Senior Fitness Class

Wednesdays 10-11AM, now through June 26th. Open to residents of all towns, offered by Rye Recreation Dept. This cardio and toning class is designed for participants age 55+. No experience necessary. Work at your own level and pace. Simple moves and combinations are paired with light strength training exercises for an energizing full body, low stress workout. Classes are set to music of bygone eras. Wear breathable clothing and sneakers. Located at Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road.

$15 per participant for the entire class season. Call 964-6281 to register or visit www.town.rye.nh.us. Email to Larthur@town.rye.nh.us.

Portsmouth’s 1st Annual Fire & Ice Festival Weekend

Make the most of winter right here in Portsmouth at the First Annual Portsmouth Fire and Ice Festival Feb. 13th, 2014 – Feb 16th, 2014.

This new city-wide Festival offers day-time fun for families, special programs and offers in stores, restaurants and performing arts spaces as well as evening entertainment. (See the schedule of events below.)

Portsmouth Gas Light Company hosts its Fire & Ice Fest on Friday through Sunday evenings, with three ice bars, fire pits, ice luges, wood fire-grilled food and ice sculptures.

Strawbery Banke Museum will host a hearth-cooking workshop and dinner on Friday; Winter Night in Pitt Tavern on Saturday; and dog sled rides on Sunday.

New Hampshire Public Television will be screening films at Seacoast Repertory Theater selected to promote their group tour to Iceland in June 2014 with Willem Lange, while the Players Ring will be showcasing performances by Patrick Dorow Productions.

The Discover Portsmouth Center continues its “Flowers of Winter” exhibit with a special program at 11am Saturday morning.

It all kicks off at the Port Inn Opening Night Party Thursday, February 13.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday February 13

The Port Inn Opening Night Party. Time TBA. Port Inn debuts its renovated lobby and guestroom designs at the kick-off party, serving Fire + Ice cocktails featuring New Amsterdam vodka and appetizers for guests and a fire pit and ice sculptures for outside decor.

The Music Hall 7pm HD Broadcast: Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom. $22.

Friday February 14

President’s Day Weekend Hearth-Cooking Workshop at Strawbery Banke Museum. ($65. Advance reservations required at www.strawberybanke.org.)

Portsmouth Gas Light Company Fire + Ice Fest Charity Night. Begins at 6pm with all proceeds from the door and raffle tickets to benefit Pro Portsmouth, Strawbery Banke and Seacoast Repertory Theater. There will be three ice bars, fire pits, ice luges, wood fire grilled food and ice sculptures. Beverages are sponsored by Southern Wine and Spirits and New Hampshire Distributors.

Men in Motion, a fire-y all male review begins at 8pm in the Portsmouth Gas Light Company Third Floor Night Club. Tickets are $15.

The Music Hall Loft – La Dolce Vita 8pm – retro cabaret with the Gaudy Baubles. $38.25 includes dessert.

Saturday February 15

Flowers of Winter Exhibit. Beginning at 11am with speaker David Park Curry. Discover Portsmouth Center

NHPTV Presents Winter films at the Seacoast Repertory Theater. Throughout the day, the Rep will be playing winter themed shows and short films from NHPTV. This event is free to the public.

Portsmouth Gas Light Company Fire + Ice Fest. Beginning at 6pm, there will be three ice bars, fire pits, ice luges, wood fire-grilled food and ice sculptures. Beverages are sponsored by Southern Wine and Spirits and New Hampshire Distributors.

Winter Night at Pitt Tavern, 7-10pm at Strawbery Banke Museum celebrates President’s Day Weekend in a manner George Washington would have recognized when he visited the Tavern in 1789. Live acoustic music, beer specially brewed for Strawbery Banke by the Portsmouth Brewing Company and tavern food prepared by The White Apron Café at Strawbery Banke. $22.50 per person.

Sunday February 16

Dog Sled Rides at Strawbery Banke from 10am-4pm. Seal Cove Dog Sledding will be providing dog sled rides to the public on Puddle Dock at Strawbery Banke. Free demonstration of miniature portrait painting, recreating the traditional oil-on-copper style popular in the eras of Presidents Washington and Lincoln, presented by Strawbery Banke artist-in-residence Alan Ammann in the Tyco Visitors Center.

Performances by Patrick Dorow Productions at the Player’s Ring from 12-6pm. The Player’s Ring will also be providing warm beverages for anyone enjoying the festival who need to warm up! This is a free event to the public.

Portsmouth Gas Light Company Fire + Ice Fest. Beginning at 12pm, there will be three ice bars, fire pits, ice luges, wood fire grilled food and ice sculptures. Beverages are sponsored by Southern Wine and Spirits and New Hampshire Distributors.

