Learn how to do urban gardening

file photoChildren help to restore a community garden on the corner of Harrison and Charles streets in Haverhill during a springtime event.

The Haverhill Public Library will host a presentation on urban gardening by Gretel Anspach from 11 a.m. to noon on Feb. 23.

Urban gardening involves growing food and ornamentals in small spaces. Whether you have a huge yard without the time or desire to tend it all, or an apartment with no outdoor space, this talk will give you tips and techniques to start and maintain a garden you can call your own.

Gretel is an overseer of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and a lifetime master gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.

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



What: Presentation on urban gardening by Gretel Anspach

When: Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to noon

Where: Haverhill Public Library, Main Street

Registration: Online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events, or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Free English as a Second Language classes: As a service to the community, First Baptist Church is offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) beginner/intermediate classes to people interested in learning the English language.

Classes are being held on Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 217 Main St. For more information or to enroll, call 978-374-7491.


Free classic movies: The public library will show free classic romance movies at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays in February.

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


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

For more information, ask at the library’s front desk.


A sweetheart of a race: This year's Bradford Valentine Road Race kicks off at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9 in front of the First Church of Christ, across from the Bradford Common.

The event features a 6K (3.7 miles) and a 5-mile race. Couples competitions include male and female open; husband and wife; father and daughter and mother and son. Both races start at 10 a.m.

Following the race, enjoy homemade soup and bread, fresh fruit, yogurt, cider and many raffle prizes.

The first 500 runners who register get a long sleeve T-shirt, a box of chocolates and a carnation from Flowers by Steve. Category winners receive custom, commemorative medals and a box of chocolates. Race awards are given in various individual and team categories .

Online registration closes at noon on Feb. 8.

Number pick up and race day registration is at 8 a.m. For more information, including information about parking, visit online at www.valentinerace.com.


YMCA youth leagues forming: The Haverhill YMCA is forming preschool and youth floor hockey and basketball leagues.

Preschool leagues are for children ages 3 to kindergarten. Youth leagues are for children in grades one to eight. The floor hockey league will begin Feb. 9. The preschool league will run for eight weeks, and the youth leagues will run for 10 weeks.

The winter basketball league will start Feb. 10. The preschool league run for eight weeks. The youth leagues will run for 10 weeks.

The cost for the preschool leagues is $30 for members and $60 for non-members. For youth leagues, the cost is $50 for members and $100 for non-members. You can register at the YMCA or online at www.northshoreymca.org.

For more information, contact Eric Michitson, director of sports and recreation, at michitsone@northshoreymca.org or 978-478-5008.


Cine Español: The public library will have a free showing of movie in Spanish at 2 p.m. on Feb. 13.

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


Volunteers needed: A representative from the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStores will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. at 1 p.m. on Feb. 13 to discuss volunteer opportunities in the Merrimack Valley.

Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

Decorators, builders, organizers and sales help are needed. If you have a few hours to contribute or would like to learn more about the organization, please attend this important information session. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.


Help for entrepreneurs and startups: UMass Lowell’s iHub at Harbor Place is hosting a new monthly series for entrepreneurs and startups featuring expert speakers, plus networking and business growth opportunities.

Register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/idea-to-opportunity-creating-a-viable-business-tickets-53592631002.

All events begin at 5:30 p.m. with networking, followed by a 6 p.m. program start, at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor.

Here is a list of events: Feb. 13, Legal Issues for Startups: What you should be thinking about; March 13, Company Formation and Intellectual Property; April 10, Raise It, Structure It, Manage It: Understanding Financing and Accounting; May 8, Elevate your Brand: Find success in Marketing and Sales; and June 19, Strategic Partnering and Collaborations.

Visit www.uml.edu/ihub or call 978-934-5560 for information and updates.


Baseball registration: Haverhill Senior Baseball is accepting applications for the 2019 season.

The spring season will begin in mid-April and will run through early June. Registration is open to players ages 13 to 16 with different divisions for each age. Games are played throughout the Merrimack Valley.

The league is open to residents in Greater Haverhill. Registration will be at the Haverhill Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 16.

Download an application online haverhillseniorbaseball.com, fill it out and mail to the post office box on the application along with the applicable fee.

For more information, contact Larry O'Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978- 807-8068.


Science of Sunshine: Northern Essex Community College Professor Michael Cross will discuss “healthy” doses of sunlight during a talk at the public library from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 16.

