---- — SALEM — North Salem United Methodist Church will host a Craft Fair Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The church is 389 North Main St.
The fair will feature handmade items by local crafters including jewelry, crocheted items and more.
There also will be homemade soups and baked goods.
Musical program is for the holidays
HAMPSTEAD — On Dec. 10, local singer and entertainer Frank Paolini will bring both traditional and new songs to Hampstead Public Library to welcome the holiday season.
This musical escape will start at 7 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room. The room is handicapped accessible. This program is free and open to the public.
It is suitable for older children as well as adults. Refreshments will be available.
Following the program, the regular monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library will take place. All members of the Friends are invited to attend to hear the results of the auction and the plans for 2014.
School accepts donations to helpsick children
HAVERHILL — For the last five years, parents, teachers and students at St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish has been providing sick children at Tufts Floating Hospital in Boston with handmade “towel blankets.”
Kindergarten teacher Teri Lyons and parent Kelly Simard stitch the towel blankets together. Each year on Christmas Eve, they bring their colorful and cuddly creations to Tufts Floating Hospital for distribution to children on Christmas day. In the spirit of Christmas and giving, they are asking for the community’s help. Please consider donating one yard or more of fleece fabric in any color or design and/or one brightly colored bath towel to their project.
Lyons and Simard said that on Black Friday, Jo-Ann fabric stores are selling fleece material for $3 per yard, which can be ordered online or purchased in the stores. Bath towels in various colors can be purchased at Target for $3.99 each.
More information is available by calling the school at 978-521-4256.
Christmas concert planned in Haverhill
HAVERHILL — The First Church of Christ in Bradford will present a Christmas concert Sunday at 2 p.m. featuring The New England Tenors.
Admission is a free-will donation. Please bring a nonperishible food item to support the Sacred Hearts Food Pantry. This concert is sponsored by Flowers by Steve.
Visit online at www.fccbraford.org.
Interfaith Choir to perform on Dec. 7
The Hampstead Congregational Church will host two free holiday performances by The Interfaith Choir on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Congregational Church, 61 Main St., Hampstead, and on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., Haverhill.
Celebrating its 48th year, the choir is comprised of members representing more than 20 local churches who are brought together by their common love of music and a desire to spread the Christmas message through instrument and voice. Special guests are The Windham Flute Ensemble and the children’s voices of The King’s Choir. Director is Cindy Ladew and accompanist is Larry Thompson. A free-will offering collection will be taken and refreshments and fellowship will follow. More information is available by calling 603-329-6047.
School plans pancake breakfast on Dec. 7
HAVERHILL — Golden Hill School’s popular holiday pancake breakfast fundraiser will be Dec. 7 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the school, 140 Boardman St.
Cost is $3 per person or $12 for a family of up to five. The event is open to all members of the community. Along with pancakes and other food items, the event will feature a reindeer games area, performances by the Drama Club and Chorus and a PTO Holiday Store.
Pictures with Santa are $3. Tickets will be sold for grab bags, used children’s books, games, crafts, raffles and a 50/50 raffle. Students must be accompanied by adults.
TD Charitable Foundation donates 10K to CLASS
LAWRENCE — Social enterprise plans moved ahead at CLASS Inc., after the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, donated $10,000 as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community.
CLASS, headquartered in Lawrence for more than 35 years, supports people with disabilities and their families with services, programs and employment development. The funds from the TD Charitable Foundation will assist the human services agency in evaluating property on which to build, conducting a site survey and begin building plans for a hydroponic greenhouse at which individuals with disabilities will be employed in greenhouse operations as farmers and customer service representatives.
“The individual is at the center of our work, the heartbeat of everything we do here at CLASS,” said CLASS President Bob Harris.
Hydroponics offers a unique solution to food production, especially in food deserts such as Lawrence.
According to Crop King, a specialist in the business of controlled environment agriculture and hydroponics since 1982, hydroponic farming yields 10 times the harvest of broad acre or traditional field farming and the environmental footprint is much smaller. Plants are grown in a water-nutrients mix, so farmers do not experience soil degradation, fertilizer runoff or resulting waterway pollution.
“We will not be using as many pesticides in hydroponic farming and, believe it or not, we will use less water — about 10 percent of the water used in traditional farming,” Harris added.
“A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy,” said Dan Griggs, Market President — Northeastern Massachusetts for Commercial Banking. “The TD Charitable Foundation provides support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.