Like Armenian food? Then this festival is for you

CARL RUSSO/Staff photoMembers of the Armenian Church at Hye Pointe in Haverhill, from left, Anthony Giragosian and Marty Aaronian, both of Atkinson, and Nishan ''Mark'' Sahagian of Billerica, prepare losh kebab patties for a previous church festival.

The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe will hold its annual Autumn Food Festival on the church grounds at 110 Main St. on Nov. 7 from noon to 8 p.m. and Nov. 8 from noon to 7 p.m.

The public is invited. Shish-kebab, losh-kebab (Armenian style hamburgers), chicken kebab, and kheyma (raw kibbee), as well as many other near-Eastern specialties will be served. 

A losh kebab and salad lunch special is from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 7. Items available for purchase include nut paklava, nut and cream khadeyif, choereg (Armenian sweet rolls), spinach pies, cheese boereg (cheese wrapped in filo dough), Armenian string cheese, tourshie (Armenian pickles), yalanchi (stuffed grape leaves) and many other homemade specialties. Gift baskets and raffle prizes will be featured. 


What: Armenian Apostolic Church Autumn Food Festival

When: Nov. 7 from noon to 8 p.m., Nov. 8 from noon to 7 p.m.

Where: Church grounds at 110 Main St.

Here are other events and activities happening in Greater Haverhill:

Pumpkin carving party at Buttonwoods: The Buttonwoods Museum will host an illuminating event featuring a pumpkin carving party, food, refreshments and fun on Oct. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m.

All of the carved pumpkins will be lit and displayed around the museum’s campus for visitors to enjoy. Join the Buttonwoods for this inaugural event.

Cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family. Admission for two people who submit one carved pumpkin is $5 and is free if submitting two carved pumpkins. Visit online at

Halloween dance party on tap: The Council on Aging will hold its annual Halloween dance party Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

For more information, call 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

School to celebrate anniversary: Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold a 75th anniversary celebration on Nov. 1, beginning with a 4 p.m. Mass at Sacred Hearts Church.

This will be followed by a reception, tours of the school and dinner in the school auditorium.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person and can be purchased through the Sacred Hearts School Endowment Committee, 48 S. Chestnut St., Bradford, MA 01835.

Talk on Medicare Part D planned: Dan Osgood, a representative from Walgreens, will be at the Citizens Center on Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss options for Medicare Part D drug programs.

For more information, call 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

Meet the Expert medical seminar: Current Treatment Options for Heavy Menstruation, a medical Meet the Expert seminar with Gynecologist Christannah Waters, MD, FACOG will be held on Nov. 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley’s first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave.

Learn the definition of heavy menstruation, ways to medically manage heavy menstruation and surgical treatment options. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. One contact hour in nursing. For more information or to register, please contact Jean at 978-420-1168 or

History for Half Pints focus is on pictures/portraits: The Buttonwoods Museum will host a History for Half Pints program titled "Pictures & Portraits" on Nov. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Paintings from the Haverhill of long ago line the walls of the Buttonwoods. Participants will explore the museum and then make their own portraits. Snacks and games will make the morning picture perfect. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please email by Oct. 30.

Cost is $5 and $4 for members. History for Half Pints are programs for children ages 2 to 6 and their caregivers. They are held on the first Tuesday of every month. Visit online at

Author Dubus is guest at Women’s Tea: Acclaimed novelist Andre Dubus III of Newbury returns as a guest of The Women of Northern Essex Community College for the annual Membership Tea on Nov. 5 at noon in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $45 per person. Seating is reserved and is limited.

Dubus will discuss his latest collection of short stories “Dirty Love,” along with “Townie: a Memoir,” “The House of Sand and Fog” and “The Garden of the Last Days." A question-and-answer session will follow his talk.

The tea menu will feature assorted tea sandwiches, a fruit cascade, and a variety of desserts.

Founded in 1997, The Women of NECC was organized to help Northern Essex in its efforts to raise money for scholarship for needy and deserving students.

For tickets or more information, call 978-556-3789 or contact Lori Smerdon at

Church plans dinner: All Saints Parish will have a dinner featuring chicken cacciatore, salads, desserts and drinks on Nov. 8 after the 4 p.m. Mass. 

Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children. More information is available by calling 978-609-4823. 

Schools to hold Run/Walk: The Haverhill Alternative School and TEACH program located at St. James School, 415 Primrose St. will hold their second annual Run to Overcome 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 9.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The run and walk begin at 10 a.m. The race will be officially timed. Medals will be given to the top three place winners in the various age categories. Free T-Shirts will be given to the first 200 applicants registered.

