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June 20, 2012

Community events


FAMILIES AND KIDS

Fish Themed Storytime: The Haverhill Public Library hosts a fish-themed storytime for children Thursday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m. There will be stories, games and crafts. All ages, no RSVP required.

Free Puppet Show: The Haverhill Public Library hosts a free puppet show for families with toddlers through students entering grade three on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Diane Kordas, puppeteer and one-woman show, presents "The Hungry Caterpillar and Forest Folktales," a performance with live music and audience participation. For more information contact Kathy Alexander at 978-373-1586, ext. 626 or kalexander@mvlc.org. To register online go to http://www.haverhillpl.org.

Past Finders Summer Program: The Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum begins July 10. Now in its 22nd season, Past Finders is a day program for children in grades 1 to 7 and is designed to teach children about history in a fun and imaginative way. Morning drop off begins at 9 a.m. and pick up is at 4 p.m. Session 1, Come Sail Away, is July 10 to 13. Activities include fishing, exploring the Buttonwoods Trail, sailor crafts, cooking, and a sail on the gundalow Piscataqua. Session 2, Fun on the Farm, is Aug. 7 to 10. Participants will garden, cook with seasonal fruits and vegetables, learn homespun crafts and visit a farm museum. Cost for each session is $160. Children may sign up for one or both sessions. More information is available at http://haverhillhistory.org/Programs/summer or by contacting the program coordinator at 978-374-4626 or programs@haverhillhistory.org.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Police Summer Camp: Applications for the Haverhill Police Department's GREAT/DARE Days summer camp are available in the lobby of the Police Station, 40 Bailey Blvd. The camp, held at Consentino Middle School, is free to Haverhill children ages 8 to 11 old and runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 9 through Aug. 17. The camp consists of scheduled recreational activities, guest speakers and field trips. Parents/guardians of children planning to participate in this program will be asked to fill out a permission slip, including medical information, and return it to the Haverhill Police Department no later than June 29. Parents/Guardians will need to provide a snack and lunch for their child. Police ask that parents arrange for their children's transportation and inform them of those arrangements so that campers are not left stranded at the end of the day. Campers who actively participate in all activities on a daily basis and attend camp on a regular basis will be considered for field trips throughout the summer.

Talk on Scams and Identity Theft: The Council on Aging will host a presentation on scams and identity theft June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Amy Schram of the Better Business will discuss scams that are currently circulating in area communities, major red flags to watch out for and precautionary steps we can all take to protect ourselves. This event is free and open to the public.

Intro to Fly Fishing: The Library hosts Mark Foley of First Cast Fly Fishing with an introductory fly tying course Sat June 23 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. S Learn how to tie a set of time tested flies that will catch fish in both sweet and salt water. All equipment and material will be provided. This program is intended for ages 12 and up. Youth under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. For more information or to register, contact Beth Gallaway at 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or bgallaway@mvlc.org.

Taste of the Town: BJ's Wholesale Club in Haverhill, MA is hosting the "Taste of the Town & Family Fun Fair on Saturday, June 23 from 11 am. to 2 p.m. The free event invites BJ's members and non-members to sample dishes from local restaurants and vendors. In addition, the Haverhill Fire Department will be on hand to discuss fire safety. There will also be live entertainment, a kids coloring contest, a photo booth and giveaways. BJ's is located at 25 Shelley Road in Bradford.

Greek Picnic: A Summer Greek Picnic at Winnekenni Castle is Saturday from noon to midnight. Rain date is Sunday. All are welcome and admission is free. This event is presented by the Holy Apostles Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Haverhill and features homemade Greek food, including roasted lamb on a spit, pastries, music by DJ Kosta, activities for kids and a 50/50 raffle. More information is available by calling 978-373-3311 or by visiting holyapostleshaverhill.org.

Ghost Hunt: The Hilldale Cemetery Association and the Essex County Ghost Project will host a ghost hunt and paranormal discussion at the "haunted" Hilldale Cemetery on Saturday Gates open at 7:15 p.m. The ghost hunt starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. All proceeds benefit the Hilldale Cemetery restoration fund. Please bring your cameras and audio recorders. More information is available from Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807.

Medicare Presentation for Baby Boomers: The Council on Aging will host a free discussion on Medicare June 25, at 10:00 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., for recent retirees and Baby Boomers who are approaching 65. Participants will receive information on applying for Medicare, part D coverage, and many other aspects of applying for Medicare.

