Category Archives: Family Friendly

Memorial Hospital Marks August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthing Center wants the public to know what it’s doing to support moms and babies in making breastfeeding as easy and accessible as possible.

Michelle Meader, RNC CLC took on the role as the lead facilitator of the weekly Breastfeeding Support Group last year.  Meader, a Registered Nurse and Certified Lactation Counselor, has been with the Family Birthing Center since 2014.

Ten years ago, the popular group was started by Heather Wasuta, a lactation counselor who worked in the Family Birthing Center. Since then, the group has evolved into an ongoing support network that includes seasonal get-togethers and many lifelong friendships.

Last year, Wasuta moved from the area and Meader has taken over what she says is “an especially rewarding” role. “I love my job and what I do,” Meader said when she took on the role.

“I think it’s really important to empower new moms so they feel confident that they can be successful at breastfeeding. We want them to know about their choices as well as the benefits of breastfeeding,” she said.

Before coming to Memorial, Meader was director of childbirth and lactation education at Littleton Hospital from 2011 to 2014. In her current role, she’s working with all of Memorial’s OB RNs who are Certified Lactation Counselors to continue the success of the program.

“Memorial is fortunate to have many nurses on staff with extensive breastfeeding training and certifications,” shared Memorial’s Family Birthing Center’s Leigh Copsey, RN, BSN, RNC-OB, CLC

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month is an opportunity to highlight the latest research about breastfeeding. Family Birthing Center manager Kris Dascoulias, RN, said the department is extremely proud of their 98% breastfeeding initiation rate.

“Breastfeeding is the first choice of nutrition for a baby. We start by introducing the subject during prenatal classes. There’s a special class dedicated to this one topic,” Dascoulias said. “Then, within 24 hours of mom’s hospital admission, we’ve developed an individual lactation care plan with her.”

Although general recommendations are for six months to a year of breastfeeding, Dascoulias says any amount of time offers significant benefits for the newborn. “There are important immune protective factors for the baby as well as increased bonding with mom.”

The support group is “a wonderful free community service,” Dascoulias said. “Even if you choose not to breastfeed, it’s open to all new moms.”

The Breastfeeding Support Group, which meets every Wednesday at 10 am at the Main Street Professional Building, two buildings south of the hospital. Babies and siblings are welcome, and the OB staff is always available by phone to answer questions.

For more information about birthing services at Memorial Hospital, call 356-4949 Ext. 2146 or visit the hospital’s website, MemorialHospitalNH.org or click here >

Summer Fun! The American Eclipse is coming August 21!

White Birch Book is excited for Monday, August 21, when a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it!

Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. The temperature will drop, stars will appear, and birds will become confused and start chirping their night time songs. It’s going to be awesome!

So to get you prepared they suggest you pick up a copy of AMERICAN ECLIPSE by David Baron to read about the eclipse of 1878.

Their Book Groups meet the second & fourth Thursday of the month and are open to any and all readers. Discussions are good, varied and – for the most part – stay on point. But they have a lot of fun, too. Stop in, meet some new friends and read some great books.

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HIGHWAYMEN TRIBUTE TO PERFORM AT ARTS JUBILEE

Arts Jubilee presents The Highwaymen Live—a musical tribute to the country music super group made up of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings—outdoors at Cranmore Mountain this Thursday, August 3rd at 7 pm.

Perhaps the greatest country music super group in history, The Highwaymen traveled the world performing to millions of fans. Concertgoers will watch in amazement as each song, one hit after another, is sung just as if they were seeing the original band perform. This country music tribute show is full of upbeat, honky-tonk hits like Ring of Fire, Dukes of Hazard, and On the Road Again. Relive the glory days when county music was made by Good Men, Country Men, the Highwaymen. The Riley Parkhurst Project—voted ‘Best of the Mount Washington Valley’ in 2017—will be performing the opening concert at 6 pm.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at the gate (we accept cash, Visa, and Mastercard). Please note that there is no seating provided at the venue, but attendees are welcome to bring blankets or set up lawn chairs. There is plenty of free, convenient parking on site. Food and beverages are available on the Zips Pub deck. Arts Jubilee requests that our audience comply with the following Cranmore policy: Dogs, with the exception of leashed service dogs, are not allowed on the property. The concerts are ‘rain or shine’ events, so we advise concertgoers to come prepared as they would for any outdoor events. Cranmore Mountain is located at 239 Skimobile Road in North Conway, NH. For more information.

Day Out With Thomas™ Friendship Tour 2017 at Conway Scenic Railroad

Spend a day with Thomas™ July 21-23 & July 28-30 at the Conway Scenic Railroad at their Day Out With Thomas™ family event. Passengers take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™ at the Conway Scenic Railroad at their largest summer event.

