Pentucket Regional School District Plans Annual Music Virtual Recital Feb. 27

Pentucket Regional School District’s annual Pentucket Music Virtual Recital takes place online next week. Performances from Pentucket Regional Middle and High School Band, choir, orchestra, percussion and jazz students with a special appearance from the Pentucket Regional Middle and High School Faculty Rock Band. The virtual recital takes place Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., on the Pentucket Music YouTube channel @pentucketbands. The show will also remain available on the YouTube channel.

WCVB’s Stephanos Shares Journey in Groveland as Part of International Women’s Day

The Groveland Council on Aging is hosting a coffee and conversation with Maria Stephanos, NewsCenter 5 co-anchor, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Stephanos, who grew up in Groveland, will share her journey during the free talk. The event highlights Stephanos’ influential role as a woman in power, tracing her career to her current position. Council on Aging Director Alyssa Lee says Stephanos’ narrative “embodies strength, resilience and the art of balancing a career, motherhood and everyday life.”

The presentation takes place Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m., at the Groveland Council on Aging office, 183 Main St., Groveland. A reservation is required and priority is given to Groveland’s older adults through Feb.

Beacon Hill Wine, Spirits and Gourmet Opens Riverwalk Store

Beacon Hill Wine, Spirits and Gourmet has opened on the Lawrence Riverwalk campus. Owners Rebecca and Gene Beraldi handpick their inventory and focus on offering a different selection of and wines, craft beers, ciders and spirits. They also offer gourmet foods like artisan cheese chocolates, fresh bread, steak tips, game meats, sauces and pastas. There are also hostess aprons, cookware, accessories and wine glasses, among other items, available for sale. “We are thrilled to be here at Riverwalk,” said owner Rebecca Beraldi.

Education Commissioner Riley to Step Down, Gave Preview of ‘Deeper Learning’ in 2018 HHS Visit

Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley, well known in the valley for his supervision of Lawrence Public Schools and later influence on all area school districts, plans to step down next month after more than six years as commissioner. Since 2018, Riley led the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with significant influence over expanding Early College, standardized testing, absenteeism policy and masking and student attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Riley’s plans were announced Thursday. “We’re grateful for Commissioner Riley’s leadership to make sure Massachusetts continues to have the greatest schools in the country and to support our incredible students and educators every step of the way, particularly through the challenging years of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Maura Healey. Riley served as superintendent/receiver of the Lawrence Public Schools.

106th Lithuanian Independence Day Ceremony Sunday with Traditional Food, Music

The 106th Lithuanian Independence Day Ceremony, featuring traditional food, period music and dancing, takes place Sunday in Lawrence. The celebration takes place Sunday, Feb. 18, noon, at the Holy Rosary Shrine Center, 34 Common St., Lawrence. Beforehand, at 10 a.m., a mass for the Lithuanian Nation is set. The noon program and ceremony feature a traditional dinner, song and dance festival and presentation of artifacts.

Tarr, Finegold and Payano to Address Merrimack Valley Chamber Members at Senate Forum

State Sens. Bruce E. Tarr, Barry R. Finegold and Pavel M. Payano will address members and guests of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce next month for the Annual State Senate Forum. During the breakfast meeting, they will provide a report on happenings affecting the region. The forum takes place Friday, March 15, from 7:30-9 a.m., at Samuel’s Restaurant at Andover Inn, 4 Chapel Ave., Andover. Admission is $35 for members and $50 for non-members.

AgeSpan Bringing Supportive Services to Senior Housing in Marblehead and Georgetown

Supportive housing services are expanding to senior housing in Marblehead and Georgetown. AgeSpan is bringing supportive services to senior housing in Marblehead and Georgetown—with the aim of helping residents 60 and older remain independent. AgeSpan, formerly known as Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore, will provide services at Old and New Farrell Court in Marblehead and Trestle Way in Georgetown —thanks to new contracts with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The three properties have a combined 238 units. Each location will have a dedicated AgeSpan resident service coordinator, along with 24/7 emergency coverage through a contracted vendor.

Area High School Seniors May Apply for $1,000 Robert Gablosky Memorial Art Scholarship

Graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education in the arts may be eligible to receive the $1,000 Robert Gablosky Memorial Art Scholarship. It is open to public, private and home-schooled seniors from within the districts of Haverhill, Methuen, North Andover, Masconomet, Pentucket and Timberlane. The scholarship is named for late Haverhill Gazette staff writer Robert J. Gablosky, who also founded the Greater Haverhill Arts Association in 1971. Gablosky died in 2017 at age 88. The Greater Haverhill Arts Association administers the scholarship on behalf of the Gablosky family.