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Free Skating Party offered at Tilton School Ice Rink

TILTON — Bring your skates and join Magic Blades Figure Skating Club and Plymouth State Skating Academy staff on the ice at the Tilton School Ice Arena, Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m.-noon for a free skating party to celebrate U.S. Figure Skating's National Skating Month.

Both Magic Blades and Plymouth State Academy are U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills programs offering membership through USFS, as well as the USFS badge program, teaching skills through a specific progression of skills. Both programs offer 30 minute lessons with 30 minutes of practice ice for skaters ages three through adult. Plymouth academy has free skate rentals for the lesson time. Both programs welcome beginner hockey skaters wanting to learn basic skating skills before joining advanced hockey teams. The academy offers stick and puck practice as well.

Lessons for the winter skating season at the Plymouth State Academy begin Sunday, Jan. 5, at 5 p.m. at the Plymouth State University Ice Arena. Magic Blades winter lesson session includes preparation for their annual skating show "Magic on Ice" A tribute to the winter Olympics in Sochi. Magic Blades lessons begin on Monday, Jan. 6, at the Tilton School Arena at 6 p.m. New skaters are welcome at both programs.


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Local students Maggie DeVoy, Erica Markson and Olivia Maclean are senior members of the Magic Blades Figure Skating Club. (Courtesy photo)


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 09:30

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Welcome 2014 with Waterville Valley's New Year's Celebrations

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Welcome 2014 with fresh fallen snow, fireworks, family events, and of course, skiing, riding and cross-country skiing.

New Year's Eve events at Waterville Valley's Resort in New Hampshire's White Mountains include fireworks in the Town Square over Corcoran Pond at 7:30 p.m., and a 45-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride departing from the Town Square. Space is limited. Reservations can be booked by calling (603) 236-8175.

Several other winter activities are planned. Guests can take a moonlight tour of the Valley by dogsled for a truly unique experience. For more information and reservations, call (603) 236-8175. Waterville Valley's Indoor Ice Arena also offers daily public skating sessions and skate rentals.

For kids, there will be a New Year's Eve Extravaganza held by the Waterville Valley Recreation Department. Children ages 4 to 6 are welcome 5 to 7 p.m., and kids 7 to 13 can celebrate from, 7:30–10 p.m. They will have a fun, active night playing gym games, creating kid-friendly crafts, piñatas, dancing, food and participating in the New Year's Eve countdown. Pre-registration with payment is required. More information is available at www.watervillevalley.org/Recreation.html.

Start your celebration early with Starry Nights on Saturday — gourmet dining mountainside around a fire inside the Sunnyside Timberlodge. Guests will enjoy the stars as they ride up the Valley Run Quad then ski or ride to the Sunnyside Timberlodge along a torch lit trail. Book by calling Therese at 603-236-8311 ext. 3000.

For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com and www.waterville.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 08:56

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American Legion Hosts Christmas Party for Children

LACONIA — American Legion Post 1 recently hosted a Christmas Party for about 45 children and grandchildren of post members. There were crafts, home-made Christmas cards, face painting and a visit from Santa himself. All children were treated to french fries, hot dogs, punch and ice cream as well as gifts from Santa.

The Post 1 Sons of the American Legion purchased, wrapped and delivered about $1,000 worth of gifts and clothing to the most needy children of the Laconia elementary schools. First names, age , gender and sizes were provided by the school staff.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1 of Laconia provided gifts and a small party for shut-in veterans at Belknap County Home, Genesis, and the St. Francis Home during the week preceding Christmas.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 08:44

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Rey Center Hosts Art, Science and Nature Programs for the Whole Family

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley has just released its winter programming schedule with lots of art, science and nature activities for the whole family.

This winter's nature programs include Nordic Night Adventures and Nordic Kids with Curious George Story Time and Craft. Both programs are held every Saturday from Dec. 28 through March 15. Nordic Night Adventures is for families with youths ages 7 and up who want to explore the Waterville Valley Nordic trail system at night guided by one of the Rey Center naturalists. Participants will listen and look for winter nocturnal wildlife, learn about the constellations and more and hot cocoa will await them at the end of the journey.

Nordic Kids with Curious George Story Time and Craft is for kids ages 5 and older who want to play games and activities on skis and snowshoes en route to the Curious George Cottage (the Reys former summer residence). At the cottage participants will be able to create Curious George themed crafts that can be taken home and then there will be a race back to Town Square.

Other kids winter activities include Curious George Story Time and Popcorn every Wednesday from Jan. 8 through March 12, Curious Crafts every Friday, Dark Sky Stargazing and many more special events during holiday weeks.

For the adults this winter there are art workshops, lectures, art exhibits and the annual winter fundraising gala and auction. This winter's art workshops are all about watercolor. On Feb. 3-5, join artist Shirley FitzGerald for Watercolors for Beginner to Intermediate. Then again on March 10 and 11, Shirley will be back with her Watercolor Techniques class.

The Rey Center winter lecture series entitled ''Infatuated with Snow'' includes Passion for Snow movie on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. followed by a panel discussion. Jan. 17 brings us Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine by director of NE Ski Museum, Jeff Leich followed by Getting to Know Snow on Feb. 21 by UNH assistant professor, Mary Stampone. Lastly on March 14, NH Fish and Game biologist, Kristine Rines shares her knowledge of Moose on the Edge.

Feb. 15 marks the date of this year's annual fundraising Gala and Auction. The most anticipated event of the year includes Live and Silent Auctions, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Dessert and Dancing to Live Music by Boston band, the Marsels. The public's support will help raise $20,000 to support the art and science education programs at the Rey Center. For details on this other Rey Center programs contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center.

The Margret and H.A. Rey Center, located on the second floor of Town Square is a non-profit educational organization with programming modeled after the interests of Margret and Hans Rey, the authors of the Curious George characters, and former summer residents of Waterville Valley.

Margret and H.A. Rey were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys' legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. For more information contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at 603-236-3308 or visit www.TheReyCenter.org or visit the center on the second floor of Town Square in Waterville Valley.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 08:25

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