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March 21, 2013

Food collection benefits Emmaus House shelter

The Edgewood Retirement Community hopes to gather 1,000 food items and raise $1,000 for the Emmaus House shelter with the help of the Feinstein Foundation.

This week, Edgewood will wrap up its annual food drive for Emmaus House in Haverhill by gathering non-perishable items. Every item donated will be matched by $1 for Emmaus through the annual Feinstein Challenge. The Feinstein Challenge asks communities to work with local agencies each spring to help fight hunger.

The Edgewood food drive effort has the goal of bringing in more than 1,000 food items for Emmaus, which would create $1,000 in matched funds for the shelter from The Feinstein Foundation.

Over the past six years, Edgewood residents and staff have been proud to support Emmaus’ vital work by assembling volunteer teams to serve meals and by holding clothing, toiletry, toy and food drives. Edgewood has also provided grants to Emmaus totaling $25,000 during that time.

Contributions of non-perishable food items are welcomed at the Edgewood Retirement Community Club House through March 22 at 575 Osgood St., North Andover.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday

Pentucket Kiwanis will hold a free pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St.

The event is from 8 a.m. to noon. Reservations are not required. The event will also include pictures with the Easter Bunny and goodies for children. Cash donations will be accepted to help local community organizations.

Choir to perform Sunday

The St. Anne, Hampstead, N.H., cantata choir will hold its annual Palm Sunday performance March 24 at 3 p.m. at Sacred Hearts Church in Bradford.

The 60-voice and 20-piece orchestra will perform “Arise, My Love.” The ecumenical group, under the direction of Cynthia Verrill, has been performed for more than 12 years to standing-room-only crowds in Hampstead.

Members of the group come from 18 area churches. Sacred Hearts Church is at 165 S. Main St. The church is handicap accessible. This event is open to the public and admission is free. For information, call 603-329-5886.

Palm Sunday Service set

GROVELAND —The community is invited to attend a Taize meditation service at Groveland Congregational Church Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

The service, to be held in the candlelit sanctuary, will last about 30 minutes and consist of scripture, prayers, songs, petitions and an extended period of silent prayer. All are welcome. The church is at 4 King St. For more information, call 978-372-3463.

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