Craft fair at Opechee Conference Center April 11 & 12

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair will take place Saturday, April, and Sunday, April 12, at the Opehee Conference Center, 62 Doris Ray Court, in Laconia. Hours for the fair are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Seventy exhibitors are scheduled to be on hand offering a wide variety of craft items, including pottery, spring floral arrangements, glass art, Alice's tole creations, original artwork, wooden crafts, hot and cold packs, fabric crafts, home decor, goat milk soaps, wood turned crafts, wearable art, origami, fine jewelry, soy candles, American Girl doll clothing, fire colorants, hand-painted gnome birdhouses, bat and birdhouses, and Moose Man photography.

There will be a raffle with proceeds going to benefit the New Hampshire Humane Society in Laconia. Tim Janis will provide musical entertainment.

Admission is free. Further information can be obtained by calling (603) 528-4014 or visiting


Genesis Behavioral offers Mental Health First Aid training class

LACONIA — Genesis Behavioral Health will offer a Mental Health First Aid Training to interested community members on Thursday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Woodside Building at Taylor Community.

Taught by certified instructors, Mental Health First Aid trains community members to recognize and respond to someone on the verge of a crisis arising from mental illness or substance abuse. Participants will be prepared to recognize and teach others to recognize the symptoms of mental illness, alleviate an emergent crisis, and make a referral to appropriate services. They will learn to assess risk, listen non-judgmentally, give reassurance, encourage professional help, and encourage self-help.

"This training is for anyone, from police and first responders to store owners, educators, clergy, public officials, and any caring citizen," said Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health, "It will help people get treatment, in the right place, at the right time, using a proactive rather than a reactive approach."

The cost of the training is $70 and includes course materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Space is limited. Advanced registration required by Friday, April 17th by calling Linda Hagan at 524-1100 x120. Participants must be eighteen or older.

Reception and gallery for the PSU Center for the environment exhibit

PLYMOUTH — Students, staff and faculty from Plymouth State University's Center for the Environment (CFE) have developed an exhibition featuring visualizations of environmental data, which will feature a reception and gallery talks by participants in the exhibit on Tuesday, April 21 from 4-6 p.m. on the main level of the Learning Commons.

The exhibit is presented in collaboration with the Lamson Learning Commons. Jennifer Green, Lamson digital projects librarian, curated the exhibition.

Professor Mark Green says, "As scientists, we produce and process data that helps us interpret and quantify the world around us. At times we realize that the data visualizations we produce might be interesting to non-scientists. By embracing these opportunities and sharing our work publicly, we can improve our skill at engaging and informing the general public in scientific discovery."

The exhibition displays images that arise during environmental research, and some are attempts to emphasize the artistic aspect of the data. The exhibit shares the artistic perspective of scientists and provides an opportunity to show the aesthetics that come from, or can be produced from, the scientific process.

Multiple scientific fields are represented in this exhibit, including ecological economics, hydrology, soil science, water chemistry and geospatial science. First-year CFE graduate student Carolyn Ellis from Campton says, "My abstract art piece was created from White Mountain National Forest streamwater chemistry data. Not only is it cool to see art derived from science, but it is an added bonus to have that art reflect the research that occurs locally." Her colleague, second-year CFE graduate student Chelsea Berg from Rickman, Tenn., agrees. She says, "I have spent much time and energy learning a tool that models ecosystem services for my thesis work. Thus, my piece in the exhibit depicts experiencing a learning curve. I hope visitors will connect with the iteration of failures and the power of perseverance."

NH Music Festival has big plans for its 63rd season

PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival (NHMF) today announced its 2015 summer season to be held from July 7 through August 6 in Plymouth and the surrounding communities of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. With a theme of "American Landscapes," the festival's 63rd season will explore and celebrate American music and the great outdoors.

The Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University is the festival's primary venue, where it will offer full
orchestra performances on Thursday nights and Tuesday night chamber music concerts. New this year will be a
live orchestra concert with film, Oz with Orchestra, at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook.
"Festival attendees will experience the complete range of orchestral grandeur, from the thrilling Four Seasons by
Vivaldi to the groundbreaking music of Nico Muhly, a New England native and the focus of this summer's Composer
Portrait Series. Principal Guest Conductor Dan Perkins opens the season with an exciting concert of American music
and ends the season conducting the NHMF Orchestra and Chorus in Vaughan William's moving Dona nobis pacem,"
said NHMF Music Director Donato Cabrera.

"I'm also proud to announce we've been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the 'Music Unwound' consortium. The grant supports our presentation of the acclaimed Dvořák in America program, including a performance of Dvořák's stirring Symphony No. 9, 'From the New World,' complemented by multimedia and narration by scholar‐writer Joseph Horowitz."
In addition to the main festival programming, the NHMF is enhancing its season offerings with all‐new collaborative
events: Families Making Music programs with students, children and parents; Music in the Mountains, featuring
sunrise, sunset and campground concerts; music in area bars and cafés; art showings with Women's Caucus for Art;
and more. Support for these family and outreach events is provided by the Lincoln Financial Foundation.
The NHMF will be working with Lakes Region Airport Shuttle Service LLC as the exclusive transportation sponsor
for its 2015 season. The company will provide airport shuttle service for musicians and staff as well as
transportation to and from concerts and special events for ticket holders.
The New Hampshire Music Festival is a summer music festival that honors the tradition of classical music while
exploring new artistic paths. The NHMF strives to connect the Lakes Region with an engaging, immersive festival
experience by presenting world‐class performances, creating strong collaborations with community partners,
and offering educational programs to students of all ages.

The festival was founded in 1952 as a small chamber orchestra performing on Melody Island in Lake
Winnipesaukee and has grown to be a highly‐valued community asset. Every summer during July and August,
musicians from around the country come to Plymouth to perform well‐known classics and contemporary works.

Maestro Donato Cabrera, who had his first season at the helm of the festival in Summer 2013, enjoys an
international career as a music director and conductor. In addition to his role at NHMF, he is the music director
of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and California Symphony, and is resident conductor of the San Francisco
Symphony (SFS) and the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra