The Freedom Public Library will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The 12th annual Winter Film Series kicks off on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m. with the movie "Lucky" starring Harry Dean Stanton. Stay afterward, if you can, for a soup supper and a chance to discuss the film. Soup makers are needed, so call the library at (603) 539-5176 if you are able to make soup for Jan. 7. The flyer for the six-film series will be available soon.

The Friends of the Library is pleased to welcome Randall Mikkelsen, White House press veteran and managing editor at Thomson Reuters, with his timely program “Fake News: What’s the Real Story?” on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at the town hall. This will be a nonpartisan discussion on how to understand what we are getting in the social-media driven news landscape and how to tell the real from the fake.

New Year’s Eve at Camp Calumet, If you haven’t been before, join in as it’s a great night and a great meal. The cost is $20 per person which includes appetizers, a delicious meal, dessert and team trivia. And best of all, the ball drops at 9 p.m. If you plan on going, call Alice or Julie at Camp Calumet by Dec. 29. The phone number is (603) 539-4773. There is always quite a group from Freedom that attend.

The new year is coming and time to set up our fitness resolutions and/or renew last year's resolutions. If you’ve been away from yoga, think about returning. Freedom Gallery is a peaceful quiet space for yoga. If you haven’t tried it yet, try it out. The first time is free and they are a friendly group with varied abilities from beginners through intermediates. Yoga continues to be a great benefit to the regular participants of the classes. Mondays and Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Classes accommodate all levels and are at the Freedom Gallery at 8 Elm St. next to the First Christian Church in Freedom Village. Monthly pass is $40. A punch card for 10 classes is $75. (no expiration). Walk-ins are $10 per class. Calendars are posted on Facebook at Yoga in Freedom or send an email to yoga.in.freedom@gmail.com and they will be happy to send you one. If there are any personal questions regarding your health restrictions, or you would like to contact Barbara, contact her at bcm6872@yahoo.com or send her a message at yoga.in.freedom@gmail.com.

Want to walk but the roads are icy? Call Margie at (603) 539-7509, she opens the gym on weekend mornings for those needing to exercise.

Tom Morrow of Freedom and California passed away last week. Morrow had a long history of life in Freedom and leaves Freedom based children, grandchildren, brother, sister-in-law, father and extended family who plan to celebrate his life in the summer, at a date to be announced.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College is excited to announce that they will be having classes this winter as well as spring. They are also offering six late afternoon and evening classes for folks who might still be working. To learn more about the new classes, there will be two free class preview sessions on Monday, Jan. 8, at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 5:30 p.m. both at Granite State College at 53 Technology Lane in Conway. Light refreshments will be offered. Meet fun, like-minded people over 50 and learn about free special interest groups for those who are members. For more information, olli.granite.edu or (603) 513-1377.

Lastly, a thank you to all of those who contribute regularly to the column: Jennifer Molin and those at the Freedom Village Store, Elizabeth Rhymer and library volunteers, Nancy Griffin and Old Home Week committee members, Nancy Wogman, Patty Dumas and those from the First Christian Church of Freedom, Barbara Hoyt from Freedom Elementary, Terri Brooks for the Freedom Artisans and the many others who send multiple messages my way month after month. Wishing the Freedom community a magical holiday, however you choose to celebrate, and a wonderful 2018.

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

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