EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 25, 2013

Library to hold book sale

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library will hold a book sale May 14 through 20.

Preview day is May 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and admission is $20 per person, plus the cost of books. Tickets are available at the door. No children will be admitted. The sale is open to the public May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a charge for books. Hard cover and trade paperbacks are $1 each. Videos, CDs and DVDs are 50 cents each. All other books are 25 cents each.

The final two days of the sale are May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Books are $3 per bag on those days. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Sheep-shearing festival May 19

NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover Festival Committee will present the 41st annual Sheep Shearing and Arts Festival May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Old North Andover Common.

Activities include sheep-shearing and herding demonstrations, pony rides, craft fair, food vendors and cowpie bingo. There will be a free shuttle from Franklin School and the Middle School. For more information, call 978-682-5212 or 978-685-5320.

‘Little Orphan Annie’ performancesthis weekend

Spotlight Playhouse will present “Little Orphan Annie” in the Haverhill High School auditorium on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20, or $18 for senior citizens. To purchase tickets, call 978-380-8509 or email tickets@spotlightplayhouse.org. Haverhill High School is at 137 Monument St. Visit online at www.spotlightplayhouse.org.

Talk on elder law planned on May 16

Attorney Robert Ford will lead a discussion on elder law May 16 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Ford will discuss elder care issues such as estate planning, health care proxies and living wills. To register for this event, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Public invited to help plan Tattersall Farm Day

The Trustees of Tattersall Farm will hold a kick-off meeting to begin planning for this year’s Tattersall Farm Day.

The meeting will be May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Trustees are looking for community input to assist with the planning stages of this community agricultural event. Tattersall Farm Day is a New England-style cultural and educational event for people of all ages and will be held on Sept. 22 at 542 N. Broadway. Rain date will be Sept. 29.

Activities will include beekeeping, wine making, animal and farming demonstrations, storytelling, crafts, artwork, pony rides, hay rides, hot air balloon, and antique tractors. Live entertainment will be provided. Food and beverages will be available.

NECC announces new computer security program

Northern Essex Community College is offering a new one-year certificate program to prepare workers for fast-growing data security field.

Students in the new computer security certificate program will be prepared to assess a company’s risk, document security procedures, implement security procedures, and check for security breaches in an organization’s system. The program starts in the fall and is designed for people with previous college-level experience or work experience in information technology (IT) who wish to upgrade their computer skills in security technologies.

“There are currently too few professionals to fill the positions available in this field,” said Russ Gouveia, computer science professor at Northern Essex. “We created this program at the request of our computer science advisory board members, who are all working in the field, and interested in hiring people with these skills.”

The curriculum consists of six computer-related courses, as well as English Comp I. For more information, contact Gouveia at rgouveia@necc.mass.edu.

Emerging Hispanic author to speak

Emerging Hispanic author Ernesto Quinonez will read from his book “Bodega Dreams” and lead a discussion titled “What is Activism in Today’s World” during a White Fund lecture on May 3 from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at Lawrence High School.

The event is free and presented in partnership with Northern Essex Community College. Raised in Spanish Harlem, Quinonez is a product of the New York City public school system. Early on, he was hailed by the Village Voice as a “writer on the verge.” His debut novel, “Bodega Dreams,” has become a landmark in contemporary literature and is required reading in many high schools and colleges around the country.

Quinonez is an associate professor at Cornell University’s masters of fine arts program. He will read from “Bodega Dreams” and lead a discussion of what small actions individuals might be able to do in their everyday lives in order to contribute to social causes and bring change.

For more information, contact Martha Leavitt at mleavitt@necc.mass.edu. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.