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April 25, 2013

Community calendar


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :Beginner Internet classes: The public library is offering free beginner Internet classes. The classes are small, and offer ample individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours long. You do not have to own a computer to take these classes, but you are welcome to come with your own wireless-enabled laptop. Classes require advance sign-up. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, stop by the Reference and Information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. For May classes, the library will begin taking reservations April 24.

Psychic readings Thursday: Winnekenni Castle will host an evening of psychic readings on April 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 and Valeria will be joined this month by special guest readers Sheila Lynch, who specializes in Intuitive Tarot Readings, and Terry Collins, a medium who also specializes in card readings. 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. Refreshments will be available. For more information visit www.winnekenni.com.

:Program on theatrical history offered: The Council on Aging and Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning will host a program titled, “The Theatre of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s” with actor Stephen Collins on April 25 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Collins performs monologues from these and other playwrights, and also sings Cole Porter and George Gershwin tunes. Tickets are $2 per person at the door.

:Woodcarving class resumes: The city’s Council on Aging will resume a wood carving class on Fridays at 10 a.m. beginning May 10. Students will be taught by master carver Fred Arakelian. A carving kit of supplies will be provided at a one-time-per-project charge of $18. Carving knives will be loaned to you for free. Course cost is $5 per class for an eight-week session. Registration is required for new students by calling Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.

:Seniors tap dancing class offered: The Council on Aging will offer a new tap dancing class for senior citizens. The class will meet on Mondays at 11 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., and the cost is $5 per class. Instructor Susan Tibbets will lead the class. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBell at 978-374-2390.

Program on home downsizing: Jefferson Davis of Caldwell Banker Real Estate will lead a presentation on preparing to sell your home and downsizing on April 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Davis is a veteran real estate agent from Haverhill. Preparing to sell your home is difficult, and Davis will share his insights and offer ideas and suggestions based on his years of experience.

:iPad workshop offered: The Council on Aging is offering a special workshop to be held at the Apple Store at the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H., on April 26 at 8 a.m. Discover the new iPad. See the retina display and the new five-megapixel iSight camera. Try using the dictation feature to write an email, send a text or search the web. Get an overview of iOS 6, the foundation of the iPad that includes new features like Notification Cente and Newsstand. Discover the benefits of iCloud and see how easy it is to sync content from iTunes. Browse the App Store, learn to download books from the iBookstore, make FaceTime calls and more. There is no fee for this workshop, but space is limited. To register call Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.

Little Orphan Annie performances on tap: Spotlight Playhouse will present “Little Orphan Annie” in the Haverhill High School auditorium on April 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $18 for senior citizens. To purchase tickets, call 978-380-8509 or email tickets@spotlightplayhouse.org. The high school is at 137 Monument St. Visit online at www.spotlightplayhouse.org.

Riverside-Bradford Baseball opening day: The Riverside-Bradford Baseball League will celebrate its opening day on April 27 beginning at 9 a.m. inside Trinity Stadium. Special guest is former Red Sox hitting coach Walt Hriniak. This event will include the introduction of teams and their sponsors. The league will sell T-shirts displaying the message “Help Riverside Bradford Baseball Strike Out Cancer.” The league has donated the shirts, and proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. The first pitch will be thrown to Hriniak by Bob Duston, the league’s umpiring chief and organizer of the American Cancer Society fundraiser, which is being held in memory of his brother Albert Duston. The celebration will be followed by opening day games. The public is invited to this event. More information is available by calling Bob Duston at 978-373-0114.

Rebuilding Together seeks volunteers: Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill is seeking volunteers to help on April 27 with home repairs and modifications for local income-eligible elderly and homeowners with disabilities. The repairs include installing grab bars and ramps, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and new windows; making electrical and plumbing repairs; and doing cleaning and yard work. Two special “Heroes at Home” projects will be sponsored by Sears/K-Mart to help local veterans in need. Applicants for help must live in Greater Haverhill and be homeowners still living in their home. Household income must meet federal low-income guidelines for the area. For more information, contact Program Manager Joan Parah at 978-469-0800 or rtogether@verizon.net. Visit online at www.rebuildingtogetherhaverhill.org.

