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Popular watercolor painting instructor to return to Castle in the Clouds

MOULTONBOROUGH —  Following a series of four consecutive "sold out" watercolor workshops at Castle in the Clouds, world renowned watercolorist Lian Quan Zhen has agreed to return to Moultonboro for a fifth workshop next August 3 to August 6, 2015.

Born in Canton, China, Zhen immigrated to the United States in 1985 where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, then a Masters degree in Architecture from MIT. His artistic output has been prolific. His work is exhibited in galleries, private collections, and museums throughout the world, and he has authored five books which feature his work and offer watercolor techniques.
This year's 4 day course will follow his traditional format: Two days will be dedicated to Chinese watercolor techniques followed by two days which will explore western techniques. The venue this year will move to the spacious second floor of the Suissevale Association clubhouse located within walking distance of NH's beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. Course organizer and local artist Estelle Smith notes  ''Our move to a new venue feels like a win win for us. The Suissevale Association clubhouse is spacious, well lit, more conveniently located, and even has a kitchen area. Most importantly, it will allow us to reduce fees for the course. We are thrilled at the prospect of having Lian back in the Lakes Region."
For course info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (603)476-5507.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 10:57

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Huot Center Culinary students show off their skills

LACONIA — Students from the Culinary Arts Program at the Huot Technical Center are excited about their accomplishments and learning and wanted to show the community how they have mastered the concepts. With proficiency, pride, and community spirit, the students participated in two meaningful community events.

First, the students baked cookies for the "Hands Across the Table" (HATT) dessert auction. Students teamed together, producing over twelve dozen assorted cookies to donate to the charity. The lesson was not only in the skills of baking, but the importance of good citizenship and developing community goodwill through their positive contribution. The cookie project helped HATT continue with their mission to offer free hot meals every Wednesday night from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. Andre Bessette.

The second notable event hosted by the students was the Huot Culinary Arts First Annual Parents Dinner. Junior and senior students studying Culinary Arts showcased their skills and created a four-course meal. Over half of the invited parents participated in the event, coming from Belmont, Center Harbor, Franklin, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith and Winnisquam. The dinner was creatively crafted and comprised of appetizers, salad, various entrees and many delicious desserts all prepared and served by the students.

The Culinary Arts program is a hands-on operation that provides the students with fundamental skills needed for employment in the food service industry and higher education. All of the students earn the Food Handlers Servsafe Certification and acquire a high standard of learning with both occupational training and academic excellence, which makes them prepared for their future college and career goals. For more information on the program contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 10:34

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T-Bones raised $1,600 for Salvation Army ‘Plunge’

LACONIA — T-BONES Great American Eatery and Cactus Jack's of Laconia took part in the Turkey Plunge to benefit the Salvation Army of Laconia.

Guests were encouraged to the restaurants between Oct. 13 and Oct. 19 On those days every $5 which diners donated to the Salvation Army of Laconia earned guests a spin on the Donation Certificate Prize Wheel as a thank-you to patrons for their support. The wheel was full of great prizes, intended to be a win-win for the guest and the restaurants' plunge team.

Laconia staff presented the Salvation Army of Laconia with a check for $1,600, and took the plunge on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Opechee Cove Beach to support the cause.

Jason Bolduc, T-BONES and Cactus Jack's general manager, said, "The Turkey Plunge is a great time every year and we can't thank our guests enough for their support for such a great cause."

For more information about the Salvation Army of Laconia, visit www.use.salvationarmy.org/laconia.


Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 10:29

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Seminar Dec. 10 in Plymouth on how businesses can prepare for a disaster

PLYMOUTH — North Country Council and the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring a free seminar to show how businesses can prepared for a disaster.

The program, led by Michelle Noren-Grey of council's staff, will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. at Pease Public Library on Russell Street.

Noren-Grey will explain what steps businesses can take to be ready for an interruption of operations due to flood, severe weather, IT systems failure, power disruption, public health emergency, or supply chain disruption? Being prepared by having a disaster response plan can make the difference between days or months of getting back to business.

Organizers point out that from 2000 to 2013 there have been 17 disaster declarations in New Hampshire, that 40 percent of businesses that experience a disaster never reopen, that severe weather events in the last nine years cost Granite State businesses $389.3 million in damages. Considering that small businesses represent 96 percent of employers in the state, and that small businesses employ 50 percent of the private-sector labor force, small-business owners should find the seminar valuable, organizers note.

This seminar is offered at no cost to the public, but space is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve seat by calling the Chamber office at 536-1001.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 10:21

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