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October 31, 2013

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The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Here are events and activities happening around the city:

Halloween party planned: Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning Program will host a Halloween party on Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Costumes are optional, but there will be prizes for those who decide to march in a Horribles Parade in costume. Entertainment is a belly dance performance by IL’NARA, Hanna Yashmetsyeva of Haverhill.

Tickets are $15 and include lunch and entertainment. For tickets or more information, contact Charlene Boucher, NECC Life Long Learning coordinator, at 978-659-1225 or cboucher@necc.mass.edu, Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390, or Darlene Sutton at Bethany Homes at 978-374-2165. Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups, and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public.

Council on Aging plans Halloween party/dance: The Council on Aging will host a Halloween party/dance on Oct. 31 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., and will include entertainment by disc jockey George Whitehouse of A Goodtime DJs. Whitehouse will bring his Coney Island Photo Booth as an added treat.

Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, which are optional. The culinary staff at the Wingate of Haverhill will prepare food. The event will include door prizes. Tickets are $5 per person. For tickets or more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Bake sale announced: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish has announced its annual PTO Bake Sale.

Baked goods will be sold after the 4 p.m. Mass on Nov. 2 and after the 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Masses on Nov. 3 at All Saints Church, 120 Bellevue Ave. This bake sale is open to the public. Proceeds support student activities and events.

NECC presents Shakespeare: Considered by many to be one of William Shakespeare’s best comedies, “Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed by Northern Essex Community College’s Top Notch Players in the Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater located in the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Performances are Nov. 1 and 2 and Nov. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.

“Much Ado About Nothing” is thought to have been written at the tail end of the 16th century as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. It combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame and court politics.

“It is a witty comedy that ends with multiple marriages and no deaths,” said NECC theater professor Jim Murphy. “It chronicles two pairs of lovers. Shakespeare develops their journey with a rich sense of humor and compassion.”

The production will include nearly 30 NECC students.

The set was designed by Susan Sanders, technical director of the Top Notch Players, as a suggestion of London theaters of Shakespeare’s day. The costumes are Elizabethan in spirit. NECC student Thera May Driscoll built some of the costumes with assistance from the Top Notch Players.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through www.mvarts.info.

More information is available from Susan Sanders at ssanders@necc.mass.edu or Jim Murphy at jmurphy@necc.mass.edu.

Library events for November: The public library is offering a variety of events for adults during the month of November beginning with an evening of mindful poetry writing with Northern Essex Community College professor Ginger Hurajit on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Her talk is sponsored by the NECC Speakers Bureau.

The Get Lit social book group will meet Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at The Barking Dog Ale House on Washington Street. Follow the group’s blog at getlit.blogspot.com or on twitter @getlithpl. This month’s book is “A Visit From the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan.

A holiday recipe swap will happen Nov. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milhendler Room. If you’re sick of cooking the same old thing, or have a brilliant recipe to share, attend the holiday recipe swap for some great ideas.

Throughout the month of November, the library will be showing weekday matinees of great noir films from the 1940s and 1950s. All screenings begin at 11 a.m. More information is available online at www.haverhillpl.org under Events Calendar.

Library activities for children: The public library is offering a variety of activities for kids during the month of November beginning with Crazy Math Games on Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m.

This activity is for ages 7 to 12 and involves playing with math, using dominoes, tangrams and dice. Registration is required.

A Dewey Decimal Scavenger Hunt for ages 7 to 12 is Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. Children will use the Dewey Decimal system to follow clues, solve a puzzle, and find any book they could ever need. Registration is required.

Make a Dream Catcher for Native American Heritage month is Nov. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Learn how to weave a dream catcher, and what it means. The event is for ages 7 to 12. Registration is required.

Plymouth Thanksgiving is Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Learn something about the history of Thanksgiving. Design paper dolls and create your own version of the first Thanksgiving. This is for ages 5 and older. Registration is required.

Throughout November, the Children’s Room will be collecting diaper donations for the Anchor of Hope Diaper Drive. Stop by to drop off new diapers in any size or brand.

Trips planned: A Best of Times trip to see “Liza and Judy Together Again” at Venus De Milo in Swansea is planned for Nov. 12.

Tickets are $79 per person and include lunch, tickets to the show and motor coach transportation.

An overnight trip to the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, N.H. is planned for Nov. 21 and 22. This trip includes dining, holiday entertainment, special cocktail pricing and shopping at the Christmas Dove and Calef’s Country Store in Barrington, N.H. Cost is $230 per person, double occupancy. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-274-2390.

