---- — KINGSTON — Kingston Community Library is hosting a Patron and Staff Cook-off Nov. 8.
All entries must be appetizers inspired by or taken from literature, fiction or nonfiction. Enter by Oct. 29 at the front desk and include the title of the book that inspired the dish. Patrons will sample the entries between 4 and 6 p.m., then vote for their favorites.
Anime Club to meet
PLAISTOW — Anime fans are invited to Plaistow Public Library on the fourth Monday of every month for meetings of the Anime Club.
Students in grades seven to 12 are welcome. The meetings run from 4 to 5 p.m. Watch movies, draw, read and talk.
The library provides snacks.
Presidential politics panel features Michael Dukakis
LOWELL — Michael Dukakis, former Democratic presidential candidate and governor of Massachusetts, will be among the panelists Monday for “Picking the President,” a discussion of the 2012 race for the White House.
The event, free and open to the public, begins at 11:45 a.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St.
Dukakis will provide a Democrat’s perspective on the contest between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney. State Rep. Dan Winslow, R-Norfolk, will provide a Republican’s perspective on the election.
Hillary Chabot, Boston Herald political reporter, will discuss the race from the viewpoint of the media covering it.
Paul Jorgenson, an Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics fellow at Harvard University, will discuss the role that money plays in the election with an emphasis on super-PACs.
Professor Frank Talty, co-director of the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion, will moderate the program. UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan will offer opening remarks.
Doherty elected president of area Realtor association
ANDOVER — Christopher Doherty of Prudential Howe & Doherty Realtors in Andover has been elected president of the Northeast Association of Realtors.
The association gathered this week at association headquarters in Westford to elect officers and directors for 2013. Doherty has been a member of the Realtor Association since 1974 and has since held many leadership positions within the association, including as president of the former Greater Lawrence Board of Realtors in 1990, the year in which he was honored as statewide Realtor of the Year.
Car sales to help veterans
HAVERHILL — International Cars Ltd. and its family of dealerships, including Honda North, Dover Honda, Dover Chevrolet, Audi Stratham and Porsche of Stratham, are commemorating Veterans Appreciation Month in November with a sales promotion to benefit the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill.
For each vehicle sold throughout the month at each dealership, a donation of $100 will made to the center, up to a total donation of $15,000 in support of its programs addressing the needs of veterans and their families throughout the Merrimack Valley.
“Our dealerships and staff wish to extend our sincere gratitude to all veterans who serve our country,” said Marshall Jespersen, president of International Cars Ltd. “Partnering with the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center is our way of saying thank you to military service men and women right here in our communities.’’
In addition to donating $100 per vehicle, ICL will also offer employee pricing to all veterans and active duty military members during November. The Veterans Northeast Outreach Center was founded in 1985 to address the needs of veterans and their families throughout the Merrimack Valley. The center offers information, referral, advocacy and support to veterans who live in the valley.
Public input sought on state transportation
HAVERHILL — The state Department of Transportation will continue a series of statewide public meetings tomorrow, engaging with residents, community leaders and business owners to discuss the future of transportation in Massachusetts. The local meeting will be tomorrow from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. in the Haverhill Public Library Auditorium, 99 Main St. Legislation passed in August requires the department to host at least six public meetings in advance of developing a long-term financing plan for the state’s transportation system next year. An informational website is active: http://www.mass.gov/massdot/yourvisionourfuture. Those who are unable to attend the meetings but wish to submit comments can do so at email@example.com