ANDOVER — Local retailer Sense of Wonder is hosting its fifth annual Sleepwear Drive to benefit women served by Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence. The downtown Andover shop is collecting new women’s bathrobes, nightgowns and pajamas, and slippers of all sizes to make sure the mothers served by Lazarus House shelters aren’t forgotten at the holidays.
“When we started this tradition, we really had no idea how much of an impact we could make,” Sense of Wonder owner Jean Smith said in a release. “During conversations with Lazarus House staff, we learned that during December particularly, moms staying at Lazarus House shelters focus on insuring that their children have holiday presents. We wanted to make sure that those moms received something nice, too.”
Smith said the drive has been quite successful, with off-site space required in the past to hold all the donations.
Sleepwear donations will be accepted at Sense of Wonder’s Andover shop at 27 Main St. as well as its Reading location through the end of the year. For more information, contact Sense of Wonder at 978-475-5544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist’s work on display in Hampstead
HAMPSTEAD — Hampstead Public Library will host an Artist’s Open House on Monday, Dec. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. with painter John LeCours. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to drop in and meet the artist.
LeCours’ paintings will be on display at Hampstead Public Library through the end of February.
For more information, call the library at (603) 329-6411 or view his website, johnlecoursartist.wordpress.com.
Ward signs autographs in Haverhill on Sunday
HAVERHILL — Haverhill Downtown Boxing Club will hold a grand opening celebration on Sunday featuring a visit at 1 p.m. by boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, who will be signing autographs.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and benefits the nonprofit boxing club, which is run by Ray Hebert and his business partner Derek Couture, a 2008 New England Golden Gloves champion.