---- — The Eagle-Tribune is organizing a Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign for the month of October, and we want you to be a part of it.
We are looking for Merrimack Valley residents who have battled or are battling breast cancer, who have been otherwise touched by this disease, and who would like to share their stories.
Your stories will be used in our special news coverage next month, both in print and online at eagletribune.com to help educate the community about all aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis, including detection, treatment, survival and support.
If you are interested in sharing your story, or would like more information, contact Cheryl Lecesse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-338-2664.
Armenian church holds picnic Sunday
NORTH ANDOVER — St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church of the Merrimack Valley will have its annual parish picnic this Sunday, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., on the church grounds at Water and Main streets.
A performance by the Siroun Dance Ensemble will highlight the list of festivities. Also featured will be an Armenian band composed of Joe Kouyoumjian on oud, John Arzigian on accordion and vocals, Jason Naroian on dumbag and vocals and Leon Janikian on clarinet.
The Siroun dancers will be dressed in traditional Armenian costumes and hail from central Massachusetts, performing to various folk tunes.
The menu will include shish, losh and chicken kebab dinners, rice pilaf, salad, vegetarian entrees and Armenian pastries. There will be games and activities for the entire family.
The picnic will also present an opportunity to introduce the church’s new pastor, Father Stephan Baljian.
St. Michael Church plans picnic Sunday
NORTH ANDOVER — St. Michael Church will have its annual parish picnic on the Old Center Common on Sunday.
The Rev. Kevin Deeley, pastor of the parish, will celebrate an outdoor Mass at noon. The Revs. William Donnelly, OSA, and Eric Cadin, parochial vicar, are expected to be the concelebrants. After Mass, lunch will be served for $6 per person.
The maximum charge for lunch for families will be $30. Games will be available for children and adults and a disc jockey will provide entertainment.
Three-legged races will be run for young and old and for there will also be a pie-eating contest.
In the event of rain, the picnic will be moved indoors to the St. Michael Church hall.
NECC photography program revamped
LAWRENCE — Whether you are interested in studying photography as a hobby or a career Northern Essex Community College is offering noncredit classes this fall for both the beginner and intermediate photographer, beginning Sept. 23.
While the photography certificate program is not new, it has been rebooted to offer hands-on projects, review sessions, and gallery visits to give participants a robust program of photography classes. Participants can enroll in just one class, focusing on a particular interest or skill, or take all the courses to complete the certificate.
Jodi Sammons Feil, a professional photographer, will teach beginner courses — Basic Photography, Beyond Basic Photography, and Artist to Entrepreneur and intermediate classes — Intro to Flash Photography and Portraits.
A professional photographer and commercial and visual imaging specialist with more than 20 years of experience, David A. Petty will teach intermediate level Creative- Black and White.
Each six week course costs $279. They will be held at NECC at Riverwalk in Lawrence. For additional information on the photography classes and this certificate program contact Mary Shattuck at 978-659-1237 or email@example.com.
For the dates and times of all photography classes visit http://www.necc.mass.edu/academics/courses-programs/non-credit/enrichment/photography.