Full-moon snowshoe hike in Gilford

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a fun full-moon snowshoe hike on Wednesday, March 4th for all ages. Participants will check in at the Gilford Elementary School Cafeteria at 6:45 p.m. before heading out on the Nature Trails at 7 p.m.

Following the hike participants will return to the cafeteria to enjoy some hot cocoa. Although there is hope that the moon will be bright, all participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight or head lamp. For those in need of snowshoes, the department has a limited supply available. They may be reserved on a first come basis by calling the Parks and Rec office in advance. All interested participants must RSVP at least one week in advance.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Survey to gauge attitudes about development in Sanbornton

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Planning Board is proposing to conduct a town-wide community development survey to determine the attitude of Town voters concerning development of senior housing and commercial development. The 2-page/9-question survey will be distributed at the Town Meeting polling place on Tuesday, March 10 and will be collected either at the same place or at the Town Meeting "floor meeting" the following day.

For those people unable to pick up a survey at Town Meeting, they may pick up a survey form at the Town Office at any time during the week of March 9. Respondents unable to return the completed survey at Town Meeting on March 11 may, as an alternative, return their completed survey at the Town Office by not later than Friday, March 13. The Planning Board assures Town voters completing the survey that the process will be done on a voluntary basis and that the process will be done with a guarantee of confidentiality.

Survey questions will ask voters' opinions and preferences concerning various aspects of community development such as types of commercial development to be allowed, preferred locations where commercial development should be located, types of businesses needed in town , and extent of need for senior housing as well as size and location for senior housing.

After the survey results have been tabulated, the Planning Board will hold a public information meeting to present the results of the survey and discuss the implications of the survey in guiding future growth and development of Sanbornton.

Anyone having questions regarding the community development survey may call the Planning Office at 729-8003.

PSU hosting lecture on democracy in Africa

PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Toyin Falola speaking on "Convention, Culture and Corruption: Democracy in Africa" on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth.

"Africans do not define democracy as distinct from, nor outside of, the definition of development," says Falola. Further, he asks whether it is wise to view the country with an American definition of democracy if their policies do not mirror our own. That linkage creates another problematic question: can leadership and institutions that do not deliver development be treated as democratic?

Falola will argue that the Western-liberal definition of democracy is limited in its application, and that reading Africa through Western literature is not always useful. He says, "Democracy in Africa contains dosages of militarism, authoritarianism and prebendalism, while being constrained by the pressures of globalism."
Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria, a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, and the author of The Power of African Cultures, Nationalism and African Intellectuals.
The theme for this year's Sidore Lecture Series is "The State of Democracy." The series' premise is that Americans consider our political system to be the premier model of democracy, and that we like to think that others throughout the world wish to emulate us. But the democratic nature of our institutions cannot be taken for granted and they need to be examined and reexamined. Headlines in the news—about growing inequality, money in politics, changes in voter registration laws, government surveillance, and setbacks of democratic movement in various parts of the world—suggest that now is a good time for reflecting on the state of democracy in the United States and elsewhere.
The next speaker in the series will be Martin Gilens asking, "Is the United States a Democracy or an Oligarchy?" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Silver Center.
All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

Mr. Nick and the Dirty Tricks to play Pitman’s on Sat.

LACONIA — Mr. Nick and the Dirty Tricks with special guest Matt Stubbs will play at Pitman's Freight Room on Saturday, Feb 28 at 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BTOB venue.

The band unites veteran musicians Nick David (a.k.a. Mr. Nick), "Lonely" Gus Carlson, Teddy B. (Bukowski) and Rick Rousseau for one of the region's most formidable live outfits in any genre. They play elegant, stomping and swinging classics like Little Walter's "Mellow Down Easy," Howlin' Wolf's "300 Pounds of Joy" and Wynonie Harris' "Good Morning Judge."

Their bag of originals is a mix of rhumbas, jump blues, and boogies they're developing for a debut album and currently taking to legions of fans in New England on their way to stages throughout the US and abroad.

Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for details and dinner reservations.