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August 2, 2012

Community Calendar


The Haverhill Gazette

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Host Families Needed: Families are needed to host international foreign exchange students ages 15 to 18 for a semester or the whole academic school year. All speak English, are fully insured medically, bring their own spending money and would attend your local high school. Host families are asked to provide a loving home, meals, and emotional support. Students are anxiously awaiting the news that a family has selected them. For more information, contact Pat Darby - Area Coordinator of Northwest Services PEACE Program, Inc. at 978-632-8270 or email: patdarby6@yahoo.com.

LIBRARY EVENTS

Summer Reading: The public library is offering summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults this summer. All programs run online 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. 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.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Farmers Market Cooking Class: Come to Groveland on Sat. Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. for an evening of cooking, learning, and dining. This farm-to-table class focuses on using the seasons’ best ingredients from area local farms. The class is hands-on with instruction and include recipes and wonderful meal at the end of the evening! You must pre-register by July 31 and the class will be held at 201 Washington St. in Groveland. For more information contact Carolyn Grieco at: farmcook1@verizon.net, or 978-994-1692

Summer Music Series: The 2012 season of the Make Some Noise free summer music series continues Thursday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. in Columbus Park with a performance by Dennis Brennan, an award-winning rocker from Boston. Opening act is Paul Prue. In case of rain, performances are at the Chit Chat Lounge, 103 Washington St. The Make Some Noise music series continues through Sept. 20 and is funded by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council. For a schedule of events visit haverhillculturalcouncil.com.

Outdoor concerts: The Bradford Common free outdoor summer music series continues Friday, Aug. 3 with Paul Prue & the Bradford Cats. The show starts at 6 p.m. on Bradford Common with a warm-up by Snake Oil. The series continues with EJ Ouellette and Crazy Maggie on Aug. 10 and concludes with Lance Bryant and the Mike Cesati Quintet on Aug. 17. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, children and pets. More information is available from Paul Prue at 978-590-2119.

Youth Soccer Clinic: Haverhill High will host the Hillie Youth Soccer Clinic on August 6-10 from 9 a.m to noon at Haverhill High School. The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5 to 13. For more information contact Fred Tarbox at 978-273-7114. Registration information can be downloaded at www.hillies.org

Golf Tournament: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold its annual Golf Tournament Aug. 6 at the Haverhill Country Club. Registration and lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Tee-off and a shotgun start is at 1 p.m. The event includes an awards program, a silent auction and barbecue dinner. Cost is $200 per golfer or $50 for the dinner only. Hole sponsorship is $250. Featured auction item is a private dinner with Wes Welker of the New England Patriots. More information is available from Kathleen Pruett at 978-204-0620 or kpruett@haverhillbgc.org.

Cholesterol Screenings: A representative from Activmed will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide free cholesterol screenings. Screenings will be done in the nurses office. A representative from Methuen Village will be at the Citizens Center Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m. for a talk on Healthy Eating for One. Reservations are suggested for these programs by calling Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Farmer’s Market Coupons: The Council on Aging will distribute coupons for the Haverhill Farmers Market to qualified low-income seniors from Haverhill, Groveland, Georgetown, Rowley and Boxford on Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. The outdoor market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located next to the police station on Bailey Boulevard. Qualified seniors must be age 60 or older and be eligible for Supplemental Social Security Income, Section 8 Housing, or fuel/energy assistance. Photo ID and proof of eligibility are required: SSI card, Section 8 Voucher, or Fuel/Energy Assistance letter from agency stating qualification for the program. Vouchers are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. More information is available form Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

Summer Music Series: The 2012 season of the Make Some Noise free summer music series continues Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. in Columbus Park with a performance of blues music by paul Prue & Co. Opening act is Jeffery Bickford. Student bands from Be Imagine Studios perform in Washington Square.

Cedardale Reunion: The Cedardale of Groveland swim and tennis club is holding a reunion on Aug. 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.

Adopt a Lucky Duck: The grand prize in this year’s Haverhill Rotary Club Rubber Duck Regatta is $10,000. Ducks will be available for adoption every Monday and Wednesday until Aug. 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the public library, 99 Main St. Other prizes will be announced between now and race day, which is scheduled for Sept. 16.This year’s grand prize was donated by Rockingham Toyota-Honda of Salem, N.H. This is the fourth year of the event. Proceeds support various local charities, such as the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA and YWCA, Career Resources, Community Action Inc., Haverhill High School scholarships, Northern Essex Community College scholarships, Merrimack Valley Hospice, the public library and other organizations. Rubber ducks can also be adopted online at adoptaducktoday.com

Prescription Advantage talk: A representative from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs will be at the Citizens Center Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. to explain how Prescription Advantage can help fill the gap in your Medicare prescription drug coverage. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Ice Cream Social: The Council on Aging will hold a free ice-cream social for Haverhill seniors Aug. 13 at noon at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Amvets Ladies Auxiliary 147: The group will resume its regular monthly meetings Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Post Quarters, 576 Primrose St. The newly elected officers for the 2012-2013 season will conduct the meeting and will make final plans for the annual tag days event, to be held Aug. 17 and 18 at Market Basket stores in Central Plaza, Westgate Plaza and River’s Edge Plaza. Proceeds from the two days will help the Auxiliary to continue their Veteran’s benefits, nursing home Bingo parties and child welfare activities for the upcoming season. Members are encouraged to attend this important meeting to hear reports from delegates who attended the recent Department of Mass. State Convention that was held at the Sturbridge Hotel and Convention Center in Sturbridge.

Tag Sale: The Haverhill YMCA will be hosting a summer’s end tag sale at the YMCA on Aug. 18 at 7:30 a.m. All items must be donated by Aug. 17 for teens to sell. Car parking spots are available for $25. For more information contact the Haverhill YMCA.

Outdoor Concert: The 2012 season of the Make Some Noise free summer music series continues Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. in Columbus Park with a performance by the Psychedelic Rockers, New England’s premier 60s band. Opening act is Peter Chase & Mike Blocker.

Outdoor Concert: The 2012 season of the Make Some Noise free summer music series continues Thursday, Aug. 30. at 6 p.m. in Columbus Park with a performance by singer/songwriter Karen Grenier. Opening act is Tanya Darling. Lance Bryant and the Mike Cesati Quintet perform in Washington Square.

Open House: Bradford Children’s Center on 10 Church St., will be hosting an open house for preschool on Sept. 4 and 5 from 8 to 10 a.m. For more information contact Darlene Manning at 978-912-7461.

Outdoor Concert: The 2012 season of the Make Some Noise free summer music series continues Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. in Columbus Park with a performance by the bands of DeAngelis Studio of Music. The band Don’t Call me Shirley performs in Washington Square.

Outdoor Concert: The 2012 season of the Make Some Noise free summer music series continues Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. in Columbus Park with a performance of Americana to pop music covers by The Strungout Playboys. Opening act is Eddie Felker.

Outdoor Concert: The 2012 season of the Make Some Noise free summer music series concludes Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in Columbus Park with a performance by Elle Gallo & Julie Dougherty. Opening act is Emma Gallo, Victoria Bemis and Connor Capozzi. The band Still Breathin’ performs in Washington Square.

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.

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:

Aug. 5-6: Tanglewood.

June 7 to 13: San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Oct. 18: Italian Festival.

Oct. 24: Foxwoods.

Nov. 9: Atlantic City

Nov. 13: Kings of Country at Mohegan Sun.

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