hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

June 7, 2012

Community events


LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Police Summer Camp: Applications for the Haverhill Police Department's GREAT/DARE Days summer camp will be available beginning June 6 and can be picked up in the lobby of the Police Station, 40 Bailey Blvd. The camp, held at Consentino Middle School, is free to Haverhill children ages 8 to 11 and runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 9 through Aug. 17. The camp consists of scheduled recreational activities, guest speakers and field trips. Parents/guardians of children planning to participate in this program will be asked to fill out a permission slip, including medical information, and return it to the Haverhill Police Department no later than June 29. Parents/Guardians will need to provide a snack and lunch for their child. Police ask that parents arrange for their children's transportation and inform them of those arrangements so that campers are not left stranded at the end of the day. Campers who actively participate in all activities on a daily basis and attend camp on a regular basis will be considered for field trips throughout the summer.

Pizza Night Fundraiser: The Haverhill Police Department will once again be sponsoring the GREAT/DARE Days summer youth camp program. The camp is free to Haverhill children and police are in the process of finalizing the dates, times and the camp schedule. To help pay for the program, police will hold pizza night fundraisers June 7 and June 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Papa Gino's, 782 River St. The restaurant will donate up to 20 percent of sales to the program. There will be both dine-in and carry out options but delivery is excluded. Coupons for both nights will be distributed to all the Haverhill middle schools, will be posted on the Consentino Middle School website, in the lobby of the police station at 40 Bailey Blvd. and inside Papa Gino's on the days of the events.

Dinner Theater Musical: Spotlight Playhouse, a nonprofit community theater group based in Haverhill, will present "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," a dinner theater musical, June 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and June 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. at Maria's Restaurant, 83 Essex St. The theater opens for dinner at these times. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, and to those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?" A stellar cast includes Kat Aberle or Waltham, Ryan Jennings of Andover, Steven Kosakow of Melrose and Becky Ruccio of North Chelmsford. The show is directed by Darrell Keene of Haverhill. Tickets are $35, regular admission, $30 for seniors 65 and over and children 12 and under, $33 for Spotlight Playhouse members and $30 per person for groups of eight or more. A buffet is included. Tickets are available at spotlightplayhouse.org, by calling 978-380-8509 or by email to tickets@spotlightplayhouse.org.

Community Flea Market: The First Church of Christ will host a "Treasures on the Common" community flea market June 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Bradford Common. Spaces are $10 each. Please bring your own tables and chairs. To reserve a space call 978-374-1114 or email office@fccbradford.org.

March for Peace: Haverhill High School's Violence Intervention & Prevention Team and Haverhill Public Schools will host the city's annual March for Peace June 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marchers will assemble at Wendy's on South Main Street then will proceed across the Basiliere Bridge to GAR Park and the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. This event brings the community together to raise awareness, offer education and celebrate efforts that address and prevent the impact of violence. The event includes a march for peace, youth speak-out, cooperative games, educational and fun activities, chair massage, zumba, music and free entertainment. This event is sponsored by Haverhill High's VIP Team, Haverhill Community Violence Coalition Inc. and Haverhill Public Schools. In existence since 2005, the VIP Team strives to prevent violence and promote peace and respect throughout Haverhill's schools and the community.

Dolly n' Me Princess Tea: Winnekenni Castle will holds its annual spring Dolly n' Me Princess Tea June 10 at 1 p.m. This signature castle event is an opportunity for young girls to wear their frilly finest and have a special grown-up day. The event will feature fancy finger food and treats, tea from fancy pots, photo opportunities and a visit with the Princess of Winnekenni Castle. A genuine American Girl Doll will be raffled. Doll clothes and other favorite items will be available for purchase. This event is recommended for children ages 3 and up. Tickets, available online in advance, are $20 per child and $25 per adult. If space is available, tickets at the door will be $25 per child and $30 per adult. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information visit winnekenni.com.

Stress Management Workshop: The Council on Aging will host a presentation titled "Super Seniors Stress Management Workshop" June 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Dr. Tria Sykes will discuss how to identify hidden stressors in your life and how to safely and effectively manage them. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Home Buyer Training: Community Action Inc. is offering a first time homebuyer education workshop for area residents beginning June 12 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 June 12, 14 and 19. 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.

Elder Services Q and A Discussion: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will hold a question and answer discussion regarding elder abuse and all services provided by Elder Services June 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. This event is free and open to the public.

