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May 29, 2014

Community yard sale returns


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — The Rocks Village Memorial Association Inc. will bring back its popular community yard sale fundraiser.

It will be on May 31 and June 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hand Tub House, 1 River Road, at the corner of East Main Street on the Haverhill side of the Rocks Village Bridge.

Hundreds of items that have been donated over the past few years in anticipation of the return of the event will be sold, including furniture, kitchen and household items, tools, toys, books, electronics and collectibles.

This event was held annually until the Rocks Village Bridge was closed for renovations in June of 2012. The bridge was reopened last fall.

Proceeds will go towards matching grants the Association received from the Methuen Festival of Trees, Essex Heritage Partnership Grant and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Funding supports the ongoing preservation of the historic Hand Tub House, a circa 1840s fire station and community center located on the Haverhill side of the Rocks Village Bridge. This event is organized by the nonprofit Rocks Village Memorial Association Inc. More information is available by calling 978-994-4628.

IF YOU GO

What: Rocks Village Memorial Association’s community yard sale fundraiser

When: May 31 and June 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Hand Tub House, 1 River Road

More information: Call 978-994-4628

Here are activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Learn about eBooks and eReaders: The library will offer free workshops on how to download library eBooks to your eReader using the OverDrive Media Console App.

The first class is June 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and signups began May 19. The second class is June 17 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and sign-ups begin June 3.

These classes are open to people with eReaders that have “App” capability. Classes are limited to eight people. The library offers one-on-one classes for patrons with other eReaders. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586 or online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Learning to research family history: Elysia Hamelin, librarian in the special collections department at the public library, will teach a free introduction to genealogy class on June 24 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the library.

Signups begin on June 10. Space is limited. Sign up online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or drop by the information desk.

Hamelin, a trained archivist with a master’s degree in library science in archiving, will review the first steps you need to take to begin your research, the types of records that are available, where to look for information and what resources the library has. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586.

Crafters needed for yard sale: The Haverhill Firefighting Museum is looking for crafters for its May 31 yard sale, which will be held at the museum, 75 Kenoza Ave., from 8 a.m. to noon.

Set up is at 7 a.m. Crafters must bring their own tables. Cost is $20 per eight-foot table space. For more information contact Donna at 978-994-3846 or email rmoore6455@aol.com. The yard sale is a fundraiser for the museum, which houses one of the largest collections of New England firefighting history.

Vendors needed for flea market: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., invites vendors (excluding food) to sign up for the 39th annual flea market to be held on June 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rain date is June 21. Cost of a 12-by-12-foot space is $20. A variety of lunch items and baked goods will be sold. Entertainment and a Kidz Zone, where children can play while their parents shop, will be available. For vendor information, contact D. Shaw at 603-329-6047.

Lunch program on advance care planning: Advance Care Planning, a senior lunch presentation with Kathy Straubel, RN and the Rev. Suzy Goodspeed, is June 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium.

Advance care planning involves making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. The cost of $5 includes the presentation and a full dinner of spaghetti with meatballs and Parmesan cheese, Italian green beans, salad with dressing, bread and rolls, coffee and tea, and dessert. Merrimack Valley Hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave. Registration is required by calling 800-488-5959. More information is available from Jean at 978-420-1168 or Katie at 978-521-8140.

Vendors sought for craft fair: Vendors are needed for a craft fair planned for June 7 at the Walmart in Plaistow, N.H.

The event, rain or shine, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces are $20 each. Please bring your own table. Space is limited. Donations from space rentals will be donated to Boston Children’s Hospital. More information is available by calling Cheri at 603-556-3049.

Canoe race planned: The 36th annual Lou Marcel Canoe Race to benefit the Special Olympics will be held on June 7.

The race is an eight-mile voyage along the Merrimack River beginning in Lawrence and ending in Haverhill. This year’s theme is “Pirates of the Merrimack River.”

All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts North Section. A celebration at the Crescent Yacht club in Bradford follows the race.

Enjoy food, beverages, live music by Blue Moon, as well as awards for the best costume. Charles River Canoe and Kayak canoe/kayak rentals will be delivered to the starting line in Lawrence and retrieved at the Crescent Yacht Club for a $55 fee. Online reservations are required for all canoe/kayak rentals at www.canoerace.org.

Donations can be sent to Special Olympics Massachusetts North Section, Attn: Lou Marcel Canoe Race, 100 Conifer Hill Drive, Suite 302, Danvers, MA 01923.

