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August 23, 2013

Trip to BSO rehearsal planned for Oct. 17

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Council on Aging has tickets for the Oct. 17 10:30 a.m. rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall.

This will be an opportunity to meet the new BSO conductor Andris Nelsons. The program includes works by Wagner, Mozart and Brahms.

Tickets are $40 for first balcony center seats and transportation. Seating is limited. To reserve your space or for more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Steven Lyons memorial concert, cookout tomorrow

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 tomorrow 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.

Merrimack Valley Hospice welcomes new vice president

Andrea LeBlanc, RN, BSN, of Gorham, Maine, was recently named vice president of Merrimack Valley Hospice, the leader in hospice care in the Merrimack Valley, Northeastern Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and Southern Maine.

LeBlanc brings a wealth of progressive leadership experience including clinical and administrative roles in home health and hospice, and at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Portland, Maine. Most recently she worked as CEO of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice in Lewiston, Maine, where she was responsible for operations, quality improvement, financial performance and other program and technology initiatives.

“Andrea is a true leader and role model who brings exceptional expertise to Merrimack Valley Hospice,” said John Albert, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare Inc. “She has developed and implemented innovative programs to improve clinical quality that exceeded national benchmarks, developed and implemented a palliative care program, and restructured operations to improve collaboration and financial performance. More importantly, she has a firm grasp of critical industry issues and initiatives.”

“I am passionate about hospice care and proud to be a part of such a well respected and clinically advanced organization,” said LeBlanc. “I look forward to working with other members of the leadership team to further the mission of the organization.”

LeBlanc received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is a MBA candidate in Health Care from New England College. Merrimack Valley Hospice is a not-for-profit home health care agency affiliated with Home Health VNA and HomeCare Inc. Together, the three agencies serve more than 90 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley, Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

Sanctuary garden open in Newbury

NEWBURY —The sanctuary garden in Newbury will be open to the public every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Sept. 1.

The garden is a place to read, meditate and relax. The sanctuary is home to the resident healer Rhonda Lenair, where tens of thousands of people from around the world have experienced healing in her presence and that healing energy is imbued in the sanctuary gardens and paths.

The sanctuary is at 75 Scotland Road, Newbury, 1.3 miles off Interstate 95. Visit online at www.lenair.com/sanctuary.

Spaces still available in grant funded program at NECC

There are 10 spaces still available in a free Career Pathways Bridge Program offered through Northern Essex Community College to advanced English language learners hoping to enter the health or information technology fields.

Thanks to a $100,000 Smith Family Foundation grant, Northern Essex Community College developed the program that will place a total 30 advanced English language learners on the fast track to reaching their goal of a career in health care or information technology.

This new, two-semester program, meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., from Sept. 4 through Dec. 14 and from Jan. 22 through May 10 at NECC’s Riverwalk on Merrimack Street in Lawrence. The program, which is taught by faculty with backgrounds in these career fields in addition to being experienced language instructors, integrates intensive English reading and writing, math, career, and college readiness skills. Northern Essex will receive $100,000 a year for the next three years.

Participants must be assessed before entering the program. For more information, contact Amanda Kelly at 978-659-1283 or akelly@necc.mass.edu.

Hospital stays discussed at seminar

GROVELAND — The Groveland Council on Aging will host a free seminar titled “Hospital Survival Guide” on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Groveland Senior Center, 183 Main St.

Topics include hospital stays and discharges and what to expect, quality assurance and proper navigation during your hospital stay. To register for this program, call 978-372-1101.