EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 6, 2012

Merrimack Valley in a Minute

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Open House tomorrow at Doctors Express

NORTH ANDOVER — Dr. Joseph Sliwkowski, a board-certified physician in family and sports medicine with 20 years experience in acute care, including urgent care, sports medicine and occupational medicine, is opening a Doctors Express at 129 Turnpike St.

State and local officials, members of the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce and others attended a grand opening last night. An open house will be held tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon. Doctors will be offering free blood pressure checks and complimentary injury screens, and visitors will be entered to win a free iPad Mini. Refreshments will be served, and all who participate are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to benefit the North Andover Youth and Recreation Service.

The goal of Doctors Express is to provide an alternative to hospital emergency rooms for non-emergency treatment, and to offer patients a place to be seen when their doctor’s office is closed or fully booked.

Doctors Express North Andover will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most major insurance plans are accepted, as is Medicare, and affordable cash options are available for those without insurance. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots will be available. More information is available at www.doctorsexpressnorthandover.com.

Ice skating exhibition at Haverhill Forum

HAVERHILL — The Northeast Ice Skating Club will host Holiday Skate 2012 tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 8) at the Haverhill Valley Forum, 7 Parkridge Road.

The event begins at 1 p.m. with a figure skating exhibition, followed by a family skate.

Admission is $5 at the door for adults. Children under 12 and seniors will be admitted at no charge. All proceeds benefit the Northeast Ice Skating Club.

In conjunction with the event, the club is working with the Jay Project to collect item for care packages to be shipped to troops overseas. Items that may be donated include nonperishable food, such as beef jerky, Slim Jims, trail mix and protein bars; unscented baby wipes, sample-size personal hygiene products; hand warmers; long, heavy socks (black, brown or green); puzzle books; and current magazines and paperbacks.

Fix-It Shop

NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover Senior Center offers the Fix-It Shop the first and third Wednesday of each month from noon to 3 p.m. The shop repairs lamps, small tables and chairs and replaces watch batteries. The cost is $2 to $4, depending on the work needed, plus parts. Proceeds benefit the Senior Center.

Supper Club

NORTH ANDOVER — The Supper Club will hold its annual Christmas dinner at the Bradford Tavern in Rowley on Dec. 20. The bus will leave the North Andover Senior Center at 4 p.m. and costs $3. Participants must pay for their own dinner. Those interested can sign up at the reception desk at the Senior Center.