NoteWorthy – 10/27/19
AROUND THE VALLEY
Lowell City Council Names Official City Magician
At the Oct. 8 city council meeting, Lowell’s Mayor presented a proclamation officially designating Henri Marchand as the city’s official magician. The proclamation followed on a motion by Councilor Vesna Nuon at a previous council meeting to designate Marchand as Lowell’s magician.
Marchand, who serves as director of cultural affairs and special events for the city, has been performing magic since his early teens. He has performed for guests at the city hall annual holiday reception since 2012.
“I am honored that Councilor Nuon, Mayor Samaras and the entire city council have deemed my conjuring worthy of recognition with this designation,” said Marchand, adding, “We all need a bit of magic now and then and I appreciate the opportunity to create moments of wonder for the community.”
Fulcrum Associates Raises $22,000 for N.H. Food Bank from 2019 Annual Charity Golf Classic
Fulcrum Associates, a leading construction management firm in southern New Hampshire, recently raised $22,000 (the equivalent of 44,000 meals) to support the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, during its third annual Charity Golf Classic. The tournament, held at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in Rye on Sept. 17, raised funds to support the New Hampshire Food Bank’s mission of providing nutritious food to the one in nine New Hampshire residents who are food insecure.
As the only food bank in the state, the New Hampshire Food Bank, which receives no state or federal funding for food distribution, delivers nutritious food to partner agencies statewide, including food pantries, soup kitchens, after-school programs, senior centers and other nonprofit programs. Last year, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributed more than 14 million pounds of food to its partners statewide.
Power of Flowers Project Holds Successful Spread the Joy Luncheon
Power of Flowers Project held its fifth annual Spread the Joy Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and raised almost $50,000 to support the project’s mission. Power of Flowers Project was established in 2009 to share hope and happiness by providing a kind connection to seniors and veterans in care communities.
More than 300 Power of Flowers volunteers, community partners and supporters gathered at the Tewksbury Country Club to attend the annual fundraiser. Attendees were invited to take chances on basket raffles, bid on silent auction items, purchase a gift card from the Bonus Board, purchase a bottle of wine and gift card wrapped in hand crafted fabric wine bags, and enter the Golden Ticket raffle for a chance to win a $500 VISA Gift Card, all to help the organization reach its fundraising goal for the year. All attendees received the Power of Flowers signature bouquet as a thank you for for attending.
MVPC Celebrates 60 Years in the Region
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) recently celebrated its 60th anniversary with a dinner event held at Northern Essex Community College’s (NECC) Technology Center in Haverhill.
NECC President Lane Glenn welcomed over 100 attendees, State Senators Diana DiZoglio and Bruce Tarr presented a Senate Citation, and State Representative Christina Minicucci’s aide Josselyn DeLeon presented a House of Representatives Citation. MVPC Chairwoman Theresa Park and MVPC Executive Director Karen Conard presented the 2019 Regional Public Service Award to President Glenn and acknowledged MVPC Secretary Ed Ramsdell with a retirement gift from the entire commission for his 11 years of service. Karen Conard walked the guests through a sometimes light-hearted and other times serious walk down memory lane with a presentation entitled “Looking Back to Plan Ahead: 60 years of MVPC.” The event was capped off by a video presentation from Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
Magical Inspiration with Actor Chris Rankin
On Saturday Oct. 12 at the LeakyCon Harry Potter Convention, Transfiguring Adoption, LeakyCon, Actor Chris Rankin and The Adoption Option Project hosted a private meet and greet for 30 foster and adoptive children connected with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE).
Attendees were able to take their photo with Rankin via MARE’s volunteer photographer. Each child was given a free goodie bag of gifts, which included a set of Harry Potter “Funko Pop” Harry Potter figurines.
MRT Introduces UNDER 35 Discount Club
Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) today introduced the UNDER 35 club – a new $20 ticket option for theatergoers between the ages of 18 and 34. Joining the club is free and does not require a ticket purchase now or in the future. Benefits of the club include free parking, half-price beer and wine, and access to special partner deals and events. For information or to sign up, visit www.mrt.org.
