Holiday schedule: The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority schedule for Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 24 is: No local bus service; no EZ Trans service; no ring and ride service in Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Methuen, Newbury, Salisbury, West Newbury and Newburyport — Route 51. No MVRTA Boston commuter bus.
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.
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.
Giving Tree: The Haverhill Council on Aging Giving Tree will be up on Nov. 28. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Design the rail trail logo: Haverhill's Brightside and the Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail Committee want you to put on your thinking cap and design a new logo celebrating the Rail Trail. The two organizations in cooperation with the city are holding a contest and the winning entry will become the leading symbol of the trail, which runs along the Bradford side of the Merrrimack River from the Basiliere Bridge to the commuter rail bridge, near the Comeau Bridge. The winning logo will appear on all marketing materials celebrating the trail and will become the sole property of the Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail. The winning entry will receive a souvenir spike from the original rail tracks that were removed from this swath of land in order to create the rail trail. Entries should be submitted by Nov. 30 to: Haverhill's Brightside, Room 205, City Hall, 4 Summer St. You can also enter online at haverhillsbrightside.org. The contest is open to all residents and students in Haverhill.
Cash raffle: The Groveland Historical Society will hold their annual Cash Raffle on Nov. 23 in the Groveland Town Hall, 183 Main Street, at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $5 a piece or a book of 5 for $20. Grand prize is $1,000 and second prize is $500. Money raised from the raffle will go towards replacing the windows of the Knox Building, which houses the Society.
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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Animal Rescue: Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley needs volunteers. There are many volunteer opportunities available, including: become a foster home for cats and kittens awaiting adoption, assist at weekly adoption events, provide animal care at our Danville, N.H., sanctuary, and transport sick and injured animals to the veterinarian. Experience is not required, and training will be provided. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. For more information on all of our volunteer opportunities or to find out ways you can help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at www.ARMV.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.