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By Pat Hammond

Join local artists on Saturday, June 2nd  for the 11th Annual Concord Arts Market - Opening Day!

The ever-popular weekly Concord Arts Market is back for their 11th season on Saturday, June 2nd.

The market runs 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM every Saturday, except Labor Day weekend, between June 2nd - September 29th in Bicentennial Square in Concord.

Whether you're looking for art for your wall, a fun piece of summer jewelry, or an excuse to wander around Concord's newly renovated downtown, the Concord Arts Market is a great excuse to get out and enjoy the sun. 

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By Pat Hammond

New group! -- Songwriters of New Hampshire meeting Saturday, May 19th

According to their meetup.com page, the Songwriters of New Hampshire welcomes "Songwriters at all levels are invited to share their original songs, melodies and lyrics."

They meet the third Saturday of the month from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM in the Chandler Memorial Wing in the Large Meeting Room of the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court Street Nashua, NH

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By Pat Hammond

TEDxAmoskeagMillyard 2018 - Get Your Tickets NOW!

Who hasn't watched a TED Talk online and thought how cool it would be to be there for the live presentation? 

Thanks to locally organized TEDx events, you can attend live TED Talks right here in the Granite State. 

TEDxAmoskeagMillyard is hosting their 2018 event on Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 am - 3:30 PM in the Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH. 

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By Pat Hammond

The NH High Tech Council is looking for applicants for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year program -- Deadline Friday, May 4, 2018

Now in its 30th year, the prestigious NH High Tech Council (NHHTC) Entrepreneur of the Year Award "honors people who have made significant contributions to the advancement of technology-based businesses in New Hampshire."   

NHHTC is seeking "any founder or senior-level manager of a New Hampshire business who has successfully organized, developed, or managed a technology concept into a commercial product or service"

 

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By Pat Hammond

Wow! 7 Days of Creative, Science & Tech Events. I don't know what's going on, but it doesn't get any better than this.

Next week's events calendar has art shows & fundraisers, a mental health job fair, a TEDx event, and way more tech than I can handle.  (That VPN/Cisco talk on Monday evening looks very interesting.)

And having said all that, I want to take a minute to talk about art. 

There's no tactful way to say it. The arts are to business what canaries are to coal miners. And right now, the New Hampshire art scene is booming. 

There are art shows, theater groups, classes and hands-on training events popping up all over the place. They're bringing the promise of new ideas and the belief that the economy really is better.

You don't have to be a creative to appreciate how this trend reflects on our communities.  

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By Pat Hammond

I just found 2 creative events for storytellers on Saturday, April 7th

Please forgive the late notice, I just found out about these events this morning.

The Derry Public Library is presenting Derry Author Fest 2018 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday, April 7th at the Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry, NH.  

This is a fantastic opportunity for writers and anyone interested in becoming a published writer to network, and get tips and advice from local authors about dealing with critics and rejection, getting published, and marketing your book.

They've put together an amazing lineup and it should be a very useful and informative event. 

Did I mention that it's free?  

For more information, please visit the Derry Author Fest website. (Be sure to click the video, they did a really nice job with it.)

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By Pat Hammond

City Arts Nashua and Nashua Arts Commission raise ~ $12,000 for Performing Arts Center Endowment Fund  at 5th Annual Meri Goyette Arts Award Luncheon

I'm going to say this as plainly as I can, businesses may bring jobs, but the arts build communities. 

Last week, City Arts Nashua held the grown-up version of a bake sale. They held an awards luncheon to raise money for the new Nashua Performing Arts Center and raised a staggering $12,000. 

As a state, New Hampshire struggles to attract and retain young workers because even though we have a low unemployment rate and enjoy a fabulous quality of life, we lack many of the amenities found in large cities. 

And when I say amenities I mean the arts. 

It doesn't matter whether you're talking about theatre, fine art, dance, music, or poetry, the arts bring balance and beauty to a hectic world. They bring people together to share the experience and build something greater than themselves and people want these experiences after a hectic day.

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By Pat Hammond

Here are a couple upcoming events for artists.

My Art Show USA has opened registration for their July 7th art exhibition at the Budweiser Brewery in Merrimack, NH. 

This is the second year they've held the event and they do suggest you send in your registration as soon as possible as space is very limited.

Display space will be either 8' X 8' or 10' X 10' and the cost to display is $40.

For more information please visit their Facebook page or fill out their online registration.

I also want to give a heads up about the Friends of Art Manchester's April event. 

According to their website, the Friends of Art is "a non-profit organization working with community youth, institutions, educators, artists and patrons of the arts that support the creation, installation, preservation, and protection of public art in Manchester, New Hampshire." 

Membership is $5 per year, and their next meeting will be 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Tuesday, April 24th at Jupiter Hall, 89 Hall Street in Manchester. 

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By Pat Hammond

TechWomen Power Breakfast: Creator of Tranquilo Mat to discuss how she became an entrepreneur by following her passion and curiosity

The NH High Tech Council's TechWomen Power Breakfast for this month is 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Wednesday, February 14th at the Manchester Country Club, 180 S. River Road, Bedford and features Melissa Gersin, Founder, and CEO at Tranquilo, LLC.

This is a must-do event for anyone who has ever wondered how someone takes an idea from what-if through design, development, and funding. 

Cost: $10/NHHTC Members, $20/non-members

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By Pat Hammond

Blockchain: The future of secure asset management is here in the Granite State.  

I'm going to start by saying my understanding of blockchain technology is minimal.  I kind of, sort of get how it works, but there is no way I could explain it to a non-tech person.  Fortunately, there aren't too many non-tech people who have heard about blockchain, but that is about to change.

With almost every aspect of modern life documented in a digital file, the safety of digital records is a big deal. 

Doctors, lawyers, accountants, even store owners all need to keep records and record transactions containing confidential personal information and everyone is concerned about data asset management.

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