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Dine to Donate at Flatbread for the North Conway Public Library

On Tuesday, July 4th from 4pm until closing, Flatbread Pizza Company in North Conway will donate money to the North Conway Public Library when you purchase pizzas.

Come in for great pizza for a great cause! The Flatbread Pizza Company is located in North Conway Village in the Eastern Slope Inn plaza on Main Street.

There will be a 50/50 raffle put on by the North Conway Library also, so come in and test your luck for a great cause!

For those who would like to participate and donate to the cause but prefer to spend the night at home, call Flatbread Pizza Company at 603-356-4470 to order take-out, and the library will still get its share! Their menu is available online at https://www.flatbreadcompany.com/north-conway/.

For more information, please call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 or visit them on the web at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com.

About North Conway Public Library

The North Conway Public Library is a privately funded, non-profit organization founded in 1887 and formally incorporated in 1905. It proudly serves the residents of North Conway, New Hampshire and surrounding communities.

The library receives no regular funds from the Town of Conway, the State of New Hampshire, or the federal government, so their major sources of support are through donations, fundraisers, and bequests.  Community involvement, donation, and support are always humbly and greatly appreciated to keep the library at its best to support literacy and a love for community, learning, and literature!

 

 

 

2017 Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-a-Thon at King Pine

King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort is excited to announce the next beneficiary of Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held in East Madison, New Hampshire March 17-18, 2017. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Sanbornville, New Hampshire’s Faith Holt, an 11-year-old girl living with skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome. This year’s goal is to purchase Faith’s family a wheelchair accessible van.

cynthias-challenge3Faith’s Story 

Faith was born pre-maturely and spent her first one hundred days in a neonatal intensive care unit. The combination of skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome require Faith to wear a soft-shelled helmet because she does not have a cranial cap. Due to multiple surgeries and her daily seizures, she uses a wheelchair for her mobility. Faith is the daughter of Doug Holt, an Air Force Veteran who served in Desert Storm, and sister to older brothers, Sean (19), Devin (16) and Cody (12). Faith’s mother, Stephanie Holt, passed away when she was six-years-old. A wheelchair accessible van would be of incredible assistance to the Holt family to get Faith and his other children to their daily activities and appointments.

About The 2017 Event

cynthias-challengeKing Pine asks participants to donate $99 per person for 24 hours of skiing, snowboarding, and fun. This ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, a T-shirt, games, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night.  Kids ages 8 and under ski for free.

Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase for a chance to win a variety of fabulous prizes, including a Private Duck Tour of Boston donated by Boston Duck Tours, a Valley Train Guest Card for 2 adults and 2 children at the Conway Scenic Railroad, and the grand prize: 3 nights’ lodging in a one bedroom condominium in the Aspens at Jackson Hole Resort Lodging and 2 day lift tickets with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

About Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon

Now in its fourth year, Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon has raised over $131,000 to benefit children and their families. Starting in 2014, Cynthia Verrill was the first benefactor and resulted in her name being used to name the event. $35,000 raised for Cynthia was used to provide a seizure detecting service dog. The second year, the event raised over $35,000 for Samantha Gillard who was in need of a wheel chair accessible van and the third year raised $61,000 for Kevin Dall to purchase a wheel chair accessible van.

cynthias-challenge2Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to ease the financial burden upon children and their families associated with specialty medical needs. King Pine Ski Area supports Cynthia’s Challenge with the support of local business and the surrounding community.

 

For more information about the event, please call Purity Spring Resort at 603-367-8896 or visit https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/.

AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports SPRINGFEST (Ski-A-Thon)

Join us on Saturday, March 11 for SPRINGFEST, AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports’ biggest fundraiser of the year here in the Mount Washington Valley! This all-day event at Wildcat Mountain in Jackson, New Hampshire includes a Ski/Ride-A-Thon, an Après Ski Party with a buffet, silent auction, raffle,  and prizes, all to benefit AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports and the community it serves.

abilityplusHere’s how the Ski/Ride-A-Thon at SPRINGFEST works:

1. Register for the event. The registration cost for non-season pass holders is $75 and includes a lift ticket, entrance to the Après Ski Party, a registration bag, a t-shirt, and a raffle ticket. For Attitash/Wildcat Season Pass holders, the registration cost is $35 and includes the same benefits as a non-season pass holder registration.

For those that want to register as a team, the fee is $250 for a team of four people. For those who want to only attend the Après Ski Party, entrance is $20 per person.

2. Start your own FirstGiving Fundraising Page and begin accepting donations! There are fantastic prizes for individual fundraisers, with prizes starting at $250. For more information,
visit https://www.firstgiving.com/abilityplus/spring-fest.

3. Attend the Ski-Bid-Party! Check in at 8:30am on March 11th at the Jackson Room located on the top floor of the Wildcat Base Lodge. Enjoy skiing and other festivities, including making bids in the silent auction until 2:45pm.

Food will be served at 3pm in the Jackson Room on the top floor. The menu consists of:

  • Maple Chipotle Chicken Wings
  • American Chop Suey,
  • Braised Meatballs with Sauce
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Garden Salad with Blueberry Mead Viaigrette
  • Sausage with Peppers, Onions, and Potatoes
  • Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese
  • Chili with Shredded Cheddar
  • Potatoes AU Gratin

For more information about SPRINGFEST, call 603-374-2688  or visit the AbilityPLUS website at www.abilityplus.org.

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About AbilityPLUS

AbilityPLUS serves a diverse population of individuals, from people with severe physical disabilities to people with autism, across the spectrum. AbilityPLUS and each of their affiliate programs are open to everyone. They teach and work with people regardless of their age, disability or financial constraints.

Since their founding in 1997, programs have grown from working with a handful of families and individuals to providing thousands of program lessons to hundreds of families and individuals each year. They have adaptive ski programs that operate out of Mount Snow, Vermont and in Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire with partnership and affiliate programs throughout New England.

The AbilityPLUS Mission

To offer increased access to athletic and recreational opportunities for persons with physical and/or cognitive disabilities that will create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, mental and athletic potential.

 

Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon To Benefit the New England Ski Museum

Bretton Woods Nordic Center in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire welcomes skiers of all experience levels and ages to their Nordic Marathon on Saturday, March 11th. The marathon is to benefit non-profit organization the New England Ski Museum and their mission to “Preserve the Future of Skiing’s Past.” bretton-woods-and-new-england-ski-museum

The marathon welcomes both recreational and competitive skiers and provides timed and untimed racing options for a fun-filled event for people of all skiing interests. Race participants range in age from 11 to 83; with a two lap course and rest stations. The course layout provides a challenge to experienced racers while making use of terrain that is accessible and enjoyable for skiers of all abilities.

While early registration deadlines have passed, interested participants may still register by contacting the Bretton Woods Nordic Center or by visiting their SkiReg registration page here.  On-site registration is also available depending on whether the 400-participant limit has been reached. The marathon event fee includes entrance to the Apres-ski awards, meal and raffle held in the Mount Washington Hotel, a trail pass for March 10th, and feed stations. All proceeds benefit the New England Ski Museum. The first 300 skiers to register will receive a free SWIX hat as compliments of Audi Stratham and the first 100 entrants will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks at bib pick-up.

Sorry, no refunds for any reason, however you may move yourself between distances and timed/untimed at no charge; and you may transfer to another individual within your fee category for $25.

About The History of the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon

bwoodsStaged between the historic Mount Washington Hotel and majestic Mount Washington, the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at Omni Mount Washington Resort has quickly become a North Country winter tradition.  This 42-kilometer, classic format, cross country ski race showcases one of the largest Nordic systems in the northeast.  In the tracks of the famed 1982 US National Championships and such legends as Bill Koch and Tim Caldwell, this race is steeped in history and Nordic skiing tradition. Past winners include Olympians Justin Freeman (2010, 2011) and Dorcas Wonsavge (2009, 2010) and top collegiate racers. 

