Lifestyle Briefs: Winterfest Family Fun Event coming to LaBelle Winery

February 24. 2018 9:06PM

Refreshments, including maple syrup on snow, s'mores and liquid nitrogen ice cream, are free. Mulled wine, hot chocolate, coffee and boxed lunches will be available for purchase. (Metro Creative Connection)

Winterfest Family Fun Event at LaBelle Winery

AMHERST - LaBelle Winery will host its fifth annual Winterfest Family Fun Event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event, which is free and open to the public, offers families a variety of activities, include sledding, snowshoeing, nature tours, snowman crafts, face painting, a bonfire, a scavenger hunt, a collaborative community mural project, a photo booth and a New England wildlife display.

Refreshments, including maple syrup on snow, s'mores and liquid nitrogen ice cream, are free. Mulled wine, hot chocolate, coffee and boxed lunches will be available for purchase.

Last year's Winterfest drew more than 800 people.

The winery works with a number of businesses and community organizations to plan and produce Winterfest each year. This year's partners are Currier Museum of Art in Manchester; Beaver Brook Association in Hollis; Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt in Nashua; New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester; The Canvas Roadshow in Bedford; New Hampshire-based Enchanted Forest Photo Booth; and UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Riding Center in Goffstown.

More event details, including a printable schedule of the activities, can be found at The winery, located at 345 Route 101, also can be reached at 672-9898.

Families First offers parenting classes

PORTSMOUTH - Free parenting programs coming up at Families First Health and Support Center, 100 Campus Drive, include "Helping Siblings Get Along," which is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Parents will learn the surprising causes of sibling rivalry, when to intervene and when not to, and techniques for handling kids' feelings and behaviors.

Other programs include:

. "Anger Help for Everyday Parenting," 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6 through 20. Parents will learn ways to reduce and handle anger.

. "Parenting Your Challenging Teen," 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, and the second and fourth Thursday of each month. This is a parent education and support group for parents of kids ages 12-21 who are struggling with emotional or behavioral problems. It will cover anger management and mindfulness, limit-setting, substance use, bullying, social media use, trauma, co-parenting, teen brain development and how best to communicate with your teen.

. "Positive Solutions for Families," 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, March 8, 22 and 29; April 26; and May 10 and 24. This six-week program is designed to help parents of preschool-aged children (ages 3 to 5) promote their children's social and emotional skills, understand their problem behaviors and use positive approaches to help them learn appropriate behavior.

The center also is offering an Active Parenting Series in both Seabrook and Somersworth for parents of children of all ages. The series will show how to win cooperation, teach values and responsibility and reduce power struggles at home. The Seabrook series is Tuesdays, March 6 through April 10, at Rockingham Community Action, 146 Lafayette Road. The Somersworth series is Wednesdays, March 7 through April 11, at Goodwin Community Health, 311 Route 108.

All of these programs are free and include free child care. Advance registration is required.

To sign up, go to or call 422-8208 ext 2.

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