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Winnekenni Castle will present a free family country concert featuring MARK209 from Nashville, pictured. The concert is Sunday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m.

Family country concert coming to Winnekenni Castle

Winnekenni Castle will present a free family country concert featuring MARK209 from Nashville. 

The performance is Sunday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m. People who plan to attend should arrive by 1:45 p.m. for seating, and consider bringing blankets, lawn chairs, parasols, family and friends.

This family-friendly show will feature classic and original songs. It will be held inside the Castle if it rains. Refreshments will be available.

Winnekenni Castle is located on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave. For more information, email the Castle at winnekenni@yahoo.com, leave a voice message at 978-521-1686, or visit online at www.winnekenni.com

IF YOU GO

What: Family Country Concert at Winnekenni Castle.

When: Sunday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m.

Admission: Free.

 

Here are more activities and events going on in and around Haverhill:

 The Bradford Common Summer Outdoor Music Series continues Aug. 14 with the Soul Income Band. Opening act is Ed Felker and Shorty Hill.

Showtime is at 6 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and children. This free music series is sponsored by the First Church of Christ.

 

Social Media Class: The Council on Aging is offering a free, six-week course on Social Media taught by Laurie Cranton, an avid computer buff who loves to share her knowledge of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Cranton will teach fun ways to decipher all the buzz words and decide which apps are right for students. The classes will be held on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. beginning Sept. 23 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

 

Meditation group: The Council on Aging is hosting a Meditation Group that meets Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Library Room at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

This group is free and open to everyone. Participants will be taught the hows and whys of the timeless practice of meditation including yoga, QiGong and breathing exercises to relax the body and mind.

 

Haverhill Senior Baseball: Haverhill Senior Baseball will again be participating in a fall program for youth ages 10 to 18 years. Play begins the weekend of Sept. 12 and continues every weekend through the end of October. Applications are available online at www.haverhillseniorbaseball.com. Please mail completed applications to the address noted on the form.

The cost for the fall program is $100 and a check must be included with the application. More information is available from Larry O'Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807-5068.

 

Free summer movies downtown: The Creative Haverhill organization is presenting free outdoor Movies on the River Thursdays at 8 p.m. in August.

All movies are rated PG or G and will be shown next to Haverhill Bank on Merrimack Street. In the event of rain, movies will be shown indoors at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

This free summer movie series is presented in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For a list of movies, visit online at www.creativehaverhill.org.

 

Council on Aging trips: The Council on Aging is offering a variety of trips this summer.

An overnight trip to Boothbay, Maine, and Cabbage Island on Aug. 25 and 26 includes motor coach transportation, boat trip to Cabbage Island, a lobster bake on the island, and a stop in Kennebunkport on the way home. Overnight accommodations are at the famous Rocktide Inn on the Harbor. Cost is $229 per person.

A trip to the Peabody Essex Museum on Aug. 26 will allow participants to see the Thomas Hart Benton exhibit. It includes a guided tour of the exhibit and transportation. Lunch is on your own at the museum. Cost is $45.

A trip to the Statehouse on Sept. 30 includes a guided tour, lunch and transportation. Cost is $25.

A trip to Atlantic City, Philadelphia and Lancaster is Oct. 12 to 15. It includes two nights lodging, five meals, admission to “The Amish Experience” and “Joseph” show, a day trip and guided tour of Philadelphia, gaming and sightseeing in Atlantic City, and $15 Casino bonus. Cost is $399 per person, double occupancy.

More information about these and other trips is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

 

4v4 Soccer Tourney: Haverhill Youth Soccer and its partners will hold the first Shoe City Classic 4v4 tournament Aug. 15 and 16 at Trinity Stadium on Lincoln Avenue.

The tournament is open to boys and girls in age groups U8 to U16. In these 4v4 events, the field is small, the goal is small and there is no goalie. The games are designed to be fast and fun, allow all players to be engaged at all times, and are considered a great way to improve skills.

