:Special Collections schedule to change: The Special Collections room at the public library will have different hours in the New Year. The room will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m., instead of Wednesday and Friday. Special Collections houses Massachusetts Vital Statistics, Haverhill photos, Haverhill High yearbooks, historical information about the city and genealogy resources. Visit the library online at haverhillpl.org or contact Carol Verny at 978-373-1586, ext. 621.

:Sacred Hearts to hold open house: Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold an open house on Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Sacred Hearts offers a pre-kindergarten to grade eight program characterized by faith and values, a caring community, proven academic excellence, curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts frameworks and Archdiocesan guidelines, extensive extra-curricular programs, and before- and after-school programs. Visit online at sacredheartsbradford.org. To arrange for a tour call 978-372-5451 or 978-374-7161.

:School seeks alumni information: Sacred Hearts School is asking alumni to update their contact information online at sacredheartsbradford.org by clicking on “Advancement” then “Alumni.” If you know of any other graduates who would like to become involved, please let them know how to reach the school.

:Library offers winter programs: The Langley-Adams Library in Groveland is offering a variety of programs this winter. Beginner’s Watercolors with Christina Kelly is Jan. 7 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Materials will be provided. Registration is required because space is limited to 12 people. Local author Andre Dubus will discuss his latest book “Townie: A Memoir” Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a book signing and question-and-answer session. A community pie-making and tasting contest is Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. in recognition of National Pie Day. Pies will be judged by librarians, members of the Council on Aging and several well-known members of the community. The winner will be appropriately rewarded. Bring your pies and your appetites. NECC professor Kevin Comtois will present “From Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Evolution of American Music” Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Diana Cummings at 978-372-1732 or dcummings@mvlc.org.

:Ballet auditions planned: The New England Civic Ballet will hold open auditions Jan. 6 for all dancers 10 and older from any dance studio for its spring production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella Ballet. Audition times are by age and will begin at 10 a.m. at NECB studios, 4 Dracut St., Lawrence. There is a $15 audition fee, but no performance fees. For more information visit online at newenglandcivicballet.org or call the studio at 978-975-0289.

:Church plans supper: First Church of Christ, 10 Church St., Bradford, will have a ham and bean supper Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. The meal will feature ham, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, bread, dessert and beverages. More information is available at 978-374-1114 or www.fccbradford.org.

:Women’s Club kicks off year: The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will have its first meeting of the new year Jan. 8 at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carlton St. The coffee hour will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 2 p.m. The program, which will feature Lori Gordon and Rescue Dogs, begins at 2:15 p.m. Gordon is a doctor of veterinary medicine. She is a member of the Mass. Task Force and National Seacoast Rescue and Response System. She works with FEMA following disasters where trained dogs help find injured people.

:Big Brothers, Sisters seek donations: The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation is in need of the public’s support through donations of lightly used clothing and small household items. It asks that while you clean out your closets this winter you consider donating your lightly worn clothing to the foundation. The foundation will be collecting donations door to door in Haverhill and Groveland on Jan. 10. To schedule a free curbside pickup, please call 800-483-5503 or email donate@bbbsfoundation.org. Your donations are tax deductible. The foundation also offers special pickups for electronics recycling and car donations. Please contact them for more information or visit www.bbbsfoundation.org. Donations help support the children in your community.

:NECC offers ophthalmic assistant certificate: After conferring with the offices of area ophthalmologists, surgeons who specialize in eye care, Northern Essex Community College saw a need and created an ophthalmic assistant certificate program through its iHealth@NECC program on the Lawrence campus. This nine-month program will be offered beginning in the fall of 2013. “This program will provide our NECC students with the choice of another healthcare career that will provide them with job opportunities within various ophthalmic settings,’’ said Nancy Garcia, assistant dean, health professions, director, iHealth@NECC. “Our local area ophthalmic groups are very supportive of this program and are excited about its start.” Ophthalmic assistants gather medical histories, conduct vision tests, coordinate patient schedules, and assist eye doctors with various procedural and clerical duties. They work in a variety of health care settings including ophthalmologist’s offices, hospitals, and clinics. This certificate is ideal for those with an interest in health care who have strong interpersonal skills, are detailed oriented, and like to work as part of a team. The program integrates classroom theory, laboratory experience, and clinical practice to prepare students for employment in an ophthalmic clinical setting. According to the board of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of ophthalmic assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent through 2020. The program was designed to meet the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel standards and guidelines. Students must complete a minimum of 80 hours of course work and 480 hours of supervised, full-time clinical experience. Students enrolled in the ophthalmic assistant program complete most of their course work in online courses and come to the iHealth@NECC facility on the Lawrence campus once or twice a week for in-class meetings and laboratory sessions.

:Indoor baseball/softball leagues to begin: Scott Dubben and Juan Tavarez of Seacoast United Baseball will be coaching the popular eight-week School of Excellence Program starting this week at Granite Fields in Kingston, N.H. Participants will work on individual hitting, pitching and fielding, in addition to playing live games. Information and registration materials can be found on Seacoast United’s website at www.seacoastunited.com/baseball. The Indoor Baseball and Softball Leagues will run on Sundays beginning Jan. 6. Team registration can be found at http://www.seacoastunited.com/Baseball/Leagues/677117.html. Individual players also have the option to register as “pool players” (to be placed on a team). All pool player teams will be under the supervision of Seacoast United’s Scott Dubben and Juan Tavarez to maximize the player’s development and enjoyment of playing baseball.

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