EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 29, 2012

Methuen illustrator named Artist of the Month

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni named Helena Bebirian as Methuen’s Artist of the Month for November.

Bebirian is an American born, first-generation Armenian and she believes that her interest in multiple cultures shows in her work. Bebirian focuses on bright, whimsical colors in her book illustrations to help bring the author’s words to life. Her illustrations can be seen in books including, Good Night God, Love Olivia and Lilly the Littlest Cricket.

Bebirian hopes to connect with the children through her work and encourage them to continue into the arts.

“Helena is a great example of the important role art can play in the community,” said Zanni. “She is clearly passionate about her work and the influence it can have on younger generations. I know people of all ages will enjoy the work Helena has chosen to share when they come by my office.”

The Artist of the Month Program was started six years ago to give members of Methuen’s art community a forum to display their work and to encourage participation in the city’s growing creative economy. Artists interested in being considered for Artist of the Month should contact Juliette Cormier at 978-983-8505.

Twelve Shopping Days of Christmas

HAVERHILL - The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Trinity EMS, is hosting a holiday promotional shopping event called the Twelve Shopping Days of Christmas, beginning Monday to promote their membership and encourage local shopping this holiday season.

During December, the Chamber will host 12 shopping nights at 12 businesses, including Nunans Florist & Greenhouses, Paper Potpourri, Ashley’s Hallmark Shop, Flowers by Steve, Positive Images Gallery, Zorvino Vineyards, New To You Boutique, Reach Fashion, Artist Cafe/Sage Gallery, Le Trouvez, CardSmart, and The Inside View.

Each business will host a different evening, and from 5 to 7 p.m will offer refreshments and incentives to shop. Incentives include raffles, discounts and giveaways. In addition, each shop will provide a promotional coupon valid from Dec. 3 to Dec. 31. To participate, shoppers must stop in to any of these stores to pick up an informational flier. A complete schedule of events is available online at haverhillchamber.com, by calling 978-373-5663 or by emailing beth@haverhillchamber.com.

Learn all about ‘My Grandfather’s Lathe’

HAMPSTEAD — On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Hampstead Public Library will host woodworking artist Stephen Carey as he presents “My Grandfather’s Lathe: Basic Woodworking.”

Carey offers a basic introduction to woodworking including the variety of materials and tools available and ways to learn the craft, along with woodworking resources.

Visit the library in the days before this event to get a preview of Carey’s work in the library’s display cases.

Holiday Stroll set at Greystone Farm

SALEM, N.H. — Greystone Farm, 242 Main St., will hold its annual Holiday Stroll and Silent Auction from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Participants can enjoy refreshments while they stroll and have the opportunity to bid on decorated wreaths, uniquely filled gift baskets and sleighs.

Proceeds benefit the programs for seniors and disabled adults of ServiceLink of Rockingham County.

There is a $5 admission, and it includes a ticket to the grand raffle drawing and time to enjoy our famous chocolate room.

For more information call Tracey Hamlin-Landry at Greystone Farm at (603) 898-5393 or email thlandry@benchmarkquality.com .

Zanni tours Century Box as company plans expansion

METHUEN – Mayor Stephen Zanni toured the existing Century Box facility yesterday, following a groundbreaking earlier this month on an expansion project made possible by local and state incentives.

Zanni toured the facility with company founder Al Kagan.

“It truly was a fascinating experience to see the scope of work performed right here in Methuen,” said Zanni. “It is exciting that Century Box is keeping its operation here in Methuen - and their expanding!” In early November,

Century Box was purchased by Kagan in 1978, and moved to Methuen in the early 1980s. Employing approximately 100 people, Century Box prints and manufactures packaging for a variety of items, including paper products, utensils, toiletries, and food items.

Kagan’s two sons took over the company five years ago.

Century Box plans to double the size of its manufacturing facility off Route 28 near the Lawrence line with a 57,000-square-foot expansion project estimated at $4.5 million that is expected to create 89 new full-time jobs.

Salem tree lights up next week

SALEM — The Salem Lions Club’s annual Christmas tree lighting will be Thursday.

The lighting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Common, located at the corner of Bridge and Main streets.

NECC to host genocide forum

HAVERHILL — Northern Essex Community College’s Contemporary Affairs Club and Amnesty International Chapter will host a panel discussion on comparative genocides on Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

This forum is open to the public and will be held in the E Building, Room 155. The event is co-sponsored by the Armenian Genocide Education Committee of Merrimack Valley, working in conjunction with Facing History and Ourselves, which has been offering programs throughout area high schools and colleges since 2007.

Moderator will be Albert Movsesian, a community activist. He will be joined by Haverhill Gazette columnist Tom Vartabedian, who will speak about the Armenian Genocide.

The forum is a follow-up to a previous classroom discussion on genocide hosted by the club, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Russell, professor of history and government. More information is available from Russell at srussell@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3237.

Council on Aging luncheon is Dec. 6

HAVERHILL — The Oxford will serve a beef stew lunch at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the Citizens Center.

More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.