Summer weather is upon us at last and for the first time this year we’ve been able to open up windows and doors and turn off the heat; hopefully for good and for a few short months. It is in-between seasons for activities even as the North Conway Community Center is gearing up for the 2019 edition of summer camp.

Camp applications are still being accepted — for one week or the full summer. All are welcome. A few camperships are still available. If you need help with tuition, stop by the center as soon as possible and speak with Ian, Alex or Tim. Every Wednesday is field trip day and the first trip on June 26 is to Cranmore.

We’re still actively seeking one or two more camp staff with nine weeks of mostly outdoor activities with kindergarten to sixth-graders here on our North Conway campus. This is a great opportunity for those teachers who enjoy being with kids year-round. The first activity is a (new this year) team building day at Camp Huckins on June 20 followed by CPR and First aid on June 21.

Please be aware that Mount Washington Valley Pickleball Group has shifted for the most part to their summer location to the Club at Christmas Mountain in Glen, and their varied schedule is on the group’s Facebook page. Indoor advanced pickleball will still take place at the center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sundays remain an option.

We will also hold the usual gym hours open for rainy days until summer camp starts. Thanks to Bob Drake for stepping into the role of North Conway Community Center facility coordinator. Drake has also installed new curtains on the east doors as well as a video camera so players can record games.

T-ball is over for the season. Thanks to Ian, Alex, Chris and Dom for making it a fun season for our kindergarten to second-grade youth.

NH Gives has begun. This is a statewide 24-hour Give-a-Thon on June 11 and 12 that inspires new donors to help their favorite organizations. We’re on the list this year for the first time which is really exciting. This is a fairly new program of the NH Center for Nonprofits designed to take advantage of the national surge in online giving. For more information, go to nhgives.org.

Summer camp starts on Monday, June 24, and sign-ups are still available in the schools, online and at the center. Staff will be here doing orientation and first aid/CPR training the week before. We are filling up fast so be sure and sign up soon.

Save the date of July 6 for the first ever Mount Washington Valley Food Truck Festival. It will be free and open to the public. So far five trucks have signed up. We will likely have our bouncy house up and running and other activities may be added. Sponsorships are being sought and more information will follow.

We are thrilled to report that our new solar panels are already generating electricity for the center’s day-to-day use. The 52 panels will generate 18,200 kW of power each year, and even on cloudy days there is still some gain, thus saving us money each and every day. We have a real time online view of the process and will soon install a lobby display for all to see. As of today, the energy we have saved offers the environmental impact of planting 120 trees.

Adult basketball takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday evenings (ages 30 and older), and on Wednesdays (for 18 to 30) as well as a pick up adult group during lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays. The MWV Soccer Club will soon switch to Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.

Afternoons throughout the Spring also offer times for casual table games, with both mahjong (Thursdays 2 to 5 p.m.) and canasta (Tuesdays 1 to 4 p.m.) drawing regular devotees. These also run until school gets out on June 19.

For schedule times and changes, go to northconwaycommunitycenter.org or the center’s Facebook page, which we try to keep up-to-date. We can’t always get to the phone while programs are underway, or we are busy cleaning, so this is a quick and easy way to get answers to your questions in real time. We are closed on Sundays except for pickleball from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on programs and activities at the center, call (603) 356-2096 or email northconwaycommunitycenter@gmail.com. Our web and Facebook pages are also kept up to date with information and are always your best bet for timely updates. Ian, Alex, Mary Ann and Tim are on site most days.

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