Here's your chance to 'Stuff a Cruiser' with food

AMANDA SABGA/Staff photoPaul Malone poses with his Police SUV in the parking lot of the Westgate Plaza Market Basket, where police will accept food donations.

The Police Department will hold Stuff a Cruiser Day on Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all Haverhill Market Basket stores — at Westgate Plaza, RiversEdge Plaza and Central Plaza

Police will be at those locations accepting donations of food items — everything from canned goods to frozen turkeys, said Officer Paul Malone, organizer of the event.

"We'll accept anything you want to donate and we'll have a wish list that includes canned goods, cereal, dried pasta, rice, potatoes, coffee, tea bags, peanut butter, jams and other items," Malone said.

This event is usually held in October to help with the holiday food pantries, but most food pantries are pretty well stocked up at that time, police said.

"We were asked to hold it earlier this year because the current food supplies are limited," said Malone, who also serves as deputy director of emergency management. "Last year we donated enough food to stock 10 food pantries with almost a full week's worth of food.''




What: Stuff a Cruiser Day — police accept food donations for needy people

When: Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Where: All Haverhill Market Basket stores 



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Library scholarship available: High school juniors living in Haverhill and who have plans to attend a two- or four-year college are eligible to apply for the Haverhill Public Library Trustee Scholarship Page Program.

Accepted pages must complete two years of service in the page program to remain eligible for scholarships. Each class of pages will begin in the fall and continue through the following spring. Pages are required to complete two shifts per week (two to three hours per shift).

At the end of the two years, pages will be awarded with a trustee scholarship of $1,500. To apply, interested participants must submit a letter of interest, a letter of support from a guidance counselor or teacher, and a complete application. More information and applications can be found at For more information, contact Rachel Gagnon at


Class reunion planned: The Haverhill High School/Haverhill Trade School class of 1957 will gather at the China Blossom Restaurant in North Andover at noon on Sept. 21.

Guests can order from the menu or enjoy the restaurant's buffet. Dress is informal.


To reserve a seat, or for more information, contact Tom Behan at 978-372-9734, Pat Hayes Boulanger at 978-887-5965 or Terry White Jesionowski at 603-382-8053. Please remember the Class of 1957 Scholarship Fund by sending a check to Tom Behan, 10 Primrose Way, Unit 4104, Haverhill, MA 01830.


Whittier inspired book released: "Wittier Than Thou," a collection of 20 short stories of humor and whimsy inspired by the life and works of John Greenleaf Whittier is now available for purchase on Amazon. All proceeds benefit the Whittier Birthplace museum in Haverhill.

John Greenleaf Whittier, who lived from 1807 to 1892, is best recalled either as a fiery abolitionist or as one of New England’s beloved fireside poets. But along with impassioned anti-slavery verse and the later songs of faith and rural domesticity, Whittier had a sly and subtle sense of humor, most evident in poems composed for friends and correspondents, according to David Goudsward, who edited the book.

"Witter Than Thou" is the third and final book in a series related to Whittier. The first was "Snowbound with Zombies," a horror/supernatural anthology, and the second was "Murder Among Friends," a mystery anthology.

Contributing authors in this series include Christopher Golden of Haverhill and Edith Maxwell of Amesbury.


Take the master plan survey: The city’s master plan consultant, Utile, is promoting and collecting public input for the master plan process.

Vision Haverhill 2035 is an initiative to update the city’s master plan. Sponsored by the city and the mayor’s office, the planning process will craft a vision for the future of Haverhill as the city addresses the issues and seizes the opportunities presented to this century. The plan will emphasize the needs of community and embrace the community’s values.

Residents who want to comment on the plan are asked to take an online survey at The survey is available in English and Spanish.


Psychic readings on tap: Winnekenni Castle will hold an evening of psychic readings from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 29.

Psychic readings, healing arts and specialty shopping take place inside the castle. Castle staff readers Judith-Anne, Valeria and Amy Sabatino will be joined by three special guest readers

Appointments are booked at the door only. Doors open about 4:55 p.m. You may purchase multiple appointments with the same reader to create a longer session with a single reader, or to visit multiple readers. You may also stop by to purchase a later-hour appointment, leave to do errands or have dinner and then return in time for your session. The 15-minute reading slots are $25 each.

