Free Outdoor Ice Dance Shows: Community Events This Week

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 to be held in March. Members are asked to come to the Seniors Center on Tuesday, January 11 between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to drop off items for the auction. Please observe covid precautions. There will be volunteers to pick up your items and carry them. The next meeting will be on February 8 at the Senior Centre, Court Street, Exeter.

The Quest for Happiness a virtual event at Rye Public Library

RYE — 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 key concepts of well-being across the world. Can money buy happiness? To what extent does involvement in one’s 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 to increase people’s levels of happiness, and happiness projects undertaken by entire communities – including a quest for happiness city-wide in 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 at Rochester Campus

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

The open house is open to anyone interested in manufacturing and technical skills pathways, including businesses in need of training and workforce development opportunities. Attendees can speak with admissions counselors and faculty, tour the campus, labs, and new esports arena, as well as get information about programs like computer numerical controls (CNC), testing non-destructive (NDT), welding, automotive technologies and motorcycle maintenance and repair. Information will also be available on new non-credit courses beginning in January in the manufacturing industry, including Blueprint Reading, Construction Math, and CNC Setup Operator Fundamentals.

On Thursday, January 13, an in-person Campus Open House will be held at Great Bay Community College's Rochester campus at 5 Milton Road from 4-6 p.m.

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

Free outdoor ice dancing shows and lessons

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

In New Hampshire, the majority of events will take place at the Strawbery Banke Museum’s outdoor skating rink, Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, where the IDI company will be “in residence” to play, teach and engage with the community beginning 9 January. to February 23. In addition to free opportunities with the IDI, two ticketed highlight events include the 3rd annual “Seacoast Skating with the Stars” on February 5 and “Winter Dances”, a selection from the IDI repertoire on February 17. The IDI company will rehearse 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, Vt. New England programming includes learn-to-skate lessons, performances, parties, and opportunities to get on the ice after the show.

Performances this week will be:

  • January 13 at 6:30 p.m., paid event “Wintertide” – Chamber Collaborative of Portsmouth at the Strawbery Banke Museum

  • January 19 at 5:30 p.m., fundraising evening for IDI – Strawbery Banke Museum

Classes this week, free, but registration required:

  • 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 Winter Across Maine programs, are available on the Ice Dance International website All events follow CDC and state safety guidelines regarding COVID-19.

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

This article originally appeared on the Portsmouth Herald: Events at Seabreeze Quilt Guild, Rye library, GBCC, Ice Dancing

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