Campus Classic road race seeking runners

file photoNorthern Essex President Lane Glenn finishes first in the 40-to-49-year-old category at a previous NECC Campus Classic 5K.

Online registration is open for Northern Essex Community College’s annual 5K Campus Classic road race, which will be held Oct. 5 on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

NECC’s annual homecoming will begin immediately following the race and will feature activities for people of all ages. The public is invited to stop by the homecoming for a chance to spend time with friends, celebrate the season, and enjoy arts and crafts, food, a “touch-a-truck,” live music and other activities.

The chip-timed USATF-certified 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. by the NECC Haverhill campus maintenance building, and will wind through the rural campus and its surrounding residential neighborhoods. Competitive runners – as well as novices and walkers – are encouraged to participate.

The general race entry fee is $25 through Oct. 3. The price increases to $30 after that date. Students with valid NECC IDs may register for a discounted price of $10. On-site registration is also available.

All race proceeds will benefit the NECC Fund, which supports student scholarships and academic programs. Covanta, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of energy-from-waste conversion infrastructure, is the event’s platinum sponsor.

Register by Sept. 7 and receive a free T-shirt. Award categories include top three male and female overall plus first place male and female in various age divisions.

For more information, visit or contact Lindsay Graham at



What: Northern Essex Community College’s annual 5K Campus Classic road race

When: Oct. 5 

Where: The college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Cost: General race entry fee of $25 through Oct. 3,  $30 after that date. Discounted price of $10 for students with valid NECC IDs.



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Library scholarship available: High school juniors living in Haverhill and who have plans to attend a two- or four-year college are eligible to apply for the Haverhill Public Library Trustee Scholarship Page Program.

Accepted pages must complete two years of service in the page program to remain eligible for scholarships. Each class of pages will begin in the fall and continue through the following spring. Pages are required to complete two shifts per week (two to three hours per shift).

At the end of the two years, pages will be awarded with a trustee scholarship of $1,500. To apply, interested participants must submit a letter of interest, a letter of support from a guidance counselor or teacher, and a complete application. More information and applications can be found at For more information, contact Rachel Gagnon at


Class reunion planned: The Haverhill High School/Haverhill Trade School class of 1957 will gather at the China Blossom Restaurant in North Andover at noon on Sept. 21.

Guests can order from the menu or enjoy the restaurant’s buffet. Dress is informal.

To reserve a seat, or for more information, contact Tom Behan at 978-372-9734, Pat Hayes Boulanger at 978-887-5965 or Terry White Jesionowski at 603-382-8053. Please remember the Class of 1957 Scholarship Fund by sending a check to Tom Behan, 10 Primrose Way, Unit 4104, Haverhill, MA 01830.


Whittier-inspired book released: “Wittier Than Thou,” a collection of 20 short stories of humor and whimsy inspired by the life and works of John Greenleaf Whittier, is available for purchase on Amazon. All proceeds benefit the Whittier Birthplace museum in Haverhill.

John Greenleaf Whittier, who lived from 1807 to 1892, is best recalled either as a fiery abolitionist or as one of New England’s beloved fireside poets. But along with impassioned anti-slavery verse and the later songs of faith and rural domesticity, Whittier had a sly and subtle sense of humor, most evident in poems composed for friends and correspondents, according to David Goudsward, who edited the book.

“Witter Than Thou” is the third and final book in a series related to Whittier. The first was “Snowbound with Zombies,” a horror/supernatural anthology, and the second was “Murder Among Friends,” a mystery anthology.

Contributing authors in this series include Christopher Golden of Haverhill and Edith Maxwell of Amesbury.


Take the master plan survey: The city’s master plan consultant, Utile, is promoting and collecting public input for the master plan process.

Vision Haverhill 2035 is an initiative to update the city’s master plan. Sponsored by the city and the mayor’s office, the planning process will craft a vision for the future of Haverhill as the city addresses the issues and seizes the opportunities presented to this century. The plan will emphasize the needs of community and embrace the community’s values.

Residents who want to comment on the plan are asked to take an online survey at The survey is available in English and Spanish.


River bards poetry: River Bards, a group of local poets with a passion for shining a light on poetry, prose, spoken word and other literary arts, will present a monthly poetry series presented by Creative Haverhill and HC Media.

This season's presentations are free and open to the public and will be held at HC Media Studio 101 at Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St.

This series will be on Friday evenings from September through November and will feature readings by published poets, followed by open mic readings. A new featured poet will kick off the night at 7 p.m. with a reading, followed by open mic time (sign-ups are first come,

first served) until everyone has had a chance to read. The event wraps up no later than 9 p.m., and is family friendly and open to the public.