This year, Percy will return to the railroad during the event and there will be two special “Autism-Friendly” trains this year, with controlled environments suited for families with children that are sensitive to noise.

After their venture, each child passenger will receive a Junior Engineer’s Certificate, coloring sheets, and crayons from the Imagination Station. “Frodo the Walking Tank”, a large Sulcata Tortoise will be a passenger on the train to meet with guests.

Tickets are $20 for ages two and up on Fridays and on Saturday and Sunday with 9:00AM, 2:00PM, and 3:00PM Thomas departures. Event ticks for any other Thomas departures are $22 per person. Rides with Percy are an additional $8 per person on any event day and time. The Conway Scenic Railroad asks interested ticket holders and current ticket holders to please read what’s included in their ticket prices and to plan for enough time to visit the area so you can enjoy all that the Conway Scenic Railroad the the Mt. Washington Valley has to offer for family fun!

For more information, please call 800-232-5251 or visit http://conwayscenic.com/events/event/friendship-tour-2017.

 

Movies on the Green at Settlers Green

movies on the green.jpgVisit Settlers Green in North Conway by Timberland Factory Store and Kay Jewelers on Tuesday nights starting July 11th and ending August 22nd for Movies on the Green. This is a free family fun event with yard games, face painting, and music starting at 6 p.m. and a family-friendly movie starting at dark.

Guests may grab a seat in one of our comfy chairs (while they last, there are 30 available) or may bring their own to get comfortable.

Movie Schedule:

  • Tuesday, July 11: Storks – 1hr 29min – Approximate Start Time 8:45pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Story Land Character Visit from Peter Pan and Tinkerbell 7-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 18: Secret Life of Pets – 1hr 27min – Approximate Start Time 8:45pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Coming Soon
  • Tuesday, July 25: Batman Lego Movie – 1hr 44min – Approximate Start Time 8:45pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Coming Soon
  • Tuesday, August 1: Moana – 1hr 53min – Approximate Start Time 8:20pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Coming Soon
  • Tuesday, August 8: Cinderella (Original 1950 version) – 1hr 15min – Approximate Start Time 8:20pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Story Land Character Visit from Cinderella and Little Bo Peep 7-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 15: Up – 1hr 41min – Approximate Start Time 8:00pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Free balloon twists from The Balloon Dude from 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 22: Power Rangers – 2hr 4min – Approximate Start Time 8:00pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Coming Soon

For more information, call Settlers Green at (603) 356-7031 or visit them on the web at http://www.settlersgreen.com/events.

Children’s Story Time: Lounge and Listen on the Lawn at North Conway Public Library

no co public library.jpgWith children out of school for the summer, it’s a great time to encourage summer reading and learning! Visit the North Conway Public Library Tuesday afternoons July 11th-August 15th for their weekly Children’s Story Time. The story times begin at 2pm every Tuesday and with stories appropriate for children ages 3-8 with siblings welcome.

Weather permitting, the story times will be held outside on the library’s lawn, and will take place inside during inclement weather. The story times are free to residents and visitors and there is no registration necessary to attend. In addition to the story time, there will be games and a free weekly raffle for participating!

For more information, please call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961, stop by the library on Main Street in North Conway Village, or visit them on the web at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com.

4th of July Events in the Mt. Washington Valley

 

The Independence Day of the United States is quickly approaching and the Mt. Washington Valley has many ways for you to celebrate! The towns of Bartlett, Gorham,  and Conway as well as Fryeburg, Maine are putting on 4th of July Celebrations.

Town of Bartlett 4th of July Celebration

The Annual Hellen Hayes Memorial 4th of July Parade will start at 11am and there will be a BBQ and live music following the parade at noon. For more information, visit http://www.townofbartlettnh.org/.

Town of Conway 4th of July Celebration 

The Town of Conway 4th of July Parade  will start at 1pm, with activities at Schouler Park in North Conway beginning at 3:45pm. The community is welcome to enjoy food, music, and fireworks, beginning at 9:30pm. For more information, visit http://conwaynh.org/.

Town of Gorham 4th of July Celebration

Gorham rings in the holiday with New Hampshire’s longest 4th of July celebration, an event that spans four days over the July 4 weekend. The celebration promises hours of fun, food, and merriment, including parades, music, amusements, and a classic car show, topped off with a brilliant and memorable firework display.  Times and schedule TBA. For more information, visit http://www.gorhamnh.org/Pages/index.

Town of Fryeburg, Maine 4th of July Celebration

The Town of Fryeburg’s 4th of July Parade will start at 10am. For more information, visit www.fryeburgrec.com.

