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Winnipesaukee Players stage Donovan’s Brain, radio play with Halloween flair

MEREDITH — With Halloween fast approaching, monsters, ghosts and goblins will soon be walking the streets. Tales of horror will be circling. And, on The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's stage, the Winni Players community theatre group will be presenting Donovan's Brain.
Most productions at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse need sets, lights, and costumes to help tell the story. But the cast of Donovan's Brain, playing October 24th and 25th at 7:30 pm, won't rely on any of that.
That's because Donovan's Brain will be staged as a radio play.
And while the audience will encounter a 1940's reproduction radio studio onstage, director Brett Billings doesn't want that to fool you, "It's really all about what you hear."
"Our cast has been working really hard, and in a pretty unusual way, to get used to sharing a story that relies entirely on sound, not on what you see."
One of the most popular science fiction thriller novels of the World War II years, Donovan's Brain tells the harrowing story of Dr. Patrick Cory's vaulting ambition to conquer nature and experiment with a mechanical soul.
"Where does life begin and where does it end?" he writes in his casebook under the heading, Experiment 87. "In the eyes of the world, Donovan is dead, but his brain lives on. Does that mean Donovan is still alive?"
Last Halloween, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse performed Frankenstein: The Radio Play, and much like Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Cory, originally played by Orson Wells, falls victim to his experiment and must contend with the deadly consequences as the brain's power grows more and more sinister.
Adapted from the popular radio program, Suspense, this production will focus on radio theater as a unique style of storytelling, and will appeal to those interested in World War II, science fiction, and unique theater experiences. And with Halloween creeping closer, it is a tale well calculated to keep you in ... Suspense!
Tickets for Donovan's Brain are $10 and available at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333. Seating is general admission and doors will open a half hour prior to showtime.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 10:00

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Elder Law and Estate Planning Session at Sanbornton Library

SANBORNTON — A free information session about recent changes to Elder Law and Estate Planning will be held at Sanbornton Public Library on Wednesday, October 22 at 10:30 a.m. with local Attorney Warren Lake.

Attorney Lake will discuss Medicaid and planning for long-term care costs, how to avoid probate, wills and advance directives. There will also be time for questions and answers about common estate planning issues. Light refreshments will be served.
Attorney Lake concentrates his practice in the area of trusts, wills, elder law and probate. He has been a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association since 1985. He is a member of the Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate section of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and he is past president of the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Attorney Lake has been a resident of Sanbornton for forty years. He has been a member of the board of selectmen, as well as many other town boards and committees. In addition, he has served on the boards of several nonprofit groups including the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, Community Health & Hospice, and Franklin Regional Hospital.

 

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T-BONES, Cactus Jack’s conducting 10th Annual Thanks for Giving fundraiser through Nov. 16

LACONIA — T-BONES Great American Eatery and Cactus Jack's is currently conducting its 10th annual Thanks for Giving fundraiser. To donate to the Thanks for Giving fundraiser, visit T-BONES or Cactus Jack’s now through Sunday, November 16.

Each year the NH based restaurant group chooses a local non-profit organization to be the recipient of its four week long fundraising promotion. In past years guests have been given the opportunity to donate $5 and receive $5 off their next visit in return, when dining at any T-BONES or Cactus Jack's location. In celebration of the 10 year milestone of the Thanks for Giving Fundraiser, those who donate $5 will receive a $10 off dining coupon. All proceeds from this year's fundraiser will benefit FEEDNH.org – Great NH Restaurants' Charitable Trust.

FEEDNH.org is the newly formed charitable trust of Great NH Restaurants. The mission of FEEDNH.org – Great New Hampshire Restaurants' Charitable Trust – is to strengthen New Hampshire communities through philanthropic collaboration, dedicated employee involvement and volunteerism benefiting local Families, Education, Elderly, and the Disadvantaged.

Four local non-profits that fall under these categories have been chosen as the beneficiaries of FEEDNH.org donations before the end of 2014: Families in Transition, Manchester School of Technology, Meals on Wheels, and New Horizons for New Hampshire. The chosen non-profits are thrilled and plan to do great work with the donated funds.

Tanya Randolph, T-BONES and Cactus Jack's Community Outreach Coordinator, said "We are happy to support FEEDNH.org who will in turn be making a generous donation to four deserving non-profits in New Hampshire. We're thrilled to provide four times the support with this year's Thanks for Giving fundraiser!"

For more information about T-BONES Great American Eatery or Cactus Jack's, find us online at www.T-BONES.com or www.Go2CJs.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 09:51

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Team Taylor Raises nearly $7,400 in Walk to End Alzheimer's

 

LACONIA —  Taylor Community was recognized state-wide as having one of the Top Teams in the Sept. 27 Walk to End Alzheimer's in Manchester after raising $7,346.56. They also received a gold medal symbolizing the group as a member of the Grand Champions Club for raising more than $1,000.

"This is a wonderful demonstration of Taylor's effect – not only on the local area – but throughout New Hampshire," said the team's Co-Captain Liz Pomeroy, Taylor's Vice President of Operations and Management. "The annual Walk raises awareness of a disease that affects so many people. The fact this recognition coincides with the opening of our new memory care neighborhood, Opechee Harbor, demonstrates how much we invest in helping those with Alzheimer's and dementia."

A small, but mighty team of Taylor Community staff members started in January with a goal of raising $4,500 for the Alzheimer's Association. According to Co-Captain Stephanie Bennett, Taylor's Clinical Director of Care Management, the group met regularly volunteering their time to come up with a variety of fund-raising ideas, including a Pancake Breakfast and selling baked goods, chocolate bars and candles.

"As time went on, there was a surge of interest from other staff members and even more great ideas came to fruition such as an amazing Italian Night Dinner; Silent Auction; Dining for a Cause with Patrick's Pub and Forget-Me-Not Flowers," she said.

"Each team member did personal fundraising efforts on his or her own time as well. It was remarkable to see and feel the support that we received from so many of our residents on campus. We also had an outpouring of support from family members of residents who heard of our efforts. They wanted to make a donation to our team to thank us for the work we do and for caring for their loved one who experience dementia."

Bennett remarked the group had already received a $100 donation which will go toward next year's efforts.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 09:45

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