---- — LAWRENCE — Beginning this month, the Lawrence YMCA is partnering with the Henry K. Oliver School to provide free swim lessons to build swimming skills and water safety awareness for hundreds of students, many of whom do not yet know how to swim.
The Merrimack Valley YMCA is one of several YMCAs around the country to receive a Swim Lesson Access Project grant from the YMCA of the USA as part of an effort to provide free swim lessons to children from low-income communities that have a large Hispanic/Latino and African American population. The Merrimack Valley YMCA is kicking off this effort through a partnership with the Oliver School and hopes to provide this program to many more Lawrence Public School students this year. The YMCA’s goal is to provide swim lessons to over 400 children, ages 6 months to 15 years old, throughout the City of Lawrence this year.
The Lawrence YMCA has provided swimming lessons and programs to the community for years. In addition to swim lessons and swim team practices, the Lawrence YMCA Family Aquatic Center also hosts family recreational times, triathlon events, Junior Swim Club, lifeguard training courses, adult swim lessons, and water safety programs for the community. To learn more about the Lawrence YMCA’s swim programs, please contact Julian Villegas at 978-686-6191, or email@example.com.
Sons of Italy road race/walk May 25
The Methuen Sons of Italy, formerly the Lawrence Sons of Italy, will hold its 24th annual 5K Road Race, Health Walk and 1K Youth Run on May 25. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk and youth run begin at 9:30 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. at the Lodge, 459 Merrimack St., (Route 110) Methuen.
Runners and walkers may designate a person or persons to honor on their application form. Certificates will be presented with the honorees’ names. The race supports the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill and the Merrimack Valley Hospice. A ceremony will honor our armed forces, our veterans, and especially our Vietnam veterans.
Those finishing both the Sons of Italy Race and the Baldi 5-Mile River Run and Fitness Walk (May 26 in Haverhill) will receive a free commemorative cup. There is a reduced fee for those entering both races. A homemade pasta meal will be served after the races. More information and registration is available at www.coolrunning.com.
Visit the race online at www.sonsofitalymethuenroadrace.com.
Zinga fundrasier for The One Fund
NORTH ANDOVER — Zinga-North Andover will donate 10 percent of all purchases of frozen yogurt items to The One Fund Boston tomorrow from 5 to 10 p.m.
The store is located in The Crossroads Plaza of North Andover, 560 Turnpike St., (Route 114) between Fuddruckers and Starbucks.
LHS Alumni Banquet is June 6
The Lawrence High School alumni night banquet will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m. in the LHSA cafeteria. All alumni are invited to join in welcoming new members s this year’s scholarships are awarded.
Please RSVP by May 31st to Chris Eldredge at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at the alumni office 978-722-8481.
Going the Distance summer camp begins June 10
ANDOVER — The Going the Distance coaching service will hold its speed and conditioning program at Andover High School for 10 Mondays beginning June 10.
The annual summer camp for youths age 5-18 starts every Monday at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:15 p.m. at the outdoor track.
The goal of the program is to develop and enhance the athlete’s fitness and conditioning through sessions that improve speed, quickness, balance agility, form and sport-specific technique.
Participants learn conditioning strategies for future training and continued development throughout their athletic sessions.
Athletes are grouped by age and guided each week by coaches through a variety of drills that focus on the program’s objectives. All drills are designed to maximize the ability and potential of each age group, from the youngest through a challenging program for high school athletes.
For more information and to register, go to www.goingthedistancefb.com/youth.aspx or contact Dave Smith at email@example.com.
Lawrence youth wins at national digital arts festival
LAWRENCE — Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) named Steven Tran of Lawrence the national winner in its 11th Annual Digital Arts Festivals competition supported by Comcast. Tran earned top honors for his entry in the film category in the 13-15 age group.
The film category asked Boys & Girls Club members to create a short film about their hopes and dreams for their future. Tran’s film, entitled “I Want to Be…”, showcased his creativity and tech skills learned at The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.
The Digital Arts Festivals features six categories including Music Making, Photography, Game Design, Graphic Design, Film and Animation. The Festivals allow BGCA and Comcast to give young people an avenue to get creative and design original pieces of digital artwork – from songs and photography to stop-motion animation and short films. The competition is one component of BGCA’s technology program which teaches critical technology skills to Club members age 6-18.
As a national winner in the teen division, Tran will receive an expenses-paid summer trip to San Diego that includes sightseeing and job-shadowing experiences.
Each year, around 20,000 Club youth from across the globe compete in local festivals. The festivals are just one way that Boys & Girls Clubs of America provide technology access to some 4 million youth served by some 4,000 Clubs nationwide and abroad.