:Vendors sought for flea market: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., invites vendors to participate in its 36th annual Spring Festival and Flea Market on June 8. Each 12-by-12-foot space is offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $20. Rain date is June 15. To reserve a space, call 603-382-7587.
First-time home buyer training offered: Community Action Inc. is offering a first-time home buyer education workshop for area residents beginning May 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Presidential Gardens Community Room, 140 Evergreen Drive, Bradford. Participants will receive comprehensive information offered by housing professionals including bank lenders, buyer/seller real estate brokers, housing attorneys, insurance agents home inspectors and credit counselors. A state-approved certificate is awarded after completion of the three-night course. Classes are May 23, 28 and 30. The cost is $60 per household. There are no income requirements to take this training. For more information, contact Richard Lynch at 978-373-1971 or Susan Collins at 978-317-8998.
Council on Aging plans trip to Baltimore: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to Baltimore to see the Boston Red Sox play the Orioles in Camden Yards. A visit to Gettysburg National Park for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is included. Trip departs on July 26 and returns on july 28. This trip includes three Red Sox games at Camden Yards and two nights in the Crown Plaza in Timonium, Maryland, with full American breakfasts. Cost is $449 per person, double occupancy. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Woodcarving class resumes at Council on Aging: The city’s Council on Aging will resume the wood carving class on Fridays at 10 a.m. beginning May 10. Students will be taught by master carver Fred Arakelian. A carving kit of supplies will be provided at a one-time-per-project charge of $18. Carving knives will be loaned to you for free. Course cost is $5 per class for an eight-week session. Registration is required for new students by calling Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.
Seniors Tap Dancing class offered: The Council on Aging will offer a new tap dancing class for area seniors. The class will meet on Mondays at 11 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., and the cost is $5 per class. Instructor Susan Tibbets will lead the class. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBellal at 978-374-2390.
:Life Long Learning presents afternoon of song: Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning Program will present vocalist Robyn Steriti and pianist Donald Ritter, both of Haverhill, in a Hat Show and Pop Tunes afternoon on May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Admission is $2. Songs from Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein along with favorites from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s will be performed. This program is in honor of Mother’s Day and guests are encouraged to wear their favorite hat. Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups, and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public. For more information, contact Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225 or email@example.com.
CAI Fox Center to celebrate five years: Community Action Inc. and state Rep. Brian Dempsey will celebrate five years at the CAI Fox Center on May 10 at 10 a.m. at the CAI Fox Center, 75 Elm St. Community Action will recognize those who helped get the Fox Center started. There will be a children’s welcome, dedication, refreshments, tours and more. To make reservations, contact Gail Souther by noon on May 8 at 978-373-1971 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at www.communityactioninc.org.
Garden Party and Tea planned: St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will host a Garden Party and Tea on May 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 119 Washington St. Master gardener Dugie Russell of North Beverly will entertain and educate with his award-winning slide presentation about raised gardens. All are welcome. Russell creates unique bird “estates” created from recycled materials. He is working on a new show about birds of the northeast. This event will feature tea, homemade goodies and a celebration of God’s abundance. Admission is free but reservations are required by calling 978-373-1270.
Robotics Club meets at library: The Robotics Club will meet at the public library on May 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Celebrate science and come help build and program the LEGO Mindstorm Robot at the library. Learn more about robotics, programming, and the coolest parts of science in the Teen Zone. The club is working on color sensors. This program is presented with federal money provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or by emailing Sarah Moser at email@example.com.
Library plans book sale: The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library will hold their next book sale May 14 to 20. Preview day is May 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and admission is $20 per person, plus the cost of books. Tickets are available at the door. No children will be admitted. The sale is open to the public on May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a charge for books. Hard cover and trade paperbacks are $1 each. Videos, CDs and DVDs are 50 cents each. All other books are 25 cents each. The final two days of the sale are May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Books will be $3 per bag. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.
Talk on relieving stress: St. Joseph School will host an informative talk on finding balance in your life on May 14 at 7 p.m. This is the fourth talk in the school’s Families First Speaker Series. Experts for this session are Susan Johnson, professional organizer and owner of Consider It Done!, and Dr. Richard Mugavero, chiropractor at Health Source Bradford. They will offer tips and techniques to help organize hectic lives, as well as how to find relief from stress. For more information, visit online at www.sjshav.com and click on the Families First link or call the school at 978-521-4256. St. Joseph School is at 56 Oak Terrace.
