Armenian Food Festival is June 1

RYAN HUTTON/Staff photoMaryann Ohanian serves up some pastry at a food festival at the Armenian Cultural Center.

The Women’s Guild at Hye Pointe Armenian Apostolic Church will host its annual food festival from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on June 1 in the Family Life and Cultural Center, 1280 Boston Road.

This event is open to the public.

The menu will feature chicken kebab, losh kebab, keyma and dolma (stuffed peppers). Dinners will be served all day. A cuisine table will feature spinach pie, cheese beoreg, lahmajoon, Armenian string cheese and other items. A pastry table will feature paklava, cream and ut khadeyif, cheoreg and other specialties.

A white elephant table and activities for children are included.



What: Annual Armenian Food Festival

When: June 1, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Hye Pointe Armenian Apostolic Church's Family Life and Cultural Center, 1280 Boston Road




Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Firefighting Museum now open: The Haverhill Firefighting Museum is open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., through Oct. 21.

Children can play and learn in the "Hero Headquarters" and, along with adults, can see the 9/11 memorial sculpture and exhibit. Learn about the Adopt-a-Hydrant program, tour the museum and shop the museum's store.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger, and $15 for families. Admission is free for military service men and women.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. The museum is at 75 Kenoza Ave. 

For more information, call 978-994-1854 or visit online at



Secondary IDs available: A representative from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., from 9 to 11 a.m. on May 30 to provide secondary IDs at no charge.

It is a requirement that residents bring at least one of the following primary forms of identification: current Massachusetts license or identification card or a passport.


Boxing match on tap: Boxer Harry Gigliotti, 24, of Bradford is in training at the nonprofit Haverhill Downtown Boxing for his second professional bout.

Gigliotti will be fighting Kris Jacobs of Fall River on May 31 at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham. The Boston Boxing Promotions "Friday Nights Fights" event will be held at 8 p.m.

In his first professional match on Jan. 25 at the Castleton, Gigliotti faced Theo Desjardins of Providence in the 147-pound welterweight division. Gigliotti scored a technical knockout, 43 seconds into the first of four scheduled, 3-minute rounds.

Gigliotti's sponsors include Dr. Sam Amari of Kenoza Chiropractic of Haverhill, Allied Computer Brokers of Amesbury, Jeff Moriarty of Kelley's Restaurant of Bradford, C.M. Bailey & Sons Plumbing and Heating of Haverhill, Daniel Sardella of Vaporlicious on River Street and Anthony Jimenez of Wavy SZN of Lawrence.

Tickets are available at Haverhill Downtown Boxing, 84 Locust St., or by calling Ray Hebert at 978-420-9718.


Talk on LGBTQ+ history: The public library will host a presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 1 by Sarah Prager, author of "Queer, There, and Everywhere."

She will discuss the story of the invention of the high-five, among other stories from LGBTQ+ history you never learned. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.



Calling all knitters and crocheters: The public library’s Knit and Crochet Group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 1 and from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on June 18.

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.


Free screenings of recent movies: The public library will have free showings of recent films at 6 p.m. on June 3 and June 17.

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


Coloring club for adults: Join fellow adults for a relaxing hour of coloring at the public library at 6 p.m. on June 4 and at 2 p.m. on June 22.

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


Talk on World War II letters: The Council on Aging and the public library will present a talk titled “Reconstructing History & Genealogy: Mom’s WWII Letters” in the library’s Johnson Auditorium at 2 p.m. on June 6.

In May 2017, Corinne Smith found her mother’s collection of more than 100 letters from 16 servicemen she had corresponded with from 1944 to 1945. Smith began to trace the soldiers’ family trees with one goal in mind: to return the letters in person to their children.

This presentation links history and genealogy to present-day research and diligence. Smith, who is originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, served for several years on the board of the Blair County Genealogical Society in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Register for this program at or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Greek Food Fest planned: If you enjoyed the Greek food at the annual Greek Festival at The Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church last November, then you will want to attend the annual spring Food Fest which has been extended to three days, June 7, 8 and 9 at the Hellenic Community Center, 154-156 Winter St.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The menu of authentic Greek fare will include baked lamb, pork and chicken kebobs, pastichio, roasted potatoes, spinach pie, rice pudding, baklava, loukoumades (honey balls) and other Greek pastries. There will also be raffle prizes. Admission and parking are free.


Spring Flea Market planned: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church will hold its annual Spring Flea Market on June 8, with a rain date of June 15.

Hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor space – excluding food vendors – is available for $25 for a 12-by-12-foot space. A variety of lunch items and baked goods will be available for purchase. For vendor information, call 603-329-6047.


Princess tea party: Winnekenni Castle will hold its annual spring “Dolly ‘n’ Me Princess Tea” at 1 p.m. on June 9.

This signature castle event is an opportunity for young girls to wear their frilly finest, bring along their favorite doll, and have a special grown-up day. The event will feature fancy finger foods and treats, tea from fancy pots and a visit with the Princess of Winnekenni Castle. A Genuine American Girl Doll will be raffled. The event also includes photo opportunities, plus activities and surprises.

Doll clothes and other favorite items will be available for purchase. This event is recommended for children ages 3 and older.

