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					                                                 March 4, 2009

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                        ARTS, CULTURE, NATURE, RECREATION

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY NEWS


        I-93 Tri-Town Interchange Project - Scoping Meeting Thursday, March 19; Open House:
5:00-6:00 p.m., Presentation and Discussion: 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Tewksbury Town Hall, 1009 Main
Street, Tewksbury.
   MassHighway and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development are joint
   proponents for the I-93 Tri-Town Interchange Project, which will add a new interchange between
   Exits 41 and 42 and add a lane between Exit 41 and Interstate 495. The project will reduce
   congestion, improve safety, support the goals of Andover, Tewksbury and Wilmington for
   sustainable development, minimize environmental impacts and support the vision of an expanded
   high technology corridor; info: John Fallon, MassHighway, 617-973-7408, john.fallon@state.ma.us



          Andover-based Sunmotor Group is producing an NEV -- "neighborhood electric vehicle" – that
could reshape the auto industry. Read The Lowell Sun story by Rita Savard: FOSSIL FUEL? SO
YESTERDAY: Andover's Sunmotor wants to charge up drivers.




        The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute has released the
annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy. The Index, published annually since 1997, is the
premier fact-based benchmark for measuring the performance of the Massachusetts innovation economy,
compared against nine other leading technology states.



           A highway project designed to promote business and job growth in the Westford Technology Park will receive
$6.2 million in federal stimulus funds. The Westford Tech Park still has 750,000 square feet to be developed that will
generate up to 3,000 new jobs. Read The Lowell Sun story by Matt Murphy: Stimulus paves way for Rte. 110 project



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                  ValleyWorks Career Center:
Tuesday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: March Madness Job Fair, Technology Center, Northern Essex
Community College, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill.




        "Valuing Green Buildings," a research paper by Constantine A. Valhouli, Principal of The Hammersmith Group in
Bradford for Urban Land Institute, has been cited in Deloitte & Touche's recent publication, "The Sustainable Enterprise
Report: Turning awareness into action." Mr. Valhouli is a member of the MVEDC’s Board of Directors.


               Raytheon Co. has won a $9.2 million contract from the U.S. Army for Patriot missile system
upgrades. Work will be performed at Raytheon’s Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover.



                    The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council released a study on the robotics
industry in Massachusetts, finding that 2,500 residents are employed in robotics, and the industry is poised to
add new jobs. UMass Lowell is one of ten universities in Massachusetts with robotics research laboratories.
Read the Mass High Tech story: MassTLC report: Robotics growing in Mass.



                      The Mass. High Technology Council has released its 2008 “MassTrack” rankings, which
measure the support of state and local officials for the technology economy. Five Merrimack Valley
communities ranked in the top 20% of communities statewide: Chelmsford (19); Salisbury (49); Merrimac (54);
Newburyport 55; North Andover (64)




                Thursday, March 19, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Ready to Succeed: A Regional Initiative to
Cultivate Education and Career Options for Youth; Sakowich Campus Center, Merrimack College, North
Andover; sponsored by the Executive Offices of Labor and Workforce Development, Health and Human
Services, and Education; Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Commonwealth Corporation,
and America’s Promise Alliance in partnership with the Merrimack Valley, Greater Lowell and North Shore
Workforce Investment Boards; Register online.

                                    HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS


Middlesex Community College news and events:
   Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, will be the guest speaker at MCC’s annual celebrity forum in June.
   Read The Lowell Sun column by Kendall Wallace: Another coup for MCC with Duchess of York
   Saturday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. to noon: MCC Summer Camps Registration and Open House; Bedford
   Campus Center, 591 Springs Road.
   MCC has joined a partnership with UMass Amherst, the “Commonwealth Alliance for Information
   Technology Education” - designed to bring more women and under-represented minorities into information
   technology (IT) careers in Massachusetts.

