:Nominate Garden of the Month: The city’s Garden Club is seeking nominations for its Garden of the Month program. If you have a friend or neighbor who has an outstanding garden in your neighborhood that could be the Garden of the Month for June, call 978-521-0872.
Student car wash Friday: The Nettle Middle School Life Skills Program will hold its fifth annual faculty car wash on May 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the school’s rear parking lot. The school is at 150 Boardman St. About 20 students in the Life Skills Program will be washing cars and selling homemade snacks. There will also be raffles of gift baskets throughout the day. Car washes are $5 each. This event is being held to raise money for the purchase of pre-vocational curriculum and materials for the program. More information is available by contacting Kevin Beaudoin at 978-374-5792.
Craft fair seeking vendors: Vendors, artisans and local crafters are invited to participate in a craft fair to be held on June 8 at the Walmart in Plaistow. The event is rain or shine. Cost is $20 per vendor space, and all space rental fees will be donated to Children’s Hospital in Boston. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 603-556-3049.
Diabetes Self-Management Workshop offered: Home Health VNA will offer a six-week diabetes education workshop from June 11 to July 30. Sessions are from 11 a.m. to noon at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Karen DiPietro, a certified diabetes educator, will lead the workshop. The program will be provided for groups, but each person will receive an individual session. All sessions are covered by Medicare. Topics include healthy eating, being active, blood sugar monitoring, medications, problem solving, reducing complications and health coping with diabetes. To register or for more information, contact Mary Connolly, RN, at 979-374-2390, ext. 15.
Woodcarving class resumes: The city’s Council on Aging has resumed the 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 beginning in June, with both offering free admission opportunities. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 1 as well as 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 from June 1 through 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. “Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the arts and military communities,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Our work with Blue Star Families and with more than 1,800 museums ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.” Visit Whittier Birthplace online at www.johngreenleafwhittier.com.
:Youth Summer Basketball League forming: The Haverhill YMCA will hold a Youth Summer Basketball League for children entering grades one to eight. Teams will meet once a week on weekday evenings at the Haverhill YMCA throughout a six-week season that begins June 10. Register online at www.northshoreymca.org or at the front desk of the YMCA, 81 Winter St. For more information contact Clint Clay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police to host summer camp program: The Haverhill Police Department will be accepting applications for this year’s GREAT/DARE summer camp program beginning June 3. Applications will be available in the lobby of the police station at 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., and consists of scheduled recreational activities, guest speakers and field trips. Parents and guardians will be asked to fill out a permission slip, complete with medical information, and return it to the Haverhill Police Department no later than June 28. Lunch and snacks will be provided by the Haverhill public schools summer meal program, but parents or guardians must provide drinks for their children. There is no soda allowed during camp. Parents are asked to arrange for their children’s transportation and inform the camp of those arrangements so no one is left stranded at the conclusion of the day’s events. 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.
Community Action seeks new board members: Community Action Inc. has a vacancy on its Board of Directors for a volunteer community representative for low-income people residing in Groveland and Merrimac. Community Action is looking for nominees who have a sincere interest in the needs of low-income people. Candidates must live in Groveland or Merrimac, but they do not have to be low-income to be a community representative. The board seat is for a term of four years. The board meets the last Wednesday of each month to discuss policy issues and to participate in the planning for the agency. Board members also have an opportunity to serve on various committees. For more information or to request a candidate registration form, please call 978-373-1971. The deadline for submitting applications is May 31.
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 LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Recycling fundraiser for St. Joseph School: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish is holding a recycling fundraiser until June 1. Items can be dropped off for recycling at Recycling I.T., 105 S. Main St., Bradford. Hours are Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. About 80 percent of the fees collected will be donated to St. Joseph. Fees range from $2 for a standard green Haverhill recycling container filled with wires, cables, power cords or other loose electronics such as routers, transistor radios, telephones and power supplies and up to $45 for large tube television. There is no charge for laptop computers or cell phones. Information contained on computer hard drives will be destroyed at a secure facility. A certificate of destruction can be provided and the cost will determined by the number of drives. For a large quantity of items of about 12 or more, arrangements can be made to have them picked up. For more information about holding a recycling fundraiser for your organization, call 978-374-9677. Mega Recycle I.T. is owned and operated by Megahertz Computer Inc. of Bradford. For a complete list of items that are accepted for recycling, visit online at www.mhzcomputer.com/pages/16.
Library to host talk on beekeeping: The public library will host a free presentation on beekeeping with local beekeeper Bill Hamilton on May 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Hamilton will talk about how to get started in raising bees. The library is at 99 Main St. For more information, call Sarah Moser at 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or email email@example.com.
Scholarship fundraiser planned: A Bowl-a-Thon in memory of Zack Zalewski of Groveland will be May 31 at 6 p.m. at Leo’s Super Bowl, 84 Haverhill Road (Route 110) in Amesbury. Participants may form their own five-person team or simply register and be assigned to a team. The event will include a silent auction, raffle prizes, music, food and beverages. Tickets, $25 for adults and $5 for children, include two strings of bowling, shoes and pizza. All proceeds go to the Zack Zalewski Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 2012 in memory of Zack, who was killed in a car crash in Haverhill in February 2012. His parents, Ed and Cindy Zalewski, want to extend their son’s love of giving by offering two scholarships in his name: The first to a Pentucket Regional High School Senior who exemplifies Zack’s exuberance and charismatic spirit, and the second to a deserving Bagnall Elementary School student who wishes to attend the ski and snowboard program at Ski Bradford, where Zack taught snowboarding. Zack was a 2008 graduate of Pentucket Regional High School, where he was a member of the Sachems football team. He graduated from Northern Essex Community College with a degree in liberal arts. Only 22 at the time of his death, Zack touched many people during his short life. To participate in this fundraiser, contact Ed Zalewski at 978-204-4751 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cindy Zalewski at 978-314-5433 or email@example.com. You can also sign up on Facebook in memory of Zack Zalewski.
