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September 12, 2013

Local master discusses finer points of oil painting

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — For artists and those interested in learning, a master in our midst will show the finer points of oil painting this month.

Local artist Mark Hayden will present an oil portrait study demonstration for the Greater Haverhill Arts Association on Sept. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Hayden, a Copley Master artist, has received the prestigious Schroeder Award for Excellence in Portraiture. Through the Copley Society, he has exhibited his works frequently, including master shows at the Harvard Club of Boston and St. Botolph’s Club. He was featured in an article in American Artist Magazine in July 1994.

A native and lifelong resident of Bradford, Hayden conducts classes at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, as well as at his home studio in Bradford. The public is welcome at the demonstration, although space is limited.


:What: Local artist Mark Hayden presents an oil portrait demonstration.

When: Sept. 22, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Haverhill Historical Society’s Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St.

Admission: Free for members of the Greater Haverhill Arts Association. A donation of $5 is expected from non-members.

More information: For questions or to reserve a spot, contact Don Herook at don5753@aol.com.

Here are other upcoming events and activities around Haverhill:

:Haverhill Senior Baseball registers players: Haverhill Senior Baseball is accepting applications for the 2013 fall program.

The league has three divisions — for 13-year-olds, 14- and 15-year-olds, and 16- to 18-year-olds. The seasons run from the first weekend after Labor Day, Sept. 10 and 11, through Oct. 26 and 27. The 13-year-old and 14- to 15-year-old divisions play on Saturday. The 16- to 18-year-old division plays on Sunday.

Applications are available online at Haverhillseniorbaseball.com or by contacting Larry O’Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807-5068. Volunteer coaches are needed for the 13-year-old and 14- to 15-year-old teams.

:Food, Wine and Beer Pairing event: Off to the Races, a Food, Wine and Beer Pairing event to benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice, will be held on Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown.

Guests will experience some of the world’s most famous places and races from the Alaskan Iditarod to the Monaco Grand Prix, along with accompanying cuisine and beverages and entertainment by the George Farrell Group and NuImage Entertainment.

A signature silent auction will feature nearly 100 items, including a well-stocked wine refrigerator, premium tickets to New England sporting events and unique dining experiences.

Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased online at www.MerrimackValleyHospice.org or by calling 978-552-4927. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Vendors wanted for flea market: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., will host its 36th annual Flea Market and Fall Festival on Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rain date is Sept. 21. Vendor spaces, excluding food vendors, are available for $20 for a 12-foot by 12-foot space. A variety of lunch items and baked goods will be sold. The event will feature a Kids Zone where children can enjoy supervised games while their parents shop. For vendor information call 603-382-7587.

:Journalist to speak: Tom Vartabedian, award-winning writer and photographer, will kick off the fall season at ALMA with a talk about his 50-year career with The Haverhill Gazette on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Armenian Library and Museum of America, 65 Main St., Watertown.

Admission is free. Vartabedian will discuss his work as a correspondent with the Armenian Press since the early 1960s, associated especially with The Armenian Weekly. His column, titled “Poor Tom’s Almanac” is the oldest-running column in the Armenian Press.

Vartabedian will reminisce about some of his favorite stories and exhibit of his photojournalism images over the past five decades will be on display. A reception will follow the program in the Contemporary Art Gallery, third floor. The event is co-sponsored by Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives Inc.

As a writer-photographer for The Haverhill Gazette, he garnered more than 50 awards from United Press International, Associated Press and New England Press Association before retiring in 2006.

Comedy Night benefit planned: The first Matt Shirley Comedy Night will be held on Sept. 19 at the Roma Restaurant in Bradford and will feature Boston comics Bob Seibel, Dave Rattigan, Dave Russo, Tony Moschetto and Sal Votano, and Haverhill’s own Amy Tee.

Proceeds benefit Matt Shirley and his fight with Multiple Sclerosis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show is at 8 p.m.

Shirley, of Salisbury and formerly of Merrimac, has multiple sclerosis and earlier this year missed several months of work while dealing with MS-related issues.

“Matt’s making a nice recovery, but the time off really hurt his bank account,” said Dave Rattigan, comedian and organizer of the event.

Tickets are $20 each and are available at the door, online at www.scampscomedy.com, or by calling Fred Cotter at 978-609-1245.

:Town-wide yard sale announced: The Friends of the Groveland Council on Aging will hold their first annual Town-Wide Yard Sale fundraiser on Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

For a fee of $25, the Friends will handle publicity, yard and area signs, and town maps showing the address, particulars and location of each yard sale. The maps will be available for pickup at Town Hall on Sept. 20 and on the day of the event.

Those taking part can simply hold a yard sale at their home or a friend’s home in Groveland and keep the proceeds. For more information and a registration form, contact Valerie Osborne at 978-374 6253 or JoAnna Donnelly at 978-374-6225. Deadline for registration and to appear on the maps is Sept. 16.

:Coffeehouse begins new season: The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse will open its season on Sept. 21 with performances by guitarist/singer/songwriter Max Garcia Conover and singer/songwriter/musician Jamie Kent.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center at 7 Central Street, Byfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks are sold throughout the evening. For more information, visit online at www.byfieldcac.org or call 978-463-3335.

:Lions Club to hold Wine Tasting Tour: The Haverhill Lions Club will hold its first Wine and Spirits Tasting Tour on Sept. 21.

