Boys & Girls Club beer and wine event on tap

CARL RUSSO/staff photoFrank J. Iuele of Haverhill, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Board of Directors talks to former Red Sox player Lou Merloni and WEEI Sports Radio host at last year's club dinner.Former New England Patriots tight end Christian Fauria and former Red Sox player Lou Merloni who are now both WEEI Sports Radio Network Host of the Ordway, Merloni and Fauria Show, were special guest speakers at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill celebration Saturday night.The annual event, held at DiBurro's in Bradford also featured a silent and live auction as part of the fund raiser.Former two time Youth of the Year, (2012 and 2013) and first female Youth of the Year, Destiny Alicea addressed the audience during dinner. She is a successful business woman in New York City. 3/9/2019

Wine and beer on tap: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold its annual Wine and Beer Event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 23 at the Renaissance Golf Club. 

Several vendors will offer tastings of beers, wines and rums. Casablanca Restaurant will have a food and margarita tasting station, and Maria’s Restaurant will have a carving station, pasta station and various food samplings. The Renaissance will host a food sampling station with items prepared by the new executive chef. Raffle tickets will be available for items including an instant wine cellar and summer beer package. All proceeds benefit the club’s summer teen program and camperships to Camp Tasker.

Presenting sponsors include Whittier Health Network, Fantasy Fine Wines, Seaboard Products Co. and Align Credit Union.

Tickets are $40 per person or two for $75. For tickets, contact Kathleen Pruett at or call 978-374-6171, ext. 102. Tickets are also available online at


What: Boys & Girls Club's annual Wine and Beer Event

When: May 23, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Renaissance Golf Club

Cost: Tickets, at $40 per person or two for $75, are available from Kathleen Pruett at or by calling 978-374-6171, ext. 102. They are also available online at



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Ansel Adams talk planned: Sweethaven Gallery and the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport will host an encore slide lecture on photographer Ansel Adams by Lance Hidy from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 23 at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. 

This encore lecture is revised and updated from Hidy’s sold-out lecture at the Firehouse in 2017.

Adams (1902–1984), was devoted to sharing the transformative power of wilderness through his art, and to leading the environmental movement.

Hidy was chosen by Adams to collaborate on the last book of his career, Yosemite and the Range of Light (1979), and continues to design the official Ansel Adams books. This first-hand experience brings a personal perspective to Hidy’s presentation of the Ansel Adams story.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, plus a $2 processing fee. 

For more information call the Box Office at 978-462-7336 or visit online at or


First Responders Banquet: VFW Lorraine Post 29 will recognize the contributions of local first responders when it holds a First Responders Banquet and awards program at 6 p.m. on May 23 at DiBurro’s function hall in Ward Hill.

The event is open to the public. Awards and citations will be given to local heroes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Tickets are $40 each. Please send checks to VFW Lorraine Post 29, 576 Primrose St, Haverhill, MA 01830, and include “First Responders” in the memo area. All checks must be received before the May 17 deadline date. Visit on Facebook at


Spring Farmers Market: A special Haverhill Spring Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 25 during the Memorial Day weekend at Willow Spring Vineyards, 840 West Lowell Ave.

This indoor event will include live music and shopping with popular vendors. The regular Haverhill Farmers Market opens June 22 in front of the Merrimack Street parking garage.


Internet Basics II: The public library will hold part two of the computer class Internet Basics from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 28.

Participants will continue learning the basics of using a computer, mouse and keyboard and will also explore how to find information online and develop web browsing skills. To attend this class, you must have attended Internet Basics I on May 21. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


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 New Hampshire May 29 to 31. This three-day, two-night trip includes a Lake Winnipesaukee luncheon cruise on the M/S Mount Washington and a trip on the Cog Railway to the top of Mt. Washington. Cost is $599 per person, double occupancy, and $719 single.

A senior motor coach trip to the Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire, June 19 including an all-you-can-eat buffet luncheon, carving stations, two free drinks or cocktails from the bar and an assortment of desserts, coffee and tea. Cost is $95 per person. Payment is due in full by May 15.

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.


Talks on End of Life planning: Attorney Gerald Shyavitz will discuss End of Life Planning at two events.

The first event will be at 1 p.m. on May 29 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Shyavitz will review Medicaid planning, protecting your home and assets, living trusts and durable powers. Included is a short video on topics such as how to select agent or proxy, weighing the odds of survival, personal priorities and spiritual values, and other topics. To register for this discussion, call 978-374-2390, ext. 3911 or 3916.

The second event will be at the public library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 30.

Estate planning attorneys typically prepare living wills, healthcare proxies, and durable powers of attorney for clients along with wills and trusts. These end of life directives are given to the clients by the attorney and therefore the attorney believes that his job is done. But it isn’t. These directives do little good unless the clients also participate in extensive conversations with their healthcare agents and family. Register for this event online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


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.


Armenian food festival: 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.


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.


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 food 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, fun activities and other 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


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.


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 Reinvent the Cogswell School in Bradford and turn it 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 his 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 to 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."


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


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.


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