2017 “Laconia Multicultural Festival” Is On Saturday, September 9 — BUT With A Very Limited Program.
2017 Laconia Multicultural Festival 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.
Wonder what happened? This is WAY SCALED back. I will have to talk to some folks to get the story.
FREE Christmas Trees For 4th Graders Through The Wonderful U.S. Government “Every Kid In A Park” Program.
Available in New Hampshire too!
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.
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!]
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Wolfeboro, NH: Governor Wentworth Adult Education, Fall (i.e., October) 2016 — Complete Brochure Online.
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
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.
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.
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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by Anura Guruge
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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.
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.
by Anura Guruge
>> Helping Sri Lanka elephants.
>> ‘Legends’ circus in N.H.
>> Two clowns.
>> Manchester, NH, Oct. 2015.
>> Elephants phased out by 2018.
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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.
Deanna’s entire elephant act video.
Photo Montage video of the entire circus.
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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.
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.
“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.