---- — Merrimack Valley Hospital will host a New England Artisans Fair tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the first floor lobby, 140 Lincoln Ave. Artisans include Country Store Fudge; LAP-Designs handmade, one-of-a-kind semi-precious gemstone jewelry and Christian jewelry; Handmade by Maria doll clothes for 18-inch dolls; Rambling Rose Originals tie bags, rucksacks and scarves; Happy Dog Ceramics sculptures of dogs and cats, pet dishes and kitchen items; Judy B’s handmade scrubbies and baby sets; and Marjorie Clevesy’s hand created bibs, aprons, hats, mittens, snowmen and seven-layer potholders. Free and open to the public. Offered through the hospital’s Employee Activities Committee, which sponsors events for employees and supports local charities. For more information please contact Jean at 978-420-1168.
Planning Commission meets Thursday
The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will meet at the MVPC Offices Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. for a Holiday Social followed by a meeting at 7 p.m. The agenda includes updates on the Regional Comprehensive Plan, Environmental and Transportation Projects for the Merrimack Valley. For more information call Nancy Lavallee at 978-374-0519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chronic Pain workshop offered
Chronic Pain, a free six-week workshop, will be held at Merrimack Valley Hospital on Tuesdays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 12, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave. Participants will learn to control pain, deal with depression, frustration, isolation and poor sleep patterns; eat well, begin an exercise program, handle stress, relax, and increase energy levels. Workshops are run by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. For more information or to register, call Sheila Hewitt at 978-946-1211.
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.