:Red Cross offers babysitting training: The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is offering babysitting training. The course will be held Feb. 18 and will cover leadership training, how to set pricing, understanding and caring for kids, safety skills, first aid and more. The Red Cross will also provide resources such as resume and business card templates, a “How to Ace an Interview” guide, a self-assessment tool and a safety inspection list. The class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at the American Red Cross chapter office, 177 Ward Hill Ave. To register call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcross.org/babysitting. The cost of $85 includes all training materials.
:Men’s basketball league forming: The Haverhill YMCA is offering a men’s 30 and over basketball league starting Feb. 19. All games will be played on Tuesday nights at the YMCA, 81 Winter St. Registration is open for teams and individuals. Registration fees are $400 for a team and $65 for an individual. More information is available from Clint Clay at 978-374-0506, ext. 1618, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
:Annual auction announced: Bid on an African Safari, sporting events, restaurant gift certificates and more when Opportunity Works holds its 29th annual Lend-a-Hand Auction. The event is Feb. 23 from noon to 9 p.m. and will be televised live on local Comcast public access channels in the Greater Haverhill and Greater Newburyport communities, as well as streamed on the web through www.portmedia.org. A special preview and pre-bidding of all auction items will be open to the public Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nock Middle School in Newburyport. This year, for the first time, you can pre-bid on some of the auction items at www.biddingforgood.com/opportunityworks, prior to Preview Night and the televised auction. Online bidding is from Feb. 4 to Feb. 18. High bids from the online auction will be transferred to Preview Night and those high bids will be transferred to the live televised auction. You must watch the live auction to make sure you are the highest bidder on your favorite items. Starting Jan. 30, some of the items will be available to view on Bidding for Good before the bidding opens. For more information or to sign up for a Frequent Bidder Number for the live auction, contact Deborah Andrews at 978-462-6144, ext. 234 or email@example.com. Opportunity Works supports 210 individuals from 19 communities in the Merrimack Valley through employment support, community-based day services, day habilitation and clinical and therapeutic services.