Fire and Ice Themed Pecha Kucha. Doors open at 6pm and presentations will begin at 7pm at the Portsmouth Gas Light Company in the Third Floor Night Club. During a Pecha Kucha night, presenters are asked to bring 20 slides related to the night’s theme but are only given 20 seconds to explain each one. The Gas Light will have the bar open and a limited menu available to guests.

Dining out on Valentine’s Day in Local Hampton Restaurants:

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day with a night out in Hampton’s wonderful year round restaurants:

The Old Salt – Special Valentine Day Menu in Restaurant. Live Entertainment in the Lounge 8-12PM. A Special Overnight Hotel Package is available; including Champagne, Strawberries, Dinner and Breakfast. Reservations strongly suggested. 603.926.0330.

The Galley Hatch – special Valentine Day Menu in the Restaurant. Reservations strongly suggested; 603.926.6152.

The 401 Tavern – Featuring regular menu and daily specials. Reservations strongly suggested. 603.926.8800.

Ron’s Landing – Regular Menu with Valentine Day Specials (Heart shaped Lobster Ravioli). Limited Availability. Reservations strongly suggested. Live Entertainment 7PM – 10PM. 603.929.2122.

Bai Chai Thai Restaurant – Featuring regular daily menu and unique specials. 603.929.1110

Ocean Wok – Featuring regular daily menu of delicious Chinese food from the freshest ingredients. 603.926.6633 – Plenty of availability  as of time of this post. Expected to be a wait tomorrow evening as last year there was one.

Valentine’s Family Moonlight Snowshoe with Mount Agamenticus

Saturday, February 15, 5:30-7pm, Mount A Learning Lodge, Cape Neddick, ME
Bring your loved ones to Mount Agamenticus for an evening of moonlight adventure! We’ll start in the Learning Lodge to learn about the wildlife of the night with CFW educators and wildlife ambassadors. Following the program, our educators and Mount A staff will lead you on a hike through the woods to see who we hear in the night. We’ll also teach a couple of owl calls and keep an eye out for wildlife tracks!

This event has a suggested donation of $7 per person and the walk portion of this event is recommended for ages 10+. Please keep in mind that the Learning Lodge is not heated so dress for the weather and bring snowshoes! Space is limited and reservations are required, so please email our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily, or call 207-361-1400 to reserve your spot. We hope to see you there! *Please note, there are no public restrooms in the Learning Lodge. We cannot accommodate groups of 10 or more at our public programs, but please feel free to contact Emily about booking a private one!
Visit our website for more information http://www.yorkcenterforwildlife.org/news.htm

Robotics Competition Comes to Hampton, NH Saturday, Feb. 8th, 2014-Public Welcome

The Winnacunnet High School Engineering Team is hosting the second annual VEX Seacoast Winter Classic Robotics Competition on Saturday, Feb. 8th 2014.
Sixty teams of students representing sixteen high schools or organizations from NH, VT, MA, ME and RI, will be competing in the EX Robotics Toss p Game and the public is invited to watch this fast paced and fun competition.


The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation, seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Each year, a different game offers a challenge to students to design and build robots to perform the tasks needed in the game. This event is a qualifying event for the New England Regional Championship. More information about VEX Robotics can be found at www.robotevents.com.

The public is invited to watch these amazing students and their robots at the Winnacunnet High School Gymnasium, 1 Alumni Drive, Hampton, NH. This event is fun whether you stay all day or stop by for a little while. Raffles and concessions will be available. The Opening Ceremony begins Sat. Feb 8th at 9:00 am and the Awards Ceremony is at 4:00 pm, with exciting competitions and skills challenges throughout the day.

Visit www.SeacoastBeachInfo.com for all your New England Seacoast Information.

Two Days of Penguin Plunging, Feb 1st & 2nd, 2014, Hampton Beach, NH

2014 Annual Penguin PlungeWhen: Saturday Feb. 1, and Sunday, Feb.2, 2014

Time: Noon

Theme: Zombies

Location: Hampton Beach

What is the Plunge?

The Plunge is a fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics New Hampshire.  Participants (Plungers) raise funds to run (Plunge) into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach.  On February 2nd, why not join the “Walking Wet” and Plunge? You only need to raise $350 (including your $50 non-refundable registration fee) to experience THE PLUNGE!

Why should I Plunge?

