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December 21, 2011

Community events

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Holiday schedule: The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority will observe the Christmas holiday on Monday, Dec. 26. There will be no local bus service; no EZ Trans service; no ring and ride service in Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Methuen, Newbury, Salisbury, West Newbury and Newburyport — Route 51. No MVRTA Boston commuter bus.

FAMILIES AND KIDS

Sign language: Northern Essex Community College provides sign language instruction for families with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Information, contact Glenys Crane-Emerson, Family Sign Language Program coordinator, at fslp@necc.mass.edu, 978-556-3701 (voice/tty), 978-556-3703 (fax), and 978-241-7057 (VP/VRS).

YMCA preschool program: The YMCA Children's Learning Center is enrolling for the Preschool Program. Curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning in a classroom setting, along with self directed activities that promote decision making and overall preparedness for Kindergarten. Contact Julie Grundy at 978-912-7422 or grundyj@northshoreymca.org for more information.

Rock climbing: Designed for all levels. Certified instructors teach children learn about climbing equipment, techniques. All equipment provided by the YMCA. Group classes, private and semi-private lessons available. Call Matt C. at 978-479-2738 or chmielewskim@northshoreymca.org.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Library Book Chats: The public library will host two Book Chat sessions on Dec. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. This is an informal monthly reader's advisory group where you can hear the latest book reviews, pick up your December book events calendar, try out the Kindle and the Nook, and share what you are currently reading. For more information contact Jaclyn Payne at 978-373-1586, ext. 608.

Live Animal Show: The public library will host a live animal show with Critters 'N Creatures Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. All ages are welcome. For more information or to reserve your seat at this event contact the library's youth services department at 978-373-1586, ext. 626. For more information visit crittersncreatures.com and haverhillpl.org.

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