Art of Ikebana to be discussed by Opechee Garden Club at meeting Nov. 2

GILFORD — Award-winning Ikebana artist and teacher, Antoinette Drouart, will present a lecture and demonstration of "The Art of Ikebana" to the Opechee Garden Club on Monday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m., at the Gilford Community Church (19 Potter Hill Road).

Drouart's artistic interests, combined with her love of flowers, and their therapeutic values, led her to study, and eventually teach, the ancient art of Japanese floral design. While living abroad in Japan she received formal training in Japanese flower arrangements and certificates from the Ikebana Sogetsu School, headquartered Tokyo, Japan. She was also honored and awarded an official Japanese flower name, "Hoshi", whose English meaning is "Purple Iris".

Upon returning to the United States from Japan, Drouart opened her own boutique, "Ikebana Flower", in Nashua, N.H., where she offered exotic seasonal flowers, unique Ikebana containers, and other supplies, as well as classes. During this time, her boutique was the recipient of the Best New Exhibitor Award, the Michael Wirth Memorial Trophy, at the 2005 New Hampshire Orchid Society Show, was the Editor's Pick for Best Exotic Arrangements in New Hampshire Magazine, and was listed in their 2005 Best of New Hampshire issue. In both 2006 and 2007, the New Hampshire Orchid Society Show awarded the "Ikebana Flower" boutique the trophy for Best Artistic Displays.

Though Drouart has retired from the boutique she continues her interest in the art of Ikebana through demonstrations, special events, such as weddings, and corporate accounts where she creates Ikebana arrangements for the workplace.

Opechee Garden Club Hospitality Chairs Eleanor Swain and Louise Osburn, and their Committee Members Fran Crawford, Gayle Green, Mary Lou John, Ginnie Johnson, Esther Kratochil, Patti Litchfield, Marilyn Lynch, Gladys McGaughey, Joyce McMath, Florence Merrill, Evelyn Millar, and Joni Stover will provide refreshments and table decorations. Club members and their guests are encouraged to arrive early, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m., to chat and mingle with friends before the Business Meeting begins at 1 p.m.

The Opechee Garden Club meets on the first Monday of most months at 1 p.m., at the church. It is a member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., the New England Region, and the National Garden Club, Inc. New members are welcomed. For more information, please contact us at www.opecheegardenclub.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yoga studio hosting evening of music, art


MOULTONBOROUGH — Santosha Yoga & Wellness will host an evening of community music and art this Saturday, Oct. 24, at its location at 70 Whittier Highway (Route 25).

Anyone who wishes is welcome to turn out play an instrument, listen to music, sell their artwork, read poetry, and enjoy one another's company.

Refreshments provided.

Those interested in performing or displaying their work are encouraged to contact Jenna Sarno at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Music is scheduled to start at 7:30.

Belmont Legion Post changes meeting date to first Tuesday of each month

BELMONT — In an effort to find a meeting date and time that might be more convenient to more of its members, Belmont's Charles Kilborn American Legion Post #58 has voted to change its regular monthly meeting time to the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings will still be held in the Senior Center on the second floor of the Belmont Mill, using the back entrance and elevator.

The Post hopes this time and date will work out better and will continue until further notice. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 3. All members and anyone interested in joining the Legion are cordially invited.

11-year-old wins Fall Foliage 5K at Waterville Valley

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The 8th Annual Fall Foliage 5K Foot Race attracted 125 runners to the resort on October 15. Seventy Three joined in for the fun run. In first place overall for the women, again, was Erica LaBella of Plymouth. In first place for the male category, and the overall winner, was 11 year-old Evan Thornton of Waterford, Vermont. The top fun run female winner was 8 year-old Mia Weglarz and for the male category, 13 year-old Jackson Burnham.

Mark Invernizzi Landscaping was the Event Sponsor, Roper Real Estate as Major Sponsor and WMAC, Waterville Valley Realty, All Mountain Rentals and NH Electric Co-op were Community Sponsors. Prize donations came freely from Coyote Grill, WMAC, Moulton Farm, Hannaford, Dreams & Visions, Toad Hall Toy Store, Legends, Olde Waterville Pizza Co., Mad River Coffee Roasters, Jugtown Country Store, Waterville Valley Golf Course, Town Square Condos, Waterville Valley Resort and the Adventure.

Each year race organizers from the Town of Waterville Valley Recreation Department choose a charity to benefit from a portion of the race proceeds. This year $700 went to Voices Against Violence and their extraordinary efforts.

For more information about the race, or other year-round programs offered by the Waterville Valley Recreation Department (WVRD), please go to www.watervillevalley.org/recreation or contact Recreation Director, Brooke Wakefield, at (603) 236-4695.

Personal goals topic of seminar today

GILFORD — A speaker will offer suggestions at a noontime seminar today, Oct. 22, on how people can reach both their short-term and long-term goals.

Dr. Jilian Stogniew will give a talk titled "Setting Goals for Lasting Lifestyle Changes" during Week 4 of the Healthy Lifestyle Series at Wesley Woods.

Organizers encourage participants to bring a notebook to the seminar which will take place at noon at the Wesley Woods Community Center.

Those interested in attending are asked to contact Stace Hendricks at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..