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COURTESY CENTER OF CARTOON STUDIES

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COURTESY RUTH FISHMAN

New Hampshire Telephone Museum

NICHOLAS GAFFNEY

DEPARTMENTS 12 Hometown History: Newport, N.H. By Laura Jean Whitcomb 22 Art: Make Your Own Sketchbook Text and photography by Karen Rodis 25 Parenting: Getting Started with American Sign Language By Kelly Jarosz

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If you’ve ever tried to describe life before mobile phones to a kid and wished you had an old corded phone to demonstrate, it’s time to put this Warner, N.H., treasure on your weekend travel list. By Emma Wunsch Photos by Nicholas Gaffney

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Tutti's Promise Noticing how unusually quiet and attentive a classroom full of middle schoolers became as her mother recalled memories of growing up in the Holocaust, K. Heidi Fishman suddenly realized she had to permanently capture that brave little girl’s voice and story. By Kim J. Gifford Photos courtesy of Ruth Fishman

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Cartoon Club Cartoons and the daily comics are often among a child’s earliest reading material and many children are inspired to create their own. Graduate students at the Center for Cartoon Studies are eager to share their skills and knowledge with Upper Valley youth. By Bridgett Taylor Photos courtesy of the Center for Cartoon Studies


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editor’s note Hallelujah, spring is almost here! Whenever a particularly bitterly cold and snowy winter comes to a close, the “travel bug” often strikes. I want to get away, out of my usual stomping grounds, for a fresh perspective on the world. When I’m lucky, I get to hop on an airplane and, hours later, step into the warm embrace of a temperate climate, where it’s eternally summer and the growing season never ends. A few days in the sun does wonders for one’s soul. But then there’s the return to northern New England. And that can be oh, so challenging. Rather than suffer through that painful re-entry, an Upper Valley stay-cation can easily satisfy one’s wanderlust. It’s a little embarrassing to tell an outof-town visitor that I’ve never visited a regional

landmark — such as the New Hampshire Telephone Museum in Warner, N.H. — but I have set foot at the Acropolis in Greece. Twice. Yeah…maybe it’s time to work on getting to know this place where I live. There are countless hidden and not-so-hidden gems in our region. These treasures include people, events, museums, farms, historical buildings, schools, etc. Kid Stuff’s goal is to find them, learn about them, and share their stories with our friends and neighbors in the magazine and online. Thanks for joining us!

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Find the Flower and win FREE Stuff The Kid Stuff logo (flower symbol pictured above) is hidden in one ad in this issue. To enter, find the logo and email the following to kidstuffeditor@gmail.com: 1. The ad (name of the business) in which you found the logo 2. Your full name and mailing address 3. Tell us which Upper Valley town you live in and your favorite local landmark and why it’s your favorite. If you don’t live locally, which of our wonderful towns would you live in if you could? We’ll select THREE winners to receive a $25 gift certificate to Stateline Sports in West Lebanon, N.H. The winners will be announced on Facebook and in the next issue. Good luck! Congratulations to Karen W. of Bethel, Vt., Dawn C. of Claremont, N.H., and Taiga W. of Hartland, Vt. Each found the hidden flower in the winter issue and won a $25 gift card to Blue Sky Restaurants (Jesse’s or Molly’s) of Hanover, N.H.

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New Hampshire Telephone Museum Museum “blasts from the past” fascinate the smartphone generation and delight nostalgic grown-ups. BY EMMA WUNSCH PHOTOGRAPHS BY NICHOLAS GAFFNEY When I told my kids that we were going to Warner, N.H., to visit the New Hampshire Telephone Museum, they were not impressed. “What’s that?” grumbled my 7 year old as she climbed in the car. “A room with a bunch of broken iPhones?” That Saturday afternoon, we learned that the New Hampshire Telephone Museum is a lot more than a room full of broken smart phones. And my entire family, children included, thoroughly enjoyed an entertaining and educational journey into the past.

ONE MAN’S CALLING The New Hampshire Telephone Museum is the legacy of Alderic O. “Dick” Violette whose career at Merrimack County Telephone (MCT) Company began in 1946. During the next 50-plus years, Violette did everything from digging pole holes to running cables and splicing wires to ultimately becoming president and CEO. Throughout his tenure at MCT, Violette amassed a vast and varied collection of telephone equipment 6

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including phones, tools, photographs, books and other related memorabilia. He always had it in the back of his mind that he would one day showcase his collection in a museum. The New Hampshire Telephone Museum, Inc., was formed on May 10, 2001, and opened in 2005.

says the 9 year old, pretending to make a call on a duck phone. The kids enjoyed wearing a headset while pretending to work a replica switch board, going into a vintage phone booth, and spinning a rotary phone number cut out.

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The New Hampshire Telephone museum lends itself to a self-guided tour. A short video is available for on-demand viewing and the entire museum is full of historical facts and trivia. You can also download a mobile tour app on your smart phone. Another option is to pop in for the guided tour with one of the museum’s knowledgeable and personable docents who detail important and interesting parts of national and local telephone history.

The museum houses more than 1,000 artifacts dating from 1878 to present that include a working switch board, a functioning Strowger switch (the first commercially successful electromechanical stepping switch telephone exchange system), early pay phones, telephone equipment, photographs and a fantastic collection of novelty phones which visitors are welcome to “use.” I am old enough to remember the Garfield phone, but my kids had no idea such novelties like the classic Princess, Mickey Mouse, Pepsi machine and Elvis phones ever existed. “Phones used to be so much fun,”

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My children liked hearing about the race between Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray to patent the telephone, the history of switchboard operators, and seeing the picture of the roller-skating switchboard operator manager. The tour is low-key enough for the docent to answer an occasional phone call and for groups to come and go as they wish. When one daughter wandered over to push the demo button on the Mickey phone for the tenth time, my other daughter continued to listen to the history of party lines and pay phones.

