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June 19, 2012

Free rapid HIV testing offered at Health Quarters

Region in a minute

LAWRENCE — From June 25 through June 28 Health Quarters is offering free rapid HIV tests at its medical offices in Haverhill and Lawrence as part of its observance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27. Health Quarters is a nonprofit provider of affordable and confidential sexual and reproductive health care for women, men, and teens.

New and existing clients can make an appointment for a free rapid HIV test, which produces results within 10 minutes without having to draw blood. With this test, return visits for results are eliminated; post-test prevention counseling is available during the same visit, and persons testing positive can start medical care more quickly.

Lawrence is disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS: The city ranks fifth in the state for newly diagnosed HIV cases from 2006-2008 and seventh for persons living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2009. Nationally, in 2009 the rate of new HIV infections among Hispanic/Latino men was 2.5 times that of white men and the rate among Hispanic/Latino women was 4.5 times that of white women.

Health Quarters locations are at 101 Amesbury St., Lawrence and 215 Summer St., Haverhill through June 28. Call 800.892.0234 for an appointment or visit www.healthq.org.

Cars, food and fun in Windham Saturday

WINDHAM — The Wheels of Windham DI Car Show and Family Fun Day is Saturday, with a rain date of Sunday at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be trophies, children's activities, food, door prizes and entertainment.

All proceeds go to the children in Windham participating in Destination Imagination. Proceeds help offset the expenses of travel and lodging to the teams that advanced to Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn.

Library has Museum of Science program

HAVERHILL — The public library will kick off its Summer Reading Program for children tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. with a presentation by the Museum of Science titled "Super Cold Science."

Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information contact Alissa Lauzon at 978-373-1586, ext. 626.

Council on Aging has Spinners tickets

HAVERHILL — The city's Recreation Department and Council on Aging has tickets to the Lowell Spinners game on July 30 at 7 p.m. Grandparents will receive a complimentary hot dog and soda from the Lowell Spinners. Transportation is not included. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

Enter the 'Wild Kingston' contest

KINGSTON — The Conservation Commission will host the Wild Kingston Photo Contest.

The contest is only open to amateurs. The categories are: wildlife, landscapes, and waterscapes and wild plants. Up to three photos may be submitted for each category.

Judging will be done in two age groups: youth (18 and under) and adult (19 and older). Prizes will be awarded during Kingston Days this summer. A juried exhibition will be on display at the new town library.

For more information and contest rules, visit kingstonnh.org.

Plaistow to tie-dye

PLAISTOW — On Monday, June 25, Plaistow Public Library is hosting a tie-dye and ice cream night.

Bring anything you want to dye: hats, bandanas, backpacks and shirts. There will be a few items at the library to dye if you cannot find one at home. Then enjoy some ice cream with the topping of your choice.

It is all free, but participants are asked to register in advance.

New McDonald's celebrates re-opening

METHUEN - A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held June 26 at the new McDonald's at 110 Pleasant Valley St.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will mark the grand reopening of the restaurant. It will feature a flag raising ceremony and performance by the Methuen Community Kindergarten. A donation will also be made to the Nevins Memorial Library.

To attend, RSVP to Joyce Campagnone by June 15 at 978-983-8510 or 978-682-0105.

Buttonwoods' Past Finders program

HAVERHILL — The Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum begins July 10. Now in its 22nd season, Past Finders is a day program for children in grades 1 to 7 and is designed to teach children about history in a fun and imaginative way. Morning drop off begins at 9 a.m. and pick up is at 4 p.m. Session 1, Come Sail Away, is July 10 to 13. Activities include fishing, exploring the Buttonwoods Trail, sailor crafts, cooking, and a sail on the gundalow Piscataqua. Session 2, Fun on the Farm, is Aug. 7 to 10. Participants will garden, cook with seasonal fruits and vegetables, learn homespun crafts and visit a farm museum. Cost for each session is $160. Children may sign up for one or both sessions. More information is available at haverhillhistory.org, by calling 978-374-4626 or by emailing programs@haverhillhistory.org.