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June 13, 2012

Community events


FAMILIES AND KIDS

Fish Themed Storytime: The Library hosts a fish-themed storytime for children Thursday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m. There will be stories, games and crafts. All ages, no RSVP required.

Free Puppet Show: The Haverhill Public Library hosts a free puppet show for families with toddlers through students entering grade three on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Diane Kordas, puppeteer and one-woman show, presents "The Hungry Caterpillar and Forest Folktales," a performance with live music and audience participation. For more information contact Kathy Alexander at 978-373-1586, ext. 626 or kalexander@mvlc.org. To register online go to http://www.haverhillpl.org.

Past Finders Summer Program: The Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum begins July 10. Now in its 22nd season, Past Finders is a day program for children in grades 1 to 7 and is designed to teach children about history in a fun and imaginative way. Morning drop off begins at 9 a.m. and pick up is at 4 p.m. Session 1, Come Sail Away, is July 10 to 13. Activities include fishing, exploring the Buttonwoods Trail, sailor crafts, cooking, and a sail on the gundalow Piscataqua. Session 2, Fun on the Farm, is Aug. 7 to 10. Participants will garden, cook with seasonal fruits and vegetables, learn homespun crafts and visit a farm museum. Cost for each session is $160. Children may sign up for one or both sessions. More information is available at http://haverhillhistory.org/Programs/summer or by contacting the program coordinator at 978-374-4626 or programs@haverhillhistory.org.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Police Summer Camp: Applications for the Haverhill Police Department's GREAT/DARE Days summer camp will be available beginning June 6 and can be picked up in the lobby of the Police Station, 40 Bailey Blvd. The camp, held at Consentino Middle School, is free to Haverhill children ages 8 to 11 old and runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 9 through Aug. 17. The camp consists of scheduled recreational activities, guest speakers and field trips. Parents/guardians of children planning to participate in this program will be asked to fill out a permission slip, including medical information, and return it to the Haverhill Police Department no later than June 29. Parents/Guardians will need to provide a snack and lunch for their child. Police ask that parents arrange for their children's transportation and inform them of those arrangements so that campers are not left stranded at the end of the day. Campers who actively participate in all activities on a daily basis and attend camp on a regular basis will be considered for field trips throughout the summer.

Pizza Night Fundraiser: The Haverhill Police Department will once again be sponsoring the GREAT/DARE Days summer youth camp program. The camp is free to Haverhill children and police are in the process of finalizing the dates, times and the camp schedule. To help pay for the program, police will hold pizza night fundraisers June 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Papa Gino's, 782 River St. The restaurant will donate up to 20 percent of sales to the program. There will be both dine-in and carry out options but delivery is excluded. Coupons for both nights will be distributed to all the Haverhill middle schools, will be posted on the Consentino Middle School website, in the lobby of the police station at 40 Bailey Blvd. and inside Papa Gino's on the days of the events.

Exchange Club Officers Named: On Flag Day June 14 at 6 p.m. at the Phonecian Restaurant in Haverhill, the Exchange Club of Lawrence will install its officers for the 2012-13 year. This is also the 65th anniversary of our club. The master of Ceremonies is Past NE District Exchange President Larry Yameen; The installing officer is Past NE District Exchange President Bob Wescott.

Fly Fishing Presentation: The Haverhill Public Library hosts Mark Foley of First Cast Fly Fishing with a 60-minute slide show about fly-fishing and traveling in Argentina on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m. At age 29, Mark spent one year hiking and fishing the Andes Mountain Range and he is a former Argentina fly-fishing lodge manager. During his presentation, he will present photos of a fly-fishing journey from Tierra del Fuego to the border of the Bolivian rainforest.

City Tennis Tournament: The annual Haverhill City Tennis Tournament is accepting entries for this year's event. Play will begin June 16 with action in men's and women's singles. Men's and women's doubles begin June 23. The registration deadline for singles is June 14, and June 21 for doubles. Play will be held at the John J. Lynch Courts at Winnekenni Park. The entry fee is $15 and $30 per doubles team. In addition, all players will receive a free tournament T-shirt. The Haverhill Tournament is one of the oldest city championships in Massachusetts and dates back to the 1930s. Numerous past champions have included those who have either played collegiate tennis or have been ranked players in New England. For example, past singles and doubles champion Dick Canepa is now the number one ranked player in New England in men's singles ages 75 and over. Also, nine-time singles champion John Tracy played number one singles at Northeastern. The tournament anticipates a strong field again this year. To register or for more information contact tournament director Peter Lynch at 978-373-3083 or llynch3693@msn.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.

