PLAISTOW – The Plaistow Public Library received $ 1,855 through American Rescue Plan Act funds and made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New Hampshire State Library.
Grant funds will support the library’s efforts to support families during the pandemic, and in particular, the development of children’s reading and writing skills and their continued love of reading and learning.
With these grant funds, the library purchased 13 Playaway Launchpads.
These rugged, internet-free tablets come preloaded with educational content and games covering a variety of topics for specific age groups, such as early literacy for 3-5 year olds and science for 5-7 year olds.
Launchpads are available to Plaistow Public Library cardholders and can be viewed for a period of two weeks.
For more information, contact Jennifer Dawley at [email protected] or 603-382-6011.
The garage sale takes place this weekend at the historic Hand Tub House
HAVERHILL – The Rocks Village Memorial Association will be holding its second fall garage sale on Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The sale takes place in the historic Hand Tub House on the Haverhill side of the Rocks Village Bridge at 1 River Road.
Since the last sale on September 11 and 12, the inventory has been enriched with new treasures, including furniture, vintage quilts, unique household and decorative items, barware, antique tools, books and more. . All proceeds will go towards the restoration and maintenance of the Hand Tub House. Masks will be compulsory.
Visit online at www.rocksvillage.org.
45th Crafts in the Park
ANDOVER – Andover Crafts in the Park returns Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine in the park outside City Hall.
The event is sponsored by Christ Church Andover. Proceeds support the church’s mission and outreach to nonprofit education and service organizations in the Merrimack Valley.
Presentation on the history of Catholic churches in Lawrence
LAWRENCE – North Essex teacher and historic Lawrence Heritage tour performer Rich Padova will discuss 175 years of Catholic worship in Lawrence on Sunday, October 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson St . at Canal Street.
Hard copies of the research will be available for educational purposes and for future reference. There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion, and refreshments will be served. This presentation will include additional research results since the initial presentation last July at Lawrence Heritage.
Padova’s presentation will also officially open an exhibit at Lawrence Heritage on the history of Lawrence’s Church which runs through October in conjunction with the Lawrence History Center. Photos, unique items and artifacts will be on display from churches past and present in Lawrence. While the focus is on Catholic churches, information on Lawrence’s Protestant and Jewish institutions will also be included.
For more information, contact Padova at 978-794-1655 using the general voicemail option.
Get in shape with the North Andover Seniors Center
NORTH ANDOVER – Functional Fitness, a new fitness program at North Andover Senior Center, involves preparing for the movements of life, squatting to pick something up off the floor, turning around and reaching for the oatmeal on a high shelf. These exercises mimic everyday actions while engaging multiple muscle groups. The eight-week course begins October 18 and costs $ 32. Pre-registration is required by calling 978-688-9560.
Indoor Walking, offered by both the North Andover Senior Center and the Youth Center, is a North Andover adult indoor walking program at the Youth Center gymnasium. The program will run Monday through Friday, 9 am to 10:30 am Pre-registration is not required, but sneakers are. For more information, call the Senior Center at 978-688-9560.