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August 8, 2013

Community calendar


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Are you a Monopoly buff?

Do you like other old-fashioned board games such as Clue and Scrabble?

How about newer games such as Zombie Dice, Cash 'n Guns or Werewolf?

If so, the place for you to be Aug. 9 is Northern Essex Community College, where the student club Bacon Board Gamers will hold all-day gaming marathon. The event will be on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

Everyone who enjoys board games is invited to attend. The college has a large selection of board games, according to Mike Cross, faculty adviser to the club, and those attending are invited to bring their own games.

"We’ll have tables set up for tournaments as well as cooperative board games," Cross said.

The Board Game Convention will be held in Room 260 in the E Building of the campus.

The NECC Bacon Board Gamers Club was founded two years ago in response to a growing student interest in playing board games. The club meets every third Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the Haverhill campus.

IF YOU GO

What: Board Game Convention and Marathon

When: Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliot St., Room 260 in the E Building

Sponsor: The NECC Bacon Board Gamers Club

Admission: Free

Here are other events and activities around Haverhill:

Make Some Noise concert series continues: The Haverhill Cultural Council’s free Make Some Noise Concert Series continues Aug. 8 in downtown Columbus Park with a performance by Division Tree.

The opening act is from Be Imagine Music Studio.

All Make Some Noise performances are at Columbus Park on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. until Aug. 15. In the event of rain, performances are at the Chit Chat Lounge on Washington Street.

Free weekly raffles feature prizes donated by local businesses. The final show of the season is Aug. 15 and features EJ Ouellette and Crazy Maggy performing originals and fiddle­-driven rock, with an opening act from Whole Music’s Whole Soul. For more information, visit the Haverhill Cultural Council on Facebook, on twitter at @haverhill_cc or email haverhill.culture@gmail.com.

Free outdoor concert series continues: The Bradford Common free Outdoor Music Series continues with a performance by Mike Cesati & Company on Aug. 9.

Opening acts in the series begin at 6 p.m. on Bradford Common, followed by featured acts at 7 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets. All performances are sponsored by the First Church of Christ and are free. The Mike Fioretti Band performs Aug. 16. The Aug. 23 show will be announced. More information is available from Paul Prue at 978-590-2119.

Where's Quacky contest: The Haverhill Rotary Club is holding a "Where’s Quacky?" contest as part of its fifth-annual Haverhill Rotary Rubber Duck Regatta, to be held Sept. 7 in conjunction with Team Haverhill's downtown River Ruckus festival.

From time to time, Rotary will post photos of Quacky in various locations around Haverhill on its Haverhill Rotary Rubber Duck Regatta Facebook page. The first person to accurately guess Quacky’s location will win a free duck adoption. The best way to participate is to “like” the page and then watch your Facebook timeline closely.

International Labor Poster Exhibit: The public library is hosting an International Labor Poster Exhibit by Stephen Lewis, SEIU Local 509, throughout the month.

Lewis is a long-time activist in the labor movement. Organizations in many countries use posters as a way to communicate ideas and messages to their audience. Posters sometimes use mainly the written word to communicate a message. Other times they rely on creative art to communicate the idea. It is an art form that is easily accessible to many people.

The posters in this exhibit reflect various ways that unions have tried to use art to minimize the risks to workers. Some of the posters are simple messages about how to safely carry out a procedure, while others communicate a political message about how to create a safer work environment.

The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 29 and can be seen on the second floor during regular library hours, which are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

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

The league has 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

Hillie fall sports registration: Haverhill High School fall sports registration forms and tryout schedules are available online at www.hillies.org.

The new online system makes registration fast and easy. Fall sports being offered at Haverhill High School this year include cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, soccer, girls swimming and girls volleyball. Registration forms are due by Aug. 10. The fall sports seasons starts the week of Aug. 19.

TOTS-n-TYKES Tuesday: Winnekenni Castle’s next Tots-n-Tykes Tuesday event is Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The program’s theme is "Dino Dig!" and is recommended for ages 2 and up. The cost is $8 per child. Online pre-registration is required at www.winnekenni.com or www.imajinethat.com. Teachers from Little Sprouts & Imajine That will guide children through educational and creative workshops designed to stimulate little minds.

The activities will change each week and will be based on a specific theme of the week. Some activities will be outside so please dress your child appropriately. The Aug. 20 event is "Paint, Splatter & Mess!" For more information, visit www.winnekenni.com.

August events at public library: The public library is offering a variety of events in August. Here are the dates, times and details:

Local author Edith Maxwell will talk about her new book "A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die," the first book in a new cozy mystery series, on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Milhendler Room. All are welcome to drop in for this Adult Summer Reading Social event.

Marcy Yeager will discuss tips and tricks for making the most of your international travel in this International Travel 101 presentation on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Yeager is coordinator of the international studies program at Northern Essex Community College.

Author and Haverhill native Dave Goudsward will share his new book tracing HP Lovecraft’s ties to the Merrimack Valley on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Milhendler Room. Lovecraft, a world renowned horror writer, had deep ties to the Merrimack Valley and even incorporated the area into some of his most famous stories. All are welcome at this Adult Summer Reading Social event.

Lobster/chicken lunch offered: The Council on Aging and Northern Essex Comunity College’s Life Long Learning program will hold a summer lobster/chicken party on Aug. 15 at the Hartleb Technology Center on NECC’s Haverhill campus.

