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November 7, 2013

NECC students to perform Shakespearean comedy

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Here are events and activities happening around Haverhill:

Armenian Church to hold Autumnfest: The Armenian Church at Hye Pointe will host its annual two-day Autumnfest on Nov. 8 from noon to 8 p.m. and Nov. 9 from noon to 7 p.m. in the church hall, 110 Main St.

Armenian specialties include baklava, cream and nut khaddeyif, choreg (sweet rolls), kufta, tourshi (Armenian pickles) and spinach pie. An Armenian cuisine table will offer many more specialties. Shish-kebab, losh-kebab, chicken-kebab and kheyma dinners will be served throughout both days. Gift baskets and other raffle items will be featured.

Pink Flamingos set to return: Haverhill High School’s Hockey Boosters are holding their fourth annual pink flamingo fundraiser now through Nov. 17.

Flamingos might appear anywhere on front lawns. Residents are asked not to harm the birds, which will roost for 24 hours. If you would like to specify the next person’s (or victim’s) lawn, follow instructions attached to the bird.

You can purchase a single flamingo for $10 or a flock of flamingos to send to anyone within the city. If you purchase a flock of three or more you will be entered into a drawing to win $100. More information is available from Marlynmom@Comcast.net or Hockeybooster35@hotmail.com.

Tree/wreath donations to be accepted: The last day to drop off trees and wreaths for the 12th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees” is Nov. 17.

Forms are available online at www.haverhillhistory.org or at the Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society, 240 Water St. Trees and wreaths may be dropped off on Nov. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The museum will be closed for drop offs from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14. More information is available by calling 978-374-4626 or email FOT@haverhillhistory.org. Visit online at www.haverhillhistory.org.

Church plans holiday fair: St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall at 119 Washington St.

The fair will feature a large selection of holiday gift baskets, homemade baked goods, crafts and other items. For more information, call 978-373-1270 or visit online at www.saintjamesgroveland.org.

Run to Overcome is Nov. 10: The St. James 5K Run/Walk, the “Run to Overcome” will be Nov. 10 at 10 a.m., starting at St. James School, 415 Primrose St.

This event benefits the Haverhill Alternative School and TEACH programs at St. James School. Students in both programs have had to overcome various learning and emotional challenges. Their successes will be celebrated through this 5K fundraising event by supporting academic and social activities at the school.

Participants are asked to dress in red, white and blue to honor our veterans. Both educational programs have been supporting hundreds of at-risk students for more than 12 years. This event will include plenty of good food and beverages. The race will be officially timed and medals will be given to the top three place winners in various age categories. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 200 people to register.

Registration after Nov. 3 and on race day is $30. More information is available from John DePolo 978-374-3482 0r Jdepolo@haverhill-ps.org.

Team Haverhill plans Artist-Sponsor Mixer: Soles of Haverhill 2014 ‒ Fashion Forward will host an Artist-Sponsor Mixer on Nov. 7 at the Sage Gallery, 136 Washington St.

Sponsored by Team Haverhill, the event will introduce interested potential sponsors and the public to the 30 professional artists from around the state who have submitted 12-inch cardboard mock-ups for the shoe sculptures to be exhibited next year. After sponsors select their preferred designs, artists will receive fiberglass shoe sculpture forms in early December, ready for artistic transformation. The completed shoes will be placed in and around downtown in spring 2014 for a summer-long public art installation.

Sponsoring a shoe for Soles of Haverhill 2014 ‒ Fashion Forward will provide a business or nonprofit organization with significant visibility and recognition. Sponsorship benefit packages can be customized to meet strategic business goals and can include: Logo credit on exhibition materials, opportunities to create marketing promotions, and special VIP events.

Arts educators at local schools hope that a few generous donors will step forward to sponsor shoes on their behalf, so that students and teachers can participate in this public art event by designing and painting shoe forms to exhibit. To learn more about this public art project or to get involved, email Soles@TeamHaverhill.org or call 978-697-1648. Visit online at http://teamhaverhill.org.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive kick-off: The Salvation Army of Haverhill will kick off its yearly Red Kettle Drive on Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Join The Salvation Army and Mayor James Fiorentini at the band shell in GAR Park for this annual event, which will include live Christmas brass music. Come help The Salvation Army meet its goal and keep an eye out for your chance to give to the Red Kettle throughout the city.

More information is available by calling 979-374-7571.

Library events for November: The Get Lit social book group will meet on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at The Barking Dog Ale House on Washington Street.

Follow the group’s blog at getlit.blogspot.com or on twitter @getlithpl. This month’s book is “A Visit From the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan.

