Whether you walk or run in this event, you’ll get a good workout.
You’ll also have a good time and help raise money for local organizations.
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 the day of the event. Free T-shirts go to the first 70 walker entries and first 260 runner entries. There will be awards in various age, weight, and specialty categories. There will also be gender-graded scoring.
A buffet will follow, along with raffle prizes and music from a disc jockey.
The event benefits local scholarships, the Haverhill Police Auxiliaries, Haverhill’s Brightside and the Andover Striders.
IF YOU GO
What: 27th Annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race/Walk
When: Oct. 13. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the race at 11 a.m.
Where: Lasting Room Grille, 122 Washington St.
How to participate: Fee is $25 for pre-entry and $30 the day of the event. Information is available from David LaBrode at 978-373-3408, 978-376-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at www.yankeetiming.com/Bbell.
Here are events and activities happening around Haverhill:
Autumn harvest cooking class offered: A cooking class that celebrates the flavors of autumn will be held 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.
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.
CNA information session planned: An information session for individuals interested in becoming a certified nurses aide or home health aide will be held on Oct. 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence.
Community Action Inc. of Haverhill will offer this six-week nurse aid training program in partnership with Northern Essex Community College’s Center for Corporate and Community Education.
This 150-hour daytime program prepares students to sit for the state licensing test to become certified nurses aides and also become a home health aide. The program includes theory, clinical skills and clinical practice at a long term care facility under the supervision of a registered nurse. More information is available from Nancy Tariot at 978-373-1971, ext. 263, Ntariot@comunityactioninc.org or Diane Zold-Gross at 978-659-1221 or email@example.com.
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.
Fire safety open house planned: Residents can learn about fire prevention and safety tips and enjoy free pizza when the Fire Department holds a free open house Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Water Street Fire Station.
October is National Fire Prevention Month and Papa Gino’s restaurants are teaming up with local fire departments, including Haverhill’s, to help educate the community on fire safety and prevention. During the open house, firefighters will demonstrate how to “stop, drop and roll,” how to plan an escape route, and how to crawl to safety through a smoke-filled room.
Firefighters will also give cooking safety and fire prevention tips, and show off Sparky the fire safety mascot. Papa Gino’s on River Street will provide free pizza and children’s fire safety coloring sheets. Fire safety open houses are held to educate the community and help better prepare families in the event of a fire. More information is available from Fire Inspector Steven Trocki at 978-373-8460.
Hippy Dance fundraiser planned: The Haverhill Lions Club will hold a “Hippy Dance” fundraiser to fight blindness on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Haverhill Lodge of Elks, 24 Summer St.
The event will feature music of the ‘50s and ‘60s performed by the Koolest Kids in Skool. Prizes awarded for best costumes. This event also includes a cash bar, raffles, surprises and snacks. Tickets, sold at the door, are $15 per person or $25 for a couple. Tables of 10, available in advance only, are $100. For tickets or more information, contact Doug Fowler at 617-799-3760.
Suicide prevention walk planned:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 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.
Pentucket Burial Ground tour planned: A tour of the historic Pentucket Burial Ground will be held on Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Created in 1660, the Pentucket Burial Ground is Haverhill’s oldest cemetery. Listen to stories about some of Haverhill’s 17th and 18th century inhabitants while touring their final resting place. The tour leaves from the Buttonwoods Museum parking lot and includes a scavenger hunt for children. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for senior and $3 for children ages 7 to 17.
Please come prepared to walk on uneven ground. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Buttonwoods online at www.haverhillhistory.org.
Ghost Hunt at Hilldale Cemetery: Members of the Essex County Ghost Project will lead a ghost hunt through the “haunted” Hilldale Cemetery on Oct. 5.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the ghost hunt begins at 7 p.m. Bring cameras, voice recorders or other paranormal investigation equipment. Cost is $10 at the gate for adults and $3 for children age 7 and under. Proceeds benefit the Hilldale Cemetery restoration fund. More information is available from Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807.
Blessing of the Animals planned: St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will hold a special service that includes a Blessing of the Animals and a celebration of service dogs (with their human partners) on Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m.
Members of the public are invited to bring restrained dogs, cats, and other critters to be blessed during the worship service. Stuffed animals are welcome too. The service is at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 Washington St., Groveland, and will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 978-373-1270 or visit online at www.saintjamesgroveland.org.
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-373-4310.
NECC to host college fair: Northern Essex Community College will once again host the New England Association of College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) Fair on Oct. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Sports and Fitness Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.
About 150 colleges and universities from around the country will be participating in this year’s fair. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be co-hosted by the Greater Newburyport College Night Association, consisting of the school districts of Amesbury, Georgetown, Newburyport, Pentucket, and Triton Regional Schools.
For a list of colleges and universities that are scheduled to participate, visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/NEACAC-College-Fair.pdf. For more information, contact Enrollment Services at 978-556-3735 or email@example.com.
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.
Talk on Medicare planned: Susan Cripps and Pat Paradis of the Elder Services SHINE program will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. on Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss important Medicare information for this year’s re-enrollment period.
This is a “must attend” meeting for all Medicare recipients. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
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 email@example.com or 978-521-0445, or Nate Webster at 978-204-4692.
Scavenger Hunt planned: A scavenger hunt to benefit the Buttonwoods Museum will be held on Nov. 11.
Please meet on the lower level of the Merrimack Street parking deck beginning at 5 p.m. The scavenger hunt begins at 6 p.m. Teams of four to eight people will be given clues to solve as they navigate their way around town. Sign up early to assure your team’s reservation. An extra point clue will be given to your team upon payment so the sooner you pay, the sooner you will receive your clue. Cost is $45 per person, or $40 if paid by Oct. 26.
Please make checks payable to the Buttonwoods Museum. Please bring payment to any EZ-Way Cleaners location or mail a check with the names of your team to: Peter Carbone, 48 Colby St., Bradford, MA 01835. Your final clue will bring you to a party with a cash bar and a catered buffet by Simply Perfect Catering, compliments of Pattie & Stephen Crimmin. More information is available from Peter Carbone at 508-320-7710 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is a nonprofit, privately supported organization charged with maintaining and displaying historical artifacts from Greater Haverhill. This event is a Silver Bullet Production.
Trip to Foxwoods Casino planned: Bethany Community Services and the Haverhill Council on Aging will host a trip to Foxwoods Casino on Nov. 20. The trip departs from Merrivista at 6:15 a.m. and from the Highway Department at 500 Primrose St. at 6:45 a.m.
Cost of $30 includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, full buffet lunch and slot play. To avoid disappointment, sign up early with Darlene at 978-374-2165 or Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or ext. 16. Payment in full is due at sign up.