Scrapbooking class offered: The Council on Aging is offering a scrapbooking class beginning April 30. The class will held at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., and will be offered on the last Thursday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Instructor Carol Read will provide punches, stamps and texture plates. Students should bring photos or copies of photos and other items of interest. Cost is $15 per class, including materials. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.
Workshop on zoning and permitting: The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will present a free workshop titled “Zoning and Permitting Tools for Developing Priority Development Areas” on May 2 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 103A of the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St. The workshop will focus on the latest tools and techniques available to help Priority Development Areas (PDAs) develop into Smart Growth Centers. Light refreshments will be served. Please register online at www.mvpc.org.
BSO rehearsal trip planned: The Council on Aging will host a trip to Symphony Hall on May 2 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s morning rehearsal performance. A bus will depart at 9 a.m and return about 2 p.m. The rehearsal program will be conducted by Bernard Haitink and includes works by Brahms and Shubert. Cost is $35 and seating is limited. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Silver Hill School to hold placement lottery: Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School will hold a special lottery for grades three to five on May 3 at 11 a.m. Applications are available at the school, 675 Washington St. All applications must be submitted to the school on or before April 30 to be included in the process. More information is available by calling 978-374-3448.
Emerging Hispanic author to speak: Emerging Hispanic author Ernesto Quinonez will read from his book “Bodega Dreams” and lead a discussion titled “What is Activism in Today’s World,” during a White Fund lecture on May 3 from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at Lawrence High School. This event is free and open to the public and is presented in partnership with Northern Essex Community College. His debut novel, “Bodega Dreams,” has become a landmark in contemporary literature and is required reading in many high schools and colleges around the country. Quinonez, an associate professor at Cornell University’s MFA program, will read from “Bodega Dreams” and lead a discussion of what small actions individuals might be able to do in their everyday lives, in order to contribute to social causes and bring change. Funded by a generous financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series has provided cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts and politics. The White Fund is collaborating with NECC on this series. For more information contact Martha Leavitt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.