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Sex trafficking awareness training offered at Taylor Community on April 9

LACONIA — The Belknap County Family Violence Prevention Council, in fellowship with all its community partners, wants to alert residents of the Lakes Region that the month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
By working together and pooling resources during the month of April, organizations can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
On April 9 at 7 p.m. Real Life Giving is presenting "Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Awareness Training" at 227 Ledge Drive in the Taylor Community, Laconia.
Contact Chief Chris Adams, Laconia Police, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:13

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‘Monsoon Wedding’ is up next for International Film Series in Laconia

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Monsoon Wedding, Monday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly at the Laconia Public Library.

Monsoon Wedding is a charming family drama. The story is set in the modern upper-middle class of India, where telecommunications and a western lifestyle mix with old traditions, like the arranged wedding. A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.
Lalit, a wealthy father, is trying to see that his daughter's wedding goes off without a hitch. Though familiar with Western ways, he has little patience with them and is dead set on seeing the nuptials done properly and traditionally. The four-day arrangements and celebrations are a bit chaotic.
The daughter, Aditi, is disillusioned with her long-time relationship with a man who is almost twice her age. She suddenly agrees to submit to an arranged marriage with an engineer from Houston. Yet as the ceremony nears, she gets cold feet and returns to see her former lover--even though it could spell disaster for everyone involved.
Relatives from both families, some from distant places like Australia, come to New Delhi during the monsoon season to attend the wedding. Monsoon Wedding includes family parties and drama, dangers to the wedding, and lots of music and dancing.
This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. At Venice, Monsoon Wedding won the prestigious Golden Lion award.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:09

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‘Brigadoon’ premieres at Laconia High School tonight

LACONIA — Laconia High School Theatre Arts is proud to present Lerner and Loewe’s “Brigadoon” Thursday through Saturday, April 3-5 at 7 p.m.

Alan Lerner’s charming tale of the Scottish Highlands, blended with the beautiful melodies of Fredrick Loewe make for a magical evening of music and romance. American hunters Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas are lost in the Scottish hills. Tommy is a frustrated dreamer, feeling trapped by society and his impending marriage to Jane, his fiancée back in New York. Jeff is content to float along in life, aided in his contentment by his always handy flask.

As dawn arrives, they wander into a village that they can’t find on the map. In the village, Brigadoon, they run into a strange mix of characters: the vivacious Meg Brockie, the cheerful Charlie Dalrymple, the brooding Harry Beaton, and the charming Fiona McLaren. Smitten with Fiona, Tommy finds his bitterness melting away amongst the heather-
covered hills. But there is something very strange about Brigadoon, and suddenly, the lives of everyone in the village are in danger.

The actors featured in the show include junior Michael O’Brien as Tommy and senior John Hammond as Jeff. Senior Brittney Pond plays Fiona, with junior Emily Paronto as Meg Brockie. Junior Micheal Tarling plays Harry Beaton, and junior Mitchell Bailey is featured as Charlie Dalrymple. This show features several important dance numbers, which feature sophomore Jessica McDermott and senior Jasmyn Murgatroy.

“It’s been a wild ride,” said director Bernie Campbell. “With all the weather we had, we lost almost two full weeks of rehearsal. I’m very proud of all of them.” The show also features a pit orchestra conducted by LHS music director Debbi Gibson. “A musical has so many moving parts,” Campbell said. “Compared to doing a regular play, it’s an order of magnitude more complex.”

Tickets are available at the door at the price of $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information call 603-524-3350, ext 4616.

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WorkReadyNH, LRCC Advanced Manufacturing, & NH Works, Working Hand-in-Hand

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Advanced Manufacturing (AM) student, Jeffrey Bilodeau of Meredith wasn't sure what he would get out of attending LRCC's WorkReadyNH program.

He was referred by NH Works, the State's employment agency. "Give it a try," said NH Works Laconia Office Manager, Carol Cantin and Bilodeau did. He has now completed the 3-week training and the rest is history.

"Jeff's experience with WorkReady at LRCC lead to a boost in self-confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and a source of inspiration to go back to school," says LRCC WorkReadyNH Program Director Manuela Bittner-Shuey. "The WorkReadyNH program gave Jeffrey the nudge needed to move into a career pathway that he had been thinking about for quite some time. With only twoweeks to the beginning of the Spring Semester,  Bilodeau registered and arranged for funding for the LRCC AM certificate program; again, the rest is history."

When asked what he felt was the best part of the WorkReadyNH program, Bilodeau believed that the small group size, role playing, discussion, and hands-on activities helped him absorb the workplace soft skills needed in today's job market. "WorkReady Instructor, Stephanie Alicea; Program Assistant, Valarie Young and I made the program memorable for Bilodeau. Jeffrey will do well in whatever he chooses to pursue."

Bilodeau's future goals include completing the LRCC Advanced Manufacturing Certificate program, securing a CNC Machinist position in the area, and continuing for the LRCC AM Associate Degree.

For information about WorkReadyNH, call (603) 366-5396. To find out more about LRCC's Advanced Manufacturing Associate Degree and Certificate programs, call (603) 366 – 5301 or visit the College's website, www.lrcc.edu.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:42

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