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July 5, 2012

Community events


FAMILIES AND KIDS

Storytime: The Library will host Miss Sam's Silly Stories on Friday July 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 3-5. For more information, contact Alissa Lauzon, 978-373-1586 x626.

Building Blocks: The Library hosts America is... tall buildings & skyscrapers! Friday July 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. Make your own with LEGO or blocks. Ages 5+ For more information or to register, contact Kat Alexander, 978-373-1586 x626.

Kids Science Adventure Day: It's another "Kids Science Adventure Day" at Winnekenni Castle. The Seacoast Science Center will travel to the Castle on Sunday July 8th at 2pm to present an afternoon of science and the sea and showcase turtles, starfish and crabs. Meet and learn about "Raspberry the Box Turtle" and experience hands-on fun with "Tide-Pooling." This program will be outdoors unless weather forces the event inside the Castle! Admission is free. Donations to the Castle's wishing well are appreciated.

Live Animal Program: The Library hosts Critters N Creatures: Creatures of the Night, on Monday July 9 from 11 am to 12 p.m. Ages 5+ For more information or to register, contact Alissa Lauzon, 978-373-1586 x626.

Past Finders Summer Program: The Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum begins July 10. Now in its 22nd season, Past Finders is a day program for children in grades 1 to 7 and is designed to teach children about history in a fun and imaginative way. Morning drop off begins at 9 a.m. and pick up is at 4 p.m. Session 1, Come Sail Away, is July 10 to 13. Activities include fishing, exploring the Buttonwoods Trail, sailor crafts, cooking, and a sail on the gundalow Piscataqua. Session 2, Fun on the Farm, is Aug. 7 to 10. Participants will garden, cook with seasonal fruits and vegetables, learn homespun crafts and visit a farm museum. Cost for each session is $160. Children may sign up for one or both sessions. More information is available at http://haverhillhistory.org/Programs/summer or by contacting the program coordinator at 978-374-4626 or programs@haverhillhistory.org.

Lego Club: The Library will host LEGO Club for children of all ages on Tuesday July 10 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Kathy Alexander at 978-373-1586 x626.

Kid's Craft: The Library will host a workshop to make a Charlotte's Web notebook on Tuesday July 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ages 5+ For more information or to register, contact Alissa Lauzon, 978-373-1586 x626.

Kid's Craft: The Library will host a workshop to create Thoreau's nature journal. Thursday July 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. Ages 7 & up. For more information, contact Alissa Lauzon, 978-373-1586 x626.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Open house: The East Parish Meeting House Association will hold an open house for viewing the historic property July 7 and Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information call Marion Bergman at 978-372-2652.

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.

Internet Class: The Library will host Internet I: How to use a mouse on Tuesday July 10 from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. For more information or to register, contact 978-373-1586 x608

Romance Novel Discussion: The Library will host a romance novel discussion Tuesday July 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring a book to share! For more nformation or to register, contact Beth Gallaway, 978-373-1586 x641.

Storytime: The Library will host Storytime in the Park on Wednesday July 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Winnekinni Castle near the playground. All ages. For more information, contact Alissa Lauzon, 978-373-1586 x626.

Teen Graphic Novel Book Club: The Library hosts a graphic novel, manga and comic book discussion on Wednesday July 11 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sam Sednek, 978-373-1586 x650.

Road Race: The Haverhill YMCA and the YMCA of the North Shore will present the David Curley 5K Memorial Road Race "Be a Champion" July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Stadium on Lincoln Avenue. Registration fee is $10 in advance or on the day of the event. Free T-shirts to the first 225 to register. Registration is free for children ages 13 and under. Register online at northshoreymca.org/roadrace.cfm. or mail or drop off entry forms to Tracy Fuller, race director, at the Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St., Haverhill, MA 01830. More information is available from Tom Lavigne at lavignet@northshoreymca.org or from Tracy Fuller at fullert@northshoreymca.org or 978-374-0506.

Rocketry Workshop: The Library will host a Rocket-Building Workshop for teens on Thursday July 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Launch your rocket Fri July 13 at Golden Hill. For more information or to register, contact Sam Sednek, 978-373-1586 x650.

Country Jam Band: Winnekenni Castle will present a free concert by the John Penny Band on Sunday, July 15th from 2 to 4 p.m. The John Penny Band is a six piece country band with lead guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums, rhythm guitar and fiddle. All six members sing lead and backup vocals. The band's repertoire consists of contemporary and traditional country music as well as 50s & 60s oldies and pop standards. Food and refreshments will be available including hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade and root beer floats.

