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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Hosts World-renowned Big Cat Expert

HOLDERNESS —  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center's Annual Meeting and Summer Celebration on August 9 will feature a very special keynote speaker.- Dr. Alan Rabinowitz. Rabinowitz, one of the world's leading big cat experts who has been called 'The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation' by TIME Magazine.

Dr. Rabinowitz is currently the CEO of Panthera, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the world's wild cat species. Prior to co-founding Panthera with the organization's Chairman, Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, Rabinowitz served as the Executive Director of the Science and Exploration Division for the Wildlife Conservation Society for almost 30 years.

Dr. Rabinowitz has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and over the years has studied jaguars, clouded leopards, Asiatic leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, bears, leopard cats, raccoons, and civets. His work in Belize resulted in the world's first jaguar sanctuary; his work in Taiwan resulted in the establishment of this country's largest protected area and last piece of intact lowland forest; his work in Thailand generated the first field research on Indochinese tigers, Asiatic leopards, and leopard cats, in what was to become the region's first World Heritage Site; and his work in Myanmar has led to the creation of five new protected areas, including the country's first marine national park, first and largest Himalayan national park, and the world's largest tiger reserve in the Hukaung Valley.

He has been profiled in The New York Times, Scientific American, Audubon, Men's Journal, Newsweek, Outside, Explorer, The Jerusalem Report, and National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and is the subject of an acclaimed PBS/National Geographic television special, "In Search of the Jaguar" and will be featured in the upcoming BBC special "Lost Land of the Tiger" filmed in Bhutan in 2010. He has appeared on the Colbert Report and the NPR Moth Radio Hour. He is also featured in a soon to be released film by acclaimed documentarian, and Holderness resident George Butler. This film, entitled "Tiger, Tiger" was filmed in India and will be released in spring 2015.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Rabinowitz as our keynote this year," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of the Science Center. "His pioneering work on behalf of our planet's most vulnerable predators is inspiring and his impact and legacy outstanding," added MacLeod. "I can't wait to meet him and hear him speak."

The Science Center's Annual Meeting and Summer Celebration takes place on Saturday August 9 beginning at 5:30 pm in Holderness. The event begins with a brief annual business meeting from 5:30-6:00, then transitions to the Summer Celebration with cash bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a live auction. Dr. Rabinowitz' presentation will begin at 7:30 and will be followed by a book signing at 8:30.

Members may attend the business meeting free of charge. Tickets for the Summer Celebration featuring Dr. Rabinowitz are $75. Proceeds support both the Science Center and Panthera. There will be a separate program for children 12 and under ($10 per child) with crafts, stories, activities, and food. Ticket reservations can be made online at www.nhnature.org/programs/gala.php, or call 603-968-7194, option 7.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 07:47

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Bearcamp Valley Garden Club to participate in annual Artisans on the Green

SANDWICH — The Bearcamp Valley Garden Club is participating again this year in the annual Artisans on the Green in Center Sandwich on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The garden club booth will have hens and chickens, dahlias grown by club members, unique flower arrangements, flower arranging demonstrations, cut flowers available by the stem, perennials, terrariums, African violets planted in tea cups, information about invasive species, Botanical photo note cards. The club's Master Gardener Wizard will be available to answer gardening questions.

Artisans on the Green was started 30 years ago as an art show involving local watercolor, oil etc. painters sponsored by the Sandwich Home Industries, (SHI), as part of its community educational outreach. This year's event is scheduled on the Thursday of the town's Old Home Week. In 2009, SHI extended invitations to a much broader variety of artisans to include all manner of craft and art mediums.

Peter Van Winkle, President of SHI, indicated that every artisan is instructed to provide demonstrations and is some cases hands on instruction. A "fine arts village" will be set up on the annex green next to the main green. Several tents will be set up showcasing two dimensional art, (paintings, watercolor, drawings etc). There will be a hospitality tent where the artists will be available to anyone interesting in learning more about their work.

The event, which is held rain or shine, has become the largest art and craft educational festival in the Lakes region and SHI is delighted to announce that their official sponsor is Meredith Village Savings Bank.

The event has free admission, ample and free parking and the Women's Club of Sandwich serves luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:24

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Caricatures drawn at the Laconia Outdoor Marketplace today

LACONIA — Have you ever wondered what a Larry Frate's caricature of you would look like? Find out on this afternoon when Larry will be in the Savor the Season tent at the Laconia Main Street Outdoor Marketplace from 4-6 pm.

Make a donation to the Veggie Round-up Project for the Farmers' Market Coupon program, and Larry will do your caricature. "When Larry suggested he could do caricatures at the market as a way to help raise funds for the Veggie Round-up project, we thought it was a great idea. Any size donation will be gratefully received, and used to help young families in our community have greater access to the wonderful fresh food produced by our local farmers", said Karen Barker, coordinator of the Lakes Region Food Network.

The Lakes Region Food Network is a grassroots organization concerned with food access, food security, and the food economy in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. To learn more, visit www.lrfn.org or contact Karen Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:21

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Opechee Peanut Carnival is next week

LACONIA — The annual Opechee Day Campers' Peanut Carnival is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the park on North Main Street. The event is open to the public.

The carnival will feature games designed by youngsters in the day-camp program. Participants will buy bags of peanuts and pay in peanuts to play the various games.

Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be available.

In case of rain the Peanut Carnival will take place on Friday, July 25.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:19

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