---- — ANDOVER — Local retailer Sense of Wonder is hosting its fifth annual Sleepwear Drive to benefit women served by Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence. The downtown Andover shop is collecting new women’s bathrobes, nightgowns and pajamas, and slippers of all sizes to make sure the mothers served by Lazarus House shelters aren’t forgotten at the holidays.
“When we started this tradition, we really had no idea how much of an impact we could make,” Sense of Wonder owner Jean Smith said in a release. “During conversations with Lazarus House staff, we learned that during December particularly, moms staying at Lazarus House shelters focus on insuring that their children have holiday presents. We wanted to make sure that those moms received something nice, too.”
Smith said the drive has been quite successful, with off-site space required in the past to hold all the donations.
Sleepwear donations will be accepted at Sense of Wonder’s Andover shop at 27 Main St. as well as its Reading location through the end of the year. For more information, contact Sense of Wonder at 978-475-5544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist’s work on display in Hampstead
HAMPSTEAD — Hampstead Public Library will host an Artist’s Open House on Monday, Dec. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. with painter John LeCours. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to drop in and meet the artist.
LeCours’ paintings will be on display at Hampstead Public Library through the end of February.
For more information, call the library at (603) 329-6411 or view his website, johnlecoursartist.wordpress.com.
Ward signs autographs in Haverhill on Sunday
HAVERHILL — Haverhill Downtown Boxing Club will hold a grand opening celebration on Sunday featuring a visit at 1 p.m. by boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, who will be signing autographs.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and benefits the nonprofit boxing club, which is run by Ray Hebert and his business partner Derek Couture, a 2008 New England Golden Gloves champion.
Haverhill Downtown Boxing relies on membership fees and donations, and has a dedicated group of volunteers who want to teach the sport to children and adults. The club is at 84 Locust St. If you attend this event, be sure to check out the club’s boxing ring.
Hebert said that Arthur Ramalho, his trainer from the West End Gym in Lowell, donated the ring and the ropes to his club and the ring and ropes were in the movie “The Fighter,” which was based on the life of Micky Ward and his older half-brother, Dicky Eklund.
Historical society receives grant
NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover Historical Society has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Webster Family Fund, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF).
The North Andover Historical Society will use the grant funds to help fund the technology necessary to create multimedia public programming in our newly designated Community Engagement space.
When completed, the Community Engagement space will offer a variety of digital histories to their visitors, based on the Society’s rich archive of local historic photos and primary sources.
The Webster Family Fund was formed in 2005 when the D.K. Webster Family Foundation transferred its assets into a field of interest fund at the Essex County Community Foundation. The Fund supports capital projects at nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Lawrence community.
Salvation Armyneeds donations
HAVERHILL — The Salvation Army in Haverhill is asking for donations of hams to help provide a Christmas eve meal to the homeless, indigent and lonely.
Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 395 Main St. This meal used to be served by Somebody Cares New England, but the organization changed its focus from serving the homeless population to serving low income families.
Marlene Yeo, director of Somebody Cares, said that since her organization moved from Winter Street to the Mount Washington neighborhood, it now provides groceries to low income families so they can make their own Christmas meals.
Somebody Cares will distribute groceries to 200 families on Dec. 19. Families who previously registered with the Somebody Cares Food Pantry will be receiving Christmas presents for their children on Dec. 21. More information about donating hams to The Salvation Army is available by calling 978-374-7571.
Seniors, sign upfor yoga classes
LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry Senior Center and Greater Londonderry YMCA host yoga classes for the senior community.
Barbara Scott and Lisa Kress will lead the eight-week series of affordable classes designed especially for those 55 and older. Classes will focus on flexibility and strength as well as helping maintain well being. Sign up for Tuesday or Thursday classes or both. New sessions begin the week of Dec. 31 and are held from 9 to 10 a.m. at the YMCA, 106 Rockingham Road.
Call 437-9622 for information or to register.
Spring semester starts Jan. 22 at NECC
HAVERHILL — The spring semester at Northern Essex Community College begins Wednesday, Jan. 22, and it’s not too late to register for courses that will lead toward a degree or a certificate.
Northern Essex offers over 70 associate degrees and certificates. Classes and programs are offered days, evenings, weekend, and online.
Campuses are in Haverhill and Lawrence. Walk-in hours for interested students are available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m. in Haverhill (Behrakis One-Stop Student Services Center, 100 Elliott St.) or Lawrence (Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin St.)
For more information, contact enrollment services at 978-556-3700 or email@example.com. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu.
Lancers, Monarchs team up against cancer
LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry Lancers and Manchester Monarchs are teaming up to help fight breast cancer.
Purchase “Pink in the Rink” night tickets for the Monarchs game Feb. 8 and support the cause. Tickets are available for Silver and Gold seats at $20 and $25, respectively.
Call (603) 626-7825 for information and tickets.