EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 2, 2013

National parks presentation is Thursday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Take a pictorial journey through America’s national parks with photographer and Gazette columnist Tom Vartabedian during a Life Long Learning program on April 4 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St.

Come see vivid scenes of Yellowstone National Park with its wildlife and horticultural wonders, along with visits to Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon. The program, titled “America the Beautiful,” is open to the public. Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public. For more information, contact Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225 or cboucher@necc.mass.edu.

Ladies Auxiliaryto host dance

The Amvets Ladies Auxiliary Department of Massachuseets will hold a ‘50s dance on April 13 at 7 p.m. at Amvets Post 147, 576 Primrose St.

The event will feature a disc jockey, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and pot luck refreshments. Donation is $10 at the door or $8 if you bring a dish of pot luck refreshments. For more information, call 1-603-378-2005.

Swim classes for children offered

The Haverhill YMCA is offering a a beginner learn-to-swim week for preschool and young children who never swam or participated in swim lessons before.

The Y wants to promote safety with children around all kinds of waters, including backyard pools, community pools, ponds, rivers and the ocean. The Beginner Learn to Swim Week is April 15 to 18. Classes are Monday through Thursday and children will attend all four days at the same time each day. Children ages 3 to 5 attend from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Children age 6 and older attend from 4:35 to 5:20 p.m.

The classes are free for YMCA members and $15 for others. More information is available from Roshelle Ogden, aquatics director, at 978-478-5016 or ogdenr@northshoreymca.org. The YMCA is at 81 Winter St.

NECC to host electronics recycling

Northern Essex Community College will host its fifth annual electronics recycling drive April 16, rain or shine.

This free electronics recycling event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center parking lot on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. ACT Secured Recycling of Lawrence will collect outdated personal computers, laptops, fax machines, cell phones, electronics, copiers, wires and cables. No televisions, projection screens or household appliances will be accepted.

The event is part of the college’s celebration of Environmental Awareness Month. Environmental Awareness events are sponsored by the Northern Essex Liberal Arts Revitalization Committee and the NECC libraries. For more information, contact Linda Shea, director of library services, at 978-556-3423 or lshea@necc.mass.edu.

Annual Earth Day cleanup April 20

The city’s annual Earth Day cleanup will be April 20.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., for a brief kick-off and remarks from the mayor, and to pick up T-shirts, tools and snacks. The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Citizens Center will serve as the registration and information center for the event. Gloves, tools, trash bags, leaf bags and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Volunteers can organize their own neighborhood or park cleanup, or can assist at another identified cleanup site. All cleanup locations are on city property.

Trash should be placed into plastic trash bags. Leaves and other yard waste should be put into leaf bags. Branches should be stacked in piles, and sand should be swept into piles and left on the street.

Major sponsors include the city, Haverhill’s Brightside, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, Haverhill Bank, the Chicken Connection, Covanta and Magellan Aerospace.

Volunteers are encouraged to register online by searching for “activityreg haverhill,” which will bring you to the Haverhill Recreation Department page. Under “Register for Activities,” click on “programs” and look for “2013 City of Haverhill Earth Day Cleanup.” Follow the prompts to sign up to volunteer. More information is available by calling 978-374-2388, ext. 28.

Benefit for Operation Comfort Warriors planned

The American Legion Wilbur M. Comeau Post 4, 1314 Main St., will hold an Italian-style dinner and dance to benefit Operation Comfort Warriors April 20 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Entertainment is by DJ Ron Souther and raffles will be held. Tickets are $20 each in advance only. The American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors was created to provide nonessential items that help wounded warriors in their recovery, but do not show up as a budget line on the federal government’s spread sheets.

All of the OCW’s administrative and marketing costs are paid from American Legion funds, with 100 percent of donations going to support these warriors.

More information is available from Dave Mauro at 978-373-6885 or John Lenotte at JohnLdistrict8@verizon.net. Visit online at www.theamericanlegionhaverhillma.org.