Diaper collection: Throughout November, the children’s room at the public library will be collecting diaper donations for the Haverhill-based nonprofit Anchor of Hope Diaper Drive.

Stop by to drop off new diapers in any size or brand. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or by emailing smoser@mvlc.org.

NECC plans open house: Northern Essex Community College will hold an open house on Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

This event is geared toward high school juniors and seniors and their families, as well as adult students who are considering returning to school for career or personal growth.

Visitors can tour the campus, learn about financial aid and explore the college’s more than 70 academic programs. Topics of discussion include transfer options after graduating from NECC, support services available to help students succeed and the many clubs, sports and other opportunities available to students.

More information is available by calling 978-556-3700 or admissions@necc.mass.edu.

Holly Berry Fair at Phoenix Row: Bethany Community Services will host a Holly Berry Fair on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m at 22 Phoenix Row in downtown Haverhill.

Parking is free on Saturdays.

The fair will feature handcrafted items, baked goods, homemade candy, jewelry and gently used items. Food and beverages will be available.

All proceeds benefit the Phoenix Resident Council. More information is available from Darlene Sutton, activity director, at 978-374-2165.

Poetry Workshop offered: Northern Essex Community College English professor and Haverhill resident Ginger Hurajt will teach a one-night poetry workshop titled “A Moment in Time” on Nov. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Milhendler Room at the public library, 99 Main St.

Admission is free. There are 30 seats available.

Hurajt, a popular professor in the English department, regularly teaches Poetry as Literature, Creative Writing Poetry and Creative Nonfiction, as well as composition and other literature courses. She is a member of the NECC Poetry Group, a writing group that meets monthly and whose work was profiled in “Parnassus,’’ the college’s literary magazine. Her poetry workshop explores this medium using mindfulness and reflection.

Participants should bring paper and a pen or pencil. This presentation is part of the college’s speakers’ bureau, which provides speakers free of charge to area nonprofits. For more information, contact Ernie Greenslade at 978-556-3862 or egreenslade@necc.mass.edu. For more information on the presentation at the library, contact Sarah Moser at 978-373-1586 or smoser@mvlc.org.

Free seminar on memory planned: Neuropsychology and Retraining of Memory and Cognitive Function, a medical Meet the Expert seminar with Neuropsychologist Dr. Buck H. Woo, is Nov. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium.

Attendees will learn why combining neurological assessment with cognitive training is effective, why different memory disorders require different treatments, and how to identify cognitive disorders from patient deficits.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. One contact hour in nursing will be awarded at the end of the presentation. More information is available from Jean at 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Circuit Breaker Program talk planned: Brian Lynch from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue will discuss the Circuit Breaker Program on Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

This program is a state income tax credit for eligible Massachusetts residents age 65 and older who paid rent or real estate taxes during the year. Income restrictions are $53,000 for single and $80,000 for married taxpayers. Assets are not included in the calculation, however, a Massachusetts State Income Tax Form and a Circuit Breaker Schedule CB must be filed. To learn more about this program and to see if you qualify, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Wine tasting and charity auction on tap: The Pentucket Kiwanis Club of Haverhill will hold its fifth annual Wine Tasting and Charity Auction on Nov. 8 in the Galleria Room at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St.

The cost of $35 per person includes wine and beer tasting, carving and pasta station, and silent and live auctions for items such as trips, golf packages, restaurant certificates, hotel stays and sports items.

Entertainment is by the Pentucket Jazz Band. Raffle tickets will be sold for a major prize in excess of $600. All proceeds benefit community programs, projects and local charities, including Haverhill High School and Pentucket Regional High School scholarships, Community Action, Emmaus House, Community Meals and Adopt-A-Park.

For tickets or more information, contact Nancy McKenna-Roberts at 978-521-0445, or Nate Webster at 978-204-4692. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Applications for Christmas help accepted: The Salvation Army of Haverhill will be accepting applications for Christmas assistance from Nov. 4 to 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Applicants will need to bring identifications for every adult in the house, proof of income, proof of residence in Haverhill or Groveland, proof of any income or support, including public support, and birth certificates and insurance cards for all children 13 and younger. Applications will be taken at The Salvation Army, 395 Main St., entering through door 6. More information is available from Lt. Jeff Hardy at 978-374-7571.

Veteran’s Day parade planned: The city’s annual Veteran’s Day parade is scheduled for Nov. 11.

The parade will form at 10 a.m. on Kenoza Avenue in front of VFW Lorraine Post 29, 64 Kenoza Ave. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to Monument Square, then down Main Street to the Global Peace Monument on Ginty Boulevard, where services will be held.

