EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 6, 2012

Skating exhibition Saturday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Northeast Ice Skating Club will host Holiday Skate 2012 tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 8) at the Haverhill Valley Forum, 7 Parkridge Road.

The event begins at 1 p.m. with a figure skating exhibition, followed by a family skate.

Admission is $5 at the door for adults. Children under 12 and seniors will be admitted at no charge. All proceeds benefit the Northeast Ice Skating Club.

In conjunction with the event, the club is working with the Jay Project to collect item for care packages to be shipped to troops overseas. Items that may be donated include nonperishable food, such as beef jerky, Slim Jims, trail mix and protein bars; unscented baby wipes, sample-size personal hygiene products; hand warmers; long, heavy socks (black, brown or green); puzzle books; and current magazines and paperbacks.

Holiday Craft and Gift Faire is Sunday

Winnekenni Castle will host a Holiday Craft and Gift Faire Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. The event will feature unique and hand-crafted gift items, including jewelry, holiday decor, home goods, original gifts and special one-of-a-kind items. Also there will be door prizes and more. Refreshments will be available. For a vendor application send email to winnekenni@yahoo.com. Please include your name, contact information and a description of merchandise to be vended. Please include photos and links to any online information about your wares. Holiday themed items, as well as modestly priced and small gifts do well at this fair.

Concert Dec. 13

HAMPSTEAD — The Meetinghouse Park Summer Music Series in Hampstead presents its first winter concert Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at Hampstead Middle School. The Don Campbell Band — a summertime favorite — will present a blend of holiday and country crossover music. The five-piece band is based in New England and performs more than 200 concerts a year between Maine and Nashville, Tennessee. The performance is sponsored by the Hampstead Cable TV Advisory Committee. Suggested admission is a donation of a food item for the St. Anne food pantry or an item for the Military Support Club at Hampstead Middle School, to be sent to the troops. Suggestions include puzzle books, M&Ms, hard candy and phone cards. More information is available by calling 603-329-6047.

Christmas giveaway is Dec. 14

Families in financial distress are invited to a free Christmas give-a-way Friday, Dec. 14 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Doors open at 4 p.m. Registration is not required. Personal care items, housewares and gift and food items are being provided through a grant from Walmart, which is also providing a tractor trailer truck for this distribution. This event is hosted by Somebody Cares New England in collaboration with Common Ground Ministry and Zion Bible College.

Citizen Planner Training Program begins in January

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will sponsor the “Citizen Planner Training Program” again next year. The first session will be held on Monday, Jan. 7, at the MVPC offices in Haverhill. The next two sessions will be held on Monday, Feb. 4 and Monday, March 4 and the fourth session will be scheduled in coordination with the Citizen Training Planning Collaborative at a later date. All sessions will be held at the MVPC offices and will start at 7 p.m. There is a $100 per participant fee, which can be billed to your community accordingly. To register contact Nancy Lavallee at 978-374-0519 or email nlavallee@mvpc.org.

Christmas party in Windham

WINDHAM — Coco, Early & Associates is hosting its 10th annual Christmas Party for local children tomorrow, with almost 700 guests expected from the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.

The event is at Windham High School from 1 to 3 p.m., with gifts, caroling and a visit from Santa.