Photography classes

Join professional photographer Patricia Bruno in Haverhill's arts district for a fun and informative approach to seeing creatively through the camera. From July 12 through Aug. 16, Bruno will host photography classes for children between the ages of 9 and 14. Classes are held at the Positive Images/Gallery 61 store, 61 Wingate Street, each Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Classes are $25 each and full payment for each class is due at registration. For more information, call 978-556-9366 or email pat@positiveimagesphoto.com

Garden of the Month needs nominations

The Haverhill Garden Club's Garden of the Month committee is accepting nominations of gardens that may be unique, eye appealing and display the use of texture, color and variety. If you would like to nominate the garden of a friend, relative, neighbor or even your own garden call Catherine at 978-374-4394. The Haverhill Garden Club is a member of the National Federation of Garden Clubs. July garden: ChristD displayine Tuzas?? 978-374-4061 89 South Webster St.

City Summer Programs

The city's Recreation Department is accepting applications for its summer day program.

To register online Google "activityreg Haverhill." You can also register at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 978-374-2388, ext. 33 to request a form be mailed to you. Programs begin the week of July 5 and include Haverhill Day Camp at Haverhill High School for children entering grades one through eight this fall, a tennis clinic at Winnekenni Park for ages 4 through adult and a girls basketball camp at Bradford Elementary School open to children in grades three through eight. Fall programs include Haverhill Junior Football and fencing.

Summer programs at Haverhill High

Access 21 at Haverhill High School is offering a summer program of classes and workshops taught by professional educators from Haverhill High and qualified professionals recruited from the community.

Classes include Garageband 101, Ceramics Slabwork, Plein Aire Painting, Fashion Design, Cooking, Orienteering, Illustration, Advanced Claywork, Art Portfolio, Jumpstart to College, Rock Band and Jewelry Making. Enrollment is open to entering freshmen and current high school students, including seniors. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who fail to maintain regular attendance will forfeit their slot and will be replaced by students on a waiting list. Week one is Tuesday through Friday, July 5 to 8. Weeks two to four are Monday through Thursday, July 11 to 28. Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free transportation will be provided within Haverhill. More information and applications are available at haverhill-ps.org by scrolling down to Access 21.

B-Street Bombers coming to Haverhill

Ruth's House, a nonprofit thrift store at 111 Lafayette Square will hold a fundraiser featuring the B-Street Bombers Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Bradford Country Club. The band will perform under a tent. There will be a cash bar, dinner and silent auction. Tickets are $45 per person. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets call 978-521-5575 or email ruthshouse@verizon.net. Visit online at www.ruthshouse.org.

23rd Cycle for Shelter set for July 24

The 23rd Cycle for Shelter to benefit Emmaus is July 24 at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. For the first time, cyclists and volunteers can register online, track donations by creating a personal fundraising page, create your own cycle or volunteer team and track the progress of the entire event.

Cyclists can choose from four exciting routes of 20, 50, 62 (100K) or 100 miles with staggered start times between 7 and 10 a.m. The routes wind along the Merrimack River through historic Rocks Village and along the scenic New Hampshire seacoast. The Cycle For Shelter event has been listed in the magazine "Bicycling" as one of its readers favorite rides. There is a minimum fundraising level of $200. Registration fee is $46 until May 30 then $75 until July 19. Registration fee is $100 on the day of event, if space is available. Be a top pledge collector and receive great prizes.

Money raised through Cycle for Shelter supports Emmaus programs that help homeless families and individuals rebuild their lives. Emmaus programs in Haverhill assist 2,500 different people each year. Emmaus has been recognized in Massachusetts and nationally as a best practice model for responding to homelessness. Fore more information about participating, donating, volunteering or becoming a sponsor, visit online at www.emmausinc.org.

Summer Reading Adventure set to begin

The 2011 Summer Reading Adventure, "One World, Many Stories," is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Children in Kindergarten through grade five can register starting June 18 at www.haverhillpl.org. Click on the link to the Children's Department.

The first 300 kids to sign up will receive a free book bag. The program runs from June 25 to Sept. 2. Children can set their own reading goal: 20 hours or 40 books. As you read your way through the summer, you can move your game piece across the Children's Department windows, which represent the 10 different countries being studied this summer.

