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Gilfrod Methodist church hosts Blessing of the Animals

GILFORD — All animal lovers and pet owners are invited to the First United Methodist Church of Gilford on Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m. for a celebration of the Blessing of the Animals.

Churches celebrates the Feast of St. Francis on October 4 of each year, and many local churches have chosen to honor and celebrate Francis' example and influence by conducting Blessing of the Animals events. Pastor Tom Getchell-Lacey will be conducting the service, that while it is not happening on the actual feast day of St. Francis, it will be offered the day after as a tribute to this beloved saint.

Please have your animals on leashes or in carriers for their safety. The outdoor chapel is behind the shed in back of the church.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:36

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NH Marathon Arts and Crafts Fair

BRISTOL — Once again, the Saturday of the New Hampshire Marathon -- this year, October 5 -- offers two kinds of events in Bristol, NH: running, and shopping at the NH Marathon Arts and Crafts Fair.
Held for over 15 years, the NH Marathon Arts and Crafts Fair has filled the gymnasium in Newfound Memorial Middle School with booths displaying a wide assortment of reasonably priced, high quality products. From soy candles to pottery, wood products to hand cranked socks, jewelry, knitted and baby items, and decorative scarves to maple products, fishing flies, and photography, there's something for everyone. This year there are over thirty booths.
Visitors to the NH Marathon Arts and Crafts Fair will see lots of familiar faces. More than half of the artisans and crafters hail from the local area. Many of the participants are returnees from previous years, and a few local newcomers will join the mix.
Funds from booth rentals are donated to help support three local charities: the Circle Program, the Mayhew Program, and Tapply-Thompson Community Center, all of which serve local communities.
The fair begins at 9 a.m. just after the start of the marathon and the 10k run, and it ends at 3 p.m. Parking is available behind Newfound Memorial Middle School, and admission to the event is free of charge.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:32

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Two On Tap at Franklin Opera House

FRANKLIN — It's a  trip down memory lane when Ron DeStefono and Melissa Giattino take the stage as Two On Tap, the nationally acclaimed song and dance duo, coming to Franklin Opera House on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrated entertainers in their own right, their collaboration brings Broadway to a new level, with tight vocals, brilliant choreography and exciting costumes.

"Enchanting, energetic and simply adorable" reported the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "Their rhythm, style, humor and Broadway flair left the audience elated."

Two on Tap features songs from the Great American songbook as well as some of the great Broadway show tunes. "Beyond good" reports the Cheyenne, Wyoming concert association.

Now Two on Tap appears at Franklin Opera House, the Lakes Region's premiere destination for live theater. Located in the City Hall building, 316 Central Street, Franklin Opera House offers ample free parking and no obstructed view seats.

Tickets are now on sale for Two on Tap, priced at $10 to $22, by calling 934-1901 or on line at www.franklinoperahouse.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:30

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LR Chamber Holding Info Meetings for Trip to China in Spring 2014

LACONIA —  If a trip to China is on your bucket list, the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a trip to Beijing and Shanghai, China in the Spring of 2014. To learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity, join the Chamber for an informal meeting on Tuesday, October 8 at the Chamber Office, 383 South Main Street in Laconia at either 11 a.m. or 5:30 pm.

The 9-day trip is scheduled from April 2 to April 10, 2014 with a cost of $2,500 per person including airfare from JFK Airport, 4-Star hotel accommodations, three meals per day, ground transportation with guided tours in China. The points of interest include The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Beijing and Shanghai.

"Seats are limited and filling up fast. Having experienced this trip in March with other chamber executives from across New England, I am pleased to offer this travel opportunity to our community," states Karmen Gifford, Executive Director of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.

"The trip offers an amazing chance to travel the People's Republic of China, the world's most populous country with a population of over 1.35 billion. The tours explore fascinating old culture, the changes to new modern culture and insight into the world's fastest growing major economy. For those interested in learning more about business in China, a business conference can be set up including industry talks."

Information will include itinerary, trip registration forms, visa applications, optional tours and shopping directory as well as question and answers. 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. . Be sure to indicate if you plan to attend the morning or evening presentation. Space is limited, registration is strongly encouraged.

The mission of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is to create value for members through collaboration and education that promotes an engaged community and thriving economy for the businesses in the Lakes Region. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 603-524-5531, visit the web at www.lakesregionchamber.org or find them on Facebook.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:24

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