FRANKLIN — The Boys & Girls Club of Franklin will be having an Open House this Saturday, February 1 from 2-5 p.m. at their club at the St. Gabriel's Parish Center, 15 Elkins St., (the old St. Mary's School).
Kids and parents will be able to check out the game room, meet the staff, eat pizza, and find out about all of the programs the Boys & Girls Club offers, including the After School Program, February Vacation Camp, and the Summer Day Camp. February 1 is also the last day to join the After School Program for no registration fee and receive the first week free. Memberships starts at $5 per week.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 09:29
PLYMOUTH — Stoughton Mass. singer-songwriter Lori McKenna will bring her bold, raw and emotional voice and her poignant and profound poetry to Plymouth State University's Silver Center for a single performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 8, in the Smith Recital Hall.
McKenna started writing songs as a teenager and became a professional songwriter at the age of 27 years. She began singing at open mike nights at the Blackthorn Tavern in Easton, Mass., and eventually at her own shows. Working with then manager Gabriel Unger, she released four critically acclaimed independent CDs. In 2001 the Boston-based folk station WUMB named McKenna its best artist, and the Boston Globe honored her first album in their year-end top picks. She won the Boston Music Award (BMA) in 1999, performed at the Newport Folk Festival and won the grand prize at the "Lilith Fair Talent Search" which got her an opening slot on the Lilith Fair tour. Other BMA recognition followed. In 2001 she won the prestigious American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) Sammy Cahn Award.
Her fourth release, Bittertown, caught the ear of superstar Faith Hill who first covered two of her songs, and later covered a third as the title song of her 2005 album, Fireflies. McKenna subsequently teamed with Hill for an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show and joined Hill on her 2007 "Soul2Soul" tour with Hill's husband, Tom McGraw. Hill says, "I don't remember ever being impacted by a songwriter the ways I was with her ... her writing is masterful, with a pureness that is completely unaffected. The songs are such a great combination of depth and realness ... there's just this indescribable collision of innocence and honesty in her writing."
McKenna's fifth album presented 11 songs about the joys and hardships of everyday American family life (McKenna now has five children). While some of her songs are biographical, McKenna says she can also "... take a little piece of something that I've heard somewhere and turn it into a song written in the first person." Many of her songs are written at her kitchen table, with the familiar sound of her children clamoring in the background.
USA Today said, "McKenna folds folk, rock and country textures into wistful and wry reflections on heart-ache and faith." Massachusetts, McKenna's sixth studio album was released last year. She says, "I want to write great songs, timeless songs, songs that affect people."
Tickets for the performance are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $20 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 09:13
MEREDITH — In an effort to help voters learn more about both candidates for the Executive Council District One seat and enable them to make an informed decision at the voting booth, the Lakes Region Democrats, the Belknap County Republicans, and the Belknap County Democrats have announced that they are sponsoring an Executive Council District One Candidate Forum. The forum, scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 6 - 7:30 p.m. will be held at the Meredith Community Center, located at 1 Circle Drive in Meredith. The event will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire. Following introductory remarks by both candidates, the public will be invited to engage in a Q & A with the candidates. In the event of weather issues requiring postponement of the forum, the snow date is Tuesday, February 18.
With the passing of Executive Councilor Ray Burton, the Secretary of State scheduled a primary and a special election to fill the vacant seat. The March 11 special election features the Democratic candidate, Mike Cryans, versus. the Republican candidate, Joe Kenney, who defeated Christopher Boothby and Mark Aldrich in a Republican Primary on January 21. Since March 11 is also the date of most town elections in district #1, it is hoped that voter turnout may be somewhat higher than normal for a special election.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 08:49
NEW HAMPTON — The Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group continues its 2014 monthly schedule on Wednesday, February 12 at 5 p.m. at the Live Free Home Health Care offices on Rte. 104 in New Hampton.
The group is free and open to the public
Bill York, group facilitator, said there are many benefits to participating in a Support Group, including feeling less lonely, gaining a sense of control, improving coping skills, talking openly and honestly about your feelings, reducing anxiety, and developing a clear understanding of what to expect with your situation.
For more information, contact York at 254-7397.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:07
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