:Pancake breakfast is July 4:Winnekenni Castle will hold its annual Independence Day pancake breakfast on Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m. Fill your plate with flapjacks and more for only $3 per child or $6 per adult. Enjoy lawn toys and fun on the castle’s hillside, including children’s balloon art and bubbles with Doctor Goose. There will also be a children’s coloring contest and decorated “anything-on-wheels” parade. Contest and parade participants should be complete and fully entered by 10 a.m. Line up for the parade is slated for approximately 10:20 a.m. Prizes for best decorated wheels and coloring champs will be awarded. For more information visit www.winnekenni.com.
Library closed for July 4:The public library will be closed on Independence Day and will reopen on Friday, July 5 at 9 a.m. For more information call 978-373-1586 or visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.
Salvation Army looks to send kids to camp: The Salvation Army in Haverhill is seeking donations to help fund a summer camp for children from Haverhill and Groveland. The cost for a week of camp is $300 and the goal is to send 50 kids to the Salvation Army-accredited camp, which is run by The Salvation Army in Sharon. Salvation Army Lt. Jeff Hardy said many deserving children cannot afford to pay and without help will lose this valuable experience. Donations small or large can be sent to The Salvation Army, 395 Main St., Haverhill, MA 01830. More information is available from Hardy at 978-374-7571.
Salvation Army seeks paper products:The Salvation Army in Haverhill is seeking donations of paper products for its meals program, which feeds more than 500 people each week. Items needed include paper plates, napkins, cups, bowls, utensils, paper towels and toilet paper. Donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army, 395 Main St. Donations of money will be accepted as well. More information is available from Lt. Jeff Hardy at 978-374-7571.
Talk on prostate cancer planned:Dr. Ankur Mehta from Steward Health System will lead a prostate cancer information program and support group on Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Mehta will discuss the latest measures to prevent prostate cancer. To reserve your seat please contact Betty Burnell at 978-374-2390, ext. 10.
Summer music series returns: Hampstead’s Meetinghouse Park Summer Music Series continues Tuesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. with The Beatles tribute band, All Together Now. This returning group presents an interactive multi-media experience that features Beatles favorites as well as a few surprises. The audience will also be treated to renditions of nostalgic television commercials from the 1960s. The family-friendly concert is free, sponsored by the Hampstead Cable TV Advisory Board and is held in Meetinghouse Park on Emerson Avenue. Hot dogs, cold drinks and ice cream are available. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Leashed dogs on the perimeter of the park are welcome. Concerts are held rain or shine. For further information visit online at meetinghousepark.org or call 603-329-6047.
Shingles vaccination information session:The Council on Aging will host a shingles vaccination information session to be presented by Walgreens Pharmacy on Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m. Indications for vaccination and insurance coverage will be discussed. To reserve your seat contact Mary Connolly, community health coordinator at 978-374-2390, ext. 15.
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 over 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 show intends to exhibit a wide range of artists doing fine arts and fine crafts from the local region and beyond, offering something for everyone. Applicants will be carefully reviewed based on product quality, uniqueness, and the overall mix of sellers being accepted. The Arts and Crafts Faire will be open 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. Applications and information are available at www.facebook.com/haverhillculturalcouncil.
Annual golf tournament planned: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold its fifth annual golf tournament 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.
Soccer registration 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 email@example.com.
Volunteers needed for SHINE program: The SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) program is looking for Haverhill residents to help Medicare beneficiaries in the community understand the Medicare system. You can become a SHINE counselor and help Medicare beneficiaries understand their Medicare benefits and options. Learn how to simply explain Medicare and compare the costs and benefits of Medicare options. More information is available from Susan Cripps at 978-946-1374.
Nominate a Garden of the Month: The Haverhill Garden Club is seeking nominations for its Garden of the Month program. If you know someone who has an outstanding garden that could be the Garden of the Month for August, call 978-521-0872. The Haverhill Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs Inc., New England Region, and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Northern District.
Woodcarving class resumes: The city’s Council on Aging has resumed its wood carving class on Fridays at 10 a.m. Students are taught by master carver Fred Arakelian. A carving kit of supplies is provided at a one-time-per-project charge of $18. Carving knives are loaned to participants 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.
