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Lakes Region Chamber to Host Trip to Italy in the Fall

 LACONIA — The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a trip to Tuscany, Italy in November of 2014.

To learn more about the chance to explore the endless opportunities that Tuscany has to offer, join the Chamber for an Information Meeting on Wednesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Elm Room, Woodside Building at Taylor Community, 435 Union Avenue in Laconia. The 9-day trip is scheduled from November 14-22,  with a cost of $2,749 per person air and land from Boston, seven nights including hotels, meals, and day trips. The tour features first-class accommodations, superb cuisine, sightseeing in Florence, Pistoria, Chianti region and wine tasting at Cantine di Greve, professional tour host, private deluxe air conditioned motorcoach with an optional Rome extension.

"We had such an overwhelming response with our recent trip to China, the Chamber is pleased to offer another unique travel opportunity to our community," states Karmen Gifford, Executive Director of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.. Known for its beautiful landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and vast influence on high culture, Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of art and science.

Information will be presented by a travel representative from Central Holidays, a tour company that works with Chambers of Commerce throughout the United States. Find out more about the itinerary, trip registration, optional tours and excursions, and answers to your travel questions. Register to attend the information meeting by contacting the Chamber at 603-524-5531 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Space may be limited, registration is strongly encouraged.

The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, 501c-6 organization, creating value for members through collaboration and education that promotes a more engaged community and thriving economy for the businesses in the Lakes Region. For more information about the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, visit them on the web at LakesRegionChamber.org , find them on Facebook or call (603) 524-5531.

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Campaign Highlights Importance of Meals on Wheels Program

LACONIA — Mayors for Meals, is part of a March for Meals campaign, initiated by the Meals on Wheels Association of America to raise awareness about senior hunger. It enables mayors and local leaders to observe first-hand the positive impact this program has on homebound participants. This year Laconia City Councilors Armand Bolduc and Robert Hamel helped prepare 130 meals for delivery to homebound citizens. Councilor Bolduc then helped deliver some of the meals throughout the surrounding area.

In Belknap and Merrimack counties, the Meals on Wheels Program and the ten area Senior Centers are sponsored by the Community Action program of Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. They have joined together in a national effort to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of these programs in fighting senior hunger. The Meals on Wheels program provides five hot, nutritious meals a week to participants and the community dining program provides the same to Senior Center participants. In 2013, BM-CAP served approximately 246,827 home delivered meals as well as important safety checks to an at risk population.
The Laconia Senior Center and the BM-CAP organization would like to express their gratitude to all the local leaders for participating in Mayors for Meals and joined in the fight to end senior hunger.

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Bolduc Park has Golf Programs for kids and adults

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of golf programs at Bolduc Park through the spring for children and adults. Youth and Adult Lessons are available at Bolduc Park in two, three-class sessions during the evening this May and June.

The session dates for youth lessons for ages 6 and up are; May 6, 13 & 20, and June 10, 17 & 24. The session dates for adults are; May 8, 15 & 22,  and June 12, 19 & 26. Both sessions have an option of a 5:30-6:30 p.m. or a 6:30-7:30 p.m. time slot. A Junior Golf League will also be available for youth players with experience every Wednesday evening from 5–6:30 p.m. starting June 25 and running through August 27.

Cost: Youth Lessons - $50.
Adult Lessons - $70.
Junior Golf League - $5.

All programs have limited availability and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. For more information, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

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PSU Choirs Perform Mack Wilberg's Requiem April 16 at the Silver Center

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth State University Chamber Singers and the University Chorale, under the direction of Professor of Music Dan Perkins, will perform composer Mack Wilberg's Requiem at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts. The choirs will be accompanied by string orchestra and organ, with PSU faculty member Charles Blood as organist.

Wilberg is an American choral conductor, composer and teacher and current director of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As music director, Wilberg oversees all musical and creative aspects of the choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Temple Square Chorale and the Bells on Temple Square, including selecting repertoire for concerts, recordings and tours and providing the creative direction for the weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast.

Wilberg's composition departs from tradition and uses hopeful texts in place of the more common fearful texts of other requiems, according to Perkins, who was an undergraduate student with Wilberg at Brigham Young University and has always loved his music. Perkins notes that the selection is also a good match for the choirs' upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall on Easter Sunday. Sophomore voice performance and pedagogy major Cody McDonnell of Holden, Mass., and senior music education major Claire Kaiser of Danby, Vt. will be soloists.

Tickets for the concert are $16-14 for adults, $14-12 for seniors and $12-10 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Proceeds of ticket sales will support the Chamber Singers' May performance tour to Chile where the students will stay with families of the university students in choirs with which they will collaborate in performance at each location. In preparation for the tour, the students have been studying articles and poetry and meeting weekly with PSU Spanish professor Barbara Lopez Mayhew who will accompany them on the tour.

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