Christmas Stroll is Friday 

CARL RUSSO/Staff photoAnnmarie Rouleau, 3, of Haverhill gets the VIP treatment form Santa in front of the community tree at last year's Christmas Stroll.

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual downtown Christmas Stroll Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.

This winter-themed event provides many activities and offerings for families with children, as well as local business owners and operators. With a renewed emphasis on local businesses and efforts to “shop local,” attendees can take advantage of discounted goods and services, taste delicious fare from local food establishments and be entertained with a variety of activities, including photos with Santa, cookie decorating, caroling, musical entertainment and ornament painting.

The finale to this community event is the lighting of Haverhill’s Christmas tree in Washington Square. All activities take place in the downtown, including the Riverfront Cultural District triangle of Washington, Wingate, Granite and Essex Streets (and everything in between), as well as Merrimack Street, and Railroad and Washington squares.



What: Downtown Christmas Stroll

When: Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: In and around the Riverfront Cultural District and Washington Square



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Curbside collection of leaves: The city's Public Works Department will conduct a curbside leaf collection day Saturday, Dec, 7.

The collection is done by the city’s trash and recycling contractor, Capitol Waste company.

Leaves must be placed curbside by 6 a.m. in biodegradable paper bags or open-top containers that do not exceed 50 pounds. Lose leaves or grass in loose piles or in plastic bags or on tarps in front of homes will not be collected. This service is limited to leaves and grass only and does not include the collection of brush, branches, tree trunks and limbs.

The Public Works Department’s Recycling Center at 500 Primrose St. is open for residents six days a week, Monday through Saturday, for the disposal of leaves and grass from April through Dec. 14, weather permitting. For more information, visit the city’s website at


Christmas Giving Tree: The Council on Aging is accepting gifts for its Christmas Giving Tree.

The tree is decorated with ideas for gift-giving to needy nursing home patients. Many of Haverhill's disadvantaged seniors need items such as pajamas, sweat shirts and pants, socks, sweaters, toiletries and slippers. Items must be wrapped and marked with contents, including size. All wrapped gifts must be delivered to the Citizen Center by Wednesday, Dec. 18. Contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390 with questions.


Art class offered: Haverhill senior citizens are invited to participate in an art class at Wingate Residences of Haverhill, 10 Residences Way on North Avenue.

Participants will learn to make an ornament for the holidays on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. This class is offered free of charge to Haverhill seniors. Call 978-374-2390 to register. Registration is required.


Free classic movies: The public library will show free classic movies Tuesdays in December at 10 a.m.

December movies are classic westerns. Check or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608 for specific titles.


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 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.


Thursday Evening Book Club: The public library will host a book club group on the last Thursday of each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, ask at the front desk.


CPR, first aid classes offered: The Haverhill YMCA is offering CPR, AED and first aid certification classes.

All classes are held at the YMCA, 81 Winter St., at 6:30 p.m. and are open to ages 10 and up. The cost is $55 per class. First aid classes are Dec. 5, Jan. 20, Feb. 24, March 11, April 27, May 18 and June 11. CPR and AED classes are Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, March 23, April 22, May 13, and June 1.

For more information about these classes or about group rate costs, contact Kristin Rodis at


Free robotics and automation info offered: Northern Essex Community College will hold an information session on Dec. 11 about a seven-week, 140-hour Robotics and Automation Training Program that begins this winter.

The grant-funded, noncredit program is free to qualified applicants.

The information session, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Greater Lawrence Technical School, (GLTS) 57 River Road, Andover, at 4 p.m. The program, designed for unemployed and underemployed people ages 17 to 29 with the minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, runs from Jan. 21 through March 13, Mondays through Thursdays, from 4 to 9 p.m. at GLTS.

Students who successfully complete the robotics portion of the program by passing the online modules, hands-on labs and final exam, will receive the FANUC CERT “Handling Tool Operations and Programming” Cert Level I.

The program, offered through NECC’s Center for Corporate and Community Education, is sponsored by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. For more information, or to register for one of the information nights, call 978-556-3067 or 978-722-7054.


Festival of Trees: The Groveland Historical Society's Festival of Trees continues Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 8 p.m. at historic Washington Hall, 101 Washington St.

Santa will visit on Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Admission is $5. Free to children under 5. Each tree has a different theme. Raffle tickets for the trees, wreaths and centerpieces that will be on display are $1 each, six for $5 or 12 for $10. Proceeds from this event benefit the Groveland Historical Society.


Calling all knitters and crocheters: The public library’s knit and crochet group will meet Dec. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m., and Dec. 17 from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Participants talk about their favorite books, yarns and patterns. They bring their knitting and crocheting projects and make some progress while chatting. No registration is necessary.


Senior citizen trips offered: The Council on Aging is offering these Rite Way Travel trips for Haverhill senior citizens:

A Foxwoods trip is Dec. 18 for $30. New York City shopping Dec. 7 and 14 for $65. Wrights Farm and LaSalette lights, Dec. 8 including luncheon for $69. New Year’s at Noon Party aboard the Odyssey in Boston Harbor for $109. Cats the Musical orchestra seat and motor coach, Jan. 16 for $139. “Fiddler on the Roof’’ March 5, orchestra seat and motor coach for $139.

