The 13th annual Maria’s Frozen Shamrock 3 Mile Run is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, starting at 11 a.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant on Essex Street.

Costs are $40 per person before the race and $45 post entry. Register online for all three Frozen Shamrock races for $110 and get a $10 discount.

There is a running club discount. Register online for all three races for $90.

New this year, participants can sign up with a friend for the entire series and both people will receive a Hardman Super Bag.

Custom T-shirts will be given to the first 600 entries. Commemorative 2020 16-ounce glass Solo cups will be for sale at $10 for one or all three for $25.


For more information or to register, visit online at, or, for more information, email



What: 13th annual Maria’s Frozen Shamrock 3 Mile Run

When: Sunday, Feb. 23, starting at 11 a.m. 

Where: Maria’s Family Restaurant, Essex Street.

More information: Visit online at or email



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Host family sought: The Program of Academic Exchange is seeking an area family to host a 16-year-old girl from Tunisia for the 2020-2021 school year at Triton Regional High School in Byfield.

This student is interested in playing violin and piano and getting involved in school club activities such as painting/drawing and debate. For more information, contact Linda Coffey at Visit online at

The Program of Academic Exchange is designated by the U.S. Department of State as a J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program sponsor.


Tribute to Women: The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts is seeking women who have made a difference in their work and community.

Nominations will be accepted through March 1. The Tribute to Women luncheon will take place at the Andover Country Club on May 14 from noon to 2 p.m. and serves as the YWCA’s major fundraising event.

Since 1983, the YWCA’s Tribute to Women awards luncheon has recognized more than 1,200 Merrimack Valley and North Shore women leaders from business and community organizations.

Nominations can be sent to the YWCA, Attention: Jeanne Osborn, 38 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA 01840 or by going online to and following the “Tribute’’ tab.

For more information, email or call 978-687-0331, ext. 1045.


Pajama collection: The public library has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in the 13th annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive to benefit two nonprofit groups: the Department of Children and Families’ Wonderfund, and Cradles to Crayons.

The drive runs through March 15. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. Please bring donations to the children’s room at the library.

The drive’s goal is to collect 13,000 pairs of new pajamas. Many of the pajamas donated go to local DCF offices in the area in which they were collected, benefiting local children and teens. DCF estimates that at any given time, the agency is working with 45,000 babies, children and teens.

Last year, libraries from across the state collected 13,022 new pairs of pajamas, a new record for the drive. In total, more than 20,000 pairs of pajamas were collected by 251 groups, 136 of which were libraries.

For more information, visit online at


Church bean supper: St. James Episcopal Church at 119 Washington St. in Groveland will hold a bean supper Saturday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. 

The menu will include homemade baked beans (both pea and kidney), hot dogs, potato salad, additional salads, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and additional food options for adults and kids, as well as a variety of homemade desserts. Cost is $10 for adults. Free for children under age 10.

Visit online at


CPR, first-aid classes offered: The Haverhill YMCA is offering CPR, AED and first-aid certification classes.

All classes are held at 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA, 81 Winter St., and are open to ages 10 and older. The cost is $55 per class. First aid classes are Feb. 24, March 11, April 27, May 18 and June 11. CPR and AED classes are Feb. 13, March 23, April 22, May 13 and June 1.

For more information about these classes or about group rate costs, contact Kristin Rodis at


Thursday evening book club: The public library will host a book club group on the last Thursday of each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

More information is available at the library’s front desk.


Mardi Gras celebration: Celebrate Mardi Gras Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Veasey Park, 201 Washington St.

This event is hosted by the Groveland and Georgetown historical societies and the Friends of Veasey and will feature live jazz music, a costume contest, dancing, food, raffles, games, crafts and prizes.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under.


Scholarship applications available: The Pentucket Kiwanis Club of Haverhill is accepting applications for three available scholarship awards that have been increased in size.

Each award is now $1,000. Eligible applicants are students who attend Haverhill High School, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School or Pentucket Regional High School. Also eligible are Haverhill residents who attend another school or are home schooled.

The awards will be based on scholastic ability, character, activities and community service, and financial need. Completed applications must be received by April 3. Applications are available online at


New art exhibit: “Are We There Yet?” is the first show of the new decade to be presented in the Northern Essex Community College Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace and was created by Dianne Pappas, a Northern Essex adjunct art and design faculty member.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 28. 

