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October 25, 2012

Community calendar

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :Labor poster shown: An International Labor Poster Exhibit by Stephen Lewis, SEIU Local 509, is on display at the public library through Oct. 27. Lewis is a long-time activist in the labor movement. Poster art is one of the most powerful means of communication and the examples in this second exhibit speak eloquently of the battle for economic, political, and social achievements of women. The artists who created these posters reflect their respective cultures as well as their own creative consciousness.

This exhibit, titled “International Women’s Day” will be on display on the second floor during regular library hours: Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student art show: The annual Susan Kneeland student art show runs through Oct. 27 at the Buttonwoods Museum. The museum is at 240 Water St. Visit online at haverhillhistory.org or email info@haverhillhistory.org.

NECC open house: Anyone interested in learning more about Northern Essex Community College is invited to attend an open house Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hartleb Technology Center, TC-103A/B on the Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St. At the open house, visitors can tour the Haverhill campus, learn about financial aid and explore the college’s more than 70 academic programs. Topics to be discussed will include transfer options after graduating from Northern Essex, the support services available to help students succeed, and the many clubs, sports, and other opportunities available to NECC students. This Open House is geared toward high school juniors and seniors and their families, as well as adult students who are considering returning to school for career or personal growth. More information is available from Enrollment Services at 978-556-3700 or admissions@necc.mass.edu.

Computer classes: The Learn About Computers Everyday (LACE) program of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc. is offering a variety of computer classes in October, November and December. Classes are at 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, and are based on the Windows Vista operating system. Classes are: Intro to computers, Oct. 29 to Dec. 10, from 9 to 11:00 a.m.; internet and email, Oct. 30 to Dec. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.; computer graphics, Oct. 30 to Dec. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.; intermediate computer, Nov. 1 to Nov. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.; and digital camera/pictures, Nov. 7 to Dec. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. There are no classes Thanksgiving week. Advanced registration is required by Oct. 29. For more information call 800-892-0890, ext. 1516, and leave a message or email lace1050@yahoo.com. Visit http://elderservices.tripod.com.

Pumpkin festivals: Chris’ Farm Stand at Silsby’s Farm, 436 Salem St., will hold its annual Pumpkin Festivals every weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Activities, for a small fee, include hay rides, pony rides, a hay castle, corn maze, games for younger children, and pick-your-own pumpkin patch. A “love a bunny” pen offers children a chance to interact with live bunnies and be photographed by their parents. There will be free farm animal and tractor displays, a free haunted house for toddlers and fall photo opportunities. A country cookout, slush, locally grown corn and apples will be available. Fresh vegetables and fall decorations such as dried corn stalks will be available for purchase. Visit online at chrisfarmstand.com or call 978-994-4315.

Halloween party: The Haverhill Council on Aging will host its annual Halloween party and dance at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St, Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m. The party will include a horribles parade, prizes, and goodies. Costumes are optional. Lunch will include pizza, salad, cookies, and coffee. Tickets at $5 per person, are available by calling 978-374-2390 and speaking to Kathy Bresnahan at ext. 11 or Rita LaBella at ext 16.

Girls basketball clinics: The Haverhill Recreation Department will have instructional basketball sessions Saturday mornings from Nov. 3 to Jan. 26. Players from grades three and four train from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Grades five and six are from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and grades seven and eight are from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. The program is run by Haverhill High girls basketball coach Bob Melillo. Instructors are Shawna Murphy Mottram Beth Pickles Eddy, Michelle Boudreau Joubert, Alicia Murray and the Varsity Girl’s Basketball Team. Registration is online at the Haverhill Recreation Department’s website. The cost is $45 for 10 sessions (scholarships are available). If you have questions call Vinny Ouellette at 978-374-2388, ext. 28, or Bob Melillo 617-872-7777.

Eli Hops fundraising event: Eli Hops will be hosting a fundraising event on Nov.3 at the Haverhill AMVETS function room from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eli Hops invites professional and volunteer skill toy performers, musicians, artists, dancers, martial artists, and special needs groups to come and demonstrate and teach what they do for the attendees of the events. Attendees are asked for a “donation of goodwill” at the door, of which 100 percent goes to the cause. Businesses at the event are encouraged to give a percentage of the day’s sales or a predetermined flat-rate donation to the cause, of which 100 percent goes to the cause. There are also smaller fundraising efforts, such as donated artwork for sale and raffles. For more information contact; Marion Rizzo at (978) 374-2198.

School of Montessori open house: The Andover School of Montessori is holding its Fall Open House on Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. The school is a pre-kindergarten through grade 8 school located at 400 South Main Street, Andover. For more information contact Yvonne Howard, Director of Admission, at 978 475 2299 ext. 33, or www.andovermontessori.org.

Council on Aging Atlantic City Trip: The Council on Aging is offering a gambling trip to the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City from Nov. 7 to 9. This fully-escorted tour includes luxury motor coach, deluxe hotel accommodations, $25 slot bonus, two buffet dinners and a “Christmas from the White Mountains” show featuring Don Who. Cost is $179 per person, double occupancy. For reservations or more information, call 978-374-2390 and speak with Kathy Bresnahan, ext. 11, or Rita LaBella, ext. 16.

Fit run: The Hillies Havoc fit run will be held Nov.11at Winnekenni Castle. The first-annual event is an all-out test of endurance and agility, with four divisions negotiating a four-mile walk, run or havoc filled eight-obstacle race course. All competitors receive a Hillies Havoc T-shirt. Overflow parking and bus shuttle available from Pentucket Lake Elementary School, 252 Concord St. Support the partnership with the Haverhill YMCA and Haverhill Athletic Department supporting Haverhill youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The event will benefit Haverhill High user fees and Haverhill YMCA Teen Leaders Club. For additional information, including event criteria, sponsorship opportunity and additional information please contact Ryan Allen at 978-374-0506, ext., 1660, or allenr@northshoreymca.org.

Bradford Grange events: The Bradford Grange is hosting free public events including All-Natural Holiday Decorating on Nov. 15 and a Holiday Potluck Party on Dec. 20. For more information email bradfordgrange@verizon.net or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BradfordGrange. Meetings for the Grange are held the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Veasey Memorial Park in Groveland unless otherwise noted. Meeting dates, times, and locations may change. Email us at bradfordgrange@verizon.net to confirm meeting information.

Concerts upcoming: The Essex Chamber Music Players, in residence at Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill Campus, will continue its 12th concert season with a fundraiser featuring the Essex Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, November 18, at the Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. The event will feature music originals and American popular standards with ECMP’s Artistic Director and flutist Michael Finegold, internationally renowned classical composer and jazz pianist Tom McKinley, Boston’s top bassist Bruce Gertz, and well -known jazz drummer Joe Hunt. For additional information contact Mike Finegold at ecmp314@comcast.net or call 978-470-1584.

Senior knitting and craft fair: The Council on Aging will host a senior knitting and craft fair Nov. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. This fair will provide an opportunity for knitters and crafters to sell their items and for holiday shoppers to buy hand-made items. Senior citizens who are interested in selling their items or people who need more information are asked to call 978-374-2390 and speak to Kathy Bresnahan, ext. 11, or Rita LaBella, ext. 16.