LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee, in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library, presents ''The Namesake'', Monday, November 4 at 6:20 p.m.
The Namesake depicts the struggles of a young couple brought together in an arranged marriage in India, tenderly told with a bit of humor. Soon after, they immigrate from West Bengal, India to the United States, settling in New York City. The film chronicles the family's cross-cultural experiences, particularly of their son and daughter. The father, a university lecturer, struggles to understand his son.
Their son's name is Gogol, named after Russian author Nikolai Gogol. It becomes an embarrassment for him. The film chronicles Gogol's cross-cultural experiences and his exploration of his Indian heritage as the story shifts between the United States and India.
Gogol starts off as a lazy, pot smoking teenager indifferent to his cultural background. He resents many of the customs and traditions his family upholds and doesn't understand his parents. After a summer trip to India before starting college at Yale, Gogol starts opening up to his culture and becomes more accepting of it. After college, Gogol changes his name to Nikhil or Nick. He works as an architect and dates a Caucasian woman from a wealthy background. He feels closer to his girlfriend's family than his own.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 03:03
GILMANTON — The Second Annual Harvest Party will be held on Sunday October 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Gilmanton Community Church (corners building). The churh is located at the intersection of route 107 and 140. This is a free event and all are welcome.
Children are encouraged to arrive in costume (family friendly please) to celebrate the harvest time. There will be games including scarecrow ring toss, bean bag throw, the ever popular donut on a string, and more. Kids can decorate their own cookie and join in the costume parade.
Bring a non perishable food item to donate and take home a keepsake photo of yourself in our scarecrow cutout. Any questions call the church office at 267-6150.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 09:30
MEREDITH — Innisfree Bookshop, in Meredith is pleased to announce that nationally known watercolor artist and illustrator Karel Hayes will be appearing on Sunday, October 27, from 2-4 p.m.
Hayes will be signing her newest book Christmas Visitors. Her drawings have appeared in several magazines and she has illustrated more than ten books, including Time for the Fair, The Winter Visitors, and Who's Been Here? A Tale in Tracks. She lives with her husband in Center Harbor.
Christmas Visitors:It's Christmas at the cottage by the lake and the bears are busy preparing to celebrate. The human owners of the cottage, however, are in the city feeling glum. Until the idea comes to them to spend the holidays at their cottage.
What follows is a set of misadventures as the family arrives without presents—they were left on the train—and without the usual holiday accoutrements—the Christmas trees and turkeys are all sold out.
But they are in for a treat as the cottage has been decorated by their unseen friends. So the bears unwittingly save Christmas for their human hosts, yet are still able to enjoy their own fine celebration. And, as with the other books, the bears do so all while cleverly avoiding confrontation with their human friends.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 09:27
TILTON — Magic Blades Figure Skating Club (MBFSC) and Plymouth State Skating Academy (PSSA) have joined together to enhance their skating programs in the Lakes Region.
Magic Blades was founded in 1997 by Barbara Adams, and it operated clubs in both Waterville Valley and Laconia until 2006. In 2007 it moved its home ice to the Tilton School Ice Arena where it has stayed a small but vibrant fixture in the local community. When the Plymouth Ice Center opened in the summer of 2010, Adams, an employee of Plymouth State University, assisted with the start-up of the learn-to-skate program. She called upon her familiar Magic Blades coaching staff, and the two programs have worked closely, but separately ever since. Nicole Cochrane, of Laconia is the current skating director for PSSA program which is experiencing a recent growth in membership.
Dave Guyger, the PSU arena manager, stated, "I've worked with Magic Blades since their days at Waterville. Magic Blades is synonymous with quality skating instruction in the area. It makes sense to acknowledge the close connection and work together for the benefit of skaters in the region."
This year the two clubs will not only be sharing its talented staff, but promoting skating among its members as well as to the larger community. Both clubs are US Figure Skating Basic Skills programs offering membership through USFS, as well as the USFS badge program, showing progress through the skills. Both programs offer 30 minute lessons with 30 minutes of free, practice ice. Skaters ages three through adult are welcome to join.
PSSA has opportunity for beginner hockey players to learn skating skills along with some stick and puck training. MBFSC accepts beginner hockey skaters to learn skating skills but does not incorporate stick and puck use; skaters are directed to local hockey programs when they are ready for advanced training.
MBFSC and PSSA programs are finishing their fall lesson program soon, and are currently accepting registration for the November/December classes. Lessons at Plymouth State are on Sunday evenings from 5-6. Session II begins on Sunday, October 27 and runs through December 8 with a skills exhibition on Sunday December 15.
Magic Blades will host a free skate and registration on Monday, November 4, at the Tilton School Ice Arena 6-7 p.m. Session II at Magic Blades will begin on Monday November 11 with a skills exhibition on Monday December 16.
For more information visit the program webpages: www.MagicBlades.org or www.Plymouth.edu/Arena .
Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 09:17
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