METHUEN — The MSPCA’s annual Holiday Tree and Christmas Feast for the Horses will be held at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at Nevins Farm.
The public is invited to join in the festivities and children can bring carrots, apples and peppermints to fill the horses’ s Christmas stockings. There will be refreshments, holiday music, a raffle table, tours of the farm’s adoption center and barn and a visit by Santa.
Guests can bring cameras. For more information, contact Julia Pesek at 978-687-7453, ext. 616, at Jpesek@mspca.org.
Center at Punchard Holiday Fair
ANDOVER — The Center at Punchard holds its Holiday Fair on Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 30 Whittier Court. The event will feature hand-knitted items, Christmas crafts, jewelry and arrangements by the local garden clubs. There will be holiday plants and a baked good tables.
All proceeds benefit the Center at Punchard, formerly the Andover Senior Center. For more information, call 978-623-8321.
YMCA offering swimming lessons
LAWRENCE — The YMCA, 40 Lawrence St., is offering swimming lessons. The cost is $21 for six weeks.
Children interested in participating will receive a free swimming level assessment. For more information about the swimming lessons, call 978-686-6191 or log on to lawrence.mvymca.org.
Pearl Harbor ceremony at Punchard
ANDOVER — American Legion Andover Post 8 and the town’s Veterans Services Department will have a ceremony on Friday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. at The Center at Punchard, 36 Bartlet St. to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It will be followed by a wreath placing and rifle salute at the town’s World War II monument in the Park. All veterans and the public are welcome. For more information, call 978-623-8321.
Lots of strings attached to this project
LOWELL — The UMass Lowell String Project, comprised of more than 80 musicians ages 8 to 18, will present a free concert for the public on Sunday, Dec. 15.
The Winter Showcase, which starts at 3 p.m. in Durgin Concert Hall on UMass Lowell’s South Campus, will feature three String Project ensembles as well as the UMass Lowell Youth Orchestra. The groups – which will perform for students, parents, teachers and members of the community – will showcase the education and growth as musicians the 88 members have developed this semester.
The String Project offers group instruction on string instruments such as violin, viola and cello to Lowell public school students. Master teacher Donna Nagle and UMass Lowell student music teachers create a unique and creative music experience for project participants.
Supported by UMass Lowell and 2013-2014 season sponsor Johnson String Instrument of Newton, the String Project plays an integral role in the local arts culture. Since 2001, the project has worked to create a vibrant community and has contributed to an innovative music education for children in the region.
Durgin Concert Hall is on the first floor of Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder St., Lowell. Free parking is available in the nearby Wilder Lot.
NILP recognizes Volunteer of the Year
LAWRENCE — The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. (NILP) recently held its 33rd Annual Meeting and open hous at its 20 Ballard Road office site during which its 2013 Volunteer of The Year Award was presented to Nicole Fortier of Methuen.
The NILP provides advocacy and independent living services to people with disabilities in northeastern Massachusetts.
Many Merrimack Valley program participants who receive services depend on their Personal Care Attendant program, Assistive Technology, Peer Counseling and travel training to thrive in our communities. Guests joined with board members as well as staff for light refreshments and visited the different NILP programs and talked with staff about their programs and activities.
If you would like to volunteer, or know of someone with a disability who needs services, contact June Cowen, Executive Director at 978-687-4288 v/tty for more information.
The volunteer award is presented annually to the volunteer staff member who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities, has consistently demonstrated exemplary performance, as well as dedication to the people with disabilities the NILP serves.