Eric Pinder debuts rollicking children's book

GORHAM -- This Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., the White Mountain Cafe and Bookstore at 212 Main Street in Gorham will present one of the North Country's most prolific authors, Eric Pinder. Pinder recently released a major new children's book, "If All the Animals Came Inside", from the national children's book publisher, Little, Brown and Company.
At 2:30 p.m., kids of all ages are welcome at the cafe, as Pinder will read aloud from "If All the Animals Came Inside". Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, as bears march down the stairs, kangaroos bounce on the couch, and an octopus splashes in the bath! Boisterous and bold collage illustrations from the critically-acclaimed and beloved New York Times bestselling illustrator Marc Brown brings this rhyming adventure to life in a giggle inducing read-aloud.
Eric is known to many in the North Country and is a nationally-acclaimed writer. He first arrived as an employee of the Mount Washington Observatory. His time on the "Rock Pile," led to the popular book, "Life at the Top". From there, Eric went on to write "Cat in the Clouds", "Among the Cloud"s, and "Tying Down the Wind". Noted climber and producer David Breashears called Eric's book "North to Katahdin", "A descriptive, insightful book that makes us think about our place in nature."
Eric's full collection of works, much enjoyed by readers of the years, will be available for purchased and can be signed by the author. They make fabulous gifts for any reader interested in the hiking, weather and the outdoors.
The White Mountain Cafe and Bookstore is delighted to welcome Eric, and we look forward to readers of all ages joining us for this event. For more information, call the cafe and bookstore at 466-2511, or visit online at whitemountaincafe.com.

Berlin Senior Center becoming a spa

BERLIN -- On Wednesday, May 16, the community is invited to the 1st Spa Night Fundraiser at the Senior Center from 4 to 7 p.m. to benefit North Country Meals-On-Wheels. This Spa Night will pamper and please its attendees with a host of special offerings from spa professionals who are volunteering their time.
Upon your arrival you will be greeted with a glass of non- alcohol bubbly. You will begin to unwind with a soothing scalp massage followed by a relaxing chair massage and a luxurious hand and foot massage performed by local spa therapists. There will also be toenail clipping and filing, paraffin dipping to hydrate your hands and jewelry cleaning for those who wish to participate. Clothing should be comfortable, as you will remain clothed during all services and have the ability to skip any service you wish. After you will feel entirely stress free and rejuvenated!
Spa Night is accompanied with a delicious light meal consisting of fresh soup, sandwiches and a dessert buffet of homemade sweets and a chocolate fondue from the culinary crafting of the Senior Meals staff. The night will end with a door prize drawing and everyone leaving with a surprise gift.
This is a rejuvenating offering that I hope the community will take advantage of" said licensed esthetician," Sonya Raymond. "We are glad to put together this spa experience for a very good cause."
Meals-on-Wheels delivered 119,000 hot meals into the homes of the frail elderly in Coos County last year providing nutrition and daily safety checks for home bound seniors. The program is part of Tri-County Community Action and works with many volunteers to provide Senior Meals.
The donation for Spa Night is $35 and is open to all ages. The tickets are limited and must be purchased in advanced. To reserve your spot at Spa Night call the Berlin Senior Center at 752-2545 or stop by and purchase a ticket at 610 Sullivan Street where the Senior Center is located in the AG Community Center on Berlin's east side.

Donations, runners needed for torch run

BERLIN — The Special Olympics Torch Run is  just over a week away and more runners and fundraisers are still needed. The run will be held on Saturday, May 19 and stretches from Milan to Gorham. Runners can sign up for any distance or run the whole route.
The event raises money for the Special Olympics. Anyone who would like to participate or business who would like to donate to the cause can call Det. Luc Poulin at Berlin Police Department, 752-3131.

