Attorney General Hosts First Community Action Hours Saturday in Lawrence

The public is invited Saturday to learn about help and resources available from the state attorney general’s office during Community Action Hours Saturday in Lawrence. In the first in a series of community outreach programs, Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell’s Community Engagement Division and Consumer Advocacy and Response Division staff will present information in both English and Spanish. Her office, according to the attorney general’s website, protects consumers, combats fraud and corruption, investigates and prosecutes crime and protects the environment, workers and civil rights. Community Action Hours take place Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St., Lawrence.

MassHire, Northern Essex Community College to Host Spring Health and Human Services Job Fair

MassHire Merrimack Valley Career Center and Northern Essex Community College are having a Spring Health and Human Services Job Fair. The fair presents job seekers with opportunities to meet with local healthcare companies. The fair takes place Monday, March 4, from10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Northern Essex Community College Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin St., Lawrence. Registration takes place online or by calling 978-722-7000.

Third Annual Digital Equity Challenge to Award $10,000 in Search for Internet Access Solutions

An estimated one in five Essex County residents lacks access to internet service and computers, along with an understanding of how to use digital devices. Aiming to solve this disparity, the third annual Digital Equity Challenge invites individuals with ideas that address these issues to enter the annual pitch contest, which will award $10,000 in cash prizes to the most promising solutions. Essex County Community Foundation Director of Strategic Initiatives Kate Machet says there is more work to do. “We look forward to hearing from this year’s contestants about their visions for increasing access to the digital resources needed to navigate life today.”

Individuals of all ages, including college and high school students, along with business and nonprofit professionals, may apply online by Friday, March 29 to participate. Six finalists, to be announced in April, will be invited to pitch their ideas May 2 at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub in Haverhill.

Atkinson Garden Club Plans ‘Petals and Palettes’ March 22-23

Atkinson Garden Club is having its “Petals and Palettes” flower and art exhibit in March. Flower arrangements will be presented by award-winning designers who will interpret the works of local artists. The show takes place Friday, March 22, from 1-7 p.m., and Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Atkinson Resort and Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson. Tickets are $10 for those ages 16 and up and are available at the door. Proceeds will help fund the club’s educational programs and scholarship.

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.