---- — The Northern Essex Community College Children’s Theater Class will present three folk tales which have been adapted for the stage on Saturday at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. in the Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
The plays are “The Star Bearer,” an Egyptian creation story adapted by Royal Grant; “Mother Holle,” a fable by the Brothers Grimm and adapted by Robert Mantegani, and “The Chief’s Daughters,” a Native American folktale adapted by Lissangy Rodriguez. The running time is approximately 45 minutes. There will be a talk-back period after the 11 a.m. show so that children can interact with the performers and crew. For more information please contact Susan Sanders at 978-556-3374 or email@example.com.
Celebrity chef comes to help Emmaus
The nation’s newest celebrity chef Kristen Kish of Boston is the featured guest at the inaugural Spring Celebrity Series event to benefit Emmaus.
In February, Kish won the culinary competition series “Top Chef Seattle: Season 10” on the Bravo network. Kish will prepare a dish, discuss her technique and take questions from the audience.
The event takes place May 8, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., with a VIP reception beginning at 6:15, at the Rogers Center for the Arts on the campus of Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.
Kish plans and prepares the dining experience each day at Stir, which is located in Boston’s South End. The store is one in a series of kitchens and restaurants that are the brainchild of Chef Barbara Lynch, whom Kish credits with expanding her culinary horizons.
Proceeds from the Spring Celebrity Series event will benefit Emmaus’ operating budget and support programs such as emergency shelter, adult education and meals.
General admission tickets are $25, which includes the presentation, audience Q&A and post-presentation reception. VIP tickets are $75 each and include a private reception with the chef before the presentation. A silent auction offering entertaining and culinary gifts will continue throughout the evening.
For more information about Emmaus’ services and mission, visit emmausinc.org.
To order tickets, visit http://conta.cc/WHm2sK
Teen events at the library this month
The public library is presenting a variety of activities for teens this month. Teen Friends will meet on May 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. Teens ages 12 to 18 who are looking to gain some work experience and help out at the library can join the Teen Friends and help plan programs, complete community service projects, and build their resume and skills. Meetings are held in the Teen Zone.
Robotics Club meets on May 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Celebrate science and come help build and program the LEGO Mindstorm Robot at the library. Learn more about robotics, programming, and the coolest parts of science in the Teen Zone. Currently, the club is working on color sensors. Video Production Club meets on May 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Would you like to learn neat tricks about the art of film making? Join the Video Production Club and explore different ways to make videos and make our own. Meetings are held in the Teen Zone.
These Robotics Club and Video Club programs are presented with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Capture the Flag on the library lawn is May 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Teens ages 12 to 18 are invited to team up for a game of Capture the Flag. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 641 or by emailing Sarah Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paranormal talk is Friday
The Hilldale Cemetery Association and members of the Essex County Ghost Project will hold a paranormal event titled “Dining with the Dead” on Friday at 7 p.m. at Eggie’s Family Restaurant, 6 Main St., Atkinson. A meal will feature your choice of eggs Benedict or the “works” omelette served with home fries and coffee. Members of the Essex County Ghost Project will discussion the tools used in paranormal research then will lead guests on a tour of the most “haunted” breakfast and lunch restaurant in the region. Tickets are $15, including the meal, with $5 per ticket going to the Hilldale Cemetery restoration fund. More information is available from Tom Spitalere at 978-376-2807.
Zumbathon for Diabetes research
Cedardale Health and Fitness will host a “Zumbathon to Stop Diabetes” May 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is the grand finale of a string of Fab Fitness Fridays events around the area, all to support Team Ben’s Buds, a New England Classic Tour de Cure team led by Benjamin Goodwin of Plaistow. Goodwin has Type 1 Diabetes and rides to support the American Diabetes Association. The Zumbathon is being run by team captain Meagan Campbell, and local Zumba instructors who are passionate about raising money for diabetes research, a local diabetes camp, and diabetes education.
The event will feature one and a half hours of the best Zumba that the Merrimack Valley has to offer. There will also be raffle prizes, event swag, and a fun photo booth. Tickets are $15 and the event is open to the public. All proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. More information is available from Meagan Campbell at email@example.com or 603-275-2898.
Council on Aging plans trip to the Boston Pops
The Council on Aging will host a trip to the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall June 7. John Williams will conduct a program titled “Film Night,” which includes much of his cinematic music. Scores from “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” “ET,” “Harry Potter,” and more will be included in the program. This trip will include a stop at the Prudential Center for shopping or food your own prior to the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $89 per person and include motorcoach transportation and first balcony Pops ticket. For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
David Parent of Bradford joins Laser Light Engines as CFO
Laser Light Engines Inc. (LLE), the leader in laser illumination for high brightness digital projection, announced that David J. Parent of Bradford has been appointed Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the company. “We are pleased to add Dave’s deep experience and proven ability to our management team, as he helps spearhead our next phase of growth in this rapidly emerging industry,” said John O’Hara, president and CEO of LLE.