---- — NORTH ANDOVER — North Andover High School will host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet Monday, Feb. 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
The cost is $10 for everyone.
The event is an “interactive simulation” of how different peoples around the world eat. At the event, where you sit and the meal you eat are determined by the luck of the draw. The purpose is to help people gain a better understanding of hunger issues and poverty in the world. All proceeds go to Oxfam America.
The banquet is sponsored by The National Honor Society, Interact Club, NAHS Parent Advisory Council, North Andover Merchants Association and various North Andover businesses.
Blood drive Friday in Methuen
METHUEN — There will be a Methuen Community Blood Drive on Friday from 1-6 p.m. at HMR Properties Properties-Mill Falls Apartments Community Room, 51 Osgood Street. The event is being sponsored by HMR Properties-Mill Falls Apartments. For an appointment, please call 1-800 Red Cross (733 2767). All presenting donors this January will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.
Spanish speaking entrepreneurs to pitch ideas
LAWRENCE — The Merrimack Valley Sandbox in collaboration with Entravision , Eastern Bank and the city of Lawrence Senior Center will be holding the 2nd Sandbox Concurso Pitch Contest Saturday to help early-stage Spanish speaking entrepreneurs in New England succeed at their ventures.
The event will be held from 3-6 p.m. at the Lawrence Senior Center, 155 Haverhill St.
During the contest, seven top finalists will pitch their idea for thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Finalist ideas include a children’s toy to help with weight management, a healthy Peruvian food delivery service, and personalized handmade precious dolls made by non-traditional workers.
The contest will feature a panel of special guest judges including Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, Julia Silverio, President/CEO of Silverio Insurance Agency, Rafael Guzman, President/CEO of RM Technologies . Martha Velez, Executive Director of the Lawrence Council on Aging and Pedro Sabino, CEO of PSR Multimedia.
Sharon Morley is artist of the month
METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni named Sharon Morley as Methuen’s Artist of the Month for February.
“I strive to show others the incredible world of beauty of people, places and things through my work,” said Morley, a resident of Haverhill. She has been teaching art in the New England area for nine years. She also has worked at Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen for 19 years.
She is a Signature Member of the Alabama Pastel Society, a Juried Member of the Oil Painters of America, a member of the Portrait Society of America, the Pastel Painters of Maine, the New Hampshire Plein Air Society, and The Arts Institute Group of the Merrimack Valley. Her work has received both national and international awards of recognition.
The Artist of the Month Program was started six years ago to give members of Methuen’s art community a forum to display their work and to encourage participation in Methuen’s growing creative economy. Artists interested in being considered for Artist of the Month should contact Juliette Cormier at 978-983-8505.
North Solar Screen has new website
ANDOVER — North Solar Screen – a leader in innovative and custom solutions for energy saving shade needs – has a new website, www.northsolarscreen.com.
Working with Boldwerks – a Portsmouth, N,H. - based design firm – North Solar Screen looked to build a more streamlined and customer friendly website outlining the varieties of energy saving and UV protectant shades that address specific customer problems.
“I’m blown away by the end result of the new site,” said North Solar Screen President, Debby Miller. “We’ve had several iterations of a website, but none communicated and engaged with customers as well and as effectively as the new site does.”
For more information visit: www.northsolarscreen.com or call 866-230-4700.
Polito to be at Haverhill GOP meeting
HAVERHILL — Karyn Polito, GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, will be at the Haverhill Republican City Committee meeting tomorrow at 7p.m (doors open at 6:30) at the Haverhill Public Library, upstairs in the Johnson Auditorium, 2nd fl., 99 Main St.
She is the runningmate with GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker. Baker will not attend the meeting as reported yesterday. Incorrect information was provided on a press release announcing the event.
This is a general meeting and caucus and it is open to the public. Delegates will be elected for the March 22 state party convention in Boston. Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions email Bill Ryan at Roundpond@comcast.net or Dot Early at HotDotEarly@aol.com.
Autism group to hold family dinner
ANDOVER — Autism Eats will be holding its first autism-friendly family dinner event in the Rose Room at Andolini’s Restaurant, 19 Essex St, Andover on February 25 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. We welcome all families who have a member with autism to join us for a buffet dinner in a relaxed, autism-friendly non-judgmental environment. It will be a wonderful opportunity for families to socialize and connect with others who share similar joys and challenges. Please visit www.AutismEats.org for more information and to purchase tickets.