Adult Education SAT Prep Class starts on Sept. 24

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education will be offering an SAT (College Board) Preparation Class beginning on Wednesday, September 24 for seven weeks. The SAT Preparation Classes are scheduled to end on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in time for the SAT Exam that is scheduled to be given on Saturday, November 8. 

The SAT Preparation Classes are designed to help students score better on the mathematics, reading comprehension and written essay sections of the SAT Exam. The SAT Exam will test subject areas that students have learned throughout four years of high school. Emphasis will be placed on three segments: reading, writing and arithmetic. A perfect score on the SAT Exam is 2400. 

The writing section will be divided between multiple choice questions on grammar and style and an essay students must write on an assigned topic. In the past, the SAT Exam had been strictly multiple choices. The SAT Exam now is becoming a test of critical reading, comprehensive writing and higher mathematics in addition to a test of learned skills that you use to reason. Students will improve problem solving skills involving basic math, Algebra, Algebra II and Geometry. Emphasis will also be placed on helping the student score better on the written essay portion of the exam. The SAT Preparation classes will also help to prepare the students for the different types of questions asked, when to guess at a question, and how to pace oneself so as to not run out of time. Test taking tips will also be given. The skills required by the new SAT are those same skills needed by all high school students today.

For more information or to enroll in the SAT Preparation Class, the student should contact Peggy Selig, Director, Laconia Adult Education at 524-5712.

"Closing the Grand Hotel" exhibit at The Studio

LACONIA — Living in the Lakes Region, many people understand the ritual of "closing up" after the season. On Sunday, September 14 from noon to 4 pm at The Studio, 50 Canal St. in Laconia, the public is invited to the closing reception for Evelyn Lamprey's photography exhibit "Closing the Grand Hotel".

The images capture the opulence of the historic hotel, located on Mackinaw Island in Michigan, and at the same time the poignancy of the end of the season, with a hint of the pedestrian nature of the process - the elastic edge of a contour sheet hanging off a polished table, an employee standing on a chair to cover a painting.

Lamprey's eye is impeccable, and the color and composition of the photographs are enhanced by gold bamboo frames that would be perfectly at home at the Grand Hotel. The exhibit is also extended off the wall by draped furniture in the gallery window and in the shop. One feels immersed in the sense of closure and ending, yet buoyed by the beauty of the photography.

Gallery owner Melissa McCarthy encourages people who attend to interact with the artist to ask questions and make observations. There will be light refreshment, and the shop is open during the event. For more information, call The Studio at 603-455-8008.

Craftsmen offer lava scarf necklace class

LACONIA — A Lava Scarf Necklace class with Nancy Evans, sponsored by the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will be held at the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum next to Funspot on Saturday, September 20th from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition is $75 per student, and there is an additional $15 materials fee to be paid to the instructor the day of the class. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register call the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery at 603.279.7920 or visit us at 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith.

Participants will learn to lay out silk and wool and wet felt this necklace and them imbed round objects to create marvelous mounds, which can then be cut open to reveal craters just waiting to be embellished. Felting and shaping techniques will be taught as well as nuno felting techniques.
Bring to class: very strong thread like upholstery thread, a needle that will take this thread, a small pair of very sharp scissors, a special button for the closure, a couple of old towels, and any other beads or embellishments you want to use on your piece.

New Hampshire Humane Society hosts September 17 Business After Hours



LACONIA — New Hampshire Humane Society will be hosting the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Wednesday September 17 from 4 p.m – 6p.m.

Guests attending the event will be invited to tour the facility located on Meredith Center Road, Laconia, including the renovated barn, now the Community Training Center, guided by key staff, volunteers and board members. Attendees are encouraged to meet some homeless animals, learn their stories, perhaps consider adoption, while learning about the revamped and revitalized programs under the new leadership of Managing Director Marylee Gorham.

Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided along with selection for door prizes including animal themed baskets with NHHS membership and merchandize.

New Hampshire Humane Society, the oldest shelter in the Granite State, has been in operation since 1900. Originally begun as a battered women's refuge, the organization, holding 501 3 c status, has grown into a full service animal welfare agency offering many programs to the community, including two low cost Spay Neuter programs, a pet food pantry, dog and puppy classes, education programs for children, birthday parties, volunteer opportunities, and pet adoptions, while providing care and comfort to the lost, abused, neglected and simply unwanted animals of the region.

No animal is ever euthanized for space or time constraints, rather safe harbor is assured for all adoptable creatures until adoption day, no matter how long the wait might be for a loving, forever home. New Hampshire Humane Society is privately funded receiving no financial support from national groups such as HSUS, ASPCA or United Way. Contributions from local donors, both individual and business, and further afield, ensure the mission continues, finding forever homes. Check to view currently available pets, or call 603-524-3252.

For more information, contact the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 524-5531. Registration is now open on the Chamber's website at