About 100 teams are expected to participate in this event, which will feature, music, food, awards and vendors.

The Soccer 4v4 organization has partnered with Haverhill Youth Soccer and is donating a percentage of the proceeds from this event to the Haverhill soccer program. More information is available online at soccer4v4.com.

 

Local author fair: The public library will host an authors fair Aug. 15. Celebrate the close of summer with a panel of New England authors. Come meet a favorite, or discover someone new. Books will be available for purchase. 

More information is available by calling 978-373-1586. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

 

Fundraiser to feature comedy and music: Comedian Lenny Clarke and Friends and the band Fun Bucket will perform Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road.

Appetizers will be served. The event is hosted by The Lasting Room. Proceeds will benefit the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Tickets are $50 and sold at The Lasting Room, 122 Washington St. For more information, call 978-373-9088 or email Lastingroom@live.com.

 

NECC free English classes: Northern Essex Community College is offering free English classes for adult English language learners who want to further their education or employment opportunities.

Classes begin in September. Those interested in the program are invited to attend one of the program’s registration days, which are Aug. 18, 20 and 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Entry K, Room 312, Lawrence.

To enroll in this program, people must possess an intermediate or higher level of English language skills. Admission is based on a placement test given at registration.

Classes, offered through NECC’s Center for Adult Education Programs and Preparation, will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. This program is funded by the Adult and Community Learning Services Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. More information is available from Marsha Parinussa Flynn at mflynn@necc.mass.edu or call 978-659-1279.

 

Senior secondary IDs: A representative from the Essex Sheriff’s Department will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Aug. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. to provide seniors with a secondary photo ID. Secondary IDs are a back-up to other primary identification. Seniors must bring a valid license, Massachusetts ID card or a U.S. passport to obtain a secondary ID. 

More information is available from Joel Berg on Wednesdays or Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. at 978-374-2390, ext. 38.

 

Talk on retirement living: Are you considering a move and downsizing to a retirement community? The Council on Aging is hosting an information session on Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. with several local companies to provide valuable assistance for senior citizens who wish to maintain their independence.

Representatives from The Residence at Salem Woods, a mobile showroom of Senior Assisting Furniture and Equipment, and Peggy Connolly of “Here for You” will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

In addition to valuable information, refreshments and entertainment will be provided. This event is free and open to all senior citizens who are contemplating a move or require information on concierge services and/or senior assisting furniture. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

 

Free seminar on selling books: The Buttonwoods Museum will host the free seminar, “Sell More Books,” Aug. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Marketing expert Mayur Gudka will discuss effective book marketing strategies such as how to turn your website into a marketing machine and the right and wrong ways to use social media.

Although this event is geared toward authors, it is open to anyone who sells product and wants to know how to use social media to generate more sales. This event is free to the public and is presented by Pear Tree Publishing in Bradford.Topics include how to turn your website into a marketing machine, the right and wrong ways to use social media and many other effective book marketing strategies.

 

Library’s monthly book club to meet: The public library’s Get Lit book club will meet Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Barking Dog Ale House on Washington Street.

The club, aimed at 20- and 30- somethings, will discuss “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab.

 

Trivia Night: Buttonwoods Unbuttoned, a new group for people ages 21 to 39 years, will host Haverhill Trivia night Aug. 21 from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost is $10 per person for a chance to show off your trivia skills, enjoy refreshments, and get to know the Buttonwoods Museum and other Unbuttoned events to come. 

Registration is required. Sign up at www.buttonwoods.org/unbuttoned or email programs@buttonwoods.org for more information.

The Buttonwoods Museum is located at 240 Water St. Visit online at www.buttonwoods.org.

 

Monthly crafting for adults: The public library will host a “Crafterday Afternoon” Aug 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

This free crafting session for adults will feature doodling using the Zentangle method. Space is limited. All materials are provided. Registration begins Aug. 1. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events, or call 978-373-1586 for more information.