This event is being held to raise funds for both the TEACH program and the Haverhill Alternative School. There will be live Irish music and food. 

Registration is $30 in advance at Registration on the morning of the event is $35. More information is available by calling 978-374-3482.

Concert at NECC: Northern Essex Community College’s Summer Music Festival’s faculty will present a concert on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. under the direction of Christina Dietrich, an NECC music department faculty member.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St.

The concert will feature Angel Hernandez on violin, Caroline Reiner-Williams on violoncello and Michael Kramer on piano, performing chamber and solo works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Liszt.

Local artist exhibit: The Museum of Printing in North Andover is hosting an exhibit of posters, postage stamps, typography and fine printing by renowned local graphic designer and artist Lance Hidy, who teaches art at Northern Essex Community College.

The exhibit is open on Saturdays through December from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekdays by appointment.

The exhibit includes pieces from Hidy’s collaboration with Ansel Adams in 1978 on “Yosemite and the Range of Light,” which features more than 100 photographs, along with more recent books Hidy designed for the Ansel Adams Trust and the publisher, Little, Brown.

Hidy will present a talk about the exhibit on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Printing, 800 Massachusetts Ave.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children, students and senior citizens. There is no charge for members. Visit

Talk on safety at home offered: Philip Marchese of Home Helpers and Direct Link of the Northshore will conduct a presentation on Balance and Fall Risk, Treatment and Medical Alert Systems on Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Participants will learn how to stay safe at home and avoid needless falls and injuries. Register for this program by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

Trip to BSO rehearsal planned: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to Symphony Hall for a BSO rehearsal on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Conductor Andris Nelsons will lead selections by Tchaikovsky, Dean and Stravinsky.

Tickets are $40 per person. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Learn about scams: A representative from the Better Business Bureau will conduct a presentation about the vision and mission of your Better Business Bureau on Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

The discussion will cover the most common scams currently circulating in the area, the major red flags to watch out for, and the tactics consumers can use to protect themselves and their identity. Register for this event by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

Senior citizen crafters sought: The Council on Aging will hold its second annual Senior Holiday Craft Fair on Nov. 22 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Participants must be 60 or older. There is no table fee. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Library offers computer, eReader classes: The public library is offering computer and eReader classes in November.

Office I: Microsoft Word for Beginners will be held on Nov. 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Learn to create word documents and save your work. Topics include simple formatting such as underlining text and adding double-spacing. This class is free and open to adults of all ages.

Office II: Word for Reports and Resumes is Nov. 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This class is for those who have used MS Word in the past, but would like to learn how to make the most of the latest version. This class is free and open to adults of all ages. Sign-ups for both classes begin Oct. 21.

A free workshop on eBooks and eReaders is Nov. 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sign-ups begin Oct. 20. Learn how to download library eBooks to your eReader using the OverDrive Media Console App. This class is open to people with eReaders that have "App" capability. For patrons with other eReaders, the library offers one-on-one classes. Classes are limited to eight people.

Introduction to Genealogy is Nov. 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to get started tracing your family history. Sign-ups begin Nov. 10.

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

Trip to the Museum of Fine Arts planned: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see the Jamie Wyeth and Goya exhibits on Dec. 4.

This trip will included a guided tour of the Goya exhibit only. The Wyeth exhibit is self-guided. 

Tickets are $50 per person and will include transportation, admission to the museum, and the guided Goya exhibit. This trip departs from Haverhill at 10 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. For more information, call 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

Council on Aging plans Christmas trips: A trip to the White Mountain Hotel is planned for Dec. 3 to 5.

This year’s visit will include the Bocks Estate in Bethlehem, holiday entertainment shows, food, motor coach transportation and deluxe accommodations. Cost is $405 for double occupancy. 

A trip to the Robinson Theatre in Waltham for a performance of “Christmas Time” by the Reagle Players is Dec. 6.

A family-style luncheon at Bertucci’s is included. Tickets are $96 per person and include motor coach transportation.

A trip to New York City is Dec. 13. Enjoy a day on your own shopping and sightseeing, and for those who want to see the Rockettes Holiday Extravaganza, tickets can be made available at an extra charge. Tickets for motor coach transportation and information packet are $79. A professional tour manager will accompany the trip. 

A holiday pops concert at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, is planned for Dec. 14. Travelers will attend the concert after dining at one of the area’s prime restaurants, On the Waterfront. Each guest will receive a gift. Tickets are $79 per person.

For more information, call 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

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