This Week at WREN 3/8/21

We took a little break last week to get all kinds of grant writing done, but today, we are back at it again. So, what’s on the agenda? Our store is blooming with bright new spring inventory, and we’ve got big plans for our building’s exterior this year.

Easter is just around the corner and we have sweets from Granite State Candy, as well as gift baskets from local makers. We also have some exciting news from one of our longtime vendor members, and two fantastic online classes opening this week.

Today, join us in celebrating the start of a new season filled with optimism and color. Tomorrow, start signing up for some of our spring programming and connecting with your WREN community! 

Seedling to Start Up Online Class
Hard to believe it, but our spring classes are already here! Have you signed up yet? While WREN members receive discounted access to these online courses (and CDBG grant recipients can view all classes for free!), these classes are a great value for all. They’re immersive, insightful, and easily accessible; who could ask for more? 

Our classes for the week include…..

Getting Creative with Canva Part I: Design ONLINE CLASS HOSTED VIA ZOOM
Instructor: James Clattenburg
Date: 3/24/21
Time: 6-7:30pm
Fee: $35 for nonmembers/$25 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients
Pre-recorded (non-interactive) version of class also available on request ($25 for nonmembers/$15 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients)

Of all the design programs out there, Canva is easily one of our favorites. It’s quick, intuitive, and designed with the average user in mind. If you’ve been looking for easy ways to incorporate graphics into your digital or print presence, this is the class for you! During this 1.5-hour introductory online class, instructor James Clattenburg will demonstrate the many uses of Canva, including incorporating logos, photos, texts, or graphics into a design, using the animate function for online graphics that pop, and harnessing the power of templates to boost productivity. When class wraps up, participants will be prepared to start making a variety of promotional pieces, including one design that will be open to class critique during “Getting Creative with Canva: Part II”.

All of these online classes, as well as class recordings and opportunities for 1:1 technical assistance, are free for CDBG grant recipients and discounted for all WREN members! 

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Instructor: Julia White
Date: 3/25/21
Time: 6-7:30pm
Fee: $35 for nonmembers/$25 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients
Pre-recorded (non-interactive) version of class also available on request ($25 for nonmembers/$15 for WREN members/$0 for CDBG grant recipients)

Now that you’ve taken “Pinterest for Your Small Business”, it’s time to pinpoint your next steps. What are some notable do’s and don’ts? How can you utilize Pinterest as another shopping portal? In this 1.5-hour online class, instructor Julia White will outline all the ways to optimize your Pinterest page, including making post descriptions with the help of SEO and Pinterest Analytics, setting up your Pinterest so pinners can easily shop, creating inviting ads, and crafting Pinterest board titles.


Did you know we also offer recordings for previous classes? 
Visit the “Classes On Demand” tab on our website to catch up on content 
that you might have missed out on the first time around! 
Featured Online Item of the Week

…you know, that one on the side of our building? It’s one of the first sights to greet visitors driving into town, and yes, we know it’s seen better days. Over the years, we’ve loved our mural dearly, but now it’s time to change things up. As the days get warmer and the sunlight stays with us longer, you might notice some exciting things happening…
That’s right, thanks to NOCO Mural Project, the Adair Inn, and amazing local artist Zach Johnsen, our spring dreams have finally come true: we are getting a BRAND-NEW MURAL! This partnership has been a long time in the making, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see it coming to fruition. 
We’re planning on celebrating the summer solstice with an official mural unveiling, but over the next few weeks and months, you might see Zach working outside, stenciling and painting away. We hope you will show your support for Zach and all of his hard work, and visit Baba Yaga, Zach’s new shop in downtown Littleton! The store opens next Thursday, April 1st; until then, follow Baba Yaga on Facebook for all kinds of fun updates. 
Also, if you love murals in general, we’ve got one more to-do for you; learn more about the NOCO Mural Project!

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Easter Basket Gift Set by Valentina Tyrina (Soapy Bubbles)

As one of our WREN members, Jeanette Fournier has always wowed us with her watercolors. Her attention to detail and inimitable way of capturing the fauna of New England has made her a constant staff and customer favorite at WREN. Now, Jeanette is receiving some well-deserved recognition! 
One of Jeanette’s pieces, “Ode to Audobon”, was recently juried into the New England Watercolor Society’s Associate Members Show in the N.E.W.S. Gallery at the Plymouth Center for the Arts in Plymouth, MA. Even more exciting? She received an Award of Distinction for work in this show! Congratulations, Jeanette!

WRENDid you know that NH Grand is a program of WREN?
Whether you’re a local looking to learn more about your favorite region of the state, or you’re a traveler coming to New Hampshire’s North Country for the first time, don’t forget to visit the NH Grand website (and the town of Bethlehem’s website!) for all of your area information. 

  • Love newsletters? NH Grand has one too! Sign up for the latest on all things tourism related by visiting and scrolling to the bottom of the page. 
  • Do you have a special spot in your heart for the scenic town that WREN calls home? Sign up for Bethlehem, NH’s newsletter too while you’re at it! Visit:

Thank you for supporting WREN and your community! WREN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit accepting donations year round. If you would like to show your care for the work we do, visit the “Donations” page on our website.
Many thanks!

The Adair Country Inn & Restaurant is the official sponsor of the Gallery at WREN.

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