Learn About Lakes Region Disabled Sports July 8

LACONIA —  Laconia Historical and Museum Society hosts a presentation to introduce attendee to Lakes Region Disabled Sports (LRDS), an Adaptive Snow Sport School located at Gunstock Mountain Resort.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building. To RSVP, call 524-5600 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

LRDS is a nonprofit program providing recreation and fitness for individuals with disabilities in a safe, supportive, independent and fun environment. Instruction includes skiing, snowboarding and sit-ski.

Taylor Community is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community offering a full continuum of care, including Independent Living for active seniors, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Nursing. residents. Visit www.taylorcommunity.org, or call 366-1400 for more information.

Lions Club conducts vision screenings

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Lions Club members continued in their endeavor to promote Operation KidSight as they recently conducted vision screenings at the Sandwich Central School.

Lion members were pleased with the warm welcome they received and very impressed with the students under the direction of the school nurse Jodi Pendexter RN BSN NCSN. It was so delightful to watch them walk into the gym single-file, follow directions, wait quietly for their turn, and extra special to hear them say "thank you" when they left.

Thirty two students and six adults took advantage of the Free state-of-the-art screening which can detect indications of the following six vision issues: near-sightedness, far-sightedness, unequal refractive power, blurred vision, pupil size deviations, and eye misalignment.

Lion Mark Cotrupi has volunteered to coordinate the OKS program. He has been contacting local schools, daycares etc. Parental consent is required.

Thanks to a matching grant of $53,000 from Lions Club International Foundation 19 scanners, at a cost of $156,000, were purchased and are being shared by Lions Clubs throughout the state.

GYO Golf Tourney at Den Brae Aug. 1

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Youth Organization (GYO) is hosting its third annual golf tournament on Saturday, August 1, at Den Brae Golf Course in Sanbornton.

A shot-gun start will commence at 12:00 p.m. In addition to 18 holes of golf played as a scramble 4-person team format, golfers will enjoy lunch, dinner and a cart for $85/person. Sponsorships are available and proceeds will be used by GYO for uniforms, equipment, field maintenance and field improvements. For more information or a registration form, contact Bob McKenna at 603-267-9813 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out the GYO website at www.gilmantonyouth.com. Registration deadline is July 24.

Folk singer John Gorka at Great Waters Music Festival on july 3

WOLFEBORO — On Friday, July 3 at 7:30 pm Great Waters Music Festival will present John Gorka along with Cliff Eberhardt at Anderson Hall in Wolfeboro.A singer/songwriter famed for his rich, expressive baritone, New Jersey native John Gorka was one of the leading lights of the new folk movement.

Gorka began his career while attending college in Pennsylvania in the early '80s, appearing at open-mike nights at a local coffeehouse before eventually forming his own group, the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band. Soon he hit the road, performing up and down the Eastern Seaboard before finally settling in Texas and winning the Kerrville Folk Festival's prestigious New Folk Award in 1984.

In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine called him "the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement."

Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O'Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song "Where No Monuments Stand" is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).

Performing with John will be Cliff Eberhardt. Long one of the most respected songwriters on the club scene, his peers often mine his catalog for themselves. Cliff's song "Memphis" was included on Cry Cry Cry, an album of collaborative covers by the "folk supergroup" of the same name (comprised of Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell). Other performers who have recorded his songs include Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Russ Taff and Buffy Sainte Marie. A collection of his songs has been published in The Cliff Eberhardt Songbook (Cherry Lane Publishing).

The performance will be held at the newly renovated Anderson Hall at 205 South Main St. in Wolfeboro and is sponsored by TD Bank and Fidelity Investments.

The Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding musical performances to people living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.  Information and tickets for all performances are available at the office at 15 Varney Road in Wolfeboro, by calling 603-569-7710, or online at www.greatwaters.org. Ticket prices for this performance are $30, $20 and $12.