History of theatre in the lakes region program at taylor home July 13

LACONIA —  Laconia Historical and Museum Society hosts a presentation by Judy Buswell, who will share her research on the history of theatre in the Lakes Region. The program is entitled Standing Ovation - Looking beyond the footlights at theatre and entertainment over the years in Laconia.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Monday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building. To RSVP, call 524-5600 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Taylor Community is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community offering a full continuum of care, including Independent Living for active seniors, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Nursing. Visit www.taylorcommunity.org, or call 366-1400 for more information.

Belknap Republicans to host Christie on Friday


BARNSTEAD — The Belknap County Republican Committee will host a meet and greet for Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday, July 3, from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. at JJ Goodwin's Eatery, 769 Suncook Valley Road (Route 28) in Center Barnstead.

Christie's appearance in Barnstead will come three days after he formally announced he was running for president, becoming the 14th Republican candidate to officially enter the race.

Christie was first elected governor of New Jersey in November 2009, and then was re-elected in November 2013, defeating his opponent, Democrat Barbara Buono, 60 percent to 38 percent.

Christie will take questions from the audience during the Barnstead appearance.



Summer concert series returns to Odell Park in Franklin, first show is July 9

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Opera House is proud to announce the return of the Concerts in the Park series for this summer. These events are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Watts Water Technologies and the collaboration of the Franklin Opera House and the Franklin Parks & Recreation Department.

Concerts take place on several Thursday nights starting July 9th – September 5th, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Gazebo in Odell Park. Enjoy the beauty of the Winnipesaukee River, a nearby playground to entertain the children and within sound of the music and even a fishing pier to enjoy a favorite pastime while you listen to the music. In the event of rain, concerts are moved into the Opera House.

Performances take place July 9, 16 and 23, August 6, 13 and 20 and September 5th featuring Liz and Faiella, Don Bartenstein, Zach Benton, Beefstu, Breaking Character, Tim and Dave and Nightrider. A listing of the performers can be found on franklinoperahouse.org and also look for the colorful blue brochures placed around town announcing the Franklin Opera House 2015-16 Season.

Pottery exhibit at Meredith League of Craftsmen gallery

MEREDITH — The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery is pleased to represent potter Cynthia Cummings-Birch as July Artist of the Month. Throughout July an exhibit Among the Birches will have her work featured and available for purchase at the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery.
Cynthia Cummings-Birch is a ceramic artist, whose work is both sculptural and functional with an emphasis on the natural world, specifically the landscape of New Hampshire. She combines throwing, hand building and figurative carving, creating a contrast between the smooth glazed areas and the carved stained surface of the landscape. The glazes she uses are all colors found in nature which help to evoke the feeling of the natural environment and create a sense of place.
The mission of the League of NH Craftsmen is to encourage, nurture and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.
Come meet the artist and see a demonstration on how she creates these one-of-a-kind pieces on July 11th from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.