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March 7, 2013

Community calendar

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :Chair massages at the 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.

School to hold spaghetti supper: A spaghetti dinner to support the TEACH program will be held March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. James School, 415 Primrose St. 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.

Poet to speak during White Fund Lecture: Mayda del Valle, acclaimed poet and spoken word artist, will present a White Fund Lecture titled “The Passion of Poetry and the Power of Artistic Expression” March 7 from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at Lawrence High School, 70-72 North Parish Road, Lawrence. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in partnership with Northern Essex Community College. The White Fund is collaborating with Northern Essex on this series. For more information, call 978-738-7403 or visit www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.

Comedy night fundraiser: The fifth annual Haverhill High School Comedy Night is March 8 at DiBurro’s function hall. Four professional comedians will perform. The event will feature a variety of raffle items, as well as silent and live auction items. All proceeds benefit Haverhill High School athletics. 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.

Electronic recycling event: The Riverside-Bradford 2013 Cooperstown Team will host an electronic recycling event March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Consentino Middle School, 685 Washington St. Allied Computer Brokers will accept your items for a fee and donate a portion of the proceeds to the team to help defray the cost of a trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., this summer to play at the Field of Dreams Park. Fees range from $5 for small electronic items to $15 for large items such as TVs and monitors. More information is available from Dan Archambault at 617-835-4955.

Haverhill Senior Baseball to hold signups: Haverhill Senior Baseball will hold signups for anyone in the Haverhill area March 9 and 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St. The league has two divisions — one for players age 13 and the other for players ages 14 and 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.

Art lessons offered: Local artist Sharon Silverman is partnering with the public library to teach young people ages 12 to 18 graffiti, word and book arts. The class is March 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Supplies will be provided. This program is in conjunction with the Tweens and Teens grant, with funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Participants will qualify for discounted lessons at SilvermantArts Studio. More information is available from Sam Sednek at 978-373-1586, ext. 650. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Haverhill Train Show cancelled: The Haverhill Train Show scheduled for March 10 at Haverhill High School has been cancelled due to a lack of volunteers. The event has been held every two years since 1983 as a fundraiser for the high school band. This year’s show would have been the 16th train show. For more information contact John Muise at 978-373-0704.

Summer camp open house: Brooks School in North Andover will hold an open house for its summer camp programs March 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors will meet the directors, tour the facilities, and enjoy refreshments and a media presentation. Summer camp opportunities for children ages 4 through high school include the Brooks School Day Camp, Teem Quest, Computer Camp and Vogelsinger Soccer. Prorgrams are held at the Brooks School campus, Danforth Center, 1160 Great Pond Road, North Andover. More information is available by calling 978-725-6253 or online at http://summer.brooksschool.org.

Teen Tech Week at public library: The public library will host a celebration of digital literacy and technology March 11 to 15. People ages 12 to 18 are invited to take part in tech programs. An Old School Tech Museum in the Teen Zone is March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. Video games are in the Milhendler Room March 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Build Your own Art Bot robot in the Teen Zone is March 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. Search Engine Trivia Madness is March 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. More information is available from Sam Sednek at 978-373-1586, ext. 650. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Amvets Ladies Auxiliary to meet: The Amvets Ladies Auxiliary of Post 147 will meet March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Amvets Post Quarters, 576 Primrose St. This meeting will consist of nominations of officers for the 2013-2014 season. All members are asked to attend this meeting to select their choice of officers for the year. Final nominations will be held at the April 9 meeting.

NECC College for Older Learners event: Adults 50 and older are invited to attend Northern Essex Community College’s College of Older Learners (CoOL) seminar showcase March 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 103-B in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. This event is free and open to the public. Seminar topics for the spring include Making Mandalas and Kaleidescopic Designs; Six More Countries in Six Weeks; Gardening with Perennials; Exploring Poetic Form; The Lives of the Impressionists; Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation; From the Small Screen to the Silver Screen; Aging as a Spiritual Journey; What’s Mine is Mine or You Earned It, You Keep It; Journal Writing for Beginners; Why is the Sky Blue?, and Exotic Destinations. All of the seminars meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on a designated weekday for six consecutive weeks, unless otherwise noted, in a Haverhill campus building. The cost is $25 for each seminar. For more information, email coolnecc@gmail.com or call 978-556-3110 and leave a message. You can also contact Ruth Young at ruth.young01@verizon.net.

League of Women Voters to show free movie: In honor of National Women’s Month, the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill will present a free showing of “Norma Rae” March 14 in Room 45 of the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Discussion and refreshments will follow. Norma Rae is the story of a southern female mill worker who fought for union and equal rights for women. More information is available by calling 978-702-4502.

Students to perform “High School Musical 2”: Students at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School will perform “High School Musical 2” March 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. The humorous dialogue and high-energy music like “You’re the Music in Me,” “Fabulous” and “Work This Out” has encouraged the young actors to put their often tumultuous lives in perspective, they said, and garner some appreciation that may not have otherwise come until later in life. More information is available by calling 978-373-4101. The school is at 115 Amesbury Line Road.

Roundtable discussion planned: Somebody Cares New England will host a roundtable discussion titled “Building Caring Bridges’’ March 15 from noon to 2 p.m. at 358 Washington St. This event is for mental health providers, community based organizations, churches and law enforcement. Register for free online at www.somebodycaresne.org or call 978-912-7626. This event is sponsored by Merrimack Valley Hospital and Holy Family Hospital.

Fundraiser to feature top Boston comics: Comedy for a Cause, Community Action Inc.’s annual fundraising event, is March 15 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. This comedy triple-header features Boston favorites Graig Murphy, Carolyn Plummer and Jim Lauletta, along with a live auction, raffles and mystery balloons. The show will be hosted by Michael Smith, a New Hampshire teacher, writer and comedian. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and include light appetizers and a cash bar. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 978-373-1971.

St. Joseph School holds auction/comedy night: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold its annual auction and comedy night March 16 at DiBurro’s function hall. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature a comedy show, food, cocktails, raffles and auction items. Tickets are $35 per person. More information is available online at www.sjshav.com.

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. The public is invited. Just like a flea market, customers are given tickets to pay for purchases, but everything is free. 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. No televisions, computers or large pieces of furniture are allowed. 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: 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. For more information, contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net.

Conference to focus on economic growth: Northern Essex Community College, with the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and the Haverhill Horizons Hardware Challenge, will host the Open Innovation Conference 2013 March 20 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on NECC’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. This conference is designed to unite Merrimack Valley partners, including entrepreneurs and startups, students and universities, government leaders, investors, and established companies. Business, community, and educational leaders are encouraged to attend the conference, which will initiate the development of an open innovation cluster in the Merrimack Valley. The program will include panel discussions on business practices and tools needed for open innovation as well as two-minute overviews from each of the six finalists in the Haverhill Hardware Horizons Challenge on their innovative products. More information is available from John Michitson at michitson@mitre.org.

Church to hold craft fair: 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 the Riverside Memorial missions fund. For more information, contact Renee Cannon at 617-455-2792 or email 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.

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 Haverhill High’s auditorium, 137 Monument St. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens are available at the door.

Cabaret dinner theater on tap: 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, 83-85 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 North Broadway, Salem, behind the Colosseum Restaurant. For more information visit www.yourefirednh.com or call 603-894-5456.

Road race/walk on tap: 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.

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 that of 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.

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.

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.

: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.