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December 19, 2013

Community calendar

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Here are activities and events going on around Haverhill:

— Church hosts holiday music performance: The Boston Camerata will perform “Noël, Noël: A French Christmas” on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. at First Parish Church, 20 High Road (Route 1A), Newbury. Visitors will enjoy holiday music from the Middle Ages to the dawn of the Baroque. For tickets or more information, call 617-262-2092 or send email to info@bostoncamerata.org. Visit online at www.bostoncamerata.org.

— Church to hold Blue Christmas Service: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church at 471 Main St. invites the public to attend a Blue Christmas service on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. The service is an opportunity to remember and past while making room for new life. Blue Christmas, or Longest Night, is a service of worship designed for people suffering with pain, loss, isolation or depression or who are grieving during this Advent season.

Winter Farmers Market concludes Saturday: The last day to attend the indoor Winter Farmers Market is Saturday, Dec. 21. The market is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is held at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 15 Kenoza Ave. This indoor market is an initiative of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. Visit the market to pick up fresh, local produce, meats, baked goods and more. Crafters and entertainment will also be on site. For more information visit www.haverhillfarmersmarket.org.

— Free talk on positive discipline planned: Award winning author and keynote speaker, Bill Corbett, will discuss ways of modernizing your parenting “tool box” in order to raise bully-proof, drug-free and confident members of the family and classroom on Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish, 56 Oak Terrace. This free Families First Lecture is pen to the public. More information is available by calling 978-521-4256. Please RSVP by email to sjsprcom@gmail.com.

— Annual Run to the Beach on tap: The Andover Striders in association with the Winners’ Circle Running Club will hold the annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad” run March 16 at 10 a.m. The race starts at the North Andover VFW and finishes at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury. This is a point-to-point course and runners are on their own as far as transportation.

Miles will be meticulously marked with a 2013 Ford Focus SE. Please bring your watch, as you will be timing yourself.

Directed by Dave “Icky” LaBrode, what is essentially a Boston Marathon training run traces a portion of the old Lawrence-to-the-Sea Marathon, which was made famous by 1949 marathoners Johnny Kelly and Louis White. The course follows Route 125 from North Andover into Haverhill, where the course bears right onto Route 110 into Merrimac and through Amesbury. It finishes at the Winner’s Circle for a straight point-to-point course.

There are no official race directors, awards, numbers or T-shirts, but there are water stops. For your money’s worth (none), it’s the best bargain around, and perhaps anywhere, LaBrode said. Post-run libations are at the Winner’s Circle and are provided by the Andover Striders and the WCRC. For more information contact LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net. Visit LaBrode on Facebook for updates.