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Lakes Region Chordsmen offer Singing Valentine

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Chordsmen will present their annual Singing Valentine program on Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14 covering the entire Lakes Region.

Those who would like to have a barbershop quartet sing a  Valentine love song to their special person can arrange to have that take place at a home, at work or at a local restaurant.

The suggested  donation is $35 and includes a rose and  a picture of their special person with the quartet.

For reservations and specific times call one of the following:

John Richardson 293-8028.

Jerry Murphy 524-7290.

Steve Loring 664-8908.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:46

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Performance of Beethoven sonatas at the Taylor Community on February 15

LACONIA — Pianist Gregg Pauley presents The Emperor's Key, his fifth concert in the series a State of Wonder: The 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven, Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. The program will be held at Taylor Community's Woodside Building and is free and open to the public.

Pauley has been praised by critics for having "perfect dynamic nuances," being "at times technically brilliant" and for "playing with a maturity that belies his age." The Southern California native earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and his master's from Mason Gross School for the Arts at Rutgers's University.

He's performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center; Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall; live on radio and television and throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Pauley maintains a full teaching schedule and is in demand as an adjudicator and Master Class teacher. He is on the piano faculty at Concord Community Music School, St. Paul's School and Tufts University.

Taylor Community is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community whose mission is to provide the highest quality retirement living options to support the independence, health and dignity of community residents. For more information, visit www.taylorcommunity.org or call 366-1400.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 12:21

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Sant Bani School hosting Empty Bowls fund raising event on Sunday

SANBORNTON — Sant Bani School invites community members to attend an Empty Bowls fundraising event on Sunday, February 8, from 2-4 p.m. This event offers a great opportunity for families who are considering Sant Bani for their children to join in our school-wide service project and enjoy a casual reception with current parents, faculty and staff where they can learn more about the School.

Service Learning has been a cornerstone of Sant Bani's program since the School's founding in 1973. Students in all grades are involved in multiple projects throughout the year, and are given opportunities to choose projects they are passionate about. This year's Empty Bowls event is a school-wide project.

K-8 Service Learning Coordinator Jessica Pine explains, "Empty Bowls is a great example of an integrated service learning project, providing an opportunity for student-centered learning and collaboration as students work together to plan and implement the event."

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. This spring, guests will be invited to SBS for a meal of homemade soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests enjoy a meal together, and then keep a hand-crafted bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised will be donated to a local nonprofit organization, chosen by Sant Bani students, that is working to end hunger and food insecurity. Empty Bowl events have taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries to raise and donate many millions of dollars to hunger-fighting organizations.

RSVP by calling 934-4240, sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or on the Empty Bowls event on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/santbani by Friday. The event is free and open to all; reservations are requested so enough materials can be prepared.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 12:12

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Singer-songwriter Liz Longley performing at PSU on February 20

PLYMOUTH —  Singer-songwriter Liz Longley will perform in Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts: Silver Series on Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, priced between $15 and $30, are available at the Silver Center.

In the short time since her graduation from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Liz Longley has assembled an impressive resume. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Longley has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music.

In the past two years, Longley has taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition. New England named her the 2011 Female Performer of the Year, the Washington Post declared that she is "destined for a larger audience" and Dig Boston called her "a rising acoustic sensation." Even John Mayer is a fan, calling her music "gorgeous, simply gorgeous."

A Philadelphia native, Longley recently made the move to Nashville, Tenn. where she has quickly made her presence known throughout Music City. In addition to writing more than forty songs with some of the best songwriters in the business, Longley has also managed to keep up her seemingly never-ending touring schedule, playing over one hundred shows in the last year - all without the help of a record label or booking agent.

While Longley frequently supports the likes of Shawn Colvin, Amos Lee, Paula Cole, Nanci Griffith, Livingston Taylor, Lori McKenna and Colin Hay, something remarkable has begun to happen - audiences are emerging from these shows as fast fans of Longley's music as well. An engaging performer with an effortless stage presence, Longley has broken advance ticket and merchandise sales records at numerous venues across the country.

Most recently, Longley's music has taken center stage on a national level with numerous television placements and radio airplay. ABC's critically acclaimed series NY Med featured Longley's music throughout the first season, and the 2012 season finale of Lifetime's Army Wives displayed her towering vocals in an epic grand finale song, "This Is Not the End." Executives at SiriusXM caught wind of her captivating cover of Van Morrison's hit "Moondance" and added it into regular rotation, along with her award-winning original song, "When You've Got Trouble." After an impressive response from listeners, Longley was invited to perform live in the SiriusXM studios in New York City and was named one of their Coffee House Discoveries of 2011.

Following the success of her previous release, Hot Loose Wire, and an impressive crowdfunding campaign this past summer, Longley recently returned to the studio where she recorded her fourth full-length album which is scheduled to be released by Sugar Hill Records in early 2015.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 12:06

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