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April 18, 2012

Community events

CHURCHES

Bean Supper: Saint James Church at 119 Washington St., Groveland, will hold its spring bean supper April 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. The meal includes homemade beans, hot-dogs and desserts. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. For more information call 978-373-1270.

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

FAMILIES AND KIDS

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).

Reading Buddy Program: The public library is offering a Reading Buddy Program in partnership with Zion Bible College Work Study program. Reading Buddies Nicole and John are available to help your child practice reading skills, provide encouragement and support when he or she is stuck on a word, and help show how much fun reading can be. Sessions, 30-minutes, are available after school on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and from 5 to 6 p.m., and Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call 978-373-1586, ext. 626.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Baby Boomer Litter Patrol Group: The Council on Aging and Haverhill's Brightside are seeking active retirees to walk as a group and assist in the beautification of the city's streets and neighborhoods. The two organizations plan to launch a Baby Boomer Litter Patrol Group at the city-wide Earth day clean up, April 21. Organizers will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., at 9 a.m. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11.

Garden Club Program: The Haverhill Garden Club will host a talk on growing plants from seeds April 24 in the first-floor auditorium at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave. Julie McIntosh Shapiro will explain the germination process and how to start seedlings that can mature into great plants, whether annuals, perennials or trees. Refreshments are at 6:30 p.m. followed by a short business meeting at 7 p.m. The program starts at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

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