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   MCC’s Center for Careers in Teaching is a clearinghouse for the most recent teacher-preparation
   information and resources. MCC offers an Elementary Education Transfer associate degree program, as
   well as associate degree and certificate programs in Early Childhood Education. Press release.
   MCC’s English Learner Institute (ELI) offers a variety of noncredit courses focusing on developing basic
   English and other skills essential to American culture.
   Criminal Justice Associate Degree – now available online.
   Energy Utility Technology - certificate program
   Business and Industry Programs
   Online Career Training Certificates - Virtual Information Session.
   MILES, the Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors




Northern Essex Community College news & events:
   NECC is experiencing unprecedented enrollment growth, with 351 more students this spring, a 6%
   increase over last spring. Fall enrollments had increased 7.6% over the previous fall.
   Thursday, March 5, 12:30 p.m.: Mirta Ojito, best selling author of “Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban
   Exodus;” free, open to the public; White Fund Room, NECC’s Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center,
   78-82 Amesbury St., Lawrence; press release.
Financial Success Seminars, William F. Casey, Jr., CPA; free, open to the public:
   Thurs., March 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Three Keys to Financial Success,” Dimitry Bldg, 244, Lawrence
   NECC Peace Poetry Contest: Students in grades k-12, school teachers and staff and NECC students are
   invited to participate in NECC’s first Peace Poetry Contest and Reading; deadline for submission:
   Sunday, March 15 to NECC Peace Poetry Contest, 100 Elliot St., Spurk 317H, Haverhill, MA 01830-2399
   or peacepoetry@necc.mass.edu
   Mon., April 6, 12:00 p.m..: “How Will I Ever Pay Off My Student Loans,” Tech Center, Haverhill campus
   Mon., April 13, 12:00 p.m.: “How Will I Ever Pay Off My Student Loans,” Dimitry Bldg, 244, Lawrence
   Thursday, March 5, 2:00 p.m. NECC Life Long Learning program -St. Patrick’s Day party, life-sized
   puppets will tell the story of St. Patrick’s Day; Irish music; refreshments and dessert; Technology Center,
   Haverhill campus; $2; open to the public
   NECC Speakers Bureau offers more than 20 faculty members and administrators available to speak to
   non-profit groups and organizations on a variety of topics, including business and the workplace,
   communications, deaf culture, education, human services, health, science and travel, social Issues,
   technology, theatre, music, art and literature; info: 978) 556-3862, speakersbureau@necc.mass.edu
   NECC will offer more than 100 online courses in spring semester and nearly two dozen hybrid courses
   (two-thirds online, one-third in the classroom), including computer applications, English composition I and
   II, literature: short stories, and statistics; click here for online and hybrid courses offered at NECC.
Grant Resource Network offers free workshops:
   Weds. March 18, 9:00-11:00 a.m.: “Database Research;” Room L241 (computer lab), 45 Franklin St.
   Weds. April 15, 9:00-11:00 a.m.: “Introduction to Grant Writing;” White Fund Room (LA101), 78
   Amesbury St., Lawrence; register: naybar@necc.mass.edu or dperez@necc.mass.edu.
   NECC offers day, evening, weekend, and online classes and certificate and associate degree programs in
   a wide variety of fields including health, criminal justice, computer technology, engineering, deaf studies,
   business, early childhood and elementary education, graphic design, and human services.
   Workforce Development Services offers customized training and consulting services



                      Click here for UMass Lowell news & events
   The Merrimack Valley Housing Report offers an objective and timely source of information on the state of
   housing in the region and how it affects our economic and social vitality.
   Prof. Georges Grinstein, director of UML’s Institute for Visualization and Perception Research, Prof.
   William Mass, director of UML’s Center for Industrial Competitiveness, and Charlotte Kahn, director of the
   Boston Indicators Project at The Boston Foundation, are leading a newly created national consortium
   dedicated to improving access to important data about communities and regions; press release.

