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Faith, Hope and Love Foundation’s annual Dinner Dance & Auction to be held on April 26

LACONIA — The Faith Hope and Love Foundation is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Benefit Dinner Dance and Scholarship Awards Night.

The foundation's yearly event will be held on Saturday night April 26,  from 6-10 p.m. at the Historic Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia. It will be a night to celebrate where the foundation has been, to celebrate our successes, to discuss our future plans and award our Annual College Scholarship. This year's recipients include Moultonborough Academy students Derek Rossetti and Meghan Wallace and McKenzie West of Conval High School.

The dress for the evening is semi formal attire. The event will be catered by O Steaks and Seafood. There will be a cash bar and dozens of raffles and some silent auction items. Tickets are $40 per person, $75 per couple or $300 for a table of eight. Children 5 and under are free. Children ages 6-12 are $15.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing Whitney, benefit dinner committee chair, until Saturday April 12. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In the email please tell her the number of tickets needed and names of the guests attending. She will then send  an invoice for payment.

The Faith Hope and Love Foundation is a local non profit founded by Laura Brusseau and Jessica Dutille to address the overwhelming needs of today's youth. The organizations mission is to bring relief to children and youth suffering from poverty, hunger, and homelessness and to bring them faith through hope and love. To learn more visit their website www.faithhopeandlovefoundation.org or follow them on Facebook.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:32

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AutoServ Hosting AARP Smart Driver Course

TILTON — AutoServ is hosting an AARP "Smart Driver Course". The one-day 6 hour course will be held on Friday, May 2,  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a lunch break so participants are welcome to buy lunch in the AutoServ café located at the dealership or bring lunch on their own.

This course can be used for point reduction and some NH insurances companies will give discount for attending class.

Contact Carolyn at 729-1120 to register or for more information.

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Inaugural Poet Robert Blanco at PSU April 17

 PLYMOUTH — The Eagle Pond Authors' Series at Plymouth State University will present a reading by Inaugural Poet Robert Blanco at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. There is no charge for admission.

Richard Blanco quips on his website that he was "Made in Cuba, Assembled in Spain and Imported to the U.S.A." In fact his parents emigrated from Cuba to Madrid when his mother was seven months pregnant. Blanco was born in Madrid in February, 1968. Forty-five days later the family moved again, to New York City, and eventually settled in Florida, where he was raised and educated. Blanco earned a BS in Civil Engineering and an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University.

Driven by a curiosity to examine the essence of place and belonging, Blanco became an extensive traveler, exploring Spain, Italy, France, Guatemala, Brazil, Cuba, Washington DC, Connecticut and eventually to Bethel, Maine, where he now lives with partner Mark Neveu, a renowned research scientist.

Blanco's acclaimed first book, City of a Hundred Fires (1998) explores the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban-American and received the prestigious Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. His second book, Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005) won the PEN American Beyond Margins Award for its continued exploration of the universal themes of place and homecoming. His third collection, Looking for The Gulf Motel (2012), won the Paterson Poetry Prize and Thom Gunn Award from the Publishing Triangle.

In 2013 Blanco made history as the first Latino, first openly gay man, first immigrant and youngest writer to hold the honor of being Inaugural Poet of the United States, when he was selected to create and read a poem for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Jennifer Benka, executive director of the American Academy of Poets said the process of writing and then delivering "One Today," which she regards a one of the most important occasional poems in our history, led Blanco to a new understanding of himself and our country, and gave him hope for poetry in America. She said, "Many poets, teachers, and readers heed Blanco's call for more poetry in our nation's classrooms and for poetry's greater presence on the American cultural landscape.

Following the inauguration, Blanco has continued connecting communities through occasional poetry. He has written and performed occasional poems for such organizations as Freedom to Marry, the Tech Awards and the Fragrance Awards. In May 2013, Blanco wrote "Boston Strong," an occasional poem he performed at the post-Boston Marathon TD Boston Garden Benefit Concert and at a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Following his performances, he released a limited edition Boston Strong chapbook, with all proceeds going to those most affected by the bombings.

He is the recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the John Ciardi Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Blanco's poems have appeared in countless literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Prose Poems and Ploughshares. Blanco is a professional civil engineer and has also taught.

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).

Now in its 16th year, the Eagle Pond Authors' Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation's most beloved poets and authors. Hall remains the heart and soul of this series and is instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus. Hall will be on hand to introduce Blanco and both will stay after the reading for an author's reception and book signing.



Robert Blanco (Courtesy photo)

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Temple B'Nai Israel Holding Annual Passover Seder April 15

LACONIA — The annual Passover festivities, commemorating the Jewish exodus from Egypt will be held at Temple B'nai Israel on Tuesday evening, April 15. As always, the congregation invites all who wish to share this special occasion to join for the ritual service, dinner and singing. Rabbi Hannah Orden will lead the event and looks forward to meeting and seeing temple members, unaffiliated Jewish area residents and other community friends.

Come in time for traditional appetizers and good conversation. The Seder will begin at 5:30 p.m. Chef Irene Gordon promises a new menu with several surprises as well.

Call Irene at 267-1935 or 496-0944 to make reservations. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:09

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