People with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the chance.  With training and competitions in 14 Olympic-style sports, our athletes push hard and play harder.  They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again.  From the local ball fields to the shining stage of the State Summer Games, from swimming to snowboarding, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics is about sports…but ultimately, it’s about so much more.  For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and believe in themselves.  It is inspirational when you see a father’s pride in his son’s achievement…a mother’s relief when her daughter makes friends…siblings cheering for their brother or sister for the first time.

Your participation provides funding to support he 5,608 participants of Special Olympics New Hampshire!

For more information visit www.sonh.org.

This date Penguin Plunge is for High School Students. There is also a High School Penguin Plunge on February 1st, 2014 at Hampton Beach, NH. For more information on this event visit www.hamptonbeach.com.

Not interested in Plunging?? Become a

Pampered Penguin

We realize that taking the plunge isn’t for everyone. But, just because you don’t want to plunge doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the festivities and the FUN! You can register as a Pampered Penguin and receive the same benefits as a Plunger, without getting wet!

Day at the Beach

For people who prefer dry land only enjoy the day at the beach.

9 am – 11 am   Check-In

11:30 am         Costume Parade

Noon               Plunge!
12:30 pm         Post-Plunge Lunch & Celebration
1:30 pm           Awards

Award Categories

King Penguin: Plunger who raises the largest amount of money
King Flock: Flock (with a minimum of 5 members) that has the highest dollar average raised per Plunger
Little Penguin: 1st year Plunger who raises the largest amount of money
Adelie Penguin: 5th year Plungers
Galapagos Penguin: 10th year Plungers
Yellow-eyed Penguin: Plunger wearing the best costume
Yellow-eyed Flock: Flock with the best costumes
Macaroni Flock: Flock that raises the most money
Snares Flock: Flock that makes an exceptional contribution to the Plunge through their spirit, loyalty & fundraising

Chinstrap Penguin: Pampered Penguin who raises the largest amount of money

Seacoast NH Winter 2014 Indoor Famer’s Markets

MAINE

Jan. 12th, 2014: Kittery Community Market; Kittery, ME – Kittery Community Center; 12PM – 3PM. Indoor Markets every other Sunday from 12PM – 3PM.

Jan. 18th, 2014: York Gateway Farmer’s Market; York, ME – American Legion; 9AM – 1PM. Indoor Markets February 1 & 15, March 1, 15 & 29.

Jan. 18th, 2014: Saco River Farmer’s Market – Saco Island 110 Main St. Saco, ME. 9AM – 12:30PM. Sat. Jan 25th, Sat. Feb. 1st, Sat. Feb. 8th, Sat. Feb. 15th.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Jan. 19th, 2014: Berwick Winter Farmer’s Market – Berwick Town Hall – 10AM – 2PM. Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16.

Jan. 11th, 2014: Seacoast Eat Local Exeter NH – Exeter High School; 10AM – 2PM. Indoor Markets Feb 8 – March 8 – April 11

MASACH– USETTS

Jan. 18th, 2014: Newmarket Farmer’s Market – Newmarket NH High School; 9AM – 1PM. 1st and 3rd Saturdays October through April.

Jan. 19th, 2014: Newburyport MA Farmer’s Market – The Tannery Marketplace Event Tent – 9AM – 1PM Rain or Shine. Every Sunday through April 6th, 2014.

Visit above websites for participating vendor information, sponsor information or to become a participant. Enjoy and shop locally!

Visit www.SeacoastBeachinfo.com for all your New England Area Seacoast Information. P.S., tell your friends.

Two Days of Penguin Plunging, Feb 1st & 2nd, 2014, Hampton Beach, NH

2014 Annual Penguin PlungeWhen: Sunday, February 2, 2014

Time: Noon

Theme: Zombies

Location: Hampton Beach

What is the Plunge?

The Plunge is a fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics New Hampshire.  Participants (Plungers) raise funds to run (Plunge) into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach.  On February 2nd, why not join the “Walking Wet” and Plunge? You only need to raise $350 (including your $50 non-refundable registration fee) to experience THE PLUNGE!

Why should I Plunge?

People with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the chance.  With training and competitions in 14 Olympic-style sports, our athletes push hard and play harder.  They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again.  From the local ball fields to the shining stage of the State Summer Games, from swimming to snowboarding, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics is about sports…but ultimately, it’s about so much more.  For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and believe in themselves.  It is inspirational when you see a father’s pride in his son’s achievement…a mother’s relief when her daughter makes friends…siblings cheering for their brother or sister for the first time.

Your participation provides funding to support he 5,608 participants of Special Olympics New Hampshire!

For more information visit www.sonh.org.

This date Penguin Plunge is for High School Students. There is also a High School Penguin Plunge on February 1st, 2014 at Hampton Beach, NH. For more information on this event visit www.hamptonbeach.com.

