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September 26, 2013

Firefighting Museum to heat up with annual Chili Cook-Off

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Firefighters are responsible for putting out fires, but in this case they want things to heat up.

In a tasty way, that is.

The Haverhill Firefighting Museum will hold its seventh annual Chili Cook-Off on Sept. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for best individual chili, best fire house chili and best restaurant entry. The event will also feature door prizes, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, food and beverages.


What: Firefighting Museum’s seventh annual Chili Cook-Off.

When: Sept. 28, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: The museum, 75 Kenoza Ave.

How to participate: Download entry forms at www.haverhillfirefightingmuseum.org or call 978-994-1854 or 978-835-1565.

Here are other events and activities happening around Haverhill:

Jazz performance on tap: Enjoy the music of jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk when Bobby Spellman and Friends perform at the Chit Chat Lounge, 103 Washington St., on Sept. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m.

A West Newbury native and jazz trumpeter, Spellman will be performing music by eccentric bebop icon Thelonious Monk and will be joined by drummer and Ipswich native Connor Baker, as well as Boston-based improvisers Tyler Burchfield, Damien Scalise, and Frank Ojeda. Admission is free. This is a 21-and-older event.

Tattersall Farm Day postponed to Sunday: The Trustees of Tattersall Farm and the Haverhill Rotary Club have postponed Tattersall Farm Day to Sept. 29.

The event was scheduled to be held on Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., but was postponed due to concerns for heavy rain and resulting wet fields. The farm is at 542 North Broadway.

Tattersall Farm Day is a cultural and educational event for people of all ages that will feature more than 70 vendors and exhibitors. New to the event this year is a scarecrow contest sponsored by the Haverhill Garden Club. The contest is open to individuals, families, teams, schools, churches, clubs, businesses and other organizations.

Admission to Tattersall Farm Day is $5 per adult. Children 16 and under are admitted free. There are additional charges for pony rides and hay rides. Proceeds will assist in the rebuilding of the barn. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11, or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.org. For more information about this event and the scarecrow contest, visit online at www.tattersallfarm.org.

Life Long Learning presents 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 cboucher@necc.mass.edu. Visit the artist online at KasiaMusic.com.

Hyssong Family to perform: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., will host a return visit of the popular Hyssong Family on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

Dell, Susan and Richard Hyssong travel full-time throughout the United States and Canada delighting audiences with their gift of harmony, humor and brass instruments. The award-winning family performs more than 250 times a year in churches, auditoriums, and on gospel cruises, as well as on television and radio. There is no charge for the concert. A freewill offering will be taken. More information is available by calling 603-329-6047.

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 rtogether@verizon.net for more information.

City to hold electronics recycling day: The city will hold an electronics recycling day on Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Highway Department yard, 500 Primrose St.

This event is sponsored by Allied Computer Brokers. Items accepted for free include VCR and DVD players, printers, fax machines and copiers, stereos, clock radios, treadmills and grills. Computer monitors are $10 and television sets are $15. Fees vary for items such as air conditioners and microwave ovens.

Lockhart returns to Merrimack Valley: There is still time to buy 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 plans 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 zoomblaster@yahoo.com to let him know you would like to attend this event or to get 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 happen 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 at 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org

Library to host Trivia Night: A Trivia Night hosted by Geeks who Drink will be held Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the public library, 99 Main St.

Geeks who Drink host trivia events across the country and will bring their unique brand of humor and knowledge of all things trivial. You can attend as a team or on your own. There will be snacks, prizes and friendly competition. Alcohol will not be allowed. For more information or to register for this event, visit www.haverhillpl.org or call 978-373-1586 with questions.

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.

Hospital to hold Harvest Spaghetti Supper: Merrimack Valley Hospital will hold a Harvest Spaghetti Supper fundraiser on Oct. 4, with all proceeds going 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. For tickets, please call Jude from 2:30 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at 978 374-2000, or Ralph at 978 521-8184.

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.

Disability access training offered: The Massachusetts Office of Disability will hold a two-day Community Access Monitor Training session on Oct. 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.

Pre-registration and costs apply. Please RSVP by Oct. 1.

Topics include regulations of the Mass. Architectural Access Board and the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design.

Community Access Monitor Training is designed for both the individual that seeks to advocate for increased access in their community, as well as for the individual who wants to better understand their obligations to provide access to the disability community.

Materials and lunch are included in the cost of registration for both days. This is a scent free event: Please no perfume, after-shave, cologne, or other scents.

To register and/or make accommodation requests, or for more information, contact Chris Becker at 617-727-7440 or 1-800-322-2020.

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.

Library forming new book club: The public library will host the inaugural meeting of its new book club, Get Lit, on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

Get Lit is a social book group aimed at 20- and 30-somethings. The group will meet monthly at the Barking Dog Ale House in downtown Haverhill. October’s book is “The Fallback Plan” by Leigh Stein. Visit www.getlit.blogspot.com or www.haverhillpl.org. Follow on twitter @getlithpl.

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 pre-entry 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 ickylabrode@verizon.net. 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, 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 senior citizens 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 haverhillhighschool1978@yahoo.com 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 pavid@msn.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 jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Wine tasting and charity auction on tap: The Pentucket Kiwanis Club of Haverhill will hold its fifth annual Let’s Make a Difference wine tasting and charity auction on Nov. 8 in the Galleria Room at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St.

Cost of $35 per person includes wine and beer tasting, carving and pasta station, and silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefit community programs, projects and charities in Greater Haverhill. For tickets or more information, contact Nancy McKenna at nancy.mckenna@ymail.com or 978-521-0445, or Nate Webster at 978-204-4692.