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Meredith church brunch raises funds for Circle Program

MEREDITH — The First Congregational Church in Meredith will be hosting a fundraising brunch on Sunday, September 15 beginning at 11 a.m. The "Circle Program" will be receiving a portion of the funds raised at this month's brunch.

The local Circle Program's mission is to provide socially and economically disadvantaged New Hampshire girls with the skills, courage and confidence they need to handle the challenges in their lives. They do this by providing the girls with a unique combination of adult and peer support delivered through residential summer camp and year-round mentoring. The Circle Program serves girls in 29 towns throughout the greater Plymouth, Meredith, Laconia and Concord areas. The girls are referred to the program as they enter the fifth grade and may participate in the Circle Program until they graduate from high school.

Cost of the Brunch is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-10, and free for those under six years of age. All are welcome to attend the Brunch at located 4 Highland St, Meredith.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:07

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Senior Moment-um Movie and Breakfast Monday, Sept. 16

GILFORD —  The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um program on Monday, September 16. Participants will meet at the Community Church, Fellowship Hall at 9 a.m. for breakfast and a movie, the classic Jack Nicholson film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".

The movie and coffee are free of charge. Breakfast is available for anyone interested at $2 per person featuring cinnamon pancakes and sausage.  Anyone interested in breakfast must RSVP by Friday, September 13 by contacting the Gilford Parks and Recreation Dept. at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:04

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Vegan cooking class and dinner planned for September 19 in Northfield

 NORTHFIELD A vegan cooking class and dinner is planned for Thursday, September 19 at the Pines Community Center from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

 The class will prepare a late-summer dish of ratatouille, a traditional French dish using sautéed onions, garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant and zucchini; a corn, red pepper, and black bean salad with lime vinaigrette on a bed of fresh, organic spinach; a "sour cream" apple pie, and cinnamon herbal tea.

Ratatouille is usually accompanied by rice, pasta, or bread, but the class will be creating a more nutrient-dense version, serving it over quinoa. Quinoa is an edible seed, though it's generally used and regarded as a grain. But unlike grains which are typically low in the indispensable amino acids (IAAs, formerly known as essential amino acids) lycine and isoleucine, quinoa has adequate amounts of both these amino acids and is thus regarded as a "complete" protein.

The science behind plant proteins being preferable to animal proteins is slowly gaining acceptance within the medical community. In an article titled, "Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets" in the Spring 2013 issue of The Permanente Journal, the authors wrote, "The objective of this article is to present to physicians an update on plant-based diets. Concerns about the rising cost of health care are being voiced nationwide, even as unhealthy lifestyles are contributing to the spread of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. For these reasons, physicians looking for cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes are becoming more involved in helping their patients adopt healthier lifestyles. Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods."

"This month we'll be sampling edamame (soy beans), black beans, and quinoa, all great sources of plant proteins," said Dell'Amico. Cost for class is $30, children 12+ under are free. Send two checks for $15 each, one payable to PCC and one payable to L. Dell'Amico and mail to PCC, PO Box 262, Tilton, NH 03276. For more info call Louisa at 729-0248 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Santosha Bouchard of Meredith is a familiar face at the vegan cooking classes. "I love it when she comes and helps me. Not only is she incredibly hard-working, but she has finely-tuned senses of taste and smell, and I depend on her opinions," said cooking instructor Louisa Dell'Amico. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:00

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Tea Party Targets Workforce Housing Issue

ALTON — The Lakes Region Tea Party will be meeting on Wednesday, September 18 at 6 p.m at the Gilman Museum at 123 Main Street  in Alton.

The Alton Business Association is hosting a forum on Workforce Housing and it's important that many citizens attend to discover more about this very controversial topic.

Contact Tim Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:51

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