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Education Theatre Collaborative children’s festival to be held on January 10

PLYMOUTH — Children in grades kindergarten through six are invited to participate in the annual Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) Children's Arts Festival Saturday, January 10, at Plymouth State University.

This special event offers opportunities for children to learn different aspect of the arts—music, dance, theatre, visual and language arts—while experiencing the themes of the current production, The Sound of Music.

In The Sound of Music, Captain Von Trapp takes on a new governess, Maria­—a nun too free spirited for any convent—to look after his over-disciplined children. The rebellious children first reject Maria, but learn to love her free-spirited nature as she introduces them to art, music, freedom and love. It is an engaging story with drama, intrigue, romance, comedy, history and lyrical music, set in Austria just as the German Army is taking over that country.
ETC co-producer and festival coordinator Robb Dimmick says, "ETC's Children's Arts Festival is a daylong adventure in music, dance, acting and the art of language. The Festival takes youth on a journey through the magic and possibilities of musical theatre. This year children will experience their 'favorite things,' selecting from among five workshops guided by some of the areas finest teachers and artists."
Festival hours are 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at PSU's Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth. In addition to workshops, the day includes a behind-the-scenes look at the Sound of Music set, and a special performance, "Bright Copper Kettles and Warm Woolen Mittens," by the hilarious Jim Gleich.

Workshops include:

· Brown Paper Packages Tied up with Strings: Art, with Denise Plante-Renaud

· Wild Geese That Fly with the Moon on Their Wings: Dance, with Emily Mower

· Doorbells and Sleigh Bells: Music, with Kirsten Mohring

· Crisp Apple Strudels and Schnitzel with Noodles: Language Arts with Karen McLoud

· Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens: Acting with Fran Page

The Children's Arts Festival registration fee is $35 per child. Please submit one registration form for each child. Some scholarships are available. Please bring a bag lunch. Snacks will be provided.

Register in advance online at http://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.p.m? event_id=17159/ or call Pam Irish at (603) 535-2647.

Contact Robb Dimmick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

And don't forget your tickets now for The Sound of Music, January 21–25 at Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts Box Office, (603) 535–2787 or (800) 779–3869. The box office is closed December 13-January 1, but tickets are available online at silver.plymouth.edu. Beginning January 2, Box Office Hours will be 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

ETC information is online at www.plymouth.edu/outreach/etc.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 08:22

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Donations needed for Camp Resilience

GILFORD — The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI), a local charitable organization that runs Camp Resilience for veterans and first responders, is seeking donations to conduct its third session in late January. This visit by 15 veterans and one police officer will take place January 26-29 if sufficient funds can be raised by then.

USMC veteran and PRLI Treasurer Chris Ray of Gilford pointed out that the PRLI has already run two very successful veterans visits. "Through the generosity of local people and organizations, coupled with the donations of additional supporters out of state, we have been able to conduct these first two events" said Ray. "Now we've got just five weeks to fund-raise enough money to cover the January visit and really need everyone's help" Ray added.

The January event will feature a mix of life skills training and physical activity; a formula for success learned from other veterans support groups nationwide. The veterans will enjoy ski lessons and skiing at Gunstock Mountain Resort plus an afternoon of snowshoeing and winter hiking. On the life skills side, they will learn the calming effects of yoga as a regular exercise as well as some basic cooking skills to make them more self-reliant. Other activities including water aerobics and light exercise workouts are also possibilities.

The veterans/first responder will be billeted, once again, at the Gunstock Inn. "Despite deep and very generous discounts from area merchants including the Gunstock Inn and Gunstock Mountain Resort, we still have significant costs to cover" stated PRLI founder Kurt Webber, US Army Retired. Anyone or any group wishing to make a donation to support the upcoming PRLI Camp Resilience session may donate via PayPal or credit card on the PRLI website (www.prli.us). Donations may also be sent to the PRLI account c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

"We have seen the positive rehabilitative effect our PRLI visits can make on struggling veterans. Their personal feedback, and that of their VA counselors, attest to that" said Webber "and we're hoping to keep the momentum moving in the right direction with additional help from our friends and supporters throughout New Hampshire and beyond" The PRLI is a recognized non-profit with all donations tax deductible. The staff of the PRLI is 100% volunteers so all donations go directly to running veterans/first responders' programs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 08:15

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QuickBooks workshops to be held at Lakes Region Community College


LACONIA — QB Support Services, LLC, Owner, Charlene Smith of Belmont, will be teaching QuickBooks Workshops this January at Lakes Region Community College on Prescott Hill in Laconia. The two-day Basic QuickBooks I Workshop will be on Tuesday, January 6, and Thursday, January 8, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The two-day Basic QuickBooks II Workshop will be on Tuesday, January 13, and Thursday, January 15, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cost for each workshop is $100.

"I specialize in assisting small businesses, non-profits, and individuals in keeping track of their finances using QuickBooks, one of the most commonly used accounting software programs," says Smith, an LRCC Accounting Honors Graduate in 2010. "I am excited about the opportunity to pass my QuickBooks knowledge along to others in the community. The best way to assist businesses is to help them understand how to set up QuickBooks to maximize efficiency."

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Kidworks Learning Center again gives to food pantry

MEREDITH — Kidworks Learning Center is marking the 11th Anniversary of their annual food drive for the Meredith Pantry. Each year Kidworks tasks their children to bring in canned goods and/or try to earn money at home by doing chores so they can put the monies towards an annual shopping trip to buy food for those in need.
Mill Falls at the Lake also holds a similar tradition. Each year they auction off soon to be expiring overnight gift certificates they have acquired from their New England lodging partners to the staff. The proceeds from the auction are then donated to a local charity.
For the second year Executive Director, Jennifer Weeks and Michelle Brown, Marketing Director for Mill Falls decided to combine their efforts for a more impactful donation. Pooled together the children had over $600 to go shopping at the Meredith Hannaford and provide a cash donation, almost twice as much as 2013. The crew was divided into two groups; the morning kindergartners prepared for their trip to the grocery store by making grocery lists of the most needed items and paid close attention to pricing so they could get the most for their money. The children took turns pushing the carts and filling them with groceries. From there afternoon kindergarteners had the important job of the delivering the food to the Meredith Food Pantry. One by one the children carried the bags of groceries into the stock room and proudly made a cash donation for the remainder.
The annual food drive is just one of the community projects that the center organizes throughout the year. "Being an active part of the community is important for children to learn. They fully embraced the task at hand and were proud to be part of the project" said Jennifer Weeks. "We were ecstatic when our fundraising efforts almost doubled from last year. Kidworks does a great job and we are happy to partner with them", commented Michelle Brown.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 08:06

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