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SURPRISE RELICS When visiting the New Hampshire Telephone Museum, consider stopping by the Warner Firefighter museum, which is housed in the basement and open by request only. There, you can see a great collection of old photographs, artifacts and Sept. 11 memorabilia as well as three antique firetrucks — one of which children may climb up and sit on. A visit the New Hampshire Telephone Museum is time well-spent. It offers a hands-on, interactive approach to a rich and local history. It was a nice break from spending a day staring at screens. And when my husband took out his smart phone to look for a nearby restaurant, my 7 year old said “Wow, Dad, your phone looks pretty boring!” Emma Wunsch lives with her husband, two daughters, and large dog in Lebanon, N.H. Her young adult novel The Movie Version was published last fall. Nicholas Gaffney is a project-based photographer in Lebanon, N.H. He received a master's in photography from the Pratt Institute. He has taught photography, studio art, design and digital media in higher education for more than 15 years. See his work at ngaffney.net

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Hometown History

Newport, N.H. Four fun facts about the Sunshine Town BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB You’ve probably driven through or perhaps you live in this Upper Valley town, but there are things about Newport, N.H., that you might not know. Here are a few facts about The Sunshine Town.

Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879), author of the poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, was born in Newport. She wrote a letter to President Abraham Lincoln to convince him to establish the national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863.

In 1870 there were 134 waterwheels in use on 24 miles of the Sugar River, producing waterpower for textile mills, sawmills, tanneries, linseed oil mills and a hosiery.

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At one time, Newport had 19 covered bridges. Two are left today: Pier and Wright’s, both covered railroad bridges.

In 1888 Austin Corbin bought 26,000 acres of land (in Newport, Croydon, Grantham, Plainfield and Cornish) to form a wildlife game preserve stocked with wild boar, elk, bison, moose, antelopes and Himalayan goats. It was open to visitors every Sunday in 1894.

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Tutti’s Promise With middle school readers in mind, a Holocaust survivor’s daughter tells her mother’s moving story.

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BY KIM J. GIFFORD It is the quintessential question asked of writers: where do your ideas come from? For K. Heidi Fishman the answer not only comes easily, but she can pinpoint the exact moment the idea came to her to document the story of her mother’s Holocaust experience in her book, Tutti’s Promise. Tutti’s Promise is the story of German-born Tutti Lichtenstern and her brother, parents, and grandparents as they experienced the Holocaust. The story begins in 1940 with the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands — 4-year-old Tutti and her family had moved to Amsterdam — and takes readers through the following three years including time spent in hiding and 18 months in concentration camps. It concludes shortly after liberation with family members trying to get back on their feet again.

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Several years ago, Fishman was visiting her daughter’s seventh grade class at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, N.H. Teachers and students had gathered to listen to Fishman’s mother, Ruth “Tutti” Fishman, share stories about growing up during the Holocaust. Tutti was a child when the Nazis invaded in the Netherlands. Her family went into hiding before turning themselves in and being sent to the Westerbork and Theresienstadt concentration camps. Fishman’s mother had been telling her story at schools for some time: she had even been interviewed by Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation. Yet, listening to her mother that day and seeing the rapt attention of the audience, Fishman felt she had to find someone to record her mother’s story. “When Mom spoke, it was the quietest I had ever heard it,” Fishman says, recalling the classroom that day. “I realized Mom could not do this forever and her story teaches important lessons about bigotry, prejudice, getting along with others, not singling people out, and stepping up when you see something wrong. There are a lot of helpers in her story. They would never have survived by themselves,” Fishman says, a lesson she tries to instill in students when she tells the story.

INTENTION TO REALIZATION That evening, she returned home still contemplating who could write the book. Eventually, she concluded she would write it herself. Although her only writing experience had been her psychology dissertation, she knew she was the one to do it — and that it had to be written with middle-schoolers in mind. “I always wanted to write it for young people when I saw


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Ruth (Tutti) and her daughter, Heidi, the book's author.

those seventh graders listening dumbstruck, begging, ‘Tell me more.’ Plus, my mom’s memories are a kid’s memories. It’s her point of view as a child from which she tells the story,” says Fishman. It took Fishman five years from deciding to write the book to seeing it to publication. She enrolled in every writing course she could find in the Upper Valley, including courses at the Writer’s Center in White River Junction, Vt. At the encouragement of one of her teachers, she started a blog which helped make valuable connections that filled in the holes in her mother’s memory.

The story has a number of twists and turns, many of which were discovered and documented only after Fishman’s extensive and often fortuitous research. For example, she learned that her grandfather’s role as a metal commodities dealer before the war featured prominently in the family’s survival. “Essentially, the Nazis needed metal and they knew that he knew where to get the metal,” explains Fishman. As a result, her grandfather and the other “metal men,” whom Fishman hopes to one day write about in more detail, were able to keep many Jews alive not only sorting metal but, whenever possible, also foiling Nazi plans by placing similar-looking metal into wrong piles, so it might weaken weapons and aircraft. Fishman’s grandfather was allowed to leave the camp and go into the city to arrange the metal deals. It was on one of these trips that he brought back Popje, a doll for Tutti. He put the family’s remaining assets inside the doll’s head and made 9-year-old Tutti promise to keep the doll safe; hence, the title of the book. Fishman says she often asks students how they might have felt in Tutti’s place. “Imagine you are 9 years old and you are placed in charge of your family’s finances,” she says. “They are dumbfounded. You see it on their faces.” ›››››

Tutti and her brother, Robbie, on March 24, 1943

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Tutti's class photo, 1942

OPENING YOUNG MINDS Lauren Williams, a history teacher at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn., confirms that Fishman and Tutti’s visit to the school left students aweinspired. “I would say that this visit was extremely special for our students as they heard Tutti’s stories from her — a rarity nowadays. Our students were able to ask questions and this led to many thoughtful conversations that continued for many days after,” says Williams. Fishman says this is not unusual. She recently signed books at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. While signing, she mentioned that the story was about her mother, a Holocaust survivor. Out of the corner of her eye, she glimpsed a young girl who jumped at the word “survivor.” “She survived?” the girl asked, wide-eyed. Shortly afterwards, the child reappeared with her mother, wanting a copy of the book. “This child had just come from seeing the exhibit and was astonished that anyone had survived that,” says Fishman.