The Sept. 6 event will feature author and sculptor Isabell VanMerlin; Oct. 4 will feature J.D. Scrimgeour, a poet and writer who lives in Salem, Massachusetts; and Nov. 1 will feature well-known Merrimack Valley poet, Jim Knowles.

For more information about this series, contact Erin Padilla at 503-476-4339, or


Artist work on display: An opening reception for artist Marc Mannheimer’s exhibit, “Recent Work,” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Switchboard Gallery, 43 Washington St.

From Sept. 7 to Oct. 5, Mannheimer's new series of watercolor "tondos," or circular paintings, and sculptures will be on display alongside "Consciousness is Evident — one of his signature oil paintings with a full-scale, fiberglass cast of an actual boulder attached to the center. The artist will be in attendance at the reception and light refreshments will be served.

Mannheimer taught at Bradford College for more than 21 years, and is a professor of art at Northern Essex Community College, where he also serves as gallery coordinator of the Linda Humel-Shea ArtSpace. Mannheimer has exhibited extensively across the United States. His artwork can be found in various public and private collections, including internationally in Italy, where he travels every year for one month. Mannheimer lives and works in Bradford.


Pow-wow planned: The annual Native American Pow-Wow will return to the Plug Pond Recreation Area the weekend of Sept. 7 and 8.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness and the city’s Recreation Department, this family-friendly event has been hosted at the pond for 31 years and has become one of most popular fall events in the Merrimack Valley.

Immerse yourself in Native American art and culture while experiencing food, music, dance, crafts, storytelling and other traditions that are part of this cultural and educational event. Gates will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., both days.

Kayak and canoe paddling will be available at no cost. Children and adults can take guided kayak or canoe rides around the shoreline of the pond throughout the day. Native foods as well as American fare will be available all day, along with arts and crafts.

Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children ages 4 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free.

No pets, drugs, alcohol or coolers are allowed.

For more information, visit, call 617-642-1683, or email


Scavenger hunt planned: The Methuen Festival of Trees will hold its second scavenger hunt, with this year’s theme being “A Tree Grows in Methuen.”

This scavenger hunt adventure through historic Methuen will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, followed by dinner and awards.

Starting from the Festival’s headquarters at 13 Branch St., teams of four to 10 participants will work to reveal clues that will take them to 11 locations in and around Methuen, with the last stop featuring a buffet dinner and prizes. Bonus points are earned by special activities at each stop, posting photos on social media and collecting special items along the way.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, the team with the best theme costumes and a Dead Wood prize for the team which comes in last. Every team member will receive raffle tickets for the 2019 Festival of Trees, making every team member a winner.

Tickets are $35 per person, which includes dinner at the end of the hunt. Children are welcome to be on teams and participate. Proceeds support the historic preservation mission of the Festival of Trees. To RSVP your team and join in the fun with friends and family register online at: methuenfestivalof, call the Festival at 978-685-8878, or email info@methuenfestivalof

The 2019 Festival runs from Nov. 22 through Dec. 7.


Haverhill Democrat breakfast: Haverhill Democrats will hold their annual breakfast on Sept. 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Galleria Banquet Room of Maria’s Restaurant, 85 Essex St.

Congresswoman Lori Trahan, D-Westford, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will also recognize state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, as the 2019 Distinguished Democrat elected official.

Candidates for the Nov. 5 municipal election have also been invited and will be recognized during the breakfast. The committee will also be recognizing several members as “Distinguished Democrats” for 2019 for their contributions to the committee.

The breakfast is open to the public and tickets are $25. Each person purchasing a ticket will also get to vote in a straw poll for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and the 2019 municipal races. Advance ticket purchases are recommended as this event will sell out early.

For more information, email Roz McKeon at


Car show and craft fair: The Plaistow Walmart will host a car show, craft fair and cookout from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital.

All kinds of cars are allowed to participate, including muscle cars, classic cars, antiques and race cars. Car registration is free, although organizers are asking for a small donation for Boston Children’s Hospital. Vendor spaces are $20 each.

For more information, email


Church picnic planned: Sacred Hearts Parish will hold a parish and welcome-back-to-school Mass and picnic on Sept. 8.

The picnic take place on the lawn outside the rectory behind the church, immediately following the 11:30 a.m. Mass.

This event, previously hosted separately by the school and parish, combines the students and their families returning to school with members of the parish community.

Included are popcorn, hamburgers, hot dogs, face painting, games and other activities. Visitors are asked to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

There is no charge for this event.


