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Garden Club of Meredith welcomes new members at spring luncheon

MEREDITH — The Community Garden Club of Meredith welcomed five new members at the recent spring opening luncheon and meeting. Members are from the towns of Meredith, Center Harbor and Moultonborough.

Scholarships were awarded by the Community Garden Club of Meredith to three members of the 2014 graduating class of Inter-Lakes High School who will pursue studies in horticulture and environmental studies. Congratulations to Nicholas R. Baker, Jeffrey T. Ryan and Meaghan J. Warburton.

Garden club members will host Awesome Blossoms Garden Walks during the summer. More details as the gardens bloom.

The 2014 Summer Raffle, Home Tweet Home, features a hand made barn board bird house created and designed by a local Meredith artist. Tickets will be available at all the garden club gatherings. Winning ticket will be drawn at the closing luncheon on Thursday, October 2.

The Annual Summer Bake Sale will be held in front of the newly relocated Aubuchon Hardware Store at the Meredith Bay Shops on Route #25 Meredith on Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. until sold out. Celebrate the summer season and stock your pantry and freezer with a great assortment homemade baked treats. Botanical Photo Note cards will also be available for sale. New this year: home made treats for your favorite canine friends. The proceeds from this sale will be used to fund scholarships for local students pursuing careers in the fields of environmental study and horticulture.

Cackleberries Garden and Gift Center located on Route #3 Meredith will host the Community Garden Club of Meredith on Thursday, July 17 at 1 p.m. Members and guests are asked to park at the Meredith Police Station and walk the short distance to the Studio at the Garden Center.

Owner, Laurie Perry, will demonstrate the "Art of Container Gardening" using new, old and re-purposed containers. Herbs, flowering annuals, and succulents appeal to the senses as they combine fantastic foliage and spectacular colors with the scents of summer. To create your own container garden look for containers such as pails, pots, planters, old purses, bird cages, chairs, old straw hats. They make unique container gardens for porches, patios, decks and special garden spots.

The Community Garden Club of Meredith, founded in 1959, is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticultural education and community beautification and conservation through volunteerism and friendship. Visit www.meredithgardenclub.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 07:19

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Gilmanton Year-Round Library hopes to raise $20,000 in fund raising campaign

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Year-Round Library Board of Directors has launched a new annual giving opportunity which the board hopes will produce $20,000 a year in donations.

The program, called the Giving Tree. is a tiered-plan which allows all level of donations to the library, from a $25 Acorn donation to fund a program, to a $1,000 Gold Leaf donation to assist in operating costs.

There are six levels of donations: Acorns for $25, Flowers for $50, Copper Leaf for $100, Bronze Leaf for $250, Silver Leaf for $500 and Gold Leaf level for $1,000.

The Board of Directors hopes to raise at least $20,000 with this annual fundraising campaign. The Board anticipates that leaf by leaf, acorn by acorn, this goal can be accomplished. Any donation level chosen helps to provide the staff and board of the Library with the resources to offer a vast collection, engaging programming and great service to all the residents of Gilmanton.

All donors will be recognized by having their names placed on the GYRL Giving Tree which will be displayed at the library. Donations can be made with PayPal on the website at www.gyrla.org by clicking on the "donate" icon, or by check made payable to the GYRL at 1385 NH Rt 140, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837. Donations are tax deductible.


Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 07:09

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Watershed Association offers cruises on Floating Classroom

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association is offering lake ecology cruises on Tuesdays and Thursdays July 1- Sept 5. Cruises depart from the Weirs at 10 am and 1pm. Cost $20/adult, $15/child. Call 603-581-6632 or Register online at www.winnipesaukee.org

The cruises will be offered on the association's new Floating Classroom. An onboard naturalist will facilitate a food web game, talk about history and geology of the lake and water quality issues. Participants will get a chance to 'be the scientist' taking water clarity and temperature measurements. We'll catch and observe zooplankton, and also have an opportunity to see what's living below the surface.

These cruises will depart from Weirs Beach, Laconia and motor past Spindle Point through Sally's Gut with a stop behind Stonedam Island. The onboard time will be about 90 minutes. Cruises must be booked in advance. Call 603-581-6632 or Register online at www.winnipesaukee.org

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 07:03

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Plymouth State Ice Arena Opens for Cool Summer Fun

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth State Ice Arena will be open over the July 4 weekend for public skating and skating lesson through the summer. Check the Plymouth arena's schedule page for the wide variety of public ice times.

Skating and lessons are available in a variety of programs from ice dancing for adults, to freestyle ice for experienced figure skaters, and lessons for beginners.

The Plymouth State Skating Academy will begin summer lessons on Tuesday July 8 at 6 p.m. and run through the end of August. The Skating Academy is one of over 1000 US Figure Skaing's Basic Skills programs providing instruction for beginners through advanced skaters. The program was established in 2010 with the opening of the new arena and shares staff and curriculum with the Magic Blades Figure Skating Club of Tilton.

Freestyle Ice for advanced skaters is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30.

The Plymouth Rock curling league was also new addition to the arena offerings this spring and will continue over the summer. Check the Arena web site for teams and "drop in curling" over the summer.

For more information visit the program webpages: www.MagicBlades.org or www.Plymouth.edu/Arena .

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 06:59

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