With advance online purchase, tickets are $25 per child and $30 per adult. If space is available, tickets at the door will be $30 per child and $35 per adult.

Seating will be limited. To purchase tickets, visit or


Golf fundraiser helps orphans in Africa: The Kulea Childcare Villages 2019 Golf Tournament will be June 10 at Bradford Country Club.

Golf is limited to the first 144 people to register. Dinner, raffles and an auction can be enjoyed separately if you are not a golfer.

Kulea Childcare Villages, a local nonprofit, provides support services to orphans in Kenya and Tanzania, Africa.

Proceeds from this year’s tournament will go toward construction of a preschool in a village in Kenya to replace what is nothing more than a flimsy metal roof supported by sticks and partially surrounded by two stone walls.

To register, donate an auction or raffle item or become a sponsor, contact Richard Boynton at 978-902-1029, Jim Grant at or Mary Beth Abate at

To learn more about Kulea Villages or to make a donation, visit


Paper craft and card making: The public library will host a paper craft and card making class at 6 p.m. on June 10.

Participants will create a multi-layered card, bookmark and treat holder, using several techniques including stamping, die cutting and embossing. All supplies are included, but feel free to bring your own tools, such as scissors and adhesive. The class will be led by Ruth Tinkham.

Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Protecting your assets: Michael Bakanosky of Ameriprise will lead a presentation titled “Recreating Your Paycheck in Retirement” at 1 p.m. on June 12 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Bakanosky will discuss how to use the assets in your retirement accounts, coupled with the money that you receive from Social Security and other assets, to recreate the income you were used to receiving before retirement.

He will also discuss the overall strategy and how to properly structure the assets in those accounts to ensure you are able to continue to earning money and outpace inflation. Participants will learn how to pull these assets out in strategic ways to reduce taxes, protection strategies to help prepare for the unexpected and the overall risk that comes along with retirement. Contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390 or to reserve your seat for this presentation.


Nurse assistant training: Northern Essex Community College will offer two, six-week nurse assistant/home health aide training programs this spring and summer on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Information sessions will be held June 12 and 19 for the July 8 program. Participants will meet from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 114 of the Opportunity Works building, 671 Kenoza St. Please enter through the MASSHIRE entrance.

The program is designed to prepare people to sit for the Massachusetts Certified Nurse Assistant/Certified Nurse Aide exam and be listed in the Nurse Aide Registry. The program includes resume development and opportunities to speak with representatives from local health care facilities.

Classes are held weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from July 8 through Aug. 16.

Program and tuition fees are $2,019. For more information, call Nancy Tariot at 978-659-1273 or email her at


Bach to Broadway: Bach to Broadway, a concert of classical and musical theater vocal selections performed live to benefit Creative Haverhill’s capital campaign to Reinvent Cogswell, will be held June 15 at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St.

Creative Haverhill has reached a significant milestone in the capital campaign to turn the old Cogswell School in Bradford into a community art space.

The concert will feature classical vocal selections and songs from the musical theater catalogs. Eight professional musicians will perform songs including, “Till There Was You,” written by Meredith Willson for the musical play “The Music Man” (1957); “Almost Real” from the “Bridges of Madison County”; the classic Italian aria “O Mio Babbino Caro” ("O My Beloved Papa'') from the opera Gianni Schicchi (1918) by Giacomo Puccini; and a libretto by Giovacchino Forzano.

Featured performers include Aliana de la Guardia, Susan Consoli, Lauren Sprague, Sara Sturdivant, Heather Butler, Risa Annicchiario, Jennifer Onello and 13-year-old Jonathan Uber. Light refreshments will be served during a silent auction from 6 to 7 p.m. Musical performances are from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets, $40 per person or $75 for two, can be purchased at Enter “Bach to Broadway” and “Haverhill.”


Statehouse trip planned: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to the Massachusetts Statehouse on July 17 to meet with state Sen. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, who represents Haverhill.

This trip will include a discussion with the senator, as well as a tour of the Statehouse. Seating is limited. Call 978-374-2390 to register.


LGBTQ+ Panel with SpeakOUT Boston: The public library will host a talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on June 18.

Join SpeakOUT Boston for a panel discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity. SpeakOUT is a community of speakers working to create a world free of homo-bi-transphobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of their lives. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Haverhill Yesterday and Today: Local author and historian Arthur Veasey will present his program "Haverhill Yesterday and Today" at 1 p.m. on June 19 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Enjoy a visual tour of Haverhill that includes comparison photos of buildings and architectural examples from the 19th century and today. This program is sure to capture the interest of Haverhill natives as well as newcomers to the city. To register for this free program, call 978-374-2390.


Senior citizen trips planned: Life Long Journey Haverhill and the Council on Aging are planning a variety of trips this summer and fall, including:

A trip to Montreal and Quebec Aug. 20 to 23. Cost is $799 per person, double occupancy and $1,099 single.

A trip to Maine Sept. 23 to 24 to include visits to Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor and Acadia National Park. Cost is $459 per person, double occupancy and $599 single.

A trip to the Lake George Balloon Festival Sept. 20 to 22. Cost is $449 per person, double occupancy, and $599 single.

Contact Darlene Sutton at 978-476-4677 for more information about the trips.


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