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November 14, 2013

Last call for trees, wreaths for annual Festival of Trees


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — It's Christmas tree time.

If you want to participate in a community holiday tree event, here's your chance.

The last day to drop off trees and wreaths for the 12th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees” is Nov. 17.

Entry forms are available online at www.haverhillhistory.org or at the Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society, 240 Water St. Trees and wreaths may be dropped off Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The museum will be closed Nov. 13 and 14 and not accept drop-offs on those days. More information is available by calling 978-374-4626 or emailing FOT@haverhillhistory.org. Visit online at www.haverhillhistory.org.

IF YOU PARTICIPATE

What: Dropping off trees for the 12th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees”

When: Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St.

More information: Call 978-374-4626 or email FOT@haverhillhistory.org. Visit online at www.haverhillhistory.org.

Here are events and activities happening around Haverhill:

Haverhill High drama club performances: The Haverhill High School drama club will perform "Almost Maine," a play by John Cariani, on Nov. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

General admission is $7, or $5 for students and senior citizens.

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. Since 2009, "Almost Maine" has been the most produced play by high schools in America.

The cast includes Declan McDermott, Jessica Begin, Emily Bresnahan, Richard Roy, Kaylynn Mele, Aubrie Campbell, Matt Amedeo, McKenna Judge, Jordan Faro, Erin Lannan, Camille Clark, Caroline Milligan, Jacob Grandmaisson, Grace Azzarito, Jill Zuber, Gabriel Waters, Bobby Gariepy and Taylor House.

Pink Flamingos set to return: Haverhill High School’s Hockey Boosters are holding their fourth annual pink flamingo fundraiser now through Nov. 17.

Flamingos might appear anywhere on front lawns. Residents are asked not to harm the birds, which will roost for 24 hours. If you would like to specify the next person’s (or victim’s) lawn, follow instructions attached to the bird.

You can purchase a single flamingo for $10 or a flock of flamingos to send to anyone within the city. If you purchase a flock of three or more you will be entered into a drawing to win $100. More information is available from Marlynmom@Comcast.net or Hockeybooster35@hotmail.com.

Free medical/dental clinics offered: Open Hearts Ministries will hold a free medical and dental clinic on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 217 Main St.

More information is available by calling 978-478-7263. Visit online at www.openheartsministries.org.

Night of Worship and Inspiration planned: A Night of Worship and Inspiration featuring the Andy Needham Band and Jaimie Jamgochian will be held on Nov 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 217 Main St.

More information is available by calling 978-374-7491.

Free skating event: The Ice Skating Academy will hold a free community skating event in celebration of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on Nov. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Ice Arena.

Organizers are asking for donations of unwrapped gifts that will be given to The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill. Ice time and skate rentals are free. Enter through Haverhill High School's main entrance at 137 Monument St. and follow the road to the gate leading to the rink. Visit online at www.theiceskatingacademy.us.

Library events for November: The Get Lit social book group will meet on 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 be 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 children during November.

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. This program is for ages 7 to 12. Registration is required.

Plymouth Thanksgiving will be 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. For ages 5 and up. Registration is required.

Trip planned: An overnight trip to the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, N.H. is planned for Nov. 21 and 22.

The 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.

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

The coffeehouse is located 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 performs songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of everyday life. As memorable as his songs, his humor and 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 that will lift you up to the heavens and remind you, angels do exist.

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 in a smoke- and alcohol-free environment where coffee and desserts are served. 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 tissues supporting 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.

ECMP concert linked to Dickinson Poems: A concert of music by American, French and Czech composers featuring acclaimed soprano Sarah Pelletier of Scotch Plains, NJ, and pianist Lois Shapiro of Watertown, will be hosted by the Essex Chamber Music Players on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

Pelletier and Shapiro will perform “Jehovah’s Watch” by Amherst resident Eric Sawyer, music professor of composition at Amherst College. The piece is based on six Emily Dickinson poems and is in keeping with ECMP’s theme of music about local history. Sawyer previously composed “Earthly Store” for ECMP, inspired by works of Valley poet and Andover early settler Anne Bradstreet.

Also on the program are Ravel’s "Chansons Madecasses," based on exotic poems of 18th century Creole poet Evariste-Desire de Parny; three Gershwin preludes and two songs from “Porgy and Bess” arranged by ECMP cellist Emmanuel Feldman of Newton, and Czerny’s “Fantasia Concertante."

General admission is $15, seniors $10 and students $5. Free to NECC students with college ID.

Women's City Club meeting features The Chalk Lady: The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will meet on Nov. 19 at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carlton St.

Coffee hour begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by the business meeting at 2 p.m. The program features Jennifer Rutledge, known as The Chalk Lady, and begins at 2:15.

Gospel Chalk Art has been around for over 70 years. Rutledge was introduced to chalk art in 1999 and has been a chalk artist since 2000. She believes a picture is worth a thousand words and that people always remember a picture. She does her art on a large canvas with brightly colored chalk with stories, music and lighting.

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. Preregistration 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 planned: 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.

Chamber event on tap: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host a Celebrity Speaker Series event titled "Transformative Investment" on Nov. 21 featuring Marty Jones, president and CEO of MassDevelopment.

