Firefighting Museum opens for the season

CARL RUSSO/Staff photoA child plays in the Haverhill Firefighting Museum's children's area.

The Haverhill Firefighting Museum is open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., through Oct. 21.

Children can play and learn in the “Hero Headquarters” and, along with adults, can see the 9/11 memorial sculpture and exhibit. Learn about the Adopt-a-Hydrant program, tour the museum and shop the museum’s store.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger, and $15 for families. Admission is free for military service men and women.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. The museum is at 75 Kenoza Ave.

For more information, call 978-994-1854 or visit online at



What: Haverhill Firefighting Museum opens for season. 

When: Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m., through Oct. 21

Where: 75 Kenoza Ave.

Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger, $15 for families, free for military service men and women

Information: Call 978-994-1854 or visit online at



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Golf tourney 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


Openings for after-school and summer programs: The Haverhill Public Schools Discovery Club and Access 21 after-school and summer programs still have openings in their middle and high school summer activities.

The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays at Haverhill High School, from July 8 though Aug. 1. Transportation and breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is a one-time registration fee and limited scholarships are still available.

Activities include glee, rock band, musical theater, horticulture and gardening, outdoor recreation and service learning.  

Applications are available online at

For more information, contact Denise Johnson at 978-420-1954 or


Bereavement support group: "Beacon of Hope and Healing," a bereavement support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 12 to July 17, at Holy Family Hospital, Cremin Suite, Methuen Chapel Area, 70 East St., Methuen.

Those who are struggling with life changes due to the loss of a loved one, and living alone for the first time and worrying about their futures, are invited to join this six-week bereavement support group, which is in collaboration with Holy Family Hospital. To register, contact Lu Bonanno at 978-837-3333 or


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 by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Greek Food Fest planned: If you enjoyed the Greek food at the annual Greek Festival at The Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church last November, then you will want to attend the annual spring Food Fest which has been extended to three days, June 7, 8 and 9 at the Hellenic Community Center, 154-156 Winter St.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The menu of authentic Greek fare will include baked lamb, pork and chicken kebobs, pastichio, roasted potatoes, spinach pie, rice pudding, baklava, loukoumades (honey balls) and other Greek pastries. There will also be raffle prizes. Admission and parking are free.


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.


Princess tea party: Winnekenni Castle will hold its annual spring “Dolly ‘n’ Me Princess Tea” at 1 p.m. on June 9.

This signature castle event is an opportunity for young girls to wear their frilly finest, bring along their favorite doll, and have a special grown-up day. The event will feature fancy finger foods and treats, tea from fancy pots and a visit with the Princess of Winnekenni Castle. A Genuine American Girl Doll will be raffled. The event also includes photo opportunities, plus activities and surprises.

Doll clothes and other favorite items will be available for purchase. This event is recommended for children ages 3 and older.

With advance online purchase, tickets are $25 per child and $30 per adult. If space is available, tickets at the door will be $30 per child and $35 per adult.

Seating will be limited. To purchase tickets, visit or


Paper craft and card making: The public library will host a paper craft and card making class at 6 p.m. on June 10.

Participants will create a multi-layered card, bookmark and treat holder, using several techniques including stamping, die cutting and embossing. All supplies are included, but feel free to bring your own tools, such as scissors and adhesive. The class will be led by Ruth Tinkham.

Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


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 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.


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. Participants will 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


Creative Industry Night planned: The third Creative Industry Night will be held at 6 p.m. on June 13 at Haverhill Community TV’s Studio 101, 2 Merrimack St.

The event will feature a live recording of the Go Creative Show with Ben Consoli, owner of Haverhill-based BC Media Productions. Guest speakers will include Angela Peri, founder of Boston Casting; John Stimpson, writer, editor, and director; and Izzy Lee, writer and independent filmmaker. In addition, the event will highlight local resources for budding filmmakers available through HC Media.

For more information, visit


Bach to Broadway: Bach to Broadway, a concert of classical and musical theater vocal selections performed live to benefit Creative Haverhill’s capital campaign to Reinvent Cogswell, will be held June 15 at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St.

Creative Haverhill has reached a significant milestone in the capital campaign to turn the old Cogswell School in Bradford into a community art space.

The concert will feature classical vocal selections and songs from musical theater catalogs. Eight professional musicians will perform songs including, “Till There Was You,” written by Meredith Willson for the musical play “The Music Man” (1957); “Almost Real” from the “Bridges of Madison County”; the classic Italian aria “O Mio Babbino Caro” (“O My Beloved Papa’’) from the opera Gianni Schicchi (1918) by Giacomo Puccini; and a libretto by Giovacchino Forzano.

Featured performers include Aliana de la Guardia, Susan Consoli, Lauren Sprague, Sara Sturdivant, Heather Butler, Risa Annicchiario, Jennifer Onello and 13-year-old Jonathan Uber. Light refreshments will be served during a silent auction from 6 to 7 p.m. Musical performances are from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets, $40 per person or $75 for two, can be purchased at Enter “Bach to Broadway” and “Haverhill.”


Free screenings of recent movies: The public library will have free showings of recent films at 6 p.m. on June 17.

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


Library to hold food drive: The public library will hold a "Food for Fines" drive June 17 to 29. Bring in non-perishable food items to clear fines from your library account.

No glass containers will be accepted. For more information, call 978-373-1586, ext. 603. All food donations benefit the Sacred Hearts Food Pantry.


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

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.


LGBTQ+ Panel with SpeakOUT Boston: The public library will host an evenr from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on June 18 featuring SpeakOUT Boston's panel discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity.

SpeakOUT is a community of speakers working to create a world free of homo-bi-transphobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of their lives. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Haverhill Yesterday and Today: Local author and historian Arthur Veasey will present his program “Haverhill Yesterday and Today” at 1 p.m. on June 19 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

He will present a visual tour of Haverhill that includes comparison photos of buildings and architectural examples from the 19th century and today. This program is sure to capture the interest of Haverhill natives as well as newcomers to the city. To register for this free program, call 978-374-2390.


Coloring club for adults: Join fellow adults for a relaxing hour of coloring at the public library at 6 p.m. on June 4 and at 2 p.m. on June 22.

No registration is necessary. All materials are provided. Call 978-373-1586, ext. 608, for more information.


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 Montreal and Quebec Aug. 20 to 23. Cost is $799 per person, double occupancy and $1,099 single.

A trip to Maine Sept. 23 to 24 to include 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 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 the trips.


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