EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 10, 2013

Veteran's Expo today at Methuen senior center

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN — A Veteran’s Expo will be held today from 3-5 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St.

During the expo, people will be able to meet with representatives from various agencies and organizations including the Methuen Veteran’s Affairs Department; Methuen Senior Activity Center; Mass. Department of Veteran’s Affairs; Veteran’s Northeast Outreach Center; Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley; ValleyWorks Career Centers; Northern Essex Community College; Federal Small Business Administration; Methuen American Legion Post 122; Registry of Motor Vehicles; Bedford VA Hospital; Lowell Veteran’s Center; Arnold F. Greenwood Poost 8349, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Queen City Chapter #2, Disabled American Veterans; Congresswomen Niki Tsongas’ office; State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives’ offices and the offices of State Reps. Linda Dean Campbell, Diane Dizoglio and Frank Moran.

Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, April 20

LAWRENCE — On Saturday, April 20, the Merrimack Valley is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids in the Merrimack Valley to get moving and learning, and families living healthier.

Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot — a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year — only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.

“At the Merrimack Valley YMCA we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school,” said Julian Villegas, Executive Director, Lawrence YMCA. “YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”

The Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at Lawrence Veteran’s Memorial Stadium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities. The day will conclude with a group-wide zumba dance. In the event of rain, Healthy Kids Day will be held at the Lawrence YMCA, 40 Lawrence St.

For more information, contact Julian Villegas at 978-686-6191 or visit www.mvymca.org/healthykidsday.

Relay for Life pancake breakfast

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Methuen/Merrimack Valley team ‘Together For Tiffany’ is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday April 20 from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s, 56 Plaistow Road, Haverhill. Tickets are $5 and include a pancake breakfast, coffee, juice and milk. Great raffles including a pair of Redsox tickets, Lia Sophia jewelry, Tastefully Simple basket, signed sports memorabilia and more! For tickets please contact Melissa Coveney lissabean22@gmail.com or 603-819-3175.

Occupation Transformation: Next Steps to New Work Life

ANDOVER — Imagine what you could do if you could make your dream job a reality? How would it shape the way you live and work? What would you life look like on a day to day basis?

The “Occupation Transformation” series will be held at The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, Andover on Thursdays, April 11, 18 and 25 at 7 p.m. Admission is $9 for the complete three-part series. Participants can pre-register by stopping in at the center or calling 978-623-8321.

Three different professional speakers will bring their own unique experience, expertise, and perspective to the topic.

:April 11 at 7 p.m.: Arleen Bradley, local career coach, will kick off the series helping develop strategies to break the gray ceiling and dispel the myths of the over 50+ worker by facilitating two job search networking support groups at the Memorial Hall library and Merrimack College. “Many of the members of my two groups are baby boomers looking for jobs after a layoff,” she says, “so this is an ideal match for the BoomerVenture Campus program.”

April 18 at 7p.m.: Mike Festa, Massachusetts AARP Director, will discuss the strategies AARP is developing and actions the organization is taking to help more experienced workers define the “what’s next” moment their careers, and matching that with the real possibilities out there.

April 25 at 7 p.m.: Lillian McGinty from the Valley Works Career Center, a state and federally sponsored career resource center, will discuss the center’s efforts to help more experienced workers obtain employment by offering capability upgrade classes, self-directed computer labs, and local job opportunity listings.

Photographer is Artist of the Month

METHUEN — Lewis Holiday’s love for photography began at a very early age.

“My mother was a camera fanatic,” Holiday said. “No matter what we were doing, she was taking pictures of us. Our family would spend hours going through photo albums and running to the store for more Instant Polaroid Film.”

Now, Holiday, whose photos have been published in various magazines, has been selected as Methuen’s Artist of the Month for April 2013.

Holiday received his BS in Communications Media - Film Production at Fitchburg State University. While attending school, he was pasr of the Boston music scene by photographing album covers and music legends. Some of his work has been published in The Boston Phoenix, XXL Magazine, Elemental Magazine, The Source, and Chivalry Magazine, to name a few.

“Mr. Holiday’s work is so varied. He is clearly a multi-talented artist,” said Mayor Steven Zanni, who selected him for the honor. “I find his pieces to be inspirational and I know that anyone coming by my office will feel the same.”

The Artist of the Month Program was started six years ago to give members of Methuen’s art community a forum to display their work and to encourage participation in Methuen’s growing creative economy. Artists interested in being considered for Artist of the Month should contact Juliette Cormier at 978-983-8505.