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2017 “Laconia Multicultural Festival” Is On Saturday, September 9 — BUT With A Very Limited Program.

by Anura Guruge


2017 Laconia Multicultural Festival Program

Click here to access their official Website — with this program.


2014 Program

Click to ENLARGE and read here.

My post on that 2014 Program.


Wow. Wow. Wow!

I was planning to go — given that I have only missed two of the 16 Laconia Multicultural Festivals. Hence why I went looking for the program. Yikes.

Yes, I am very familiar and fond of ‘Sayon Camara‘ — a perennial favorite at both the Concord and Laconia multicultural events. But, ….

Wonder what happened? This is WAY SCALED back. I will have to talk to some folks to get the story.


Related posts:
++++ Search on ‘Multicultural’ for many posts & pictures, especially from 2015 >>>>


by Anura Guruge

FREE Christmas Trees For 4th Graders Through The Wonderful U.S. Government “Every Kid In A Park” Program.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the official “.gov” Website for this wonderful program. We used it, gainfully, last year.


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The official announcement of the FREE Christmas trees. Click image to access official “.gov” Website.


Available in New Hampshire too!

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Click to get more details from NECN.


The “Every Kid In A Park” is a wonderful program — a worthwhile use of OUR tax dollars.

We lucked out last year, 2015 – 2016 School Year to be precise. Teischan was a 4th grader. I printed out the forms online.

We, as a family, went to Yosemite, Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks, in April 2016, using her free pass. She lost her pass when our rented SUV was broken into in San Francisco.

When we went to Acadia National Park, in July, for the Centenary, I got her another pass. No hassle — as long as she was a 4th grader.

So, I am an avid supporter of this program.

This free Christmas tree deal is another winner. A great promotion. I am delightedPass this information along.

All 4th Grade teachers should make a point of explaining this to their kids.

[Some, for reasons that escape me, are reluctant. I tried to get Teischan’s teacher to tell the other kids about this program BEFORE the Summer vacation. She never did!]

 


Related posts:
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++++ Check Category ‘Acadia’ >>>>


by Anura Guruge

Wolfeboro, NH: Governor Wentworth Adult Education, Fall (i.e., October) 2016 — Complete Brochure Online.

by Anura Guruge


This is the complete brochure
(as sent out as an Excel spreadsheet).

I created these images and a Adobe Acrobat PDF.

Click the 2 images to below to ENLARGE and read.

Use the link below to download (and print) PDF.

Note I am down to teach 3 classes:
#3 — Web Creation & Design
#9 — The Solar System You Never Learnt At School
#14 — Brain Meditation


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The PDF.

Click on image to download clean, virus-free, totally safe, very small (30KB) PDF.


by Anura Guruge

V. Compelling “Rhythm and Dance of India” At The HOP In Dartmouth.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the HOP Webpage — where you can even buy tickets.


I, as a regular patron (and a huge supporter), got a very colorful postcard from the HOP about this concert last week. Today I got an e-mail about it. It looks mouthwateringly tempting. And I got a tabla set for Christmas (in 2015)! So this would be good. Yes, the kids would like it — and they love going to the HOP. The only problem is that it is a school night and we will not get home earlier than 11pm. Yes, it is still doable.

But irrespective of whether we are going I wanted to make sure that YOU knew about it. We have over the years, and I am talking 19 years at least, have enjoyed some marvelous concerts, many ethnic, at the HOP. So please do check it out. You will not regret it.

Sandeep Das as his own tabla-infused Website. It is neat. Check that out too.


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Click to access tabla-playing Website.


Related Posts:
>> Oliver Mtukudzi.
>> Les Ballets Trockadero …

**** Search ‘HOP Dartmouth’ (sidebar) for many other HOP event posts >>>>


by Anura Guruge


Check Out Google’s ‘Code A Heart’ 2016 Valentine’s Day Promotion (For Girls?)

by Anura Guruge


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It is a ‘footnote’ below the search trench in Google’s standard search page. Click on that.



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I dashed this off, in less than a minute to show you. But I have used this coding system before.

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Yet another of Google’s efforts to get kids to try their hand at some basic, ‘graphical’ coding — and, as always, I applaud them. Thank YOU, Google.

That they are targeting this specifically at girls … is … Hhhmmm. Yes, I fully understand. The goal is to get more girls interested in coding. Yes, I get that, yes, I know that. But boys would like too — I think. But, I could be wrong on that.



Google’s Christmas 2014 “Made with Code”.

Click image to access my December 2014 post.


Last Google Doodles:
>> 2016 Valentine’s Day.
>> Dmitri Mendeleev of Periodic fame.

**** Check Category ‘Google Doodle’ (sidebar) for other Doodles >>>>


by Anura Guruge


‘Revels North’ Kids Program On ‘Silk Road’ A Welcome Opportunity In The Northeast.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the ‘Revels North’ Webpage for this program, with dates etc.


I was taken back and delighted when I saw this, in the form of an e-mail, this morning. Kids in the Northeast, particularly in NH, could do with ALL the EXPOSURE they can to the wide world beyond the borders of their state (or in some cases their town). This is why I am such a big advocate of the Laconia ‘Multicultural Day‘.

Learning about the ‘Silk Road‘ could sure inspire kids to explore their wonderlust. The ‘Silk Road’ has it all: adventure, history, culture, art, music, romance. Yes, I have a soft spot in my heart of the ‘Silk Road’ — other than the fact that the ‘Silk Road’ also traversed through Ceylon, by birthplace. In 1983 when UNESCO started its grand ‘Silk Road’ program, my adoptive father, by then a 15 year old and Director-level official with UNESCO, was part of the team. As it happened the Ceylon (by then Sri Lanka) part of the UNESCO kick-off was scheduled for August 1983. I happened to be in Sri Lanka at the time. So given that my adoptive father and mother were also there, from Paris, as was the Director General (who I had met many times in Paris), we attended many of the events. Somewhere in this house there is also a lavishly produced UNESCO book, published in 1983, for the ‘Silk Road’. So ..

