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August 19, 2013

Learn to travel internationally on a budget


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAVERHILL — Northern Essex Community College Professor Marcy Yeager has traveled to far-flung locations around the globe, and this month she will share her travel trips during a free presentation at the public library.

Yeager, coordinator of NECC’s International Studies Program, believes that everyone can afford to travel. She will share tips on how to see the most while spending the least during a presentation titled “International Travel: Jet Setting 101: You can see the world on a budget!” Her talk is on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the public library, 99 Main St.

This presentation is part of the college’s speakers’ bureau which provides speakers free of charge to area nonprofits. For more information about this presentation contact Sarah at 978-373-1586 or smoser@mvlc.org.

Methuen Memorial Music Hall to hold concert

METHUEN —Organist Yun Kyong Kim will perform at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Her program will feature works by Louis Vierne, William Grant Still, Johannes Brahms, Iain Farrington, Sergei Prokofiev and Robert Ampt.

Kim currently serves on the faculty at Sinclair Community College and as Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio. Her latest MSR Classics compact disc, “Of Another Time” received a four star rating from “Audiophile Audition” and was named “Recording of the Month” by MusicWeb International.

The Methuen Memorial Music Hall is located at 192 Broadway (Route 28), Methuen. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children. Free off-street parking is available. The building is handicap accessible, but please use the rear entrance.

The MMMH Summer Series 2013 Organ Recitals series concludes on Aug. 28 with Michael S. Murray. Kim’s concert is sponsored by the Michaud Insurance Agency Inc. More information about the Music Hall is available at mmmh.org.

St. Augustine’s holds Shawl Tea

ANDOVER — Communities Together Inc., formerly The Greater Lawrence Council of Churches, and St. Augustine Parish in Andover will sponsor the 10th Annual Interfaith Prayer Shawl Tea at St. Augustine Parish, Center for Education and Ministry, 35 Essex St., Andover on Tuesday, Sept. 17, From 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Prayer Shawl Ministry and offer shawls for a blessing by clergy.

Speaker, Colette Crowley, Chaplain at Lowell General Hospital, has titled her remarks, “Wrapped in Love.” Anne Daly, LICSW, Social Worker at Edgewood Retirement Community, will share “Reflections on the Prayer Shawl Tea and Ministry.”

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 12 to Klara at the St. Augustine Parish office 978-475-0050 x37 or klarapvajda@gmail.com.

Journalist to speak

Tom Vartabedian, award-winning writer and photographer, will kick off the fall season at ALMA with a talk about his 50-year career with The Haverhill Gazette on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Armenian Library and Museum of America, 65 Main St., Watertown.

Admission is free and the public is invited. Vartabedian will discuss his work as a correspondent with the Armenian Press since the early 1960s, associated especially with The Armenian Weekly.

His column, titled “Poor Tom’s Almanac” is the oldest-running column in the Armenian Press. Vartabedian is also a regular contributor to other publications including The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, Armenian Reporter, USA Armenian Life and Asbarez. He will reminisce about some of his favorite stories — both nostalgic and entertaining.

An exhibit of his photojournalism images over the past five decades will be on display. A reception will follow the program in the Contemporary Art Gallery, third floor. The event is co-sponsored by Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives Inc.

Vartabedian, born and raised in Somerville, studied journalism at Boston University. As a writer-photographer for The Haverhill Gazette, he garnered more than 50 awards from United Press International, Associated Press and New England Press Association before retiring in 2006.

Meetinghouse Park hosts free concert

HAMPSTEAD — The final Hampstead Meetinghouse Park free concert with the B-Siders will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.

Rain venue is the Hampstead Middle School, 28 School St. There will be a tribute to John Penny and a chance for concert-goers to take chances on a number of prizes, including a Dine-Around Hampstead package, Beyond Vanilla ice cream certificates, and DVDs of all the summer concert artists as well as a 50/50 raffle.

All proceeds will benefit the Liver Foundation in John Penny’s memory. Meetinghouse Park is located at the intersection of Emerson Avenue and Main Street (Route 121).

This concert series was sponsored by Hampstead’s Cable TV Advisory Board. More information is available at meetinghousepark.org or by calling 603-329-6047.

Former N.H. official, author gives Derry talk

DERRY — Former New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation Director Mark Connolly will speak Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Marion Gerrish Community Center.

Connolly, who resigned as director in 2011, will talk about his book, “Cover-Up’’ and the Ponzi scheme involving Financial Resource Mortgage Co.

The event, scheduled for 7 p.m., is hosted by the Derry Democrats. The group will hold its monthly meeting after Connolly’s talk.

The community center is at 39 W. Broadway. For more information about the Derry Democrats, call Chairman Charlie Zoeller at 603-437-1824.

Food, Wine and Beer Pairing event on tap

GEORGETOWN — Off to the Races, a Food, Wine and Beer Pairing to benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice will be held on Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown.

Guests will experience some of the world’s most famous places and races from the Alaskan Iditarod to the Monaco Grand Prix, along with accompanying cuisine and beverages and entertainment by the George Farrell Group and NuImage Entertainment. A signature silent auction will feature nearly 100 items including a well-stocked wine refrigerator, premium tickets to New England sporting events, unique dining experiences and more.

“Each year our annual Food, Wine and Beer Pairing raises the critical funds needed to provide medical and supportive care to those patients and families who are either under-insured or uninsured,” said John Albert, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation, which is comprised of Merrimack Valley Hospice, Home Health VNA and HomeCare Inc. “We are grateful for the continued support of our generous sponsors who have continued to make this event a success each year.”

Pentucket Bank is the Premier Sponsor and the Fazioli Foundation is the Grand Cru Sponsor. Reserve Sponsors include Byram Healthcare, Coram Specialty Infusion Services, Lawrence General Hospital and TD Bank. Champagne Sponsors are Fred C. Church, Holy Family Hospital, Home Care Specialists, Merrimack Valley Hospital, Parker Hannifin Corp., Rogers Spring Hill, Thinking Phones Network and Trinity EMS. Joining the Sommelier Sponsors are Atlantic Charter Insurance Company, Enterprise Bank, H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, Haverhill Bank, Haverhill Kiwanis, Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, Mary Immaculate Health Care, Morris Rossi and Hayes, Pentucket Medical Associates, Pridestar EMS, Senior Whole Health and The Savings Bank.

Anna Jaques Hospital, Arrow Paper, Cautadella Funeral Home, Donoghue, Barrett and Singal, and D’Youville Life and Wellness Community are supporting as Connoisseur Sponsors. Additional sponsorships are still being accepted.

Tickets to this event are $55 per person and can be purchased online at www.MerrimackValleyHospice.org or by calling 978-552-4927. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Free seminar on concussion and youth sports

METHUEN — “Concussion and Youth Sports — Keeping Their Heads in the Game,” a Medical Meet the Expert seminar with Orthopedic Surgeon Tahsin Ergin, MD, and certified athletic trainer Amy Wiggins will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in Holy Family Hospital’s ground-floor auditorium.

Attendees will learn the nature of concussion injury, variability in response and recovery, current consensus recommendations for management of concussion in the young adult, and what concussion testing is, how it works and how results are used. Admission is free. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. One contact hour in nursing is awarded.

Holy Family Hospital is at 70 East St., Methuen. For more information or to register, call 978-687-0156, ext. 4697, or email jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.