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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.

Book Chat Session: The public library will host a Book Chat session April 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. This is an informal monthly reader's advisory group where you can hear the latest fiction and non-fiction reviews and share what you are currently reading. Book Chats also feature author talk alerts, e-reader demonstrations and staff picks. More information is available from Jaclyn Payne at 978-373-1586, ext. 608.

Relay for Life Fundraiser: Pillars for Life and the 1971 Haverhill High School Relayers are hosting a fundraiser on April 28th from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Garibaldi Club. Tickets are $10 per person and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each. Prizes include gift baskets, gift certificates, artwork, home decor, games and more. For more information please call Nathan Webster at 978-204-4692.

Change of Location: For the next four months the Greater Haverhill Landlord's Guild will hold its monthly meetings at the Victor Emanuel Lodge, Sons of Italy, 124 Washington St. Meetings are, April 24, May 22 and June 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Parking is behind the Tap Restaurant. For more information contact Michael Schroth at 978-376-5492.

Lunch Party: The Council on Aging will host a lunch party with music by George Whitehouse of A Goodtime DJs, April 25 at 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Tickets are $7 per person and include lunch and entertainment. Reservations are required by contacting Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.

Wrestling Show: A pro wrestling benefit show in memory of Karen LaPierre who was killed by a drunk driver on Dec. 18, 2011, on her way to church the show is entitled "No Tolerance Think. Don't drink & Drive" at the Sacred Hearts School. Doors will open at approximately 6:30 on Saturday, April 28 with a pre-show and meet and greet with the wrestlers and the main show will begin at 7:00pm. All proceeds will go to St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry and M.A.D.D. This is an all ages event and tickets are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for kids under 12. Tickets will be available at the door.

Relay For Life Fundraiser: Relay For Life of Haverhill to hold its second annual "Paint The Town Purple" campaign the week of May 2 through May 6. Businesses that donate $25 will receive a purple bow and a "Proud Purple Ribbon Supporter" poster to display in their windows. Businesses are also encouraged to decorate their shops and storefronts during this campaign. Other sponsorship levels are available starting at $250. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. More information is available by contacting Nate Webster at 978-204-4692.

Lunch party: The Haverhill Council on Aging is hosting a lunch party with A Goodtime DJ George Whitehouse on Wednesday, April 25, at 12:30 p.m. George always provides a great time for everyone with lots of entertainment and dancing! Don't miss out on the fun! Tickets are $7 per person and include lunch and entertainment. Reservations are required. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at (978) 374-2390 to order tickets

NECC Dance Performance: Northern Essex Community College's Still Point Dancers' spring performance is April 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. in the Sport and Fitness Center on the Haverhill campus. The show features faculty and student choreography and a dance piece dedicated to the college's 50th anniversary. An alumni reception will be held prior to the April 27 performance at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the sport and Fitness Center. All alumni are invited to attend. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $3 for children under 12. More information is available from Michelle Deane at mdeane@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3597

New Pop up Shop: Creative Haverhill is launching its new traveling pop-up shop featuring the work of local artists and artisans. This "art on wheels by design" will debut at Haverhill Goes Green, April 29 in GAR Park. A mini-van loaded with local art, crafts and merchandise displays will travel to popular one-day events throughout the year. Some of Haverhill's favorite artists and fine craftspeople will be selling and demonstrating their work, such as Richard Alexander and Michael LaFosse of Origamido, printmaker Linda Germain, painter Sharon Silverman, collagist Linda Koutoulas and floral and container designer Christine MacMillian from Cottage Gardens. Creative Haverhill's mission is to identify, nurture and promote the city's local creative workforce in the marketplace. Its first pop-up store, The Shops@90Wash, opened this past holiday season as a fundraising effort for Creative Haverhill and will return this year from Nov. 1 to Dec. 23.

Grand Re-Opening of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host a grand reopening of its newly renovated offices May 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Landmark Building, 76 Merrimack St. The Landmark Building has been home to the Chamber for four years and is hosting this event at no cost to guests. The Chamber will also be hosting a Business After Hours networking event. Complimentary food will be provided by Simply Elegant Catering and drink service is by Butlers & Bars. There will be tours of the building and the newly renovated Chamber offices. Guests can meet the Chamber's staff, board of directors and its host, and will have an opportunity to win raffle prizes, including a champagne basket donated by Bank of New England. This event is free to attend but guests are asked to pre-register by contacting Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com.

