---- — NECC administrator honored with Service Award
Dawna M. Perez, PhD, associate dean of access & community building at Northern Essex Community College, recently received the Annual Community Service Award from Community Teamwork, Inc.
A native of North Andover, currently living with her husband and four sons in Haverhill, Perez was selected from 12 nominees for the honor, which recognizes exceptional community service.
Community Teamwork Inc. is a private, non-profit community action agency and regional non-profit housing agency.
In nominating Perez for the award, Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex, wrote “From serving meals at Lazarus House, to knocking on doors throughout Lawrence to tell families about their opportunity to participate in the ‘I Have a Dream’ project, to creating a multi-sectorial community partnership for literacy, Dawna has always been about communication, connecting, and consistency. For the past 26 years, every choice she has made has centered on community and the value of providing opportunity and support for success.”
Perez has been working in youth development, education and workforce development programs in Lawrence for over 25 years. She has played leadership roles at various not-for-profits in Lawrence, most recently as project coordinator for “I Have A Dream”-Lawrence, literacy entrepreneur for Lawrence Literacy Works, and currently at Northern Essex Community College.
At Northern Essex, she has spearheaded an “Early Alert” design initiative to find the best way to serve struggling students proactively and link them to the help they need. Her department was awarded a Title V grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions that along with private funds allowed for the opening of the new Student Success Center on the Lawrence campus.
stained glass artist
NORTH ANDOVER - The Andovers Artists Guild is hosting a stained glass demonstration by Bradford artist Paul Prue on Sunday, Nov. 18. at 2 p.m. at the East Mill Art Space, 21 High St. (Davis and Furber Complex).
Guest are welcome for a $5 donation, free to Guild members.
For more information visit andoversartistsguild.org
BoomerVenture registration starts
ANDOVER — Registration has begun for BoomerVenture, a series of activities created by and for Andover’s baby-boomers sponsored by the Town of Andover and Andover Senior Center at 30 Whittier Court.
BoomerVenture Screening room: Movies start at 7 p.m. unless noted. Call 24 hours prior to order a light dinner and check web site for current selections. www.boomerventure.com
Energize with exercise: Mondays, Nov. 26 to Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. 9 classes $50 and Thursdays Nov. 29 to Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. 12 classes $65. Great aerobic workout without going to the gym.
Boomer Zumba: Thursdays, Nov. 29 to Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. 12 classes $65. Cardio fitness with a Latin flair.
Tai Chi and Qigong: Thursdays, Nov. 29 to Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. 12 classes $65. Meditation in Motion: this ancient practice promotes relaxation, concentration and improves balance.
BoomerBridge: 4 week mini sessions: Beginner review Monday, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, and 17; 10 a.m. $99.
All classes held at 30 Whittier Court, School Administration Bldg. Ground floor. Registration begins today for all exercise classes. For information contact: Karen Payne-Taylor, BoomerVenture, 978-623-8321 or visit www.boomerventure.com.
Local authors visit Andover Bookstore
ANDOVER — Tiffany Schmidt, author of “Send Me a Sign” and AC Gaughen, author of “Scarlet”, will be reading from their young adult fiction novels and discussing what it’s like to be a first-time author on Nov. 19 at the Andover Bookstore.
Schmidt was raised in North Andover and went on to study English and elementary education at Lehigh University. Gaughen was born and raised in Hingham and attended Mount Holyoke College before going to Scotland to finish her education. She now lives in Somerville.
They will be at Andover Bookstore at 7 p.m. Their books will be on sale and the authors will be available for questions and signing after their presentation. Teens, parents, librarians and book lovers are particularly encouraged to attend.
Strikers monument reception is Nov. 16 in Lawrence
LAWRENCE — The Strikers’ Monument Committee is hosting an installation reception Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Strikers’ monument, across from City Hall, 200 Common St. A reception follows at Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center, 1 Jackson St. For information, contact cochairs Dave Meehan at 978-683-2182 and Jonas Stundza at 978-685-4478 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.