:Public invited to Anti Bullying Rally: The Exchange Club of Haverhill will present “Stop the Bull Haverhill,” the city’s first local anti-bullying rally, on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. on the athletic fields behind Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St. More than 1,000 students and adults from Haverhill and surrounding communities are expected to attend. The rally is free and open to the public and features celebrity guests 15-year-old folk singer Hayley Reardon, national spokesperson for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, and 17-year-old Madyson Milordi, Miss Massachusetts Teen USA. The rain-or-shine program of activities includes: DJ for the night, David from Spinner Music Productions; 16-foot jumbo video screen broadcasting the event live; celebrity anti-bullying testimonials; mechanical bull rides; live musical performances; and student engagement activities to spread the message of “Stop the Bull Haverhill.” The event is sponsored in partnership with Haverhill Community Television. For more information visit facebook.com/stopthebullhaverhill or twitter.com/HilliesStopBull.
Planning Commission to meet: The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting on May 16 at 7 p.m. at the MVPC office, 160 Main St. The agenda includes updates on the Regional Comprehensive Plan and Environmental and Transportation Projects for the Merrimack Valley. For more information, contact Nancy Lavallee at 978-374-0519 or email@example.com.
Car wash fundraiser planned: The Haverhill High School Lacrosse Team will hold a car wash on May 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Water Street fire station, weather permitting. Proceeds support the lacrosse team.
All Saints Parish to hold Thanksgiving in May: All Saints Parish will hold a Thanksgiving in May roast turkey dinner with all the fixings in the church hall on May 18 after the 4 p.m. Mass. Entertainment is by “Oldies Live” with Tony and Laurie. Enjoy dinner, conversation, music from the ‘50s and ‘60s and an old fashioned sing-a-long. The cost of the dinner is $8 for adults and $3 for children. The church is at 120 Bellevue Ave.
Talk on elder law planned: The Council on Aging will host a free discussion on elder law on May 16 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Attorney Robert Ford will discuss elder care issues such as estate planning, health care proxies and living wills. To register for this event, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Armenian food festival planned: The Women’s Guild at Hye Pointe Armenian Church in Haverhill will hold its annual food festival on May 18 from noon to 7 p.m. in the church hall at the St. Gregory the Illuminator building, 110 Main St. The festival will feature LuLu kebab, an Armenian favorite. Chicken kebabs and kheyma will be served all day. Paklava, cream and nut khadayif, choreg, spinach pie, string cheese and many other specialty items will be available. All proceeds will go toward the building of the church’s new parish in Bradford.
Haverhill Lions plan Comedy Night: The Haverhill Lions Club will hold its annual Comedy Night on May 18 at the Roma Restaurant in Bradford. Doors open at 6 p.m. for those who would like to have dinner before the show and get good seats. The show features comedian Bucky Lewis and will start at 8 p.m. There will be raffles to help raise money for the Haverhill Lions charities. Tickets are $20 per person. The Haverhill Lions Club serves people in the community by purchasing eyeglasses and providing eye exams for those who cannot afford them, serving the homeless, donating to school groups, and provides donations to the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund. The club meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Maria’s Restaurant on Essex Street. For more information contact Sharon Pecci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheep Shearing Festival on tap: The North Andover Festival Committee will present the 41st annual Sheep Shearing and Arts Festival on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Old North Andover Common. Activities include sheep shearing and herding demonstrations, pony rides, craft fair, food vendors, cowpie bingo and other activities. There will be a free shuttle from the Franklin and Middle schools. For more information, call 978-682-5212 or 978-685-5320.
Woodcarving class resumes at Council on Aging: The city’s Council on Aging has resumed the wood carving class on Fridays at 10 a.m. Students will be taught by master carver Fred Arakelian. A carving kit of supplies will be provided at a one-time-per-project charge of $18. Carving knives will be loaned to participants for free. Course cost is $5 per class for an eight-week session. Registration is required for new students by calling Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.
Seniors Tap Dancing class offered: The Council on Aging will offer a new tap dancing class for area seniors. The class will meet on Mondays at 11 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., and the cost is $5 per class. Instructor Susan Tibbets will lead the class. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Video Production Club meeting: The Video Production Club will meet at the public library on May 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Would you like to learn neat tricks about the art of film making? Join the Video Production Club and explore different ways to make videos and make our own. Meetings are held in the Teen Zone. This program is presented with federal money provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. More information is available from Sarah Moser at 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or email@example.com.
:Exchange Club celebration: The Exchange Club of Haverhill will host its second annual recognition night on May 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St. The event will include the Ace and Youth Scholarship Award, which is presented to students for excellence in educational achievements and overcoming adversity; the Book of Golden Deeds, which honors a local community member who has gone above and beyond in volunteering and supporting his or her community without any recognition; and So Proudly We Hail, which recognizes one resident and one organization in Haverhill for displaying the American flag. The event will conclude with a recognition of the club’s major sponsors and supporters from the past year. Tickets are $20 per person and will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, presentations and award ceremonies. More information is available from Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at www.HaverhillExchangeClub.com.
