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March 20, 2014

Past Finders makes history fun for kids


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — If the kids like history, this is the program for them.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum.

Sessions are one week long and meet Tuesday through Friday. Children may sign up for one or both sessions. Morning drop-off begins at 9 a.m. and pick-up is at 4 p.m.

Session 1, Come Sail Away, is July 8 to 11. The Merrimack River connected Haverhill to ports around the world. Haverhill-built vessels hunted whales, sailed the Pacific and transported exotic trade items from England, China and the West Indies. Campers will explore the Merrimack River as a resource and link to the world. Activities include fishing, exploring the Buttonwoods Trail, sailor crafts, cooking, and a field trip. Cost is $175.

Session 2, Gadgets & Contraptions, is Aug. 5 to 8. Invention and discovery are key parts of the history of our nation. Campers will learn how gadgets work, where materials come from and create their own inventions. Activities include building circuits and switches, designing newspaper structures and building simple machines. Nature, technology, cooking, engineering, a field trip, and crazy ideas are all part of this week of design fun. Cost is $175.

TO PARTICIPATE

What: Past Finders history program for children

When: Registrations being accepted for July and August sessions

Where: Buttonwoods Museum

How: To register or for more information, visit www.buttonwoods.org. You can also email the program coordinator at programs@haverhillhistory.org.

Here are more events in the Haverhill area:

Free soap-making demonstration offered: The Bradford Grange will meet 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 book group to meet: Get Lit, the public library’s book group for 20- and 30-somethings, will meet 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.

B’s Fitness Class for senior citizens: The Council on Aging is offering a 3 B’s Fitness class that will begin on March 21 at 11 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Join trainer Brian Coyne and learn to improve balance, increase bone density, and challenge your brain. The first class is free. To register or for more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Food pantry collection: Our Neighbors’ Table Food Pantry in Amesbury will be collecting non-perishable food and other needed items outside area grocery stores on March 22.

The program serves people living in Amesbury, Boxford, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, South Hampton and West Newbury. Louise Mills Federal Credit Union is coordinating the drive in this area with the help of Whittier Regional High.

Whittier students are hosting a food drive at their school this week and the school has also contributed a school bus and driver to be at the following locations where food will be collected on March 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Market Basket stores in Central Plaza in Haverhill, Route 1, Rowley, and 25 Storey Ave., Newburyport; and at the Stop & Shop on Route 110, Amesbury. Items needed include canned vegetables, soups, tuna, fruit, beef stew, hash, peanut butter, shaving razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, paper towels and toilet paper.

Library hosts 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.

Goldman Scholarship offered: Community Action. Inc. is offering a $1,000 Goldman Scholarship to an area resident who is enrolled in a full-time college or other post-secondary program.

Due to a delay in posting the scholarship application process, CAI has extended the deadline to March 28. The scholarship is named after former executive director Gerald Goldman. Each year Community Action presents three $1,000 scholarships in his name. College students from Haverhill, Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Groveland, Georgetown, Boxford, Rowley, Newbury, West Newbury, and Merrimac are eligible.

Applicants must supply proof of their participation in a full-time college program. They must also provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor, and complete a 200- to 500-word essay on how their post-secondary education experience will help them enhance the principles of Gerald Goldman in their own lives or how continuing education will help them make a difference in their communities. The final selection of the scholarship winner will be decided by Goldman’s children and announced in April. Applications are available at the Community Action Inc. at 145 Essex St. Completed applications are due by March 28. Applications are also available online at www.communityactioninc.org. More information is available from Marge Hooper at 978-373-1971.

Library offers beginner Internet classes: The public library is offering free beginner Internet classes in April.

The classes are small, with lots of individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours long. 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 signup. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, please stop by the Reference and Information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. The library will begin taking reservations March 18 for classes in April.

Get Smart Haverhill fundraiser ongoing: Haverhill public schools and UNO Pizzeria & Grill are holding their second annual Get Smart Haverhill fundraiser through 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 money will receive a SMART Interactive Response System and applicable software valued at $4,000 and 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 money 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.

First-time home buyer training offered: Community Action Inc. will offer first-time home buyer education classes for area residents beginning March 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Presidential Gardens Community Room, 140 Evergreen Drive, Bradford.

Participants will receive comprehensive information offered by housing professionals including bank lenders, buyer/seller real estate brokers, housing attorneys, insurance agents home inspectors and credit counselors.

A Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative approved certificate is awarded after completion of the three-night course. The program is also approved by MassHousing. The dates for the course are March 27, April 1 and April 4. The cost is $60 per household. There are no income requirements to take the training. More information is available from Richard Lynch at 978-373-1971 or Susan Collins at 978-317-8998.

Learn about traveling to Italy: The public library will host a talk on traveling to Italy on March 27 at 7 p.m.

Learn more about traveling to Italy, including what to see, when to see it, and how to get the most for your money. This program is in the auditorium. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Craft Fair at Whittier to benefit charity: The second annual Craft Fair at Whittier Regional High is March 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About 25 vendors will offer a variety of items including jewelry, doll clothes, blankets, lamps, aprons and more. Refreshments will also be sold. All profits will be donated to local charities supported by the school’s Key Club. Whittier is at 115 Amesbury Line Road.

Community discussion planned: Somebody Cares New England will host a roundtable discussion for service providers, law enforcement and area churches on March 28, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at 358 Washington St. Register for free online at somebodycaresne.org or call 978-912-7626. This event is sponsored by Merrimack Valley Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and Team Coordinating Agency.

Broadway coming to Haverhill: Eight actors from Haverhill and three from Merrimac form the nucleus of a group that will present the fifth annual Spotlight Playhouse dinner theater cabaret on March 28 and 29 at The Galleria at Maria’s Restaurant, 24 Essex St.

The actors will be joined by 18 additional performers from towns as near as the Andovers and as far as Swampscott, Wenham, and Hampstead, N.H. Directed and produced by Merrimac resident Beth Yuskaitis, the troupe will create a magical evening showcasing the best Broadway music of the last 75 years.

Doors open for a dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m. The show will start one hour later. A selection of homemade desserts will be served during intermission. Tickets for dinner and the show are $35 ($32 for people 65 and over) and are available online at www.SpotlightPlayhouse.org or by calling 978-380-8509. As a nonprofit organization run exclusively by volunteers, the group relies on ticket revenue and donations to operate.

Spotlight provides acting opportunities for both adults and young people. Upcoming events include a cast of 40 in Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man’’ at Haverhill High School in June, and a summer theater workshop for children ages 7 to 15 in July.

Noted violinist and pianist to perform at NECC: Virtuoso violinist Andrew Kohji Taylor of Brookline will join Essex Chamber Music Players pianist David Allan Pihl of Worcester in a concert of violin and piano music on March 30 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.

Chamber artistic director and flutist Michael Finegold of Andover and guest cellist Priscilla Bellairs of Newburyport, professor emerita of English at NECC, will join Taylor and Pihl for the Quantz. The music is of the Romantic and Baroque periods with a contemporary element and includes pieces by Arvo Pärt, Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and Quantz.

The nonprofit Essex Chamber Music Players, under the artistic direction of Michael Finegold, has been in residence at NECC since 1999.

General admission tickets are $15; $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Admission is free for NECC students who present a college ID.

Visit online at www.ecmp.org or contact Finegold at ECMP314@comcast.net.

Library to host talk on movie: Stop by the public library on March 31 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 at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. Visit the library online for specific movie titles and dates, under calendar of events.

Learn how to communicate with your doctor: Dr. Tollman of Wingate Haverhill will lead a presentation titled “How to Speak with your Physician” on April 2 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

This presentation is free and open to the public. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Library to host musical performances: Two Old Friends will perform Irish, folk, country, blues, and ballads on April 3 at 7 p.m. in the public library’s auditorium.

The Merrimack Valley Townsmen, a barbershop chorus, will perform at the public library on April 7 at 7 p.m. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

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. 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 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 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.

Free diabetes workshop: A free diabetes workshop with free nutritional assessments runs for six weeks on Tuesdays from April 14 to May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave.

Workshops are provided by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. Complimentary lunch is provided by the hospital. More information is available by calling 978-946-1260.

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

This workshop 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.

NECC to host Campus Classic 5K/Fun Run: Northern Essex Community College will hold 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.

Documentary presented in Lawrence: The Northern Essex Community College White Fund series will present a screening of “The Prep School Negro” on May 5 from 8:45 to 10 a.m., at Lawrence High School, 70-72 North Parish Road, Lawrence, and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, 136 Water St.

This documentary recounts the experience of director and producer Andre’ Robert Lee and current-day minority students in elite prep schools followed by a question-and-answer session with Lee. For more information or to be notified of upcoming events in the White Fund Enlightenment Series, call 978-738-7403 or visit www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.

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.