Women’s City Club to meet: The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will begin its 102nd season on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m., in the lower level of the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St.

All women are welcome.

Meetings include a brief business meeting, then a light lunch and coffee, followed by a presenter or informative speaker. Club president is Phyllis Farfaras.

The first presenter is Bill Graham, a leading floral designer, who makes a return visit with his program “Bounty of the Season.” He will arrange blooms while sharing humor, anecdotes and stories. His creations will be raffled at the end of the meeting.

The club meets on Tuesdays from September to December and then February through April at the church. Membership applications are available at all meetings.

New members are always welcome. Women who attend come from many towns throughout the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.

For club information, contact Judy Dionne at


Introduction to Judaism: Four Reform Jewish congregations of the Merrimack Valley are partnering to offer an engaging multi-session course for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life through a Reform lens.

The course will be held Tuesdays at 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 10, and runs for 18 sessions. Its location will rotate among the four participating congregations. A class schedule with locations will be sent upon registration. Preregistration is required at Payment of $100 for the entire course is due at/or before the first class. Contact Temple Emanuel of Andover 978-470-1356 or to make a payment before the start of the course.

For more information, call 646-793-3196 or email

The course is supported by the National Center to Encourage Judaism and created in partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and local Reform congregations.


Art Walk planned: The Switchboard, a gallery and collaborative events space, will host an art walk throughout the downtown on Sept. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Switchboard received a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council to hold this event in collaboration with local businesses, Creative Haverhill, artists, and dedicated volunteers. The goal is to promote visibility of the creative community in Haverhill.

The event is free and open to all. Guests are encouraged to arrive at The Switchboard, 43 Washington St., to obtain a map of the events, all clearly marked and located within walking distance. Artwork by Marc Mannheimer will be on display as part of The Switchboard’s rotating gallery. Programming will include plein air painting, open studios, demonstrations and performances at local businesses such as Shoe Town Art Center, Merrimack Valley Music and Arts, Creatorpult, The Winged Rabbit, Battle Grounds, and others to be announced.

For a list of participants and more information about the Art Walk, visit:


Appraisal event planned: The Buttonwoods Museum and HC Media will present “What’s it Worth,” an antiques and collectible appraisal event, on Sept. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the HC Media Studio at Harbor Place.

Three professional appraisers will be on hand to evaluate people's treasures. The cost is $10, payable at the door, for two items. Pre-registration is required. To register online go to To register by phone call Linda Greenstein at 978-390-2425.


Hidden Gem Gala: Ruth's House will hold its "Hidden Gem Gala" from 7 to 11 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane.

The event will include food, live entertainment by the Rozwell Band, a silent auction, raffle baskets, a cash bar and a raffle offering a first prize of $2,000 cash, a second prize of $1,000 cash and a third prize of $500 cash. Only 250 raffle tickets will be sold.

The winner does not need to be present to win. Cost of the gala and a raffle ticket is $50 per person.

Sponsorship packages are available. For tickets or more information, visit online at


Sheep dog trial: Tattersall Farm will host a sheep dog trial, Sept. 14 and 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The public is invited to observe some of the top New England herding dogs and their handlers as they guide them through a set course on the farm grounds. Admission is free.

This Northeast Border Collie Association/United States Border Collie Handler’s Association sanctioned trial will include all classes from novice in the morning to the highest level of handlers in the afternoon. Depending on the class, the sheep will be placed 100 to 300 yards from the handler. The dog will bring the sheep to the handler and guide the sheep around a course as quietly and consistently as possible. Each run will be judged. The handlers will educate the audience about what goes on during and between runs over a public address system and answer individual questions posed by the audience.

While watching the trial and during the breaks, spectators will be invited to support local food vendors and to explore the grounds and trails at Tattersall Farm.

Due to conservation restrictions, dogs, other than those competing, are not allowed on the property.

For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan at 978-372-1774.


Bob Laprel road race planned: The ninth annual Bob Laprel 4-mile road race and 2-mile walk will be Sept. 15 starting at Haverhill High School.

Massachusetts State Police Honor Guard will present the colors at 9:45 a.m. The 2-mile walk begins at 10 a.m., followed by the 4-mile run at 10:15 a.m. Prizes and a raffle follow at the finish line.

The Massachusetts State Police Traveling Museum will be open for viewing in the courtyard.

Registration is $20 online at Race day registration is $25 and closes at 9:30 a.m.

The first 300 participants to register will receive race day shirts.

All proceeds benefit the Robert C. Laprel Memorial Scholarship Fund at Haverhill High School.


