:Christmas Carol: Spotlight Playhouse will present “A Christmas Carol: a Live Radio Play” Dec. 7, 8, at 8 p.m., and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St. This show, based on the classic story by Charles Dickens, is directed by Kevin Wilson or North Andover and produced by Karen Timmerman of Haverhill. Stage manager is Beckie Adams of Haverhill. The cast includes Elinor Curtin Cameron as Scrooge, Jeff Collard as Marley/Fred, Diane Ficarra as Mrs. Cratchitt, Frank Garcia as Bill/Charity and Gentleman, Derek Iversen as Tiny Tim, Natalie Kerr-Collard as Bill’s Wife, Angela Merrill as the Ghost of Christmas Past, David Monahan as narrator, Rick O’Shey as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Hannah Pageau as Young Scrooge, Elysa Porter sound effects, Sasha Zbitnof as Bob Cratchit and Spencer Zbitnoff as Peter.
:Choir performance: The Interfaith Choir offers its gift of music – Rejoice and Be Merry – in two free holiday performances this year. The first performance is Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Congregational Church, 61 Main St., Hampstead, N.H. The second performance is Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. at Londonderry United Methodist Church, 258 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, N.H. Celebrating its 47th year, the choir is composed of members from more than 20 local churches who are brought together by their common love of music and a desire to spread the Christmas message through instrument and voice. Director is Cindy Ladew, and accompanist is Ginny Legare. A freewill offering will be taken and refreshments and fellowship will follow. More information is available from Beth at 603)-432-4786.
:Nutcracker performances: New England Civic Ballet’s beloved annual performances of the holiday classic, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet’’ will be performed at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College, North Andover . The magic begins on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 PM , Saturday, Dec. 8th at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM , and Sunday, Dec. 9th at 2:00 PM . Tickets may be purchased online at www.newenglandcivicballet.org or by calling the studio at 978-975-0289. Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $22 for children age 12 and under, and seniors age 55 and older. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more attending the same performance. For more information regarding the ballet, performances, and other information, contact the director, Mrs. Phyllis George, at the New England Civic Ballet studios, 978-975-0289.
:Breakfast with Santa: The Haverhill Lions Club will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Maria’s Restaurant, 81-83 Essex St. Santa will be available for pictures so be sure to bring your camera. Tickets are $5 per person at the door. The Haverhill Lions will be collecting gently used winter coats for children and adults during the Breakfast with Santa. Vests, sweatshirts or fleece will not be accepted. Items collected are for the Coats for Kids campaign. The Haverhill Lions Club raises money for eye research, scholarships, eye exams and eyeglasses for those who cannot afford them. The club meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at Maria’s Restaurant. More information is available by calling 978-372-4675.
:Holiday Craft and Gift Faire: Winnekenni Castle will host a Holiday Craft and Gift Faire on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. The event will feature unique and handcrafted gift items including jewelry, holiday decor, home goods, original gifts, special one-of-a-kind items and door prizes. Refreshments will be available To request a vendor application send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and contact information, and description of merchandise to be vended. Please include photos and links to any online information about your wares. Holiday themed items, as well as modestly priced and small gifts do well at this fair, organizers said.
:Blood drive: Haverhill High School and the Kiwanis are sponsoring a Haverhill Community Blood Drive on Monday, Dec. 10 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Haverhill High School cafeteria. To make an appointment please call: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit: redcrossblood.org
:Winter music series: The Meetinghouse Park Summer Music Series in Hampstead announces its first winter concert Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at 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.
: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.
:Clothing drive: The New Moon Coffeehouse is participating in the UMass Boston’s Golden Key society’s “Share the Warmth” clothing drive. During each winter concert (November to February) the New Moon will collect winter outerwear, including coats, hats, mittens, sweaters and boots. The items are then donated to various nonprofit organizations in the Greater Boston area that serve the homeless and those in need. Last year, the New Moon participated in the program along with more than a dozen other area coffeehouses. Together, the venues collected over 2,400 pounds of clothing that was shared with five nonprofit organizations. Help keep those in need warm this winter. Grab your unwanted coats and jackets, bring them to the concert and we’ll make sure they keep someone warm this winter.
: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.