NORTH ANDOVER — A new rental assistance program is now available for North Andover residents, thanks to a partnership with the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.

The program is aimed to helping low- and modest-income residents who currently live or work in North Andover, or who have children in the school system, who are struggling to afford housing.

GLCAC will pay first and last month's rent and the security deposit, or pay a portion of monthly rent for one year for eligible participants. The program is funded through a federal HOME Program grant to North Andover. 

For more information, contact GLCAC at 978-681-4900.

8th annual Alzheimer's benefit features bluegrass band

CHELMSFORD — Andover native Michelle Canning will bring her bluegrass band home for the annual 'A Night on the Edge' benefit concert for Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

The cause hits home for Canning as her grandfather, Ken Canning Sr., had Alzheimer’s disease and died at the age of 82 from the illness. The song she co-wrote in his honor, “It’ll Take Him Away,” has become a hallmark of each year’s event.

People attending the benefit are invited to share photos of their loved ones who are living with or have died from Alzheimer’s. Those photos are then displayed on a screen behind the stage during the performance of the song.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and younger. The event will take place at 7 p.m., March 23, at Chelmsford Elks Hall located at 300 Littleton Road.

For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit

Elks Lodge holding Fish Fry Fridays

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence Elks Lodge is holding a Lenten Fish Fry every Friday in Lent.

The menu includes baked or fried haddock, baked potato or french fries, cole slaw, bread roll and butter. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays and will be held at Lodge 65 at 652 Andover St., Lawrence.

The lunch costs $11, and an additional $4 for chowder. Takeout is available. For more information call 978-687-7274.

First time homebuyer training offered

HAVERHILL — Community Action Inc. will offer first-time homebuyer education classes for area residents beginning March 26.

The classes will provide information from housing professionals including bank lenders, real estate brokers, housing attorneys, insurance agents, home inspectors and credit counselors. Participants will receive information about mortgage pre-qualification, foreclosure sales, affordable housing lotteries, and downpayment assistance programs.

A Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative approved certificate is awarded after completion of the three-night course. The program also is approved by MassHousing.

The class takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, Thursday, March 28, and Tuesday, April 2, in the Presidential Gardens Community Room at 140 Evergreen Drive, Bradford.

The cost is $60 per household. For more information, contact Richard Lynch at 978-373-1971, or Susan Collins at 978-317-8998.

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