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June 18, 2013

YMCA offers summer meals program for kids


The event also has a growing list of celebrities that attend and is an opportunity to network as well as buy and sell books. For a list of authors, illustrators and publishers attending, visit online at http://peartreepublishing.net.

For more information contact Christopher Obert at 978-372-5825.

Bereavement program for children

Musical experiences, special keepsake crafts and a host of other fun activities will be enjoyed by children who have undergone a significant loss in their life at Merrimack Valley Hospice’s day long “Summer Break” program on July 18 at Winnekenni Castle.

This free and fun program is for children ages 6 to 13 who have experienced a loss, said Jessica Sharpe, LCSW, bereavement services manager for Merrimack Valley Hospice.

“During the program children are able to express their grief in creative ways — while building friendships with other children who have also experienced a loss such as a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend,” Sharpe said. “Children grieve in different ways, and we are committed to offering a range of programs to help them through these difficult times.”

The daylong program, now in its fifth year, was created to give children who have suffered the loss of a loved one a chance to meet others that have similar experiences.

The program is open to all children in the community. Children need not have any connection to Merrimack Valley Hospice to participate.

The day is supervised and directed by Merrimack Valley Hospice trained professional social workers, nurses and grief counselors and expressive therapists. Registration is required.

For more information contact Jessica at 978-552-4904 or jsharpe@homehealthfoundation.org.

‘Seize the Moment’ auction for St. James

GROVELAND — St. James Episcopal Church will hold its annual “Seize the Moment” auction on Sunday, June 23 at 11:30 am.

The event features live and silent auctions of baked goods, artwork, dinners, services, and children’s items handmade by children in the church.

St. James is located at 119 Washington St., Groveland. For more information call 978-373-1270 or visit online at www.saintjamesgroveland.org.

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