:First time home buyer training offered: Community Action Inc. is offering a first time home buyer education workshop for area residents beginning May 23 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 May 23, 28 and 30. 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 at 978-317-8998.
Methuen Sons of Italy annual road race: The Methuen Sons of Italy, formerly the Lawrence Sons of Italy, will hold their 24th annual 5K Road Race, Health Walk and 1K Youth Run on May 25. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk and youth run begin at 9:30 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. at the new lodge, 459 Merrimack St., (Route 110) Methuen. The race supports the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill and Merrimack Valley Hospice. Runners and walkers may designate a person or persons to honor on their application form. Certificates will be presented with the honorees’ names. A ceremony will honor our armed forces, our veterans, and especially our Vietnam veterans. Those finishing both the Sons of Italy Race and the Baldi 5-Mile River Run and Fitness Walk (May 26 in Haverhill) will receive a free commemorative cup. There is a reduced fee for those entering both races. A homemade pasta meal will be served after the races. More information and registration is available at www.coolrunning.com. Visit the race online at www.sonsofitalymethuenroadrace.com.
Capture the Flag: Young people ages 12 to 18 are invited to play “Capture the Flag” on the library lawn on May 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or by emailing Sarah Moser at email@example.com.
Library to host talk on beekeeping: The public library will host a free presentation on beekeeping with local beekeeper Bill Hamilton on May 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Hamilton will talk about how to get started in raising bees. The library is at 99 Main St. For more information call Sarah Moser at 978-373-1586, ext. 641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship fundraiser planned: A Bowl-a-Thon in memory of Zack Zalewski of Groveland will be held on May 31 at 6 p.m. at Leo’s Super Bowl, 84 Haverhill Road (Route 110) in Amesbury. Participants may form their own five-person team or simply register and be assigned to a team. The event will include a silent auction, raffle prizes, music, food and beverages. Tickets, $25 for adults and $5 for children, include two strings of bowling, shoes and pizza. All proceeds go to the Zack Zalewski Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established in 2012 in memory of Zack, who lost his life in a car accident in Haverhill in February 2012. His parents, Ed and Cindy Zalewski, want to extend their son’s love of giving by offering two scholarships in his name: The first to a Pentucket Regional High School Senior who exemplifies Zack’s exuberance and charismatic spirit, and the second to a deserving Bagnall Elementary School student who wishes to attend the ski and snowboard program at Ski Bradford, where Zack taught snowboarding. Zack was a 2008 graduate of Pentucket Regional High School, where he was a member of the Sachems football team. He graduated from Northern Essex Community College with a degree in liberal arts. Only 22 at the time of his death, Zack touched many people during his short life. To participate in this fundraiser, contact Ed Zalewski at 978-204-4751 or email@example.com, or Cindy Zalewski at 978-314-5433 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up on Facebook in memory of Zack Zalewski.
Zumbathon for diabetes research: Cedardale Health and Fitness will host a “Zumbathon to Stop Diabetes” on May 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is the grand finale of a string of Fab Fitness Fridays events around the area, all to support Team Ben’s Buds, a New England Classic Tour de Cure team led by Benjamin Goodwin of Plaistow. Goodwin has Type 1 Diabetes and rides to support the American Diabetes Association. The Zumbathon is being run by team captain Meagan Campbell and local Zumba instructors who are passionate about raising money for diabetes research, education and a local diabetes camp. Along with Zumba, there will also be raffle prizes, event swag, and a fun photo booth. Tickets are $15 and the event is open to the public. All proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. More information is available from Meagan Campbell at email@example.com or 603-275-2898.
Osteoporosis is topic of senior lunch program: Osteoporosis – What You Should Know, a senior lunch presentation with Orthopedic surgeon Eugene Brady, MD, will be held on June 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium. The menu includes garden salad, roast pork loin with applesauce, mashed potatoes with gravy, whole green beans, tapioca pudding or apple pie, coffee and tea. The cost of $5 includes a full lunch and the presentation. Merrimack Valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. For more information or to register, please call 978-521-8140.
Trip to the Boston Pops: The Council on Aging will host a trip to the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall on June 7. John Williams will conduct a program titled “Film Night,” which includes much of his cinematic music. Scores from “Star Wars,’’ “Jaws,’’ “Indiana Jones,’’ “ET,’’ “Harry Potter’’ and more will be included in the program. This trip will include a stop at the Prudential Center for shopping or food your own prior to the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $89 per person and include motor coach transportation and a first-balcony Pops ticket. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Dolly ‘n’ Me Princess Tea planned: Winnekenni Castle will host its annual “Dolly ‘n’ Me Princess Tea on June 9 at 1 p.m. This 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 and a visit with the Princess of Winnekenni Castle. A Genuine American Girl Doll will be raffled. The event also includes photo opportunities and fun activities. Doll clothes and other favorite items will be available for sale. This event is recommended for childrenm 3 and older. With advance online purchase, tickets 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 will be limited. To purchase tickets, visit www.winnekenni.com.
