Looking to stretch your legs for a brisk walk, or maybe be more competitive and line up to run against dozens of others?
Afterward, you can relax with family and friends, have a bite to eat and take in some music.
The fifth annual Bradford Elementary 5K and 10K Road Race will be Sept. 22.
The event is from noon to 4 p.m. and will include a Fitness Walk, 1-Mile Fun Run and Family Festival. This USATF-certified race will be professionally timed and will begin and end at the Bradford Common. Awards and prizes for various age groups will be given.
T-shirts go to the first 250 people to register. The event will also feature live music, food and raffles.
Registration for the 5K/10K and Fitness Walk is $22 before Sept. 21 and $30 on the day of the race.
Race day registration starts at 10 a.m. Registration for the children’s Fun Run is $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the race. The Fun Run is at noon, the Fitness Walk is at 12:45 p.m. and the 5K and 10K Road Race is at 1 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Bradford Huskies Cross Country and Track and Field Team and Bradford Elementary School. You can register online at www.bradford5k.org.
IF YOU GO
What: Bradford Elementary 5K and 10K Road Race, including a Fitness Walk, 1-Mile Fun Run and Family Festival
When: Sept. 22, noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Starts and ends at Bradford Common
Here are other events and activities around Haverhill:
:Motorcycle Run and festival for Ozzie’s Kids: The second annual Motorcycle Run & Fundraiser for Ozzie’s Kids will be Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion, 1314 Main St.
Registration for the Motorcycle Run begins at 9 a.m. The run, hosted by the Haverhill Fire Department, starts at 11 a.m. at the American Legion and travels through Plaistow, Exeter and Hampstead, N.H. The cost of $20 per rider and $10 per passenger includes a food ticket. Even if you don’t ride a motorcycle, admission to the event is free. Food from the Chicken Connection will be sold.
A raffle will be held for signed sports memorabilia, a laptop computer and gift certificates to local restaurants, hair salons and other businesses. Face painting and tattoos for kids are 50 cents. Bake sale items range from 50 cents to $1. Craft table items are 50 cents. Children’s games are 50 cents. A visit from the Ghostbusters is from 11 a.m. to noon. Santa Claus will visit from noon to 1 p.m. A presentation by Zoo Creatures is from 1 to 2 p.m. DJ Brittany Buzzell and Kids Karaoke is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Times and special events are subject to change. All fund raised go to support Ozzie’s Kids 2013 Christmas season.
Bella Buildings Walk is Friday: Join local Historian Thomas Spitalere for a stroll down memory lane when he leads a Bella Buildings Walk on Friday, part of this weekend’s Essex National Heritage Trails & Sails events.
The tour begins at 3 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, 124 Washington St., with a discussion of local Italian history. Stroll through the streets of historic downtown Haverhill and explore its rich Italian culture and architectural history. After the great fire of 1882, Italian immigrants who settled in and around Washington Street helped rebuild the city’s decimated shoe industry. Master Italian masons laid the intricate brickwork that is so distinctive of the Queen Ann style buildings.
The walk will allow you to explore areas that made up the Italian district, including River Street, Washington Street and the lower part of the Mount Washington area. Participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. If it rains, the event will move indoors for a lecture about Italian heritage. For more information, contact Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807. More information about Trails & Sails events is available online at www.essexheritage.org.
Ghost Hunt is Friday: Members of the Essex County Ghost Project will lead a tour through one of New England’s most “haunted” graveyards on Friday at 7 p.m.
Gates at Hilldale Cemetery open at 6:30 p.m. Local psychic Kristen Kuri Morita will assist in leading the tour and will use her psychic abilities to help locate spirits. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring cameras and recording devices if you wish. For more information, contact Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807.
Church plans electronics recycling event: The First Church of Christ in Bradford will hold an electronics recycling fundraiser on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fees range from $1 for items such as keyboards, coffee grinders and video games; $2 for items such as toasters and toaster ovens; $5 for items such as cell phones, vacuums, space heaters and humidifiers; $10 items such as for pool pump motors, copiers and television sets smaller than 19 inches; $15 computer monitors and air conditioners, $20 for treadmills; and $25 for television sets larger than 19 inches.
