Informer: Openings, closings, events, and more north of Boston

Podium Data, a Lowell-based technology company, was recently named the winner of the 2015 Innovative Technology of the Year award in the Big Data category by the Mass Technology Leadership Council . The company won for its innovation in providing secure, self-service access through its data management software platform.

Join veteran photojournalist Damian Strohmeyer at Theia Studios of North Andover for an intensive two-day workshop on sports photography. Those who participate in the Oct. 23-24 workshop will have the chance to work with Canon camera equipment, shoot a varsity football game with Strohmeyer, and more. Registration is $339 per student and closes at 8 a.m. on Oct. 23 For more information and registration, visit

Donate your old Halloween costumes to From the Pumpkin Patch , a collection and giveaway program. Costumes can be donated at Title Boxing Club in Danvers and Saugus; EMARC in Reading; Kidz Enterprise Toys in Tyngsborough; Dance Track Studio in Wakefield; and Markel Reality Group in Westford. The costume giveaway will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center .


College applications stressing you out? High school students and parents are invited to “School Daze: Navigating the College Entrance Experience” at the Swampscott Public Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8. Swampscott High School guidance counselor Julie Mazzola will give an overview on what to expect during the application process while Joanna Ganci, chairwoman of the English department, will give advice on essay writing and teacher recommendations. Colleen Woods, associate director of financial aid at Emerson College, will talk about the application process and Sherry Brass, the director of precollege programs at Kaplan Test Prep, will discuss the new PSAT and SAT. Call 781-596-8867 and register online at

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