Holiday schedule: The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority schedule for Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 16 is: No local bus service; no EZ Trans service; no ring and ride service in Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Methuen, Newbury, Salisbury, West Newbury and Newburyport — Route 51. No MVRTA Boston commuter bus.
Library closed Monday
The Haverhill Public Library be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The library will reopen Tuesday at 9 a.m. For more information call 978-373-1586. Visit online at haverhillpl.org.
The First Church of Christ will hold a ham and bean supper on Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12. There is a $20 family maximum. The church is at 10 Church St., Haverhill. More information is available by calling 978-374-1114 and leaving a message.
FAMILIES AND KIDS
Kindergarten Information Night: Haverhill's Public Schools will host free kindergarten information sessions for children in the Class of 2025. The sessions are open to parents and guardians of children at all schools and will be held Jan. 17 at Tilton Elementary School, 70 Grove St., and March 20 at Pentucket Lake Elementary School, 252 Concord St. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Sessions are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Your child must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 in order to be eligible for Kindergarten in September. Free baby-sitting will be available for children accompanying their parents to these sessions. Informational packets will be given to those in attendance. For more information call 978-420-1951 or 978-374-3484.
Pottery Studio: From Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, You're Fired, a pottery and mosaic studio in Salem, N.H., will donate their sitting fee of $8 per adult and $6 per child to St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish in Haverhill. Please let them know you are there for this school fundraiser. Bring friends, family, neighbors and anyone else that is looking to spend a few hours tapping into their inner artist. You're Fired is located in the Breckenridge Plaza at 264 North Broadway, Salem, N.H. For more information visit yourefirednh.com.
Fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club: The Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and Staples Inc. are teaming up to support Boys & Girls Clubs across Massachusetts by offering a special-edition flash drive to benefit 41 Boys & Girls Clubs statewide, including the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill. For every flash drive purchased in a Staples Massachusetts store this month, Staples will donate $1 to the Massachusetts Alliance Boys & Girls Clubs. Staples will donate a minimum of $5,000 to the Alliance.
For more information about the program visit www.bgcmass.org/Staples.aspx.
The public library is offering a variety of craft activities and book talks this month. Please register in advance at haverhillpl.org. Here is a schedule of events:
Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m.: Make a dream catcher. For ages 7 to 12.
Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m.: Silly hat craft workshop. For all ages.
Jan. 18 at 3:30 p.m.: Teddy bear party for all ages in honor of Winnie the Pooh's birthday. Bring your silly old bear.
Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m.: Chinese New Year celebration. For all ages.
Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.: Snow themed activities for ages 7 to 12. Bring your snowman decorations and play games.
Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. She & Me Book Club discusses "Between Shades of Gray." For girls in grades five through eight and an important woman in their life.
Jan. 27 at 3:30 p.m.: Kids Book Club (ages 7 to 12) discusses "The Westing Game." Contact the library to reserve your copy or place a hold request online. Please bring a snack.
Jan. 31 at 3 p.m.: Board game program for ages 12 to 18. Bring your friends and see who can build the tallest Jenga tower, eat the most brains in Zombie Dice or build the biggest empire in Monopoly.
Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m. Backward Day activities and reverse fun. Wear your clothes backwards.
For more information call 978-373-1586, ext. 630.
Sign language: Northern Essex Community College provides sign language instruction for families with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Information, contact Glenys Crane-Emerson, Family Sign Language Program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-556-3701 (voice/tty), 978-556-3703 (fax), and 978-241-7057 (VP/VRS).
YMCA preschool program: The YMCA Children's Learning Center is enrolling for the Preschool Program. Curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning in a classroom setting, along with self directed activities that promote decision making and overall preparedness for Kindergarten. Contact Julie Grundy at 978-912-7422 or email@example.com for more information.
Rock climbing: Designed for all levels. Certified instructors teach children learn about climbing equipment, techniques. All equipment provided by the YMCA. Group classes, private and semi-private lessons available. Call Matt C. at 978-479-2738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Network Flix: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host "Network Flix," a series of business networking events. Meetings will take place on Jan. 4 and Feb. 2 from 7:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the Best Western, 401 Lowell Avenue, Haverhill. Cost is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. For the January meeting, bring a friend and get yourself in for free. For more information email email@example.com
Book Signing: "Legendary Locals of Haverhill," a new book by local authors Christopher and Nancy Obert, will have a release party on Jan. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Buttonwoods Museum. Come meet the authors, purchase a copy of the book and enjoy light refreshments. The Buttonwoods is located at 240 Water Street, Haverhill, MA. This event is free and open to the public. Snow date January 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Ice Skating Academy will host free public skating event at the Haverhill Veterans Memorial Skating Rink in Haverhill on Monday (Martin Luther King Day) Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is being held to celebrate January being National Ice Skating Month. Admission is free but all skaters are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to a local food pantry. Bring your own skates or rent skates at the rink. For more information contact Gillian Bannon at 978-697-6067. To reach the rink enter Haverhill High School's main driveway entrance at 137 Monument St. and follow the signs to the rink.