EXPLORING MORAL ETHICS Fishman’s book offers children an opportunity to explore gray areas and moral ethics surrounding the

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Holocaust. The book tells of one incident in which a Nazi guard in charge of the root cellar deliberately leaves his post so that Tutti’s father can gather vegetables for his family. This was in a concentration camp where people were starving. “Was the guard good or bad?” Fishman asks. She not only opens the conversation up at her book signings and talks, but offers discussion questions on her website for readers and educators as well. Interestingly, Fishman later learned that this guard might have helped her grandfather because of a shared history. He had been the headwaiter at the Hotel Bristol that her grandfather frequented before the war and he always tipped well.

PRESERVING FAMILY HISTORY Many, in turn, wonder what the impact of the book was on Fishman and her mother. “Heidi managed to express her love for me through Tutti’s Promise,” Fishman’s mother says. “Her constant research and


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tenacity digging into our family history was admirable and opened my eyes to details that previously were unknown to me.” Fishman says that what meant the most to her was her mother’s exclamation when she first read the book: “Wow, you brought us all alive again!” Students have asked Fishman if writing the book has changed her own understanding of the Holocaust. She tries to answer honestly without being too political. “My answer is I thought it was something that happened once a long time ago, but now I understand it didn’t happen just once. It happened once with that name, but we’ve had a lot of other genocides, a lot of other groups have been targeted and are still targeted,” she says. The solution she hopes lies in the story itself: “Every survivor is only a survivor because someone helped them, somebody hid them, somebody gave them extra food, somebody forged a passport, somebody did something for them. The lesson is about not being a bystander when you see something wrong, question it, bring it up whether a kid in school is bullying someone else or whether it is a teacher or someone in authority. We need to invite a new kid over for lunch before the semester starts, do something nice for the new one, so we can stop the idea of people who are different deserving less,” Fishman concludes. Kim J. Gifford is a writer, photographer/artist, avid dog lover and blogger. Her Bethel, Vt., home is always filled with nieces and nephews and her three pugs: Alfie, Waffles and Amore. Find her at pugsandpics.com

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BY BRIDGETT TAYLOR Cartoons and kids are a natural fit; the dominance of superhero costumes every Halloween is proof that comic book characters are popular with children. But the appeal of comics is more than adults who wear bright costumes and fight crime. As maturing readers, children often transition from picture books to comic strips and kids’ comics before jumping to chapter books. Likewise, a youngster’s first attempt at self-expression is drawing their favorite superheroes or simplified versions of the people and things around them.

NOT JUST FOR GRAD STUDENTS The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) in downtown White River Junction, Vt., provides graduate-level studies in creating comic art. But folks at CCS know that college graduates are not the only ones interested in sharing their creativity with family, friends and the world; for young learners age 9 and older, CCS offers a weekly Cartoon Club, held year-round on Saturdays, and a Summer Cartoon Club Camp held every July. Many of the young people who participate in Cartoon Club come back month after month and year after year. “We have students who maybe aren’t fitting well in a traditional school environment and it’s so exciting to see them be engaged,” says CCS Operations Manager Dave Lloyd, who has seen students use the skills learned in Cartoon Club to investigate other subjects.

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FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS Keeping in line with the school’s mission of providing the highest quality education to students interested in creating visual stories, the weekend and summer Cartoon Clubs follow the same principles as the adult programs at the school. The programs share similar structure. “They’re part of the same family,” says Lloyd. “The primary goal of the classes is to get people making comics.” Students hone skills in storytelling, creating art, and visual literacy (how we understand anything from a funny Internet meme to a subway map), so Cartoon Club does more than give kids a fun hobby and storytelling skills — it also provides tools to understand the world and communicate ideas to others. ›››››

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2018 Cartoon Club Session I: Feb. 3, Mar. 3 and Apr. 7 Session II: Oct., Nov. and Dec. dates TBA Saturdays/10 to 11:30 a.m. $30 per class or an entire session for $75 2018 Summer Cartoon Club Session I: July 9 to 13 Session II: July 16 to 20 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $225 per session or $350 for both

Kids drawing up a storm at The Center for Cartoon Studies.

Workshops take students through the basics of making comics, including the process of creating a visually distinct character and building its personality. Instructors often give students prompts so they can imagine what their characters would do in unusual or unexpected situations.

LEADERS OF THE CLUB Graduate students at CCS lead Cartoon Club. “We typically have a lead instructor who has been assisting the previous lead instructor for a bit,” says Lloyd, “So they then take on the lead role and develop the curriculum; it’s been an effective succession plan for us. Our full-time instructors often want to be part of Cartoon Club as well, so it’s not unusual to have drop-in visits from our full-time faculty.” That faculty includes such well-known artists as CCS co-founder James Sturm, whose work has appeared on the cover of The New Yorker magazine and

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in many other national publications; Sophie Yanow, a cartoonist, designer, and educator who has worked in the US and Canada; and Stephen R. Bissette, who has worked as a comic creator, publisher and editor (cocreating the character John Constantine for DC Comics) and as a writer and educator. Graduate student Daryl Seitchik has already published one graphic novel, EXITS, and came to CCS looking for a supportive creative community. Lloyd confesses that he finds the school a great place for both students and staff. “I work at Candyland,” he says.