Those reaching the goal will receive a free book and free admission to the Topsfield Fair. Each week features a different country and activity starting with Australia week on June 27. It features an Australian "campfire" program and folktales at 6:30 p.m. Aboriginal dot art is June 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. Aboriginal mask making is July 1 from 1 to 2 p.m. Registration is not required for these activities. For more information call 978-373-1586, ext. 630.

COA plans Cabbage Island trip

The Haverhill Council on Aging is offering a downeast clambake adventure Aug. 18. The trip includes motorcoach transportation to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, a scenic harbor cruise enroute to Cabbage Island in Linekin Bay and a downeast clambake of Maine lobsters and clams steamed in seaweed. Cost is $95 per person. For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

Art camp for teens

Local artist Sharon Silverman will hold an art camp this summer for youths and teens ages 12 to 18.

Classes meet weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 27 to Aug. 5 at Angles & Art, 80 Wingate St. Cost is $100 per week and includes supplies. The week of July 5 runs Tuesday through Saturday instead of the usual Monday through Friday.

Participants are asked to pre-register and pay at Angles & Art before the camp begins. Registration takes place Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information contact Sharon Silverman at silvermanarts@comcast.net.

Haverhill School Superintendent James Scully recently commended a number of retirees from the school department for their years of service to students. "Each has added much to the lives of the many young men and women who have gone forward to realize their hopes and dreams," Scully said. "I trust that in retirement all will experience good health and happiness." Retirees included Cynthia Barberio, Judy Cleary, Euthemia Gilman, Linda Kfoury, Peter LeDuc, Victor Legault, Carmen Letizia, Timothy Maroney, Maureen McCue, Rosanne McKee, Nancy Ruddock, Anne Savinelli, Elizabeth Segeberg, Kate St. Jean, Richard Willets, Kevin Woelfel and Judith Zaino.

Saint Joseph's College of Maine named Alyssa Callahan and Monica Messina of Bradford to the Dean's List for the spring semester of 2011.

Five Haverhill residents graduated from Eastern Nazarene College of Quincy on May 7. They include Brandon Frost, Laura Giberson, David Holeschen-Throne, Kathleen Kelly and Stephen Oehlschlaeger.

Churches

Weekly prayer group: First Presbyterian Church, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Signup sheet posted in church. 346 Broadway, Haverhill.

Bible Camp: Brookridge Community Church, 232 Main Street, will host a free vacation bible school from July 25 to 29, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. To register, visit www.Brookridge.org.

Family Fun Days: Join the First Presbyterian Church at 346 Broadway, for their "Shake It Up" week from July 11 through 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open to kids of all ages, your family will enjoy: experiments, games, crafts, stories, music, snacks at no charge.

King of Grace Church Bible Camp: King of Grace Church, 28 Chadwick Street, is offering a free "PandaMania" vacation Bible school for children ages 5-12, July 18 to July 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids will participate in crafts, team-building games, Bible songs and activities. There will be a family celebration July 22 at 7 p.m. featuring crafts, games, snacks and music. For more information or to register call 978 374-6562 or visit www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/kingofgrace.

Families and Kids

Fit 'n' Fun after-school program: At Cedarland Family Fun Center, 931 Boston Road, for children in grades one through five. Indoor and outdoor activities vary by season. Call program director Beth Bailey at 978-373-1596 for registration, transportation and cost information.

Sign language: Northern Essex Community College provides sign language instruction for families with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Information, contact Glenys Crane-Emerson, Family Sign Language Program coordinator, at fslp@necc.mass.edu, 978-556-3701 (voice/tty), 978 556-3703 (fax), and 978-241-7057 (VP/VRS).

YMCA Preschool Program: The YMCA Children's Learning Center is enrolling for the Preschool Program. Curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning in a classroom setting, along with self directed activities that promote decision making and overall preparedness for Kindergarten. Contact Julie Grundy at 978-912-7422 or grundyj@northshoreymca.org for more information.

Rock Climbing: Designed for all levels. Certified instructors teach children learn about climbing equipment, techniques. All equipment provided by the YMCA. Group classes, private and semi-private lessons available. Call Matt C. at 978-479-2738 or chmielewskim@northshoreymca.org.

Middle School Climbing Club: Designed specifically for middle school age climbers. Meets 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays for eight weeks including homework time, 30 minute lesson and open climb time with a certified instructor. Each session concludes with a climbing celebration. Call Matt C. at 978-479-2738 or chmielewskim@northshoreymca.org.

