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November 15, 2012

Community calendar

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :Haverhill High School’s Hockey Boosters are holding their third annual pink flamingo fundraiser through Nov. 21. Flamingos might appear anywhere on front lawns. Residents are asked not to harm the birds, which will roost for 24 hours. If you would like to specify the next person’s (or victim’s) lawn, follow instructions attached to the bird. You can purchase a single flamingo for $10 or a flock of flamingos to send to anyone within the city. If you purchase a flock of three or more you will be entered into a drawing to win $100, For more info, write HHSHockeyBooster35@hotmail.com or MMalone35@hotmail.com.

Bradford Grange events:The Bradford Grange is hosting free public events including All-Natural Holiday Decorating on Nov. 15 and a Holiday Potluck Party on Dec. 20. For more information email bradfordgrange@verizon.net or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BradfordGrange. Meetings for the Grange are held the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30p.m. at Veasey Memorial Park in Groveland unless otherwise noted. Meeting dates, times, and locations may change! Email us at bradfordgrange@verizon.net to confirm meeting information.

Psychic Readings: Winnekenni Castle will host an evening of psychic readings on Thursday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. This is the castle’s final evening of Psychic Readings until next spring. Readers will be on hand inside the castle for private appointments. The castle’s regular readers, Judith-Anne and Valeria will be joined this month by Turkish Coffee Cup reader Christina Papadopolous, along with psychic/medium Terry Collins, who reads in Salem, Mass., and specializes in card readings using the Haindl deck. Cost is $20 per 15-minute reading. Appointments are booked at the door only and multiple appointments may be purchased to create longer blocks of time with the readers. Doors open at approximately 5:55 p.m. Guests are permitted to purchase later hour appointments, leave the castle and then return in time for their session. Socializing before and after appointments in the castle’s main hall is welcomed, Refreshments will be available. For more information visit winnekenni.com. Winnekenni Castle is located on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave. in Haverhill. For more information send email to winnekenni@yahoo.com, call 978-521-1686 or visit online at winnekenni.com.

Spaghetti Supper: A Harvest Spaghetti Supper in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program is Nov. 16 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Amvets Post 147, 576 Primrose St. The menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, Italian bread, salad, cash bar and dessert. DJ, 50/50, and raffles. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Sponsored by Merrimack Valley Hospital’s Employee Activities Committee, which supports employee events and local charities. For tickets contact Ralph, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 978-521-8184, or Jude, Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at 978-374-2000.

Author visiting NECC: Author Mary Johnson will discuss her memoir “An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life” on Friday, Nov. 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. Sponsored by The NECC Women’s Book Group, this event will take place in the Library ArtSpace. Johnson’s memoir is a beautifully crafted memoir of one woman’s experience in Mother Teresa’s order, the Missionaries of Charity. At age 19, Johnson joined the Missionaries of Charity, also known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She spent 15 of her 20 years as a sister stationed in Rome, where she lived and worked with Mother Teresa. After leaving the sisters in 1997, she completed a bachelor’s in English at Lamar University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Goddard College. Johnson currently serves as A Room of Her Own Foundation’s (AROHO’s) Creative Director of Retreats. Books will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served. More information is available from Ann Grandmaison at agrandmaison@necc.mass.edu or Maggie Lucey at mlucey@necc.mass.edu.

Interior Design Workshop: Historic New England, in association with the New England Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers will present a workshop titled “Walls and Windows: Reproduction Products for the Historic Home” Nov. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 151 Essex St., Haverhill. Historic New England curatorial staff and others will discuss the history and development of period wallpapers and textiles, and help attendees understand which are suitable for the period home, where to locate good quality reproductions, and how to use them effectively to enhance the appearance and design of a historic home. Associate Curator Laura Johnson and Nancy Barnard of H-K Designs will present Revivals and Reproduction Textiles in American Interiors. Beauport Site Manager Pilar Garro will present Hanging Fashion: Two Hundred Years of Historic Wallpaper at Historic New England. Senior Preservation Services Manager Sally Zimmerman will present Sourcing Reproduction Wallpapers for Houses from 1750 to 1950. Source materials from Historic New England’s extensive collections of historic wallpapers and fabrics will be on display. A meet and greet with light refreshments is in the Lecture Room, where you can meet representatives from Brunschwig & Fils and J. R. Burrows & Company. Licensed products from Waterhouse Wallhangings will be on display. Admission is $35, with discounts for Historic New England members. Registration is required by calling 617-994-6644 or online at HistoricNewEngland.org by clicking on “Events and Programs,” “Events Calendar” then scrolling down to Nov. 16. This program is also offered through the New England Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. ASID members may obtain Continuing Education Credits for this course through IDCEC. Parking is available across the street on the opposite side of the MBTA commuter rail tracks, in a lot owned by Historic New England, a nonprofit historic preservation organization. Parking is also available at the MVRTA parking garage on nearby Granite Street.

Live Fashion Show: Creative Haverhill will host a live fashion show featuring 50 local models who will strut the runway in clothing designs from Reach Fashion on Wingate Street and Sophia Barone Jewelry Designs. The event is Nov. 16 and begins at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-show party. The runway begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $15 in advance, are available at Reach Fashion, 61 Wingate St., and also at Creative Haverhill’s “pop-up” shop, The Shops@90Wash (90 Washington St.). Proceeds benefit Creative Haverhill.

Electronics Recycling Day: A huge indoor yard sale and Electronics Recycle Day is Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Nettle Middle School, 150 Boardman St. The yard sale will be held in the cafeteria. Allied Computer Brokers will accept unwanted electronics for recycling for a small fee, with most items ranging between $1 and $10.

