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‘Yes, Virginia, The Musical’ to be staged in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Interlakes Summer Theatre, Professional Theatre in the Lakes Region, will present "Yes, Virginia, The Musical" at the Inter-Lakes Auditorium on Saturday, December 6 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m.

Debuting as an animated special in 2009, "Yes, Virginia" was inspired by the true story of 8 year old Virginia O'Hanlon, who in 1897, wrote a letter to the NY Sun newspaper asking if there is a Santa Claus. The Sun's editor Francis P. Church responded with a poignantly worded essay on the importance of believing, including the famous lines, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist..."

Church's response became one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time and served as the inspiration for Macy's "Believe" campaign, which supports "Make-a-Wish". The Believe program encourages children of all ages to drop their stamped letter to Santa at the red Santa Mail Letterbox at their local Macy's. For every letter received, Macy's will donate $1 up to $1 Million to Make-A-Wish, helping to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. To support this campaign, the Interlakes Summer Theatre will provide a Mail Letterbox in the lobby and deliver all letters to Santa to Macy's.

"Macy's created this musical and has made it available to theater programs around the country. I was looking for a Christmas Show that would work for us logistically and financially, and allow us to drop our prices to make the show more accessible to all", says Producing Artistic Director, Nancy Barry. "One of my NY directors sent me the information and I knew this was the answer!"

Another reason, the Interlakes Summer Theatre chose this production for the holidays was because it would allow the successful merging of the Professional Company with our local young people. "One of my favorite productions this summer", says Barry, "was the musical "Big" which featured 4 of the actors from the professional company with a group of teens and tweens. The fun and spirit of the show was one thing, but the caliber of the performances was incredible. The professionals had so much to offer the kids and the kids had just as much to show the grown-ups!"

In this production, the story will be told by Miriam, The Librarian, played by Ellie Kahn. Francis P. Church will be played by Paul Gregg. Scraggly Santa will be played by Mikey LoBalsalmo. The child cast will be announced shortly.

Tickets are available now online and over the phone, with children's tickets at $10 and adult/senior tickets at $20. Seating will be reserved, and tickets will be sold in advance and at the door. Call 603-707-6035 or online at www.interlakestheatre.com.

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Concert on Saturday to benefit Children’s Auction

LACONIA — The Cafe Deja Vu Pub Mania Team presents the Shana Stack Band with DJ Tim on Saturday, November 8 at Blackstone's Lounge located at the Margate in Laconia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. followed by the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Café Déjà Vu, All My Life Jewelers, Studio 23, Dr.Buckle & Mr.Hyde and Patrick's Pub.

Prizes include $500 in cash donated by Hoey Machine Company, LLC – Peter & Laurie Hoey; 4 Red Sox Tickets at a $500 value donated by friend of Café Déjà vu; Garden Accent Fire Ring $450 value donated by Del R Gilbert and Son Block Co., Inc.; diamond 14K White Gold Finish Tennis Bracelet $419 value; donated by Cybertron Technology Solutions – Tracey & Jon Rich; Estate Planning for Two a $250 value donated by Lawson Persson and Weldon-Francke, PC, $200 Gift Certificate Drakes Island Resort donated by Bob & Shelli Lachance; Overnight Stay at The Exeter Inn a $179 value donated by Exeter Inn; Full Vehicle Reconditioning valued at $129.95 donated by Irwin Automotive Group; and Furnace Tune Up valued at $125 donated by MESCO. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The drawing will be held April 26, 2014 at the VFW. Tickets can be purchased at Café Déjà vu, All My Life Jewelers, Studio 23, and Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call 998-1418.

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2 upcoming workshops with SCORE Lakes Region

LACONIA — SCORE Lakes Region will provide two upcoming workshops for small business owners held at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Building, 383 South Main Street. The first workshop titled "QuickBooks Desktop & Online" will be held on Tuesday, November 11 from 5:30-8 p.m. with registration and networking from 5-5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Charlene Smith, SCORE Mentor, owner of QB Support Services and Certified ProAdvisor, will share her expertise. Charlene is certified in QuickBooks Advanced, Enterprise, Point of Sale and Online. If you use QuickBooks and have questions, if you are setting up your business software or if you are in business and are thinking about converting to QuickBooks Online this is an opportunity for you. Discussion topics during this session include; QuickBooks: is it right for you; differences between Online and Desktop versions; what happens if you change from Desktop to Online?; differences in handling payroll.

The second workshop titled "Start & Run A Successful Small Business" will be held on Tuesday, November 18.
Leo Glasheen Jr. and Marc Abear, SCORE Mentors, will lead the workshop. Leo has an MBA with work experience in contracting, engineering, manufacturing and assembly. Marc has owned several small businesses, has experience in logistics, accounting, engineering as well as holding an MBA with a small business an entrepreneurship specialty.
This workshop is aimed at reducing your risk and increasing your probability of success. Small business owners are encouraged talk with someone who has probably made the mistakes they are thinking about making. The workshop will be interactive.

Discussion topics during this session include; Self-assessment; Does your personality match the requirements of small business success? What's a feasibility study and when is it more appropriate than a business plan? Are your goals SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely)? Start-up Checklist; Do you really need expert advice? Do you have one? What should be on one? Does using experts cost or does it pay?

Registration for both programs is required. Space is limited; only the first 12 paid registrations will be accepted. Tuition is $25 per person paid in advance or $30 at the door on a space available basis. Checks may be sent to SCORE Lakes Region, 383 South Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Register online at http://lakesregion.score.org/localworkshops.

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Big band event organized by Temple B’Nai Israel nets $2,600 for Lakes Region Community Services

MEREDITH — The October 18 Freese Brothers Big Band performance held at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse attracted music lovers and dancers of all ages who enjoy the timeless music of the legendary Ellington, Basie, Miller, and Sinatra, as well as other swing and jazz legends.

A near sell-out crowd filled the theater, the dance floor and the balcony with over 160 tickets sold. The program was sponsored by Temple B'nai Israel's (TBI) 2014 'We Care' Program, benefited three other nonprofits - Lakes Region Community Services, the Freese Brother Band and The Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

Temple B'nai Israel donated the net ticket proceeds for this event, topping $2,600, to Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS), a community-based nonprofit that serves individuals and families living with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders. The Freese Brothers Big Band of Concord contributed proceeds to their Scholarship Fund to help train young musicians from New Hampshire's high schools to continue the Big Band tradition in the future. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, a nonprofit community theater offering professional and Community Theater and arts education programs, hosted the event.

This multi-focused fund raising effort was devised by the TBI fund raising team and the Temple's Board of Trustees who decided this year to support not just Temple activities but to give back to the community by offering entertainment events where the proceeds would go to local nonprofits. After reviewing nearly a dozen candidates, LRCS was selected as the 2014 'We Care' partner.

"Our efforts in this first year of the 'We Care' program have been very rewarding for us. Practicing the principles of giving back to the community that we were brought up with is far more enlightening than simply reading about them," said Stu Needleman, who headed up the TBI event planning committee.

As the 2014 TBI 'We Care' partner, LRCS was also the beneficiary of the TBI sponsored Gathering Time folk concert held in June. "As a community-based organization, it doesn't get any better than community generated support, commented Christine Santaniello, LRCS Executive Director. "Our mission is dedicated to serving the community by promoting independence, dignity and opportunity- values shared by the Temple."


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