 

Free online English classes: Northern Essex Community College will offer free online English classes in October for adults who want to improve their English and learn more about American culture. These classes are designed for students who cannot attend traditional classes, or who are looking for additional ways to learn English.

Interested individuals should attend one of the distance learning program registration days Aug. 24 or 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Entry K, Room 312, Lawrence. 

Admission to the Distance Learning Program is based on a placement test given at registration. This program is funded by the Adult and Community Learning Services Massachusetts, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. For more information contact Marsha Parinussa Flynn at mflynn@necc.mass.edu or call 978-659-1279.

 

Cruise Day at Winnekenni Castle: Winnekenni Castle will hold a free Cruise Day on Aug. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. 

The event will feature a car show with classic cars on the lawn, including cars presented by the CamSnappers Car Club of Newburyport and live doo-wop and oldies music performed by the Magic Moments. All cars are welcome. Pre-registration is not required, but come early to stake your spot on the Castle's lawn. 

Show Car arrival and registration begins at 11 a.m. The event opens to the general public at noon and includes trophies and prizes. Food and refreshments will be available. For more information, visit Winnekenni.com or email winnekenni@yahoo.com. Winnekenni Castle is at 347 Kenoza Ave. (Route 110).

 

Shakespeare in the Park: The Rebel Shakespeare Company will present a free performance of "A Winter's Tale" on Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. on the lawn at Winnekenni Castle.

Always a crowd-pleaser, this troupe makes viewers feel as though they are part of something real that is happening, rather than just an audience member watching a performance. 

Visit RebelShakespeare.org to learn more about the group. Winnekenni Castle is at 347 Kenoza Ave. (Route 110); Visit Winnekenni.com or email winnekenni@yahoo.com.

 

Learn to trace your family history: The pubic library is offering an Introduction to Genealogy class  Aug. 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

This class is designed for the beginner family researcher, but all are welcome and can benefit from the information presented. Topics covered include first steps, where to look for information, getting started, and library resources. Classes require advance sign-up, which began Aug. 11.

Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events, or call 978-373-1586 for more information.

 

Evening of Psychic Readings: Winnekenni Castle will host an evening of psychic readings Aug. 27 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. 

Readers will be on hand inside the castle for appointments. The castle's regular readers, Judith-Anne, Valeria, Fay Martin and psychic medium from Ireland, Colleen, will welcome special guest Tarot Card Reader Adam Sartwell.

Reiki healer Laurie Livingston-Irwin will be offering mini "Healing While You Wait" sessions for $10.

Sherryl Comeau of Energy Works Studio will be offering Sound Balancing with Tuning Forks sessions at $20.

Jewelry and other specialty themed merchandise by Stone Sisters Boutique will be on display and available for purchase.

Cost for psychic readings is $20 per 15-minute session. Multiple appointments may be purchased to create longer blocks of time with the readers. Appointments are booked at the door only. 

Doors open at approximately 4:55 p.m. Guests are permitted to purchase later appointments, leave the Castle and then return in time for their session. Socializing before and after appointments in the castle's main hall is welcomed. Refreshments will be available. For more information visit www.winnekenni.com

 

Learn about tiny homes: The public library will host a talk by tiny house expert Christopher Page Aug. 29 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Learn how tiny houses benefit you, your wallet and the environment. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.

 

Golf tournament planned: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 24th annual Golf Tournament on Aug. 31 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane.

Registration and lunch are at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. start.

All player fees include golf with carts, lunch and dinner, cocktail hour, thank-you gift, goodie bags and an awards ceremony. The tournament also includes complimentary snacks, competitions, networking, raffles and an auction.

Sponsors include Pentucket Medical Associates, Trinity EMS, Pentucket Bank, Covanta Energy, Align Credit Union, Haverhill Bank and Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank.

Prices are $200 single; $800 foursome; and $1,000 featured foursome. The featured foursome includes foursome, one tee sponsorship, one flag sponsorship and acknowledgement at the tourney dinner. Flag sponsorships come with a special presentation at the tournament dinner.