The event is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St. As president and CEO of MassDevelopment, Jones focuses on redevelopment opportunities throughout Massachusetts and especially in Gateway cities. Her presentation will emphasize how Haverhill and similar communities can leverage their strengths – strong urban cores, innovative zoning districts, higher education institutions, and reasonably-priced and sustainable housing – to spur transformative investment.

MassDevelopment works with businesses, nonprofits, and local, state, and federal officials and agencies to strengthen the state's economy. These collaborations help create jobs, increase the number of housing units, eliminate blight, and address factors limiting economic growth including transportation, energy, and infrastructure deficiencies. This Speaker Series event is held in partnership with TD Bank, NECC and Law Offices of Thomas Sullivan. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members and includes networking, breakfast and presentation. To make a reservation, visit www.HaverhillChamber.com or call 978-373-5663.

NECC remembers JFK: Northern Essex Community College will host "A Weekend of Remembrance: The Story of JFK" beginning Nov. 22 in the Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill.

Free and open to the public, this event is being held to commemorate the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago on Nov. 22, 1963. The weekend-long event will begin with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Confirmed speakers include Mayor James Fiorentini, state representatives Diana DiZoglio and Leonard Mirra, and Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff.

Organized by faculty member Richard Padova from the NECC Global Studies Department, this event will feature historical exhibits that include an invitation packet to a dinner that was to be held the evening of the assassination and a memento that was given to mourners at JFK’s funeral Mass. There will also be campaign-related items on display from Kennedy’s house, senate and presidential runs, including some rarities.

On Nov. 23 at 11:30 a.m., a panel discussion featuring NECC history professors Andrew Morse and Ligia Domenech will present “The JFK Assassination: What Really Happened,” moderated by NECC student Christopher Cox.

Throughout the weekend, visitors will also have an opportunity to write their memories of JFK in a memory book, view a video of his life, and enter a free drawing for a basket of presidential books. Hours are Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 24 from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information contact Padova at 978-556-3297 or rpadova@necc.mass.edu.

Pasta dinner for Ozzie's Kids: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., will host a Pasta Dinner to benefit Ozzie’s Kids Christmas on Nov. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 or $4 for senior citizens and children.

Festival of Trees gala on tap: An opening night gala for the 12th annual "Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees" is Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission is $20 per person and includes buffet food by local restaurants. The evening will include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a performance by Haverhill High School's chorus. The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is at 240 Water St.

The festival runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15 and will showcase holiday trees, wreaths and centerpieces and activities for all ages. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students (children ages 5 and under are free). All donated trees, wreaths and other decorative items will be raffled off on the last day of the event to benefit the museum.

This year's Festival of Trees will feature art demonstrations and an art class, holiday gift wrapping, children's scavenger hunt, senior day, family day, a stroll with hot apple cider, Victorian tea, a visit by Santa along with Minnie and Mickey and other activities. More information is available by calling 978-374-4626 or emailing FOT@haverhillhistory.org. Visit www.haverhillhistory.org for a schedule of events.

Cookie Jar Bazaar planned: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., will hold a Cookie Jar Bazaar on Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This annual fair features the popular Cookie Walk, home baked goods, crafts and gift ideas. Lunch will be available beginning at 11 a.m.

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.

Mary Richardson to host senior lunch: Memory Loss and Dementia, a senior lunch presentation with Mary Richardson, Community Liaison for Steward Health Care and former co-host of the WCVB Channel 5 show Chronicle, will be held Dec. 3 at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave.

Richardson will interview Neuropsychologist Dr. Buck H. Woo and Patricia Lavoie, LICSW from Merrimack Valley Hospital’s Adult Behavioral Medicine Center, and take questions from the audience.

The luncheon is from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner and the presentation. The menu includes meat lasagna, whole green beans, garlic bread, Caesar salad with choice of dressings, dessert, coffee and tea. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 978-521-8140.

High school presents “A Christmas Carol”: Haverhill High School’s chorus and drama club will present their sixth annual production of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Performances are Dec. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The show will feature a cast of nearly 70 students.

General admission is $8 or $5 for students and senior citizens. There is no reserved seating. Tickets will be available beginning Dec. 2 during all lunch periods and at the school’s main office. Tickets can also be purchased at the door based upon availability. The show will also be performed for all seventh-graders on Dec. 10 and 12, as “A Christmas Carol” is a part of their curriculum.

The music highlighting Dickens’ classic tale of redemption includes nine original songs written for this production, as well as several classic English carols.

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

Admission is a free will donation.

Please bring a nonperishible food item to support the Sacred Hearts Food Pantry. This concert is sponsored by Flowers by Steve. Visit online at www.fccbraford.org.

Winter concert announced: The Hampstead Meetinghouse Park Summer Concert Series announces its second annual winter concert Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Middle School.

The Don Campbell Band – a summertime favorite – will present a blend of holiday and country crossover music. The five-piece band is based in New England and performs more than 200 concerts a year between Maine and Nashville.

This concert is sponsored by the Hampstead Cable TV Advisory Committee. Suggested cost of admission to this free concert is a food item for the St. Anne food pantry or an item for the Military Support Club at Hampstead Middle School, to be sent to the troops. Suggestions include, puzzle books, M&Ms, hard candy and phone cards. For more information, call 603-329-6047.

Barbershop chorus presents 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.

Admission is free. 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.