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March 21, 2013

Community calendar

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :Chair massages at 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.

Library offers Native American craft workshop: The Langley-Adams Library in Groveland will host a workshop on Native American zipper pull crafts for students in grades six to 12 on March 22 at 3:30 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. More information is available from Susie Lord, youth services librarian at 978-372-1732.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Pentucket Kiwanis will hold a free pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny March 23 at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St. The breakfast is from 8 a.m. to noon. Reservations are not required. The event will also include pictures with the Easter Bunny and goodies for the kids. Cash donations will be accepted to help local community organizations in the Haverhill area.

Students to present musical comedy: Students at Haverhill High School will present the Tony Award winning musical comedy, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” March 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Performances are in the Haverhill High auditorium, 137 Monument St. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door.

Cabaret dinner theater: 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, 81 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.

Church to hold meditation service: The community is invited to attend a Taize meditation service at Groveland Congregational Church March 24 (Palm Sunday) at 7:30 p.m. The service, to be held in the candlelit sanctuary, will last about a half-hour and will consist of scripture, prayers, songs, petitions and an extended period of silent prayer. All are welcome. The church is at 4 King St., Groveland. For more information call 978-372-3463.

Hampstead choir to perform in Haverhill: The St. Anne, Hampstead, N.H., cantata choir will hold its annual Palm Sunday performance March 24 at 3 p.m. at Sacred Hearts Church in Bradford. The 60-voice and 20-piece orchestra will perform “Arise, My Love.” The ecumenical group, under the direction of Cynthia Verrill, has been performing for more than 12 years to standing-room only crowds in Hampstead. Members of the group come from 18 area churches. Sacred Hearts Church is at 165 S. Main St., Bradford. The church is handicap accessible. This event is open to the public and admission is free. For information call (603) 329-5886.

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.

First-time home buyer workshop begins March 28: Community Action Inc. is offering a first-time home buyer education workshop for area residents beginning March 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Presidential Gardens Community Room, 140 Evergreen Drive, Bradford. Participants will receive comprehensive information offered by housing professionals including bank lenders, buyer/seller real estate brokers, housing attorneys, insurance agents home inspectors and credit counselors. A state approved certificate is awarded after completion of the three-night course. Classes are March 28 and April 2 and 4. The cost is $60 per household. There are no income requirements to take this training. For more information, contact Richard Lynch at 978-373-1971 or Susan Collins Hanley at 978-317-8998.

Book Chat session: The public library will host a Book Chat session March 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. This is an informal reader’s advisory group where participants can hear the latest fiction and non-fiction reviews and share what they are reading. Subscribe to the monthly Book Chat e-Newsletter at www.haverhillpl.org. More information is available from Jaclyn Payne at 978-373-1586, ext. 608.

Republican City Committee to meet: The public is invited to a meeting of the Haverhill Republican City Committee March 28 at 7 p.m. in the public library’s Johnson Auditorium. Committee Chairman William Ryan said state Rep. Lenny Mirra, R-West Newbury, as well as Tim Imholt, R-Andover, a 2014 Republican Congressional candidate have been invited to speak. The committee will discuss having a fundraiser/straw poll before the April Republican primary. Field personnel for the three Republican candidates will be looking for volunteers. More information is available by calling Ryan at 978-521-1130.

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 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.

Free Easter community meal: Somebody Cares New England will host a free Easter meal for the community on March 31 at 12:30 p.m. This event will include a puppet show, face painting and Easter goodie bags for children and will be held at 358 Washington St. More information is available by calling 978-912-7626.

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 $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 announced: 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.

Pottery studio fundraiser: From April 5 to 7, You’re Fired, a pottery and mosaics studio in Salem, N.H., will donate their sitting fee of $8 per adult and $6 per child to St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish in Haverhill. Please let them know you are there for this school fundraiser. Bring friends, family, neighbors and anyone else who is looking to spend a few hours tapping into their inner artist. You’re Fired is located at 264 N. Broadway, Salem, behind the Colosseum Restaurant. For more information visit www.yourefirednh.com or call 603-894-5456.

Legacy of Leading event: The agencies of Home Health Foundation will honor state Rep. Brian Dempsey and Rosanne DiStefano, executive director of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, at the annual Legacy of Leading event April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Andover Country Club. The event includes dinner and jazz entertainment by The George Farrell Group. This event pays tribute to those in the community who show great support of the health and well-being of the Greater Merrimack Valley communities, as well as a commitment to the mission of the agencies of Home Health Foundation. Tickets are a $125 donation per person, with proceeds going to the Home Health Foundation. For tickets, more information and sponsorship opportunities contact Lauren Galimi at 978-552-4927. Space is limited, so please reserve your tickets by March 27. Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare Inc. are not-for-profit agencies of Home Health Foundation. Visit online at www.homehealthfoundation.org.

Youth event to feature former Harlem Globetrotter: Somebody Cares New England will host a free youth event for the community on April 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will include carnival games, lunch, music, a basketball toss competition and raffles, as well as special guest, former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams. This event will be held at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. More information is available by calling 978-912-7626.

Scottish worship service: Clan MacKenzie of the Northeast invites the public to The Kirkin of The Tartan Service and Celebration on April 7 at 10 a.m. at Saint James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury. There will be several Scottish Clans in attendance to have their Tartan Clan Flags blessed. You do not need to be Scottish to attend or enjoy the service. There will also be a meet-and-greet with the clans in the church hall after the service. For more information, call 978-702-4402 or email mackenzie2tobyne@yahoo.com.

