---- — LAWRENCE — A Family Fun & Fitness Day will be held Saturday, June 22 at the South O’Connell Common at South Union and Market streets.
The event is sponsored by the city of Lawrence, the Mayor’s Health task Force and the Healthy Active Living Working and Men’s and Women’s Health Working Groups.
It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature walks around the park, cardio and Zumba sessions, sack races and other games, cooking demonstrations, an obstacle course, a mini farmers market and healthy snacks to the first 150 participants.
The rain date is July 13.
Churches agree to merge
HAVERHILL — After months of discussion between leaders of the First Baptist Church of Haverhill and Haverhill Community Church, the two congregations voted to become one church.
Their first joint worship service was on June 2 at First Baptist Church, 217 Main St. First established in 1994, Haverhill Community Church agreed to become part of First Baptist Church, which has a rich history in Haverhill going back to 1765.
First Baptist Church hopes to lease the Haverhill Community Church building at 17-19 Newcomb St. to a church or organization.
The merged churches are virtually next door neighbors and are trying to reach the same community. First Baptist Church extends its welcome to all in the community to join in worship and celebration for this merger. For more information, visit fbchaverhill.org or call 978-374-7491.
Talk on thyroid cancer is Tuesday
METHUEN — Evaluation and Management of Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer, a medical Meet the Expert seminar with Gentry Thatcher, MD, will be held tomorrow in Holy Family Hospital’s ground-floor auditorium, 70 East St.
Thatcher, an otolaryngologist with New England ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery, will discuss the evaluation of discovered thyroid nodules, guidelines and controversies of the initial management of thyroid cancer and capabilities, challenges and the future of thyroid cancer management. The event is free. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. One contact hour in nursing will be awarded at the end of the presentation.
For more information or to register, call 978-687-0151, ext. 4697, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning Commission to meet Thursday
HAVERHILL — The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will hold an Executive Committee meeting Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in Room A of the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.
The agenda is specific to approving the 2013 CEDS Report for the Merrimack Valley. The meeting will be followed by the commission’s Regional Planning Day. For more information, contact Nancy Lavallee at 978-374-0519 or email@example.com.
Sign up for art camp in Pelham
PELHAM — Art camp for boys and girls ages 6 and up will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. next week at Town Hall.
The cost is $150. For more information, call 635-2721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atkinson Farmers Market in new location
ATKINSON —The Atkinson Summer Farmers Market will be at its new location, Freshwater Farms, 1 Kip Cam Road, directly off Route 111.
All summer markets will be on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Opening day is Saturday.
The market will run every Saturday through Oct. 12, but there is no market on July 6. Opening day promises lots of fresh grown produce, many new vendors and native strawberries.
Contact Robin at email@example.com or 275-1072. Visit atkinsonfarmersmarket.org.
Learn how to prevent falls
LONDONDERRY — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that falls are the leading cause of death from unintentional injury in the home. Learn ways to prevent falling Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Leach Library, 276 Mammoth Road.
National Fire Protection Association statistics show that people age 65 and older are twice as likely to die in a home fire as the population at large. Learn ways to reduce your risk of dying or being injured in a fire.
A representative from the Londonderry Fire Department and A Londonderry Emergency Response Team (ALERT) will present information to help reduce the potential and that of loved ones for serious injury from fire and falls.
This program is sponsored by the Londonderry Elder Affairs Committee.
Food distribution slated for veterans, families
LAWRENCE — Between 20 to 25 pounds of produce will be distributed to veterans, their dependents, widow or widowers June 22 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Lawrence Senior Center, 155 Haverhill St.
Registration is a must by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling at 617-210-5763 before June 18.
When registering, leave your name with correct spelling, the number of people in the household including adults, children and seniors 60 years old and over. Since there will be several distributions throughout the state, you must indicate you will attend the Lawrence distribution. Participants need to bring verification of veteran status, DD214 or a copy of a marriage certificate if married to a veteran.
The food comes from the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services in partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Public invited to explore creative side at Essex Art Center
LAWRENCE — Essex Art Center is hosting an open house June 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Essex Art Center Mill building, 56 Island St.
Participants will have a chance to try the potter’s wheel, learn to paint with acrylic, build sculptures out of recycled materials, and draw. Artists demonstrating their crafts include Phuong Lai Matzker of Londonderry, N.H., Thea Shapiro and Georgia Renfroe both of Andover, Dennis Hart and Dina Collier both of Methuen.
Essex Art Center has been offering art classes, gallery exhibits and community events since 1993.