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February 28, 2013

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The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :Seventh annual Kick Cancer celebration Feb. 28: This year’s “11 Free Kick Cancer Celebration” to benefit The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute is Feb. 28, from 6 p.m. to midnight at Archie’s Little River Ale House in Lafayette Square. For the past six years, along with family and friends, Tara Ryan and her son Senan of Haverhill have hosted a fundraiser to celebrate being cancer free. This year’s event is their seventh annual celebration and a very special one. Ryan just got her 11-year clean bill of health and she doesn’t have to return to Dana Farber. Grand prizes are a Killington ski weekend, dinner for eight at Keon’s, a weekend in Montreal, Bose Soundlink Air, and Spa Ni Joli Spa Package. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, balloon chances and many prizes including gift certificates and baskets from area businesses, and golf from area courses. Entertainment is by Matt Ryan and Chris Hawk as well as DJ Ivan. The support and generosity of the community contributed to six successful past events that raised a total of more than $140,000 for The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber. Michele Skafas and Shaina Bendzewicz, who are helping to plan this year’s celebration, will be running in the Boston Marathon under this Kick Cancer charity, with donations going to The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber. Tickets are $20 each at the door and include food, music and raffle prizes. Sponsors are Quinn’s Locksmith, Pentucket Bank and the Haverhill Firefighters Union. More information is available by emailing ryankickcancer@yahoo.com.

Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Run: The Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Run will be April 14 at 1 p.m. The run was postponed from Feb. 24 due to the weather. For updates to the Frozen Shamrock, visit www.runthewildrover.com.

Chair massages at the Citizens Center: The Council on Aging announced that chair massages will be available at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on the first Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon. Licensed massage therapist Susan Ploueffe offers senior citizen pricing of $5 per session. This service is provided on a walk-in basis.

Chamber to host Caribbean-themed event: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, with co-organizer Nunan Florist & Greenhouses, will host a “Caribbean Escape” event March 1. The tropical-themed event will run from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Nunan’s greenhouse, 269 Central St., Georgetown, and is being held in partnership with exclusive sponsor Georgetown Savings Bank. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for two and may be purchased by calling 978-373-5663 or by visiting www.HaverhillChamber.com.

:Scholarship offered: Community Action Inc. is offering a $1,000 Goldman Scholarship to an area resident who is enrolled in a full-time college or other post secondary program. College students from Haverhill, Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Groveland, Georgetown, Boxford, Rowley, Newbury, West Newbury and Merrimac are eligible. The scholarship is named for the late Gerald Goldman, former executive director of Community Action Inc. Applications are available at Community Action Inc., 145 Essex St., and are due by March 1. Selection of the winner will be decided by Goldman’s children and announced in April. Applications are available online at www.communityactioninc.org. More information is available from Marge Hooper at 978-373-1971.

:Indoor flea market is March 2: The Ladies Philoptochos Society Elpis will hold an indoor flea market on March 2 at the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 154 Winter St. Doors open at 9 a.m and close at 3 p.m. Items for sale 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 support various charities.

:Youth Baseball Clinic offered: Haverhill High School will host a Hillie Youth Baseball Clinic March 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at Trinity Stadium. In case of inclement weather, the clinic will be held at Haverhill High, 137 Monument St. The clinic is for children ages 5 to 13 and will be led by Haverhill High coaches and student athletes. Cost is $25, or $20 if you sign up by Feb. 20. Checks, payable to HHS Baseball Boosters, can be sent to Haverhill Baseball, 137 Monument St., Haverhill, MA 01832. For more information, contact Athletic Director Tom O’Brien at 978-374-5732 or tobrien@haverhill-ps.org.

Haverhill Senior Baseball registration: Haverhill Senior Baseball will hold signups for anyone in the Haverhill area March 2, 9 and 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St. The league has two divisions — one for players age 13 and the other for players ages 14 to 15. All home games will be played on a regulation 90-foot diamond on the JV Field behind Trinity Stadium. Applications are available online at haverhillseniorbaseball.com or by calling Larry O’Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807-5068.

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus to perform at UU Church: The Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill will host a performance by the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus March 2 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. The church is 15 Kenoza Ave. in Monument Square. The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Now in its 31st season, the choral group is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming and groundbreaking community outreach. Under the leadership of Music Director Reuben Reynolds III, the BGMC sings a wide spectrum of classical and popular music and builds bridges to all people by providing a positive, affirming image of the gay and lesbian community. The UU Church of Haverhill embraces diversity with a generosity of spirit and is committed to being inclusive and welcoming of all people in every aspect of the church’s life, from worship and rites of passage to education, music and social justice programs. Tickets are available for purchase every Sunday after worship during coffee hour and online at www.uuhaverhill.org.

Senior citizens lunch program: Nutrition and Health, a senior lunch presentation with Primary Care Physician William Ingram, MD, is March 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium. Ingram will talk about the importance of, and misconceptions about nutrition and health, as well as what is myth and truth in herbal medicine. Cost of $5 includes presentation and full lunch. Menu includes Irish soup, corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, coffee, tea and Irish dessert cake. Merrimack Valley Hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 978-521-8140.

