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April 4, 2012

Community events


CHURCHES

Rose Tea: The fifth annual Rose Tea is coming to the Haverhill Universalist Unitarian Church, 15 Kenoza Ave., April 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy dainty delicacies, delicious desserts, fun and fellowship, with musical entertainment, raffles and a door prize included. Be waited on in style by the gentlemen of the congregation who will be offering tea, coffee and juice. Donation is $15 and tickets are available from Patricia Feller at 978-372-3622 or berry39@verizon.net.

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

FAMILIES AND KIDS

Free Easter Egg Hunt: King of Grace Church will host a free Easter egg hunt for children ages 6 and under on April 7 at 11 a.m. on the Bradford Common. Rain location is at King of Grace Church, 28 Chadwick St. There is no charge to attend this event, however, seating is limited. To make a reservation call 978-372-7700.

Easter Egg Hunt: The Haverhill YMCA will hold a free Easter egg hunt and scramble Saturday at 9 a.m. at Pentucket Lake Elementary School, 252 Concord St. Activities include a Kiddie egg scramble, egg search and rescue, egg relay and youth scavenger hunt. An Easter bunny will be available for pictures and greetings. More information is available from Ryan Allen at allenr@northshoreymca.org or 978-374-0506, ext. 1604.

Open House: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold an open house for the general public on April 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 55 Emerson St. Tours of the club and information on both the after-school and summer camp programs will be available. Light refreshments will be served. More information is available by calling 978-374-6171.

Author visit: Haverhill Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a visit from illustrator and author Lisa Greenleaf at the Haverhill Public Library on Saturday April 14, at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Greenleaf will present her new award-winning book, John Greenleaf Whittier's The Barefoot Boy. For more information, contact Carol Verny, Library Director, 978-373-1586, ext. 621

Flag Football Registration: The Haverhill YMCA is registering players for its Youth Spring Flag Football League. The co-ed league is an option for the children in grades one through eight who do not play spring sports. The season begins May 5 and will consist of six weeks with games played on Saturdays. Team T-shirts and flags will be provided. No weekly practices. Cost is $50 for Y members and $70 for others. Players will be selected through a blind draft process. Volunteer coaches are needed. If you are interested in registering your child or a volunteer coaching position contact Clint Clay at clayc@northshoreymca.org or 978-374-0506, ext. 1618.

T-ball League: The Haverhill YMCA is registering players for its introductory T-Ball League. The league is open to children ages 3 to 5. The eight-week season begins May 5 and ends with a celebration. Teams will meet for one hour, with a half hour of team practice time followed by a 30 minute game. Location of games will be announced two weeks prior to the start of the season. The cost is $54 for Y members and $77 for others. In the event of inclement weather, games will be indoors at the YMCA, 81 Winter St. Parents who volunteer to coach get a 25 percent discount off their child's registration fee. More information is available from Clint Clay at clayc@northshoreymca.org or 978-374-0506, ext. 1618.

Soap Box Derby: The Pentucket Kiwanis Club is looking for students ages 8 to 13 to participate in its annual Soap Box Derby, to be held June 2 at Bradford Elementary School, 116 Montvale St. Check in is at 9 a.m., and parents or guardians must accompany each team member. Practice runs are from 10 to 11 a.m. The race starts at 11 a.m. The awards ceremony is at 2 p.m. There is a $5 refundable registration fee per team member and one member of each team must weigh under 85 pounds. There will be food, prizes and raffles. Money raised supports local programs such as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, Community Action Inc. and scholarships. More information is available by contacting Nathan Webster at 978-204-4692.

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

Bowling Fundraiser: The Relay For Life of Haverhill team, Peggy's Promise will host its first bowling tournament April 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Academy Lanes. There will be raffles and relay donation tables. Food will be provided and drinks can be purchased. The team plans to hold this event annually. A minimum of $100 must be raised per five-member team in order to register for the tournament. All money raised goes to the American Cancer Society. More information is available by contacting Kaitlyn at 978-383-0936.

Haverhill Democrats Meeting: The Haverhill Democratic City Committee will meet to reorganize April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the public library's Johnson Auditorium. Officers for local city and ward committees will be elected as required by the state Democratic party. The city committee will elect a chairperson, a female and male vice chair, treasurer and secretary. Each ward committee needs to elect a ward chair and a treasurer. The ward committees can also elect a vice chair and secretary if they wish. This is also an opportunity for new members who want to join the committee to be elected to the ward committee. The committee is reaching out to all the candidates for state representative who will be representing Haverhill under the newly drawn legislative districts to address committee members. The meeting is open to the public. Anyone who wants to join the committee is invited to attend. More information is available from Bill Cox at 978-374-6297.

Recycling Drive: You can recycle your electronic devices for free when Northern Essex Community College holds its fourth annual Electronics Recycling Event, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center parking lot on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Free and open to the public, this event is rain or shine and is part of the college's celebration of Environmental Awareness Month. ACT Secured Recycling of Lawrence will collect outdated personal computers, laptops, fax machines, cell phones, electronics, copiers, wires and cables. No televisions, projection screens, or household appliances will be accepted. Environmental Awareness events are sponsored by NECC's Liberal Arts Revitalization Committee and the NECC libraries. More information is available from Linda Shea at 978-556-3423 or lshea@necc.mass.edu.

Chamber of Commerce Networking Event: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours networking event April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the new Archie's Little River Ale House at Lafayette Square. The event will feature free food, a cash bar, raffle prizes, including a gift from Archie, and networking with fellow Chamber members. Cost to attend is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. More information is available from Jen Cantwell as 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com. VIP members are asked email her to register.

Medical Seminar: A free medical Meet the Expert Seminar with Nephrologist Emily Dulude, MD, is April 10 at 6 to p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital's first floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave. Dulude's presentation, titled "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Dialysis Patient (but were afraid to ask)," will focus on end-stage renal disease, complications of the disease, how dialysis works and important clinical pearls about care of dialysis patients. One contact hour for nursing will be awarded at the end of the program. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. For more information or to register contact Jean at 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Comedy Show: Community Action Inc. will hold a comedy show fundraiser featuring two of the top comedians in the region April 13 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. Doors open at 6 p.m. for drinks and appetizers. The show starts at 8 p.m. The event, titled "Comedy for a Cause," will include a live auction, raffles and mystery balloon games to benefit CAI's Stronger Families for Stronger Community campaign. Comedians Steve Bjork and Mark Scalia along with rising star Chris Pennie will perform. The show will be hosted by local teacher, writer and comedian Michael Smith. Tickets are $35 and include hot and cold light appetizers and a cash bar. For more information or to purchase tickets call 978-373-1971.

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. At each meeting there is information intended to help you become a better manager of your property. Whether you own many units or are just thinking about buying your first rental property, this is the place to gain and share knowledge and wisdom. This knowledge will translate into making all of us much more professional in the way that we run our business benefiting both the landlord and the tenant. 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.

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

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.

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 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.