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Belmont farm welcomes the public this weekend to learn about alpacas

BELMONT — On September 28 and 29, Juniper Knoll Farm in Belmont is participating in National Alpaca Farm Days. During the weekend, alpaca breeders from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals, the luxury fiber they produce, and why the alpaca business is perfect for environmentally conscious individuals.

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Juniper Knoll Farm will welcome guests to join them for an informative visit and tour, all free. Juniper Knoll Farm is located at 307 Bean Hill Road.

Alpacas, cousins to the llama, are beautiful, intelligent animals native to the Andean Mountain range of South America, particularly Peru, Bolivia and Chile. The United States first commercially imported alpacas in 1984. There are now over 160,000 registered alpacas in North America.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 07:29

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New England Collegiate American Choral Directors Conference at PSU

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University will host the second annual New England Collegiate American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conference September 28 at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth.

The day's activities will focus on movement and body awareness for conductors and singers and will feature clinicians including Lisa Billingham, author of The Complete Conductor's Guide to Laban Movement Theory; Jenni Cook, faculty member at the University of New Hampshire and PSU faculty members Victoria Cole (Alexander Technique) and Emily Jaworski (Yoga for Singers and Conductors).

The conference will also include a performance by the Plymouth State University Chamber Singers, directed by Professor of Music Dan Perkins, PSU director of choral activities.

The registration fee (which includes lunch) is $10 for ACDA members, $15 for non-members and free of charge to collegiate chapter advisors.

Although this conference is geared towards pre-service professionals; teachers, conductors and other music professionals are strongly encouraged to attend.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 01:48

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Holy Trinity Parish to Begin Respite Day Care Program

PLYMOUTH — On Thursday, November 7, Holy Trinity Parish is scheduled to begin a Day Away Program for caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease or Dementia.

Day Away is a social respite program held once a week from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Chapel in Bristol. Day Away will provide short-term temporary relief to those who are caring for family members.
Even though family members/caregivers receive great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite. Day Away is designed to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for participants to help maintain their independence, encourage socialization, be mentally stimulated and remain active. Trained volunteers and an RN are on-site to provide 1-1 supervision for the participant. A nominal fee of $25 includes lunch. Eligible participants must be able to ambulate with a cane or walker, or walk without assistance, participate in a social setting, use the bathroom without assistance, have the ability to self administer medication and live at home with their caregivers.

As well as lunch, participants will have the opportunity to gather with a volunteer companion for coffee and discuss with them their life and interests. There will also be time for an adult worthy craft, light exercise, and ballroom dancing. After lunch, time is allotted for the
participants to play Bingo and other low impact games. The day will end with a social gathering and light refreshments.

A meeting will be held at the Minot-Sleeper Library in Bristol, Thursday, October 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Interested parties are encouraged to attend to learn more about the program. Time will be allotted for questions. Contact Fran Olson at 603-744-6828 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 09:23

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Appalachian Mountain Teen Project Art Auction

WOLFEBORO —  Join the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project at Club 59 for appetizers and art on at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, at Club 59 in Wolfeboro.

The AMTP Art Auction boasts works from David Olson, Doug Blum, Debbie Hopkins, Valerie Christy, and many more local and regional artists. Mingling and appetizers start at 5 p.m., and AMTP staff will be available to talk about AMTP programming and how you can be part of the AMTP team. The live auction starts a 5:30 p.m.

The Art Auction is an AMTP fundraiser, and all proceeds will directly support the youth and families that AMTP serves. Tickets cost $15 each, and includes appetizers. There will be a cash bar. For more information, or to buy tickets, call the AMTP office at 603-569-5510, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or go to www.teenprojectnh.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 09:20

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