FUN WORKSHOP THEMES In a recent monthly workshop at which Seitchik was the lead instructor, the theme was “expression.” “For the first exercise, I drew a worksheet that showed a spectrum of facial expressions and left room for the students to experiment with their own characters’ faces. For the second lesson, I drew different characters with a variety of body types, expressing emotion through body language and left room for students to play around with their own poses and postures,” says Seitchik. “Dan [Nott, co-instructor] did the third lesson on the comics-specific mark-making magic called emanata, which are the lines emanating from cartoon characters’ heads that show an emotion,” Seitchik continues. “The fourth and final worksheet was a six-panel grid, where the kids take what they learned from the previous lessons and apply them to a full-on comics story!” Seitchik puts extra focus into making sure each lesson’s theme is framed in a way that will be fresh and engaging to his young students. “Our preparation is what ultimately helps the kids have fun while they learn. I love seeing how every child approaches the lessons, some engrossed in silent, focused work, others gesticulating wildly about their brilliant new ideas,” he says. “It’s inspiring to be around them and, when I return to my own drawing desk, I feel like a kid again.”

DRAWING ALONGSIDE THEIR PEERS Even kids who don’t plan on a career in cartooning can learn from Cartoon Club, according to Clementine Lutes, 11, a fifth grader at Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee, Vt. Lutes, whose father is a core instructor for the CCS master’s program, plans to be either a cartoonist or a chef. She participated in the spring and fall sessions of Cartoon Club for two years and continues to write stories and draw pictures. One of the aspects Lutes liked most about Cartoon Club was working on her storytelling skills with other


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young people. “It’s kind of a small room,” she says. “So I got to see [other students’] stories. I could compare myself to others — that’s a cool drawing style that girl did or I liked how that boy made his story exciting. I could find ways to make my stories more dramatic or romantic based on their stories.” Young cartoonists are encouraged to create their own comics outside the classroom environment. Cartooning is “a very accessible medium,” says Lloyd, because they are easy to make and distribute. Most of the materials used in Cartoon Club are items that students already have at home or can obtain easily, such as pencils, pens and paper. Lutes, whose favorite genres are fantasy and science fiction, still has the collection of cartoons she created at Cartoon Club and is proud of the work she did. “Once I did a comic that was about a big puff ball,” she says. “That one was really funny.” Bridgett Taylor lives in South Royalton, Vt., and works in the Upper Valley. She is a freelance writer, grant writer, and volunteer DJ at Royalton Community Radio (royaltonradio.org), where she can be heard most Friday nights.

The Newport Montessori School NMS is accepting 2017-2018 8 9 Enrollment Applications for the following grade levels and classrooms: H Junior Classroom (6th, 7th & 8th grade students) (3rd,&4th5th&grade 5th grade students) H Upper Elementary (4th students) H Lower Elementary (1st, 3rd grade students) (1st &2nd 2nd&grade students) H Primary Classrooms (Prekindergarten & Kindergarten students) Voted Best Preschool Runner Up and Best Private School Runner Up in 2015 by

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Art

Make Your Own Sketchbook Ready to ramp up your creativity? Make your own sketchbook! TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY KAREN RODIS

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Lots of teens use sketchbooks and journals to record musings, observations and imaginings. The best kinds of sketchbooks are those you can take along wherever you go. Follow the steps below to create your own travel sketchbook. The fun in this project — aside from making an actual pad of paper — is exploring the unpredictable and uncontrollable qualities of paint like the Abstract Expressionist painters did. In the 1940s, artist Jackson Pollock pioneered his famous “drip painting” method. Helen Frankenthaler developed a technique for pouring paint onto raw canvas called “stain painting” in the 1950s. Experiment with these painting styles to make a personalized canvas-wrapped sketchbook. Be sure to wear clothes that can get messy!

WHAT YOU NEED • Newspapers • White drawing paper (6 inches by 9 inches) • Large (2 inch) binder clips

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• Chipboard or thick tag (6 inches by 9 inches) • Pad compound • Paintbrushes • Acrylic paints (at least three colors) • Medium weight canvas (at least one side unprimed) (18 inches by 24 inches) • Spray bottle • Water • Paper cups • Craft glue • Fabric scissors • Embroidery thread • Large button • Needle and thread

MAKE THE PAD 1. Cover work surface with newspaper. Assemble supplies. 2. Stack paper as neatly as possible on top of chipboard. Decide which edge of the stack to bind, and then clip paper together near that edge. 3. Pour pad compound into a cup. Brush pad compound onto the edge of the paper and chipboard. Let dry until canvas is no longer wet. 4. Test the binding by removing clips and flipping the pages. If needed, repeat steps 2 and 3.

MAKE THE COVER 1. Spread canvas on work surface, unprimed surface up. 2. Mix acrylic paints with water in paper cups until paint is thinned.


