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Workshop explores traditional Inca music & dance

PLYMOUTH — Continuing its celebration of Arts in the Schools month, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire offers a special opportunity for educators in the Plymouth area. On Tuesday, March 25, educators are invited to take part in a professional development workshop on the music and culture of the Inca people (of the Andes mountains) at Plymouth Elementary School.

Networking, refreshments, and discussion of cultural programs in schools will be offered from 3:30-4:30, with the workshop following from 4:30-6 p.m. The first 10 teachers to purchase tickets will pay $15 (which includes a free pan flute); members of the public and additional teachers will pay $25, which includes a traditional pan flute. Additional discounts are available for Arts Alliance members. Come for networking, discussion, and a glimpse into a new culture! Register at www.aannh.org.

From March 24-28, the Arts Alliance presents Inkas Wasi, a group of South American musicians and dancers known for their high-energy concerts with traditional instruments and dance of the Incas. The group will present a series of school assemblies and workshops during the day in local communities, with evening events open to the public, including concerts in Intervale and Bethlehem, a workshop in Plymouth for educators, and a dance workshop appropriate for adults and for students 12 and up in Franconia.

For more information on all of the workshops and concerts being offered, visit www.aannh.org, or call (603) 323-7302.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:12

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Homeless documentary will premiere at Belknap Mill next month

LACONIA — Invisible to many, the homeless are facing problems of their own making and from circumstances beyond their control. Once in that situation, it is difficult to recover.

However, some are finding programs where they can gain a sense of self-worth, discovering hidden talents and ways to make a fresh start.

"The Invisible People" is a documentary highlighting an art and photography project in Laconia and a transitional program in Canaan where those willing to put in the effort can gain new skills that offer a step up and perhaps out of their difficulties "The Invisible People" will premiere with a showing at the Belknap Mill at One Mill Plaza (near City Hall) in Laconia on Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m.

River Crew Art in Laconia provides art supplies and cameras to the homeless, guiding them in sharpening their skills and gaining a sense of accomplishment. Meeting on Monday mornings, the program provides a supportive environment for experimentation, followed by a hot meal for the participants. Each year, River Crew Art holds an art and photography show where their creations are put on exhibition, to critical acclaim.

A Sacred Place in Canaan offers a safe location for those willing to work with farm animals and gain agricultural skills. More importantly, those camping there will have a permanent address to use in applying for work and benefits. The hours may be long, but the work is not difficult and it produces new skills that participants can rely on when they are ready to move on. The program has given a boost to those who are sincere about trying to turn their lives around.

The $10 admission fee will help to support the Liberty Independent Media Project's ongoing mission of showcasing the arts, history, and culture with a special focus on those overcoming adversity.
For more information on the Liberty Project, see www.libertymedianh.org.

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Lakes Region Symphony Pops Concert, Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert this weekend

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, based in Meredith, will present a Spring Pops concert featuring light classics conducted by Ben Greene, on Saturday March 22, at 7:30 p.m., at the Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium.

Concord vocalist Emily Jaworski will join the orchestra for such favorites as "All The Things You Are," and "I Dreamed A Dream." Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and college students, and are available for purchase online at www.LRSO.org/tickets. Unsold tickets will be available at the door.

Also  join the Lakes Region Symphony and the Suzuki Strings of Canterbury at their hour-long Youth Concert at 3 p.m., on Sunday, March 23, at the Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium in Meredith.

The program will offer several classical pieces played by the young Suzuki-method string players who will then collaborate with the adult Symphony members to present both classical and light musical numbers.  Tickets are free to all children and students and sell for $10 for adults; they are available on-line at www.LRSO.org/tickets. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door.

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Rubens speaking to Belknap GOP next Monday

BELMONT — The March monthly meeting of the Belknap County Republican Committee originally scheduled for Wednesday March 12 has been rescheduled for Monday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd in Belmont.

This month's guest speaker is former State Senator Jim Rubens, who announced last September that he would be challenging current U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen in the November 2014 election. However, to do so, Jim will have to prevail in a primary against a number of other Republican U.S. Senate candidates. Rubens will share his reasons for choosing to run, discuss where he stands on the issues, and explain why he feels he's the candidate who can best represent New Hampshire in Washington, D.C.

Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded independents. Per their usual meeting format,those you're interested in having dinner and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5 p.m.

The committee is stepping up its request for food pantry donations. With the winter cold continuing to be a burden for many, the committee once again reminds everyone planning to attend to bring non-perishable food items to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:44

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