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December 1, 2013

Autism Speaks donates iPad to CLASS


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — CLASS Inc., a human services agency serving individuals with disabilities headquartered in Lawrence, received an iPad donation from Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, as one of many agencies serving the needs of adults on the autism spectrum.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have been awarded this iPad at such a critical juncture for CLASS, which is growing and becoming increasingly collaborative with partners in our community,” said CLASS President Bob Harris. “The iPad will help CLASS further its plan for social media to promote visibility of the agency and help us coordinate our strategic plan activities. We thank everyone at Autism Speaks for this wonderful gift and for inviting us to the terrific Town Hall meeting earlier this month, where we met new and valuable friends.”

Through direct support in day habilitation, employment services, community-based day supports, specialized employment services, and career services, CLASS assists individuals with disabilities with meaningful activities to experience a fuller, more independent life.

This holiday season, the New England Chapter of Autism Speaks will distribute a total of 19 iPads donated by the Celgene Corporation to organizations dedicated to autistic adults.

“With these donated iPads, we are supporting important service providers who are on the frontlines of addressing the underserved adult segment within our autism community,” said Russ Kenn, Executive Director of the New England Chapter. “In this holiday season of giving, it is also a tangible way to support adults on the spectrum, and allows our chapter to showcase the gifts inside people with autism, helping them reach their full potential.”

Library opens its holiday doors

DERRY — On Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., Derry Public Library will host its annual Holiday Open House.

Listen to the musical talents of the students from Let’s Play Music in Derry, enjoy refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Derry Public Libraries, and pick up some gift books at the Holiday Book Sale.

Stop by for an evening of music, food and holiday cheer. Call 432-6140 or visit derrypl.org.

Have breakfast with Santa

KINGSTON — It’s time for DJ Bakie School’s Annual Santa’s Breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Sanborn Regional High School.

Live entertainment performed by the Bakie Chorus, pictures with Santa and friends, raffle baskets, and a home-cooked, hearty breakfast including pancakes, sausage and a choice of milk, hot cocoa or coffee.

Admission is $5 per person. A family ticket for up to five people is $20. To reserve a seat, email contact jfriedman6373@yahoo.com or nicholeashinc@hotmail.com.

Library hosts family matinee

HAMPSTEAD — On Saturday, Dec. 14, at noon, Hampstead Public Library will have a free family matinee, and you can help choose the movie.

Would you like to see the Muppet version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” the animated adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s “The Polar Express,” or the new Disney animated feature about airplanes? You can cast your vote when you visit the library or by emailing jarden@hampsteadlibrary.org. The library will provide some refreshments, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch or snack.

Attendees will be entered to win a gift card for a local movie theater.

Youth services tree lot open for season

ANDOVER — It’s one-stop shopping for holiday decorations as the popular Christmas tree lot run entirely by volunteers of Andover Youth Services now open behind West Middle School at 80 Shawsheen Road.

The freshly cut balsam firs from New Brunswick and Fraser firs from North Carolina will range in size from 4 to 15 feet or more. In addition, decorated and undecorated wreaths, kissing balls, garland and custom centerpieces will be for sale. Prices were not set as of press time.

Tree lot hours are 3 to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends through Dec. 22 or until the inventory sells out.

All proceeds benefit Andover Youth Services and the opening of the new youth center. For more information, call AYS at 978-623-8241.

Interfaith Choir to perform

The Hampstead Congregational Church will host two free holiday performances by The Interfaith Choir on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Congregational Church, 61 Main St., Hampstead, and on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., Haverhill.

Celebrating its 48th year, the choir is comprised of members representing more than 20 local churches who are brought together by their common love of music and a desire to spread the Christmas message through instrument and voice. Special guests are The Windham Flute Ensemble and the children’s voices of The King’s Choir. Director is Cindy Ladew and accompanist is Larry Thompson. A free-will offering collection will be taken and refreshments and fellowship will follow. More information is available by calling 603-329-6047.

School plans pancake breakfast

HAVERHILL — Golden Hill School’s popular holiday pancake breakfast fundraiser will be Dec. 7 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the school, 140 Boardman St.

Cost is $3 per person or $12 for a family of up to five. The event is open to all members of the community. Along with pancakes and other food items, the event will feature a reindeer games area, performances by the Drama Club and Chorus and a PTO Holiday Store.

Pictures with Santa are $3. Tickets will be sold for grab bags, used children’s books, games, crafts, raffles and a 50/50 raffle. Students must be accompanied by adults.

City hosts tree lighting

METHUEN – Mayor Steve Zanni invites residents to join him for Methuen’s annual Tree Lighting at the Nevins Memorial Library on Sunday, Dec. 8.

“The Library was a phenomenal host last year, and we were able to light up an existing tree that could be viewed from the highway,” said Mayor Zanni.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a visit from Santa Claus. Members of the Methuen High School Choral Group will also be providing songs and entertainment. Hot cocoa and cookies are being generously provided by Century 21 McLennan & Co.

This year, Mayor Zanni has invited the local children of deployed soldiers to join him on stage for the lighting of the tree at 6 p.m.

“This holiday season there are a lot of Methuen families making sacrifices in the name of service to our country,” Mayor Zanni said. “I’d love for the children of these heroes to join me during this special holiday tradition.”

The annual Tree Lighting is free and open to Methuen residents. For more information, please contact Phil DeCologero at 978-983-8506 or at pdecologero@ci.methuen.ma.us.