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3. Fill spray bottle with water. Spritz the canvas until surface is wet. Stain canvas by gently pouring one color at a time. Observe as colors run into one another and change when absorbed into the canvas. Try spraying water onto stained colors, and experiment by lifting a side of the canvas so that paint runs in the other direction. Pour, spritz, and move the canvas until entire surface is painted. Let dry. 4. Transfer supplies to an outdoor location. Dip brushes into paint and then drip and splatter paint onto the canvas. See how your results change as you play with speed, angle, and amount of paint on your brush. Use multiple colors to give your work

depth and visual excitement. Let dry for at least two hours. 5. Turn canvas over and brush paint the other side. Let dry for 24 hours. 6. Decide how the canvas should wrap around the sketchbook. Trim edges of canvas. 7. Glue back of sketchbook onto canvas. 8. Sew button to canvas and tie on embroidery thread to wrap the sketchbook. Embellish if desired. Happy sketching! Karen Rodis is the programming and arts in education coordinator at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret, Vt. Learn more at artistreevt.org

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Parenting

Getting Started with American Sign Language Communicating with your baby or toddler is easier than you think BY KELLY JAROSZ Signing helps babies and toddlers communicate what they are thinking and feeling before they’re able to speak, which decreases frustration and creates a strong bond between a child and his caregivers. Signing with older children enhances learning, increases literacy skills, and teaches a second language. “That all sounds great,” you might think, “but how can I teach my child a language that I don’t know myself?” At a signing workshop earlier this year, Tehmina Butt, a mom of two boys in Lebanon, N.H., said “I thought you had to be a perfect parent to sign with your kids, but now I see it’s really easy!” She’s right. It doesn’t take years of studying to start communicating with your baby or toddler, and the benefits are priceless.

PARENTS LEARN FIRST It’s never too early to start signing with your child. Infants as young as 6 months can sign if they have been exposed to sign language since birth. Six to nine months is a great time to start signing — about the time your child joins the family

at the table for meals. If your child is older, it’s not too late to start either! The older the child, the quicker they’ll start signing back. When it comes to signing with babies and toddlers, parents learn first and become a child’s primary teachers. There’s a learning method to fit each family’s schedule and learning preferences. Classes or workshops let you ask the instructor questions, meet other families who are signing with their children, and spend fun quality time with your little one. Books, videos

and websites let you learn on your own schedule, in addition to or instead of an in-person class.

SPEAK, SIGN, REPEAT Choose one sign to start with and use the sign each time you say the word throughout the day. Snack and mealtimes are great for practicing MORE and ALL DONE. Learning to sign takes a lot of repetition. Be patient and keep signing, even if it doesn’t seem like your child is getting it. Depending on her age, it may take a few days to a few months for her to understand ›››››

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TIPS Once your family has gotten the hang of basic signs, you can expand your sign vocabulary based on your child’s interests. Does he love animals, vehicles, the outdoors? Learn a handful of signs on that topic and incorporate them during play time, story time and stroller rides. Using signs in kid friendly songs is a fun way for everyone to learn.

what you’re doing and sign back. Signing teaches both expressive and receptive communication skills, so even before she signs back, she will understand your signs. Watch for reactions to your signs, like getting excited when you sign MILK or EAT. You can gently take her hands and help her form the sign, but don’t force it if she

isn’t interested. Most important, make signing lighthearted and fun. Signing is a way to communicate and bond with your child. It’s not a test or a race, so enjoy your signing time together. Kelly Jarosz teaches ASL vocabulary to little ones and their families through classes, story times and workshops. She lives with her family in Hanover, N.H.

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Strong facial expressions are an important part of communicating in American Sign Language and are engaging for young children, so don’t be afraid to let your face show the meanings of signs like SICK, SAD, or SURPRISED. Share your child’s signs with anyone else who takes care of them. It’s helpful to show caregivers the correct sign as well as how your child currently makes the sign, since while they’re learning, their version of the sign may look different. If your family speaks a language other than English at home, signs can act as a bridge between spoken languages and help your child learn English. For children with speech or developmental challenges, the process of learning to sign likely will be similar, with the understanding that it may take longer for your child to sign back. An early intervention specialist can advise on how signing can contribute to your child’s development.


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It Happens. GreatKids Award

Young nonprofit founder, Fiona Greenough, is changing the world “one tampon at a time.” Fiona Greenough, 17, of Meriden, N.H., is the GreatKids award winner for spring 2018.

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Unavoidable things happen in life. What also happens — through kindness, awareness and determination — is the development of a great kid. Fiona Greenough, 17, of Meriden, N.H., who founded It happens. when she was 16, is the latest Kid Stuff GreatKid Award recipient. The mission of It happens. is to provide women and girls of the Upper Valley with necessary feminine hygiene products. HOW DID IT HAPPEN?

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grandmother’s passing, began to explore local charities. After putting some into a college savings account, she had $100 left to donate. Greenough reflected on her life and the things that she couldn’t live without. Feminine products came to her mind. The need is worldwide and often overlooked. Says Greenough, “Traditionally, when people seek to better their own community, they provide food. However, feminine products target a specific demographic; they’re not always thought of as…as important. For the betterment and empowerment of women, I decided to support the struggling women in my community by targeting this specific need.” THE HARSH REALITY

When she delivered that first $100 worth of feminine products (with the help of her mom and numerous coupons), Greenough was blown away by the gratitude shown by volunteers and employees at The Haven. “I felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and realized that my job was far from finished,” Greenough said. She learned how some single mothers go without these products just so they can feed their children and many teenage girls go without them all together. This reality within her community struck Greenough hard. This would be her charitable mission. She says, “On the ride home from The Haven, I began plan-

ning It happens. and decided that I was going to change the world, one tampon at time.” When she got home that day, she created a Facebook page and began reaching out, asking for modest donations of one dollar. HELPING HANDS

In the first year, Greenough received overwhelming support from her church and school communities. She always reached for her goal, raising $100 worth of feminine supplies almost every month. “When I announced my mission at church, almost everyone gave me what they had in their pockets on that day. It was truly remarkable,” she says. Greenough’s high school principal supported her cause. “I was able to put out a box for donations and an immense outpouring of generosity came from the student body and staff members,” she says. The Progressive Political Activist Club supported It happens. by placing donation boxes at locations throughout the Upper Valley. They collected products and cash donations worth hundreds of dollars.