The theater’s current production, “Cambodian Rock Band,” runs through Nov. 10. Read our review here.
Women of NECC Plan Fashion Show
The Women of NECC’s Annual Membership Tea will showcase fashions from Dani Kaye of North Andover on Wednesday Oct 30 from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center at Northern Essex Community College.
Jamie Sloan, the owner and creative mind behind Dani Kaye, will emcee the show, which will feature contemporary fashion and athletic wear. Tickets are $50 and include the tea and the fashion show. The event is open the public, but advanced registration is required.
The Women of Northern Essex Community College is a volunteer organization dedicated to assisting NECC and its students. The organization generates funds for student scholarships and special projects by conducting a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, including a Fall Membership Tea, a Holiday Party and a June Gala Open House event.
Since its inception, the Women of NECC have helped to raise more than $518,000, providing over $360,000 in scholarships.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Creative Arts Welcomes New Violin, Piano and Guitar Teachers
The board of directors, teachers and staff of Creative Arts, a nonprofit community school for the arts, have welcomed two new teachers, Marybeth Mackay and John Udinsky, Jr. to the school. Mackay teaches Suzuki violin and beginner piano. She is accepting new students on Monday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Udinsky, guitar teacher, is accepting new students on Fridays and Saturday mornings.
Bowling For Books
Team Haverhill announces Bowling for Books, the kickoff event for our Read & Thrive Book Drive, which will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at Academy Lanes 725 South Main Street in Bradford. This affordable, fun-packed event will feature bowling, refreshments, prizes, costumes, raffles and more.
Bradford, Mass. | TeamHaverhill.org
Pennies’ Seventh Annual Music for Change Fundraiser
Starting at 6 p.m., the Music for Change Fundraiser will offer a selection of small plates catered by sponsor For the Love of Food and Drink. They are known for their fresh local menus and unique style. You can expect an enticing array of small plates, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Plus, they will cater a green event — all place settings will be composted after use.
Newburyport, Mass. | PenniesForPoverty.org
Midnight at the Masquerade
Quota International of Andover, a nonprofit women’s organization which supports women and children, as well as deaf and hard of hearing individuals, is hosting a charity fundraiser titled Midnight at the Masquerade. The Murder Mystery show and dinner will be held at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading.
North Reading, Mass. | QuotaOfAndover.org
Twice Loved Toy Sale
Just in time for the holidays, the Twice Loved Toy Sale returns to the Topsfield Fairgrounds this fall. Community Giving Tree’s popular sale will be held on from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with no admission fee. This year there will be a pre-sale on Friday evening, Nov. 1. Admission to the pre-sale is $15 or a pack of diapers.
Second Annual All For Ang 5k
Last year was the first year, which exceeded the donation goal of over $15,000 to donate to Hunking Middle School Special Education Program, and the Leo Economic Opportunity. We open the 5k to walkers of all ages to include all the kids in the community Angela was so passionate about.
Bradford, Mass. | allforang.com
Glow Gala Annual Groundwork Lawrence Fundraiser
Funds raised from this event will be put back into the community to feed school children, support park cleanup and providing young adults with work.
Lawrence, Mass. | GroundworkLawrence.org
MRT Conducts Local Volunteer Auditions for The Lowell Offering
Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) will conduct volunteer, non-singing chorus auditions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pollard Memorial Library for the upcoming production of The Lowell Offering.
Third Annual Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Youth Homelessness
Youth homelessness is a persistent problem in Greater Lowell, yet services focused on the population have typically been geared towards families and adults with little awareness of homeless youth.
To help combat this issue and to provide support to these young people in our community, Mayor Bill Samaras is continuing and building upon last year’s very successful Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Homeless Youth (started by now Senator Ed Kennedy) and we hope that you will join with us to help make it a success!