Buttonwoods Opening Gala

The Opening Gala of the Festival of Trees is Friday, November 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Regular viewing hours begin Saturday, November 24 and run through Sunday, December 9. Special events include Family Days with children’s activities, a visit from Santa and Senior Days. Please go to our website at www.haverhilllhistory.org for hours and the Schedule of Events. For more information email us at fot@haverhillhistory.org. The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is located at 240 Water Street, Haverhill.

Cookie Jar Bazaar

The Good Shepherd United Methodist Church at 471 Main St. will hold a Cookie Jar Bazaar on Saturday, November 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual fair features the popular Cookie Walk, home-baked goods, crafts and gift ideas. Luncheon will be available beginning at 11 a.m.

Free Community Skate

The Ice Skating Academy will hold a free community skate on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 3 to 4:50 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Skating Rink in Haverhill. The rink is located behind Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St. In lieu of admission, please bring donations of new winter apparel for those living in the Merrimack Valley and who are in need. The event will include music by a DJ, goodies and raffles. All items collected will be donated to a local charity

Landlords Guild Meeting

The Haverhill Landlords Guild meets Nov. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, Victor Emanuel Lodge, 124 Washington St.

Guest speaker is Real Estate Attorney Michael McCarthy of Newburyport. All landlords, property managers or those who would like to own income-producing property are invited to attend. You do not have to be a member of the guild to attend. More information is available from Michael Schroth at 978-372-0023 or Dean Huston at 508-641-5410.

Senior Knitting and Craft Fair

The Council on Aging will host a senior knitting and craft fair Nov. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. This fair will provide the perfect opportunity for knitters and crafters to sell their items and for holiday shoppers to purchase beautiful hand-made items. Seniors who are interested in selling their items or for more information contact Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.

Elmo Visiting the Library

The public library will host a visit from Elmo Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. Children will participate in a story time, and can act out books with their favorite Sesame Street character. All participants will have an opportunity to meet Elmo, so bring a camera. Children will receive a free goodie bag filled with a new book and other materials. This program is sponsored by the state’s UFund College Savings plan and MEFA (Massachusetts nonprofit authority helping offer affordable higher education solutions). More information is available from Sherri Galego at 617-680-5496.

Book Chat

The public library will host a Book Chat session Nov. 29 from 10 to 11 a.m.

This is an informal monthly readers advisory group where you can hear the latest fiction and non-fiction reviews and share what you are currently reading. Book Chats also feature author talk alerts, e-reader demonstrations and staff picks. More information is available from Jaclyn Payne at 978-373-1586, ext. 608.

Christmas Carol

Spotlight Playhouse will present “A Christmas Carol: a Live Radio Play” Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, at 8 p.m., and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St. This show, based on the classic story by Charles Dickens, is directed by Kevin Wilson or North Andover and produced by Karen Timmerman of Haverhill. Stage manager is Beckie Adams of Haverhill. The cast includes Elinor Curtin Cameron as Scrooge, Jeff Collard as Marley/Fred, Diane Ficarra as Mrs. Cratchitt, Frank Garcia as Bill/Charity and Gentleman, Derek Iversen as Tiny Tim, Natalie Kerr-Collard as Bill’s Wife, Angela Merrill as the Ghost of Christmas Past, David Monahan as narrator, Rick O’Shey as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Hannah Pageau as Young Scrooge, Elysa Porter sound effects, Sasha Zbitnof as Bob Cratchit and Spencer Zbitnoff as Peter Cratchit.

Ruth’s House Raffle

Ruth’s House, a nonprofit thrift store and clothing pantry located at 111 Lafayette Square, will hold a Christmas Raffle and Penny Auction Fundraiser on Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookridge Community Church, 232 Main St. Tickets are available at Ruth’s House in advance at $10 for 25 tickets, or $15 for 25 at the event. Ruth’s House is also asking that you consider making a donation from your business or organization in either the form of money or a prize to be auctioned off to help make this event a success. Proceeds will enable Ruth’s House to continue its ministry. Ruth’s House has a unique referral program, named “Hands Across The Valley,” that enables it to give each referred client four free complete outfits, new undergarments and socks. Each client is given weather-appropriate clothing four times a year. So far this year Ruth’s House has clothed over 5,000 clients. More information is available by calling 978-521-5575 and asking for Ida or Diane.

Tea Fundraiser

Somebody Cares New England is hosting a Christmas Candlelight Tea on Saturday, December 1 at 4 p.m. Enjoy an enchanted evening filled with great food, friends and fashion! There will be live music, raffles and a fashion show with a live auction! Location: 358 Washington St. Haverhill, MA.

Tickets are $25.00 each. To purchase tickets visit somebodycaresne.org or call 978-912-7626.

Free Medical Seminar

Breast Care in the Elderly, a Medical Meet the Expert seminar with General Surgeon Kathryn Hughes, MD, is Dec. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first floor auditorium. Hughes will discuss breast cancer risk in elderly women, breast cancer screening strategies for elderly women, and the latest treatment and management of breast cancer in elderly women. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. One free contact hour in nursing awarded at the end of the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Merrimack valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. in Haverhill. For more information or to register please contact Jean at 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org. This program meets the criteria for continuing education in nursing in Massachusetts pursuant to 244 CMR 5.04, The Board of Registration in Nursing Rule and Regulations.

Medical Seminar

The 10 Rules of Diabetic Foot Care, a Medical Meet the Expert seminar with Podiatric Surgeon Debra Eisner, DPM, is Dec. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first floor auditorium. Cost of $5 includes presentation and full lunch. Menu is sliced stuffed chicken breast with cream sauce, rice pilaf, peas and pearl onions, tossed salad with dressing, rolls, coffee, tea, lemon/mint water and pie. Merrimack Valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. in Haverhill. Registration is required. For more information or to register contact Katie at 978-521-8140.

Choir performance

The Interfaith Choir offers its gift of music – Rejoice and Be Merry – in two free holiday performances this year. The first performance is Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Congregational Church, 61 Main St., Hampstead, N.H. The second performance is Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. at Londonderry United Methodist Church, 258 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, N.H. Celebrating its 47th year, the choir is composed of members from more than 20 local churches who are brought together by their common love of music and a desire to spread the Christmas message through instrument and voice. Director is Cindy Ladew, and accompanist is Ginny Legare. A freewill offering will be taken and refreshments and fellowship will follow. More information is available from Beth at 603)-432-4786.

Nutcracker Performances

New England Civic Ballet’s beloved annual performances of the holiday classic, Tchaikovsky’s THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, will be performed at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College, North Andover . The magic begins on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 PM , Saturday, Dec. 8th at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM , and Sunday, Dec. 9th at 2:00 PM . Tickets may be purchased online at www.newenglandcivicballet.org or by calling the studio at 978-975-0289. Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $22 for children age 12 and under, and seniors age 55 and older. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more attending the same performance. For more information regarding the ballet, performances, and other information, contact the director, Mrs. Phyllis George, at the New England Civic Ballet studios, 978-975-0289.

Clothing Drive

The New Moon Coffeehouse is participating in the UMass Boston’s Golden Key society’s “Share the Warmth” clothing drive. During each winter concert (November to February) the New Moon will collect winter outerwear, including coats, hats, mittens, sweaters and boots. The items are then donated to various nonprofit organizations in the Greater Boston area that serve the homeless and those in need. Last year, the New Moon participated in the program along with more than a dozen other area coffeehouses. Together, the venues collected over 2,400 pounds of clothing that was shared with five nonprofit organizations. Help keep those in need warm this winter. Grab your unwanted coats and jackets, bring them to the concert and we’ll make sure they keep someone warm this winter.

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