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White dragon martial arts to host 26th annual "kick forcancer"

GILMANTON — n 1990 Grandmaster Dr. Georganne Verigan started the annual Kick for Cancer Martial Arts Tournament. The purpose is to teach students how to give back to their community and to help them to realize that at sometime in our lives we all will know someone who will need the services provided by hospice. Each year proceeds of this tournament go to support local hospice programs like the one at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.

"What a great event." Says Brian Winslow, Director of Development for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, "I was lucky enough to attend the Kick for Cancer last year and was surprised not just by the number of participants but also by the fact that competitors were coming from all over the country to be a part of this event."

Saturday, April 11th, all are welcome, spectators and participants, Gilmanton School, Route 140 Gilmanton iron Works, NH. Tournament registration begins at 8:30 am, opening ceremony starts at 10:00 am.

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Trip to fenway park set for may 6


MOULTONBOROUGH — Did you ever wonder how tall Fenway Park's Green Monster is? Join the Moultonborough Recreation Department to find out on a VIP tour of America's oldest major league baseball ball park. Afterwards, we'll enjoy the game as the Red Sox battle the Tampa Bay Rays. On Wednesday, May 6, participants will  depart MRD at 1:15 p.m. and travel by coach bus to Boston for a VIP tour of Fenway Park which includes the Hall of Fame and the Green Monster.

Participants will watch batting practice from the warning track, and then enjoy the sights and sounds of Yawkey Way on game day. Finally, sit back and enjoy the view from grandstand seats to cheer on the Sox as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays. Game time is 7:10 p.m. Cost of this trip is $99 per person and includes transportation, VIP tour and game ticket. Cost of meal is not included. Pre-registration is required. Call MRD at 476-8868


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Franklin for a Lifetime to Envision a City for the Age

FRANKLIN — The city of Franklin will take the next step in its historic community revitalization project with a three-day event that will lead to plans that address the needs of older residents while attracting and keeping younger adults and families.

The April 9-11 workshop, Franklin for a Lifetime, represents a new milestone in a partnership among the city, UNH Cooperative Extension, and Plan NH to respond to an aging population with housing, economic development, and revitalization ideas that will build a vibrant community for all ages.

"New Hampshire is facing the challenges and opportunities of being one of the fastest aging states in the country," said Sharon Cowen, community and economic development field specialist at Cooperative Extension. "Our population aged 65 and over is projected to double by 2025. Older residents want homes and communities that accommodate their desire to age in place and address the needs that come with age."

For the past six months, Franklin has been convening community meetings, consulting experts, and collecting data to inform creative concepts that will be presented to the city's leaders for action in May. The partners in Franklin for a Lifetime hope that the lessons learned here will also prove useful to other New Hampshire communities facing similar challenges.

The three-day workshop begins with a community supper on Thursday, April 9, followed by a full day of national and state speakers on Friday, April 10. Topics will include creating great places for all ages, revitalizing the community with a particular focus on the downtown area, and small business recruitment. Plan NH volunteers (such as planners, architects, and engineers) will meet on Saturday, April 11 to gather everything learned from the community and shape recommendations based on their community development experience and expertise. These draft plans will be turned back to the community for consideration and decision-making.

The project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Citizens' Institute on Rural DesignTM

For more information or to register for the event, visit http://extension.unh.edu/Community-Development or call Sharon Cowen, community and economic development field specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension, (603) 641-6060.

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Pitman's Freight Room hosts the Cheryl Arena Blues Band on Friday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will host the Cheryl Arena Blues Band on Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

Cheryl sizzles with excitement as she mesmerizes audiences with her sultry voice and powerhouse energy. Hailing from Boston, she began playing harmonica and immersing herself into the Blues in 1987. She has recorded on several CDs with her most recent, her first solo effort, "Blues Got Me" including 7 original songs, backed by a stellar 7 piece band and produced by Duke Robillard, who also plays on a few cuts.
The harmonica has brought her to many exotic places and afforded her a wealth of wonderful experiences, whether it's on a big festival stage fronting her own band, playing an acoustic duo in some cozy little wine bar, singing and playing with a 20 piece orchestra in Dallas Tex., touring around Italy, being a side person in someone else's band, giving harmonica lessons on Skype or teaching at Jon Gindick's Jam camps, Cheryl's beloved pocket pal is always close to her side ready for the next musical adventure.

Admission is $15 at the door. BYOB. Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for dinner reservations. For more information visit www.pitmansfreightroom.com.

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