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AARP smart driver course scheduled for May 20 at Taylor


LACONIA — The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation's first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older.

The new, updated course is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Taylor Community's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave. Class size is limited to 20 people. To sign up, call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The nominal fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, payable the day of class. AARP members should bring their cards. There will be a break for lunch and the Woodside Café is available for dining.

This course will help participants:

- Learn research-based safety strategies that can reduce the likelihood of having a crash

- Understand the link among the driver, vehicle, and road environment, and how this awareness encourages safer behavior

- Learn how aging, medications, alcohol and other health-related issues affect driving ability and ways to adjust how to allow for these changes

- Increase confidence

- Know how to drive safely when sharing the road with other road users

- Learn the newest safety and advanced features in vehicles

- Learn when driving may no longer be safe

- Explore other ways to travel

Some automobile insurance companies in New Hampshire provide discounts to participants who complete this course. People are encouraged to check with their respective insurance agents for more information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:08

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Racky Thomas Blues Band at Pitman’s on Saturday

LACONIA — The Racky Thomas Blues Band will perform at Pitman's Freight Room on Saturday May 9 at 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

The Racky Thomas Band has been a torchbearer for the blues since its formation in 1995, when Racky Thomas collaborated with bassist Todd Carson, guitarist Nick Adams, and drummer Ted Larkin to make a demo cd, and do some gigs around the Boston area. Racky Thomas has a vast repertoire of tunes – blues from world-class bluesmen, plantation gospel (the original blues), rocking electric blues, classic and obscure blues, and Racky Thomas blues including "Matchbox Blues", "Biscuit-Bakin' Woman", "Mona", "Sugar-coated Love", "Big Road Blues", "Hoochie-Coochie Man", and "Mojo Workin'".

Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for dinner reservations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:59

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Volunteers needed to work on local homes

LACONIA — Hand-in-Hand, a project of Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers to work on homes in Laconia from June 21-26. The Laconia project expects to work on 6-10 homes in the Greater Laconia, Tilton, Meredith and Northfield areas.

Hand-in-Hand took root in 2012 in Littleton, N.H. and to date 28 homes statewide have benefitted from the contributions of volunteers. The project brings together area teens, local community leaders, adult volunteers and those in need with a weeklong home maintenance/repair work camp. Volunteers in the project assist with tasks like handicap ramp construction, interior and exterior painting, porch and deck repair/replacement and yard maintenance.

Hand-in-Hand targets the needs of area seniors, persons with disabilities and low-income families. Tony Poekert, Project Manager in Littleton, stated that, "Hand-In-Hand is about much more than just fixing broken homes. It is perhaps more importantly about mending broken hearts. The lasting relationship that blossom between the homeowners and the volunteers alleviate the isolation and loneliness often experienced by frail seniors and persons with disabilities."

The project seeks: Grade 7-12 students that can do repair/maintenance work in a team with adult supervision; adult mentors, preferably with basic construction/home maintenance skills, to oversee the projects; volunteers to organize and implement three social events for the other volunteers during the work camp; and people willing to serve on a steering committee to organize the work camp and oversee implementation.

To sign-up for the project, or for more information, contact Leonard Campbell at 603-528-3035. For more information on Catholic Charities New Hampshire, please visit www.cc-nh.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:56

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Retired educators to meet at Hart’s Turkey Farm on May 19

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Retired Educators will meet on Tuesday, May 19, at Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith.

Check in begins at 10:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at 11 a.m. with the election of officers followed by  a buffet luncheon. The cost of the meal is $19.

Phone Captains will be calling soon for reservations, which can also be made by calling Virginia Hiltz at 393-2762 or Meg Greenbaum at 253-8559 by May 1h. After the meal, Rebecca Rule will provide a program of her hilarious tales of New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:49

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