Not interested in Plunging?? Become a

Pampered Penguin

We realize that taking the plunge isn’t for everyone. But, just because you don’t want to plunge doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the festivities and the FUN! You can register as a Pampered Penguin and receive the same benefits as a Plunger, without getting wet!

Day at the Beach

For people who prefer dry land only enjoy the day at the beach.

9 am – 11 am   Check-In

11:30 am         Costume Parade

Noon               Plunge!
12:30 pm         Post-Plunge Lunch & Celebration
1:30 pm           Awards

Award Categories

King Penguin: Plunger who raises the largest amount of money
King Flock: Flock (with a minimum of 5 members) that has the highest dollar average raised per Plunger
Little Penguin: 1st year Plunger who raises the largest amount of money
Adelie Penguin: 5th year Plungers
Galapagos Penguin: 10th year Plungers
Yellow-eyed Penguin: Plunger wearing the best costume
Yellow-eyed Flock: Flock with the best costumes
Macaroni Flock: Flock that raises the most money
Snares Flock: Flock that makes an exceptional contribution to the Plunge through their spirit, loyalty & fundraising

Chinstrap Penguin: Pampered Penguin who raises the largest amount of money

6th Annual High School Penguin Plunge

2014 High School Penguin PlungeThe High School Plunge is a fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics New Hampshire.  Participants (Plungers) raise funds to run (Plunge) into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach.  On February 1st, why not show your school spirit while supporting the athletes of SONH?  You only need to raise $175 (including your $50 non-refundable registration fee) to experience the HIGH SCHOOL PLUNGE!

People with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the chance.  With training and competitions in 14 Olympics-style sports, our athletes push hard and play harder.  They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again.  From the local ball fields to the shining stage of the State Summer Games, from swimming to snowboarding, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics is about sports…but ultimately, it’s about so much more.  For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and believe in themselves.  It is inspirational when you see a father’s pride in his son’s achievement…a mother’s relief when her daughter makes friends…siblings cheering for their brother or sister for the first time.
Your participation provides funding to support the 5,608 participants of Special Olympics New Hampshire!
Special Olympics promotes  a culture of empowerment and inclusion for all young people, resulting in attitude change and confidence-building among millions of people with and without intellectual disabilities.  At Special Olympics, the formula for success is providing young people with opportunities to succeed, engage their communities, and form authentic relationships.  This formula has formed the foundation of Project UNIFY, a youth-led movement devoted to developing school communities where all young people are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
At the core of New Hampshire’s Project UNIFY is NHIAA Unified Sports, a program that combines Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities on sports teams for training and competition.  The goal of the joint NHIAA & Special Olympics New Hampshire Sports project is to allow high school students with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to represent their high school by participating on a varsity level  High School Unified Sports team, providing the students with a quality experience of sports training and competition.
During the 2012-2013 school year, 37,446 high school students from across New Hampshire were exposed to Project UNIFY!
For more information visit www.sonh.org.
This date Penguin Plunge is for High School Students. There is also a Penguin Plunge on February 2nd, 2014 at Hampton Beach, NH. For more information on the full day schedule of events visit www.hamptonbeach.com.

Fireworks at Hampton Beach for New Year’s Eve

Bring the family to celebrate at the beach!
HAMPTON BEACH, NH – 12/26/2013 – Ring in the New Year with your family at the beach!
Don’t miss the fireworks over the sandy beach and the dark, vast Atlantic Ocean. Let the magnificent display take your breath away, and make this a new family tradition for the New Year! This event is free for everyone.

There will be a special New Year’s Eve fireworks display sponsored by the Hampton Beach Village District on the beach at the top of B-C Streets. This is a family-fun event so the fireworks will begin at 8 p.m. Also, the Blue Ocean Society will provide coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies before hand at the Blue Ocean office at the top of D Street. The fireworks will go off on time, weather permitting.

The fireworks are especially impressive at this time because the colder weather provides for a crisper, clearer view of the pyrotechnics display. The restrooms at the Seashell Stage will be open to the public for this event. Come down to the Atlantic Ocean and ring in 2014 in a special, memorable way!

In addition, the Division of Parks and Recreation will be hosting an open house from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Seashell Oceanfront Pavilion at HamptonBeachState Park.

Refreshments will be served and fireworks will begin at 8 p.m.

The event is in partnership with Exeter Events & Tents, MarshallRentalCenter, Seacoast Florist, Natural Images by Allie and Party Time DJ. If you would like more information regarding this event, please call 603-227-8717.