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Gilford Methodist Bible Study group meets beginning Feb.4

GILFORD — The First United Methodist Church of Gilford will be offering a six-week course in this series, "What Is the Bible?". The course will begin on Tuesday, February 4 at 1 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at 18 Wesley Way. The class will be led by the Rev. Thomas Getchell-Lacey, pastor of the church.

The Dickinson Series: "Exploring the Bible" is a small-group that helps participants explore some of the best-known Bible passages and to discover some of the many ways that they can be interpreted. The course explains how the Bible as we know it was put together, who decided what parts were in and what parts were out, and where to go with your questions about the wonderful, baffling, beautiful, unsettling book called the Bible.

For more information or to register call (603) 524-3289. The class can be taken either informally or to receive Continuing Education Units and/or eventual certification in biblical literacy. To find out more please visit www.massbible.org/dickinson-series-faq.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:21

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PSU Dance Premiere Gala Mixes Students and Professional Dancers

PLYMOUTH — A daylong celebration of dance with master classes taught by Plymouth State University (PSU) faculty and members of Boston's BoSoma Dance will bring together dancers of all ages and experience levels from across the region February 1 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Dancers, companies and studios submitted choreography for adjudication and possible acceptance into a gala performance that ends the day's work. The gala is an evening of creative and vibrant choreography featuring BoSoma, a company whose dancers are know for athleticism and excitement which they use to transcend all the barriers we use everyday to keep people, ideas and beliefs at a distance, according to David Polanzak of Boston Events Guide. Co-Artistic Directors Irada Djelassi and Katherine Hooper established BoSoma Dance Company in 2003 to show how dance can transcend borders of social and cultural background by presenting culturally sensitive work.

Plymouth State alumnus Lindsay Jarvis '10, a member of BoSoma Dance Company, will return to Plymouth to teach and perform at the event. Jarvis began studying dance at the age of three years and interned in Australia for one of her PSU semesters. She graduated Plymouth State University with a B.S. in business management and a minor in dance, and has since taught, studied and danced in New England. She is also a member of the New Hampshire based dance company, Tributary Dance.

BoSoma will showcase several original works on the program, including Quanta, which one reviewer said, "elevated the power and allure of physicality to the highest point."

The gala will also feature works by New England studies and schools including The New Hampton School, Dance Progressions, Edgewater Dance Academy and Goffstown High School, all in New Hampshire; and A Dancer's World, from Massachusetts.

Faculty presenting classes include Lisa Travis, Lenore Sousa, Rene Martinez, Ashley Landroche and Amanda Whitworth; who will be joined by a semester-long PSU Guest Artist, Mziyanda Mancam of Jazz Art Dance Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 8 p.m. gala in the Hanaway Theatre will begin with a dessert reception at 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Center lobby. Guests are invited (but not required) to wear formal attire.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:15

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Hermit Woods Winery raises $28,980 with a successful Kickstarter Campaign

 SANBORNTON — With just hours left, Hermit Woods Winery received the necessary contributions to successfully fund their on-line Kickstarter Campaign. They had just 30 days to raise the $28,000 needed to complete their new tasting room at 72 Main Street, Meredith. By the end of their campaign, they had over 170 backers and a raised $28,980.

"All of us here at Hermit Woods are so thankful for all the help we received and cannot thank our supporters enough for helping us make this happen" says Bob Manley, owner and partner at Hermit Woods Winery.

With the added funds work has begun on the final projects necessary to get their new tasting room open in the next few weeks. With a little luck, they hope to be open by February t, but much will need to happen for them to meet that goal. Visit their website, www.hermitwoods.com or www.facebook.com/hermitwoods for information on their official opening day.

To learn about Hermit Woods Kickstarter campaign, visit http://kck.st/1kUYM0y, or just do a search on theKickstarter webpage for Hermit Woods Winery.

Ken Hardcastle, Chuck Lawrence, and Bob Manley opened this small boutique winery in Sanbornton in 2011. They make a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional wines and meads from local fruit and honey, as well as a few select wines crafted from imported grapes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:37

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Squam Science Center hosting Groundhog’s Day celebration on Feb. 1

HOLDERNESS — The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will host a Groundhog Day Celebration on Saturday, February 1 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Attendees can learn about what really happens on February 2 and solve puzzles about groundhogs. Discover the answers of how groundhogs are related to woodchucks, where they go and why the disappear in the winter. Interactive games, crafts, storytelling, outdoor activities, and a visit with a live groundhog will occur throughout the day. 

This program is geared for adults and children ages 5 and up. Cost is $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Registration is requested in advance by calling 603-968-7194. For more information visit www.nhnature.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:29

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