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April 12, 2012

Community events


CHURCHES

Ham and Bean Supper: The First Church of Christ postponed its monthly a ham and bean supper from April 7 to Saturday, April 14. The supper is from 5 to 6 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12 and a $20 family maximum. The church is at 10 Church St., Bradford. More information is available by calling 978-374-1114 and leaving a message.

Rose Tea: The fifth annual Rose Tea is coming to the Haverhill Universalist Unitarian Church, 15 Kenoza Ave., April 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy dainty delicacies, delicious desserts, fun and fellowship, with musical entertainment, raffles and a door prize included. Be waited on in style by the gentlemen of the congregation who will be offering tea, coffee and juice. Donation is $15 and tickets are available from Patricia Feller at 978-372-3622 or berry39@verizon.net.

Bean Supper: Saint James Church at 119 Washington St., Groveland, will hold its spring bean supper April 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. The meal includes homemade beans, hot-dogs and special desserts. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. More information is available by calling 978-373-1270.

Salvation Army Worship Service: Mitch Forman of Chosen People Ministries will speak at the May 6 at the 11 a.m. worship service at the Salvation Army Church, 395 Main St., Haverhill. The program is presented by the Gospel in the Spring Feasts. A love offering will be accepted and the public is invited. More information is available by calling 978-374-7571.

FAMILIES AND KIDS

Author visit: Haverhill Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a visit from illustrator and author Lisa Greenleaf on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Greenleaf will present her new award-winning book, John Greenleaf Whittier's The Barefoot Boy. For more information, contact Carol Verny, Library Director, 978-373-1586, ext. 621

Flag Football Registration: The Haverhill YMCA is registering players for its Youth Spring Flag Football League. The co-ed league is an option for the children in grades one through eight who do not play spring sports. The season begins May 5 and will consist of six weeks with games played on Saturdays. Team T-shirts and flags will be provided. No weekly practices. Cost is $50 for Y members and $70 for others. Players will be selected through a blind draft Volunteer coaches are needed. If you are interested contact Clint Clay at clayc@northshoreymca.org or 978-374-0506, ext. 1618.

Sign language: Northern Essex Community College provides sign language instruction for families with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Information, contact Glenys Crane-Emerson, Family Sign Language Program coordinator, at fslp@necc.mass.edu, 978-556-3701 (voice/tty), 978-556-3703 (fax), and 978-241-7057 (VP/VRS).

T-ball League: The Haverhill YMCA is registering players for its introductory T-Ball League. The league is open to children ages 3 to 5. The eight-week season begins May 5 and ends with a celebration. Teams will meet for one hour, with a half hour of team practice time followed by a 30 minute game. Location of games will be announced two weeks prior to the start of the season. The cost is $54 for Y members and $77 for others. In the event of inclement weather, games will be indoors at the YMCA, 81 Winter St. Parents who volunteer to coach get a 25 percent discount off their child's registration fee. More information is available from Clint Clay at clayc@northshoreymca.org or 978-374-0506, ext. 1618.

Sign language: Northern Essex Community College provides sign language instruction for families with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Information, contact Glenys Crane-Emerson, Family Sign Language Program coordinator, at fslp@necc.mass.edu, 978-556-3701 (voice/tty), 978-556-3703 (fax), and 978-241-7057 (VP/VRS).

Reading Buddy Program: The public library is offering a Reading Buddy Program in partnership with Zion Bible College Work Study program. Reading Buddies Nicole and John are available to help your child practice reading skills, provide encouragement and support when he or she is stuck on a word, and help show how much fun reading can be. Sessions, 30-minutes, are available after school on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and from 5 to 6 p.m., and Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call 978-373-1586, ext. 626.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Comedy Show: Community Action Inc. will hold a comedy show fundraiser featuring two of the top comedians in the region April 13 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. Doors open at 6 p.m. for drinks and appetizers. The show starts at 8 p.m. The event, titled "Comedy for a Cause," will include a live auction, raffles and mystery balloon games to benefit CAI's Stronger Families for Stronger Community campaign. Comedians Steve Bjork and Mark Scalia along with rising star Chris Pennie will perform. The show will be hosted by local teacher, writer and comedian Michael Smith. Tickets are $35 and include hot and cold light appetizers and a cash bar. For more information or to purchase tickets call 978-373-1971.

