Category Archives: Non-Profit News in the Valley

Early Music Week at World Fellowship

The 2017 World Fellowship’s Early Music Week, from June 22nd to June 29th, 2017, will explore the fruitful and multifaceted perspective of nature in music and the performing arts with the help of their talented and energetic faculty, inspired by the breath-taking natural surroundings of Mount Chocorua and Whitton Pond, and sustained by the garden-fresh organic vegetables on everyone’s dinner plates.

early music week.jpegThe World Fellowship describes nature’s strong influence on music since the days of Pythagoras: Natural imagery informed the lyrics of many medieval songs and musicians expanded their music by imitating the sounds of birds and animals, whose physical gestures also inspired new dance movements. In the Renaissance, the dynamics of wind and water gained their musical counterparts, and it wasn’t long before madrigals were turning landscapes, with their mountains, valleys, plains, heat and cold, heights and depths, into song. The inner aspects of human nature, such as pulse, breathe, sleep, excitement, rage, melancholy, and sorrow, came to be represented as well, often in a pastoral setting, with the help of musical-rhetorical figures. In the resulting form, opera, instrumental music and dance (along with costumes and scenery) brought the natural and human worlds together.

Learn more about these inspirations and inspire your own musical and performing arts talents during Early Music Week. Group classes are available and are tailored to participant abilities from advanced beginners to advanced, including classes for viol, recorder, voice, mixed ensembles and historical dance. For more information, visit worldfellowship.org or call 603-447-2280.

Mt. Washington Valley Golf Tournament Tees Up for the 16th Year!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Gleason, scott@MtWashingtonValley.org

May 23, 2017

 

mwvcc golf tournament.pngTee off with friends at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 16th, at the North Conway Country Club. This is a fun, scramble format tournament for golfers of all abilities and a wonderful way to kick off Father’s Day weekend. To register, visit www.golfmwv.com or contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039.

Registration opens at 7:45am and runs until 8:50am, with announcements at 8:50am and the shotgun start at 9:00am. The tournament has a planned five-hour playing time, and convenes for a 2:00pm barbecue lunch where winners will be announced and players can bid on a silent auction. Players can register as individuals for $120.00, or as teams of four, for $400.00.

Last year’s popular Event’s Punch Card returns for this tournament and can be purchased for $25 with your online or day of play registration. The card allows entry to various on-course events and includes raffle tickets, mulligans and, NEW this year, the Hole #10 Golf Ball Launcher sponsored by Eastern Propane & Oil to exclusively benefit MWV Leadership scholarship assistance programs. You get to shoot your own ball, hopefully, onto the green 354 yards away.

In addition to awards, and raffles, there are many “Hole-in- One” prizes to win, sponsored by members of the community. Crest Auto World is sponsoring Hole #4, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win a 2017 Fiat 500. Profile Power Sports is sponsoring Hole #13, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win an ATV. Other Hole-in- One prizes include a set of Titleist Irons, and a $750 Gift Certificate for North Conway Country Club Pro Shop.

“The annual Chamber golf tournament is all about having fun. While we’re all there to play, and improve our handicap, we get to enjoy friends and colleagues, a fantastic course, delicious lunch and a fun event to spend time with Dad,” says Scott Gleason, event coordinator for the tournament.

Golf sponsorship opportunities are open to businesses looking to maximize their exposure in front of the community, with a fit for any budget. Businesses can have its name and logo on tee signs, the golf tournament website and more, depending on what level of participation business owners are interested in.

Tournament sponsors include Crest Auto World, Profile Power Sports, Chalmer’s Insurance Group, Eastern Propane & Oil, White Mountain Dental Associates, Coca-Cola, Fields of Ambrosia and TD Bank.

For more information on the Mt. Washington Valley’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament registration or sponsorship, contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039, or visit www.golfmwv.com.

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About the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strategically market Mt. Washington Valley as the premier New England vacation destination while fostering a business climate that promotes growth and collaboration in member communities and while protecting the area’s natural beauty.

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.

Mountain Garden Club’s Spring Plant Sale

spring plant saleThis year, the Mountain Garden Club’s acclaimed annual Spring Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, June 3rd at the North Conway Community Center from 9:30-11:30am, or until plants are sold out.

The annual Spring Plant sale offers a wide variety of special plants lovingly cultivated by the Mountain Garden Club members. Shoppers can choose from annuals, perennials, and hanging baskets. This annual sale is treasured by plant enthusiasts throughout the Mt. Washington Valley and is for a good cause! The sale benefits the Mountain Garden Club Alice T. Madden Scholarship fund that provides educational scholarships for Valley residents pursuing plant science disciplines as well as their community beautification projects.

