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May 17, 2011

Senior Health and Fitness Fair May 25

The Council on Aging will hold a Senior Health and Fitness Fair May 25 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. This fair is free to attend and will feature health screenings for eyes, oxygen saturation readings, blood pressure, glucose levels and spinal screenings. Information will be available on dental health, travel, life-long learning, financial well being, health clubs and hospital services. A pharmacist will be available to review prescriptions. There will also be demonstrations of activities such as Tai Chi, yoga and exercise programs offered by the YMCA and Cedardale, as well as music and snacks. A one-mile City Walk takes place at 11:30 a.m., following the fair. No registration is required. For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Benefit auction features Bruins playoff tickets

Thursday's wine tasting benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill includes a live auction featuring four tickets to see the Boston Bruins play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of their playoff series. A silent auction features a Glen Davis autographed basketball, four tickets to see the Boston Red Sox play the Chicago White Sox on May 31, and includes a Jason Varitek autographed baseball. Other items: A five-course wine dinner for four at Keon's 105 Bistro, a Lia Sophia jewelry package, and autographed Bruins memorabilia. This event is Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St. and features Fantasy Fine Wines of Boston's North End, food, live entertainment and auctions. Tickets are $45 each or two for $80. To reserve tickets call Kathleen Pruett at 978-374-6171 or 978-204-0620. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Giant Indoor Tag Sale slated for Saturday

The Sons of Italy, Victor Emanuel Lodge, 124 Washington St. will hold a Giant Indoor Tag Sale (yard sale) Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds support lodge operating expenses and charities the lodge donates to. For pick-up of donated items or for more information contact Carmine LoConte at 978-373-1447, Lucinda Nolet at 978-372-6259, Randy Riccio at 978-372-4364 or Michael Schroth at 978-372-0023.

Academy presents 'West Side Story'

Bradford Christian Academy will present the play "West Side Story'' on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the City Hall auditorium on the second floor of 4 Summer St.

There will also be a 2 p.m. show on Saturday. Tickets are $11 for general seating and $15 for premium seating. They are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/175070.

Hannah Duston talk and tour is tomorrow

Learn about local folk legend Hannah Emerson Duston during a lecture by historian Thomas Spitalere tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Victor Emmanuel Lodge, Sons of Italy, 124 Washington St. A tour of the Duston Garrison House on Hilldale Avenue will follow. Suggested donation is $5. Light refreshments will be served.

Hospital to host jewelry show on Friday

Merrimack Valley Hospital will host a Shining Tiara jewelry show Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main lobby. The show, sponsored by the hospital's Employee Activities Committee, is open to the public.

Proceeds benefit the Employee Activities Committee, which plans and implements hospital events for employees, helps facilitate the Employee of the Month awards, and supports local charities. Merrimack Valley Hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave. For more information call Jude at 978-374-2000.

NECC student honored in list of '29 Who Shine'

Shannon Sheltra, a student at Northern Essex Community College's respiratory care program, was named one of "29 Who Shine" from the Public Higher Education Class of 2011. Sheltra, a single mother of three who resides in West Newbury, turned to NECC for a career when her long-time partner and father of her children, died unexpectedly, forcing their horse farm into foreclosure.

A lifelong asthmatic, she was drawn to the respiratory care program because of her personal experience as well as the job prospects. She graduates from the program this month and works at Spaulding North Shore Hospital in Salem under her student license. In addition, she has been accepted into Tuft University's pre-med program and dreams of becoming a pediatric pulmonologist. As the recently named recipient of the national scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, valued at $60,000 over two years, this will help make her dream a reality.

Sheltra, who still owns horses and operates a therapeutic horse riding business, is the founding president of the NECC Respiratory Care Club. She is this year's student commencement speaker.

The recipients were honored at a State House ceremony on May 12. As a group, the "29 Who Shine" range in age from 17 to 52. They hail from each of the state's 29 public higher education campuses located in 25 cities and towns across Massachusetts. Each student was nominated for the "29 Who Shine" award by faculty and staff at the individual campuses.