eReader Workshops: The public library will host free monthly workshops on eBooks and eReaders on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab on the second floor. Bring your Kindle, Nook or Sony eReader, or just watch the demonstration. The first session is Jan 9. Additional sessions are Feb. 6 and March 5. Participants will learn how to search for eBooks, how to reserve and borrow eBooks and how to download eBooks to an eReader. Classes are limited to six people. For more information or to sign-up call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. The library is at 99 Main St. Visit the librarys' redesigned website at haverhillpl.org.
Business After Hours: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host "Business After Hours, an evening business networking event. The meeting will take place on Jan. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., Aegis Financial Strategies, 143 Essex Street, Suite #2. Cost is $10 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Art Display: Artist Bob Eastman will display his award-winning paintings at the Haverhill Public Library in the second floor gallery through January 2012. Paintings include fantasy artworks as well as scenes from local locations in Haverhill and Southern New Hampshire. Paintings are available for viewing all hours that the Library is open to the public: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library is located at 99 Main Street. Please note the Library is closed in observance of New Year's Day on January 2, and Martin Luther King Day on January 16. Giclé©e prints are available for order through the artist directly; contact Bob at 603-382-4407.
Seeds of Success: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host "Seeds for Success," a presentation for business women to look their best. The event will take place at the Haverhill Gold & Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill on Feb. 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 and include complimentary appetizers and desserts. There will be a cash bar and vendors. Email email@example.com for more information.
Awards Breakfast: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host its 22nd annual Business Awards Breakfast on Feb. 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St., in Haverhill. The Membership Services Committee holds this event to recognize member businesses that have been active in the Chamber and the community throughout the year. The breakfast will honor the eleven businesses that received the "Business of the Month" awards for 2011. Tickets are $30 per person or $275 for a table of 10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New Moon Coffeehouse concert series: The New Moon Coffeehouse will host monthly concerts through May 21. The coffeehouse is located in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 16 Ashland St, Haverhill MA. Admission to the show is $20; $10 for those ages 18 and under. For more information check out newmooncoffeehouse.org.
Business assistance: Service Corps of Retired Executives offers free, confidential help to individuals starting a business or already in business. Sessions are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in the Landmark Building, 80 Merrimack St., second floor. Appointments can be booked by calling the Chamber at 978-373-5663.
Vegas Entertainment: The Haverhill Cultural Council will present Las Vegas entertainer Brian Evans in a benefit concert Feb. 10 (2012) at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St. A special VIP event begins at 6:15 p.m. All of the concert's net proceeds will be donated to Haverhill High School and Haverhill Cultural performing arts programs. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at HaverhillCulturalCouncil.com and in the mayor's office in city hall. Advance tickets are $25 or $15 for seniors and students.
10 Free Kick Cancer Celebration: The Ryan family invites the public to join in celebrating ten years on being cancer free with their annual charity fundraiser at The Little River Ale House, 27 Lafayette Square, on Feb. 23, 2012, from 6 p.m. until midnight. Expect food, raffles and a cash bar. Tickets to the event are $10 and all proceeds go towards The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. To order tickets, email email@example.com.
GIVE, GET HELP
Donations sought: Ruth's House, a non-profit thrift store located at 111 Lafayette Square is in need of all sizes of warm winter clothing, all sizes. All donations are tax deductible and donors will be issued receipts for their gifts. We are also looking for volunteers - donate as little or as much time as you are able. For more information call 978-521-5575 or visit online at www.ruthshouse.org. Donations may be dropped off during store hours 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.