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. The event also includes 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.
Free workshop on downloading eBooks: The public library will host a free workshop on how to download library eBooks to your eReader using the OverDrive Media Console App on June 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This class is open to people with eReaders that have App capability. For patrons with other eReaders, the library is offering one-on-one instruction. Classes are limited to eight people and registration will open on May 20 at 9 a.m. For more information or to sign-up, please call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.
Talk on prostate cancer screening: PSA Testing Controversies, a medical Meet the Expert seminar with Urologic Surgeon Christopher P. Birdsall, MD will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave. Birdsall will discuss the Preventive Services Task Force PSA screening recommendations, the American Urologic Association PSA screening guidelines and appropriate PSA use in the screening and monitoring setting. Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. One contact hour in nursing awarded at the end of the presentation. For more information or to register contact Jean at 978-420-1168 or email@example.com.
Osteoporosis topic of senior lunch program: Osteoporosis – What You Should Know, a senior lunch presentation with Orthopedic surgeon Eugene Brady, MD, will be held on June 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium. The menu includes garden salad, roast pork loin with applesauce, mashed potatoes with gravy, whole green beans, tapioca pudding or apple pie, coffee and tea. The cost of $5 includes a full lunch and the presentation. Merrimack Valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. For more information or to register, please call 978-521-8140.
Learn about growing medicinal herbs: Herbalist Suzanne Wicks will present a program titled “Culinary Herbs with a Medicinal Twist” on Wednesday, June 5 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Learn the history of four herbs, how to grow and use them, and whether they have medicinal properties. Participants will plant an herb patio garden and receive recipes for using these four herbs. A door prize will be provided. There is a $10 fee for plants and materials. For more information or to sign up for this workshop ($2 refundable registration fee) please contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
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 a first-balcony Pops ticket. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Dolly ‘n’ Me Princess Tea planned: Winnekenni Castle will host its annual “Dolly ‘n’ Me Princess Tea’’ on June 9 at 1 p.m. This event is an opportunity for young girls to wear their frilly finest and have a special grown-up day. The event will feature fancy finger food and treats, tea from fancy pots and a visit with the Princess of Winnekenni Castle. A genuine American Girl Doll will be raffled. The event also includes photo opportunities and fun activities. Doll clothes and other favorite items will be available for sale. This event is recommended for children 3 and older. With advance online purchase, tickets are $20 per child and $25 per adult. If space is available, tickets at the door will be $25 per child and $30 per adult. Seating will be limited. To purchase tickets, visit www.winnekenni.com.
:Freedom Shrine rededication planned: The Breakfast Exchange Club of Greater Haverhill will rededicate its Freedom Shrine at the public library on June 11 at 9:30 a.m. The event is being held as a reminder to citizens that the freedoms we enjoy today are a gift from the past and must be continually guarded and protected. The event is also an opportunity to honor the men and women serving in U.S. Armed Forces. The Freedom Shrine, a project of the National Exchange Club, is a collection of photographic reproductions of original documents from American history. The display includes the Bill of Rights, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
Tribute to Women luncheon: The Haverhill YWCA will hold its 24th annual Tribute to Women luncheon on June 11 at DiBurro’s function hall. The social preview begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon program from noon to 2 p.m. Meteorologist Matt Noyes will be the honorary chairperson and keynote speaker. Tickets are $45 per person. Reservations are required by calling 978-374-6121 or visiting the YWCA at 107 Winter St.
Diabetes Self-Management Workshop: Home Health VNA will offer a six-week diabetes education workshop from June 11 to July 30. Sessions are from 11 a.m. to noon at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Karen DiPietro, a certified diabetes educator, will lead the workshops. The program will be provided in groups, but each person will receive an individual session. All sessions are covered by Medicare. Topics include healthful eating, being active, blood sugar monitoring, medications, problem solving, reducing complications and health coping with diabetes. To register or for more information, contact Mary Connolly, RN, at 979-374-2390, ext. 15.
College information for high school seniors: Northern Essex Community College will hold an admission information session designed specifically for high school seniors on June 11 at 6 p.m. at its Haverhill campus and on June 13 at 6 p.m. at its Lawrence campus. Representatives will be available to answer questions on financial aid, NECC programs, and more. The sessions will be held in the in the Behrakis One-Stop Student Services Center on the Haverhill campus at 100 Elliott St., and at the Lawrence campus at 45 Franklin St. Special registration days and walk-in advising hours for high school seniors will also be available at both locations, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 10 through June 21. For more information, please contact NECC enrollment services at 978-556-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Council on Aging trips offered: The Council on Aging is offering several new trips this summer. A bus and rail excursion to Portland aboard the 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. A Boston Harbor Cruise to Provincetown is planned for Aug. 3. Cost is $94 per person. An overnight trip to Tanglewood for a BSO concert with fireworks and the Berkshires is Aug. 6 and 7. The trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation, one night hotel at the Comfort Inn in Pittsfield, full course luncheon, BSO concert, and admissions to Chesterwood, Naumkeag and the Norman Rockwell Museum. Cost is $299 per person, double occupancy. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or (978)-374-4626.
: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.
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. Trip departs on July 26 and returns on July 28. A visit to Gettysburg National Park for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is included. 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.