---- — PLAISTOW— The Recreation Department is hosting several trips in the upcoming weeks. On March 20, they will be taking a trip to Mason to visit the Parker Maple House for an educational tour. Tickets are $10 for residents, $15 for non-residents.
The bus will leave the park-and-ride lot on Westville Road at 9:30 a.m. and returning to Plaistow at approximately 3:45 p.m. The deadline for registration is March 13.
On April 5, the group will travel to the Made in NH Expo. Tickets are $12 for residents, $17 for nonresidents. The bus will leave the park-and-ride lot at 10:30 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. The deadline for registration is March 15.
On April 25, the group is traveling to Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. The bus will leave the park-and-ride lot at 7 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for residents, $20 for nonresidents.
Get your pets vaccinated
ATKINSON — The Atkinson Firefighters’ Association will host a rabies clinic Sunday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the station, 1 Academy Ave.
The cost is $13 per animal.
Atkinson residents can register their pets at the same time.
The snow date is March 24.
Transportation forum slated for March 6
A forum on transportation will be held March 6, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Merrimack College.
Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation and CEO Richard Davey and Sen. Thomas McGee, D-Lynn, chairman of the Massachusetts Senate Transportation Committee, will present “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan,” the recently released roadmap to keep Massachusetts competitive in the future. The forum will be held in the Murray Lounge on the second floor of the college’s Sakowich Campus Center, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.
The Merrimack Valley Transportation Management Association, the Junction Transportation Management Organization and the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce invite the public to participate. Your feedback will be heard by the legislature as they deliberate and develop solutions to fund the state’s transportation infrastructure to support and enhance economic development now and in the future. This event is co-sponsored by TEC Inc/Kodiak Construction & Bayside Engineering Firm. Register for this event online at MerrimackValleyTMA.com.
Harvard educatorto discuss sleep
HAVERHILL — Harvard University faculty member Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein will present a lecture titled “What Everyone Should Know About Sleep” on Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall A of the Spurk Building on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.
This event is free. Epstein, who teaches at Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine, is program director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program, Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
Sponsored by the NECC Health and Sciences & Counseling Services, this talk will be a highlight of the college’s annual Health and Wellness Fair. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be tables and displays exploring issues such as gum disease, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, SIDS, sleep deprivation, asthma, smoking cessation, secondhand smoke, hypertension/blood pressure screening, healthy eating, fractures and diseases of the bone, STD Information, mental health counseling information and sleep assessment.
More information is available by calling 978-738-7888. Northern Essex offers two dozen associate degree and certificate health care programs including a Sleep Technologist Certificate. For more information on NECC’s health programs visit www.necc.mass.edu.
District Parent Council to meet
HAVERHLL — The District Parent Council will meet Wednesday from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. in the School Department’s Central Office, Room 104 in City Hall, 4 Summer St.
Parents and concerned citizens are invited to learn about the district’s education issues. Coffee will be served. The agenda includes an update from the superintendent, a PTO forum and the Write Away!! Contest.
More information is available from Trisha Manjounes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-914-4707. Visit online at www.haverhilldpc.org.
Irish heritage month in full swing
LAWRENCE — The local Hibernians have a full month of activities planned to celebrate all things Irish, before and after St. Patrick’s Day.
Here’s a list of some upcoming activities:
Showcase of Irish books, CDs and DVD’s: Begins Wednesday at the Lawrence Public Library, South Lawrence Branch, 135 Parker St. Lasts all month, open Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by Division 8 AOH and LAOH and the Irish Foundation.
White Fund Lecture – Michael Patrick MacDonald: March 10 at Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson St., Lawrence. Will speak about his book “All Souls” at 2:00 p.m. Free.
Family Day at the Claddagh: March 10 at Claddagh Pub and Restaurant, 399 Canal St., Lawrence. Irish music, pipers, dancers from 3 to 6 p.m. For further information call 978-688-8337.
Irish Film Festival: March 16 at Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson St., Lawrence. Free event begins at 10 a.m. Sponsored by Division 8 AOH. For further information please call 978-794-1655.
Free Lecture: March 23 at Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson St., Lawrence. Paula de Fougerolles will speak about her books, “Prophet” and “The Chronicles of Iona” at 2 p.m.
Ireland in Song – Celtic Melodies for Voice and Piano: March 24 at the Lawrence Public Library, Sargent Auditorium, 51 Lawrence St., Lawrence. Terri and George Kelley perform a free tribute to the late, great fiddle virtuoso Larry Reynolds at 2 p.m. Presented by the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library.
For information on cancellation of events, please contact the cancellation line at 603-893-5802.