Fun Run: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold its third annual Fun Run & Walk May 5 starting at 8:30 a.m. The 5K route goes through downtown Haverhill, crosses the Comeau Bridge into Bradford then the Basiliere Bridge into Haverhill. The 1.5 mile walk route through the city's arts and restaurant district is for walkers and runners. The first 150 people to register will receive an event T-shirt. All registrants will receive a free hot breakfast after the race. The run and walk is followed by a Family Festival featuring a DJ, games, face painting and other activities. More information is available by calling 978-521-4256 or online at sjshav.com.

KidsFEST seeks vendors: This year's KidsFEST will be held on the upper deck of the Merrimack Street parking garage May 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date is May 20. Downtown businesses and outside vendors have been steadily applying to promote their businesses, but more are needed. Space is available for restaurants, service clubs, and nonprofits, retailers and kid-focused vendors. Last year's KidsFEST welcomed nearly 15,000 children and adults and many vendors sold out of their products and informational paraphernalia. Even more are expected this year. KidsFEST is presented by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Community Support Committee in partnership with Merrimack Valley Hospital, Pentucket Medical Associates and Trinity EMS. All vendors booths are $100 and vendors must supply their tables. Set-up for the event will start no earlier than 8 a.m. All vehicles must be out of the festival area by 10:30 a.m. Participating vendors will receive their assigned placement when they arrive at the festival; this information will not be available prior to 8 a.m. on May 6. To participate as a vendor, download forms and the required vendor rules at haverhillchamber.com or by email to Shannon O'Neil at intlchildcaredirector@verizon.net. More information is available from Jenn Connolly at 603-300-0254.

Legion Baseball Tryouts:Haverhill Senior Legion, JR Legion and Senior Babe Ruth will be holding tryouts on May 6, at 1 p.m. at Haverhill Stadium. Anyone between the ages of 15 to 19 and lives in Haverhill or goes to school in Haverhill is eligible to tryout. The leagues will begin play in early June and continue until early August in very competitive leagues. These teams will play between 20 to 30 games plus playoffs. Please contact Larry O'Brien 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone 978-807-5068 with any questions.

Walking Club: The Council on Aging will host a free information session for its new Keep Moving walking club program May 8 at 11 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Currently, there are 161 Keep Moving walking clubs in Massachusetts. This information session is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 978-374-2390 and speaking with Kathy Bresnahan at ext. 11 or Rita LaBella at ext. 16.

Trip to Gardner Museum: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to the newly renovated Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum May 17. Transportation is by motorcoach. The bus will depart at approximately 11:45 a.m. Cost is $45 and includes admission, a guided tour and transportation. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

Charity Golf Classic: Friends of the Giurado family of Bradford will hold their first Kaydence Giurado Golf Classic May 19 at the Bradford Country Club. Kady Giurado, 3, has extensive medical problems and organizers of the benefit say her future remains uncertain. Despite extensive medical intervention, the girl's condition remains undiagnosed. Registration fee of $125 includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and a steak and chicken dinner following play. Organizers are also planning a silent auction and raffle. "We are so grateful for the support of friends, family and the community," said Joelly Helps, the event organizer. "The challenges Kady and her family deal with daily often seem overwhelming, but we gain so much strength knowing there are such caring and thoughtful people who hold us in their thoughts and prayers." To register or for sponsorship information contact Joelly Helps at kadygiurado@gmail.com.

YWCA Luncheon: The Haverhill YWCA is pleased to announce that the 23rd Annual Tribute to Women Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at DiBurro's of Ward Hill from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of will be the honorary Chairperson and keynote speaker. Tickets to this event are available at the YWCA, 107 Winter Street, Haverhill, and are $40.00 per person. The social preview begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon program fro 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. Tables of ten may be reserved.

Relay For Life Golf Tournament: Relay for Life team to hold golf tournament June 2. The Relay For Life of Haverhill team, Team Turner will hold its first Dave Turner Memorial Golf Tournament on June 2 at the Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road, Bradford. The team plans to hold this event annually. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per golfer and $500 per team. There is also a $100 hole sponsorship opportunity. Dinner is after the tournament. More information is available by contacting Ryan Turner at 978-478-8225.

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.

Free Tax Preparation: Community Action Inc. at 145 Essex St. is offering free tax preparation services through IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers now through April 14. Community Action services Haverhill and other towns in the Merrimack Valley in providing low- to moderate-income taxpayers with free tax return preparation. Federal and Massachusetts state returns will be E-filed. Appointments are being scheduled for Monday and Saturday mornings and Wednesday and Thursday evenings. For more information, to learn if you qualify for free help, or to schedule an appointment call Marilyn Luther at 978-373-1971, ext. 340 during business hours.