Buttonwoods Museum Meeting: The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society will hold their annual meeting June 26 at the museum, 240 Water St. The business meeting is at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. This year's speaker is Haverhill resident Arthur Veasey, who will present a program on "Lost Haverhill." This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit haverhillhistory.org.

Summer Music Festival: Northern Essex Community College's music program is offering a week-long Summer Music Festival for pianists, violinists and cellists of all musical levels, Aug. 6 through 10 on the Haverhill campus. Open to musicians ages 10 and older, the program will focus on solo and chamber repertoire, technique, and fundamental music theory, all in relation to their historical context. The cost is $275 per person, plus a $25 registration fee. Students will receive individual lessons and chamber music coaching during the morning session, and master classes in the afternoon. A free performance of the works studied by the participants is Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center. This festival will be directed by NECC Music Program faculty member Christina Dietrich. Guest artists include violinist Alice Hallstrom, cellist Caroline Reiner-Williams and pianist Michael Kramer. Dietrich will meet with each student prior to the start of the workshop for proper placement. Assessment interviews are June 25 and 26. More information is available from Dietrich at 978-556-3223 or cdietrich@necc.mass.edu.

Art Exhibit: The public library is hosting an exhibit of art from the Citizens Center through June 28. Cara Smoley has been teaching drawing and painting to seniors at the center for the last six years and has been teaching art for more than 30 years to children as well to children and adults in inter-generational classes. The show includes works in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and pencil. An opening reception is June 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Artwork is on display in the second floor gallery during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586.

Health Programs Information Night: Northern Essex Community College will host a health programs information night June 28 at 6 p.m. in the iHealth Building, 52 Franklin St., Lawrence. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about career pathways in the health care industry, tour the new iHealth facility, explore on campus and online health programs and health programs offered at Northern Essex including a review of the programs that still have openings for the fall semester. More information about the college's iHealth programs is available from Linda Comeau at 978-738-7408 or ihealth@necc.mass.edu. You can also visit online at necc.mass.edu or contact Enrollment Services at admissions@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3700.

Book Chat: The Haverhill Public Library will be hosting a book chat on Thursday, June 28 at 10 a.m. Join staff members and fellow readers as they discuss which fiction and non-fiction titles are getting the best reviews. The book chat also features author-talk alerts, e-reader demonstrations, and staff picks. For more information contact Jaclyn at 978-373-1586 x 608

Tumbleweed Gulch: The Haverhill Church of the Nazarene is holding a Vacation Bible School "Tumble Weed Gulch" at 957 Kenoza Street in Haverhill. The event will be held on June 25-29 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. each evening and is for children 4-11 years old. For more information contact the church at 978-374-1203 or at haverhillnazvbs@gmail.com to contact Rebecca.

Jungle Book Auditions: The Spotlight Playhouse is holding auditions for youths aged 10 to 18 for their rendition of the "Jungle Book." Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. on June 27 and 28 at 24 Essex St and will include readings from the play.. The cost is $50 for the first youth and $25 for each additional youth from the same family. Scholarship assistance is available. For more information please call 978-380-8509 or e-mail info@spotlightplayhouse.org. Rehearsals are three evenings a week starting July 7th and performances will be held on August 3 and 4.

Yard Sale: The Community Christian Fellowship will be having a yard sale fundraiser on Saturday, June 30th from 8am-3pm at 358 Washington St. New or like new items can be donated for the yard sale between June 25th-29th. Please call 978-912-7616 to schedule the drop-off. More information is available by calling 978-912-7616. Visit online at ccfhaverhill.com.

17th Century Saturdays: Whittier's Birthplace is participating in "17th Century Saturdays," part of the Escapes North program, a cultural tourism initiative led by the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Peabody Essex Museum. The program offers free admission to the general public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. July 1, Aug. 4, Sept. 1 and Oct. 6. These special Saturdays celebrate Essex County's extraordinary collection of homes, buildings and artifacts from America's First Period (1625-1725) of European settlement. The Trustees of the John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead are responsible for managing the farmhouse museum and more than 70 acres of property associated with the birthplace of the famed poet, abolitionist, editor and politician. The house, constructed in 1688 by Thomas Whittier, is substantially the same as when the poet lived there between 1807 and 1836. For more information visit johngreenleafwhittier.com.

Open House: The East Parish Meeting House Association will hold an open house for viewing the historic property July 7 and Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information call Marion Bergman at 978-372-2652.