Dolly ‘n’ Me Princess Tea planned: Winnekenni Castle will host its annual Dolly ‘n’ Me Princess Tea on June 8 at 1 p.m.

This signature castle event is an opportunity for young girls to wear their frilly finest, bring along their favorite doll and have a special grown-up day. The event will feature fancy finger foods and treats, tea from fancy pots and a visit with the Princess of Winnekenni Castle. A genuine American Girl Doll will be raffled. The event also includes photo opportunities and fun activities. Doll clothes and other favorite items will be available for purchase.

This event is recommended for children 3 and older. With advance online purchase, tickets are $20 per child and $25 per adult. If space is available, tickets at the door are $25 per child and $30 per adult. Seating will be limited. To purchase tickets, visit www.winnekenni.com.

Day and overnight trips planned: Bethany Community Services is planning a variety of trips and tours this year.

Overnight trips include: Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City, Sept. 14 to 18; and New York City with two nights on the Norwegian Gem, Nov. 7 to 9, which includes tickets to the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Show, a visit to the 9-11 Memorial and a New York City tour.

More information is available from Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165 or dsutton@bethanycommunities.org.

“The Music Man” presented by Spotlight Playhouse: Fifteen adults and young people from Haverhill will be joined by nearly 30 actors from surrounding towns for five performances of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” to be presented by Spotlight Playhouse.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on June 13, 14, 20 and 21, and at 3 p.m. on June 22. Advance purchase tickets are $15 at www.SpotlightPlayhouse.org or by calling 978-380-8509. After May 15, tickets will be $20 for adults and $18 for Spotlight Playhouse members, senior citizens and children 12 and younger.

Golf tourney planned: Northern Essex Community College’s Alumni Association will host its first golf tournament on June 23 at the Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill.

This event, which will happen annually, is open to all golfers, not just NECC alumni. Renaissance Golf Club was recently named Course of the Year for all of New England by the New England Chapter of the National Golf Course Owners of America.

The tournament begins at noon and will include 18 holes of golf, with a cart, lunch, an awards dinner and a golf gift bag. Participants will have the opportunity to win a free car donated by Regan Ford, the event’s Hole-in-One sponsor. Other sponsors include the event’s practice range sponsor, Salem Co-Operative Bank, and dinner sponsor, Comfort Home Care. For more information or to register, visit www.necc.mass.edu/alumni or contact Lindsey Mayo at 978-556-3621.

Artists and crafters sought: The Byfield Music and Arts Festival is looking for artists and crafters to participate in a family-friendly festival on June 28.

There will be music by national and regional performers, children’s entertainers, artists and crafters, and food and beverage vendors.

The event will be held at Manter Field in Byfield, just minutes from Route 95. More information is available by calling the Byfield Community Arts Center at 978-463-3335 or visiting online at www.byfieldmusicfestival.org.

STEM College for Kids returns to NECC: Northern Essex Community College’s STEM College for Kids summer program will return to the Haverhill campus July 7 to Aug. 1.

Participants can enroll for one week or all four weeks. While the program is designed with a focus on fun Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses, there are many art and athletic opportunities to choose from. Children are encouraged to explore different subjects, gain new knowledge, and develop new skills in an engaging and supervised college campus environment. For more information or to be put on the brochure mailing list once the schedule has been finalized, please contact Vanessa Pepin at 978-659-1207 or email vpepin@necc.mass.edu. Visit the college online at www.necc.mass.edu.

Summer theater workshops offered: Spotlight Playhouse will hold a two-week musical theater workshop for children ages 7 to 15 in preparation for this summer’s production of “Willy Wonka Jr.”

Workshops are July 14 to 18 and July 21 to 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St.

Performances of “Willy Wonka Jr.” are July 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. at the church. Enrollment in the workshop is on a first come basis. Cost of the workshop is $450, plus a $20 membership fee. More information is available by calling 978-380-8509 or online at www.spotlightplayhouse.org or by email to info@spotlightplayhouse.org.

Boston Harbor tour planned: The Council on Aging is planning a summer tour of the Boston Harbor Islands on July 26.

Haverhill senior citizens and friends will be transported by deluxe motor coach for a unique trip that includes a boat cruise from Long Wharf to George’s Island and a deluxe box lunch. This trip is perfect for travelers of all ages to explore the Civil War era Fort Warren, participate in a guided Park Ranger tour, and enjoy the outdoors. Bird lovers can bring their beach chairs and enjoy the day. This is a great trip to enjoy with grandchildren. Cost is $79 per person. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.