Enjoy shopping at the Stone Sisters pop-up boutique.

Enjoy refreshments and socializing before and after your sessions. More detail is available at


Wild animal kingdom day: Winnekenni Castle will hold wild animal kingdom day for children and adults at 1 p.m. on Sept. 1 outdoors on the castle lawn.

Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center of Bolton will present an array of animals and hold an up-close, hands-on meet-and-greet for children. Refreshments will be available. 

Winnekenni Castle is on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave. For more information, send email to, leave a voice message at 978-521-1686 or visit online at


Free concert at the castle: The B Street Bombers will perform a free concert at Winnekenni Castle from 1 to 4 p.m. on Labor Day.

This 11-piece band boasts decades of experience and a features a legendary horn section.

Visitors are encouraged to bring, blankets, lawn chairs, parasols, sunscreen, family and friends. In the event of rain, the concert will be held inside the castle with seating provided. Lawn toys will be out for all to enjoy. Food and refreshments will be available, including hot dogs, burgers, popcorn, lemonade and root beer floats.

Admission is free, but if you would like to help out, a $5 per family suggested donation to the castle's wishing well will help to take care of the castle and keep the programs coming.

Winnekenni Castle is on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave. For more information, send email to, leave a voice message at 978-521-1686 or visit online at


College for Older Learners: Northern Essex Community College will host a seminar showcase for its College for Older Learners from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 4 in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

Seminar leaders will give a brief presentation of the CoOL courses offered in the fall.

For a complete list of offerings, visit

Typically, classes meet once a week for a five-week period. Most courses cost $35 and some courses have additional costs (such as purchasing a book or other class-related material such as a yoga mat). Most seminars/lectures/courses take place on NECC’s Haverhill Campus at the Opportunity Works building, 671 Kenoza St.

To register, call enrollment services at 978-556-3700 or visit the website. About one week prior to the start of the course, a letter will be mailed with the details on location, dates, and times. Parking tags will be mailed to those attending courses not offered at the Opportunity Works building.

For more information, call 978-556-3110 or email


Pow-Wow planned: The annual Native American Pow-Wow will return to the Plug Pond Recreation Area the weekend of Sept. 7 and 8.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness and the city’s Recreation Department, this family-friendly event has been hosted at the pond for 31 years and has become one of most popular fall events in the Merrimack Valley.

Immerse yourself in Native American art and culture while experiencing food, music, dance, crafts, storytelling and other traditions that are part of this popular cultural and educational event. Gates will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., both days.

Kayak and canoe paddling will be available at no cost. Children and adults can take guided kayak or canoe rides around the shoreline of the pond throughout the day. Native foods as well as American fare will be available all day, along with arts and crafts.

Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children ages 4 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free.

No pets, drugs, alcohol or coolers are allowed.

For more information, visit, call 617-642-1683, or email


Scavenger hunt planned: The Methuen Festival of Trees will hold its second scavenger hunt, with this year’s theme being "A Tree Grows in Methuen."

This scavenger hunt adventure through historic Methuen will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, followed by dinner and awards.

Starting from the Festival’s headquarters at 13 Branch St., teams of four to 10 participants will work to reveal clues that will take them to 11 locations in and around Methuen, with the last stop featuring a buffet dinner and prizes. Bonus points are earned by special activities at each stop, posting photos on social media and collecting special items along the way.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, the team with the best theme costumes and a Dead Wood prize for the team which comes in last. Every team member will receive raffle tickets for the 2019 Festival of Trees, making every team member a winner.

Tickets are $35 per person, which includes dinner at the end of the hunt. Children are welcome to be on teams and participate. Proceeds support the historic preservation mission of the Festival of Trees. To RSVP your team and join in the fun with friends and family register online at: methuenfestivalof, call the Festival at 978-685-8878, or email info@methuenfestivalof

The 2019 Festival runs from Nov. 22 through Dec. 7.


Haverhill Democrat breakfast: Haverhill Democrats will hold their annual breakfast on Sept. 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Galleria Banquet Room of Maria’s Restaurant, 85 Essex St.