Pancake Breakfast: The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club will hold a pancake breakfast June 16 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Sarah's Place Adult Day Health, 180 Water St. Tickets are $15 for a family, $5 for adults and $3 for children. The event will include a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds support the Council on Aging's Senior Taxi Voucher Program. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Rosanne at 978-374-0707.

Reggae Wednesdays: Archie's Little River Ale House will host Reggae Wednesdays beginning June 20 at 8 p.m. Enjoy live reggae music with JAH-N-I Roots Band. There is no cover and free parking. For more information call 978.521.5680.

Talk on Scams and Identity Theft: The Council on Aging will host a presentation on scams and identity theft June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Amy Schram of the Better Business will discuss scams that are currently circulating in area communities, major red flags to watch out for and precautionary steps we can all take to protect ourselves. This event is free and open to the public.

Intro to Fly Fishing: The Library hosts Mark Foley of First Cast Fly Fishing with an introductory fly tying course Sat June 23 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. S Learn how to tie a set of time tested flies that will catch fish in both sweet and salt water. All equipment and material will be provided. This program is intended for ages 12 and up. Youth under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. For more information or to register, contact Beth Gallaway at 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or bgallaway@mvlc.org.

Medicare Presentation for Baby Boomers: The Council on Aging will host a free discussion on Medicare June 25, at 10:00 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., for recent retirees and Baby Boomers who are approaching 65. Participants will receive information on applying for Medicare, part D coverage, and many other aspects of applying for Medicare.

Art Exhibit: The public library is hosting an exhibit of art from the Citizens Center through June 28. Cara Smoley has been teaching drawing and painting to seniors at the center for the last six years and has been teaching art for more than 30 years to children as well to children and adults in inter-generational classes. The show includes works in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and pencil. An opening reception is June 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Artwork is on display in the second floor gallery during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586.

Buttonwoods Museum Meeting: The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society will hold their annual meeting June 26 at the museum, 240 Water St. The business meeting is at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. This year's speaker is Haverhill resident Arthur Veasey, who will present a program on "Lost Haverhill." This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit haverhillhistory.org.

Open house: The East Parish Meeting House Association will hold an open house for viewing the historic property July 7 and Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. The group will also hold a yard sale on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money to help maintain the historic site. For more information, or to donate, call Marion Bergman at 978-372-2652.

Cedardale Reunion: The Cedardale of Groveland swim and tennis club is holding a reunion on August 12. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets are $5 per person and $15 per family. For more information contact Ruth Morley at 978-352-6228 or at RuthVMorley@aol.com.

Spinners tickets through Council of Aging: The city's Recreation Department and Council on Aging has tickets to the Lowell Spinners game on July 30 at 7 p.m. Grandparents will receive a complimentary hot dog and soda from the Lowell Spinners. Transportation is not included. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

Ice Cream Social: A family fun ice cream social will be held on July 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Riverside Memorial Church. The event consists of face painting, basket raffles, baked goods/beverages , children's games, and ice cream. All proceeds go to Karen's Krew for the Making Strides against breast cancer walk held in Boston this October. The crew walks in loving memory of Karen Quadros. For more information contact Kimberly Quadros at Jasper5085@yahoo.com or go their website at www.facebook.com/karenskrew. All proceeds go to Karen's Krew for the Making Strides against breast cancer walk held in Boston this October.

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.

GIVE, GET HELP

Internet Classes: The Haverhill Public Library is offering free Beginning Internet Classes. The classes are small, with individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours. You do not have to own a computer to take these classes but you are welcome to come with your own wireless-enabled laptop.Classes require advance sign-up. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, come to the Reference and Information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 607. For July classes, we will begin taking reservations June 26.

YMCA accepting 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 wolfc@northshoreymca.org

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 info@spotlightplayhouse.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 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.

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 jwilliams@haverhillhistory.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.