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January 16, 2014

Free Community Skate to benefit Somebody Cares New England


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — The Ice Skating Academy will celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a free community skate at the Haverhill Veterans Rink.

Members of the Academy will be collecting food pantry items for Somebody Cares New England in Haverhill. Donations are not required but appreciated.

IF YOU GO

What: Free Community Skate to benefit Somebody Cares New England.

When: Monday, Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Day.

Time: The skate is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes skate rentals, treats and music by a DJ.

Where: Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, located behind Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St.

Admission: Free, but donations of food pantry items for Somebody Cares are appreciated.

Here are activities and events going on around Haverhill:

New exercise program for seniors: The Council on Aging is starting a new exercise program titled “3B Senior Fitness: Balance, Bones and Brain.” The class will begin on Friday, Jan. 17 and runs from 11 a.m. to noon. The first class is being offered free of charge. Classes will be held at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. This is a comprehensive program of fitness appropriate for seniors and includes balance training to prevent falls, strength training to increase bone density and age appropriate trivia to challenge the brain. By incorporating trivia questions along with the workout, you will enjoy the workout, laugh, and not only challenge your body but your brain too. For more information or to register, call 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

Baseball league registration on tap:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color The Riverside-Bradford Baseball League will hold walk-in registration on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the public library, 99 Main St. Online registration is also available at www.rbbaseball.org. More information is available by sending email to info@rbbaseball.org.

Haverhill Senior Baseball registration: Haverhill Senior Baseball is now accepting applications for the 2014 season. Sign-ups will be held at the public library on Jan. 25 and March 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Applications are also available online at haverhillseniorbaseball.com and can be mailed to PO Box 5202, Bradford, MA 01835.

The spring season will run from mid-April through the end of May and the summer season is from early June through early August. The league is open to youths ages 13 to 15 living in the Haverhill area. More information is available from Larry O’Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807 5068.

Haverhill Youth Soccer registration: Online registration for the spring In-Town soccer season is open until Jan. 31. The program is for boys and girls ages 4 to 12. For more information or details on how to register your child, visit www.haverhillyouthsoccer.org and click the “Registration” tab or send email to registrar@haverhillyouthsoccer.org.

Library presents digital photography exhibition: The public library is hosting a digital photography exhibition that is on display until Jan. 31. The body of work can be seen in the second floor gallery and represents the collective effort of the Northern Essex Community College Creative Digital Black and White Continuing Education classes.

The library is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Jan. 19 and 20, for the holiday.

Cooking class offered: A hands-on cooking class titled “Cooking from the Winter Pantry” will be held on Monday, Jan. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical high School. Learn to cook with everyday staples found in your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer to create delicious week night meals perfect for those chilly evenings.

This hands-on class includes instruction, recipe booklet and a meal at the end of the evening. Cost is $60 and pre-registration required. For more information visit online at www.carolynsfarmkitchen.com or call 978-994-1692.

Author to discuss shocking crimes: Local author Robert Wilhelm will present a scandalous talk titled “Murder and Mayhem in Essex County” on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in the public library’s Johnson Auditorium. Wilhelm will share stories of crimes that shocked locals throughout history, including right here in Haverhill. Please register online.

See classic Sci-fi movies at the library: Every Tuesday morning in January the library is showing a classic sci-fi creature feature film. Stop by at 10 a.m. for viewings on the big screen. Check the library’s online events calendar for movie titles at www.haverhillpl.org.

School to host open house events: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold open house events for the nursery through grade eight on the following days and times: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The school offers small class sizes, accelerated math program, arts programs, extended day, state-of-the-art technology and a broad range of after school activities. For more information visit www.sjshav.com or call 978-521-4256. The school is at 56 Oak Terrace.

E-book help available: Stop by the Citizens Center at 10 Welcome St. on Feb. 4 from 2 to 3 p.m. and learn about e-readers and e-books. Join Nancy House, reference librarian at the public library, for a beginner’s course on using e-books. E-books are becoming more and more popular and you can borrow them for free from your library. House will teach you the basics of using an e-reader and how to use it to access the library’s resources.

Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshop offered: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will present a free diabetes self-management workshop with free nutritional assessments at Merrimack Valley Hospital. The workshop runs for six weeks and will be held on Tuesdays from Jan. 28 to March 4, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave. A complimentary lunch will be provided by the hospital. More information is available from Kathryn at 978-946-1260.

Trip to the Peabody Essex Museum planned: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem on Thursday, Jan. 30 for a guided tour of the “Impressionists on the Water” exhibition. Tickets are $44 per person and include transportation, admission, and a guided tour. More information is available from Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.

Author’s Night at the Vineyard: Pear Tree Publishing in Bradford will hold an “Author’s Night” on Jan. 31 at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown, N.H. Many authors and illustrators are expected to attend. This event is free to the public and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Setup starts at 4 p.m. Early registration is suggested as author/illustrator space is limited. More information, including table fees and registration, is available online at peartreepublishing.net.

Annual Run to the Beach on tap: The Andover Striders in association with the Winners’ Circle Running Club will hold the annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” run March 16 at 10 a.m. The race starts at the North Andover VFW and finishes at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury.

Directed by Dave “Icky” LaBrode, what is essentially a Boston Marathon training run traces a portion of the old Lawrence-to-the-Sea Marathon, which was made famous by 1949 marathoners Johnny Kelly and Louis White. The course follows Route 125 from North Andover into Haverhill, where the course bears right onto Route 110 into Merrimac and through Amesbury. It finishes at the Winner’s Circle for a straight point-to-point course.

There are no official race directors, awards, numbers or T-shirts, but there are water stops. Post-run libations are at the Winner’s Circle, provided by the Andover Striders and the WCRC. For more information, contact LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net. Visit LaBrode on Facebook for updates.

Church plans craft fair: Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., will hold its fifth annual Craft Fair on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event organizers are seeking crafters to participate in this event. The fee is $35 for an 8-foot by 2 1/2 foot table, with chairs included. All proceeds support Riverside Memorial missions fund. For more information contact Renee Cannon at 617-455-2792 or by email to ms.renee1969@yahoo.com. Space is limited so please call early.

College offers online/hybrid courses: With gasoline prices high and personal time at an all-time low, now might be the time to explore taking an online, hybrid (a blend of web-based learning with traditional face to face interaction) or web-enhanced class or classes through Northern Essex Community College’s distance learning program.

For more information or to register call 978-556-3700 or visit www.necc.mass.edu.

NECC to host second annual Campus Classic 5K/Fun Run:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Northern Essex Community College will host its second annual Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run on May 3. The USATF certified 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. on the college’s Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St., and wind through the beautiful rural campus and the surrounding residential neighborhood. Competitive runners — as well as novices and walkers — are invited to participate. Registration for the 5K is $25 before April 5 and $30 after that date. Online registration will remain open until April 30.

Children ages 12 and under are invited to participate in the Fun Run, which is organized by age group with the first race beginning at 9 a.m. Registration for the Fun Run is $10. Following the race, there will be children’s activities including face painting and an obstacle course.

The first 200 5K registrants and the first 50 Fun Run participants will receive T-shirts. Awards will be given to the top male and female overall in the 5K, and in various age divisions. All Fun Run participants will receive an award.

Participants are encouraged to wear apparel from their own college as they run or walk. Proceeds from the race will benefit the NECC Annual Fund, which provides support for student scholarships and academic programs.

For more information or to register online, visit www.necc.mass.edu/campus-classic or contact Lindsey Mayo at lmayo@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3621.