Discussion of the Merrimack River: The Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., will host a presentation titled “Rolling on the River” by Melissa Drake, museum educator at the Buttonwoods Museum, at 1 p.m. on Sept. 17.

Drake will discuss the Merrimack River and its role in shaping human industry in the Merrimack Valley, from the Pennacook’s usage of the river for trade and transport to the harnessing of the river’s power during industrialization in the 19th century. Museum collections and hands-on artifacts lend depth and interest to this program. Call 978-374-2390 to make your reservation.


Learn about transportation services: A representative from the Merrimack Valley Transit Authority will be at the Citizens Center at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 19 to discuss the EZ-Trans program, Medi-Ride to Boston and Peabody hospitals, and local bus schedules.

This session provides important information to seniors and others who are interested in learning more about local transportation opportunities. Call 978-374-2390 for more information or to register for this program.


Eagles tribute band to perform: Tickets are available to see the Eagle tribute band “Eaglemania” at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Collins Center, 100 Shawsheen Road, Andover.

This is Northern Essex Community College’s signature fundraising event.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by contacting Lori Smerdon at 978-556-3789 or Tickets can also be purchased at

This annual NECC event is hosted by the NECC Foundation Inc., the Women of NECC, and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds support the NECC Foundation Endowment.

The platinum sponsor for this event is The Eagle-Tribune.

Preview the “Eaglemania” band at

For more information, visit


Talk on the Salem witch trials: Author and playwright Michael Cormier of Atkinson will be the guest speaker Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland.

He will speak on the widespread impact and legacy of the Salem witch trials.

For more information or to reserve a seat, email


The joys and woes of aging: Cara Goalstone Smoley will give a poetry reading from her recently published book,”Aging Along: Selected Poems,” at 1 p.m. Sept. 25, at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Smoley uses humor to deal with the joys and woes of aging. Her book will be available for purchase and is also available on Amazon. For more information, call 978-374-2390.


Fundraiser planned: Tickets are available for "Cruising the High Seas," the 2019 annual food, wine, beer pairing and silent auction to be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown.

All proceeds from this event directly support patients and families from throughout the region receiving care from Merrimack Valley Hospice and High Pointe House in Haverhill.

This year’s silent auction will offer more than 100 items to bid on, including jewelry, artwork, unique experiences and relaxing getaways. A selection of food, along with wine and beer, will be served at this tropical Islands-themed evening featuring live music, games of chance, and other activities.

Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling 978-552-4188. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

This year’s premier event sponsors include the Suzanne I. and Clive B. Fazioli Charitable Foundation as the lead sponsor and TD Bank is the chateau sponsor.


Talk on End of Life Options Act: John Berkowitz, director of Western Mass. Death with Dignity Inc., will be at the Citizens Center at noon on Oct. 15 to discuss whether Massachusetts should pass the End of Life Options Act.

Death with Dignity is also known as Medical and Compassionate Aid in Dying. The proposed bill in the Legislature would make Massachusetts the 10th state in addition to Washington, D.C., to pass such a law. These laws provide the option for people who are terminally ill, mentally capable, and facing unbearable pain and unrelieved suffering to end their lives in a peaceful, humane death.

To register for this informative presentation contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.


Talk on healthy eating: Registered dietitian and diabetes educator Joan Hultgren of Pentucket Medical will lead a discussion titled "Healthy Eating as We Age" at 1 p.m. Oct. 23, at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Reserve your spot for this discussion by calling Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.


Talk on medication safety: Alexandria Papadimoulis of the Regional Center for Poison Control will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., at 1 p.m. Nov. 6 to discuss safety tips on what to ask your doctor about medications, and precautions you can take around your household.

The Regional Center for Poison Control is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance and expertise in the medical diagnosis, management and prevention of poisonings throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The presentation will discuss reasons why poisonings are the number-one injury death in the United States, and ways to prevent poisonings from happening.

To register for this program, contact Mary Connolly at 978-374-2390, ext. 3915.


White Mountains trip planned: The Council on Aging is offering a trip to the White Mountain Hotel and Resort, Dec. 13 to 15.

This holiday tour offers entertainment, festive activities, gourmet dining and all the finest amenities of the hotel. This trip includes a welcome reception; two-nights deluxe accommodations; five meals — two breakfasts, one luncheon, and two dinners; Austrian sleigh ride at Nestlenook Farm in Jackson; three shows; a Christmas gift; and motor coach transportation.

Cost is $479 per person double occupancy and $619 per person single occupancy. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.






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