HOLDERNESS — Blue Heron School at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center are offering a new full-day program at the school starting this September. Families can choose 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. sessions.
Blue Heron School began in 2010 as New Hampshire's first nature-based Montessori early learning center with a child-focused approach and daily outdoor experiences. The school, for ages three to six, operates from September to June, Monday through Friday.
Being outdoors every day in all types of weather helps students learn about themselves and the world around them. The children climb trees, jump off rocks, balance on logs, and build shelters outside. There are weekly expeditions with a naturalist to learn about specific topics and visits with live animals.
The blending of environmental education in a nature preschool with the Montessori approach creates a rich program for students. The classroom is a carefully prepared environment with activities that introduce letters, numbers, geography, care of the self and the environment, science and nature, and more. Teachers observe each child's interests and strengths and guide them in activities to support growth in independence and social skills. Children attending the school are encouraged to develop responsibility for their own behavior and learning.
"We are looking forward to the start of another great year at Blue Heron School," said Laura Mammarelli, Blue Heron School Director. "Extending our schedule until 3:30 p.m. will make it possible for more children to experience Blue Heron. We are excited to have more time every day for outdoor adventures and activities."
Blue Heron School is currently accepting registrations for the 2013-14 school year. School orientation takes place Sept. 3 through 5. More information about Blue Heron School is at www.nhnature.org/programs/blue_heron_school.php.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:43
LACONIA — The Laconia High School Theater Department will hold a car wash Sunday afternoon as a fund-raiser.
The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on the front lawn of the high school, 345 Union Ave. Donations of any amount will be gratefully accepted, organizers say.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:35
MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Friends of the Library will host its annual Book and Author Luncheon on Monday, Sept. 23, at the Bald Peak Colony Club beginning at noon. This year’s guest author will be Vermont author, Howard Frank Mosher, who has published ten novels as well as two works of nonfiction.
Mosher was born in the Catskill Mountains in 1942, and has lived in Vermont’s fabled Northeast Kingdom since 1964. He has won many awards for his fiction, including Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, the American Civil Liberties Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the New England Book Award and, most recently, the 2011 New England Independent Booksellers Association's President's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
Four of Mosher’s works have also been made into feature films by Vermont independent filmmaker, Jay Craven. Northern Borders, an idyllic depiction of childhood in Vermont, is Jay Craven’s most recent 2013 film project based off of Mosher’s 1994 novel of the same title. This summer the film is currently being viewed in theaters throughout New England. Concurrently, Mosher’s newest memoir, "The Great Northern Express: A Writer’s Journey," has been released. This new book chronicles his more recent three month journey of more than 20,000 miles to 100 cities during his solitary, but rollicking book tour across America.
A fall-themed menu is planned which includes a squash bisque soup appetizer followed by a maple balsamic chicken entrée, and an apple spice cake for dessert. A special vegetarian option and a sugar free dessert may be requested in advance at the time of ticket purchase.
The tickets are available for $35 each at the Moultonborough Library and may be purchased through Monday, Sept. 16. Payment may be made by cash or check.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:24
MEREDITH — Executive Councilor Ray Burton visited The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's new theater campus.
Though Burton had visited the campus several times over the past few years, this was the first time he had visited since the building was completed in June.
Burton, who has supported the Playhouse with a donation to its capital campaign, toured the four levels of the theater, including the lighting catwalks, dressing rooms and costume storage where he and the Playhouse's Chairman, Christopher Boothby paused to try on some hats.
"We are so pleased that Councilor Burton took the time to visit us," Boothby remarked. "With such an ambitious project, it's wonderful to have the support of so many individuals, both on the local and state level."
Before attending a show, Burton had dinner at the theater provided by Magic Foods Restaurant Group, the Playhouse's catering partner.
"I really can't think of another theater in the state with this level of amenities for their guests. It is truly a unique experience to visit the campus and enjoy all that it has to offer," said Burton. "I was pleased to be able to support the Playhouse and encourage others to continue to support both the theater itself and the wonderful educational opportunities it brings to the local community."
CAPTION — The Winnipseaukee Playhouse Chairman Christopher Boothby, left, and Executive Councilor Ray Burton try on hats during a tour of the playhouse's new state of the art facility. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:14