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April 10, 2014

Youth groups have walk to prevent child abuse


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — The city’s youth organizations will come together on April 19 in support of the Haverhill Exchange Club’s efforts to prevent and bring attention to child abuse.

The two-mile “There’s No Excuse for Child Abuse” walkathon begins and ends at GAR Park.

The organizations are Girls Inc., the YWCA and YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, Haverhill High School’s Excel Club.

Premier sponsor is Align Credit Union. The 99 Restaurant & Pub in Haverhill will provide a free cookout for participants that will include hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments. Other sponsors are the Boys & Girls Club, ServPro of Haverhill, the Haverhill School Department and Haverhill Police Department. Music is by DJ Ron Carpenito.

IF YOU GO

What: “There’s No Excuse for Child Abuse” walkathon

When: April 19. Check in is at 9:30 a.m. The walk begins at 10:15 a.m.

Where: Starting and ending at GAR Park

Cost: Registration fee of $5

How to register: Checks can be made payable to the Haverhill Exchange Club, PO Box 543, Haverhill, MA 01831, attention Lise Zapatka. You can also register at the Boys & Girls Club, 55 Emerson St. The first 150 people to register will receive a free backpack from Align Credit Union and a water bottle from the Boys & Girls Club.

Here are other activities and events in the Haverhill area:

Church plans supper: St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will host a bean supper on April 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

The event will feature food and desserts. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. For more information, visit online at www.saintjamesgroveland.org.

Hair Cuttery to support One Fund Boston: Hair Cuttery salons throughout New England, including the salon in Haverhill, will pay tribute to the victims and families affected by the Boston Marathon bombings with a fundraiser to benefit The One Fund Boston.

From April 14 to 21, a portion of the proceeds from all haircuts at any of the 50 Hair Cuttery salons throughout New England will benefit the fund. The salon in Haverhill is at 300 Main St. in the Walgreen’s plaza. Hair Cuttery supports several national and local causes, including Dress for Success, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, Buzzing 4 Change, National Kidney Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Locks of Love.

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.

Life Long Learning talk is on Backyard Geology: Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning Program will host Bill Hammond of Haverhill in a presentation on Backyard Geology on April 17 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Admission is $2. Hammond has been mining for rocks and crystals in New England for more than 30 years. He has also done extensive glacial geological research on Haverhill.

Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public. For more information or to receive a free calendar of upcoming events, contact Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225 or cboucher@necc.mass.edu.

Foxwoods trip planned: The Council on Aging and Bethany Community Services are planning a trip to the Foxwoods Casino on April 22.

Bus picks up passengers in front of Merrivista at 6:15 a.m. and departs from 500 Primrose St. at 6:45 a.m. Cost of $35 includes deluxe motor coach transportation, full buffet lunch and slot play. The increase in price is due to the price of gas. Forty passengers are needed for this tour. For more information, contact Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165 or Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

Trips planned: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to Newport, R.I., to visit the Doris Duke Mansion on April 26.

Lunch is at the Atlantic Beach Club and a tour of the Thomas Tew Distillery is included. Cost is $92.

The Council on Aging and Bethany Communities are planning a trip to Foxwoods on April 22. Cost is $35 per person and includes deluxe motor coach transportation, full buffet lunch, and slot play. A trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for the annual Art in Bloom exhibition is April 28. Tickets are $55 each and include a private guided tour. A trip is planned to Mystic, Connecticut, aquarium and seaport on May 18 and includes deluxe motor coach transportation, admission to the aquarium and seaport, and a $10 gift card for lunch. Cost is $89. A trip to hear the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall for a Film Night conducted by John Williams is June 7. Cost is $94 per person and includes dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. 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 Caribbean Escape Reposition Cruise from Clearwater to Boston, 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.

Master piano workshop offered:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 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.

Seven churches collaborate for Easter Vigil: On April 19 at 7 p.m., seven area Episcopal churches will come together to celebrate Easter Vigil at Trinity Episcopal Church, 26 White St., Haverhill.

This event is for all ages. The parishes are part of the Lower Merrimack Valley Collaborative and include St. Andrew’s Methuen, St. Paul’s North Andover, St. James Groveland, Trinity Haverhill, St. James Amesbury, All Saints West Newbury and St. Paul’s Newburyport. Together, they will share a dramatic presentation of the story of God’s people in relationship with God and one another, followed by the first Eucharist of Easter. Each parish will tell a bible story in dramatic form. Many lay people will be involved along with musicians from several of the parishes. Prior to the worship, there will be an egg hunt and light refreshments starting at 5 p.m. All are welcome.

Paranormal festival planned:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color The Essex County Ghost Project will host a New England Paranormal Festival on April 26 at the Crowne Plaza, 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua, N.H.

The event, a fundraiser for the Hilldale Cemetery, is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature presentations by paranormal investigators and experts, EVP specialists and a cryptozoologist. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Tom Spitalere at 978-376-2897 or visit online at www.essexcountyghostproject.org.

Haverhill Goes Green to return:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color Plans are in the works to present this year’s Haverhill Goes Green Environmental Fair on April 27 from noon to 4 p.m. in GAR Park.

Haverhill’s Brightside will host this annual event, which focuses on the environment and healthy living. Organizers welcome green business vendors, volunteers and viewers to this celebration. Additional details will be announced.

“My Life, My Health” workshop on tap: The Council on Aging will host a free “My Life, My Health” chronic disease self management workshop on Mondays from April 28 to June 9.

This workshop meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. To register or for more information, contact Nancy Galinsky of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley at 978-552-4674.

NECC offers a Day in the College Classroom: Northern Essex Community College will host “College for a Day” on April 30 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Haverhill campus at 100 Elliot St.

