“Dark Matter is Life” event, Elks’ Hoop Shoot, Dover 400 conference

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Dover400 concludes lecture series with “Voices From the Cemetery”

DOVER – Dover400, a residents’ committee that organizes Dover’s 400th anniversary, concludes its monthly series of virtual lectures on Tuesday, December 14 at 7 p.m., with an online screening of the film “Voices From the Cemetery”, a historic and entertaining montage. who visits with two dozen prominent and provocative citizens of Dover’s past. Each featured guest is buried at Pine Hill Cemetery and comes back to life in this production, which was shot in September 2020 for the Woodman Museum.

The first eleven lectures, which cover the history of Dover from the early 17th to the mid-20th century, can be found on the Dover400.org website. Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public, pre-registration is required. To register for the December 14, 2021 conference, please confirm your attendance at www.Dover400.org.

Estate planning workshop on December 14

ROCHESTER – The Rochester Chamber of Commerce is hosting Estate Planning Workshops on December 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 59 South Main St., Rochester.

A real estate asset is vital for any individual, couple or family. This free educational event will cover: the legal documents that make up an estate plan, what they mean and why you need them; how probate works, why you might want to avoid it, and the strategies for doing so how you might be able to protect the assets intended for your heirs against lawsuits, divorce and other claims; why transferring assets and property to your children can be wrong; and ways to protect your assets from nursing home costs.

To register or get more information, call the IFA office at 800-821-1776.

Conference on Climate Policy in Contemporary Europe

KENNEBUNK, Maine – The Camden Lecture and Kennebunk Free Library feature Dr. Susana Hancock at the Kennebunk Free Library on Wednesday, December 15 at 6 p.m. ET. Dr Hancock will discuss climate policy in contemporary Europe.

Hancock is an arctic climate geopolitics specialist. With a background ranging from astrophysics to linguistics, she recently graduated from three degrees from the University of Oxford. Originally from Maine, she has worked and lived in the polar regions much of her life. Currently, Susana is an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is on the executive committee of the Association for Polar Early Career Scientists where she works on climate and science diplomacy, and has been a consultant for the ‘Arctic for the United Nations Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

This program is free and wheelchair accessible. The free Kennebunk Library is located at 112 Main Street in Kennebunk, Maine. For more information, please call 207-985-2173 or email us at [email protected]

Black Heritage Trail presents Black Matter is Life: Poetry for Engagement and Overcoming

PORTSMOUTH – New Hampshire’s Black Heritage Trail presents the second in the “Dark Matter is Life” series of poetry events at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on Wednesday, December 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program will also be live-streamed. Registration is open now and is mandatory.

Based on the theme “The Race for STEM”, the four poems to be discussed on December 15th include Arachis by Marilyn Nelson, Horror Movie Pitch by Eve Ewing, Whitey on the Moon by Gil-Scott Heron and Yes! Hit that Sounding String again, by James Monroe Whitfield. Participants will receive the poems and a study guide before the event.

Guest poet Kyle Flemings will join the conversation with hosts Reginald Wilburn, associate professor of African American literature at the University of New Hampshire and Courtney Marshall, professor of English at Phillips Exeter Academy. Kyle Flemings is a writer and educator at Dayton Early College Academy, specializing in creative writing and creative writing pedagogy. He started a spoken word collective called “Underdog Academy” which performs spoken word examining political and racist issues across the United States. Flemings also manages a collective of 13 artists in Dayton called “Warriors of Rhetorical Discourse” or “the WORD”

Each program begins with the reading of an original poem by a local student whose poem was entered in a competition sponsored by the Racial Unity team and on display at the Portsmouth Public Library. Students were invited to write a poem based on a line from Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem, “The Hill We Go Up”. This month, Phillips Exeter Academy student Hannah Rubin will open the program by reading her poem “We Prayed With Our Feet”.

The Black Matter is Life programs examine the work of well-known and little-known black poets to explore and discuss the rich tradition of African American poetry. The public is invited to consider how the perspectives of the work of poets inform the race and contemporary events. Through poetry – an art form that requires careful reading, questioning, and critical engagement to build meaning – participants are encouraged to reflect on and ask questions about the diversity of ways African American poets have represented the black experience and what it means to be black. A third program will be offered on January 20, 2022.

Those who attend the program in person on December 15 will be able to see two exhibitions currently on display at 3S Artspace: A Quiet Reach, works by Daniel Minter and Vision and Visibility, a group exhibition of works by the emerging BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People from color) from New England. The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is proud to partner with 3S Artspace to share this work with the public in order to make visible the talents of contemporary poets and artists at BIPOC. “Poetry and art are platforms that make their presence known in the community,” said JerriAnne Boggis, Executive Director of BHTNH.

For more information, visit www.blackheritagetrailnh.org/events or www.3sarts.org or call 603-570-8469. For more information on health and safety guidelines while visiting 3S Artspace, visit www.3sarts.org/health-and-safety.

Rochester Elks Lodge1393 announces hoop shooting competition

ROCHESTER – Attention all children aged 8 to 13 in the Rochester area! The annual Rochester Elks Hoop Shoot will be held at the Rochester Community Center Gymnasium located at 150 Wakefield Street, Rochester, NH on Saturday, December 18, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The competition will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. bring your child’s birth certificates for registration (required to verify age). The event is open to all boys and girls aged 8 to 13. Trophies will be presented to the 1st and 2nd place winners of boys and girls of each age group. The winners of this competition will advance to the district competition in January 2022.

The Elks Hoop Shoot is almost 50 years old and has been a very successful youth program. Each competitor shoots 25 free throws to determine the winner in each age category. Winners can then compete in District, State, Regional and National Championships if they win at each level. The Nationals are currently being held in Chicago, Illinois. Winners and their parents / guardians benefit from free hotel and travel arrangements at some of the different levels of competition beyond the local competitions run by the Lodges.

Each year, the six National Hoop Shoot Champions have their names inscribed next to their photo in a digital display at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Additionally, two of the Frank Hise National Champions are present when Hall of Fame inductees are honored at the dedication ceremony.

For more information, contact Event President Peter Ducharme at [email protected]


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