Church plans annual Armenian food festival 

RYAN HUTTON/Staff photoVolunteers prepare for an 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.




What: annual Armenian food festival presented by Women's Guild at Hye Pointe Armenian Apostolic Church 

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:

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. 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


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 is 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, on June 19 includes 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 is Aug. 20 to 23. Cost is $799 per person, double occupancy and $1,099 single.

A trip to Maine Sept. 23 to 24 includes 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 is planned for 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 these trips.


Meatball contest planned: The Sons of Italy in Haverhill will hold its second meatball contest from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 18 at the Lasting Room, 122 Washington St.

All meatballs will be voted on by name, so please name your meatballs, which must be approximately 1 inch in diameter. Please bring a minimum of 150 meatballs. Fees are $3 for voters and $5 for contestants. Raffles will be held for the Hearts Apart organization at Hanscom Air Force Base.

If you are interested in participating in the contest, call Renee Ouellette at 603-508-9051.


New England Tenors to perform: The New England Tenors will present a spring concert titled “From Broadway to Bradford and Beyond” from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 19.

The program features songs made famous by the Three Tenors, Broadways best loved musicals, songs of inspiration and sacred songs. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the High Pointe House of Merrimack Valley Hospice. First Church of Christ is at 10 Church St. in Bradford.

Tickets, $20 for adults and $15 for students, are available online at

For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Mike Fay at 978-476-6053.


Program on Eleanor Roosevelt: The Groveland Historical Society will present a look into the life of Eleanor Roosevelt by author and historian Carol Cohen at 2 p.m. on May 19 in historic Washington Hall, 101 Washington St.

Cohen’s presentation focuses on Eleanor’s life after the death of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was living on her own in a modest home she called, Val-Kill.

Admission is $10 and includes refreshments. Admission is free to children 12 and younger.


Ghost Hunt at Veasey Park: Join author, paranormal investigator and radio host, Ron Kolek and the rest of the New England Ghost Project Team for a night of Food and Spirits at the Veasey Estate, the summer home of Haverhill industrialist Arthur D. Veasey.

The event is from 7 p.m. to midnight on May 19 at Veasey Memorial Park, 201 Washington St., Groveland.

The house, which sits high atop of Nun’s Hill in Groveland, was also once the home of the Little Missionary Sisters of Charity.

The event will begin with dinner and continue with team-led paranormal investigations of the estate. According to the caretakers, spirit activity abounds and many visitors to the house have had paranormal experiences of their own. Participants help preserve the building because a portion of ticket sales goes directly to the preservation of the park.

Tickets are $99 each and are limited. They can be purchased through Eventbrite or by calling 978-521-9345

Visit the New England Ghost Project at Visit Veasey Park online at


Internet basics: The public library will have a class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 21 for those who have never touched a computer or have limited mouse skills.

This class will introduce the basics of using a computer, mouse and keyboard. Participants will also explore how to find information online and develop web browsing skills. 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 7 to 8:45 p.m. on May 21.

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


Dance party planned: The Council on Aging will hold a Spring Fling Dance Party at 12:30 p.m. on May 22, at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Lunch will be provided by the Chicken Connection and music will be provided by A Good Time DJs. Tickets are $8 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Call 978-374-2390 for tickets or more information.


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

Hidy will discuss the iconic American photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, plus a $2 processing fee.

Hidy was chosen by Adams to collaborate on the last book of his career, "Yosemite and the Range of Light" (1979). Through this first-hand experience, Hidy brings a personal perspective to the Ansel Adams story. In his lifetime, Adams shot over 40,000 photographs, produced several dozen books that have sold more than a million copies, co-founded the first museum department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art and, for nearly 40 years he was a leader in the Sierra Club. The lecture will be enlivened by quotes from Adams’ autobiography, and by dozens of his finest photographs.

For more information call the box office at 978-462-7336 or visit online at or


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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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