This event is free and open to the public and is an opportunity for prospective students to see all that Northern Essex has to offer. Visitors can sit in on a real college class, take a tour of the campus, attend a financial aid session or enjoy Spring Jam - an outdoor spring celebration. Interested individuals can register to attend by contacting admissions at 978-556-3721 or by email to admissions@necc.mass.edu. Participants will start their day in the lobby of the Behrakis One-Stop Student Services Center. From there they can attend any or all of the course samplings which change every hour. People can choose to sit in on just one course or spend the entire day. In addition, campus tours and financial aid sessions will be available. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/getting-started/experience-college-for-a-day.

NECC to host Campus Classic 5K/Fun Run:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 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:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 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.

Author to visit public library: New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill will be at the public library on May 12 at 7 p.m. for Haverhill Reads.

Hill will be discussing his novel, “NOS4A2,” selected as the 2014 Haverhill Reads book. Read it then discuss it with the author himself. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org as space is limited and demand will be high. Hill is also the author of “20th Century Ghosts,’ “Heart Shaped Box,” the Locke & Key series with author Gabriel Rodriguez, and “Horns,” which is soon to be a major motion picture.

Community Action accepting award nominations: Community Action Inc. in Haverhill is accepting nominations for its Community Champion Award, to be presented during its Community Recognition Night and Roast on May 15 at the Renaissance Golf Club.

Nominations of area residents who exemplify the Community Action values of building hope and offering assistance with respect and understanding will be accepted until April 9. Six candidates will be recognized for their contributions to the community and to improving the quality of life and well-being of an individual, family, or community at the event.

Community Action selected Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce President, Sven Amirian, as its honored guest, acknowledging his strong drive for inclusion of individuals and businesses in community development and his ability to bridge many conversations for the greater good of the region. The evening will conclude with comedy and a roast of Amirian by nationally-known comedian Paul Nardizzi.

Award winners will be selected by CAI’s Development Advisory Board, and will be announced on April 11. To nominate a person, visit online at www.communityactioninc.org or visit CAC’s Facebook page. For more information about underwriting this event or purchasing tickets, contact Pamela Schmuhl at 978-373-1971, Ext. 280, or visit online.

YWCA Tribute to Women: YWCA Haverhill will host its 25th annual Tribute to Women luncheon on May 28 at 11:30 a.m. at DiBurro’s function hall.

Since 1990, YWCA Haverhill has been honoring the outstanding achievements of women, who live and work in Haverhill, its surrounding communities and southern New Hampshire. Nominations can be made by co-workers, employers, peers, churches, families and friends. All nominees are inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women. More than 275 women have been honored since 1990. Nomination packets are available at the YWCA or by calling 978-374-6121. Deadline for nominations is April 11.

The Tribute to Women luncheon is the YWCA’s major fundraiser. Proceeds from sponsors, donors and ads in the program book help underwrite the growth and development of programs at the YWCA. Guest reservations are $50. For sponsorship, advertising and ticket information, contact Renee McGuire at 978-374-6121.

Vendors needed for craft fair: Vendors are needed for a craft fair planned for June 7 at the Walmart in Plaistow, N.H.

The event, rain or shine, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces are $20 each. Please bring your own table. Space is limited. Donations from space rentals will be donated to Boston Children’s Hospital. More information is available from Cheri at 603-556-3049.

“The Music Man” is presented by Spotlight Playhouse: Fifteen adults and young people from Haverhill will be joined by nearly 30 actors from surrounding towns for five performances of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” to be presented by Spotlight Playhouse.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on June 13, 14, 20 and 21, and a 3 p.m. matinee on June 21. Needed are a few more teenage boys to round out the cast, especially boys with some dancing skills, and several more men to play traveling salesman in the opening scene. Rehearsals began on March 23 and will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in addition to Sunday afternoons. Advance purchase tickets are on sale now for $15 at www.SpotlightPlayhouse.org or by calling 978-380-8509. After May 15, tickets will be $20 for adults and $18 for Spotlight Playhouse members, seniors, and children 12 and under.

Spotlight Playhouse is an all-volunteer community theater group that is celebrating its fifth full season of offering live plays, cabarets, youth acting workshops, and musicals in Haverhill. People interested in working behind the scenes are encouraged to email info@SpotlightPlayhouse.org or call 978-380-8509 for more information.

Lobsterfest at Indian Head: Bethany Community Services is planning a trip to the Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, N.H. on June 16 for a lobsterfest.

The deluxe motor coach will pick up at 8:45 a.m. in front of Merrivista, departing at 9 a.m. from 500 Primrose St. Make your reservation with Darlene at 978-374-2165 or dsutton@bethanycommunities.org. The trip includes motorcoach transportation, open bar for one hour, whole lobster and steamed clams, full buffet with carving station, dancing, and entertainment by Jim Connors and Brad Bradford. Cost is $80 per person. There will be time for shopping in the gift shop.

Golf Tourney planned: Northern Essex Community College’s Alumni Association will host its first Golf Tournament on June 23 at the Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill.

This event, will which be presented annually, is open to all golfers not just NECC alumni. Renaissance Golf Club was recently named “Course of the Year” for all of New England by the New England Chapter of the National Golf Course Owner of America. The event begins at noon and will include 18 holes of golf, with a cart, lunch, an awards dinner, and a golf gift bag. Participants will have the opportunity to win a free car donated by Regan Ford, the event’s Hole-in-One sponsor. Other sponsors include the event’s practice range sponsor, Salem Co-Operative Bank, and dinner sponsor, Comfort Home Care. Golfers who register before April 1 will receive the early bird foursome special rate of $750. The individual golf rate is $200. For more information or to register, visit www.necc.mass.edu/alumni or contact Lindsey Mayo at 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.