Bean Supper: St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will hold a bean supper Dec. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. The church is at 119 Washington St. For more information call 978-373-1270.
Roast Pork Dinner: All Saints Parish will be hold a roast pork dinner Dec. 3 in the church hall after the 4 p.m. Mass. Admission is $7 for adults and 43 for children 12. Family, friends and fellow parishioners are invited. For more information call 978-372-2901.
Spaghetti Supper: The First Church of Christ, 10 Church St. in Bradford, will hold a spaghetti supper on Saturday in place of its monthly ham and bean supper. The supper is from 5 to 6 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and a family maximum is $20. More information is available by calling 978-374-1114 and leaving a message.
Advent Celebration: Celebrate the advent season at Trinity Episcopal Church, 26 White Street, with readings, prayers and live music featuring the New Boston Duo, a classical jazz group. This free concert will take place on Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. and is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring an item to the potluck dinner which will follow the show.
FAMILIES AND KIDS
Christmas fair: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold its annual family Christmas carnival and craft fair Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This festive holiday event is presented by the school's PTO and features games, prizes, many raffle baskets, face painting, a sweet shop, food, crafts and a visit by Santa. All proceeds benefit the school's Help Our Playground Evolve project. To make a donation or rent a craft table call 978-521-4256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The school is at 56 Oak Terrace. Visit online at sjshav.com.
Open House: Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold an open house Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Sacred Hearts offers a pre-Kindergarten to grade 8 program characterized by faith and values, caring community, proven academic excellence, curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts frameworks and Archdiocesan guidelines, extensive extra-curricular programs, before and after school programs and more. Visit sacredheartsbradford.org or to arrange for a tour call 978-372-5451 or 978-374-7161.
Crowell Fundraiser: The Crowell Elementary School will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebee's Restaurant in Haverhill. The event includes raffles for gift baskets. Proceeds will go to the purchase of gym equipment and repairs to the school's playground.
Breakfast with Santa: The Haverhill Lion's Club will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Maria's Restaurant. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. The Lion's Club will also be collecting Coats For Kids that day as well. Coats should be in good condition. Only warm, winter coats will be accepted; no vests, fleece or sweatshirts.
Hill View needs votes: Hill View Montessori Charter Public School has entered the "Power a Bright Future" competition, sponsored by Clorox, to win a $50,000 prize towards building a new playground at their 75 Foundation Ave. complex. In order to win, they encourage any and all Haverhill to vote for them daily either by texting clorox1491 to the number 44144 or online at powerabrightfuture.com. Individuals can vote twice a day until the contest closes on Dec. 9.
Sign language: Northern Essex Community College provides sign language instruction for families with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Information, contact Glenys Crane-Emerson, Family Sign Language Program coordinator, at email@example.com, 978-556-3701 (voice/tty), 978-556-3703 (fax), and 978-241-7057 (VP/VRS).
YMCA preschool program: The YMCA Children's Learning Center is enrolling for the Preschool Program. Curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning in a classroom setting, along with self directed activities that promote decision making and overall preparedness for Kindergarten. Contact Julie Grundy at 978-912-7422 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rock climbing: Designed for all levels. Certified instructors teach children learn about climbing equipment, techniques. All equipment provided by the YMCA. Group classes, private and semi-private lessons available. Call Matt C. at 978-479-2738 or email@example.com.
Author Meet and Greet: The public library will host an author fair on Dec. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Meet local authors, hear them read excerpts from their works and purchase signed copies of books as holiday gifts for friends and family. Families are invited to make a day of it by also attending a seasonal family storytime, enjoy refreshments, make holiday cards and purchase stocking stuffers in the Friends Shop. For more information contact Beth Gallaway at 978-373-1586, ext. 641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Fair: Baker Katz Nursing Home will hold its annual Christmas fair on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will feature baked goods, holiday decorations and craft items, a white elephant table and raffles. Complimentary refreshments will be available. Baker Katz is at 194 Boardman St. For more information call 978-373-5697.
Giving Tree: The Haverhill Council on Aging Giving Tree is up. Local nursing homes need gifts to give out to their senior populations and the COA wants to help by delivering wrapped gifts. Please stop by the Citizens Center with a wrapped gift to be distributed to a local nursing home. Nightgowns, pajamas, tee shirts, slippers, toiletries are all great gifts. Please ensure gifts are wrapped and labeled with the type of gift. They will be delivered in time for Christmas.
