Events at Seabreeze Quilt Guild, Rye Library, GBCC, Ice Dancing


Seabreeze Quilt Guild collects items, meeting postponed

EXETER – The Seabreeze Quilt Guild will not meet on Tuesday, January 11. Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, Guild members are canceling the scheduled meeting. Guild members will be collecting items for the Unfinished Items Auction in March. Members are asked to come to the Seniors Center on Tuesday, January 11 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. to drop off items for the auction. Please respect the covid precautions. There will be volunteers to pick up your items and transport them. The next meeting will take place on February 8 at the Senior Center, Court Street, Exeter.

The Quest for Happiness, a virtual event at the Rye Public Library

RYE – The ancient Greek philosophers defined eudaimonia as a full and excellent life. In this illustrated lecture, Maria Sanders, professor of philosophy at Plymouth State University, explores how ideas of happiness have changed in Western civilization through the ages, while comparing and contrasting major concepts of well- be across the world. Can Money Buy Happiness? How does getting involved in your community have an impact on happiness? When global happiness surveys are conducted, why isn’t the United States in the top ten? Participants will be invited to discuss various definitions, current measures to assess self-reported levels of happiness, specific outcomes reported as increasing levels of people’s happiness, and happiness projects undertaken by entire communities, including a pursuit of happiness. across the city of Plymouth.

This conference sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities will take place on Wednesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. Register on All programs are free and open to the public. Contact programming assistant Gwen Putnam-Bailey at 603-964-8401 or [email protected] for more information.

Great Bay Community College hosts open house on Rochester campus

ROCHESTER – On Thursday, January 13, an in-person campus open house will be held at GBCC’s Rochester campus at 5 Milton Road from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will provide information on education, training, and career paths in the practical manufacturing and technical programs available on the Rochester campus of Great Bay Community College.

The open day is open to anyone interested in manufacturing and technical skills sectors, including businesses in need of training and workforce development opportunities. Participants can speak with admissions counselors and faculty, tour the campus, labs, and the new esports arena, and learn about programs such as Computer Digital Controls (CNC), Non-Destructive Testing (NDT ), welding, automotive technologies, and motorcycle maintenance and repair. Information will also be available on new non-credit courses starting in January in manufacturing, including blueprint reading, construction math, and CNC setup operator basics.

On Thursday, January 13, an in-person on-campus open house will be held at the Rochester campus of Great Bay Community College, 5 Milton Road, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To register or for more information on the January 13th Open House in Rochester, visit

Free outdoor ice dance shows and lessons

PORTSMOUTH – Professional figure skating company Ice Dance International is offering free shows and lessons in New Hampshire and Maine this winter. The public is invited to watch world-famous skaters under the stars or take a skating lesson with the pros – including two-time American champion Alissa Czisny – throughout January and February.

International ice dance skaters Lara and Neill Shelton perform at the Labrie Family Skate at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth.

In New Hampshire, the majority of events will take place at the outdoor ice rink of the Strawbery Banke Museum, Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, where the IDI Company will be “in residence” to perform, teach and engage with the community at. from January 9. to February 23. In addition to the free opportunities with the IDI, two exclusive ticketed events include the 3rd “Seacoast Skating with the Stars” on February 5th and “Winter Dances”, a selection from the IDI repertoire on February 17th. The IDI Company will be rehearsing daily at Dover Arena in Dover, NH. There are also events at the RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain in Lincoln and at Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont. to get on the ice after the show.

The performances this week will be:

  • January 13 at 6.30 p.m., “Wintertide” paid event – Chamber Collaborative of Portsmouth at the Strawbery Banke Museum
  • January 19 at 5:30 p.m. Winter Party fundraiser for IDI – Strawbery Banke Museum

Classes this week, free, but on registration:

  • January 11 at 4 p.m., The Waterhouse Center – 55 Main St., Kennebunk, Maine
  • January 19 at 4:30 p.m., Strawbery Banke Museum-Pop Up, registration not required

Details and registration for all winter events, including the Winter Across Maine programs, are available on the Ice Dance International website All events follow CDC and state COVID-19 safety guidelines.

For those unable to attend the performances in person, the performances can be viewed via a live webcam provided by To watch, visit


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