Doors open at noon.

Tickets are $25 for lobster and $15 for chicken. The meal includes chowder, corn on the cob, garden salad, baked potato with sour cream, refreshments and watermelon. Entertainment will be provided by Bobby G. For tickets or more information contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390, or Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225 or cboucher@necc.mass.edu.

Rockfest at Winnekenni Castle: The Boston band "Leaving Eden" in conjunction with former pro-wrestler Steve Chamberland of the 50 Legs Foundation will present Leaving Eden Rockfest 2013 on Aug. 17 at Winnekenni Castle.

This all-day, all-ages family-friendly event is a benefit for the Florida-based 50 Legs Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Chamberland which raises money to provide prosthetics for children.

Leaving Eden along with local rockers including Elextacy, Inner Child, 4x4 Barracuda, Preciphist, Of The Past, the Judas Priest tribute band "Hell Bent For Judas," Guns 4 Destruction, the Alice N' Chains tribute band "Again" and Epicenter will be performing all day at the event in support of 50 Legs. WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart, former member of the band "The Gentrys," whose hit singles included “Cinnamon Girl” in 1970 will perform with Leaving Eden in a special cameo performance.

The event will feature a Renaissance theme with food, crafts, vendors, promotional give-aways and activities for children of all ages. For more information, visit online at http://leavingeden.wix.com/leavingeden-rockfest.

Reggae music featured: Archie's Little River Ale House in Lafayette Square will present live reggae with Dread Rocks featuring JEM-I on Aug. 25 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Admission is free and ample parking is available. For more information, contact Selah Promotions at 978-521-5680.

St. Joseph School opening announced: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish announced its schedule for the new school year.

It is as follows: Monday, Aug. 26, teacher in-service day; Tuesday, Aug. 27, teacher in-service day (regional); Wednesday, Aug. 28, kindergarten to grade eight report for a full day; Thursday, Aug. 29, full day of classes for kindergarten to grade eight; Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day, no school; Tuesday, Sept. 3, kindergarten to grade eight classes resume; Wednesday, Sept. 4, ECC begins.

A parents meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. The school will hold an open house for grades one through eight on Monday, Aug. 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open house for pre-kindergarten and nursery is Tuesday, Sept. 3, from noon to 2:20 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. All students should be in the “big school” by 8:05 a.m. School begins at 8:15 a.m. All students should arrive at the ECC by 8:15 a.m. as instruction time begins at 8:45 a.m.

Tour guides needed for exhibit: The Buttonwoods Museum is looking for volunteer tour guides to help during the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling exhibit “The Way We Worked,” which will be at the Buttonwoods Aug. 24 through Oct 6.

Tour guides must be available Tuesdays through Fridays for two-hour shifts between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Limited weekend hours are also available. No experience is necessary and training is provided. More information is available from Jan Williams at 978-374-4626 or jwilliams@haverhillhistory.org.

Rubber Duck Regatta announced: The Haverhill Rotary Club will hold its annual Rubber Duck Regatta on Sept. 7, when 10,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Merrimack River from the Comeau Bridge, a new location for this year’s duck drop.

One “lucky duck” will win $10,000, donated by Rockingham Toyota/Honda/Scion of Salem, N.H. This year’s Rotary Rubber Duck Regatta will be held in conjunction with the downtown River Ruckus, a festival presented by Team Haverhill that promises to bring in bigger crowds and feature even more activities than past River Ruckus events.

Haverhill Rotary and its mascot Quacky are announcing special Early Bird Pricing as follows: Quack Packs for $25 now include seven adoptions instead of six, and Quacker’s Dozens include 15 adoptions (instead of 13) for $50 and Flocks include 31 adoptions (instead of 28) for $100. For more information or to adopt ducks, visit online at www.adoptaducktoday.com.

YMCA offers Girls Basketball Camp: The Haverhill YMCA will hold a Girls Basketball Camp from Aug. 14 to Aug. 16.

The camp is from 9 a.m. to noon and is an option for girls who love the game of basketball or who are interested in getting involved in the game. Local girls basketball coaches Michelle Joubert, Beth Eddy, Shawna Mottram and Elizabeth Briggs will instruct participants in the fundamentals of basketball — dribbling, shooting and passing — along with an understanding of the game.

The camp is a way to get ready for the Haverhill YMCA’s Girls Basketball League this fall as well as develop your skills for your school’s team. More information is available from Clint Clay at clayc@northshoreymca.org or 978-478-5008.

Armenian picnic planned: The Armenian Church at Hye Pointe will hold its annual picnic on Aug. 25 from noon to 5 p.m at the American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St.

The event will feature music by the Jason Naroian Ensemble with Jason Naroian on dumbeg/vocals, John Arzigian on accordion and vocals, Leon Janikian on clarinet, Greg Takvorian on oud and vocals, Michael Naroian on dumbeg and Paul Mooradian on tambourine.

The menu will include shish, losh and chicken kebab dinners; kheyma, pilaf, pastries and beverages. Raffles for cash prizes and gift certificates will be held. The function hall is air conditioned. Bring your lawn chairs and tavloo boards. For more information visit the church's new website at www.hyepointearmenianchurch.org or call 978-372-9227.

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. 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.