Cost of $25 includes breakfast coffee, beverages, a full lunch and five continuing education credits for nurses, social workers and physicians. This conference is open to the public. Deadline for registration is Aug. 30.
Checks must be made payable to Merrimack Valley Hospital and mailed to Jean MacDougall-Tattan, Marketing Department, C/O Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. For more information or to register, call 978-420-1168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journalist to speak in Watertown: Tom Vartabedian, award-winning writer and photographer, will kick off the fall season at ALMA with a talk about his 50-year career with The Haverhill Gazette on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Armenian Library and Museum of America, 65 Main St., Watertown.
Admission is free. Vartabedian will discuss his work as a correspondent with the Armenian Press since the early 1960s, associated especially with The Armenian Weekly. His column, titled “Poor Tom’s Almanac” is the oldest-running column in the Armenian Press. Vartabedian is also a regular contributor to other publications including The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, Armenian Reporter, USA Armenian Life and Asbarez. He will reminisce about some of his favorite stories — both nostalgic and entertaining.
An exhibit of his photojournalism images over the past five decades will be on display. A reception will follow the program in the Contemporary Art Gallery, third floor. The event is co-sponsored by Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives Inc.
Vartabedian, born and raised in Somerville, studied journalism at Boston University. As a writer-photographer for The Haverhill Gazette, he garnered more than 50 awards from United Press International, Associated Press and New England Press Association before retiring in 2006.
Town-wide yard sale announced: The Friends of the Groveland Council on Aging will hold their first annual Town-Wide Yard Sale fundraiser on Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.