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser: Team Gared will be hosting a fundraiser at Grande Mexico to benefit Cystic Fibrosis. The night includes dinner, raffle drawings and entertainment. For more information call 978-521-7500

Ice Cream Social: A family fun ice cream social will be held on July 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Riverside Memorial Church. The event consists of face painting, basket raffles, baked goods/beverages , children's games, and ice cream. All proceeds go to Karen's Krew for the Making Strides against breast cancer walk held in Boston this October. The crew walks in loving memory of Karen Quadros. For more information contact Kimberly Quadros at Jasper5085@yahoo.com or go their website at www.facebook.com/karenskrew. All proceeds go to Karen's Krew for the Making Strides against breast cancer walk held in Boston this October.

Cycle for Shelter: The 24th annual Cycle for Shelter is July 22, rain or shine. All rides begin on the campus of Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. Cycle for Shelter, a fundraiser for Emmaus Inc., helps the local nonprofit organization provide emergency shelter, long-term affordable housing and services to as many as 200 men, women and children each day. Those services include meals, job and education training, and referrals to other services, such as substance abuse programs. This year's event features four rides, including a 24-mile "weekend warrior" route for novice cyclists. More than 2,500 homeless adults and children will seek help from Emmaus this year as they face homelessness. Riders are asked to raise a minimum of $200. Registration fee is $85 from April 16 to July 13 and $100 on the day of the event, if space is available. Please inquire about family registrations for riders under the age of 18. More information is available online at emmausinc.org or by calling Terri Rousseau at 978-241-3425.

Spinners tickets through Council of Aging: The city's Recreation Department and Council on Aging has tickets to the Lowell Spinners game on July 30 at 7 p.m. Grandparents will receive a complimentary hot dog and soda from the Lowell Spinners. Transportation is not included. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

The public library is offering summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults this summer. All programs run online June 24 through Sept. 1. To participate set up a free account at readsinma.org/haverhill. Children entering kindergarten through grade 5 can participate in "Dream Big, Read!" by tracking the number of hours read. Kids can win a Topsfield Fair prize package by reading 25 hours by Aug. 4. Completing the program with 40 hours earns kids a free book.

Lowell Spinners Tickets: The Recreation Department and Council on Aging have tickets available to the Lowell Spinners game on July 30 at 7 p.m. Grandparents will receive a complimentary hot-dog and soda from the Lowell Spinners. Transportation is not included. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

Library Summer Reading: Teens entering grades 6 through 12 can participate in "Own the Night" by logging titles read. The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library will donate $1 to the Haverhill Gazette Santa Fund for each title, and an additional dollar for charity for each book review written. Adults ages 18 and up can participate in "Between the Covers" by logging titles read. Any adult who reads 10 titles in 10 weeks wins a free book. For more information visit haverhillpl.org. A number of activities to celebrate the theme of each summer reading program are listed in the library's calendar of events.

Events for teens this summer include a model rocket building workshop and launch, a visit from a ghost hunter, a lunchtime cooking demonstration and a zombie makeup workshop. For a calendar of events visit haverhillpl.org/teens. This summer reading program is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library fund the summer reading program. More information is available from Sam Sednek at 978-373-1586, ext. 650 or ssednek@mvlc.org.

Cedardale Reunion: The Cedardale of Groveland swim and tennis club is holding a reunion on August 12. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets are $5 per person and $15 per family. For more information contact Ruth Morley at 978-352-6228 or at RuthVMorley@aol.com.

GIVE, GET HELP

Internet Classes: The Haverhill Public Library is offering free Beginning Internet Classes. The classes are small, with individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours. 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 sign-up. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, come to the Reference and Information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 607. For July classes, we will begin taking reservations June 26.

YMCA accepting registrations: The Haverhill YMCA is now accepting registrations for it's licensed after school program! Our program provides homework assistance, a nutritious snack, fun curriculum, and engaging classes such as swimming, gymnastics, rock climbing, and more. Also accepting registration for the 2012-2013 school year - and the spots are filling up fast. Contact Cathy Wolf at 978-374-0506, ext. 623 or wolfc@northshoreymca.org

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.

Volunteers Needed: The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is looking for volunteers to conduct tours of the museum during the tourist season, June through October. From a historic site overlooking the Merrimack River, the Buttonwoods tells the story of life in the Merrimack Valley from Native American Indian settlements through today. The museum includes three historic structures - the Duncan House, the John Ward House and Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop. Volunteers are asked to devote two to four hours per week. More information is available from Jan Williams at 978-374-4626 or jwilliams@haverhillhistory.org. Visit online at haverhillhistory.org.

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 ON AGING

The Council on Aging is offering the following upcoming trips:

For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390..

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.