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February 1, 2012

Community events


ANNOUNCEMENT

Register to vote: Feb. 15 is the last day one can register to vote or change party enrollment for the Presidential Primary election on March 6. The Haverhill City Clerk's office, located in City Hall at 4 Summer Street, will be open that day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to register voters. Anyone who is a citizen of the United States, a Massachusetts resident and over the age of 18 on or before election day is eligible to register. Those registering via mail-in registrations must have their forms postmarked no later than Feb. 15. For more information, call 978-374-2312 or visit ci.haverhill.ma.us.

CHURCHES

Four Chaplains Service: The public is invited to the annual Four Chaplains Service on Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Groveland Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 4 King St., Groveland. This service is hosted by Groveland Post 248, the American Legion. This non-sectarian service commemorates the valiant actions of four Army Chaplains who during World War II gave their lives to save the lives of others. There will be memories, stories and prayers shared by veterans about actual events that historic night. A collation will follow the service.

Spaghetti Supper: Atkinson Congregational Church will hold its 32nd annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper Feb. 4 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Snow date is Feb. 11. This event is open to the public. Tickets, sold at the door only, are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children. Admission is free for children under the age of 6. The meal will be prepared by the men of the church, which is located at 101 Main St., Atkinson, N.H.

Chocolate Sale: The Groveland Congregational Church will hold a Chocolate Festival on Feb. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will feature a chocolate buffet and fondue fountain. A take home treat will also be provided. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and can be purched after serivces or at the church office. The church is located at 4 King St. For more information, call 978-372-3463.

FAMILIES AND KIDS

HVM Enrollment: Hill View Montessori Charter Public School is holding Enrollment Information Sessions to inform prospective parents/caregivers about 2012 enrollment opportunities.

HVM is a public, tuition-free school that offers a public Montessori educational option to the Haverhill community. The school opened in 2004 and currently enrolls 296 students in grades K-8. HVM offers a Montessori-based education enhanced to ensure alignment with the Common Core Curriculum. The school offers full-day kindergarten, an extended school day and childcare.

To learn more, please attend an Enrollment Information Session. All sessions will be held at the school at 75 Foundation Avenue in the Ward Hill Business Park, Haverhill and are scheduled as follows: Feb. 4 at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. and March 2 at 9:00 a.m.

The public lottery will be held on March 14, 2012.

If you have any questions, or are in need of translation services, please contact Jonnie Lyn Evans at 978.521.2616, ext 122.

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 fslp@necc.mass.edu, 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 grundyj@northshoreymca.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 chmielewskim@northshoreymca.org.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Disabled American Veterans seek new members: Disabled American Veterans Hannah Duston Chapter 20 is looking for new members. Benefits of joining the chapter include free assistance with opening and/or reopening claims, free legal advice regarding service-connected disabilities, referrals to agencies that provide assitance to those with physical and/or emotional issues and more. Starting in March, the chapter will meet the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the veterans room in the basement of City Hall, 4 Summer St. Meeting agendas typically include planning visits to patients in VA hospitals and veterans in retirement homes as well as planning social events. For more information contact Gerard Boucher at 978-521-3982.

Open House at Penacook: Penacook Place, located at 150 Water St., Haverhill, invites the public to an open house on Feb. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. Penacook is a nonprofit skilled nursing facility catering to both the long and short term needs of our geriatric population. Dr. T. Cody, a consulting physiatrist, will present information on the newest recommendations for the treatment of COPD and CHF at 4:15 p.m. Physiatrist, Dr. S. Senno will talk about the latest advances in wound care following Cody's presentation. The short term unit, rehabilitation programs, and skilled nursing services available at Penacook will be showcased at this public open house. Refreshments and tours will be available. For reservations contact Maureen Blake at 978-374-0707, ext. 152.

Seeds of Success: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host "Seeds for Success," a presentation for business women to look their best. The event will take place at the Haverhill Gold & Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill on Feb. 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 and include complimentary appetizers and desserts. There will be a cash bar and vendors. Email jen@haverhillchamber.com for more information.

Design your dream kitchen/bath: Turn your kitchen into a culinary oasis and the bath into a spa with the help of a new four-week, noncredit interior design course titled "Kitchen and Bath Planning Basics" offered through Northern Essex Community College's Division of Workforce Development and Community Education. This course will be held at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence and is taught by veteran designer Donna Arasi-Gudinas. Class meet Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 8. The cost is $189 per person. To register call 978-556-3700.

