---- — SALEM — Purchasing a Christmas tree at Tuscan Village on Main Street will help raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.
The trees are balsam and Fraser firs between 5 and 14 feet tall. The tree stand is operated by AOK Lawn Care Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A portion of the proceeds go to the club.
Sacred Hearts holds open house
HAVERHILL — Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold an Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m and from 6 to 7 p.m. The Early Childhood Center Nursery to Kindergarten is at 48 South Chestnut St.
The school is at 31 South Chestnut St. Registration for 2014-2015 is available. No need for an appointment. Stop in, take a tour, and meet faculty and students. For more information call 978-374-7161 or 978-372-5451 or visit online at www.sacredheartsbradford.org.
Kingston firefighters collect toys, clothes
KINGSTON — The Kingston Fire Department is collecting new toys and winter clothing for local children.
Drop new, unwrapped toys, coats, sneakers, boots and other warm clothing at the fire station.
Call 642-3626 for details.
VAV donates wheelchair to injured Marine
LAWRENCE — Marine Private James Crosby, 29, of Winthrop — who was seriously injured in Iraq — will be given a highly specialized all-terrain wheelchair from the Merrimack Valley-based group, Veterans Assisting Veterans, in a ceremony Sunday, Dec. 22 3 p.m. at the VFW Joseph L Mottolo Post, 4524 Garofola St., Revere.
The Action Track wheelchair for Crosby — which will give him mobility to navigate all sorts of hard surfaces including beaches, frozen lakes, shallow streams and snow — is made possible after VAV and Pentucket Medical Associates jointly raised more than $71,000 at a black-tie gala held at Salvatore’s in Lawrence last month.
In addition to the Action Track wheelchair for Pvt. Crosby, proceeds will go to help fund several other veteran’s outreach programs. For more information visit veteransassistingveterans.com.
Atkinson seniors, enjoy luncheon
The annual Atkinson senior holiday luncheon is Dec. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. at Atkinson Community Center. The event is free for Atkinson seniors over 65 years old.
The luncheon is co-sponsored by Atkinson Garden Club and Atkinson Women’s Civic Club.
The Atkinson Brownie Troop will be providing party favors and the Timberlane Regional High School Choir group will perform. Lunch, dessert, coffee, and tea will be served.
Call Noriko Yoshida-Travers at 362-5531 for more information.
Never too late to vaccinate
ANDOVER — If you missed the annual flu clinics and have not yet had your flu vaccine, the Andover Health Division has announced that it has a limited amount of vaccine still available by appointment for Andover residents.
The vaccination is free of charge, however insurance information will be requested for billing purposes.
The traditional intramuscular shot and the nasal spray (FluMist) will be available, as well as a limited amount of High-Dose vaccine for persons 65 years of age and older. The FluMist is indicated for medically eligible persons between the ages of 2 and 49.
To schedule an appointment call the Health Division at 978-623-8295
Santa is available for visits
HAMPSTEAD — The Hampstead Lions Club will escort Santa on visits to local homes Dec. 13-15 and 20-22.
Santa is available during the daytime and evening on those dates. The fee is $30 for a 15-minute visit, $50 for 30 minutes.
Call 329-5603 to schedule a visit.
Funds raised benefit local charities.
Jewish Federation sponsors First Light
ANDOVER — The Jon Nelson Band formerly known as Yom Hadash, performs at the annual community-wide First Light celebration Dec. 15 beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road.
The festivities begins with the traditional outdoor lighting ceremony on the menorah commemorating Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light. It also includes a sing-along with the band, a complimentary latke bar and Chanukah treats. Nelson ‘s inspirational music and high-energy concerts have been a staple in Jewish music for over 15 years.
In addition to founding Yom Hadash, Nelson is an acclaimed child’s entertainer and educator. also been an artist-in-residence at the Camp Hadar for the past two summers.
Campers love to attend his classes and Rockin Shabbat Friday afternoon celebrations.
First Light is sponsored by Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation. Tickets are $18 adult; $9 senior $9 child (over 5), children 5 and under free. There is $45 Family Plan, with minimum of two adults with children be 17 and under.
Red Cross accepting nominations for hero awards
The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts will hold its 12th annual American Heroes Breakfast on March 20, 2014 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston in Danvers. The Red Cross is accepting nominations for heroes in various categories, including Enduring — a person who has made a difference in their community over a long period of time, Community — a Good Samaritan involved with an event or project that benefits the community, Youth — a student who demonstrated leadership qualities, Workplace — an organization that demonstrates unusual commitment to the community, First Responder — a firefighter, police officer or EMT who has performed an act beyond the call of duty and Military — a member of the Armed Forces who acted above the call of duty.
All heroes must either live or work in the communities served by the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts or their heroic act occurred in the chapter’s service territory.
Communities include Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Byfield, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Peabody, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham and West Newbury.
You can nominate a hero by visiting www.RedCross.Org/MA/Peabody, or by emailing email@example.com by Jan. 17.
Pentucket Arts Foundation calendar available
GROVELAND — The Pentucket Arts Foundation Limited Edition 2014 wall calendar is now available. This colorful spiral calendar, featuring artwork by young artists in the Pentucket Regional School District, will add a touch of creativity to any kitchen or office wall.
Dates for Pentucket arts happenings are pre-printed on each month so you’ll never miss another Cafe Jazz, Percussion Concert, or theatre production. Calendars are $10 each and all proceeds support the arts in the Pentucket community.
Email your request for a calendar to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the word “CALENDAR” in the subject line. Production of the calendar was sponsored by Pentucket Bank and the arts foundation’s “Arts Connecting Community” partner, Institution for Savings.
To become a free member of the nonprofit Pentucket Arts Foundation and receive a monthly online newsletter, visit www.pentucketarts.org.