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Montblanc Quarter to play at the Taylor Community

LACONIA — The Montblanc Quartet will perform on Sunday, July 20, at 3 p.m. in the Woodside Building at the Taylor Community, 435 Union Ave.

The recital, which is being sponsored by Jacqueline Shoemaker, is free and open to the public.

The quartet is comprised of members of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra: Julie Fox Henson, violin; Kathy Langr, violin; Bernard Di Gregorio, viola; and Andrea Di Gregorio, cello. Musical selections will come from Mozart, Mendelssohn and Joaquin Turina.

The quartet's performance is part of the 2014 Taylor Community Music series, sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire.


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:11

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Weirs Beach Jazz Series Expands to Larger Outdoor Venue

LACONIA —  Formerly hosted at the Tower Hill Jazz Bar, the Patio Garden Restaurant at Weirs Beach will present three jazz shows this weekend, weather permitting. The concerts at the Patio Garden Restaurant are free, and open to all ages. Full bar and menu are available.

Friday, July 18, 7pm-10pm: Guitarist Paul Bourgelais Trio
Saturday, July 19, 7pm-10pm: Tom Waits Tribute
Sunday, July 20, 7pm-10pm: Boardwalk Jazz Quartet

The Patio Garden Restaurant presents jazz acts from around the Northeast in a casual environment. The former Jazz Bar series was recognized as the "Best of NH" during its inaugural season in 2013, and has grown to feature acts from Boston, NYC, and New Orleans. The outdoor Patio Garden Restaurant is located across the street from the former Jazz Bar, at the end of the Weirs Beach boardwalk. Families and larger parties are welcome.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:07

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Volunteers sought to help build playground at Elm Street School

LACONIA -- Elm Street School VISTESS (Volunteers in Service to Elm Street School) is reaching out to the Lakes Region community to help bring a safe and healthy playground to Elm Street School in Laconia.

VISTESS, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to provide enrichment programs, field trips and family events for Elm Street School students, parents and staff, is in the process of raising $50,000 to replace the elementary school's 20-year-old playground equipment. Work to install the new playground is scheduled for July 26 and 27.

Fundraising so far has included sports ticket raffles, pancake breakfast events, penny/loose change drives, holiday spaghetti dinners and more – and to date has collectively raised nearly two-thirds of the $50,000.00 goal.

Members of VISTESS hope this undertaking will be a community-built project, and so they are seeking community partners at all levels, from private monetary donations to corporate partnerships as well as labor and material donations. Once appropriate funds are secured, actual playground installation will be provided by the company providing the equipment.

Prep work and site work is almost complete and a build date is set for July 26 and 27. Volunteers are needed for both days and child care will be provided. Food and beverage donations are needed as well.

As a non-profit organization, donations of any kind to VISTESS and this playground campaign fund are tax deductible. Receipts for donations will be provided for tax reporting purposes.

Anyone who is looking to become part of the local community and is willing to put playground safety first and foremost, is encouraged to consider becoming a partner of the Elm Street School Playground Project.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Kara Stanley, Playground Fund Coordinator at (603) 520-3233 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or check us out on Go Fund Me at www.gofundme.com/9swa6o and Facebook at Elm Street School Alumni and Friends.


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:00

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Coyote expert to speak in Sandwich on Wednesday

SANDWICH — An expert in coyotes will give a talk about the animals on Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. in the Benz Center in Center Sandwich.

Chris Schadler, Project Coyote representative for New Hampshire and Vermont, will share her knowledge of the Eastern coyote based on 30 years of research and her experience as a former sheep raiser. She will also share management strategies that will be of particular interest for livestock owners.

This hour-long illustrated program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Samuel Wentworth Library and the Sandwich Agricultural Commission.

For more information about this program, please contact Deb Kissell at 465-6529.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:57

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