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UNH professor to give multimedia tour of Spain at Rey Center on Jan. 16

WATERVILLE VALLEY — A multimedia tour of Spain will be given by a UNH Spanish professor on Friday, Jan, 16, at 7 p.m. as part of the Rey Center Winter Lecture Series.

 "Spain: A Magical Mystery Tour" will feature John Chaston, an associate professor of Spanish at the University of New Hampshire, as he takes the audience on a magical mystery tour of Spain through video, pictures, music and commentary.

Chaston's presentation will include insights into the life, history, fiestas, art, architecture, music, sports and cuisine (pictures and a few recipes only, unfortunately no samples) of this wondrous country. Attendees will learn about some of the wonders, legends, and characters of Spain from the beginning of its history to the present day.

Chaston currently teaches linguistics and culture and is the director of the UNH Study Abroad to Granada, Spain program. He has spent a significant time in Spain including four semesters (1995, 2001, 2006, 2010) as resident director of the semester long UNH-Granada program.

The Rey Center Friday Night Lecture Series are free, but donations help support the Rey Center's art, science and nature education programs. All lectures are held in the center's Art Gallery on the second floor in Town Square.

The 2014-15 Winter Lecture Series is sponsored in part by Lisa Reid.

For more information on Rey Center programming or becoming a member visit www.thereycenter.org or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:54

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Family Resource Center offering several parenting courses this winter

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire is offering a wide variety of parenting programs this winter for parents of children of all ages.

Most classes are held in the early evenings and are offered free of charge, with free dinner and childcare available at the center located at 719 North Main St. Advance registration is requested for each program as space is limited. Assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval.

Parenting classes beginning in January include:

-- Active Parenting of Teens (six weeks) which offers parents the guidance and support needed to turn the challenges of raising a teenager into opportunities for growth, covering topics such as respectful discipline, clear, honest communication, preventing risky behavior and bullying. 

-- Tenant 101 (four weeks) supporting individuals in overcoming negative landlord references and learning to be the best tenant they can be.

-- Cooperative Co-Parenting (four weeks) for non-married, separated, or divorced parents and caregivers raising children together who share separate households, covering topics such as positive communication, reducing and resolving conflict, and negotiating agreements.

-- Understanding Children's Growth & Development: A Nurturing Skills Module (six weeks) focuses on understanding the stages of growth and development and on establishing nurturing routines. This class will be available during daytime and evening hours.

-- Transforming Stress...Simple Steps, Not Always Easy (four weeks) guiding participants in ways to reduce the physiological impacts of stress and slow the busy mind. This daytime class will be held at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center.

Further information about these courses can be obtained by calling Tricia Tousignant at Lakes Region Community Services, at 528-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or visit the center's website at www.lrcs.org and review the Schedule of Current Parent Education Programs at the Family Resource Center page.

Attendance certificates will be provided at all parenting programs sponsored by the LRCS Family Resource Center.


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:50

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History of the Penacook lecture Jan. 12 at Laconia Library

LACONIA  — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host a lecture - "The History and Culture of the Penacook Native American" on Monday, January 12 at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library.

Robert "Kunnaway" Tuner, known as "Youngbear", a storyteller, Metis flute maker and player, cultural teacher and native of Laconia. Kunnaway will present  the program." This lecture is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For more information about this lecture program, contact Laconia Historical and Museum Society at (603) 527-1278, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:44

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Irwin Auto collecting hats & boots for Salvation Army

LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group is collecting boots gloves and hats to help benefit the Salvation Army this holiday season. During the winter months we often take for granted being warm and being protected from the cold, but many Lakes Region residents are without this luxury. Irwin Automotive looks to help the less fortunate and brighten their winter by keeping children warm and safe.

Boots, hats and mittens enable children to dive into the snow, build a fort and make a snow angel. Both Irwin locations at 59 Bisson Ave and 446 Union Ave in Laconia will have specified drop off containers for these donations from December 9th through Monday, December 23rd.

The Salvation Army's motto, "Doing The Most Good by feeding, clothing, comforting, and caring defines the spirit of the Holidays" and Irwin Automotive Groups mission within the local community. Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive was quoted saying, "It is always important go give back to the community and help in any way that one can, but the Holidays in particular make us think of others and how important it is to be warm and safe."

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:38

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