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Reception for author Brendan Smith at Gilmanton Year-Round Library

GILMANTON — Author Brendan Smith, and his wife artist Kim Smith, will share the honors at a reception at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library on Saturday, December 6, from 1-3 p.m.

Brendan Smith, a weekly contributor to the Weirs Times and author of the Flatlander Chronicles, will read from his newest collection of stories. Paintings and sculptures by Kim Smith will be displayed through the month of December at the Library.

The Library will also offer a silent auction running from the reception to Wednesday, December 10. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Year- round Library. The reception is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 11:05

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Popular watercolor painting instructor to return to Castle in the Clouds

MOULTONBOROUGH —  Following a series of four consecutive "sold out" watercolor workshops at Castle in the Clouds, world renowned watercolorist Lian Quan Zhen has agreed to return to Moultonboro for a fifth workshop next August 3 to August 6, 2015.

Born in Canton, China, Zhen immigrated to the United States in 1985 where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, then a Masters degree in Architecture from MIT. His artistic output has been prolific. His work is exhibited in galleries, private collections, and museums throughout the world, and he has authored five books which feature his work and offer watercolor techniques.
This year's 4 day course will follow his traditional format: Two days will be dedicated to Chinese watercolor techniques followed by two days which will explore western techniques. The venue this year will move to the spacious second floor of the Suissevale Association clubhouse located within walking distance of NH's beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. Course organizer and local artist Estelle Smith notes  ''Our move to a new venue feels like a win win for us. The Suissevale Association clubhouse is spacious, well lit, more conveniently located, and even has a kitchen area. Most importantly, it will allow us to reduce fees for the course. We are thrilled at the prospect of having Lian back in the Lakes Region."
For course info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (603)476-5507.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 10:57

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Huot Center Culinary students show off their skills

LACONIA — Students from the Culinary Arts Program at the Huot Technical Center are excited about their accomplishments and learning and wanted to show the community how they have mastered the concepts. With proficiency, pride, and community spirit, the students participated in two meaningful community events.

First, the students baked cookies for the "Hands Across the Table" (HATT) dessert auction. Students teamed together, producing over twelve dozen assorted cookies to donate to the charity. The lesson was not only in the skills of baking, but the importance of good citizenship and developing community goodwill through their positive contribution. The cookie project helped HATT continue with their mission to offer free hot meals every Wednesday night from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. Andre Bessette.

The second notable event hosted by the students was the Huot Culinary Arts First Annual Parents Dinner. Junior and senior students studying Culinary Arts showcased their skills and created a four-course meal. Over half of the invited parents participated in the event, coming from Belmont, Center Harbor, Franklin, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith and Winnisquam. The dinner was creatively crafted and comprised of appetizers, salad, various entrees and many delicious desserts all prepared and served by the students.

The Culinary Arts program is a hands-on operation that provides the students with fundamental skills needed for employment in the food service industry and higher education. All of the students earn the Food Handlers Servsafe Certification and acquire a high standard of learning with both occupational training and academic excellence, which makes them prepared for their future college and career goals. For more information on the program contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 10:34

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T-Bones raised $1,600 for Salvation Army ‘Plunge’

LACONIA — T-BONES Great American Eatery and Cactus Jack's of Laconia took part in the Turkey Plunge to benefit the Salvation Army of Laconia.

Guests were encouraged to the restaurants between Oct. 13 and Oct. 19 On those days every $5 which diners donated to the Salvation Army of Laconia earned guests a spin on the Donation Certificate Prize Wheel as a thank-you to patrons for their support. The wheel was full of great prizes, intended to be a win-win for the guest and the restaurants' plunge team.

Laconia staff presented the Salvation Army of Laconia with a check for $1,600, and took the plunge on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Opechee Cove Beach to support the cause.

Jason Bolduc, T-BONES and Cactus Jack's general manager, said, "The Turkey Plunge is a great time every year and we can't thank our guests enough for their support for such a great cause."

For more information about the Salvation Army of Laconia, visit www.use.salvationarmy.org/laconia.


Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 10:29

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