New art exhibit featuring local artist to open on April 24 at The Art Place

WOLFEBORO — The Art Place on Main Street Wolfeboro will celebrate the beginning of their featured and guest artist's series with local artist Valerie Schurer Christle which will run from Friday, April 24 through Wednesday, May 13.

Christle, originally from England, immigrated to the states and settled in the Lakes Region in 1980. Her varied and multimedia work embodies her intensely focused interest in color, patterns, textures, layers, transparencies and reflections. She is a self-taught artist with a distinctive perspective. The viewer is sure to discover abstractions within her realism or realism within her abstractions. This layered quality is her intent, she enjoys hearing from her audience what they themselves discover in the work, as well as sharing her own experience.

In Valerie's own words, "It was fascinating to be on hand at the gallery to discuss peoples reactions to different pieces, to see what attracted them to certain works. People were surprised at the diversity of media used and the variety of subject matter."

Most recently her images have appeared on the cover of the GWAC current issue and the program cover for the Friends of Music 2015. For more information, call The Art Place at 603-569-6159.


PSU holding student showcase exhibit

PLYMOUTH — More than 160 Plymouth State University students will present original research in the sciences, arts and humanities on Friday, April 24 from 2-7 p.m. at the fourth annual Student Showcase of Excellence event.

Thad Guldbrandsen, PSU vice provost for research and engagement, says the Showcase is a great reflection of those who support students in their work: faculty mentors, support staff at PSU, external funders, committed community partners, and students' families. "Hands-on learning and engaged research is a hallmark of a PSU education," Guldbrandsen said. "During this event, you'll see a wide array of our students' scholarly pursuits, and much of that is leading-edge research–a clear example of our students in action."

Some of the projects are offered in connection with the National Institute of Health's IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant to increase opportunities for faculty and student research. Community members are invited to attend this free event at the Hartman Union Building (HUB) on PSU's main campus.


Gilford offers golf lessons for youth and adults at bolduc park

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of golf programs at Bolduc Park through the spring for children and adults. Youth and Adult Lessons are available at Bolduc Park in two, three-class sessions during the evening this May and June.

The session dates for youth lessons for ages 6 and up are; May 12, 19 & 26,  and June 9, 16 & 23. The session dates for adults are; May 14, 21 & 28, and June 11, 18 & 25. Both sessions have an option of a 5:30-6:30 p.m. or a 6:30-7:30 p.m. time slot. A Junior Golf League will also be available for youth players with experience every Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. starting June 24 and running through August 26.

Cost: Youth Lessons - $50.
Adult Lessons - $70.
Junior Golf League - $5.

All programs have limited availability and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. For more information, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Caring student intern program for teens offered at LRGHealthcare

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare is proud to once again offer local teens an opportunity to participate in the popular 'CSI' (Caring Student Intern) Program.

CSI is offered to teens between the ages of 15 and 18 who have an interest in learning about careers in healthcare. Participants will learn medical skills such as taking blood pressure and respirations, first aid, and more. Students will also be introduced to various departments throughout the hospital that provide medical services. Upon completion of the CSI program students are eligible to volunteer on nursing floors, working directly with LNA's (Licensed Nurse's Aides).

This year we will offer two one-week sessions of the CSI program. Students will have the choice between Week #1: July 13 – July 17 or Week #2: August 17 – August 21. Both sessions will be held at Lakes Region General Hospital. Wednesday of each of these sessions will be held at Franklin Regional Hospital.

Space is limited. For more information, contact the Office of Volunteer Services at 524-3211, ext. 6720 or complete an on-line teen volunteer application at All applications are due by Monday, June 1.