Muppet Treasure Island Screening

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Muppet Treasure IslandThe Portsmouth Public Library is inviting everyone to the special screening of the movie Muppet Treasure Island happening on August 10, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:45 in the afternoon at the Levenson Community Room.

Muppet Treasure Island is a 1996 American musical film based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. It is the fifth feature film to star The Muppets and was directed by Jim Henson’s son Brian Henson.

Similar to the earlier Muppet Christmas Carol, the key roles were played by live-action actors, with the Muppets in supporting roles. The live-action actors consisted of Tim Curry as Long John Silver, Billy Connolly as Billy Bones, Jennifer Saunders, and introducing Kevin Bishop as Jim Hawkins. Kermit the Frog appeared as Captain Abraham Smollett, Fozzie Bear as Squire Trelawney, Sam the Eagle as Mr. Samuel Arrow, and Miss Piggy as the gender-flipped castaway “Benjamina” Gunn. Following their success as the narrators of The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Great Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat appeared in specially created roles as Jim’s best friends. The film was released on February 16, 1996 before Muppets Tonight aired on ABC in March.

This event is free and open to the public. Children under the age of ten should be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please contact the Library at 603-427-1540.


“Miss Richfield 1981: Sweet and Sour Richfield-Made in China!” hits The Music Hall

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Miss Richfield 1981“Sweet & Sour Richfield Made In China!” sees Miss Richfield 1981 tackle the latest trend in the United States: outsourcing.

The comedy production combines vocational challenges with colorful videos, sing-a-longs, and lots of audience interaction.

The comedic storyteller is gaining more and more fans with each theater stop.

“Sweet & Sour Richfield Made In China!” will be featured in The Music Hall Loft in August 25, 2013. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online, via phone, or in the booth.

Participating sponsors of the event include: News Radio 96.7, Chase Construction, Kennebunk Savings, and WHEB.

For more information, please visit The Music Hall.

Engaging on Google+

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google plus localGoogle+ is one of the greatest resources that brand owners can tap in order to reach out to their target market. It not only integrates various key capabilities like Google docs, hangouts, chat, and email but it also acts as a home to many communities that brands can join to foster engagement and to generate leads. Below are strategies that business owners can use to spice up their experience on Google+:

  • Utilize Circles to strategically network with other users.  Categorizing people into themes allows brand owners to interact with people in their network without having to search for them over and over again. Using circles is also a great technique to build new relationships and to target and stay connected with the right people.
  • Maximize the use of high quality content. Use visually compelling images that have the maximum share-abilty, use information-rich text content that link back to other resources, and use hashtags in order to find related posts, follow ingoing conversations, and join trending topics.
  • Be proactive with engagement through interacting with other people and commenting on their posts. This can also be done through using + mentions whenever possible, ending posts with a question to ignite discussion, respond to user’s comments or questions, and use interesting content.

Red Square Moscow Screening

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The Music HallThe Music Hall is inviting everyone to the special screening of Live from Red Square Moscow happening on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Historic Theater.

The show features two of Russia’s greatest singers, opera superstar Anna Ntrebko and acclaimed baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, as they appear for the first time together in Red Square. They will be singing popular arias and duets from some of the world’s best-loved operas including Tosca, Eugene Onegin, and Il Trovatore.

Anna Netrebko has transcended the boundaries typical of classical music stardom to become one of the world’s most widely recognized and highly regarded opera singers. Regularly headlining productions at virtually all of the world’s leading opera houses, the Russian soprano has been hailed as “the reigning new diva of the early 21st century”.

A celebrated recitalist in demand in every corner of the globe–from the Far East to the Middle East, from Australia to South America– Hvorostovsky has appeared at such venues as Wigmore Hall, London; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh; Carnegie Hall, New York; the Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow; the Liceu, Barcelona; the Suntory Hall, Tokyo; and the Musikverein, Vienna. The singer regularly performs in concert with top orchestras like the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and conductors, including James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Termikanov and Valery Gergiev.

Tickets for the show are sold at $20 for regular audience and $15 for 18 years old and under.

For more information about the other programs presented by the Music Hall, please visit


Teenagers teach seniors the basics of social media

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Social MediaIn Washington, teenagers are turning the table on the older counterparts. They’re teaching senior citizens all about social media!

Prior to this arrangement, 95-year old Anne Novak never used a computer. But, now, she is video-chatting with her daughter in Montana on a regular basis.

Teenagers are teaching seniors in Spiritwood Skyper’s Club all about social media. Most of the lessons focus on Skype and Facebook. The end goal of the exercise is to give the seniors something to engage in and keep them connected to their families.

Some of the seniors were initially apprehensive about the idea of using a computer. But the teenager teachers do a good job of introducing them to the idea.


Complimentary Social Media and Digital Marketing Webinars Available for All New Jersey Small Businesses

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Social MediaThe Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation (WCEC), continues its “We’re Storming Back” Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Program with a social media and digital webinar series throughout the month of August.

[PRWeb press release] — The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation (WCEC), continues its “We’re Storming Back” Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Program with a social media and digital webinar series throughout the month of August. The free webinars are available for all New Jersey business owners and will provide them with the resources and tools to engage customers online and increase awareness of their businesses among a larger target audience. Business owners can register online at

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the WCEC’s We’re Storming Back program is offering three online courses to help New Jersey businesses enhance their online presence and attract new and existing customers. The course topics are:

August 20, 2013 1 PM – 2:30 PM

o    Social Media BS: Business Strategies That Work- Discover the secret to make your business a social media superstar and actually generate leads for your business. Social media has effectively changed the landscape of how owners market their business. Gone are the days when businesses could rely on just having a website. Companies everyday are finding themselves lost when it comes to having a competent strategy to build their brand, market, create sales opportunities to build their business online. Access information will be sent to registrants prior to the class date.

