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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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Carolyn Ramsay Band Playing at Pitman's Saturday Night

LACONIA — Saturday, November 30 at 8 p.m. the Carolyn Ramsay Band will be playing at Pitman's Freight Room.

The Carolyn Ramsay Band from Wolfboro is made up of Carolyn Ramsay (Lead Vocals), Jessica Ramsay (Vocals), Chuck Farrell (Lead Guitar), Bud Clark(Bass) and Mike Chatigny (Vocals/Drums).

The band members have backgrounds in a diverse assortment of musical genres and each contributes something special to the overall chemistry on stage. CRB's music encompasses an eclectic variety of musical styles ranging from folk to rock, country and jazz standards and features rich vocal harmonies accompanied by the band's unique song arrangements. The band performs regularly throughout the Lakes Region and White Mountains.

Admission is $12, doors open at 7:30 p.m. and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

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Friends of LRCS Make 'Uncorked 2013' an Event to Remember


LACONIA — The first Lakes Region Uncorked tasting event on November 2 was a huge success for Lakes Region Community Services thanks to the organizers and vendors who put in so much time and effort and the amazing sponsors and local supporters who participated.

"Launching a signature event like Uncorked can be a little scary for any organization," said Director of Development and Public Relations Joanne Piper Lang. "But we couldn't have asked for a better result. Uncorked was indeed a special celebration of the Lakes Region. The locally-crafted wines, mead, ciders and beers showcased at Uncorked are some of the best you will find anywhere in the country. We've received lots of very positive feedback. Everyone had a fabulous time learning how wines are made, appreciating how to taste the products while sampling delicious food."

Lakes Region Uncorked, featured 15 local producers of wine, mead, cider and beer, introducing guests to many high-quality, hand made products. People filled the Historic Belknap Mill as more than 170 tickets to the event were issued. The event also featured a well known NH wine educator and a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and artisans. Tours of the Mill were provided by docents and guests enjoyed the Mill's newly opened art gallery.

Because of the generous support of the event's Title Sponsor - Bank of New Hampshire and corporate sponsors – Curt's Caterers of Gilford, Franklin Savings Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, E & S Insurance and LPL Financial -- all ticket sales benefit the individuals, children and families of all ages who receive supports and services from LRCS.

According to LRCS Executive Director Christine Santaniello, Uncorked is well on its way to becoming a community tradition. "Uncorked brought together people from the Lakes Region community, businesses and nonprofit sectors to connect with friends and associates while supporting the Agency. There are lots of enthusiastic people looking forward to Uncorked 2014." The date for Lakes Region Uncorked 2014 has already been scheduled for November 1.

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