At the conclusion of the services, the colors will be retired and the parade will be disbanded. A buffet luncheon will be held at the American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St.

Scavenger hunt planned: A scavenger hunt to benefit the Buttonwoods Museum will be held on Nov. 11.

Participants are asked to meet on the lower level of the Merrimack Street parking deck at 5 p.m. The hunt begins at 6 p.m. Teams of four to eight people will be given clues to solve as they navigate their way around town. An extra point clue will be given to your team upon payment so the sooner you pay, the sooner you will receive your clue. Cost is $45 per person.

Please make checks payable to the Buttonwoods Museum. Please bring payment to any EZ-Way Cleaners location or mail a check with the names of your team to: Peter Carbone, 48 Colby St., Bradford, MA 01835. Your final clue will bring you to a party with a cash bar and a catered buffet by Simply Perfect Catering, compliments of Pattie & Stephen Crimmin.

More information is available from Peter Carbone at 508-320-7710 or peteracarbone@yahoo.com. The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is a nonprofit, privately supported organization charged with maintaining and displaying historical artifacts from Greater Haverhill. This event is a Silver Bullet Production.

New fall trip planned: The Council on Aging is offering a Best of Times trip to see “Liza and Judy Together Again” at Venus De Milo in Swansea on Nov. 12. Tickets are $79 per person and include lunch, the show and motorcoach transportation. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Learn about senior bullying: Jason Ebacher, assistant superintendent of training for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, will be at the Citizens Center on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. for a presentation on senior citizens bullying.

Ten to 20 percent of senior citizens have experienced some type of senior-to-senior aggression. This presentation is open to the public. To register for this event, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Haverhill High drama club to present “Almost Maine”: Something magical is happening in the mythical town of Almost Maine.

It’s 9 p.m. on a cold, clear, winter night and as the Northern Lights dance across the sky, nine very different couples all experience the lightening strike of love at exactly the same magical moment. Usually with the joy of love found, but occasionally with the pain and confusion of love lost and unfulfilled.

If you want to share the journey of these quirky, and yet all too familiar characters as they traverse the minefield of the human heart, attend Haverhill High School’s production of “Almost Maine,” a play by John Cariani. Since 2009, “Almost Maine” has been the most produced play by high schools in America. Performances are Nov. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 16 at 2 and 7 p.m. General admission is $7 or $5 for students and senior citizens.

Auction Gala planned: Team Haverhill will hold its “All Aboard Auction Gala” on Nov. 16 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane.

Doors open at 6 p.m. This event will feature a live and silent auction to help Team Haverhill meet its goal of raising $25,000 to match Pentucket Bank’s $25,000 contribution towards the Art Walk at the Bradford Rail Trail. With Matt Noyes as the auctioneer, the money raised will allow Team Haverhill to commission the Art Walk, in partnership with Pentucket Bank.

The Art Walk will feature several large, permanent sculptures and several smaller sculptures that will likely rotate. Tickets are $50 each at www.teamhaverhill.org, while available.

The Auction Gala, also sponsored by Pentucket Bank, will include a dinner and live entertainment by members of Spotlight Playhouse. For more information, visit online at www.teamhaverhill.org or email artwalkbrt@teamhaverhill.org.

Folk icon Garnet Rogers to perform: Folk icon Garnet Rogers will perform at the New Moon Coffeehouse on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.

The coffeehouse is in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 16 Ashland St. Admission is $20 and $10 for ages 18 and under. Opening act is the musical duo Stefilia’s Stone.

An optimist at heart, Rogers sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.

Stefilia’s Stone (Carrie Rowan and Adrienne Fawkes) perform original music infusing classical piano style with finger-picked guitar, all nestled beneath a layer of feminine harmonies.

Tickets will be available at the door starting around 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Reserve tickets online at www.newmooncoffeehouse.org or call 978-459-5134. The New Moon is a nonprofit, an all-volunteer organization that strives to bring you the best performers in a relaxing, friendly, smoke and alcohol-free environment, where you can enjoy the show, coffee and desserts. Bring your own mug and the coffee is only $1 for the evening.

There are two parking lots behind the church, on both sides of Ashland Street. The coffeehouse entrance is at the back of the church.

Fundraiser for Georgetown resident: A fundraiser for Scott Collin, a lifelong local resident and employee of the Georgetown Water Department, will be held on Nov. 16 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the VFW Post Hall, 435 Andover St., Georgetown.

Collin is battling Scleroderma, a group of diseases that affect connective tissue that supports skin and internal organs.

