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June 13, 2013

Community calendar


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :Republican City Committee to meet: The Haverhill Republican City Committee will host a regional meeting on June 13 at 7 p.m. in the public library to introduce its new Massachusetts Republican national committeewoman Chanel Prunier to area Republicans. Committee chairman William Ryan will also speak regarding the Gabriel Gomez campaign for U.S. Senate. All area residents are invited. The library is at 99 Main St. and the meeting will be on the second floor.

:Students to perform play: Students at Whittier Middle School will present “Apostrophe’s” on June 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. The play is directed by Whittier musical specialist Gail Pellegrino and is open to the public. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Written by Bradley Hayward and produced in special arrangement with Theatrefolk (Theatrefolk.com), this one-act comedy that takes place in a school building asks if you are amazed at “how many apostrophe’s s’ome people manage to fi’t into s’entence’s?” That’s just the problem that needs to be solved. Whittier Middle School is at 256 Concord St.

:Volunteers needed for SHINE program: The SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) program is looking for Haverhill residents to help Medicare beneficiaries in the community understand the Medicare system. You can become a SHINE counselor and help Medicare beneficiaries understand their Medicare benefits and options. Learn how to simply explain Medicare and compare the costs and benefits of Medicare options. You will volunteer at the Citizens Center while providing an urgently needed and appreciated service to Haverhill residents. For more information, contact Susan Cripps at 978-946-1374.

:Applications available for summer camp: The Haverhill Police Department is accepting applications for this year’s GREAT/DARE summer camp program. Applications are available at the police station, 40 Bailey Blvd. This camp is free to Haverhill children ages 8 to 11 and runs from July 8 through Aug. 9. The camp will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Consentino School, 685 Washington St. Parents and guardians must fill out a permission slip, complete with medical information, and return it to the Police Department no later than June 28. Lunch and snack will be provided by the Haverhill Public Schools summer meal program. Parents or guardians must provide drinks for their children. Soda is now allowed during camp. Parents are asked to arrange for their children’s transportation and inform the camp so that no one is left stranded at the end of the day. Children who actively participate in all activities on a daily basis and attend camp on a regular basis will be considered for field trips throughout the summer.

:Nominate a Garden of the Month: The Haverhill Garden Club is seeking nominations for its Garden of the Month program. If you know someone who has an outstanding garden that could be the Garden of the Month for July, call 978-521-0872.

:Event supports Sweet Paws Rescue: As part of St. James Groveland’s participation in the Big Hearted Families Project (www.bigheartedfamilies.org), a group of parishioners will sell dog biscuits and people treats on June 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at the West Newbury Food Mart. Proceeds will be donated to Sweet Paws Rescue, a shelter-less rescue that works through a network of foster and adoptive families (www.sweetpawsrescue.org). For more information, call 978-373-1270. Visit online at www.saintjamesgroveland.org.

:Pancake breakfast planned: The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club will hold a pancake breakfast on June 15 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health, 180 Water St. This event is being held to raise funds to provide services to senior citizens in Greater Haverhill. Tickets are $15 for a family, $5 for adults and $3 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Amy Anywyl at 978-374-2175 or Pati Fernandez at 978-946-1254.

:Free Father’s Day Concert: Winnekenni Castle will present a free Father’s Day concert on June 16 at 2 p.m. featuring The Smoothies, a duo of Lee Lewis Machuca and Matt Davis. With a stylish combination of vocals and horns, this dynamic duo creates a classy, easy-going, smooth, rich and melodic sound. The Smoothies will perform jazz standards, classic R&B and pop. Mr. Lee and The Chanel Girl Group will bring you back to the sweet sounds of the 1950s, 1960s and more, including an exciting “Supremes” tribute along with an R&B, Motown, Doo Wop and Soul Review. Winnekenni Castle is on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave. For more information, email the castle at winnekenni@yahoo.com, leave a message at 978-521-1686 or visit online at www.winnekenni.com.

:Library to present summer reading socials: The public library’s Summer Reading Socials program continues with a presentation titled “Nutrition’s Role in Treating Autism and Other Disorders” on June 17 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Martha Lindsey, MS, CNE, will discuss the importance of using healthy and targeted nutrition in the treatment of Autism, ADD, and ADHD in children. All are welcome. A Journey to the Arctic with local educator Emily Sherman will be June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Sherman will share her recent adventure to the Arctic and will present pictures and videos of her journey. Learn about polar bears, walruses, climate change and the Arctic tundra. All are welcome. Author Al Basile will read from his selected works of short stories and poetry on June 20 in the Johnson Auditorium. A summer concert with Hungrytown is June 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson. They have released two highly acclaimed CDs, Hungrytown (2008) and Any Forgotten Thing (2011), both of which continue to receive much airplay on folk and Americana stations worldwide. Award-winning historical novelist Anne Easter Smith will read and discuss her work on June 25 at 7 p.m. in the Milhendler Room. Her most recent novel “Royal Mistress” is about real-life figure Jane Shore, the favorite and final mistress of England’s King Edward IV. All are welcome. For more information visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

