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Loon Center to host talk Thursday on the birds of Morocco and the Canary Islands

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Thursday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loon Center in Moultonborough, the Lakes Region Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society will present a program about "Birding Marvelous Morocco and the Canary Islands."

Dana and Bob Fox travel the world to see wonderful birds in amazing habitats. In this program, they will lead attendees on a journey to two of the Canary Islands and some of the bird-rich areas of Morocco, including the Atlas Mountains, the coast (with a pelagic trip), the gorges, the high desert, and the western edges of the Sahara. Come and explore these exciting birding destinations.

Bob Fox is a co-author of "The Birds of New Hampshire," The first state-wide coverage of all 427 species that has been printed in 110 years, including their status and distribution. Technical data includes the location and identity of over 4,800 museum specimens collected in the state, and a summary of over 17,500 bird banding returns for New Hampshire.

The Loon Center is located on Lee's Mill Road; follow the signs on Blake Road from Route 25 near the Moultonborough Central School, or from Rte. 109 turn on to Lee Road and turn left on Lee's Mill Road. Refreshments will be served.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starts on Friday

MEREDITH —  Take 21 local children and teens, add in an upbeat pop musical score, throw in some colorful costumes, clever choreography, great singing, and a favorite Bible story and you get Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the first production of the year presented by The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Education Department. Performances are Friday, January 16th and Saturday, January 17th at 7:30 `pm, with matinees at 2 pm on January 17th and 18th.

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is an irresistible family musical. The first full-length musical by legendary theatrical team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Joseph is a retelling of the biblical story of Joseph, his devoted father, his jealous brothers, and his incredible series of adventures.

Filled with youthful energy, Joseph combines a wide variety of musical styles - everything from country to calypso to rock 'n' roll - in a series of memorable musical numbers. Described as a high-voltage extravaganza, Joseph premiered on Broadway in 1982, when it was nominated for six Tony Awards, and has seen multiple revivals and tours since that time.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Education Department's production of Joseph will be directed by Education Director Timothy L'Ecuyer of Nashua. Gilmanton's Heather Hunt takes on the pivotal role of the Narrator with Gilford's Jack Harding in the title role of Joseph. Adam J. Messinger of Holderness does triple duty as Jacob, Potiphar and Pharaoh. The rest of the cast is made up of a versatile group of students who act, sing, and dance their way through multiple roles in the production.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is suitable for adults and children ages five and above. Tickets in the orchestra are $18 for adults and $14 for children under 12. Balcony seats are available for $12. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333.

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Taylor Community increases United Way contributions by 15%

LACONIA — Granite United Way has congratulated Taylor Community for its major contributions to the latest United Way campaign.

Taylor Community increased its United Way fundraising in the latest campaign by 15 percent. They did this through fundraising events, such as Jeans Day, offering incentive prizes, and arranging for someone whose life had personally been touched by the United Way to speak to Taylor Community staff members.

In addition to the employee-giving campaign, this past year Taylor Community made its first corporate gift of a 20 percent match to Granite United Way.

"With Taylor Community's long-standing tradition of caring for seniors in the Lakes Region, I'm so proud our staff members continue this by supporting individuals and families in the local area through their United Way donations," said Bob Selig, Taylor Community President and CEO.

"The team at Taylor Community recognizes the importance of working together to bring about positive change in our community. We are proud to partner with them to provide access to critical initiatives and programs throughout the Central region," said Scoop Welch, Director of Major Gifts for Granite United Way. "They asked United Way to be present at their all staff meeting and their team was visibly touched when they heard directly from a young woman, Sabrina, whose life had changed for the better because she was able to access a United Way funded program."



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Local poet Charlotte Cox to read at the Laconia Public Library on Thursday

LACONIA — Lakes Region poet Charlotte Cox will read from her newly published first book, Currents in the Stream, at the Laconia Public Library's poetry evening on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rotary Hall auditorium. This event is free and open to the public, and it will offer time for audience members to share their own writing or music. The library is located at 695 Main Street, just north of downtown.

Currents in the Stream, released this past fall by North Star Press, has already gathered high praise from New England's poetry luminaries. Patricia Fargnoli, New Hampshire Poet Laureate 2006-09, says: "Here among the wealth of these poems, you will find . . . childhood memories, family relationships, lyrical poems of nature, of marriage, of travels, of loss and, finally, of a woman alone in the world redefining her place in it. These poems glow with clarity, close observation, and a sensitive perception of the world." In addition, John-Michael Albert, editor of the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire and former Portsmouth Poet Laureate, declares: "The highs and lows, the tragedies and comedies, of Charlotte Cox's rich life compress beautifully into the structures of lyric poetry. This is poetry that leaves plenty of room for us, her readers, to fire up our sympathetic memories."
Cox's writing has won prizes in the Poetry Society of New Hampshire's National and Member Contests and in the River Run Seacoast Poetry Contest. Her poems have been published in the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire, The Poets' Touchstone, Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology, and The Widow's Handbook (Kent State University Press, 2014). She has had articles published in Library Journal, Public Libraries, and Seacoast Living, and she has been a featured reader throughout the Lakes Region. Cox will be available to sign copies of her book after the reading.

The second part of the Laconia Public Library's poetry event will provide an open mike time for poets, musicians, and other writers from the audience. Listeners are encouraged to participate, so bring something to share, and plan on Jan. 15 as a good occasion to meet other creative people in the area.
For more information, call the Library at 524-4775.

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