Class of 1948 reunion planned: The Haverhill High School-Trade School Class of 1948 plans to hold its 65-year reunion on May 15 at DiBurro’s function hall. The reunion planning committee is looking for the following classmates: Patricia Brennan Cote, Marilyn Jean Bartlett Erratt, Evelyn Beaubien, Ellen DePalms, Harry Bedrosian, Anna Fairbrother, William Klickstein, Albert Macleod, Aram Mooradian, Sam O’Hannesian, Madelyn Smart, John Lewis Tremblay, Rena Wile, Richard Wallace, Eleanor Culliford Whiting, Richart Sylvester and Mildred Claire Schoenfield. They are asked to call Joann Williett at 978-372-9861, Virginia Carbone at 978-373-5756 or Betty Burrill at 978-373-0449.
:Benefit gala for veterans May 15: A “Serving Those Who Serve Us” benefit gala, hosted by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, is May 15 and will be highlighted by an appearance by Gen. George Casey Jr., the former commander of the multi-national forces in Iraq and the 36th U.S. Army Chief of Staff. Ticket sales to the public will help fund mental health services for military men, women and families in various facilities throughout the area, including the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill. The gala will be held at the Seaport Hotel, Seaport Boulevard, Boston. Self-parking is available at the Seaport Boston Parking Garage located on Seaport Boulevard. Valet parking is available at the main entrance of the Seaport Hotel. Cocktails and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. Dinner and program starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $200 each and tables can be reserved for $1,750 by calling 617-327-6777, ext. 1231 or online at www.mspp.edu/gala.
Talk on elder law planned: The Council on Aging will host a free discussion on elder law on May 16 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Attorney Robert Ford will discuss elder care issues such as estate planning, health care proxies and living wills. To register for this event, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Annual garden club plant sale: The Haverhill Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on the Bradford Common on May 18 from 8 a.m. until all items are sold. Plants available for purchase include annuals and perennials from member gardens. The event will include raffles for garden-related items as well as a junior gardening demonstration on how to create a terrarium. Members of the club will be available to answer your gardening questions. Profits from this sale help support the club’s local efforts including planting flowers around the Welcome to Haverhill signs, in front of the Citizens Center, around the Hannah Duston monument in GAR Park and at City Hall.
Armenian food festival planned: The Women’s Guild at Hye Pointe Armenian Church in Haverhill will hold its annual food festival on May 18 from noon to 7 p.m. in the church hall (St. Gregory the Illuminator), 110 Main St. The festival will feature LuLu kebab, an Armenian favorite. Chicken kebabs and kheyma will be served all day. Paklava, cream and nut khadayif, choreg, spinach pie, string cheese and many other specialty items will be available to tempt your palate. All proceeds will go toward the building of the church’s new parish in Bradford.
Haverhill Lions plan Comedy Night: The Haverhill Lions Club will holding its annual Comedy Night on May 18 at the Roma Restaurant in Bradford. Doors open at 6 p.m. for those who would like to have dinner before the show and get good seats. The show features comedian Bucky Lewis and will start at 8 p.m. There will be raffles to help raise money for the Haverhill Lions charities. Tickets are $20 per person. The Haverhill Lions Club serves people in the community by purchasing eyeglasses and providing eye exams for those who cannot afford them, serving the homeless, donating to school groups, and provides donations to the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund. The club meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Maria’s Restaurant on Essex Street. For more information contact Sharon Pecci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheep Shearing Festival on tap: The North Andover Festival Committee will present the 41st annual Sheep Shearing and Arts Festival on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Old North Andover Common. Activities include sheep shearing and herding demonstrations, pony rides, craft fair, food vendors, cowpie bingo, and more. There will be a free shuttle from the Franklin and Middle Schools. For more information, call 978-682-5212 or 978-685-5320.
Video Production Club meeting: The Video Production Club will meet at the public library on May 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Would you like to learn neat tricks about the art of film making? Join the Video Production Club and explore different ways to make videos and make our own. Meetings are held in the Teen Zone. This program presented with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or by emailing Sarah Moser at email@example.com.
Exchange Club celebration: The Exchange Club of Haverhill will host its second annual Recognition Night on May 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St. The event will include the Ace and Youth Scholarship Award, which is presented to students for excellence in educational achievements and overcoming adversity; the Book of Golden Deeds, which honors a local community member who has gone above and beyond in volunteering and supporting his or her community without any recognition; and So Proudly We Hail, which recognizes one resident and one organization in Haverhill for displaying the American flag. The event will conclude with a recognition of the club’s major sponsors and supporters from the past year. Tickets are $20 per person and will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, presentations and award ceremonies. More information is available from Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at www.HaverhillExchangeClub.com.
