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Merrimack Valley

December 19, 2012

Masons host annual Christmas dinner

METHUEN — On Christmas Day, the John Hancock Masonic Lodge, 275 Broadway, will open its doors for its 30th Christmas dinner for the needy and folks that are alone.

The turkey dinner is served at 12:30 p.m. There will also be a bus that will pick up folks in Lawrence. The bus will stop at the corner of Broadway and Common Street; behind City Hall and then at the church on the corner of Union and Essex Street between noon and 12:20 p.m.

John Hancock Masonic Lodge is a fraternity based on the principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. The lodge in the Methuen Center in the historic Searles Building.

Council on Aging to bring gifts to nursing homes

HAVERHILL — Gifts are still being collected for the Council on Aging’s Giving Tree, located in the lobby of the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Anyone wishing to donate to this effort can pick a gift tag at the Citizens Center or purchase any gift suitable for a nursing home patient. Gifts should be wrapped, labeled with contents, and delivered to the Citizens Center by tomorrow. All gifts will be brought to local nursing homes and distributed to seniors in need. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Christmas Eve Service in Haverhill

HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Church of the Nazarene will hold a Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m.

The church is at 957 Kenoza St. The service will include a children’s nativity, choir, communion and candle lighting.

Poker player to deal holiday packages

LAWRENCE — New England’s top professional poker player, Bernard Lee will on Dec. 20 donate holiday packages worth about $250 each to more than 50 children in the Lawrence area as part of The Full House Charity Program.

The charity provides a minimum of $20,000 annually to organizations across New England that focus on children. The Vermont -based Cabot Cheese is the lead sponsor.

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