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Boys & Girls Club Will Host Business After Hours


LACONIA — The Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region will be hosting a Business After Hours Event along with their co-host, AutoServ, on May 7 to celebrate their new home, the former St. James Episcopal Church, located across from Opechee Park, from 5-7 p.m.

AutoServ, a family owned and operated full service dealership, was instrumental in helping the club purchase its new home and will provide food and refreshments for this celebratory open house."This will be a wonderful opportunity for the community to see how truly spectacular this new facility is - a safe home away from home for our community's children to learn and grow" says Paul J. Gaudet, Jr., an AutoServ principal and a Boys & Girls Club Board Director. "We're just so delighted to be a part of this and to see the hard work and dedication of so many has begun to pay off with this fantastic and newly renovated location. This center provides new hope and opportunities for kids to reach their full potential", says Gaudet.

AutoServ was named NH'S Quality Dealer of the Year in 2012 by Time Magazine in recognition of its high ethical standards, industry leadership and philanthropy. This designation is the most prestigious in the retail automotive industry and its most coveted award. Illustrative of that commitment to community is AutoServ's work to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region was founded in 1999 after being known as The Teen Center located in the Community Center on Union Avenue. It was formed after the death of one of our local youth, Robbie Mills, who was killed during an attempt to steal his bicycle. Laconia had no youth center at the time and the Teen Center was created. It then moved to Sacred Heart Church across the street because the enrollment was growing at such a rapid rate, becoming an official Boy and Girls Club.It's last home was the Federal Building in  downtown before its dream was realized and the club purchased its present home.

Cheryl Avery, Club Executive Director says she  "welcomes all to come see our new home where a positive and safe environment is provided daily for the children and teens of The Lakes Region". The entire 17,000 sq. ft. property is being utilized by our Club and we continue to provide space for the Parkview Preschool day care facility as well.''

There will be raffle prizes, giveaways, refreshments and a spread of hors d'oeuvres. For additional information, contact the Chamber at 524-5531. To register for this event visit the Chamber website www.lakesregionchamber.org .

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:08

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Tanger Outlets Hosting Mothers Day Craft Fair

TILTON — A Mother's Day Craft Fair will be held on May 3-4 at the Tanger Outlets, 120 Laconia Rd., Rt. 3, Tilton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Among the many exhibitors will be Olde Quarry Farm with silk floral design arrangements. There will also be bling bling clothing by Laurie, wood-turned pens, cribbage boards, clocks, fine jewelry, beautiful quilts, fabric fairies, fabric totes, handpoured soaps, pewter figurines, Ben's NH maple syrups, personal care products, glassware, metal silhouettes, bat and bird houses, and lots more.

Music by Tim Janis and free admission.


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Area Bicycle Exchange Plans Open House Saturday

LACONIA — The Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange will hold an open house on Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its recently opened location, a  20 foot by 20 foot  former motorcycle garage next to the Big Banana Store on 229 Messer Street which is located across from the WOW Trail.

People are invited to come and get a personal tour of the facility and review the working of the exchange, which according to organizer John Rogers will be affiliated with Bike Walk Alliance of New Hampshire (BWANH). Drop-off or pickup of donated bicycles, helmets and accessories will be at the Messer Street location, which is open limited hours when the big sign is up and door is open.

Rogers says that donations of bicycles, tools  and accessories are encouraged.
The next meeting for the Bicycle Exchange, which is sponsored by Better Together,  will be on Thursday May 22 at 4 p.m. at the Laconia Middle School Library.

The purpose of the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange (LABE) is to provide a means of inexpensive alternative transportation in the form of refurbished used bicycles, made available to people who would benefit with greater mobility as it relates to work, family and personal living. The focus of the exchange would be for people who have no means to afford an automobile or who have no valid drivers license. A referral program would be used by working with area human service organizations that would refer people to the exchange. Also referrals from concerned friends and neighbors.

Rogers says that providing a means of greater mobility for those in the community with limited means helps with stable employment and meeting personal responsibilities such as doctor's appointments and also provides family and recreational benefits. Other benefits of the program will be the donation or recycling of bicycles that otherwise are discarded or sent out of the community to serve other areas. Also the promotion of a more bike friendly community.

The next step will be to form an organizational structure working with like minded organizations and volunteers to create a board or committee structure and to build civic support in making Laconia, Belmont and Gilford communities more bicycle friendly.

To make donations, to become involved, or for more information , or minutes from prior meetings, contact John Rogers at 603-524-5288 or 603-630-7571. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A short survey to help with planning can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MPWRT7H.



Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:47

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Pitmans Hosting Blues Tonight on Friday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room is pleased to announce that it will host Dance Night featuring The Blues Tonight Band on Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m. Admission is $12.

A lot of Blues bands come and go on the local music scene these days, with most never to return. However, this band did return in 2011 with a vengeance. Consisting of three core members of the original LA East Band from Laconia, it has added some fresh new talent.

Not only does the Band play covers of blues songs that we are all familiar with, Blues Tonight also performs songs that not everyone has on their set list as well as original songs.

Band members include Craig Farrington - Guitar/Vocals; Steve Brooks - Bass Guitar; Eric Anderson –Drums; Dave Bottom - Guitar/Vocals and Alan Doyle – Harp/vocals.

A catered dinner buffet is available before the show. Call 494-3334 for details and reservations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 02:34

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