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North Sandwich Store, Sandwich Police Holding Christmas Toy Drive

SANDWICH — The annual North Sandwich Store and Sandwich Police Department - Sandwich Toy Drive - has begun. All toys, gifts, and monetary donations may be dropped off at either the North Sandwich Store or the Police Department. Any checks should be made out to: Sandwich Toy Drive.

The toy drive will be ongoing through December 21. The Community Wrapping Party will be held at the North Sandwich Store on Saturday, December 21 at 6 p.m.

The annual Sandwich Community Christmas Tree Party will be held in the upstairs of the Sandwich Town Hall on Sunday, December 15 at 3:30 p.m. This party is sponsored by the Sandwich Woman's Club with the assistance of several other organizations in town. Each child in Sandwich from birth through grade 3 will receive a small gift from Santa. This includes the families who have children at the Sandwich Central School but who do not live in Sandwich.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:57

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Gallery Space Spotlights Bead Artist Cari Ordway

LACONIA — The Gallery Space is proud to spotlight creative bead artist Cari Ordway for the month of December.

Cari is owner of Bead Devine in Gilford and has been beading for 10 years. She is presently completing her requirements in the Master Beader Program in Deerfield. She has expanded her skills of bead weaving to include silver and precious metal clay designs over the past year.

She reflects on this exhibition by saying, " This is an opportunity for me to share my original pieces and skills with the Lakes Region Community that has inspired my designs."

In addition to exhibiting her creative pieces in the Gallery Space she will also be demonstrating her skills, conducting hands on workshops, and offering supplies on Saturday, December 7 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Studio Workshop at FCAC at 27 Canal Street in Downtown Laconia.

This event is a part of the Downtown Laconia Christmas Open House and will be part of the continuing efforts of the Gallery Space to collaborate with local businesses, artists, photographers, printmakers, and sculptors to promote the quality work being created in the Lakes Region.

The Art Supply Shoppe will be holding special Christmas discounts throughout the day and the FCAC Art Workshop area will be hosting painting demonstrations, limited edition prints, caricatures, and cartooning workshops. Refreshments will be served during the day.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:53

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Waterville Valley Fire and Ice December 14th

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Waterville Valley is hosting a "Fire and Ice" holiday celebration on December 14.

The Waterville Valley Ice Arena hosts the home hockey teams, the New England Wolves and the Fighting Spirit, as they face off against their competitors on Saturday, December 14 from 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Guests can watch a local ice carver, Jeff Day, make progress on a sleigh ice figure in Town Square and view the two already carved masterpieces throughout the afternoon. Free ice skating will be available from 3-4 p.m. at the indoor Ice Arena, and a complimentary Wine Tasting for adults is scheduled in Jugtown Country Store from 3-5 p.m. The Rey Center and Recreation Department will host the annual Candy Cottage workshop and display. To participate in the Flaming Passport, those attending the event are required to visit each of the Town Square shops throughout the day, to have a chance at winning dinner at The Lantern.

At 4 p.m. Plymouth artist and author, Marcia Santore, will do a reading from Story Songs, her set of three new Christmas themed books. Marcia Santore's vibrant illustrations transform three traditional Christmas carols into contemporary stories. This reading will take place at The Rey Center. Afterwards, guests can linger at the outdoor fire pit for complementary hot cocoa with friends and family.

A number of other activities will be held throughout December, including Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, December 5, when the Town Square Merchants extend gratitude to all patrons by rolling out extra savings on retail purchases and dining. The Rey Center will host an artisan fair all month, open Wednesday-Sunday each week through December 22.

New Year's eve provides a great opportunity to partake in family fun activities, special restaurant menus, and lodging, complete with an array of fireworks at 7:30 p.m. over Corcoran pond.

For more information about these events visit www.waterville.com or www.visitwatervillevalley.com or by calling 1-800-GO-VALLEY.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:49

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Record season for Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

HOLDERNESS —The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center recently wrapped up their public admissions season with a record 50,000 visitors enjoying the live animal exhibit trail. Overall, the Science Center served over 84,000 visitors in 2013 which includes trail visitors, program attendees, lake cruises, and field trips.

The 2013 trail season featured additional cruises on Squam Lake including Loon Cruises, Dinner and Sunset Cruises, and a new family cruise. Also, popular during the season were River Otter Feeding and Mountain Lion Feeding and Training. Both activities took place throughout the season so many visitors could see these entertaining educational programs.

The 2014 season is expected to be another great year with new exhibits opening including a new live Coyote Exhibit featuring the Science Center's resident adult male coyote. Also, opening will be an exhibit featuring energy choices. The focus of this exhibit will be sustainable energy featuring the Science Center's new wood-fired boilers which will be used to heat most of the buildings on campus. Both new exhibits will open for the start of the 2014 trail season on May 1.

"We're so pleased that so many people got outside to experience nature at the Science Center," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director. "It's a testament to our programs, our staff and volunteers, and our facility that we have gained such a great reputation as a unique attraction in New Hampshire."

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 05:29

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