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 July, 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.
Outdoor concert series returns: The sixth annual Bradford Common Outdoor Music Series kicks off this year with a performance on July 12 of blues, country and rock by Keith Muise & the Telestrators. Opening acts 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 Liz Bills & Jesse Cohen on July 19, Paul Prue & the Blues Men on July 26, 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.
Bereavement program for children: Musical experiences, special keepsake crafts and a host of other fun activities will be enjoyed by children who have undergone a significant loss in their life at Merrimack Valley Hospice’s day long “Summer Break” program on July 18 at Winnekenni Castle. This free and fun program is for children ages 6 to 13 who have experienced a loss. The daylong program, now in its fifth year, was created to give children who have suffered the loss of a loved one a chance to meet others that have similar experiences. The program is open to all children in the community. Children need not have any connection to Merrimack Valley Hospice to participate. The day is supervised and directed by Merrimack Valley Hospice trained professional social workers, nurses and grief counselors and expressive therapists. Registration is required. For more information, contact Jessica at 978-552-4904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Finders summer camp offered: The Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum, now in its 23nd season, begins July 9. Sessions run from Tuesday through Friday. Children may sign up for one or both sessions. 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, please visit http://haverhillhistory.org. You can also call 978-374-4626 or email email@example.com. Session 1, Revolutionary Revel, is July 9 to 12 and focuses on the American Revolution through crafts, food and field trips. Cost is $160. Session 2, Digging into Archaeology, is Aug. 6 to 9. It features 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. More information is available from Kaleigh Pare at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978)-374-4626.
Canoe/kayak orienteering adventure race planned: The Lake Gardner Improvement Association will hold its first Lake Gardner Canoe-O Canoe, Kayak and SUP Orienteering Adventure Race on July 20 at the Lake Gardner public beach off of High Street in Amesbury. For those not familiar with canoe orienteering, it is similar to a scavenger hunt with a canoe, kayak or SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board). The only equipment you will need is your boat, paddles and floatation devises. There will be a canoe orienteering clinic at 9 a.m. and registration is from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Orienteering starting times are from 10 a.m. to noon. This event will feature two great courses and all paddlers from novice to advanced are welcome. There will also be a fun, short course for those who have never experienced orienteering and a longer course for the more experienced. Registration fee is $15 for adults, $10 for current NECKRA members and $5 for youths under 17. This is an easy flat water paddle through scenic Lake Gardner and the Powow River. Ample parking is available. All proceeds will be used for stewardship of the lake and surrounding trails. For more information, visit www.lgia.org, email race director Shaun Burke at email@example.com or call Bernadette Lucas at 978-388-1592.
Psychic reading night planned:Winnekenni Castle will host an evening of psychic readings on Thursday, 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 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.
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 weeks of July 8, 22 and 29. Priority registration is open until May 30. 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 Sunday, 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. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, parasols, friends and family. In the event of inclement weather, the show will take place 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. Registration is $50 or $100 on the day of the event (if space is available) and includes a free raffle ticket for Red Sox tickets. This annual event raises money to support life-saving programs for homeless families and individuals. Choose from 21-, 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. 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. For more information, call 617-670-0637. Volunteers are needed, including massage therapists, EMTs and bicycle mechanics. 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, visit www.emmausinc.org or contact Rachel at email@example.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 is free to attend. 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.
Council on Aging plans trips: A “Little Italy” trip to Providence, R.I., is July 11 and includes a sit-down luncheon at Cassarino’s, located in Little Italy’s Federal Hill. Dessert is at the LaSalle Bakery. A step-on tour guide will provide a historical look at Providence. Tickets are $72 per person. A bus and rail excursion to Portland, Maine, aboard Amtrak’s Downeaster train is July 13. Cost is $89 per person. A summer sail on the schooner Thomas E. Lannon and a visit to Gloucester and Rockport is July 31. Cost is $95 per person. An overnight trip to Tanglewood for a BSO concert with fireworks and the Berkshires is Aug. 6 and 7 and includes deluxe motor coach transportation, one night hotel at the Comfort Inn in Pittsfield, full course luncheon, BSO concert, and admissions to several museums. Cost is $299 per person, double occupancy. 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, luncheon, and performance. 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.