Katie McQuaid’s Scene in Manchester: Tennis anyone? Tournament will benefit Palace Theatre programs
The Union Leader
May 5, 2018
By KATIE MCQUAID
Do you or someone you know have a tennis addiction? It’s a real thing. Some tell-tale signs: setting alarms for midnight the day the USTA ratings are coming out, blocking off “meetings” on your work calendar to get a match in, and endless talk about perfecting the awkward but game-changing continental grip.
The Palace Theatre is looking for area tennis addicts, and even novices, to grab a racquet and partner and join its first-ever men’s and women’s doubles tennis tournament on Sunday, June 10.
The tournament — a 10-game pro set — will be played on six courts on the campuses of The Derryfield School and nearby Southern New Hampshire University beginning at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $75 per person, which includes lunch, snacks and a voucher to next season’s Palace Theatre Performing Arts Series.
All proceeds benefit the historic Palace Theatre’s professional shows and youth programs.
Want to learn how to take better pictures with your smartphone? The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications is holding a two-day Smartphones for Smart Photos workshop on May 19 and June 2.
Students will learn tricks of the trade in week one and have the chance to take photos for feedback before week two.
Both days are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $100 and includes lunches. For more information, visit www.LoebSchool.org.
NH Mama & Baby Expo
Mother’s Day weekend is approaching and new moms and moms-to-be can celebrate while they connect with more than 100 parenting and pregnancy professionals at the NH Mama & Baby Expo on Saturday, May 12.
This event must be a gold mine. New parents are desperate for gadgets that will make their kids stop crying and sleep through the night. With my first baby I spent an obscene amount of money on magic sleep suits, special swaddlers, even a stuffed lamb that made the sound of a human heartbeat. By the third kid I finally accepted that being a parent means you will never sleep again, and I saved my money.
In addition to vendors of baby-related products and services, the expo will offer free workshops with topics like “How to Have an Inspired Birth,” “Natural Fertility,” and “Conscious Parenting.”
Since I prefer to parent unconsciously, I would skip that last one.
There will also be a mommy and me fashion show, a baby-wearing fashion show, baby gear demos and a crawling contest.
The NH Mama & Baby Expo will be held at the Manchester Downtown Hotel from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $8. More information and tickets are available at www.nhmamababyexpo.com.
Hollows Community Center
Families in Transition – New Horizons-New Horizons will break ground at their Hollows Community Garden and Learning Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 10.
When completed, the garden will produce fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement meals served at Families in Transition – New Horizons’s Family Place Resource Center and Shelter on Lake Avenue. It will also provide the opportunity for the community to learn where food comes from through interactive programming and cooking with produce.
I have been receiving wonderful cards from Central High School students, thanking me for attending their recent career day. It was so fun being back at my alma mater with dozens of other professionals who were invited to give students a taste of what our jobs are really like. Since I wear so many hats here at the Union Leader I had the privilege of talking to English, marketing and business classes.
It was just like the good old days, switching classes each mod, getting lost in the Classical Building, and showing up late for Selma Naccach-Hoff’s World Lit class. It wasn’t my fault. I was confused by my schedule.
The whole experience gave me a new appreciation for the talented teachers we have here in the Queen City. I was so exhausted after talking to just six classes that I had to go home and take a nap.
But it was exciting to talk to the students about the many hats I wear here at the Union Leader because I genuinely love what I do here. Sure, jobs in journalism and media are drastically different than when I started my career (and much less lucrative than we would like) but the work we do is more important than ever.
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