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Winni Playhouse offering dance, writing classes

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is offering two new programs this fall in different branches of the arts. Dance classes will be offered under the instruction of Tara Little beginning the week of September 16. A play-writing workshop group will be lead by Brian Halperin beginning September 17.

Two new programs will be offered, led by choreographer Tara Little. A Gilford resident, Little has become known to Playhouse audiences as the choreographer for the Winni Players' production of Big River and the summer season production of The Fantasticks. Before that, she was a choreographer and dance captain for Riverdance, the Irish dance sensation. Little is bringing her years of experience in both Irish and musical theatre dance to the Playhouse by offering Irish Step Dance lessons for all ages along with Jazz/Broadway dance for teens and adults.

Irish Step Dance for kids (ages 4-11) will take place on Wednesdays from 6:15-7 p.m. The teen and adult Irish Step classes (age 12+) will be immediately following from 7-8 p.m. Jazz/Broadway dance is open to anyone ages 12+ and will take place on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Classes start the week of September 16.

Executive Director Bryan Halperin says, "there are many great dance schools in this area, offering full-year dance education. Our program is designed for people who may just want to try this out for a shorter amount of time. The commitment is only for 10 weeks allowing participants to try something new without signing up for a full year in advance."

Halperin will also once again be offering his popular Playwriting Workshop for teens and adults. This workshop will be open to anyone in ninth grade or above. The group will guided through the process of creating a short play to be performed at the Playhouse's Spring Playwriting Festival. Writing assignments will be given each week to do at home and class time will be used for feedback and writing exercises.Playwriting classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. and also run for 10 weeks beginning on September 17. 

For more information about all the classes being offered, and to register, visit www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org


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Career Partnership Program getting busy in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Career Partnership Program is a collaborative effort between the Greater Meredith Program and the Inter-Lakes School District. Its function is to help the students of Inter-Lakes High School experience individual education through local business connections.

The approach of the program is to help students learn through guest speakers, volunteer opportunities, job shadows, internships and a one-day Job Fair. Last year, the program earned two awards: The 2012 Community Impact Award given by the Belknap Economic Development Council and the 2013 Future Business Leaders of America "Businessperson of the Year" award. The program is very proud of the work it has done to give our local students experiences in different career industries.

This year, the program is already busy setting up various job shadows and internships in the fields of: Veterinary, Healthcare, Automotive, Fashion, Farming, Education, Floral, Dental, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Aeronautical, Art, and Decorative Interiors. There are many more shadows and internships to schedule in other various industries. Last year the program helped 80 students experience different careers.

For more information about the program or to become involved contact Director, Rhonda Hanaway, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 279-6162 x 304. 

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Gilford Parks & Rec Department offering pre-school soccer program

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is offering an introductory pre-school soccer program for children ages 3-5. This program will focus on games and activities associated with soccer and will be geared toward getting the kids comfortable with the ball and development of basic skills.

The first session for children ages three to four will be offered Tuesdays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. The specific Tuesdays are September 17 and 24, and October 1 and 8.
The second session is open for children ages four and five, and will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. The dates for this session are September 18, 20, 25, 27 and October 3, and 5.
Space is limited to ten participants in each session. Registration for the first session is $15 and $20 for the second session. For more information or to register, please call the Parks and Recreation Dept. at 527-4722

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Nominations due Monday for ‘Seven to Save’ historic preservation campaign

MANCHESTER — Historic buildings and other structures are at risk all over the state. Each year, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance spotlights endangered historic properties and helps make the case for preserving and re-investing in these landmarks. Nominations for the Alliance's Seven to Save program are due on September 16 for the 2013 list, which will be announced on October 22.

New Hampshire is known for its historic character. Brick mill buildings, old barns, and stately homes and churches define the places that visitors and residents appreciate and enjoy. Arts and cultural activities are often centered in historic theaters, granges or schools, and recreational pastimes include dining in historic restaurants, traveling on historic roads and trails, and shopping in historic downtowns. However, many places have historic landmarks that are in decline, have not yet been revived, or may even be close to demolition. The uncertain future and deteriorated condition of these structures often jeopardizes surrounding property values and can represent a lost opportunity for economic and community development.

"Obstacles to the continuing or new use of many of these landmarks can frequently be overcome through creative planning, new investment, and the hard work of local advocates—all aspects of preservation that the Seven to Save program supports," said Maggie Stier, field service representative and coordinator of Seven to Save for the NH Preservation Alliance.

The Seven to Save program is now in its eighth year, with nearly half of the previously listed sites considered saved. Major success stories of properties that were once on the list include the revitalized Pandora Mill in Manchester and the restored Acworth Meetinghouse. Many others are making significant progress toward preservation. Last year's list included the Kensington Town Hall, the Littleton Community Center, Exeter's Ioka Theater, the Moultonboro Grange, New Durham's 18th century Meetinghouse, the Drew Mill and Dam in Union (Wakefield), and Walpole's Vilas Bridge.

"Investment in these properties provides opportunities for new uses, economic development and environmentally sustainable construction," said Jennifer Goodman, director of the NH Preservation Alliance. "Our goals include increasing local capacity for saving historic landmarks, and engaging more people in the worthwhile activities of the preservation movement, activities that have broad public benefit for the health and appearance of our communities."

Nominations to the New Hampshire Seven to Save list can be for residential or commercial properties, industrial heritage sites such as bridges or transportation structures, agricultural buildings, threatened building types, or a group of similar resources. The nominated resource must be over 50 years old and a significant representation of the state's heritage. Criteria for Seven to Save include the property's historical or architectural significance, severity of the current threat, and the extent to which the Seven to Save listing would help in preserving or protecting the property.

Anyone can submit a nomination for the Seven to Save list. Previous nominations have come from concerned citizens, neighborhood advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, and municipal governments or commissions. Nomination forms may be downloaded at the Preservation Alliance's website, www.nhpreservation.org, or may be requested from the Preservation Alliance office at 603-224-2281. The submission deadline is September 16. The list will be announced at the N.H. Preservation Alliance's annual meeting on October 22 at the Masonic Temple on Elm Street in Manchester.


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