Annual Exchange Club St. Patrick's breakfast planned

file photo by Tim JeanRick Barry and Patrick O'Hare, a big, green rabbit, make fun of local politicians during the Exchange Club of Haverhill's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast at in 2009. The popular Barry has since died and the annual breakfast is named in his memory..

The Exchange Club of Haverhill will hold its 18th annual Rick Barry St. Patrick's Day Breakfast March 15 at 7:30 a.m. at DiBurro's function hall in Ward Hill.

The event will include a lucky shamrock contest, scratch ticket give-aways, a 50/50 raffle and music by Clan Macpherson and the Tony & Eamonn Band.

Tickets are $40 per person or $350 for a table of 10. Tickets are available at Premier sponsor is Haverhill Bank.

For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Melissa Hero at or 978-621-5391 or Sarah Wescott at or 508-451-1497.

For program book information, contact Tarry Santos at or Rebecca Colantuoni at



What: Exchange Club of Haverhill's 18th annual Rick Barry St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

When: March 15, 7:30 a.m.

Where:  DiBurro's function hall, Ward Hill

Cost: $40 per person or $350 for a table of 10

More information: Contact Melissa Hero at or 978-621-5391 or Sarah Wescott at or 508-451-1497.



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Scholarship available: The Commission on Disability Issues in Haverhill is sponsoring a $2,000 scholarship to a Haverhill resident and a senior at Haverhill High or Whittier Regional High who has a disability or an illness resulting in a debilitating condition and is moving on to a post-secondary education.

The deadline for application submission is March 4. 

Candidates may be moving on to a technical school, a specialty school like an art or music school or a regular university. They must be a student in good standing, have a minimum 3.5 grade point average, and fill out an application.

If you qualify and want to apply, visit the Haverhill High School scholarship portal ( or Whittier Regional’s portal ( for a copy of the application and submit it your school’s guidance department. The scholarship award will be presented during awards night in May.


Free classic movie matinees: The public library will show free classic movies at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays in March.

The library will show classic spring-fling musicals. Check or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608, for specific titles.


Thursday Evening Book Club: The public library is hosting a book club group on the last Thursday of each month from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

For more information, ask at the library’s front desk.


Line dancing classes in session: The city’s Council on Aging is hosting an updated line dancing class on Mondays at 9 a.m.

A variety of songs and dance steps are used, with music from Broadway as well as folk, swing, standards, rock, traditional and country.

The class is open to anyone — no previous experience is necessary. Basic steps will be taught and reviewed each week, then expanded upon, when everyone is comfortable. Instructor Susan Tribble has taught dance, fitness and yoga classes for more than 10 years. She particularly enjoys working with people 50 and older and can provide modifications to accommodate different ability levels. Cost for the class is $5. More information is available from Tribble at


NECC Open House: Northern Essex Community College will hold its annual spring open house from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 2, in the Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center, 414 Common St., Lawrence.

Tour the state-of-the-art facility and learn about NECC’s various academic programs and services at the resource fair. Also learn about the admission and enrollment process. Apply to NECC on the spot.

Enjoy light refreshments while touring the Lawrence campus, El-Hefni Center.

Attendees are encouraged to bring family members or a friend who may be interested in touring the campus and facilities.

For more information, visit or call 978-556-3700.


Calling All Knitters and Crocheters: The public library’s Knit and Crochet Group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 2 and from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on March 19.

Talk about your favorite books, yarns and patterns. Bring your knitting and/or crochet project and make some progress while chatting. No registration is necessary.


State senator to visit city: State Sen. Diana DiZoglio will visit the Council on Aging at 10 Welcome St. from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 4.

DiZoglio will give an update on what she’s been working on during the first two months of her first term representing the 1st Essex District in the state Senate.

Since entering the legislature in 2012 as a state representative from Methuen and representing Haverhill, DiZoglio has made senior citizen issues a priority. She said she is excited to continue working with Merrimack Valley elders.


Health and Wellness Fair: Northern Essex Community College will hold its spring Health and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on March 4 in the first and second floor lobbies of the Spurk Building on the college's Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Participants will learn about topics including high blood pressure, allergies, environmental health, Title IX awareness, sleep disorders, stress management, drug and alcohol education, fitness assessment, the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center transgender health program and other topics. There will also be complimentary massages and raffles throughout the event.

Representatives from NECC’s health programs, including iHealth@NECC, will be on site to answer questions and discuss each of NECC’s programs in depth.

This event is sponsored by NECC’s Health Professions Programs. For more information or for sign language interpreting or access requests, contact Kathy Hudson at or 978 655-5874.


