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February 21, 2013

Community calendar


Hampton Inn hosts chamber networking event: During its soft opening period, Hampton Inn will host a Business After Hours networking event Feb. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Inn is at 106 Bank Road. The event will feature complimentary drink and food, as well as networking, raffles and tours of the inn. Cost is $10 for Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce members and $15 for non-members. To register or for more information, contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com.

Workshops on Alzheimer’s care: The Alzheimer’s Association will present a series of workshops on Essential Skills for Family Caregivers. The first workshop is Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Georgetown Council on Aging, 1 Library St. Two additional workshops are March 5 and 12 at the same time and place. Family and caregiver programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease are free to attend and are open to public. For more information visit www.alz.org/MANH or call 800-272-3900.

NECC offers free Direct Care Worker Training: A free, 50-hour program to train personal and home care aides will be offered at Northern Essex Community College through its Workforce Development and Community Education program at the Riverwalk in Lawrence. Classes will be held Monday through Friday, Feb.25 through March 8, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students must attend all training days in order to successfully complete the program. This program is designed to teach students the skills that will support them in their role as a personal care attendant or homemaker. For more information or to register, contact Dianne Lahaye at 978-659-1222 or dlahaye@necc.mass.edu, or Diane Zold-Gross at 978-659-1221 or dzoldgross@necc.mass.edu.

Seventh annual Kick Cancer celebration: This year’s “11 Free Kick Cancer Celebration” to benefit The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute will be held Feb. 28 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Archie’s Little River Ale House in Lafayette Square. For the past six years, along with family and friends, Tara Ryan and her son Senan of Haverhill have hosted a fundraiser to celebrate being cancer free. This year’s event is their seventh annual celebration. The support and generosity of the community contributed to six successful past events that raised a total of more than $140,000 for The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber. Michele Skafas and Shaina Bendzewicz, who are helping to plan this year’s celebration, will be running in the Boston Marathon under this Kick Cancer charity, with donations going to The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber. Tickets are $20 each at the door and include food, music and raffle prizes such as gift baskets and gift certificates. Grand prizes will be announced. More information is available by emailing ryankickcancer@yahoo.com.

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