August 21. 2013 1 PM – 2:30 PM

o    Panda and Penguin Panic: The New Rules of Google and Search Engine Optimization- Still one of the best ways to grow a business is to show up in the right place at the right time with the right message. Search engines give business owners that opportunity, yet thousands of them struggle with getting it right. Participants will learn the ins and outs of search engine optimization without the technical jargon. The instructor lays out a plan for business owners to get to the top the right way so Google’s next update doesn’t crush their business. Access information will be sent to registrants prior to the class date.

August 27, 2013 1PM – 2:30 PM

o    The Money is in the List: Email Marketing Tips and Tricks- Email is NOT Dead! While most of the attention is on Social Media and Search Engine Updates, business owners are neglecting one of the most valuable resources they have, their email list! Participants will learn to start and grow an effective email list, create relevant emails to connect with their audience, succeed in acquiring new customers and so much more. Access information will be sent to registrants prior to the class date.

“Local businesses are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, after tearing our state apart more than nine months ago,” said Penni Nafus, Executive Director of the WCEC. “Social media platforms are cost-effective tools that can efficiently change the landscape of how owners market their business. This complimentary webinar series conveniently allows business owners to tune in and learn how to successfully use social media and digital marketing tools for long-term business success beyond the summer season.”

The WCEC’s “We’re Storming Back” Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Program provides complimentary workshops, training, and resources to New Jersey businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy to help them to recover and thrive in this all-important summer season. The WCEC is helping small businesses storm back from Sandy through webinars and three key training programs: Customer Service Training, Planning for Future Storms, and One-on-One Business Consultations. For more information, please visit or contact Penni Nafus at (973) 507-9700 or at pnafus(at)wcecnj(dot)org.

About The WCEC

The WCEC, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation, is a U. S. Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center. The WCEC provides the tools for individuals to successfully own, operate and grow their small businesses, thereby investing financially, intellectually and emotionally in their communities. The WCEC provides more than 150 classes, seminars and individual consulting sessions each year for more than 5,000 participants. For more information please visit

Mobile Friendly SMM Strategies

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mobile apps advertisingNowadays, brands need to establish social strategies that adapts to various platforms that their target audience use. With more people choosing to stay connected through their mobile devices like smartphones or tablets rather than desktop computers, it is imperative to come up with a social media marketing plan that is mobile friendly. This can be achieved through the following means:

  • Always keep in mind the constraints of mobile devices. Phones and tablets have much smaller screens than personal computers. This means images, text, and other content need to be displayed properly. Having users zoom in and out to view content takes away valuable time from getting a brand’s message across. Aside from accommodating the smaller size of screen, going short when it comes to text also caters to the short attention span of mobile users.

  • Consider paid mobile advertising options. Brand owners can leverage paid promotion tools from Facebook and Twitter like sponsored stories and promoted posts. This allows for content to be easily seen on people’s newsfeeds regardless of the device that they are using.

  • Always remember that quality is king. Shorter content for promoting brands on mobile platforms means optimizing the quality of the content. Messages need to offer value instead of being intrusive. This ensures that ads are welcomed by a brand’s target audience.

Pearl and the Beard at the Loft

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The Music HallThe Music Hall’s Martingale Wharf Singer Songwriter Series presents Pearl and the Beard. The band will be performing on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm at the Loft.

Pearl and the Beard is a folk-pop trio from New York City. Their songs feature prominent three-part vocal harmonies with instrumentation that includes cello, guitar, glockenspiel, accordion, and drums. They are on the roster of Family Records and have worked with producer Franz Nicolay. They have been featured on World Cafe from NPR and have opened for singer-songwriters Ani DiFranco and Ingrid Michaelson.

The band is composed of Jocelyn Mackenzie on percussion, kazoo, and vocals; Emily Hope Price on cello and vocals; and Jeremy Styles on acoustic guitar and vocals.

Mackenzie and Styles met at an open mic back in 2008 and began writing songs together. They met Price a few months later at another open mic where she joined the group. They are currently working on their third album which is rumored to be released in fall of 2013.

Tickets for the show are sold for $15.

To find out more about the shows presented by the Music Hall, please visit


Sylvania Police uses social media to catch suspected criminals

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Social Media PoliceThe City of Sylvania Police Division is contacting local media outlets to strengthen its social media presence to help capture suspects.

Last week, a Facebook user posted a photo of a suspect at the division’s page. The picture, which was taken the night before, showed the suspect talking on a phone in a local grocery.

The tip was posted after two local media outlets shared photos of wanted suspects on their websites.

Based on figures, unique visitors for the police page increased by 400% just minutes after the suspect photo was posted. It was shared and re-shared by many Facebook users.

Sylvania Police said that it is currently coordinating with seven major media outlets to assist in capturing suspects. And this will be done by information sharing and photo posting of suspects.

Source: The Blade

Fortune 500 companies invest in social media

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Fortune 500According to a recent study, the world’s most successful companies are now investing in social media.

A report from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth investigated how often companies in Fortune Magazine’s Fortune 500 list use social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.

More than 70% of the Fortune 500 companies kept active accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. And this marked percentage increases across the board compared to last year.

Still, there are some social media sites that are not being used by Fortune 500 companies. These sites include: Google+, Instagram, Foursquare, and Pinterest. Only a minority portion of the list created profiles in these sites.

“Due to the hugely influential role that these companies play in the business world, studying their adoption and use of social-media tools offers important insights into the future of commerce,” said in the report. “These corporations provide a look at emergent social-media trends among America’s most successful companies.”

Of course, social media usage by Fortune 500 companies was topped by Facebook—which is ranked 482 in the esteemed list of organizations.

Source: CNET