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Foreign film at Laconia Library portrays conflict between Christianity and Islam

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library offers the film "Of Gods and Men" as a part of the Laconia International Film Series collection. During the summer months two films are offered for public viewing that would not qualify under library copyright rules for public showing.

"Of Gods and Men" is a historical drama relating the ordeal of seven French Trappist monks in the mountains of Algeria who are taken captive by Islamic-Fundamentalists. They had been serving the local village for many years, particularly their medical needs. They have ample reason to believe they are in danger and fear abduction. As a group they must each decide whether to remain or return to France. They choose to put their faith into the assumption that common grounds can be found between Islam and Christianity. They remain at their monastery and await their fate.

"Of Gods and Men" was awarded the Grand Prix honors at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It joins previous films shown as a part of this series. They are displayed on a designated shelf at the Laconia Public Library as a part of their DVD collection. Library patrons are urged to visit this collection in the library. This is the second of two movies added to the library collection in August. The first was "Blue Moon."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 08:31

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Local author Peter Miller to hold book-signing at Annie’s Book Shop Sat.

LACONIA — Meredith author Peter Miller will be at Annie's Book Shop in Laconia on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to personally inscribe copies of his three books. 

The three books that will be available for signing are: "Jane Varney Durgin - Trick Rider, Quaker Preacher, Opponent of Slavery - Her Life and Times," published in June, is a biography of the Lakes Region's legendary free spirited Quaker, whose originality and courage set her apart. "So Fade the Lovely," an off-beat mystery set in the Lakes Region in 1967, combines humor, a love story, and touches of small town life with suspense. "Seven Canterbury Tales Retold" is a collection of short stories told by pilgrims as they travel to holy sites in Europe and the Far East. 

The stories, written in verse, range from the comical to the profound. Miller's current work-in-progress, a novel titled "This Train Is Bound for Glory: A Story of the Underground Railroad in New Hampshire," will be published when it is completed. There will be an opportunity to talk with Miller about his books and the writing process while he is at Annie's.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 08:23

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LRPA’s ‘Spotlight’ to focus on Multicultural Festival

LACONIA — The 13th Annual Multicultural Festival is the upcoming feature of "Lakes Region Spotlight" on LRPA-TV, Metrocast Channel 25. The new program is produced and hosted by Carol Granfield of Meredith and begins Friday, August 22.

This program spotlights a sneak preview of the Annual Multicultural Festival that will be held on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It includes many cultural performances, food, crafts and fun for all. You don't need to travel far for this exciting event right here in the Lakes Region. For a daily program schedule visit www.lrpa.org or view LRPA-TV bulletin board on channel 24. Lakes Region

Spotlight is aired daily Monday through Saturday and can be viewed on Channel 25 or online for those without cable. Granfield welcomes ideas and opportunities for future shows and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 09:05

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Meat bingo at Laconia VFW to benefit Morgan Corliss

LACONIA — The Laconia VFW will be hosting a meat bingo to benefit Morgan Corliss, who is at Boston Children's Hospital awaiting a kidney transplant on Friday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. 

The event will feature an array of food, games, a 50/50's and a winner take all. All of the proceeds will be donated to Corliss, who can no longer walk and has seizures daily.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 09:00

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