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November 25, 2011

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Holiday schedule: The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority schedule for Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 24 is: 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

Christmas fair: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold its annual family Christmas carnival and craft fair Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This festive holiday event is presented by the school's PTO and features games, prizes, many raffle baskets, face painting, a sweet shop, food, crafts and a visit by Santa. All proceeds benefit the school's Help Our Playground Evolve project. To make a donation or rent a craft table call 978-521-4256 or email ldifloures@comcast.net. The school is at 56 Oak Terrace. Visit online at sjshav.com.

Hill View needs votes: Hill View Montessori Charter Public School has entered the "Power a Bright Future" competition, sponsored by Clorox, to win a $50,000 prize towards building a new playground at their 75 Foundation Ave. complex. In order to win, they encourage any and all Haverhill to vote for them daily either by texting clorox1491 to the number 44144 or online at powerabrightfuture.com. Individuals can vote twice a day until the contest closes on Dec. 9.

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.

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