William Janelle-Volley in the Valley

William Janelle, an artist and sculptor, hand-carved the header for the Volley in the Valley plaque. The Volley in the Valley pickleball tournament will take place at the North Conway Community Center Jan. 10-12. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Greetings from the pickleball court. With fresh court lines, new window covers, and a full roster for the Volley in the Valley tournament, we are ready to welcome pickleballers from all over New England.

This weekend, Jan. 10-12, more than 100 pickleball players will descend upon the North Conway Community Center for some heated competition. Proceeds of the event benefit Casa Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides loving homes to individuals with developmental disabilities.

A beautiful new plaque will be unveiled on Jan. 10 to display the winners of the tournament each year. Barbara Gulino, tournament organizer, describes the plaque’s creator as “William Janelle, an artist, sculptor, and one heck of a pickleball player.” Janelle hand-carved the header for the plaque featuring a three-dimensional pickleball and the Mount Washington view from Main Street, North Conway outside the North Conway Community Center.

Janelle donated his time to create the plaque. In lieu of compensation for his efforts, he has requested that donations are made to Casa Inc. To make a donation go to casamaine.org/support.html and for more information on Janelle’s work, go to williamjanelle.com.

Janelle is not the only talented artist contributing to the Volley in the Valley. Local Jackson painter, Erik Koeppel, contributed a framed 9-inch-by-14-inch oil painting of a local landscape. Bidding for the piece starts at $1,400 and ends Jan. 11. To place a bid, contact tournament organizer Lenny Gulino at lengulino@me.com

Looking ahead to our special events calendar, the Mountain Garden Club will host its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 13, in the gym from 9 a.m. to noon. As a result, Monday open play pickleball will be rescheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 13. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Red Cross will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the multipurpose room.

As we hand in our Conway request for 2020 funding, we are grateful to Conway voters for showing up to the polls year after and supporting us by voting to approve our warrant article. We receive approximately 29 percent of our budget from town of Conway funding. Thank you for your votes in the future.

Many thanks to our spectacular volunteer youth basketball coaches. Brian Sawyer, Jen Burkett, Dale Drew, Angel Angelone, Will McKenna, Eugene Carroll and Ralph Delano. It means so much that you show up each week and encourage our local youth as they build their skills and have fun playing basketball. If you are interested in being a volunteer coach or a paid referee, email sports coordinator nate@northconwaycommunitycenter.org.

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 Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m. starting after the holidays. For more information, go to mwvsoccer.com/futsal.

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

Indoor pickleball has time 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 and board games take place in the multipurpose room with canasta on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and mahjong on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes will host cribbage and dominoes and beginning after the holidays, on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

For schedule times and changes, check our updated website calendar 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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