Category Archives: Educational Programs

Thursday Night Book Club at White Birch Books

White Birch Books in North Conway welcomes reading enthusiasts on Thursday, March 23 at 7pm. This month’s reading selection is Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo.

Richard Russo, at the very top of his game, now returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and the characters he created in Nobody’s Fool.

Everybody’s Fool by Richard RussoThe irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years . . . the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends . . . Sully’s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). We also enjoy the company of Doug Raymer, the chief of police who’s obsessing primarily over the identity of the man his wife might’ve been about to run off with, before dying in a freak accident . . . Bath’s mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, whose wife problems are, if anything, even more pressing . . . and then there’s Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upward might now come to ruin. And finally, there’s Charice Bond—a light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymer’s office—as well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station.

Everybody’s Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times and people you can’t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so stridently human. This is classic Russo—and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

About White Birch Book’s Thursday Night Book Club
The Thursday Night Book Club meets every fourth Thursday of the month and is open to any and all readers. Discussions are good, varied and – for the most part – stay on point, but members have a lot of fun, too! Stop in, try it out, meet some new friends and read some great books.

For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com or call 603.356.3200. 

Measure Your Success: Free Email Marketing Analytics Workshop


The last workshop in a series of workshops by Joanne Randall, co-founder of Sprout For Business, is rescheduled for Thursday, March 30th from 9:00-11:00am at the Technology Village in Conway, New Hampshire. The workshop is free, supported through funding from the Community Development Microenterprise Block Grant, and is a great opportunity for business professionals seeking new networking and professional development opportunities.

Metrics – can be like magic.

Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed? This seminar will take you step-by-step through the amazing data generated by all the key online marketing tools – and give you tips on how to use it.

 You’ll learn:

  • How email open- and click-through reports can help you know which of your products/services are hot, which are not, and how to test for best resultsOut of a field of everyone, who is interested in what topics – so you can focus your precious time, efforts & energy
  • The calls to action/messaging that actually WORK
  • Best times, days and ways to get the response you want
  • How social media engagement and click rates can tell you the topics, type of media posts, andfrequency your connections really want
  • How research, setting goals, monitoring campaign results and applying lessons learned will continually improve your results!

Each workshop begins with a half-hour networking opportunity from 8:30am to 9:00am. Workshops start at 9:00am and end at 10:30am and will be held in the Community Room at Granite State College, located at 53 Technology Lane in Conway.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop. To register, interested participants may visit the register page here, or by calling 603-447-6622.  Please note that a journal for note-taking is required for each workshop, but laptops are optional.

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation Presents Outdoor Snowshoe Adventure

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation welcomes you to attend their Outdoor Adventure at Tin Mountain Conservation Center on Saturday, March 4th from 9am to 1pm. Participants can enjoy a winter nature walk with the guidance of animal tracking and winter ecology enthusiasts, a Geocache adventure with experts on hand to assist newcomers to the hobby, and a kid’s treasure hunt in the Rockwell Sanctuary. For those who wish to explore on their own, this option is also available. The trails are ready and accessible for snowshoers of all ability levels.

jens-friendsRegistration for the event is from 9-10am, with events from 10-11:30am. Participants are welcome to meet at the Nature Learning Center at 11:30 for hot drinks and soup.

The cost to attend this event is donation-based, with 100% of the funds raised for Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation. These funds are given back to Mt. Washington Valley residents that are battling cancer. The money is raised in the Valley, and stays in the Valley!

Participants are asked to please dress for winter weather and to wear appropriate footwear with traction or snowshoes depending on the snow conditions. Please bring your own snowshoes, as there are only a limited number of snowshoes available for those who do not have them, on a first come first serve basis.

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About Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides supplemental financial assistance and other resources to cancer patients and their families in the Mount Washington Valley who are uninsured, under-insured, or financially challenged, allowing them to focus on battling cancer without worrying about the indirect financial burdens that often arise. Jen’s Friends is currently assisting over 70 families in the Mount Washington Valley in their fight against cancer.

For more information, contact Charlie Zaccaria by email at czaccaria@roadrunner.com or by phone at 603-986-1923. For more information about Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation, please visit their website at http://jensfriends.org/wordpress/.

 

Storybook Character Breakfasts to Benefit Believe in Books Literacy Foundation

Visit the Theater in the Wood throughout the months of February, March, and April to meet some of your favorite Storybook Characters for a cause! Starting at 10 am, enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast with the Believe in Books Foundation’s very own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup. Enjoy a storybook reading surrounded with new friends,  and meet with the characters afterwards.

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The morning will include a book swap (bring a gently used book and swap it with another), a pancake breakfast including our own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup, a storybook reading and visit involving the character of the day, as well as access to the 100 Acre Wood Trail System!  After your meal, visit our Maple Sugar Shack afterward to see how we make it!

The Storybook Character Breakfast Schedule
  • February 25th:  Goldilocks
  • March 4th:  Cat in the Hat – Celebrate his Birthday!
  • March 11th: Cinderella
  • March 18th: Red Riding Hood
  • March 25th: Alice in Wonderland
  • April 15th: The Lorax

Tickets for each breakfast are available for purchase at the door. The price for each breakfast is $7 per person, and children under 3 free. Participants are welcome to enjoy the trails for the entire day with entry. Suggested donation and all proceeds are to benefit the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation which is a 501 (3) (c) Non-Profit Organization.