There is no charge for items such as computer CPUs, electrical panels, test equipment, modems, cables, record players and floppy drives. First Church of Christ is at 10 Church St., opposite Bradford Common. For more information, call 978-374-1114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New England Authors Book Sale on tap: The Haverhill High School Classical Academy Parents Association and the New England Authors Expo will hold a book sale on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the high school, 137 Monument St.
Meet and chat with many local New England authors and publishers. Search through hundreds of publications for the newest releases and rare finds. Book subjects include fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, poetry, local history, science, and young adult. Admission is free and food will be available for purchase.
Bean supper planned: St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will hold its next monthly bean supper Sept. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 119 Washington St.
The meal will include baked beans, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw and homemade desserts. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children. For more information about this and other events, please visit online at www.saintjamesgroveland.org.
Children’s concert is a bilingual event: The Methuen Memorial Music Hall will present “Peter and the Wolf” on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to attend this free, bilingual event. Organist Joyce Painter Rice will play the music from “Peter and the Wolf,” composed as an orchestral score by Sergei Prokofiev. Kathy Moran-Wallace and Gladys Linares Medina, staff members at Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen, will read the accompanying story in both English and Spanish respectively. The many colorful sounds on the Music Hall’s Great Organ are ideal for imitating the characters and instruments in this famous musical story.
Moran-Wallace is head of children’s services at the library. Beverly Winn and Phyllis Lungo, also staff members at the Nevins library, assisted with arrangements for this event. Rice, Winn and Lungo all are trustees at the Music Hall. The Methuen Memorial Music Hall is located at 192 Broadway (Route 28), Methuen. Free off-street parking is available. The building is handicap accessible, but please use the rear entrance. More information about the Music Hall is available at mmmh.org.
Coffeehouse begins new season: The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse in Byfield will open its season on Sept. 21 with performances by guitarist/singer/songwriter Max Garcia Conover and singer/songwriter/musician Jamie Kent.
The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center at 7 Central Street, Byfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks are sold throughout the evening. For more information, visit online at www.byfieldcac.org or call 978-463-3335.
Lions Club to hold Wine and Spirits Tasting Tour: The Haverhill Lions Club will hold its first Wine and Spirits Tasting Tour on Sept. 21.
Round-trip transportation departs Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St., at 10 a.m. The first stop is at Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee, N.H., and includes a guided walking tour of the vineyard, winery and distillery. Visitors will sample several wines and spirits and snack on cheese and crackers.
The second stop is at WindRoc Vineyard in Newfields, N.H., where several wines will be sampled, as well as cheese and crackers. A raffle and door prize is included. The third stop is at Sweet Baby Vineyard in East Kingston, N.H., where visitors will sample several wines and enjoy cheese and crackers, and a raffle and door prize.
The bus will return to Haverhill about 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at $35 each and can be reserved by emailing email@example.com. Checks should be made payable to the Haverhill Lions Club and mailed to Douglas Fowler, 43 Columbia Park, Haverhill, MA 01830. Please include your email address or text number. You will be sent a confirmation email. Tickets will be at “will call” at pickup location.
Tattersall Farm Day: The Trustees of Tattersall Farm and the Haverhill Rotary Club will host the sixth annual Tattersall Farm Day on Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m.
The farm is at 542 North Broadway. Rain date is Sept. 29. Tattersall Farm Day is a New England-style cultural and educational event for people of all ages. Activities will include beekeeping, wine making, animal and farming demonstrations, storytelling, crafts, art work, pony rides, hay rides and antique tractors.
Live entertainment is included and food and beverages will be available. The Haverhill Garden Club will hold its second annual Scarecrow Contest as part of the festivities. Categories are school, family and business. All scarecrows must be checked-in between 9 and 11 a.m. at the Haverhill Garden Club booth. The Haverhill Garden Club reserves the right to not accept any scarecrow that is deemed inappropriate. Designs should be non-partisan/non-political, secular, and appropriate for all ages. For more information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meteorologist Matt Noyes will answer weather-related questions. Admission is $5 per adult. Children 16 and under are free. There are additional charges for pony rides and hay rides. Learn about New England farm life and its cultural and historical influence on Haverhill. Proceeds will assist in the rebuilding of the barn. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or email@example.com. Visit online at www.tattersallfarm.org.
