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Spaulding Youth Center celebrates the arts at its 28th Annual Arts Festival


NORTHFIELD — Under the direction of Arts Coordinator Andrew Raeside, the students at Spaulding Youth Center performed folk tales from China, Africa and India. Musical director and world musician Randy Armstrong along with set designer Marek Bennett and Raeside have been working with the students for a couple of months to produce this impressive extravaganza.

All students participated in the production by acting, singing, creating sound effects or playing a musical instrument. The appreciative audience that was invited to chant and sing along, was also treated to a guitar solo by Armstrong who is a world fusion music pioneer. While working with the students as part of a "Visiting Artists Program" Armstrong introduces them to musical instruments from his collection of over 300.

The Robert A. Krueger Arts Fund provides extras for the vibrant art and music program at Spaulding. Melissa Blanock, Psy.D., Director of Program Quality Assurance comments on the program, "At Spaulding we foster the academic, social and emotional growth of the whole child and celebrate his or her accomplishments daily. We benefit greatly from a multi-talented team, including the many talents and areas of expertise Raeside brings to the table."

Spaulding Youth Center is a leading provider of services for children and youth with neurological, emotional, behavioral, learning and/or developmental challenges including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Services include academic, behavioral health, residential, foster care, health and wellness and family support.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 08:38

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6 local students receive Kline Memorial Scholarship awards


CENTER HARBOR — The Diane K. Kline Memorial Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce that it has awarded scholarships to six local high school graduates.

This year's scholarship recipients are Danial Thomas, Nicolas Baker, Natalie Duffield, Derek Rosetti, Jennifer Lively, and Sophia Baer.

Dan Thomas is from Meredith and will be attending Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. He will be majoring in Computer Science. Nick Baker is from Center Harbor and he will be attending the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. He is enrolled in a double major program which includes Biology and Business Administration. Natalie Duffield is from Meredith and will be studying Occupational Therapy at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina.

Derek Rosetti will be attending Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire majoring in Education. Jennifer Lively will be attending New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, New Hampshire majoring in Business Administration. Lastly, Sophia Baer will be attending Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire majoring in Biological Science Education.

The Diane K. Kline Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 as memorial to Diane who was a 33 year veteran teacher in the Lakes Region, past Center Harbor Selectman and community supporter whose bright smile and positive life-force were a beacon to her many, many students and friends. Diane's fund provides scholarship assistance for educational experiences for New Hampshire students who are either enrolled in or graduated from SAU 2 and SAU 45.

This includes the towns of Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Meredith, Sandwich and Ashland. Currently, Diane's Fund has awarded over $10,000 in scholarships to deserving local young people. More information regarding the fund can be obtained by visiting the website at www.DKKMSF.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 08:34

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Bead Divine opens its doors on Canal Street

LACONIA – Bead Divine LLC announces, a specialized jewelry and jewelry-making supply business, will hold the grand opening of its first retail location on Saturday, July 5, in downtown Laconia at 54 Canal St.

The day-long celebration will include drawings and jewelry-making demonstrations. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store is scheduled to take place today, July 1, at 11 a.m.

Bead Divine specializes in beaded jewelry and other items and beading supplies, as well as classes, workshops, and retreats.

"I've been creating and selling my own designs for several years, and also teaching beading classes," says owner Cari Ordway. "As my business has grown, I realized it was time for a full-service brick-and-mortar location. I found myself traveling to get the quality of beads I was looking for, which means other beading artists are in the same situation. Nothing can take the place of feeling a bead in your fingers and seeing it in real life to really get the idea of its true color or finish, or to see how it works with other beads you are looking to pair it with."

According to a 2010 Craft and Hobby Association study, jewelry making and beading represents a $2.3 billion market. More than 14 million U.S. households take part in the hobby.

Bead Divine carries beads and materials for everyone from experienced artists to beginning beaders.

"We have seed beads, Delicas, Swarvorski crystals, and handmade lampwork beads, as well as less expensive but just as pretty options," Ordway explains. "I have different types of stringing materials, including leather with a hollow space inside for wire to help shape it." In addition to serving as a retail outlet for supplies for beading enthusiasts in the Lakes Region and beyond, Ordway notes that the Canal Street store is an excellent space for her classes -- as well as for some new events she has in the works.

"We are holding a weekly kids' summer camp class starting on July 15 and hosting ladies' nights with special discounts and refreshments on Thursdays through September, in conjunction with the summer downtown market," she says. "What drew me to beading 11 years ago is that you can make something so beautiful even as a beginner. I want to share that with as many people as possible."

Classes will range from beginning jewelry making to more advanced topics such as working with precious metal clay. With a brick patio behind her new store, Ordway notes that Bead Divine has ample room for birthday parties and events such as bridesmaid gatherings, too.

Bead Divine will be open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting on July 1, with Thursdays in the summer until 8 p.m.

More information about class topics and events will be available online at www.beaddivine.net.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 08:23

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Lobsterman/author at Gilford Public Library today


GILFORD -- Lakes Region native John Keller will launch his first novel on Tuesday, July 1, at the Gilford Public Library.

Keller's talk, which gets under way at 6:30 p.m., is the first in the library's Get Booked series of Author Visits.

Keller will talk about how he came to write "Of Sea and Cloud," a story about the troubles of remote fishing village in Maine. "Of Sea and Cloud" portrays a community in turmoil when the globalization of the fishing industry reaches their boats, and one lobsterman is mysteriously murdered. Though fictional, the novel was inspired by Keller's early days as a stern-man on a lobster boat.

Keller's talk is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 07:49

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