Tribute to Women luncheon: The Haverhill YWCA will hold its 24th annual Tribute to Women luncheon on June 11 at DiBurro’s function hall. The social preview begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon program from noon to 2 p.m. Meteorologist Matt Noyes will be the honorary chairperson and keynote speaker. Tickets are $45 per person. Reservations are required by calling 978-374-6121 or visiting the YWCA at 107 Winter St.
Council on Aging offers new trips: The Council on Aging is offering a trip to the Danversport Yacht Club on June 12 for a performance by Charlie Thomas and The Drifters. Tickets are $79 per person and include transportation, lunch at The Common Man in Portsmouth and the show. A trip to the Isle of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor Cruise is June 23. Cost is $89 and includes transportation, lunch, harbor cruise and local touring. More information is available by contacting Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Class reunion planned: The Haverhill High School-Trade School Class of 1953 will hold its 60-year reunion on June 14 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at DiBurro’s function hall. The reunion planning committee is looking for the following classmates: Joan Barteaux Padmore, Gloria Bethel Hayes, Elinor Boches Kraft, Barbara Cosio Savoy, Jacqueline Deveau Carlson, Martha Doyle Wasserman, Doris Emery Cotton, Roberta Ferrick Larsen, Norma Hamel Wiengel, David W. Hughes, Alex J. Kezik, Demetrios Kostas, William N. Levis, Peter J. McDonnell, Joanne Muldowney Richards, Adeline Neusner Bain, Eunice Shaw Perry, David A. Traister and William W. Wright Jr. For more information, contact Joe Nicolosi at 978-373-1295 or Janice Gilroy at 978-372-1442.
NECC reunion, Classes of 1963-1973: Alumni of Northern Essex Community College who graduated between 1963 and 1973 are invited to attend a reunion on June 21 at 4 p.m. at DiBurro’s function hall to reminisce and catch up with classmates. This reunion marks the 50th and 40th graduation anniversaries for the classes of 1963 and 1973, respectively. NECC opened to its first students in 1961, and the class of 1963 is the first class to graduate from the college. Volunteer organizers include class of 1963 members Maurice Viscuso, Rosemarie (Webb) D’Agata, and Bill Klueber, as well as Pat Kennedy of the Class of 1966 and former NECC faculty member and administrator Norman Landry. If you would like to help with reunion preparations or would like more information on the reunion, please contact Lindsey Mayo at 978-556-3621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council on Aging trips offered: The Council on Aging is offering several new trips this summer. A bus and rail excursion to Portland aboard the Downeaster is July 13. Cost is $89 per person. A summer sail on the schooner Thomas E. Lannon and a visit to Gloucester and Rockport is July 31. Cost is $95 per person. A Boston Harbor Cruise to Provincetown is planned for Aug. 3. Cost is $94 per person. An overnight trip to Tanglewood for a BSO concert with fireworks and the Berkshires is Aug. 6 and 7. The trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation, one night hotel at the Comfort Inn in Pittsfield, full course luncheon, BSO concert, and admissions to Chesterwood, Naumkeag and the Norman Rockwell Museum. Cost is $299 per person, double occupancy. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Past Finders summer camp offered: The Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum, now in its 23nd season, begins July 9. Sessions run for one week, meeting Tuesday through Friday. Children may sign up for one or both sessions. Morning drop-off begins at 9 a.m. and pick-up is at 4 p.m. The program is for children in grades one to seven and is designed to teach children about history through hands-on activities, creative arts projects and field trips. To register or for more information, please visit http://haverhillhistory.org. You can also call 978-374-4626 or email email@example.com. Session 1, Revolutionary Revel, is July 9 to 12 and focuses on the American Revolution through crafts, food and field trips. Cost is $160. Session 2, Digging into Archaeology, is Aug. 6 to 9. It features a mock dig. Kids will try cross-mending, dating and researching objects to reconstruct the lives of the original owners. Visits to an archaeological site or museum are included. Cost is $160. More information is available from Kaleigh Pare at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978)-374-4626.
Summer Enrichment programs offered: The nonprofit Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown is offering a Summer Enrichment program for children ages 4 to 6 during the weeks of July 8, July 22 and July 29. Priority registration is open until May 30. To register, please call 978-352-2398. Pentucket Workshop Preschool is located at 161 West Main St., Georgetown.
Council on Aging plans trip to Baltimore: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to Baltimore to see the Boston Red Sox play the Orioles in Camden Yards. Trip departs on July 26 and returns on July 28. A visit to Gettysburg National Park for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is included. This trip includes three Red Sox games at Camden Yards and two nights in the Crown Plaza in Timonium, Maryland, with full American breakfasts. Cost is $449 per person, double occupancy. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.