Annual Run to the Beach: The Andover Striders, in association with the Winner’s Circle Running Club, will present their annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” run March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March conference to focus on economic growth: Northern Essex Community College, with the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and the Haverhill Horizons Hardware Challenge, will host the Open Innovation Conference 2013 March 20 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on NECC’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. This conference is designed to unite Merrimack Valley partners, including entrepreneurs and startups, students and universities, government leaders, investors, and established companies. Business, community, and educational leaders are encouraged to attend the conference, which will initiate the development of an open innovation cluster in the Merrimack Valley. The program will include panel discussions on business practices and tools needed for open innovation as well as two-minute overviews from each of the six finalists in the Haverhill Hardware Horizons Challenge on their innovative products. More information is available from John Michitson at email@example.com.
Church to hold craft fair: Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., will hold its fourth annual Spring Fling Craft Fair March 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event organizers are seeking crafters to participate in this event. The fee is $30 for a 3-by-6-foot table with chairs. All proceeds support the Riverside Memorial missions fund. For more information, contact Renee Cannon at 617-455-2792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can be submitted online at http://thebusychickadees.com. Space is limited and the church ran out of tables last year.
Cabaret dinner theater on tap: Spotlight Playhouse will present “Broadway on Essex,” a Cabaret Dinner Theater, March 23 at 6:15 p.m. at the Galleria at Maria’s Restaurant, 83-85 Essex St. The show features a cast from theater houses across the state singing Broadway favorites both old and new, including pieces from “Oklahoma,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago,” “Wicked” and “Cabaret.’’ Tickets, $35 each, include dinner, coffee, tea and a homemade dessert buffet during intermission. Tickets are available by calling 978-380-8508, by emailing email@example.com, or online at eventbrite.com by searching for “Broadway on Essex.” More information is available at www.spotlightplayhouse.org.