New Hampshire Club News in Brief

June 19. 2013 8:44PM
Andrew Bennert of Henniker, right, was received by the brothers of Harris Lodge No. 91 Free & Accepted Masons in Warner at an Entered Apprentice degree. Welcoming Bennert is Worshipful Master Brian S. Stiles. (COURTESY)

Grange to host barbecue, sustainability program

DANBURY — Blazing Star Grange No. 71 is sponsoring the second of its four "Living Sustainably" programs on Saturday at the Grange Hall, on North Road at the junction of routes 104 and 4.

The presentation, "Using Energy Sustainably in the Home," will coincide with the Grange's annual barbecue chicken dinner.

The presentation will run continuously from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. Attending the dinner is not required. The program will have experts in various fields on hand to explain their areas of expertise, including Kim Quirk of Energy Emporium in Enfield and energy auditors from the Community Action Program of Belknap-Merrimack Counties, who will answer questions about high- and low-tech improvements that can reduce home energy consumption and also offer help to people interested in federal assistance for making home improvements.

Phyllis Rockwell, lecturer for Blazing Star Grange and a vendor at its winter farmers market, has put together the two-year program on sustainability and combined it with Grange events throughout the year. The Grange says its winter markets, which feature local goods and produce, has put it at the forefront of the sustainability movement.

The next sustainability program, "Food Preservation," is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Danbury firehouse during the annual Danbury Grange Fair.

For more information, call Rockwell at 744-2332.

Italian Cultural Club plans program on Renaissance

GILFORD — The Lakes Region Italian Cultural Club will host a program on Renaissance artists and their quirky personalities and symbols — "Fun Facts and Cultural Connotations in Italian Renaissance Art"— at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Bank of New Hampshire Operation Center, 10 Mutual Way.Patricia Wild, a professor of fine arts and education at Lakes Region Community College, will talk about how symbols and their meanings affected the work of Italian Renaissance artists.

The meeting includes a dinner by Curt's Caterers. The cost is $24, and reservations are required.

The club's mission is to bring Italian culture to the Lakes Region through its regular meetings. The club's past programs have focused on art, architecture, opera, wine and cheese making, and most recently, music.

Joseph Hodges, right, who along with his mom, Darlene, won the bicycle raffle at the Kiwanis Club of Laconia’s recent bicycle rodeo, poses with his prize. (COURTESY)

For reservations or more information, call Joe Adrignola at 496-3839 or Alice Contardo at 527-0551.

Kiwanis Club spreads safety message at bicycle rodeo

LACONIA — The Kiwanis Club of Laconia recently hosted a bicycle rodeo at Opechee Park.

The rodeo focused on teaching children and their parents bicycle safety skills in a fun, family setting.

Each year, according to the club, about 400 children between the ages of 1 and 14 are killed in bicycle crashes. Thousands more are treated in emergency rooms for related injuries. The club says many children and their parents are unaware of these statistics and the basic techniques for staying safe while riding a bike.

Kiwanians are committed to preventing accidental injury and head trauma. With this in mind, the club gave away 45 bicycle helmets at the rodeo and operated several bicycle stations where riders learned and practiced bike safety skills.

All the participants also were entered into a drawing sponsored by NAPA and Piche's Ski and Sports Shops to win a new bike. Joseph Hodges and his mom, Darlene, were the winners.

For more information and news about the Laconia Kiwanis Club, go to

Meredith Lions Club selling tickets for duck race

MEREDITH — The Meredith Lions Club has begun selling tickets for its annual Fourth of July rubber duck race.

For the past 23 years, rubber ducks have been going over Mill Falls to compete for the grand prize of $1,000.

Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The race will start at 4 p.m., and tickets must be purchased by 3:30 p.m. race day.

To order tickets, send a check to Meredith Lions Club, P.O. Box 1720, Meredith, NH 03253 or call 279-6016 for more information.

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