For details, contact Riteway Travel at 978-682-3245 or


Cine Espanol: The public library will show a movie in Spanish on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

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


Free screenings of recent movies: The public library will have free showings of recent films on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

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


Holiday concert and silent auction: The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra will present its Holiday Concert Spectacular and host its silent auction fundraiser Dec. 15 at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center, 40 Greenough Road, Plaistow.

The concert will feature many instrumental and choral favorites of the season.

A special highlight will showcase North Andover vocal soloist Megan Onello, a junior at Pingree School, performing Broadway selections from “Anastasia and Natasha,’’ “Pierre’’ and “The Great Comet of 1812.’’

Timberlane High School’s Chamber Singers, directed by Mike Green, will also perform seasonal choral pieces. To round out this holiday concert, MVPO interim conductor Louis Stewart will lead the orchestra and audience in many favorites, including “The Harry Potter Suite” and some festive holiday sing-a-longs.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for the orchestra’s annual silent auction. Visitors will be able to browse and bid on a variety of items, including last-minute holiday gifts.

The auction will be held during intermission, and winners will be announced during the concert. Cash, check and credit card may be used to pay for auction items on the day of the concert.

Tickets — $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, $10 for students and $5 for children ages 4 to 12 — are available at the door or online at or Seating is general admission.


Author to speak at Temple Emanu-El: Temple Emanu-El will host a talk by Jamie Bernstein, who will discuss her book “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein” on Sunday, Dec. 8.

A continental breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m., and the presentation will follow at 10 a.m.

A donation of $10 per person is suggested. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by contacting the Temple office at 978-373-3861 or Walk-ins will also be welcome. The temple is at 514 Main St.

Leonard Bernstein was a composer, conductor, television star and humanitarian. He was also a father. In “Famous Father Girl,” Jamie Bernstein, his eldest daughter, invites the reader into her family’s private world.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

The presentation is the final program in Temple Emanu-El’s 2019 Author Series.

Temple Emanu-El thanks its patrons, Cowan Insurance Agency, Stuart Mandell (in memory of his beloved wife, Ada) and Smith Motors Company of Haverhill, and its sponsors, H. L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes and Pentucket Bank, for their generous support of its 2019 Author Series.


Christmas book sale planned: New England Author’s Expo will hold a Christmas Book Sale Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers.

This event is open to the public and admission is free. About 30 authors will be attending this event, which is sponsored by Pear Tree Publishing and Rosstrum Publishing. Visit online at


Author talk planned: The public library will host a talk by local author Daniel Zimmerman on Dec. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Zimmerman will discuss his book “Shots in the Dark: The Saga of Rocco Balliro” which is based on prison interviews with Balliro, who lost his girlfriend and her son, who were also Zimmerman’s aunt and cousin, in a shootout with police. This program will include a question-and-answer session, and books will be for sale. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


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. The 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. To register or for more information, call Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.


Christmas with MARK209: Nashville’s MARK209 will bring Christmas in four-part harmony to New England.

Recently completing a west coast tour, the popular quartet has scheduled 15 “Christmas from the Heart of Nashville” concerts during December. New Life Christian Assembly of God Church, 966 Main St., Haverhill, will host a concert Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. For information and tickets, call 603-329-6047.

Additional local concerts during that week will be in the New Hampshire communities of Newmarket, Plaistow, Fremont and Dover, and Lebanon, Maine. For information and tickets for those concerts call 603-842-9794. Tickets for all concerts are $5 and concert-goers are advised to order ahead since most concerts last year were sold out.


Caroling and other holiday fun: East Parish Meeting House will host caroling and camaraderie Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of candlelight, a warm fire, refreshments, and songs of hope and joy for the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons.

For more information, visit on Facebook or email or visit online at


Christmas party: The annual Council on Aging Christmas party will be held at DiBurro's function halls in Ward Hill Thursday, Dec. 19, at noon.

Entertainment will be provided by A GoodTimes DJ George Whitehouse, and the meal will include chicken florentine and brownie ice cream sundae.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., or online at For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.


Get Lit Book Club: The public library’s Get Lit Book Club, a social book club designed for 20- and 30-something readers in Greater Haverhill, will meet Dec. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Peddler’s Daughter on Wingate Street.

The group meets monthly to talk books, socialize, eat, drink and do whatever else might come up. Call 978-373-1586, ext. 608, for more information.


Frozen Shamrock planned: The 13th annual Maria’s Frozen Shamrock 3 Mile Run is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, starting at 11 a.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant on Essex Street.

Costs are $40 for individual sign up and $45 post entry. Register online for all three Frozen Shamrock races for $110, and get a $10 discount.

There is a running club discount. Register online for all three races for $90.

New this year, sign up with a friend for the entire series and both you and your friend will receive a Hardman Super Bag.

Custom T-shirts will be given to the first 600 entries. Commemorative 2020, 16-ounce glass Solo cups will be for sale at $10 for one or all three for $25.

For more information or to register, visit online at

Registration in each race includes the Wild Rover Series medal, personalized race bibs, hot food after the race, live entertainment, beverages, chip timing and Facebook integration (opt in during registration). Race organizers will post your finishing time on your timeline, email results and provide step-up results (video screens at the finish). Special awards will be given to the Wild Rover Series winning male and female. Winners will be determined by age grading.

For more information, email



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