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November 29, 2012

Community calendar

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Doughraiser at Uno

The Haverhill Historical Society will hold a “Dough raiser” fundraiser on Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. at Uno Chicago Grill in Haverhill.

If you order lunch, dinner or take-out and present your waiter or waitress with a coupon, Unos will donate up to 20 percent of your total food bill to the Haverhill Historical Society, Buttonwoods Museum. Coupons will be available at the restaurant so please remember to ask. Visit the museum online at haverhillhistory.org. Visit the restaurant online at unos.com.

Elmo Visiting the Library

The public library will host a visit from Elmo Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. Children will participate in a story time, and can act out books with their favorite Sesame Street character. All participants will have an opportunity to meet Elmo, so bring a camera. Children will receive a free goodie bag filled with a new book and other materials. This program is sponsored by the state’s UFund College Savings plan and MEFA (Massachusetts nonprofit authority helping offer affordable higher education solutions). More information is available from Sherri Galego at 617-680-5496.

Book Chat

The public library will host a Book Chat session Nov. 29 from 10 to 11 a.m.

This is an informal monthly readers advisory group where you can hear the latest fiction and non-fiction reviews and share what you are currently reading. Book Chats also feature author talk alerts, e-reader demonstrations and staff picks. More information is available from Jaclyn Payne at 978-373-1586, ext. 608.

Christmas Carol

Spotlight Playhouse will present “A Christmas Carol: a Live Radio Play” Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 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 Cratchit.

Ruth’s House Raffle

Ruth’s House, a nonprofit thrift store and clothing pantry located at 111 Lafayette Square, will hold a Christmas Raffle and Penny Auction Fundraiser on Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookridge Community Church, 232 Main St. Tickets are available at Ruth’s House in advance at $10 for 25 tickets, or $15 for 25 at the event. Ruth’s House is also asking that you consider making a donation from your business or organization in either the form of money or a prize to be auctioned off to help make this event a success. Proceeds will enable Ruth’s House to continue its ministry. Ruth’s House has a unique referral program, named “Hands Across The Valley,” that enables it to give each referred client four free complete outfits, new undergarments and socks. Each client is given weather-appropriate clothing four times a year. So far this year Ruth’s House has clothed over 5,000 clients. More information is available by calling 978-521-5575 and asking for Ida or Diane.

Tea Fundraiser

Somebody Cares New England is hosting a Christmas Candlelight Tea on Saturday, December 1 at 4 p.m. Enjoy an enchanted evening filled with great food, friends and fashion! There will be live music, raffles and a fashion show with a live auction! Location: 358 Washington St. Haverhill, MA.

Tickets are $25.00 each. To purchase tickets visit somebodycaresne.org or call 978-912-7626.

Photography Exhibit

Winnekenni Castle will host a holiday photography exhibit featuring the work of Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire photographers. Opening day and reception is Nov. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The exhibit will also be open Nov. 27 and 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show will include a silent auction of exhibitor’s select donated works. Active silent bidding will be ongoing for the duration of the exhibit and will continue during the castle’s fourth annual Holiday Gala on Dec. 6, with winners announced at the end of the Gala evening. Photographs on display will be available for purchase (checks only). The Gala is from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature culinary delights, fine wines and malts, live music and raffles. Tickets to the Gala are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Limited edition 2012 castle ornaments will be available for purchase. More information is available at winnekenni.com or by calling 978-521-1686.

Cocoa with Santa

Winnekenni Castle will host Cocoa with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $7 for children and $5 for grown-ups. Includes treats and sweets, hot and cold drinks (including cocoa), kiddie games and holiday activities by Little Sprouts Haverhill-NECC. A visit and photo opportunity with Santa is included. More information is available at winnekenni.com or by calling 978-521-1686.

Family Holiday Concert

Winnekenni Castle will host a free family holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Music Maximus returns to the Castle to ring in the Holidays with children’s music, traditional tunes, seasonal and holiday music, including sing-a-longs. There will be a freewill offering to benefit Emmaus Inc. Refreshments will be available. More information is available at winnekenni.com or by calling 978-521-1686.

Holiday Show: Holiday music spanning 600 years will be the centerpiece of the Northern Essex Community College chorus holiday showcase on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

“The chorus’s repertoire includes a 600-year span,” said Alisa Bucchiere, NECC chorus director. “You can expect to hear everything from William Byrd to Regina Spektor. Mozart, Handel and Irving Berlin are also included in the program.” Soloists this year include Dan Smith of Haverhill and Rebecca O’Barr Salib of North Andover. More information is available from Alisa Bucchiere at abucchiere@necc.mass.edu.

Giving Tree

The Council on Aging Giving Tree will be up on Monday, Dec. 3. Stop by the Citizens Center lobby at 10 Welcome St. and pick up your gift tag. All gifts will be brought to local nursing homes and distributed to seniors in need.

Free Pizza Lunch: The Council on Aging will host a free pizza lunch on Monday, Dec. 3, at 11:15 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Reservations are required by contacting Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390, ext. 11.

Free Medical Seminar

Breast Care in the Elderly, a Medical Meet the Expert seminar with General Surgeon Kathryn Hughes, MD, is Dec. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first floor auditorium. Hughes will discuss breast cancer risk in elderly women, breast cancer screening strategies for elderly women, and the latest treatment and management of breast cancer in elderly women. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. One free contact hour in nursing awarded at the end of the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Merrimack valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. in Haverhill. For more information or to register please contact Jean at 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org. This program meets the criteria for continuing education in nursing in Massachusetts pursuant to 244 CMR 5.04, The Board of Registration in Nursing Rule and Regulations.

Holiday Gala

Winnekenni Castle’s fourth annual Holiday Gala is Thursday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person in advance or $30 per person at the door. The Gala will feature fine wines and malts, Butlers & Bars, live holiday music, hot and cold appetizers and limited edition 2012 custom castle ornaments. More information is available at winnekenni.com or by calling 978-521-1686. This event is presented by the Winnekenni Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization which maintains and operates the Castle.

Medical Seminar

The 10 Rules of Diabetic Foot Care, a Medical Meet the Expert seminar with Podiatric Surgeon Debra Eisner, DPM, is Dec. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first floor auditorium. Cost of $5 includes presentation and full lunch. Menu is sliced stuffed chicken breast with cream sauce, rice pilaf, peas and pearl onions, tossed salad with dressing, rolls, coffee, tea, lemon/mint water and pie. Merrimack Valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. in Haverhill. Registration is required. For more information or to register contact Katie at 978-521-8140.

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.

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 winnekenni@yahoo.com. 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

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 Street,

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.