Republican City Committee Meeting: The Haverhill Republican City Committee will hold a reorganization meeting April 14 at 9 a.m. in the Milhendler Room at the public library. All Republican committees statewide are required to hold these meetings within 30 to 45 days of the Presidential primary. This happens every four years and is mandatory. This meeting is to ensure the committee is organized, including ward committees, and has elections of new officers, including executive officers. You must attend in order to be voted onto a ward committee. Ward committees will elect their officers as needed. Those wishing to be nominated must be present. Those wishing to run for executive officers must also be present. All committee members must be registered Republicans by the cut off date of Feb. 15 of this year. More information is available from Jack Roy at 978-314-9189.

Little League Fundraiser: The Riverside Bradford Baseball umpires are donating their paychecks to the American Cancer Society and are challenging people to match their donations. People can send donations to Robert Duston, 38 Smiley Ave, Haverhill, MA, 01830 with a check made out to the American Cancer Society or they can donate on April 21 and April 22 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the RB1 baseball field on Lincoln Street right past Haverhill Stadium.

Relay for Life Fundraiser: Pillars for Life and the 1971 Haverhill High School Relayers are hosting a fundraiser on April 28th from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Garibaldi Club. Tickets are $10 per person and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each. Prizes include gift baskets, gift certificates, artwork, home decor, games and more. For more information please call Nathan Webster at 978-204-4692.

Change of Location: For the next four months the Greater Haverhill Landlord's Guild will hold its monthly meetings at the Victor Emanuel Lodge, Sons of Italy, 124 Washington St. Meetings are, April 24, May 22 and June 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Parking is behind the Tap Restaurant. At each meeting there is information intended to help you become a better manager of your property. Whether you own many units or are just thinking about buying your first rental property, this is the place to gain and share knowledge and wisdom. This knowledge will translate into making all of us much more professional in the way that we run our business benefiting both the landlord and the tenant. For more information contact Michael Schroth at 978-376-5492.

Lunch Party: The Council on Aging will host a lunch party with music by George Whitehouse of A Goodtime DJs, April 25 at 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Tickets are $7 per person and include lunch and entertainment. Reservations are required by contacting Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.

Wrestling Show: A pro wrestling benefit show in memory of Karen LaPierre who was killed by a drunk driver on Dec. 18, 2011, on her way to church the show is entitled "No Tolerance Think. Don't drink & Drive" at the Sacred Hearts School. Doors will open at approximately 6:30 with a pre-show and meet and greet with the wrestlers and the main show will begin at 7:00pm. All proceeds will go to St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry and M.A.D.D. This is an all ages event and tickets are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for kids under 12. Tickets will be available at the door.

Relay For Life Fundraiser: Relay For Life of Haverhill to hold its second annual "Paint The Town Purple" campaign the week of May 2 through May 6. Businesses that donate $25 will receive a purple bow and a "Proud Purple Ribbon Supporter" poster to display in their windows. Businesses are also encouraged to decorate their shops and storefronts during this campaign. Other sponsorship levels are available starting at $250. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. More information is available by contacting Nate Webster at 978-204-4692.

Lunch party: The Haverhill Council on Aging is hosting a lunch party with A Goodtime DJ George Whitehouse on Wednesday, April 25, at 12:30 p.m. George always provides a great time for everyone with lots of entertainment and dancing! Don't miss out on the fun! Tickets are $7 per person and include lunch and entertainment. Reservations are required. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at (978) 374-2390 to order tickets

NECC Dance Performance: Northern Essex Community College's Still Point Dancers' spring performance is April 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. in the Sport and Fitness Center on the Haverhill campus. The show features faculty and student choreography and a dance piece dedicated to the college's 50th anniversary. An alumni reception will be held prior to the April 27 performance at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the sport and Fitness Center. All alumni are invited to attend. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $3 for children under 12. More information is available from Michelle Deane at mdeane@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3597.

Fun Run: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold its third annual Fun Run & Walk May 5 starting at 8:30 a.m. The 5K route goes through downtown Haverhill, crosses the Comeau Bridge into Bradford then the Basiliere Bridge into Haverhill. The 1.5 mile walk route through the city's arts and restaurant district is for walkers and runners. The first 150 people to register will receive an event T-shirt. All registrants will receive a free hot breakfast after the race. The run and walk is followed by a Family Festival featuring a DJ, games, face painting and other activities. More information is available by calling 978-521-4256 or online at sjshav.com.

