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Willie J Laws Band at Tower Hill Tavern


LACONIA — The Willie J. Laws Band returns to Tower Hill Tavern in Weirs Beach  to play the "Real Deal" Blues" this  Saturday May 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The band will be back again at Tower Hill Tavern on June 18 and August 31.

Often referred to as the "Real Deal", this born and raised Texas guitar-slinger, songwriter and vocalist creates a sound "which will grab you from the inside out". Willie makes music that is a soulful mixture of South Texas Blues/Funk, classic R&B, Country, Tex-Mex, Zydeco and Rock & Roll. " Think Robert Cray meets BB King, visiting Jimmy Hendrix ".

Willie J Laws toured with Phillip Walker and opened for many of the Blues Greats: BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy and many more. Winner of the 2011 Massachusetts Blues Society challenge, continuing on to the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, and subsequently was selected to compete in the 2012 King of Beale Street Challenge. Willie has held down House gigs at Blind Melon's San Diego, CA , Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville in New Orleans, LA , House of Blues Las Vegas, NV , and regular appearances at HOB New Orleans.

Willie is also a member of the Grammy Award winning group and internationally touring, Los Texmaniacs. He currently resides in New England, plays from Maine to New York and beyond. This Is Texas Blues/Funk reminiscent of Freddie King, Johnnie Winter and other artists who hail from the Lone Star State and Louisiana.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 08:52

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International Film Series – Life, Above All, Monday, June 2

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Life, Above All, Monday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly at the Laconia Public Library.

In a dusty town in South Africa, near Johannesburg, life is simple, yet it can be complicated by family ties. A prevailing sense of pride tightly binds the community together so long as one stays 'in line'. Twelve-year-old Chanda is a promising young student, who is left to care for two younger siblings when an infant sister dies and her mother becomes gravely ill. Her step-father drowns himself in alcohol. The town turns against Chandra with rumors that her family carries a deadly disease. When her mother disappears, she demands answers but gets stubborn silence.
Chandra sets out to fight the fear and shame that have poisoned her community and to find her mother. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and courage against severe odds. The film is based on the award-winning novel, Chandra's Secret, by Allan Stratton.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. Feel free to bring a cushion for comfort in viewing the movie.

The Laconia Human Relations Committee is a committee of the mayor of Laconia dedicated to expanding our horizons for the appreciation of the diversity found among us and in the wider world. For more information, contact Len Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:38

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Globe Manufacturing honored for long-time sponsorship of annual ‘Kick for Cancer’ martial arts tournament

GILMANTON — Since the first tournament back in 1989, Globe Manufacturing Company has been the sole corporate sponsor for White Dragon Martial Art's annual Kick for Cancer Martial Arts tournament. This event has brought in enough revenue to donated $150,000 to local area hospice centers.
Since the start of the tournament it has grown to become the largest and oldest charity martial arts tournament in the State of New Hampshire. Throughout the years, this has become an international event, drawing martial artists and competitors from Florida, Michigan, Canada, New York, and all of the New England states.
Former martial arts teacher, Georganne Verigan who later became the Grandmaster or head of the martial arts system, wanted to do something to honor friends and family that she had lost to cancer, therefore she started the tournament.

When White Dragon Martial Arts, moved from Pittsfield to Gilmanton, the school continued the tradition of hosting the annual Kick for Cancer Charity Martial Arts Tournament. This year because of the generosity of our sponsors and participants, the total donation to local hospice programs was over $16,000.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:34

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Audubon Society plans program on birdwatching

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Thursday, June 5, the Lakes Region Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society will hold its annual meeting at The Loon Center in Moultonborough. The keynote program, presented by Eric Masterson, is titled "Birdwatching in New Hampshire," based on his book of the same title.

The schedule is as follows:

5:15 Hors d'oeuvres and pot luck supper; bring food and your own plate and utensils.
6:45 Business Meeting
7:00 Keynote Program

Eric Masterson, author of Birdwatching in New Hampshire, will give a presentation on where, when, and how to find the more than 300 species of birds that occur here annually. From consideration of the different regions of the state to variables like weather, equipment, and seasons, Eric has optimized the art and practice of finding the elusive tweet you've been looking for.

Eric's talk will feature the best of the best of New Hampshire's birding, with photos and anecdotes taken from his book.

After thirty years living in Ireland, he now resides in southwest NH, where he is a Land Specialist for the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, New Hampshire. He runs the stewardship program for the organization's approximately 10,000 acres of conservation easements, assists with new conservation projects, and coordinates their field trip program.

The Loon Center is located on Lee's Mill Road; follow the signs from Route 109 or from Route 25 near the Moultonborough Central School. For more information, call the Loon Center at 476-5666.

The public is invited; admission is free.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:28

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