The League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover has rescheduled its workshop, Running for Office, to Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library in Andover, third floor.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Green Business Idea contest begins

Haverhill's Brightside is launching a new Green Business Idea contest for students in grades six to 12.

Participants will compete by submitting green business ideas that can benefit society. Through an innovative online forum, dozens of mentors from industry and the local business community will provide feedback to students to help grow and refine their ideas. Participants can enter online at Entry deadline is Feb. 11. The top two students/projects in each grade level will present their work at the second annual Haverhill Goes Green environmental fair for prizes/scholarships in front of a panel of judges. This year's Haverhill Goes Green event is April 17, rain or shine, from noon to 5 p.m. on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College.

Each contest applicant must be a registered student at a Haverhill public or private school, including Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School and Essex Agricultural and Technical High School. More information is available from John Michitson at or Julie DeRoche at

Chef returns to the NECC kitchen

Joe Maglio, personal chef and owner of It's About Thyme, a catering business, is back in the kitchen and has cooked up a few new noncredit personal enrichment classes at Northern Essex Community College.

Maglio — who has more than 20 years of experience working at Caesar's Palace, Andres, and Williams Sonoma — teaches five courses, two of which are new. All courses are three weeks long and meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tenney School in Methuen.

Everything Chicken Part Two, offered Thursdays from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10 and Tuesdays from April 26 to May 10, teaches the skills needed to debone a whole chicken and then create such dishes as Coq Au Vin, chicken piccata and Thai peanut chicken stir fry. Soups and Stews, offered Tuesdays from Jan. 25 to Feb. 8 and Thursdays from March 3 to March 17, looks at how to create comfort meals like Italian giambotta, homemade chicken pot pie, clam chowder, minestrone, carrot ginger and escarole soups.

Other classes include Comfort Meals, Thursdays from March 31 to April 14; Italian Feast, Tuesdays from March 29 to April 12 and Thursdays from April 28 to May 12; and Seafood Delights, Thursdays, May 19 to June 2, and Tuesdays, May 31 to June 14. A complete list of noncredit courses is available at or call 978-659-1200.

Thrift shop needs for men's winter coats

Ruth's House, a nonprofit, non-denominational thrift store at 111 Lafayette Square, needs men's winter coats and jeans in all sizes. It is also accepting donations of children's clothing, including tops and jeans, sizes four to 18. The shop also accepts donations for the Sacred Hearts food pantry. All items donated to Ruth's House are distributed to needy children and adults who are referred by social service agencies throughout the Merrimack Valley.

All donations are tax-deductible, and donors will be issued receipts for their gifts. Donations may be dropped off on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

More information is available by calling 978-521-5575.

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