 

About the Mountain Garden Club

The Mountain Garden Club is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Established in 1973, the organization is a Federated member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs – District I and of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. – New England Region branch. Membership is open to all residents of the Mount Washington Valley, with dues of $20 per year for Active Members. The club presently holds 192 members.

Among its many projects, the Mountain Garden Club is actively engaged in roadside beautification and environmental education and conservation of the Mount Washington Valley. The club sponsors many events, including flower sales for cancer awareness, scholarship funds, and flower shows that benefit local organizations.

The Mountain Garden Club works with local nursing homes in their Garden Therapy as well provides youth programs to introduce others to the benefits of horticulture, the importance of plant education, and teaching others how they can plant and protect native plants of the Mount Washington Valley.

For more information about the Mountain Garden Club and their annual Spring Plant Sale, please visit Mountain Garden Club’s website at www.mountaingardenclub.org or call (603) 264-9068.

28th Annual Wildquack Duck River Festival

On Sunday, May 28th at 8 AM in the Jackson Village Park, the Annual Wildquack Duck River Festival will return for its 28th celebration, with over $10,000 in cash and prizes to ticket holders of winning tickets and fun for everyone!

This festival is is a vital fundraising even for Kennett High Key Club and assists with many other charities, including the American Cancer Society, Jackson Police Department, the local Olympic Swim Team and Kiwanis, as well as the local area Chamber of Commerce.

Admission to this event is free, so come enjoy fabulous food, exciting duck races and kid-friendly activities, traveling train rides, the Jackson Cake Boss Competition and other events! Please note that some of the contests and events may have entrance fees. There is an activity for everyone’s interest and ability level for a day filled with family fun and respectful sportsmanship.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.jacksonnh.com/. For a brochure listing of events, email info@jacksonnh.com with your inquiry, visit the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, or contact the Chamber at 603-383-9356 to have a brochure mailed to you. With all of the events planned for this event, the brochure will help you plan your day at the festival.

To learn more about how and where you should go to get your Duck Tickets, to volunteer, to register for Jackson’s Cake Boss or 5 Minutes of Fame Contests call the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce today at (603)383-9356.

The Friends of Jackson Public Library Annual Book Sale

On Saturday, May 27th-Sunday, May 28th, the Friends of Jackson Public Library will host their annual book sale at the Whitney Community Center in downtown Jackson from 10AM-3PM.

friends of the jackson public library.jpgThe book sale is a vital fundraiser for the Friends of the Jackson Library, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit group of community members that help the library through planning, funding and hosting programs to support the library’s book budget, technology upgrades, equipment, and furnishings.

To help with this annual sale, the Friends of Jackson Library will happily accept donations of books throughout the year. They ask that interested donors please bring donations to the library during library hours and to not leave items outside or place them in the library’s book drop.

Accepted items include:

  • Books, hardcover and paperback, in good condition.
    No musty, mildewy or moldy books, please!
  • Audio Books on CD only
  • Videos on DVD or Blu-ray only

They cannot accept:

  • Magazines
  • Textbooks of any kind
  • Encyclopedias or dictionaries
  • Condensed books or self-help books
  • VHS tapes and cassette tapes

For more information about the Jackson Public Library, Friends of the Jackson Public Library, or the Annual Book Sale, please visit www.jacksonlibrary.org or call (603) 383-9731.

Arts, Antiques, and Treasures Event to Benefit MWV Arts Association

Treasure seekers, come find your treasure! Browse arts, antiques, and treasures galore at the Conway Market Place on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association. Discover fabulous art pieces, antiques, and treasures while supporting a local non-profit centered on building a strong arts community in the Valley!

The event will take place Friday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm at the Conway Market Place #50 White Mountain Highway in Unit 7 near Bea’s Café. For more information on the event, call 603-356-2787. For more information about the MWV Arts Association, visit their website at www.mwvarts.org.

mwv arts association.jpgThe MWV Arts Association Mission Statement & Vision

The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association desires to collaborate with other arts and non-profit organizations to help build the arts community in the Mt. Washington Valley.

The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association is a community focused non-profit organization which exists to promote the study, appreciation, and display of the visual arts, particularly the art of the Mt. Washington Valley.

Golf Tournament to Benefit Kennett High School Class of 2017 Project Graduation

The opening tournament of the 2017 Golf Season begins on Thursday, May 11th, at the North Conway Country Club in a 4-person team scramble golf tournament to benefit the Project Graduation of Kennett High School’s Class of 2017. Male, female, and mixed teams are welcome to register for the tournament.

Play for your chance to win the ultimate prize of the event, a 2017 5-door Subaru  by scoring a Hole-In-One on the 13th hole! Registered golfers can compete in contest areas of Men’s and Women’s Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Top Male Team, Top Female Team, and Top Mixed Team for fabulous prizes and bragging rights. There will be a silent auction and a two raffles at the awards ceremony and luncheon following the tournament at Ledgeview Grille.