This GRAND. I am happy. Bravo.


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UNESCO ‘Silk Road’ Home page with the ‘Sri Lanka’ flag highlighted. Click to access.


Related posts:
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by Anura Guruge

Teen Driver’s Ed In New Hampshire — Making It More Affordable.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
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Jack’s Driving School‘, out of Deerfield, is the ONLY option offered
in Alton 
— i.e., Prospect Mountain High School.

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Click to ENLARGE and view here. Note that Prospect at $625 is the highest price quoted. Websites with glaring — and hard-to-miss- typos like this scares me. IF they are that careless how well will they take care of my kids?

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I would think they could DONATE slightly more than this given the $625 per student charge. Click to ENLARGE.


Just as I suspected Alton is paying TOP DOLLAR. A FULL $100 cheaper in Manchester.
I did NOT look any further.

$100 to a teenager or even for most adults in NH is a BIG difference.

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Click to ENLARGE and study here. Granite State Driving School. http://www.granitestatedrivingschool.com/


Until this past Sunday I really was NOT aware that the High Cost of teenage Driver’s Ed (also called Driver Training in this scenario) was precluding teenagers in New Hampshire from getting a driver’s license prior to them turning 18. I just had not run into that situation.

Last Sunday I was talking to a 16 year old and asked him why he did not have a license as yet given that Devanee had been reminding me for a YEAR that she will be getting her license as close to her 16th birthday as possible. Though she only turned 15 in October we are already looking for a car for her (because she is not going to learn to drive in her 1968 MGB).

So I was shocked and saddened when he told me that he (nor his parents) had the money to pay for his Driver’s Ed. and that this was a mandatory prerequisite if you were under 18.

1/ I had not realized that driver’s ed., in New Hampshire, is MANDATORY if you are under 18. No waivers. You can’t just do the $50 online course.

2/ I had not realized that driver’s ed., at $625, is expensive and that the total costs comes close to $700.

3/ I had not realized that there were kids who were being deprived of the chance to drive because they couldn’t afford driver’s ed.

It really shook me up. I know how important it is for people to get a driver’s license. I couldn’t wait till I could get mine.

That price was an impediment really upset me because of the Catch 22. These kids could make money, EASIER, if they had a license and could drive to work.

Well, in the case of this boy, though I had just met him, I fixed the problem. I am going to give him the money for driver’s ed. He can pay me back, interest free, IF and WHEN he can. I will not hold him to it. It is basically a present from I to him.

But that is just one boy. There must be others.

I have been thinking. I am going to TRY and pay for at least two kids a year — not counting my kids. That is the goal. So I will try and pay for another kid in 2016.

But that again isn’t enough.

We need a bigger program. A fund or a scholarship program. We need to try and help kids get their licenses. As it happened I was talking to the ‘Promotions Manager’ at Fidelity, in the Nashua (NH) office, and happened to mention this. I need to follow up.

So just bringing this to your attention. This is not good.


Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Chinese Attempt To Break 10′ Tumbling Record (Video)

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
2015
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Helping Sri Lanka elephants.
>> ‘Legends’ circus in N.H.
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Two clowns.
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Manchester, NH, Oct. 2015.
>> Elephants
phased out by 2018.


++++  Search ‘circus’ for lots of other posts from prior years >>>>>>


YouTube video by Deanna taken Sunday at the circus,
in Manchester, NH.

This is the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe
trying to break a World record.
Jumping through a hoop 10′ off the ground. Cool.

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Click image to access YouTube video.


Deanna’s entire elephant act video.


Photo Montage video of the entire circus.


Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey — Helping Sri Lanka Elephants. Thumbs Up!

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
2015
>> ‘Legends’ circus in N.H.
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Two clowns.
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Manchester, NH, Oct. 2015.
>> Elephants
phased out by 2018.


2014
>> Feeding bunny to python
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>> Selling cigarettes at circus …

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++++  Search ‘elephants’ for LOTS of elephant-related posts. >>>>>>

++++  Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’ for lots of other posts. >>>>>>


When we got home from the circus, and I had a chance to take a look at the $15 souvenir program (we always buy since Teischan likes to look at them on an ongoing basis), I was amazed and gratified to see this 2-page spread about what Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey are doing to help elephants in Sri Lanka. Yes. I am glad and happy. This is good. It will be a symbiotic effort. Sri Lanka sure can do with any financial help it can get when it comes to helping the elephants and in return they have centuries worth of hands-on experience on elephant husbandry that they can share.

Click to ENLARGE and read. Picture taken with my new Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. Cracks me up that it allows me to take such great, high resolution pictures because it is NOT an expensive camera. Love it.


I am somewhat au fait with all the programs that Ringling & Barnum have to help elephants. Yes, we have all watched “An Apology to Elephants” documentary. Yes, we know that they will be phasing elephants out of their circuses in the next two years. But as a search on my ‘elephant’ posts on this blog will show, I am not totally opposed to Ringling & Barnum having an elephant act. From what I can see they do seem to treat their elephants well and most of their elephants seem to be in great shape. I even talked about this yesterday.

Click to access.


“They”, i.e., Ringling & Barnum, are definitely on the offensive these days vocally defending their treatment of elephants. Watch Deanna’s YouTube video of the 7 minute elephant act on Sunday. They really laid it on thick. Again we have no gripes, as yet, with the elephant act. We all HATE the big cat act and I am not fond of the acts involving dogs, pigs and goats — but Deanna and the kids love those.


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