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March 15, 2013

Methuen High Key Club raising money for Make-A-Wish

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---- — METHUEN — The Methuen High School Key Club is hosting a pasta dinner fundraiser later this month for the benefit of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the national organization founded in 1980 that works to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

”I think what this year of Key Club has ultimately come down to is helping and supporting so many people,” said Emily West Geary, a Methuen High senior and president of the Key Club. “We had a discussion with all of our members and Make-A-Wish came up during the conversation. As a club, we fully believe in what this foundation stands for and we want to help be apart of the process as well as change the lives of the people involved.”

The dinner will be Monday, March 25 at the Methuen VFW at 26 River St. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, or $35 for a family pass good for 4 or more people, and can be bought at the door. The club also will have several raffles.

The Key Club is a community service-oriented high school group associated with the Kiwanis Club and has about 50 members.

North Andover Kitchen Tourset for April 6

NORTH ANDOVER — Heartwood Kitchens and Saint Michael School PTO are sponsoring the the North Andover Kitchen Tour to be held on Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The tour includes six local home kitchens designed by Heartwood Kitchens, each representing a quintessential element of “The Ultimate Dinner Party.” Advance tickets: $25, Day of event; $35. Proceeds to benefit Saint Michael School PTO.

Purchase tickets online at www.SaintMichael.com. Look for the North Andover Kitchen Tour logo, or at Saint Michael Parish Office, Rose & Dove, Fisichelli’s Pastry Shop or Heartwood Kitchens. For more information contact Beth Daigle at bethdaigle13@gmail.com or 617-312-2847

College studentis Methuen Artistof the Month

METHUEN — Ashley Fuller, a sophomore at Assumption College in Worcester, has been selected Methuen Artist of the Month.

“My passion grew from working on the computer and using different design programs, to working different mediums like charcoal and paper. I got to learn all the different techniques involved in making something truly come to life on a sheet of paper. It’s amazing what your hands are capable of,” said Ashley, who is majoring in graphic design.

She is also a member of the Assumption women’s cross country team and track team.

The Artist of the Month Program was started six years ago 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

Watershed Association celebrates spring’s arrival March 24

ANDOVER — The Shawsheen River Watershed Association will sponsor its third annual Vernal Equinox Celebration with live music, a campfire, and a short program on the astronomy, history and cultural customs surrounding the first day of spring. The program is set for Sunday, March 24 from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. at Serio’s Grove, 45 Lowell Junction Road. SRWA events are free and open to the general public.

There are also several options for those who wish to participate in the celebration to mark the arrival of spring.

1. You can come Saturday evening, March 23 for a campout at Serio’s Grove, 45 Lowell Junction Road. For more info about camping out contact rhdecelle@hotmail.com.

2. You can join a Sunday morning, predawn canoe/kayak trip. Bring your boat at 6 a.m. to the boat access across from Pfizer Corp. at 101 Lowell Junction Road. The group will paddle to Serio’s Grove and join the campers for the celebration, then paddle down to the Ballardvale Mill Pond. For more info about paddling contact bob_otter@comcast.net.

3. You can join a Sunday morning hike. Drive to Serio’s Grove, park in the field, and walk a short distance to the Pavilion by 6:45 a.m. Sunrise will be about 7:18 a.m.