NECC home business course: "Making Money in Your Online Home Business," a new, one-night, noncredit class offered by Northern Essex Community College's Division of Workforce Development and Community Education could help you, start a home-based online business, invest in one of the myriad internet business opportunities available today, or earn more if you are already involved. The class will meet Monday, February 27, at NECC's Riverwalk campus, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence. The cost is $39 per person. To register, call 978-556-3700. For the most current information and complete course descriptions visit www.necc.mass.edu/noncredit.

Women's City Club Meeting: The Women's City Club of Haverhill will have its next meeting on Tuesday February 7, 2012 at the Brookridge Community Church 232 Main Street in Fellowship Hall. The Coffee Hour will begin at 1:30 P.M. followed by the business meeting at 2:00 P.M. The program which will begin at 2:15 will feature "George Washington Himself" portrayed by the Rev. George Moore.

The Rev. Mr. Moore will portray the life of George Washington prior to the Revolutionary War and throughout the war until his retirement. He will also give us a glimpse of Washington's home life with Martha. Guests sponsored by a member are welcome.

eReader Workshops: The public library will host free monthly workshops on eBooks and eReaders on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab on the second floor. Bring your Kindle, Nook or Sony eReader, or just watch the demonstration. Next session is Feb. 6 Participants will learn how to search for eBooks, how to reserve and borrow eBooks and how to download eBooks to an eReader. Classes are limited to six people. For more information or to sign-up call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. The library is at 99 Main St. Visit the librarys' redesigned website at haverhillpl.org.

Awards Breakfast: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host its 22nd annual Business Awards Breakfast on Feb. 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St., in Haverhill. The Membership Services Committee holds this event to recognize member businesses that have been active in the Chamber and the community throughout the year. The breakfast will honor the eleven businesses that received the "Business of the Month" awards for 2011. Tickets are $30 per person or $275 for a table of 10. Email jen@haverhillchamber.com for more information.

Senior Baseball Registration Sessions: Haverhill Senior Baseball will hold registration sessions for Spring 2012 baseball Saturday Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon and Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St. The league has divisions for players age 13 and players ages 14 to 15. For more information contact Larry O'Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807-5068. Registration forms are available online at haverhillseniorbaseball.com.

Valentine's Day Dance: St. Joseph School's PTO will host a Valentine's Day dance for ages 21 and over Feb. 11 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the school's gymnasium at 56 Oak Terrace. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Music is by DJ Greg. Coffee and dessert will be provided by the PTO, but you are welcome to bring your own bottle and snacks. The school has a liquor license for one day. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as raffle baskets. All proceeds will benefit HOPE (Help Our Playground Evolve), a PTO project to build a new playground for the students of St. Joseph School. For more information contact Christine Wilson at 978-869-9261 or visit sjshav.com.

Senior Lunch and Dance: The Council on Aging will host a Valentine luncheon and dance Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Lunch will be provided by Broadway Caterers and music is by George Whitehouse of A Goodtime DJs. Tickets are $7 and must be purchased in advance by contacting Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.

Motown Lecture at NECC: Motown and its connection to the Civil Rights Movement will be the subject of a multimedia presentation by Motown historian, entertainment manager, lecturer, and life coach Tom Ingrassia, in recognition of Black History month, on Wednesday, Feb.15, at noon in Lecture Hall A in the Spurk Building on Northern Essex Community College's Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information contact the NECC Student Engagement Center at 978-556-3731 or engagement@necc.mass.edu.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the NECC Student Engagement Center, the Diversity Committee, the Music Choral Group, and the Contemporary Affairs Club.

Spotlight Playhouse: Spotlight Playhouse will present the uproarious farce, "Drop Dead!" by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, Feb. 10, 11, 18 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 26 White St. In "Drop Dead!" a cast of has been actors plan to revive their careers in this potboiler murder mystery directed by the character Victor Le Pewe, a psychotic eye twitching megalomaniac. During the dress rehearsal the set falls, props break and the producer and an actor are murdered. During the opening night performance, the murders continue. The remaining thespians must save the show and their careers, solve the mystery and stay alive for curtain calls. Tickets are $15, and $13 for seniors. To order tickets or for more information visit spotlightplayhouse.org or call 978-380-8509.