Alice’s Ordinary People: The public library will show and discuss “Alice’s Ordinary People” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 4.

Alice Tregay, a behind-the-scenes civil rights leader who paved the way for the Obama presidency, will be featured. She worked with Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson and many other 1960s luminaries. The film “Ordinary People” tells her story, which has inspired others to work for change in their communities.

A discussion with the director, Craig Dudnick, and Kat Everett, co-founder of Haverhill nonprofit POSE (Power of Self-Education), will take place. No registration is needed.


Kindergarten registration: Haverhill Public Schools will hold kindergarten information sessions from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. on March 5, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. on March 7 at the public library, 99 Main St.

Families only need to attend one of the four sessions. There will be a brief overview of the kindergarten programs, the registration process and planning the months ahead. Parents will also be able to schedule their child's registration appointment at these sessions.

For more information, call the Burnham registration center at 978-420-1951.


Coloring club for adults: Join fellow adults for a relaxing hour of coloring at the public library at 6 p.m. on March 5.

No registration is necessary. All materials are provided. Call 978-373-1586, ext. 608, for more information


Women’s City Club to meet: Programs on poetry and a re-enactment of Julia Child’s cooking show will entertain members of the Women’s City Club of Haverhill in March.

On March 5, Augustine “Gus’’ Reusch will present humorous bits and pieces from the more than 5,500 letters penned by poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Reusch is curator of the Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road. Whittier was born in 1807 in the old New England farmhouse, which is a landmark and open to the public.

On March 19, Fran Baron and Lynne Moulton will bring to life Julia Child, the famed French chef. They will take the audience “backstage’’ to the taping of Child's television show.

Guests are welcome to join members for Women's City Club meetings at 1 p.m. in the lower level of the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carlton St. Following a brief business session, a variety of light refreshments will be served.

New members are always welcome. The club, founded in 1917, meets on the first Tuesday from September through December and February through April, as well as on the second Tuesday in October, March and April. Membership applications are always available. For more information, contact Judy Dionne at


Library hosts book club: The public library hosts a Wednesday morning book club the first Wednesday of every month.

The club will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on March 6. For more information, visit


Bowling fundraiser: Family Services of the Merrimack Valley will hold its 11th annual Bowl a Strike for Kids fundraiser from 4 to 10 p.m. March 8 at Academy Lanes in Bradford.

Create a team, join a team or bowl on your own.

The event raises money to bring mentoring to youth in local communities. Mentoring is a proven way to make a difference in the lives of young people and positively impact the community, organizers said. Event attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite 1980s fashions and are welcome to bowling, free pizza and raffle prizes. Corporate sponsors include New Balance, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Raytheon Defense Systems, Netscout and Schneider Electric.

Members of the community are welcome to participate and should visit for more information or to register.


Annual Boys & Girls Club celebration: Former New England Patriots tight end Christian Fauria and former Red Sox player Lou Merloni will be the featured speakers when The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill holds its annual celebration March 9 at DiBurro's function hall in Ward Hill.

Cocktail hour is from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and the dinner and program begins at 7:15 p.m. A silent and live auction is part of the event.

Tickets are $100 per person and $1,000 per table before March 1, and are $110 per person and $1,100 per table after that date.

For tickets, contact Kathleen Pruett at kpruett! or 978-374-6171, ext. 102.


Tanglewood Marionettes: Take a trip back in time to the dawn of civilization to an ancient world of gods, goddesses, prophecies and heroes when the Tanglewood Marionettes present the classic Greek myth, “Perseus and Medusa."

This performance is at 3 p.m. on March 10 at the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 154-156 Winter St.

The show features hand-crafted 3-foot-tall marionettes, colorful sets and exotic music. It tells the story of the young hero, Perseus, who sets out, with the help of the gods, to defeat the terrifying monster Medusa, which could turn any man into stone.

Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children and free for children under 3. For tickets, call 978-373-3311. The event is sponsored by the LadiesPhiloptochos Society Elpis and the Parent Teacher Organization of the Holy Apostles.


Free recent movies: The public library will have free showings of recent films at 2 p.m. on March 10, 16, 17 and 31.

Check or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608, for the specific title.


Possible Dreams planned: Team Haverhill will hold its Possible Dreams 2019 event March 11 in Northern Essex Community College’s Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St.

This community-visioning event is free to attend and brings people together from all across the city to share ideas and build relationships designed to shape Haverhill’s future. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the conversation begins at 7 p.m.

Team Haverhill is an independent, volunteer group dedicated to making Haverhill a better place to live, learn, work and play.

Please register for this event at under “Events.”


