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Craft fair on March 22 to benefit Stand Up Laconia

LACONIA — Stand Up Laconia will be holdings its inaugural craft fair on Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Laconia High School.

All proceeds from this event go towards Stand Up Laconia, a local grassroots coalition dedicated to drug awareness and prevention. Laconia High School/Huot Technical Business Center are sponsoring and running this event.

For more information contact Jannine Farrar by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 528-8693 x5008.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 08:29

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‘Sweetheart’ campaign raises $18,000 for CareGivers

LACONIA — T-BONES Great American Eatery and Cactus Jack's Great West Grill supported The CareGivers Inc. for the 9th and final year of their Sweetheart of a Deal promotion. During the months of January and February the company raised $18,000 that was donated to The CareGivers Inc.

The fundraiser took place at all T-BONES and Cactus Jack's locations in Salem, Hudson, Derry, Bedford, Manchester, and Laconia. Any guest who donated $5 to The CareGivers Inc. at any location received $5 off a future visit.

The CareGivers Inc. is an all-volunteer organization that helps the frail, elderly and disabled to maintain their independence and dignity. They provide transportation, meals, companionship and more. All services are provided free of charge with the help of volunteers and donations. The CareGivers Inc. has been serving our local community since 1984.

The funds raised over the last nine years have helped to create and fund The CareGivers Caring Cupboard program. Caring Cupboard is a volunteer driven, personalized mobile food pantry program that provides and delivers free groceries to eligible elderly to ensure they receive the nutritional foods they need.

"We are so proud of the impact we have been able to make on The CareGivers and are beyond grateful for the generous support of our guests in making the last nine years a tremendous success for The CareGivers" said Tom Boucher, owner and CEO of Great NH Restaurants. "We look forward the upcoming years and collaborating with The CareGivers in new ways".


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'Arsenic and Old Lace' Revisited at the Franklin Opera House

FRANKLIN — Franklin Footlight Theatre proudly presents the ageless and energetically funny comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring at the Franklin Opera House.

There will be four performances: Thursday March 20th through Saturday March 22nd at 7:30 p.m., and a Sunday March 23rd matinee at 2 p.m.. Ticket prices are $14 for Seniors (over 55) and Students, $16 adults, and can be purchased in advance through the Opera House website, www.franklinoperahouse.org or by calling the box office, 934-1901.

The production features the talents of Jennifer Simpson, Doug Embree, Ben Heath, Robbie LaFlamme, Sean Jordan, Suzanne Banister, Jennifer Creasey, Colin Malette, Peter Heath, Gary Evans, Howard Amsden, John Masse, Paul Smith, and Vince Ribas. Also contributing their artistic skills are Chris Schroeder and Amanda Chance designing and building the Victorian set, Lori McGinley costumes, Sue Bitteto props, Dan Darling lighting design, Mark Bitteto stage managing, and Leigh Webb, producing and directing.

This wonderful 1940's comedy is an hilarious play of nobly motivated but somewhat misguided (and definitely illegal) deeds of two lovable sisters, complemented and complicated by the quirky personalities of the entire family. The show's timeless humor and familiar story will be sure to appeal to a broad spectrum of patrons, who understand the value of community-based entertainment and its ability to showcase understated talent.

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Speare Memorial Shamrock Shuffle March 15

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital will be holding an inaugural Shamrock Shuffle 5K health walk/run on Saturday, March 15 at 9 a.m. The start/finish is at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, down by the river "behind" Main St. in Plymouth.

"We are excited to leap toward spring with our first ever 5K," says Michele Hutchins, Speare's director of community relations. "We designed this event in response to outcomes from our Community Health Needs Assessment. Our community has told us they want access, to and information on, more ways to put active living in to play in their own lives. As an untimed, health walk/run we are trying to appeal to a broad spectrum of people and athletic abilities."

Hutchins continues, "Whether you've been active all winter and looking to transition to the upcoming race season, an avid walker logging steps on a pedometer, or simply motivated to move more as the days get warmer and longer, this event can be that first step. The course winds its way through the streets and neighborhoods of Plymouth, and is sure to raise your heart rate and your spirits as we get ready to welcome spring."

Like so many initiatives, Speare's Shamrock Shuffle 5K wouldn't be possible without broad community support. Speare is partnering with the Central New Hampshire CERT & MRC to help ensure the safety of walkers/runners on the course. Additionally, special thanks goes to the event sponsors: Pot 'o Gold Sponsor New Hampshire Electric Co-Op; Four Leaf Clover Sponsors Medical Reimbursement Specialists, Mike's Country Kitchen and Mountain Medical Aesthetics; and Leprechaun Sponsor Lisa's Personal Training Studio.

The registration fee is $10 per person, children age five and under are free but must be registered. Advance registration is open and forms are available online at www.spearehospital.com.The first 100 registrants will receive an event t-shirt. Registration will open at 8 a.m. on March 15 at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center.

For more information contact Michele Hutchins at (603) 238-6468 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 08:16

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