EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 18, 2013

Merrimack Valley in a Minute: Merchants Assoc. to host ‘Knight of Honor'

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover Merchants Association will hold its annual ‘Knight of Honor … Rising Star Gala’ on Saturday, March 23 from 6-10 p.m. at the North Andover Country Club, 500 Great Pond Road.

The gala will honor and celebrate two graduating seniors pursuing a business degree with a $1,000 scholarship each; recognize the accomplishments of a young entrepreneur, and award a local business/merchant for their commitment to the North Andover community. The events emcee is Dan Roche, award-winning sports anchor and reporter for WBZ-TV News.

The festivities will feature dinner, entertainment, silent & live auctions and a cash bar. Tickets are $50 and can be ordered by contacting Sylvie Foulds at sylf19@comcast.net. Checks can be mailed to NAMA at PO Box 62, No. Andover, MA 01845. For more information about the event or to make a donation to the Silent/Live auctions; please contact scholarship committee member; Pat Roche at: patroche376@gmail.com or Linda Pedi at: linda@edpediphoto.com.

Mini clinics & senior center clinics set

in Andover

The town of Andover Health Department hosts mini clinics and Andover Senior Center clinics each month.

The remaining schedule for January includes a mini clinic on Monday, Jan. 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Frye Circle.

The final senior center clinic of the month will be on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

In February, mini clinics will be held on Monday, Feb. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Andover Commons, and Monday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Frye Circle.

Clinics at the Andover Senior Center, now being called the Center at Punchard, are planned for Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. each day. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, email dpaul@andoverma.gov or call 978-623-8295.

Holocaust survivor talk in Andover

ANDOVER — Holocaust survivor Leo Ullman will speak Friday Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium at Phillips Academy. His presentation will be based on his recently published book, “From a hidden child in occupied Amsterdam to a “Preppy” at Andover — surviving the Holocaust.” The event, which takes place on National Holocaust Remembrance Day, is free and open to the public.

Grant Resource Center at NECC offers workshops

LAWRENCE — Non-profits eager to break into the grant writing arena can send participants to a series of three workshops, hosted by the Grant Resource Center at Northern Essex Community College.

The workshops will be held at Northern Essex Community College’s Riverwalk campus at 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Entry K in Lawrence over the months of March and April.

The first class, “Introduction to Grants Research,” will be held on Wednesday, March 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. This workshop introduces participants to the world of philanthropy. It will cover grants research and how to approach foundations. In addition, participants will learn how to tell an organization’s story for best effect. There will be discussion of several databases that are critical to finding the right grant maker for an organization.

The second class, “Introduction to Grant Writing for Beginners,” will be held Wednesday, April 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will learn how to create a winning grant proposal. Different types of grant proposals will be examined including the typical components of a proposal and the steps in the process.

The third and final class, “Introduction to Grant Writing II for Beginners,” will be offered Wednesday, April 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. This is for individuals who have completed the second workshop or those who already have some experience in grant writing, but would like to take it to the next level.

During this two-hour workshop individuals will learn how to plan a grant for maximum funding success; the secret language used by successful grant writers; how to think like a reviewer; simple ways to package a grant for maximum effect; grant writing do’s and don’ts based upon well written sample grants. The workshop will provide time for interaction with concrete examples and lively discussion.

Seats in these courses fill up quickly so those interested are encouraged to register early. The cost for each workshop is $30.

NECC’s Grant Resource Center offers free access to The Foundation Directory Online for Professionals at the library in the Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin Street, Lawrence.