Youth Academy: The Essex County Sheriff's Department will host a Youth Academy for children ages 12 to 15 and a Junior Leadership Academy for children ages 8 to 11. Both programs are free and will be offered to communities in the region, including Haverhill, July 9 to 13; Lawrence, July 30 to Aug. 3, and Methuen, Aug. 20 to 24. While the Junior Leadership Academies in Beverly and Masconomet are full, enrollment is still open in all of the other academies. The program runs weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children will tour the Essex County correctional facility, and will participate in Laser Quest, archery, the new ropes course at Essex Agricultural School, a fishing trip, a class with the Essex County District Attorney's Office, a K-9 demonstration, a cookout/graduation and more. Activities for the Junior Leadership Academy will include indoor rock climbing, Curious Creatures, a fishing trip, Jump On In, bowling, a K-9 demonstration, a cookout/graduation and more. Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr. and his staff are providing a program that gets young people off the streets for a week, and allows them to experience a fun, educational and safe program. A variety of agencies have partnered with the sheriff's office to provide this program. For more information including an application, schedule and photos visit mass.gov/essexsheriff/community.

Road Race: The Haverhill YMCA and the YMCA of the North Shore will present the David Curley 5K Memorial Road Race "Be a Champion" July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Stadium on Lincoln Avenue. Registration fee is $10 in advance or on the day of the event. Free T-shirts to the first 225 to register. Registration is free for children ages 13 and under. Register online at northshoreymca.org/roadrace.cfm. or mail or drop off entry forms to Tracy Fuller, race director, at the Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St., Haverhill, MA 01830. More information is available from Tom Lavigne at lavignet@northshoreymca.org or from Tracy Fuller at fullert@northshoreymca.org or 978-374-0506.

Ice Cream Social: A family fun ice cream social will be held on July 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Riverside Memorial Church. The event consists of face painting, basket raffles, baked goods/beverages , children's games, and ice cream. All proceeds go to Karen's Krew for the Making Strides against breast cancer walk held in Boston this October. The crew walks in loving memory of Karen Quadros. For more information contact Kimberly Quadros at Jasper5085@yahoo.com or go their website at www.facebook.com/karenskrew. All proceeds go to Karen's Krew for the Making Strides against breast cancer walk held in Boston this October.

Cycle for Shelter: The 24th annual Cycle for Shelter is July 22, rain or shine. All rides begin on the campus of Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. Cycle for Shelter, a fundraiser for Emmaus Inc., helps the local nonprofit organization provide emergency shelter, long-term affordable housing and services to as many as 200 men, women and children each day. Those services include meals, job and education training, and referrals to other services, such as substance abuse programs. This year's event features four rides, including a 24-mile "weekend warrior" route for novice cyclists. More than 2,500 homeless adults and children will seek help from Emmaus this year as they face homelessness. Riders are asked to raise a minimum of $200. Registration fee is $85 from April 16 to July 13 and $100 on the day of the event, if space is available. Please inquire about family registrations for riders under the age of 18. More information is available online at emmausinc.org or by calling Terri Rousseau at 978-241-3425.

Spinners tickets through Council of Aging: The city's Recreation Department and Council on Aging has tickets to the Lowell Spinners game on July 30 at 7 p.m. Grandparents will receive a complimentary hot dog and soda from the Lowell Spinners. Transportation is not included. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

Summer Reading: The public library is offering summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults this summer. All programs run online June 24 through Sept. 1. To participate set up a free account at readsinma.org/haverhill. Children entering kindergarten through grade 5 can participate in "Dream Big, Read!" by tracking the number of hours read. Kids can win a Topsfield Fair prize package by reading 25 hours by Aug. 4. Completing the program with 40 hours earns kids a free book.

Library Summer Reading: Teens entering grades 6 through 12 can participate in "Own the Night" by logging titles read. The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library will donate $1 to the Haverhill Gazette Santa Fund for each title, and an additional dollar for charity for each book review written. Adults ages 18 and up can participate in "Between the Covers" by logging titles read. Any adult who reads 10 titles in 10 weeks wins a free book. For more information visit haverhillpl.org. A number of activities to celebrate the theme of each summer reading program are listed in the library's calendar of events. Events for teens this summer include a model rocket building workshop and launch, a visit from a ghost hunter, a lunchtime cooking demonstration and a zombie makeup workshop. For a calendar of events visit haverhillpl.org/teens. This summer reading program is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library fund the summer reading program. More information is available from Sam Sednek at 978-373-1586, ext. 650 or ssednek@mvlc.org.

