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Merrimack Valley

February 7, 2014

Fundraiser tonight for St. Patrick's Day Parade

LAWRENCE — A fundraiser to offset costs associated with the return of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Relief’s In, 1 Market St. Tickets are $20 and will be sold at the door.

Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts will also be sold for $20.

All event proceeds will be used for parade costs

The Relief’s In recently made a $3,000 donation for the parade. Other donors include; Cemetery Services Inc., $1,500, Helfrich Boilers, $1,000, NESC Credit Union, $500, Glenn Gary Construction, $500, and Ultimate Glass, $100.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade returns to the city this year on March 15 after a several year hiatus. The parade was cancelled in the past due to financial issues.

At the direction of new Mayor Daniel Rivera, a committee has been meeting for months to organize the parade’s return.

The committee has a Facebook page also. Follow parade progress at “Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Returns” on Facebook.

Lawrence native and Irishman Thomas Cuddy, a city police officer, is the parade committee chairman.

Crafts in the Park seeking vendors

ANDOVER — Applications are being accepted for Andover’s annual Crafts in the Park, which will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, in The Park at Chestnut and Bartlet streets.

Crafts in the Park is a fundraiser sponsored by Christ Church Andover. Proceeds from the event are used to support the church’s mission and outreach programs and groups in the local community, including Habitat for Humanity, Esperanza Academy, Bread and Roses, Neighbors in Need, Lazarus House and the Merrimack Valley Project. The church also operates The Christ Church Children’s Center preschool program and the Andover Thrift Shop and presents a diverse music program for the community.

Amateur and professional crafts people are invited to display and sell their original work in the juried event. Applications should be submitted immediately with photos of one’s work or a website where they may be viewed. Chosen participants will be notified by Feb. 28.

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