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After school classes offered at the Arts Collaborative

MEREDITH — After School Arts Classes are currently being conducted at the Arts Collaborative Teaching Studio on Wednesdays for 1st-4th grades and Thursdays for 5th–8th grades from 3:30-5 p.m. each afternoon. 

Recent education reforms that emphasize achievement in reading and math, severe budget cuts are making quality arts learning opportunities within public school systems increasingly limited. After school enrichment opportunities, like those offered at The Arts Collaborative help parents to supplement their children's learning experience. Creative achievement reinforces positive self esteem, persistence, responsibility, team work and confidence.

"Doing something in his or her own way with encouragement and support is not often possible or practical within large classrooms or within hectic family schedules that need to accommodate necessary tasks and responsibilities. I like to provide that safe place for students to take risks, to get messy, and to experience the satisfaction and joy in making their own discoveries, " said instructor Heidi Little.

The Arts Collaborative also houses a gallery and showroom of fine handcrafted furnishings and art work nearby for student inspiration. The warm and spacious teaching studio offers a variety of ongoing expressive arts classes and workshops for all ages and abilities as well as a weekly Open Studio night for adults and teens.

Pre-registration is required for all classes. For more information visit www.theartscollaborative.net or contact Heidi Little at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-707-1860.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 11:52

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Tilton-Sanbornton Democrats to meet

SANBORNTON — A joint meeting of the Sanbornton and Tilton Democratic Committees is planned for Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. It will be held in the upstairs meeting room at the Sanbornton Public Library, Meetinghouse Hill in Sanbornton.

Kate Miller, Meredith, Chair of the Belknap County Democrats. will attend and discuss preparations for the mid-term elections and other plans. All Democrats from the two towns are invited to attend. For further information, call Gail Morrison, Sanbornton Democratic Committee Chair, at 296-4596.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 11:46

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Poet and Critic Alicia Ostriker Hosted by Eagle Pond Author's Series at PSU October 31

PLYMOUTH, —  The Eagle Pond Author's Series at Plymouth State University will present a free reading by poet and critic Alicia Ostriker at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 31 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Ostriker is a poet, critic and activist known for her intelligence and passionate appraisal of women's place in literature, and for investigating themes of family, social justice, Jewish identity and personal growth.

Ostriker told Contemporary Authors: "People who do not know my work ask me what I write about. I answer: love, sex, death, violence, family, politics, religion, friendship, painters and painting, the body in sickness and health, joy and pain. I try not to write the same poem over and over. I try to stretch my own envelope, to write what I am afraid to write."

Twice a National Book Award finalist, Ostriker has published 14 volumes of poetry including The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011, No Heaven, The Volcano Sequence and The Imaginary Lover. Her critical work includes the now-classic Stealing the Language: the Emergence of Women's Poetry in America, and The Mother/Child Papers, which was reprinted recently by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Now in its 16th year, the Eagle Pond Author's Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation's most beloved poets and authors. Hall remains the heart and soul of this series and is instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus.

Hall will be on hand to introduce Ostriker, and both will stay after the reading for an author's reception and book signing

Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Author's Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).

Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 11:31

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PSU Trick or Treating is Tuesday, October 29 (125)

PLYMOUTH — PSU is once again hosting area children for the annual Trick or Treat program in the residence halls.

This event takes place Tuesday, October 29, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All area children through grade five are welcome.

Prospect Dining Hall will be offering free admission for children 5th grade and under, dressed in costume and accompanied by an adult. The Union Grille in the Hartman Union Building will offer up to four free drinks with the purchase of a pizza.

The residence halls will have events taking place in their lobbies, rec areas as well as some door to door trick or treating. Students will also have collection boxes in all the lobbies for canned goods and items for the PSU student food pantry. Pemi, the PSU Panther, will be on hand to help celebrate. For more information or questions, contact Debbie at 535-2260.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 11:28

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