Cedardale Reunion: The Cedardale of Groveland swim and tennis club is holding a reunion on August 12. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets are $5 per person and $15 per family. For more information contact Ruth Morley at 978-352-6228 or at RuthVMorley@aol.com.

GIVE, GET HELP

Internet Classes: The Haverhill Public Library is offering free Beginning Internet Classes. The classes are small, with individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours. You do not have to own a computer to take these classes but you are welcome to come with your own wireless-enabled laptop.Classes require advance sign-up. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, come to the Reference and Information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 607. For July classes, we will begin taking reservations June 26.

YMCA accepting registrations: The Haverhill YMCA is now accepting registrations for it's licensed after school program! Our program provides homework assistance, a nutritious snack, fun curriculum, and engaging classes such as swimming, gymnastics, rock climbing, and more. Also accepting registration for the 2012-2013 school year - and the spots are filling up fast. Contact Cathy Wolf at 978-374-0506, ext. 623 or wolfc@northshoreymca.org

Spotlight Playhouse seeks Board Members: The Haverhill-based Spotlight Playhouse theatre group is seeking new board members to bring fresh perspectives and help chart the group's course for the next few seasons. Board members are elected to two year terms. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 24 Essex St., Haverhill. There are several positions that will be up for election in June. Individuals with backgrounds in marketing, sales or those possessing an interest in theatre are welcome. More information is available by calling 978-380-8509 or info@spotlightplayhouse.org.

Seeking donations: The Buttonwoods Museum is seeking Civil War artifacts and stories pertaining to Haverhill's women both from local families and famous icons. The museum wants to hear your stories and possibly borrow your artifacts for an exhibit planned for this summer focusing on the role of Haverhill's women during the Civil War. More information is available by sending email to info@haverhillhistory.org or by mail to: The Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St., Haverhill, MA 01830. Visit online at haverhillhistory.org or call 978-374-4626.

Donations sought: Ruth's House, a nonprofit thrift store located at 111 Lafayette Square, is in need of donations of gently used clothing in all sizes and types for spring and summer. Winter clothing is not being accepted at this time. Much of the donated clothing is given to clients who are referred by more than 85 agencies and churches in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. Each client is given four weather-appropriate outfits of clothing four times a year and can purchase anything else in the store at a 20 percent discount. You may also drop off donations for the Sacred Hearts food pantry. All donations are tax deductible and donors will be issued receipts for their gifts. Donations may be dropped off on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The store is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More information is available by calling 978-521-5575. Visit online at ruthshouse.org.

Tag days: The officers and members of the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary say the generosity of people in Haverhill helped make their recent Tag Days fundraiser a success. Proceeds will help support a variety of projects, including the Auxiliary's "Adopt a Platoon" program, which provides active members of the military with personal items, the Auxiliary's Bingo and refreshment parties at local nursing homes, veterans hospitals and coffee hours at the Bedford VA and donations to two annual scholarships at Haverhill High School. The Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Post Quarters, 576 Primrose St.

Volunteers Needed: The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is looking for volunteers to conduct tours of the museum during the tourist season, June through October. From a historic site overlooking the Merrimack River, the Buttonwoods tells the story of life in the Merrimack Valley from Native American Indian settlements through today. The museum includes three historic structures - the Duncan House, the John Ward House and Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop. Volunteers are asked to devote two to four hours per week. More information is available from Jan Williams at 978-374-4626 or jwilliams@haverhillhistory.org. Visit online at haverhillhistory.org.

PLACES TO VISIT

Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St.: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays. For more information, call 978-373-1586 or visit haverhillpl.org.

Haverhill Firefighting Museum, 75 Kenoza Ave.: Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Weekday and group visits are available by appointment. For more information, call 978-372-4061.

John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road: Open Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m.; Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.; Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students under 18 and a $10 maximum for a family. For more information, call 978-373-3979.

Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society, John Ward Avenue: Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Tours by appointment only. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 7 to 17 and free for children 7 and under. For details, call 978-374-4626.

COUNCIL OF AGING

The Council on Aging is offering the following upcoming trips:

For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390..

June 7-13: San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

June 12: The Hit Men at Mohegan Sun.

June 18-19: Indian Head Resort.

June 27: Tribute to Dean Martin.

July 2: Tall Ships.

July 8: Tanglewood and The Pops.

Aug. 5-6: Tanglewood.

June 7 to 13: San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Oct. 18: Italian Festival.

Oct. 24: Foxwoods.

Nov. 13: Kings of Country at Mohegan Sun.

For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.