METHUEN — The Methuen Memorial Music Hall will present “Peter and the Wolf” on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to attend this free, bilingual event. Organist Joyce Painter Rice will play the music from “Peter and the Wolf,” composed as an orchestral score by Sergei Prokofiev. Kathy Moran-Wallace and Gladys Linares Medina, staff members at Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen, will read the accompanying story in both English and Spanish respectively. The many colorful sounds on the Music Hall’s Great Organ are ideal for imitating the characters and instruments in this famous musical story.
Moran-Wallace is head of children’s services at the library. Beverly Winn and Phyllis Lungo, also staff members at the Nevins library, assisted with arrangements for this event. Rice, Winn and Lungo all are trustees at the Music Hall. The Methuen Memorial Music Hall is located at 192 Broadway (Route 28), Methuen. Free off-street parking is available. The building is handicap accessible, but please use the rear entrance. More information about the Music Hall is available at mmmh.org.
‘Women Speak Out for Social Justice’ forum on Saturday
LAWRENCE — The Essex County Commission on the Status of Women is holding a public forum: “Raising Our Voices: Women Speak Out for Social Justice” to be held on Saturday Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Senior Center 155 Haverhill St.
The forum is a collaboration with the YWCA’s of Greater Lawrence and Newburyport, the American Association of University Women and Northern Essex Community College. The event will bring together community leaders and agency representatives to help raise awareness regarding social issues facing women, especially Latinas in Essex County.
“Women need to raise their voices and become advocates for themselves. Self sufficiency starts with becoming aware of and speaking up on issues of pay equity, immigration, voting rights,” said Linda Anderson-Mercier of the commission. “We strive to empower women in Essex County by offering opportunities to advocate for themselves and take action on issues.”
Panelists will discuss pay equity, prospects for legislative change and breaking through to self sufficiency in two 45-minute panel presentations, including Q&A opportunities.
Attorney Marisa DeFranco, a civil and human rights activist will give the Keynote Address. State Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, will participate in the pay equity panel.
Information booths will include voter registration and information from local supporting human services, employment, and education providers.
Please RSVP and address any questions to ECCSWomen@gmail.com
Annual River Day is Saturday
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will be hosting her Seventh Annual River Day this Saturday, Sept. 21, in celebration of the rivers that connect the Third Congressional District.
The day will begin at 9:15 a.m. in Lawrence with a boat ride on the Merrimack River to Pine Island where the Tsongas will meet with the Merrimack River Watershed Council, the Lawrence Community Boating Program and the Clean River Project to discuss programs designed for youth and the community.
She will then head to Hudson to participate in a river clean-up day hosted by OARS.
The final stop of the day will be in Fitchburg at Montachusett Regional Technical High School’s river ramp, where the congresswoman will meet with Ken Pearson and his environmental science class. Pearson was named the Massachusetts Audubon’s Teacher of the Year and he and his students will discuss the work they do to study and protect the river.