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March 20, 2014

Past Finders makes history fun for kids


Craft Fair at Whittier to benefit charity: The second annual Craft Fair at Whittier Regional High is March 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About 25 vendors will offer a variety of items including jewelry, doll clothes, blankets, lamps, aprons and more. Refreshments will also be sold. All profits will be donated to local charities supported by the school’s Key Club. Whittier is at 115 Amesbury Line Road.

Community discussion planned: Somebody Cares New England will host a roundtable discussion for service providers, law enforcement and area churches on March 28, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at 358 Washington St. Register for free online at somebodycaresne.org or call 978-912-7626. This event is sponsored by Merrimack Valley Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and Team Coordinating Agency.

Broadway coming to Haverhill: Eight actors from Haverhill and three from Merrimac form the nucleus of a group that will present the fifth annual Spotlight Playhouse dinner theater cabaret on March 28 and 29 at The Galleria at Maria’s Restaurant, 24 Essex St.

The actors will be joined by 18 additional performers from towns as near as the Andovers and as far as Swampscott, Wenham, and Hampstead, N.H. Directed and produced by Merrimac resident Beth Yuskaitis, the troupe will create a magical evening showcasing the best Broadway music of the last 75 years.

Doors open for a dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m. The show will start one hour later. A selection of homemade desserts will be served during intermission. Tickets for dinner and the show are $35 ($32 for people 65 and over) and are available online at www.SpotlightPlayhouse.org or by calling 978-380-8509. As a nonprofit organization run exclusively by volunteers, the group relies on ticket revenue and donations to operate.

Spotlight provides acting opportunities for both adults and young people. Upcoming events include a cast of 40 in Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man’’ at Haverhill High School in June, and a summer theater workshop for children ages 7 to 15 in July.

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