KidsFEST seeks vendors: This year's KidsFEST will be held on the upper deck of the Merrimack Street parking garage May 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date is May 20. Downtown businesses and outside vendors have been steadily applying to promote their businesses, but more are needed. Space is available for restaurants, service clubs, and nonprofits, retailers and kid-focused vendors. Last year's KidsFEST welcomed nearly 15,000 children and adults and many vendors sold out of their products and informational paraphernalia. Even more are expected this year. KidsFEST is presented by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Community Support Committee in partnership with Merrimack Valley Hospital, Pentucket Medical Associates and Trinity EMS. All vendors booths are $100 and vendors must supply their tables. Set-up for the event will start no earlier than 8 a.m. All vehicles must be out of the festival area by 10:30 a.m. Participating vendors will receive their assigned placement when they arrive at the festival; this information will not be available prior to 8 a.m. on May 6. To participate as a vendor, download forms and the required vendor rules at haverhillchamber.com or by email to Shannon O'Neil at intlchildcaredirector@verizon.net. More information is available from Jenn Connolly at 603-300-0254.

Charity Golf Classic: Friends of the Giurado family of Bradford will hold their first Kaydence Giurado Golf Classic May 19 at the Bradford Country Club. Kady Giurado, 3, has extensive medical problems and organizers of the benefit say her future remains uncertain. Despite extensive medical intervention, the girl's condition remains undiagnosed. Registration fee of $125 includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and a steak and chicken dinner following play. Organizers are also planning a silent auction and raffle. "We are so grateful for the support of friends, family and the community," said Joelly Helps, the event organizer. "The challenges Kady and her family deal with daily often seem overwhelming, but we gain so much strength knowing there are such caring and thoughtful people who hold us in their thoughts and prayers." To register or for sponsorship information contact Joelly Helps at kadygiurado@gmail.com.

Relay For Life Golf Tournament: Relay for Life team to hold golf tournament June 2. The Relay For Life of Haverhill team, Team Turner will hold its first Dave Turner Memorial Golf Tournament on June 2 at the Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road, Bradford. The team plans to hold this event annually. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per golfer and $500 per team. There is also a $100 hole sponsorship opportunity. Dinner is after the tournament. More information is available by contacting Ryan Turner at 978-478-8225.

New Moon Coffeehouse concert series: The New Moon Coffeehouse will host monthly concerts through May 21. The coffeehouse is located in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 16 Ashland St, Haverhill MA. Admission to the show is $20; $10 for those ages 18 and under. For more information check out newmooncoffeehouse.org.

Free Tax Preparation: Community Action Inc. at 145 Essex St. is offering free tax preparation services through IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers now through April 14. Community Action services Haverhill and other towns in the Merrimack Valley in providing low- to moderate-income taxpayers with free tax return preparation. Federal and Massachusetts state returns will be E-filed. Appointments are being scheduled for Monday and Saturday mornings and Wednesday and Thursday evenings. For more information, to learn if you qualify for free help, or to schedule an appointment call Marilyn Luther at 978-373-1971, ext. 340 during business hours.

Golf Tournament: Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold its 20th annual Principal's Cup Golf Tournament June 15 at the Bradford Country Club. Tourney fee of $140 includes golf and a cart, lunch, dinner, a gift for each golfer, contests with prizes for the winners, auctions and raffle prizes. More information is available by calling 978-372-5451 or online at sacredheartsbradford.org.

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.

GIVE, GET HELP

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.

Art Fundraiser: The Haverhill Cultural Council and Haverhill Art Association will hold their second annual ART-rageous Art Exhibition and Silent Auction fundraiser April 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hamel Mills Lofts Community Room, 40 Locke St. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at http://artrageous.eventbrite.com. Area artists and galleries are invited to participate. All submissions are due by April 2. Works of emerging artists, mid-career, market works and established artists are encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Haverhill Cultural Council's summer performing arts series, "Make Some Noise!" and the Haverhill Art Association's Thursday evening artist demonstrations. For more info visit HaverhillCulturalCouncil.com or contact Don Herook at don5753@aol.com or Leota Sarrette at lsarrette@aol.com.

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.

April 17: The Duttons at Mohegan Sun.

May 2: Vicki Lawrence at Foxwoods.

May 6: Loretta LaRoche at the North Shore Music Theatre.

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.