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Laconia's Multicultural Festival now in 13th Year

LACONIA — The 13th Annual Laconia Multicultural Festival will be held on September 6 in downtown Laconia, Rotary Riverside Park, and at the Belknap Mill.

As every year, there will be something for everyone: ethnic foods, arts, crafts, demonstrations, animals, activities for children, music, singing and dancing, and much more. Vendors introduce their crafts and food at the Festival and social service organizations inform the community about the services they offer.

This year Elaine Morrison, a member of the Lakes Region Art Association, donates her services to the Laconia Multicultural Festival. Morrison's traveling to Brazil with Envelart, an intercultural art exchange program, and to Kodiak Island as part of an archeological dig studying the Alaskan indigenous people, and an independent study of the Mongolian tribes during a summer in Russia enhanced her cultural knowledge.

Morrison is working on creating a one-of-a-kind painting, depicting what the Multicultural Festival is all about – celebrating cultures. Her 18 inch x 24 inch artwork will be auctioned off at the festival to help defray the costs of producing this event. "It really is exciting working on this project with Elaine Morrison, an incredibly talented woman", says Becky Guyer, a Chairperson of the LMF.

The Laconia Human Relations Committee joined by Laconia Main Street and the Historic Belknap Mill are sponsors of the Laconia Multicultural Festival.

All Festival entertainment is free of charge. Visit the Facebook page "Laconia Multicultural Festival" as well as the LMF web site.
Volunteers are always welcome.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 11:14

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Sen. Forrester to Host Complimentary Ice Cream Social

PLYMOUTH — Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, will host an ice cream social at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center on Thursday, July 24th immediately following lunch.

"As the state senator for District 2 I believe it is extremely important to listen and be accessible to constituents. This event is just one more way I am continuing this focus all while having a little fun too," added Senator Forrester.

The ice cream social is free and open to the public. RSVP's are appreciated by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 279.1459.

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Bear expert to speak in Moultonborough

MOULTONBOROUGH -- A talk about black bears and their behavior will be given Thursday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Loon Preservation Committee's Loon Center.

Speaker Ben Kilham explore black bears in depth. Black bears, thought to be solitary, have a different type of social behavior that possibly parallels early human behavior. They show evidence of reciprocal altruism, food sharing, and early group formation of un­related individuals. Kilham's love of and devotion to black bears has enabled him to study their habits and interact with them for more than two decades.

Kilham's talk in once in a series of Summer Nature Talks behind held on Thursday evenings during July and August. Admission to all programs is free. The Loon Center is located on Lee's Mills Road.

On Thursday, July 31, Chris Martin will present "Peregrine Falcon Recovery in the Granite State."

For more information, call the Loon Center at (603) 476-5666.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 11:00

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Gilford Methodist Church to host 17th Annual Acution on Wednesday

GILFORD — The First United Methodist Church will hold its 17th annual auction on Wednesday, July 23, at the church complex on Gilford Avenue (Route 11A).

Auctioneer Jerry Love will drop the gavel at 6:30 p.m. to start the bidding. To be auctioned off are collectibles such as dolls and plates, antiques including glassware, antique butter mold, and furniture, and many more items.

A Silent Auction will begin at 5:30 with more than 100 items, including gift certificates to many New Hampshire restaurants, local attractions, and services. In addition, there will be a flea market room and food for sale.
The auction was started under a former pastor, Huntley Halvorson, when a tent was set up on the lawn. More recently the event has taken place in the church hall at the rear of the church complex.

Proceeds from the auction help with expenses for building use by outside groups and other local and far-reaching church missions.
Paul Weston, chairman of the event this year, says, "I am extremely thankful for the way local businesses and service providers have been willing to donate this year, more so than any previous year. It's going to be a great Auction."

The church is located on Rt. 11A near the Gilford Rt. 3-11 by-pass (GPS address 18 Wesley Way) Gilford, NH.

For more information call the church office 524-3289. Church website: www.NHLakesUMChurch.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:56

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