---- — METHUEN — The Festival of Trees Inc. announces its Emerald Anniversary Festival of Trees holiday event for Friday, Nov. 22 . This celebration will kick off with the Emerald Anniversary Taste of the Festival with celebrity Chef Mary Ann Esposito of the PBS cooking series Ciao Italia. It will showcase dishes from local restaurants as well as the unveiling of 240 Christmas trees and wreaths.
“We are honored to have Chef Mary Ann Esposito as our special guest this year to help celebrate the Festival’s 20-year milestone,” said Sharon Pollard, President of the Festival of Trees.
The Festival of Trees is the largest of its kind in New England. Since it began in 1994, more than 1,200 people, businesses and organizations have donated trees and 1,500 volunteers have donated their time.
The Festival of Trees will officially open on Saturday, Nov. 23 and run through Saturday, Dec. 7. All 240 Christmas trees and wreaths will be on display for 2 weeks and raffled off on the closing day of the festival.
Salem charter school hosts fundraiser
SALEM — The Birches Academy of Academics & Art is having its Fill Your Cup fundraiser Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Country Club to help raise money for a new all-purpose room at the school. The room would be used as a gymnasium and for meetings, plays and other events.
Guests can select a handcrafted mug or bowl and fill it with a variety of soups, bread and appetizers from area restaurants.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $35 for adults and $25 for children by contacting Jessica Wachsman at 603-458-6399 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bullying forum slated in Pelham
PELHAM — Pelham Elementary School, in conjunction with School Resource Officer Brian Kelly and the Pelham Police Department, will present a forum Nov. 13 titled “Understanding Differences Between Peer Conflict and Bullying.”
This session is being conducted to provide information to parents regarding peer conflict versus bullying and will be filmed by PTV to be shown at a later date.
This presentation will be in the elementary school library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Call the school 603-635-8875, for more information.
See Oscar winner Meryl Streep at UMass Lowell Wednesday
Actress Meryl Streep, who has played more than 100 roles and holds the record for the most Academy Award and Golden Globe Award acting nominations, will take the stage at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
“A Conversation with Meryl Streep” is the latest event in the Chancellor’s Speaker Series. It is co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell English Department’s Theatre Arts Program and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Proceeds benefit student scholarships.
Tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. and are $30 for general admission, $50 for reserved arena seating and $70 for reserved floor seating; prices do not include applicable fees and there is a limit of eight tickets per person.
Tickets will be sold at the Tsongas Center box office, www.tsongascenter.com or by calling 866-722-8780. Admission is free for UMass Lowell students with a valid ID who obtain tickets in advance and in person at the Tsongas Center box office.
Ham and bean supper is Saturday
HAVERHILL — First Church of Christ at 10 Church St. in Bradford will hold a ham and bean supper Saturday from 5-6 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free.
There will be a basket next to the ticket table where you may donate a non-perishable food item, which will then be brought to the Sacred Hearts Food Pantry.