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May 23, 2013

Community calendar

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Woodcarving class resumes: 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 senior citizens. 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.

Methuen Sons of Italy annual road race: The Methuen Sons of Italy, formerly the Lawrence Sons of Italy, will hold its 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 the armed forces, our veterans, and especially 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 online at www.sonsofitalymethuenroadrace.com.

Memorial Day worship service: St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland and All Saints Episcopal Church in West Newbury will celebrate the eucharist and Memorial Day on May 26 at 9:30 a.m. at Mill Pond, Route 113, in West Newbury. This event is rain or shine. Bring your lawn chairs, sunscreen (or umbrellas) to worship with loved ones who have gone before us. For more information, call the James Episcopal Church office at 978-373-1270.

Recycling fundraiser to benefit St. Joseph School: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish is holding a recycling fundraiser from May 28 to June 1 at Recycling I.T., 105 S. Main St., Bradford. Parking is available behind the building or on side streets. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. About 80 percent of the fees collected will be donated to St. Joseph. Fees range from $2 for a standard green Haverhill recycling container filled with wires, cables, power cords or other loose electronics such as routers, transistor radios, telephones and power supplies, to $45 for large tube TVs. There is no charge for laptop computers or cell phones. Information contained on computer hard drives will be destroyed at a secure facility. A certificate of destruction can be provided and the cost will be determined by the number of drives. For a large quantity of items, 12 or more, arrangements can be made to have them picked up. For more information about holding a recycling fundraiser, call 978-374-9677. Mega Recycle I.T. is owned and operated by Megahertz Computer Inc. of Bradford. For a complete list of items that are accepted for recycling, visit online at www.mhzcomputer.com/pages/16.

Capture the Flag: People ages 12 to 18 are invited to play “Capture the Flag” on the public 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 smoser@mvlc.org.

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 smoser@mvlc.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 edz1@aol.com, or Cindy Zalewski at 978-314-5433 or czalewsk@aol.com. 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, various events 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 megcampbell87@gmail.com or 603-275-2898.

Annual school yard sale planned: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will have its annual yard sale on June 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower schoolyard, 56 Oak Terrace. Donations of items are being accepted, with the exception of major electronic items such as computers, monitors and appliances.

Free workshop on downloading eBooks: The public library will host a free workshop on how to download library eBooks to your eReader using the OverDrive Media Console App on June 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This class is open to people with eReaders that have App capability. For patrons with other eReaders, the library is offering one-on-one instruction. Classes are limited to eight people and registration will open on May 20 at 9 a.m. For more information or to sign-up, call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.

Police to host summer camp program: The Police Department will be accepting applications for this year’s GREAT/DARE summer camp program beginning June 3. Applications will be available in the lobby of the police station at 40 Bailey Blvd. This camp is free to Haverhill children ages 8 to 11 and runs from July 8 through Aug. 9. The camp will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Consentino School, 685 Washington St., and consists of scheduled activities, guest speakers and field trips. Parents and guardians must fill out a permission slip, complete with medical information, and return it to the Police Department no later than June 28. Lunch and snack will be provided by the Haverhill public schools summer meal program but parents or guardians will need to provide drinks for their children. Soda is not allowed during camp. Parents are asked to arrange for transportation and inform the camp so that no one is left stranded at the end of the day. Children who actively participate in all activities on a daily basis and attend camp regularly will be considered for field trips throughout the summer.

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 at 140 Lincoln Ave. For more information or to register, please call 978-521-8140.

Free medical seminar: PSA Testing Controversies, a medical Meet the Expert seminar with Urologic Surgeon Christopher Birdsall, MD will be held on June 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave. Birdsall will discuss the Preventive Services Task Force PSA screening recommendations, the American Urologic Association PSA screening guidelines and appropriate PSA use in the screening and monitoring setting. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. One contact hour in nursing is awarded at the end of the presentation. For more information or to register, call 978-420-1168 or email jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Learn about growing medicinal herbs: Herbalist Suzanne Wicks will present a program titled “Culinary Herbs with a Medicinal Twist” on June 5 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Learn the history of four herbs, how to grow and use them, and whether they have medicinal properties. Participants will plant an herb patio garden and receive recipes for using these four herbs. A door prize will be provided. There is a $10 fee for plants and materials. For more information or to sign up for this workshop ($2 refundable registration fee), please contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

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 activities. Doll clothes and other favorite items will be sold. This event is recommended for children 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.

College information session for high school seniors: Northern Essex Community College will hold an admission information session designed specifically for high school seniors on June 11 at 6 p.m. at its Haverhill campus and on June 13 at 6 p.m. at its Lawrence campus. Representatives will be available to answer questions on financial aid, NECC programs, and more. The sessions will be held in the in the Behrakis One-Stop Student Services Center on the Haverhill campus at 100 Elliott St., and at the Lawrence campus at 45 Franklin St. Special registration days and walk-in advising hours for high school seniors will also be available at both locations Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 10 through June 21. For more information, contact NECC enrollment services at 978-556-3700 or admissions@necc.mass.edu.

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 Traister and William Wright Jr. For more information, contact Joe Nicolosi at 978-373-1295 or Janice Gilroy at 978-372-1442.

Workshop on solving computer aggravations planned: The Council on Aging will host a presentation by Miklos Jakos titled “Solving Computer Aggravations” on June 18 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. The presentation will cover 20 of the most common aggravations a person can experience when using a computer. For more information or to register for this workshop, please contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

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. 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 lmayo@necc.mass.edu.

Yard sale planned: Erie 4 Firehouse in Georgetown will hold a Community Yard Sale on June 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at 474 North St. Rain date is June 23. Set up starts at 7 a.m. The community is invited to participate. No early birds please. Rent a 10-by-15-foot space for $20. Refreshments will be sold by Erie 4 Fire Association, including hot dogs, hamburgers, coffee, soda, bottled water and chips. For more information, please contact Donna Clough at 978-352-2545 or d.clow@verizon.net.

Council on Aging plans trips: The Council on Aging is offering several new travel trips, including a bus and rail excursion to Portland aboard the Downeaster on 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 and 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. A trip to Baltimore to see the Boston Red Sox play the Orioles in Camden Yards is July 26 to 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. A trip to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and a boat ride to Cabbage Island for a lobster meal is planned for Aug. 15. The cost is $99. More information is available from 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 from Tuesday through Friday. Children may sign up for one or both sessions. Morning drop-off begins at 9 a.m. and pickup 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 programs@haverhillhistory.org. 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 kpare@haverhillhistory.org or (978)-374-4626.

Bingo night planned: The Erie Fire Association No. 4 Inc. of Georgetown will host its next bingo night on July 18 at 474 North St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Play starts at 7 p.m. and includes 16 regular games. Minimum admission is $4 for six cards. Additional cards are three for $1. Four special games include two 50/50 games. Door prizes will be drawn. Refreshments include hot dogs and free coffee. The Erie Fire Associatoin No. 4 Inc. is the oldest, privately-owned fire company, still fighting fires in the United States, working cooperatively within the Georgetown Fire Department.

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.