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Life in Review Workshop at Meredith Bay Colony Club

MEREDITH — On Thursday, April 10 at 3 p.m. The Reverend John Eaton will present a free hour-long workshop in the Bistro of Meredith Bay Colony Club that is ideal for those who are 60 plus – but is certainly appropriate for all adults.

Many people feel that their lives have been mundane, but after review they realize that they have been filled with interesting and exciting adventures. This workshop will help people to explore their lives and draw out those special times. Participants will be asked to share their thoughts and discoveries with the group and will be encouraged to share with their families as well. At the conclusion of the workshop participants will have a Life History Summary that can be a gift to family members for generations to come.

The Reverend John Eaton is a retired United Church of Christ Pastor and is also a Member of Meredith Bay Colony Club. The workshop is free and open to thepublic. Because seating is limited reservations are required and can be made by calling 279-1500.

Meredith Bay Colony Club is a not-for-profit retirement community located at 21 Upper Mile Point Drive -- just off the Meredith rotary.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 08:48

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MVSB Donates $2500 to Inter-Lakes Elementary School's "Living Classroom" Greenhouse Project

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank's (MVSB) recent donation of $2500 to Inter-Lakes Elementary School's (ILES) Living Classroom greenhouse project has put the school even closer to its fundraising goal of $65,000. With these funds, the school plans to build a 24'x 48' rigid-frame poly-carbonate greenhouse that will provide interactive and experiential learning opportunities to students of all grade levels.

"Today's generation is the first to grow up 'indoors' and 'plugged in' and we believe this Living Classroom is an important tool for reconnecting children with nature," said Dr. Steven Kelley, Inter-Lakes Elementary School Principal. "We are so appreciative of the support from Meredith Village Savings Bank and other community partners to help us bring new, engaging learning experiences to the Inter-Lakes Elementary School students."

The Living Classroom initiative is focused on constructing and supporting a state of the art greenhouse on the Inter-Lakes Elementary School grounds in Meredith. This new teaching environment will promote active learning for students and provide learning experiences in all academic areas. With a supplemental heating design utilizing subterranean heat and solar energy, the greenhouse will operate year round with a minimal amount of purchased electricity. The space will include creatively designed outdoor garden beds, a composting center and will be large enough to hold 20 students and their educator(s). For more information about the project or to make a donation, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/interlakesgreenhouse/

In partnership with its communities, Inter-Lakes School District aims to provide outstanding educational opportunities and resources to all students to achieve academic excellence in order to reach their highest potential and to succeed as responsible, contributing citizens in a global society. More information can be found at www.interlakes.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 08:43

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Pleasant St. School is a recipient of CLiF Award

LACONIA — Pleasant St. Elementary School is a recipient of a Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF)  2014-2015 Year of the Book sponsorships. It was one of eight schools in New Hampshire and Vermont which will receive free books and literacy programs valued at $25,000 over the course of a school year.

The CLiF Year of the Book sponsorship supplements literacy curricula at schools with high percentages of students scoring below state standards on reading and writing tests and high percentages of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Over the course of the year, students may select and keep new books of their own.

In addition to free books, a sponsorship brings in literacy professionals to inspire students. Programs may include author/illustrator visits, multi-day comics or poetry workshops, storytelling presentations and theater or video production.

CLiF is a non-profit organization founded in 1998. Its mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont. Over 16 years CLiF has supported and inspired 150,000 young readers and writers through six literacy program sponsorships and has given away more than $3 million in new, high-quality children's books.

CLiF does not receive any federal or state funds for its programs. It relies solely on the generosity of individuals, local companies, social organizations, and foundations.

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Winni Players invite local groups to participate in ‘Brundibar’ production

MEREDITH — Fifty-nine local performers, ages seven to over seventy, and numerous behind-the-scenes volunteers are hard at work on The Winni Players Spring production of The Brundibar Project. The production will run from May 1-4 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Brundibar is an opera for children written by Hans Krasa and Adolf Hoffmeister in 1938 in Prague. It was only performed twice before Krasa and many of the Jews involved in the production were transported by the Nazis to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. The music was smuggled into the camp and the opera was performed 55 times between 1943 and 1945 by Jewish children in the camp. The chance to perform was a welcome break from the stark reality of their daily lives. Most of the children who performed were later sent to Auschwitz and murdered, yet their memory lives on through productions of Brundibar.

Despite the sad historical context, Brundibar is a fun and entertaining musical allegory about bullying appropriate for all ages. The plot revolves around two young children who want to buy milk for their sick mother, but the town Organ Grinder, Brundibar, won’t allow them to sing on his street and drowns them out with his organ. Three talking animals enlist the kids of the town to sing together loud enough to drown out Brundibar and “overthrow” the tyrant. Brundibar is often used as a way to introduce children to the subject of the Holocaust because it is not scary but offers meaningful context to the time period as well as lessons kids can apply to their everyday life.

The production also includes Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Tony Kushner’s one act play But the Giraffe which Kushner wrote specifically to pair with Brundibar. But the Giraffe imagines how the score for Brundibar may have been smuggled into the camp when a little girl is faced with the decision to pack her beloved stuffed giraffe or her uncle’s musical score in her suitcase when faced with deportation.

Amongst the cast are 13 Lakes Region families represented by at least one parent and child, and five adult couples. This enormous undertaking is the Winni Players annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event, but this year instead of a staged reading of a play, the group is presenting a full scale musical production. Youth groups (religious, school, theatre, chorale, etc) are invited to participate in this unique event by learning a song from the show to sing with the cast on stage during a performance. Educational packets have been prepared for these groups to use in advance to learn about the Holocaust and the events surrounding Brundibar’s history.

To find out more how your group can get involved contact Bryan Halperin, the director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Tickets are only $10 and will be available online at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org beginning April 1. Group sales are already open by calling (603) 279-0333. The production is made possible by the support of the NH Humanities Council, the Jewish Federation of NH, and Temple B’Nai Israel.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 08:30

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