For more information, please visit www.believeinbooks.org or call (603) 356-9980.

Supper to Support the New England Ski Museum Eastern Slope Branch

Enjoy an evening of great food, community involvement, and generosity at the Flatbread Pizza Company in North Conway to benefit the New England Ski Museaum Eastern Slope Branch on Tuesday, February 21, at 5pm until close. The Flatbread Pizza Company in will donate a portion of the evening’s receipts (both dine-in and take-out) to the Eastern Slope Branch of the New England Ski Museum.

The evening will be all about skiing! Visit the Legends Room of the Eastern Slope Inn to watch vintage ski films and participate in a 50/50 raffle to help turn the former North Conway Community Center into the Eastern Slope Branch of the New England Ski Museum.  The museum will include interactive exhibits, a library, fascinating ski history and a museum shop.  Please attend and help make this vision a reality!

About the New England Ski Museum
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The New England Ski Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1977. The mission of the museum is to collect, conserve, and exhibit elements of ski history for research, education and inspiration. While the museum has operated at Franconia Notch State Park since December of 1982 and welcomes thousands of visitors annually, the New England Ski Museum aims to expand and create a permanent branch in the Mount Washington Valley.

About the Eastern Slope Branch Ski Museum Project

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It is anticipated that the cost to lease, renovate and equip the community center to properly house the museum and ensure its long-term health will be $1,700,000. Professional museum quality environmental renovations will be required to display priceless artifacts from the existing collection. Interactive displays and exhibit features are also planned. A fixed budget will be created after the final programming and architectural solutions are completed. A capital campaign team has been formed of New England Ski Museum directors and key Mount Washington Valley residents to promote this exciting charitable endeavor and raise the requisite funds.

For more information, please visit www.newenglandskimuseum.org or call 603.823.7177.

AMC Highland Happenings at Crawford Notch

‘Find your outdoors’ with weekend programs and school vacation week programs at AMC Highland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch. During the month of February, experience weekend hikes, nature walks, outdoor skills sessions, social hours, and yoga starting at 9am weekend mornings until the late evening with featured evening programs. During school vacation week, February 18-26, bring the family for Kids Power Hour, Drop In Painting, kids movies, and family featured evening programs, including campfires and night hikes.

amc-trailsFEBRUARY WEEKEND PROGRAMS

Saturdays & Sundays

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am Yoga (Sundays only)
  • 9:00 am Notch Hike: 1-3 hours, easy hike to a view or waterfall
  • 11:00 am  Notch Talk: Topics include: outdoor skills, history or natural world
  • 1:00 pm Notch Nature Walk or Notch Talk
  • 3:00 pm Outdoor Skills Sessions
  • 5:00 pm Social Hour & Trivia
  • 7:30 pm Featured Evening Programs

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK PROGRAMS
February 18-26, Daily

  • 9:00 am Notch Hike
  • 11:00 am Notch Talk
  • 1:00 pm Notch Nature Walk or Notch Talk
  • 3:00 pm Outdoor Skills Sessions
  • 4:00 pm Kids Power Hour
  • 4-6:00 pm Drop In Painting with Artist in Residence
  • 5:00 pm Social Hour & Trivia
  • 7:30 pm Kids Movies Daily, PLUS Featured Evening Programs

The featured evening programs for the month of February include a closer look at  astronomy with Mountains of Stars: Astronomy at Crawford Notch with guest speaker Dr. Doug Arion on Saturday, February 18th at 7:30pm and story-telling at their Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trial event on Sunday, February 19th at 7:30pm.

Featured evening programs during school vacation include campfires on Monday, February 20th and Wednesday, February 22; a night hike on Tuesday, February 21 with AMC’s Outdoor Guides,  Tai Chi with Instructor Ruth Innes for all ages and experience levels on Thursday, February 23, featured film screening of Steep (a documentary on extreme and big mountain skiing) on Friday, February 24, and Hiking the Winter 48 presentation with special guest speakers Mike & Lori Innes who share photos and stories of their adventures checking off the list of New Hampshire’s 48 4000+ footers during the winter months on Saturday, February 25.

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For more information, please visit www.outdoors.org/highlandhappenings or call 603-278-4453.

The Believe in Books Sugar Shack Opens February 18th

It’s that time of year again! The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will open their Sugar Shack on Saturday, February 18th.  Participate in a guided tour through their Sugar Bush on weekend afternoons, enjoy a wagon ride through the woods, learn about the history of maple sugaring, how to identify maple trees, tap for sap, as well as collection and sample tastings. The tours are approximately an hour long. The foundation recommends participants dress according to the weather as the event is outside.

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The suggested donation for this event is $5 per person, which helps the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation fund their mission and literacy programs.

The mission of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

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Guests are also welcome to take self-guided tours on the Maple Storybook Trail which begins right near the Sugar Shack. This tour can be done anytime, however an inside peek at the Sugar Shack can only be done when the shack is open.