A holiday recipe swap will be Nov. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milhendler Room. If you’re sick of cooking the same old thing, or have a brilliant recipe to share, attend the holiday recipe swap for some great ideas.

Throughout the month of November, the library will be showing weekday matinees of great noir films from the 1940s and 1950s. All screenings begin at 11 a.m. More information is available online at www.haverhillpl.org under Events Calendar.

Library activities for children: The public library is offering a variety of activities for children during November, beginning with Crazy Math Games on Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. This activity is for ages 7 to 12 and involves playing with math, using dominoes, tangrams and dice. Registration is required.

A Dewey Decimal Scavenger Hunt for ages 7 to 12 is Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. Children will use the Dewey Decimal system to follow clues, solve a puzzle, and find any book they could ever need. Registration is required.

Make a Dream Catcher for Native American Heritage month is Nov. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Learn how to weave a dream catcher and what it means. This program is for ages 7 to 12. Registration is required.

Plymouth Thanksgiving will be Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Learn something about the history of Thanksgiving. Design paper dolls and create your own version of the first Thanksgiving. For ages 5 and up. Registration is required.

Throughout November, the Children’s Room will be collecting diaper donations for the Anchor of Hope Diaper Drive. Stop by to drop off new diapers in any size or brand.

Trips planned: A Best of Times trip to see “Liza and Judy Together Again” at Venus De Milo in Swansea is planned for Nov. 12.

Tickets are $79 per person and include lunch, tickets to the show and motor coach transportation.

An overnight trip to the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, N.H. is planned for Nov. 21 and 22. This trip includes dining, holiday entertainment, special cocktail pricing and shopping at the Christmas Dove and Calef’s Country Store in Barrington, N.H. Cost is $230 per person, double occupancy. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-274-2390.

Diaper collection: Throughout November, the children’s room at the public library will be collecting diaper donations for the Haverhill-based nonprofit Anchor of Hope Diaper Drive. Stop by to drop off new diapers in any size or brand. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or by emailing smoser@mvlc.org.

Wine tasting and charity auction on tap: The Pentucket Kiwanis Club of Haverhill will hold its fifth annual Wine Tasting and Charity Auction on Nov. 8 in the Galleria Room at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St.

Cost of $35 per person includes wine and beer tasting, carving and pasta station, and silent and live auctions for items such as trips, golf packages, restaurant certificates, hotel stays and sports items.

Entertainment is by the Pentucket Jazz Band. Raffle tickets will be sold for a major prize in excess of $600. All proceeds benefit community programs, projects and local charities, including Haverhill High School and Pentucket Regional High School scholarships, Community Action, Emmaus House, Community Meals and Adopt-A-Park.

For tickets or more information, contact Nancy McKenna-Roberts at 978-521-0445, or Nate Webster at 978-204-4692. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Applications for Christmas help accepted: The Salvation Army of Haverhill will accept applications for Christmas assistance from Nov. 4 to 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Applicants will need to bring identifications for every adult in the house, proof of income, proof of residence in Haverhill or Groveland, proof of any income or support, including public support, and birth certificates and insurance cards for all children 13 and younger. Applications will be taken at The Salvation Army, 395 Main St., entering through door 6. More information is available from Lt. Jeff Hardy at 978-374-7571.

Veteran’s Day parade planned: The city’s annual Veteran’s Day parade is scheduled for Nov. 11.

The parade will form at 10 a.m. on Kenoza Avenue in front of VFW Lorraine Post 29, 64 Kenoza Ave. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to Monument Square, then down Main Street to the Global Peace Monument on Ginty Boulevard, where services will be held.

At the conclusion of the services, the colors will be retired and the parade will be disbanded. A buffet luncheon will be held at the American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St.

Scavenger hunt planned: A scavenger hunt to benefit the Buttonwoods Museum will be held on Nov. 11.

Participants are asked to meet on the lower level of the Merrimack Street parking deck at 5 p.m. The hunt begins at 6 p.m. Teams of four to eight people will be given clues to solve as they navigate their way around town. An extra point clue will be given to your team upon payment so the sooner you pay, the sooner you will receive your clue. Cost is $45 per person, or $40 if paid by Oct. 26.

Please make checks payable to the Buttonwoods Museum. Please bring payment to any EZ-Way Cleaners location or mail a check with the names of your team to: Peter Carbone, 48 Colby St., Bradford, MA 01835. Your final clue will bring you to a party with a cash bar and a catered buffet by Simply Perfect Catering, compliments of Pattie & Stephen Crimmin.

