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Squam Science Nature Matters Campaign

HOLDERNESS —  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center announced the community phase of its Nature Matters Capital Campaign. This comprehensive fundraising effort is designed to prepare the Science Center for the future with multiple exhibit expansions, infrastructure improvements, and long-term financial stability. The campaign goal is $4 million and approximately $3.6 million has already been pledged through leadership gifts.

The background thinking for the campaign began in 2010 after a review of the Science Center's "Forging New Trails" strategic plan looking toward the future of the Science Center. After reviewing ideas and suggestions, goals were set and the Board of Trustees launched the Nature Matters Capital Campaign in 2012 to build four new exhibits and strengthen its financial foundation through expanded marketing and additions to endowment and reserve funds.

The campaign will fund the following new exhibit.

Wood Energy Exhibit: A model of sustainability, saving energy and dollars using renewable, locally-sourced wood. This source of fuel heats five major buildings on the Science Center's campus. Exhibits will compare renewable wood heat to other forms of energy and demonstrate the state-of-the-art boiler system that the Science Center installed. This project was completed in February 2014 and the exhibit will open for visitors in May 2014.

Adventure Playscape: An outdoor play structure for children that will integrate climbing with interpretive learning and fun. This exhibit is scheduled to open in spring 2015.Water Matters Pavilion: A fresh and engaging experience with live turtles and mink, an outdoor water play area, native fish aquariums, amphibians, and more, which will teach visitors why water is vital for all life. This building and exhibits are scheduled to open in spring 2016.

Raptor Mews: Housing for the collection of more than a dozen hawks, owls, and falcons that the Science Center's educators use in programs. The Mews will replace an aging winter bird quarters and other raptor living quarters. It is scheduled for completion in 2015.

"We are delighted to announce the community phase of this campaign and share how successful it has been thus far," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director. "In 2016, we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Science Center. The culmination of this effort and the opening of these exciting new exhibits will be an incredible way to prepare us for the next fifty years."

Questions about the campaign may be directed to Executive Director Iain MacLeod at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-968-7194 x 23 and more information can be found at www.nhnature.org/naturematters.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:20

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P.I.C.K. to hold 2nd Annual Big Band Dance

LACONIA — People Investing in Community and Kids (P.I.C.K.) will hold its second annual Big Band Dinner-Dance. Last year's event drew guests from all over central and southern New Hampshire. According to P.I.C.K. Board member Charlene Smith, "For people who take ballroom dance classes, this dance offers them the opportunity to use what they have learned. Others simply come to listen to the music."

Set to coincide with Mother's Day Weekend, this event will take place Saturday, May 10 from 6-10 p.m. at the Opechee Inn & Spa Grand Ball Room in Laconia featuring a full buffet dinner. Music will be provided by Dr. Sax's Swinging Big Band. This eighteen piece band plays classic jazz works of the 1920's, '30's and '40's, with an emphasis on the popular ensembles of the day.

In addition, there will be an opportunity for couples and groups to have a photo taken by a professional photographer. "Last year we had a number of couples dressed in gorgeous ballroom dancing attire and thought how nice it would be for them to have a photo of themselves to remember the occasion". Stacey Brobst of Franklin will provide her professional photography services for the occasion. Brobst frequently photographs local events, including this year's Red Dress Gala which was held last month.

The evening's festivities will include a silent auction, and a 50/50 drawing to help P.I.C.K., a 501c3 non-profit organization, raise funds for needy families of the Lakes Region. P.I.C.K. is happy to accept donations of items and gift certificates valued at over fifty dollars for use in the silent auction.

For businesses wishing to sponsor this event there are a number of tiered options which may be viewed on P.I.C.K.'s website. This years' sponsors to date include Engraving, Awards & Gifts; Page Street Storage, and BizBuzz Marketing Partners.

Early Bird ticket prices are in effect until April 1. Individuals are $50 and a table of eight is $375. Starting April 1 prices increase to $55 dollars per person and $400 per table. Tickets are currently being sold at Greenlaw's Music and Audio on Main Street in Laconia and can also be purchased by phone at 273-0861 or online at www.pick1.biz/upcoming-events.html.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:18

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FHL now collecting dresses for annual Gowns for Girls Event in April

LACONIA — The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation (F.H.L.) is pleased to announce that it is now collecting prom dresses, cocktail dresses and bridesmaid dresses for girls in need of a dress for prom. Dresses will be donated to area girls.

Dresses must be in good condition,  less than 10 years old, formal in style and ready to wear. Dresses must be free of stains, tears or visible damage.

Those who would like to donate a dress or dresses, can drop them off at one of the following locations by Friday April 11: The Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth, SunDay's Salon and Spa in Laconia, Dressbarn at the Tanger Outlets in Tilton, The Barn Doggie Daycare in New Durham, Divine Inspirations in Meredith and the Somersworth and Nashua YMCA during club hours.

The F.H.L will be holding their Annual Gowns for Girls Event on Saturday April 12, at the Meredith Bay Colony in Meredith from 1-4 p.m. (Up from the traffic circle) This is a day for all area young women to pick out prom attire for free that was donated during the dress drive. For more information on the event email co-founder Laura at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation was founded in 2006 by Laura Brusseau and Jessica Dutille and strives to bring hope to children and youth in need. The Foundation has given out over $20,000 to children and youth as well as collected thousands of dresses for young women. For more information on The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation, visit www.faithhopeandlovefoundation.org or follow them on facebook.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:14

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Juried Student Exibition at PSU March 25

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present the 2014 Juried Student Exhibition March 25–April 13 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. A reception will be held from 4­–6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in the gallery.

The exhibition showcases selected works in all media by students from across the campus. Students from all art department levels and disciplines share the outcomes of their progress in education and refinement in art making in this show. Students may each submit up to three pieces of exhibition-ready art made within the last year. Only 15 pieces will be accepted for each level in the exhibition, and awards will be made for "Best in Level" works and one for overall "Best in Show."

Interim Gallery Director Cynthia Robinson says, "The format for this exhibition is unusual in that art work in each level is judged in relation only to other students' submissions within that level." There are four levels, from introductory or foundation level through to capstone projects, approximating the traditional levels of a four-year degree. In addition, a fifth level, one of completely independent works, is judged by itself. This category is in keeping with the department's tradition of encouraging and nurturing independent, self-directed creativity according to Robinson.

This year's jurors are Adam Blue, education director of AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon; and Suzanne Canali, chair of the art education department at the NH Institute of Art in Manchester. Blue is also art editor of "The Whitefish Review," a nationally acclaimed literary and arts journal, and serves on the board of the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont. He graduated Dartmouth College, studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, and holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts.

Canali graduated from New England College with a BA in painting and public relations, and earned an MA in liberal arts from New York University. She also holds K­­–12 art educator certification from Franklin Pierce University and is pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies at Plymouth State University. As a juror, Canali says she will be looking for compositions that illustrate progress in quality and creativity in both the subject and handling of media.

A new interactive way to experience the gallery will be launched for this exhibition. Students will record comments about their work, and the recordings will be paired with images of their work to create an audio tour of the exhibition both online, and as a walking tour.

For more information or hours of operation visit Plymouth.edu/gallery.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:07

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