Most of the time an entertainment column deals with human beings showing off great talent on a stage somewhere, and then perhaps more mention of talented entertainers and actors gracing a theatre with the best of community singing and dancing, and stage presence is forthcoming.

Today, however, it's time to recognize the non-human aspect of the world of entertainment -- those furry, feathered, and sometimes snarly creatures that can be equally entertaining in area schools, libraries, children's museums, and, yes, even on the stage.

In short, it's the animals' time to shine.

Inasmuch, those who love nature and its creatures are invited to a nearby spot this weekend for an opportunity to get up-close and personal with some fascinating fowl.

The Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn (practically right in our own back yard) offers insight into the life of New Hampshire's owls. On Saturday, the center will host two sessions | one from noon to 1:30 p.m. and another from 2:30 to 4 p.m. | featuring naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson. The two will provide a detailed description of each of the Granite State's owl species, along with tips for beginner and advanced birders.

With more than three decades of experience in biology, environmental education, and field ornithology, the Wilsons are in a position to teach enthusiastic audience members how to hoot like pros. And along with the Wilsons, horned, screech and snowy owls all will make appearances of their own.

Audubon staff members expect the session to be quite popular, so call to register at 668-2045. Cost is $7 for N.H. Audubon members, $10.50 for nonmembers.

And anyway, who doesn't love an owl?

In addition to Saturday's programs, the Massabesic Audubon Center offers a full slate of nature events and activities.

Upcoming events include:

"Amazing Amphibians" and an Earth Day fire circle celebration on April 18;

The NH PleinAir art exhibit on display through April 21. Among artists with work on display is Derry's own Sharon Allen, a founder of the Plein Air group of artists who love to paint in the "open air."

The Audubon Center is located at 26 Audubon Way in Auburn and easy to access from Bypass-28. Watch for the signs and enjoy a day with nature.

For those who prefer humans, award-winning community theatre returns to Derry's Adams Memorial Opera House stage with Music and Drama Company's upcoming performances of the musical "Urinetown" April 27 to 29 and May 3 to 5.

Show co-producers and stage veterans Pam Bowen and Rosemary Dann lead the troupe in the latest offering by MADCO.

"Urinetown," a three-time Tony Award-winning comedy, takes a lighthearted romp through interesting settings like the Urine Good Company and secret hideouts along the way.

The original Broadway version of "Urinetown" ran for 965 performances after opening in 2001 and took home many awards.

Tickets for MADCO's production of "Urinetown" are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Tickets are available by calling 432-5578. Visit MADCO online for information at

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