Open house at Brookwood School

Parents of students entering grades prekindergarten through 8 are invited to Brookwood School’s Admissions Open House on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. The open house program will feature: 1 p.m., classroom tours, meet and speak with Brookwood faculty; 2 p.m., information program: presentation by Division Heads, faculty, and Head of School John Peterman.

In addition to the informational events for parents, there will be children’s activities as well including puppet-making, Tinker Time, and playing steel drums.

RSVP to Kate Lombard at klombard@brookwood.edu or 978-526-4500 ext. 6205. The school is located on the Beverly/Manchester line.

Marblehead Class of ‘65 reunion

The Marblehead High School Class of 1965 is looking for lost classmates as they prepare for their 50th reunion, scheduled for September in Marblehead. If you were a member of the class and have not been contacted, or know someone who might be interested, contact David Cowley at: davidscowley@yahoo.com or 603-843-5371 or Tom McNulty at: Tmcnulty3@verizon.net or 781-690-3013.

Seacoast Wind Ensemble offering student music scholarship

The Seacoast Wind Ensemble will begin accepting applications from high school musicians for the Paul M. Erwin Scholarship Program. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 15-March 1. The $500 scholarship can be used for musical endeavors, including: music camp, new instrument/equipment, lessons, tuition, etc. Students must reside in York County, Maine, Rockingham or Strafford County, N.H., or Essex County. To learn more or apply for the scholarship, visit this website: http://www.seacoastwindensemble.org/scholarship.html

Grants available for violence prevention programs

The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation has begun accepting applications for grants that address violence prevention as part of its annual “Targeted Grants” program. The charitable foundation is looking for nonprofits to submit proposals that fund programs or initiatives addressing the myriad of issues associated with violence including: anti-bullying, hate crimes, domestic abuse, sexual assault, physical abuse and safe neighborhoods.  

The foundation plans to award grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, with the majority of the awards granted in the $10,000 to $15,000 range. The grants will be reviewed annually and requests must be submitted online by March 2. For more information, and to apply for a grant, visit: www.easternbank.com/foundation

Austin Prep holds open house

Austin Preparatory School is hosting an open house for families of students interested in grades 6 through 8.

The middle school open house is Monday, Jan. 26, at 9 a.m. at 101 Willow St., Reading. All families are asked to register at www.austinprep.org/msopenhouse.

Students will have the opportunity to meet Headmaster James Hickey, speak with middle school faculty members and take tours of the campus with current middle school students. Tours will include visits to the arts and music wings, classrooms and multipurpose facility (gymnasium).

Brides-to-be invited to Wedding Showcase

This winter, it’s not all cotton candy and fall foliage on the Topsfield Fairgrounds. Coolidge Hall Weddings, a project operated by the same nonprofit organization as the fair, has announced their first annual Fairest of Them All Bridal Expo, which will be held on March 8. 

From 11a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, brides, their bridesmaids and their loved ones are invited to explore the Expo and enjoy complimentary food and drink. For brides and their parties who register at the door, admission to the event will be $5 per person. Brides who preregister online (www.topsfieldfairweddings.com) will be admitted free of charge.

The expo will feature wedding vendors, including Cloverleaf Catering of Peabody, Revive Dance Xchange of Beverly and several others. 

For registration information, exclusive deals and the latest details on the Fairest of Them All Bridal Expo, brides can visit www.topsfieldfairweddings.com and click the “Bridal Expo” button.

Discover health benefits of the outdoors with Greenbelt

Lose weight, exercise more, reduce stress and spend more quality time with friends and family with Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust. Let’s Get Outside is Greenbelt’s year-long push to inspire people of all ages to discover better health and happiness in nature.

Experts agree that experience outdoors can change the way people feel physically and emotionally. For families and friends, time spent in nature can also build lifelong memories. Greenbelt’s county-wide conserved properties are open free of charge, dawn till dusk, every day for discovery.  

To further encourage outdoor adventures, Greenbelt conducts scheduled, guided walks and spontaneous outdoor activities that offer companionship and the chance to meet new friends. Greenbelt’s website, ecga.org, and facebook page provide information, directions and downloadable maps of local reservations. 

Greenbelt has also launched Nature this Month, an online nature blog and calendar by popular local naturalist Jim MacDougall to help learn about and discover the flora and fauna of Essex County. The blog postings offer a monthly theme, like mammals or songbirds, and weekly suggestions of Greenbelt properties where you can personally experience plant and animal activity outdoors. 

Nonprofit helps troubled homeowners

Community Home Solutions, Inc. provides opportunities for people to live in safe, affordable housing and to reduce the risk of homelessness for families who are experiencing financial difficulties. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that offers free mortgage foreclosure and intervention counseling, loan modification assistance, reverse mortgage counseling, first-time home buyer and financial education for New Hampshire residents. For more information, call Ellen Chase at 603-474-5100, email echase5100@aol.com or visit www.communityhomesolutions.org. Community Home Solutions is located at 14 New Zealand Road, Seabrook.

Volunteers needed at local cat shelter

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS) is recruiting volunteers to assist with cat care at its 63 Elm St., Salisbury, shelter. Help is needed seven days a week, with morning shifts running from 8 to 10 a.m., and afternoon shifts from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Most volunteers commit to one shift per week.

Those interested in volunteering can fill out a questionnaire at www.mrfrs.org or come in to the shelter during open hours (Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.). Candidates will then be invited to an orientation where they can learn more about available opportunities.

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