“For the betterment and empowerment of women, I decided to support the struggling women in my community by targeting this specific need.” – Fiona Greenough

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STAYING MOTIVATED

At times it’s been a challenge to raise funds and awareness. Many community members, aware that the need is constant, give regularly. “To better your community is one of the most rewarding things that person can do. After dropping off donations, I feel amazing,” she says. She is inspired by her parents, supportive and wonderful role models. “They truly believe that I can do whatever I want to do and that I’ll be successful at it, if I try hard enough.” Greenough’s friend Rachel Grohbrugge, 17, of Grantham, N.H., describes the It happens. founder as “one of the most positive, inspiring people I know. Every time I see her she is positive and energetic. If I ever have to vent or complain, she is always there to turn my negative into a positive.” Greenough describes herself as politically active and not afraid to contribute her opinion, passionately and respectfully, to a conversation. Her grandmother, Jean Greenough of Chatham, Mass., says, “Fiona is a very inclusive person. She embraces diversity and promotes tolerance whenever she sees an opportunity. She’s always been a very caring and thoughtful person.” LOOKING AHEAD

Susan Gregory-Davis, copastor at Meriden Congregational Church in Meriden, N.H., foresees no end to this young woman’s

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What is the Kid Stuff GreatKids Award? Four times a year, an outstanding local kid who has demonstrated heartfelt passion, enthusiastic commitment and humanitarian spirit while making a positive impact on the community is selected by the Kid Stuff editorial team to receive GreatKids Award the award. Kids are nominated by their neighbors, teachers, parents, etc. The winner (age 5 to 21) is profiled in Kid Stuff magazine and receives a framed certificate and a cash prize. The GreatKids Award nomination form can be found online at uppervalleykidstuff.com

altruism. “Fiona has demonstrated her spirit-filled commitment — in so many ways — to helping our world be a more just, loving and beautiful place. Fiona will continue to make extraordinary contributions to others and to our society throughout her lifetime; initiating and bringing about change not only individually but also systemically…not only locally but also nationally and globally,” she says. Greenough plans to attend a four-year university and major in a community service related area of study. When not donating her time to her charity, she performs in Lebanon High School dramas and musicals and in the North Country Community Theatre productions. When talking about future plans for It happens., she says she want to spread the

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organization over a larger region and make more of a difference for women in not only the Upper Valley but everywhere. Kid Stuff is thrilled to add Fiona Greenough to the GreatKid family of outstanding young people making a positive difference in their communities. “Whatever dream you have, just go for it. It’s less daunting once you realize what you’re capable of,” says Greenough. Wise words from a caring and kindhearted young woman. Leigh Ann Root is a freelance writer, photographer and yoga instructor. She teaches yoga throughout the Lake Sunapee Region with Sunapee Yoga Company, her traveling yoga business. Leigh Ann lives in Newbury, N.H., with her husband, Jonathan, and children, Parker and Joleigh. Learn more at sunapeeyogacompany.com


Great Kids The Upper Valley is Full of Them

Do you know a kid who’s doing great things? Nominate him or her for the GreatKids award! Winners will be profiled in Kid Stuff magazine and receive a cash prize. It’s easy to do; just fill out GreatKids Award Application online at uppervalleykidstuff. com and a winner will be selected by the Kid Stuff team each issue (four winners annually)!

Reason for Nomination We’re looking for kids (age 5 to 21) who demonstrate heartfelt passion, enthusiastic commitment and humanitarian spirit while making a positive impact on the community.

Application can be found online at uppervalleykidstuff.com

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Kids Corner

Q&A with the Listen Center Kid Stuff magazine sends out a student reporter to interview a local nonprofit, business or person. WEB listencs.org

BY CAMERON MOOTE I’m interviewing Lisa Saturley, who works at the Listen Center in Lebanon, not only to see what it is like to work at a nonprofit but also to see what it is like to help those in need. Q. How was the Listen Center created? A. In 1972, a group decided they would build a community garden and a food co-op, which quickly turned into a thrift store. This group also knew that some people needed help paying their bills, so if someone came in and said, “I need help; they are about to turn off my water” they would go to the till and take money out and give it to them. They would say, come volunteer with us sometime if you can. Q. How does the whole system work? A. People bring stuff in that their kids no longer use or have grown out of. It must be in good condition to accept. We don’t accept large electronics but tablets that are functional are acceptable and able to be sold after being tested. We have a total of four stores: three thrift stores that sell clothing and household goods and one that sells furniture. All the money we bring in from the stores goes back into our programs, staff and the stores themselves.

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Q. Are there opportunities to volunteer at the Listen Center? A. Our age group is 15 and up without an adult or parent. The parent must sign a permission slip to volunteer. Sometimes we work with the Sacred Heart Church to run programs. Q. Why did you decide to work here? A. The job I had before this was coordinating and scheduling staff. Here I coordinate and schedule volunteers. I’ve always liked helping those in need and I like working with the volunteers more. I also get holidays off, which is amazing. Q. What is it like to work at the Listen Center? A. It’s very busy. Every day is different; we never know who is going to come in as an unscheduled client in need. It’s nice to be able to help people who need it. Q. Do you work full time here? A. Yes, we have seven full-time people and two part-time. We are

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hiring more part time in the stores. We rely a lot on volunteers, which bring in more money for kids’ programs. Q. In the past, I have received a chance to go to a summer camp from one of Listen’s programs. Can you tell me a little more about how it works? A. Summer camp scholarships are awarded to qualifying families. We get recommendations from schools and agencies, like DCF, that think our programs would benefit that certain kid. Cameron Moote is a student at Lebanon Middle School. He likes to play the piano.