The artspace is located in the Harold Bentley Library on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. The show is free to attend and is open to the public during library hours – Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Marc Mannheimer at


Conversation Cafe coming to Haverhill: The public library will host Conversation Cafe events Feb. 19, March 25, April 22 and May 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Feb. 19 topic of discussion will be: “We Need to Talk: Crossing the Political Divide.” Participants will meet in the library auditorium.

Conversation Cafes, which are free and open to the public, offer a structured format which allows time for everyone to speak. Although the group’s organizers are interested in the process of discussing potentially polarizing topics, their underlying objective is to encourage intentional listening as a way to increase understanding and compassion and help capitalize on what people have in common rather than what divides them.

More information is available from Brendan Kieran at 978-373-1586, ext. 608, or


Get Lit Book Club: Join the public library’s Get Lit Book Club, a social book club designed for 20- and 30-something readers in Greater Haverhill.

The group will meet monthly to talk about books, socialize, eat, drink and do whatever else might come up. Join the group on Feb. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Peddler’s Daughter on Wingate Street. For more information, call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Early primary voting: Early voting for the presidential primary runs from Monday, Feb. 24, through Friday, Feb. 28, during regular business hours, which are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the basement (former Registry of Motor Vehicles location) of City Hall, 4 Summer St.

The hours have been extended from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, to allow for voting in the evening.

You need to be a registered voter in Haverhill to vote early. The deadline to register to vote for this election is Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. The city clerk’s office will be open only for voter registration that evening. Voters do not have to give a reason to vote early.

Once you have voted, your ballot will be secured in a locked vault and delivered to your regular polling location on election day to be counted.

You can check your voter status online at If you are an inactive voter, you will need to provide ID/proof of your residence at the time of your vote. Your status can also be checked online. For more information, call the city clerk’s office at 978-374-2312 or email Elections Administrator Jim Blatchford at


Boys & Girls Club celebration: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold its annual celebration Saturday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at DiBurro’s Function Facility, 887 Boston Road.

The event will include cocktails, generous stationary fare, dessert, live and silent auctions, seated programming, dueling pianos and dancing.

This event raises money to support various programs for club members.

Tickets are $100 before March 1 and $120 after that date. For sponsorship information, contact Melissa deFriesse at or 978-374-6171. ext. 102.


Haverhill Democrats to caucus: Registered Democrats in Haverhill will hold a caucus at the public library on Saturday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m. to elect delegates and alternates to the 2020 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. Haverhill will be sending 28 delegates and 28 alternates to the convention, along with other ex-officio delegates.

The 2020 Convention will be Saturday, May 30, at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Haverhill. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 by Feb. 15 will be allowed to participate and run as a delegate or alternate. Youth, minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate at the caucus may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at

Registration for the caucuses will begin at 10 a.m.

The caucus will be preceded at 10 a.m. with a business meeting of the committee to hear from several speakers and to discuss plans for the 2020 elections. All are welcome to attend, especially anyone interested in joining the committee.

For more information, contact Bill Cox at 978-374-6297.


Health care information sessions: Northern Essex Community College will hold a series of Information sessions highlighting the various health programs offered at the associate degree and certificate level.

The information sessions will be held once a month beginning in February in the Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center, 414 Common St., Lawrence, at 5:30 p.m. Information sessions are free and open to the public.

The dates are March 25, April 15 and May 20.

Learn more about Northern Essex health care programs at For more information, contact Linda Comeau at


Kentucky Derby Gala: The Haverhill Firefighting Museum at 75 Kenoza Ave. will hold its fourth annual Kentucky Derby Gala celebrating the 146th Run for the Roses Saturday, May 2, from 5 to 10 p.m. Entertainment is by Dan Sky. This is an adult-only event.

Derby Viewing starts at 6:30 p.m. Mystery balloons, cash bar, mint juleps, a full southern fare buffet are part of the fun. Prizes for best derby hat and attire.

Tickets, in advance, are $60 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling 978-835-1565 or 978-994-1854. Tickets sold out fast last year so get your tickets early.

Anyone who sponsors a racehorse receives two free tickets to the gala, free mint juleps and great advertising for your business.


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