St. Joseph School opening announced: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish announced its schedule for the new school year as follows: Monday, Aug. 26, teacher in-service day; Tuesday, Aug. 27, teacher in-service day (regional); Wednesday, Aug. 28, kindergarten to grade eight report for a full day; Thursday, Aug. 29, full day of classes for kindergarten to grade eight; Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day, no school; Tuesday, Sept. 3, kindergarten to grade eight classes resume; Wednesday, Sept. 4, Early Childhood Center classes begin. Parent meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. The school will hold an open house for grades one through eight on Monday, Aug. 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open house for pre-kindergarten and nursery is Tuesday, Sept. 3, from noon to 2:20 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. All students should be in the "big school" by 8:05 a.m. School begins at 8:15 a.m. All students should arrive at the ECC by 8:15 a.m. as instruction time begins at 8:45 a.m.
Make Some Noise summer concert series: The Haverhill Cultural Council's Make Some Noise Concert Series continues with a performance by Analog Heart, acoustic alternative original rock with American Idol contestant Liz Bills on July 25 at 6 p.m. in downtown Columbus Park. Opening act is DeAngelis Studio of Music. All Make Some Noise performances are at Columbus Park on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. until Aug. 15. In the event of rain, performances are at the Chit Chat Lounge on Washington Street. Weekly raffles feature prizes donated by local businesses. This year's series features youth groups from Be Imagine Music Studio, DeAngelis Studio of Music, and EJ Ouellette's Whole Music studio. Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts: Aug. 1, Rockspring, a bluegrass, pop, rock, alternate-folk and country band with opening act from DeAngelis Studio; Aug. 8, Division Tree, psychedelic grooves with opening act from Be Imagine Music Studio; Aug. 15, EJ Ouellette and Crazy Maggy performing originals and fiddle-driven rock with opening act from Whole Music’s Whole Soul. For more information, visit the Haverhill Cultural Council on Facebook, on twitter at @haverhill_cc or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbershop performance at the library: Boston Accent, an all-female barbershop quartet based on the North Shore, will perform on July 25 at 7 p.m. in the public library's auditorium. Boston Accent is the 2006 Harmony, Incorporated International Quartet Champions and 2010 Sweet Adeline's Region 1 Quartet Champions. For more information about the group or to sample songs from their CD, visit online at www.bostonaccentquartet.com. Visit the library online at www.haverhillpl.org.
Afternoon of music is July 25: Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning program will present Dolores Bourque, Marty Kriegsman, and Dan Harvey, all of Haverhill, in an afternoon of music on July 25 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Admission is $2. Dolores on the fiddle, Marty on the guitar, and Don on bass will provide an afternoon of entertainment. Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public. For more information or to receive a free calendar of upcoming events, contact Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225 or email@example.com.
Psychic reading night planned: Winnekenni Castle will host an evening of psychic readings on July 25 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Readers will be on hand inside the castle for appointments. The castle’s regular readers — Judith-Anne, Valeria and Olga — will be joined this month by special guest reader and longtime castle tarot specialist and intuitive reader “Kuri,” who is returning as a regular after a being away from the area for several years. Cost is $20 per 15-minute reading. Multiple appointments may be purchased to create longer blocks of time with the readers. Appointments are booked at the door only. Doors open at 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 www.winnekenni.com.
Outdoor concert series continues: The Bradford Common Outdoor Music Series continues with a performance by Paul Prue & the Blues Men on July 26. Opening acts in the series begin at 6 p.m. on Bradford Common, followed by featured acts at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. All performances are sponsored by the First Church of Christ and are free. The series continues with Lee Lewis & the Ladies of Chanel on Aug. 2;, Mike Cesati & Company on Aug. 9, and the Mike Fioretti Band on Aug. 16. Performers for the Aug. 23 show will be announced later. More information is available from Paul Prue at 978-590-2119.
Summer Enrichment program offered: The nonprofit Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown is offering a Summer Enrichment program for children ages 4 to 6 during the week of July 29. To register, please call 978-352-2398. Pentucket Workshop Preschool is located at 161 West Main St., Georgetown.
Free concert at Winnekenni Castle: Winnekenni Castle will present a free concert by Rico Barr & The Jump ‘n’ Jive Review on July 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. The concert is on the castle’s outdoor stage and includes performances by jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin and vocalist Tyra Penn. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and parasols. In the event of rain, the show will be inside the castle, with seating provided. For more information, visit ricobarr.com. Winnekenni Castle is located on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave. For more information, email the castle at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 978-521-1686 or visit online at www.winnekenni.com.
