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    INFORMER

    Speaking up for women, random acts of kindness, and book mates at the library

    04noinformer -- Minou Tavárez Mirabal will speak at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium March 9. (Handout)
    Minou Tavárez Mirabal will speak at the Lawrence Public Library March 9.

    Minou Tavárez Mirabal, an activist, politician, and scholar in the Dominican Republic, will speak at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 51 Lawrence St., at 6:15 p.m. March 9. Mirabal will speak about national policy, female empowerment, and violence against women, drawing on the story of her mother, a Dominican Republic political activist who with her sisters founded the 1960 movement to overthrow Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and was later asassinated. This talk is the second lecture of three of the spring 2018 White Fund Enlightenment Series. The lecture is free and will be presented in Spanish. English translation also will be available.

    The city of Salem is looking for artists to participate in its summer 2018 Performer Series in Artists’ Row and Derby Square. A wide range — including theater, dance, light or sound installations, interactive games, and live music are welcome. Performers will be expected to put on three to six shows over a one- or two-week period and will be paid a stipend. Electronic submissions are due March 26 to Deborah Greel, Salem’s public art planner, at dgreel@salem.com.

    Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union employees surprised shoppers at the Market Basket on Fletcher Street in Lowell with gift cards and reusable tote bags.

    The Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union will perform random acts of kindness through a new community outreach initiative called “Small Acts that Give Back.” The credit union’s first act involved providing about 100 shoppers at Market Basket on Fletcher Street in Lowell with a $15 gift card and a free reusable tote bag Feb. 16. The next day, which was National Random Act of Kindness Day, employees from the Westford branch of the credit union chipped in to pay for customers’ orders at Muffins on Main in Westford and encouraged them to pay it forward.

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    The Reading Public Library is looking for participants for its fourth annual Book Mates program, which pairs students in grades 1 through 4 with teenagers in grades 6 through 12 for weekly half-hour reading practice. Online applications will be accepted through March 10 and can be found at readingpl.org/kidsbookmates for both younger and older students. The program will run from March 21 to April 25 on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

    Jordan Bellamy, a sophomore at Gordon College in Wenham, is a recipient of the Shared Justice Student-Faculty Research Prize. Bellamy is one of three students nationally to win the award for her proposal to research the Housing Choice Voucher Program, more commonly known as Section 8, in Lynn. She will conduct the research throughout the spring. The award is sponsored by the Center for Public Justice, a Christian civic education and public policy organization based in Washington.

    Jordan Bellamy, a sophomore at Gordon College in Wenham, which Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson. (Gordon College)
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    Jordan Bellamy with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson.

    Julia Preszler can be reached at julia.preszler@globe.com.