Brightside Looking for Helpers: Haverhill's Brightside is looking for interested individuals who would love to give input with suggestions and ideas for the group. An informal get-together will be help on Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. in room 205 at City Hall. Any questions please call Elaine at 978-372-3861.

Chamber Dinner: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 96th annual meeting and dinner June 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at DiBurro's in Ward Hill. This capstone event, held in partnership with Pentucket Bank, celebrates the Chamber's program year. The Chamber will bid farewell to its President and CEO James Jajuga, who served from 2007 to 2012. Guests who will pay tribute to Jajuga include former State Sen. Steven Baddour, State Rep. Brian Dempsey, Mayor James Fiorentini and Sheriff Frank Cousins Jr. Chairman of the Board of Directors, John Chemaly of Trinity EMS will talk about the Chamber's plans for the next year. In addition, the Board of Directors will reveal the newly appointed Executive Director, who will be making a first address at the dinner. The event will also highlight the Chamber's annual award winners. They are: Leanne Eastman of Pentucket Bank, the Charles E. Billups Award; Ken Nydam of Covanta Energy, the Jerry Loy Outstanding Director of the Year Award, and Haverhill resident and volunteer Michael Macdonald, who will receive the Community Leadership Award. Tickets are $85 per person or $750 per table and cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres and dinner. Reservations and payment are due by June 8. Non-chamber businesses and the public are welcome to attend this event. Sponsors are Pentucket Bank, Northern Essex Community College, Trinity EMS, Covanta Energy Inc. and Sullivan Bille Group. More information is available from Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com. Visit online at haverhillchamber.com. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Pancake Breakfast: The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club will hold a pancake breakfast June 16 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Sarah's Place Adult Day Health, 180 Water St. Tickets are $15 for a family, $5 for adults and $3 for children. The event will include a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds support the Council on Aging's Senior Taxi Voucher Program. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Rosanne at 978-374-0707.

Cycle for Shelter: The 24th annual Cycle for Shelter is July 22, rain or shine. All rides begin on the campus of Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. Cycle for Shelter, a fundraiser for Emmaus Inc., helps the local nonprofit organization provide emergency shelter, long-term affordable housing and services to as many as 200 men, women and children each day. Those services include meals, job and education training, and referrals to other services, such as substance abuse programs. This year's event features four rides, including a 24-mile "weekend warrior" route for novice cyclists. More than 2,500 homeless adults and children will seek help from Emmaus this year as they face homelessness. Riders are asked to raise a minimum of $200. Registration fee is $85 from April 16 to July 13 and $100 on the day of the event, if space is available. Please inquire about family registrations for riders under the age of 18. More information is available online at emmausinc.org or by calling Terri Rousseau at 978-241-3425.

Art Exhibit: The public library is hosting an exhibit of art from the Citizens Center through June 28. Cara Smoley has been teaching drawing and painting to seniors at the center for the last six years and has been teaching art for more than 30 years to children as well to children and adults in inter-generational classes. The show includes works in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and pencil. An opening reception is June 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Artwork is on display in the second floor gallery during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586.

Buttonwoods Museum Meeting: The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society will hold their annual meeting June 26 at the museum, 240 Water St. The business meeting is at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. This year's speaker is Haverhill resident Arthur Veasey, who will present a program on "Lost Haverhill." This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit haverhillhistory.org.

Open house: The East Parish Meeting House Association will hold an open house for viewing the historic property July 7 and Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. The group will also hold a yard sale on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money to help maintain the historic site. For more information, or to donate, call Marion Bergman at 978-372-2652.

Youth Academy: The Essex County Sheriff's Department will host a Youth Academy for children ages 12 to 15 and a Junior Leadership Academy for children ages 8 to 11. Both programs are free and will be offered to communities in the region, including Haverhill, July 9 to 13; Lawrence, July 30 to Aug. 3, and Methuen, Aug. 20 to 24. While the Junior Leadership Academies in Beverly and Masconomet are full, enrollment is still open in all of the other academies. The program runs weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children will tour the Essex County correctional facility, and will participate in Laser Quest, archery, the new ropes course at Essex Agricultural School, a fishing trip, a class with the Essex County District Attorney's Office, a K-9 demonstration, a cookout/graduation and more. Activities for the Junior Leadership Academy will include indoor rock climbing, Curious Creatures, a fishing trip, Jump On In, bowling, a K-9 demonstration, a cookout/graduation and more. Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr. and his staff are providing a program that gets young people off the streets for a week, and allows them to experience a fun, educational and safe program. A variety of agencies have partnered with the sheriff's office to provide this program. For more information including an application, schedule and photos visit mass.gov/essexsheriff/community.