Free workshop on chronic pain: Chronic Pain, a free six-week workshop, will be held at Merrimack Valley Hospital on Tuesdays from April 9 to May 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave. Participants will learn to control pain, deal with depression, frustration, isolation and poor sleep patterns, how to eat well, begin an exercise program, handle stress, relax, and increase energy levels. Workshops are run by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. For more information or to register call Sheila Hewitt at 978-946-1260.

Essex National Heritage Commission to meet: 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 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 or to register, call 978-740-0444 or visit www.EssexHeritage.org.

School plans spaghetti supper: A spaghetti dinner to support the TEACH program will be held April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. James School, 415 Primrose St. This event was postponed from March 7 due to the weather. The dinner will include dessert and coffee. Tickets, $5 each, are available at the school and at the door. The TEACH program (Therapeutic Educational Assessment Center of Haverhill) serves students with significant cognitive challenges. More information is available by calling 978-374-3482 or 978-374-7486.

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.

Vietnam Veterans Day Remembrance: The Veterans Northeast Outreach Center will hold its annual Vietnam Veterans Day Remembrance ceremony on April 13 at 10 a.m. at the George R. Harris Vietnam Veterans Hall, 10 Reed St. All members of the community are invited to attend. Please note this annual celebration has been held in March in past years. More information is available from Shelli Martinson at 978-521-9668 or vetadmin@northeastveterans.org.

Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Run: The Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Run will be held 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.

Little Orphan Annie performances on tap: Spotlight Playhouse will present “Little Orphan Annie” in the Haverhill High School auditorium, April 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 3 p.m. Annie, played by Katie Lowell, 11, of Groveland is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, played by Rina Cerrulli of Melrose. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks, played by Kevin Wilson of North Andover. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff, including Grace Farrell, played by Meghan Dalton of Beverly, and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. The show is directed by Darell Keene of Haverhill. Tickets are $20 and $18 for senior citizens. To purchase tickets call 978-380-8509 or email tickets@spotlightplayhouse.org. Haverhill High School is at 137 Monument St. Visit online at www.spotlightplayhouse.org.

Republicans to hold breakfast/straw poll: The Haverhill Republican City Committee will hold a breakfast and straw poll on April 20 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St. The nonbinding poll, which will cost each voter $10 per ballot, is intended to generate excitement for the upcoming campaign for the Republican U.S. Senate race. All Republican candidates and their teams are invited. Ballots will be counted in public at 11:01 a.m.

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.

Blue Mass to honor public safety personnel: A Blue Mass honoring all public safety personnel in Greater Haverhill is May 5 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Parish. A banquet will follow in the church hall. Awards and prizes will be offered in recognition of service. Family and friends are invited. This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 202 in Haverhill. Please respond by April 5 to Deacon Tom Anthony at 978-973-0437 or razorsedge1970@aol.com.

KidsFEST set for May 5: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will present KidsFEST on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Haverhill. This year’s theme is the Wizard of Oz and the event is being held in partnership with Merrimack Valley Hospital and Trinity EMS. The upper deck of the Merrimack Street parking garage will be transformed into the Emerald City, complete with a field of poppies, a hot air balloon, a yellow brick road and many more “hidden surprises.” A Wizard of Oz Munchkin Parade will replace the Doll Parade. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Wizard of Oz character, and to bring a doll or teddy bear along to celebrate. The first-place winner of the Munchkin Parade will receive a $75 gift certificate to Build-a-Bear, and all children will receive a ribbon for their participation. The KidsFEST Committee is accepting additional vendor applications for retail, restaurant, service, nonprofit, and youth-focused organizations. More information is available from Shannon O’Neil at 978-869-5232 or intlchildcaredirector@verizon.net. Visit onlline at www.haverhillchamber.com.

Reunion planned: The Haverhill High School-Trade School Class of 1948 is planning its 65-year reunion May 15 at DiBurro’s function hall. The reunion planning committee is looking for the following classmates: Patricia Brennan Cote, Marilyn Jean Bartlett Erratt, Evelyn Beaubien, Ellen DePalms, Harry Bedrosian, Anna Fairbrother, William Klickstein, Albert Macleod, Aram Mooradian, Sam O’Hannesian, Madelyn Smart, John Lewis Tremblay, Rena Wile, Richard Wallace, Eleanor Culliford Whiting, Richart Sylvester and Mildred Claire Schoenfield. They are asked to call Joann Williett at 978-372-9861, Virginia Carbone at 978-373-5756 or Betty Burrill at 978-373-0449.

:Exchange Club celebration is May 21: The Exchange Club of Haverhill will host its second annual Recognition Night May 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St. The event will include the Ace and Youth Scholarship Award, which is presented to students for excellence in educational achievements and overcoming adversity; the Book of Golden Deeds, which honors a local community member who has gone above and beyond in volunteering and supporting his or her community without any recognition; and So Proudly We Hail, which recognizes one resident and one organization in Haverhill who proudly displays the American flag. The event will conclude with a recognition of the club’s major sponsors and supporters from the past year. Names of the award winners will be announced in April. Tickets are $20 per person and will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, presentations and award ceremonies. Tickets will be on sale in early April. More information is available from Jennifer Cantwell, at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com. Visit the Exchange Club online at www.HaverhillExchangeClub.com.