More information is available from Peter Carbone at 508-320-7710 or peteracarbone@yahoo.com. The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is a nonprofit, privately supported organization charged with maintaining and displaying historical artifacts from Greater Haverhill. This event is a Silver Bullet Production.

Fall trip planned: The Council on Aging is offering a Best of Times trip to see “Liza and Judy Together Again” at Venus De Milo in Swansea on Nov. 12.

Tickets are $79 per person and include lunch, the show and motor coach transportation. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Learn about senior bullying: Jason Ebacher, assistant superintendent of training for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, will be at the Citizens Center on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. for a presentation on senior citizens bullying.

Ten to 20 percent of senior citizens have experienced some type of senior-to-senior aggression, experts say. This presentation is open to the public. To register for this event, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Haverhill High drama club to present play: Something magical is happening in the mythical town of Almost Maine.

It’s 9 p.m. on a cold, clear, winter night and as the Northern Lights dance across the sky, nine very different couples all experience the lightening strike of love at exactly the same magical moment. Usually with the joy of love found, but occasionally with the pain and confusion of love lost and unfulfilled.

If you want to share the journey of these quirky, and yet all too familiar characters as they traverse the minefield of the human heart, attend Haverhill High School’s production of “Almost Maine,” a play by John Cariani. Since 2009, “Almost Maine” has been the most produced play by high schools in America. Performances are Nov. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. General admission is $7, or $5 for students and senior citizens.

Auction Gala planned: Team Haverhill will hold its “All Aboard Auction Gala” on Nov. 16 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane.

Doors open at 6 p.m. This event will feature a live and silent auction to help Team Haverhill meet its goal of raising $25,000 to match Pentucket Bank’s $25,000 contribution towards the Art Walk at the Bradford Rail Trail. With Matt Noyes as the auctioneer, the money raised will allow Team Haverhill to commission the Art Walk, in partnership with Pentucket Bank. The Art Walk will feature several large, permanent sculptures and several smaller sculptures that will likely rotate. Tickets are $50 each at www.teamhaverhill.org, while available.

The Auction Gala, also sponsored by Pentucket Bank, will include a dinner and live entertainment by members of Spotlight Playhouse. For more information, visit online at www.teamhaverhill.org or email artwalkbrt@teamhaverhill.org.

Folk icon Garnet Rogers to perform: Folk icon Garnet Rogers will perform at the New Moon Coffeehouse on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.

The coffeehouse is located in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 16 Ashland St. Admission is $20 and $10 for ages 18 and under. Opening act is the musical duo Stefilia’s Stone.

An optimist at heart, Rogers performs songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of everyday life. As memorable as his songs, his humor and wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.

Stefilia’s Stone (Carrie Rowan and Adrienne Fawkes) perform original music infusing classical piano style with finger picked guitar, all nestled beneath a layer of feminine harmonies that will lift you up to the heavens and remind you, angels do exist.

Tickets will be available at the door starting around 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Reserve tickets online at www.newmooncoffeehouse.org or call 978-459-5134. The New Moon is a nonprofit, an all-volunteer organization in a smoke- and alcohol-free environment where coffee and desserts are served. Bring your own mug and the coffee is only $1 for the evening. There are two parking lots behind the church, on both sides of Ashland Street. The coffeehouse entrance is at the back of the church.

Fundraiser for Georgetown resident: A fundraiser for Scott Collin, a lifelong local resident and employee of the Georgetown Water Department, will be held on Nov. 16 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the VFW Post Hall, 435 Andover St., Georgetown.

Collin is battling Scleroderma, a group of diseases that affect connective tissues supporting skin and internal organs.

Scott and his wife, Lisa, will be putting their lives on hold this coming January when Scott travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to undergo a double lung transplant.

Scott’s family and friends are holding this fundraiser to help with the medical expenses related to his condition and his upcoming procedure. This event, titled “Lungs for Scott,” will include door prizes, music, silent auction items, raffles, food and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door. Donations can be made to the “Lungs for Scott” account at the Georgetown Savings Bank, 2 East Main St.

If you would like to make donation of an item for the raffle table or silent auction, contact Kathy Collin before Nov. 10 at 978-352-2276. Learn more about Scott Collin at www.youcaring.com/lungsforscott. Learn about the effects of Scleroderma at www.scleroderma.org.

Master piano workshop offered: The Music Program at Northern Essex Community College is offering a masters workshops in the art of piano playing on Nov. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Piano players will have an opportunity 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 with NECC music faculty member Christina Dietrich. Various aspects of piano performance and preparation will also be discussed. Students at all levels of playing ability are invited.

For more information, contact Dietrich at cdietrich@necc.mass.edu.

