A preview of Conway area spring classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. at Granite State College at 53 Technology Lane in Conway. All are welcome.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about the program, meet some of the presenters, socialize with OLLI members, and enjoy light refreshments. Copies of the OLLI Spring 2020 catalog will be available.

OLLI is a membership organization providing lifelong learning and social opportunities for adults 50 and older. For more information, go to olli.granite.edu or call (603) 513-1377.

The Freedom Firefighters Association will host its fourth annual ice fishing derby on Loon Lake in Freedom on Saturday, Feb. 1. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at the Loon Lake Boat Launch. Fishing starts at 7 a.m. Registration fee is $10 for adults and under 16 free. N.H. Fish and Game rules apply. Current license required.

There are two categories: trout and other legal species. All fishing prizes are based on the largest fish weight. Adult first place: $200 and five free bob house raffle tickets. Additional cash and raffle tickets for second and third places. Youth division: largest fish by weight: first place $100 and four tip ups; second place $50 and three tip ups; third place $25 and two tip ups. Tie-breakers determined by length. Fishing ends at 3 p.m. and fish registration ends at 3:30 p.m.

Registration tickets entitle participants to derby day raffles excluding the bob house. You do not need to be present for the bob house raffle drawing. All drawings, rules, prize info and winners will be posted at the registration area. Bob house, underwater camera, tip-up package and additional prizes awarded at 4 p.m.

There will be mystery bag raffles at 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (registration ticket required). Prizes for smallest fish, youngest and oldest participant and longest distance traveled. Drawing at 4 p.m.

Members of the Freedom Firefighters Association would like to thank their major financial contributors: Ricker Auto Salvage and AR Metals in Tamworth, James Farinella and Sons Building and Remodeling in Freedom. Also a thank you to Jason Daggett and David Farinella for the Bob House build, the Freedom Community Club, Loon Lake Beach Club, Garland Waste Services from Center Conway. Additional info: Carry In, Carry Out (leave no trace), no open fires, respect local property.

The Freedom Public Library will show “Lion,” a 2016 movie from the United States on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m. Free popcorn. Following the movie, a simple soup and bread supper is offered for anyone who would like to stay for a meal and a chance to talk about the film. The library has a sign up sheet for volunteers to bring soup or bread.

Our Freedom Village Store is looking for a few new board members and will be accepting applications starting next week. If this interests you, stop in at the store to learn

Freedom’s Pam Keith will be holding a Valentine sugar cookie with butter cream frosting cooking class for six on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 8. You will bake and decorate heart shaped cookies and you’ll go home with: a dozen decorated cookies, a red cookie tin, recipes for the cookies and frosting a Valentine cookie cutter, a pastry bag, coupler, and a decorating tip. The cost is $45. You can reach Pam at pclemonskeith@gmail.com.

The 10th annual Cupcake Battle, a fundraising event for Mount Washington Valley Promotions, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the North Conway Community Center. Bakers will square off in four categories (professional, home, teen and child) with a winner selected in each division. Bakers must supply a minimum of 220 mini cupcakes, all the same flavor, and set up a display table for the duration of the event.

Attendees purchase a $12 ticket that entitles them to sample one cupcake from each baker and to vote for a favorite in each category. Set-up on battle day is between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Doors will open to the public at 1 p.m. and tasting will run until 3:30 p.m. followed by awards.

The winner in the professional category receives a $350 cash award, while the top home baker earns $150 and the teen winner $50. A prize is given to the child baker champ. Space is still available for interested bakers and sponsors are being sought. For full details, contact Lisa DuFault at (603) 374-6241.

Lisa Wheeler can be contacted at wheelersinfreedom@roadrunner.com.

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