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October 7, 2013

Anton's Cleaners' launches 'Coats for Kids' drive Oct. 14

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Winter coat drive on

HAVERHILL - Anton’s Cleaners will launch its 19th annual Coats for Kids winter coat drive beginning Oct. 14 and running through Jan. 11.

The largest coat drive of its kind in New England, the drive has the simple goal of helping individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to keep themselves and their families warm. Participating businesses and organizations collect good quality, warm winter coats and then bring them to any of Anton’s Cleaners’ 42 locations or one of the five Jordan’s Furniture stores.

Once collected and cleaned, coats are distributed free of charge through the Distribution Partners network, which includes Community Action Inc. in Haverhill, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Lawrence, The Community Group in Lawrence, Community Teamwork Inc. in Lowell, Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell Inc. and The Wish Project in Lowell.

Last year’s drive collected 52,000 coats, with Anton’s donating over $10 million in cleaning services since the program began.

Upcoming events at Punchard Center

ANDOVER - The Center at Punchard (The Center), 30 Whittier Court, is offering the following program:

Pre-registration required for all events and space is limited. Open to entire community, pending space. Call for information: 978-623-8321. Or visit www.andoverseniorcenter.org for our complete listings.

Can you sudoku?

Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29 at 9:30 a.m. $6. This class will be HELD at the TOWNHOUSE on Main Street. Pre-registration required. Sharpen your intellect while developing your logic and patience. Beginners class on October 15 and progress to advanced concepts by the third week. November 5 and 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Center Fun and Games afternoon.

High tea and history

Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. Free. South Church Historian Charlotte Lyons shares Andover’s role in the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692.

Men’s breakfast: jungle talk - the Amazon Basin

Friday, Oct. 18 at 8:30 a.m.; $4; Professor Ken Thomas of NECC will explore the Amazon Basin of South America

Jewelry making

Mondays, Oct. 21 - November 4 from 1-3 p.m. $30. Learn to make earrings, necklace and a bracelet. Materials provided for each item but please bring your beads and other objects to incorporate into your creations. Limit 8 students.

Public invited to learn about NECC

Those interested in learning more about Northern Essex Community College are invited to attend an Open House on Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Visitors can take a tour of the Haverhill campus, learn about financial aid, and explore the college’s more than 70 academic programs. Topics to be discussed will include transfer options after graduating from NECC, support services available to help students succeed and the many clubs, sports, and other opportunities available to students.

This open house is geared toward high school juniors and seniors and their families, as well as adult students who are considering returning to school for career or personal growth. More information is available by calling 978-556-3700 or admissions@necc.mass.edu. Public meeting planned for downtown railroad bridge project .

Children’s Book Club starts soon

PELHAM — The Children’s Book Club, “Tuesdays with Stories,” starts Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m. at Pelham Public Library.

The program is for readers in grades two and up.

For more information, call Debbie Laffond at 635-7581, Ext. 3065, or email her at dlaffond@pelhamweb.com.

Linens, clothing on sale this week

EAST HAMPSTEAD — A Gently Used Clothing and Linens Sale starts today and continues through through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at East Hampstead Union Church, 225 E. Main Street, Route 121A.

There is a selection of used clothing, shoes accessories, curtains, bedding, pillows, tablecloths, towels and more. A large selection of women’s plus sizes is available.

The church is an interdenominational Christian fellowship serving the community since 1897. Proceeds benefit the Operating Fund. Call (603) 378-0683.

Bridge meeting Thursday

HAVERHILL - The MBTA will host a community meeting to discuss the planned rehabilitation of the downtown railroad bridges on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in Room 301 of City Hall, 4 Summer St. The MBTA project team will discuss proposed rehabilitation of bridges, construction schedule and impact to service. This meeting will include a question and answer session and comments will be accepted from the public. If you have a disability and need an accommodation to fully participate in this meeting, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats or other helpful aids will be provided upon request. More information is available from Jill Barrett at 860-570-0740 or jbarrett@fhiplan.com.

City to hold flu shot clinics

HAVERHILL - Flu shot clinics will be held for senior citizens and uninsured individuals only. The clinics are Oct. 9, 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. There is no charge, but seniors should bring their insurance cards. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

NH art featured at Leach Library

LONDONDERRY — Leach Library on Mammoth Road regularly hosts area artists for special displays and exhibits around the library.

Featured in October is the work of artist Eileen Belanger of New Boston. Her paintings show familiar scenes and landscapes around New Hampshire. She is also known for her mural work.

The art display at Leach Library runs through Oct. 31.