EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 25, 2012

Merrimack Valley in a minute

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE - Documentary filmmaker Rick Beyer will tell the story of “The Ghost Army: Artists of Deception” as part of The White Fund Enlightenment Series presented by Northern Essex Community College.

The talk will be on Sunday Nov. 11 from 2-4 p.m. at NECC’s White Fund Room, LA-101 78 Amesbury St. The talk is open to the public and is free.

Beyer, will tell the true story of an extraordinary U.S. Army unit that used inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and sheer showmanship to stage a traveling road show of deception on the WWII battlefields of Europe.

Among the soldiers carrying out this bizarre mission were many artists, some of whom went on to become famous, such as fashion designer Bill Blass and painter/sculptor Ellsworth Kelly.

Beyer has spent seven years researching the story and will show clips from his documentary film on the unit set to premiere on PBS next year. Beyer has made documentaries for The History Channel, A&E, National Geographic, the Smithsonian and others.

Church holds blood drive Nov. 3

NORTH ANDOVER - The First-Calvary Baptist Church, 586 Massachusetts Ave., will host a Red Cross blood drive Saturday Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Friendship Hall.

For an appointment to donate, call 1-800-448-3443 or visit www.givelife.org Drop-ins Welcome.

Andover Chamber Music offers “Portraits of Genius”

ANDOVER - For its second concert of the season the Andover Chamber Music offers up a rich program devoted to one of the greatest masters of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven, on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. at West Parish Church.

The concert continues its 2012-2013 season entitled “Portraits of Genius,” which delves deeply into the music of a single composer or two at each concert.

ACM offers free admission to all students 18 and under as well as a new senior discount for individual tickets. Tickets: $30. Group and student discounts available. Buy securely online and print directly at www.AndoverChamberMusic.org , or call 978.474.6222 or e-mail sales@AndoverChamberMusic.org.

TIP run/walk

set for Nov. 4

METHUEN - The Trauma Intervention Program of Merrimack Valley seeks participants and sponsors for its 6th annual TIP Family 5K Run/Walk set for Sunday, Nov. 4.

The Methuen-based nonprofit organization runs a 24-hour on-call service of volunteers who provide emotional first aid to traumatized children and adults in the Merrimack Valley.

The event is a major fundraiser for the group that serves Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, North Andover and Methuen.

The walk will begin 10:30 a.m. from the Claddagh Restaurant and Pub, 339 Canal St. with the run scheduled to follow at 11 a.m. Pre-entry fee up until Oct. 29 is $20; post entry fee is $25. Or contestants can participate for free if they have $50 in sponsorship pledges. Checks should be made payable to TIP of Merrimack Valley and can be mailed to TIP Family 5K, 68 Main St., Suite 8, Andover, MA 01810. Or call 978-475-8477 for details.

Free food and refreshments will be served at the Claddagh following the walk/run. The top three winners in each of eight age categories will receive a medal.