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January 30, 2014

Library to host 'I Can Help' author at upcoming event

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — The public library will celebrate “Take Your Child to the Library Day” on Saturday, Feb. 1.

This event will include a visit by children’s author and illustrator David Hyde Costello, who will present a program about kindness and community titled “I Can Help” from 1 to 2 p.m.

All the animals in his story will be familiar to kids, with the possible exception of the sunbird, who has his own special song at the start of the program.


What: Third annual “Take Your Child to the Library Day.”

Why: Nadine Lipman, a children’s librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, came up with the idea for Take Your Child to the Library Day and selected the first Saturday in February as the annual day of celebration. The idea gained popularity immediately, and librarians started planning special events, programs, and displays.

When: Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Costello’s program is from 1 to 2 p.m.)

Where: Public library’s Johnson Auditorium, 99 Main St.

Special events: The Children’s Room will have a raffle for a Barnes & Noble Gift Card (available for children 12 and under) for stopping in and meeting the staff and browsing the library’s resources. New library patrons are welcome to take a tour of the library and get a new library card.

Admission: Free, but registration is required at haverhillpl.org. Click on Calendar of Events, Kids, then search by date.

Here are activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Republican City Committee to meet: Haverhill Republicans who are interested in being elected a delegate to the Massachusetts Republican state convention are invited to a meeting of the Republican City Committee on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6:45 p.m. in the public library’s Johnson Auditorium, 99 Main St.

Haverhill Republican City Committee Chairman William Ryan said the state convention will be held March 22 at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. He said there are several open delegate slots. Field representatives of Charlie Baker, GOP candidate for governor, will speak. More information is available from Ryan at 978-521-1130.

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 works can be seen in the second-floor gallery and represent 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.

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.

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 seminar on heartburn: Heartburn: When Will It End?, a medical Meet the Expert seminar with Steward Health Care Gastroenterologist Norman Miller, MD will be held on Feb. 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium.

Attendees will learn the different diagnoses for upper gastrointestinal symptoms, diagnostic tools for heartburn, and treatment options.

This seminar is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. One contact hour in nursing. For more information or to register, please contact Jean at 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org. The hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave.

Coffeehouse performances on tap: Folk music artist Chelsea Berry will perform at the New Moon Coffeehouse on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m.

Opening act is Kangaralien, the Boston-based acoustic guitar duo of Eric Clemenzi and Steve Belleville. Admission is $20 and $10 for ages 18 and under. Tickets will be available at the door starting around 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be reserved prior to the show by visiting www.newmooncoffeehouse.org, or by calling 978-459-5134.

The New Moon Coffeehouse is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting and enjoying the creative talents of acoustic performers. The coffeehouse offers a relaxing, friendly, smoke and alcohol free environment where you can enjoy a great show, fair trade coffee, and desserts. Bring your own mug and the coffee is only $1 for the evening. The coffeehouse is located in the Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St. There are two parking lots available behind the church, on both sides of Ashland Street. The coffeehouse entrance is at the back of the church.

Gala fundraiser on tap: The “Help Us Help Others” organization will host a gala event on Feb. 15 at DiBurro’s function hall in Ward Hill to benefit the Common Ground Cafe in Haverhill and the Mission of Hope School.

The event is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. and will include live entertainment, music by a disc jockey, as well as silent and live auctions. For tickets visit www.huhogala.org. Tickets are $45 each.

Workshop on Health and Wellness: Dr. Beth Greene of New Life Chiropractic in Central Plaza will share tips and suggestions for keeping the spine healthy at all ages in order to minimize pain and maximize function.

This workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Greene focuses on the importance of being active, preventing and healing injury as well as the role good nutrition plays in our lives. To reserve your seat at this talk, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

College finance meeting planned: Northern Essex Community College will host a FAFSA Day Massachusetts on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m at the John R. Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin Street, Lawrence.

Counselors will guide participants through the process of completing and filing a FAFSA application form online. Spanish translators will be available. NECC is just one of more than two dozen locations throughout the state that will host FAFSA filing events.

To register for this event, visit www.fafsaday.org. More information is available form Despina Lambropoulos at 978-556-3607, dlambropoulos@necc.mass.edu or Erika Callahan at 978-738-7487, ecallahan@necc.mass.edu.

Prescription Advantage presentation on tap: Kathy Devine of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in Massachusetts will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the Massachusetts Prescription Advantage Program.

Prescription Advantage is a prescription drug insurance plan that is available to Massachusetts residents 65 and older as well as younger people with disabilities who meet income and employment guidelines. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Haverhill Senior Baseball registration: Haverhill Senior Baseball is accepting applications for the 2014 season.

Sign-ups will be held at the public library on 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 players 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.

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.

For more information about the run, contact Dave 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-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.

NECC to host second annual Campus Classic 5K/Fun Run: 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 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.

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.

STEM College for Kids returns to NECC: Northern Essex Community College’s STEM College for Kids summer program will return to the Haverhill campus July 7 to Aug. 1.

Participants can enroll for one week or all four weeks. While the program is designed with a focus on fun Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses, there are many art and athletic opportunities to choose from.

Children are encouraged to explore different subjects, gain new knowledge, and develop new skills in an engaging and supervised college campus environment. For more information or to be put on the brochure mailing list once the schedule has been finalized, please contact Vanessa Pepin at 978-659-1207 or email vpepin@necc.mass.edu. Visit the college online at www.necc.mass.edu.