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                        Cambridge College Lawrence Regional Center news and events:
   Cambridge College Lawrence Regional Center is reducing the tuition for the Master of Management
   program to $500 per credit. The Master of Management program offers adult learners a combination of
   face-to-face class time coupled with online learning; info: Director Dolores C. Calaf, 978.738.0502
   Cambridge College offers undergraduate degrees in business, human services, psychology and education;
   graduate programs in Education (Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English as a Second Language,
   Interdisciplinary Studies, and School Administration); Master of Business Management, Health Care
   Management; Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership towards a
   Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for teachers who want to become supervisors, assistant
   principals, and principals. Information sessions every Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays,
   10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Island Street, Lawrence; 978.738.0502.
   Cambridge College will design a program to fit the needs of a particular employer, with specific training
   packages or workshops. Info: 978-738-0502 x 14



                    Merrimack College news & events
   Fri., March 6, 7:00 p.m.: Treble Chorus of New England: The Enchantress; buy tickets online - MVArts.info.
   Sat., March 7, 7:30 p.m.: Makem Brothers, Mickey & Liam Spain; Rogers Center
   Sat., March 14: ThinkFest, a festival-style, hands-on event that shows middle to early high school students
   the wonders of engineering, science, and technology.




               Enterprise Center at Salem State College news and events
The Enterprise Center has started a blog, focused on “surviving the recession."
Free workshops co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center (registration required):
   Thursday, March 5 — 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Internet Marketing — The Basics
   Tuesday, March 10 — 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Maximizing your Website
   Thursday, March 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Transform Your Company with Mobile Technology
   Tuesday, March 24, 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Leveraging Social Media for Your Business: Using banner
   advertising, video, audio and text ads on social sites such as Facebook

                                  BUSINESS GROUP NEWS


                    Wednesday, March 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Green Drinks networking event –“ brings
   together people who are passionate about the environment and green technology to share ideas, make
   contacts, and talk about anything and everything green;” Terra Luna Cafe, 225 Essex St., Lawrence



                    Merrimack Valley Venture Forum:
      Monday April 6, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: The Women’s Economic Summit: Reflection, Celebration,
      Action; UMASS Lowell



                                North of Boston Convention &Visitors Bureau news
   Weds., March 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.: NBCVB Annual Dinner, Sheraton Colonial Boston North Hotel &
   Conference Center, Wakefield; $75; register online.



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                            Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau news.



                           Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce news:
   Wednesday, March 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m.: "Chamberpalooza;" DiBurro's, 887 Boston Road, Ward Hill



                                       Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce news:
   Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.: business networking event prior to the Lowell Devils game; Tsongas Arena;
   $15 includes ticket to game, appetizers; 978-459-8154.
   Wednesday, March 11,5:00-7:30 p.m.: Business After Hours Chamberpalooza with Greater Lowell, Greater
   Haverhill, Greater Salem NH and Merrimack Valley Chambers of Commerce; DiBurro’s, Ward Hill,
   Haverhill; info/rsvp: 978-459-8154
   Wednesday, March 18, 12:00-1:30 p.m. : Networking at Noon, Garavanian Travel, 40 Vinal Square, N.
   Chelmsford; free lunch and networking, open to all Chamber members and those wishing to learn more;
   info/rsvp: 978-459-8154
   Wednesday, March 18: Chelmsford Town Business Day, Chelmsford Town Hall; meet town leaders, learn
   about business opportunities and ask questions regarding your business concerns. .
   Friday, March 20: Tyngsboro Town Business Day, Tyngsboro Town Hall; meet town leaders, learn about
   business opportunities and ask questions regarding your business concerns.
   Tuesday, March 24, 7:30-9:00 a.m.: Business Before Breakfast Networking, DoubleTree Hotel, Lowell;
   speaker: Jay Wallus, Street Smart! rsvp: 978-459-8154.
   Tuesday, March 31, 7:30-9:00 a.m.: Seminar: Understanding New Mandated Security Procedures;
   Chelmsford Radisson Hotel, Ten Independence Drive, Chelmsford




          Amesbury Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Foundation news
   Wednesday, March 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Business After Hours, Envelop the Moment, 5 Market Sq., Amesbury



                       Billerica Community Alliance invites health or recreation related exhibitors for a Health
and Recreation Fair, Sat., April 11, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Marshall Middle School; info: 978-667-4174
orinfo@billerica-alliance.org; Billerica Alliance seeking sponsors
    Wednesday, March 18, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.: Brownfields Information Session - financing and incentives;
    Billerica Public Library, 15 Concord Road, Billerica; free; info: 978-667-4174 or info@billerica-alliance.org.



             Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry news
       Wednesday, March 4, 7:45-9:30 a.m.: “Effective Networking,” Institution for Savings Loan Center, 93
       State St., Newburyport; register.
       Thursday, March 5, 7:30-9:00 a.m.: Breakfast Forum: “The YWCA Greater Newburyport: Celebrating
       125 Years of Service to the Community;” John Feehan, Executive Director, YWCA Greater
       Newburyport; $20 members, Mission Oak Grill, 26 Green St., Newburyport $25 non-members; reserve
       Wednesday, March 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Members Mixer – “Jimmy Buffett” evening; Healthcare
       Complete, 260 Merrimac Street, Newburyport; $5 members, $10 non-members; register.
       Monday, March 16, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Women's Leadership Connection Luncheon, Evelyn F.
       Murphy, leader of the WAGE Project, author of Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men
       and What To Do About It; $25 members, $35 non-members; Phoenix Room, 19 Inn St., Newburyport



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         Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce news



        Young Professionals of Greater Lowell
       Thursday, March 5, 5:30p.m.: networking and trivia night, Major's Pub, 34 Jackson St., Lowell; cash
       prize to winning trivia team; food, cash bar; $10; RSVP: info@ypgl.org

                       ARTS, CULTURE, NATURE, RECREATION


       Riverwalk Bead Shop and Gallery, 32 Elm Street, Amesbury:
Thursday, March 5, 6:00-8:30 p.m.: "Out of Africa" - an evening of story telling and history of African Beads
with Julie Abbass; free, open to the public




                               Click here for the Dining page of MVEDC’s web site, listing dozens of
restaurants in the Merrimack Valley.



                            The Provident Bank Lobby for the Arts:
   Through March 31: “Wild at Heart – photography by Kate Davis and Paul Osborne; 66 Storey Ave., Nbpt



           119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell:
   Mar. 10 -28: “Petit Animations” by Hyun Ju Kim; reception Sat., Mar. 14, 3:00-6:00 p.m.



                                                       Brush Art Gallery, 256 Market Street, Lowell:
   Through March 15: PHOTO 2009 - Black and White Classic Juried Photography
   Friday March 20, 7:00 p.m.: Private Preview Parties-Massachusetts Artists 2009 Exhibition; buy tickets
   online - MVArts.info.
   Art classes in jewelry, glass, weaving and textiles, drawing, pottery, pastels and painting, taught by
   professional, experienced artists: Adult Classes; Children's Classes



                       Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Gallery, 246 Market Street, Lowell



       Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street, Lowell



                         Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market Street, Lowell:
   Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. UVAS (Urban Village Arts Series): Los Wünder Twins del Rap (Lowell hip-
   hop artists D-Tension and MC Effect); Seamus Connolly, traditional Irish musician and performer; free.


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                Lawrence Heritage State Park, One Jackson Street, Lawrence:



Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra:
   Friday, March 6, 8:00 p.m.: "Spotlight on Youth" Concert Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth
   Road, Lowell; free.




                 Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell: more than 160 artists working in all
disciplines, media and styles;
    Saturday, March 7, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Open Studios - first Saturday of every month
Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell:
    Mar. 4-29: “Beneath the Surface”: - Rex McManamy, Greg Wright; reception Friday, Mar. 6, 6:00-9:00 p.m.



         Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts:
   Sunday, March 15, 3:00 p.m.: Young musicians from the Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra
   (NYSO); t$10 Adults, $8 Students/Seniors/Firehouse Members.
   Sunday March 15, 7:30 p.m.: Belle Linda Halpern - Songs of Hunger and Satisfaction; Buy tickets online-
   MVArts.info.



    Powow River Poets:
   Saturday, March 14, 3:00 p.m.: poetry reading, featured poets: Joseph Bottum and Daniel Brown, followed
   by open mike; Jabberwocky Books, 50 Water Street (Tannery Mall), Newburyport; free, open to the public.



            Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water Street, Newburyport:
       Through Mar. 18: NAA Art Instructors Exhibition; reception: Sunday, March 8, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
       March 6-29: Winter II Members' Juried Show; reception: Sunday, March 8, 3:0 -5:00 p.m.




     Essex Art Center, 56 Island Street, Lawrence:
   March 6 – May 1:
   Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery - “Threading the I” - Stitched drawings on fabric by Leslie Schomp; opening
   reception: Friday, March 6, 5:00-7:00 p.m.; live jazz by The Krendel-Clark Group.
   Chester F. Sidell Gallery – “Insecta Poetica” curated by Tamara Krendel in celebration of National Poetry
   Month; artists: Jessica Straus, Jenny Lawton Grassl, Randal Thurston, Abbie Read, Elizabeth Awalt and
   Tamara Krendel; opening reception: Friday, March 6, 5:00-7:00 p.m.; live jazz by The Krendel-Clark Group
   Essex Art Center Spring classes begin April 27.



         Lowell’s Revolving Museum: “Show and Tell: The Art of the Narrative”
   Friday, March 6, 8:00-10:00 p.m.: Working Stories - Karen Westphalen; Buy tickets online - MVArts.info.
   Saturday, March 7, 8:00-9:30 p.m.: 100 Second Film Festival; buy tickets online - MVArts.info.


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       Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell:
      March 18 – April 25: Lieby Miedema: Works on Paper; reception Sat., Apr. 4, 2:00 -4:00 p.m.



       New England Quilt Museum, Lowell:
   Through April 18: Fabric Connection: Seven Swiss contemporary Quilt Artists.



    Exchange Club of Haverhill:
   Tuesday, March 17, 7:30-9:00 a.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast to benefit child abuse prevention
   programs; $25; DiBurro’s, Ward Hill, Haverhill; info/tickets: Rick Barry, 978-372-9311



       Arts Institute Group of the Merrimack Valley:
   Thursday, March 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m.: monthly artists meeting & demonstration (3rd Thursday/month);
   Nevins Adult Day Health Center, 12 Ingalls Court, Methuen; interested artists, new members welcome.



                      New Moon Coffeehouse, 15 Kenoza Avenue, Haverhill
   Saturday, March 21, 8:00 p.m.: Garnet Rogers; $15



                                    Merrimack Repertory Theatre:
   Tuesday, March 10, 6:00-8:30 p.m.: Friends of MRT Wine Tasting, Stonehedge Inn, Tyngsborough; tickets
   $40, online, www.MerrimackRep; info: Dan Berube, 978.654.7595, berube@merrimackrep.org.
    Through March 8: "Tranced," by Bob Clyman
    March 19-April 12: "Bad Dates," by Theresa Rebeck
    April 18-May 17: "A Moon for the Misbegotten," by Eugene O'Neill
    Registration now open for 12th season of Young Artists At Play (YAAP) - theatre camps, performance
    seminars and musical theatre workshops, from one to four weeks for students entering grades 1-12




Crossroads Coffeehouse, North Parish Church, 190 Academy Road, N. Andover:
   Saturday, March 14, 8:00 p.m.: Ellis Paul & Adam Ezra; $20



       Lowell Memorial Auditorium:
   Wednesday, March 4: Super Scientific Circus
   Sunday, March 8: Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin
   Thursday, March 12: The Peking Acrobats
   Friday, March 20: One Night of Queen - Gary Mullen and the Works
   Monday, March 23: Celtic Thunder
   Saturday, March 28: Larry the Cable Guy
   Sunday, March 29: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
   April 30: Lord of the Dance
   May 7: Movin' Out
   June 10: Vince Gill


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                              Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society:
       Friday, March 20, 6:15 p.m.: Antique Appraisals by Stuart Whitehurst of Skinners, Boston; tickets $20,
       must be purchased by Mar. 13: Cindy Carver, 978-556-5433




                Parker River Clean Water Association PRCWA:
Saturday, March 28, 3:00-5:00 p.m.: 15th Anniversary Benefit and tribute to Don Bade; Newbury Firemen’s
Hall, Morgan Ave., Newbury; refreshments, cash bar; $20, $35 couple; Daily News of Newburyport: Parker
River protector hands over reins



             Tsongas Arena, Lowell:




                     What’s Up Haverhill” – “… for everything going on in Haverhill”

UMass Lowell Center for the Arts, 35 Wilder Street, UML South:
  Sunday March 29, 2:00 p.m.: Billy Jonas; buy tickets online - MVArts.info.


