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Trails open Thurs. at Squam Science Center

Trails Open at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Opening day is May 1 with new exhibits for the 2014 season

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center opens for its 48th annual trail season on Thursday, May 1.

Regular trail hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.). Since 1966, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors about the natural world through live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises. The Science Center is the only institution in northern New England accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The Science Center is opening two new exhibits for the 2014 trail season: A live Coyote Exhibit and a Wood Energy Exhibit.

The Wood Energy Exhibit compares renewable wood heat to other forms of energy and demonstrates the state-of-the-art Garn boiler system that the Science Center installed this winter. It is a model of sustainability, saving energy and dollars,  using sustainably-harvested, locally-sourced wood to heat five major buildings on the Science Center's campus. The Wood Energy Exhibit is also the first of four projects that are part of the Nature Matters Capital Campaign.

Nature Matters prepared the Science Center for the future with multiple exhibit expansions, infrastructure improvements, and long-term financial stability. The campaign goal is $4 million, and approximately $3.6 million has already been pledged through leadership gifts. More information is available at www.nhnature.org/naturematters.

The live Coyote Exhibit features the Science Center's resident male coyote. The coyote came to the Science Center from a wildlife rehabilitator in Michigan in 2008. This coyote has previously served as a program animal to educate visitors about the species. The Science Center also has a younger female coyote that arrived at the Science Center in 2013 as a pup after its mother was hit by a car. She will continue to serve as a program ambassador and be seen by visitors during Up Close to Animals programs in July and August.

The 2014 season will again feature a wide array of cruises on Squam Lake including the Bald Eagle Adventure Cruise and the Loon Cruise. The family cruise, Lake Explorers, returns for a second season with an expanded schedule in July and August. Squam Lake Cruises are offered daily beginning May 17 through Columbus Day.

The Science Center features River Otter Feeding presentations every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30 a.m. starting Friday, May 2. River otter feeding allows visitors to learn about otter biology and ecology while watching the two resident river otters play and enjoy a special treat.

Access to three other hiking trails is included in trail admission, including the Forest Trail, a 2/3-mile loop exploring forest ecology. The Ecotone Trail is a 1/3-mile walk along the edge of field and forest and the Mount Fayal Trail is a 1-mile loop offering views of Squam Lake.

Kirkwood Gardens is free and open to the public daily. The garden features many colorful plants and shrubs, which naturally attract many species of butterflies and birds.

For details about hours and admission rates please visit http://www.nhnature.org/visit/hours_admission.php.

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May concerts to wrap up Pemi Choral Society season

GILFORD — The Pemigewasset Choral Society will close its 41st season with a series of three concerts beginning on Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gilford Community Church.

This performance will be followed with concerts on Friday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. in Franklin, at St Paul's Roman Catholic Church, and Sunday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at the Hanaway Theater in Silver Cultural Arts Center at Plymouth State University.

All concerts are open to the public with admission by donation in Gilford and Franklin. General admission at Plymouth State University is $10. Tickets are available in advance by calling 535-ARTS. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Under the direction of Leslie McDonnell and assistant director William Gunn, with pianist Catharine Dornin, our program, titled The Glory of Creation, includes music from the serious to the fun. "The Heavens are Telling" by Haydn, "For the Beauty of The Earth" by Rutter, "Torrents in Summer" by Elgar, "The Animals a-comin" by Bartholomew, and "A Red Red Rose" by Mulholland are some of the pieces which will be performed.

For additional information, visit the society's website at www.pemichorial.org and don't forget to "LIKE" them at facebook.com/pemichoral.

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Local restaurant owner featured in magazine

LACONIA — The Lakes Region's exclusive farm-to-table restaurant has been recognized for its culinary offerings and its locally sourced ingredients. Celebrate NH magazine, the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets' monthly publication will be featuring Chef Kevin Halligan and Local Eatery in The Restaurateur column which appears in their May-June issue. The featured article focuses on Halligan's whole animal, nose-to-tail and local sourcing philosophies; inviting diners to enjoy Local Eatery's intimate, fresh and delicious dining experience inside its 35-seat establishment or its seasonal, outdoor patio.

Halligan has been chosen to join the Celebrity Chefs being featured by the 2014 NH Restaurant Week (May 16-23). This invitation includes the opportunity for Halligan to get up-close and personal with local "foodies" during the week's kick-off event on May 15. Tickets for this event are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Ticket price includes an evening with the 2014 Celebrity Chefs, as they come together to share techniques and trade secrets, while you savor the fine dining. For more information on the 3rd Annual NH Restaurant Week and to view Halligan's Celebrity Chef profile, check out www.restaurantweeknh.com

For more "Local" happenings, to make your recommended reservations, or to check out Chef Kevin's current menu visit www.laconialocaleatery.com.



Kevin Halligan, owner and executive chef of the Local Eatery in downtown Laconia, is featured the upcoming issue of Celebrate NH magazine. (Courtesy photo)


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Examples of Artists’ Loft members’ drawings to be on display at Busiel Gallery during May

LACONIA — During the month of May, "The Artists' Loft: From Stick Figures to Portraits" presents recent life drawings of the human form made by several area artists. The public is invited to join the members of The Artists' Loft for an opening reception on Friday, May 2, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in The Busiel Community Room and Gallery at One Mill Plaza (also known as Busiel Mill), located between the Historic Belknap Mill and Laconia City Hall.

Learning to draw anything, whether it is the human figure or a teacup, is really about learning to look and see. That sounds simple, but often most of us are led astray by what we think we know about a form or object. Our brain tells us that legs and arms are cylindrical, the head sits on top of the shoulders, and the hand consists of four separate fingers and a thumb. But, seen in perspective, legs and arms cease to be cylinders, the head actually projects from the front of the shoulders, and the hand is often viewed as a single, compact shape. Drawing from life forces artists to look again, to question every mark, and to unlearn what they think they know.

Such is the challenge and delight of local artists meeting weekly as The Artists' Loft.

Each Monday morning, this group of amateur, semi-professional and professional artists gathers at Woodside at The Taylor Community with a paid professional model, but no instructor, to hone individual skills and stretch artistic muscles in capturing the human form and committing it to paper. Each artist works at his or her own capacity while, in the process, learning from the others. Based on close observation, "objective" drawing is analytical and enquiring. This approach allows the artist to discover and describe the appearance of the subject, and to illustrate a three-dimensional subject on a two-
dimensional plane. It is the foundation of all traditional Western art.

More information about the Artists' Loft is available by calling Gisela Langsten at 603-293-2702.

The Busiel Community Room and Gallery is located on the bottom floor of the Busiel Mill and is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and at other times by appointment. Free parking is available at the municipal parking lot adjacent to City Hall as well as in the parking garage. For further information, contact Joe Adrignola at 496-3839.


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