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March 20, 2013

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The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :Mass held to honor public safety personnel: A Blue Mass honoring all public safety personnel in Greater Haverhill will be held May 5 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Church. A banquet will follow in the lower level of the church. 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 RSVP by April 5 to Deacon Tom Anthony at 978-973-0437 or razorsedge1970@aol.com.

First time home buyer workshop: Community Action Inc. is offering a first time home buyer education workshop for area residents beginning March 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Presidential Gardens Community Room, 140 Evergreen Drive, Bradford. Participants will receive comprehensive information offered by housing professionals including bank lenders, buyer/seller real estate brokers, housing attorneys, insurance agents home inspectors and credit counselors. A state approved certificate is awarded after completion of the three-night course. Classes are March 28 and April 2 and 4. The cost is $60 per household. There are no income requirements to take this training. For more information, contact Richard Lynch at 978-373-1971 or Susan Collins Hanley at 978-317-8998.

Chair massages at Citizens Center: The Council on Aging announced that chair massages will be available at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on the first Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon. Licensed massage therapist Susan Ploueffe offers senior citizen pricing of $5 per session. This service is provided on a walk-in basis.

League of Women Voters to show free movie: In honor of National Women’s Month, the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill will present a free showing of “Norma Rae” March 14 in Room 45 of the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Discussion and refreshments will follow. Norma Rae is the story of a southern female mill worker who fought for union and equal rights for women. More information is available by calling 978-702-4502.

:Students to perform ‘High School Musical 2’: Students at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School will perform “High School Musical 2” March 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. The humorous dialogue and high-energy music like “You’re the Music in Me,” “Fabulous” and “Work This Out” has encouraged the young actors to put their often tumultuous lives in perspective, they said, and garner some appreciation that may not have otherwise come until later in life. More information is available by calling 978-373-4101. The school is at 115 Amesbury Line Road.

Roundtable discussion planned: Somebody Cares New England will host a roundtable discussion titled “Building Caring Bridges’’ March 15 from noon to 2 p.m. at 358 Washington St. This event is for mental health providers, community based organizations, churches and law enforcement. Register for free online at www.somebodycaresne.org or call 978-912-7626. This event is sponsored by Merrimack Valley Hospital and Holy Family Hospital.

Fundraiser to feature top Boston comics: Comedy for a Cause, Community Action Inc.’s annual fundraising event, is March 15 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. This comedy triple-header features Boston favorites Graig Murphy, Carolyn Plummer and Jim Lauletta, along with a live auction, raffles and mystery balloons. The show will be hosted by Michael Smith, a New Hampshire teacher, writer and comedian. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and include light appetizers and a cash bar. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 978-373-1971.

:Bean supper: St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will hold a bean supper March 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. The meal includes hot-dogs, rolls, two kinds of homemade beans, potato salads and other salads as well as homemade pies and cakes, coffee, tea and juice. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. The church is at 119 Washington St., Groveland. More information is available by calling 978-373-1270 or visiting www.saintjamesgroveland.org.

St. Joseph School holds auction/comedy night: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold its annual auction and comedy night March 16 at DiBurro’s function hall. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature Paul Nardizzi, one of the country’s top comedians, and Stephen Bjork, one of the funniest observational humorists in Boston. Auction items include several options for getaways, sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind classroom projects and more. Students in each grade created a custom piece of art, always unique and of heirloom quality. Proceeds support the school. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $35 per person and include a drink ticket, food, the comedy show and auction. More information is available online at www.sjshav.com.

Free Market event planned: The Vine, in partnership with Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of Haverhill, will hold its annual Free Market March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd UMC, 471 Main St. The public is invited. Customers will be given tickets to pay for purchases, but everything is free. A free bread and soup lunch will be served at the church. Donations of household goods and clothing are needed to make them available for free to the Haverhill community. No televisions, computers or large pieces of furniture will be accepted. Donations can dropped off at the church March 14 from 5 to 7 p.m., March 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. and March 16 from 8 to 10 a.m. More information is available from Keith Boucher at 603-203-4917 or zoomblaster@yahoo.com.

Annual Run to the Beach: The Andover Striders, in association with the Winner’s Circle Running Club, will present their annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” run March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net.

