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March 18, 2014

Methuen Ballet to present Sleeping Beauty

NEWBURYPORT — The Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings its performance of Sleeping Beauty to the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Market Square on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. Ticket price is $22.

As the ballet begins, the baby, Princess Aurora, is being christened. The Evil Carbosse storms in and curses the baby as her invitation to the event was overlooked.

The curse states that on her 16th birthday, the princess will prick her finger and die. However, the Lilac Fairy weakens the curse. She proclaims that instead of dying, Princess Aurora will fall into a deep sleep for 100 years. She will then be awakened by a kiss from a handsome Prince named Desire.

Vanessa Rae Voter founded Methuen Ballet Ensemble in 1989 as a platform for promising students to showcase their talents, performing both classical and modern ballets for the public. Her inspiration came from her years as a dancer with Boston Ballet.

For more info please call the box office at 978-462-7336 or visit online at www.firehouse.org.

Blood drive on March 25

NORTH ANDOVER — A Red Cross blood drive will be held at the Blood Drive First-Calvary Baptist Church, 586 Mass. Ave. on Tuesday March 25, from 2-7 p.m. For more information contact Marion Pelczar at 978-685-1502.

Office hours for Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives

State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives will be hosting office hours in Methuen on Friday, March 21 between 3-4 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, Trustee’s Room. Appointments are not required. For any questions, please contact her office at (617) 722-1604 or by emailing Christopher.Power@masenate.gov.

Macy’s announces fundraising support for rail trail

METHUEN — The Methuen Rail Trail has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, which aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s, including the Salem, N.H store, can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting the Methuen Rail Trail. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.

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