Local friends of Sarah Duval are organizing a memorial walk to celebrate what would be her 12th birthday on April 3.

Sarah died in February after battling Leukemia for nearly a year. Her friends are organizing the walk to celebrate her life and raise money for the Sarah Duval Memorial Scholarship that will help Andover students pursue teaching careers.

People can participate in the virtual 5K between April 2 to 4. Individual registration is $25 and family registration is $75, which includes a SarahStrong yard sign. Additional signs can be purchased for $10. All orders for signs must be placed by March 25 to have them in time for the walk.

Pipe Dream Cupcakes is also selling Funfetti cupcakes to celebrate her birthday with proceeds also going to her memorial fund.

To sign up for the walk visit bit.ly/3qyeck3. To order cupcakes email nadine@pipedreamcupcakes.com by March 30. To donate to the memorial fund visit gofundme.com/f/sarah-duval-memorial-fund.

Local church collects thousands of cans of tuna

Faith Lutheran Church in Andover had a challenge to collect 2021 cans of tuna for Bread & Roses and Lazarus House food pantries. A small but mighty can of tuna packs an average of 30 grams of protein, so it’s one of the most sought-after items by food banks because it is shelf-stable, nutritious and provides a great base for healthy meals.

In total the congregation surpassed its goal and donated over 2,500 cans of tuna.

Andover receives grant to preserve historic documents

Andover’s Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) received a $35,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, through its Cultural Investment Portfolio program.

The grant will help the center continue to provide training, conservation treatment, digitization, audio preservation and free resources to cultural organizations such as historical societies, libraries, museums, and archives across the Commonwealth and beyond. The center's conservation labs have treated some of the country’s most significant paper, book, and photograph collections, and you can read stories about some of those projects on the “NEDCC Stories” website at nedcc.org/stories.

The Mass Cultural Council has a budget of $15.7 million, which includes nearly $14 million from the state and federal government to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences, to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the vitality of our communities and economy.

Help for job-seekers

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom.

The group will meet from January through June. If you are unemployed and looking for a job, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your “encore career,” this networking group program is perfect for you. 

Deborah Hope, an experienced executive career coach, hosts the professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and one-on-one coaching guidance.

April 7 is Networking 2.0; April 21 is Interview Preparation; May 5 is Developing A Marketing/Interview Brief; May 19  is a panel event with corporate partners; June 2 is Developing A Marketing Plan; and June 16 is Cover Letters and Personal Branding.

Participating on a regular basis will give job-seekers tools and strategies needed for a successful job search. Pre-registration is required. Visit 50plusjobseekers.org to sign up.

This program is a collaboration of libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover, Tewksbury and Tyngsborough. For complete information about dates, meeting topics and registration, visit mhl.org/events.



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