For questions, raffle prize donations, telephone registrations and information about foursomes, call 978-373-5663 or email Info@haverhillchamber.com.

 

Free memory screenings: The Council on Aging will offer free memory screenings Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

ActivMed Practices & Research in Methuen is working with the Alzheimer’s Association on a new initiative encouraging people 60 years of age or older to get a free memory screening. A representative from ActivMed will be at the Citizens Center to talk about dementia and memory loss, and perform the screenings.

More information is available from Mary Connolly, RN, community health coordinator at 978-374-2390, ext. 15.

 

Labor Day Weekend at Winnekenni Castle: Winnekenni Castle will present Animal Kingdom Day on Sept. 6 at 1 p.m.

The Annual Labor Day Concert is Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. Ladies in Jazz is Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.

The Winnekenni Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization which maintains and operates Winnekenni Castle as a cultural center for public and private events.

Winnekenni Castle is located on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave. For more information, email the Castle at winnekenni@yahoo.com, call 978-521-1686 or visit online at www.winnekenni.com.

 

Vendors sought for craft fair: Vendors are needed for a craft fair planned for Sept. 12 at the Plaistow Walmart.

The event will be held on the sidewalk in front of the store from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Space rental is $20. Bring your own table. Money from space rentals will be donated to CHaD Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. More information is available by calling 603-556-3049.

 

Annual Intertribal Pow-Wow: The annual Native American Intertribal Pow-Wow is coming to Plug Pond on Sept. 12 and 13. This family-friendly cultural and educational event is celebrating its 27th year in Haverhill and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness and the city's Recreation Department. This is MCNAA's longest running Pow-Wow. The event will take place rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Learn about Native American culture and traditions from various regions and gain a better understanding about the Native Americans in your midst.

Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and younger

No pets, swimming, drugs or alcohol allowed. Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, canoes or kayaks.

 

Girls Inc. fundraising breakfast: Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill will hold its 2015 Spirit of Girls Breakfast on Sept. 15 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. 

The theme this year is "With You in Her Corner, She Will Win." This event will include performances by Girls Inc. members, a special video, a light breakfast and guest speaker Zandra Cummingham, a 14-year-old entrepreneur from Buffalo, New York, and a former Girls Inc. member. 

There are no tickets, however, invited guests will have the opportunity to make a contribution to Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill of $35 or more. For more information and to become a sponsor, contact Robin Whitson at 978-372-0771.

  

Vendors for Tattersall Farm Day: Vendors and demonstrators are needed to participate in Tattersall Farm Day, an annual New England-style agricultural event that will be held Sept. 20 from noon to 5 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 27. The farm is at 542 N. Broadway.

This year’s event will feature live music, food and beverages, traditional crafters and artisans, live animals, farm history, horse- and tractor-drawn hay rides, face painting, pony rides and other activities. 

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 17. Vendor registration and more information is available online at www.tattersallfarm.org or by contacting Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11.

 

Diabetic shoe clinic: Quantum Shoes will return to the Council on Aging to do another diabetic shoe clinic Oct. 5 at 9 a.m.

A doctor’s referral is required. For forms and an appointment, contact Mary Connolly, RN, Community Health Coordinator, at 978-374-2390, ext. 15.

 

Learn to speak Italian: The Council on Aging will resume Maria Chiachio’s Conversational Italian classes Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. This is a 16-week program. Cost is $5 per class, payable in advance. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

 

Wine & Art Reception planned: Veasey Park in Groveland will hold its 10th annual Wine & Art Reception on Nov. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.

This fundraiser is an opportunity to network with local artists. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Admission includes a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and live music by the Pentucket High School Jazz Band.

Those attending also will have the opportunity to browse and purchase affordable art, photography and sculpture. Call 978-521-9345 or email vanessa@veaseypark for more information. Visit www.veaseypark.org for more information, artist registrations and ticket sales. Artist registrations and ticket purchases are available online by using PayPal and major credit cards.

 

 

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