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Champagne and Cupcakes event Feb. 28

MEREDITH — Divine Inspirations presents "Champagne and Cupcakes,” a celebration of fizzy, fun, and fashion on Friday evening, February 28 beginning at 5 p.m. at Divine Inspirations. 

Divine Inspirations, a custom sewing design studio specializing in haute couture, special occasion and prom gowns, vintage clothing and accessories, wedding and event rental décor, will introduce an exciting, new designer fashion line and share information about its services.  Canapés, champagne and cupcakes from OooLaLa! will be served.

Michele Wiggs, owner and designer at Divine Inspirations,  explains, “We are excited to introduce this gorgeous line from Frank Lyman, and we offer an extensive inventory of sophisticated, classic designs to suit all ages and tastes. If you are getting married in the Lakes Region or central New Hampshire or beyond, divine inspirations should be on your list of showrooms to visit. We offer many wedding related services and products, from custom made gowns, to alterations service, bridal accessories, and chair covers and specialty linens and wedding decor.  Please join us for a festive look at grown-up glamour.”

“Champagne and Cupcakes” will benefit The Little Church Theater in Holderness, a gathering place for creativity in the performing and visual arts.  A seasonal venue open May through September, it develops and presents plays, art exhibits, workshops, programs, events and instruction in order to enrich, educate, and entertain the people of the surrounding communities. 

Seating is limited, so advance purchase is advised. Tickets are $10 per person. For more info and tickets, please call 603-527-8019 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text34595); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Broadband Stakeholders Group to Meet Feb. 28

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) has been working to help communities better understand the availability of high-speed broadband internet access and plan for reliable, affordable broadband internet solutions. The ability to access high-speed internet will have a significant impact on the economic development of a community now and well into the future.

At the next Lakes Region Broadband Stakeholder Group (LRBSG) meeting on Friday, February 28 at 9 a.m. in the LRPC First Floor Conference Room the group will continue to review the draft of the NH Lakes Region Broadband Plan with a focus on recommendations and implementation strategies. They will also be discussing plans for a public forum that will be held later in 2014 to update citizens on the status of the NH Broadband Mapping and Planning Program, and introduce the draft NH Lakes Region Broadband Plan and maps for public review.

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PSU Alumna Catherine Dwinal Named 2014 Teacher of the Year by Technology Institute for Music Educators

PLYMOUTH — Laconia music teacher Catherine Dwinal,'10, has been recognized by her peers as the nation's top music teacher. The prestigious Mike Kovins Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding dedication and enthusiasm in music educators who have introduced technology into their music classrooms. It is named in honor of the late Mike Kovins, who was instrumental in starting Technology Institute for Music Educators in 1995.

Since earning a bachelor's in Music Education from Plymouth State University, Dwinal has been teaching elementary general music and chorus at Elm Street and Pleasant Street schools in Laconia since 2010. Switching schools every quarter, she teaches over 30 general music classes, a brand new iBand, and 2 different after-school chorus programs. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding dedication and enthusiasm in music educators who have introduced technology into their music classrooms as a means to teach the standards of their music education program.

"I've surrounded myself with the right people who are always there to support, guide, and encourage everything I try," Dwinal said. "As long my students walk out of my room everyday encouraged to create, listen, and overall love music, I've done my job and with technology I can support that."

She uses her technology skills in and out of the classroom; she also a regular presenter about elementary music technology at educational conferences. PSU Music, Theatre and Dance Department chairman Dr. Jonthan Santore said Catie's national recognition is not surprising.

"When Catie was a student, she always exhibited strong interest in both technology and music education -- we're so proud of her bringing these interests together so strongly in her professional work," said Santore.

Catie was also proudly featured this year in National Association for Music Education's October 2013 issue of Teaching Music magazine for her work with TI:ME commercial members Quaver Music and integrating technology into her classroom.

The award was presented to Ms. Dwinal during the keynote presentation on Thursday, February 13 at the TI:ME National Conference held in conjunction with the Texas Music Educators Association conference in San Antonio, TX.

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Arts Collaborative February Vacation workshops beginning on Feb 25

MEREDITH — The Arts Collaborative has some creative offerings planned for February school vacation.

On Tuesday, February 25 children 6-12 years can choose to participate in "Puppet pals and Crazy Characters" from 9:30 a.m. to noon. In this workshop children will dream up some amazing, bold, crazy, brave and silly characters, and bring them to life in hand made puppets, using bits and pieces of fabric, paper, recycled treasures and more. A Fun with Color workshop will be offered from 12:30-3 p.m. In this workshop students will explore color mixing, blending, stamping, sponging, splattering, and painting. Children are encouraged to bring their own snacks, and lunch if they plan to stay for both workshops.

On Wednesday February 26 pre-teens and teens can choose "Altered books and Creative Journaling" from 9:30 a.m. to noon. During this class teens will take an old bookand paint, tear, stamp, collage, embellish and make it their own unique artistic statement. Photos, ticket stubs, and stickers that have special meaning can be brought from home, or can be chosen from the studios plentiful collection of unique materials. A "Canvas Painting" workshop will be offered from 12:30- 3 p.m. Students will make their own original paintings using acrylic paints.

"It's a great chance for kids to make a mess and try new ideas and experiment with art in a non- judgmental process oriented environment. I love to watch their eye's light up with delight and pride at their accomplishments and discoveries. It's also a nice chance for parents to get a break or accomplish some work, while the children have fun during the busy vacation week." Says experienced teaching artist Heidi Little. 

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. For more information visit www.theartscollaborative.net or contact Heidi Little at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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