Yard sale July 18 to benefit food pantry

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Food Pantry will hold its annual Yard Sale on Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gilmanton Community Church, Route 140, in Gilmanton Iron Works.

The Thrift Shop will also be open featuring a special Yard Sale Day sale. Everything in the store will be priced at 50 percent off.

All proceeds from the Yard Sale help to support the Food Pantry. 

Gilmanton Food Pantry & Thrift Shop is an outreach program of the Gilmanton Community


More information can be found on the church's Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/GilmantonCommunityChurch

Community leaders to get ‘locked up’ on July 23

LACONIA — Business and community leaders from the Laconia area will "do a little time and a lot of good" on Thursday, July 23, to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases at the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Lock-Up fundraising event.
Laconia Police Chief Christopher Adams and Gilford Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee, along with Angela Cassavaugh from The Talon Salon, Sherry Kimball from Fratellos, Alan Korb from Vintage Restorations, Charleen Marble from Del Gilbert & Son Block, Allison Ambrose from Wescott Law, Gary Dionne from Metropolitan Life, and Robert Wood from Robert Wood Construction, are just a few of the many Jailbirds that have volunteered to "go behind bars" as part of MDA's Lock-Up event which will take place at Cactus Jack's/T-Bones restaurant in Laconia.

During the event, participants — "Jailbirds" — will be locked up for one hour as they attempt to raise "bail" by encouraging friends, family, and co-workers to make a contribution to directly benefit MDA families in the Laconia area.

"MDA's Lock-Up theme helps illustrate what a serious problem neuromuscular disease is and why we need to do something about it now. Jailbirds only lose their freedom for one hour, but for children and adults fighting muscle disease, the loss of mobility and the challenges that result when muscles stop working are progressive and permanent," said Fundraising Coordinator Michele Masse. "It is thanks to the support from our Lock-Up participants and generosity from community members that we will raise critical funds and awareness to help families who live with these debilitating effects live stronger, longer lives."

Funds raised through Lock-Up donations help support MDA's life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon and Manchester. They also help support MDA summer camps, including one in Poland, Maine.


Lakes Region Tea Party to meet Wed. in Moultonborough

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Tea Party will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. in the Moultonborough Life Safety Building, behind the Library.

The group will bring to this meeting what they have volunteered to research and share with the audience.

The meeting will explore what organizers say are examples of "how subtly our rights are being sabotaged ... And what can we do about it."

Local representatives will have an opportunity to speak, and the meeting will be open for discussion of the future of the Lakes Region Tea Party.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Hal or Peggy Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Frates Arts Center offering summer programs


LACONIA — The Summer Arts Program at the Frates Creative Arts Center on Canal Street downtown will begin this coming Monday, July 13, and continue through August.

The summer program is designed to meet a variety of interests and schedules.

"We've found that meeting everyone's needs is impossible during the summer. Our schedule and content areas reflect both long- and short-term classes for children, teens, and adults," said Joan and Larry Frates of the center.

July classes will include dance classes with Joan Frates and Amelia Hamilton-Miller who will once again bring together a professional blend of this mother-daughter duo focusing on the joy of dance. The Dance Studio at 31 Canal St. is connected to the Art Department and Gallery Space at 27 Canal St. where drawing and painting classes are in session.

August programs will focus on the visual arts, magic, and puppetry classes, which will include an end-of-summer exhibition and performances by the young magicians and puppeteers.

A full schedule of classes, workshops and events can be found at the center's website www.fratescreates.com which was recently updated by Creative Impact Studios of Gilford. Information can also be obtained by calling the center at 528-7651. 

This family-run arts center, which began more than 40 years ago, has developed into a leading New Hampshire-made business built on the idea of making the arts fun for everyone -- whether it be by participating in a one-day workshop, weekly sessions, or short-term classes.