Greetings from winter wonderland. The snow is finally here and covering the playground (though it’s doubtful that will stop many of our local playground enthusiasts). There is a festive feeling in the air here at the center and we are feeling the spirit of the holidays from all corners of our community.

Out in the gazebo, the Knights of Columbus are set up with their annual tree sale. The lights and greenery have elevated the feeling of cheer on our campus. Many thanks to the Knights of Columbus for donating a tree for the North Conway Community Center’s breakfast with Santa event coming up Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8 to 11 a.m.

Along with all the holiday cheer, snow and lights at the end of the year comes an enthusiasm for philanthropy. We sent out our appeal letter which many of you have certainly spotted in your mailbox with its green font and iconic gazebo logo.

While we feel the support of our community all year long with volunteers, participation in our events and the use of our facilities, there is a tangible feeling of support when we pick up a stack of return envelopes with your donations stuffed inside from our mailbox. Thank you.

Giving Tuesday has gained momentum over the years as a day that marks a moment to pause and give back to our community and the organizations that make it strong. We felt the support of our community in full force through our online donations and Amazon wish lists for our many facility updates and programs. If you didn’t get a chance yet to give, go to northconwaycommunitycenter.org/donate.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we felt the festive feeling with the homecoming of friends and family back in town to celebrate Thanksgiving. The gym was extra busy with those who came through to play ball, take a break from shopping and steal a moment away to move and exercise. From little ones toddling around the gym to college kids on break, to adults in town popping in for a game of pickleball, our community center was buzzing with fun and energy.

Looking ahead on our special events calendar, we can’t wait to keep the festivities going. We have breakfast with Santa on Dec. 7 from 8 to 11 a,m.; Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular on Dec. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Mountain Garden Club Christmas boutique on Dec. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon; and the Knights of Columbus will continue to host the Christmas tree sale in the gazebo through December until they run out. If you are looking for a place to host your next event, call the center at (603) 356-2096.

Starting up next week is youth basketball. Registration is open on our website. Winter sports packets went home with John Fuller families and our website is ready for online registration and payment. We have our new registration portal up and running thanks to Eastern Propane who generously sponsored this new software. Check out our website for the schedule and a link to our registration portal at northconwaycommunitycenter.org/youth-sports and email Nate at nate@northconwaycommunitycenter.org if you are interested in coaching or being a referee.

Indoor soccer has been off to a great start. Adult indoor pick-up soccer takes place on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. MWV Soccer Club hosts youth futsal opportunities with 3v3 soccer Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. MWV Soccer Club will have another opportunity for youth futsal on Sunday evenings starting after the holidays. Visit their website for more information: mwvsoccer.com/futsal.

Adult basketball continues to take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays (ages 30 and older) and Wednesdays (ages 18 to 30).

Indoor pickleball has a new adjusted schedule to accommodate some new groups. Time is set aside for a variety of skill levels, skills and drills, clinics, and women’s play. For an updated schedule, go to northconwaycommunitycenter.org/calendar.

Card games continue to take place in the multipurpose room with canasta on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and mahjong on Thursdays at 2 p.m.

For schedule times and changes, check our updated website or Facebook page, which we try hard to keep up to date. We can’t always get to the phone while programs are underway, or if we are busy cleaning, so this is a quick and easy way to get answers to your questions in real time. Remember that we are closed on Sundays except for private groups and pickleball.

For more information on programs and activities at the center, call (603) 356-2096 or go to northconwaycommunitycenter.org. We always want to hear your feedback on how we can be the best community center we can be. Feel free to reach out anytime at carrie@northconwaycommunitycenter.org.

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