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June 3, 2014

YMCA tries to brighten birthdays

PLAISTOW — The Plaistow Community YMCA on Plaistow Road is joining its sister locations and collecting birthday gifts and supplies to support Birthday Wishes, a local nonprofit organization that brings birthday parties to homeless children all over the region.

Birthday Wishes supports the idea that children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays joyfully, surrounded by family, friends and others who care.

Founded in 2002 as a volunteer organization serving one local shelter, Birthday Wishes has expanded its program to serve more than 185 shelters and transitional living facilities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Long Island, New York.

The Plaistow Community Y, in partnership with six other North Shore YMCA locations, will collect items until June 15. The other locations are all in Massachusetts and include: Beverly, Cape Ann (Gloucester), Haverhill, Ipswich, Marblehead and Salem.

Talented teens sought for showcase

DERRY — The second annual Evening of Thanks and Giving: A Gala (talent showcase) and Auction to benefit homeless children and families served by Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County will take place Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Atkinson Country Club.

They are currently seeking young performers to showcase their talents at this event. Eligible performers should be between the ages of 5 and 18, live in one of the towns that are served by Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County, and be available to perform on the evening of Nov. 7.

Please send a brief (two-minute) audition video to talentsearch@familypromisegrc.org, or to Family Promise Greater Rockingham County, Attn: Talent search committee, 145 Hampstead Road, Derry, 03038.

Submissions should include: name, address, phone number, date of birth, and the name of one legal guardian who is available to attend the event with the performer. Submission deadline is July 30. For more information, or to purchase tickets to our event, visit familypromisegrc.org. Audition videos will be not returned.

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