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February 13, 2013

Leading ladies during Women's History Month

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — Celebrate ground-breaking women during a series of March lectures at The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court.

Tuesdays, March 5 to March 26 at 1:30 p.m. $20 for the series or $8 for Joan Ditzion co-author of “Our Bodies, Our Selves”. Advance registration a must.

March 5: “Now that the Laundry is Folded: ON WITH THE REVOLUTION” Join “Consciousness Raising” pioneer Phoebe Kwass as she takes us back to the 1960’s and the first consciousness raising groups in the Andover area.

March 12: First female photographer of The Eagle-Tribune: Rosemarie Webb, takes us back to her experiences as the ground-breaking first woman photographer in the Merrimack Valley, circa 1970’s.

March 19: “Our Bodies, Our Selves” Co-author Joan Ditzion will share her incredible journey and how these ground-breaking publications have changed the way women view their health and sexuality.

March 26: Anne Bradstreet, first poet of the New World. Join Andover resident Terri D’Ambrosio and her mother, Susan, who are direct descendants of Anne Bradstreet. Expect a special visit from our very own “Starlight Players” who will bring an extra dramatic flair to our concluding presentation.

Call for information: 978-623-8321. Or visit www.andoverseniorcenter.org for our complete listings.

Events this week

at The Center

at Punchard

ANDOVER — Sweets and treats for Valentine’s Day: Tomorrow, Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m. $8. Decadent treats of chocolate in its many forms. From a chocolate fountain to cover the season’s freshest fruit, to a delectable sliver of German chocolate cake, treat yourselves this Valentine’s Day afternoon to a delightful sensory experience.

Men’s breakfast: Friday, Feb. 15 at 8:30 a.m. $4. Town Manager, Buzz Stapczynski will discuss the “State of the Town” and upcoming annual Town Meeting and warrant articles. Let Buzz know what’s on your mind.

YMCA and Walmart boost after-school meals programs

LAWRENCE — The Merrimack Valley YMCA is increasing efforts to serve healthy snacks in its after-school program, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. The Merrimack Valley YMCA’s goal is to serve over 3,000 snacks each month to school-age program participants throughout the 2012-2013 school year.

Nearly 50 million Americans, including more than 16 million children and teens under age 18, live with food insecurity, according to the USDA. Through its after-school program, and additional funding from the Walmart Foundation, the Merrimack Valley Y will serve more children through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program, which feeds school-aged children during the week, on weekends and during school vacations.

“At the Merrimack Valley YMCA, we are committed to keeping kids nourished all year long. Thanks to the Walmart Foundation, our Y will be able to do more to address this issue, “said Anne Whalen, Executive Director of the Merrimack Valley YMCA.

Recreation and Resource Fair, Sunday, March 3

METHUEN — The Methuen Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is holding its 2nd Annual Recreation and Resource Fair on Sunday, March 3 from 3-6 p.m. at the Timony Grammar School.

This is a free day of activities for the kids and parents, beginning with a magic and juggling show by Mr. E Party Entertainment, face painting, arts & crafts, demonstrations and vendors with camps, recreational activities, and educational and professional resources for children of all abilities.

Updates on participating exhibitors will be posted on www.methuensepac.com. Several are already confirmed; Stepping Stones Therapy Center, Windrush Farm, C.L.A.S.S. Inc., Radiant Yoga, The Kioko Center, and Chang’s Tae Kwon Do America. The Methuen SEPAC also has bracelets and bags on sale available now, as well as, the day of the fair.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the or have any questions, should contact Methuen SEPAC email at methuensepac@gmail.com

The SEPAC), founded in 2011, is a city-wide parent volunteer organization, which serves as a resource and advisor to Methuen parents and caregivers of children with special education needs.