Studies show that diminishing light at this time of year can cause changes including decreased levels of serotonin (affecting mood) and melatonin (affecting sleep). Doctors suggest that one solution for this is to get outside during daylight hours, and exercise. Exercise alone can increase serotonin, giving a sense of well being. Combine these two at Harold Parker State Forest every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. Meet at the headquarters at 305 Middleton Road.
Wear appropriate footwear — hiking footwear is best — no sneakers. Feel free to bring snowshoes/skis on days with snow. This is a moderate hike appropriate for all ages. Children are welcome. Bring water and sunscreen on sunny days. Cancelled only in the event of heavy rain. This community hike began in 2009 and continus through the winter. The hikes cover all the trails in the park. For more information call 617-828-1728 Or visit www.mass.gov/dcr. This free program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Harold Parker and DCR.
Blood drive at Temple Emanuel
ANDOVER — Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, will hold a community blood drive Jan. 15 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.
To volunteer before the event by giving out posters or to volunteer during the drive, contact Beth Shiro at the temple at 978-470-1356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employment support meeting planned
ANDOVER — Professionals between positions, those re-entering the workforce, or anyone searching for a new career path may be able to find their way in the current job market by attending an open house at Temple Emanuel of Andover on Jan. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The event will offer information and networking opportunities to help make the job search more productive. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the temple, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, by calling 978-470-1356 or visit the website templeemanuel.net.