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‘The Night Sky over Alton’ talk on Nov. 21

ALTON — Local resident/author Anura Guruge will present the second part of "The Night Sky Over Alton, N.H.: A Basic Introduction to Astronomy to Better Enjoy the Gilman Library's Telescope" on Friday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at the library.

This second part of the presentation will set out to explore further afield and spend time looking at the mysteries of galaxies – not just the Milky Way, but those beyond. There will be a definite emphasis, throughout, on detailing the resources available – whether online, in the form of APPS, or through the use of old fashioned paper star -charts – to learn more about the sky at night, locate the objects worth peering at through a telescope or identify beguiling bright 'stars' twinkling in the heavens.
Though never a professional astronomer, Anura Guruge has published six books on astronomy: four on comets, one on dwarf planets and another on asteroid 4 Vesta. His Comet ISON books reached 'best seller' status for astronomy books on Amazon prior to the demise of this sun grazing comet on Thanksgiving Day 2013. His other comet book, "Comets: 101 Facts & Trivia", continues to attract attention.
The new Orion StarBlast table top telescope will be made available for circulation by library card holders over the age of 18 and in good standing on Saturday, November 22.

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Children’s Christmas Meat Bingo event at Meredith Legion on Friday

MEREDITH — The American Legion Post 33 in Meredith is hosting a Children's Christmas Meat Bingo event on Friday, November 21 at 6 p.m. at the Post at 6 Plymouth Street.
The purpose for this benefit is to help raise funds to help needy families at Christmas time. There is no smoking at this event.

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Ed Gerhard concert at the Belknap Mill on Dec. 6

LACONIA — New Hampshire's Own Grammy Award-winning Guitarist Ed Gerhard returns on Saturday, December 6 for his Twenty-second Annual Christmas Guitar Concert at he Belknap Mill. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

Gerhard will perform a soulful arrangements of well-loved carols, as well as his own concert favorites. Fans of guitar music and Christmas alike will want to be a part of this memorable show. Gerhard returns celebrating the success of his latest CD "There and Gone," a collection of original compositions and covers including a stunning arrangement of "Imagine/Across the Universe," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and a concert favorite on Weissenborn, "Killing the Blues." " ...some of the richest steel-string sounds you've ever heard. " - Andy Ellis, Premier Guitar Magazine

His critically acclaimed holiday recordings, "Christmas" and "On A Cold Winter's Night," continue to garner raves. Boston Globe calls "Christmas," "...the best holiday recording of the year... rivetingly lovely...this is a gem." Selections from "Christmas" are featured in the Ken Burns documentary "Mark Twain" and the upcoming " The National Parks: America's Best Idea."

Gerhard was awarded a GRAMMY Award for his inclusion on the CD "Pink Guitar" a collection of Henry Mancini compositions. Gerhard's CD "Luna" was Chosen by Acoustic Guitar Magazine's 20th Anniversary List of 240 Essential Albums.

A food drive will be held at the concert. Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Community Action/Laconia Area Food Pantry and receive a $1-off coupon for any CD at the CD tables. One donation per CD.

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Financing Your Business workshop on December 2

PLYMOUTH — The next installment of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth's (ECP) Small Business Start Up Series: Financing Your Business, will be held on Tuesday, December 2, from 8-10 a.m. in the large conference room at the ECP in Plymouth.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor, Stewart Gates, as he explains how and where to obtain financing for that new venture. Stewart will discuss financial opportunities; the importance and use of a business plan; and the necessary documents all lenders require. Stewart will also cover some fundamental business equations and practices such as the break-even point and how to create projections.

The Small Business Start Up Series is an 8-part series of workshops designed to walk entrepreneurs and small business owners through the steps and stages of creating a business and or preparing to take their business to the next level. All workshops will take place at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth the first Tuesday of each month October through May (excluding January). Each segment will build upon the previous and attendees will have time between programs to implement the new material into a plan for their own business.

Attendees can choose one, several, or all of the workshops within the series. The goal for those who attend most or all of the programs is to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to begin or grow a business with a new plan. Taught by professors from Plymouth State University, area professionals, and counselors from the Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center, and SCORE, these programs will focus on the fundamentals of goal setting, planning, research, and management while covering all the elements within a business plan and offer additional tips of the trade from experienced professionals.

Seating is limited, so click on the Seminar tab on the ECP's website, www.EnterpriseCenterNH.com, to register or contact the Enterprise Center at 535-3222. There is a $20 per person charge per workshop, or $100 per person for the entire series (scholarships are available for those who qualify). For more information, please contact the ECP at 535-3222.

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