NH Club News: Bedford Garden Club's program on 'Seed Starting'

February 08. 2018 10:07PM
The Rotary Club of Portsmouth plans a mission to Bangladesh in the fall to help children with cleft lips or palates and other deformities. From left are Rotary President Ben Wheeler, President-elect Cleo Villaflores, Dr. Larry Gray, Ted Alex, Ellen Labrie and Michael Labrie. (COURTESY)

BEDFORD — The Bedford Garden Club will present a program on “Seed Starting” at its meeting Monday, Feb. 19, at Bedford Fields Home and Garden Center, 331 Route 101. Guests are welcome.

Master Gardener Christine Templeton, a volunteer with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service, will discuss how to sow seeds. Doing this is less expensive than buying established plants and requires little equipment, plus vigorous plants started indoors will flower sooner that those started outdoors, the club says.

For more about the UNH Cooperative Extension, visit www.extension.unh.edu.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a social, followed by a business meeting at 10 a.m. and Templeton’s presentation at 10:30 a.m.

The club says it is committed to stimulating knowledge of, interest in and love of gardening. To learn more about the club’s meetings, community projects or membership, visit www.bedfordgardenclubnh.org or write to: Bedford Garden Club, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, NH 03110.

Conservation workshop on gardens to attract wildlife

KEENE — Anyone interested in attracting wildlife to a backyard or installing a pollinator meadow or garden or who is having trouble managing invasive plants might be interested in a workshop — “From the Birds to the Bees: Landscaping with Native Plants for Wildlife” — offered Friday, Feb. 23, at Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Road.

The workshop, scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., is presented by the Walpole-based Cheshire County Conservation District in partnership with ecologist Jeff Littleton of Moosewood Ecological.

The workshop will explore the ins and outs of ecological landscape design. From site-planning basics to site preparation and native seed and plant selection, Littleton will discuss ways to enhance property to attract birds, bees, pollinators, other beneficial insects and wildlife.

The workshop will look at landscapes on city lots to rural properties, and guests are encouraged to come with questions and ideas specific to their own properties.

The workshop is free, however, donations to support the district’s operations and programming are welcome. The suggested donation is $5 to $10. An RSVP is requested at goo.gl/w8ji68.

For more information, contact Lola Bobrowski at 756-2988 ext. 115 or lola@cheshireconservation.org.

The district promotes conservation and responsible use of natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial and educational assistance.

NAM Knights donate to Manchester, Nashua PALs

MANCHESTER — The NAM Knights motorcycle club, which is made up of veterans and law enforcement personnel, recently gave back to the communities of Manchester and Nashua and the young people who live there.

The club donated to both the Manchester and Nashua police athletic leagues, which help keep the doors open for at-risk youth and foster relationships between the area youth and police officers.

The facilities of the two nonprofit police athletic leagues offer programming for children ages 5 to 18 in the Manchester and Nashua areas. PAL programs provide a safe, structured environment emphasizing responsibility and accountability to help kids grow, make the right choices and become productive members of the community, the organizations say.

For more information, visit www.manchesterpoliceathleticleague.org or www.nashuapal.com.

Rotary Club of Portsmouth plans Bangladesh mission

PORTSMOUTH — Rotary Club of Portsmouth members are planning a Rotaplast mission to Bangladesh in October, a trip in honor of the late Jim Labrie and his life of service.

Rotaplast International is committed to helping children and families worldwide by eliminating the burden of cleft lip and/or palate and other deformities. Rotaplast sends multidisciplinary teams to provide free reconstructive surgery and care for these children.

Rotary President Ben Wheeler recently announced the club will undertake the full sponsorship of this project, with a commitment to raise $95,000. The Labrie family will provide a $25,000 matching grant to jumpstart the fundraising.

During his term as Rotary Club president and then district governor, the club says, Jim Labrie was instrumental in introducing Rotaplast to Rotarians throughout the Northeast. He rose above the challenges posed by his own congenital cleft lip and palate to become a successful entrepreneur and community leader. The Rye businessman and philanthropist died in 2016, leaving a legacy of generosity, kindness and compassion, the club says.

The club raises money in a variety of ways, including its annual Christmas tree sale, golf tournament and road race. The club then donates the money to both local and international charities.

For more about the mission, email Wheeler at bwheeler@newburyportbank.com. To learn more about the club, visit portsmouthrotary.org.

Salvation Army auxiliary selling chocolate bunnies

MANCHESTER — The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is selling chocolate Easter bunnies for its “Take a Bite Out of Hunger Campaign.”

All proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army Kids Cafe, which offers children and teens meals and recreational activities four evenings a week.

The cost is $8 for an 8-ounce solid milk dark or white chocolate bunny, which are made by Granite State Candy Shoppe.

The deadline to buy bunnies is Monday, March 26. To place an order, call Sylvia Crete at 624-0265.

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