Lip Sync Contest planned: Students at Haverhill High School will participate in a Lip Sync Contest on May 22 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. This event is sponsored by the school’s Key Club and is open to the public. Admission is $5 and all proceeds go towards sports user fees. Haverhill High School is at 137 Monument St.
Capture the Flag: Young people ages 12 to 18 are invited to play “Capture the Flag” on the library lawn on May 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or by emailing Sarah Moser at email@example.com.
Zumbathon for diabetes research: Cedardale Health and Fitness will host a “Zumbathon to Stop Diabetes” on May 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is the grand finale of a string of Fab Fitness Fridays events around the area, all to support Team Ben’s Buds, a New England Classic Tour de Cure team led by Benjamin Goodwin of Plaistow. Goodwin has Type 1 Diabetes and rides to support the American Diabetes Association. The Zumbathon is being run by team captain Meagan Campbell, and local Zumba instructors who are passionate about raising money for diabetes research, education and a local diabetes camp. Along with Zumba, there will also be raffle prizes, event swag, and a fun photo booth. Tickets are $15 and the event is open to the public. All proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. More information is available from Meagan Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-275-2898.
Trip to the Boston Pops: The Council on Aging will host a trip to the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall on June 7. John Williams will conduct a program titled “Film Night.” which includes much of his cinematic music. Scores from “Star Wars,’’ “Jaws,’’ “Indiana Jones,’’ “ET,’’ “Harry Potter’’ and more will be included in the program. This trip will include a stop at the Prudential Center for shopping or food your own prior to the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $89 per person and include motor coach transportation and first-balcony Pops ticket. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Tribute to Women luncheon: The Haverhill YWCA will hold its 24th annual Tribute to Women luncheon on June 11 at DiBurro’s function hall. Nominations are open to women of all ages. Meteorologist Matt Noyes will be the honorary chairperson and keynote speaker. To nominate a woman, contact the YWCA at 978-374-6121. All of this year’s nominees will be honored at the luncheon, and the public is encouraged to attend. Tickets are $45 per person. Reservations are required by calling 978-374-6121.
Past Finders summer camp offered: The Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum, now in its 23nd season, begins July 9. Sessions run for one week, meeting Tuesday through Friday. Children may sign up for one or both sessions. Morning drop-off begins at 9 a.m. and pick-up is at 4 p.m. The program is for children in grades one to seven and is designed to teach children about history through hands-on activities, creative arts projects and field trips. To register or for more information, please visit http://haverhillhistory.org. You can also call 978-374-4626 or email email@example.com. Session 1, Revolutionary Revel, is July 9 to 12 and focuses on the American Revolution through crafts, food and field trips. Cost is $160. Session 2, Digging into Archaeology, is Aug. 6 to 9. It features a mock dig. Kids will try cross-mending, dating and researching objects to reconstruct the lives of the original owners. Visits to an archaeological site or museum are included. Cost is $160. More information is available from Kaleigh Pare at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978)-374-4626.
Council on Aging offers new trips: The Council on Aging is offering a trip to the Danversport Yacht Club on June 12 for a performance by Charlie Thomas and The Drifters. Tickets are $79 per person and include transportation, lunch at The Common Man in Portsmouth and the show. A trip to the Isle of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor Cruise is June 23. Cost is $89 and includes transportation, lunch, harbor cruise and local touring. More information is available by contacting Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Class reunion planned: The Haverhill High School-Trade School Class of 1953 will hold its 60-year reunion on June 14 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at DiBurro’s function hall. The reunion planning committee is looking for the following classmates: Joan Barteaux Padmore, Gloria Bethel Hayes, Elinor Boches Kraft, Barbara Cosio Savoy, Jacqueline Deveau Carlson, Martha Doyle Wasserman, Doris Emery Cotton, Roberta Ferrick Larsen, Norma Hamel Wiengel, David W. Hughes, Alex J. Kezik, Demetrios Kostas, William N. Levis, Peter J. McDonnell, Joanne Muldowney Richards, Adeline Neusner Bain, Eunice Shaw Perry, David A. Traister and William W. Wright Jr. For more information, contact Joe Nicolosi at 978-373-1295 or Janice Gilroy at 978-372-1442.
Summer Enrichment programs offered: The nonprofit Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown is offering a Summer Enrichment program for children ages 4 to 6 during the weeks of July 8, July 22 and July 29. Priority registration is open until May 30. To register, please call 978-352-2398. Pentucket Workshop Preschool is located at 161 West Main St., Georgetown.