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‘Writing Your Family History’ presentation Tuesday at the Meredith Public Library

MEREDITH — Please join us on Tuesday, November 4 at 4 p.m. at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, for a presentation on Writing Your Family History with Thatcher Freund.

Thatcher Freund is a published journalist and author as well as an experienced editor with a deep interest in history. He has given presentations around the country about the power that stories have on our lives and why it's so important for people to tell their stories – not just in the form of memoirs but by writing diaries and recording oral histories and finding ways to preserve their Facebook pages and Instagrams and Tweets. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Meredith Library and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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HOPE Auction in Moultonborough on Nov. 8 to feature more than 200 items

MOULTONBOROUGH — Silent and live auctions will be held at the Moultonborough Lions Club on Saturday, November 8, to benefit the Moultonborough United Methodist Church (MUMC). The live auction will begin at 6 p.m. sharp. The doors will be opened at 4:30 p.m. for preview and food will be available.

More than 200 items will be auctioned in the balloon, silent and live auctions. Any businesses or individuals who have one or more items they are willing to donate are asked to call Amy Norton (986-0357) or Mike and Kate Lancor (476-8409).

One of the two feature items up for auction is a weeklong stay in a large ocean front condo (kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 2 baths) on the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. This exceptional donation has a value of $3,000.

The second feature item in the live auction is a framed jersey signed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Two photos of Tom Brady are also included in the frame with the signed jersey. This collector's item has a value in excess of $2,400.

In addition, the live auction will also feature a "bob house" for ice fishing (in excellent condition) and a trailer to haul it. This exceptional bob house has a metal roof, a bench inside, two jigging holes, a collapsible shelf on the outside, a propane gas heater, and other accessories.

This will be an "old-fashion live auction" with no buyer's premium and each item going to the highest bidder. Auction items will include gift certificates and gift cards from many local and area businesses and entertainment venues, as well as all types of furniture, household items, antiques and collectibles.

This year's Annual HOPE Auction to benefit MUMC is the tenth auction being conducted by HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Auctions. HOPE Auctions was formed for the sole purpose of raising funds for charity organizations.

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Guruge returns to Gilman Library for astronomy talk

ALTON — Members of an enthusiastic audience enjoyed a stellar presentation at the Gilman Library on Friday, October 17 presented by local resident/author Anura Guruge. This was the first of a two part series "The Night Sky Over Alton, N.H.: A Basic Introduction to Astronomy to Better Enjoy the Gilman Library's Telescope".
The second part of the series will be presented on November 21 at 7 p.m. in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room at the Gilman Library, 100 Main Street, Alton. This second part of the presentation will set out to explore further afield and spend time looking at the mysteries of galaxies – not just the Milky Way, but those beyond.
There will be a definite emphasis, throughout, on detailing the resources available – whether online, in the form of APPS, or through the use of old fashioned paper star -charts – to learn more about the sky at night, locate the objects worth peering at through a telescope or identify beguiling bright 'stars' twinkling in the heavens.
The new Orion StarBlast table top telescope will be made available for circulation by library card holders over the age of 18 and in good standing on Saturday, November 22.

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'Experiment and Explore' Arts in Early Learning Conference

PLYMOUTH — Using the arts to teach young children the foundations for science and math is the subject of a creative, hands-on and fun Arts in Early Learning conference to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at Plymouth Elementary School.

The Arts in Early Learning conference, presented annually by VSA NH and the Arts Alliance of Northern NH, is designed for early childhood educators (pre K to grade 2), librarians, teaching artists, pre-school and child care administrators and care providers, as well as parents and grandparents.

Lead presenter Deborah Stuart of VSA NH says, "During this year's conference, we'll use all art forms — music, dance, theater and the visual arts — and a rich array of the best children's books, including non-fiction for the very young. The activities we'll share not only encourage young scientists and mathematicians, but they show how arts integration strategies also build language and expression in learners of all ages and abilities."

Particular attention will be given to meeting the needs of children with developmental and learning differences.

Deborah Stuart, who was the editor and contributing writer for Start with the Arts, is a folk musician who has worked with children for 40 years and is active around the country as a speaker, trainer and children's musician. She will be joined by Will Cabell, a professional puppeteer, actor, musician and educator, by dancer and movement educator Kelly Doremus Stuart and by theater artist Richard Moses.

Registration is $35 for the first registrant from a school, library, or center; reduced rates are offered for each additional registrant from the same site as well as for Arts Alliance members and for students. Scholarships are available on request. Professional development credits are offered; the workshop has been approved for credits by the Child Care Licensing Bureau.

Preregistration for the conference is required; register online at www.aannh.org. For additional information, contact the Arts Alliance at 323-7302, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Morning snacks will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a lunch.


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