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Aerial Dance and Circus performances by local students at Laconia Community Center Sunday

LACONIA — The public is invited to free Aerial Dance and Circus performances by local ARTFEST students at the Laconia Community Center on Sunday, June 22 at 6 p.m.

Erin Lovett Sherman, director of ARTSFEST,  has been teaching Circus, Dance and Performing Arts classes at the Laconia Community Center for the past 10 years. She is also the Director of Youth Programming and Outreach at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, VT.

A Lakes Region native, Sherman grew up performing with Streetcar Company and teaching at Frates Creative Arts Center. ''I'm so happy to bring this high level of professional Aerial and Acrobatic training to my home town,'' says Sherman, who is hoping for a good turnout at Sunday's free event.

The informal Student Showcase celebrates e the end of the Spring Session and the beginning of our Summer Session and will feature visually stunning performances on Aerial Fabric, Lyra, Trapeze and Spanish Web as well as Acrobatic and Hoop Dance performances by students ages 6-adult. A Hoop Jam Dance Party will follow.

The summer session starts at the Laconia Community Center on July 2.





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Meredith Sculpture Walk Installs Two More Sculptures


MEREDITH — Sponsored by the Greater Meredith Program, the Meredith Sculpture Walk is committed to developing awareness and enjoyment of public art for residents and visitors. It is a year-round, outdoor, juried exhibition featuring works by eighteen New England artists.

Seven sculptures have been installed so far of the twenty four that are planned to be positioned throughout town in high visibility areas along Main Street, on the grounds of the Mill Falls complex and in the Hesky and Scenic lakeside parks.

Two of the most recently installed are Toe Dancer in Hesky Park by sculptor John Bonsignore from Redding, CT. Constructed in stainless steel it depicts a graceful ballet dancer. His work has been exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally.

American Dog by sculptor Dale Rogers from Haverhill, MA is on the corner of Lake and Main St. Rogers says that "when I started to contemplate the idea of creating a large-scale public art exhibit, my American Dog made the most sense for choice of sculpture. Historically, dogs have made positive and lasting impressions with people and I hoped that my sculptures and the exhibit would do the same. The American Dog has proven to be my strongest and most iconic sculpture to date. The profile of the dog is very much of a mixed breed but I have had many people tell me it looks exactly like their particular breed of dog. It strikes a strong emotional pull with many clients."

The sculptures will remain on display for up to two years, a percentage of which will be refreshed periodically. Each work will have a plaque which includes the name of the sculpture and the artist's name and contact information.

The idea for a Meredith Sculpture Walk project was conceived in the fall of 2012 with sculptural additions to the Courtyard on Main Street. The park, created and designed by the Design Committee of the Greater Meredith Program, offers residents and visitors a place to sit and enjoy works of art. An expansion of this project resulted in the creation of the Meredith Sculpture Walk.

Brochures with a walking map will be available when all the sculptures are installed by the beginning of July. An opening ceremony and walk are planned for July 28.

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Franklin City Clerk/Tax Collector Offers Online Payment Option

FRANKLIN — The city of Franklin's City Clerk/Tax Collector Office has gone green by giving residents the option to view and pay their bills online.

By entering an email address, residents will receive notification containing amounts due, and the bill due date. They will then be able to access the secure payment site and make a payment, schedule a payment or print out their bill. Bills that can be paid using this online service are Property Tax Bills, Water/Sewer Bills, Motor Vehicle Registrations, and Dog Licensing.

There are no registration fees for account set-up, and Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and E-Check are available as payment* options (*fees apply to online payments).

Residents choosing to register their motor vehicles and dogs online will be entered into a sweepstakes to win an IPod nano. There are three ways to be entered in the drawing. The first is to pay online, the second is to register, and the third is to go paperless. For more information regarding the sweepstakes, visit our website at www.franklinnh.org.

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Body Lettering Friday at The Studio

LACONIA — Tattoos and bikers is not an unexpected combination; calligraphy and bikers is. The Studio, known for the unexpected, presents Calligra-tats, a live performance by lettering artists Karen Gorst and Melissa McCarthy Friday June 20, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Studio, 50 Canal Street in Downtown Laconia.

Starting with lettering on live models, the public is invited to join the fun as brushes fly. Who knows what will be written on bare flesh? These temporary tattoos start at $20 while full shoulder, back or stomach lettering starts at $40.

Ms. Gorst, one of the national Society of Scribes' list of the twentieth century's 100 most influential lettering artists, says that lettering on flesh is simply working on living parchment. "It's just not as monkish as the skin I usually write on. These live models talk and squirm when the brush tickles their flesh". Fortunately, the ink comes off easily with soap and water so any squiggly lines from giggling can be corrected. McCarthy once lettered full poems on nude models in New York City.

"It's relaxing for the person being written on, and very focused work for the calligrapher - but it's also great fun!" Gorst and McCarthy are asking respectfully that the lettering be limited to areas not covered by a bathing suit for this performance.

The artists will be working at The Studio on a first come, first served basis, or you may call 603-455-8008 for an appointment. The Studio is located in Downtown Laconia at 50 Canal Street, online at www.thestudionh.com

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