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Something Wonderful I Missed: A Broadway Tour Comes to Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Music and theater lovers are invited to enjoy a special Mother's Day Weekend treat as Not Your Mom's Musical Theater presents a concert on Sunday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Plymouth.

Sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the Not Your Mom's innovative concert, Something Wonderful I Missed: A Broadway Tour, mixes great songs from Broadway and off-Broadway musicals with the often hilarious history behind those songs. Four versatile, talented performers, playing a range of characters to live piano accompaniment (by the Arts Alliance's own program director Jamie Feinberg, founder of NYMMT), bring the audience their about-to-be favorite songs from shows they might have missed. The audience gets a glimpse of musical theater at its finest and simplest — actors onstage, telling a story through music.

The concert includes excerpts from shows including "110 in the Shade," "A Little Night Music," "Baby," "Big River," "Johnny Pye and the Fool-Killer," "Marilyn," "My Favorite Year," "La Cage Aux Folles," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Starting Here, Starting Now," "The Goodbye Girl," and "Woman of the Year."

In addition to NYMMT's founder, director and pianist Jamie Feinberg, the performers include Mario Arruda, who recently starred as Jonny in NYMMT's production of Zombie Prom, for which he received a Top 10 NH Theatre Award nomination; Ally Bergendahl, whose favorite roles have included both female leads in 1776 and her recent work in Zombie Prom, for which she received a Top Ten nomination from the NH Theatre Awards; actor and educator Jocelyn Duford, who starred in NYMMT's Weird Romance this past spring and was recognized by the Theatre Awards for her work there and in Zombie Prom; and Joey T. No stranger to New Hampshire's theater community, Joey T. has been recognized three times by the NH Theatre Awards, and most recently starred as Miss Strict in the NYMMT's production of Zombie Prom.

This musical event is recommended for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/Arts Alliance Members. Visit the website at www.aannh.org for tickets, information, and special meal/show offerings. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

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Volunteer NH recognizes John Walker with Good Citizen Award

 

MANCHESTER — Citizens Bank and Volunteer NH have named John Walker a "Good Citizen" for his outstanding commitment to the Laconia community. The Good Citizen Award honors people who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to volunteerism and, through their efforts, strengthen the communities where they live and work. As part of the award, a $250 donation is being made in Walker's honor to Got Lunch! Laconia.

"John is a true asset to the Laconia community," said Holly Hiltz-Harrington, Citizens Bank Laconia branch manager. "He embodies the spirit of volunteerism with his humble approach and ability to inspire action both inside his community and beyond. We are proud to work with Volunteer NH to showcase people like John and the tremendous work they do in our New Hampshire communities."

Walker, a retired airline pilot, was instrumental in the launch of Got Lunch! Laconia. In the spring of 2011, while participating in a community group, Walker learned that over half of the Laconia's students- nearly 67%, over 1,400 children - received free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. He questioned what these children did during the summer months, and sought a solution to ensure they received a nutritious meal. Partnering with Paula Gile, an associate minister at a local church, Walker launched Got Lunch! Laconia in April 2011 as a collaboration of community partners coming together to feed Laconia children during the summer months.

The impact of Got Lunch! has been significant from the start. In 2011, 314 children received a weekly delivery; by 2013, 570 children received lunch. Now, in the first three years, over 61,000 summer lunches have been distributed. It has cost about $10 per child per week for the program.

Today, the Got Lunch! Laconia program has inspired and trained 11 additional programs serving 18 towns.

"John has tremendous skill in making every volunteer feel like their contribution is significant," said Eliza Leadbeater, a community member. "His unassuming manner, and gift for developing partnerships, has been central to Got Lunch! Laconia's continued success."

Walker also donates his time to many other local causes, including Central NH VNA & Hospice, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Laconia Kiwanis, Mentoring Together, and remains active in his church.

"John's compassion and initiative are unparalleled and inspiring," said Gretchen Berger-Wabuti, executive director at Volunteer NH. "We are pleased to be able to honor his service and contribute to the ongoing success of Got Lunch! Laconia."

Volunteer NH, a nonprofit organization that promotes volunteerism and service in New Hampshire, sponsors and supports national service initiatives such as AmeriCorps. It also provides training, a volunteer matching service and volunteer-recognition programs.

The Good Citizen Award is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank's program designed to contribute to the economic vitality of the communities it serves. The awards will be presented on a monthly basis through November 2014, when all of this year's Good Citizens will be honored at the Spirit of New Hampshire Awards ceremony.

Good Citizen Award nominations can be made online at www.volunteernh.org. Nominations are evaluated based on the long-term impact of the nominee's service and how they have inspired others to get involved or contributed to a culture of volunteerism. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Questions may be directed to Charles Caldwell, administrative outreach officer, Volunteer NH, at 603.271.7200 or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Art Association Artists of the Month announced

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Art Association announces the artists selected for this month's popular Artists of the Month Program. As the association draws from the entire Lakes Region, this program is aimed at exposing the association and its members' work across the entire area.

Each month, a jury selects from submissions by member artists to be featured at various businesses in the Lakes Region. These original pieces might be oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, photos or collages.

The following member artists will each have art work on display until May 19 at these Lakes Region business locations: Pat Anderson, Northway Bank, Laconia; BJ Eckardt, VynnArt Gallery & Art Supplies, Meredith; Jay Fitzpatrick, Northway Bank, Tilton; Rebecca Frame, Bank of New Hampshire, Gilford; Marie Kelly, Belknap Mill, Laconia, Elaine Morrison, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford; Kazuko Okubo, Franklin Savings Bank, Main Office, Franklin; Wendy Wilson, Northway Bank, Meredith.

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Meredith Community Yard Sale on May 17

MEREDITH — The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Annual Community Yard Sale on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chamber President Marcus Weeks stated that this event was organized several years ago to create a community-spirited event which provides a service to both residents and businesses and at the same time provides visitors to the community with the opportunity to shop for treasures at yhe various sales. Participation in the yard sale is open to businesses,

organizations, and individuals and those who register with the Chamber will receive an official yard sale sign and will be listed on a map which will be distributed the day of the event.

Registration forms are available at the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce located at 272 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith. For more information contact the Chamber at 279-6121. The deadline for registration is May 9

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:11

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