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Gamble for charity, take the cake, or sample a tech program

Casino Night sponsored by the Lynnfield Moms Group, will help raise funds for Sam Halpern.
Michelle Halpern
Casino Night sponsored by the Lynnfield Moms Group, will help raise funds for Sam Halpern.

Sam Halpern, a 7-year-old boy who lives in Lynnfield, lost his right hand and both legs below the knee because of complications from an overwhelming streptococcal infection. The Lynnfield Moms Group will host a casino-themed charity night on March 8 to raise money for the Halpern family and others facing challenges. Participants are invited to dress in cocktail attire as they play blackjack, roulette, and other games. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Crystal Community Club, 77 Preston St., Wakefield. Tickets are $60 for individuals and $100 for couples. Buy them at

Some hungry customers may win a year’s worth of Bundtlets from the national franchise Nothing Bundt Cakes, which is opening in Peabody . The bakery located at 229C Andover St. kicks off an eventful weekend with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m., when Mayor Ted Bettencourt and the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce plan to welcome owners Sherri and Michael Foresta. On Feb. 22, 20 percent of sales will benefit the food pantry Citizens Inn. On Feb. 23, the first 50 families will win one Bundtlet (miniature cake) a month for a year, following free samples from noon to 2 p.m.

Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield invites students not currently enrolled at the school to spend Saturdays expanding their knowledge of technical careers. The free four-week courses, beginning March 9 and April 6, provide an abridged version of each shop’s curriculum and are led by a Northeast instructor. Transportation is not provided. To sign up for “Exploring Vocational and Career Technical Pathways,” contact program director Joe O’Brien Jr. at or visit


A new center will give UMass Lowell faculty and students the opportunity to solve and prevent problems on New England roads. The US Department of Transportation gave select universities a total of $14 million to create the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center, encouraging professors to develop technological solutions for roads, bridges, and tunnels affected by winter weather. Other schools involved in the project include the University of Maine, University of Connecticut, University of Vermont, University of Rhode Island, and Western New England University.

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Who knew chocolate and education worked so well together? Northern Essex Community College professor Michael Cross will hand out chocolate samples as he presents the lecture “Chocolate: the Secret Indulgence.” Cross uses his expertise as a chocolate lover and chemistry PhD to explain the physical and mental health benefits of the ancient delicacy. Catch him March 29 at 7 p.m. following a chocolate recipe swap at 6:15 p.m. The events take place at G.A.R. Memorial Library on 490 Main St. in West Newbury.

The Marsh Loop section of the Hellcat Boardwalk Trail in the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport will be closed for five to six months for renovations, according to officials. Hellcat’s Dune Loop will remain open. According to refuge staff, the Hellcat Boardwalk Trail will be renovated in phases over a number of years. The Marsh Loop project includes replacing stairs and a 300-foot boardwalk, and adding greater access for those with mobility challenges.

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