Yoga and music fund raiser on Thursday will help woman injured in car accident

TILTON — Awakening Chiropractic is hosting a fundraiser for an injured co-worker, Michelle Maslanka, at their Grange Road faciiity on Thursday, September 18 at 6:15 p.m.

On the evening of July 22 Maslanka was in a serious car accident with her 6 year old daughter in the vehicle. Michelle Maslanka is from the Laconia area and active in many community functions. Her daughter was released that evening from the hospital. However, Michelle is recovering from a broken neck and her co-workers want to help her and her family reduce stress by providing financial assistance to them.
There will be live music yoga and live musiv by  Girish at the event. Space is limited. Cost is $30 per person and all profits will be donated to the family. Yoga teacher, Asa Dustin, will be donating his time. Call 603-729-0009 for reservations.

Adult Education offering Meditation course

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering a four-week Meditation: Focusing Within Series starting on Monday, October 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Huot Technical Center: Room CTC H-230. The class will be taught by Helen McConnell.

Meditation is a stress reliever, that can prevent many different forms of ill health; even disease. McConnell is a Health Educator who has seen firsthand the health issues associated with stress. This course is designed to help you cope with, and in some instances, eliminate the stressors in an individual's life. Participants will learn simple but very effective techniques to minimize the effect of stress on your body. She has found that the most effective and easiest way to ease or eliminate your stress is by learning to meditate and to understand the different methods of breathing which will help to relax and calm the body and mind. 

The goal of the class is to teach students how to control the stressors in life in order to achieve better health and ways in which to use these techniques in everyday life. To enroll in the class or for more information, call the Laconia Adult Education office at 524-5712.

PSU hosting Eating Disorder Conference

MEREDITH —  The Sixth Eating Disorders Conference, “Untangling the Web of Weight Disorders,” hosted by PSU’s nationally recognized Eating Disorders Institute and the Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation, is providing health, mental health and school professionals the latest information on disordered eating and weight disorders, tools, strategies and the organization and training of eating disorder treatment. The conference, northern New England’s largest, will be held September 25-26 at Church Landing at the Inn at Mill Falls. Institute founder, Dr. Mardie Burckes-Miller, said the conference will feature three tracks of discussion, Clinical Issues, Education and Advocacy and Diversity/Integrative Therapies.
“This year we have leading eating disorder speakers from the top treatment centers in the country sharing their expertise,” said Burkes-Miller. “It is important for health care and education professionals to increase and update their knowledge and skills in order to be able to effectively manage clients and to conduct sound educational programs. There will be more than 20 sessions in three focus areas, clinical issues, education/advocacy and diversity and integrative therapies.”
The conference features two keynote speakers, Dr. James Greenblatt of Walden Behavioral Healthcare on Food Addiction and Margaret Nagib, Timberline Recovery Center on Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse Disorders. Specific issues to be discussed with a team of experts include tele-mental health counseling, insurance coverage for family members, males and eating disorders, bridging the gap: young adolescents to older women, eating disorder teams and prevention in schools, prevention programs, acceptance commitment therapy and motivational interviewing for professionals.
The conference is tailored for mental health, public health, and health professionals and educators; eating disorder survivors; and anyone who is interested in eating disorder prevention, treatment, or education and outreach programs for individuals, schools, and communities. Continuing Education Units will be available for a variety of professionals, and participants may also register for graduate credit.
“Many health, mental health, and school professionals have little or no academic training in this area and do not recognize the seriousness of eating disorders, and the link between eating disorders and obesity,” Burckes-Miller noted. “Anorexia nervosa, a brain disease, has the highest death rate of any mental illness. Binge eating disorder effects 1 of every 35 adults and effects more than 30 million in the U.S.”
For more information about the conference and registration, go to or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-535-2515.

Visit Juniper Knoll Farm's Alpacas on Sept. 27 & 28

BELMONT — On Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, Juniper Knoll Farm invites citizen to visit their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals, the luxury fiber they produce, and why the alpaca business is environmentally friendly. The farm will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 307 Bean Hill Road.

Yarns, fiber and finished alpaca products will be available for sale. For directions please visit their website at