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February 6, 2014

A sweetheart of a race


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — You can take your sweetheart to the race.

The 23rd annual Bradford Valentine’s Road Race, called “a great race in the heart of winter,” is this week.

The race will be Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m.

The First Church of Christ in Bradford will host the race, which also involves a social gathering afterward.

IF YOU GO

When: Feb. 8, 10 a.m.

Where: First Church of Christ, next to Bradford Common.

Race details: 5 -mile (USATF Certified) and 3.7-mile (6K). Both are loop courses and runners can choose between races.

Registration fee: $20 before Feb. 8 and $25 the day of the race.

Online registration: Visit www.bsrs-timing.com/valentinerace.

Post race gathering: Archie’s Little River Ale House in Lafayette Square.

Other details: In addition to long-sleeve T-shirts to the first 400 entrants, all finishers will receive a carnation from Flowers by Steve, as well as candy, homemade soup, fresh fruit, yogurt, water and raffle prize opportunities. All category winners will receive custom commemorative medals, plus a $25 gift certificate to Whirlaway Sports Center.

Here are activities and events going on around Haverhill:

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 a gala 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, as well as 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.

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 just 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.

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-21/2-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 so please call early.

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.