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Early childhood educators’ conference utilizes ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

PLYMOUTH — Using a much-loved book "Where the Wild Things Are" for arts-based learning is the subject of a lively, participatory and fun Arts in Early Learning conference to be held on Saturday, November 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m at Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Plymouth.

The conference is designed for early‑childhood educators (pre‑K to grade 2), librarians, teaching artists, pre‑school and child‑care administrators and care providers, as well as parents and grandparents.

Using visual arts, music, creative drama and movement, participants will explore how all kinds of activities flowing from one book can unlock self-expression and positive group dynamics, and advance language and literacy learning in preschools and elementary schools, libraries and child-care centers.

"While we'll use this familiar and wonderful book for the day's activities," notes lead trainer Deborah Stuart, "we'll also be looking at a wide range of books and stories that lend themselves to an arts-based approach to building both language and social skills."

Particular attention will be given to meeting the needs of children with developmental and learning differences and to connections to the Common Core.

Registration is $35 for the first registrant from a school, library, or center; reduced rates are offered for each additional registrant from the same site as well as for Arts Alliance members and students. Scholarships are available on request. Professional development credits are offered; the workshop has been approved for credits by the Child Care Licensing Bureau.

Deborah Stuart, who was the editor and contributing writer for Start with the Arts, is a folk musician who has worked with children for 40 years and is active around the country as a speaker, trainer and children's musician. She will be joined by Will Cabell, a professional puppeteer, actor, musician and educator, by dancer and movement educator Kelly Doremus Stuart, and by theater artist Richard Moses.

Morning snacks will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a lunch. Pre-registration for the conference is required; register online at www.aannh.org. For additional information, contact the Arts Alliance at 323-7302, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 08:31

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This November, write your novel at the Meredith Public Library

MEREDITH — This November, the Meredith Public Library will be hosting a variety of events as part of National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month - also known as NaNoWriMo - is an organization that "believes that your story matters." Founded in 1999 by freelance writer Chris Baty along with 20 of his friends, NaNoWriMo is both a challenge and a system of support. By signing up on their website, NaNoWriMo.org, participants are challenging themselves  to finish a  novel in one month.

An Adult Writer's Group will take place atthe library on the first three Thursdays in November (11/7, 11/14, 11/21) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. At the first meeting we will discuss how we want our group to function and decide whose work will be critiqued for the next meeting, when we'll be workshopping and discussing our progress so far. If we get enough interest after our third meeting during National Novel Writer's Month, we will meet monthly after that and have an online presence where we can submit and critique each other's work.
Youth writers age 18 and under, who can sign up for NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program at ywp.nanowrimo.org, will also have a chance to work on their first novel at the library. The Young Writer's Group will meet on the first three Wednesdays in November (11/6, 11/13, and 11/20) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This group will also focus on peer workshops, along with gaining valuable fiction skills, such as writing compelling characters and settings, establishing classic dramatic structure, and utilizing powerful, descriptive language.

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Pitman's Hosting Halloween Party featuring LA East Blues Band

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia has recovered from the arson fire and will host a Halloween Party featuring the LA East Blues Band on Thursday, October 31 at 8 p.m.

LA East has been one of New Hampshire's premiere blues bands for several decades. Throughout the years they have excited crowds, both with their own shows or as an opening act for a national Blues artist. The band rarely does shows anymore due to front man Arthur James' busy schedule. However the last several years has seen the band reunite at least once or twice during the year. Joining Arthur will be Ray Corliss on drums and Bill Fitzmaurice on bass.

''We opened for people like Richie Havens and Joe Perry of Aerosmith,'' says Corliss, who says LA East has been playing for over 30 years.

This year's reunion at Pitman's Freight Room is also a potluck, so everyone is encouraged to bring a dish.

Corliss says that he will have a Vista shopping cart at the venue and is encouraging people to bring non-perishable food items for distribution to local food pantries.

Costumes are also encouraged.

Admission is $12. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and Pitman's is a BYOB venue. For more information check www.pitmansfreightroom.com

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Laconia Library will host Two Lakes Region Poets

LACONIA — Two Lakes Region poets, Charlotte Cox from Laconia and Barbara Bald from Alton, will offer a contrast in poetic experiences at a special program hosted by the Laconia Public Library on Wednesday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Their readings will explore both travel impressions and personal changes through the theme of "Journeys Outward, Journeys Inward." This event is free and open to the public, and the evening will include some open mike time for the audience. According to the Director of the Library, Randy Brough, "It will be a wonderful opportunity to hear two accomplished poets from this area, and to share your own thoughts with other creative people."

Charlotte Cox will begin the evening with a series of poems arising from her travels in Mexico, New Mexico, and Africa, pursuing how the discovery of such new places can inspire new emotions and new insights into life. A first-place winner in the Poetry Society of New Hampshire's 2012 Member Contest, she has had poems published in the 2008 and 2010 Poets' Guide to New Hampshire; PSNH's The Poet's Touchstone; Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology; and a forthcoming collection, The Widow's Handbook. She has also had articles published in Library Journal, Public Libraries, New Hampshire To Do, and Seacoast Living.

Barbara Bald will treat listeners to a stirring mix of poems that look deep inside – poems about growing up, growing older, risks, regrets, and second chances – when she reads from her book, Drive-Through Window (Walch Printing, 2012). Her poems have appeared in such anthologies as The Other Side of Sorrow, the 2008 and 2010 Poets' Guide to New Hampshire, and For Loving Precious Beast, as well as in The Northern New England Review, Avocet, Off the Coast, and PSNH's Touchstone. Her work has been recognized in both national and local contests including the Rochester Poet Laureate Contest, Lisbon's Fall Festival of Art Contest, Conway Library's Annual Contest, Goodwin Library's Annual Contest, and PSNH's National and Member Contests.

The remainder of the library's poetry evening will offer open mike time for poets, musicians, and other writers from the audience, along with a chance to meet the presenters and ask questions about the writing process. Director Randy Brough says: "We are happy to support Lakes Region poets, and we encourage you to do the same. Please join us on November 13 for a very special evening."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 07:53

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