GIVE, GET HELP

YMCA accepting registrations: The Haverhill YMCA is now accepting registrations for it's licensed after school program! Our program provides homework assistance, a nutritious snack, fun curriculum, and engaging classes such as swimming, gymnastics, rock climbing, and more. Also accepting registration for the 2012-2013 school year - and the spots are filling up fast. Contact Cathy Wolf at 978-374-0506, ext. 623 or wolfc@northshoreymca.org

Spotlight Playhouse seeks Board Members: The Haverhill-based Spotlight Playhouse theatre group is seeking new board members to bring fresh perspectives and help chart the group's course for the next few seasons. Board members are elected to two year terms. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 24 Essex St., Haverhill. There are several positions that will be up for election in June. Individuals with backgrounds in marketing, sales or those possessing an interest in theatre are welcome. More information is available by calling 978-380-8509 or info@spotlightplayhouse.org.

Seeking donations: The Buttonwoods Museum is seeking Civil War artifacts and stories pertaining to Haverhill's women both from local families and famous icons. The museum wants to hear your stories and possibly borrow your artifacts for an exhibit planned for this summer focusing on the role of Haverhill's women during the Civil War. More information is available by sending email to info@haverhillhistory.org or by mail to: The Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St., Haverhill, MA 01830. Visit online at haverhillhistory.org or call 978-374-4626.

Donations sought: Ruth's House, a nonprofit thrift store located at 111 Lafayette Square, is in need of donations of gently used clothing in all sizes and types for spring and summer. Winter clothing is not being accepted at this time. Much of the donated clothing is given to clients who are referred by more than 85 agencies and churches in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. Each client is given four weather-appropriate outfits of clothing four times a year and can purchase anything else in the store at a 20 percent discount. You may also drop off donations for the Sacred Hearts food pantry. All donations are tax deductible and donors will be issued receipts for their gifts. Donations may be dropped off on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The store is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More information is available by calling 978-521-5575. Visit online at ruthshouse.org.

Tag days: The officers and members of the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary say the generosity of people in Haverhill helped make their recent Tag Days fundraiser a success. Proceeds will help support a variety of projects, including the Auxiliary's "Adopt a Platoon" program, which provides active members of the military with personal items, the Auxiliary's Bingo and refreshment parties at local nursing homes, veterans hospitals and coffee hours at the Bedford VA and donations to two annual scholarships at Haverhill High School. The Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Post Quarters, 576 Primrose St.

Volunteers Needed: The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is looking for volunteers to conduct tours of the museum during the tourist season, June through October. From a historic site overlooking the Merrimack River, the Buttonwoods tells the story of life in the Merrimack Valley from Native American Indian settlements through today. The museum includes three historic structures - the Duncan House, the John Ward House and Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop. Volunteers are asked to devote two to four hours per week. More information is available from Jan Williams at 978-374-4626 or jwilliams@haverhillhistory.org. Visit online at haverhillhistory.org.

PLACES TO VISIT

Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St.: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays. For more information, call 978-373-1586 or visit haverhillpl.org.

Haverhill Firefighting Museum, 75 Kenoza Ave.: Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Weekday and group visits are available by appointment. For more information, call 978-372-4061.

John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road: Open Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m.; Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.; Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students under 18 and a $10 maximum for a family. For more information, call 978-373-3979.

Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society, John Ward Avenue: Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Tours by appointment only. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 7 to 17 and free for children 7 and under. For details, call 978-374-4626.

COUNCIL OF AGING

The Council on Aging is offering the following upcoming trips:

For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390..

June 7-13: San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

June 12: The Hit Men at Mohegan Sun.

June 18-19: Indian Head Resort.

June 27: Tribute to Dean Martin.

July 2: Tall Ships.

July 8: Tanglewood and The Pops.

Aug. 5-6: Tanglewood.

June 7 to 13: San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Oct. 18: Italian Festival.

Oct. 24: Foxwoods.

Nov. 13: Kings of Country at Mohegan Sun.

For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.