The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts is accepting nominations of local individuals who have demonstrated outstanding courage, generosity and service to others. Heroes will be honored at the 11th annual Community Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, March 21, at the DoubleTree in Danvers. All heroes must live or work on the North Shore. Six hero categories will be honored at the 2013 event: Enduring Hero, Community Hero, First Responder Hero, Youth Hero, Education Hero and Healthcare Hero. Nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 4. Nomination forms are available at www.redcross.org/ma/peabody/news-events/events or 978-922-2224 or by writing to American Red Cross, 85 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief. Also, for information about sponsorship opportunities, visit redcross.org/ma/Peabody.
The Peabody Institute Library will offer its Food for Fines program from Monday, Jan. 14, through Friday, Feb. 15, at the Main Library, 82 Main St.; South Branch Library, 78 Lynn St.; and the West Branch Library, 603 Lowell St., Peabody. Donations of canned goods and other nonperishable items will be accepted to clear overdue fines on Peabody-owned library materials. All donations benefit Peabody’s Haven From Hunger. For more information, call 978-531-0100.
The Farms-Prides Fourth of July Committee is holding its fifth annual logo contest. Local artists of any age are encouraged to enter. The logo design should depict the Fourth of July celebration, West Beach, Farms/Prides area or any patriotic graphic that would be associated with the holiday. A panel of judges will select finalists and the public will vote for the winner at the annual Launching the 4th Party, set for Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Hastings House. The designer of the winning logo will be awarded a cash prize of $150. The winning logo will also receive wide visibility on the website and on promotional materials and will be reproduced for sale as limited-edition framed art, T-shirts, sweatshirts and other items to raise funds for the 2013 Farms-Prides Fourth of July celebration. For more information, contest rules and entry forms, visit www.beverlyfarms.org.