LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Monsoon Wedding, Monday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly at the Laconia Public Library.
Monsoon Wedding is a charming family drama. The story is set in the modern upper-middle class of India, where telecommunications and a western lifestyle mix with old traditions, like the arranged wedding. A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.
Lalit, a wealthy father, is trying to see that his daughter's wedding goes off without a hitch. Though familiar with Western ways, he has little patience with them and is dead set on seeing the nuptials done properly and traditionally. The four-day arrangements and celebrations are a bit chaotic.
The daughter, Aditi, is disillusioned with her long-time relationship with a man who is almost twice her age. She suddenly agrees to submit to an arranged marriage with an engineer from Houston. Yet as the ceremony nears, she gets cold feet and returns to see her former lover--even though it could spell disaster for everyone involved.
Relatives from both families, some from distant places like Australia, come to New Delhi during the monsoon season to attend the wedding. Monsoon Wedding includes family parties and drama, dangers to the wedding, and lots of music and dancing.
This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. At Venice, Monsoon Wedding won the prestigious Golden Lion award.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:09
LACONIA — Laconia High School Theatre Arts is proud to present Lerner and Loewe’s “Brigadoon” Thursday through Saturday, April 3-5 at 7 p.m.
Alan Lerner’s charming tale of the Scottish Highlands, blended with the beautiful melodies of Fredrick Loewe make for a magical evening of music and romance. American hunters Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas are lost in the Scottish hills. Tommy is a frustrated dreamer, feeling trapped by society and his impending marriage to Jane, his fiancée back in New York. Jeff is content to float along in life, aided in his contentment by his always handy flask.
As dawn arrives, they wander into a village that they can’t find on the map. In the village, Brigadoon, they run into a strange mix of characters: the vivacious Meg Brockie, the cheerful Charlie Dalrymple, the brooding Harry Beaton, and the charming Fiona McLaren. Smitten with Fiona, Tommy finds his bitterness melting away amongst the heather-
covered hills. But there is something very strange about Brigadoon, and suddenly, the lives of everyone in the village are in danger.
The actors featured in the show include junior Michael O’Brien as Tommy and senior John Hammond as Jeff. Senior Brittney Pond plays Fiona, with junior Emily Paronto as Meg Brockie. Junior Micheal Tarling plays Harry Beaton, and junior Mitchell Bailey is featured as Charlie Dalrymple. This show features several important dance numbers, which feature sophomore Jessica McDermott and senior Jasmyn Murgatroy.
“It’s been a wild ride,” said director Bernie Campbell. “With all the weather we had, we lost almost two full weeks of rehearsal. I’m very proud of all of them.” The show also features a pit orchestra conducted by LHS music director Debbi Gibson. “A musical has so many moving parts,” Campbell said. “Compared to doing a regular play, it’s an order of magnitude more complex.”
Tickets are available at the door at the price of $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information call 603-524-3350, ext 4616.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:46
LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Advanced Manufacturing (AM) student, Jeffrey Bilodeau of Meredith wasn't sure what he would get out of attending LRCC's WorkReadyNH program.
He was referred by NH Works, the State's employment agency. "Give it a try," said NH Works Laconia Office Manager, Carol Cantin and Bilodeau did. He has now completed the 3-week training and the rest is history.
"Jeff's experience with WorkReady at LRCC lead to a boost in self-confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and a source of inspiration to go back to school," says LRCC WorkReadyNH Program Director Manuela Bittner-Shuey. "The WorkReadyNH program gave Jeffrey the nudge needed to move into a career pathway that he had been thinking about for quite some time. With only twoweeks to the beginning of the Spring Semester, Bilodeau registered and arranged for funding for the LRCC AM certificate program; again, the rest is history."
When asked what he felt was the best part of the WorkReadyNH program, Bilodeau believed that the small group size, role playing, discussion, and hands-on activities helped him absorb the workplace soft skills needed in today's job market. "WorkReady Instructor, Stephanie Alicea; Program Assistant, Valarie Young and I made the program memorable for Bilodeau. Jeffrey will do well in whatever he chooses to pursue."
Bilodeau's future goals include completing the LRCC Advanced Manufacturing Certificate program, securing a CNC Machinist position in the area, and continuing for the LRCC AM Associate Degree.
For information about WorkReadyNH, call (603) 366-5396. To find out more about LRCC's Advanced Manufacturing Associate Degree and Certificate programs, call (603) 366 – 5301 or visit the College's website, www.lrcc.edu.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:42
FRANKLIN — Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity would like to congratulate the Soboslai/Emerson family, proud new owners of their first home on Dearborn Street in Franklin. This marks LR Habitat's 32nd home in the Lakes Region and their first handicap accessible home. Krysten Adel, president of Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity, along with the entire Board of Directors, are incredibly proud to welcome them as our newest partner family.
Habitat would also like to thank the many volunteers and supporters, without whom this build could not have happened. A huge thank you to John B. Robinson, president of Wood and Clay, who donated his time as general contractor for the job. With his superior oversight, many other members from the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association got involved.
These include Carl Johnson (surveying), Belknap Landscaping (excavation), Coleman Concrete, Mountain Top Builders (labor), Penco (plumbing), RJD Electric (electric), and Pella (windows). Other vendors making significant contributions include Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Co, Ron Anderson of Lowes in Gilford, Rowell Sewer & Drain (porta-potty), Casella Waste Systems (dumpster), and Belletetes Lumber.
In addition, the mission of Habitat for Humanity, providing decent, affordable housing, could not be achieved without the help of the many volunteers who make this work possible. Habitat had significant assistance on this project from the Sanbornton Congregational Church as well as St. James Episcopal Church, where the Soboslai/Emerson family worships.
Rob, Kelly and RJ Soboslai, with Barbara Emerson, have also contributed much to the building of their new home. Logging over 500 sweat equity hours, they have been instrumental in making their dreams of home ownership a reality. We are very excited for them and look forward to the formal dedication of their new home some time after Easter.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:25
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