Amvets Ladies Auxiliary: The Amvets Ladies Auxiliary to Post 147 will meet Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m at Post Quarters, 576 Primrose St. All members are requested to attend to discuss upcoming events. On Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m., the unit will hold a Bingo party for patients of Wingate at Haverhill nursing home. On Feb. 12, the Auxiliary will travel to Post 161 in Lynn to hold a special party for Department of Developmental Disability Services. This yearly event includes Haverhill Post 147, Lynn Post 161 and Gloucester Post 32. On Feb. 22, Bingo will be held at Lakeview Nursing Home in Haverhill. On Feb. 23, Bingo will be held at the Veterans Unit at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester, N.H. For more information contact Betty at 978-373-3216.

Ski Jam: The Saturday Freestyle Jam Series at Ski Bradford, sponsored by Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion, continues through Feb. 25. This event is open to the public. Registration takes place each Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Each event kicks off at 11 a.m. Awards will be given to each finalist. Ski Bradford, a popular regional family and school ski destination, is located at 60 South Cross Road in Haverhill. For more information call 978-373-0071. Visit online at skibradford.com.

Wild Rover Series: This year's Wild Rover Racing Series kicks off at 1 p.m. on Feb. 26 with the fifth annual Frozen Shamrock 3-miler through Haverhill and Bradford. Sponsored by Archie's Little River Ale House (formerly J.P. McBride's), the Frozen Shamrock has become wildly popular, and race director and series organizer Dave Camire continues to innovate so the event evolves, ensuring that it remains a favorite. The second race in the Wild Rover Series, the 19th annual Claddagh Pub 4-miler, starts at 11 a.m. on March 4 on Canal Street in Lawrence. This race is sponsored by and starts at the famous Claddagh Pub. The final race of the series, the traditional Hynes Tavern 5-miler, hits the streets of downtown Lowell on March 11 at 1 p.m. Races are limited to 1,000 runners. Register at runthewildrover.com. Proceeds from each race go to various local charities.

Winning Opportunities for Women: Save the date for the Annual WOW Conference with keynote speaker Mary Richardson for Friday, March 16. This event will be held at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club from 8:00 a.m. to3:00 p.m. Registration is open. Cost is $59 for early birds with a deadline of Feb. 16. Afterwards, standard registration rates of $79 for Chamber members or $89 for non-members applies. Program includes breakfast, lunch, speakers, interactive sessions, giftsand more. To register, visit www.haverhillchamber.com or contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com. Sponsorship packages are available, and vendor inquiries are welcome.

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.

Vegas Entertainment: The Haverhill Cultural Council will present Las Vegas entertainer Brian Evans in a benefit concert Feb. 10 (2012) at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St. A special VIP event begins at 6:15 p.m. All of the concert's net proceeds will be donated to Haverhill High School and Haverhill Cultural performing arts programs. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at HaverhillCulturalCouncil.com and in the mayor's office in city hall. Advance tickets are $25 or $15 for seniors and students.

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 $20 and all proceeds go towards The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. To order tickets, email ryankickcancer@yahoo.com.

Comedy Night: The Haverhill High School Athletics invites the public to join them for their Comedy Night. The event will take place on March 9, 7 p.m., at DiBurro's Fuction Facility, 887 Boston Rd. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St., or by calling 978-374-5732.

The Learn About Computers Everyday (LACE) program of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc. is offering a variety of classes over the next three months. Classes are at 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, and are based on the Windows Vista operating system. Classes are: Intro to Computers, Feb. 27 to April 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Internet and email, Feb. 28 to April 3 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Computer Graphics, Feb. 28 to April 3 from 12:30 to 3 p.m.; Digital Camera/Pictures, Feb. 29 to April 4 from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and Intermediate Computer, March 1 to April 5 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Advanced registration is required by Feb. 17. For more information call 1-800-892-0890, ext. 1516 and leave a message or email lace1050@yahoo.com. Visit http://elderservices.tripod.com.

COUNCIL ON AGING TRIPS

GIVE, GET HELP

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 possisbly 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 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 mluther@communityactioninc.org.

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 northeast@horizonsforhomelesschildren.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 cnealon@rbbaseball.org 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.

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