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Holiday Open House at The Arts Collaborative Gallery


 MEREDITH — The Arts Collaborative Gallery and Teaching Studio will hold its annual Holiday Open House weekend on Friday Dec. 6 and Saturday Dec. 7 and the teachings studio will be open on the evening of Dec. 6 to give a sampling of the type of expressive arts activities offered during the monthly First Friday Creative Women's Gathering. On Saturday, December 14, the Teaching Studio offers a Holiday Gift and Ornament Making Workshop for all ages.

Co-owners David and Heidi Little welcome the public to gather with family to start or continue a holiday tradition at 5 Winona Road--a tradition that includes art activities for all ages in the Teaching Studio as well as an opportunity to shop the Gallery and Design Studio. Unique gifts from an array of distinctive home furnishings, original art, handcrafts, and custom fragrances created by exceptional regional artists and craftspeople await on Friday evening, December 6, from 6 - 9 p.m.

In the Gallery Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, owner David Little, an artist-blacksmith (Winnipesaukee Forge www.winnipesaukeeforge.com) and on site artist Steve Hayden (Steven Hayden Arts www.haydenarts.com) will be on hand displaying their latest wrought iron, wood and copper furnishings and mixed media sculpture.

The following weekend, Saturday December 14, in the Teaching Studio Heidi and fellow teaching artist Cynthia Robinson will offer their annual Holiday Gift and Ornament Making Workshop. "I strongly recommend pre-registering for this popular event" says Little, "It is a chance to get festive, inspired and into the holiday spirit making special gifts and memories. Your registration fee covers beautiful project ideas and all of the quality materials to spark your imagination. Natural Birch bark creations, unique picture frames, sparkling painted globe ornaments, lovely candle holders and hand printed gift wrap, tags and cards will be some of the options available to choose. Take advantage of this meaningful family event or great opportunity for parents to run errands while children have fun making gifts."


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Public invited to see Sant Bani senior presentations Wed.

SANBORNTON — The Class of 2014 of Sant Bani School warmly invites the public to the upcoming evening of Senior Class Project Presentations at Sant Bani School in Sanbornton on Wednesday, December 4 beginning at 6 p.m.

Each of the twelve seniors will speak on a topic connected to the word "Home." Their work is the result of a month of research, interviews, and the creation of art work about their chosen topics. The art components will be on display during the event.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served at intermission. For more information about Sant Bani School and the Class of 2014's evening presentations visit santbani.org.

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Community Welcomes More Volunteer Child Advocates

PLYMOUTH — CASA of NH has announced that six new volunteers from this area recently completed the pre-service training necessary to be an advocate for children who have been abused in local communities.

They have received comprehensive training and are assigned a volunteer supervisor so they always have someone to turn to as they get to know the child they are assigned to and represent the child's best interests, complete court reports and show up to hearing approximately every three months until the child is able to have a safe and permanent home.

"Unfortunately, no community in this state is exempt from the issue of child abuse and neglect," says Jen Buteau of CASA of NH. "Although we have more than 450 volunteer advocates statewide, it still isn't enough to keep up with the current demand." Lately, CASA of NH has had to refuse abuse and neglect cases that they were asked to advocate on from the Plymouth, Laconia and Conway courts.

Their efforts in conjunction with the existing volunteers at CASA of NH save the State of NH approximately 3.5 million dollars a year. Volunteer advocates meet with the child they are assigned to work with monthly, attend periodic court hearings and speak with the various adults involved with the child.

Due to the critical need for more advocates several trainings are scheduled in the next few months throughout the state. Those who are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer or exploring various ways they can support CASA of NH, contact Jen Buteau at 536-1663 or visit www.casanh.org.

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Circle Program Serves with Gratitude

PLYMOUTH —  The Circle Program serves girls from 29 towns in New Hampshire, with major hubs in Laconia, Concord and Plymouth. The growth of the Circle Program means reaching more girls geographically, realizing their dreams of a summer camp experience and matching more volunteer mentors with Circle girls. It also means more communities are benefiting from the good works that Circle girls and teens are accomplishing.
With the hioliday season arriving Circle girls and teens are at it again, busy doing community service all over the Lakes Region. A week ago Saturday over twenty Circle girls, with mentors, went to Lakes Region General Hospital for the first year to create cards and deliver them to patients. The following Sunday a group of nine Circle teens and four mentors donated their time, as Friendly Kitchen volunteers, by serving Sunday dinner to 50 Salvation Army church members and some homeless individuals in Laconia. In teams (potato, corn and mea!) the girls layered, cooked and served Shepard's Pie and even had leftovers to serve a youth group for Tuesday. On November 24 a group of Circle teens, for the 13th year, went to a senior housing apartment in Ashland to serve and enjoy a community Thanksgiving dinner.

On December 7 Circle Program Teen Coordinator, Fox Smith, will head up a group of Circle teen "elves" for the Santa Sale in Ashland. This will be the 13th year helping Holderness Library raise funds through this magical event. For the season finale on December 8, Circle's Program Director, Paula Ferenc, will take a large group of girls and mentors to assist the Meredith Rotary Club in serving dinner to three hundred senior citizens, an annual and loved collaboration since Circle's founding year in 1993.
The Circle Program's philosophy is closely aligned with an approach called Positive Youth Development (PYD), which emphasizes building assets and skills. Positive Youth Development is a research-based approach that focuses on promoting healthy developmental potential. The original five C's of PYD are competence, confidence, connections, caring and character. The Circle Program added contribution to form their six C's. Circle girls and teens embrace opportunities to belong and "give back" through their important contribution of community service.

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