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Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Kiwanis and the kids

May 19. 2013 10:14PM

Residents of the North End will soon see the big, white tent erected on the lawn of the Webster House as the Kiwanis Club of Manchester prepares for its annual charity auction on June 1. I have often driven by, but never attended the auction. But Shannon Sullivan, a local Kiwanian and community relations manager here at the New Hampshire Union Leader, said I am missing out on some great deals on items like gift certificates, sports and entertainment tickets, household items, collectibles, and more.

The Kiwanis Club of Manchester has held this annual auction since 1968 and uses the funds to support many of the organizations that support the young people of the Queen City. Major support has been provided for Girls, Inc., Manchester Police Athletic League, Child Health Services and the Webster House.

You can help our Kiwanian neighbors by attending the auction, which begins with a preview at 9 a.m., followed by the live auction at 10 a.m. Professional auctioneer Frank Eaton of Variety Auctions will be helped by celebrity auctioneer Mike Morin from 95.7 WZID's "New Hampshire in the Morning" program.

You can also help by donating new and valuable goods and services to the auction. If you have something to donate, please contact Sullivan by May 24 at

Back to Bikram

I recently wrote about seeking acupuncture therapy to relieve some chronic aches and pains. The acupuncture definitely helped. But, then I served Margaritas for 13 hours on Cinco de Mayo and I could barely walk the next day, let alone participate in my normal exercise routine.

So I went on a hunt for Bikram Yoga Manchester's relocated studio. I eventually found it hiding on the other side of the Mill West Annex, with an entrance that faces the Everett Turnpike.

Owner Pubali Campbell's new space is huge, with a larger lobby, more showers and a "hot room" that can now accommodate 25 more students. After a recent class, she told me she considered all the challenges of her former space and improved them at the new studio.

Of course there are some things she could not change about Bikram Yoga. The class will always be 90 minutes in a heated room, and participating yogis will always sweat. But Campbell said her new air exchange system will take care of any, um, scent that could be left behind.

"In a nutshell, this room will never smell," she said. And with all the extra space, there should be rare instances where people are too close to their neighbor for comfort. "I want people to be able to focus on the yoga."

The combination of heat and intense stretching has really helped me feel better. If you've wanted to try Bikram Yoga Manchester, check out a class during the grand opening of the new studio on Saturday, June 1. The day will feature free classes, free massages, and the kick-off of the 30-day challenge, when crazy people do Bikram Yoga every day for 30 consecutive days. For more information, visit

Finding my flavor

Blake's is celebrating 50 years of producing premium ice cream in Manchester, and it is looking to name one creative ice cream lover the "Blake's Flavorologist." You can be considered for the position by submitting a new flavor suggestion by this Friday.

"We've had a lot of people get excited," said Blake's co-owner Ann Mirageas.

Of course people are getting excited. The winning flavorologist gets free ice cream for a whole year. This ice cream addict has already made her submission. But coming up with something new to add to the creamery's existing 75 flavors wasn't easy.

Three finalists will be chosen. Blake's customers and Facebook fans will get to vote for the winning flavor concept through June 7. The winner will be announced on June 21, the first official day of summer.

To enter your flavor idea (which better not be better than mine) visit one of Blake's restaurant locations or go online to

Meetup at Mi-Te-Na

If you were one of the many local boys who attended Manchester YMCA's Camp Mi-Te-Na, you are invited to meet up with alumni at the Alton camp's Centennial Celebration June 7 through the 9th. Manchester native and Mi-Te-Na alumnus Ben Howe said he is looking forward to the festivities, which include all kinds of traditional camp activities, as well as an auction and dinner cruise.

For more information, visit

NH365.ORG Event of the Week

Last year's Memorial Day Community Event and Duck Race was so much fun, Manchester Community Health Center has decided to do it again.

This year the organization is partnering with Rock 101 and the Fisher Cats to add the radio station's traditional Sky Show to the event. It sounds like it will be an interesting mix of free family-friendly activities starting at noon, with a separate paid area opening at 2 p.m. featuring rock bands and a beer tent. It all culminates with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

The rubber duck race fundraiser starts at 5 p.m. To find out how to buy a duck in support of Manchester Community Health Center, and maybe win some money, visit

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