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February 27, 2014

Books, books and more books for sale


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — If you’re an avid reader, it’s a place you can get a great deal.

The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library will hold their annual March book sale beginning with preview day on March 18, when admission is $20.

Opening day of the sale is March 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission that day is free.

Books are $3 per bag on March 21 and 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on March 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the library.

More information is available by calling 978-373-1586 or by visiting online at www.haverhillpl.org.

IF YOU GO

What: Friends of the Haverhill Public Library book sale

When: Preview day is March 18 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Opening day is March 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission: $20 on preview day. Free on opening day.

Here are other activities and events in the Haverhill area:

Caribbean Escape event on tap: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and co-organizer Nunan Florist & Greenhouses will hold their second annual Caribbean Escape event on Feb. 28 in partnership with exclusive sponsor Georgetown Bank.

The tropical-themed event will run from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in Nunan’s greenhouse, 269 Central St., Georgetown. The greenhouse will be transformed into a tropical paradise. Nunan’s home-grown tropical plants, waterfall vignettes and chatty Macaw will give the illusion of paradise, and they’ll turn up the heat so it will feel like you’re on a vacation on a tropical island. More than 125 people attended last year’s event. All participating organizations invite people in the Greater Georgetown and Haverhill areas to participate again this year.

This event is open to the public and will feature a tiki bar, food provided by Uno Pizzeria and Grill and Romano’s Pizza, a digital photo booth provided by Tapsnap, a live steel drummer and a disc jockey. Please dress in tropical attire, as best costume will be rewarded. The chamber and Nunan Florist will also hold several contests for more prizes, including a scavenger hunt and limbo competition. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win prizes such as scratch tickets, a rum basket, gift certificate basket and more. Tickets to this event are $25 per person or $40 for two. Each ticket includes food and one complimentary beverage. For tickets or more information, contact the chamber at 978-373-5663 or visit online at www.HaverhillChamber.com.

Women’s City Club to meet: The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will meet on March 4 at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carlton St.

Coffee hour begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by the business meeting at 2 p.m. The program of entertainment begins at 2:15 p.m. and features Brian Corcoran. He has been entertaining for more than 30 years and has traveled the United States, Canada and Ireland. Corcoran will play a variety of old songs from the 1940s and ‘50s. He will also play his guitar for a sing-a-long.

Bradford Grange is a nonprofit organization focused on keeping the region’s agricultural heritage alive. Find the Bradford Grange on Facebook and Meetup.com, or send email to bradfordgrange@verizon.net.

Master piano workshops offered: The Music Program at Northern Essex Community College will offer two free masters workshops in the art of piano playing by NECC music faculty member Christina Dietrich on March 2 and April 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

The workshops will give piano players the chance to perform and learn in a cooperative group setting. Solo piano works and instrumental and vocal works with piano accompaniment of various levels of difficulty will be explored. Various aspects of piano performance and preparation will also be discussed. Students at all levels of playing ability will benefit from attending these workshops.

More information is available from Dietrich at cdietrich@necc.mass.edu.

Library to host program on solar power: Stop by the public library on March 3 at 7 p.m. for a free presentation on solar power.

Learn about how it works, how it might save you money, and what tax incentives exist.

Get Smart Haverhill fundraiser set to go: Haverhill public schools and UNO Pizzeria & Grill will hold their second annual Get Smart Haverhill fundraiser from March 3 to April 13.

During this period, UNO’s will donate 20 percent of your total bill directly to your chosen school. Just present a fundraiser ticket to your server. The school that raises the most funds will receive a SMART Interactive Response System and applicable software valued at $4,000, donated by CCS New England. This year’s sponsors are CCS New England, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Align Credit Union.

Align Credit Union is providing weekly incentive prizes to schools that raise the most funds during the program. Prizes include a laptop, iPad and a $500 Staples gift card. A celebration party will be held at the end of April. Fundraiser tickets are available online at www.haverhill-ps.org or www.haverhillchamber.org and are valid for use in the restaurant and bar, as well as for take-out, delivery and catering. Tickets may be printed or shown to your server on your phone.

Learn about osteoporosis and hypothyroidism: Controversies in Endocrinology: Should we treat patient over 60 with osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and low testosterone differently?, a senior lunch presentation with Endocrinologist Neil Ravin, MD, is March 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium.

