Auction: St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will host its Simple Gifts Auction May 20 at 11:15 a.m. The event includes a light lunch and auction items including a Kindle Fire, homemade lap quilt, five days at a Maine summer cottage, meals to order and more. The auction supports church activities and 10 percent of the proceeds will be given to the Barbara C. Harris Youth Camp. There are special items for kids to bid on (25 cents to $3) as well as a raffle for four Red Sox tickets ($5 each) and an iPod Nano ($1 each or six for $5). For more information or to purchase raffle tickets call 978-373-1270. The church is at 119 Washington St., Groveland.
Dough-raiser: Career Resources Corp. will hold a "Dough-raiser" fundraiser May 10 at Uno Chicago Grill in Haverhill. If you order lunch or dinner and present your waiter or waitress with a coupon, Uno's will donate 15 to 20 percent of your total bill to Career Resources. This includes take-out orders as well. Members of the Career Resources staff will be at the restaurant to greet you, provide you with chances to win prizes and answer questions. Coupons are available for download at crc-mass.org.
Yard Sale: The Relay For Life Of Haverhill Team Yvette's River Runners will hold its fifth annual yard sale on Saturday, May 12, at 10 University Lane, Methuen (Off Pelham Street). Hundreds of items are donated every year by friends and family from Methuen, Andover and Lawrence and all money raised will benefit The American Cancer Society. For more information or directions please call Patricia D'Agata at 978-790-5166
Benefit Dinner: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., Haverhill, will host a dinner May 12 to benefit Boy Scout Troop 1 and Cub Scout Pack 13 on May 12. The meal is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and includes American chop suey, salad, Italian bread, dessert, tea and coffee. A donation of $6 is requested. Children ages 12 and under pay $3. This event is sponsored by the church's Men of Wesley and the public is welcome. For more information call 603-702-0512.
Mother's Day Breakfast: The Haverhill Lodge of Elks invites mothers to a complimentary buffet breakfast to be served at the Lodge on 24 Summer St. on May 13. Serving from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Fathers, husbands and children over 12 are $5. For more information call Jim at 603 642-5236.
Art Exhibit: The Haverhill Public Library will hold an exhibit by local artist Allen Drelick through May 30. Allen will exhibit photos of his original works in acrylic, along with a collection of original pieces. This exhibit is in the second-floor gallery. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception is planned for Tuesday, May 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Rabbi Talk: Community Christian Fellowship will present a talk by Rabbi Mitch Forman of Chosen People Ministries May 18 at 6 p.m. The topic of discussion is "God's Heart for Israel." This event is free and open to the public and will be held at 358 Washington St., which is the new home of Community Christian Fellowship, led by Pastor Marlene Yeo. More information is available by calling 978-912-7616. Visit online at ccfhaverhill.com.
Cooking Class: Join us for an evening of cooking, learning, and dining. These farm-to-table classes focus on using the seasons' best ingredients from area local farms. Classes are hands-on with instruction and include recipes and wonderful meal at the end of the evening. Classes are located at Veasey Park in Groveland on May 23. Pre-registration must be done by May 16.For more information contact Carolyn at: email@example.com, or 978-994-1692
Comedy Night: Business Network International Haverhill and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring a Business Networking and Comedy Night May 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, door prize giveaways and entertainment by comic Stephen Bjork, a veteran of the Boston comedy scene. Early bird tickets are $20 until May 4, and $30 after May 4 and at the door. Seating is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit haverhillchamber.com or call 978-373-5663.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charity Golf Classic: Friends of the Giurado family of Bradford will hold its 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 email@example.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, at DiBurro's of Ward Hill from 11:30 a.m. until 2 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 per person. The social preview begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon program fro noon until 2 p.m. Tables of ten may be reserved.
Team Haverhill Auction: Team Haverhill's "Wizard of Oz" Auction Gala has a new addition to its list of items to bid on. The latest is a Polar Express weekend getaway donated by Pentucket Bank. This fun-filled family weekend includes two nights for a family of four in a two-room suite at the Bartlett Inn, located in New Hampshire's White Mountains. The package includes four, first-class tickets for the Polar Express Train, plus breakfast for the whole family both mornings. All taxes are included. Recreating the popular children's book and movie, trains depart from North Conway and Lincoln, N.H. The gala, which benefits the Essex Street Gateway Mural, is May 19 at the Roma Function Hall in Bradford. Tickets are $30 per person and a table of 10 is $250. Checks, made payable to the GHCC CAEF, can be mailed to: Essex Gateway Mural, c/o Tim Jordan, 167 Kingsbury Ave., Haverhill, MA 01835. Tickets can also be ordered at essexgatewarymuralauction.eventbrite.com.
Cheerleading tryouts: Haverhill High School cheerleading tryouts for the new school year are May 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the high school's gymnasium at 137 Monument St. Medical and parent permission forms, which you must bring to the tryouts, are available for download at http://hhs.haverhill-ps.org. Click on "Sports," which is at the top right of the web page, then "Participation," which is on the left side of the page. Parent permission slips (form A) and medical history forms (form B) are available in English and Spanish. More information is available from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Baseball and Softball Fundraiser: The Atkinson (N.H.) Baseball and Softball League will hold its second annual Jim Plunkett night June 1 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Amvets, 576 Primrose St., Haverhill. Tickets are $25 each. A table of eight is $175. Proceeds benefit the league. Enjoy a night of music, dancing raffles and laughs. Plunkett (not the football player) is a master at getting a crowd going with games, trivia and more. Visit him at jimplunkettmusic.com. For tickets or more information contact Joanne Lakin at 603-867-4391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship: Community Action has extended the application deadline for separate $1000 Gerald Goldman Memorial Scholarships to be presented to an area high school student and to an area GED recipient. Seniors, high school graduates, and GED recipients from Haverhill, Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Groveland, Georgetown, Boxford, Rowley, Newbury, West Newbury and Merrimac are eligible to apply. Seniors from area high schools can receive an application from their guidance counselors. High school graduates and GED recipients can request an application by calling CAI at 978-373-1971 or online at www.communityactioninc.org. Completed applications are due no later than May 25th.
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.
Dolly n' Me Princess Tea: Winnekenni Castle will holds its annual spring Dolly n' Me Princess Tea June 10 at 1 p.m. This signature castle event is an opportunity for young girls to wear their frilly finest and have a special grown-up day. The event will feature fancy finger food and treats, tea from fancy pots, photo opportunities and a visit with the Princess of Winnekenni Castle. A genuine American Girl Doll will be raffled. Doll clothes and other favorite items will be available for purchase. This event is recommended for children ages 3 and up. Tickets, available online in advance, are $20 per child and $25 per adult. If space is available, tickets at the door will be $25 per child and $30 per adult. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information visit winnekenni.com.
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 $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
YMCA acepting registrations: The Haverhill YMCA is now accepting registrations for it's licensed after school program! Our program provides homework assistance, a nutritious snack, fun curriculum, and engaging classes such as swimming, gymnastics, rock climbing, and more. Also accepting registration for the 2012-2013 school year - and the spots are filling up fast. Contact Cathy Wolf at 978-374-0506, ext. 623 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
Volunteers Needed: The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is looking for volunteers to conduct tours of the museum during the tourist season, June through October. From a historic site overlooking the Merrimack River, the Buttonwoods tells the story of life in the Merrimack Valley from Native American Indian settlements through today. The museum includes three historic structures - the Duncan House, the John Ward House and Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop. Volunteers are asked to devote two to four hours per week. More information is available from Jan Williams at 978-374-4626 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at haverhillhistory.org.
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..
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.