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April 18, 2012

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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.

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