Congresswoman Lori Trahan, D-Westford, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will also recognize state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, as the 2019 Distinguished Democrat elected official.

Candidates for the Nov. 5 municipal election have also been invited and will be recognized during the breakfast. The committee will also be recognizing several members as "Distinguished Democrats" for 2019 for their contributions to the committee.

The breakfast is open to the public and tickets are $25. Each person purchasing a ticket will also get to vote in a straw poll for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and the 2019 municipal races. Advance ticket purchases are recommended as this event will sell out early.

For more information, email Roz McKeon at


Car show and craft fair: The Plaistow Walmart will host a car show, craft fair and cookout from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital.

All kinds of cars are allowed to participate, including muscle cars, classic cars, antiques and race cars. Car registration is free, although organizers are asking for a small donation for Boston Children’s Hospital. Vendor spaces are $20 each.

For more information, email


Parish picnic planned: Sacred Hearts Parish will hold a parish and welcome back to school Mass and picnic on Sept. 8.

The picnic take place on the lawn outside the rectory behind the church, immediately following the 11:30 a.m. Mass.

This event, previously hosted separately by the school and parish, combines the students and their families returning to school with members of the parish community.

Included are popcorn, hamburgers, hot dogs, face painting, games and other activities. Visitors are asked to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

There is no charge for this event.


Women’s City Club to meet: The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will begin its 102nd season on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m., in the lower level of the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St.

All women are welcome.

Meetings include a brief business meeting, then a light lunch and coffee, followed by a presenter or informative speaker. Club president is Phyllis Farfaras.

The first presenter is perennial favorite, Bill Graham, a leading floral designer, who makes a return visit with his program “Bounty of the Season.” He will arrange blooms while sharing humor, anecdotes and stories. His creations will be raffled at the end of the meeting.

The club meets on Tuesdays from September to December and then February through April at the church. Membership applications are available at all meetings.

New members are always welcome. Women who attend come from many towns throughout the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.

For club information, please contact Judy Dionne at


Introduction to Judaism: Four Reform Jewish congregations of the Merrimack Valley are partnering to offer an engaging multi-session course for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life through a Reform lens.

The course will be held Tuesdays at 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 10, and runs for 18 sessions. Its location will rotate among the four participating congregations. A class schedule with locations will be sent upon registration. Preregistration is required at Payment of $100 for the entire course is due at/or before the first class. Contact Temple Emanuel of Andover 978-470-1356 or to make a payment before the start of the course.

For more information, call 646-793-3196 or email

The course is supported by the National Center to Encourage Judaism and created in partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and local Reform congregations.


Appraisal event planned: The Buttonwoods Museum and HC Media will present “What’s it Worth,” an antiques and collectible appraisal event, on Sept. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the HC Media Studio at Harbor Place.

Three professional appraisers will be on hand to evaluate your treasures. The cost is $10, payable at the door, for two items. Pre-registration is required. To register online go to To register by phone call Linda Greenstein at 978-390-2425.


Art Walk planned: The Switchboard, a gallery and collaborative events space, will host an art walk throughout the downtown on Sept. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.The Switchboard received a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council to hold this event in collaboration with local businesses, Creative Haverhill, artists, and dedicated volunteers. The goal is to promote visibility of the creative community in Haverhill.

The event is free and open to all. Guests are encouraged to arrive at The Switchboard, 43 Washington St., to obtain a map of the events, all clearly marked and located within walking distance. Artwork by Marc Mannheimer will be on display as part of The Switchboard’s rotating gallery. Programming will include plein air painting, open studios, demonstrations and performances at local businesses such as Shoe Town Art Center, Merrimack Valley Music and Arts, Creatorpult, The Winged Rabbit, Battle Grounds, and others to be announced.

For a list of participants and more information about the Art Walk, visit:


Sheep dog trial: Tattersall Farm will host a sheep dog trial, Sept. 14 and 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The public is invited to observe some of the top New England herding dogs and their handlers as they guide them through a set course on the farm grounds. Admission is free.

