---- — METHUEN — Detective John Delano has been selected as the 2013 Police Officer of the Year award by the Methuen Exchange Club.
In selecting him for the honor the Exchange Club cited his work in helping with capture of the suspected “Merrimack Valley Bandit” wanted for a string of bank robberies and for his work that led to the arrest and conviction of a serial rapist.
Anyone interested in attending the Methuen Exchange Club’s Celebration and Award Ceremony, it is Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Merrimack Golf Course 210 Howe St., Methuen. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by contacting Linda Buell (978) 618-1828.
Free program at NECC for non-native English speakers
LAWRENCE — Advanced non-native English speakers who are looking to raise their reading and writing skills to the college-level are invited to attend the Career Pathways Bridge Program Information Session on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The information session will be held at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Entry K, Room 310. This program is offered by Northern Essex Community College and it will begin this winter.
In this free, two-semester program, students will explore business and technology careers; improve their English reading and writing skills; learn business communication, computer applications, and workplace skills; and earn six college credits. This program is open to advanced English speakers with a high school diploma, G.E.D., or college degree from another country. Admission to this program is based on a placement test.
At the Nov. 14 information session, individuals will meet with an advising team to identify goals, receive support with the process, and create a personalized plan for college. For more information contact Sheila Corsaro at email@example.com.
Holiday Faire in Andover Saturday
ANDOVER — Creative Living Inc. holds its ninth annual Holiday Faire featuring one-of-a kind pieces by area artisans on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St. Santa will be available for pictures from 1 to 3 p.m., so bring your camera.
Admission is free; luncheon tickets are available by reservation only. All proceeds benefit Creative Living. For more information, call 978-470-3165 or visit www.creativelivingandover.org.
Barbershop Chorus to hold bookfair fundraiser
Get a jump on your holiday shopping with the Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus, which will hold a Bookfair Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 210 Andover St., behind the Northshore Mall in Peabody. The Northshoremen chorus and two of its quartets will perform from 3-5 p.m.
To support the Northshoremen, please visit our website at www.harmonize.com/northshoremen and download the Barnes and Noble voucher. Just show that voucher at the register, and the chorus will receive a portion of the proceeds from your purchase made at any Barnes and Noble any time that day.
If you can’t make it to a Barnes and Noble Bookstore that day, you may still support the Northshoremen. Just visit bn.com/bookfairs to support us online from November 16 – 21 by entering Bookfair ID # 11121902 at checkout.
‘Navidad Birds’ and more at Andover Bookstore
ANDOVER — Anne Broyles and Jane Sutton, the creators behind “Arturo and the Navidad Birds” and “Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster,” share their stories in a children’s program on Saturday, Nov. 9, at noon at Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St., downtown Andover.
Admission is free. For more, call the bookstore at 978-475-0143 or visit www.hugobookstore.com.