Memorial Library in Andover and Langley Adams Library in Groveland will feature free presentations titled “From Slave Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Social and Political History of American Music” by Northern Essex Community College history professor Kevin Comtois of Methuen as part of Black History Month.
The presentation is part of the college’s speakers’ bureau which provides speakers free of charge to area nonprofits. Comtois is a musician who received his master’s in American Civilization from UMass Boston, and in 2005 he received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study jazz with an expert on the evolution of jazz in America.
The Langley Adams presentation is Jan. 28 at 6:30 and the Memorial Library presentation is Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Using recorded music, film clips and still images the presentation will trace the evolution of American popular music from the early slave spirituals, through the hugely popular minstrelsy in the late 19th century, to the blues and jazz that developed at the opening of the 20th Century, to the Rock n Roll that was created in the late 40s and early 50s, to the convergence of topical folk music with Rock, and ending with various strains of American popular and topical music of today that resulted from that convergence. Throughout the presentation an emphasis will be placed on the social and political context of the music and the messages the songs were attempting to convey.
Tower Hill neighborhood meeting Jan. 30
LAWRENCE - The next general meeting of the Tower Hill Neighborhood Association will be held Wednesday Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at OLGC Parish Judson Hall, directly behind St. Augustine’s Chapel, 526 Lowell St.reet.
Several newly elected and sitting officials have been invited talk about their plans while in office. Attendees will also be able to speak to representatives from the police and fire departments. Light refreshments will be available. For additional information call THNA President, Dan Clark, 978-902-0595 or email, email@example.com. All THNA meetings are open to the public.
Dominicans kick off month-long celebration
LAWRENCE - Casa Dominicana is hosting a flag raising ceremony Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. across from City Hall, 200 Common St., in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Juan Pablo Duarte, the country’s founding father. The ceremony kicks off a month long celebration leading to the Dominican Republic’s independence day on Feb. 27.
Democrats to elect delegates
LAWRENCE — The Lawrence Democratic City Committee is holding its annual caucus to elect delegates to the 2013 Democratic State Convention Feb. 9 at Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St.
A light breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. followed by the caucus. People interested in being elected delegates must be a registered Democrat on or before Dec. 31, 2012.
For information email caucus chair Jay Rivera, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lithuanians plan celebration
LAWRENCE - Local Lithuanians celebrate the 95th anniversary of their country’s independence from German rule in 1918 with a Mass in Lithuanian and English Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi, 35 Essex St.
Dinner featuring traditional dishes follows at 12:30 p.m. at the Corpus Christi church hall on Common Street. The cost is $12 adults and $5 for children. During the dinner the movie “The Other Dream Team” about Lithuanian basketball team winning the bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics,” will be shown. The team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania’s independence movement.
For information, contact American Lithuanian Lawrence Council president Jonas Stundzia at 978-685-4478
Overeaters anonymous has meetings
Are you looking for a more effective means than last year to deal with extra weight? Overeaters anonymous has the solution. It is a free 12 step recovery program where people find a way to enjoy life in appropriate sized bodies for years at a time. Call OA at 781-641-2303 or visit www.oambi.org .There are meetings every day in towns and cities in Massachusetts.
The broken heart syndrome
ANDOVER - On Friday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. representatives of the Lawrence General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center will be at The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, to discuss the broken heart syndrome, the differences between men and women’s heart attack symptoms as well as changing trends in diagnostic results, meds, and RX follow through.
Pre-registration is requested. Call for information at 978-623-8321. Or visit www.andoverseniorcenter.org for our complete listings.