Registration fees are $85 for student golfers and $100 for adult golfers. On-site registration begins at 8:00am on the day of the event, with Shotgun start at 9:00am. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/430459710626696/ or contact Rebecca Pepin (603)-344-1447 or by email at epin3@gmail.com.

About KHS Project Graduation
Statistically, graduation night is one of the riskiest nights in a teenager’s life. Project Graduation provides high school graduates a safe, fun-filled, all-night post graduation activities in a drug and alcohol free environment. The primary aims of Project Graduation activities are to increase awareness of the dangers of drinking, drugging and driving and to reduce the number of youth involved in alcohol and other drug-related highway crashes. Across the country, Project Graduation and the chemical-free celebrations it inspired are the new tradition for graduating seniors. In Perspectives in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Project Graduation- Maine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observed that “Project Graduation has become much more than an event that occurs on graduation night. It is a communitywide planning process that strives to create a caring, supportive environment and more open communication between youths and adults.”

Will’s Red Coat Book Launch Event to Benefit Conway Area Humane Society

On Tuesday, April 25th at 7 p.m., the wait is over! New York Times bestselling author Tom Ryan is launching his new book, Will’s Red Coat, at the Kennett High School Auditorium in North Conway, New Hampshire. Tom will talk about his book, sign copies, and answer your questions. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Conway Area Humane Society.

Tickets for this event are $30 for a signed copy of Will’s Red Coat and a ticket to the event, $5 for each additional ticket as an add-on to the $30 book and ticket combo, $25.99 for each additional book at retail price, and ages 10 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at White Birch Books in North Conway Village. To order tickets, please stop in or call 603-356-3200.  For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com.

ABOUT WILL’S RED COAT

A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.

Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.

Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.

With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed,and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppylike zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus’s fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.

A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will’s Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.

 

WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST STEWARDSHIP: VALUING AND PROTECTING OUR TOURISM PRODUCT FOR THE FUTURE

On Wednesday, May 3,  please join Janice Crawford, MWVCC, Joseph Phillips, WMNF and Austin Bernier, National Forest Foundation for a Customer Service seminar on dispersing traffic amongst popular hiking destinations during peak tourist season. The seminar will take place at the North Conway Water Precinct from 1:00-4:00 pm. This seminar will help our front line representatives become more confident and knowledgeable about the forest and how best to make recommendations to our visitors based on hiking skill level, amount of time a visitor(s) wishes to spend in the forest, specific sites they wish to experience, etc.

We feel that this training will go a long way in providing superior customer service while at the same time relieving the pressure that many of our beautiful spots are experiencing thus protecting them for future visitation.

The seminar is FREE and a valuable resource for training.  If you cannot send a majority of your front line personnel, please send a few who can then train the rest of your staff.

For more information or to reserve your seat, call Lisa at 356-5701 ext 300.

1st Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run/Walk

waldorf forest 5kJoin community members for a day of family fun and adventure on Saturday, April 29th with the White Mountain Waldorf School in Albany, New Hampshire at their First Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run. After the races, explore the White Mountain Waldorf School’s 75-acre property, play in an all-ages obstacle course and cheer on your children during a Children’s Fun Run.

All ability levels and ages are welcome to participate in the event. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children with family discounts available. To register in advance and receive a free t-shirt, please visit RunReg.com/Waldorf-5k-trail-run before April 19th. Same-day registration is also available at 9:30am.

The 5k Race will begin at 10am and a Fun Run for children will follow at 11am. The all-ages obstacle course will be available throughout the event. For more information, call (603)-447-3168 or email rose@WhiteMountainWaldorf.org. Sponsorship opportunities for the race is also available.

The Fryeburg Academy Class of 2017 Presents Comedian Bob Marley

Bob Marley, Maine’s prized and well-known comedian, will return to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 30th to put on another hilarious performance! All proceeds from this event benefit the Fryeburg Academy Class of 2017 Project Graduation.

Marley’s brand of high-energy and offbeat observations of everyday life things has captured the minds of fans of all ages. From getting his own special on Comedy Central to appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Marley has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country. You don’t need to be a ‘Maine-iac’ to laugh yourself silly at Bob’s wicked funny antics.

Tickets for the event are $22 per person if ordered in advance and $25 per person on the night of the show. For more information about the event, visit the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center page or call the Fryeburg Academy at 207-935-9232.

About Fryeburg Academy’s Project Graduation

Fryeburg Academy Project Graduation is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity, organized to provide a safe, chemical-free celebration for the students of the graduating class of Fryeburg Academy. Our goal is to promote cooperation and build community among the students, faculty and staff of Fryeburg Academy and the members of the communities served by the school.