STUDENT REPORTERS NEEDED! Interested in writing for Kid Stuff ? Contact Laura Jean at info@ kearsargemagazine.com with your idea for the fall or winter issue. And, yes, we do pay a small fee for articles!


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CALENDAR Out & About The spring calendar is sponsored by LaValley Building Supply

March 2

Friday/10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

March 3

Make Your Own Shrink Art Key Chain Drop in for this fun and free arts and crafts event during Winter Break! Kids can make their own charms out of shrinky dink plastic, add sparkle gems, and create a key chain or zipper pull. Kids under age 8 need adult supervision (but adults can make one, too). Sponsored by Kid Stuff magazine and Black Cat Cards. >> Main Street BookEnds, 156 East Main Street, Warner, N.H. >> Free >> mainstreetbookends.com

March 3 and 17 Saturday/10:30 to 11 a.m.

We Sign Together Story Time Stories, rhymes, songs and games incorporating American Sign Language vocabulary for ages 0 to 4 with caregiver. Led by Kelly Jarosz, a certified Baby Signing Time instructor. >> South Reading Room, Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, N.H. >> Free >> thehowe.org

Saturday/1 to 4 p.m.

Take Apart Day Ever wonder what’s inside the household appliances you use every day? Explore the insides of VCRs, toasters, cameras and toys where you’ll find gears, cams, motors, and other components that work together to form complex mechanical and electrical machines. >> Montshire Museum, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt. >> Free with museum admission >> montshire.org

March 7

Wednesday/10 to 11 a.m.

Stars Within Reach: Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! Johnny is a big fan of school but that all changes when the new kid, Gabe arrives. Gabe doesn’t speak any English and that doesn’t stop Johnny from going out of his way to be unkind. What will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends? Johnny realizes a powerful message in this story in which differences are celebrated. >> Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock, Vt. >> $6 >> pentanglearts.org

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CALENDAR

March 17 and 18

March 10

Saturday/11 a.m. fun run, 12 p.m. 5k

17th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run Fun prizes for top overall male and female. Unique medals for top three in each age group. Refreshments available. Benefits Youth Activities Scholarships. >> Lebanon City Hall, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N,H. >> Adults $28, youth 13 to 17 $23, youth 12 and under $18 >> Shamrock5k.com

March 11

8th Annual Howel Classic Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament Saturday is date-night for grown-ups to play indoor mini-golf, swing to jazz music, and enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres while kids age 4 to 11 party in pajamas. On Sunday, the course is open and daytime golfers get to snack on pizza and treats. >> Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, N.H. >> Saturday: Adults $60, Kids Pajama Party $15; Sunday $5 per person >> thehowe.org

March 17

Sunday/12 to 4 p.m.

Family Arts Day

Saturday/3 p.m.

Perfect for all ages. Talented local artists lead hands-on workshops. Open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase. >> The Sharon Academy High School, 6704 Route 14, Sharon, Vt. >> Free >> sharonacademy.org

Pete’s Posse Join Vermont’s own Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon and Tristan Henderson as they perform tunes from and about Ireland. Fiddle, mandolin, vocals and more will have the room rocking for this musical celebration of all things Eire. Sharon Comeau will share some Irish dance and get the audience up and moving! >> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> hop.dartmouth.edu

March 22 to 25

March 13 to May 24 Tuesdays and Thursdays/5 to 6:30 p.m.

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Girls in third through fifth grades are invited to participate in a 10-week after-school program not like any other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms while making new friends and building self-confidence. >> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H. >> $129, scholarships available >> girlsontherunnh.org

Adapted from Judith Byron Schachner’s acclaimed book, Yo, Vikings! is the mini-saga of 10-year-old Emma Katz, the fiercest Viking in Swarthmore, Penn., and her quest for real adventure. This kid friendly musical combines sweeping melodies, thrilling Viking chants, and funky rock ‘n roll with a beautiful, heart-warming story to engage and excite every member of the family. >> Northern Stage, The Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> $18.75 >> northernstage.org

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March 23 Friday/7 to 9 p.m.

Community Youth Night Join the Claremont Parks and Recreation Department for a fun filled evening especially for children in kindergarten through grade 8. Concessions will be for sale. >> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H. >> $5 (pre-register online) >> claremontnh.com

March 24 and 25 Saturday and Sunday/Various times

Maple Weekend An entire weekend is dedicated to the local folks who spend countless hours every spring collecting and boiling sap from maple trees to make delicious syrup. Enjoy pancakes, donuts, sugar on snow and more! >> Locations throughout New Hampshire and Vermont >> nhmapleproducers.com >> vermontmaple.org

March 28 Sunday/3 p.m.

CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship Police officers and firefighters from across the region gather to play hockey to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. >> SNHU Arena, 555 Elm Street, Manchester, N.H. >> $10, kids 5 and under free >> chadhockey.org

March 29

Thursday/10 to 11 a.m.

The Huntertones The Huntertones is a high energy horn-driven group based in Brooklyn, N.Y. The band’s signature sound is a marriage of inspired improvisation and adventurous compositions that meld jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, R&B, and rock. Recommended for preschool to grade 6. >> Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock, Vt. >> $6 >> pentanglearts.org

March 25

March 30

Sunday/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday/5 to 6:30 p.m.

