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Art Association Artists of the Month On Display Until February 17

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Art Association announces the artists selected for this month's popular Artists of the Month Program. As the asociation draws from the entire Lakes Region, this program is aimed at exposing the association and its members' work across the entire area.

Each month, a jury selects from submissions by member artists to be featured at various businesses in the Lakes Region. These original pieces might be oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, photos or collages.
The following member artists will each have art work on display until February 17 at these Lakes Region locations: Pat Anderson, Belknap Mill, Laconia; Barbara McClintock, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford; Judy Palfrey, Northway Bank, Tilton; Elaine Morrison, Northway Bank, Laconia; Marilee Sundius, VynnArt Gallery, Meredith; Shela Cunningham, Franklin Savings Bank, Main Office, Franklin; Carol Halsey Keller, Northway Bank, Meredith; Gisela Langsten, Bank of New Hampshire, Gilford.

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‘Paradise Now’ is next feature for Laconia International Film Series

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Paradise Now, Monday, February 3 at 6:45 pm. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly at the Public Library.

This disturbing yet moving tale examines two Palestinian childhood friends who live in Nablus and are drafted as suicide bombers. Their assignment is in Tel Aviv. Paradise Now focuses on what would be their last days together. Their handlers from an unidentified resistance group tell them the attack will be the next day. The men record videos glorifying Allah and their cause and bid their unknowing families and loved ones good-bye.

The next day they shave off their hair and beards and don suits in order to look like Israelis. Their handlers attach explosive belts to them. The handlers are the only ones with the keys needed to remove the belts without detonating them. However, the men have second thoughts about being suicide bombers. One of the men has fallen in love with Suha. She plays the role of doubter and the men’s conscience.

Instead of portraying the men as soulless monsters, film director Hany Abu-Assad, attempts to humanize them and find reasons why they would accept such a drastic, tragic fate. This 2005 film won a Golden Globe award for best foreign language film and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Previous films shown as a part of this series are now displayed on a separate shelf at the library  as a part of their DVD collection. Library patrons are urged to check this collection when in the library.

For more information, contact Len Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Entrain to perform at Voices Against Violence Ball on February 8

PLYMOUTH — Voices Against Violence, with the help of the  band Entrain, will hold its annual fundraising dinner and ball Saturday, February 8 from 6­–11 p.m. at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth. The 2014 theme is "Wonderland" and costumes are invited.

A silent auction held throughout the evening will augment the festivities, tempting you with items such as books, pottery, gift certificates, ultralight plane flights from Plymouth Airport and ski passes.

"This is a significant fundraiser for Voices, " said Board member Betsy Cheney. As a nonprofit organization we rely on grants, gifts and fundraisers to pay our bills. Over the past year our professional staff helped more than 800 people, providing information and support to victims, their family and friends, community members, and professionals on issues of domestic violence, children who witness domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment, stalking, human trafficking and bullying. We also operate a safe shelter that can house up to five families at a time. All our services are confidential and free of charge.

Tickets are $55 per person and include a buffet dinner presented by the Common Man Inn. Tickets are available at the UPS store on Main Street in Plymouth, or online via PayPal at voicesagainstviolence.com.

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4th Annual Prescott Farm Winter Festival

LACONIA — Prescott Farm will be holding its 4th Annual Winter Festival on Saturday, February 15th from 11-3 p.m.

The festival will feature various events for the entire family. Participants can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa by the bonfire after a snowshoe hike or another activity including; sleigh rides, face painting, sledding, crafts and much more. All proceeds from the event will support Prescott Farm's environmental education programs.

Admission fee is $3 per person for non-members or $10 for families with two more more kids. Members of Prescott Farm and children ages three and under are free. Local businesses are encouraged to sponsor this event. To sponsor the event contact Kimberly at 603-366-5695 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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