Gibson Gleanings: Thrift shop will be open seven days a week in December

By Barbara Ray
The center was buzzing last week as we prepared for our three days of Thanksgiving luncheons. I'm guessing the word has spread throughout the valley that our kitchen staff prepares one of the finest turkey dinners in the valley. Our dining room was filled to capacity all three days and our marvelous kitchen crew served over 300 diners — another outstanding job by Rick, David, Jim and Kevin.
Gibson will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, for our Thanksgiving recess, but for all you shoppers out there, I have some exciting news: The Gibson thrift shop will be open on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and for the first three weeks in December, the shop will be open seven days a week. Karen has done an amazing job with our new thrift shop, and I know you will find some wonderful deals at some very reasonable prices.
Have a wonderful week, a happy Thanksgiving and God bless.
Upcoming programs:
Tuesday, Nov. 24: Strength, balance and stretch Class starts at 10 a.m. in the activity room. Lunch is served at noon at our Silver Lake Landing meal site. Mary Ellen will play piano at the landing today.
Wednesday, Nov. 25: Tai Ji Quan MBB starts at 9 a.m. in the activity room. Wii games are available 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the activity room. Game day begins at 12:30 p.m. in the activity room. Caring for the Caregiver meets at 12:30 p.m. in the pool room.
Thursday, Nov. 26: Gibson Center closed for Thanksgiving recess.
Friday, Nov. 27: Gibson Center closed for Thanksgiving recess.
Chair exercise: Classes are Monday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Ballroom dance time: Join hostess Pat Davis Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be dancing only; no class. Donations kindly accepted.
Upcoming trips:
• Portland Pops Concerts: Dinner on own at Sebago Brewery.
• Magic of Christmas: Friday, Dec. 11, $55. Tickets are ordered.
• Beach Boy's "Pet Sounds" Saturday, Jan. 9.
• Portland In Love: Sunday, Feb. 14,
• Best of John Williams: Sunday, April 24.
• Overnight at the Town & Country: pool, meals, entertainment, Jan. 29-30.
• Niagara Falls and Toronto: June 5-11, Four nights, 10 meals, in the Niagara Falls area, "Hornblower Niagara Cruise," Casa Loma, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Queen Victoria Park, Erie Canal Museum. $675, need passport.
Payment is due when you sign up for a trip.
Menu: Tuesday — baked black oak ham; Wednesday — salmon pie; Thursday and Friday — Gibson closed for Thanksgiving recess.

Local students conduct macroinvertebrate stream studies


volunteer-biological-assessment-programStudents from Ossipee Central School explore the Swift River and sample for macroinvertebrates. (COURTESY PHOTO)OSSIPEE — This year, more than 250 students from all over the Ossipee and greater Saco River Watershed participated in the Volunteer Biological Assessment Program, a water literacy program coordinated by Green Mountain Conservation Group through N.H. Fish and Game.

Students from Sandwich Central School, Ossipee Central School, Effingham Elementary School, Freedom Elementary School, Moultonborough Central School, The Community School in Tamworth, Madison Elementary School, the Maine Environmental Science Academy and the 4H Voyagers from Ossipee participated in the program this year.

Students from these nine local school groups will be co-presenting their water quality data and what they learned at on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Ossipee Town Hall.

‘The Pajama Game’ opens tonight in Fryeburg Academy

FRYEBURG — Fryeburg Academy presents its 2015 All-School Musical, "The Pajama Game," with the opening performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, located at 18 Bradley St. in Fryeburg, Maine.
There will also be two shows on Saturday, one at 2 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.
"The Pajama Game" won the 1955 Tony award for Best Musical. More than 50 years later, it won the 2006 Tony for Best Revival, proving the enduring appeal of this classic American Musical.
"This show is packed with songs that everyone will recognize, and is filled with fun," said director Shellie Sakash. "With its highly sophisticated performing arts program, Fryeburg Academy and its talented students are taking this show beyond what your expectations of a high school musical can be. It is the primary reason that I keep coming back to work with these kids."
Besides Sakash, the creative team includes music direction by Mimi Rohlfing, scenic design by Fran Pouzol, Mark Strange, and Steve Pullan, costume design by Patty Hibbert, and lighting design and technical direction by Bob Sheehan.
It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and Fryeburg Academy faculty.
For more information, contact the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at or (207) 935-9232.

Odissi dance demonstration, discussion at Gibson Center Nov. 19

CONWAY — Community members are invited to join Odissi dancer Mouli Pal for a free demonstration and discussion of the classical Indian dance form known as Odissi on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Gibson Center for Senior Services at 14 Grove St. in North Conway.

Mouli performs Odissi, a graceful style that portrays moods and emotions based on music, literature, poetry and architecture, creating the effect of sculptures coming to life. He will talk briefly about Indian culture and Odissi dance and its history, demonstrate several dances and give participants a chance to try some of the intricate hand movements themselves.

"We're really excited about hosting this program," Jill Reynolds, program director at the Gibson Center, said. "It's a great opportunity to offer something really different — a chance to see and learn about an ancient art form that is completely new to us."

Program helps prepare people for the workplace

CONWAY — Looking to gain a competitive edge in today's job market and workplace?

A program being offered by White Mountains Community College and WorkReadyNH is designed to help participants identify and improve their workplace skills, increase marketability and obtain documented evidence of their abilities.

The class runs Oct. 19 through Nov. 5, Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Technology Village in Conway. Tuition is free, but registration is required.

Successful completion of the program leads to a National Career Readiness Certificate along with a White Mountains Community College WorkReadyNH Certificate.

According to Judy Woodward, program director for White Mountains Community College, "Classes typically include participants of all ages, education levels and employment histories. Whether someone is entering the workplace for the first time or they have worked in a field for many years, the class has something to offer."

A recent graduate said, "WorkReadyNH is not to be underestimated. This class builds confidence levels, improves communication skills and educates regarding safety and sensitivity policies in the workplace. WorkReadyNH truly helps prepare individuals for the workplace."

Another graduate said, "I have no doubt that what I learned in this course will enable me to land an amazing job." Follow-up surveys confirm that he was able to do just that, transitioning from 12 years in the culinary field into a position in finance.

"This is a common occurrence for WorkReadyNH graduates," Woodward said. "The average graduate employment rate consistently runs 80 percent or better, and more than 60 percent of those employed indicate they found work within two weeks of completing the program. I really love hearing from graduates when they tell me they have found their dream job."

In addition to participants' favorable experience in WorkReadyNH, employers are recognizing the value of hiring program graduates.

"We regularly receive requests from area employers seeking to fill open positions with top quality candidates," Woodward said. "The feedback has been great."

For more information, call (603) 342-3099 or visit