hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

May 2, 2012

Community events


CHURCHES

Spaghetti Supper: First Church of Christ, 10 Church St., Bradford, will hold a spaghetti supper and mini penny sale May 5 at 5 p.m. The meal includes pasta with sauce, meatballs, salad, bread/butter, dessert and beverages. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Tickets for the mini penny sale are extra. More information is available by calling 978-374-1114. Visit online at fccbradford.org.

Salvation Army Worship Service: Mitch Forman of Chosen People Ministries will speak at the May 6 at the 11 a.m. worship service at the Salvation Army Church, 395 Main St., Haverhill. The program is presented by the Gospel in the Spring Feasts. A love offering will be accepted and the public is invited. More information is available by calling 978-374-7571.

FAMILIES AND KIDS

Flag Football Registration: The Haverhill YMCA is registering players for its Youth Spring Flag Football League. The co-ed league is an option for the children i grades one through eight who do not play spring sports. The season begins May 5 and will consist of six weeks with games played on Saturdays. Team T-shirts and flags will be provided. No weekly practices. Cost is $50 for Y members and $70 for others. Players will be selected through a blind draft process. Volunteer coaches are needed. If you are interested in registering your child or a volunteer coaching position contact Clint Clay at clayc@northshoreymca.org or 978-374-0506, ext. 1618.

T-ball League: The Haverhill YMCA is registering players for its introductory T-Ball League. The league is open to children ages 3 to 5. The eight-week season begins May 5 and ends with a celebration. Teams will meet for one hour, with a half hour of team practice time followed by a 30 minute game. Location of games will be announced two weeks prior to the start of the season. The cost is $54 for Y members and $77 for others. In the event of inclement weather, games will be indoors at the YMCA, 81 Winter St. Parents who volunteer to coach get a 25 percent discount off their child's registration fee. More information is available from Clint Clay at clayc@northshoreymca.org or 978-374-0506, ext. 1618.

Fishing Derby: The Plaistow Fish & Game Club of Plaistow, N.H., will host its annual free kids fishing derby on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ray Ely Memorial Pond located behind the Fish and Game clubhouse on May Ray Avenue. Kids 12 years of age and younger will compete for various trout prize categories. A refreshment stand will be available with coffee, soda, donuts and hamburgers/ Hot Dogs for sale. Great prizes will be awarded and grab bags for all kids attending. All kids must bring their own bait.

Soap Box Derby: The Pentucket Kiwanis Club is looking for students ages 8 to 13 to participate in its annual Soap Box Derby, to be held June 2 at Bradford Elementary School, 116 Montvale St. Check in is at 9 a.m., and parents or guardians must accompany each team member. Practice runs are from 10 to 11 a.m. The race starts at 11 a.m. The awards ceremony is at 2 p.m. There is a $5 refundable registration fee per team member and one member of each team must weigh under 85 pounds. There will be food, prizes and raffles. Money raised supports local programs such as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, Community Action Inc. and scholarships. More information is available by contacting Nathan Webster at 978-204-4692.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Relay For Life Fundraiser: Relay For Life of Haverhill to hold its second annual "Paint The Town Purple" campaign the week of May 2 through 6. Businesses that donate $25 will receive a purple bow and a "Proud Purple Ribbon Supporter" poster to display in their windows. Businesses are also encouraged to decorate their shops and storefronts during this campaign. Other sponsorship levels are available starting at $250. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. More information is available by contacting Nate Webster at 978-204-4692.

Informational Open House: Haverhill Public Schools and Endicott College of Beverly have recently formed a special partnership. In a continuing effort to connect college to community, Endicott will be creating a Regional Teacher Center, located within the Haverhill Public Schools. Endicott's Regional Teacher in Haverhill, Thursday,May 3rd, from 3 pm- 4:30pm , Pentucket Lake Elementary School cafeteria, 252 Concord St. Haverhill, MA 01830. Come meet Dr. Malcolm Patterson from Endicott to learn about degree completion and Masters of Education programs that will be available in Haverhill this Fall.

Comedy Night: A Comedy Night to benefit Riverside Bradford Cooperstown baseball team will be held on Friday, May 4, at 7p.m. at Maria's Restaurant, Haverhill, MA. For tickets contact Jeff Gibbs at 978-478-7829 or gibbsrule@msn.com. Tickets are $25 per person, there will be a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, raffles and auctions.

Fun Run: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold its third annual Fun Run & Walk May 5 starting at 8:30 a.m. The 5K route goes through downtown Haverhill, crosses the Comeau Bridge into Bradford then the Basiliere Bridge into Haverhill. The 1.5 mile walk route through the city's arts and restaurant district is for walkers and runners. The first 150 people to register will receive an event T-shirt. All registrants will receive a free hot breakfast after the race. The run and walk is followed by a Family Festival featuring a DJ, games, face painting and other activities. More information is available by calling 978-521-4256 or online at sjshav.com.

Electronics fundraiser: On May 5, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Haverhill High Lacrosse Boosters are holding an electronics recycling fundraiser at Haverhill High. All types of items accepted for a fee. Proceeds from the event will support the Hillies Boys and Girls Lacrosse Booster program.

