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Jennifer Doris of LRCS Autism Center selected by CDC as Act Early State Ambassador for NH

LACONIA — Jen Doris, Early Childhood Manager at LRCS, has been selected to serve as an Act Early Ambassador for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) "Learn the Signs Act Early" program because of her commitment to improving the lives of children and families and increasing access to services for children with developmental disabilities. Jen will play an important role in educating New Hampshire's parents, healthcare professionals, and early educators about early childhood development, warning signs of autism and other developmental disabilities, and the importance of acting early on concerns about a child's development.

The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability. It is a collaborative project of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Developmental disabilities are common in the United States.

As the Lakes Region Community Services' Early Childhood Manager, Jen oversees the Family Resource Center's Autism Center. "One of the best parts about being involved with the Autism Center for families is not only the support they receive from staff, but the opportunity they have to connect with other families who have similar needs and experiences."

In a natural, child-friendly environment, the Autism Center's team teaches parents strategies that they can incorporate into their everyday family routines. The teaching model provides measurable goals and objectives and works with each family to meet its specific needs. "Developmental screening is imperative to assisting all children to grow and develop as close to their expected milestones as possible," said Doris. "Parents who wish to have their child screened should visit www.watchmegrow.org for more information. Forty-four percent of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by the time they were three years old."

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:43

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Clark Museum Presents an Evening Play, 'My Two Students'

WOLFEBORO — Spend an evening at the Clark House on July 24 at 7:30 pm and enjoy a new play about one of the most interesting true stories of colonial America and our own New Hampshire heroes.

In this play, Benjamin Thompson (aka Count Rumford), one of New Hampshire's most notable Tories during the American Revolution and a world renowned scientist will relate his life story. "My 2 Students" is the story of how Benjamin Thompson and his friend, Colonel Baldwin, lived across the street from one another, went to school together and grew up as best friends, then had to face each other during the American Revolution.

Hear the story of how, despite the odds against them, they somehow continued their friendship until their deaths. Count Rumford lived his life in Europe as a scientist while Colonel Baldwin was an engineer in America You will also meet the character of Schoolmaster John Fowle, the men's teacher, who will introduce the two characters.

Mike Welch of Wolfeboro, is a tour guide at the museum, a classroom presenter, re-enactor, and an active member of the Village Players. He will play all 3 characters in this presentation.
$8 Non-members, $5 Members, $4 Seniors, $2 Students over 12. Call 569-4997 or 569-5709 for more information

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:37

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Frates Studio Offering Summer Arts Program for 40th Year

LACONIA — It's July and that means that the Frates Creative Arts Center in Laconia will be opening its' art studio doors to children, teens, and adults for the 40th season of Summer Arts in the Lakes Region. This year the studio classes will be presented July 21-25. A second session is set for August 4-8.

All classes are grouped by ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-10, and 11-14 and include studio time in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking. During each one-hour class individuals are presented with technique demonstrations, a real art studio experience, individualized instruction, and all materials needed for in class activities.

Each class offers specific studio projects as well as individual centered opportunities. The group is introduced to a specific material through a demonstration by the artist/instructor. The individual then has the choice of subject in which to apply the technique. Two days are focused on an art area , drawing/painting with one day focused on printmaking.

An exhibition of the student work is planned for the month of August in the Gallery Space located at 27 Canal Street. This provides each participant with an opportunity to show off their talents to family and friends. They help to plan, send out invitations, setup the exhibit, and provide first hand information to the visitors to the Opening Reception.

This year classes are limited to 6 students per class to insure quality time. " We have always tried to provide quality instruction, materials, and a family centered experience here at FCAC," added art instructor, Larry Frates. " This year is no different."

In addition to these classes Wednesday is Adult Studio Day. Presently the 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm classes are full, but, new classes are being setup for 9:30 am and 4 pm for older Teens and Adults. These classes are presented once a week during July and August.

For more information visit the website: www.fratescreates.com or call 528-7651. Registration is necessary and will be set up on a first come first serve basis.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:28

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Wolfeboro Library Holding Washi Tape Craft Program

WOLFEBORO -- The Wolfeboro Public Library is presenting a craft program on Wednesday, July 23 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, August 20, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Participants will be creating postcards using washi tape. Washi tape is a slightly-transparent, decorative masking tape from Japan. It is growing in popularity throughout the crafting world for its graphic strength, charm, and ease of use. The Library will supply tape for participants to use in the creation of a one-of-a-kind postcard to be sent to a lucky recipient of their choice. Each session stands alone; participants do not have to attend the first to come to the second, and do not have to attend both. This craft is suitable for ages 8 to adult, although advanced younger crafters with parental assistance may be able create their own mini postal masterpiece. Pre-enrollment is not necessary.

The Wolfeboro Public Library offers regular craft programs for the community. Follow the library on Facebook or check their webpage at www.wolfeborolibrary.org. For more information, call Sue Riddle during regular hours at 569-2428. The Library is open Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:23

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