Haverhill Senior Baseball registration planned

Carl Russo photoPlayers compete in the Merrimack Valley Senior Babe Ruth League. 

Haverhill Senior Baseball will hold in-person signups March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Papa Gino's restaurant, 782 River St. 

Players from the Haverhill area are welcome to join the spring program.

The age groups are from 13 to 16. Time is running out to have your child compete on a traveling team. Games are played in the Merrimack Valley Babe Ruth League and will begin around mid-April. For more information, call Larry O'Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807-5068.




What: Haverhill Senior Baseball in-person signups 

When: March 28, 6 to 8 p.m. 

Where: Papa Gino's restaurant, 782 River St.

More information: Call Larry O'Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807-5068.




Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Shoe drive in progress: Merrimack Valley Credit Union is hosting shoe drives at its local branches to collect donations for Lazarus House Ministries Inc. in Lawrence.

The organization will also donate $5 to the nonprofits for every pair of gently used shoes collected, up to $10,000.

Shoes donated at MVCU branches in Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover, and the New Hampshire communities of Plaistow and Seabrook will be delivered to Lazarus House Ministries. The organization will make the donated shoes available through its thrift stores, which provide clothing and goods at reduced rates for those who struggle to make ends meet. For those who cannot afford to purchase items, or those transitioning from homelessness, the items are free.

Branches will welcome gently used shoes, including sneakers, sandals, boots and dress shoes for men, women and children, through Tuesday, April 30. MVCU and BCU ask that community members group pairs of shoes together when preparing their donations, so pairs don’t get separated. This can be done by tying the two shoe laces together, tying string around the pair, or putting pairs in bags. Donation receipts will be available upon request at all branch locations.

For more information, visit www.mvcu.com or www.bridgewatercu.com.


Register your child for kindergarten: Haverhill public schools have announced that registration for kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year is now open.

Children turning 5 on or before Aug. 31 are eligible to be registered. Registration appointments can be made by calling the Parent Resource Center at 978-420-1951, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Complete information can be found online at www.haverhill-ps.org.

Families are encouraged to make registration appointments as soon as possible. Parents/guardians of children who are registered by April 15 will receive their child’s school assignment on or around May 15.


Scholarships available: The Pentucket Kiwanis Club of Haverhill is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program.

The intent is to award a scholarship to one graduate of Haverhill High School, one graduate of Whittier Regional Vocational High School and one graduate of Pentucket Regional High School.

Awards will be based on scholastic ability, character, community service and activities, and financial need. Deadline for applications is April 16.

Application forms and directions can be found at https://pentucketkiwanis.org/scholarships.


Ceramics exhibit: Renowned ceramicist Immer Cook has more than dozen new ceramic works on exhibit in Northern Essex Community College’s Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace in the Harold Bentley Library on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

The show runs until April 5.

The Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace is open during library hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Mannheimer at mmannheimer@necc.mass.edu.


Free classic movie matinees: The public library is showing free classic movies at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays in March.

Featured are classic spring-fling musicals. Check www.haverhillpl.org or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608, for specific titles.


Thursday Evening Book Club: The public library is hosting a book club group on the last Thursday of each month from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

For more information, contact the library’s front desk.


Planning Commission to meet: The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on March 21 in the MVPC office, 160 Main St.

The agenda includes updates of the commission’s activities and is available online at www.mvpc.org.


Health and Wellness Fair: Learn about health topics and about health programs offered at Northern Essex Community College when the college holds a spring Health and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on March 25.

Activities will be held at the Haverhill campus of the Spurk Building, 100 Elliott St., in the first- and second-floor lobbies. This event was rescheduled from March 4 due to inclement weather.

Learn about topics such as high blood pressure, allergies, environmental health, Title IX awareness, sleep disorders, stress management, drug and alcohol education, fitness assessment (BMI), the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center transgender health program, and other topics. There will also be complimentary massages and raffles offered throughout the event.

Representatives from NECC’s health programs, including iHealth@NECC, will be on site to answer questions and discuss each of NECC’s programs in depth.

This event is sponsored by NECC’s Health Professions Programs. For more information, or for sign language interpreting or access requests, please contact Kathy Hudson at khudson@necc.mass.edu or 978-655-5874.


First time home buyer training offered: The Community Action Inc. First Time Homebuyer Education Program will offer classes for area residents beginning March 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Presidential Gardens Community Room, 140 Evergreen Drive, Bradford.

Participants will receive comprehensive information offered by housing professionals including bank lenders, buyer/seller real estate brokers, housing attorneys, insurance agents home inspectors and credit counselors; individual household mortgage pre-qualification; information regarding foreclosure sales, area affordable housing lotteries and services of a buyer broker; and about down payment assistance programs and reduced-interest loans.

A Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative approved certificate is awarded after completion of the three-night course. The program is also approved by MassHousing. The dates for the course are March 26 and 28, and April 2. The cost is $60 per household. There are no income requirements to take the training.

For more information, contact Richard Lynch at 978-373-1971 or Susan Collins at 978-317-8998.



45s Tournament to benefit Ruth’s House: If you’re a local resident and love the card game 45s, join Ruth’s House of Haverhill for a fundraiser on March 29 at Brightview Senior Living, 1275 Turnpike St., North Andover.