KidsFEST seeks vendors: This year's KidsFEST will be held on the upper deck of the Merrimack Street parking garage May 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date is May 20. Downtown businesses and outside vendors have been steadily applying to promote their businesses, but more are needed. Space is available for restaurants, service clubs, and nonprofits, retailers and kid-focused vendors. Last year's KidsFEST welcomed nearly 15,000 children and adults and many vendors sold out of their products and informational paraphernalia. Even more are expected this year. KidsFEST is presented by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Community Support Committee in partnership with Merrimack Valley Hospital, Pentucket Medical Associates and Trinity EMS. All vendors booths are $100 and vendors must supply their tables. Set-up for the event will start no earlier than 8 a.m. All vehicles must be out of the festival area by 10:30 a.m. Participating vendors will receive their assigned placement when they arrive at the festival; this information will not be available prior to 8 a.m. on May 6. To participate as a vendor, download forms and the required vendor rules at haverhillchamber.com or by email to Shannon O'Neil at intlchildcaredirector@verizon.net. More information is available from Jenn Connolly at 603-300-0254.

Legion Baseball Tryouts: Haverhill Senior Legion, JR Legion and Senior Babe Ruth will hold tryouts on May 6 at 1 p.m. at Haverhill Stadium. Anyone between the ages of 15 to 19 and lives in Haverhill or goes to school in Haverhill is eligible to tryout. The leagues will begin play in early June and continue until early August in very competitive leagues. These teams will play between 20 to 30 games plus playoffs. Please contact Larry O'Brien 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone 978-807-5068 with any questions.

Relay for Life Kickoff: Relay For Life of Haverhill will kick off its Paint The Town Purple week with a special team challenge fundraiser on May 6 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Uno Chicago Grill in Haverhill. Acoustic artist Matt Jackson (mattjacksonlive.com) will make a special appearance. Twenty percent of your purchase, with coupon, will be donated to The American Cancer Society. More information is available from Jillian McKinney-Scuito at 978-476-4205. Paint The Town Purple runs from May 5 to May 12.

Walking Club: The Council on Aging will host a free information session for its new Keep Moving walking club program May 8 at 11 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Currently, there are 161 Keep Moving walking clubs in Massachusetts. This information session is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 978-374-2390 and speaking with Kathy Bresnahan at ext. 11 or Rita LaBella at ext. 16.

Disabled American Veterans Meeting: Disabled American Veterans Hannah Dustin Chapter 20 will hold its commemoration meeting and installation of new officers May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Members can bring one guest each. Food will be served following the installation. More information is available from Secretary/Adjutant Russ Chaput at 978-374-6980 or newly elected Commander and Veterans Service Officer Michael Ingham at 978-374-2351, ext. 32.

Stroke Prevention Discussion: A representative from Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital will lead a discussion on stroke education and prevention on Wednesday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Participants will gain increased awareness of the signs and risk factors of strokes and learn the appropriate course of action to take if one is experiencing a stroke. This group is open to the public and free of charge. If you are interested in attending, please call COA 978-374-2390 ext 11 or 16 for reservation.

Author Visit: Local children's author Jerry Pallotta will be at the Langley-Adams Library in Groveland May 9 at 6 p.m. to present an hour long talk on the creative process. Following the presentation his books will be available for purchase and signing. Pallotta is the author of "Going Lobstering", one of the library's community reads books, as well as many other nonfiction picture books. This program is funded by a federal IMLS/LSTA grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. To attend this event please register online at langleyadamslib.org by clicking on "Calendar of Events" or by calling 978-372-1732.

Dough-raiser: Career Resources Corp. will hold a "Dough-raiser" fundraiser May 10 at Uno Chicago Grill in Haverhill. If you order lunch or dinner and present your waiter or waitress with a coupon, Uno's will donate 15 to 20 percent of your total bill to Career Resources. This includes take-out orders as well. Members of the Career Resources staff will be at the restaurant to greet you, provide you with chances to win prizes and answer questions. The nonprofit organization, located in the Ward Hill Business Park, helps people with disabilities and other barriers to become self-sufficient and successful. Coupons are available for download at crc-mass.org.

Powderpuff Game: On May 12, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. the Haverhill High Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams will play a Powderpuff game at Haverhill Stadium. All proceeds from the event will support the Hillies Boys and Girls Lacrosse Booster program.

Yard Sale:The Relay For Life Of Haverhill Team Yvette's River Runners will hold their 5th annual yard sale on Satruday, May 12th, 2012 at 10 University Lane, Methuen (Off Pelham Street). Hundreds of items are donated every year by friends and family from Methuen, Andover and Lawrence and all money raised will benefit The American Cancer Society. For more information or directions please call Patricia D'Agata at 978-790-5166

Benefit Dinner: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., Haverhill, will host a dinner May 12 to benefit Boy Scout Troop 1 and Cub Scout Pack 13 on May 12. The meal is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and includes American chop suey, salad, Italian bread, dessert, tea and coffee. A donation of $6 is requested. Children ages 12 and under pay $3. This event is sponsored by the church's Men of Wesley and the public is welcome. For more information call 603-702-0512.