If there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, you are welcome to step inside for a firsthand look of the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. Stop in, learn more about one of Mother Nature’s sweetest and healthiest offerings and taste a sample.

The Sugar Shack opens on February 18, but will also be open on February 19, 25, 26 and on March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26. Believe in Books also offers Group Educational Tours for all ages during Maple Season mid-week.

For more information about the Sugar Shack  and the Believe in Books Foundation, please call 603-356-9980 or visit http://www.believeinbooks.org.

February Vacation Sports Camp at Home Run Sports Training Center

Are you looking for a fun, affordable way to keep your child or children physically active during February vacation? The Home Run Sports Training Center in Conway welcomes boys and girls ages 7 and older to their February Vacation Sports Camp February 20th to 24th. The camp will operate from 10am to 3pm each day and will cover hitting mechanics, throwing, fielding, pitching, and catching. All ability levels are welcome!

Participants can expect baseball and softball instruction each morning, a lunch break, and sports activities in the afternoon. The price for this program is $125 per player.

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For more information about this program or to sign up, please visit their website at www.homerunconway,com or by calling (603) 447-2000.

Home Run Baseball League Open House

Home Run Sports Training Center in Conway welcomes you to an open house for their Summer Baseball League on Saturday, February 18th from 12-2pm. The league is for youth aged 13-15. Come meet the league officials and coaches and see what the program is all about!

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The sports training center is a 9600 square foot indoor facility with high quality, professional instruction to help improve player’s skills. They offer individual lessons, classes, batting rentals, and more. Training is available for all age groups and the center offers training for a variety of sports, including soccer, softball, and baseball.

For more information, visit Home Run on www.homerunconway.com or call them at 603-447-2000.

‘Skip Ropes Not Breakfast’ Events from the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation

 

screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-11-02-13-amBelieve in Books Literacy Foundation will be hosting Character Breakfasts for you and your family to enjoy throughout the upcoming months.

Join Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s beloved characters for a pancake breakfast starting February 18th through March 25th, plus a special earth day breakfast on April 15th at Theater in the Wood every Saturday at 10AM. Breakfast will be $7 per person, which will include a meet and greet with your favorite storybook character.

  • February 18th – Winnie-the-Pooh
  • February 25th – Goldilocks
  • March 4th – Cat in the Hat
  • March 11th – Cinderella
  • March 18th – Little Red Riding Hood
  • March 25th – Alice in Wonderland
  • April 15th – The Lorax

Nestled in the woods you’ll be entertained by a storybook reading while you enjoy gluten free pancakes with 100 Acre Wood homemade maple syrup, fruit, bagels, and your choice of coffee or tea. Everyone is welcome to bring a book for a breakfast book swap. Bring a book and take a new one with you. After breakfast you and your family can visit the 100 Acre Wood Maple Sugar Shack to see how maple syrup is made right on property! Everyone will also be given access to enjoy the 100 Acre Wood Trail System.

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and net proceeds go towards supporting literacy initiatives, all funds collected are considered a suggested donation.

For more information and for a full list of characters go to http://www.believeinbooks.org or call 603-356-9980. Like Believe in Books Literacy Foundation on Facebook for your chance to win a family four pack to the breakfast of your choice. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

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Squam Lake Science Center & Jackson Ski Touring present ‘Owls of New Hampshire’

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Who calls in the night? Who glides on shadowy wings in silent flight? What makes owls such extraordinary night hunters? A naturalist from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will introduce you to three of our state’s owls to help you find out what is myth or fact about these amazing nocturnal birds.

The family event, sponsored by the Squam Lakes Science Center and the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, will be held on Saturday, February 11th from 6-7pm in the Jackson Ski Touring Base Lodge in Jackson, New Hampshire.  A $5 suggested donation is greatly appreciated for entry.

For more information, contact the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation by email at Info@JacksonXC.org or by phone at 603-383-9355 or the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center by phone at 603-968-7194.

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New and Exciting Business Workshops at the Tech Village in Conway NH

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For business professionals seeking new networking and professional development opportunities, the Tech Village in Conway, New Hampshire welcomes Joanne Randall, co-founder of Sprout for Business as she instructs three business workshops starting January 31 and extending into the month of February.  The workshops are free, supported in part through funding from the Community Development Microenterprise Block Grant. Each workshop begins with a half-hour networking opportunity from 8:30am to 9:00am. Workshops start at 9:00am and end at 10:30am and will be held in the Community Room at Granite State College, located at 53 Technology Lane in Conway.

January 31 – Standout Subject Lines: Get Your Email Opened!
How are your subject lines working – or NOT working – to capture the attention and interest of your audience?

February 2 – Look Great in the Inbox: Best Email Design Practices 
First impressions matter – how are YOU doing with your emails? This workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact!

February 16 – Measure Your Success: Email Marketing Analytics
Metrics can be like magic. Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed?

Pre-registration for the workshops is required. To register, please email alisha@mwvec.com or call 603-447-6622. You may also register for workshops online by visiting the events calendar at https://www.sproutforbusiness.com/event-calendar.html. Please note that a journal for note-taking is required for each workshop, but laptops are optional.

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