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February 13, 2014

Fair offers visitors a chance to find jobs

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Looking for work?

An upcoming event may provide you some options.

ValleyWorks Career Center will present a March Madness Job Fair on March 4 at Osgood Landing, 1600 Osgood St., North Andover.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 40 or more employers are expected to participate. Job seekers can meet with representatives of a variety of industries, including administration, communication, customer service, education, engineering, finance, health care, insurance, manufacturing and transportation.

Event organizers say first impressions matter, and suggest attendees practice their 30-second introductions, dress neatly and have a clean appearance. People are asked to bring multiple copies of their resumes and be prepared to complete job applications. Membership or preregistration is not required. Career Center members are asked to bring their membership information for quicker entrance.

ValleyWorks suggests that in preparation for attending this job fair that you attend one of these workshops: How To Work A Job Fair, Interviewing Techniques, Marketing Your Maturity, Mock Interview, Resume – Basic, Critique, Beyond Basic and The “WOW” Factor. Workshop dates and time are posted online at www.valleyworks.cc. Registration is required because seating is limited.


What: March Madness Job Fair

When: March 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Osgood Landing, 1600 Osgood St., North Andover

More information: Call 978-722-7008

Here are activities and events happening around Haverhill:

Endocrinologist joins local hospitals: Merrimack Valley Hospital and Holy Family Hospital announced that Board Certified Endocrinologist Neil Ravin, MD, has joined Steward Medical Group, part of the Steward Health Care System, and began his practice last week.

As part of the Steward Merrimack Valley Endocrinology Center, Ravin will lead a diabetes care program. The program will be part of the Steward Diabetes Care Program, which helps patients better manage their disease. Nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association, it already exists at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

Ravin will provide care at Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill and at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, where he will join Board Certified Endocrinologist Naaznin Lokhandwala, MD, in the Steward Holy Family Hospital Endocrinology Center.

Chocolate, the perfect drug? In a presentation called “Chocolate, The Perfect Indulgence,” Northern Essex Community College chemistry professor Mike Cross will share his knowledge as both a chemist and a passionate lover of chocolate with audiences throughout the area this Valentine’s Day season.

Presentations are open to the public and will be held on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Manchester by the Sea Public Library, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, and on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library in Hampstead, N.H.

According to Cross, chocolate might just be the “perfect drug.” With high quality versions of chocolate carrying more than 500 natural chemicals and more antioxidants then a bowl of blueberries, chocolate can increase feelings of well-being, reduce high blood pressure, relax blood vessels and more, Cross said. The library presentations are free and the Tower Hill Botanic Garden presentation is free with the price of admission. Cross holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah where he specialized in oxidative lesions in DNA and RNA. His presentations are part of NECC’s Speakers’ Bureau.

Coffeehouse performances on tap: Folk music artist Chelsea Berry will perform at the New Moon Coffeehouse on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m.

Opening act is Kangaralien, the Boston-based acoustic guitar duo of Eric Clemenzi and Steve Belleville. Admission is $20 and $10 for ages 18 and under. Tickets will be available at the door starting around 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be reserved prior to the show by visiting www.newmooncoffeehouse.org or by calling 978-459-5134.

The New Moon is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting and enjoying the creative talents of acoustic performers. The coffeehouse offers a relaxing, friendly, smoke- and alcohol-free environment where you can enjoy a great show, fair trade coffee and desserts. Bring your own mug and the coffee is only $1 for the evening.

The coffeehouse is located in the Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St. There are two parking lots available behind the church, on both sides of Ashland Street. The coffeehouse entrance is at the back of the church.

Cajun music comes to Byfield: The Squeezebox Stompers will bring the bayou to Byfield for a rockin’ Mardi Gras celebration on Feb. 15, when they perform at the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse.

The group’s unique mix of Cajun, Zydeco, country, blues, and jazz will bring you to the streets of the French Quarter to dance the two-step and make you think you were coming home to the bayou. The Cat Cafe will be serving authentic Cajun gumbo and New Orleans beer, in addition to the regular fare.

The Cat in the Cradle is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door. The event is sponsored in part by the Newburyport Bank.

Gala fundraiser on tap: The “Help Us Help Others” organization will host an event on Feb. 15 at DiBurro’s function hall in Ward Hill to benefit the Common Ground Cafe in Haverhill and the Mission of Hope School.

The event is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. and will include live entertainment, music by a disc jockey, and silent and live auctions. For tickets, visit www.huhogala.org. Tickets are $45 each.

Workshop on Health and Wellness: Dr. Beth Greene of New Life Chiropractic in Central Plaza will share tips and suggestions for keeping the spine healthy at all ages to minimize pain and maximize function.

This workshop will be Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Greene will focus on the importance of being active, preventing and healing injury as well as the role good nutrition plays in our lives. To reserve your seat at this talk, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Lend-a-Hand auction on tap: Opportunity Works will hold its 30th annual televised Lend-a-Hand auction on Feb. 22.

This popular auction is held in partnership with Comcast and will be broadcast live from noon to 9 p.m. on local public access channels in the Greater Newburyport and Haverhill areas. The auction will be streamed online at www.portmedia.org. Some of the auction items can be seen and bids will be accepted at www.biddingforgood.com/opportunityworks, leading up to preview night and the televised auction. Some items will go on to the live auction.