Golf Tournament: Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold its 20th annual Principal's Cup Golf Tournament June 15 at the Bradford Country Club. Tourney fee of $140 includes golf and a cart, lunch, dinner, a gift for each golfer, contests with prizes for the winners, auctions and raffle prizes. More information is available by calling 978-372-5451 or online at sacredheartsbradford.org.

Cycle for Shelter: The 24th annual Cycle for Shelter is July 22, rain or shine. All rides begin on the campus of Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. Cycle for Shelter, a fundraiser for Emmaus Inc., helps the local nonprofit organization provide emergency shelter, long-term affordable housing and services to as many as 200 men, women and children each day. Those services include meals, job and education training, and referrals to other services, such as substance abuse programs. This year's event features four rides, including a 24-mile "weekend warrior" route for novice cyclists. More than 2,500 homeless adults and children will seek help from Emmaus this year as they face homelessness. Riders are asked to raise a minimum of $200. Registration fee is $56 by April 15, $85 from April 16 to July 13 and $100 on the day of the event, if space is available. Please inquire about family registrations for riders under the age of 18. More information is available online at emmausinc.org or by calling Terri Rousseau at 978-241-3425.

Youth Academy: The Essex County Sheriff's Department will host a Youth Academy for children ages 12 to 15 and a Junior Leadership Academy for children ages 8 to 11. Both programs are free and will be offered to communities in the region, including Haverhill, July 9 to 13; Lawrence, July 30 to Aug. 3, and Methuen, Aug. 20 to 24. While the Junior Leadership Academies in Beverly and Masconomet are full, enrollment is still open in all of the other academies. The program runs weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children will tour the Essex County correctional facility, and will participate in Laser Quest, archery, the new ropes course at Essex Agricultural School, a fishing trip, a class with the Essex County District Attorney's Office, a K-9 demonstration, a cookout/graduation and more. Activities for the Junior Leadership Academy will include indoor rock climbing, Curious Creatures, a fishing trip, Jump On In, bowling, a K-9 demonstration, a cookout/graduation and more. Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr. and his staff are providing a program that gets young people off the streets for a week, and allows them to experience a fun, educational and safe program. A variety of agencies have partnered with the sheriff's office to provide this program. For more information including an application, schedule and photos visit mass.gov/essexsheriff/community.

GIVE, GET HELP

Spotlight Playhouse seeks Board Members: The Haverhill-based Spotlight Playhouse theatre group is seeking new board members to bring fresh perspectives and help chart the group's course for the next few seasons. Board members are elected to two year terms. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 24 Essex St., Haverhill. There are several positions that will be up for election in June. Individuals with backgrounds in marketing, sales or those possessing an interest in theatre are welcome. More information is available by calling 978-380-8509 or info@spotlightplayhouse.org.

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 possibly 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 nonprofit thrift store located at 111 Lafayette Square, is in need of donations of gently used clothing in all sizes and types for spring and summer. Winter clothing is not being accepted at this time. Much of the donated clothing is given to clients who are referred by more than 85 agencies and churches in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. Each client is given four weather-appropriate outfits of clothing four times a year and can purchase anything else in the store at a 20 percent discount. You may also drop off donations for the Sacred Hearts food pantry. All donations are tax deductible and donors will be issued receipts for their gifts. Donations may be dropped off 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. The store is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More information is available by calling 978-521-5575. Visit online at ruthshouse.org.

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.

Art Fundraiser: The Haverhill Cultural Council and Haverhill Art Association will hold their second annual ART-rageous Art Exhibition and Silent Auction fundraiser April 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hamel Mills Lofts Community Room, 40 Locke St. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at http://artrageous.eventbrite.com. Area artists and galleries are invited to participate. All submissions are due by April 2. Works of emerging artists, mid-career, market works and established artists are encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Haverhill Cultural Council's summer performing arts series, "Make Some Noise!" and the Haverhill Art Association's Thursday evening artist demonstrations. For more info visit HaverhillCulturalCouncil.com or contact Don Herook at don5753@aol.com or Leota Sarrette at lsarrette@aol.com.

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.

COUNCIL OF AGING

The Council on Aging is offering the following upcoming trips:

For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

April 17: The Duttons at Mohegan Sun.

May 2: Vicki Lawrence at Foxwoods.

May 6: Loretta LaRoche at the North Shore Music Theatre.

June 7-13: San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

June 12: The Hit Men at Mohegan Sun.

June 18-19: Indian Head Resort.

June 27: Tribute to Dean Martin.

July 2: Tall Ships.

July 8: Tanglewood and The Pops.

Aug. 5-6: Tanglewood.

June 7 to 13: San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Oct. 18: Italian Festival.

Oct. 24: Foxwoods.

Nov. 13: Kings of Country at Mohegan Sun.

For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.