---- — METHUEN — Mayor Stephen N. Zanni named Michael Karl, 14 an 8th grader at the Tenney Grammar School, Methuen’s Artist of the Month for December 2012.
Michael explained that he likes to draw town vehicles and give them to people.
“I like keeping the town clean so it is a better place to live for everybody. I support all the veterans, police officers, and firemen for all they do for the community,” he said.
According to his parents, Michael knows every town truck identification number by heart and hopes to one day work for the DPW.
“Michael is a gifted young artist and an exceptional young man,” said Mayor Zanni. “It is wonderful to see how enthusiastic he is about this city and it clearly shows in his artwork. I want to invite people to stop by my office and see Michael’s work; I know they will appreciate it as much as I do.”
The Artist of the Month Program was started six years ago, in order to give members of Methuen’s art community a forum to display their work and to encourage participation in Methuen’s growing creative economy. Artists interested in being considered for Artist of the Month should contact Juliette Cormier at 978-983-8505.
Blood pressure clinic in North Andover
The North Andover Senior Center holds a blood pressure clinic every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Health insurance counseling
NORTH ANDOVER - SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to North Andover residents enrolled in Medicare the first, third and fourth Tuesday of each month, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center. To make an appointment, call the Senior Center at 978-688-9560.
Toys, clothing needed in Kingston
KINGSTON — The town’s Human Services Department seeks help fulfilling the holiday wishes of needy local children.
Residents can take a “wish” from the Christmas tree at Town Hall and purchase that gift — toys or clothing — for a child. The gift can then be dropped off at Town Hall. Anyone who is unable to stop off at Town Hall to pick a wish, can call the Human Services office and request will be provided over the phone.
Gift cards are also needed to help provide turkeys for Christmas dinners.
To help, call Ellen at Human Services, 642-3342, Ext. 5, or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business seminar in Windham Thursday
WINDHAM – Leon Parker, principal broker for New Hampshire Business Sales, will lead a free seminar on preparing a business for sale.
The seminar is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Searles School & Chapel, 3 Chapel Road. Register online at windham-nh.com or RSVP Laura Scott at email@example.com or 432-3806.
Windham Community Development and the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce are sponsors.
Rabbi to speak
in Haverhill Dec. 16
HAVERHILL - Community Christian Fellowship Haverhill will present a talk by Rabbi Mitch Forman of Chosen People Ministries Sunday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public and will be held at 358 Washington St. More information is available by calling 978-912-7616. Visit online at ccfhaverhill.com.
Art fundraiser on tap
HAVERHILL - The Haverhill Cultural Council is putting out a call to artists for non-traditional and three-dimensional artwork to be displayed at its “Freak Out” fundraiser, Jan. 26, at the Chit Chat Lounge in downtown Haverhill. Three-dimensional works including sculptures and wall art will be accepted. Framed work or traditional two-dimensional work, including paintings and photographs, will not be accepted. Size of art may affect eligibility as well as the venue is not large. There is no entry fee and the work will be juried by established artists and members of the Haverhill Cultural Council. Artists are limited to three entries. This is a one-day event so artists need to arrange to pick up work same evening as event. Pieces can be sold at this event with a portion of the sale going to the Haverhill Cultural Council. “Off the Wall” will be running in conjunction with the “Freak Out” fundraiser, which will feature music by local musicians on the first floor of the Chit Chat. The art exhibit is on the second level. Interested artists are invited to submit photos of their work along with an artist’s statement to the Haverhill Cultural Council digitally. Deadline for submission is Dec. 31, and a final decision will made by Jan. 7. Applications can be sent to: Haverhill Cultural Council, 10 Welcome St., Haverhill, MA 01830. More information is available by calling 978-374-4500, ext. 31 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.