Okay, we admit we are not usually ones for Facebook apps (please don't send us Farmville requests or ask us to play Words With Friends), so we were a bit skeptical when we heard about a new app that our friends at wedu developed. But we definitely like the idea of motivating and encouraging others to be active and healthy, so we checked it out.
The app, called On The Move, was developed for Concord Hospital, one of wedu's clients, and interacts directly with Facebook accounts. Think of it as a friendly nudge to help encourage your friends to get moving.
Facebook users can select from a variety of encouraging messages that post directly on a friend's wall, such as “Push yourself past your comfort zone” or “You'll never know until you try.” You can be a bit more snarky with messages like “You're not getting any younger,” and can even select a “Live free or die” message. We're not exactly sure how that last one relates to getting people moving, but we like the show of Granite State pride.
It's no surprise that the crew at wedu would be all for an app like this. They have been known to take lunchtime runs around the Millyard, organized by wedu's Loren Foxx.
Try out the app at www.concordhospital.org/onthemove through the end of July. But, hey, we take no responsibility if you suddenly get defriended.
He made the cut!
Our friend J.C. Haze, local voice actor and radio personality, has also been known to do some on-screen work for both television and movies. But, when he films a movie, he's never sure whether he'll actually make it to the final version or end up on the cutting room floor.
We're happy to announce Haze made the final cut for Adam Sandler's latest movie “That's My Boy,” which is in theaters now. He can be seen during a bowling scene where he gets bumped into and pretty much knocked over by the character played by “Saturday Night Live” celebrity Andy Samberg. Haze told us he did about six or seven takes of the scene. At first, Samberg just brushed by Haze, but then asked if it was OK to bump into him. Haze said, “Sure, why don't you knock the hat off too!” And that's what you'll see in the movie, if you're a fan of Sandler's rather raunchy movies. This one is rated R and reviews say it's even raunchier than his previous works. But, Haze said filming was a lot of fun. On set that day, in addition to Sandler and Samberg, was Vanilla Ice. How cool is that?
So what's next for Haze's showbiz career? He said he's also in the now-showing “Moonrise Kingdom” starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton. Haze said he's not really visible in that one, but thinks this fall we may be able to see more of him in “Here Comes the Boom,” starring Kevin James and Henry Winkler.
So we can hear Haze on the radio and see him on the screen. But we can't see and hear him at the same time, unless you run into him at Hannaford.
“Now, all I need are some lines!” he said.
Dance, Ellie dance
There were many remarkable things about the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's 50th anniversary celebration last Tuesday. There's the fact that the nearly 1,000 guests were in their seats on time for dinner. Well, almost on time. Sometimes it's difficult to get networkers like those to sit down and stop talking. (We won't name names, but you know who you are!)
We were also amazed that event planner B.J. Eckardt was able to find seats for all those people. Known for her ability to pull off the impossible, Eckardt had a mix of circular and rectangular tables arranged around a center stage in the Radisson's Expo Center like an intricate puzzle, all aglow with twinkle lights. Everyone who entered the room remarked on its transformation.
The meal was good. The company was better — we sat next to landscape architect Kerry Schleyer. But, our favorite part by far was the “flash mob” dance at the beginning of the program. It started with a handful of people — dressed in business casual attire just like the rest of us — dancing in unison to the song “Jai Ho” from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire.” It was so captivating that we barely noticed as more and more people from the audience, both adults and children, joined in the dance. Our favorite dancer was the foundation's Director of Philanthropy Ellie Cochran. Her moves were definitely beckoning Bollywood. We're not sure whether her blissful facial expression was due to her intense concentration on the choreography or the fact she's about to begin a three-month sabbatical. Whatever the reason, Cochran was a joy to watch and she made our night.
Kudos to Cotton
The Scene would like to extend congratulations to Cotton. The Millyard eatery has been named one of the country's Top 10 Farm to Table Restaurants by Relish Magazine. We've always liked the restaurant's comfort food and atmosphere, but there's something about national recognition for a local favorite that makes it even more delicious!
NH365.ORG Event of the Week
We always love to hear about the exciting adventures Queen City students have after graduation. Tonight, Emma LeBlanc, a graduate of The Derryfield School, Rhodes scholar and a fiction student in Southern New Hampshire University's Masters of Fine Art program, will speak about her research on Syria's marginalized Bedouin community. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at SNHU.
LeBlanc, who splits her time between the local master's program and Damascus, Syria, will speak about her experiences as a writer, photographer and researcher in Syria and will show her photographs of the Middle East. LeBlanc has lived and worked in Ghana, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, and has chosen her hometown as the first place to publicly speak about her experiences.
LeBlanc, who is the daughter of SNHU President Paul LeBlanc, graduated from Derryfield in 2005 and traveled for a year in Europe and Africa before beginning sociology studies at Brown University. In 2007, she co-founded a scholarship to help educate children in Ghana, where she volunteered previously, and began studying in Syria.
While working in Syria, LeBlanc co-founded Makoto Photographic Agency, a group of photojournalists with a long-term commitment to the countries they cover. An accomplished photographer and writer, her work has appeared in many well-known publications, including, GQ Magazine, Vogue, Syria Today Magazine, and yes, the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Tonight's program is free and presented by the World Affairs Council. For more information on this and other events, visit www.NH365.org.
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