Tax prep volunteers: Community Action Inc., which serves the Haverhill, Amesbury and Newburyport areas is seeking volunteers to provide low-income taxpayers with free tax return preparation services. Initial training can be done online at home this month and next, followed by additional in-house training in January at Community Action, 145 Essex St. in Haverhill. This is an IRS sponsored program and volunteers will need to be certified. Tax preparation begins at the end of January and extends through mid-April. Interested parties should contact Marilyn Luther at 978-373-1971, ext. 340 or Marge Hooper at 978-373-1971, ext. 227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help homeless children: Horizons for Homeless Children seeks energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to play with children living in family homeless shelters in Northeastern Massachusetts, including Haverhill. Attendance at a training session and six-month commitment are required. Contact Brittany Pyle at 978-557-2182 or email@example.com.
Collections: Several local agencies and organizations are collecting new and used videos, books, CDs, DVDs and audio books using "Got Books?" containers, including: The First Church of Christ Bradford, 10 Church St., Bradford; Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St., Haverhill; Hill View Montessori School, 75 Foundation Ave. (in the Ward Hill Industrial Park); Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St.
Salvation Army offers youth programs: The Salvation Army in Haverhill is accepting applications for youth programs that are open to children ages 4 to 18. A Monday music program, for ages 7 to 18, includes free lessons in music theory, brass music instruction, drums, guitar, piano, sacred dance, puppetry, drama, children's choir and timbrels. Tuesday is youth programs night and this fall the focus will be on character building skills, sketching, bicycle safety and going green. Dinner will be served to each participant of this free program. Friday night youth basketball is recruiting players for a travel team. The cost is $15. The Salvation Army is looking for eight sponsors at $200 each to help pay for team shirts and travel expenses. Limited transportation is available for those in need. Parents and interested sponsors are asked to stop by the Salvation Army at 395 Main St., or call 978-374-7571.
Haverhill Salvation Army seeks volunteers: The Salvation Army in Haverhill is looking for few volunteers in the following areas: Writer/Correspondent: in writing and covering stories of happenings at The Haverhill Salvation Army in Haverhill; Piano: player for Monday and Tuesday and Sunday one hour each day. Chef: to cook and serve meals on Tuesday night for children; Driver: to transport youth to and from activities on Monday, Tuesday and Friday must know how to drive a 12-passenger van; Grant writer/ Fund raiser: for Youth programs to raise money for the purpose to keep programs free to the community. We are looking for people who have a passion to serve others and use their talent to teach others! Will you help put a smile on a child's face? Will you help build, teach our future children of Haverhill? For more information contact The Salvation Army at 978-374-7571 or stop by 395 Main St., Haverhill, MA 01830.
Volunteer tutors needed: The Salvation Army in Haverhill is looking for volunteers to help children develop their talents in various areas, including sacred dance, piano, drums, guitar, brass instruments, drawing, acting and puppetry. Volunteers are also needed for an after school program. Last year, As man as 200 children are expected to sign up for programs offered this fall. If you can spare one hour of you time a week to help a child learn please contact the Salvation Army at 978-374-7571.
Library seeks museum pass sponsors: The public library is seeking sponsors for passes to the Children's Museum-Boston ($700), the Museum of Science ($600), and Imajine That! ($275). All gifts marked "museums" — no matter how small — will go toward these memberships, which are renewed annually. Museum passes may be checked out on your library card. Current memberships include: the Museum of Fine Arts, Franklin Park Zoo and the Stone Zoo, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Currier Museum of Art (NH), the Children's Museum, the Discovery Museums, Children's Museum of N.H., the Institute of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts Parks, USS Constitution Museum, and the New England Aquarium (September to June). Your support of this program is very important to your community, providing a low-cost entertaining and educational outing. Checks may be made payable to the Haverhill Public Library, a nonprofit organization. For more information contact Jennifer Lyons at 978-373-1586, ext. 617.
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.
Baseball League seeks nominations: The Riverside-Bradford Baseball League is accepting nominations for membership to its Board of Directors for the 2012 season. Members are expected to perform their duties and functions so as to continually improve the league and uphold its objectives at all times. All directors, officers and members shall bear in mind that the attainment of athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary, and that the molding of future citizens is of prime importance. The league teaches good sportsmanship and the fundamentals of hitting and fielding while building a positive self-image in a healthy competitive environment. For more information contact Craig Nealon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-373-4323.
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.
PEOPLE OF NOTE
Jeanette Erickson, 90, was this year's top contributor to the Hat and Mitten Tree at Penacook Place, a rehabilitation facility located at 160 Washington St. Erickson knitted more than a dozen hats for the tree.
Penacook's Activities Department staff began the collection drive several years ago. Visitors, residents and staff donate hats and mittens for men, women and children. At the end of the holiday season, the items are donated to local agencies serving those in need. Each year, the donation has been larger than the year before.