Cycle for Shelter celebrates 25th anniversary: The 25th annual Cycle for Shelter will be held on July 28 on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College. Participants must raise a minimum of $200 in pledges. Registration is $75 and $100 on the day of the event. This annual event raises money to support programs for homeless families and individuals. Choose from 25-, 50-, 62- or a 100-mile loop that travels along the scenic New Hampshire seacoast then joins the 62-mile route on the back roads of Northern Essex County. Food and beverages will be available throughout the day. A barbecue will be provided by Emmaus staff, Longhorn Steakhouse, UNO and Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods Inc. and the Chicken Connection. Rejuvenating massages and shower facilities will be available. Urban Adventours in Boston is offering a 15-percent discount on bike rentals and a 50-percent discount on bike shipping. Volunteers are needed for early morning and late afternoon to help with set up and clean up. Massage therapists are needed between noon and 4 p.m. This year’s Cycle for Shelter is presented by International Cars Ltd. and the Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union. Gold sponsor is TD Bank. For more information, contact Terri Rousseau at 978-241-3411 or email@example.com.
Ice-cream social planned: The Council on Aging will host an ice-cream social sponsored by Senior Helpers, Griswald Homecare and Methuen Health and Rehabilitation on July 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Tickets are $1 per person. For tickets or more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella 978-374-2390.
TOTS-n-TYKES Tuesday: Winnekenni Castle's next Tots-n-Tykes Tuesday event is July 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. The program's theme is "Beach Luau!" and is recommended for ages 2 and up. The cost is $8 per child. Online pre-registration is required at www.winnekenni.com or www.imajinethat.com. Teachers from Little Sprouts & Imajine That will guide children through educational and creative workshops designed to stimulate little minds. The activities will change each week and will be based on a specific theme of the week. Some activities will be outside so please dress your child appropriately. Upcoming dates themes are: Aug. 6, Peace, Love, and Tie Dye!; Aug. 13, Dino Dig!; and Aug. 20, Paint, Splatter & Mess! For more information, visit www.winnekenni.com.
College to Career Program open house: Northern Essex Community College is currently recruiting students for a grant-funded program designed especially for unemployed and under-employed adults who want to prepare for careers in high demand technology and health care fields. An open house for the program will be held at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Entry K, Lawrence, on July 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. College to Career staff will assist students with the college process, facilitate access to support services, and help them find a job when they have completed their certificate program. Certificates can be completed in as little as eight months, and the curriculum is strongly focused on the workplace, including an internship. Programs include health care, computer information sciences, and advanced manufacturing. The $20 million grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to the Massachusetts Community College System. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu.
Soccer registration is open: Online registration for the Fall 2013 In-Town soccer season is open until July 31. The program is for boys and girls ages 4 to 12. For more information, or details on how to register your child, please visit www.haverhillyouthsoccer.org and click the Registration tab or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lobster/chicken lunch on tap: The Council on Aging and Northern Essex Comunity College's Life Long Learning program will hold a summer lobster/chicken party on Aug. 15 at the Hartleb Technology Center on NECC's Haverhill campus. Doors open at noon. Tickets are $25 for lobster and $15 for chicken. Entertainment is by Bobby G. For tickets or more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
YMCA offers Girls Basketball Camp: The Haverhill YMCA will hold a Girls Basketball Camp from Aug. 14 to Aug. 16. The camp is from 9 a.m. to noon and is an option for girls who love the game of basketball or who are interested in getting involved in the game. Local girls basketball coaches Michelle Joubert, Beth Eddy, Shawna Mottram and Elizabeth Briggs will instruct participants in the fundaments of basketball — dribbling, shooting and passing — along with a solid understanding of the game. This camp is a great way to get ready for the Haverhill YMCA's Girls Basketball League this fall as well as develop your skills for your school’s team. More information is available from Clint Clay at email@example.com or 978-478-5008.
