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April 26, 2013

Merrimack Valley YMCA awarded healthy living grant

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — The Merrimack Valley YMCA is one of 16 Ys in the nation selected to participate in the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative.

The goal of REACH is to improve health and eliminate disparities related to chronic diseases in African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino communities.

Y-USA, the national resource office for the nation’s 2,700 YMCAs, selected The Merrimack Valley YMCA to take part in the initiative.

In October 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) REACH initiative awarded Y-USA a cooperative agreement of up to $4 million per year for up to five years to improve our nation’s health and well-being, with a specific focus on addressing gaps between racial and ethnic groups across the country. Y-USA is re-awarding this grant, selecting up to 16 new communities per year to participate in the REACH initiative in their communities.

To learn more about the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program, including previous funded programs, visit www.cdc.gov/reach.

Local orchestrato feature pianist Yukiko Sekino

NORTH ANDOVER — The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, resident orchestra of the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, welcomes back pianist and international competition winner Yukiko Sekino for a performance Sunday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m.

The program will be held at the Rogers Center for the Arts t Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St. (Route 114).

Tickets are adults $20; seniors and students $15 and children age 4-12, $5. They are available at the door or online by contacting the web site – www.mvpomusic.org

In this program, Sekino will be performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor.

The orchestra, conducted by George Monseur, will also be performing Verdi’s Nabucco Overture and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor in this not-to-be-missed final concert of this season.

Behind the scenes Refuge tour

NEWBURYPORT — Held on the following days: Saturdays, May 4, 11, & 18 at 9:30 am; Sundays, May

5, 12, 19 at 1 p.m. Tours last approximately 2 hours.

Join a refuge ranger for a behind the scenes tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The tour will present an up close look at the refuge through the multiple lenses of the cultural history of Plum Island and the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the conservation of these precious natural resources.

Advance registration is required, as enrollment is limited. Those who call and leave messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until having received a confirmation call back from a refuge staff member. Please call 978-465-5753; to register.