Scott and his wife, Lisa, will be putting their lives on hold this coming January when Scott travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to undergo a double lung transplant.

Scott’s family and friends are holding this fundraiser to help with the medical expenses related to his condition and his upcoming procedure. This event, titled “Lungs for Scott,” will include door prizes, music, silent auction items, raffles, food and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door. Donations can be made to the “Lungs for Scott” account at the Georgetown Savings Bank, 2 East Main St.

If you would like to make donation of an item for the raffle table or silent auction, contact Kathy Collin before Nov. 10 at 978-352-2276. Learn more about Scott Collin at www.youcaring.com/lungsforscott. Learn about the effects of Scleroderma at www.scleroderma.org.

Master piano workshop offered: The Music Program at Northern Essex Community College is offering a masters workshops in the art of piano playing on Nov. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Piano players will have an opportunity to perform and learn in a cooperative group setting. Solo piano works and instrumental and vocal works with piano accompaniment of various levels of difficulty will be explored with NECC music faculty member Christina Dietrich. Various aspects of piano performance and preparation will also be discussed. Students at all levels of playing ability are invited.

For more information contact Dietrich at cdietrich@necc.mass.edu.

Annual Tea event planned: The Women of NECC will hold their annual Membership Tea on Nov. 19 at noon in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Florist Steve Janavicus of Flowers by Steve in Bradford will demonstrate how he creates his unique floral arrangements. His arrangements will then be raffled off.

The event will feature floral creations designed for the holidays along with an assortment of tea sandwiches, appetizers, and a variety of desserts. This event is open to the public. Seating is reserved. Tickets are $45 per person. Proceeds benefit the Women of NECC Scholarship Fund. More information is available by calling 978-556-3789. Visit the college online at www.necc.mass.edu.

Neighborhood meeting planned: Team Haverhill will host a neighborhood meeting to discuss renovation plans for the Portland Street Playground on Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Please use the William Street entrance.

Families and individuals who live near the playground are encouraged to attend this event, which will include a complimentary dinner and an alternate activity for children. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure sufficient food and child care.

The agenda includes a review of the basic layout for the renovated site, which is expected to include a playground area for children and a basketball court. The planning team will present various options for play equipment and seek feedback from potential playground users about which they would like to see included.

Residents can make dinner reservations by email to info@teamhaverhill.org. Please include your name, address, telephone number, and ages of children attending. You can also leave a telephone message for Team Haverhill at 978-228-1060. Please include your name, phone number, and ages of children who will be attending.

Trip to Foxwoods Casino coming up: Bethany Community Services and the Haverhill Council on Aging will host a trip to Foxwoods Casino on Nov. 20.

The trip departs from the Merrivista apartment complex on Water Street at 6:15 a.m. and from the Highway Department, 500 Primrose St., at 6:45 a.m.

Cost of $30 includes deluxe motor coach transportation, a full buffet lunch and slot play. Early signup is encouraged by calling 978-374-2165 or 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or ext. 16. Payment in full is due at sign up.

Horgan Memorial Swim Meet planned: Haverhill High School will host the third annual Michael J. Horgan Memorial Swim meet on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. Swimmers of all ages are invited to attend this relay-based meet. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship awarded in Horgan’s name. Entries will be accepted on Saturday at the meet.

All registered swimmers will receive long-sleeve commemorative T-shirts and bathing caps for a $25 registration fee, or $10 for 12 and under. Registration at the door is $30. Spectator admission is a suggested donation of $10. New this year is the option of creating your own relay team. Participants and spectators can register online at www.mikehorganswimmeet.org.

For more information, send email to info@mikehorganswimmeet.org. Checks can be made payable to the Michael J. Horgan Memorial Fund, to the attention of Samantha Cerasuolo-Hackett, 13 Allen St., Bradford, MA 01835.

Christmas concert planned: The First Church of Christ in Bradford will present a Christmas concert featuring The New England Tenors on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

Admission is a free will donation.

Please bring a nonperishable food item to support the Sacred Hearts Food Pantry. This concert is sponsored by Flowers by Steve. Visit online at www.fccbradford.org. Northpoint Bible College donated the use of its parking lot for this concert. Visit online at www.fccbradford.org.

Barbershop chorus to present holiday concert: The 12 time Northeast District Champion Granite Statesmen Barbershop Chorus will present a holiday concert on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Hearts Church.

This event is free and open to the public. The 45 member chorus will sing holiday favorites, including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “The Secret of Christmas” in four part harmony. The church is at 165 S. Main St.