---- — LAWRENCE – Central Catholic High School Theatre Guild begins its 42nd year with its production of an original play “The Man Who Saved Christmas” tomorrow through Saturday in the Allan B. Rogers Theatre. All performances begin at 7 p.m.
The original play written by Sharman Merrill, English teacher and Theatre Guild Director was inspired by the life of Alfred Carlton “A.C.” Gilbert , an Olympic gold medalist, an inventor with over 150 patents, an early proponent of employee benefits and rights, and one of the manufacturers called on to help aid the war effort during World War 1.
When the National defense Council presented a campaign that asked parents to purchase Liberty Bonds instead of toys for Christmas, Gilbert successfully argued against the policy, earning the title of “the man who saved Christmas.” He proposed other appealing ideas helpful to the war effort.
A.C. Gilbert is portrayed by three different CCHS actors – Chris Coughlin, sophomore from Lawrence, plays Gilbert at age 14, Alex Dimmock, senior from Methuen plays Gilbert as a young man, and Shawn Hamel, senior from Methuen, plays him in his later years interviewed by a reporter, played by Megan Ciabotti, senior from Bradford, MA..
Tickets are $10 and are available at the door as well as before and after school in Rm. 204 at CCHS. The CCHS Theatre Guild is comprised of over 100 students who are either in the cast or crew.
looks at Middle East
HAVERHILL - A history course titled “The Modern Middle East,” will be offered at Northern Essex Community College during the 2013 spring semester.
The three-credit college course will be taught by NECC history and government professor Dr. Steve Russell on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:45 to 3 p.m. beginning Jan. 24.
This course will explore the following questions: What has happened with the “Arab Spring”, Why is religion so important there? How can Palestine and Israel make peace? What are the issues surrounding Iranian nuclear capability? Why is the United States so involved there? How do we explain society, economy, and politics there?
For additional information contact Dr. Steve Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or to register call 978-556-3700.
Local oral surgeon heads state society
NORTH ANDOVER – Dr. Michael J. Hunter, of Northeast Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, was recently installed as the 27th president of the Massachusetts Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Founded in 1968, the society is recognized as the official state component society of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Hunter is one of three delegates who represent Massachusetts in the American Association House of Delegates.
During his two-year term as president of the society, Dr. Hunter hopes to increase membership involvement, strengthen relationships with sister organizations and promote education locally and nationally.
Dr. Hunter joined Dr. Michael Shannon at Northeast Oral Surgery in 1998. Their offices are in North Andover and Reading. He lives in North Andover with his wife, Lina, and their two children.
’Life Among Giants’ author talk on Dec. 6
ANDOVER - Author Bill Roorbach will read from his new book, “Life Among Giants,” on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Andover Bookstore, 89 Main St.
“Life Among Giants” is the story of David “Lizard” Hochmeyer, who at 17 is nearly 7 feet tall, the star quarterback of his high school football team, and Princeton-bound.
His life seems as if it’s going to turn out perfectly, until his parents are mysteriously gunned down in front of his eyes. Lizard and his sister Kate, suddenly parentless, are left adrift and full of questions about what secrets lie behind their murders.
As Kate and Lizard attempt to find their way in the world (Kate into Yale, Lizard eventually playing for the Miami Dolphins and then starting his own restaurant), they return time and again to the mysterious briefcase their father left behind, his potentially shady dealings, shaky money situation, and finally - the glamorous couple living in the mansion down the street.
Holiday Happenings in Andover
ANDOVER - The 2012 Main Street Holiday Happenings will be held Friday, Dec. 7 from 5-9 p.m.
Andover Electric is coordinating the installation and decorating of the town tree the week beginning Monday. TD Bank is sponsoring the tree with it’s purchase from Andover Youth Services tree sale event.
TD Bank, Elements Therapeutic Spa and Samel Insurance are event co-sponsors.
Activities to include:
Enterprise Bank will be hosting Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Treble Chorus at their 8 High St. offices from 5 to 6 p.m.
Krochmal Farms will be providing horse-drawn wagon rides from Andover Village Square on So. Main from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
TD Bank is hosting the annual town tree and lighting at their courtyard at 61 Main St. at 6:30 p.m.
Holiday music and dancing with Santa will take place in front of the Town House throughout the evening.
There will be food vendors throughout the Main Street area and downtown businesses will be open offering holiday celebrations and specials.
New This Year: Century Bank will be hosting WKLB Radio at Elm Square and their offices at 15 Elm St. Enter a to win concert tickets for Martina McBride and Kenny Chesney.
TD Bank will be hosting entertainment in its courtyard. Free Christian Church Choir will start with a 5 p.m. performance, followed by Andover Community Music School musicians around 7:30 p.m.
The following morning the Andover Lady Warriors Hockey Team is hosting Breakfast with Sant at
Free Christian Church, 31 Elm St. at 9 a.m. to noon. There will be raffles, holiday treats, family activities and a chance to win an iPad.