Round-trip transportation departs Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St., at 10 a.m. The first stop is at Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee, N.H., and includes a guided walking tour of the vineyard, winery and distillery. Visitors will sample several wines and spirits and snack on cheese and crackers.

The second stop is at WindRoc Vineyard in Newfields, N.H., where several wines will be sampled, as well as cheese and crackers. A raffle and door prize is included. The third stop is at Sweet Baby Vineyard in East Kingston, N.H., where visitors will sample several wines and enjoy cheese and crackers, and a raffle and door prize.

The bus will return to Haverhill about 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at $35 each and can be reserved by emailing douglasmfowler@gmail.com. Checks should be made payable to the Haverhill Lions Club and mailed to Douglas Fowler, 43 Columbia Park, Haverhill, MA 01830. Please include your email address or text number. You will be sent a confirmation email. Tickets will be at “will call” at pickup location.

Life Long Learning to host concert: Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning program will present a concert featuring vocalist Kasia Sokalla and Jim Seger on the keyboard on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Sokalla will perform songs such as “Hey Look Me Over” (Leigh/Coleman), “Sound of Music” medly (Rogers/Hammerstein) and “America the Beautiful” (Ward). A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Kasia has earned a variety of awards, including Berklee’s Outstanding Performer Award and IAJE’s Outstanding Musicianship Award. Kasia has held the prestigious position of Soloist at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston and has been active in musical theater. Currently, she sings with Kairos, an early music/chant performing group. She trains students in vocal technique and styles, and performs in jazz clubs.

Admission is $2. Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public. For more information or to receive a free calendar of upcoming events, contact Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225 or cboucher@necc.mass.edu. Visit the artist online at KasiaMusic.com.

:Lockhart returns to Merrimack Valley: There is still time to purchase tickets to see Keith Lockhart and Friends on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School in Andover.

The event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation Inc., the Women of NECC and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds will benefit NECC’s Endowment Fund.

Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. The 1918 theatrical Russian parable meant to be “read, played, and danced” tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.

For tickets at $35 each, call the NECC Institutional Advancement events line at 978-556-3870 or visit www.mvarts.info.

For more information or to request communication access, visit www.necc.mass.edu/signature-event. Discounts are available for students and groups.

Autumn harvest cooking class offered: A cooking class that celebrates the flavors of autumn will be held Sept. 30 and again on Oct. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Participants will be taught professional cooking tips and techniques while creating unique seasonal dishes using fresh foods from local farms. This adult cooking class includes instruction, recipes and a dinner at the end of the evening. There is a $60 class fee. For more information or to register, visit www.carolynsfarmkitchen.com, or call Carolyn at 978-994-1692.

Suicide prevention walk planned: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold its first Merrimack Valley/Haverhill Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Oct. 5 at Winnekenni Park.

Check-in time is from 8 to 9 a.m. and the walk is from 9 to 11 a.m. These 3- to 5-mile walks take place in hundreds of communities across the country this year, with the proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. More information is available from Mary Beth Traynor at 978-764-8525.

Bobby Bell walk/race set: The 27th Annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race/Walk will be held Oct. 13 at the Lasting Room Grille, 122 Washington St.

The walk begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the race at 11 a.m. The fee is $25 for pre-entry and $30 post entry. Free t-shirts go to the first 70 walker entries and first 260 runner entries. Numerous awards in various age, weight, and specialty categories will be presented. There will be ender graded scoring.

A buffet will follow along with a disc jockey and raffle prizes. Thee will be no gender divisions. The event benefits local scholarships, the Haverhill Police Auxiliaries, Haverhill’s Brightside and the Andover Striders. More information is available from David LaBrode at 978-373-3408, 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net. Visit online at www.yankeetiming.com/Bbell.

Class reunion planned: Haverhill High School’s Class of 1978 will hold its 35-year reunion on Oct. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Salvatore’s on the River in Lawrence.

Tickets are $50 per person. A cash bar will be available. For more information, email haverhillhighschool1978@yahoo.com or call Janine at 860-377-0649 or Robyne at 978-374-4420.

Scout Troop celebrates 100 years: Troop One Haverhill, the oldest Boy Scout troop in the Yankee Clipper Council, will hold its 100th anniversary celebration on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at North Point Bible College, 320 S. Main St., Bradford.

There will be a program with a guest speaker followed by dinner. Tickets are $20 per person. The Troop meets every Friday night from September to mid-June at the Good Shepherd Methodist Church, 471 Main St. For more information about this event, contact David Nichols at pavid@msn.com or 978-373-4310.

Girl Scout registration: Haverhill Girl Scouts fall signup will be held on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St.

Membership fee is $25 for 2013-2014. For more information, visit www.hergirlscouts.org.

Symposium on wound care planned: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Merrimack Valley Hospital and Steward Health Care’s second annual Symposium on Wound Care will be held on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.

Speakers and topics are: Walter Kwass, MD: Introduction and Overview of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; Vera Cooke, DDS, MD: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Osteoradionecrosis; Tammy Dingman, CHT: Managing Risks and Complications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; Micah Hemani, MD: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Management and Treatment of Radiation Induced Cystitis. Cost of $25 includes breakfast beverages, lunch, and 3.5 continuing education credits for nurses and physicians. The event is open to the public. Deadline for registration is Oct. 11.

Checks must be made payable to Merrimack Valley Hospital and mailed to Merrimack Valley Hospital, C/O Jean MacDougall-Tattan, Marketing Department, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. For more information or to register, contact Jean MacDougall-Tattan at 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.