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March 16 concert backs Wakefield food pantry

Kim and Reggie Harris will present a concert in support of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry on March 16.

Kim and Reggie Harris will present a concert in support of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry on March 16.

VOCAL SUPPORT: Temple Emmanuel  and the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Wakefield  are joining to present a concert in support of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry on March 16.

The concert features Kim and Reggie Harris  and Rabbi Jonathan Kligler

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The Harrises are musicians and storytellers who combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a background in classical, rock, jazz, and pop music.

They produce music that entertains, inspires, and celebrates diversity. The duo has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe for more than 30 years.

Kligler has been the spiritual leader of Kehillat Lev Shalem, in Woodstock, N.Y., since 1988.  He is an accomplished singer and folk guitarist.

Kligler and the Harrises have collaborated on a recording, “Let My People Go: A Jewish and African American Celebration of Freedom.”

The concert, at Temple Emmanuel in Wakefield, begins at 8 p.m. 

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Admission is $20, $10 for preteen children; the price includes a donation to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. Additional donations will be accepted.

Call 781-246-2836 or 781-245-1886,  or visit www.wakefieldtemple.org.  

POWER OF YOGA: The Lowell Film Collaborative  and the Sangha Yoga Collective  are screening a documentary film, “Yogawoman,” on Thursday as part of Women’s Week.

Through personal stories, “Yogawoman” reveals how yoga has transformed the lives of millions of modern women.

It shows how they have embraced yoga for easing health conditions like breast cancer, heart disease, anxiety, and depression, and how yoga has given a lifeline to women in prison, abuse survivors, and those struggling with body image or eating disorders.

The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, 246 Market St. It is open to the public and free.

Immediately following the film, refreshments and conversation will be available next door at Sangha Yoga Collective. 

Visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org, www.sanghayoga­collective.com, or www.yogawoman.tv.  

PROM-DRESS DRIVE: Anton’s Cleaners  has launched its ninth annual Belle of the Ball campaign to collect, clean, and distribute prom gowns to area high school junior and senior girls who otherwise would not be able to attend their prom.

Good-quality, gently worn, or new prom dresses and special-occasion purses can be dropped off at any of the 41 Anton’s Cleaners locations or any Jordan’s Furniture store through April 1.

All dresses are cleaned by Anton’s as part of the company’s community service.

In mid-April, a boutique takes place at Simmons College in Boston, where the gymnasium is transformed into a prom dress selection experience.

Last year, close to 2,000 dresses in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes were offered at the boutique, which was attended by more than 400 girls who were able to find a dress that was just right and free of charge.

Participating students must be prequalified by guidance counselors, teachers, or social service agency personnel, who refer girls to the program.

“Belle of the Ball’s purpose is to make sure every girl who wants to attend her prom is able to obtain everything she needs for that memorable night, regardless of her ability to afford it,” said Arthur Anton Jr., chief operating officer at Anton’s Cleaners and the program’s founder.

Like Anton’s annual Coats for Kids program, the collection effort is coordinated with area high schools, colleges, and corporate and community partners.

Companies, organizations and schools interested in holding a prom-dress collection drive or making an in-kind donation, or individuals looking to volunteer at the Boutique Day at Simmons College, can get more information at www.antons.com

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Ann Marie Casey  is the new executive director of the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. In her new role, she oversees marketing efforts for the 34 cities and towns in Essex County. Casey previously was executive director of the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce for almost six years. The chamber is seeking applications for her successor. . . Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien  of Haverhill has been appointed to the board of directors of Northern Essex Community College  by Governor Deval Patrick. A registered nurse, O’Brien is a case manager at Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill. A member of the Haverhill City Council for 11 years and a mother of four girls, she is involved with numerous civic and educational organizations.

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