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Release celebration for picture book at Innisfree Bookshop on Saturday

MEREDITH — Author Brenda Reeves Sturgis will celebrate her newly-released picture book, "The Lake Where the Loon Lives," with a book signing, on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Innisfree Bookshop in the Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith.

The event is free and open to the public.

In "The Lake Where Loon Lives," the day starts quietly, but the cumulative story builds, one line at a time, to a wacky, wonderful, and splashy crescendo, as the loons are joined by a playful fly, a slippery fish, and a curious boy on the dock.

Sturgis is the author of "10 Turkeys in the Road" and "No Fun in the Sun for Santa." She and her husband, Gary, live on a little lake in Shapleigh, Maine, where she listens to loons wail and watches an occasional moose meander across her back yard.

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Two events today at Gilford Public Library


GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library will host two special programs on Tuesday, July 29. One is a children's music program. The other is a talk on hiking California's John Muir Trail.

From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the library celebrates its summer reading program with Music with Mar. An energetic and enthusiastic musician and performer, Mar will get youngsters moving and dancing to the music. The library says Music with Mar is perfect for children age 10 and up. The program is free.

At 6:30 p.m. Danielle Tidd and members of her family will talk about their experiences hiking the John Muir Trail.

Tidd asked to hike the 215-mile-long trail in celebration of her graduation from high School. Stretching from Yosemite National Park and continuing through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sequoia National Park, King's Canyon National Park, the John Muir Trail ends at the highest peak in continental U.S., 14,496 foot Mount Whitney.

Tidd will share stories and pictures from her hike in the Library Meeting Room. All are welcome to attend.

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Wine & Design tonight at Belknap Mill

LACONIA – The Belknap Mill will host a Wine & Design event on Tuesday, July 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with instruction in Mandala-themed art beginning promptly at 5:30 p.m.
The two hours of art instruction, which will take place on the third floor of the Mill. There will be a $35 per person charge which includes the cost of materials. Participants will be able to take home a 16 by 20 painting canvas to be hung in your home or office or to be given as a gift. All proceeds from this event will benefit future art and education events at the Belknap Mill.
Featured instructor Heidi Little, owner of ArtsEnlight in Meredith and an art educator for the Arts Collaborative Gallery and Showroom, will demonstrate a Mandala-themed design. Mandala means "circle" in the Sanskrit language, and refers to symbols that are displayed in a circular frame. Mandala art has been used as a form of self-expression, personal transformation and spiritual growth.

Little is a multimedia artist. She currently works in acrylics, collage and mixed media. She is a graduate of Plymouth State University, where she earned a BS in art and psychology. In addition, she has studied group facilitation at the Option Institute and the Girls Circle Association.

Participants are asked to bring a snack, wine or some other beverage. Registration is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested can pre-register at www.wineanddesignevents.com.

For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524- 8813.

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Stage reading of 'The Salon' at Little Church Theater

HOLDERNESS —  Playwright Jessica Hoffman Davis will give a stage reading of her new play, "The Salon," on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Church Theater.

The play, set in a hair salon, shows how patrons often divulge the most intimate secrets to their hairdresser.

In "The Salon," Davis introduces the audience to Mario, hairdresser extraordinaire, and his salon favorites.

Davis lives in Holderness, where recent writing has included two other hit plays, "Writes of Reunion" (2010) and "Houseguests" (2013), both directed by Davis and performed at The Little Church Theater.

In addition, she has published and lectured extensively on the role and promise of arts learning and persistently believes that all children deserve the chance to think of themselves as artists, shaping and changing their own and others' views of the world.

"It is a treasure to have such a talented, funny and generous person so engaged with The Little Church Theater," said Bill Tedrow, the theater's executive director.

Davis holds a doctorate in human development and psychology and a master's in teaching, learning, and curriculum environments from Harvard University where she went on to be a senior lecturer and to hold the university's first chair in the arts in education. She retired from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005, in large part to focus on a book about her mother and the extraordinary school she directed for almost four decades: the Hoffmann School for Individual Development in Riverdale, N.Y. Davis's educational memoir, "Ordinary Gifted Children: The Power and Promise of Individual Attention," was published by Teachers College Press in 2010.

She is currently writing full-time and continues to be an advocate for arts education. Additional information about Davis is available at www.jessicahoffmanndavis.com.

This is the 11th season of summer performances at The Little Church Theater on the shores of Squam Lake in Holderness, New Hampshire. Tickets for The Salon are $25 for the first four rows and $20 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling 603-968-2250 or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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