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April 24, 2014

Firefighting museum to unveil child-oriented exhibit


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Haverhill Firefighting Museum to unveil new Children’s Corner during its opening day celebration on May 3.

The Children’s Corner is equipped with a fire engine children can actually play in, fire reels and hoses children can pull, and a dress-up area.

Children will also be able to meet and have pictures taken with museum mascot Dottie the Dalmatian.

A working fire truck from the Haverhill Fire Department will be on site, and the department’s fire safety smoke tunnel will be there to teach children how to crawl to safety beneath smoke should a fire occur. Children can participate in a bucket brigade and experience what it was like to put out fires during early times. The museum gift shop will be open and refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Haverhill Firefighting Museum, located in the Historic Armory Building at 75 Kenoza Ave., is home to one of the largest collections of New England Firefighting History in New England. For more information, visit online at www.haverhillfirefightingmuseum.com or call 978-372-4061.

IF YOU GO

What: Haverhill Firefighting Museum Children’s Corner opening day

When: May 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12, and $10 for families. Free for service men and women.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

There will also be a membership drive. Annual memberships offer unlimited admission plus 10 percent off in the museum gift shop.

Here are other activities and events in the Haverhill area:

Psychic readings on tap: Winnekenni Castle will host its first evening of psychic readings of the year on April 24, 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 along with the Castle’s new regular tarot card reader Fay Martin, will be joined by special guest reader of the month, Colleen Costello, a psychic medium and intuitive reader of angel and tarot cards who also offers spiritual guidance among her services.

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 approximately 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.

Senior art exhibition on tap: The public library will host an exhibition of art created by seniors at the Citizen’s Center from April 25 to May 29. Cara Smoley has been teaching drawing and painting to seniors at the center for the last eight years, and has been teaching art for more than 30 years to a wide variety of age groups.

Art will be on display in the second floor gallery during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed for the Memorial Day weekend, May 24 to 26. An opening reception is April 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Lance Hidy art featured: The Museum of Printing in North Andover will host an exhibit by renowned graphic designer and artist, Lance Hidy, beginning April 26. An artist’s reception, free and open to the public, is April 25, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Hidy’s posters of bold composition and pure solid colors will be arranged thematically, with topics ranging from books and libraries to graphic arts to culture and children. Early and never-before-exhibited work will be showcased along with displays revealing the artist’s creative process including preliminary studies and press proofs. Hidy’s digital photo-montages, three U.S. postage stamps, and Penumbra typeface will also be featured.

The Museum of Printing is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, printing equipment and printing craftsmanship. In addition to many special collections and small exhibits, the Museum contains hundreds of antique printing, typesetting and bindery machines, as well as a library of books printing-related documents. The Museum, located at 800 Massachusetts Ave., is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. Special showings can be arranged for groups by contacting Kim Pickard at exedir@museumofprinting.org. Visit online at www.museumofprinting.org.

Dance Company to perform: Northern Essex Community College’s Stillpoint Dance Company’s annual spring dance performance will be held on April 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. at the Lawrence High School Performing Arts Center, 71 North Parish Road, Lawrence. Tickets, at the door, are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children under 10.

NECC dance program coordinator Michelle Deane choreographed “Check In/Post It,” a piece that explores how overwhelming social media and the flow of constant information can get. This piece was submitted to the American College Dance Festival at Boston University in February and was well received.

“Patterns of Clarity,” choreographed by student Annie Fish of Amesbury, explores movement going from point of extreme inner chaos, but then finding moments of calm clarity within the mind and body. This piece was also submitted to the American College Dance Festival at Boston University in February, where it was well received. More information is available from Michelle Deane at mdeane@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3597.

Paranormal festival planned: The Essex County Ghost Project will host a New England Paranormal Festival on April 26 at the Crowne Plaza, 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua, N.H. The event, a fundraiser for the Hilldale Cemetery, is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature presentations by paranormal investigators and experts, EVP specialists and a cryptozoologist. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Tom Spitalere at 978-376-2897 or visit online at www.essexcountyghostproject.org.

