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Laconia Harley kicks off holiday season with Goodwill coat drive and tree lighting

MEREDITH — Laconia Harley-Davidson has launched an effort to support those in need this holiday season while also helping to beautify downtown Meredith. On Saturday, November 30 Laconia Harley will host its first annual Christmas tree lighting and month-long coat drive to benefit Laconia Goodwill, the area's largest charity thrift store and donation center, which supports families throughout New Hampshire's Lakes Region. After the holiday season, Laconia Harley will donate the 13-foot Balsam tree to the Greater Meredith Program. More information can be found at www.laconiaharley.com.

With performances by the Brian Robert Band, along with demonstrations by award-winning ice sculptor Jeff Day, the tree lighting and coat drive will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 30 at Laconia Harley Davidson in Meredith. The Brian Robert Band will perform rock n' roll versions of Christmas classics while Day will transform a block of ice into a snowman. The fun, free family event will feature plenty of delicious treats, including gingerbread cookies, frosted sugar cookies, hot cocoa and Irish coffee—provided by Hart's Turkey Farm.

"The holiday season is really about giving, and as a local business we feel it's our responsibility to support our community. Laconia Goodwill has long been the leading advocate for people in need in the Lakes Region," said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. "We hope this campaign helps warm the hearts and bodies of those in the community that need assistance the most. At the same time we are pleased to create a family-oriented event at our dealership that will also help enhance downtown Meredith."

As the leading thrift store and donation center in the region, Laconia Goodwill is always there for families in need, providing needed clothing and resources.

"A coat does so much more than keep someone warm. Every time someone shops or donates to our organization they are helping so many across New Hampshire and northern New England," said Maureen Puia, director of communications for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.

The 13-foot balsam tree will be decorated with white lights and "chrome accents" by Cole Gardens of Concord. Attendees can guess the number of lights on the tree for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to Laconia Harley Davidson.

After the holiday season the balsam will be donated to the Greater Meredith Program, a nonprofit organization working to enhance the economic vitality in Meredith, while preserving the community's cultural and historical heritage. The organization is also working on a town-wide beautification project, which includes planting an additional 100 trees in town during the next five years.

"Laconia Harley-Davidson is widely known as a philanthropic leader in the Lakes Region and we are thrilled that they have agreed to donate this beautiful tree which will support our overall mission of beautifying the community," said Liz Lapham, executive director of the Greater Meredith Program.


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Registration open for Dancing with Lakes Region Stars

MEREDITH — The 4th annual Dancing with the Lakes Region Stars is slated for Saturday, March 8, 2014 in the Inter-Lakes Auditorium.

Each year four men and four women are selected to be the "stars" and they dance for their favorite charity. The winner will receive half of the show's proceeds donated to his or her charity. The other seven cast members will split the remaining proceeds among their chosen organizations. Over $20,000 has been raised by this event over the past three years.

Those interested in taking part in Dancing with the Lakes Region Stars 2014 are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, December 9, 2013. In the email include the following information: name; town of residence; profession/place of employment; "star" qualities; what non-profit would dance for and why.

The cast list will be posted by the end of December.


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Taste of the Lakes Region cookbooks will on sale at the Gilford Craft Fair

GILFORD — Altrusa of Laconia will be participating in the Gilford Craft Fair being held on Saturday December 7,  from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Gilford High School.

The club will be offering their Taste of Lakes Region cookbook for $15, a 176 page hardcover book that was published in 2012 featuring recipes from local restaurants and community members.

In conjunction with the cookbook, they will also be selling gift vouchers to their 2014 24th annual Taste of the Lakes Region event, scheduled to be held Sunday March 30, 2014. Put the 2 together for an innovative gift idea – 1 for use now, 1 to enjoy a few months from now. Both items can also be purchased online from Altrusa of Laconia's website.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, all Altrusa of Laconia monies are raised through various fundraising activities and donations, and then redistributed back into the community in the form of scholarships, contributions, and projects that meet the mission of Altrusa.

For more information about Altrusa of Laconia, including information on membership or to make an online tax-deductable donation through PayPal, visit www.altrusalaconia.com.

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Irwin Automotive Supports Local Community with 100 Turkeys for the Holidays

LACONIA — Irwin Automotive supports the Lakes Region community by giving turkeys to families in need for their Holiday feasts. With a turkey on the table families are able to maintain a holiday tradition in any situation. The Irwin team has been providing turkeys to St Vincent De Paul in Laconia for the past three years and this year donated 100 turkeys.

St. Vincent De Paul provides material assistance to those in need in the Lakes Region by establishing programs with organizations, which provide temporary relief and helpful solutions for those in need. Enabling families to share a meal with their families allows for a special celebration, a time of happiness, a gratefulness that frees them from their troubles. Irwin Automotive sees the importance in helping the less fortunate all year round, but especially around the holidays when family and togetherness is so important and magical.

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