Local students graduate from Keene State

KEENE, NH -- On Saturday, May 5, Keene State College's Commencement honored its biggest-ever graduating class. A total of 1,196 degrees were awarded to 1,107 students.
This year's graduates included the following local students: Joseph Boucher of Berlin, NH; Cynthia Davenport of Berlin, NH; William Glover of Milan, NH; Nicole Hill of Gorham, NH and Richard Ouellette of Berlin, NH.
Mary Ann Kristiansen, local entrepreneur, artisan and community-builder, was honored with the Granite State Award for her professional accomplishments and dedication to service.
The Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters was presented to Janet Cohen, who demonstrates outstanding humanitarian efforts and social responsibility. Her endeavors have made an indelible and positive impact not only on Keene State College and the Monadnock region, but also on the larger human community.

Fritz Wetherbee, television personality and New Hampshire storyteller, will be the keynote speaker at writer's conference

BERLIN - The second annual Writers' Conference and Book Festival, presented by Northern Forest Heritage Park located at 942 Main Street in Berlin, will be held Saturday, May 19.
Fritz Wetherbee, television personality and New Hampshire storyteller, will be the keynote speaker. The day also features writing workshops, author and poet readings, book sales and a fiction competition called "Literary Flash: Three Minutes to Fame."
The festival's theme, "Reading, 'Riting and Retail," will appeal to writers, readers and the general public. This is the second year that Northern Forest Heritage Park in association with the New Hampshire Writers' Project and in cooperation with the North Country Writers' Night Out group have presented a book festival in Berlin. Workshops on poetry, nonfiction, fiction and social media will be presented in the morning.
As part of the Berlin Book Fair, Wally Keniston, www.UsedBooks.TK Roadshow will evaluate up to three volumes for any interested visitor to the Book Festival. Each book will be assessed on several points, including: condition, desirability, long term care and disposition. Suggested donation to the New Hampshire Writers' Project is $2 per item or $5 for three items.
Wally will also bring a selection of unusual, rare, and antiquarian materials from Eyes of the Owl Used BQQKS of Wolfeboro for public perusal and possible purchase. Materials will include early White Mountain books, Historic reference works about New Hampshire and Northern New England, Vintage publications by famous New England Poets and Authors, writers' reference materials and other odd items that come to hand. For more information about Book Evaluations, our free search service, our nonprofit donation policy, or to view specific materials from the inventory of Eyes of the Owl www.UsedBooks.TK, please leave your message at (877) 569-4040. All serious inquiries will receive prompt attention.
Maudelle Driskell, executive director of the Frost Place in Franconia, will present a workshop on the craft of poetry. Ron Roy and David Moore are published authors from Berlin and will speak in their areas of specialty, fiction and nonfiction. John Herman, a teacher and artist, will offer a session on social media and electronic publishing.
The cost of each morning workshop is $15 or $25 for three sessions. A grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation allows 25 high school and community college students to attend the three sessions for $5. Registration is required and can be made at www.nhwritersproject.org. Although there is a fee for the morning workshops, the park is open and free to the public, including afternoon events.
In the afternoon, George Geers, executive director of the New Hampshire Writers' Project and owner of Plaidswede Publishing Co., will talk on publishing and the many ways an author can now publish his or her work -- traditionally, self-publishing or online.
An inside look at the publication of the Berlin area book, Seasonal Selections, will be presented by Mosaic Bookworks and its local contributors available to sign copies of the book.
Vendors and authors, including Fritz Wetherbee, will be available to sell and sign their work. There is still room for arts and crafts vendors and farmer's market vendors. Please call 752-7202 for more information.
The Literary Flash competition, which runs 3 to 4 p.m., is one of the New Hampshire Writers' Project's signature events. Each contestant gets three minutes to read a complete piece of original fiction in front of an audience and panel of judges. The winner of the North Country competition will compete in the final showdown at the annual Writers' Day Conference in 2013. The Literary Flash competition is free and open to the public. The competition is limited to eight writers. Pre-registration is required on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to NHWP members at www.nhwritersproject.org.
As usual the park will present its irresistible barbecue, French fries, fried dough and drinks. Added to the menu for this festival is homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup prepared by Gerry Riendeau, North Country Senior Center chef! Please visit www.northernforestheritage.org or call 752-7202 for more information.