Churches

Weekly prayer group: First Presbyterian Church, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Signup sheet posted in church. 346 Broadway, Haverhill.

Bible Camp: Brookridge Community Church, 232 Main Street, will host a free vacation bible school from July 25 to 29, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. To register, visit www.Brookridge.org.

Family Fun Days: Join the First Presbyterian Church at 346 Broadway, for their "Shake It Up" week from July 11 through 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open to kids of all ages, your family will enjoy: experiments, games, crafts, stories, music, snacks at no charge.

Families and kids

Midday Summer Shows for Seniors: Doors open at 11 a.m. Bring along your lunch and eat inside or outside the castle before the show. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 978-521-1686 or email winnekenni@yahoo.com and please leave complete contact info with your reservation request.

Sign language: Northern Essex Community College provides sign language instruction for families with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Information, contact Glenys Crane-Emerson, Family Sign Language Program coordinator, at fslp@necc.mass.edu, 978-556-3701 (voice/tty), 978 556-3703 (fax), and 978-241-7057 (VP/VRS).

YMCA Preschool Program: The YMCA Children's Learning Center is enrolling for the Preschool Program. Curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning in a classroom setting, along with self directed activities that promote decision making and overall preparedness for Kindergarten. Contact Julie Grundy at 978-912-7422 or grundyj@northshoreymca.org for more information.

Rock Climbing: Designed for all levels. Certified instructors teach children learn about climbing equipment, techniques. All equipment provided by the YMCA. Group classes, private and semi-private lessons available. Call Matt C. at 978-479-2738 or chmielewskim@northshoreymca.org.

Local activities

Make Some Noise goes live: A 16 week free performance series in downtown Haverhill sponsored by the Haverhill Cultural Council. These weekly events will take place on Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Every week there will be performances at Columbus Park, located at the corner of Washington St at Railroad Sq. On July 28th and August 8th, there will also be performances at Washington Sq. across from the Haverhill Post Office. The first performers will be "Four Legged Faithful", an Americana, Folk and Bluegrass band on July 7 at 6 p.m. at Columbus Park.

Spotlight Playhouse: Auditions for the play Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap on July 17 at 3 p.m. and on July 18 at 7 p.m. at The Playhouse, 24 Essex St. Haverhill, MA. Performance dates for the show will be September 23, 24, 30 and October 1 and 2. Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script. If needed, callbacks will be held on July 19 at 7 p.m. For further information email info@spotlightplayhouse.org.

Summer Recreation Programs: The city's Recreation Department is accepting applications for its summer day program. To register online Google "activityreg Haverhill." You can also register at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 978-374-2388, ext. 33 to request a form be mailed to you.

Internet Classes: The Haverhill Public Library will offer free beginners internet classes this June. Computers are not required but you must register in advance. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, stop by the reference and information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 607.

Business assistance: Service Corps of Retired Executives offers free, confidential help to individuals starting a business or already in business. Sessions are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in the Landmark Building, 80 Merrimack St., second floor. Appointments can be booked by calling the chamber at 978-373-5663.

Council on Aging Trips:

These overnight trips are scheduled

Sept. 13-19: South Dakota Black Hills and Badlands, $1,899.

August 29-Sept. 5: Pacific Northwest and California, $2,299.

Oct. 13-21: Southern California and Vegas Adventure, $2399

Details on all trips and activities are available by contacting Kathy Bresnahan (ext 11) or Rita LaBella (ext 16) at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

Give, get help

Big Brother Big Sister: Local nonprofit collects donations of lightly used clothing and small household items curbside. To schedule a free at-home pick up, call 1-800-483-5503 or schedule online at www.bbbsfoundation.org. Donations help support the children involved in the Big Brother Big Sister mentoring organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

Volunteers needed: Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley needs volunteers. There are many volunteer opportunities available, including: become a foster home for cats and kittens awaiting adoption, assist at weekly adoption events, provide animal care at our Danville, NH sanctuary, and transport sick and injured animals to the veterinarian. Experience is not required, and training will be provided. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. For more information on all of our volunteer opportunities or to find out ways you can help, please email us at armv@armv.org or visit us online at www.ARMV.org.

Collections: Several local agencies and organizations are collecting new and used videos, books, CDs, DVDs and audio books using "Got Books?" containers, including:

The First Church of Christ Bradford, 10 Church St., Bradford.

Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St., Haverhill.

Hill View Montessori School, 75 Foundation Ave. (in the Ward Hill Industrial Park).

Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St.

Help homeless children: Horizons for Homeless Children seeks energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to play with children living in family homeless shelters in Northeastern Massachusetts, including Haverhill. Those with two hours a week to spare and a desire to make a difference in the lives children are encouraged to fill out an application. Attendance at a training session and six-month commitment are required. Contact Brittany Pyle at 978-557-2182 or northeast@horizonsforhomelesschildren.org.

Help animals: Donate to Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley to replenish its fund to save sick or injured cats and dogs. Visit insiderpages.com/fundraisers/Animal-Rescue-Merrimack-Valley. Restaurant reviews result in donations to animal charity. Donations can also be made online at armv.org or by mailing a check to ARMV, P.O. Box 8006, Bradford, MA 01835.

Hosts needed: Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange seeks community representatives and host families. Information, Anne Ring, 866-462-3423 or visit afice.org.

Volunteers needed: The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge needs volunteers to help staff The Plover's Nest gift shop and bookstore at the Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. The store is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers needed to help customers and act as cashiers during those times. Training will be provided. For more information or to volunteer, call Kate Toniolo at 978-465-5753.

Sign language: Northern Essex Community College provides sign language instruction for families with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Information, contact Glenys Crane-Emerson, Family Sign Language Program coordinator, at fslp@necc.mass.edu, 978-556-3701 (voice/tty), 978 556-3703 (fax), and 978-241-7057 (VP/VRS).

Places to Visit

Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main Street: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays. For more information, call 978-373-1586 or visit haverhillpl.org.

Haverhill Firefighting Museum, 75 Kenoza Ave.: Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Weekday and group visits are available by appointment. For more information, call 978-372-4061.

John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road: Open Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m.; Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.; Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students under 18 and a $10 maximum for a family. For more information, call 978-373-3979.

Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society, John Ward Avenue: Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Tours by appointment only. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 7 to 17 and free for children 7 and under. For details, call 978-374-4626.

Other

Dog licences are available in the City Clerk's Office in City Hall. The fee for all male and female dogs is $20 and the fee for all spayed female and neutered male dogs is $15. Application forms are available online at ci.haverhill.ma.us. Click on the link to "Departments" and then "City Clerk." Please provide a current rabies vaccination record and spaying/neutering certificate when licensing your dog. Late fines will be charged for the time the dog is not licensed starting at $10 after May 31, $15 after June 30 and $25 after July 31. For more information, call 978-374-2312. invites all Haverhill arts organizations to submit notice of events to the council's website: ci.haverhill.ma.us, under "Human Services Department." To submit events or for information, call 978-374-4500, ext. 31, or e-mail culturalcouncil@cityofhaverhill.com.

Contact Richard Lynch, Community Action, 978-373-1971.

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