Chronic pain workshop: The Council on Aging will host a six-week Chronic Pain Workshop on Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. beginning March 5. Anyone who has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, Crohn’s disease or other illnesses or conditions that include ongoing pain will benefit from this workshop. Start to live again as you learn to control your pain, deal with frustration, eat well, and start an exercise program. To register or for more information, call 978-552-4674. This workshop is sponsored by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, HomeCare Inc. and Hebrew Senior Life.

Poet to speak during White Fund Lecture: Mayda del Valle, acclaimed poet and spoken word artist, will present a White Fund Lecture titled “The Passion of Poetry and the Power of Artistic Expression” March 7 from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at Lawrence High School, 70-72 North Parish Road, Lawrence. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in partnership with Northern Essex Community College. The White Fund is collaborating with Northern Essex on this series. For more information, call 978-738-7403 or visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.

Comedy night fundraiser: The fifth annual Haverhill High School Comedy Night is March 8 at DiBurro’s function hall. Four professional comedians will perform. The event will feature a variety of raffle items, as well as silent and live auction items. All proceeds benefit Haverhill High School athletics. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the high school, 137 Monument St. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Athletic Director Tom O’Brien at 978-374-5732.

Art lessons offered: Local artist Sharon Silverman is partnering with the public library to teach young people ages 12 to 18 graffiti, word and book arts. The class is March 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Supplies will be provided. This program is in conjunction with the Tweens and Teens grant with funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Participants will qualify for discounted lessons at SilvermantArts Studio. More information is available from Sam Sednek at 978-373-1586, ext. 650. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Haverhill Train Show March 10: The Haverhill Train Show will be March 10 at Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St. Model and toy trains of different sizes will be operating on several displays. Dealers will have train related books, photos, models and toys. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Since 1983, the show has run every two years with proceeds supporting the Haverhill High School band. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 6. Band members, parents, both current and alumni who can help with the show are asked to contact John Muise at 978-373-0704.

Teen Tech Week at public library: The public library will host a celebration of digital literacy and technology March 11 to 15. People ages 12 to 18 are invited to take part in tech programs. An Old School Tech Museum in the Teen Zone is March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. Video games are in the Milhendler Room March 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Build Your own Art Bot robot in the Teen Zone is March 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. Search Engine Trivia Madness is March 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. More information is available from Sam Sednek at 978-373-1586, ext. 650. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

NECC College for Older Learners showcase event: Adults 50 and older are invited to attend Northern Essex Community College’s College of Older Learners (CoOL) seminar showcase on March 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 103B in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. This event is free and open to the public. CoOL is designed for people over 50 who are interested in attending educational seminars for the joy of learning. Seminar topics for the spring include Making Mandalas and Kaleidescopic Designs; Six More Countries in Six Weeks; Gardening with Perennials; Exploring Poetic Form; The Lives of the Impressionists; Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation; From the Small Screen to the Silver Screen; Aging as a Spiritual Journey; What’s Mine is Mine or You Earned It, You Keep It; Journal Writing for Beginners; Why is the Sky Blue?; and Exotic Destinations. All of the seminars meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on a designated weekday for six consecutive weeks, unless otherwise noted, in a Haverhill campus building. The cost is $25 for each seminar. For more information send email to coolnecc@gmail.com or call 978-556-3110 and leave a message. You can also contact Ruth Young at ruth.young01@verizon.net.

League of Women Voters to show free movie: In honor of National Women’s Month, the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill will present a free showing of “Norma Rae,” the story of a southern woman mill worker who fought for union and equal rights for women. The presentation will be March 14 in Room 45 of the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Discussion and refreshments will follow. More information is available by calling 978-702-4502.

Fundraiser to feature top Boston comics: Comedy for a Cause, Community Action Inc.’s annual fundraising event, is March 15 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. This comedy triple-header features Boston favorites Graig Murphy, Carolyn Plummer and Jim Lauletta, along with a live auction, raffles and mystery balloons. The show will be hosted by Michael Smith, a New Hampshire teacher, writer and comedian. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and include light appetizers and a cash bar. For more information or to purchase tickets call 978-373-1971.

St. Joseph School holds auction/comedy night: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold its annual auction and comedy night March 16 at DiBurro’s function hall. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature a comedy show, food and cocktails, raffles and auction items. Tickets are $35 per person. More information is available online at www.sjshav.com.

Free Market event planned: The Vine, in partnership with Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of Haverhill, will hold its annual Free Market March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd UMC, 471 Main St. The public is invited. Just like a flea market, customers are given tickets to pay for purchases, but everything is free. A free bread and soup lunch will be served at Good Shepherd UMC, 471 Main St. The two organizations are looking for donations of household goods and clothing to make available for free to the Haverhill community. No televisions, computers or large pieces of furniture are allowed. Donated items can be dropped off at the church March 14 from 5 to 7 p.m., March 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. and March 16 from 8 to 10 a.m. More information is available from Keith Boucher at 603-203-4917 or zoomblaster@yahoo.com.