YMCA to host Healthy Kids Day: The Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St., will celebrate “Healthy Kids Day” on April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free community event is open to everyone and is intended to get kids moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families and to help them get a jump on creating a healthier summer. The event will include open gymnastics and rock climbing, Curious Creatures, food and play productions, basketball clinic and summer camp information. More information is available by calling 978-374-0506 or visiting online at www.northshoreymca.org.

Armenian Martyrs Day observance April 28: Music through the ages will be the focal point of a 98th memorial observance marking Armenian Martyrs’ Day on April 28 in the Merrimack Valley. The commemoration will take place at 3 p.m. at North Andover High School. Titled, “Weaving Armenia’s Story Through Music,” the program will be enriched by three gifted New England soloists: Soprano Knarik Nerkararyan, mezzo soprano Victoria Avetisyan, and tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan accompanied by pianist Levon Hovsepian. A memorial service will be celebrated by pastors from different churches throughout the Merrimack Valley, accompanied by a combined choir led by Paul Ketchoyian, accompanied by Arsen Russian. Admission is complimentary and open to the public. A reception will follow in the school cafeteria.

Annual Fun Run and Walk: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold its fourth annual 5-K Run and 1.5-mile Fun Run and Walk on April 28 at 12:30 p.m., beginning at the school, 56 Oak Terrace. Choose your course: 5K looping the bridges over the Merrimack River or 1.5 mile fun run and walk through downtown Haverhill. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 200 registrants and free lunch will be provided to all participants. Prizes will be awarded to top male and female finishers in all categories. Registration closes April 26. For more information, visit www.sjshav.com.

:Poetry night at public library: The public library will celebrate National Poetry Month with a night of reading, sharing and discussion of all things poetry on April 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meet local poets and ask their advice about getting published. Read from your work, listen to great poems, socialize with other local poets and poetry lovers. All are welcome. For more information visit online at www.haverhillpl.org or call 978-373-1586.

Free seminar on vein treatments: Sue Cullen Personal Training Studio will host a free educational and informational medical seminar focusing on spider vein treatments of the legs and face including sclerotherapy and veinwave on April 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This program is free to attend and will be presented by Dr. John K. Mallen, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, cosmetic surgery, and Gina Gianetti, licensed aesthetician. Reservations are requested by calling 978-478-8241 or by email to Sue@suecullenptstudio.com. Refreshments will be offered.

Scrapbooking class offered: The Council on Aging is offering a scrapbooking class beginning April 30. The class will held at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., and will be offered on the last Thursday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Instructor Carol Read will provide punches, stamps and texture plates. Students should bring photos or copies of photos and other items of interest. Cost is $15 per class, including materials. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.

Workshop on zoning and permitting: The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will present a free workshop titled “Zoning and Permitting Tools for Developing Priority Development Areas” on May 2 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 103A of the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St. The workshop will focus on the latest tools and techniques available to help Priority Development Areas (PDAs) develop into Smart Growth Centers. Light refreshments will be served. Please register online at www.mvpc.org.

BSO rehearsal trip planned: 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.

Silver Hill School to hold placement lottery: Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School will hold a special lottery for grades three to five on May 3 at 11 a.m. Applications are available at the school, 675 Washington St. All applications must be submitted to the school on or before April 30 to be included in the process. More information is available by calling 978-374-3448.

Emerging Hispanic author to speak: Emerging Hispanic author Ernesto Quinonez will read from his book “Bodega Dreams” and lead a discussion titled “What is Activism in Today’s World,” during a White Fund lecture on May 3 from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at Lawrence High School. This event is free and open to the public and is presented in partnership with Northern Essex Community College. His debut novel, “Bodega Dreams,” has become a landmark in contemporary literature and is required reading in many high schools and colleges around the country. Quinonez, an associate professor at Cornell University’s MFA program, will read from “Bodega Dreams” and lead a discussion of what small actions individuals might be able to do in their everyday lives, in order to contribute to social causes and bring change. Funded by a generous financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series has provided cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts and politics. The White Fund is collaborating with NECC on this series. For more information contact Martha Leavitt at mleavitt@necc.mass.edu. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.

