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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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011014- Laconia Academy Winter Semester begins Jan. 13

LACONIA — Laconia Academy is the adult evening high school diploma program in the Lakes Region. The Winter Semester 2014 classes start the week of January 13–16.

The following courses will be offered: Suspense!, Algebra I/Accuplacer, Terrible Lizards, Math Concepts/ Algebraic Thinking, Pre-Algebra, U.S. History, Chemistry & Lab, Sports Literature, Math 4 Me!, Got Economics!, American Literature A-Z and Human Biology & Lab.

This program provides adults with a "second chance" to earn a high school diploma," states Peggy Selig, Program Director. Laconia Academy also enables In-School Youth, enrolled in day high school programs, to take courses at night if they have failed classes during the day. With the principal's permission, any In-School Youth may enroll at Laconia Academy. This cooperation with local area high schools helps prevent In-School Youths from dropping out of high school or having to repeat their senior year.

Students attending Laconia Academy can earn high school diploma credits in several different ways. Credit is given for previous high school credits earned and life experiences such as military service, work experience, apprenticeship training, correspondence courses, certificate programs and homemaking. Credits are earned by passing courses at Laconia Academy.

A copy of one's high school transcript from the last school attended is required upon enrollment. It is necessary in order to transfer those previously earned high school credits to one's current record at Laconia Academy.

Bank of New Hampshire has established limited scholarship help for those students demonstrating financial need living in Laconia, Gilford, Meredith, Center Harbor, Plymouth, Bristol and Moultonborough. This scholarship help will enable students to return to school at night and complete their high school education. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation through the Adult Success Program Grant (ASP) has also provided limited scholarship for these individuals who qualify in addition to limited scholarship assistance through the Pardoe Grant.

Anyone interested in enrolling for the winter semester 2014 or learning more about the program is urged to call 524-5712 or stop into the Laconia Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 05:19

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