"Light Up" downtown Haverhill: Creative Haverhill seeks to brighten up the holidays through the downtown this year by placing electric candles in the storefronts of local businesses. Businesses can borrow a candle from Creative Haverhill for a donation of any amount. Those who take part are encouraged to keep their candles prominently displayed in their storefronts from Nov. 19 to Jan. 1. There is no limit on how many businesses can take part. For more information, or to apply for a candle, contact David Zoffoli at 978-374-2388 ext. 31 or email: email@example.com.
Sunset Tappers: Northern Essex Community College's Life Long Learning Program will present the Sunset Tappers on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. in the David Hartleb Technology Center, Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St. Admission is $2. The Sunset Tappers, led by Audrey Nason of Andover, is an adult group of tap dancers ranging in age from 52 to 85. They will be performing their Christmas tap routine at Northern Essex. For more information or to receive a free calendar of upcoming Life Long Learning events, contact Charlene Boucher, Life Long Learning coordinator, at 978-556-3825, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Stroll: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas Stroll will return on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Haverhill. The famous tree-lighting spectacle will return alongside new events including a holiday shop sponsored by Creative Haverhill, hay rides by Haverhill Bank, ornament making and live caroling. For more information, visit haverhillchamber.com.
Penguin Pub Crawl: The third annual Penguin Pub Crawl will take place on Dec. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. and feature over a dozen downtown pubs. Teams of five can register for a fee of $100 and will receive five gift bags with Penguin Pub Crawl memorabilia. The crawl will finish with an after party at the Chit Chat Lounge featuring food, door prizes and winner announcements. For more information, visit haverhillchamber.com.
Jewelry Show: Merrimack Valley Hospital will host a Shining Tiara Jewelry Show Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the first-floor lobby. Proceeds benefit the Employee Activities Committee, which plans activities for employees and supports local charities. Merrimack Valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. For more information contact Jude at 978-374-2000.
Dance Performance: Northern Essex Community College's annual winter student dance performance, titled "Momentum," is Dec. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sport and Fitness Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Tickets, at the door, are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $3 for children under 12. Students in the Dance Composition II class created a piece titled "Time Must Go On" that is choreographed by students Kaite Harrison, Meghan Hatfield, Justin Messina, Danielle Perrier, and Kadee Tapley. This dance portrays the personal journey that each of the students is on as well as obstacles they have overcome. Northern Essex Dance Coordinator Michelle Deane's high energy hip-hop piece, titled "Last Dayz," depicts the high school experience of a prep school and the final days of school ending before summer.
For more information contact Deane at email@example.com.
Cocoa with Santa: Winnekenni Castle will hold its annual Cocoa with Santa Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $7 for children and $5 for grown-ups. Features treats and sweets, hot and cold drinks, including cocoa, kiddie games and holiday activities by Little Sprouts Haverhill at NECC. A visit and a photo opportunity with St. Nick is included.
NECC concert: Pop music, contemporary works, a spiritual, an African gathering song, and music from the Middle Ages will all be featured during the Northern Essex Community College Winter Chorus Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in the David Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Admission to the concert is $5. For additional information contact Alisa Bucchiere at firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Concert: Winnekenni Castle will hold a free holiday family concert Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Music Maximus will ring in the holidays with children's music, traditional, seasonal and holiday music, including sing-a-longs. There will be a freewill offering to benefit Emmaus Inc. Refreshments will be available. This concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Women's City Club Meeting: The Women's City Club of Haverhill will meet Dec. 6 at the Brookridge Community Church, 232 Main St., in Fellowship Hall. Coffee hour begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by the business meeting at 2 p.m. The program of entertainment features the Bell Ringers of Atkinson, N.H. and begins at 2:15 p.m. The Bell Ringers is a group of ladies devoted to the beauty and art of bell ringing. They will present a musical program of favorite songs as well as songs to sing by.
Hearing Loss Seminar: Dr. Ryan Scannell, a plastic reconstructive surgeon and ear nose and throat specialist, will discuss the essentials of hearing loss at a Medical Meet the Expert Seminar on Dec. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave. Attendees will learn basic anatomy and physiology of hearing; the main types of hearing loss, causes and common treatments. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. One free contact hour for nursing. Registration is required. For more information or to register contact Jean at 978-420-1168 or email@example.com.
Skin Care Discussion: A senior lunch featuring a talk on basic foot and skin care by Diane Palmer, clinical coordinator at Merrimack Valley Hospital's Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center, will be held Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. in the hospital's auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave. Cost is $5 and includes the presentation and lunch featuring a menu of Caesar salad, baked stuffed chicken with gravy, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, dessert, coffee and tea. To register contact Kathy at 978-521-8140.
