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By Pat Hammond

It may look a little thin, but this week's STEAM calendar features arts & crafts, tech, biotech, medicine, and engineering.  There's even a webinar for home healthcare providers. 

This week's top pick is a toss-up between the 85th Annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair and the two ARMI Biofab USA events.

The 85th Annual Craftsman's Fair will be held Saturday, August 4th - Sunday, 12th at Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103 in Newbury. 

The fair includes exhibits, demonstrations, DIY workshops, music, and a "Science of Math of Craft tent."

Event hours are 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and admission is $15.  

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On the science side of the calendar, ARMI BioFab USA has two events, the Coordinated Continuum of Biological Systems Supporting Human Motion Conference on Thursday, August 9th in Andover, NH and a Workshop on Characterization of Fiber-based Scaffolds, Friday, August 10th in Manchester. 

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Manchester Trolley Night -- Get out & see what the Queen City has to offer!

When was the last time you walked around downtown Manchester?

I don't mean the trek from the parking garage to a meeting or a ball game. I'm talking about intentionally parking the car and wandering the streets.  stopping by the galleries and shops, having drinks and dinner and enjoying the city. 

For me, it's been since I left City Hall. 

In real time that's about 14 years.  (Yikes!) 

Don't get me wrong.  I live and work in Manchester and I go downtown all the time for meetings, trips to the library and City Hall, but I never hang around because there's nothing there.

Things have apparently changed.  A lot.

When I went to the Manchester Ink Link party a few weeks ago I realized that the Elm Street I remembered had morphed into something new and exciting.

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July Women Connecting With Women meeting at Ideal Health, LLC on Wednesday, July 18th!

If you are a businesswoman looking to network with other businesswomen in a friendly, supportive environment, Women Connecting With Woman might be a good fit for you.

The group meets from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on the third Wednesday of the month. Each 2-hour meeting is usually hosted by a different member each month and includes open networking in a relaxed setting.  (Yes, there will be food!)

The next meeting is Wednesday, July 18th at Ideal Health, LLC 170 S. River Road, Bedford, NH. For more information, please visit the group's Facebook page.

Also this week, the Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) and the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce are both hosting an evening of baseball and networking with the Fishercats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Tuesday, July 17th.

The groups have conflicting start times for the events and the first pitch, but it looks like the correct time is 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.  This doesn't appear to be a joint event, so you'll want to check each group's event page for ticket information.

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By Pat Hammond

Since the STEAM calendar encompasses a wide variety of activities from art to tech to science I thought I'd take a minute to give a sneak peek to two upcoming events from both ends of the STEAM spectrum.

The first event is a workshop from artist Susan E. Hanna called "Presenting Your Art Professionally." The presentation will include a slideshow and discussion on how to present your art at indoor and outdoor art shows.  The event is Sunday, July 22nd from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM at Jupiter Hall, 89 Hanover Street in Manchester.  The cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 

While you're at Jupiter Hall, be sure to check out Art Social Manchester's pop up gallery.  In addition to works from local artists, there will be live music performances throughout the day by talented local musicians! The pop-up gallery is a free event. 

On the science & tech side of STEAM the SBIR Road Tour will be returning to Manchester on Thursday, August 23rd. 

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is a federal program "created to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy ... one business at a time." (click here for details)

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Did you know there are 12,500 dairy cows producing $50,778,000 worth of milk in New Hampshire?  Our family farms may not be big business, but when you think about their combined efforts, it's a lot of hay. (The state grows 77,000 tons of hay worth $9,478,000 too.) In fact, our state's small farms are a local source for a surprising amount of fresh dairy, meat, and produce. 

Which brings us to the question of why the heck I'm talking about farming. 

A lot of the groups on the STEAM calendar are on a summer hiatus, so I thought I'd take a minute to talk about an upcoming agricultural event from the folks at The Lakes Region Food Network (LRFN).

We spend so much time talking about technology it's easy to forget New Hampshire is home to 4,400 farms raising cattle for beef and dairy as well as chickens, hogs, and a huge variety of crops. I have no idea if farming falls under science, tech, engineering, art, and math or regular old business, but I suspect it's science so I'm going to talk about it here. 

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By Pat Hammond

ManchesterInkLink.com is Celebrating Their 4th Anniversary! 

Join Manchester's favorite reporter (now publisher!) Carol Robidoux from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 28th as she celebrates the 4th anniversary of her hyperlocal news website ManchesterInkLink.com

As more and more newspapers close their doors, it's refreshing to see that a top-quality online local news outlet can gain a foothold and thrive, even in a state as small as New Hampshire.

Kudos to Robidoux and her team for believing in the possibility and staying strong in spite of the naysayers. They provide a valuable service to the people of southern New Hampshire and we appreciate all their hard work. 

If you'd like to join Thursday's festivities, the party will be held from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at WBC Office Suites - 1087 Elm Street - #2nd Floor in Manchester. 

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In case you missed it the first time... StayWorkPlay is doing another presentation of their survey findings

If you take a peek down the page you'll see that next week's business and networking events calendar is overflowing with events.  Before I get to this week's top picks, I wanted to take a minute to mention a couple important meetings that could easily get lost in the noise.

The first event is the Coffee and Conversations: To Stay or To Go Survey Presentation 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM on Wednesday, June 13th at the UNH Law School, 2 White Street Warren B Rudman Center Room 204 in Concord. 

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Art Social Manchester - Experience an afternoon filled with art and live music 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sunday, June 10th at Jupiter Hall in Manchester! (It's FREE!!!)

Sometimes when I'm out walking, especially in the evening when people have the lights on and the curtains open, I take a peek at the art they have hanging in their living rooms.   I wish I could say I'm enthralled by what I see, but most of the time the walls are bare. 

It's kind of sad.  

I don't know why people are intimidated by the idea of original art.  Maybe they think art is something you have to be wealthy to enjoy.  Maybe they worry they won't understand it.  Maybe they're afraid looking at a piece will compel them to say something nice to the artist.  Whatever it is, they're overthinking it.

Art is a celebration of life. 

Sometimes it's a burst of joy that brightens a cloudy day, other times it's a reminder of people, places, or events.

Art is for everyone.

You don't have to be rich and you don't have to have some sort of insider knowledge about what the artist was thinking when they made it.  

What you do need is a desire to be open to whatever feeling or memory a piece evokes.  

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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

Updates & 3 Free Webinars for Your Business!

A few weeks ago I asked if anyone was interested in seeing a regular post with webinars presented by local businesses. 

Not surprising, a lot of people said yes. 

The thing that did make me scratch my head was that every person who responded was looking for a webinar. 

You read that right. I did not hear from one business owner.

Since this is a resource people are looking for I'm going to leave it on the table.  Now that the NH Business Directory is expanding services I don't have the time to chase down leads, but if I come across a webinar or if someone wants to send me information about a webinar they are hosting I will gladly share it.  

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