This Northeast Border Collie Association/United States Border Collie Handler's Association sanctioned trial will include all classes from novice in the morning to the highest level of handlers in the afternoon. Depending on the class, the sheep will be placed 100 to 300 yards from the handler. The dog will bring the sheep to the handler and guide the sheep around a course as quietly and consistently as possible. Each run will be judged. The handlers will educate the audience about what goes on during and between runs over a public address system and answer individual questions posed by the audience.

While watching the trial and during the breaks, spectators will be invited to patronize local food vendors and to explore the grounds and trails at Tattersall Farm.

Due to conservation restrictions, dogs, other than those competing, are not allowed on the property.

For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan at 978-372-1774.


Bob Laprel road race planned: The ninth annual Bob Laprel 4-mile road race and 2-mile walk takes place Sept. 15 starting at Haverhill High School.

Massachusetts State Police Honor Guard will present the colors at 9:45 a.m. The 2-mile walk begins at 10 a.m., followed by the 4-mile run at 10:15 a.m. Prizes and a raffle follow at the finish line.

The Massachusetts State Police Traveling Museum will be open for viewing in the courtyard.

Registration is $20 online at Race day registration is $25 and closes at 9:30 a.m.

The first 300 participants to register will receive race day shirts.

All proceeds benefit the Robert C. Laprel Memorial Scholarship Fund at Haverhill High School.


Talk on the Merrimack River: The Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., will host a presentation titled “Rolling on the River” by Melissa Drake, museum educator at the Buttonwoods Museum, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Drake will discuss the Merrimack River and its role in shaping human industry in the Merrimack Valley, from the Pennacook’s usage of the river for trade and transport to the harnessing of the river’s power during industrialization in the 19th century. Museum collections and hands-on artifacts lend depth and interest to this program. Call 978-374-2390 to make your reservation.


Learn about transportation services: A representative from the Merrimack Valley Transit Authority will be at the Citizens Center at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 to discuss the EZ-Trans program, Medi-Ride to Boston and Peabody hospitals, and local bus schedules.

This session provides important information to seniors and others who are interested in learning more about local transportation opportunities. Call 978-374-2390 for more information or to register for this program.


Eagles tribute band to perform: Tickets are available to see the Eagle tribute band “Eaglemania” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Collins Center, 100 Shawsheen Road, Andover.

This is Northern Essex Community College’s signature fundraising event.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by contacting Lori Smerdon at 978-556-3789 or Tickets can also be purchased at

This annual NECC event is hosted by the NECC Foundation Inc., the Women of NECC, and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds support the NECC Foundation Endowment.

The platinum sponsor for this event is The Eagle-Tribune.

Preview the “Eaglemania” band at

For more information, visit


Talk on the Salem witch trials: Author and playwright Michael Cormier of Atkinson will be the guest speaker Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland.

He will speak on the widespread impact and legacy of the Salem witch trials.

For more information or to reserve a seat, email


The joys and woes of aging: Cara Goalstone Smoley will give a poetry reading from her recently published book,"Aging Along: Selected Poems," at 1 p.m. on Sept. 25, at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Smoley uses humor to deal with the joys and woes of aging. Her book will be available for purchase and is also available on Amazon. For more information, call 978-374-2390.


Campus Classic planned: Online registration is now open for Northern Essex Community College’s annual 5K Campus Classic road race, which will be held Oct. 5 on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

NECC’s annual homecoming will begin immediately following the race and will feature activities for all ages. The public is invited to stop by Homecoming for a chance to spend time with friends, celebrate the season, and enjoy arts and crafts, food, a “touch-a-truck,” live music and other activities.

The chip-timed USATF-certified 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. by the NECC Haverhill campus maintenance building, and will wind through the rural campus and its surrounding residential neighborhoods. Competitive runners – as well as novices and walkers – are encouraged to participate.

The general race entry fee is $25 through Oct. 3. The price increases to $30 after this date. Students with valid NECC IDs may register for a discounted price of $10. On-site registration is also available.

All race proceeds will benefit the NECC Fund, which supports student scholarships and academic programs. Covanta, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of energy-from-waste conversion infrastructure, is the event’s platinum sponsor.

Register by Sept. 7 and receive a free T-shirt. Award categories include top three male and female overall plus first place male and female in various age divisions.

For more information, visit or contact Lindsay Graham at


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