NEWBURYPORT — Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will host a free family event called Let's Go Fishing on June 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. rain or shine. The purpose is to introduce kids and their families to the world of fish and recreational fishing.
Kids will have a chance to practice their new fishing skills on the refuge beach, where refuge volunteers experienced in surf fishing will provide additional guidance and support. The refuge will provide loaner rods and reels. Beginning at 11 a.m. a free shuttle bus will run between the visitor center and refuge beach at Lot 1.
Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Pre-registration is not required.
This event is co-sponsored by Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Parker River. For further information, please contact the refuge at 978-465-5753.
Jeff Fraza Memorial Benefit tomorrow
HAVERHILL — Thousands gathered to mourn the death of local boxer Jeff Fraza at his wake in February.
The community will celebrate his life tomorrow at the American Legion, 1314 Main St. with a Jeff Fraza Memorial Benefit featuring live music, vendors and a variety of family activities. The event begins at noon and continues throughout the day.
The Black Diamonds, a DeAngelis Studio of Music Rock School band, will headline the show and perform several original songs, including the band's debut of "Only Way to Fight." Also performing are the River City Rockers, Rhythm Junkies and Downtown Charlie. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available by calling Mike Morton at 978-423-0726.
Teacher honored by panel
LAWRENCE — Jineyda Tapia of Lawrence was among the Class of 2012 Unsung Heroines honored by members of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women May 16 in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.
Tapia was recommended by State Sen. Barry R. Finegold, R-Andover, for her achievements as an educator and community leader. Tapia is a literature teacher, a community leader and activist, youth representative, tutor, organizer and ambassador of the values held by the Lawrence community, Finegold said. As a tutor for the Salem State Upward Bound Program, she promotes learning outside of the classroom in a way that allows her students to grow both as educated individuals and productive members of society. She is a member of the Greater Lawrence Young Professional's Network, and youth organizer for the "We Are Lawrence "movement.
Electronics recycling offered in Hampstead
HAMPSTEAD — The Hampstead Lions Club is holding an electronic and small/large appliance recycling fundraiser tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the junction of Routes 111 and 121.
Get rid of old printers, TVs, VCRs, stereo, washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners and more. Fees range from $5 for things like fax machines and small microwaves to $25 for full computer systems.
Funds raised will support the Lions' charitable work in the community.
Call Sam Longbrook at (603) 329-5603 for more information.
Yard sale funds breast cancer cure
HAVERHILL — The 3-day team Sisters Walking With Hope for the fight against breast cancer will hold a yard sale today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 128 and 131 Winona Ave.
All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure team. The team is composed of Lynn Greenlay-Bucuzzo and Christine Benjamin of Haverhill and Catherine Fobes of Reading. More information about the yard sale is available by calling 978-373-5097. More information about Susan G. Komen or the Sisters Walking with Hope team is available at the3day.org/goto/sisterswalking.
Sandown club hosts big plant sale
SANDOWN — The Sandown Garden Club will host its fifth annual plant sale tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the fire station on Main Street. All plants have been donated from residents' gardens, so they are hardy and thrive in this climate. Shop early for the best selection.
There will be perennials, herbs, shrubs and more. Visit SandownGardenClub.org.