For more information about the event, including the event schedule and prices, please visit http://brettonwoods.com or by calling 603-278-3322.

Three-Minute Fiction Slam Competition at White Birch Books

White Birch Books and Jackson Women Writers welcomes you to the Three-Minute Fiction Slam Competition on Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm. The event will take place at White Birch Books in North Conway, New Hampshire. The fiction slam is a fast-paced literary competition that challenges writers to perform original pieces of fiction in three minutes or less in front of a panel of judges. All are welcome, as participants and audience alike are important to this event!  This event is part of the  New Hampshire Writers’ Project, a non-profit organization that supports New Hampshire writers and audiences for literature in the state.

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How does the event work?

For those that are unfamiliar with the Three-Minute Fiction Slam, here’s what to generally expect in the event:

  • Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction writing pieces. These pieces must be no more than three minutes in length when read aloud.
  • Depending on the region’s rules, contestants may agree to being sprayed with a water pistol if their writing piece extends the timed three minutes. In other regions, a timer goes off to mark the three-minute time period.
  • After each writer finishes reading their piece aloud, judges provide brief verbal feedback. At this time, judges also secretly record a numeric score (1-5) on the piece.
  • If the writer extends the allotted three-minute period, one point from their overall score will be deducted.
  • At the end of the night, the participant with the highest score wins the competition. If there is a tie, the audience selects the competition’s winner through an “Applause-O-Meter,” as observed by the judges.
  • Regional winners are invited to participate in the Three Minute Fiction Slam state finals. If they cannot attend, then the runner-up will be sent to the event.
  • Regional winners will take part in a final showdown at the NH Institute of Art on Thursday, March 9, at 7pm.

Previous winners of the event have reached great successes. They have performed their works for the Business in the Arts Awards Ceremony, the Currier Museum, and on-air at NHPR. Among other prizes, the ultimate winner gets free entrance to Writers’ Day 2017 (the region’s largest literary conference) where they will read their winning work before an audience of publishers, editors, agents, and fellow writers.

For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com or call (603) 356-3200.

 

28th Annual Chocolate Festival

On Sunday, February 26th join us for the sweetest day on the trails at the 28th Annual Chocolate Festival! Spend a day of outdoor winter fun and indulge in sweet treats to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, a non-profit organization. The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to providing Conway residents, taxpayers, and school age children with access to winter recreation opportunities including snowshoeing and Nordic skiing at no cost.

Whether traveling through the trail stops by cross country ski, snowshoe, or by car, participants will enjoy the spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and great chocolate treats of the Mount Washington Valley. For those that choose to cross country ski or snowshoe, unleash your inner winter adventurer by embarking on our groomed 45-km trail network!

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2017 Trailside Chocolate Shops
(Open from 11am – 4pm)
  • 1785 Inn
  • Adventure Suites
  • Eastern Inns
  • Stonehurst Manor
  • Old Field House
  • Riverside Inn B&B
  • The Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment
  • The Whitaker Woods Meeting House (treats provided by Vintage Baking Company)

Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance. If purchased prior to the event, the festival pass is $30 per person, or $35 per person on the day of the event. Please note that the event is a fundraiser and tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, visit mwvskitouring.org/Chocolate-Festival.html or call (603) 356-9920.

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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.

Northeast Credit Union Celebrates 80th Anniversary By Contributing to Their Community

Portsmouth, N.H. – Northeast Credit Union celebrated their 80th anniversary by spreading their generosity and community support to three local non-profits. The credit union asked community members to help them choose local non-profits to receive donations. After receiving over 2,000 votes for 15 different non-profit organizations, NECU would like to congratulate Zebra Crossings of Dover, N.H., an organization that enriches the lives of children with a chronic health conditions through fun and engaging medically-supervised programs. Not far behind was Connor’s Climb of Exeter, N.H., receiving a surprise donation of $1,000, followed by UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center of Goffstown, N.H., receiving $500 from the credit union.