Christmas Book Sale: Pear Tree Publishing in Bradford will hold its first Christmas book event Dec. 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. Doors open to HCC members at 5 p.m. and to the public at 6 p.m. More than 35 authors and illustrators will attend this event, including Mary Ann Esposito, star of PBS' Ciao Italia, and Mark Goddard, the actor that played Maj. Don West in the 1960s hit television series, "Lost in Space." Each author will be selling and signing copies of their books, including Christopher and Nancy Obert, who are presenting this event in partnership with the Haverhill Country Club and will be selling and signing copies of their new book, "Legendary Locals of Haverhill," by Arcadia Publishing. For more information visit PearTreePublishing.net.
Living with Loss: Merrimack Valley Hospice is offering a one day workshop on living with loss Dec. 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the East Kingston Library, 47 Maplevale Road, East Kingston, NH. This special workshop will cover many aspects of loss and will be facilitated by Nancy Thornton, a grief counselor with Merrimack Valley Hospice. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register call 978-552-4528. Visit online at MerrimackValleyHospice.org.
Chamber of Commerce networking program: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce offers a morning networking program called "Network Flix." This referral-based program meets once a month and limited to the first 30 people to sign up. Those who attend can learn how to network and market themselves, ask for referrals and gain exposure for their business. This structured event will promptly start and finish. Cost is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Non-members will be limited to attend a maximum of two meetings and may continue attending should they join the Chamber. Network Flix meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Best Western Merrimack Valley, 401 Lowell Ave., Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. Meetings are planned for next year as well. For more information contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663.
Disaster training classes: Learn how to respond to a disaster in your community and in your neighborhood through Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training offered by the Northern Essex Regional Emergency Planning Committee. Classes meet Nov. 17, 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m., and Dec. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the training room at the West Newbury Public Safety Building, 401 Main St., West Newbury. For more information or to download an application visit wnewbury.org and click on the link to "Northern Essex Emergency Planning Committee Classes" under "News & Notices."
Craft Fair: Unique and handcrafted gift items for your holiday needs at Winnekenni Castle on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p,m. From jewelry, to holiday decor, to home goods, original gifts & special one of a kind items for adults and children, this faire has fabulous gifts you won't see anywhere else! Great door prizes and more! Refreshments will be available. $2 admission per person.
Radio Drama: Spotlight Playhouse will present a radio drama adaptation of the beloved classic, Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play, at Maria's Restaurant, 83-85 Essex St. Performances are Dec. 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. Children can meet Santa Claus following the Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 matinee performances. Miracle on 34th Street is the story of what takes place in New York City following Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as people are left wondering whether or not a department store Santa might be the real thing. Spotlight Playhouse will recreate the atmosphere of a live radio performance, complete with sound effects. Tickets to the dinner and the show are $35 each, and $30 for seniors. For more information visit spotlightplayhouse.org or call 978-380-8509.
New Moon Coffeehouse concert series: The New Moon Coffeehouse will host monthly concerts through May 21. The coffeehouse is located in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 16 Ashland St, Haverhill MA. Admission to the show is $20; $10 for those ages 18 and under. For more information check out newmooncoffeehouse.org.
Business assistance: Service Corps of Retired Executives offers free, confidential help to individuals starting a business or already in business. Sessions are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in the Landmark Building, 80 Merrimack St., second floor. Appointments can be booked by calling the Chamber at 978-373-5663.
10 Free Kick Cancer Celebration: The Ryan family invites the public to join in celebrating ten years on being cancer free with their annual charity fundraiser at The Little River Ale House, 27 Lafayette Square, on Feb. 23, 2012, from 6 p.m. until midnight. Expect food, raffles and a cash bar. Tickets to the event are $10 and all proceeds go towards The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. To order tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COUNCIL ON AGING TRIPS
Nov. 27-28: Trip to New York City to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular Show featuring the Rockettes. Includes a stop at Mohegan Sun for a presentation of "The Night Before Christmas," as well as time for shopping and lunch on Fifth Avenue. Cost is $299 per person, double occupancy. Three meals are included.
GIVE, GET HELP
Bell Ringers Needed: Haverhill's service clubs are looking for volunteers to serve as bell ringers for the Salvation Army in Haverhill this holiday season. Volunteers will be stationed outside the doors of the three Market Basket locations in Haverhill on Saturdays as well as the downtown Post Office. Most will cover a two hour period between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., with the exception of the Post Office, which is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those who can only donate one hour will be paired with others who can only work one hour. Volunteers are allowed to bring their children, as many of them may need to accumulate community service hours. For more information contact Peter Carbone at 508-320-7710.
Donations sought: Ruth's House, a non-profit thrift store located at 111 Lafayette Square is in need of all sizes of warm winter clothing, all sizes. All donations are tax deductible and donors will be issued receipts for their gifts. We are also looking for volunteers - donate as little or as much time as you are able. For more information call 978-521-5575 or visit online at www.ruthshouse.org. Donations may be dropped off during store hours 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.