You can view the items and offer pre-bids on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., during Preview Night at the Nock Middle School, 70 Low St., Newburyport. Admission is free. Opportunity Works is a nonprofit agency with sites in Newburyport and Haverhill that provides employment, specialized day habilitation and community and recreation services for adults with developmental disabilities. For more information call 978-462-6144 or visit www.opportunityworks.org. Also visit on Facebook.

New musical on tap: Northpoint Bible College will present a new musical, “The Song of Hosea,” on Feb. 20, 21 and 22 in the school’s Fine Arts center.

All shows start at 6:30 p.m. Written and directed by Alan Bailey, “The Song of Hosea’’ tells the story of a prophet called by God to marry a prostitute in order to show her and the world the power of redemptive love. This show deals with themes of prostitution and human trafficking and is not suitable for children.

Northpoint Bible College is at 320 S. Main St. Admission is free and a freewill offering will be taken at intermission. For more information, contact Northpoint at 978-478-3400.

College finance meeting planned: Northern Essex Community College will host a FAFSA Day Massachusetts on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. in the John R. Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin Street, Lawrence.

Counselors will guide participants through the process of completing and filing a FAFSA application form online. Spanish translators will be available. NECC is one of more than two dozen locations throughout the state that will host FAFSA filing events.

To register for this event, visit www.fafsaday.org. More information is available form Despina Lambropoulos at 978-556-3607, dlambropoulos@necc.mass.edu or Erika Callahan at 978-738-7487, ecallahan@necc.mass.edu.

Prescription Advantage presentation on tap: Kathy Devine of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in Massachusetts will discuss the Massachusetts Prescription Advantage Program on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 10:30 a.m., at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Prescription Advantage is a prescription drug insurance plan available to Massachusetts residents 65 and older, as well as younger people with disabilities who meet income and employment guidelines. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Haverhill Senior Baseball registration: Haverhill Senior Baseball is accepting applications for the 2014 season.

Sign-ups will be held at the public library on March 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Applications are also available online at haverhillseniorbaseball.com and can be mailed to PO Box 5202, Bradford, MA 01835.

The spring season will run from mid-April through the end of May and the summer season is from early June through early August. The league is open to players ages 13 to 15 living in the Haverhill area. More information is available from Larry O’Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807 5068.

Learn about osteoporosis and hypothyroidism: Controversies in Endocrinology: Should we treat patient over 60 with osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and low testosterone differently? is senior lunch presentation with Endocrinologist Neil Ravin, MD.

The event will be March 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner of corned beef with boiled cabbage, potatoes, baby carrots, mixed green salad, dinner rolls, coffee, tea and dessert. The hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 978-521-8140.

Annual Run to the Beach on tap: The Andover Striders, in association with the Winners’ Circle Running Club, will hold the annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” run, March 16 at 10 a.m.

The race starts at the North Andover VFW and finishes at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury.

For more information about the run, contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net. Visit LaBrode on Facebook for updates.

Church plans craft fair: Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., will hold its fifth annual craft fair on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event organizers are seeking crafters to participate in this event. The fee is $35 for an 8-by-2 1/2-foot table, with chairs included.

All proceeds support Riverside Memorial missions fund. For more information, contact Renee Cannon at 617-455-2792 or ms.renee1969@yahoo.com. Space is limited.

Community Free Market planned: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and The Vine/Urban Kindness will hold a Community Free Market on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd UMC, 471 Main St.

The event includes a free bread and soup lunch. This event is similar to a flea market where customers shop and are given tickets to pay for their purchases, but everything is free.

The two organizations are looking for donations of household goods and clothing to make available for free to the community. No TVs, computers or large furniture will be accepted. Items can be dropped off on April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at 471 Main St., April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m., April 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. and April 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. More information is available from Keith Boucher at 603-203-4917 or zoomblaster@yahoo.com.

NECC to host second annual Campus Classic 5K/Fun Run: Northern Essex Community College will host its second annual Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run on May 3.

The USATF certified 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. on the college’s Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St., and wind through the rural campus and the surrounding residential neighborhood. Competitive runners — as well as novices and walkers — are invited to participate. Registration for the 5K is $25 before April 5 and $30 after that date. Online registration will remain open until April 30.

Children ages 12 and younger are invited to participate in the Fun Run, which is organized by age group with the first race beginning at 9 a.m. Registration for the Fun Run is $10. Following the race, there will be children’s activities including face painting and an obstacle course.

For more information or to register online, visit www.necc.mass.edu/campus-classic or contact Lindsey Mayo at lmayo@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3621.

STEM College for Kids returns to NECC: Northern Essex Community College’s STEM College for Kids summer program will return to the Haverhill campus July 7 to Aug. 1.

Participants can enroll for one week or all four weeks. While the program is designed with a focus on fun Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses, there are many art and athletic opportunities to choose from.

Children are encouraged to explore different subjects, gain new knowledge, and develop new skills in an engaging and supervised college campus environment. For more information or to be put on the brochure mailing list once the schedule has been finalized, please contact Vanessa Pepin at 978-659-1207 or email vpepin@necc.mass.edu. Visit the college online at www.necc.mass.edu.