:Final indoor Winter Market: The Haverhill Farmers Market will hold its last indoor Winter Market of the season on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 15 Ave. This event will include live music and is sponsored by the UU Green Sanctuary Committee. Vendors will be selling winter produce, jams/jellies, maple syrup, honey, grass-fed meat, eggs, baked goods, hand-made holiday gift items, greens and more. Visit online at haverhillfarmersmarket.org.
:Cinderella ballet auditions: The New England Civic Ballet will hold open auditions Sunday, Jan. 6, for all dancers ages 10 and up from any dance studio for its spring production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella Ballet. Audition times are by age and will begin at 10 a.m. at NECB studios, 4 Dracut St., Lawrence. There is a $15 audition fee, but no performance fees. For more information visit online at newenglandcivicballet.org or call the studio at 978-975-0289.
:Holiday pop-up shop offers unique gift items: The Shops@90Wash, Creative Haverhill’s holiday “pop-up” shop, will close for the season Dec. 23. David Zoffoli, executive director of Creative Haverhill, said the shop offers a unique inventory that supports the local creative economy. “When it’s gone, it’s gone” Zoffoli said. The temporary retail store opened Nov. 1, doubling the hours of operation of last year. Zoffoli has programmed family-friendly activities daily to entice customers. Origamido Inc.’s founders, Richard Alexander and Michael LaFosse, are in residence on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and teach the classic art of paper folding. The Shops@90Wash are open Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 8 .m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., until Dec. 23. Creative Haverhill’s projects are sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Foundation, Haverhill Bank, the Hayes at Railroad Square, Lowell Five, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Pentucket Bank, Pentucket Medical, and Trinity EMS.
:Public library to host book chat session: The public library will host a book chat session Dec. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. This is an informal monthly readers advisory group where you can hear the latest fiction and non-fiction reviews and share what you are currently reading. Book chats also feature author talk alerts, e-reader demonstrations and staff picks. More information is available from Jaclyn Payne at 978-373-1586, ext. 608.
:Teen programs offered: The Langley-Adams Library in Groveland is offering two teen programs this month. The first, “That’s a Wrap,” is Friday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. Children in grades six to 12 are invited to enjoy hot cocoa and wrap presents. The second program is a Coffee House on Dec. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Talented teens are invited, including artists, singers, musicians and poets. For more information contact the library at 978-372-1732 or visit online at langleyadamslib.org.
:Winnkenni Castle ornament is available: Winnekenni Castle’s 2012 handcrafted collectible holiday ornaments are available for purchase at various locations in Haverhill, including the Friends’ Shop at the public library, Haverhill branches of Pentucket Bank and Creative Haverhill’s Holiday retail outlet “TheShops@90Wash,” located at 90 Washington St. These exclusive hand-blown and handcrafted egg ornaments are $12 each and come in a holiday gift sack. This is the fifth ornament in the castle’s ornament series. A limited quantity of “sets of five” featuring one collectible from each year (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) are available for a special package price of $55 and come in a decorative gift box/sack. A very limited quantity of larger goose egg size ornaments will be available at $20 each and come packaged in a gift box.
:Free holiday meals offered: Somebody Cares New England will hold free holiday meals at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Somebody Cares is at 358 Washington St. To make your free reservation, call 978-912-7626.
:New Math Pathways equal success: With nearly 85 percent of Northern Essex Community College students, which matches the national average for community college students, testing into developmental math courses, math faculty have streamlined the math path to prevent frustrated students from dropping math and eventually college. “There is a national study that says the more developmental math classes students have to take, the more likely they will drop out,” said Linda Murphy, NECC curriculum coordinator for Developmental Mathematics. To remedy this, NECC math faculty created two new pathways for developmental students. The programs shorten the math pathway for some students, but at the same time prepare them more effectively for the college level math course required in their program of study, Murphy said. One change is similar to what has been implemented at other community colleges. NECC students who place into basic math or basic algebra I can take the course in a modularized format that allows them to advance at their own pace. NECC began offering the modular math program in the fall of 2011. It was so successful that additional sections have been added every semester since. Faculty also created a Mathematical Literacy for College Students course as an alternative for students who have completed basic math. Students who complete MLCS can go directly into college-level math courses such as statistics and quantitative reasoning. MLCS was created by NECC’s Department Chair of Academic Preparation Jim Sullivan, author of “Mathematical Literacy for College Students.” This MLCS course is now being eyed by other colleges. A trial section of MLCS was offered at NECC in the fall semester. At least five sections will be offered in the spring of 2013.
:Annual Run to the Beach is March 17: The Andover Striders in association with the Winner’s Circle Running Club will present their annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” run, Sunday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), at 10 a.m. Be sure to wear your green. The race starts at the North Andover VFW, Route 125, and finishes at the Winners’’ Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury. This is a point-to-point course and runners are on their own as far as transportation. Bring your spouse, significant other, or both, and car pool. And if you don’t have any friends, show up at the Circle around 8:45 a.m. and plead with a fellow runner for a ride to the start. Please bring your watch, as you will be timing yourself. Feel free to jump in or out at any distance. If you would like to cheat, that’s OK too. There are no awards, no entry fee, no numbers, no T-shirts, no charities, no USATF, no registration, and no race directors to complain to. If you so desire you can run with your iPod, Walkman, headphones, or 8-track player, although you might miss the point of a running a long training run with your old and new friends. Post-run libations at the Circle provided by the WCRC and the AS. The records are 1:50 for male and 2:00 for female. For more information contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Possible Dreams event is in January: Team Haverhill invites all Haverhill residents to participate in “Possible Dreams 2013,” a community-wide conversation about Haverhill’s future. Possible Dreams 2013 will take place Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College. This year’s special theme is “Eyes on the Stars, Feet on the Ground” – symbolizing Haverhill’s growing aspirations for cultural and economic vitality, as well as a growing realism about what it takes to implement inspiring initiatives. Since 2008, Team Haverhill’s Possible Dreams event has brought the community together to envision a brighter future for the city, with an annual attendance of more than 125 people, including local residents, public officials, organizational leaders, business owners, and volunteers.Community-based initiatives that were born at past Possible Dreams events include the dramatic expansion of curbside recycling, revitalization of the Haverhill Farmers Market, and establishment of the River Ruckus festival. The evening’s popular World Cafe format creates a welcoming environment and encourages lively discussion in smaller groups. There is no cost to participate in the event. Coffee and sign-in is at 6:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is requested to insure adequate seating. Register online at possibledreams.eventbrite.com. For more information send email to TeamHaverhill.PossibleDreams@gmail.com.