Welcome and registration is at 6 p.m. followed by a 45s tournament at 6:30 p.m.

Teams will be pairs — two or three pairs per table. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. There will also be raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Cost is $25 for a single seat and $100 for a table of four. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be available. To register, visit online at www.ruthsthriftshop.com/45s.


Free recent movies: The public library will have free showings of a recent film at 2 p.m. on March 31.

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


Discussion about Real ID: A representative from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., at 1 p.m. on March 20 to discuss the Real ID.

Federal and state requirements concerning driver’s license and ID card renewals will be reviewed. This information session regards new laws which become effective in 2020 when a Real ID will be required to enter a federal building or board an aircraft.

Contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390 to register for this program.


Indoor flea market: The Friends of Veasey Park will hold their 15th annual indoor flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 23 at Veasey Park, 201 Washington St.

Admission to this annual fundraiser is free.

Tables are available to be rented by crafters, antique vendors or folks just cleaning out parts of their home. To reserve and rent a table, call 978-376-6779 or email clairew1401@aol.com.

Rentals are $30 for an eight-foot table, $25 for a six-foot table and $20 for a four-foot table. A $10 deposit is required to reserve a table. Call for vendor set-up times. Refreshments will be available during the event.


White Ribbon Breakfast: The Jeanne Gieger Crisis Center will hold its seventh annual White Ribbon Breakfast March 26 at the Black Swan Country Club, 258 Andover St., Georgetown.

Attendees will include local students who participate in the center’s Youth Empowerment Services program. The program encourages dialogue about the issues of bullying, abuse, and violence, and how to band together to transform the negative culture that normalizes domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the program runs from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Tickets are $70 each or $500 for a table of 10.

For more information, visit https://jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org/ or call Nicole Frizzo at 978-465-0999 or nfrizzo@jeannegeiger.org.


Property Fraud Watch Alert program: A representative from the Registry of Deeds will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., at 1 p.m. on March 27 to discuss the Property Fraud Watch Alert program.

Property and mortgage fraud is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes in America, and this program will assist homeowners in Essex County to protect their assets. Contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390 to register for this program.


All about chocolate: Despite the potential side effects of over-indulging, chocolate consumption actually comes with a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, says Mike Cross, a self-proclaimed chocolate lover and a chemistry professor at Northern Essex Community College.

His presentation — titled “Chocolate: the Secret Indulgence” — is free and open to the public. It will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on March 29 at GAR Memorial Library, 490 Main St., West Newbury. A chocolate share and recipe swap will happen from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Visit online at westnewburylibrary.org.

Learn how chocolate can be seen as the perfect treat and discover the various way it affects the human brain. Chocolate samples are included.


Public gardens close to home: The Haverhill Public Library will present an armchair tour of the public gardens north of Boston from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 30.

Meet, vicariously, the ladies and gentlemen who created these gardens, including the editor and owner of Atlantic Monthly magazine, a nephew of Isabella Stuart Gardener and a former governor of Massachusetts.

Learn about current horticultural practices and special plants at each property and hear about the efforts to restore these landscapes. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Women's City Club to meet: The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will enjoy entertainment and conduct business at its April meetings at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St.

On April 2, guests are welcome to join members at 1 p.m. in the lower level of the church. A short business meeting is followed by light refreshments. Entertaining will be Marlena Phillips, a singer who writes many of her own songs and promises to sing from her heart.

The club’s annual meeting is April 16 and is the one session where guests are excluded. President Phyllis Farfaras will run the meeting that will include election and installation of new officers and annual reports.

Refreshments will be served, followed by entertainment. Betsy Williams, who grows culinary herbs for her cooking, will give tips on making herb-enhanced condiments and will serve some of her creations, including vinegars, mustards, butters and pesto.

The club resumes meetings in September. New members are always welcome. Women come from many towns throughout the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. Founded in 1917, the club meets on Tuesdays from September through December and then February through April. Membership applications are available at all meetings.

For information about the club, contact Judy Dionne at jmrkd43@earthlink.net.


Talk on End of Life/Estate planning: Attorney Gerald Shyavitz will be at the Citizens Center at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, to discuss End of Life Planning and Estate Planning.

For more information, contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.


Talk on National Geographic: The Firehouse Center for the Arts in Market Square, Newburyport, will host a photography lecture, "Anatomy of a Story - National Geographic and Beyond," a lecture by Cary Wolinsky from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 3.

Wolinsky will take guests on a behind-the-scenes look at how he created articles for the magazine published in 25 languages, read by 40 million people.

This event is part of the Northshore Photography Lecture Series which is co-produced by the Firehouse Center for the Arts and Sweethaven Gallery and is dedicated to advancing the love of photography.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (plus a $2 ticketing fee). For more information, call the box office at 978-462-7336 or visit online at www.firehouse.org.


Ellen Allard performs concert at temple: Jewish musician and educator Ellen Allard will perform at Temple Emanu-El on April 6.

Cantor Vera Broekhuysen will join Allard as guest vocalist. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres are at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Allard and Broekhuysen will lead a short Havdalah service, marking the end of Shabbat, following the performance.

