Senior Momentum indoor mini golf event at Funspot (77)

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring Senior Moment-um Program on Monday, May 4. We will meet at upstairs at Funspot at 10:30 a.m. to take on the challenge of their 18-hole indoor mini golf course.

For $5 individuals will be able to "drive, chip, and putt" their way through a course featuring NH landmarks. Participants are asked to RSVP by Friday, May 1. To RSVP or for more information, please contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Franklin Hospital needs vendors for the Summer Farmer's Market

FRANKLIN — Franklin Regional Hospital will host a weekly Summer Farmer's Market in collaboration with the Franklin Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition on the lawn at FRH on Tuesday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. beginning July 7, to be held each Tuesday through the summer season.

Encouraging healthy lifestyles of community residents is the focus of the market and shoppers will get to enjoy locally-grown produce and other fresh local foods in an easily accessible location. The market is now seeking applications from interested vendors. Ideal vendors will include local produce, meat, dairy, bread, and other food vendors such as local specialty items. There is no fee to participate as a vendor and space is limited. Please call the number below for more information or a vendor application.

For more information, please call Melissa Lee in Education at 934-2060 ext. 8369.

North Shore Acapella performing at Winnipesaukee Playhouse on Saturday

MEREDITH — North Shore Acappella, which captivated judges and audiences on NBC’s Sing-Off, will perform at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith on Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m. for the benefit of Genesis Behavioral Health. The program will begin at 7:45 p.m.

North Shore Acapella is Boston’s highest profile a cappella group and has opened for legendary acts including Jay Leno, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Al Jarreau, and Roberta Flack. Their skillful blend of harmony, rhythm and tempo will delight audience members as they perform from their huge repertoire of songs from the 60’s and 70’s, as well as from the 40’s, doo-wop and Bruno Mars.  

As Sam Weisman, Executive Producer and Co-Creator of NBC's The Sing Off noted, "North Shore is just a kick ass a cappella group, so musical, so warm, so funny! On Season 3 of The Sing Off, they gave us class, style, and heart. Everyone loves them!"

In a unique twist as part of their annual “We Care” program, the organizer of this event, Temple B’nai Israel (TBI) of Laconia will contribute the net proceeds of the NSA performance to Genesis Behavioral Health. Genesis is the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties, providing comprehensive mental health services that promote recovery from mental illness and emotional distress to over 3,500 children, adults, elders and their families each year.  

Tickets are $25 per person and include refreshments and soft drinks. Wine and beer will be available at the cash bar. There are only 200 tickets available so call The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Box Office to reserve a ticket at 279-0333.

PSU history professor named an American Council on Education Fellow

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University History Professor Marcia Schmidt Blaine has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. Blaine is one of 47 individuals selected for the prestigious leadership development program that prepares senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities.

As an ACE Fellow, Blaine will focus on an issue of concern to Plymouth State University while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. The program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year.

"As a Fellow, I can research and study, observe mentors and understand national policies," Blaine said. "I'll have the time to think and write while exploring a variety of leadership styles. An ACE Fellowship will give me the opportunity to tackle the challenges facing higher education."

After joining Plymouth State University as a full-time faculty member in 2002, Blaine was elected chair of PSU's Executive Council, where she worked to improve inclusiveness in faculty governance. She served as head of the University Steering Committee and then as Faculty Speaker. In 2010, she helped to form a new department, combining history with the disciplines of philosophy and social studies education; she has served as department chair since its inception. Blaine notes that she is ready to investigate other university cultures and leadership positions in the experiential mode offered by ACE.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, a former ACE Fellow, said Blaine is a great choice for the leadership development program. "Marcia is both thoughtful and effective," Steen said. "She combines reflection with energy and the ability to see a path and bring others together to accomplish goals quickly, a combination needed in higher education leadership. The ACE Fellows program will offer her an opportunity to learn from the nation's best. It is a competitive national program, and I am pleased to see her excellence recognized."

ACE President Molly Corbett Broad noted that the Fellows Program, established in 1965, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year, and that over those five decades nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans.

"The ACE Fellows Program enters its second half century committed to further growing and strengthening the nation's premier higher education leadership development program," Broad said. "The diverse and talented 2015-16 Fellows class embodies why the program has been such a vital contributor to expanding the leadership pipeline for our nation's colleges and universities."