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Five artists in the lower Haut-Saint-François area have organized a short art tour of their studios. It's short in distance, long in diversity and quality. It's coming right up - Thursday to Sunday, July 18 to 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's an easy drive, and a great way to explore the rocking and rolling landscape of the foothills of the White Mountains. That's landscape both inside and outside, because much of the artwork on exhibit has that very landscape as its subject matter.
Let's start with the newest member of the group: Amélie Choquette, a young artist in her early 20s, at La Généreuse farm, 540 Labonté, just off Route 108 near Sand Hill. Her work could be described as experimental, integrating dance and music.

Then over to Sawyerville, where painters Christa Kotiesen and Libbey Griffith share a studio for this event at 28 Randboro Road. Griffith offers oils on canvas or masonite - painted directly from nature and in nature. Kotiesen paints in pastels, achieving subtle luminosity, and crafts hiking sticks. Their works range from small to medium in size, and $45 to $500 in price.

A few clicks up the road to 1149 Route 210 in Randboro is the studio of Denis Palmer, just south of the village. He's into water these days - seascapes and riverscapes, exploring the changing moods of the little Eaton River - south branch - just down the hill from his house. Palmer's intermingled drawings/watercolours range in price from $125 to $500.

Back to Sawyerville, and then down Route 253 to 50 Clifton Road West in Saint-Isidore-de-Clifton, and you're at the secluded studio of Normand Gladu. His work is environmental art. About 90% of his palette is recuperated matter, with found objects cunningly intermeshed with organic waste and modeling paste or paint. His works range from five by six inches all the way up to five by three feet. The price range is $200 to $6000.

Special bonus: Among Gladu's 22 works is one called Give and Take. It incorporates 300 toys, and it can be read as a story. It's only briefly at his studio, having lived in New York, the Université de Laval, Bishop's University, Los Angeles, and even in Maclean's magazine, and is going soon to the Bibliothèque Saint-Germain. It's a donation, said Gladu. "I wanted to send it someplace where it's going to help kids discover art."

The Eaton Corner Museum has a whole whack of gardening workshops lined up for this summer. Building and Maintaining Soil Fertility in the Garden, with Brian Creelman, is planned for Saturday July 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. Secrets of Making Good Compost will be revealed by Dominique St-Laurent on Saturday July 20, from 9 a.m . to noon. (Presented in French, but translation aid available.) Call or email the Museum for cost and to reserve your place: 819-875-5256, mus.eatoncorner@gmail.com. You can also ask about more workshops in August.

The Museum's annual Old Fashioned Day on Sunday August 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Cookshire Fairgrounds. On the menu, says Jackie Hyman, is a delightful afternoon of demonstrations and displays of heritage skills. You'll see all kinds of handicrafts (including knitting, spinning wool, rug hooking, tatting, caning, quilling, quilting, and more) as well as antique tools and machinery, blacksmithing, and timber framing. New this year are exhibits of garden seed preservation and use of medicinal plants. The "Old Fashioned" experience will be enhanced by a horse and wagon ride, "old tyme" music, and a refreshing snack of homemade scones and jam. All this included in the entry fee of only $8 ($4 for children). A light lunch will also be available. Info: 819-875-5256, mus.eatoncorner@gmail.com

The Sawyerville 4-H Club is hosting the Quebec 4-H provincial rally on July 18 to 21 at the Cookshire Fairgrounds. More than 100 youth aged 6 to 25 from across Quebec will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 4-H movement in Canada. The theme: Celebrating our Roots - 100 Years of 4-H in Canada. They'll also be celebrating 100 years of the rural youth movement in Quebec, of which the Quebec 4-H is a part.

That's what Alyssa Fourneaux said. She works at the Quebec 4-H.

She also said the provincial rally is open to the public and it's free. It begins Thursday at 7 p.m., and resumes Friday and Saturday at 7:30 a.m. The schedule is available at http://www.quebec4-h.com.

It sounds like a speedy weekend. A Farmers Olympics, with 100 kids showing off their animals and projects. Identifying old agricultural equipment, in honour of the 100th anniversary. Judging the quality of hay. Demonstrating skills - teamwork, leadership, life. Making a rope halter. Making animal costumes. Creating historical displays.

This is the 38th annual rally. In past years, participants have come from the Francophone equivalent organization Associations des jeunes ruraux du Québec, the United States, 4-H Ontario and from 4-H clubs across Quebec.

This summer, the Alzheimer Society of Montreal is offering two telephone sessions in English for caregivers . Caring without Exhaustion: Take Care of Yourself! by Jessica Seidman is July 18 at 2 p.m. A Caregiver Wears Many Hats! about changing roles and respoinsibilities, is by Teresa Anuza on August 13 at 10 a.m. To register, go to www.careringvoice.com.

United: For details, listen to message at 819-889-2838, and for more info, leave a message and phone number).
Anglican: Services are in Bury at 9:30 a.m. and in Cookshire at 11 a.m.: Liturgy of the Word on July 14 and 21, and Holy Eucharist on July 28. Also on July 21 at 2 p.m. is a flower service in Brookbury, and on July 28 at 7 p.m. is Liturgy of the Word in Lawrence. On August 4 is Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. in Bury, 11 a.m. in Cookshire, 2 p.m. in Canterbury, and Liturgy of the Word at 6 p.m. in Brookbury. On August 11, Liturgy of the Word services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury and 11 a.m. in Cookshire (819-239-6902).
Baptist: In Sawyerville, the worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French (819-239-8818).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email ra.writes@gmail.com by August 5 for publication August 14 and by August 19 for August 28.

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