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November 1, 2012

Big used book sale at Stevens Library this weekend

Merrimack Valley in a minute


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NORTH ANDOVER – Thousands of used books will be on sale at the Stevens Memorial Library this weekend.

Organized by the Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library, the sale will feature an estimated 10,000 items, including books, DVDs and CDs. The sale will take place in the library’s community room Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

Volunteers from the Friends began setting up for the sale Tuesday. Arthur Larson and Brooke Arakelian, coordinators of the sale, along with about 50 volunteers, have been hard at work organizing the books into various categories.

For example, if a customer wants to buy a John Grisham novel, all he or she needs to do is go to the non-fiction section, look under G and check out the selections.

Those who attend the sale Saturday dressed in a costume will be entitled to a children’s book. On Sunday, customers can fill a bag with books and pay $5 for the whole load.

The Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library provide museum passes and pay for special programs for the library, located at 345 Main St.

Open house Sunday at GLTS

ANDOVER - The Greater Lawrence Technical School, 57 River Road, will host its annual open house for incoming students and their families Sunday, Nov. 4 from noon to 2 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the building as well as meet with academic and career area instructors. Administrators will be on hand to answer any questions and all 18 career areas will be open for tours. Visitors will also be entered in a raffle for GLTS school gear and shop made items and light refreshments will be served. This is a free event.

‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ shows begin tomorrow

Northern Essex Community College’s Top Notch Players will present the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the college’s Haverhill campus.

Additional performances are Nov. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. This adaptation will be directed by NECC student Brianne Beatrice of Marblehead.

Tickets are available at the door the day of the play or online at MVArts.info. General admission is $10 and $8 for students and senior citizens. More information is available from Susan Sanders at 978-556-3374.

Methuen Village launches ‘PhotoVoice Project’

METHUEN - Methuen Village announced the opening of The PhotoVoice Project, a distinctive exhibit featuring the photographs and writing of older adults living in the community’s assisted living and Compass Memory Support neighborhoods.

The opening reception for the exhibit is Thursday, Nov. 13 from 4-6 p.m. at Methuen Village, 4 Gleason St. The public is invited to attend to view the works and will have an opportunity to meet the artists.

The PhotoVoice Project was developed by several researchers at the University of Michigan to enable individuals with disabilities to identify, represent and articulate aspects of their lives by working with cameras to capture images of interest and then giving meaning to those images through words.

Senior Living Residences, the Boston-based company which manages the daily operations of Methuen Village and created Compass Memory Support, is the first assisted living company in the United States to adapt this program for individuals living with different types of dementia.

Exhibiting the work at the end of the six-week project in a public space creates a forum for dialogue, awareness and solidarity with individuals living with memory loss who are often isolated and misunderstood by society.

For more information, visit www.methuenvillage.com or call 978.685.2220.

Performances of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ begin tomorrow

Northern Essex Community College’s Top Notch Players will present the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the college’s Haverhill campus.

Additional performances are Nov. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. This adaptation will be directed by NECC student Brianne Beatrice of Marblehead. This classic comedy follows the antics of the murderous Brewster family. Written by Joseph Kesselring, this play gained notoriety when it was adapted for a film featuring Cary Grant.

Tickets are available at the door the day of the play or online at MVArts.info. General admission is $10 and $8 for students and senior citizens. More information is available from Susan Sanders at 978-556-3374.

Women of NECC plan Membership Tea

Denise Hajjar, who is fashion designer-in-residence at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, will be the special guest at the Women of Northern Essex Community College annual Membership Tea on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $45 per person. Seating is reserved. Fashion maven Yolanda, owner of Yolanda Online, will be the event’s presenter. Hajjar has designed costumes for television, theatrer, commercials and movies; new uniforms for the Boston Children’s Chorus and most recently, five gowns for Vanna White from “The Wheel of Fortune” TV show.

The tea menu will feature assorted tea sandwiches, a fruit cascade, and a variety of desserts. Founded in 1997, The Women of NECC was organized to help Northern Essex in its efforts to raise money for scholarships for needy and deserving students. More information is available by calling Lori Smerdon at 978-556-3789 or lsmerdon@necc.mass.edu.