The Medford High School and Medford Vocational Technical High School Parent-Teacher Organization will host “Screenagers,” a documentary about the impact of screen time on teenagers’ self esteem, social lives, and abilities to focus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in Medford High’s Caron Theater, 489 Winthrop St.
A series of events will be held throughout the year in Lynn in honor of Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday. Upcoming events include a workshop on the history and rituals of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, Feb. 13; a discussion about the origins and impact of the Black Panthers on Thursday, Feb. 15; and screenings of parts 1 and 2 of “Hidden Colors,” documentaries about the untold history of people of color, on Feb. 19 and 21. All events will be held at 7 p.m. at the Community Minority Cultural Center, 298 Union St.
Katrina Schell, a Wilmington resident and sophomore at Lexington Christian Academy, won first place in the statewide VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program. Schnell submitted an audio-essay that she wrote and recorded titled “History’s Hope Today” to address this year’s contest theme: “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Schell will travel to the national competition in Washington, D.C., in March. The winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship.
UMass Lowell has announced the recipients of this year’s 2020 Community Impact Grants. The 10 grants, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, will fund new projects on campus and in the community that advance the university’s 10-year plan, which includes goals such as pursuing research and entrepreneurship opportunities and promoting global engagement. Recipients include Robert Forrant, a UMass-Lowell history professor, who will create an exhibition of 100 years of the city’s history, and Stephen Cerand of Lowell Canalwaters Cleaners, who will develop a robot to remove floating trash from waterways.
Registration for summer arts workshops at the Theater in the Open is now available. The sessions run June to August and are held outdoors at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport in order to reconnect children with nature. The workshops focus on acting, improvisation, dance, set building, and more. Scholarships are available to cover a portion of the cost. The deadline for scholarship applications is May 15. For more information or to register, go to theaterintheopen.org.Julia Preszler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.