:Merrimack Valley Planning Commission to hold public forum: The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will hold a special Public Forum on Thursday (Jan. 17) at 7 p.m. at 160 Main St., in conjunction with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The purpose of the forum is to allow EOHED to present a draft of the region’s section of the Statewide Development Plan called “Planning Ahead for Growth.” The forum will allow EOHED the opportunity to explain the process and methodology of choosing “priority development areas” and “priority preservation areas” in the MVPC region and how these areas align with MVPC’s Regional Priority Growth Strategy completed in 2009. The public is invited to attend and comment on the proposed plan. For more information contact Mike Parquette at 978-374-0519, ext. 27 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library closed for Martin Luther King Day: The public library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, for the Martin Luther King holiday. The library will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586. Visit the library online at www.haverhillpl.org.
Essex Heritage announces Partnership Grant Program: The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) is offering matching grants to Essex County organizations through its 2013 Partnership Grant Program. Recognizing the importance of providing seed money during financially challenging times, Essex Heritage will award $1,500 grants to 10 organizations that steward the region’s nationally significant heritage. Online applications are being accepted from municipalities and qualified nonprofit organizations whose projects support Essex Heritage’s mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. Applicants have until Feb. 17 to apply in one of three categories: Heritage Education, Heritage Interpretation and Heritage Preservation. “Essex Heritage is pleased to once again offer grants to local organizations that foster collaboration in our region and help us promote the region’s unique resources,” said Annie C. Harris, Essex Heritage executive director. “Over the 15-year life of the program we have provided grants to every community in Essex County – something we are proud of. And, now, more than ever, we recognize that many organizations need seed money for noteworthy projects that preserve and promote our cultural heritage.” More information is available online at www.essexheritage.org/partnershipgrants.
Winter party for seniors: Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning will hold a “Beat the Winter Blues Party on Thursday, 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.
Haverhill Senior Baseball sign ups: Haverhill Senior Baseball will hold sign ups for anyone 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.
Donate to Skate event: The Ice Skating Academy will hold a “Donate To Skate” event on Monday, Jan. 21, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Skating Rink, located behind Haverhill High School. This event will be a free skate for the public and is being held in recognition of National Ice Skating Month, which is observed across the nation during the month of January. The Ice Skating Academy will also be honoring Martin Luther King Jr. that day. The theme for this event is Making Dreams Come True. Admission is a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item to be donated to Somebody Cares New England. This two hour session for a free community skate will include free ice rentals provided by the city, courtesy of Vincent Ouelette, recreation director, a disc jockey and free snacks donated by The Ice Skating Academy as well as free instruction by ISA professionals, directed by Jill Pignatiello. The Ice Skating Academy is a sanctioned U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills & Hockey Skills Program that teaches all disciplines of ice skating starting at age 3 through adults of all ages. More information is available at www.theiceskatingacademy.us.
Chunky’s offers free movie for seniors: 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 Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11.
Library offers workshop in origami: The Langley-Adams Library invites teens in grades 6 to 12 to learn origami, the art of paper folding, with local author and origami artist Michael LaFosse, Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the meeting room. More information is available by calling 978-372-1732 or by visting online at www.langleyadamslib.org.
School to hold Open House: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold an open house Jan. 27. Breakfast is at 10:30 a.m. and the open house is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The school offers students from nursery to grade 8 challenging academics in a supportive, caring environment, a new technology center, diverse activities for all interests, before and after school care and much. More information is available by calling 978-521-4256 or online at www.sjshav.com.
School to hold Open House: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold an open house Jan. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The school offers students from nursery to grade 8 challenging academics in a supportive, caring environment, a new technology center, diverse activities for all interests, before and after school care and much. More information is available by calling 978-521-4256 or online at www.sjshav.com.
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.
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 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 email@example.com.
Babysitting training offered: The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is offering babysitting training. The course will be held Feb. 18, President’s Day, and will cover leadership training, how to set pricing, understanding and caring for kids, safety skills, first aid and more. The Red Cross will also provide resources such as resume and business card templates, a “How to Ace an Interview” guide, a self-assessment tool and a safety inspection list. The class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is available at the American Red Cross chapter office at 177 Ward Hill Ave. To register call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcross.org/babysitting. The cost of $85 includes all training materials.
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, RI Cost is $49 per person. A tour of Little Italy in Providence, RI, is May 15. Cost is $72 per person. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11.