Music Fundraiser: The Essex Chamber Music Players, in residence at Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill Campus, will continue its 12th concert season with a fundraiser featuring the Essex Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, November 18, at the Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students.

The event will feature music originals and American popular standards with ECMP’s Artistic Director and flutist Michael Finegold, internationally renowned classical composer and jazz pianist Tom McKinley, Boston’s top bassist Bruce Gertz, and well -known jazz drummer Joe Hunt. For additional information contact Mike Finegold at ecmp314@comcast.net or call 978-470-1584.

Les Sampou Concert: Singer songwriter Les Sampou performs at the New Moon Coffeehouse Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Oen Kennedy opens the show. The coffeehouse is located in the Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St. Admission to the show is $20, and $10 for those ages 18 and under. Tickets are available at the door starting at about 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be reserved prior to the show by visiting newmooncoffeehouse.org, or by calling 978-459-5134.

Cookie Jar Bazaar: The Good Shepherd United Methodist Church at 471 Main St. will hold a Cookie Jar Bazaar on Saturday, November 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual fair features the popular Cookie Walk, home-baked goods, crafts and gift ideas. Luncheon will be available beginning at 11 a.m.

Landlords Guild Meeting: The Haverhill Landlords Guild meets Nov. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, Victor Emanuel Lodge, 124 Washington St.

Guest speaker is Real Estate Attorney Michael McCarthy of Newburyport. All landlords, property managers or those who would like to own income-producing property are invited to attend. You do not have to be a member of the guild to attend. More information is available from Michael Schroth at 978-372-0023 or Dean Huston at 508-641-5410.

Senior Knitting and Craft Fair: The Council on Aging will host a senior knitting and craft fair Nov. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. This fair will provide the perfect opportunity for knitters and crafters to sell their items and for holiday shoppers to purchase beautiful hand-made items. Seniors who are interested in selling their items or for more information contact Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.

Elmo Visiting the Library: The public library will host a visit from Elmo Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. Children will participate in a story time, and can act out books with their favorite Sesame Street character. All participants will have an opportunity to meet Elmo, so bring a camera. Children will receive a free goodie bag filled with a new book and other materials. This program is sponsored by the state’s UFund College Savings plan and MEFA (Massachusetts nonprofit authority helping offer affordable higher education solutions). More information is available from Sherri Galego at 617-680-5496.

Ruth’s House Raffle: Ruth’s House, a nonprofit thrift store and clothing pantry located at 111 Lafayette Square, will hold a Christmas Raffle and Penny Auction Fundraiser on Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookridge Community Church, 232 Main St. Tickets are available at Ruth’s House in advance at $10 for 25 tickets, or $15 for 25 at the event.Ruth’s House is also asking that you consider making a donation from your business or organization in either the form of money or a prize to be auctioned off to help make this event a success. Proceeds will enable Ruth’s House to continue its ministry. Ruth’s House has a unique referral program, named “Hands Across The Valley,” that enables it to give each referred client four free complete outfits, new undergarments and socks. Each client is given weather-appropriate clothing four times a year. So far this year Ruth’s House has clothed over 5,000 clients. More information is available by calling 978-521-5575 and asking for Ida or Diane.

Free Medical Seminar: Breast Care in the Elderly, a Medical Meet the Expert seminar with General Surgeon Kathryn Hughes, MD, is Dec. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first floor auditorium. Hughes will discuss breast cancer risk in elderly women, breast cancer screening strategies for elderly women, and the latest treatment and management of breast cancer in elderly women. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. One free contact hour in nursing awarded at the end of the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Merrimack valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. in Haverhill. For more information or to register please contact Jean at 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org. This program meets the criteria for continuing education in nursing in Massachusetts pursuant to 244 CMR 5.04, The Board of Registration in Nursing Rule and Regulations.

Choir performance: The Interfaith Choir offers its gift of music – Rejoice and Be Merry – in two free holiday performances this year. The first performance is Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Congregational Church, 61 Main St., Hampstead, N.H. The second performance is Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. at Londonderry United Methodist Church, 258 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, N.H. Celebrating its 47th year, the choir is composed of members from more than 20 local churches who are brought together by their common love of music and a desire to spread the Christmas message through instrument and voice. Director is Cindy Ladew, and accompanist is Ginny Legare. A freewill offering will be taken and refreshments and fellowship will follow. More information is available from Beth at 603)-432-4786.

Nutcracker Performances: New England Civic Ballet’s beloved annual performances of the holiday classic, Tchaikovsky’s THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, will be performed at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College, North Andover . The magic begins on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 PM , Saturday, Dec. 8th at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM , and Sunday, Dec. 9th at 2:00 PM . Tickets may be purchased online at www.newenglandcivicballet.org or by calling the studio at 978-975-0289. Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $22 for children age 12 and under, and seniors age 55 and older. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more attending the same performance. For more information regarding the ballet, performances, and other information, contact the director, Mrs. Phyllis George, at the New England Civic Ballet studios, 978-975-0289.

Clothing Drive: The New Moon Coffeehouse is participating in the UMass Boston’s Golden Key society’s “Share the Warmth” clothing drive. During each winter concert (November to February) the New Moon will collect winter outerwear, including coats, hats, mittens, sweaters and boots. The items are then donated to various nonprofit organizations in the Greater Boston area that serve the homeless and those in need. Last year, the New Moon participated in the program along with more than a dozen other area coffeehouses. Together, the venues collected over 2,400 pounds of clothing that was shared with five nonprofit organizations. Help keep those in need warm this winter. Grab your unwanted coats and jackets, bring them to the concert and we’ll make sure they keep someone warm this winter.