Art Exhibit: The Haverhill Public Library will hold an exhibit by local artist Allen Drelick from May 1 through 30. Allen will exhibit photos of his original works in acrylic, along with a collection of original pieces. This exhibit can be seen in the 2nd floor gallery during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception is planned for Tuesday, May 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cooking Class: Join us for an evening of cooking, learning, and dining. These farm-to-table classes focus on using the seasons' best ingredients from area local farms. Classes are hands-on with instruction and include recipes and wonderful meal at the end of the evening. Classes are located at Veasey Park in Groveland on May 23. Pre-registration must be done by May 16.For more information contact Carolyn at: farmcook1@verizon.net, or 978-994-1692

Comedy Night: Business Network International Haverhill and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring a Business Networking and Comedy Night May 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, door prize giveaways and entertainment by comic Stephen Bjork, a veteran of the Boston comedy scene. Early bird tickets are $20 until May 4, and $30 after May 4 and at the door. Seating is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit haverhillchamber.com or call 978-373-5663.

Trip to Gardner Museum: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to the newly renovated Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum May 17. Transportation is by motorcoach. The bus will depart at approximately 11:45 a.m. Cost is $45 and includes admission, a guided tour and transportation. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

Charity Golf Classic: Friends of the Giurado family of Bradford will hold its first Kaydence Giurado Golf Classic May 19 at the Bradford Country Club. Kady Giurado, 3, has extensive medical problems and organizers of the benefit say her future remains uncertain. Despite extensive medical intervention, the girl's condition remains undiagnosed. Registration fee of $125 includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and a steak and chicken dinner following play. Organizers are also planning a silent auction and raffle. "We are so grateful for the support of friends, family and the community," said Joelly Helps, the event organizer. "The challenges Kady and her family deal with daily often seem overwhelming, but we gain so much strength knowing there are such caring and thoughtful people who hold us in their thoughts and prayers." To register or for sponsorship information contact Joelly Helps at kadygiurado@gmail.com.

YWCA Luncheon: The Haverhill YWCA is pleased to announce that the 23rd Annual Tribute to Women Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at DiBurro's of Ward Hill from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of will be the honorary Chairperson and keynote speaker. Tickets to this event are available at the YWCA, 107 Winter Street, Haverhill, and are $40 per person. The social preview begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon program fro noon until 2 p.m. Tables of ten may be reserved.

Team Haverhill Auction: Team Haverhill's "Wizard of Oz" Auction Gala has a new addition to its list of items to bid on. The latest is a Polar Express weekend getaway donated by Pentucket Bank. This fun-filled family weekend includes two nights for a family of four in a two-room suite at the Bartlett Inn, located in New Hampshire's White Mountains. The package includes four, first-class tickets for the Polar Express Train, plus breakfast for the whole family both mornings. All taxes are included. Recreating the popular children's book and movie, trains depart from North Conway and Lincoln, N.H. The gala, which benefits the Essex Street Gateway Mural, is May 19 at the Roma Function Hall in Bradford. Tickets are $30 per person and a table of 10 is $250. Checks, made payable to the GHCC CAEF, can be mailed to: Essex Gateway Mural, c/o Tim Jordan, 167 Kingsbury Ave., Haverhill, MA 01835. Tickets can also be ordered at essexgatewarymuralauction.eventbrite.com.

Relay For Life Golf Tournament: Relay for Life team to hold golf tournament June 2. The Relay For Life of Haverhill team, Team Turner will hold its first Dave Turner Memorial Golf Tournament on June 2 at the Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road, Bradford. The team plans to hold this event annually. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per golfer and $500 per team. There is also a $100 hole sponsorship opportunity. Dinner is after the tournament. More information is available by contacting Ryan Turner at 978-478-8225.

Dolly n' Me Princess Tea: Winnekenni Castle will holds its annual spring Dolly n' Me Princess Tea June 10 at 1 p.m. This signature castle event is an opportunity for young girls to wear their frilly finest and have a special grown-up day. The event will feature fancy finger food and treats, tea from fancy pots, photo opportunities and a visit with the Princess of Winnekenni Castle. A genuine American Girl Doll will be raffled. Doll clothes and other favorite items will be available for purchase. This event is recommended for children ages 3 and up. Tickets, available online in advance, are $20 per child and $25 per adult. If space is available, tickets at the door will be $25 per child and $30 per adult. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information visit winnekenni.com.

Golf Tournament: Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold its 20th annual Principal's Cup Golf Tournament June 15 at the Bradford Country Club. Tourney fee of $140 includes golf and a cart, lunch, dinner, a gift for each golfer, contests with prizes for the winners, auctions and raffle prizes. More information is available by calling 978-372-5451 or online at sacredheartsbradford.org.

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. Registration fee is $85 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.

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.

GIVE, GET HELP

YMCA acepting 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.