EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 20, 2013

Canoes, kayaks, sailboat rides, barbecue at Summerfest on Saturday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — The Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program holds its annual Summerfest on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This family friendly event, located at 1 Eaton St. at the Abe Bashara Community Boat House, will feature canoes, kayaks, sailboat rides and more. In addition, there will be a free backyard barbecue, featuring live music from the lead singer of the Ross Livermore Band.

Student earn scholarships

LAWRENCE — Two adult Lawrence residents received $1,000 each from the Veronica Casado scholarship to continue their studies. They are Mayiharli Polanco and Felicita Padilla.

Polanco graduated from the GED program at Lawrence Community Works. The Lawrence resident has two kids and attends Northern Essex Community College.

Padilla, also of Lawrence resident, has two children and a grandchild. She is studying Human Services at Cambridge College.

Grant helps low-income Lawrence students enjoy CCHS summer program

LAWRENCE — Central Catholic High School has been awarded a $2,400 grant from the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF).

Central Catholic will use the grant funds to permit middle school students to attend any of the programs offered by Central Catholic’s “Kid Central” summer programs. The grant will fund students in grades 5-7 who are recommended by the Adelante program of the Lawrence YMCA, Bellesini Academy, Esperanza Academy, the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club, Lawrence Catholic Academy and the Lawrence Family Development Charter School.

Interested students should notify the leader at their school or organization of their interest in attending “Kid Central.” “Kid Central” offers programs in theatrical performance, robotics and CSI forensic science. For more information on “Kid Central”, visit www.centralcatholic.net/kidcentral.

The Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund was started in 1990 by Betty Beland, Administrator of the Stevens Foundations in North Andover. In January of 2001, ECCF was asked and agreed to take over the fund. The goal for the fund is to raise as much money as possible to serve as many local kids during the school summer vacation months as possible.

The mission of the Essex County Community Foundation is to promote local philanthropy to strengthen the nonprofit organizations of Essex County. ECCF is a catalyst for philanthropy, manager of charitable funds for both donors and nonprofits, a grant maker, teacher and advisor to nonprofits and their boards and a bridge between donors and organizations matching those who want to give with those in need. Learn more at www.eccf.org.

Watershed council calls for artists help

The Merrimack River Watershed Council is setting up a summer program reaching out to teens in the area, called RiverArts. The program is in coordination with the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program.

The goal is to help kids fall in love with the river, creating a new generation that cares for it. The program hopes to achieve this by helping teens to learn art skills through projects inspired on the wildlife, people, and scenery of the Merrimack River.

The MRVC for artists to lead one two-hour session within this program. Available dates are July 9th, July 23rd and August 6th, between 12 and 2 p.m.

Alternative dates/times are possible. The program is located at the Greater Lawrence Community Boat House in Lawrence. The MRVC is targeting teen participants (12 to 17). There is money available for supplies and participating instructors. Artists’ participation will also be recognized in the group’s website and newsletter for exposure.

If interested, please contact montserb71@gmail.com to discuss further details.