Annual Run to the Beach: The Andover Striders, in association with the Winner’s Circle Running Club, will present their annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” run March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net.

March conference to focus on economic growth: Northern Essex Community College, with the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and the Haverhill Horizons Hardware Challenge, will host the Open Innovation Conference 2013 March 20 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on NECC’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. This conference is designed to unite Merrimack Valley partners, including entrepreneurs and startups, students and universities, government leaders, investors, and established companies. Business, community, and educational leaders are encouraged to attend the conference, which will initiate the development of an open innovation cluster in the Merrimack Valley. The program will include panel discussions on business practices and tools needed for open innovation as well as two-minute overviews from each of the six finalists in the Haverhill Hardware Horizons Challenge on their innovative products. More information is available from John Michitson at michitson@mitre.org.

Church to hold craft fair: Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., will hold its fourth annual Spring Fling Craft Fair March 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event organizers are seeking crafters to participate in this event. The fee is $30 for a 3-by-6-foot table with chairs. All proceeds support the Riverside Memorial missions fund. For more information, contact Renee Cannon at 617-455-2792 or email ms.renee1969@yahoo.com. Applications can be submitted online at http://thebusychickadees.com. Space is limited and the church ran out of tables last year.

Cabaret dinner theater on tap: Spotlight Playhouse will present “Broadway on Essex,” a Cabaret Dinner Theater, March 23 at 6:15 p.m. at the Galleria at Maria’s Restaurant, 83-85 Essex St. The show features a cast from theater houses across the state singing Broadway favorites both old and new, including pieces from “Oklahoma,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago,” “Wicked” and “Cabaret.’’ Tickets, $35 each, include dinner, coffee, tea and a homemade dessert buffet during intermission. Tickets are available by calling 978-380-8508, by emailing tickets@spotlightplayhouse.org, or online at eventbrite.com by searching for “Broadway on Essex.” More information is available at www.spotlightplayhouse.org.

Grant writing workshops offered: A series of three grant writing workshops will be held at Northern Essex Community College’s Riverwalk campus at 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Entry K, in Lawrence. Introduction to Grants Research is March 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. Introduction to Grant Writing for Beginners is April 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Introduction to Grant Writing II for Beginners is April 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost of each workshop is $30. NECC’s Grant Resource Center and its workshops are supported in part by funding from The United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley and Associated Grant Makers, and in collaboration with Jericho Road Lawrence. More information is available from Dawna Perez at 978-738-7605 or dperez@necc.mass.edu.

Celebrity impersonator show: A group of Haverhill High School students will impersonate a variety of celebrities March 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the public library auditorium, 99 Main St. This event was postponed from Feb. 9 due to snow. The show is free and open to all Haverhill residents over the age of 12. Enjoy an array of “star” performances in a two-hour show featuring students impersonating celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston and Brittany Spears. More information is available from Sam Sednek at 978-373-1586, ext. 650. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Chamber WOW Conference: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 17th annual Winning Opportunities for Women (WOW) Conference April 5. This day-long event will be held at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury. Cost of the conference is $69 by March 1. After that date, the cost is $89 for chamber members and $99 for non-members. The event includes breakfast, lunch, speakers, interactive sessions and more. To register or for more information contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com. Visit www.haverhillchamber.com.

Road race/walk on tap: Sacred Hearts School will hold its first Hawk Road Race/Walk April 6. The 1-mile walk/run is at 9:30 a.m. The 5K walk/run is at 10 a.m. For more information contact Agnes Hayes 978-372-5451 or visit online at www.sacredheartsbradford.org.

Essex National Heritage Commission to meet in Haverhill: The Essex National Heritage Commission will hold its annual meeting and networking event April 10 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Winnekenni Castle. The public is welcome to attend this free networking opportunity that will further connect people with the work of Essex Heritage and that of its partners. Essex Heritage’s semi-annual meetings provide a unique opportunity for Essex Heritage trustees, commissioners, members, supporters and partners to network with the public on a wide range of ongoing initiatives in the Essex National Heritage Area. For more information and to register call 978-740-0444 or visit www.EssexHeritage.org.

:Library to host Fairy Tale Ball: On April 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the public library will open its doors to fairy princesses, knights in shining armor and dragons. Join your friends for a fun family evening of music, magic and mayhem, with costumes strongly encouraged. This is an all-ages event. More information is available from Sam Sednek at 978-373-1586, ext. 650.

Council on Aging plans BSO rehearsal trip: The Council on Aging will host a trip to Symphony Hall on May 2 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s morning rehearsal performance. A bus will depart at 9 a.m and return about 2 p.m. The rehearsal program will be conducted by Bernard Haitink and includes works by Brahms and Shubert. Cost is $35 and seating is limited. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.