NORTH ANDOVER — Students in the Life Skills program at North Andover Middle School are teaming up with the MSPCA at Nevins Farm to sponsor a donation drive for the shelter. 

MSPCA at Nevins Farm is an open admissions, non-profit organization located in Methuen. Each year, thousands of animals arrive at Nevins Farm for shelter and medical care. They are the only shelter in the area that offers barn animal surrender and adoptions as well as hosting domestic animals.

The MSPCA not only cares for animals, it offers educational programs for children and adults. Mrs. DeLisle’s students have had the opportunity to attend a program led by Jennifer Taris, a volunteer at the MSPCA. This summer, NAMS students who attend Adventures in Science  sponsored through North Andover Community Programs, will also have an opportunity to attend a program at MSPCA at Nevins Farm.

The donation drive is the students’ way of giving back. To accomplish their goal, members of the NAMS Student Leadership program are teaming up with Mrs. DeLisle’s students to offer free coffee to all teachers at the weekly Hallway Cafe. All proceeds will be donated to MSPCA at Nevins Farm. The students have also placed collection boxes in each homeroom so all students will have an opportunity to participate in the donation drive.

As a non-profit organization, the MSPCA resources are limited when it comes to care for expensive and time consuming medical cases.The following funds have been developed by the MSPCA to meet the needs of the many animals who need help; Angels for Animals Fund and Ashton’s Hope Fund

An evening with spirit at Winnekenni Castle

HAVERHILL — Winnekenni Castle will host a mediumship demonstration with gallery readings at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. Area psychics Gretchen Meisner, Judith Anne and Annalise Hajer will bring through evidential messages from your loved ones in spirit.

Advanced tickets are $35 at and are also available at the door, cash only. A portion of the proceeds benefit the nonprofit Winnekenni Foundation. Visit online at

Exchange to host restaurant event on Thursday

HAVERHILL — The Exchange Club of Haverhill will hold a restaurant hopping event titled "Food, Fun and Flare from Around the World" from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.

Participants who purchase a passport will be granted a tasting at each of the 13 participating restaurants. Passports will be stamped as guests complete their tastings, and guests may enter the grand prize after visiting all 13 restaurants. The grand prize includes a return visit to each of the restaurants.

Enjoy ethnically-themed small plates from different areas of the world offered by G's, Mark’s Deli, Keon’s 105 Bistro, Battlegrounds Coffee Co., The Lasting Room, Wang’s Table, Hans Garden, La Pizza Di Forno, Olivia’s, Butch’s Uptown, Maria’s Family Restaurant, The Peddler’s Daughter and Casa Blanca.

Proceeds benefit Haverhill’s local Boys & Girls Club, YMCA and YWCA, in addition to Exchange charities.

Passports are $35 per adult and $10 for children 12 years old and younger. Participants who purchase passports in advance at will begin the tour at Butch’s Uptown. Participants who purchase their passports on the night of the event will begin at La Pizza Di Forno. The final destination is The Lasting Room.

For more information, contact Thea Tsagaris at or Pat Driscoll at

Bach to Broadway benefit concert is Saturday

HAVERHILL — Bach to Broadway, a concert of classical and musical theater vocal selections performed live to benefit Creative Haverhill’s capital campaign to Reinvent Cogswell will be held Saturday, June 15, at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St.

The concert will feature classical vocal selections and songs from the musical theater catalogs. Eight professional musicians from the Haverhill area will perform songs including, "Till There Was You," written by Meredith Willson for his musical play "The Music Man" (1957), "Almost Real" from the "Bridges of Madison County," the classic Italian aria "O Mio Babbino Caro" (O my beloved papa) from the opera Gianni Schicchi (1918) by Giacomo Puccini to a libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, and other musical selections.

Featured performers include Aliana de la Guardia, Susan Consoli, Lauren Sprague, Sara Sturdivant, Heather Butler, Risa Annicchiario, Jennifer Onello, and 13-year-old Jonathan Uber. Enjoy light refreshments and an intimate silent auction from 6 to 7 p.m. Musical performances are from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets, $40 per person or $75 for a pair can be purchased at Enter "Bach to Broadway" and "Haverhill."

Aids Memorial Quilt on display at Phoenix Rising

LAWRENCE — Phoenix Rising UCC is hosting an exhibit of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, presented by the NAMES Project Foundation, now through June 20.

The quilt can be seen from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at Phoenix Rising, Bldg. 1, Door C, third floor, at 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence. The public is invited and admission is free. The quilt is also available by appointment.

On Saturday, June 15, Phoenix Rising will hold a community trivia fundraiser presented by Stump Trivia that will include a drag show by Amanda Playwith as Pink, a cash bar food, silent auction and cash prizes. A NAMES project naming ceremony is June 30.

For more information, call 978-891-5799 or email

Salem student heads to Coast Guard Academy

SALEM, N.H. — Benjamin Morris, a recent graduate of Central Catholic High School, is set to attend the Coast Guard Academy this fall. Morris, a Salem native, will be sworn into the guard on July 1, and he plans to study mechanical engineering at school. He is following other family members into service. His brother Adam is currently enrolled at the Air Force Academy.

Police host blood drive

DERRY — Derry police host an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, June 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Calvary Bible Church, 145 Hampstead Road. All blood types are needed. There will be pizza from Blue House, Papa Gino's and Domino's, Dunkin' Donuts coffee, Clam Haven ice cream and Lindt chocolates. All presenting donors will receive a police/American Red Cross shirt. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS.