:Big Brother/Big Sister collecting donations: The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation is in need of the public’s support through donations of lightly used clothing and small household items. The foundation will be collecting donations door-to-door in Haverhill and Groveland on Thursday, Jan. 10. To schedule a free curbside pickup, call 1-800-483-5503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your donations are tax deductible. The foundation also offers special pickups for electronics recycling and car donations. For more information visit the foundation online at bbbsfoundation.org or contact Maria Sullivan at 774-776-7228 or email@example.com. Donations help support children in the community.
:Haverhill PAL Soccer In-Town Soccer registration: Online registration for the spring 2013 In-Town soccer season is open until Jan. 31. The program is for boys and girls ages 4 to 12. For more information or details on how to register your child, visit www.haverhillpal.org and click the “Online Registration” tab or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
:School to hold indoor yard sale: The eighth grade class at Hunking Middle School will hold an indoor yard sale on Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is being held to raise funds for student field trips. Many families will have tables featuring various household goods. There will also be live music, raffles and a bake sale.
:Church to hold bean supper: St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will hold a bean supper on Jan. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. The meal includes hot dogs, rolls, two kinds of homemade beans, potato salads and other salads as well as homemade pies and cakes, coffee, tea and juice. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. The church is at 119 Washington St. More information is available by calling 978-373-1270.
:Haverhill Senior Baseball registration: Haverhill Senior Baseball will hold sign ups for players in the Haverhill area on Jan. 19, Feb. 9, and March 2, 9, and 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St. The league has divisions for players age 13 and 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.
:YMCA floor hockey leagues forming: The Haverhill YMCA is offering a variety of floor hockey programs this year. The Youth Floor Hockey League will run for 10 weeks and is open to children in grades one to 8. Teams are managed by volunteer coaches. The Pee Wee Floor Hockey League will run for eight weeks and is for children ages 3 to those in kindergarten. Teams are managed by volunteer coaches. A Women’s 30 and Over Floor Hockey League will run for eight weeks. Register with a team or individually. The season begins Feb. 19 and all games will be played on Sunday evenings. More information is available from Clint Clay at 978-374-0506 or email@example.com.
Haverhill Girls Softball registration: The Haverhill Girls Softball League will hold open registrations for girls age 5 to 16 on Jan. 19 and Feb. 2 and 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Elks Lodge on Summer Street. For more information, visit online at www.haverhillgirlssoftball.org.
Auditions for ‘Annie’ to be held: Auditions for the Spotlight Playhouse spring production of “Annie” will be held Jan. 13 and 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Spotlight rehearsal space, 24 Essex St., second floor. Callbacks (if needed) are Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Performances are April 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m., and April 28 at 3 p.m. Children and adults are encouraged to audition on either Jan. 13 or 14, and should prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show (but not a song from the show). Spotlight will provide a piano player, but those auditioning are asked to bring sheet music for their chosen song, and also be ready to show their ability to move. For more information visit online at spotlightplayhouse.org, call 978-380-8509 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library offers winter programs: The Langley-Adams Library in Groveland is offering a variety of programs this winter. Local author Andre Dubus will discuss his latest book “Townie: A Memoir” on Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a book signing and question-and-answer session. A community pie-making and tasting contest is Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. Pies will be judged by librarians, members of the Council on Aging and several well-known members of the community. Northern Essex Community College professor Kevin Comtois will present “From Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Evolution of American Music” Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Diana Cummings at 978-372-1732 or email@example.com.
Sacred Hearts to hold open house: Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold an open house Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Sacred Hearts offers a pre-kindergarten to grade eight program characterized by faith and values, caring community, proven academic excellence, curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts frameworks and Archdiocesan guidelines, extensive extra-curricular programs, before and after school programs and more. Visit online at sacredheartsbradford.org or to arrange for a tour call 978-372-5451 or 978-374-7161.
Winter party for seniors: Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning will hold a “Beat the Winter Blues’’ party on Jan. 17 at noon in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus. Lunch and entertainment by Larry Lee Lewis will lift spirits during the winter months. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Hill View offers enrollment information sessions: Hill View Montessori Charter Public School will hold Enrollment Information Sessions for prospective parents and caregivers Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. All sessions will be held at the school, located at 75 Foundation Ave. in the Ward Hill Business Park. A public lottery for available seats will be held Feb. 7 at 3:30 p.m. HVM is a public, tuition-free school that offers a public Montessori educational option to the Haverhill community. The school opened in 2004 and has 306 students in kindergarten to grade eight. Social and emotional development, as well as academic excellence, is emphasized in multi-age classrooms where teachers deliver instruction primarily in small groups. The school offers full-day kindergarten, an extended school day and childcare. For more information, or if you are in need of translation services, contact the school at 978-521-2616.
Sacred Hearts School alumni open house: Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold an almuni open house Jan. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria. Please RSVP to Agnes Hayes at 978-372-5451 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 20.
Free ESOL program offered: More than 15 non-native English speakers will have the opportunity to attend a free, 20-week program designed to teach them English as it is used in Northern Essex Community College’s health care certificate programs. The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Bridge to College and Health Careers Program will be offered at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence. The program will run Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon from Jan. 21 through July 15, with spring and summer breaks. The program is funded by the Massachusetts Literacy Foundation in partnership with Verizon. Intermediate English speakers with a high school diploma or G.E.D. are encouraged to apply. The 180-hour program will include pre-college level classes teaching English language skills through Introduction to Healthcare Occupations, Oral Communications, Medical Terminology, Computer Skills and College Success. This course is available on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible participants. More information is available from Amanda Kelly at 978-556-3259 or email@example.com.
Possible Dreams event Jan. 28: Team Haverhill invites all Haverhill residents to participate in “Possible Dreams 2013,” a community-wide discussion about Haverhill’s future. Possible Dreams 2013 will be held Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College. This year’s theme, “Eyes on the Stars, Feet on the Ground,” symbolizes Haverhill’s growing aspirations for cultural and economic vitality. The evening’s popular World Cafe format creates a welcoming environment and encourages lively discussion in small groups. There is no cost to participate. Coffee and sign-in is at 6:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is requested to ensure adequate seating. Register online at possibledreams.eventbrite.com. For more information send email to TeamHaverhill.PossibleDreams@gmail.com.
Annual Run to the Beach is March 17: 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. Be sure to wear your green. The race starts at the North Andover VFW, Route 125, and finishes at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury. This is a point-to-point course and runners must arrange for transportation. Post-run libations at the Circle provided by the WCRC and the AS. The records are 1:50 for male and 2:00 for female. For more information contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council on Aging offers Tai Chi class: The Council on Aging is offering weekly Tai Chi classes, which can help reduce stress and anxiety, as well as increase flexibility and balance. The class offers a self-paced system of gentle physical exercises and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. It is low impact and suitable for older adults. Class meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m. and the cost is $5 per one-hour session. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Council on Aging hosts Diabetes Support Group: A Diabetes Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 45 on the second floor of the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Karen DiPietro, RD, CDE of Home Health VNA leads the group. This group provides important information to assist seniors living with diabetes. Reservations are not required to attend this group. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Council on Aging plans new trip: The Council on Aging is planning a mid-winter trip to visit and tour the Boston Public Library. This historic treasure houses 8.9 million books and a wealth of rare books and manuscripts, maps, musical scores, and prints. Of significant importance is the Sargent Gallery, which includes spectacular murals painted by John Singer Sargent. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11.
Chunky’s offers free movie for senior citizens: Chunky’s Cinema is offering seniors free showings of “The Graduate” on Jan. 23 at noon. Any group size is welcome and reservations of eight people or more can be made in advance by calling 888-879-9001 or emailing email@example.com. More information is available from Council on Aging activities coordinator Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11.
Seminar on nutrition and health: Nutrition and Health, a medical Meet the Expert seminar with Steward Health Care physician William Ingram, MD, is Feb. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first floor auditorium. Attendees will understand the importance of nutrition in health, identify misconceptions in nutrition and health and learn what is myth and truth about herbal medicine. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. One contact hour is awarded for nursing. Merrimack Valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. For more information or to register contact Jean at 978-420-1168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council on Aging offers day trips: The Council on Aging is offering a trip to see a “Toast to Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe” April 16 at Venus de Milo in Swansea for $75 per person. The Don Who? Show will entertain April 26 at Wrights Farm Restaurant in Harrisville, R.I. Cost is $49 per person. A tour of Little Italy in Providence is May 15. Cost is $72 per person. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11.
NECC seeks submissions for Peace Poetry Contest: Students in kindergarten through grade 12, both from public and private schools, as well as adults affiliated with the schools, and Northern Essex Community College students, are invited to participate in NECC’s Fifth Annual Peace Poetry Contest and Reading. Participants may create and submit original poems on the subject of peace. The deadline for submission is March 15. About 80 poems and accompanying artwork will be selected for publication in a small book of poetry to be published later in the spring. In addition, selected entrants will be invited to take part in a poetry reading on May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on NECC’s Haverhill Campus. The contest is coordinated by NECC Professor of English Dr. Paul Saint-Amand, a Vietnam-era veteran who is committed to peace. NECC students are collaborating on the project. Submit entries to: email@example.com or NECC Peace Poetry Contest, 100 Elliott St., Spurk 317H, Haverhill, MA 01830-2399. For more information contact Saint-Amand at 978-556-3307, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at www.necc.mass.edu and search for “peace poetry contest.” This contest is sponsored by the NECC Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, the English Department, and the Service Learning Committee.