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


Sports open house: Northern Essex Community College will hold its first athletics open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Prospective and current students will have the opportunity to meet with coaches and student athletes.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Lecture Hall A in the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

The evening will open with a welcome at 4:30 p.m. followed by speakers from the admissions and financial aid offices. There will be breakout session with coaches and current NECC student-athletes. At 6 p.m., attendees are invited to walk to the Sport and Fitness Center to watch the basketball game. Light refreshments will be served.

Northern Essex supports 13 sports teams including baseball, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s cross country, men’s soccer, men and women’s track and field, women’s volleyball, men and women’s golf and men and women’s Esports. more information can be found online at www.neccknights.com/information/directory/index.

For more information, contact Blair at 978-556-3820 or dblair@necc.mass.edu.


School vacation week activities: During school vacation week, Feb. 19 to 22, the Buttonwoods Museum will host several other cultural organizations in Haverhill with activities for people of all ages.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Come experience what Haverhill's Cultural Treasures have to offer, in one location.

The Buttonwoods Museum is at 240 Water St. During the winter months, the museum's parking lot is only accessible via John Ward Avenue. Additional parking is available along the cemetery fence on John Ward Avenue.

Visit online at www.buttonwoods.org.


Video presentation on older women: The Council on Aging will host a presentation of the comedic video, "Project Invisible: A Power Anthem for Older Women," at 1 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the HC Media Studio 101, Harbor Place. "Project Invisible" is a musical video that shines a comedic spotlight in the invisibility of older women in society.

The short video, in the style of a movie musical number, was created by Joan Larason of Waltham and Amy Rubin of Lexington. The project was born after Larason began to sing to people who ignored her in public. They produced the film with Elaine Czesniuk of Haverhill, the project's business manager, and filming was done in Haverhill and Wilmington.

The video is built around lyrics by Larason and Rubin — longtime improvisers and writing partners — and set to original music by composer Stephen Gilbane of Arlington. The first-time producers raised money for the video through From the Heart Productions, a nonprofit that helps independent filmmakers get their film funded.

Register for this program by calling the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390.


Fashion Sewing, Part 2: The library will hold a workshop for fans of “Project Runway” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 21.

The workshop will involve learning about fabric basics: how to pair a sewing pattern with the best fabric and how to source fabrics. Both fashion fabric and internal fabrics, such as interfacings, will be discussed. Sources will include chain stores, independent stores, online sources and famous New York fabric stores, such as Mood Fabrics featured on “Project Runway.” This is part two of a three part series — attend all or just one. These are stand-alone workshops.

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


Black History Gospel Celebration: Calvary Baptist Church will present a Black History Gospel Celebration at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.

The church is at 13 Ashland St. For more information, call 978-373-6466.

Visit onlline at www.calvarybaptist-haverhill.org/.



Frozen Shamrock planned: The annual Frozen Shamrock 3-mile road race is slated for Feb. 24 at 11 a.m.

Haverhill’s biggest road race draws more than 1,000 runners and their families to the city each year. Locust Street is race central and will be closed from Walnut Street to Essex Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Frozen Shamrock is hosted by Maria’s restaurant and is the first race in this year’s Wild Rover Series.

Go online at wwww.runthewildrover.com/ for more information.


There’s an App for that: The public library will have a class at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 for people who have a smartphone or a tablet and would like to get on the mobile technology path with the library.

Learn about the world of apps and library apps such as OverDrive, Hoopla, RBDigital, HPLMobile, Freegal and Mango. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Fashion sewing: Are you interested in sewing your own clothes but confused about what items you actually need besides fabric and pattern? This workshop will walk you through the necessary items for your sewing kit and some of the extras.

It will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 7 at the public library. Please register as space is limited.

For more information, contact Win Flint at 978-373-1586 or wflint@haverhillpl.org.

Registration begins on Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608


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.

He will explain all this and more during his upcoming lecture, “Chocolate: the Secret Indulgence,” which will be offered this Valentine’s Day season. Learn about how chocolate can be seen as the perfect treat and discover the various way it affects the human brain. Chocolate samples will be included.

The presentation is free and open to the public and 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 is from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Visit online at westnewburylibrary.org.

“Chocolate: the Secret Indulgence” is offered as part of the NECC Speakers Bureau.

For more information send email to speakersbureau@necc.mass.edu or call 978-556-3862.


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.


This Week's Circulars

Recommended for you