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Weekly art lessons for children offered in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Friends of the Arts, in collaboration with Plymouth State University Karl Drerup Art Gallery summer exhibition, "Forces of Nature," presents Arts in the Park.

Arts in the Park is open to children ages 6 to 10 and will take place Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. for five consecutive Thursdays starting July 9.

Instructor Sara Hage will explore creating art from objects found in the natural environment as well as exploring all senses of the outdoor world through feeling, smelling and expressive movement. All activities will take place at Fox Pond Park Pavilion, Plymouth.

There will be a fee of $5 per session. A full schedule can be accessed at the Friends of the Arts website: www.friends-of-the-arts.org or by calling (603) 536-1182.

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Rockin’ 50s event on Aug. 1 to raise funds for Multicultural Festival

LACONIA -- The Laconia Multicultural Festival will hold a Rockin' 50's musical fund-raising event on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Pitman's Freight Room, 94 New Salem St.

The evening will be an opportunity to listen to 1950s sounds offered up by the Rockin' Daddios, Laconia's own a capella singing stars. In addition those attending will have a chance to test their speed and acuity while playing Beat the Clock; you may win a prize!

This event is a change to dig that poodle skirt out of the attic trunk, revive that crew cut or pony tail, and join your friends for an evening of fun and laughter.

The event, a fundraiser for the Laconia Multicultural Festival, is BYOB. Old-fashioned ice cream sodas will be served along with complimentary crudités. As always at Pitman's, there will be popcorn galore.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Tickets are available at Greenlaw's in downtown Laconia and online at www.laconiamulticulturalfestival.org. Ticket sales are limited. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Further information is available at Laconia Multicultural Festival's Facebook page.

This year's festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12.

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Moultonborough public library and Historical Society: agenda for July

MOULTONBOROUGH — Join us on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m., to welcome storyteller and Yankee humorist Fred Marple. Fred has appeared on New Hampshire Chronicle, on radio, at town halls, church basements, and the homes of most of his friends, usually right around dinner time. Fred is also known as humorist and songwriter Ken Sheldon, his humor column "Only in New England" appears in every issue of Yankee Magazine. Fred's first book, "Welcome to Frost Heaves" is a collection of stories from the most under-appreciated town in New Hampshire. He is a graduate of the Frost Heaves Academy and the East Coast School of Knife Sharpening and Carburetor Repair.

Local Author Carl Howe Hansen will be here to read and sign copies of his new book "Destiny" on Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m. This story focuses on the struggles of four generations of a Danish immigrant family in Massachusetts facing a potential environmental disaster. Carl spent his summers in Sandwich while he was growing up.

Forensic science as portrayed on TV is a flashy and fast thrill ride in which the crime is always solved. Learn how it's really done at CSI: New Hampshire," on Tuesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. At the NH State Police Forensic Laboratory, a staff of scientists provides forensic services for the entire state.  This presentation will delve into the wide array of forensic analyses conducted ranging from classic disciplines such as fingerprint and footwear to state-of-the-art technologies such as DNA and forensic computer analysis.

Timothy J. Pifer is the Laboratory Director of the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory where he oversees a staff of 46 scientists and support staff as well as the examination of over 10,000 criminal cases annually. These include homicides, sexual assaults, arson, burglaries, and drug cases. He earned a B.A. degree in chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College and a M.S. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of New Hampshire. He is in his 25th year with the laboratory, the last 19 of which as the Laboratory Director.

For our younger readers, this year's Summer Reading program begins with a "Touch a Truck" event on Monday, June 29 at 2 p.m. If you've ever wanted to see a fire engine, police car, dump truck, or 1929 antique pickup truck up close and personal, then don't miss this opportunity, and while you're here, pick up your registration packet for the Summer Reading Program, and sign up to participate in the Fourth of July Parade, on Saturday, July 4 at 11 a.m. This year's summer reading theme is "Every Hero Has a Story," and we have a great lineup of programs planned, including appearances by the Interlakes Children's Theatre, plus movies, crafts, storytelling, and live animals. Signup begins on Monday, June 29, and all reading logs must be completed and turned in by August 12.
The Summer Reading schedule of special events continues on Wednesday, July 1, at 7 p.m. with "Pinkalicious," presented by the Interlakes Children's Theatre. The show is based on the children's book "Pinkalicious," by Victoria Kann, about a girl who loves the color pink, especially pink cupcakes, until she eats one too many, and turns herself pink. On Tuesday, July 7, there will be a special storytime with, children's book author and illustrator Andy Opel, who will be here to read his new book "Mansion on the Lake."

On Monday, July 13, the Moultonborough Historical Society will present the program "What Lies Beneath Winnipesaukee" with speaker Hans Hug, Jr. of Exeter. He will speak about his scuba diving adventures in the Big Lake and the things he has found. Hans is an avid diver and history buff who has dived all over the lake in search of artifacts, shipwrecks and more. Using old maps, photographs, historical research and high tech side-scan-sonar, he has discovered many new and interesting things including dozens of unknown shipwrecks. Hans will bring in some of the things he has found as well as underwater photographs and sonar images, and will show a short video of one of the 60+ wrecks he located on the bottom. The program will be at the Town House Museum on Rt. 25 in Moultonborough, across from Melcher and Prescott Insurance, and the public is invited to attend. The Historical Society would also like to thank John Moulton of Moulton Farms for donating a planting of red, white, and blue petunias to brighten up the historical buildings of Moultonborough.




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Makris Memorial Run raised more than $38,000

LACONIA — The 9th Annual Peter Makris Memorial Run raised more than $38,000 for charity.

Led by a 2015 custom-designed Lamborghini and Ferrari and a NH State Police escort, followed by a group of eye-popping custom choppers and a host of approximately 200 Indian, Victory, Harley Davidson and other bike brands, the 60-mile ride around Lake Winnipesaukee was the kickoff event for the 92nd anniversary Laconia Motorcycle Week.

As the owner of The NASWA Resort, with his wife, Hope, Makris started the Laconia Fire Department Lifesaving Fund, which is one of the beneficiaries of the run. In addition, the Peter Makris Memorial Run beneficiaries include the Easter Seals NH Veterans Count program, which provides assistance to active duty military, veterans and their families; and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and other local charities

"My father was very generous and cared about the community and instilled the need to 'give back' in all of us," says Cynthia Makris, who took over the management of the resort after her father died. "He loved excitement, and he would have been very proud of this ride. It was one of our best in nine years."

Since its inception the event has raised over $300,000 for support of charities.

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