Saudi film ‘Wadjda’ to be screened at Laconia Public Library on Monday

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Wadjda, Monday, September 8 at 6:45 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library.

Wadjda, a sneaker-wearing 11-year-old Saudi girl living in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, dreams of owning a green bicycle that she passes by in a store every day on her way to school. She wants to race against her friend Abdullah, a boy from the neighborhood, but riding bikes is frowned upon for girls. Wadjda's mother refuses to buy one for her, as he mother is distracted by trying to convince her husband not to take a second wife. Wadjda tries to find the money herself by making hand-braided bracelets to sell to classmates and through other forbidden activities in the school yard.

After running afoul of the strict headmistress, Wadjda decides to participate in a Qur'an recital competition. The cash prize of about US $270 would allow her to pay for the bike. Her efforts to win the competition bring mixed results. Wadjda and her mother strive to make their dreams come true in their own worlds against cultural imperatives. It is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is the first feature-length film made by a woman Saudi director, Haifaa al-Mansour. It has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world.

Previous films shown as a part the International Film Series are now displayed on a designated shelf at the Laconia Public Library as a part of their DVD collection. Library patrons are urged to check this collection when in the library. Please note two new films acquired this summer for our international series, Blue Moon from the Philippines, and Of Gods and Men from Algeria. Copyrights prevent us from showing these publicly. The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. For more information, contact Len Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eastern Star Bean Supper on Saturday

CENTER HARBOR — The Ellacoya Chapter's monthly public Bean Supper will be held on Saturday, September 6 at the Squam Valley Masonic Building on Rt 3/25 at the Center Harbor/Holderness town line. Tickets are available at the door at 4:30 p.m. Serving starts at 5 p.m. and continues until 6:30 p.m. or until food runs out.

The building is air conditioned and handicap accessible. Cost of admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children. Meal includes ham, meatballs, baked beans, potato casserole, salads and pies, all prepared by members of the chapter.

The proceeds of our fundraising activities, in addition to helping the chapter meet its necessary expenses, are shared with local, state and national organizations such as area Visiting Nurse Associations, Food Banks, American Cancer Society and scholarships for young people. Ellacoya Chapter, together with the Eastern Star chapter in Bristol, sponsors Plymouth Assembly, International Order of Rainbow for Girls. This year money, from a special fundraising effort by all Eastern Star chapters throughout New Hampshire, recently was donated to the Shriners Burns Hospital in Boston. 

Baton-twirling classes offered in Gilford this fall


GILFORD — Baton-twirling classes for beginners will be offered this fall on Mondays at the Gilford Community Center.

The half-hour classes, which will run for 12 weeks starting Monday, Sept. 8, will be led by Allie Nault, the feature twirler at Gilford High School. Nault, who started the baton-twirling classes at the Community Center last year, has been a member of Red Star Twirlers in Derry since she was 5 years old. In addition she is also Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen.

The classes will run from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. each Monday. Batons will be provided for use in class. Space is limited. Those who wish to register should email Nault at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text her at 603-361-8456.


Writer April Bernard to give reading at Plymouth State University on Sept. 18

PLYMOUTH — Teacher, novelist, essayist and poet April Bernard will give a reading of her work at Plymouth State University's Eagle Pond Author's Series on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Bernard grew up in New England and was educated at Harvard. Following graduation she moved to New York City to work in publishing. Her most recent collection of poetry is "Romanticism," published in 2009.

Bernard has taught widely and was for many years a magazine and book editor in New York City. As director of Creative Writing, she is a member of the English Department faculty at Skidmore College, and is also on the faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars.

Her honors include a Guggenheim award, the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Whitney Humanities Fellowship at Yale University, a Sidney Harman Fellowship, and the Stover Prize. The Whitman Award judge said, "The wit here is corrosive, the ear faultless, the raised voice one to which we cannot but listen."

Bernard has published three other poetry collections: "Blackbird Bye Bye," "Psalms," and "Swan Electric." Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Nation and Slate.

Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).

The Eagle Pond Authors' Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation's most beloved poets and authors. Hall will be on hand to introduce Bernard and both will stay after the reading for an author's reception and book signing.

Information about the Eagle Pond Authors' Series is online at