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PSU Faculty Recital with Emily Jaworski and Dan Perkins March 9 at the Silver Center

PLYMOUTH — Mezzo-soprano Emily Jaworski, with Professor Dan Perkins on piano, will present The Deepest Desire at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. There is no charge for admission.

Hailed by Classical Voice of New England as "thoroughly delightful and a consummate storyteller, musician and artist," Emily Jaworski is earning a reputation for excellence and constantly surprising audiences with her versatility. From Bach oratorios to the art songs of Brahms and Copland, to jazz and musical theatre, Jaworski is committed to forging a deep emotional connection with every piece she sings.

The Deepest Desire is a recital program featuring forgotten works of Wolf, Debussy and Barber, as well as Jake Heggie's song cycle "The Deepest Desire: Four Meditations on Love," based on texts by social activist Sister Helen Prejean.

Perkins says the texts are Prejean's response to Heggie's question about her own sense of spirituality and its meaning. They describe the process of examining the "deepest waters of her being to find the core of her spirituality: the deepest desire of her heart."

Perkins is professor of music and director of choral activities at Plymouth State University where he was awarded the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professorship. He is founder and music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, music director of the Manchester Choral Society, and was principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet. He will return to Vietnam in November 2014 as conductor of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) Orchestra.

Guest artist Donna Shin will perform the flute part for the Heggie song cycle.

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Senior Moment-um Recipe Exchange Program, March 10

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Senior Moment-um Recipe Exchange Program on Monday, March 10. Participants will meet at the Gilford Community Church, Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m. to share recipes for their favorite dishes.

Bring your recipe, your lunch and meet us there to share your recipes and leave with some new favorites.

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Laconia Adult Education will be offering an SAT Preparation Class

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education will be offering an SAT (College Board) Preparation Class beginning on Wednesday, March 12 for seven weeks. The SAT Preparation Classes are scheduled to end on Wednesday, April 30 in time for the SAT Exam that is scheduled to be given on Saturday, May 3.

The SAT Preparation Classes are designed to help students score better on the mathematics, reading comprehension and written essay sections of the SAT Exam. The SAT Exam will test subject areas that students have learned throughout four years of high school. Emphasis will be placed on three segments: reading, writing and arithmetic. A perfect score on the SAT Exam is 2400.

The writing section will be divided between multiple choice questions on grammar and style and an essay students must write on an assigned topic. In the past, the SAT Exam had been strictly multiple choices. The SAT Exam now is becoming a test of critical reading, comprehensive writing and higher mathematics in addition to a test of learned skills that you use to reason. Students will improve problem solving skills involving basic math, Algebra, Algebra II and Geometry. Emphasis will also be placed on helping the student score better on the written essay portion of the exam. The SAT Preparation classes will also better prepare the students for the different types of questions asked, when to guess at a question, and how to pace oneself so as to not run out of time. Test taking tips will also be given. The skills required by the new SAT are those same skills needed by all high school students today.

The SAT Preparation Classes are scheduled to end on Wednesday, April 30. The SAT Exam is scheduled to be given on Saturday, May 3. The Preparation Classes enable the student to become more familiar with the types of questions asked and how to successfully take a standardized exam and improve their SAT scores.

For more information or to enroll in the SAT Preparation Class, the student should contact Peggy Selig, Director, Laconia Adult Education at 524-5712.

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22nd Annual NH SnoDeo Taking Place this coming weekend

CONCORD — Benefiting from a banner snow year in New Hampshire and much of Northern New England, The Swift Diamond Riders Club's 22nd annual N.H. SnoDeo is now just one week away. The snowmobile community has been energized by the 2013-14 season and is poised for strong sales for the 2015 model year.

The boost to those spring season sales will start in Coleman State Park March 7 and 8 with the 2014 SnoDeo. The SnoDeo is known as the first place in the Northeast where snowmobilers can test ride the next model year snowmobiles and that doesn't change this year, despite scheduling the event a week later than normal. Three major snowmobile manufacturers: Arctic Cat, Ski Doo and Yamaha will all once again be represented with opportunities to try out 2014 and 2015 snowmobiles. This year, the newest snowmobile manufacturer, Phantom, will offer test rides of their entry level sleds through their only Northern New England dealer, Phantom Powersports of Nashua.

Two exciting and popular attractions return to the SnoDeo this year. Rave X Performance's freestyle show will be Saturday morning, March 8 at 11 and the radar runs will be back on Little Diamond Pond, sponsored by Camoplast Solideal. Also returning to SnoDeo will be the New Hampshire National Guard with a large display of military equipment, including a Blackhawk helicopter; weather permitting. The Guard will also once again sponsor the NH National Guard Mess Tent. CR Helicopters returns with helicopter rides to benefit the Swift Diamond Riders Club. Also returning to the event will be Profile Powersports, Absolute Powersports, Jericho Powersports and the Ride Lite.

SnoDeo introduces two other new sponsorships this year: The North Country Ford Vintage Tent which houses the vintage and antique snowmobile display, and the Plum Creek Mall Tent; a heated tent designed for vendors with snowmobile related clothing and accessories, travel opportunities, realtors and other outdoor related businesses. An exciting addition to SnoDeo is a display by the University of Maine Society of Automotive Engineers Chapter-Clean Snowmobile Project.
The Swift Diamond Riders Club is a snowmobile club based in West Stewartstown. The club boasts nearly 800 members. Named one of Snowgoer Magazine's "Top 10 must experience snowmobile events" in the U.S., the SnoDeo will be March 7 and 8. It benefits the club for trail maintenance, as well as other club activities that promote snowmobiling in New Hampshire's North Country. To learn more about the event and the club, visit nhsnodeo.com, facebook.com/nhsnodeo or twitter.com/nhsnodeo.

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