---- — METHUEN — Former Episcopalian minister, the Rev. Jurgen Liias will speak about the spiritual journey that lead him to become a Roman Catholic priest, Jan. 6 at noon in Duperry Hall, St. Theresa Church, 22 Plymouth St.
Liias was ordained last April by Cardinal Sean O’Malley and is pastor of St. Gregory the Great Church in Beverly Farms.
His presentation is part of the parish’s luncheon speaker series. Free, but donations will be accepted to cover the cost of food.
For reservations, contact Kathy Callagy at 978 685-6908 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 4.
Thrift shop seeks donations
DERRY — The Marion Gerrish Community Center thrift shop needs donations.
Donations are accepted at the center on West Broadway during regular operating hours, Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Yoga class offered at library
HAMPSTEAD — A free chair yoga class will be offered at the Hampstead Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m.
Men and women are invited to try this fun and relaxing activity.
This class is good for stretching, strengthening and improving your health. Maggie Morgan from the Yoga Room in Hampstead will be teaching the class.
For more information, call 329-6411
Boys & Girls Club accepts preschool applications
SALEM, N.H. — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem will be accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 Preschool Program beginning Jan. 9. The programs include part-time nursery, part and full-time pre-K and kindergarten, as well as an extended day option that includes transportation to and from all Salem elementary schools.
Children must meet the following requirements: nursery, children must be 3 years old by Sept. 30 and toilet trained; pre-kindergarten, children must be 4 years old by Sept. 30; kindergarten, children must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. The extended day program is for pre-K and kindergarten only.
A $55 nonrefundable registration fee for each child is due at time of registration. The club accepts state aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
All program registration rates and information are at salembgc.org . The Boys & Girls Club is located at 3 Geremonty Drive, Salem. Call Cynthia McKeon at (603) 898-7709. Ext. 33.
Jewish play group focuses on traditions, customs and holidays
ANDOVER — Congregation Beth Israel hosts a monthly Toddler Play Group to introduce children to Jewish traditions, customs, and holidays and social skills.
The next group will meet Jan. 12 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the synagogue, 501 S. Main St.
A certified instructor leads the program which features games, music, and fun activities. Suggested donation is $10 per session or $50 per year.
To find out more, contact the congregation’s Education Director, Esther Kaufman, at EdDirector@BethIsraelMV.org or call 978-474-0540.
Congregation Beth Israel hosts concert, ice cream party
ANDOVER — A concert for children ages 2 to 8 followed by a make-your-own-sundae party will be held Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 501 S. Main St.
Guest performer is Fran Friedman, a Parents Award winning singer whose songs teach children about acceptance, understanding differences, love, and respect.
Cost is $2 per person. Registration must be made by Jan. 6 by calling Amy Sherr at 978-474-0540 or emailing her at office@BethIsraelMV.org.