BELMONT — Snow sculptures are a fun way to enjoy a NH winter, and in Belmont, a great community activity for the month of February. If the temperatures rise enough for snow, especially wet and sticky snow, there will be snow sculptures in the village green near the Belmont Library.
Gretta Olson-Wilder, Special Event Coordinator, is inviting students, businesses, neighborhoods, families, and civic organizations in Belmont to create works of art out of the white stuff. All designs must be pre-approved. Registration forms, which require your proposed design, are available on the town's website (www.belmontnh.org). Those wishing to participate, must drop off all completed forms at Belmont Town Hall before Friday, February 6. A kickoff party for the snow sculptures is planned for Saturday, February 14 at 10 a.m., if we receive some warmer winter temperatures for natural snow making. Enjoy hot cocoa and a waffle bar to chase away the winter chill.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:01
LACONIA — Earlier this winter, local photographer Jon Secord committed to contribute 25% of his photography sales between the period of November 15 and December 15 to Genesis Behavioral Health (Genesis). During this time frame he was able to raise $500 for the organization through his photography sales. Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) exceeded their promise to match Secord's donation, by adding an additional $1500 to bring the donation to $2000.
Secord began this charitable endeavor on his own last year, when he raised $225 for Genesis during the holiday season. "When I did this last year, I had no idea how much I would be able to contribute, but I learned that even a small amount makes a big difference. This year I decided to seek out a community partner in hopes that I could make an even larger impact and I was so thrilled when MVSB decided to join in my efforts to help this great organization," said Secord.
"We are so inspired by Jon's mission to give back through his talent as an artist and we are honored to be a recipient of his efforts," said Kristen Welch, Director of Development and Communications for Genesis Behavioral Health. Genesis plans to use the funds to purchase cold weather clothing for local children and families this winter.
Secord specializes in New England landscape photography, especially the mountain, lakes and seacoast regions of the New Hampshire, and Hermit Island in Bath, Maine. His photography can be viewed and purchased at www.jsecordphoto.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:54
PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Boston College Professor Kay Schlozman speaking on "Who has a Megaphone? Who speaks in a Whisper? Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy," on Thursday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Schlozman is the J. Joseph Moakley Professor of Political Science at Boston College. She has served as secretary of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and chair of the APSA's section on Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior. She won the organization's 2006 Frank Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Political Science, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The theme for this year's Sidore Lecture Series is "The State of Democracy," under the premise that Americans consider our political system to be the premier model of democracy, and that we like to think that others around the world wish to emulate us. However, the democratic nature of our institutions cannot be taken for granted—they need to be examined and reexamined. Headlines in the news regarding growing inequality, money in politics, changes in voter registration laws, government surveillance and setbacks of democratic movements in various parts of the world suggest that now is a good time for reflecting on the state of democracy in the United States and elsewhere.
Schlozman will discuss how wealth disparity stands to challenge the American notion of democracy, as the words and desires of the affluent take precedence over the impoverished. With corporations possessing the resources to influence policymakers, questions arise whether there is room left for the voices of everyday citizens to have equal representation.
Policymakers do not hear from everyone, and the political organizations they do hear from are often not representative of the American public. Since the Supreme Court has taken the lid off campaign contributions, those with deep pockets are poised to speak even more loudly in politics.
Schlozman, with Sidney Verba and Henry E. Brady, wrote The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy. Paul Starr (New Republic) says the three are the nation's leading analysts of participatory inequality, and The Unheavenly Chorus "is their magnum opus--a wide-ranging, heavily statistical analysis of how Americans try to make themselves heard as individuals and through organizations of different kinds." Andrea Louise Campbell (Harvard Magazine) calls the book "a troubling story about the state of American democracy."
Named for humanitarian and New Hampshire businessman Saul O Sidore, the Sidore Lecture Series was established in 1979 by PSU and the Sidore Memorial Foundation. The series brings a variety of speakers to campus to address critical issues and events in politics, society and culture—topics that reflect Sidore's interests.
All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:49
FRANKLIN — Franklin Footlight Theater will soon hold open auditions to cast five one-act plays to be staged in April.
The auditions are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Opera House, and again on Tuesday, Feb. 3, also at 7 p.m.
These plays will require the talents of male and female actors, ranging in age from 18 to 80, say organizers. Under the guidance of both mentored directors and seasoned veterans, these offerings run the gamut of hilarious satire to thought-provoking drama, eliciting gales of laughter, soft chuckles, a few tears, and even some cerebral introspection.
Anyone interested in applying must be available for all rehearsals which will take place on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings (beginning Feb. 5), and for the three performances scheduled for April 10, 11, and 12. Those performers who are cast, will be required to pay the nominal Franklin Footlight Theater membership fee.
Organizers say this is a great chance to participate in community theater for anyone wishing to perform on stage to try out along side those who have performed either once or many times before. All experience levels are welcome.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:41
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- ‘Is Business Ownership Right for You?’ talk on Feb. 10
- T-BONES serving ‘Deflatriots’ flat-iron steak special
- Paint night at Meredith tavern on Monday
- 11th Annual Souper Bowl at Artistic Roots on Jan. 31
- ‘Princess Tea Party’ planned at Gilford Youth Center