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August 16, 2013

Pentucket Players to hold auditions

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Pentucket Players Inc., celebrating its 20th anniversary season, will hold open auditions for Rogers & Hammerstein’s classic musical play, “The King & I” on Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children ages 6 to 12, including the role of Louis Leonowens and the King’s children, and on Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for teenagers and adults, including the role of Prince Chulalongkorn.

Both auditions will be held at the Lawrence Heritage Museum, second floor, 1 Jackson St., Lawrence. The play is being directed by John Buzzell of Haverhill and produced by Marie Bliven of Methuen. The Pentucket Players are hoping for a cast of 50, including 20 children.

This production will be presented at the Rogers Center for the Arts in November. For more information, visit www.pentucketplayers.org or call 978-521-9259.

Food, Wine and Beer Pairing event on tap

Off to the Races, a Food, Wine and Beer Pairing to benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice will be held on Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown.

Guests will experience some of the world’s most famous places and races from the Alaskan Iditarod to the Monaco Grand Prix, along with accompanying cuisine and beverages and entertainment by the George Farrell Group and NuImage Entertainment. A signature silent auction will feature nearly 100 items including a well-stocked wine refrigerator, premium tickets to New England sporting events, unique dining experiences and more.

“Each year our annual Food, Wine and Beer Pairing raises the critical funds needed to provide medical and supportive care to those patients and families who are either under-insured or uninsured,” said John Albert, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation, which is comprised of Merrimack Valley Hospice, Home Health VNA and HomeCare Inc. “We are grateful for the continued support of our generous sponsors who have continued to make this event a success each year.”

Pentucket Bank is the Premier Sponsor and the Fazioli Foundation is the Grand Cru Sponsor. Reserve Sponsors include Byram Healthcare, Coram Specialty Infusion Services, Lawrence General Hospital and TD Bank. Champagne Sponsors are Fred C. Church, Holy Family Hospital, Home Care Specialists, Merrimack Valley Hospital, Parker Hannifin Corp., Rogers Spring Hill, Thinking Phones Network and Trinity EMS. Joining the Sommelier Sponsors are Atlantic Charter Insurance Company, Enterprise Bank, H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, Haverhill Bank, Haverhill Kiwanis, Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, Mary Immaculate Health Care, Morris Rossi and Hayes, Pentucket Medical Associates, Pridestar EMS, Senior Whole Health and The Savings Bank.

Anna Jaques Hospital, Arrow Paper, Cautadella Funeral Home, Donoghue, Barrett and Singal, and D’Youville Life and Wellness Community are supporting as Connoisseur Sponsors. Additional sponsorships are still being accepted.

Tickets to this event are $55 per person and can be purchased online at www.MerrimackValleyHospice.org or by calling 978-552-4927. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Free seminar on concussion and youth sports

Concussion and Youth Sports – Keeping Their Heads in the Game, a Medical Meet the Expert seminar with Orthopedic Surgeon Tahsin Ergin, MD, and certified athletic trainer Amy Wiggins will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in Holy Family Hospital’s ground-floor auditorium.

Attendees will learn the nature of concussion injury, variability in response and recovery, current consensus recommendations for management of concussion in the young adult, and what concussion testing is, how it works and how results are used. Admission is free. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. One contact hour in nursing is awarded.

Holy Family Hospital is at 70 East St., Methuen. For more information or to register, call 978-687-0156, ext. 4697, or email jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Golf tourney/event planned

The second annual Golf & Gourmet, Back to Business free golf and free networking event will be held on Aug. 28 at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club, 210 Howe St., Methuen.

This event, hosted and sponsored by Simply Elegant Catering and Merrimack Valley Golf Club, is being held in collaboration with the area’s premier business organizations. Led by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, the event is also being presented by the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Greater Salem, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, Methuen Board of Trade, and the Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange.

Merrimack Valley Golf Club will offer a free round of nine holes of golf to all who attend. Tee times are between 1 and 2:30 p.m. A free mixer is in the banquet hall. Guests can network, socialize and inquire about the chambers and can meet each chamber’s staff, Board of Directors and the hosts. Complimentary food will be provided by Simply Elegant Catering. A cash bar will be available. Raffle prizes provided by each business organization will be given out. Please bring ample business cards to hand out to potential clients and customers.

Admission is free, but all attendees must please preregister. To register for free golf, contact Mike at 978-683-7771, ext. 12. Carts are not included. To register for the networking portion of the event, contact your local chamber: Haverhill at 978-373-5663, Amesbury at 978-388-3178, Lowell at 978-457-8154, Newburyport at 978-462-6680, Salem at 603-893-3177, Salisbury at 978-465-3581, Methuen BOT at 978-686-8889 and PACE at 603-982-3634. Visit online at haverhillchamber.com.

Lockhart returns to the Merrimack Valley for NECC fundraiser

There is still time to buy tickets to see Keith Lockhart and Friends on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School.

This event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation, Inc., the Women of NECC, and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds from the event will benefit NECC’s Endowment Fund.

Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. The 1918 theatrical Russian parable meant to be “read, played, and danced” tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.

Lockhart became the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. This is a return visit to the Merrimack Valley for the 53-year-old New York native.

For tickets, which are $35 each, call 978-556-3870 or visit www.mvarts.info. For more information or to request communication access, visit www.necc.mass.edu/signature-event. Discounts are available for students and groups.