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'Dude, That's Rude' Social Skills for Middle School Students Starts October 3

LACONIA —  Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) and the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region are proud to announce "Dude, That's Rude," a social skills program for children in grades 5-8 starts October 3.

'Dude' will be held at the Boys and Girls Club new facility, 876 North Main Street in Laconia. The class will meet on Thursdays 4-5 p.m. and run for 14 weeks. Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Curriculum will guide the classes. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Boys and Girls Club throughout the week to master their social skills.

"We are excited to be able to collaborate with the Boys and Girls Club to assist children in forming friendships with peers, navigate the unspoken social rules, and feel included in a variety of activities that other children are engaged in. I am excited that inclusion for all children is being strongly promoted in our community," says Jen Doris, Early Childhood Director and Act Early Ambassador for the CDC.

Limited transportation is available in Gilford, Belmont and Laconia from school to the Club. Students will need to be picked up from the Boys and Girls Club after 5:30 p.m.

Scholarships are available to cover the $120 Club membership for the school year. Jacob's Ladder a private non-profit and The Autism Center of Central NH have donated funds to enable children to attend. Students can participate at the Club each day in a variety of activities in addition to the Dude That's Rude program. For more information on signing-up for the program please contact Jen Doris at 581-1559 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-5224-8891or visit www.lrcs.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2013 11:51

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PSU’s Karl Drerup gallery hosting exhibit by Chinese painter Yang Jikui

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition of paintings by Chinese artist Yang Jikui October 1­–November 9. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Tuesday, October 1 from 4-6 p.m. in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth.

Jikui is a prominent Chinese painter, well known for his elegant and bold ink brush paintings of traditional subjects such as exotic flowers, birds, fish and garden foliage. His masterful technique demonstrates the power and nuances available to an artist with his understanding and experience.

Guided by his mentor Master Qi Baishi's advice to his students that "whoever strives to acquire my spirit of innovation will succeed, while those who merely imitate me will fail," Professor Jikui says he calmly and steadily marched on his own road to success. "I acquired from the works of ancient masters, and I go to nature to observe various life forms for novel ways to depict life, " he says.

Jikui explains that a literary background is extremely important to a brush painter. "A main feature of my artwork is its poetic content and depth in artistic dimensions, together to accomplish a fusion of brushwork art with poetry, making a painting is like conveying the culture," he says.

Jikui has studied brushwork painting since 1961 and has had solo exhibitions of his work in Japan, New York, Philadelphia and Bridgewater (Mass.). He has published two books. He has also taught at a number of schools and is an executive board member of Shan'xi Society of Fine Art, and vice president of Shan'xi Society of Brushwork. He is a member of the China Research Institute of Fine Art and the Shan'xi Research Institute of Culture and History.

The exhibition has inspired a lecture series to coincide with Professor Yang's visit to Plymouth State University. "Adventures in Chinese Culture," will feature presentations by distinguished scholars on many topics. All talks will be held in the Drerup Gallery.

The lecture series includes:

Tuesday, October 1, 6 p.m.—Art that Transcends Borders: A Personal Cross-Cultural Appreciation of the Painting of Yang Jikui, Roger Dunn. Professor at Bridgewater (Mass.) State University.

Tuesday, October 8, 5:30 p.m.—A Brief Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy, PSU Professor Zhizhang Shen.

Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m.—Living Confusianism: Life in a Baba – Nyonya Malaysia. PSU Professor Peng-Khuan Chong.

Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 p.m.— Chinese Culture Through the Eyes of a Young American English Teacher, PSU Professor Jonathan Higgins.

Thursday, October 17, 5:30 p.m.—Chinese-American Contributions to the United States of America. PSU Professor Stacey Yap.

Thursday, October 24, 5:30 p.m.—Frans Masereel and the Woodcut Movement in China, PSU Dean David Berona.

Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.—Chinese Painting: Traditions and Continuities, PSU Professor Richard Hunnewell.

Thursday, November 7, 5:30 p.m.— "Dou Ni Wan'er (or Bazinga)"--Understanding Traditional Eastern Humor Through Chinese Crosstalk, PSU Professor Wu Chen. Chinese Tea Art, Cao Hui.

Information about gallery exhibitions is online at Plymouth.edu/gallery. General information about events at PSU is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2013 11:44

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Squam Lakes Science Center a ‘family favorite’ of Parenting NH magazine

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has been selected by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine as a "Family Favorite" award recipient for Favorite Environmental and Education Center.

The Family Favorite awards, now in its third year, is an award program that recognizes family-friendly businesses, services and places in almost 60 categories - as chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine. Categories included Out & About, Baby Stuff, Birthday Fun, Shopping, Activities & Learning, Family Services, and Restaurants.

"The Family Favorites' award program recognizes those places, people and things that make New Hampshire a great place to raise a family," said Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting New Hampshire. "Whether it is at child care center, the library or the playground, parents give each other advice on what and who is the best. The Family Favorites contest gives them the opportunity to share that information with the wider public."

The Family Favorite Awards voting took place online from June 1 through July 31, 2013. The magazine received almost 1,100 votes over the two month time period. The results of the reader's poll will appear in the October 2013 issue of Parenting New Hampshire.

Parenting New Hampshire is the state's premier parenting magazine and a resource for families who live in or visit New Hampshire throughout the year.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2013 11:40

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Explore a Truck Day at Laconia Public Works Garage

LACONIA — On Saturday, October 5, Laconia Parks & Recreation and Public Works will be co-hosting the annual Explore a Truck Day, where kids of all ages and parents can come and explore all different types of vehicles.

There will be vehicles such as an excavator, pay loader, bulldozer, dump truck, snow plows, fire trucks, police cars, tow trucks and a 16 foot lawn mower. This is a free program and will go on from 10 a.m. to noon at the Laconia Public Works garage on Bisson Ave. There will also be some food available.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2013 11:32

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