Concert in Byfield on tap: Local musicians Greta Schafer, Chris Marino and Billy Guilty will perform on April 26 at the Byfield Community Arts Center. This event is a fundraiser for the arts center. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will also be silent auction items featuring gift certificates from local businesses, along with sporting goods, sports memorabilia, and items from regional artisans as well as antiques. The Cat Cafe will be serving beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks throughout the evening. Admission is $15 at the door. The Byfield Community Arts Center is located at 7 Central St., Byfield.

Spinelli Strong fundraiser on tap: Friends and family of Anthony Spinelli of Haverhill will hold a fundraiser on April 27 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Gaythorne Hall, 462 Broadway, Methuen.

Spinelli, 21, was involved in a near fatal accident on Oct. 19, 2013, that resulted in the loss of both of his legs. Money raised will help him obtain high-tech prosthetic legs. This event is open to the public and will include a hot and cold buffet, desserts, refreshments and a cash bar. Music is by DJ Ralphie B and singer/guitarist Tom Towler. Raffle items include home goods, Red Sox tickets, a flat screen television, one-week stays at Salisbury beach and Mount Sunapee, teeth whitening treatment, tee time for four at the Atkinson Country Club, lottery scratch tickets, liquor baskets, restaurant and store gift certificates, ceramic tile installation and materials valued at $1,000 and more.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 at the door and $10 for students. For more information or for advance tickets, contact Paula at 978-729-1290 or Nick at 978-457-0009.

Talk by veteran music designer/producer: Seasoned studio musician and music designer and producer Duncan Watt of Durham, N.H., will speak at Northern Essex Community College on April 28 at 1 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center (Room 220) on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Watt will discuss his work in television, film, broadcasting and digital games. This event is free and open to the public.

A professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Watt worked on more than 70 album projects before founding Fastestmanintheworld Media in 2005. His work appears in a wide variety of digital game projects, including “Bioshock Infinite,” “League Of Legends,” “Need For Speed Undercover,” “Stargate,” and “Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway.” He is also the voice of Rammus and Blitzcrank from “League of Legends.”

His music is featured in 2013’s summer blockbuster “Now You See Me” and appears in a number of popular TV shows, including “The Good Wife,” “NCIS,” “Any Day Now,” as well as in My Little Pony and Transformers toys and apps.

Watt will explore the nature of writing for today’s games, the differences between writing non-linear game scores and traditional linear film scores, and the behind-the-scenes techniques composers use to deliver music in games. He will show QuickTime videos to demonstrate examples of game scores throughout the years. A question and answer session will follow. More information is available from NECC music instructor Michael Lecuyer at mlecuyer@necc.mass.edu

“My Life, My Health” workshop on tap: The Council on Aging will host a free “My Life, My Health” chronic disease self management workshop on Mondays from April 28 to June 9.

This workshop meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. To register or for more information, contact Nancy Galinsky of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley at 978-552-4674.

Groveland Candidates Night planned: The League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill will sponsor a Candidates Night on April 30 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. in Groveland Town Hall, 183 Main St.

Annually sponsored by the league, the event is open to all candidates on the May 5 annual election ballot, whether or not they are in contested races. Every candidate will receive a mailed invitation to attend, with an outline of how the forum will be run, and will be asked to respond to Ruth Race, the presenter of the evening.

Moderator will be Eva Valentine of Haverhill, former president of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters. Official timer will be Carole Pelchat of Bradford, president of the Haverhill League. Visit online at http://lwv-gh.org.

NECC offers a Day in the College Classroom: Northern Essex Community College will host “College for a Day” on April 30 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Haverhill campus,100 Elliot St.

This event is free and open to the public and is an opportunity for prospective students to see all that Northern Essex has to offer. Visitors can sit in on a real college class, take a tour of the campus, attend a financial aid session or enjoy Spring Jam — an outdoor spring celebration. Interested people can register to attend by contacting admissions at 978-556-3721 or by email to admissions@necc.mass.edu. Participants will start their day in the lobby of the Behrakis One-Stop Student Services Center. From there they can attend any or all of the course samplings which change every hour.