The cost of $5 includes a 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, call 978-521-8140.

Library to host free talk on burlesque: The public library will host a talk by burlesque scholar Elizabeth Rieur on March 10 at 7 p.m.

Rieur will discuss the long and interesting history of burlesque in the United States and share stories on the ladies of burlesque and its history in the Boston area.

Book and Film Club to meet: The public library’s Book and Film Club will meet on March 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a screening of Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks.

On March 31, stop in at 7 p.m. to discuss Captain Phillips and the book on which it was based. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org for details and to register. On select weekday mornings in March, the library will be screening classic gangster films. Meet at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. Visit the library online for specific movie titles and dates, under calendar of events.

Celebrating Women’s History Month: In honor of March being Women’s History Month, the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill will hold a free program of music at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, 15 Kenoza Ave., on March 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The program, titled “Influential Women Composers from the 1100s to the 1940s: Repression and Recognition,” will focus on influential women composers of those eras, their stories and their works. Alice Donovan and Sally Heiter will perform piano and voice solos and duets, and will discuss these subjects.

Refreshments will be served after the program. Please enter at the rear entrance of the church on Ashland Street, where parking is available. More information is available by calling 978-374-6253.

St. Patrick’s Day party on tap: The annual Council on Aging Patrick’s Day Party and Taffe award presentation will be March 14 at DiBurro’s function hall.

Tickets are $10 for Haverhill senior citizens and $15 for others. Doors open at 11 a.m. This year’s Taffe award recipient is Russell Chaput of the Disabled American Veterans, Hannah Dustin Chapter 20. Chaput was instrumental in erecting the Korean War Veterans Memorial at GAR Park and he is dedicated to assisting disabled veterans. At 86 years old, Chaput is still helping others. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

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, contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net. Visit LaBrode on Facebook for updates.

Library book group to meet: Get Lit, the public library’s book group for 20 and 30 somethings, will hold its March meeting on March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Barking Dog Ale House on Washington Street.

The group will discuss Graeme Simsion’s “The Rosie Project.” Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org for more and to register.

Free soap making demonstration on tap: The Bradford Grange will meet on March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at 121 Washington St., Groveland.

The meeting is free and open to the public and will feature a demonstration on soap making. Learn about the ingredients, tools, and process from someone who’s figured it all out.

The Bradford Grange is a nonprofit organization focused on keeping the region’s agricultural heritage alive. Find the Bradford Grange on Facebook and Meetup.com or send email to bradfordgrange@verizon.net.

Library to host talk on climate change: The public library will host a talk on climate change on March 24 at 7 p.m. Northern Essex Community College.

Professor Marcy Yeager will discuss climate change throughout the ages, what role humans are playing, and how climate change can impact us all.

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.

Red Sox trip planned: The Council on Aging is offering a new Red Sox trip with Fox Tours to see the Boston Red Sox play the New York Yankees at the new Yankee Stadium on April 10.

This trip includes a Statue of Liberty cruise, a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and a tour of the 9/11 Monument.

Cost is $319 per person double occupancy and $409 for single occupancy and includes one night at the Luxury Homewood Suite Hotel, one dinner, and one breakfast. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Day and overnight trips planned: Bethany Community Services is planning a variety of day and overnight trips and tours this year.

They include a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, April 5 to 13 featuring tours of Graceland, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Museum and Birthplace and more.

A Caribbean Escape Reposition Cruise from Clearwater to Boston is April 25 to May 9. A trip to the Wildwood Crest and Cape May, New Jersey Shore, is June 3 to 6. A trip to Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City is Sept. 14 to 18. A trip to New York City with two nights on the Norwegian Gem is Nov. 7 to 9 and includes tickets to the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Show, visit to the 9-11 Memorial and a New York City tour.

Day trips include the Boston Flower and Garden Show on March 12, Debbie Reynolds at Mohegan Sun on April 15, Disney on Ice at the DCU Center on April 23, the Tony Pace Show at White’s of Westport on May 15, North Shore Acappella at Luciano’s at Lake Pearl on May 20, and The Temptations live in concert at Venus De Milo on June 11. More information is available from Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165 or dsutton@bethanycommunities.org.

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 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 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 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.