Oil portrait study offered: Local artist Mark Hayden will present an oil portrait study demonstration for the Greater Haverhill Arts Association on Sept. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St.
Hayden, a Copley Master artist, has received the prestigious Schroeder Award for Excellence in Portraiture. Through the Copley Society, he has exhibited his works frequently, including master shows at the Harvard Club of Boston and St. Botolph’s Club. He was featured in an article in American Artist Magazine in July 1994.
A native and lifelong resident of Bradford, Hayden conducts classes at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, as well as at his home studio in Bradford. The public is welcome at the demonstration, although space is limited. The event is free for members of the Greater Haverhill Arts Association. A donation of $5 is expected from non-members. For questions or to reserve a spot, contact Don Herook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents invited to Curriculum Night: Haverhill’s Public Schools will hold a curriculum night on Sept. 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Haverhill High School library, 137 Monument St.
Parents are invited to attend this event and meet Mary Malone, assistant superintendent of curriculum. Topics of discussion include the new curriculum frameworks as well as courses, programs of study and MCAS results. Light refreshments will be served.
Poet to speak at White Fund Lecture: Inaugural poet Richard Blanco, a Cuban-American author, will present a lecture titled “Becoming an American,” on Sept. 24 at Lawrence High School, 70-71 North Parish Road, as part of the Northern Essex Community College’s White Fund Lecture Series.
This event, which is free to the public, runs from 8:45 to 10 a.m. and includes a question-and-answer session followed by a book signing. Blanco was selected this year by President Obama to be the fifth inaugural poet in history, joining the ranks of such luminary poets as Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander. On Jan. 21, Blanco read his original poem, “One Today” as an honorary participant in the official inaugural ceremony.
Funded by a generous financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series has provided cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts, and politics. The White Fund is collaborating with Northern Essex on this series. For more information about the White Fund Enlightenment Series, call 978-738-7403 or visit www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.
Life Long Learning to present musical program: Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning program will present a concert featuring vocalist Kasia Sokalla and Jim Seger on the keyboard on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.
Sokalla will perform songs such as “Hey Look Me Over” (Leigh/Coleman) and “Sound of Music” medly (Rogers/Hammerstein). Admission is $2. Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public. For more information or to receive a free calendar of upcoming events, contact Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225 or email@example.com. Visit the artist online at KasiaMusic.com.
Glow Ball Golf Tournament planned: Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill Inc. will hold its annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament on Sept. 27 at Murphy’s Garrison Golf Center on Hilldale Avenue.
Check-in is at 6 p.m. and play begins at dusk. Cost of $50 per golfer includes nine holes of golf, prizes, raffles, an auction and a cookout. Glow balls will be provided.
Mary and Ted Murphy have been hosting this event for the past 11 years with help from Rebuilding Together board members and volunteers.
Proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill in assisting eligible homeowners with no-cost repairs and modifications ensuring safety, warmth and independence. Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill serves Haverhill, Groveland, Georgetown, Boxford, West Newbury, Merrimac, and Plaistow, N.H. Participating homeowners are low-income elderly, disabled, veterans, and families with young children.
Applications are being received for Rebuilding Day, which takes place annually throughout the country on the last Saturday in April. The next Rebuilding Day is April 26. Tee and Green sponsorships are available at $50. Call 978-469-0800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Chili Cook-Off on tap: The Haverhill Firefighting Museum will hold its seventh annual Chili Cook-Off on Sept. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The museum is at 75 Kenoza Ave., just outside Monument Square. Prizes will be awarded for Best Individual, Best Fire House and Best Restaurant entry. Download entry forms at www.haverhillfirefightingmuseum.org or call 978-994-1854 or 978-835-1565. This event will also feature door prizes, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, food and beverages.
Lockhart returns to Merrimack Valley: There is still time to purchase tickets to see Keith Lockhart and Friends on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School in Andover.
The event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation Inc., the Women of NECC and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds will benefit NECC’s Endowment Fund.
Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. The 1918 theatrical Russian parable meant to be “read, played, and danced” tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.
For tickets at $35 each, call 978-556-3870 or visit www.mvarts.info. Discounts are available for students and groups.
Neighborhood group to hold Harvest Festival: A Harvest Festival hosted by the neighborhood improvement group Urban Kindness will be Sept. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Urban Kindness is a branch of The Vine, a new spiritual community in Haverhill. This event will feature food, music and games and is being held in an effort to engage residents in the Mount Washington neighborhood and to build community pride and involvement using the success of The Vine Community Garden on Washington Street, the success of the Fantini Flower Garden, the ongoing creation of DJs Dream Garden (in front of DJs Variety at the corner of High and Washington streets) and efforts to have cleaner streets.
Please contact Keith Boucher at email@example.com to let him know you would like to attend this event or for more information. Visit The Vine online at http://thevinehaverhill.com.
Autumn harvest cooking class offered: A cooking class that celebrates the flavors of autumn will be held on Sept. 30 and again on Oct. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Participants will be taught professional cooking tips and techniques while creating unique seasonal dishes using fresh foods from local farms. This adult cooking class includes instruction, recipes and a dinner at the end of the evening. There is a $60 class fee. For more information or to register, visit www.carolynsfarmkitchen.com, or call Carolyn at 978-994-1692.
Seminar on breast cancer: New Horizons in Women’s Health, a medical Meet the Expert seminar in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be Oct. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium.
Speakers and topics include Introduction to the daVinci Robot with award-winning Gynecologist Melinda Birdsall, MD; Genomics and Genetics in Regard to Breast Cancer with General Surgeon Kathryn Hughes, MD, and Advances in Breast Reconstruction with Reconstructive Surgeon Michael Kutka, MD. The event is free. Registration is required.
Light refreshments will be served. Two free contact hours in nursing will be awarded. Merrimack Valley Hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave. More information is available from Jean at 978-420-1168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospital to hold Harvest Spaghetti Supper: Merrimack Valley Hospital will hold a Harvest Spaghetti Supper fundraiser on Oct. 4 with all proceeds go to the Boston One Fund.
The supper, sponsored by the Employee Activities Committee, will be held at Amvets Post 147, 576 Primrose St., from 6 p.m. to midnight. Seating is limited so please purchase tickets early as this event has sold out every year it has been held. The menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, Italian bread, salad, cash bar and assorted desserts. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. There will be a disc jockey and a 50/50 raffle. To obtain tickets, please call Jude from 2:30 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at 978 374-2000, or Ralph at 978 521-8184.
Forum on Money in Politics planned: The League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill will host a public forum titled “Money in Politics” on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Spurk Building at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, 100 Elliott St.
The topic of discussion is the influence of the campaign finance system in the electoral process and the threat to the vitality of democracy. The forum will be lead by Harvard Law Professor Dr. Lawrence Lessig, founder of Rootstrikers, a nonpartisan organization fighting the corrupting influence of money in politics as the root of America’s problems, and Jeffrey Clements, president and co-founder of Free Speech for People, a national, nonpartisan campaign to challenge the creation of constitutional rights for corporations. Former State Sen. Susan Tucker of Andover is moderator.
This forum is being held in cooperation with the Contemporary Affairs Club of Northern Essex Community College and the Haverhill Democratic and Republican City Committees. More information is available from League President Carole Pelchat at 978-702-4502. Visit online at www.lwv-gh.org.
Suicide prevention walk planned: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold its first Merrimack Valley/Haverhill Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Oct. 5 at Winnekenni Park.
Check-in time is from 8 to 9 a.m. and the walk is from 9 to 11 a.m. These 3- to 5-mile walks take place in hundreds of communities across the country this year, with the proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. More information is available from Mary Beth Traynor at 978-764-8525.
Talk on safety concerns for elders: Michael Springman, protective services supervisor for Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, will lead an informational presentation on the role of protective services in your community and what steps to take if you have concerns about someone you know.
The presentation will be Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Black Cat Benefit Bash planned: Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley (ARMV) will hold its annual Black Cat Benefit Bash on Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the historic Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen.
