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March 6, 2013

Watershed Association seeking volunteers

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Merrimack River Watershed Council is seeking volunteers to lead one or more summer paddling trips this year.

Trip leaders should have experience kayaking, but do not need to be experienced in leading paddling trips or trained in assisting special needs. The organized trip schedule takes place from April through October 2013. If you are interested in leading a paddling trip, please contact Caroly Shumway 978-655-4742 or cshumway@merrimack.org.

The association is also seeking volunteers for its water quality monitoring program. The monitoring will take in Nashua with the Souhegan Watershed Association, the Spicket River, a project in partnership with Groundwork Lawrence, from April through October. Time commitment: half a day/month. If interested, please contact Shumway.

Applications open for writing institute at UMass Amherst

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s MFA Program for Poets and Writers, one of the nation’s oldest and finest creative writing programs, will hold its 10th annual Juniper Summer Writing Institute from June 23-29 and eighth annual Institute for Young Writers from June 22-30.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute offers a week of workshops in poetry, fiction, and memoir, craft sessions, readings, and manuscript consultations with world-renowned faculty and writers in residence including Mark Doty, Joy Williams, Dara Wier, Anthony Doerr, D.A. Powell, Noy Holland, Peter Gizzi, Ben Marcus, Matthea Harvey, Paul Lisicky, Maggie Nelson, Timothy Donnelly, Stacey Levine, and Susan Steinberg. Poets and writers of all levels gather from the surrounding area and across the country to form a community of writers dedicated to exploring the creative process and advancing their craft.

The Institute for Young Writers offers specialized workshops and seminars for high-school-aged writers. With programming especially for young writers and access to acclaimed authors through the adult institute, the Institute for Young Writers offers an extraordinary experience to high school students and recent graduates.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Scholarships are available for both programs. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by April 2. Area businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor local writers. Contact juniperinstitute@hfa.umass.edu for more information on making a tax-deductible donation or establishing a named scholarship.

For more information, visit www.umass.edu/juniperinstitute.

Center to host co-author of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

ANDOVER — In recognition of Women’s History Month, on March 19 at 1:30 p.m., The Center at Punchard will host Joan Ditzion, the coauthor of the legendary book series “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

Karen Payne-Taylor, BoomerVenture Program Coordinator in town, calls Ditzion a national force behind the Women’s Movement.

The cost of the event is $8.

Ditzion will be at The Center at Punchard, formerly known as the Andover Senior Center, at 30 Whittier Court, on March 19 to discuss her work and how it changed the way women view their health and sexuality. She will open the floor for discussion.

Her book series is the primer on sexual equality, workplace inequity, and reproductive rights, both for the emerging women’s movement in the early ‘70s as well as today. A recent addition to the book series, “Ourselves, Growing Older,” ensures that the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” series is relevant to woman at all stages of life.

On the night of March 19, Ditzion will also receive a life-time achievement award from the National Association of Social Workers, Mass. chapter.

Call 978-623-8321 for more information.

MVCC networking event March 13

ANDOVER — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will present the “Luck of the Leprechaun” business networking mixer Wednesday, March 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Andover Hotel, 123 Old River Road. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a raffle for door prizes. Cost is $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call 978-686-0900 or visit merrimackvalleychamber.com.