Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Lessons learned on the ice
There are two Learn to Skate programs each season. Each is 12 weeks long with two, one-hour practices a week of fun, quick-moving activities and obstacle courses on the ice. The time commitment and practice times (5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Sunday) were intimidating at first, but just become a part of the routine.
Matters of the heart
You may leave the house Friday and think Valentine's Day has come a week early.
More than 181 schools and businesses across the state — 31 of them in Manchester — have committed to wear red on Feb. 7th to celebrate National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association's 10th annual celebration designed to bring more awareness to heart disease, the number-one killer of women.
Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, is on a Friday this year, which may put more pressure on couples to do something romantic. If you are looking for something different to dazzle your date, why not try the second annual Valentine's Day Couple's Yoga at Fortitude Health and Training?
Fortitude instructors Danielle Bicknell and Kyle Purinton will lead the class for a per-couple cost of $25 for Fortitude members and $30 for non-members. Sure beats spending a fortune at a restaurant.
I broke a board with my bare hand last week, and it was awesome.
Fourth-degree black belt Todd Bedard said he has women break boards in his Woman P.O.W.E.R. Self Defense classes to make them realize how strong they really are. He said if we could break a board with the palm of our hand, we could probably break an attacker's nose too.
NH365.ORG Event of the Week
It's New Hampshire's favorite winter fair! The New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo takes place at the Radisson Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to more than 100 agriculture-related exhibitors sharing and selling their products and expertise, both days are filled with educational seminars, including backyard maple sugaring and a discussion about black bears with independent wildlife biologist and noted New Hampshire author Ben Kilham.
Tickets are $7 for anyone older than 16 years old. Bring two non-perishable food items for the New Hampshire Food Bank and receive $1 off.
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