                       Symphony by the Sea:
Sunday, March 15, 3:30 p.m.: “A Feast of Virtuosity” - works by Haydn, Sarasate; Saint-Saens; Mendelssohn;
Pre-Concert Talk by Conductor Donald Palma at 2:30 p.m.; Performing Arts Center, The Governor's Academy,
One Elm Street, Byfield; Buy tickets online - MVArts.info.



           Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover




     New England Civic Ballet:
   Saturday March 21, 2:00 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 22, 2:00 p.m.: Sleeping Beauty; Rogers Center for
   the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover; Buy tickets online - MVArts.info. \



     Westford’s Parish Center for the Arts:
   Sunday March 15, 4:00 p.m.: Jeanne Farewell – classical piano; “Paintings at A Performance;" Buy tickets
   online - MVArts.info.
   Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.: Metrowest (Barefoot) Boogie; buy tickets online - MVArts.info.
   Friday March 20, 7:00 p.m.: Arts lecture: The Renaissance in Venice; Buy tickets online - MVArts.info.
   Saturday, March 21, 8:00 p.m.: Booty Vortex; buy tickets online - MVArts.info.
Sunday March 22, 4:00 p.m.: The New England Brass; buy tickets online - MVArts.info.



                       Andover Community Theater – “ACT Andover”: Registration now open for
summer camp for young adults (12-16); info: Mark Gracy: markgracy@ACTAndover.com; 978-476-6041



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        Call to artists: “"Shoe-la-bration." The Soles of Haverhill - Artists are invited to design imagery (in
any weather-resistant medium) on a three-dimensional, 5'H x 6' L x 34 inch wide vintage shoe made of
fiberglass. The theme is "Possibility City." Symbols, contemporary designs, and/or expressions of Haverhill's
shoe industry and the City's history are encouraged; info: SOLESOFHAVERHILL@yahoo.com; deadline March
15; sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Team Haverhill.




             Friday – Sunday, April 3 - 5: 2nd Annual Lowell Film Festival - "Food, Fair Trade and the
Global Economy;" http://lowellfilms.org



               The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island offers 4,662 acres of natural
beauty, including miles of sandy beaches, freshwater and salt marshes and other habitats that are home to
more than 300 species of wildlife. The Refuge offers free programs throughout the year.



                      Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Newburyport
   Through April 5: “At the Water’s Edge,” - works by Barry W. Van Dusen, wildlife artist.



                                                                         News and events.




            Byfield Community Arts Center:
   Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29, April 3&4: The Wizard of Oz



       The Lowell Devils professional hockey: 978-458-PUCK.




        Lowell Spinners: baseball season is right around the corner - Individual game tickets go on sale
online Tuesday, March 17




                         Tickets now on sale for this year's Lowell Summer Music Series, which will feature
Los Lobos, Ani DiFranco, Blues Traveler, Livingston Taylor, Hot Tuna Electric and Gaelic Storm. The Boarding
House Park series runs from June to September. www.lowellsummermusic.org




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                  You don’t need to drive far to enjoy the snowy delights of winter sports:
       Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Westford: 17 trails; 9 lifts; snow tubing lessons for beginning and
       intermediate snowboarders; equipment rental; Outlook Restaurant.
       Ski Bradford, Haverhill: 13 trails, 3 triple lifts, 8 lifts, 3 rope tows; glade and night skiing; snowboarding.
       Amesbury Sports Park: snow tubing; Corner Kick Pub
For cross-country skiing, check out these nearby state parks and properties owned by The Trustees of
Reservations, all free and open to the public:

   Georgetown-Rowley State Forest
   Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover
   Maudslay State Park, Newburyport
   Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest
   Ward Reservation (Andover/North Andover)
   Old Town Hill (Newbury)
   Weir Hill (North Andover)




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