The first session of the annual Tamworth town meeting at the K.A. Brett School at 881 Tamworth Road will take place on Tuesday, May 11. This session is to choose town officers and to vote on other matters required to be on the official ballot . Polls will open at 8 a.m. and will close no earlier than 7 p.m. The second session of the annual town meeting at the K.A. Brett School for the transaction of all other town business will take place on Saturday, May 15, at 1 p.m.

Local businesses are getting ready for spring, and Kittie’s Antiques at the corner of Depot Road has a special Easter Display. Owner Alex Cook says: “We search far and wide for bunnies, flowers, chicks, baskets and buckets, and lots of Easter paraphernalia. We are located at 1740 Depot Road at the corner of Route 16.Hours are Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you see anything you like or have questions, do not hesitate to call during business hours at (603) 323-7114, or after hours at (603) 491-7117. Our address is P.O. Box 1, South Tamworth NH 03883.”

Tamworth Congregational Church’s Holy Week Services are 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 28, (Palm Sunday) and April 4, Easter/Resurrection Sunday.

ArtWorks Gallery at the Chocorua Creative Arts Center at 132 White Mountain Highway in Chocorua Village is leaping into spring with a fresh new look. During this most challenging past year, 30-plus local artists and artisans have been working their hearts out creating new and exciting pieces.

As you all know, “There is no heart without art or art without heart.” Art Works’ newest members are Matt Cohen, a dynamic wildlife photographer who captures our woodland and lake friends superbly, and Anne Chant, a wizard with the needles who turns fiber into delightful hats in sumptuous colors.

The Art Works gallery is open on the first Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and every Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be the first to view the new exhibits Friday, April 2. For more information, find Art Works on Facebook and the website chocoruaartworks.com, call (603) 323-8041 or email artworks4us2@gmail.com.

The staff at Bearcamp Valley School and Children’s Center invite people to donate books via their book recycling bin on Durrell Road, across the street from the Brett School. This is a great way to reduce waste and to cut the town’s expense of hauling it away. All donated books are either resold online, given to literacy efforts or recycled to make other products.

Join Chocorua Lake Conservation on Thursday, April 1, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to help care for the land along the Route 16 side of the lake. The area has been conserved by the Chocorua Lake Conservation and through the support of donors and volunteers Chocorua Lake Conservation is able to make this land accessible to the public.

In the spring, after winter storms dump branches and trees, and the snowmelt exposes litter, the Chocorua Lake shoreline needs maintenance. Meet at 9 a.m. at the kiosk at the Grove public parking area on Chocorua Lake Road. Bring work gloves and clippers, a rake or a hand saw if you have them. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a snack and a mas. Email lflaccus@chocorualake.org with your phone number to let Chocorua Lake Conservation know you plan to come. Naturalist Lynne Flaccus has 30 years of experience in land conservation and stewardship, managing protected properties, studying wildlife and educating adults and children.

To learn about upcoming events, go to chocorualake.org, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Cook Memorial Library is hosting a community photo exhibit “Tamworth in the 2020 Pandemic” at tinyurl.com/tamworth2020pandemic. The library is assembling photos taken in Tamworth during the pandemic for an online exhibit. Photographs taken by our community are meaningful at present, and a valuable archive. If you have a picture to share, send it attached to an email to mary@tamworthlibrary.org. In the email message, include your name, title of the photo, where/when taken, type of camera used, and any other description you care to include. Photos sent will be included in the library’s Tamworth in the 2020 Pandemic archive.Wyatt Berrier has been taking porch portraits as a “Tamworth in the Pandemic” project. See tinyurl.com/vee3crwc.

The Mug Club Community Café hosted by The Chocorua Community Church celebrates its fifth anniversary this week. Director Erica Boynton writes: “Our open house in 2016 marked the beginning of our mission to connect community members socially and provide free coffee, snacks, friendship, entertainment, education, crafts, music, support and general well-being. The Mug Club has met on a regular basis, even during COVID for 1,826 days. Inside, outside, in the parking lot, in the sanctuary, on the second floor, in our community room, at The Preserve at Chocorua at Runnells Hall on various field trips — wherever we gathered, we made the best of it.”

As a regular of the Mug Club, I would like to thank The Chocorua Community Church for providing this venue. It has been greatly appreciated. Highlights are posted on the church Facebook page for anyone interested in looking back.

Tamworth Congregational Church meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (with masks and social distancing). Services are also live-streamed at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook - Tamworth Congregational Church.The services are also available for viewing anytime at tamworthchurch.org.

From the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes website: “Passover begins Saturday — the story of a people bursting the bonds of slavery. We observe Transgender Day of Visibility next week — another story celebrating identity and freedom. Our fragile world hovers on the edge of re-opening. After a year like no other, no one is a stranger to vulnerability and resilience. Let us proceed with care. Join our live online worship service. Sunday at 10 a.m. uuma.zoom.us/j/95323544495 or by phone (646) 876-9923. Meeting ID 953 2354 4495.”

Ossipee Concerned Citizens is a multi purpose non-profit organization that operates a daily cafeteria for those over age 60 in non-COVID times. Owing to the pandemic, the cafeteria is closed but Ossipee Concerned Citizens continues to serve hot meals to go from its location at 3 Dore St. in Center Ossipee.

Great news for Tamworth residents: Curbside delivery to the Tamworth Town House of Ossipee Concerned Citizens meals will be resumed on Monday, April 5. To reserve a meal, call Tamworth Townhouse at (603) 323 8085.

Ann Borges can be contacted at annimac419@gmail.com.

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