Happy 4th from everyone at the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce!

Children’s Summer Theater Series

childrens summer theater seriesJoin Jean’s Playhouse & IMPACT on Fridays at 10am for family summer fun from June 30th-August 18th for their Children’s Summer Theater Series. The plays are original, incorporating unique songs and a new twist on classic children’s tales.

Tickets for each theater performance are $8/person, and children under the age of 3 may enjoy the show for free. For families that are interested in seeing every show of the series, season passes are available for a more affordable price of $40 per person, and children under the age of 3 still receive free admittance to shows.

 

Show Schedule:

  • June 30th – Anansi – Keeper of the Stories: Anansi, a spider of great cunning, out wits the Sky-God Nyami to bring stories back to earth. Based on the folklore of the Ashanti culture from Ghana.
  • July 7th – Thumbelina: Thumbelina, a tiny girl, uses her imaginative and ingenious spirit to be true to her own heart. Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
  • July 14th – The Bremen Town Musicians: An aging donkey, dog, cat, and rooster, all discarded by their masters, band together and discover delight in their new found freedom! Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
  • July 21st – The Nightingale: The Emperor falls in love with the song of the nightingale until he finds a bejeweled mechanical bird, but when he becomes sick who comes to his aid? Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
  • July 28th – Snow White and Rose Red: Snow White and Rose Red are generous and kind.  Confronted by both a dwarf and a bear, one day, the girls are in awe when things resolve unexpectedly. Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
  • August 4th – Momotarō – Ogre Hunter: Momotarō and his friends a talking dog, monkey and pheasant go to a distant island to fight the marauding ogres and save their village. Based on a Japanese fairy tale.
  • August 11th – How the Rainbow was Made: Nanabozho, an Ojibwe spirit, deciding the world is too boring brings out his paints to color the flowers, and the day takes an unexpected turn. A creation tale from the Ojibwe Nation.
  • August 18th – Humpelken-Pumpelken or the Adventures of Humpty Dumpty: Humpelken-Pumpelken and her friends defend the town of Eggland as it is attacked by a devious chef and his crew! Based on an English Nursery Rhyme.

childrens summer theater series 2For more information on the Children’s Summer Theater Series and to buy tickets or season passes, please visit http://believeinbooks.org/children-s-summer-theater-series.html.

Autism Awareness Weekend at Story Land

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Join Story Land and Autism Speaks On Saturday & Sunday June 24 – 25 for their annual Autism Awareness Weekend. This weekend is a time to join together as a community to participate in a short walk around the Story Land park before the gates open.

Registration starts at 8:00 am and the walk begins at 9:15 am.

In addition to the walk, Story Land is offering discounted tickets for the day on Saturday. Tickets for the day are $19.99 (regular price of $33.99). If for some reason ticket holders cannot attend the park on Saturday, the tickets are valid through July 31, 2017. Beyond this date, the tickets will hold no value.

For more information, visit https://www.storylandnh.com/.

About Autism Speaks

Founded in February 2005, Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

 For more information, visit https://www.autismspeaks.org/.

Arts Jubilee Announces 2017 Summer Concerts and Fundraising Event

North Conway – With summer fast approaching, Arts Jubilee is gearing up for its 35th year of bringing world-class, live music performances to the Mount Washington Valley.

arts jubilee.jpgArts Jubilee is staging a 5-week summer concert series at Cranmore Mountain, which will run weekly on Thursday nights from July 13th through August 10th. This year’s lineup includes the return of some fan favorites, as well as some renowned first-timers. The Beach Bums will usher in the sound of summer as they pay tribute to the Beach Boys on July 13th, followed by Celtic-rockers Ceili Rain on July 20th. The Sousa-style Seacoast Wind Ensemble will perform a traditional Pops Concert, featuring a fireworks show, on July 27th. On August 3rd the Highwaymen Tribute will perform the music of the country music supergroup made up of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. The eclectic Martha’s Vineyard-based Entrain will perform the final summer concert on August 10th.

The public is invited to celebrate this milestone season and help fund these outdoor, family-friendly concerts at Flatbread Pizza Company on Tuesday, June 20th from 4-9 pm. Flatbread is generously donating a portion of all pizza revenue to benefit the 2017 season. Arts Jubilee counts on the generosity of its community in order to offer these shows. Fundraisers such as the one coming up on June 20th is just one way to support the cause.

Concert admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), $5 for students, and free for kids 12 and under. Season passes for two will be available at a discount ($95 for a $120 value) at the Flatbread Fundraiser, as well as a fun game offering free tickets to the Arts Jubilee concerts.  For more information on the upcoming season visit www.mwvevents.com.