Annual Maple Sugar Day Celebrate the maple syrup season with native heritage activities, food tastings, sugar on snow, maple sugar making, and the traditional way to boil sap. There will also be canoe burning and bowl burning demonstrations. >> Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H. >> Maple events are free, admission to museum $5 >> indianmuseum.org

Peeps Diorama Contest and Party Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite diorama. Partygoers enjoy Peeps-themed refreshments, including a Peeps s’more roast in the parking lot (weather permitting). The Peeps dioramas will be on display through Friday, April 6, during gallery hours. >> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> Free >> libraryartcenter.org

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March 30 and 31

Friday/6 p.m. carnival, 7 p.m. circus Saturday/3 p.m. carnival, 4 p.m. circus

11th Annual Middle School Carnival and Circus Family-friendly, rollicking good fun! The Sharon Academy middle school students perform their hilarious, student-created circus that consistently draws huge crowds. Come early to experience the pre-circus carnival — a wonderful collection of student-run games and activities for children. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. >> The Sharon Academy High School, 6704 Route 14, Sharon, Vt. >> $3 >> sharonacademy.org

March 31

Saturday/12 to 4 p.m.

Cardboard City Build a model city made of cardboard! Create amazing 3D structures out of simple tools and materials: cardboard, tape, and scissors. Design, obtain approval from the city planning board then build a free-standing structure that will join buildings, parks, bridges, boats and buses. >> Montshire Museum, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt. >> Free with museum admission >> montshire.org

April 8

Sunday/11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Flavors of the Valley The premier local food tasting expo with samples from over 45 farm and food-related vendors. Enjoy fresh produce, artisan bread, award-winning cheeses, tasty jams, hand-crafted sweets, and other delicious local goods. >> Hartford High School, 37 Highland Avenue, Hartford, Vt. >> $12 per person, children 6 and under free, $35 family maximum >> vitalcommunities.org

March 31

Saturday/9:30 a.m. for children in first grade and under Saturday/10:30 a.m. for children in second grade and older

Egg Hunt Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs, and visit with friends! Dress appropriately and remember to bring your Easter baskets! >> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> claremontnh.com

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April 22

April 27

Sunday/1 to 4 p.m.

Friday/10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wilderness Survival Shelter Building

Land of Trash

Get ready for an afternoon of fun and adventure learning how to make a variety of survival shelters. This family friendly workshop will focus on the importance of staying warm and dry in the woods. Wear clothing appropriate to the weather and sturdy footwear. >> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> claremontnh.com

April 25

Wednesday/9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Hair This classic musical is about a group of Vietnam-era youths in New York City’s East Village who band together as a tribe. Taking on the feel of an American Indian tribe, they question authority and the society they are living in and the war in Asia, exuberantly creating their own rite of passage. Recommended for grades 9 to 12. >> Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock, Vt. >> $6 >> pentanglearts.org

The year is 2073 and Nuke and Stryder live on the barren streets of an Earth that’s been destroyed by environmental abuse. In an attempt to escape the law enforcers known as trackers, they are chased into a toxic dump filled with relics of the old world. It is here that they meet Carson, an old world relic himself, who shares fantastical stories full of color and beauty. Carson’s teachings reveal that in a world without nature, there’s treasure in the trash. Recommended for grades 3 to 7. >> Lebanon Opera House,51 North park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> $4 to $10 >> lebanonoperahouse.org

April 28 Saturday/3 p.m.

Alissa Coates A K-8 music teacher in her spare time, singer songwriter Alissa Coates performs for children all over Massachusetts. For this HopStop, Alissa brings her guitar, voice and also fun ways for the audience to play along. Alissa’s songs require movement, so come ready to sit, stand and hop all around. >> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> hop.dartmouth.edu

May 8

Tuesday/10 a.m.

Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear Adapted from the cherished novel by Paul Gallico, Manxmouse is a one-of-a-kind show about a unique mouse with blue fur and rabbit-like ears. With trademark charm, renowned Dutch children’s theater company Theatergroep Kwatta warmly delivers the epic tale of a tiny hero who demonstrates what one can accomplish when hope is coupled with bravery. Recommended for kindergarten to 4th grade. >> Lebanon Opera House >> $4 to $10 >> lebanonoperahouse.org UPPERVALLEYKIDSTUFF.COM

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May 19

Saturday/2 to 4 p.m.

Kite Day at Balch Hill Join the Hanover Conservancy for a joyous and colorful afternoon of kite-flying in the breezes of Balch Hill. This annual favorite, sponsored by Red Kite Candy of Bradford, Vt., makes for great family fun and includes snacks. >> Balch Hill Natural Area, Hanover, N.H. >> Free >> hanoverconservancy.org

May 12

Saturday/3 p.m.

Everybody Loves Pirates Handcrafted mouth and rod puppets tell the story of 8-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky. They are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! The kids get some help from their new friends including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby and an overgrown sea monkey. Will they find the buried treasure? Will the pirates foil their plans? >> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> hop.dartmouth.edu

May 5

May 26

Saturday/11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cow Pie Bingo One ticket gives a family of four admission to a spring day full of fun — including a Cow Pie Bingo square (and a chance to win $500), music, crafts, games, lunch, all-you-can-eat ice cream and a silent auction. >> Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School, 104 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H. >> $25 per family includes all activities and food >> hampshirecooperative.org

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Open Fields Medieval Festival The Thetford Green comes alive with the sights and sounds of a medieval village. There will be food, performances, crafts, games and other activities for kids large and small. Costumes encouraged. >> The Green, Academy Road, Thetford, Vt. >> $7/person, age 4 and under free >> vtmedfest.com


100 Years of Caring for the Community

Community Wellness, Together From routine exams, to colds and bruised knees, to serious injuries, our New London Hospital Pediatric Care team is here for you. Offering comprehensive care from birth through adolescence, we work together to keep your child healthy.

Aram Kalpakgian, PA-C | Rebecca Lozman-Oxman, DNP, APRN, MPH | Sarah Lester, MD

Call 603-526-5363 for an appointment at New London Hospital. Appointments available on weekdays and Saturdays. To learn more about our services, visit www.newlondonhospital.org.

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