Grateful for such a generous donation, Astrid Wielens, Executive Director of Zebra Crossings expressed, “Zebra Crossings provides empowerment programs for youth with chronic medical conditions. We aim to lessen the burden of chronic medical conditions by connecting kids through play and providing respite for caregivers. It is only through community support like this that we can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.”

On behalf of Connor’s Climb of Exeter, N.H., another grateful non-profit for Northeast Credit Union’s generosity,  State Representative Susan Stover described the importance of such a donation, as the foundation thrives from donations, helping them fund Signs of Suicide (SOS) training for NH educators and schools to prevent youth suicide.

Development Director Veronica Lester from the third appreciative non-profit, UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, expressed gratitude towards the community and Northeast Credit Union, saying, “The funds couldn’t have come at a better time and will be used as unrestricted funding, which is invaluable to the success of UpReach and allows us the flexibility to use the money toward our most current needs. We thank NECU for their support in allowing UpReach to provide safe, affordable and high quality equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals in the greater Manchester community.”

About Northeast Credit Union
Northeast Credit Union (NECU) has been a trusted neighbor and the financial partner of choice for people since 1936. Our central focus is our members and the communities in which we serve. We have over $1 billion in assets and serve 110,000+ members at branches in Berlin, Concord, Conway, Dover, Exeter, Gorham, Lebanon, Lee, Manchester, Merrimack, Northwood, Plymouth, Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and Rochester. We offer a full range of financial products and services. Along with traditional checking and savings accounts, they include mortgage and auto loans, investment products, business accounts, credit cards, and innovative online and mobile services. For more information, please visit www.necu.org.

For more information about the three non-profits mentioned in this article, please visit their websites:

The Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce congratulates Zebra Crossing, Connor’s Climb, and UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center on their new funds and commends Northeast Credit Union and the community for their commitment to non-profit charities and organizations. We hope this support of community inspires others!

MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY EARNS $20,000 GRANT IN CHASE COMMUNITY GIVING CONTEST

Local nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory was among the 30,000 charities from across the country nominated to participate in the 2012 Chase Community Giving contest. The philanthropy program asked the public to vote for their favorite charities, awarding a total of $5 million in grants to the top 196 vote-getters. At the end of the contest Mount Washington Observatory landed in 55th place with a total of 3,250 votes, earning the nonprofit a $20,000 grant.

“We are so, incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support from our fans,” says Mount Washington Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley. “When we were nominated to participate, we were wary—we’re much smaller than many of the other groups. But our members, donors, and fans rallied around our cause. Their support helped us surpass charities ten times our size.”

Eligible charities included 501(c)(3) organizations with an operating budget under $10 million, nominated by Chase customers and employees from June 12 to July 9. Voting took place September 6-19 on Facebook and ChaseGiving.com, open to all with Facebook and Chase accounts. More than 1.5 million votes were cast.

The charity that received the most votes, the Egyptian Cancer Network, won a $250,000 grant. The next ten runners-up won $100,000, the next 35 won $50,000, the next 50 won $20,000, and the next 100 won $10,000.

“This grant represents a significant sum of money for our small institution,” notes Kerry MacDougall, the Observatory’s Director of Development. “Membership dues and charitable gifts comprise the majority of our income, so receiving a grant of this amount—especially during a down economy, when charitable gifts are increasingly difficult to secure—is a major boost.”

The Observatory plans to put the grant to work immediately, helping to fund its weather station atop Mount Washington and its educational outreach efforts.

“The Observatory has been able to continue its work in weather observation, science education, and weather and climate research for more than 80 years thanks to the support of our members and fans,” says Henley. “This grant helps us continue that legacy.”

 

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 in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.