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'Christmas in the Village' Concert by Carter Mountain Brass Band (190)

GILFORD — On Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. the Carter Mountain Brass Band will open the Christmas concert season with a concert at the First United Methodist Church on Route 11A in Gilford.

Entitled "Christmas in the Village", conductor John Beyrent has planned a program of popular and traditional Christmas music that will evoke memories of past Christmases and put people in the mood for all of the events that will follow on Saturday in the Village of Gilford and for holiday decorating and shopping. Visual displays by Phil Polhemus will enhance the listening experience.

The concert is sponsored by the Wesley Arts Committee of the church. A donation of $8 per person will be accepted at the door. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

Carter Mountain Brass Band is well known throughout Northern New England. Thirty-two dedicated brass and percussion players from New Hampshire and Vermont rehearse throughout the year and present a concert season that begins in early summer and culminates in their annual Christmas concerts. The band is a member of the Northern New England Heritage Brass Association and can be found on Facebook. For concert information call 524-0807.

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Raffle to benefit Lakes Region Child Care Services features gift certificates to eateries

LACONIA — Lakes Region Child Care Services, a non-profit (501C3), is selling Holiday Raffle tickets to help offset he tuition costs and support program expenses. 

The Grand Prize will be a $100 gift certificate to any Magic Foods Restaurant including O's Steak & Seafood and the Canoe. The second prize is a $75 certificate to the Common Man Family of Restaurants and third prize is a $25 certificate to the Common Man Family of Restaurants.

Tickets are on sale until December 12 for $5 each or 3/$10 and may be purchased from any LRCCS Board Member or by stopping by the Laconia Early Learning Center between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. The winners will be announced December 13.

For more information call the Laconia Early Learning Center at 524-1235.

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Pease Public Library Hosts Reception and Book Signing for Marcia Santore

PLYMOUTH — Pease Public Library will host a reception for the launch of three children's books by Plymouth artist Marcia Santore at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 5 in the library's Community Room

At the event, Santore will read from the new books; she is donating a set of the StorySongs books to the library. Copies will be available for purchase, which Santore will sign at the event. Refreshments will be provided.

The three books, Good King Wenceslas, The Snow Lay on the Ground, and In the Bleak Midwinter, follow a group of modern-day characters through stories told in pictures that address themes of compassion, acceptance, and love. The contemporary illustrations are contrasted with ancient and familiar Christmas carols. Each book includes sheet music for voice and beginner piano arranged by prize-winning composer Jonathan Santore, so kids and families can sing and play along. The books also provide some history and context about the carols and a child-friendly glossary of terms.

Published this fall by Forward Movement of Cincinnati, Ohio, Santore's books were sparked by an idea between sisters. "My sister, Jessica Salinas, shared her idea for setting Good King Wenceslas in a modern family," said Santore. Salinas, a Montessori teacher and preschool director in Austin, Texas, is credited on Good King Wenceslas and acknowledged in the other two books for the idea that sparked the series. "Many years ago, Jessica jotted down a few ideas in a notepad and gave me the pages. I loved the idea, because it worked on so many levels. There is the beautiful carol. There is the opportunity for children to learn about caring for others. And there is a lesson of compassionate parenting—that sometimes, even when you're doing something very important, everything just needs to stop while you help your child."

A few years ago, Santore found those notebook pages, which had been waiting for many years. "I had just moved into a new art studio and the time just felt right to create the book," she said. When Forward Movement accepted them for publication last January, they asked her to turn the concept into a series.

Salinas said, "I held onto the idea for this book for so long, because every time I thought about it I got teary-eyed. Marcia's artwork for it was the best present ever. I'm overjoyed that Good King Wenceslas is now published, and that there are more stories from its world!"

The books are available in paperback for only $8 each in order to keep them affordable for all. To order the individual books or the StorySongs collection, visit www.forwardmovement.org or Amazon.com.

Marcia Santore is a contemporary painter whose work is known for its vivid color and intriguing texture. She has exhibited her paintings in solo, juried, and group exhibitions throughout the United States. She and her husband, Jonathan, have two sons, Peter and Thomas. Examples of her work can be found at www.marciasantore.com.

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International Film Series –Not One Less – Monday, December 2

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Not One Less, Monday, December 2 at 6:20 p.m. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly at the Laconia Public Library.
Set in the People's Republic of China during the 1990s, Wei, a thirteen year-old girl, is called upon to substitute for a village teacher for one month. The teacher has an emergency in his family and has been given a one month leave. His only instructions to Wei are to have the students copy certain pages out of a master copy book each day. She is told that she will not be paid if she loses even one student. At 13 with only a primary school education, she is, to say the least, inexperienced to handle a large class of elementary school boys and girls. Two students, in particular, cause her grief. Her persistence and resourcefulness create an amazing adventure.
The film casts only amateur actors whose real-life names and occupations resembled those of characters they play in the film. Wei is amazing in her role. In the 90s, primary education reform had become one of the top priorities in the People's Republic of China. About 160 million Chinese people had missed all or part of their education due to the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and early 70s. By 1993, it was clear that much of the country was making little progress on implementing compulsory education, so the 1993–2000 seven-year education plan focused on getting children into school and keeping them there. One of the major challenges educators faced was the large number of rural schoolchildren dropping out to pursue work.
The director, Zhang Yimou's, filmed the movie on location in Hebei province involving hidden cameras and natural lighting. He worked closely with government censors during production of the film. Though pressed not to show China as too backward or too poor, it gives a realistic view of rural China today. The film won the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion Award and several others.

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