Firefighting Museum opens May 4: The Haverhill Firefighting Museum will hold its opening day celebration on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your camera and snap a picture with the museum’s mascot, Dottie the Dalmatian on a real fire truck. Complete a scavenger hunt and win a prize. Take a tour, relax and do a craft project. Learn something new about fire prevention. Refreshments will be served. Special opening day family admission is $5. The museum is located in the historic Armory building at 75 Kenoza Ave. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. Story hour on May 4 features Dottie the Dalmatian from noon to 1 p.m. On May 18, the museum will have an 11 a.m. showing of Jay Cleary’s documentary, “The Great Conflagration,” remembering Haverhill’s Great Fire of 1882. Popcorn will be served. On May 25, Memorial Day weekend, the museum will present a World War II memorial to COA, the 182nd Infantry Division that left from the Armory building, as well as a memorial to Haverhill Firefighters from the 1880’s to today. For more information, visit online at www.haverhillfirefightingmuseum.org or call 978-372-4061.

American Legion baseball tryouts: American Legion Post 4 will hold tryouts on May 4 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Stadium for the Junior and Senior American Legion baseball teams. Anyone born after 1994 who lives or attends school in Haverhill is eligible to try out. The Junior Legion team is for those born after 1996 while the Senior Legion team is for anyone born after 1994. More information is available from Larry O’Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807-5068.

Trivia Night to support education: The Haverhill Foundation for Excellence in Education will host its semi-annual Trivia Night on May 4 in the Galleria at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. The competition starts at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $25 per person. Teams of two to eight members are required to register and pay the entry fee in advance at www.HaverhillEducationFoundation.org or by calling 978-697-5620. First prize is $300, second prize is $100 and third prize is $50. A special Haverhill round offers a prize of $50. The foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization which supports programs and projects in Haverhill public schools. Trivia Night is sponsored by Pentucket Bank, Haverhill Bank and the Haverhill Firefighters Union. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting the foundation at hfee@comcast.net or 978-697-5620.

Spring brunch fundraiser planned: Somebody Cares New England will hold a spring brunch on May 4 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. The event will include live music, a fashion show and boutique shopping and will be held at 358 Washington St. For tickets or more information, call 978-912-7626 or visit www.SomebodyCaresNE.org.

Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run: Northern Essex Community College will hold its first Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run on May 4. The USATF-certified 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Competitive runners, novices and walkers are invited to participate. The race is part of the Merrimack Valley Striders 2013 Super Iron Runner Series. Registration for the 5K is $25 before April 29 and $30 after that date. Online registration is open until April 29. Proceeds benefit the NECC Annual Fund, which provides support for student scholarships and academic programs. The Platinum Sponsor for the race is Sovereign/Santander. For more information or to register, contact Lindsey Mayo, NECC director of alumni and donor relations, at lmayo@necc.mass.edu or 978 556-3621. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu.

Blue Mass honors public safety members: 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.

Talk on diabetic foot exams: The Importance of Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exams, a medical Meet the Expert seminar with Podiatrist/Podiatric Surgeon David Greenblott, DPM will be held on May 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave. Greenblott, from Merrimack Valley Foot Specialists in Haverhill, will talk about sural nerve conduction studies, vascular testing for peripheral artery disease, the role of a thorough gait exam and gait scan testing, and types of shoes for diabetic foot care. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required as seating is limited. This program provides one free contact hour for nursing. To register or for more information, call 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

:Celebrity chef featured at spring fundraiser: The nation’s newest celebrity chef, Kristen Kish of Boston, will be the featured guest at the inaugural Spring Celebrity Series event to benefit Emmaus Inc. The event will be held on May 8 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., with a VIP reception beginning at 6:15 p.m., at the Rogers Center for the Arts on the campus of Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. Kish will prepare a dish, discuss her techniques and take questions from the audience. General admission tickets are $25 and include the presentation, audience question-and-answer session and post-presentation reception. VIP tickets are $75 each and include a private reception with the chef before the presentation. A silent auction offering entertaining and culinary gifts will take place throughout the event. For more information about Emmaus, visit online at emmausinc.org. To order tickets, visit http://conta.cc/WHm2sK.

