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February 7, 2013

Community calendar


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :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. Completed applications are due by March 1. The selection of the scholarship winner will be decided by Goldman’s children and announced in April. Applications are also available online at www.communityactioninc.org. More information is available from Marge Hooper at 978-373-1971.

:Homeland Security topic of lecture: Christopher Martinez, assistant special agent in charge with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, will present a White Fund lecture titled “Homeland Security in 2013: An Overview,” Feb. 8 at 8:45 a.m. at Lawrence High School, 70-72 N. Parish Road, Lawrence. This event is being held in partnership with Northern Essex Community College and is free and open to the public. For more information call 978-738-7403 or visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.

:Celebrity impersonator show: A group of Haverhill High School students will impersonate a variety of celebrities when they perform Feb. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the auditorium on the second floor of the public library, 99 Main St. 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.

:Haverhill Senior Baseball registration: Haverhill Senior Baseball will hold signups for anyone in the Haverhill area 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.

:Lions Club to hold magic show: The Haverhill Lions Club will hold a Twisted Magic Show Feb. 10 at the Elks Hall, 24 Summer St., from 1:30 to 3 p.m. There will also be balloon twisting for children who attend. A donation of $5 per person is requested and tickets will be available at the door. More information is available by calling 978-372-8322. All proceeds benefit Lions Club charities. The Haverhill Lions Club raises money for eye research, scholarships, eye exams and eyeglasses for those who cannot afford them. The club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Maria’s Restaurant, 83-85 Essex St.

:Kindergarten information night planned: Haverhill’s public schools will hold a kindergarten information night for the Class of 2026 on Feb. 12 at Pentucket Lake Elementary School, 252 Concord St. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the session is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Your child must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 in order to be eligible for kindergarten in September. Free babysitting will be available for children accompanying their parents to this session. Informational packets will be given to everyone in attendance. More information is available by calling 978-420-1951 or the Office of Early Childhood Education at 978-374-3484.

:Valentine party on tap: The Council on Aging will hold a Valentine’s Day luncheon and dance Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Music is by A Goodtime DJ George Whitehouse. Lunch is by The Chicken Connection. Tickets are $6 per person. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

:Haverhill Girls Softball: The Haverhill Girls Softball League will hold open registrations Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Elks Lodge on Summer Street. This registration is for girls age 5 to 16. More information is available online at www.haverhillgirlssoftball.org.

:Folk music artists to perform: Folk music artists Barbara Kessler and Chelsea Berry will perform Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at the New Moon Coffeehouse, located in the Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St. Admission is $20 and $10 for age 18 and under. Tickets will be available at the door starting around 6:30 p.m.. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be reserved prior to the show by visiting www.newmooncoffeehouse.org or by calling 978-459-5134.

:Red Cross offers babysitting training: The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is offering babysitting training. The course will be held Feb. 18 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 will be held at the American Red Cross chapter office, 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.

:Men’s basketball league forming: The Haverhill YMCA is offering a men’s 30 and over basketball league starting Feb. 19. All games will be played on Tuesday nights at the YMCA, 81 Winter St. Registration is open for teams and individuals. Registration fees are $400 for a team and $65 for an individual. More information is available from Clint Clay at 978-374-0506, ext. 1618, or clayc@northshoreymca.org.

:Council on Aging plans new trips: The Council on Aging is planning a mid-winter trip to visit and tour the Boston Public Library Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. The library 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. Cost is $35 per person for transportation and tour. The Council on Aging will also visit The Museum of Fine Arts Art in Bloom exhibit April 29 at 10 a.m. Cost for museum members is $20 for transportation. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

:Annual auction announced: Bid on an African Safari, sporting events, restaurant gift certificates and more when Opportunity Works holds its 29th annual Lend-a-Hand Auction. The event is Feb. 23, from noon to 9 p.m. and will be televised live on local Comcast public access channels in the Greater Haverhill and Greater Newburyport communities, as well as streamed on the web through www.portmedia.org. A special preview and pre-bidding of all auction items will be open to the public Feb. 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nock Middle School in Newburyport. This year, for the first time, you can pre-bid on some of the auction items at www.biddingforgood.com/opportunityworks, prior to Preview Night and the televised auction. Online bidding is from Feb. 4 to Feb. 18. High bids from the online auction will be transferred to Preview Night and those high bids will be transferred to the live televised auction. You must watch the live auction to make sure you are the highest bidder on your favorite items. Starting Jan. 30, some of the items will be available to view on Bidding for Good before the bidding opens. For more information or to sign up for a Frequent Bidder Number for the live auction, contact Deborah Andrews at 978-462-6144, ext. 234 or deborah.andrews@opportunityworks.org. Opportunity Works supports 210 individuals from 19 communities in the Merrimack Valley through employment support, community-based day services, day habilitation and clinical and therapeutic services.

:NECC offers free Direct Care Worker Training: A free, 50-hour program to train personal and home care aides will be offered at Northern Essex Community College through its Workforce Development and Community Education program at the Riverwalk in Lawrence. Classes will be held Monday through Friday, Feb.25 through March 8, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students must attend all training days in order to successfully complete the program. This program is designed to teach students the skills that will support them in their role as a personal care attendant or homemaker. For more information or to register, contact Dianne Lahaye at 978-659-1222 or dlahaye@necc.mass.edu, or Diane Zold-Gross at 978-659-1221 or dzoldgross@necc.mass.edu.

:Seventh annual Kick Cancer celebration: This year’s “11 Free Kick Cancer Celebration” to benefit The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute will be held 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. 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, raffle prizes such as gift baskets and gift certificates. Grand prizes to be announced. More information is available by emailing ryankickcancer@yahoo.com.

: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.

:Pedal to end Cancer: A three-hour indoor cycling fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society is March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at Choice Fitness, 2 Water St. Participants can register for $25 in advance and participate for one, two or three hours as an individual or as part of the team. Fundraising is easy online using setup tools and connections on Facebook. More information is available by contacting Amy Beard at 508-298-8397 or amy.beard@cancer.org, by calling 1-800-227-2345 or by emailing nepedaltoendcancer@cancer.org. Visit online at www.pedaltoendcancer.org.

:Comedy night fundraiser for Hillie sports: The fifth annual Haverhill High School Comedy Night will be held March 8 at DiBurro’s function hall. Four top professional comedians will perform. The event will feature a long list of raffle items as well as silent and live auction items. All proceeds benefit the Haverhill High School Athletic Program. 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.

: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. Just like a flea market, customers are given tickets to pay for purchases, but everything is free. This event embraces the notion that there is enough of everything, we just need to get goods in the right place, at the right time and to the right people. The public is invited. 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. Please no televisions, computers or large pieces of furniture. 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 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 on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) at 10 a.m. For more information contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net.

Crafters sought: 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 Riverside Memorial missions fund. For more information, contact Renee Cannon at 617-455-2792 or email to 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 so interested people are encouraged to call early.

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 in March and April. The first class, Introduction to Grants Research is March 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. The second class, Introduction to Grant Writing for Beginners, is April 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. The third and final class, Introduction to Grant Writing II for Beginners is April 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost for 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.

Chamber WOW Conference is April 5: 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. Registration is being taken now. Cost for 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, gifts and more. Sponsorship packages are available and vendor inquiries are welcome. To register or for more information contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com. Visit online at www.haverhillchamber.com.

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.