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August 21, 2013

Steven Lyons memorial event Saturday at castle

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — From rock to country to rap, the grounds at Winnekenni Castle will pulsate to the sound of live music when the castle plays host to the second annual Steven Lyons Memorial Rock Out & Cookout.

This family-friendly event is on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and features 15 local acts, including several area youth bands. An art show, raffles and children’s games will take place throughout the day.

Presented by the nonprofit Steve Lyons Fund, the event is rain or shine and will benefit The Sad Cafe in Plaistow. The cafe is an all-ages, nonprofit music venue with a mission to maintain a safe, clean, substance-free environment.

Lyons was killed six years ago at age 23 when he was hit by a train in Bradford while walking home from a downtown gathering with friends. His family and friends are holding this concert and cookout in his memory.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and snacks will be provided to ticket holders at no additional charge. Performers include Merrimack Delta Dub Set, The Four Legged Faithful, Break My Fall, The Resemblance, A Boy Named Sue, The Screen, Shaky Jake & the Blue Vibrations, Lost Thoughts, Woof!, Anonymous, The Sparx, Colm O’Brien, Sammy Paps, Darren Hawe and Bob Beal.

Admission is $20 at the gate or $15 in advance. Maximum price for a family is $50. Children 10 and younger are admitted free. Advance tickets are available at stevelyonsfund.bigcartel.com and The Sad Cafe, 148 Plaistow Road, Plaistow.

Win Sox tickets by adopting rubber ducks

By adopting a “Quack Pack” or more ducks by midnight tonight for this year’s Haverhill Rotary Rubber Duck Regatta you will be entered into a drawing to be held tomorrow for two premium Red Sox pavilion seats and reserved parking for Sept. 2 at 1:35 p.m. Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers game.

With each team leading their respective division in the American League pennant race, the game could offer a preview of the playoffs.

To qualify for the drawing to be held tomorrow, individuals must adopt a Quack Pack or more of ducks by midnight tonight. Ducks can be adopted at any Pentucket Bank or Haverhill Bank, at Rockingham Motors in Salem, N.H., or by approaching a Haverhill Rotary Club member or by adopting online at www.AdoptADuckToday.com. A Quack Pack costs $25 and adopts six ducks for the Haverhill Rotary Rubber Duck Regatta scheduled for Sept. 7. The Quack Pack also offers six chances at winning the $10,000 cash Grand Prize donated by Rockingham Toyota-Honda of Salem, N.H., a New England Weekend Getaway Vacation sponsored by Pentucket Bank, golf foursomes at Haverhill and Apple Hill Golf Clubs or other prizes.

The Red Sox tickets and parking are donated by Early Construction of Newton, N.H., courtesy of Pentucket Bank. Proceeds from the Rubber Duck Regatta go to many Merrimack Valley area charities. For more information, visit www.AdoptADuckToday.com.

Final performance in outdoor music series

The Bradford Common free Outdoor Music Series concludes on Friday with an evening of jazz featuring opening act Ed Felker at 6 p.m., followed by Mike Cesati & Company at 7.

In the event of rain, the show will be held inside the church. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. This summer music series was sponsored by the First Church of Christ. More information is available from Paul Prue at 978-590-2119.

Grant writing workshop offered

Nonprofit organizations and individuals eager to break into the grant writing arena can attend a series of three workshops, hosted by the Grant Resource Center at Northern Essex Community College.

The workshop series will be held in October at Northern Essex Community College’s Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Entry K, Lawrence.

The first workshop, “Introduction to Grants Research,” will be Oct. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. This workshop introduces participants to the world of philanthropy and covers grants research and how to approach foundations.

The second workshop, “Introduction to Grant Writing for Beginners,” will be Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will learn how to create a winning grant proposal. The third and final workshop, “Introduction to Grant Writing II for Beginners,” will be Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. This workshop is for individuals who have completed “Introduction to Grant Writing for Beginners” or those who already have some experience in grant writing.

Seats in these courses fill up quickly so those interested are encouraged to register early. The cost for each of the first two workshops is $30 plus a $5 materials fee. The cost for the third workshop is $40 plus a $5 materials fee. For more information, contact Dawna Perez at dperez@necc.mass.edu or 978-738-7605 or Diane Zold-Gross at dzoldgross@necc.mass.edu or 978-659-1221.

Talk on Diabetic Neuropathy planned

Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy, a senior lunch presentation with Michael Kutka, MD, will be held on Sept. 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium.

Kutka, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon is a member of the team at Merrimack Valley Hospital’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner. Menu includes marinated chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable medley, cranberry sauce, salad, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea.

Merrimack Valley Hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 978-521-8140.