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Speaker at luncheon gathering to talk about importance of balance

GILFORD — A Chowder and Chat will be held at Wesley Woods on Monday March 16 at 12 noon.

Dr. Kristie Ennis will offer another CORE presentation. Balance is necessary, the core is our powerhouse, but people need to be strong and balanced. Falls are the second leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. 75% of these occur in the older adult population.

Dr. Ennis graduated with her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2006. She has worked in the orthopedic outpatient setting since graduation and specializes in women's health, dry needling, functional movement screening and assessment, oncology, and injury prevention. Dr. Ennis is also a certified strength and conditioning coach
RSVP to Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:49

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Symposium to highlight school, community gardens

PLYMOUTH — The annual Welcome Spring Symposium, sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Master Gardener Association takes place Saturday, March 21, at Plymouth State University. The symposium is open to the public.

The event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., costs $55, and after March 15, $60.

One focus of the symposium is on school and community gardens, a way to engage students and communities in growing food. Learn how to plan a garden project, engage everyone in the process, prioritize needs, identify leaders, source funding, and maintain momentum.

Jeremy Delisle, UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center coordinator, will also discuss specialized tools and production systems, including high tunnel production and other season extension techniques.

Alan Eaton, coordinator of UNH Cooperative Extension's Integrated Pest management program, will discuss "Meet the Beneficials - Natural Enemies of Garden Pests." Most references on garden insects focus on detrimental pests and the problems they create in your gardens throughout the growing season. Once you learn to identify insects, you will discover hundreds of species of insects that are busy helping your garden grow, as predators or parasites of the "bad" insects.

Eaton's presentation will focus on the abundant beneficial insects found in gardens and how you can promote garden health through a reduction or elimination of pesticides.

Roger Swain, "the man with the red suspenders" best known for hosting the television show The Victory Garden for 15 years, will share his knowledge of "Vegetables – From Plant to Food."

He will offer tips on growing vegetables, their culture, culinary advice, and storage/preservation methods, along with some special recipes.

Multiple vendors will showcase items ranging from gardening supplies to books, and participants can place bids on a multitude of gardening items in the silent auction. A buffet lunch is included in the price..

For more information and to register, visit: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=8vfa4xcab&oeidk=a07eajr5tij0e6e7ea1 or contact the UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 1-877-EXT-GROW (1-877-398-4769).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:42

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International film screening set for Monday

LACONIA — "Seraphine," the postponed February selection for the International Movie series, will be shown on Monday, March 2, at 6:15 pm at the Laconia Public Library.

This is the true story of artist, Seraphine Louis, a French peasant woman discovered late in her life by German art critic, Wilhelmina Unde, just before World War I. Awestruck by the vibrant and imaginative artwork of a woman who spends her days doing menial chores, Unde does not find it easy to convince her of the merit of her paintings.

The Laconia International Film Series is sponsored by the Laconia Human Relations Committee and the Laconia Public Library. Films are free to everyone. Light snacks are provided.

The Laconia Human Relations Committee is a committee of the mayor of Laconia dedicated to expanding our horizons for the appreciation of the diversity found among us and in the wider world. For more information contact Len Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:06

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‘Forum’ to be staged at Plymouth State in March

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart) March 5–8 in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Forum) is a bawdy, sassy romp in ancient Rome, packaged in a traditional love story. The musical was inspired by the farces of the Roman playwright Plautus and is infused with fun, vaudevillian sketches. It is recommended for mature audiences.

The scene for Forum is a Roman street with three adjacent houses: the brothel of Lycus, the house of Senex and the house of Erronius. The musical tells the tale of Pseudolus, a scheming slave of the house of Senex, who is desperate to obtain his freedom. Pseudolus devises a deal with his master, Hero, in which he will become a free man if he can win the heart of the virgin beauty, Philia, for his master. Of course, it cannot be that easy—everything that can go wrong does, and hilarity ensues.

Forum gives student actors and staff an opportunity to look at a different style of theatre from what they most often experience. Created during the Golden Age of Broadway, Forum is a big-scale production with orchestra and lots of brass, and a non-contemporary sound. Director Fran Page '05 says that at Plymouth State, while the musical will stay true to the original lines and songs, it will take on some new twists. For example, Marcus Lycus, a "procurer and seller of female flesh," is portrayed as a gay man. Page says, "Our production looks closely at the style of physical humor and schtick that is embedded into the piece. I like to say that audience members should come prepared to laugh and enjoy themselves thoroughly. We have more schtick than you can shake a stick at!"

Page, a teaching lecturer at Plymouth State University, holds a B.A. from Plymouth State and an M.F.A. from Goddard College. He has many years of experience in bringing traditional and socially charged theatrical works to audiences.

The production staff includes faculty and staff members Lisa Travis, choreographer; Emily Jaworski, music director; Matt Kizer, lighting designer and Danee Grillo, costumer.

Marjorie Salvatore, a senior theatre arts major from New London is the set designer. Zach Glennon, a junior theatre arts major from Meredith is stage manager; and Leo Curran, a junior theatre arts major from Braintree, Mass. is assistant stage manager.

The cast includes Sam St. Jean, a junior theatre arts major from Goffstown as Pseudolus; Hayden Stearns, a senior theatre arts major from Windham, Conn. as Senex; Olivia Opal, a senior theatre arts major from Hampden, Mass. as Domina; Nick Kalantzakos, a junior theatre arts major from Andover, Mass. as Hero and Adam Beauparlant, a sophomore theatre arts major from Merrimack as Hysterium.

Also Matt Bouvier, a senior theatre arts major from Hudson, Mass. as Erronius; Jakob Stone, a junior theatre arts major from Harrisville as Miles Gloriosus; Roland DuBois, a sophomore theatre arts major from Gilford as Marcus Lycus and Chelsea Merritt, a senior interdisciplinary studies major from Plainfield, Conn. as Philia; along with a number of courtesans, house boys and Proteans.

Performances are March 5–6 at 8 p.m. and March 7 and 8 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $18 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Ticket are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:12

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