The Santa Night Singers made their annual swing through the Merrimack Valley on Dec. 14.

Held on the second Friday of December for the last 16 years, members of the Greater Lawrence Kiwanis Club, along with a crew from the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program, sang Christmas Carols and passed the Santa Sack at pubs and restaurants in Andover, North Andover, Lawrence and Methuen.

The goal, as always, was to raise money for children in the Valley. But this year was special. Following the Sept. 13 gas fires and explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, the Greater Lawrence Kiwanis Club strove to help affected families by using a portion of the money raised this year to buy toys and donate to area toys drives.

Program offered on women and medicine

DERRY — Etz Hayim Synagogue, 1 1/2 Hood Road, will host the program "Women and Medicine: The Inside Scoop" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Several female doctors from various practices will talk about their experiences in the medical field and answer questions.

Panelists include Dr. Sarah Finne Sandler, dental director at New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Stacie E. Perlman, a surgeon at Concord Hospital specializing obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine; and Dr. Sarit Itenberg, a dermatologist in private practice.

The program is part of Etz Hayim's continuing education series of programs. It is free and open to the public, although donations are appreciated.

For more information, contact Stephen Soreff at soreffs15@aol.com or call 603-895-6120.

Talk on Alzheimer's disease planned

HAVERHILL — Wingate Residences at Haverhill will host a talk on Alzheimer's disease and the latest in prevention research at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Dr. Robert Stern, a professor of neurology, neurosurgery, anatomy and neurobiology, as well as the clinical core director of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, will make a presentation.

Wingate Residences is at 10 Residences Way (GPS: 182 North Ave.)

To register for this talk, call Katy Tavares at 978-912-9250. 

Planning Commission to meet

HAVERHILL — The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the MVPC office, 160 Main St.

The agenda includes updates of the commission’s activities and is available on the MVPC website, http://www.mvpc.org.

Church to hold bean supper

GROVELAND — St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will hold a bean supper from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Parish Hall, 119 Washington St.

The menu will feature baked beans, hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, kid-friendly food, coleslaw and homemade desserts.

The cost is $10 for adults. Children under age 10 eat free. Credit cards are now accepted. For more information about this and other events at St. James Episcopal Church, visit http://www.saintjamesgroveland.org.

Annual Winter Festival at Veasey Park

GROVELAND — Veasey Memorial Park will hold its Annual Winter Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Veasey Park.

The Bagnall School Chorus will perform popular holiday repertoire from 1 to 2 p.m.

From 2 to 3 p.m., MassWildlife biologist Chalis Bird will discuss the eastern coyote, including how to prevent and resolve conflicts between humans and coyotes, coyote biology, behavior, habitat, natural history and folklore.

A question and answer session will follow Bird's presentation.

Admission is free. Games, face painting and refreshments will be offered. Donations welcomed and appreciated. For more information, call 978-521-9345 or send email to FriendsofVeasey@gmail.com.

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