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Local restaurant owner featured in magazine

LACONIA — The Lakes Region's exclusive farm-to-table restaurant has been recognized for its culinary offerings and its locally sourced ingredients. Celebrate NH magazine, the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets' monthly publication will be featuring Chef Kevin Halligan and Local Eatery in The Restaurateur column which appears in their May-June issue. The featured article focuses on Halligan's whole animal, nose-to-tail and local sourcing philosophies; inviting diners to enjoy Local Eatery's intimate, fresh and delicious dining experience inside its 35-seat establishment or its seasonal, outdoor patio.

Halligan has been chosen to join the Celebrity Chefs being featured by the 2014 NH Restaurant Week (May 16-23). This invitation includes the opportunity for Halligan to get up-close and personal with local "foodies" during the week's kick-off event on May 15. Tickets for this event are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Ticket price includes an evening with the 2014 Celebrity Chefs, as they come together to share techniques and trade secrets, while you savor the fine dining. For more information on the 3rd Annual NH Restaurant Week and to view Halligan's Celebrity Chef profile, check out www.restaurantweeknh.com

For more "Local" happenings, to make your recommended reservations, or to check out Chef Kevin's current menu visit www.laconialocaleatery.com.



Kevin Halligan, owner and executive chef of the Local Eatery in downtown Laconia, is featured the upcoming issue of Celebrate NH magazine. (Courtesy photo)


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Examples of Artists’ Loft members’ drawings to be on display at Busiel Gallery during May

LACONIA — During the month of May, "The Artists' Loft: From Stick Figures to Portraits" presents recent life drawings of the human form made by several area artists. The public is invited to join the members of The Artists' Loft for an opening reception on Friday, May 2, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in The Busiel Community Room and Gallery at One Mill Plaza (also known as Busiel Mill), located between the Historic Belknap Mill and Laconia City Hall.

Learning to draw anything, whether it is the human figure or a teacup, is really about learning to look and see. That sounds simple, but often most of us are led astray by what we think we know about a form or object. Our brain tells us that legs and arms are cylindrical, the head sits on top of the shoulders, and the hand consists of four separate fingers and a thumb. But, seen in perspective, legs and arms cease to be cylinders, the head actually projects from the front of the shoulders, and the hand is often viewed as a single, compact shape. Drawing from life forces artists to look again, to question every mark, and to unlearn what they think they know.

Such is the challenge and delight of local artists meeting weekly as The Artists' Loft.

Each Monday morning, this group of amateur, semi-professional and professional artists gathers at Woodside at The Taylor Community with a paid professional model, but no instructor, to hone individual skills and stretch artistic muscles in capturing the human form and committing it to paper. Each artist works at his or her own capacity while, in the process, learning from the others. Based on close observation, "objective" drawing is analytical and enquiring. This approach allows the artist to discover and describe the appearance of the subject, and to illustrate a three-dimensional subject on a two-
dimensional plane. It is the foundation of all traditional Western art.

More information about the Artists' Loft is available by calling Gisela Langsten at 603-293-2702.

The Busiel Community Room and Gallery is located on the bottom floor of the Busiel Mill and is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and at other times by appointment. Free parking is available at the municipal parking lot adjacent to City Hall as well as in the parking garage. For further information, contact Joe Adrignola at 496-3839.


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Business & Professional Women offering scholarship

FRANKLIN — Franklin Business and Professional Women is sponsoring the Velma Smith Dalphond Scholarship again this year. Scholarship applications must be submitted by May 24.

Through the years Franklin Business and Professional Women has continuously presented the award to a woman for use toward her education.

The scholarship is awarded to an applicant based on financial need, to a woman 25 years or older who works or lives in the Franklin BPW membership area, and who is working toward advancing her skills and career with additional education. In recent years, we have awarded a scholarship of $500.

An application can be found on the Franklin BPW website at www.bpwfranklin.org, see programs. Scroll down to the Scholarship information and click on application form. Please return applications by the May 24 deadline to Christine Dzujna, 158 Sterling Drive, Franklin, New Hampshire 03235.

The winner will be notified in June and invited to the club's June meeting.



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Youth Leadership group helps clean up Prescott Farm

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Youth Leadership students recently attended a leadership class at Prescott Farm, coordinated by Bob Ewell from the Lakes Region Rotary Club. Part of the day was spent doing some spring clean-up at the center.

Every year, for the past several years, this group consisting of 30 sophomores from five local schools including Belmont, Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Laconia and Moultonborough has taken part in a leadership class at Prescott Farm, then helped with spring cleaning on April 16.

"We focus on helping kids improve their leadership skills. The goal is to boost their confidence to be future leaders," said Ewell. In the morning students gathered in the Center and listened to a brief presentation by Michael Seymour, COO of Meadowbrook and former Lakes Region Youth Leadership student. Afterward, the group learned more about leadership through games, presentations and eventually headed outside where they were able to get dirty.

While outside students helped with picking up debris along the trails, spread bark mulch and woodchips around the Center, taking down sugaring equipment and collecting trash along the road and Center driveway. "This group is a big help to us and we look forward to having them here every year," stated Kimberly Drouin, director of marketing at Prescott Farm.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools. The 160 acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation (during the month of March), heritage gardens, and forested pond.

Prescott Farm is open year-round, seven days a week from 9-4 p.m. It is free to come and go for a hike or explore the "green" building.

For more information about Prescott Farm and/or volunteer opportunities please visit their website at www.prescottfarm.org.


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