People can choose to sit in on just one course or spend the entire day. In addition, campus tours and financial aid sessions will be available. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/getting-started/experience-college-for-a-day.

Ladies’ fundraiser planned: The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its sixth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event on May 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Willowdale Estate in Bradley Palmer State Park, 24 Asbury St., Topsfield.

Inspired by the Victor Hugo saying, “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled,” this signature event includes a ladies’ evening of hors d’oeuvres and wine, together with a raffle featuring chances to win distinctive purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers. Proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund.

The Women’s Fund was founded in 2003 to promote philanthropy and to raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide opportunities and solutions for women and girls in need throughout Essex County. To date, The Women’s Fund has awarded over $825,000 in grants to Essex County nonprofit organizations. The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of the Essex County Community Foundation in Danvers.

Tickets for the event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. For more information, visit www.thewomensfundec.org.

Anti-bullying rally on tap: The Exchange Club of Haverhill will present its second annual “Stop the Bull Haverhill” anti-bullying rally on May 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the athletic fields behind Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St.

More than 1,000 students and adults from Haverhill and surrounding communities are expected to attend. The rally is free and open to the public.

The event will feature a performance by The Veayo Twins, two sisters from Maine who perform rock, R&B and country with an inspirational message targeting the pain and alienation that teens can face in today’s culture, including bullying and other traumatic experiences. There will also be a mechanical bull, food and refreshments, and powerful messages on the effects of bullying.

The event is sponsored in partnership with Pentucket Bank, ServPro and The Color Mint, with support provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill and Haverhill Community Television. For more information, visit facebook.com/stopthebullhaverhill or twitter.com/HilliesStopBull.

Annual Rose Tea brewing: The seventh annual Rose Tea will be held May 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 15 Kenoza Ave.

The event will feature dainty delicacies, desserts, fun and fellowship, musical entertainment and a fine assortment of unique raffles. Men of the congregation will serve tea, coffee and juice. Donation is $15 and tickets must be purchased in advance from Patricia Feller at 978 372-3622 or berry39@verizon,net.

Pre-Mother’s Day Fair: The Bradford Grange will host two dozen crafters and artisans for a Pre-Mother’s Day Fair on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lincoln Hall in West Boxford. Mother’s Day is May 11. Visit the fair to purchase exquisite handmade gifts for mom including jewelry, scarves, clothing, artisan foods, stained glass panels, paper quilled adornments, braided rugs, candles, soaps, and more. Stop by to book a hand-cut silhouette portrait of a child or pet. The hall is handicap accessible and off street parking is available. Find the Bradford Grange on Facebook or send email to bradfordgrange@verizon.net.

NECC to host Campus Classic 5K/Fun Run: Northern Essex Community College will hold its second annual Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run on May 3.

The USATF certified 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St., and wind through the rural campus and surrounding residential neighborhood. Competitive runners — as well as novices and walkers — are invited to participate. Registration for the 5K is $25 before April 5 and $30 after that date. Online registration will remain open until April 30.

Children 12 and younger are invited to participate in the Fun Run, which is organized by age group with the first race beginning at 9 a.m. Registration for the Fun Run is $10. Following the race, there will be children’s activities, including face painting and an obstacle course. For more information or to register online, visit www.necc.mass.edu/campus-classic or contact Lindsey Mayo at lmayo@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3621.

Author talk at the library: Join Haverhill author/photographer Lynda Healey as she shares her new book “A Leap to Freedom,” on May 5 at 7 p.m. at the public library, 99 Main St. Healy’s book tells the story of Edziu Polonka, who in January of 1989 was one of 12 sailors to jump ship in Boston Harbor to escape communist Poland and receive political asylum. Polonka will join Healey for the presentation. Please register for this event at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events.