:Workshop on solving computer aggravations: The Council on Aging will host a presentation by Miklos Jakos titled “Solving Computer Aggravations” on June 18 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. The presentation will cover 20 of the most common aggravations a person can experience when using a computer. For more information or to register for this workshop, please contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

:Chamber to hold 97th annual meeting/dinner: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 97th Annual Meeting and Annual Dinner on June 20 at DiBurro’s function hall. This event is open to all active members and begins at 5:30 p.m. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program. The annual dinner is the capstone event of the Chamber’s program year. This year’s theme is “We Are Boston Strong” and features keynote speaker Dave McGillivray, race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon. This will be the first public speaking engagement held by McGillivray since the tragedy on April 15. Also appearing will be Boston Police Department Superintendent Frank Mancini, Boston EMS Superintendent-in-Chief Brendan Kearney, and WBZ Radio reporter Carl Stevens who will participate in a panel discussion, as well as many first responders who were actively administering first aid at the marathon. These responders will be honored during the event. Award winners include: Elaine Barker, Charles E. Billups Award recipient; Jean Poth, Jerry Loy Outstanding Director of the Year recipient; and Larry Olasky, Community Leadership Award recipient. The chamber will thank outgoing chairman John Chemaly and welcome incoming chairwoman Clare Macoul. Tickets, $85 per person or $750 per table include cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, awards ceremony tributes and the keynote speech. For more information please contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com or visit the Chamber’s online at www.haverhillchamber.com.

:Woodcarving class resumes: The city’s Council on Aging has resumed a wood carving class on Fridays at 10 a.m. 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 participants 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.

:Whittier Birthplace offers free admission: Whittier Birthplace is participating in both the regional “17th Century Saturdays” and national “Blue Star Museums” programs, with both offering free admission opportunities. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of July, August and September as part of 17th Century Saturdays, an Escapes North cultural tourism initiative led by the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Thomas Whittier built the home in 1688 during America’s First Period of European settlement (1625-1725). Whittier Birthplace also offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through to Labor Day. The military program is part of Blue Star Museums, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Visit online at www.johngreenleafwhittier.com.

:NECC reunion, Classes of 1963-1973: Alumni of Northern Essex Community College who graduated between 1963 and 1973 are invited to attend a reunion on June 21 at 4 p.m. at DiBurro’s function hall to reminisce with classmates. This reunion marks the 50th and 40th graduation anniversaries for the classes of 1963 and 1973, respectively. NECC opened to its first students in 1961, and the class of 1963 is the first class to graduate from the college. Volunteer organizers include class of 1963 members Maurice Viscuso, Rosemarie (Webb) D’Agata and Bill Klueber, as well as Pat Kennedy of the Class of 1966 and former NECC faculty member and administrator Norman Landry. If you would like to help with reunion preparations or would like more information on the reunion, please contact Lindsey Mayo at 978-556-3621 or lmayo@necc.mass.edu.

:Domestic violence workshop planned: The YWCA of Haverhill will present a domestic violence workshop at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on June 28 at 10:30 a.m. This discussion will include safety and relationships as well as services provided by the YWCA. To reserve space contact Mary Connolly, RN, Community Health Coordinator, at 978-374-2390 ext 15.

:Church plans yard sale: The Calvary Baptist Church Women’s Ministry and Bible Study Group will hold a “This or That Sale” on June 29 from noon to 3 p.m. This sale will feature gently used women’s clothing and accessories along with beautiful ceramic pieces, all at reasonable prices. The sale will take place on the grounds of Calvary Baptist Church, 13 Ashland St., and also inside the church in the Fellowship Hall. For more information call 978-373-3372 or email lkl7250@verizon.net.

:Past Finders summer camp offered: The Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum, now in its 23nd season, begins July 9. Sessions run from 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 programs@haverhillhistory.org. 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 kpare@haverhillhistory.org or (978)-374-4626.

:Summer Enrichment program 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, 22 and 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.

:Council on Aging plans trips: A “Little Italy” trip to Providence, R.I., is July 11 and includes a sit-down luncheon at Cassarino’s, located in Little Italy’s Federal Hill. Dessert is at the LaSalle Bakery. A step-on tour guide will provide a historical look at Providence. Tickets are $72 per person. A bus and rail excursion to Portland, Maine, aboard Amtrak’s Downeaster train is July 13. Cost is $89 per person. A summer sail on the schooner Thomas E. Lannon and a visit to Gloucester and Rockport is July 31. Cost is $95 per person. An overnight trip to Tanglewood for a BSO concert with fireworks and the Berkshires is Aug. 6 and 7 and includes deluxe motor coach transportation, one night hotel at the Comfort Inn in Pittsfield, full course luncheon, BSO concert, and admissions to several museums. Cost is $299 per person, double occupancy. A trip to Baltimore to see the Boston Red Sox play the Orioles in Camden Yards is July 26 to 28 and includes a visit to Gettysburg National Park for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Included are 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. A Boston Harbor Cruise to Provincetown is Aug. 3. Cost is $94 per person. A trip to the Ogunquit Playhouse to see “West Side Story” is Sept. 15 and includes motorcoach transportation, free time in Perkins Cove, Maine, and matinee tickets. Cost is $93 per person. For more information about these and other trips, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.