Class of 1948 reunion planned: The Haverhill High School-Trade School Class of 1948 plans to its 65-year reunion for 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.

Benefit gala for veterans May 15: A “Serving Those Who Serve Us” benefit gala, hosted by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, is May 15 and will be highlighted by an appearance by Gen. George Casey, Jr. the former Commander of the Multi-National Forces in Iraq and the 36th U.S. Army Chief of Staff. Ticket sales to the public will help fund mental health services for military men, women and families in various facilities throughout the area, including the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill. The gala will be held at the Seaport Hotel, Seaport Boulevard, Boston. Self-parking is available at the Seaport Boston Parking Garage located on Seaport Boulevard. Valet parking is also available at the main entrance of the Seaport Hotel. Cocktails and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. Dinner and program starts at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are available at $200 and tables can be reserved for $1,750 by calling 617-327-6777, ext. 1231 or online at www.mspp.edu/gala.

Talk on elder law planned: The Council on Aging will host a free discussion on elder law May 16 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Attorney Robert Ford will discuss elder care issues such as estate planning, health care proxies and living wills. To register for this event, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

:Lions Club to hold comedy night: The Haverhill Lions Club will holding its annual comedy night on May 18 at the Roma Restaurant in Bradford. Doors open at 6 p.m. for those who would like to have dinner before the show and get good seats. The show features comedian Bucky Lewis and will start at 8 p.m. Please note, the show includes adult humor. There will be raffles to help raise money for the Haverhill Lions charities. Tickets are $20 per person. The Haverhill Lions Club serves people in the community by purchasing eyeglasses and providing eye exams for those who cannot afford them, serving the homeless, donating to school groups, and providing donations to the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund. The club meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Maria’s Restaurant on Essex Street. For more information, contact Sharon Pecci at pechgram@gmail.com.

Exchange Club celebration: The Exchange Club of Haverhill will host its second annual Recognition Night on 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 for displaying the American flag. The event will conclude with a recognition of the club’s major sponsors and supporters from the past year. Tickets are $20 per person and will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, presentations and award ceremonies. More information is available from Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com. Visit online at www.HaverhillExchangeClub.com.

Tribute to Women luncheon: The Haverhill YWCA will hold its 24th annual Tribute to Women luncheon on June 11 at DiBurro’s function hall. Nominations are open to women of all ages. Meteorologist Matt Noyes will be the honorary chairperson and keynote speaker. To nominate a woman, contact the YWCA at 978-374-6121. All of this year’s nominees will be honored at the luncheon, and the public is encouraged to attend. Tickets are $45 per person. Reservations are required by calling 978-374-6121.

Council on Aging offers new trips: The Council on Aging is offering a trip to the Danversport Yacht Club on June 12 for a performance by Charlie Thomas and The Drifters. Tickets are $79 per person and include transportation, lunch at The Common Man in Portsmouth and the show. A trip to the Isle of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor Cruise is June 23. Cost is $89 and includes transportation, lunch, harbor cruise and local touring. More information is available by contacting Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Class reunion planned: The Haverhill High School-Trade School Class of 1953 will hold its 60-year reunion on June 14 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at DiBurro’s function hall. The reunion planning committee is looking for the following classmates: Joan Barteaux Padmore, Gloria Bethel Hayes, Elinor Boches Kraft, Barbara Cosio Savoy, Jacqueline Deveau Carlson, Martha Doyle Wasserman, Doris Emery Cotton, Roberta Ferrick Larsen, Norma Hamel Wiengel, David W. Hughes, Alex J. Kezik, Demetrios Kostas, William N. Levis, Peter J. McDonnell, Joanne Muldowney Richards, Adeline Neusner Bain, Eunice Shaw Perry, David A. Traister and William W. Wright Jr. For more information, contact Joe Nicolosi at 978-373-1295 or Janice Gilroy at 978-372-1442.