---- — METHUEN — On Christmas Day, the John Hancock Masonic Lodge, 275 Broadway, will open its doors for its 30th Christmas dinner for the needy and folks that are alone.
The turkey dinner is served at 12:30 p.m. There will also be a bus that will pick up folks in Lawrence. The bus will stop at the corner of Broadway and Common Street; behind City Hall and then at the church on the corner of Union and Essex Street between noon and 12:20 p.m.
John Hancock Masonic Lodge is a fraternity based on the principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. The lodge in the Methuen Center in the historic Searles Building.
Council on Aging to bring gifts to nursing homes
HAVERHILL — Gifts are still being collected for the Council on Aging’s Giving Tree, located in the lobby of the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.
Anyone wishing to donate to this effort can pick a gift tag at the Citizens Center or purchase any gift suitable for a nursing home patient. Gifts should be wrapped, labeled with contents, and delivered to the Citizens Center by tomorrow. All gifts will be brought to local nursing homes and distributed to seniors in need. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Christmas Eve Service in Haverhill
HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Church of the Nazarene will hold a Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m.
The church is at 957 Kenoza St. The service will include a children’s nativity, choir, communion and candle lighting.
Poker player to deal holiday packages
LAWRENCE — New England’s top professional poker player, Bernard Lee will on Dec. 20 donate holiday packages worth about $250 each to more than 50 children in the Lawrence area as part of The Full House Charity Program.
The charity provides a minimum of $20,000 annually to organizations across New England that focus on children. The Vermont -based Cabot Cheese is the lead sponsor.
“In the spirit of the holiday season, my hope is that these packages bring joy to struggling families. I feel so grateful for my family that I want to share some holiday cheer with families other than my own,” said Lee, a Wayland resident whose son and daughter will help him hand out the packages at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, 73D Winthrop Ave. at 6 p.m.
They will meet with 27 families with 53 children and hand out the packages. Lee will also host a dinner.
“This is the second year that Bernard has helped GLFHC families in our empowerment group programs. His contribution of thoughtful gifts and food goes a long way towards making the holidays special and helping our participants feel important. We thank him and Cabot for their investment in our community,” said Dr. Jeffrey S. Geller, director of Integrative Medicine and Group Programs at the health center.
Each family will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant and a cheddar sampler pack from Cabot Cheese. Each child will receive a holiday package that includes winter clothing, a hat and gloves, books, toys, ball/game, art supplies, holiday sweets, a stuffed animal and a Cabot Cheese children’s fun pack. Lee honored specific requests from every child.
In November, Lee was selected to serve as commentator of the World Series of Poker Circuit on ESPN3. He is also a commentator for the Eastern Poker Tour. Previously, Lee was co-host of online poker show, ESPN Inside Deal.
New Allstate agency supports Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
NORTH ANDOVER — To celebrate the opening of a new agency in North Andover, Allstate Insurance Company will present a $10,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence at the Club’s annual Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 21.
Kurt Wicks, a top-performing Allstate Exclusive Agent, opened his agency in North Andover in October. Wicks is the first Allstate agent since 1987 to open an agency in Massachusetts. This expansion comes nearly three years after Allstate’s decision to re-enter the Massachusetts auto insurance market. Plans to recruit, educate and deploy additional exclusive agents statewide are underway.
“It’s a privilege and a pleasure to be the first new Allstate agency in Massachusetts,” said Wicks. “My staff and I are excited to offer our full suite of auto insurance and financial services products to the residents of North Andover and the surrounding community. We plan on being a trusted local presence for years to come.”
Wicks also owns an agency in Manchester, N.H. His son, Greg, will be a key manager of the North Andover office.
The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence provides a safe, after-school place for over 3,200 youth ages 6-18 to come for hot meals, homework help, fitness and nutrition programs, college and career planning, and lasting personal relationships. The club offers critical programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles and community involvement.
Mayor Fiorentini to host Christmas party
HAVERHILL — Mayor James Fiorentini invites residents to the city’s annual Christmas party tomorrow from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the front entry hall of City Hall, 4 Summer St.
Entertainment will be provided by the Haverhill High School Chorus and the Haverhill High School Band. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the mayor’s office at 978-374-2300.