EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 12, 2013

Comedy Night to benefit brain tumor fund

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — Local comedians will perform at Team Brainfreeze’s third annual fundraiser this Saturday night at the Claddagh Pub, 399 Canal St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8.

Tickets are $20 ($200 for a table of 10). The event helps Team Brainfreeze’s effort to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society walk on Oct. 6 in Boston and for local families affected by the disease.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Kathie Rupkey at 978-771-2795. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Methuen PD awarded $5K grant

METHUEN — The Police Department has been selected as one of 48 communities in the state to participate in a Pedestrian Safety grant.

This $5,000 grant was awarded through the Executive Office of Public Safety. The focus of this initiative is to increase the enforcement of laws that pertain to both pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the city.

The police department will conduct targeted patrols and decoy operations as part of this initiative along with distribution of a flyer that has been created to help educate drivers to the issues of pedestrian accidents and how they may be prevented.

It is the goal of the Methuen Police Department to continue to keep our communities roadways safe for all.

Rep. Campbell office hours tomorrow

METHUEN — State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell will hold office hours tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 13. from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Methuen Senior Center 77 Lowell St.

Constituents are encouraged and welcomed to come by to meet Campbell and representatives from her office to ask questions and discuss issues.

First Calvary holds flea market and rummage sale

NORTH ANDOVER — First Calvary Baptist Church, at the corner of Route 125 and Mass. Avenue in North Andover, will hold a two day flea market and rummage sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free, but early birds will not be admitted. Light refreshment is available for a nominal fee. All proceeds from the event will benefit the church’s mission programs.

Writers speak in at Flint library

NORTH READING — On Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Karen Till Vitale and Nancy Parsons will introduce their new suspense novels, written during the 2012 National Novel Writing Month project.

The program takes place at the Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park St., North Reading.

Karen Till Vitale’s novel, set on the coast of Maine, is titled “RETRObution.” Nancy Parsons’ is “Two-Thirds of a Ghost” and it features a ghost writer as its main character.

These are the second novels for both authors. In 2011, Karen Vitale published a young adult novel, “My Grandmother Talks to Herself in the Mirror (But It’s No Reflection on Me).” Parsons published “The Dog that Managed Hedge Funds” in 2012.

Both authors, who are enthusiastic home cooks, included favorite recipes in their novels. Discover more about these writers and the memorable characters they’ve created, and learn more about NaNoWriMo, when writers aim to complete a novel (50,000 words) during November. Vitale and Parsons invite the audience to join their conversation.

Each will read excerpts from her book.

There will be an opportunity to purchase signed copies, as well a chance to taste refreshments made from recipes in “RETRObution.”

The event is free and open to the public. It’s sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Please call 978-664-4942 for further information.

Learn about city’s shoe industry on Saturday at the Buttonwoods

HAVERHILL — The Buttonwoods Museum will present a family program on Haverhill’s shoe industry on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. This presentation is bring held in tandem with the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, “The Way We Worked.”

The program includes a tour of the Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop, designing your own 3D paper shoes to take home, a scavenger hunt and more.

Cost is $5 for kids and $2 for adults. To register please email programs@haverhillhistory.org by tomorrow.

More information is available by calling 978-374-4626. The Haverhill Historical Society/Buttonwoods Museum is at 240 Water St.