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November 24, 2013

Derry Masons start tree sales Saturday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — DERRY — St. Mark’s Lodge 44 starts its holiday tree sales Saturday at 58 E. Broadway. Christmas wreaths will be available for sale to benefit the Rockingham Chapter 3 Order of Eastern Star.

The sale of farm-grown Vermont and New Hampshire Christmas trees has been a tradition at the Masonic Temple for more than 25 years. The sale allows St. Mark’s to make donations to several local charities each year.

Fresh-cut trees will be available for a donation of $30 and up. Sizes range from table-top trees to those to fit a great room with a cathedral ceiling.

TD Charitable Foundation gives $5,000 to CCHS

LAWRENCE — The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, recently awarded a grant of $5,000 to Central Catholic High School as part of the bank’s commitment to the local community.

In its 78 years, Central Catholic has offered a first-rate college preparatory education to more than 14,000 students and alumni from the towns and cities of the Merrimack Valley. The funds from the TD Charitable Foundation will support tuition assistance to students from low and middle income families.

“We are happy to support Central Catholic in their efforts to enable young students the opportunity for a good education,” said Dan Griggs, Market President, TD Bank. We believe the chance to enrich the lives of young people through education is both a privilege and a responsibility, and ultimately a benefit to our communities.”

“Central Catholic is both proud and grateful to have TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank partner with Central Catholic in ensuring that the neediest students in the local community have the opportunity to attend and succeed at CCHS,” said David DeFillippo, CCHS Director of Community Relations.

Atkinson lightsits tree Dec. 1

ATKINSON — The Atkinson tree lighting will be held on Sunday at Dow Common.

Santa will be arriving at 5 p.m. to light the tree. The Atkinson Academy choir group will lead the community in Christmas carols.

Activities will include cookie decoration and holiday crafts. Holiday letters to Santa will be read on Atkinson cable television.

The town is collecting canned and nonperishable food to donate to local food pantries, and the Lions Club is collecting hats and mittens.

Call Noriko Yoshida-Travers at 362-5531 for more information.

The tree lights upin Plaistow

PLAISTOW — Plaistow recreation is holding its annual tree lighting on Sunday at 5 p.m. on the Town Green

Hot cocoa will be available while Mrs. Claus reads in the Great Hall, which will be followed by Christmas carols before Santa lights the tree.

Holiday Tree and Feast held at MSPCA

METHUEN — MSPCA at Nevins Farm will host its signature holiday event, Holiday Tree and Christmas Feast for the Horses on Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Join in the festivities, enjoy light refreshments and holiday music, peruse our raffle table and tour our adoption center and barn.

Children can bring carrots, apples and peppermints to help fill the horses’ stockings and the family can gather together on our lawn to watch our beautiful holiday tree, decorated in ornaments honoring donor’s pets, come to light. A very jolly guest will also make an appearance, led by some of our adoptable horses!

Guests are invited to bring their own cameras and complete the evening with a picture with Santa. Dog friendly dogs are welcome to attend this magical event, too!

Nevins Farm is located at 400 Broadway in Methuen. Questions? Please call Julia Pesek at 978-687-7453 x 6161 or at Jpesek@mspca.org

Volunteers to ring bells for Salvation Army in Haverhill

HAVERHILL — This year’s Salvation Army Bell Ringing for the Haverhill Kiwanis and Pentucket Kiwanis Club’s Saturdays will be Nov. 28 and Dec. 21.

Volunteers will ring from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all three Market Basket locations in Haverhill.

Christmas Concert planned in Haverhill

HAVERHILL — The Hyssongs, a family that performs gospel music, will present a night filled with Christmas songs Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 217 Main St.

A collection will be taken to help disadvantaged teenagers in Greater Haverhill.

For more information, call Steve Case at 603-659-2034 or email scase@theasgm.org.

Festival of Trees gala opening Nov. 29

HAVERHILL — An opening night gala for the 12th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees” will be Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission to the event is $20 per person and includes buffet food from local restaurants. The evening will include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a performance by the Haverhill High School Chorus.

The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is at 240 Water St.

The festival runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15 and will showcase holiday trees, wreaths and centerpieces and activities for all ages. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. All donated trees, wreaths and other decorative items will be raffled off on the last day of the event to benefit the museum.

The festival will feature art demonstrations and an art class, holiday gift wrapping, a children’s scavenger hunt, senior day, family day, a stroll with hot apple cider, Victorian tea, a visit by Santa along with Minnie and Mickey,. and other activities. More information is available by calling 978-374-4626 or email FOT@haverhillhistory.org. Visit www.haverhillhistory.org for a schedule of events.