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The Week Ahead: March 5-9

A look at what's on the docket during the coming week.

Monday, March 5

For The Prep! An will take place March 5 through March 12. Look for hundreds of exciting items including premier seating for Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins games; autographed sports memorabilia; a week at the Royal Palm Beach Resort in St. Maarten; golf packages; gourmet dining and much more. Preview the auction now at www.stjohnsprep.org/gala and check often for new items are added regularly. Bidding begins March 5 and continues until March 12. Open to all!

Cocoa Moose! Come by for some and library mascot Cocoa Moose! Enjoy this half hour filled with great books, rhymes and fingerplays and enhance your child's literacy skills at the same time. For children aged 2-4 and their adult companions.

Tuesday, March 6

Vote! Tuesday is election day in Reading, and all precincts will be casting ballots at Hawkes Field House, located at Reading High School, beginning at 7 a.m. The town’s local election will be in tandem with the Massachusetts State Primary, so registered voters will also be able to weigh in on who their party should run come November. Town offices on the ballot include the Board of Selectmen, Board of Assessors, Reading Municipal Light Department Board of Commissioners and others. All Town Meeting members are standing for reelection due to recent redistricting. For more information see the attached PDF materials.

Business Expo. The North Shore Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s annual on Tuesday, March 6 from 8am to 4pm, at the CoCo Key Hotel, 50 Ferncroft Road in Danvers.  The theme for this year’s expo is “Meet your Next Customer at the Corner of Business & Opportunity.”

With over 100 Exhibiting Firms and over 2,200 business professionals, this event is the largest B2B Expo North of Boston.  Business Expo Sponsorships and Booths are still available for companies wanting to exhibit and showcase their firms. Expo Platinum Sponsors include: Eastern Bank and The Salem News. Expo Title Sponsors include: Boston Business Journal, Comcast Business Services, North Shore 104.9FM, Salem Five Bank, TD Bank and The Daily Item.

Wednesday, March 7

EDC. The Economic Development Committee meets on Wednesday in the Town Hall’s Berger Room at 7 p.m. Click here to see the agenda.

FinCom. The Finance Committee will hold a meeting pertaining to the fiscal year 2013 budget on Wednesday at the RMLD facility on Ash Street. The meeting gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

Willkommen! Swissbäkers, Boston’s only authentic Swiss bakery, with a day of family-fun, exciting raffle prizes and complimentary Swiss treats. Here are some of the events taking place: George Howell coffee in a signature swissbäkers mug; Juice and chocolate milk (for all children under the age of 10); Appearances by the Swiss Consul (7:00 AM - 9:00 AM) and Reading Town Manager (7:30 AM - 8:30 AM); Activities for children and families including a magician (11:00 AM - 2:00 PM) and The Lindt Easter Bunny Car with chocolate samples.

Entrepreneurship. There are very few jobs that guarantee lifetime employment and a pension after retirement. Still only 10 percent of people choose to start their own business. Bill Zannini believes there are many opportunities for individuals who dream of running their own business and that entrepreneurship can be a great fit for the right person. at the will introduce the benefits of starting your own business and the personal characteristics that lead to success as an entrepreneur.
The presentation begins at 7:00. Attendees are welcome to come at 6:30 for refreshments and networking opportunities.

Sports. The Reading High girls basketball team will play for a spot in the MIAA Division II North Sectional championship game on Wednesday. The game will be at Woburn High at 7 p.m., and the Lady Rockets will face the winner of this afternoon’s Concord-Carlisle vs. North Andover tilt.

Thursday, March 8

Great Decisions. Would you like to learn more about U.S. foreign policy in an engaging community forum?  for nine weeks. The series begins on February 2 and continues on Feb. 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (with a snow date of April 5).   This series will discuss many of the important foreign policy topics facing the United States.

The topics are: Middle East Realignment, Promoting Democracy, Mexico, Cybersecurity, Exit From Afghanistan & Iraq, State of the Oceans, Indonesia, and Energy Geopolitics.

The discussions will be led by Dr. Craig Brandt, a former naval officer who has also been a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology and dean of academic affairs at the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management.

Attendance is by pre-registration only; register at the Reading Library's Information Desk until January 26. There is a $20 fee for the briefing book due at registration.

Friday, March 9

Harper Lee. The Reading Memorial High School Drama Dept is proud to present the classic story, , at the RMHS Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $7 and $10 and can be obtained through ticketstage.com.  More information through www.rmhsdrama.com.

Sing! Come to the Wilmington Middle School on Friday, March 9, 2012, for . This is the fourth annual a cappella concert to benefit the choral and theater performers at Wilmington High School. There will be SIX groups performing, including SoundScape from Wilmington High, Ramifications from Suffolk U, Alabaster Blue from UNH, Hawkapella from UMass-Lowell, Vocal Invasion from Wilmington, and national recording artists Ball in the House.  Tickets are only $8 for students of any age, $10 for everyone else and can be ordered (reserved seating/will call) at:
www.wilmingtoncats.org.

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