's festival features Irish, Czech, and Middle Eastern musicians, Celtic fusion dance, American Indian drumming, and the stunning visuals of a Chinese dragon. The 2014 performance schedule has been energized by shorter time slots while allowing the audience multiple opportunities to catch its favorite group even if they sneak away to sample delicious food. In addition, Robert Kunnaway will be back to fill Vendor Way with the haunting sounds of his American Indian flute. The Kids' Korner has been expanded to include two culturally relevant puppet shows, in addition to magic shows with local artist, Larry Frates, and the Concord Community Music School will introduce young children to the joys of music and movement.
The sensory experiences of the festival are not limited to sight and sound – authentic food from five continents will tantalize the taste buds starting at 10 a.m. The 13th Laconia Multicultural Festival winds down with a closing ceremony honoring inclusion and world peace from 3:30 – 4 p.m.
The Festival is sponsored by the Laconia Human Relations Committee, the Historic Belknap Mill, and Laconia Main Street.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:06

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