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‘Marty’s Party’ on Saturday to benefit local woman battling leukemia

TILTON — A fundraiser to benefit a local woman who is battling leukemia will take place Saturday, Nov. 8, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the outdoor track at Winnisquam Regional High School.

The event, called Marty's Party, is being held to benefit Martha Clark, who is battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Organizers say the event will provide a time and place for friends, family, and the community to come support Martha and her battle with cancer.

Activities include games, raffles, prizes, face painting, lunch, drinks, treats, music and a silent auction with many wonderful items. Organizers hope the visible evidence of the support of her family, neighbors and community will enable Clark to continue this fight with renewed strength.

Clark has been fighting CLL for more than a year. So far, it has not responded to treatment, so she has begun treatment through a clinical trial at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. These treatments will likely continue through February 2015. By participating in the clinical trial, Clark is hoping to have a greater shot at beating the disease, and is also helping to find a cure for this type of leukemia. She has to travel to Boston for four out of seven days of the week. Benefit proceeds will help offset Clark's medical and travel bills.

Clark is the mother of three: son Josh, 24 and daughters Audrey, 22 and Elyssa, 19, and is a lifelong resident of the tri-town area. She and all of her children graduated from Winnisquam Regional High School. She has given most of her working life to supporting kids in need as the assistant director at Riverbend Children's Program.

For more information and/or to stay up to date on this event, "join" the Marty Party Facebook page. Donations may be sent to: 146 Cram Road, Sanbornton, NH 03269.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:07

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John Funkhouser Jazz Quartet at Pitman’s Fri.

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia will host the John Funkhouser Jazz Quartet on Friday, November 7 at 8 p.m Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

A native of the Boston area, multi-instrumentalist and composer John Funkhouser was educated at Cornell University and New England Conservatory and currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music. Besides leading his quartet, Funkhouser is in demand as both a pianist and a bassist, having shared the stage with luminaries from Grammy-nominated vocalists Luciana Souza and Tierney Sutton to piano icon Ran Blake and Afro-Cuban drummer Francisco Mela to South Indian percussionist Trichy Sankaran and the world-jazz group Natraj.

John Funkhouser will perform again at Pitman's with bassist Greg Loughman, guitarist Phil Sargent and drummer Mike Connors. The Band loves rock, too, and you can hear that in their approach.

The John Funkhouser Quartet is a band of Musicians without Borders. With influences as wide ranging as Woody Guthrie, Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, Frederic Chopin, and Ravi Shankar, the Quartet "employs complex rhythms, deep soulful moments, rock and passion and sensitivity."

Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for details and reservations. www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:03

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Pot luck dinner at Meredith American Legion Post

MEREDITH — The American Legion Post 33 in Meredith, is hosting a pot luck dinner on Friday November 7, at 5 p.m.  PM at the Post at 6 Plymouth Street in Meredith.

The event is sponsored by the SAL and Owen Price. The SAL members will provide the pot luck dishes and invite the public to have a wonderful dinner for $5 per person at the Post. The purpose for this benefit is to raise funds to help feed needy families for Thanksgiving

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 09:59

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Birds of the White Mtns. presentation in Meredith

MEREDITH — Get out your binoculars and bird book and join the Meredith Historical Society at 7 p.m. on November 11 and learn about the birds you hear when visiting the White Mountains. Are they the same birds we hear in the Lakes Region? Stephen Hale, research assistant at the University of New Hampshire will offer a slideshow presentation of birds likely to be seen in all four seasons of the year. The variety of birds seen and heard vary from in the valleys to the mountain summits.  Hale will also include audio bird sounds to help identify some species by their specific vocalizations.

Stephen Hale, Ph.D. UNH is a research associate at the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include climate change and vertebrate distribution modeling and mapping using satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems. The Meredith Historical Society is pleased to offer this presentation through the UNH Speakers Bureau.

The program is free and the public is welcome. The Meredith Historical Society is located at 45 Main St. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact 279-2275.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 09:53

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