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Alton Book Chat Presents Author Cindy Davis

ALTON — Alton Book Chat will present special guest Cindy Davis, NH Author & Editor, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13.

Davis is originally from the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts. In 1989, she and her family moved to the four season state of New Hampshire, amid the mountains, lakes and year-round views. She's always enjoyed writing—even began her first novel at the age of 9. The book took place in Egypt and was titled "The Pyramid". The experts say "Write what you know" and that's probably why she never finished the story—until then, she'd never been further from home than Rhode Island.

When her second husband, Bob, encouraged her to go back to school, she enrolled in a Journalism & Short Story course. Just prior to graduation, she went to work for a small local magazine, learning the trade from the ground up: typesetting, layouts, formatting, along with her best loves—interviewing and writing. She wrote stories about local history, people and events, and went on to have a monthly column describing local walking tours that have since been compiled into two books.

After six years, Cindy left the company and began free-lancing; publishing 150 plus articles, and four novels over the next three years. She wrote a column for the local newspaper, a tongue-in-cheek piece about living with children in the 90s, soon to be published under the title Are We There Yet?—a title she says she had way before the movie.

In 1999, Cindy began a quarterly fiction magazine called PEEKS & valleys. In 2000, PEEKS' spinoff "Characters~Kids Short Story Outlet" was born. In 2003, she teamed up with fantasy author John Richters, to pen a Young Adult fantasy trilogy titled Desert Magic. She also edits for three publishing houses and has a free-lance critiquing service. She's energetic and upbeat, and prides herself on never having missed a deadline.

In her spare time, Cindy raises exotic finches, gardens, does needlework, reads, and hikes with her pair of miniature dachshunds.

Alton Book Chat, established in 1999, is a library-sponsored book discussion group that meets monthly, at  7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room (lower level entrance).

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Plymouth State University Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Planting

PLYMOUTH —  PSU's annual Arbor Day celebration on April 25 culminated with the planting of a Rose-of-Sharon "Red Heart" next to the Hartman Union Building.

The University's Director of Environmental Sustainability, Brian Eisenhauer was assisted by a group of preschoolers from PSU's Center for Young Children and Families in planting the tree. The ceremony marks the 18th year PSU has celebrated Arbor Day with a tree planting; in addition to beautifying campus, it serves as one of the institution's tangible commitments to environmental sustainability.

This year's commemorative tree, a beautiful Hibiscus syriacus, is a species of flowering plant reaching up to 13 feet in height, bearing large trumpet-shaped reddish flowers. It is native to Asia and is the state flower of Hawaii.


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Bristol Church hosting Chili Supper May 17

BRISTOL — Om Saturday, May 17, the Bristol Baptist Church located at 30 Summer Street in Bristol will be having a Chili Supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Menu is mild chili with fixings to heat up to your taste, hot dogs, salad, corn bread, beverages and dessert . Cost will be $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and $20 for families of four or more. Take-outs will be available. For more information, call 744-3885.

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Canterbury Shaker Village hosts 5k race

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village will host the 7th Annual Grappone Automotive Canterbury Shaker Village Cross Country 5k race on Saturday, May 10, at 10 am. Day-of registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at the Village. Registration is $25. Children 10 and under are free.

Participants can run or walk the course, which is totally unpaved and totally beautiful crossing through fields, woods, around ponds and pastures of the National Historic Landmark. Music is provided along the course for inspiration and the first 300 registrants get t-shirts. Great prizes and hearty food will be available at the completion of the race.

The 5k is part of the Capital Area Race Series (CARS). Runners and walkers can pre-register at www.shakers.org.

The event is sponsored by Grappone Automotive, Concord Monitor, Professional Car Care of New England, Blue Dot Glass, Bond Auto Parts, Centrix Bank, CIGNA Healthcare, Concord Oral Surgery, Crossroads Chiropractic PC, D.L. Carlson Investment Group, Inc., Nobis Engineering, Orr & Reno, P.A., Sanel Auto Parts Co., Thoroughly Pro Affiliates, Inc. and Town Fair Tire.

Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include A Star-Spangled Summer Picnic and Auction, the annual gathering benefiting Canterbury Shaker Village on Wednesday, June 25. Upcoming Shaker-inspired workshops include The ABC's of Letterpress Printing on May 17 and June 21 and Shaker broom making on June 21. To view the complete 2014 calendar of events and workshops visit www.shakers.org.

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