Conference to focus on economic growth: Northern Essex Community College, with the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and the Haverhill Horizons Hardware Challenge, will host the Open Innovation Conference 2013 March 20 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on NECC’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. More information is available from John Michitson at michitson@mitre.org.

Comic to perform at fundraiser: The second annual mental wellness fundraiser for the Haverhill Clubhouse is March 21 and features “A Comedy Cure All of Humor and Humanity” starring comic Jessica Kirson. The show is in the Galleria at Maria’s Restaurant, 83-85 Essex St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is at 8:30 p.m. Kirson has appeared on “The Tonight Show,’’ “Comedy Central’’ and “Last Comic Standing.’’ Tickets are $20 each at the door or by email to amytee@comcast.net. For a sampling of Kirson’s humor, visit www.jessicakirson.com.

Church to hold craft fair: Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., will hold its fourth annual Spring Fling Craft Fair March 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event organizers are seeking crafters to participate in this event. The fee is $30 for a 3-by-6-foot table with chairs. All proceeds support the Riverside Memorial missions fund. For more information, contact Renee Cannon at 617-455-2792 or email ms.renee1969@yahoo.com. Applications can be submitted online at http://thebusychickadees.com. Space is limited and the church ran out of tables last year.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Pentucket Kiwanis will hold a free pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny March 23 at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St. The breakfast is from 8 a.m. to noon. Reservations are not required. The event will also include pictures with the Easter Bunny and goodies for the kids. Cash donations will be accepted to help local community organizations in the Haverhill area.

Students to present musical comedy: Students at Haverhill High School will present the Tony Award winning musical comedy, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” March 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Performances are in the Haverhill High auditorium, 137 Monument St. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door.

Cabaret dinner theater: Spotlight Playhouse will present “Broadway on Essex,” a Cabaret Dinner Theater, March 23 at 6:15 p.m. at the Galleria at Maria’s Restaurant, 83-85 Essex St. The show features a cast from theater houses across the state, singing Broadway favorites both old and new, including pieces from “Oklahoma,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago,” “Wicked” and “Cabaret.’’ Tickets, $35 each, include dinner, coffee, tea and a homemade dessert buffet during intermission. Tickets are available by calling 978-380-8508, by emailing tickets@spotlightplayhouse.org, or online at eventbrite.com by searching for “Broadway on Essex.” More information is available at www.spotlightplayhouse.org.

:Grant writing workshops offered: A series of three grant writing workshops will be held at Northern Essex Community College’s Riverwalk campus at 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Entry K, in Lawrence. Introduction to Grants Research is March 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. Introduction to Grant Writing for Beginners is April 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Introduction to Grant Writing II for Beginners is April 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost of each workshop is $30. NECC’s Grant Resource Center and its workshops are supported in part by funding from The United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley and Associated Grant Makers, and in collaboration with Jericho Road Lawrence. More information is available from Dawna Perez at 978-738-7605 or dperez@necc.mass.edu.

Haverhill Republican City Committee to meet: The public is invited to a meeting of the Haverhill Republican City Committee on March 28 at 7 p.m. in the public library’s Johnson Auditorium. Committee Chairman William Ryan said Lenny Mirra, R-West Newbury, as well as Tim Imholt, R-Andover, a 2014 Republican Congressional candidate have been invited to speak. The committee will discuss having a fundraiser/straw poll before the April Republican primary. Field personnel for the three Republican candidates will be looking for volunteers. More information is available by calling Ryan at 978-521-1130.

Celebrity impersonator show: A group of Haverhill High School students will impersonate a variety of celebrities March 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the public library auditorium, 99 Main St. This event was postponed from Feb. 9 due to snow. The show is free and open to Haverhill residents over the age of 12. Enjoy an array of “star” performances in a two-hour show featuring students impersonating celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston and Brittany Spears. More information is available from Sam Sednek at 978-373-1586, ext. 650. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Chamber WOW Conference: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 17th annual Winning Opportunities for Women (WOW) Conference April 5. This day-long event will be held at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury. Cost of the conference is $89 for chamber members and $99 for non-members. The event includes breakfast, lunch, speakers, interactive sessions and more. To register or for more information contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com. Visit www.haverhillchamber.com.

