8th Annual Circle Triathlon taking place on September 6 in Ashland

ASHLAND — The eighth annual Circle Triathlon will take place on Sunday, Sept. 6, at Riveredge Marina in Ashland.

This fun, community-centered sprint triathlon is open to all levels and abilities with proceeds going to the local non-profit organization, the Circle Program.

Registration is open with discounts available until Aug. 23.

Four race course options are offered to accommodate all fitness level and goals, including kids races and the aqua bike for those participants who do not wish to run.

Participants will receive their complimentary race shirt, bib number, race chip and goody bag on the evening before the race and a pancake breakfast feast post-race, compliments of The Common Man.

Those who want more information or who wish to register for the Circle Tri, may visit circletriathlon.org. For information regarding the Circle Program, visit circleprogram.org.

Sandwich author gives book talk at Moultonborough Library

MOULTONBOROUGH — Carl Rowe Hansen, author and local resident of Sandwich, will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Destiny: How Humanity's Arrogance will lead to Nature's Ultimate Response at the Moultonborough Library on Thursday, July 9 at 7 pm. Hansen has lived in many places, but when asked, he answers that he "grew up" in New Hampshire.

He is a musician, technician, sailor, and cabinetmaker, but always a writer. His first novel, Destiny, got off to a rough start. In 1978, while he wandered the bazaar of Tangier, Morocco, a knife-wielding thief stole his bag containing the first handwritten manuscript. Eventually he settled in New England, returning to Sandwich, to live and work, and to the coast of Maine to sail his boat. Along the way, he managed to find the lost works of Destiny and make them appropriate for today.
"Don't start this book if you have anything urgent to do! You won't be able to put it down. Dr. Peter Petersen's discovery of bacteria designed to clean up oil spills promises a solution to environmental disaster, but when it is released prematurely, it threatens to end the world as we know it. Wild adventures at sea, geopolitical crisis, a frantic race to avert calamity-all are made human by the story of two brilliant but estranged brothers, grappling with their past. To top it all, there's the story of first love in the face of an impending catastrophe. This is a rip-roaring thriller with a heart." -Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Book Review.

Pop-up farm stand at Lakes Region Child Care Center on Tuesday

LACONIA — On Tuesday, July 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the Lakes Region Child Care Center will be hosting the first pop-up Farm Stand in the Lakes Region, in partnership with the Lakes Region Food Network (LRFN). The concept behind the pop-up farm stand is to bring fresh, local produce to where some of the busiest people – parents of small children – are already going to be. Red Manse Farm, an organic farm from Loudon with long-standing ties to Laconia, will be the participating farm. "Red Manse Farm grows high quality produce, and offers a wide array of veggies to satisfy anyone's needs," says Karen Barker, coordinator of LRFN. "One of the neat aspects of the Busy Corner Farm Stand is that LRFN has some funds to subsidize it, so we can bring in this first quality organic produce at more affordable prices. LRFN will make up the difference for the farm, so it is a win-win situation for both the farm and the customers." The farm stands will operate on July 7, August 11, and September 8, and will be open to the entire community. Come by for food demonstrations and product sampling, as well as recipes and some surprise gifts for children. Look for the white tents in front of the Laconia Early Learning Center at 22 Strafford Street, across from Rite-Aid. For more information, contact Karen Barker at 528-8560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christian music festival SoulFest returning to Gunstock for 3 days in August

GILFORD — Celebrating 18 years of music, love & action, the SoulFest, is held annually in the picturesque Gunstock Mountain Resort.

Gunstock provides an idyllic setting for this one-of-a-kind celebration gathering over 13,000 attendees and more than 100 artists and speakers.

Gunstock Mountain Resort is both winter and summer tourist attractions and activities,

provides the model setting for the 3-day-long music event. Gunstock not only boasts one of the longest zip line canopy tours in the continental United States, it's also home to New England's largest aerial obstacle course.

This three-day event August 6-8 features world-renowned and Grammy winning Christian artists representing all musical genres on four separate stages, guest speakers and authors from across the globe. This year boasts an impressive lineup featuring numerous Grammy winning artists and some of the biggest acts in Christian music including Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Third Day, For King & Country, Big Daddy Weave, Tenth Avenue North, Brad Corrigan (of Dispatch), Family Force 5, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler and many more.

Discount and group ticket deals are available in advance online or by calling New Sound Concerts at (978) 346-4577. Tickets will also be available at the gate. For more information on Gunstock Mountain Resort, including their winter activities, visit www.Gunstock.com.