Help for entrepreneurs and startups: UMass Lowell’s iHub at Harbor Place is hosting a new monthly series for entrepreneurs and startups featuring expert speakers, plus networking and business growth opportunities.

All events begin at 5:30 p.m. with networking, followed by a 6 p.m. program, at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor.

Here is a list of events: March 13, Company Formation and Intellectual Property; April 10, Raise It, Structure It, Manage It: Understanding Financing and Accounting; May 8, Elevate your Brand: Find success in Marketing and Sales; and June 19, Strategic Partnering and Collaborations.

Visit or call 978-934-5560 for information and updates.


St. Patrick’s Day party planned: The Council on Aging will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day and D. Raymond Taffe Award luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on March 13 at DiBurro’s function hall.

During a meal of a corned beef or chicken, attendees will celebrate the holiday and honor Taffe, who was a dedicated senior citizen in Haverhill.

Live music will be by the Crazy Maggie band. Tickets are $15 and are now on sale. Tables of 10 can be reserved. Call 978-374-2390 for reservations.


Hearing devices explained: The public library will host a presentation by Jonathan O’Dell of the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing March 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Learn about the many kinds of devices, besides hearing aids, that are available to help people with hearing impairments, from vibrating alarm clocks to phones with captioning. Register at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.




Indoor flea market: The Ladies Philoptochos Society Elpis will hold an indoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 16 at the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 154 Winter St.

Items available for purchase include furniture, clothes, glassware, books, jewelry, knick-knacks and other items. Greek pastry, spinach pie and pastichio will be sold, along with refreshments.

Vendor tables are available for rent and can be reserved by calling 978-373-3311 or 978-556-5671. The Ladies Philoptochos Society Elpis is a nonprofit organization of the church. Proceeds from this event will support various charities.


Jewish genealogy discussed: The public library will host a presentation by Jessie Klein, co-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 18.

Participants will learn how to find their ancestors and tell their stories. Learn about the latest methods and resources to research your family history. You don’t need to be Jewish to benefit from this basic genealogy class. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Discussion about Real ID: A representative from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., at 1 p.m. on March 20 to discuss the Real ID.

Federal and state requirements concerning driver’s license and ID card renewals will be reviewed. This information session regards new laws which become effective 2020 when a Real ID will be required to enter a federal building or board an aircraft.

Contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390 to register for this program.


Property Fraud Watch Alert program: A representative from the Registry of Deeds will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., at 1 p.m. on March 27 to discuss the Property Fraud Watch Alert program.

Property and mortgage fraud is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes in America, and this program will assist homeowners in Essex County to protect their most valuable asset. Contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390 to register for this program.


All about chocolate: Despite the potential side effects of over-indulging, chocolate consumption actually comes with a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, says Mike Cross, a self-proclaimed chocolate lover and a chemistry professor at Northern Essex Community College.

His presentation — titled “Chocolate: the Secret Indulgence” — is free and open to the public. It will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on March 29 at GAR Memorial Library, 490 Main St., West Newbury. A chocolate share and recipe swap is from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Visit online at

Learn how chocolate can be seen as the perfect treat and discover the various way it affects the human brain. Chocolate samples are included.

This program is offered as part of the NECC Speakers Bureau.

For more information, send email to or call 978-556-3862.

Public Gardens close to home: The public library will present an armchair tour of the public gardens north of Boston from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 30.

Meet, vicariously, the ladies and gentlemen who created these gardens, including the editor and owner of Atlantic Monthly magazine, a nephew of Isabella Stuart Gardener and a former governor of Massachusetts.

Learn about current horticultural practices and special plants at each property and hear about the efforts to restore these landscapes. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


River Trail Race planned: The 28th annual Merrimack River 10-Mile Trail Race will be held April 13 at 9 a.m. in the back parking lot of the Double Tree by Hilton hotel on Old River Road in Andover.

Race day registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

Portable restrooms will be provided. Please do not use the hotel’s facilities.

Entry fee is $10 prior to April 10 and $15 after that date. Add $10 for a T-shirt, of which only 75 are available. Make checks payable to Stephen Peterson and mail to 134 Robin Hill Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824.

To download an entry form, visit


Trip to Cherry Blossom Festival planned: The Council on Aging and Durgan Travel Service are planning a trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Cherry Blossom Festival from April 11 to 15.

Travelers will fly to Washington and visit the Smithsonian, Capitol Hill, Arlington Cemetery and war memorial monuments, and will have reserved seats at the National Cherry Blossom Parade. Also included are a cruise on the Potomac and other activities. Call 978-374-2390 for more information.


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