METHUEN — The Merrimack River Watershed Council will kick off its new Merrimack River lecture series this week.

A Tale of Two Beaches: Salisbury Beach and Plum Island, a slideshow lecture, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen.

With the help of more than 100 vintage photographs, postcards and maps, the lecture will trace the roots of the two beaches from their rustic beginnings in the early 1800s to Salisbury Beach’s heyday in the 1950s. The two beaches were shaped dramatically by Merrimack Valley entrepreneurs, immigrant factory workers, huge fires, damaging hurricanes, cagey land speculators, clever inventors and conservationists.

The lecture is being presented by former Newburyport Daily News editor John Macone, co-author of the book, “Plum Island and Salisbury Beach Memories.”

Admission is free. RSVP to jmaconemrwc@gmail.com. Call 978-655-4742 for more information.

UMass Lowell to hold career fair

LOWELL — UMass Lowell will host its Spring Career Fair from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29.

The job fair is the university’s largest annual event for students preparing to begin their professional careers. It is open only to UMass Lowell students. 

There will be more than 200 businesses, government agencies and nonprofits on campus to recruit more than 1,200 students for jobs, co-ops and internships. Recruiters will talk to students about what they’re looking for in new hires.

The career fair will be held at the Tsongas Center on campus, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Fitness day to be held at YMCA

The Andover/North Andover YMCA has planned a day of fitness challenges to benefit the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

The event will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Andover/North Andover YMCA branch. It will raise funds for LIVESTRONG, a free, 12-week, small-group program for adult cancer survivors, family members and caregivers designed to fulfill the need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing treatment and feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to their “normal life,” according to a press release.

The LIVESTRONG event will feature special fitness classes and events that are both motivational and fun, including a spin class with a live DJ, dance fitness, yoga, boot camp and more. There will also be an indoor triathlon, a team challenge relay competition and a bench press competition. There will be vendors and raffles as well.

All regularly scheduled classes March 31 will be canceled.

Participants will be asked to make a $25 donation. For more information and to register, visit www.mvymca.org/LiveWell or contact Nicole Bennett at 978-685-3541 or nbennett@mvymca.org.

Expert to speak on thyroid cancer

METHUEN — Ear, nose and throat specialist Prerak D. Shah, MD, will discuss updates in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid nodules and cancer during a Meet the Expert seminar April 3 at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

The talk will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the ground-floor auditorium of the hospital, 70 East St., Methuen.

Shah will describe the epidemiology, risk factors and work-ups for thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer, identify American Thyroid Association guideline updates and describe the technical aspects of thyroid surgery.

Shah is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He earned his medical degree at University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, and completed his residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He serves as an associate surgeon at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and as a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Shah is with New England ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery, which has offices in North Andover, Haverhill and Ayer, as well as Salem, New Hampshire.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. One contact hour in nursing will be awarded at the end of the presentation. For more information or to register, call 978-420-1168 or email jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

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