Essex Needlecraft Guild monthly meeting on Jan. 9 beginning at 9 a.m. with a coffee social at the Emerson Center, East Common St., Topsfield. Lecturer is Robin Hughes. Her topic will be on rug hooking -- "Photo/Hooked Tote Bag." A workshop will follow the lecture. Guests are welcome for a $5 donation. For more information, call 978-749-7308.

Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill Inc. is accepting applications for free home repair/handicapped modification assistance for its next rebuilding day on April 28, 2008. Applicants must meet federal low-income guidelines, own and occupy a home, live in the Greater Haverhill area and have lived in their home at least four years. Application deadline is Dec. 31. For more information, call 978-469-0800.

Lorraine Post VFW 29 holds its Building Association at 10 a.m. and Post meetings at 10:30 a.m. on the last Sunday of the month. Friday-night raffle starts at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Karaoke Saturday nights starting at 7 p.m.

Greater Haverhill Guild for the Blind resumes weekly meetings in September. Meetings take place Saturdays at various locations. Any person who is blind or partially blind is welcome to attend, including singles and couples. For more information or for the location of upcoming meetings, call Marge Brewer at 978-373-5903.

Haverhill Kiwanis Club: Kiwanis International is "Serving the Children of the World." Founded in 1915, the organization of service- and community-minded individuals, who support children and young adults around the world, consists of more than 600,000 members in 96 countries. Haverhill Kiwanis Club members support Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Unit of the Tufts/Floating Hospital/New England Medical Center and six New England satellites; recognize high school graduates with more than $5,000 in scholarships and awards; hold an annual dinner honoring the top 5 percent of Haverhill graduates from seven schools; and sponsor community meals, Rebuilding Together, Gazette Santa Fund, Salvation Army bell ringing, camperships to eight youth organizations, two high school key clubs, a middle school club and a builders' club. The Haverhill club meets at Haverhill Country Club Tuesdays at noon. For information, call 978-374-7178, visit or e-mail

Pentucket Kiwanis Club: Pentucket Kiwanis Club was chartered in 1973 by Haverhill Kiwanis Club in order to expand Kiwanis membership to a group that would meet in the evenings rather than at lunchtime. The club is open to all men and women who desire to serve their communities on a local, national and international level. Internationally, Kiwanis is involved in eradicating iodine deficiencies through its IDD program. Nationally, Kiwanis has established the Pediatric Trauma Center as part of Tufts New England Medical Center. Locally, the Pentucket Club purchases and serves meals twice a year at the Citizens Center, services an Adopt-A-Park, enters the top fundraising team in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life at Northern Essex Community College and runs the only sanctioned Soap Box Derby in Massachusetts, among many other events. For information, call club President Ron Mailloux at 978-372-7255.

Rotary Club: Haverhill Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the Haverhill Country Club. Haverhill Rotary is a volunteer service club made up of business and professional leaders dedicated to serving the community through its motto: "Service Above Self." Rotary International is best known for its commitment to polio eradication worldwide. Locally, Rotarians participate in various community service projects, as well as distribute funds each year to local charities and nonprofit organizations. For information, call club President Darlene Beal at 978-372-8070 or visit

Exchange Club: Exchange Club of Haverhill meets every Thursday at noon at Olivia's, 142 Essex St., Haverhill. The club is an all-volunteer service club dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Its nationally-recognized programs include Junior Police, Fire Prevention, Trees for Tots, Read Across America, Youth of the Year, ACE Award and the Book of Golden Deeds. For information, call club President Sue Daneau at 978-372-2843 or visit

Breakfast Exchange: The Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 8 a.m. at Haverhill Crossings, Amesbury Road. The club invites Haverhill citizens and business representatives to help in its efforts to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens in Greater Haverhill. For information, call registered nurse Noeline Cranston at Home Care Inc., 978-552-4720.

Cultural Council: The Haverhill Cultural Council invites all Haverhill arts organizations to submit upcoming events to the council's Web site:, under "Human Services Department." To submit events or for information, call 978-374-4500, ext. 31, or e-mail

Camera Club: The Merrimack Valley Camera Club meets every Wednesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Trinitarian Church, North Andover. Visitors and new members are welcome. Formats include film and digital photography for beginners and experts. For information, visit

Barbershop singing: Barbershop singing group has guest-night Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at All Saints Church. For information, call Dick at 978-372-8231.

Toastmasters: Friendly Persuasion Toastmasters meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at the Haverhill Public Library, 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are free and open to the public. Toastmasters helps participants develop better speaking and presentation skills. For information, call 978-749-7078.

Adopt-A-Park: Haverhill's Adopt-A-Park program is looking for members to join its committee, which works to increase public and civic improvements and beautification through park adoptions. For information, call 978-374-2356.

Business Network International: The Haverhill chapter of Business Network International has a free networking breakfast every Friday at 7 a.m. at the Haverhill Best Western. For information, call Dianne McDermott at 978-394-5166.

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