Road race/walk announced: Sacred Hearts School will hold its first Hawk Road Race/Walk April 6. The 1-mile walk/run is at 9:30 a.m. The 5K walk/run is at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Agnes Hayes 978-372-5451 or visit online at www.sacredheartsbradford.org.

Pottery studio fundraiser: From April 5 to 7, You’re Fired, a pottery and mosaics studio in Salem, N.H., will donate their sitting fee of $8 per adult and $6 per child to St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish in Haverhill. Please let them know you are there for this school fundraiser. Bring friends, family, neighbors and anyone else who is looking to spend a few hours tapping into their inner artist. You’re Fired is located at 264 North Broadway, Salem, behind the Colosseum Restaurant. For more information visit www.yourefirednh.com or call 603-894-5456.

Road race/walk on tap: Sacred Hearts School will hold its first Hawk Road Race/Walk April 6. The 1-mile walk/run is at 9:30 a.m. The 5K walk/run is at 10 a.m. For more information contact Agnes Hayes 978-372-5451 or visit online at www.sacredheartsbradford.org.

Legacy of Leading event: The agencies of Home Health Foundation will honor State Rep. Brian Dempsey and Rosanne J. DiStefano, executive director of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley at the annual Legacy of Leading event April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Andover Country Club. The event includes dinner and jazz entertainment by The George Farrell Group. Each year, the Legacy of Leading pays tribute to those in the community who show great support of the health and well-being of the Greater Merrimack Valley communities, as well as a commitment to the mission of the agencies of Home Health Foundation. Tickets are a $125 donation per person, with proceeds going to the Home Health Foundation. For tickets, more information and sponsorship opportunities contact Lauren Galimi at 978-552-4927. Space is limited, so please reserve your tickets by March 27. Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare Inc. are not-for-profit agencies of Home Health Foundation. Visit online at www.homehealthfoundation.org.

Essex National Heritage Commission to meet: The Essex National Heritage Commission will hold its annual meeting and networking event April 10 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Winnekenni Castle. The public is welcome to attend this free networking opportunity that will further connect people with the work of Essex Heritage and that of its partners. Essex Heritage’s semi-annual meetings provide a unique opportunity for Essex Heritage trustees, commissioners, members, supporters and partners to network with the public on a wide range of ongoing initiatives in the Essex National Heritage Area. For more information or to register, call 978-740-0444 or visit www.EssexHeritage.org.

School plans spaghetti supper: A spaghetti dinner to support the TEACH program will be held April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. James School, 415 Primrose St. This event was postponed from March 7 due to the weather. The dinner will include dessert and coffee. Tickets, $5 each, are available at the school and at the door. The TEACH program (Therapeutic Educational Assessment Center of Haverhill) serves students with significant cognitive challenges. More information is available by calling 978-374-3482 or 978-374-7486.

Library to host Fairy Tale Ball: On April 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the public library will open its doors to fairy princesses, knights in shining armor and dragons. Join your friends for a fun family evening of music, magic and mayhem, with costumes strongly encouraged. This is an all-ages event. More information is available from Sam Sednek at 978-373-1586, ext. 650.

Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Run: The Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Run will be held April 14 at 1 p.m. The run was postponed from Feb. 24 due to the weather. For updates to the Frozen Shamrock, visit www.runthewildrover.com.

Little Orphan Annie performances on tap: Spotlight Playhouse will present “Little Orphan Annie” in the Haverhill High School auditorium, April 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 3 p.m. Annie, played by Katie Lowell, 11, of Groveland is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, played by Rina Cerrulli of Melrose. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks, played by Kevin Wilson of North Andover. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff, including Grace Farrell, played by Meghan Dalton of Beverly, and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. The show is directed by Darell Keene of Haverhill. Tickets are $20 and $18 for seniors. To purchase tickets call 978-380-8509 or email tickets@spotlightplayhouse.org. Haverhill High School is located at 137 Monument St. Visit online at www.spotlightplayhouse.org.

:Council on Aging plans BSO rehearsal trip: 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.

Reunion planned: The Haverhill High School-Trade School Class of 1948 is planning its 65-year reunion May 15 at DiBurro’s in Ward Hill. 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.