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February 13, 2014

Community events

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Indoor flea market planned

The Ladies Philoptochos Society Elpis will hold an indoor flea market March 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 154 Winter St.

Items available for purchase include furniture, clothing, glassware, books, jewelry, knick-knacks, and other bargains. Greek pastry will be for sale along with refreshments.

Tables are available for rent and can be reserved by calling 978-374-8887 or 978-373-3311.

The Ladies Philoptochos Society Elpis is a nonprofit organization of the church. Proceeds from this event will support various charities.

Crafters sought for fair

Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., will hold its fifth annual craft fair on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event organizers are seeking crafters to participate in this event. The fee is $35 for an 8-by-21/2 foot table, with chairs included. All proceeds support Riverside Memorial missions fund.

For more information, please contact Renee Cannon at 617-455-2792 or ms.renee1969@yahoo.com. Space is limited so please call early.

Cycle for Shelter Early Bird registration

Emmaus Inc. in Haverhill has announced that Early Bird registration for Cycle for Shelter 2014 is officially open, with a discounted rate of $25.

This year, Emmaus hopes to build upon the success of the 25th annual event that took place on July 28, 2013. Thanks to the efforts of participating cyclists, corporate sponsors and community volunteers last year, Emmaus raised more than $130,000 that will help more than 3,000 homeless adults and children rebuild their lives.

Early Bird Registration fee of $25 is available for a limited time. Enter a team and receive a $5 discount off the registration fee. Please use discount code “Team5.” This year’s Cycle for Shelter is presented by the Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union and International Cars Ltd. More information is available online at events.emmausinc.org.

Chocolate, the perfect drug?

There’s little doubt that chocolate is a delicious treat and typically seen as a guilty pleasure, but did you know that chocolate can also be healthy?

According to Professor of Chemistry Mike Cross at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, chocolate might just be the “perfect drug.”

In a free presentation called “Chocolate, The Perfect Indulgence,” Cross will share his knowledge as both a chemist and a passionate lover of chocolate with audiences throughout the area this Valentine’s Day season. His talk is on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library in Hampstead, N.H. The public is invited.

With high-quality versions of chocolate carrying more than 500 natural chemicals and more antioxidants then a bowl of blueberries, chocolate can increase feelings of well-being, reduce high blood pressure, relax blood vessels and more, said Cross.

Cross holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah, where he specialized in oxidative lesions in DNA and RNA. His presentations are part of NECC’s Speakers’ Bureau.