Mount Washington Observatory Announces a Full Line-Up of Summer Educational Opportunities

Press Release by Krissy Fraser, Director of Events & Marketing
kfraser@mountwashington.org | (603) 356-2137, ext. 231

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North Conway, NH – June 1, 2017– The non-profit Mount Washington Observatory has announced a full line-up of summer educational offerings on the summit of Mount Washington and in the valley including overnight Edutrips and workshops.

EduTrips:
Back by popular demand the Observatory will be offering five overnight Edutrips including expert instruction on various topics and the opportunity to stay the night on the summit of Mount Washington with Observatory staff.

Edutrip dates and topics include: July 8-9 and August 12-13 – Life, Work and the Environment Atop Mount Washington; July 15-16 and August 19-20 – Thunderstorms; October 7-8 – Fall Foliage Photography.  Trips will cost $399 to Observatory members and $475 to non-members.

Workshops:
Returning for summer 2017 the Observatory will also offer two popular workshops.

The Star Party Astronomy Workshop: Presented by John Gianforte, Astronomy lecturer for the Physics Department at U.N.H., this will be a fun and educational outing for anyone interested in astronomy from novice to advanced. The Star Party Astronomy workshop will take place on Saturday, August 5 (“Cloud” Date – Sunday, August 6). This will be a two part program starting with an indoor session at the Weather Discovery Center from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm followed by an outdoor session from 7:30 pm-11:00 pm.

The Geology and White Mountains Workshop: Presented by geologist Woody Thompson of the Maine Geological Survey, this will explore the glacial geology of the northern White Mountain region and the history of geological exploration and understanding of the area.

The workshop will begin with an informal classroom presentation and then proceed to sites of geological interest in the northern White Mountains region. Taking place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 (rain date: Sunday, September 10).  The workshop run from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, starting at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH.

Workshop fees are $75 for observatory members and $105 for non-members. The fee includes instruction and all associated materials.

Additional Offerings:
In the summer months the Mount Washington Observatory provides additional educational offerings including a free Science in the Mountains lecture series, summit weather station tours for observatory members and daily “Live from the Rockpile” call-ins to the summit observers from the Weather Discovery Center.

Guests can also explore the world of weather at the Mount Washington Observatory’s two museums – The Weather Discovery Center located in North Conway and Extreme Mount Washington located on the summit of Mount Washington in the Sherman Adams State Park building.

For more information on the Mount Washington Observatory educational programs visit MountWashington.org or call (603) 356-2137, ext. 225.

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About Mount Washington Observatory
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.

Mt. Washington Valley Riders Present 2017 Rally in the Valley

The Mt. Washington Valley Riders present their 10th Annual Rally in the Valley event to benefit the Valley Riders Scholarship Fund for Trade School Students. Join the Valley Riders for a week of guided scenic rides, dining experiences, live entertainment and fun for a cause Saturday, June 10th through Saturday, June 17th.

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2017 Rally in the Valley Schedule

  • Saturday, June 10 – Guided scenic ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to Abenaki Trail restaurant and pub at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Sunday, June 11 – Guided scenic ride will leave from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to McGraths Tavern in North Conway at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Monday,  June 12 – Guided scenic rides leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) in Conway at 10:00 and will return to Wildcat Tavern in Jackson Village at 4:00 pm for live entertainment featuring and promos.
  • Thursday, June 15 – Guided scenic ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 and will return to The Red Parka Pub in Glen at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Friday, June 16 – Guided scenic rides leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to Horsefeathers in North Conway at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Saturday, June 17–  Guided ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 white Mtn Hwy (Route 16) in Conway  at 10:00 am. to Ride to L-A Harley,  Mention “Rally in the Valley” for free lunch and 10% off any purchase. Return to Abenaki trail restaurant and pub at 4:00 for live entertainment and promos.

For more information, email the Mt. Washington Valley Riders at valleyriders@yahoo.com or visit their website at https://www.rallyinthevalley.net.

rally in the valleyAbout the Mt. Washington Valley Riders

Mt. Washington Valley Riders is a New Hampshire not-for-profit motorcycle riding club formed in 2011 for the purpose of promoting motorcycle riding in the Mt. Washington Valley area and providing scholarships for local high school graduates.  Every year, Mount Washington Valley Riders hosts Rally in the Valley during Bike Week in June in order to raise money for our scholarship fund specifically designated to help valley children pursuing higher education in the trades.  Each year, Rally in the Valley brought hundreds of bikers and non-bikers to our area that otherwise would have spent their time and money elsewhere in the state during bike week.  It’s also an opportunity for individuals to show they care about helping our kids pursue their dreams.​  Contact us and join us anytime you are in the area for exciting rides and a good cause.