North Andover Girl Scout troop visits the Statehouse

COURTESY PHOTO   State Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, recently hosted a group of North Andover Girl Scouts for a visit to the Massachusetts Statehouse. 

BOSTON — A troop of North Andover Girl Scouts made the trip to the Statehouse recently to learn more about the legislative process.

State Rep. Diana DiZoglio hosted the troop as part of her civic education initiative. They toured the center of Massachusetts government, including the House Chamber, where the visitors sat in the seats of legislators while DiZoglio explained the legislative process.

The troop members then engaged in a debate over a piece of legislation, moderated by DiZoglio.

“My favorite part of the day was pretending to be a state representative and debating and voting on an issue,” said Girl Scout Callista Giles.

Troop leader Bonnie Miller said the scouts “got to experience what legislative debate is all about,” and learned how to “respectfully disagree.”

 “This is our next generation of leaders, so it is important that we encourage them to be actively involved in the democratic process early on," DiZoglio said, calling the debate “respectful and thoughtful” and also “plenty of fun.”

Support the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day parade

LAWRENCE — The annual fundraiser for the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day parade will be held from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Relief's In, 1 Market St. Lawrence.

This event is free and hosted by the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. It will include live music, a performance by Irish step dancers and raffles. Proceeds go toward supporting this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The parade will be held March 10.

Senior center plans Valentine's dance

METHUEN — Presentation of Mary Academy students are sponsoring a Valentine's Day Dance at the Methuen Senior Activity Center.

Enjoy dancing and refreshments from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at the senior center, 77 Lowell St., Methuen.

This event is free; all are welcome.

Chamber hosts networking mixer

LAWRENCE — Join the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce for a business networking mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, 224 Winthrop Ave. (Route 114) in Lawrence, and will feature complimentary appetizers and beverages along with business card drawings for door prizes.

The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.merrimackvalleychamber.com.

Andover artist featured in Boston gallery

BOSTON — An Andover man is among 22 new members of the Copley Society of Art being featured in its “New Members Show” now through Feb. 22.

The Copley Society of Art is America's oldest nonprofit arts organization, committed to the advancement, enjoyment and promotion of its member artists and the visual arts.

The artists, accepted into the gallery in 2017, represent a great range of backgrounds and genres including multimedia, photograph and sculpture, according to the organization.

David Drinon of Andover is among the new artists, who hail from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, to as far away as Virginia and Florida. He is an en plein air and studio painter, and has two paintings on view at the exhibit.

View Drinon's work and others' at the gallery, 158 Newbury St., Boston.

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