hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

February 8, 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

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 purchased after services or at the church office. The church is located at 4 King St. For more information, call 978-372-3463.

FAMILIES AND KIDS

Kindergarten Information Night: Haverhill's Public Schools will host free kindergarten information sessions for children in the Class of 2025. The sessions are open to parents and guardians of children at all schools and will be held Jan. 17 at Tilton Elementary School, 70 Grove St., and March 20 at Pentucket Lake Elementary School, 252 Concord St. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Sessions are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Your child must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 in order to be eligible for Kindergarten in September. Free baby-sitting will be available for children accompanying their parents to these sessions. Informational packets will be given to those in attendance. For more information call 978-420-1951 or 978-374-3484.

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. 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.

Republican City Committee: The Haverhill Republican City Committee will meet Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the public library's Johnson Auditorium. Guest speakers are Karin Rhoton (R), North Andover, who is seeking the newly created 14th Essex District seat, and Lenny Mirra (R), candidate for the seat being vacated by State Rep. Harriett Stanley. All current members and interested new members are urged to attend. For more information contact Jack Roy at 978-314-9189.

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.

Love Letters: Northern Essex Community College will present A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. All proceeds help support the Top Notch Players' trip to the Edinburgh Arts Festival in August.

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.

Democratic Vote: Registered Democrats from all wards in Haverhill will be holding a caucus at the Haverhill Public Library auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. to elect delegates and alternates to the 2012 Massachusetts state democratic convention.The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Haverhill. All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled.

The vote will also include a business meeting of the Haverhill Democratic City Committee to discuss upcoming events and the annual breakfast. All are welcome to attend. The 2012 Convention will be held on June 2 at Massmutual Center in Springfield.

For further information, contact Bill Cox, chairman of the Haverhill Democratic City Committee at 978-374-6297.

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.

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 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.

Indoor flea market:The Ladies Philoptochos Society Elpis will hold an indoor flea market March 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 154 Winter St., Haverhill. The event features furniture, clothing, glassware, books, jewelry, knick-knacks and more. Greek pastries and refreshments will be available for purchase. Tables are available for rent and can reserved by calling 978-374-8887 or 978-373-3311.

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.

Storytime activities at the library

The public library is offering a variety of storytime sessions tailored to audiences by developmental needs. The goal is to foster a love of books and reading in children.

Miss Sam's Silly Stories, for ages 3 to 5: Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.

Drop-in Spanish Storytime (Hora del Cuento en Espanol), for all ages: Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. and Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Drop-in Family Storytime, for all ages: Feb. 13, and 27 at 10 a.m., and Feb. 14 and 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Drop-in Pajama Storytime, for all ages: Feb 13 and 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Lapsit Storytime, for parents/caregivers and children up to 24 months: Feb. 13, 15, 27, and 29 at 9:15 a.m.

Story Stretchers, for ages 3 to 5: Feb. 14, and 28 at 10 a.m.

Drop-in Preschool Storytime, for ages 4 to 5: Feb. 14 and 28 at 10 a.m.

Drop-in Toddler Storytime, for ages 2 to 3: Feb. 15 and 29 at 10 a.m.

Sensory Integration Storytime, for children ages 3 to 7 with sensory integration issues: Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. For more information about this session, contact Alissa Lauzon at 978-373-1586, ext. 626.

For a complete calendar of events visit haverhillpl.org or call 978-373-1586, ext. 630.

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 $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.

PEOPLE OF NOTE

Melanie Daly, daughter of Julie and Donald Daly of Haverhill, made the Dean's list for fall 2011 at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI. She is a Baking and Pastry Arts major.