:School to perform winter play: Haverhill High School’s chorus and drama club will present their version of “A Christmas Carol” Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 137 Monument St. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, this year’s show has close to 100 participants, including technicians, stage hands, painters and chorus members. Seventh grade students from across the city will be attending dress rehearsal performances, as it is a part of their curriculum. This year’s production is being directed by student director Marty Miller and student co-director Rosemary Kann. Tickets, at the door, are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens.
:Planning Commission to meet: The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will meet at the MVPC Offices Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. for a Holiday Social, followed by a meeting at 7 p.m. The agenda includes updates on the Regional Comprehensive Plan, Environmental and Transportation Projects for the Merrimack Valley. For more information call Nancy Lavallee at 978-374-0519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
:Winter music series: The Meetinghouse Park Summer Music Series in Hampstead will present its first winter concert Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Hampstead Middle School. The Don Campbell Band – a summertime favorite – will present a blend of holiday and country crossover music. The five-piece band is based in New England and performs more than 200 concerts a year between Maine and Nashville, Tennessee. The performance is sponsored by the Hampstead Cable TV Advisory Committee. Suggested admission is a donation of a food item for the St. Anne food pantry or an item for the Military Support Club at Hampstead Middle School, to be sent to the troops. Suggestions include puzzle books, M&Ms, hard candy and phone cards. More information is available by calling 603-329-6047.
:Christmas give-a-way: Families in financial distress are invited to a free Christmas give-a-way Friday, Dec. 14 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Doors open at 4 p.m. Registration is not required. Personal care items, housewares and gift and food items are being provided through a grant from Walmart, which is also providing a tractor trailer truck for this distribution. This event is hosted by Somebody Cares New England in collaboration with Common Ground Ministry and Zion Bible College.
:Talk on urinary stress incontinence: The Council on Aging will host a presentation on urinary stress incontinence by Dr. Susan Purcell Friday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Purcell, a board certified urologist with Urology Consultants of the North Shore, will discuss the different treatment options for urinary stress incontinence. This affects one in three women in their lifetime. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
:Indoor Farmers Market open Saturday: The Haverhill Farmers Market is holding an indoor Winter Market on Saturdays this month at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 15 Kenoza Ave. The market is open Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event includes live music and is sponsored by the UU Green Sanctuary Committee. Vendors will be selling winter produce, jams/jellies, maple syrup, honey, grass-fed meat, eggs, baked goods, hand-made holiday gift items and more. Visit online at haverhillfarmersmarket.org.
:Rabbi to speak: Community Christian Fellowship Haverhill will present a talk by Rabbi Mitch Forman of Chosen People Ministries Sunday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public and will be held at 358 Washington St. More information is available by calling 978-912-7616. Visit online at ccfhaverhill.com.
:Citizen Planner Training: The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will sponsor the “Citizen Planner Training Program” again next year. The first session will be held Monday, Jan. 7, at the MVPC offices in Haverhill. The next two sessions will be held on Monday, Feb. 4 and Monday, March 4 and the fourth session will be scheduled in coordination with the Citizen Training Planning Collaborative at a later date. All sessions will be held at the MVPC offices and will start at 7 p.m. There is a $100 per participant fee, which can be billed to your community accordingly. To register contact Nancy Lavallee at 978-374-0519 or email email@example.com.
Call to artists: The Haverhill Cultural Council is putting out a call to artists for non-traditional and 3 dimensional art work to be displayed at its “Freak Out” fundraiser on January 26th at the Chit Chat Lounge in downtown Haverhill. Anything goes! They are seeking 3 dimensional works including sculptures and wall art. No framed work or traditional two dimensional work, including paintings and photographs, will be accepted. Size of art may affect eligibility as well as the venue is not large. There is no entrance fee and the work will be juried by established artists and members of the Haverhill Cultural Council. Artists are limited to 3 entries. This is a one-day event so artists need to arrange to pick up work same evening as event. Pieces can be sold at this event with a portion of the sale going to the Haverhill Cultural Council. “Off the Wall” will be running in conjunction with the “Freak Out” fundraiser. The “Freak Out” will be featuring music by local musicians on the first floor of the Chit Chat and the art exhibit on the second level. Interested artists are invited to submit photos of their work along with an artist’s statement to the Haverhill Cultural Council digitally. Deadline for submission is December 31st and final decision will made by January 7th. The address to send your application is:Haverhill Cultural Council, 10 Welcome St., Haverhill, MA 01830.
New Year’s Eve party: The Council on Aging and Best of Times will hold a New Year’s Eve Day party at Castleton in Windham, N.H. Entertainment will be provided by “One for the Road,” a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin tribute. Guests will enjoy their choice of maple Dijon glazed port loin w/apple chutney or chicken marsala. Dancing will be to the music of the Ray Cavicchio band. Tickets are $54 per person, and transportation is on your own. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Chronic Pain workshop offered: Chronic Pain, a free six-week workshop, will be held at Merrimack Valley Hospital on Tuesdays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 12, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave. Participants will learn to control pain, deal with depression, frustration, isolation and poor sleep patterns; eat well, begin an exercise program, handle stress, relax, and increase energy levels. Workshops are run by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. To register or for more information call Sheila Hewitt at 978-946-1211.
Phone Pals Program for housebound senior citizens: The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club is sponsoring a new free program titled “Phone Pals” for housebound Haverhill seniors. Participating seniors will be contacted by telephone on a daily or weekly schedule by trained volunteers. This program offers health care reminders, referrals to appropriate service providers, education information, and emergency safety checks. Phone Pals is free and offered as a public service by the Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club. Funding is provided by the Griffin-White Foundation. More information is available form Elizabeth Vallerand at 978 398-5228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.