With more than 40 years of performing experience, as well as 14 CDs and seven songbooks in her catalog (and a library of more than 300 songs that she has composed), Allard continues to charm audiences with her interactive music.

Tickets for this adults-only event are $18 per person and are available for purchase through the temple office at 978-373-3861. Seating is first-come, first-served. More information is available at Nancy@TempleEmanu-El.org or 978-373-3861. The temple is at 514 Main St.


Talk on volunteerism: A representative from the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore program will be at the Citizens center, 10 Welcome St., at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10 to discuss the need for volunteers. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the ReStore, Habitat's donation and home improvement outlet, and they are always looking for decorators, builders, organizers, greeters and sales floor help.

Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 to register for this presentation.


Romanian Dance Troupe performance: A traditional Romanian dance troupe, the Plaiurile Dornelor Ensemble, will perform during a special event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 11 in Northern Essex Community College’s Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St.

Free and open to the public, this performance is sponsored by NECC’s College of Older Learners (CoOL) Life Long Learning Program.

This folk group, from Vatra Dornei, Romania, was founded in 1977 for children ages 7 to 18 to teach traditional Romanian music, dance and crafts. The winners of many Romanian dance competitions, they have performed at international folk festivals throughout Europe and have also appeared on local and national radio and television programs. Folk dances from all regions of Romania will be presented along with unique folk traditions from Bucovina.

CoOL is designed for people 50 or older who want to expand their minds and social circle by participating in or leading a three to six-week seminar, lecture or course. For upcoming offerings visit www.necc.mass.edu/cool.

For more information contact szappala@necc.mass.edu or call 978-556-3064.


WOW Conference is April 12: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 23rd annual Winning Opportunities for Women (WOW) conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 12 at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury.

Enjoy a day of inspiration, growth, networking, and camaraderie among outstanding women from Greater Haverhill. Speakers will include Gabriela Tavares, Miss Massachusetts; Renee Terry, founder of Sweet Cheeks Bakery; Michelle Cully, CEO of Xpressman Trucking and Courier; Geralyn Dreyfous, Academy Award-winning movie producer; and Danielle Niles, WBZ New England meteorologist.

Tickets are $99 per person and include a continental breakfast and seaside luncheon buffet. Visit haverhillchamber.com or call 978-373-5663.


River Trail Race planned: The 28th annual Merrimack River 10-Mile Trail Race will be held April 13 at 9 a.m. starting from the back parking lot of the Double Tree by Hilton hotel on Old River Road in Andover.

Race day registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

Portable restrooms will be provided. Participants are asked not use the hotel’s facilities.

Entry fee is $10 prior to April 10, and $15 after that date. Add $10 for a T-shirt, of which only 75 are available. Make checks payable to Stephen Peterson and mail to 134 Robin Hill Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824.

To download an entry form, visit http://rivertrailrace.blogspot.com/.


Trip to Cherry Blossom Festival planned: The Council on Aging and Durgan Travel Service are planning a trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Cherry Blossom Festival from April 11 to 15.

Travelers will fly to Washington and visit the Smithsonian, Capitol Hill, Arlington Cemetery and war memorial monuments, and will have reserved seats at the National Cherry Blossom Parade. Also included are a cruise on the Potomac and other activities. Call 978-374-2390 for more information.


Church to hold potluck dinner: First Baptist Church at 217 Main St. will hold a "Messiah in the Passover Banquet" (potluck-style) from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 18.

The event will include a vivid and exciting demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to sign up, please call the church office at 978-374-7491.


Quilt Show planned: The Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild will hold its 30th annual Quilt Show from noon to 7 p.m. on April 26, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27 in the Hudson Community Building, 12 Lions Ave., Hudson, New Hampshire.

The building is air conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

More than 100 quilts will be displayed. Also featured will be challenge entries, special longarmer quilt exhibit, boutique, raffle baskets, quilt block sale, vendors and refreshments.

This year marks the guild’s 30th (pearl) anniversary. A quilt titled “The Pearl” is being raffled and the guild’s annual challenge for this year is also called “The Pearl.” Entrants must tie their quilting entries to the pearl theme in some way. The raffle quilt winner’s ticket will be drawn at the end of this year’s show.

Proceeds from the guild’s annual raffle quilt support the New England Quilt Museum and David’s House (CHAD), affiliated with Dartmouth Hitchcock in Lebanon New Hampshire.

Admission to this event is $8 for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Visit the guild online at http://hannahdustinqg.org/.


Off to the races: The Haverhill Firefighting Museum will hold its third annual Kentucky Derby Gala - 145th Run for the Roses from 5 to 10 p.m. on May 4.

Derby viewing begins at 6:30 p.m.

Included are raffles, mystery balloons, a cash bar featuring mint juleps and a full southern buffet. Prizes for best derby hat and attire will be awarded.

Tickets to this adults-only event are $60 per person, in advance. This is expected to be a sold-out event.

Tickets can be purchased through PayPal at www.haverhillfirefightingmuseum.org or by calling 978-835-1565 or 978-994-1854.

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


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