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Pre-nursing program offered by Laconia Academy

LACONIA —Laconia Academy, the adult evening high school diploma program, will be offering high school level Chemistry with a Lab, Algebra I/Accuplacer, Human Biology with a Lab courses beginning the week of January 13–16. These courses are required pre-requisites for anyone desiring to enter a nursing program.

In the Lakes Region area the interest and need is very high for people wanting to enter the nursing/health care profession, explained Peggy Selig, Program Director. The New Hampshire State Nursing Program requires a High School level Chemistry with a Lab, Algebra I, and Human Biology with a Lab as entrance level courses for those people going into the nursing profession. It is also recommended that future nurses who have been out of high school for six years or more, take a refresher course in these subjects. There is a need for nurses in New Hampshire and these classes meet the entrance requirements for people wishing to become an RN or LPN. These required courses are also necessary for anyone desiring to become a Radiology Technician or going into Dental Hygiene.

Laconia Academy will be offering these classes over a 15 week period. Algebra I/Accuplacer, and Human Biology & Lab will meet from 6-9 p.m. The Chemistry with a Lab class will meet two nights per week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. Each class is worth one high school credit. Chemistry will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting on Tuesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 16. Algebra I/Accuplacer will be held on Monday, January 13. Human Biology & Lab on Thursday evening, January 16.

Pre-registration is required in all four classes. Anyone interested in enrolling or obtaining more information should contact the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:56

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Wesley Woods plans Snowshoe Hike

GILFORD — Wesley Woods teams up with the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department on Tuesday, February 18 for the Tuesday Snowshoe Hike series.

Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Wesley Woods and  explore its Ramblin Vewe Sheep Farm connector trials and then join together for some warming soup and cocoa in the Community Room. Dress warmly and in layers. Contact Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kristin Jarvi at 603-527-4722 for more information or to RSVP.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:44

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Children's Arts Festival by ETC on January 11

PLYMOUTH — Children in grades kindergarten through six are invited to participate in the annual Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) Children's Arts Festival Saturday, January 11, at Plymouth State University.

This special event offers opportunities for children to learn different aspect of the arts—music, dance, theatre, visual and language arts—while experiencing the themes of the current production, Oliver!.

Oliver! is an exciting musical theatre adaptation of Charles Dickens' story of an abused orphan who runs away from the orphanage and ends up in London with a group of children trained to be pickpockets by an elderly criminal, Fagin. Injured in a robbery attempt, Oliver is tended in the home of the gentleman target of the robbery. After some more shenanigans by tawdry characters, Mr. Brownlow adopts Oliver, and they and the Maylies, one of whom is Oliver's aunt, retire to a blissful existence in the countryside.

Festival hours are 8:30 a.m. –2:30 p.m. at PSU's Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth. The day includes workshops, a behind-the-scenes look at the Oliver! set, and a special performance, You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two—the art of slight of hand with Jim Gleich.

Five fun-filled workshops include:

Food, Glorious Food—language arts with Karen McLoud

Oom-Pah-Pah—dance with Emily Mower

It's a Fine Life—music with Anthony Coppola

Where Is Love?—art with Denise Plante-Renaud

Reviewing the Situation—acting with Fran Page

Participants should bring a bag lunch; snacks will be provided.

The Children's Arts Festival registration fee is $35 per child. Please submit one registration form per child. Some scholarships are available.

Register in advance online at http://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.p.m? event_id=15740/ or call Amy Maki at (603)535-2615.

Contact Robb Dimmick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

And don't forget your tickets now for Oliver!. January 22–26 at Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts Box Office, (603) 535–2787 or (800) 779–3869. Tickets are available online at silver.plymouth.edu. Beginning January 2, Box Office Hours will be 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

ETC information is online at www.plymouth.edu/outreach/etc.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:30

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Pike Food Drive brings in record donations

BELMONT — Pike Industries has declared their 7th annual food drive a major success, as employees collected over 1,366 pounds of food for pantries across New Hampshire and Maine.

Beneficiaries of the food drive include the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Laconia and donation centers in Farmington, Berlin, Colebrook, Manchester, the Seacoast Region and the Upper Valley in New Hampshire. Officers from the company delivered over 720 pounds of food to the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry in time for the holidays.

Pike Industries also matched the food donations with financial contributions, bringing the total amounts to $4,676.96.

"This year's food drive has been our most successful to-date," said Lindsey Mills, who coordinated the drive. "Pike Industries would like to thank everyone who contributed to this important effort."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:24

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