Annual Tea event planned: The Women of NECC will hold their annual Membership Tea on Nov. 19 at noon in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Florist Steve Janavicus of Flowers by Steve in Bradford will demonstrate how he creates his unique floral arrangements. His arrangements will then be raffled off.

The event will feature floral creations designed for the holidays along with an assortment of tea, sandwiches, appetizers, and a variety of desserts. This event is open to the public. Seating is reserved. Tickets are $45 per person. Proceeds benefit the Women of NECC Scholarship Fund. More information is available by calling 978-556-3789. Visit the college online at www.necc.mass.edu.

Neighborhood meeting planned: Team Haverhill will host a neighborhood meeting to discuss renovation plans for the Portland Street Playground on Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Please use the William Street entrance.

Families and individuals who live near the playground are encouraged to attend this event, which will include a complimentary dinner and an alternate activity for children. Preregistration is encouraged to ensure sufficient food and child care.

The agenda includes a review of the basic layout for the renovated site, which is expected to include a playground area for children and a basketball court. The planning team will present various options for play equipment and seek feedback from potential playground users about which they would like to see included.

Residents can make dinner reservations by email to info@teamhaverhill.org. Please include your name, address, telephone number, and ages of children attending. You can also leave a telephone message for Team Haverhill at 978-228-1060. Please include your name, phone number, and ages of children who will be attending.

Trip to Foxwoods Casino planned: Bethany Community Services and the Haverhill Council on Aging will host a trip to Foxwoods Casino on Nov. 20.

The trip departs from the Merrivista apartment complex on Water Street at 6:15 a.m. and from the Highway Department, 500 Primrose St., at 6:45 a.m. Cost of $30 includes deluxe motor coach transportation, a full buffet lunch and slot play. Early signup is encouraged by calling 978-374-2165 or 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or ext. 16. Payment in full is due at sign up.

Horgan Memorial Swim Meet planned: Haverhill High School will host the third annual Michael J. Horgan Memorial Swim meet on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. Swimmers of all ages are invited to attend this relay-based meet. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship awarded in Horgan’s name. Entries will be accepted on Saturday at the meet.

All registered swimmers will receive long-sleeve commemorative t-shirts and bathing caps for a $25 registration fee, or $10 for 12 and under. Registration at the door is $30. Spectator admission is a suggested donation of $10. New this year is the option of creating your own relay team. Participants and spectators can register online at www.mikehorganswimmeet.org.

For more information, send email to info@mikehorganswimmeet.org. Checks can be made payable to the Michael J. Horgan Memorial Fund, to the attention of Samantha Cerasuolo-Hackett, 13 Allen St., Bradford, MA 01835.

Christmas concert planned: The First Church of Christ in Bradford will present a Christmas concert featuring The New England Tenors on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

Admission is a free will donation.

Please bring a nonperishable food item to support the Sacred Hearts Food Pantry. This concert is sponsored by Flowers by Steve. Visit online at www.fccbradford.org. Northpoint Bible College donated the use of its parking lot for this concert. Visit online at www.fccbradford.org.

Mary Richardson to host Senior Lunch: Memory Loss and Dementia, a senior lunch presentation with Mary Richardson, Community Liaison for Steward Health Care and former co-host of the WCVB Channel 5 show Chronicle, will be held Dec. 3 at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave.

Richardson will interview Neuropsychologist Dr. Buck H. Woo and Patricia Lavoie, LICSW from Merrimack Valley Hospital’s Adult Behavioral Medicine Center, and take questions from the audience.

The luncheon is from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner and the presentation. The menu includes meat lasagna, whole green beans, garlic bread, Caesar salad with choice of dressings, dessert, coffee and tea. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 978-521-8140.

High school to present “A Christmas Carol”: Haverhill High School’s chorus and drama club will present their sixth annual production of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Performances are Dec. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The show will feature a cast of nearly 70 students.

General admission is $8 or $5 for students and senior citizens. There is no reserved seating. Tickets will be available beginning Dec. 2 during all lunch periods and at the school’s main office. Tickets can also be purchased at the door based upon availability. The show will also be performed for all seventh-graders on Dec. 10 and 12, as “A Christmas Carol” is a part of their curriculum.

The music highlighting Dickens’ classic tale of redemption includes nine original songs written for this production, as well as several classic English carols.

Barbershop chorus presents holiday concert: The 12-time Northeast District Champion Granite Statesmen Barbershop Chorus will present a holiday concert on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Hearts Church.

Admission is free. The 45-member chorus will sing holiday favorites, including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “The Secret of Christmas” in four part harmony. The church is at 165 S. Main St.