EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 7, 2012

Join a discussion of McClellan's 'grand campaign'

SALEM — The American College of History and Legal Studies and the Massachusetts School of Law will host a free seminar, "McClellan Takes Richmond! Really?" on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the seminar at will take place at the Massachusetts School of Law at 500 Federal St., in Andover,.

The free seminar will be led by professor Michael B. Chesson, founding professor and dean at the American College of History and Legal Studies. Chesson is the author of four books about the Civil War.

This event, featuring a roundtable discussion, marks the 150th anniversary of "the grand campaign," Gen. George McClellan's mammoth offensive to capture Richmond in the spring of 1862.

A quarter-million men took part, more than in any other Civil War operation. One-quarter were dead, wounded or missing when it ended.

To RSVP for the free seminar by June 13, or for further information, contact Maureen Mooney at 458-5145, Ext. 11, or email info@achls.org. Guests can also reserve a seat online at achls.org. Seating is limited.

Hampstead celebrates strawberries

HAMPSTEAD — Hampstead Congregational Church will hold its annual Strawberry Festival Saturday from 9 a.m. to 23 p.m. at 61 Main St.

There will be crafters, children's games, baked goods, entertainment, lunch and strawberry shortcake.

Sign up Boys and Girls Club camp

SALEM — There's still time to sign up for the Summer Camp Programs at the Boys and Girls Club. Club camps include field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor and gym games, and a games room.

Camp runs June 18 through Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (drop-off and pick-up times from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Full day camp for students in kindergarten through 12th grade is $180 a week.

There are four camps available this summer for children ages 3 through high school.

All field trips are included in the weekly camp tuition.

Club membership fee is $30 annually.

Camp registration is available to active club members only. (Kindergarten participants receive free membership.)

A nonrefundable deposit of $40 per week is required to reserve a spot.

The club is located at 3 Geremonty Drive. Call 898-7709 or visit salembgc.org.

Donate blood at Hampstead drive

HAMPSTEAD — The Knights of Columbus Council 9058 will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive on Friday, June 15, from 1 to 6 p.m. at St Anne's Church on Emerson Avenue.

There is always a need for blood.

For more information, call Pat Bracken at 329-4356.

Caregivers sponsor ice cream social

SALEM — The Greater Salem Caregivers will be holding an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, June 14,, from 1 to 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Plaistow Center.

Anyone from the Plaistow area who might be interested in becoming a volunteer for the Caregivers is invited.

The Greater Salem Caregivers drive elderly and disabled seniors to medical appointments.

There are many seniors in Plaistow who are in need of a ride, but there are very few volunteers.

The Ice Cream Social would be an opportunity for anyone interested to stop by and find how the program works. The organization would be interested in meeting with retired people, people who work second or third shifts, people who are temporarily out of work and stay-at-home parents.

For further information, call the Salem Caregivers office at 898-2850, email Salemcaregivers@gmail.com or visit salemcare.org.

Spaghetti is on the menu Saturday

HAMPSTEAD — The Knights of Columbus, Maximilian Kolbe Council, will serve an Italian Dinner Saturday at 5 p.m. in St. Anne Church Hall on Emerson Avenue.

The menu includes spaghetti, stuffed manicotti, sausage, salad, rolls and dessert.

Donations are $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12.

Hear about natural solutions to asthma

HAMPSTEAD — Breathing problems affect millions of people in the United States and around the world, problems ranging from the mild irritation of hay fever to life-threatening cases of asthma. Until recently, treatment for such conditions was limited to over-the-counter and prescription drugs, some of which have been found to have serious side effects.

Dr. Matt Swiesz of Swiesz Family Chiropractic will be at Hampstead Public Library on Thursday, June 14, at 6:45 p.m. to discuss the causes of these conditions, as well as natural solutions. Swiesz, a native of New Hampshire, has been practicing chiropractic medicine in Hampstead for 11 years.

Mall hosts children's safety event

SALEM — The Simon Kidgits Club gets ready for some summer fun with a free Kidgits Club Safe Summer event on Friday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Center Court Area of the Mall at Rockingham Park.

Area families are invited to soak up some summer sunshine with informative activities, games and crafts.

Children will be able to enjoy a special interactive stage show by the Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation. This performance will help children identify and avoid predators and harmful situations. Representatives from the SmileSafe Kids program will be on hand to provide children with free safety identification cards.

Join Kidgits for $5 for the year. Visit Simon Guest Services at the Mall at Rockingham Park for details.