Tax prep volunteers: Community Action Inc., which serves the Haverhill, Amesbury and Newburyport areas is seeking volunteers to provide low-income taxpayers with free tax return preparation services. Initial training can be done online at home this month and next, followed by additional in-house training in January at Community Action, 145 Essex St. in Haverhill. This is an IRS sponsored program and volunteers will need to be certified. Tax preparation begins at the end of January and extends through mid-April. Interested parties should contact Marilyn Luther at 978-373-1971, ext. 340 or Marge Hooper at 978-373-1971, ext. 227 or email@example.com.
Help homeless children: Horizons for Homeless Children seeks energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to play with children living in family homeless shelters in Northeastern Massachusetts, including Haverhill. Those with two hours a week to spare and a desire to make a difference in the lives children are encouraged to fill out an application. Attendance at a training session and six-month commitment are required. Contact Brittany Pyle at 978-557-2182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collections: Several local agencies and organizations are collecting new and used videos, books, CDs, DVDs and audio books using "Got Books?" containers, including: The First Church of Christ Bradford, 10 Church St., Bradford; Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St., Haverhill; Hill View Montessori School, 75 Foundation Ave. (in the Ward Hill Industrial Park); Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St.
Salvation Army offers youth programs: The Salvation Army in Haverhill is accepting applications for youth programs that are open to children ages 4 to 18. A Monday music program, for ages 7 to 18, includes free lessons in music theory, brass music instruction, drums, guitar, piano, sacred dance, puppetry, drama, children's choir and timbrels. Tuesday is youth programs night and this fall the focus will be on character building skills, sketching, bicycle safety and going green. Dinner will be served to each participant of this free program. Friday night youth basketball is recruiting players for a travel team. The cost is $15. The Salvation Army is looking for eight sponsors at $200 each to help pay for team shirts and travel expenses. Limited transportation is available for those in need. Parents and interested sponsors are asked to stop by the Salvation Army at 395 Main St., or call 978-374-7571.
Haverhill Salvation Army seeks volunteers: The Salvation Army in Haverhill is looking for few volunteers in the following areas: Writer/Correspondent: in writing and covering stories of happenings at The Haverhill Salvation Army in Haverhill; Piano: player for Monday and Tuesday and Sunday one hour each day. Chef: to cook and serve meals on Tuesday night for children; Driver: to transport youth to and from activities on Monday, Tuesday and Friday must know how to drive a 12-passenger van; Grant writer/ Fund raiser: for Youth programs to raise money for the purpose to keep programs free to the community. We are looking for people who have a passion to serve others and use their talent to teach others! Will you help put a smile on a child's face? Will you help build, teach our future children of Haverhill? For more information contact The Salvation Army at 978-374-7571 or stop by 395 Main St., Haverhill, MA 01830.
Volunteer tutors needed: The Salvation Army in Haverhill is looking for volunteers to help children develop their talents in various areas, including sacred dance, piano, drums, guitar, brass instruments, drawing, acting and puppetry. Volunteers are also needed for an after school program. Last year, As man as 200 children are expected to sign up for programs offered this fall. If you can spare one hour of you time a week to help a child learn please contact the Salvation Army at 978-374-7571.
Library seeks museum pass sponsors: The public library is seeking sponsors for passes to the Children's Museum-Boston ($700), the Museum of Science ($600), and Imajine That! ($275). All gifts marked "museums" — no matter how small — will go toward these memberships, which are renewed annually. Museum passes may be checked out on your library card. Current memberships include: the Museum of Fine Arts, Franklin Park Zoo and the Stone Zoo, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Currier Museum of Art (NH), the Children's Museum, the Discovery Museums, Children's Museum of N.H., the Institute of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts Parks, USS Constitution Museum, and the New England Aquarium (September to June). Your support of this program is very important to your community, providing a low-cost entertaining and educational outing. Checks may be made payable to the Haverhill Public Library, a nonprofit organization. For more information contact Jennifer Lyons at 978-373-1586, ext. 617.
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.
Baseball League seeks nominations: The Riverside-Bradford Baseball League is accepting nominations for membership to its Board of Directors for the 2012 season. Members are expected to perform their duties and functions so as to continually improve the league and uphold its objectives at all times. All directors, officers and members shall bear in mind that the attainment of athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary, and that the molding of future citizens is of prime importance. The league teaches good sportsmanship and the fundamentals of hitting and fielding while building a positive self-image in a healthy competitive environment. For more information contact Craig Nealon at email@example.com or 978-373-4323.
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.