EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 8, 2013

Adult Learning Center classes offered in Methuen

Merrimack Valley in a minute

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN - Do you want to improve your skills to communicate in English or pass the GED to get a better job, or enter college or a training program?

If so, new classes are starting soon at the Methuen Adult Learning Center, 36 Boylston St., to help you achieve those goals. All classes are free.

Space is limited so now is the time to apply for the classes by calling 978 681-9407 or 978 681-1347.

Morning classes in: 3 Levels of ESOL and GED preparation, ESOL for Career Pathways and

Distance Learning integrated ESOL instruction.

Classes are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Methuen Public Schools and City of Methuen.

Food Addicts informational meeting Jan. 26

ANDOVER - Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous will hold an a information session Saturday Jan. 26 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Christ Church, 25 Central St. There will be a panel of FA members speaking and opportunities to ask questions.

FA is a non-profit program that provides a physical, mental and spiritual solution for food addiction. In FA, individuals who have been obese, too thin, or otherwise obsessed with food have found a solution that frees them from these problems. FA is based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins at FA meetings.

Newcomers are also welcome at weekly meetings in Andover on Saturdays at 7:45 a.m. at Christ Church as well as on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. at St Augustine’s Education Center at 35 Essex St.

For more information, call the FA business office at 781-932-6300 or view the FA website at www.foodaddicts.org.

Winter walk in

the woods in

North Andover

NORTH ANDOVER - The Friends of Harold Parker State Forest and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation are hosting free weekly winter walks in the woods every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. Particpants should meet at the park headquarters at 305 Middleton Road.

Studies show that diminishing light at this time of year can cause changes including decreased levels of serotonin (affecting mood) and melatonin (affecting sleep). Doctors suggest that one solution for this is to get outside and exercise during daylight.

Wear appropriate footwear – hiking footwear is best - no sneakers. Feel free to bring snowshoes/skis on days with snow. This is a moderate hike appropriate for all ages. Children are welcome! Bring water and sunscreen on sunny days. Cancelled only in the event of heavy rain.

For more information call 617-828-1728 Or visit www.mass.gov/dcr.

Event: Strange Typographic Tales

NORTH ANDOVER - The Museum of Printing, 800 Massachusetts Ave., will present a show called Strange Typographic Tales, Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m.

Dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, graphic design, printing equipment and printing craftsmanship, The Museum of Printing holds the most extensive collection of materials and machines east of the Mississippi River. Explore the museum and experience the evolution of printing from Gutenberg’s invention of movable type to your personal portable phone or tablet; advancements in printing and type technologies have been the predecessors to changes in civilizations.

Industry expert and Museum president Frank Romano will share some of the strange typographic tales that he has collected in his travels around the world. Learn the history of type that your teacher never taught you and the type designs that we see every day.

The exhibit space at the Museum of Printing is handicap accessible but the lecture space on the 2nd floor is accessible via stairs only.

Reservations required. Essex Heritage & Museum of Printing Members $10; Non-Members $15. This event is open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required. Please reserve online at www.essexheritage.org/membership/events or call Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444 with questions and for more details. Event fees sustain the Essex Heritage Membership program and support partner sites.

Caregiving series this month in Andover

ANDOVER - Starting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. a four-week series entitled “Coping with Caregiving” will be held at the BoomerVenture Campus at The Center at Punchard (formerly The Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court.

The weekly speakers will each address a different aspect of the caregivers journey. On the third week, Dr. Rob Schreiber will talk about “The Conversation Project”, an interactive eBook written by Ellen Goodman, retired Boston Globe columnist.

The series will be held on Thursday from Jan. 10 to Jan. 31 from 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for the series. RSVP required by calling 978-623-8321. A hot dinner will be provided each night at 6:30 with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m.