This silent auction/fundraiser benefits the area’s homeless animals and will feature psychic readings, entertainment, food prepared by local chefs, a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Proceeds help ARMV purchase food, provide medical care and fund sterilization clinics for the many feral, stray, and foster cats in its care. ARMV donation boxes are located at the Market Basket in RiversEdge and Westgate plazas in Haverhill, at Market Basket and Shaw’s in Plaistow, N.H., at Market Basket in North Andover and Lawrence and at Stop & Shop in Methuen.
Donations can also be dropped off at pet adoption events being held weekly at the Petco store in Plaistow. For tickets to the gala, sponsorship opportunities or for more information about ARMV, call 978-374-7233 or visit online at www.armv.org.
Bobby Bell walk/race set: The 27th Annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race/Walk will be Oct. 13 at the Lasting Room Grille, 122 Washington St.
The walk begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the race at 11 a.m. The fee is $25 for preentry and $30 post entry. Free t-shirts go to the first 70 walker entries and first 260 runner entries. Numerous awards in various age, weight, and specialty categories will be presented. There will be ender graded scoring.
A buffet will follow along with a disc jockey and raffle prizes. Thee will be no gender divisions. The event benefits local scholarships, the Haverhill Police Auxiliaries, Haverhill’s Brightside and the Andover Striders. More information is available from David LaBrode at 978-373-3408, 978-376-8289 or email@example.com. Visit online at www.yankeetiming.com/Bbell.
Walk for Youth planned: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold its ninth annual Walk for Youth on Oct. 19 starting at 10 a.m.
Rain date is Oct. 20. The walk will begin and end at the club, located at 55 Emerson St. The family friendly 2-mile route throughout Haverhill’s downtown is designed for people of all ages and walking abilities. Bottled water and light refreshments will be provided. The first 300 people to register will receive Walk for Youth T-shirts.
Money raised enhances the club’s after-school programs, including homework help, daily nutritious snacks, computer center, fine arts program, floor hockey and basketball leagues, cheerleading, dance, martial arts, volleyball, teen programs and game room activities.
Each person who registers will be given a pledge form for individual or corporate sponsorship. Entry forms are available by calling Kathleen Pruett at 978-374-6171, ext. 102. In lieu of walking, donations can be sent to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, 55 Emerson St., Haverhill, MA 01830. The club serves an average of 275 girls and boys daily and has an annual membership of over 800.
Craft fair planned at Citizens Center: The Council on Aging will host a Craft Fair on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.
Local seniors will sell handcrafted items. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Class reunion planned: Haverhill High School’s Class of 1978 will hold its 35-year reunion on Oct. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Salvatore’s on the River in Lawrence.
Tickets are $50 per person. A cash bar will be available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Janine at 860-377-0649 or Robyne at 978-374-4420.
Scout Troop celebrates 100 years: Troop One Haverhill, the oldest Boy Scout troop in the Yankee Clipper Council, will hold its 100th anniversary celebration on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at North Point Bible College, 320 S. Main St., Bradford.
There will be a program with a guest speaker followed by dinner. Tickets are $20 per person. The Troop meets every Friday night from September to mid-June at the Good Shepherd Methodist Church, 471 Main St. For more information about this event, contact David Nichols at email@example.com or 978-373-4310.
Symposium on wound care planned: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Merrimack Valley Hospital and Steward Health Care’s second annual Symposium on Wound Care will be held on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.
Speakers and topics are: Walter Kwass, MD: Introduction and Overview of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; Vera Cooke, DDS, MD: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Osteoradionecrosis; Tammy Dingman, CHT: Managing Risks and Complications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; and Micah Hemani, MD: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Management and Treatment of Radiation Induced Cystitis.
Cost of $25 includes breakfast beverages, lunch, and 3.5 continuing education credits for nurses and physicians. The event is open to the public. Deadline for registration is Oct. 11.
Checks must be made payable to Merrimack Valley Hospital and mailed to Merrimack Valley Hospital, C/O Jean MacDougall-Tattan, Marketing Department, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. For more information or to register, contact Jean MacDougall-Tattan at 978-420-1168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.