Easter has come and gone and blessed our valley with warmer weather at last. We’re already busy at the North Conway Community Center with folks looking for an indoor place for activities given that there is still snow and mud in the woods and fields.

The center is excited that ReVision Energy has started installing the long-awaited solar panels. The project should be complete by week’s end and the 52 panels will generate 18,000 kW of power. On Monday, the crew was on site setting up, and we’re very excited about what this energy-generating and energy-saving opportunity will offer us for many years to come. Thanks to all the local donors who made this possible.

Attention all golfers: We’re getting sign ups already so it is time to think about joining the 13th annual golf tournament that will benefit children’s programming. To be held at North Conway Country Club, this year’s tournament will take place on Wednesday, May 15, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. New this year, our friends at Crest Auto World will be sponsoring the hole-in-one prize of a new vehicle.

We are also planning fun activities, including a “chip into the cup” contest for a Flatbread Pizza each week for a year. We are seeking a presenting sponsor this year, and all of the proceeds will again go to support summer camp scholarships. For more information on playing fees and, new this year, sponsorship opportunities go to northconwaycommunitycenter.org. This is always a fun, early spring day on the links.

Mark your calendars for NH Gives, a statewide 24-hour Give-a-Thon on June 11 and 12 that inspires new donors to help their favorite organizations. The center is 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. We will provide more details and how to link up and join the fun in upcoming weekly columns.

Youth spring sports T-ball will start up next week and sign-ups are in the schools or at the center. It’s never too late to sign up so come and join the fun.

The center is actively seeking summer camp staff for nine weeks of mostly outdoor activities with kindergarten through sixth-graders on the North Conway campus. This is a great opportunity for those teachers who still enjoy being with kids year-round. We have several openings this year, and we are revising our curriculum to better serve our youth and their families.

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

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.

Pickleball is still in full swing and the varied schedule is on Facebook (look for the Mount Washington Valley Pickleball Group).

Yoga classes with Chellsey Latham will be back in May. Watch the website and this space for schedule changes.

For schedule times and changes, check our website or 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. Alex Jacobs is back from his reserve training and staff members Ian, Mary Ann and Tim are on site most days.

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