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June 5, 2014

Annual canoe race prepares to launch

The 36th annual Lou Marcel Canoe Race to benefit the Special Olympics will be held on June 7 starting at 8 a.m.

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.

There, participants will enjoy food, beverages, live music by Blue Moon and 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, where details about the race can be found.

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

IF YOU GO

What: 36th annual Lou Marcel Canoe Race to benefit the Special Olympics

When: June 7 starting at 8 a.m.

Where: On the Merrimack River, beginning in Lawrence and ending in Haverhill’s Crescent Yacht Cluib

Yacht Club celebration follows: Features food, beverages, live music by Blue Moon and awards for best costume

Here are activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Library offers program on traveling to Italy: The public library will host an encore presentation of “Italy: The Destination’’ on June 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Learn more about travel to Italy, what to see and how to get the most bang for your buck. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 641.

Spring concert planned: The Merrimack Valley String Orchestra with Joy Schuetze conducting will present a free spring concert on June 7 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center of Northpoint Bible College, 320 S. Main St., Bradford.

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