hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

May 17, 2012

Community events


CHURCHES

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.

FAMILIES AND KIDS

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.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

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 can be seen in the 2nd 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. 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.

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.

Purple Pancake Breakfast: Relay For Life of Haverhill will hold a "Purple Pancake Breakfast" May 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Amvets, 500 Primrose St. The breakfast includes pancakes, muffings, juices, coffee and more. Cost is $5 per person and $20 for a family of four. Free for cancer survivors. For tickets or more information contact Lilia Credit at 978-994-0194. Tickets will also be available at the door. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Elks Recycling Fundraiser: The Haverhill Lodge of Elks, 24 Summer St., will hold an electronics recycling fundraiser May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Electronic equipment such as television sets, VCR players, computers and accessories as well as household items such as hair dryers, toasters, coffee makers and vacuums will be accepted. All profits will go to scholarships and other youth programs. More information is available from Joan Parah at 978-372-9770.

Plant Sale: The Haverhill Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on May 19 from 8 a.m. to sell out at the Bradford Common. The event is rain or shine. Dozens of potted plants grown by club members will be available for purchase, including perennials, herbs, annuals and vegetable plants ranging in price from $2 to $10. The club will have a junior gardening table where kids can learn how to grow plants, and members will be available to answer your gardening questions. Proceeds support the club's civic garden sites in the city, as well as the welcome to Haverhill signs that are sponsored by the city's service clubs. There will also be raffles for prizes. The Haverhill Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and the National Garden Clubs Inc. Last year's plant sale sold out by 11 a.m.

Summer Camp Open House: The Haverhill YMCA is hosting a summer camp open house this Sunday May 20th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Haverhill YMCA and at Camp Tricklin' Falls. Families are encouraged to check out what's new and exciting this summer meet our great staff and take a tour of our many summer camp options! All camper who reserve a week of camp receive a free t-shirt! Weekly deposits normally $50 will be reduced to $10 per week for May 20th only. Contact the Haverhill YMCA for additional information and directions. 978-374-0506

Transportation Talk: The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission in cooperation with the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority invite the public to attend a free presentation titled "Transportation Dilemma Facing the Merrimack Valley," May 21 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Haverhill Country Club. Guest speakers include Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Joint Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Thomas McGee, Mass Bay Transportation Authority Acting General Manager Jon Davis, MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola, MassINC Research Director Ben Forman and T4 Massachusetts Director Kristina Egan. To attend this event register online at mvpc.org.

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.

Class Reunion Meeting: The Haverhill High School and Trade School Class of 1948 will meet May 23 at 1 p.m. at the public library to plan its 65th class reunion. Anyone wishing to participate is asked to come to the meeting or call Joanne Willett at 978-372-9861, Betty Burrill at 978-373-0449 or Frank Pingree at 978-372-5465.

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.

Dinner Theater Musical: Spotlight Playhouse, a nonprofit community theater group based in Haverhill, will present "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," a dinner theater musical, June 8 and 8 at 7 p.m. and June 9 and 10 at 1 p.m. at Maria's Restaurant, 83 Essex St. The theater opens for dinner at these times. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, and to those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?" A stellar cast includes Kat Aberle or Waltham, Ryan Jennings of Andover, Steven Kosakow of Melrose and Becky Ruccio of North Chelmsford. The show is directed by Darrell Keene of Haverhill. Tickets are $35, regular admission, $30 for seniors 65 and over and children 12 and under, $33 for Spotlight Playhouse members and $30 per person for groups of eight or more. A buffet is included. Tickets are available at spotlightplayhouse.org, by calling 978-380-8509 or by email to tickets@spotlightplayhouse.org.

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.

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 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.