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Festival of Trees

Nov. 18-Dec. 2

The Festival of Trees unveils more than 200 sparkling Christmas trees to kick off the 2006 holiday season. The Festival will be open from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2, weekdays 5 to 9 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Valley Office Park, 13 Branch St. Proceeds from the event help in the restoration of the city’s many historically significant sites. For more information, call 978-685-8878 or visit the Web site at www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com.

Ugly Bug Ball

set for Nov. 19

The Festival of Trees will hold its first Ugly Bug Ball on Nov. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. at the Valley Office Park, 13 Branch St. A bug costume and $5 entitles each child to participate in a fun-filled event. Each child will receive an Ugly Bug designer T-shirt, juice and cookies, a book and bug crafts. Trophies will be awarded to the three most creative Ugly Bug Ball Parade costumes.

Santa comes

to town Nov. 18

Methuen will hold its 15th annual Santa Parade on Nov. 18. This year’s event promises to be spectacular with 16 bands, floats, dancers, clowns and, of course, Santa. The parade starts on Pelham Street at 1 p.m. and continues onto Lowell Street, Hampshire Street and Broadway. Grand Marshals of this year parade are past and present members of the armed forces.

Tree Lighting

ceremony Dec. 1

Methuen’s residents are all invited to the Tree Lighting ceremony on Dec. 1. The lighting will take place at Riverwalk Park on Osgood Street. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with holiday songs performed by the Center of Performing Arts Choral group and the Methuen High School band. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Methuen Music

Hall scholarships

The trustees of the Methuen Memorial Music Hall are seeking applicants for two $1,000 scholarships.

Applicants must be graduating high-school seniors from the Merrimack Valley area who are accepted to college for the next year and are planning to major in music.

To apply, please send name, address, telephone number, history of your education and transcript of grades, outline of musical studies and activities, college plans, a statement from one or two music teachers, an essay of your goals, and how your plans for music fit in to Mr. Richard Ouellette, 39 Everett St., Beverly Farms, MA, 01915-2111 by May 15.