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Music For Life Concert is Saturday

LACONIA — The fourth annual Music For Life Concert, a collaboration between the New Horizons Bands of the Lakes Region and that of the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, will take place on Saturday, March 22, in the Laconia Middle School Multi-Purpose Room at 6 p.m.

Each band will play selections individually, as well as jointly. Also performing with the same format will be the Brewery Lane Big Band and the LakeTones Jazz Band, featuring trombone soloist, David Bresnahan, during the joint performance.  Bresnahan is an award-winning music educator who also plays trombone with the Freese Brothers Orchestra in Concord.

Portsmouth saxophonist, Russ Grazier Jr. will conduct the New Horizons Band of the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, as well as the Brewery Lane Big Band. Music instructor and band founder, Mary Divers, will conduct the New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region, and woodwinds specialist Lisa Noordergraaf will lead the LakeTones Jazz Band.

The program will consist of a wide variety of musical genres including The Beatles, various songs taken from Broadway musicals, toe-tapping marches, and classical selections.

Organizers are grateful to Meredith Bank and Trust for its generous donation to help fund the concert. A free-will offering will be taken to also help offset costs. The New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region, with the belief that music is for life, is open to musicians of all levels and those wishing to learn an instrument. Band rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 1:30-3 p.m. with Jazz Band to follow.

For more information please call Karen Sticht at 279-5682 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:24

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Learn how to avoid being victim of a scam at program on Wednesday

HOLDERNESS — How to avoid being the victim of a scam will be the topic of a program scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the Holderness Fire Department.

The program will be presented by the police chiefs of Holderness and Ashland. A representative from Meredith Village  Savings Bank will also participate to answer questions on ways people can guard against fraud.

Immediately following the program, the Holderness Park and Rec Department will provide popcorn and a movie, which is open to all who would like to attend.

Both police chiefs recently told the newly formed, Concerned Christian Community (CCC), that the area's senior citizens will especially find this program informative and helpful.

The CCC is made up of representatives from several local churches. Members from St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Holderness Community Church, Ashland Baptist Church, Ashland Methodist Church, and St. Agnes Church, are collectively working together to present programs on a variety of topics that will benefit townspeople.

The CCC was started by St Mark's Church earlier this winter. Its mission is to reach out and explore the needs of their communities, and work with other churches to meet those needs. It was determined that the focus should be on senior citizens, young parents, and the already established "Got Lunch" and "Community Pantry" programs.

For the next CCC scheduled meeting, contact Deb Holland at 603-968-2303. All who are interested in making this group a success, are encouraged to bring a bag lunch, and some fresh ideas. Drinks will be provided.

Those who need transportation to the program may call any member of CCC.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:22

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Meeting Monday for group interested in health care issues

LACONIA — Medicaid Managed Care and other issues will be discussed at during a gathering organized by Advocates Building Lasting Equality in New Hampshire (ABLE NH). All members of the public are welcome to attend the session scheduled for Monday, March 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Lakes Region Community Services Main office, 719 North Main St., Laconia.

This meeting will consist of an introduction to ABLE NH, a discussion on the implementation of Medicaid Managed Care, and other community concerns. All community members are invited to share their stories and to discuss ways to improve services in the Lakes Region.

Founded in 2007 as the result of a year-long multi-organizational planning process which included the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, the Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Disability Rights Center, ABLE NH is a grass-roots organization which advocates for the full participation of people with disabilities by connecting families, influencing public policy, and improving systems of supports, consisting primarily of self-advocates and family members. ABLE NH members take on the concerns of the communities in which they live.

ABLE NH encourages all those who are interested in the issue of Medicaid Managed Care or other issues of local concern, to contact their local ABLE chapter leader or the statewide organizer, Amanda Miller Johnson. More information can be obtained by callingl 603-731-2045 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or contacting Denise Colby 603-657-4449 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:19

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LRCS Active Parenting Teens program begins April 1st

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire is again offering a free, "Active Parenting of Teens" program for families in the Lakes Region. "Active Parenting of Teens" will meet on Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 29, & May 6, 13 from 6-8 p.m. and includes an optional dinner from 5:30-6 p.m.

This 6-week series is for parents of teens and pre-teens. The series provides parents with the guidance and support the need to turn the challenges of raising a teenager into opportunities. Topics include: methods of respectful discipline; skills for clear, honest communication, strategies to prevent risky behavior, how to be an encouraging parent, and insight on issues such as teens online, bullying and depression.

Advance registration is requested for this program. Limited on-site childcare and assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval. Space is limited, to RSVP or for more information call Erika Lea, Lakes Region Community Services, at 528-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:07

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