Council on Aging plans trips: A summer sail on the schooner Thomas E. Lannon and a visit to Gloucester and Rockport is July 31. Cost is $95 per person. A trip to Baltimore to see the Boston Red Sox play the Orioles in Camden Yards is July 26 to 28 and includes a visit to Gettysburg National Park for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Included are three Red Sox games at Camden Yards and two nights in the Crown Plaza in Timonium, Maryland, with full American breakfasts. Cost is $449 per person, double occupancy. A Boston Harbor Cruise to Provincetown is Aug. 3. Cost is $94 per person. A trip to see The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue at Venus de Milo in Swansea is Sept. 5. Tickets are $59 per person and include transportation, the performance and your choice of baked scrod or boneless breast of chicken. A trip to the Ogunquit Playhouse to see “West Side Story” is Sept. 15 and includes motorcoach transportation, free time in Perkins Cove, Maine, and matinee tickets. Cost is $93 per person. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Casino trip planned: The Councils on Aging in Haverhill and Amesbury are offering a trip to the Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine, on Aug. 20. A bus will depart from the Highway Department, 500 Primrose St., at 8 a.m. and from Crossroads Plaza, Salisbury, at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per person and includes $10 in free play. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390, ext. 11, or the Amesbury Council on Aging at 978-388-8138.
Annual golf tournament planned: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold its fifth annual golf tournament on Aug. 5 at the Haverhill Country Club. A shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Special guest is Eric Lastowka, the RE/MAX World Long Drive Senior Champion. Tourney fees are $200 per player and $800 per foursome. Post-tourney dinner is $50 per person. Sponsorships and tee signs are available. The event will also include awards and a silent auction. For more information, contact Kathleen Pruett at 978-204-0620, 978-374-6171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists and artisans sought: The Haverhill Cultural Council will hold its Arts and Crafts Faire at the River Ruckus Festival on Sept. 7. The venue is expected to attract a crowd of more than 5,000. Organizers are seeking applicants specializing in original fine art and photography, high quality handmade artisan crafts and jewelry, and up-cycled items and architectural salvage, including jewelry using vintage components. The Arts and Crafts Faire will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 90 Washington St., the center of the River Ruckus festivities. Applications for the venue are due by Aug. 3. More information is available at www.facebook.com/haverhillculturalcouncil.
Whittier Birthplace offers free admission: Whittier Birthplace is participating in both the regional “17th Century Saturdays” and national “Blue Star Museums” programs, with both offering free admission opportunities. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of August and September as part of 17th Century Saturdays, an Escapes North cultural tourism initiative led by the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Whittier Birthplace offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. The military program is part of Blue Star Museums, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Visit online at www.johngreenleafwhittier.com.
Authors Expo planned: The next New England Authors Expo presented by Pear Tree Publishing in Bradford will be held on July 31 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers. This event is open to the public and free. Exhibitor set-up starts at 10 a.m. This expo is a grassroots event intended to promote local New England authors and illustrators. Many authors, illustrators, publishers, writer’s groups, schools and businesses regularly attend. The event also has a growing list of celebrities that attend and is an opportunity to network as well as buy and sell books. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For a list of authors, illustrators and publishers attending, please visit online at http://peartreepublishing.net. For more information, contact Christopher Obert at 978-372-5825.
Farmers Market coupons for senior citizens: Farmers Market coupons will be available for distribution to qualified seniors who are at least 60 years old at the Council on Aging, 10 Welcome St., on Aug. 7. Seniors must bring an identification that shows date of birth and address and proof that they receive one of the following: Supplementary Social Security Income (SSI), Section 8 Housing, energy assistance or Medicaid. Residents of subsidized housing facilities may qualify for the vouchers by providing the Haverhill Council on Aging with a letter from their property manager. An individual’s name must appear on the letter. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Past Finders summer camp offered: The Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum will present "Digging into Archaeology" from Aug. 6 to 9, featuring a mock dig. Kids will try cross-mending, dating and researching objects to reconstruct the lives of the original owners. Visits to an archaeological site or museum are included. Cost is $160. Morning drop-off begins at 9 a.m. and pick up is at 4 p.m. The program is for children in grades one to seven and is designed to teach children about history through hands-on activities, creative arts projects and field trips. To register or for more information, visit http://haverhillhistory.org. You can also call 978-374-4626 or email email@example.com. More information is available from Kaleigh Pare at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-374-4626.
Bobby Bell walk/race set for Oct. 13: The 27th Annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race/Walk will be held on Oct. 13 at the Lasting Room Grille, 122 Washington St. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. following by the race at 11 a.m. Fee is $25 for pre-entry and $30 post entry. Free t-shirts will go to the first 70 walker entries and first 260 runner entries. There will be numerous awards in various age, weight and specialty categories. There will be gender graded scoring. A huge buffet will follow along with a disc jockey and raffle prizes. The event will have no gender divisions. Women and men compete as equals. The event benefits local scholarships — the Haverhill Police Auxiliaries, Haverhill's Brightside and the Andover Striders. More information is available from David LaBrode at 978-373-3408, 978-376-8289 or email@example.com. Visit online at www.yankeetiming.com/Bbell.