Nerf Attack: Friendly, fast-paced shooting action with Nerf toys. Participants will play dodge and evade and skills games such as Capture the Flag, Snowball Fight, Warrior Attack, Gladiator and more. Children may bring their own toys or the YMCA can provide one. Protective eyewear required. Mondays at 5 p.m. or Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Call Matt C. at 978-479-2738 or chmielewskim@northshoreymca.org.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Make Some Noise goes live: A 16 week free performance series in downtown Haverhill sponsored by the Haverhill Cultural Council. These weekly events will take place on Thursday nights starting on Thursday, July 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Every week there will be performances at Columbus Park, located at the corner of Washington St at Railroad Sq. On July 28th and August 8th, there will also be performances at Washington Sq. across from the Haverhill Post Office.

Campaign Fundraiser: Mayoral candidate Debra Campanile will host a campaign fundraiser on July 9 at the Garibaldi Club, 86 Washington Street, from 6 p.m. until midnight. Tickets cost a donation of $25 per person and can be purchased by contacting contacting Debra Campanile at 978-372-1404 or 978-420-4808.

Help for College Freshmen: NECC's Summer Bridge Program, a free eight-week program designed to help students prepare for college, will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from July 6 through August 22 at 6 to 9 p.m. at NECC Riverwalk campus in Lawrence. The grant-funded program will cover academic skills building in math, reading, and writing, college success skills, and career exploration. GED recipients as well as high school graduates are welcome. Anyone interested in learning more is invited to attend an information and registration session on Thursday, June 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Entry K, 3rd floor. For more information on this free program, contact Sue Zielinksi at szielinski@necc.mass.edu or 978 659-1273.

Summer Recreation Programs: The city's Recreation Department is accepting applications for its summer day program. To register online Google "activityreg Haverhill." You can also register at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 978-374-2388, ext. 33 to request a form be mailed to you. Programs begin the week of July 5.

Internet Classes: The Haverhill Public Library will offer free beginners internet classes this June. Computers are not required but you must register in advance. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, stop by the reference and information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 607.

Golf Tournament: The A.L.L. Open will be held on June 20, at Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. All proceeds from the tournament support Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The registration fee is $175 per golfer. For more information call 866-521-4653 or jimmyfundgolf.org.

Business assistance: Service Corps of Retired Executives offers free, confidential help to individuals starting a business or already in business. Sessions are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in the Landmark Building, 80 Merrimack St., second floor. Appointments can be booked by calling the chamber at 978-373-5663.

Council on Aging Trips:

These overnight trips are scheduled

Sept. 13-19: South Dakota Black Hills and Badlands, $1,899.

August 29-Sept. 5: Pacific Northwest and California, $2,299.

Oct. 13-21: Southern California and Vegas Adventure, $2399

Details on all trips and activities are available by contacting Kathy Bresnahan (ext 11) or Rita LaBella (ext 16) at 978-374-2390 or kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

GIVE, GET HELP

Big Brother Big Sister: Local nonprofit collects donations of lightly used clothing and small household items curbside. To schedule a free at-home pick up, call 1-800-483-5503 or schedule online at www.bbbsfoundation.org. Donations help support the children involved in the Big Brother Big Sister mentoring organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley needs volunteers. There are many volunteer opportunities available, including: become a foster home for cats and kittens awaiting adoption, assist at weekly adoption events, provide animal care at our Danville, NH sanctuary, and transport sick and injured animals to the veterinarian. Experience is not required, and training will be provided. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. For more information on all of our volunteer opportunities or to find out ways you can help, please email us at armv@armv.org or visit us online at www.ARMV.org.

Ruth's House Clothing Donations: Ruth's House, located at 111 Lafayette Square, is in need of summer clothing for children and adults. Also needed are donations of dishes, pots, pans, flatware and curtains. All donations are tax-deductible, and donors will be issued receipts for their gifts. You may also drop off donations for the Sacred Heart's food pantry. Donations may be dropped off on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information call 978-521-5575.

Several local agencies and organizations are collecting new and used videos, books, CDs, DVDs and audio books using "Got Books?" containers, including:

The First Church of Christ Bradford, 10 Church St., Bradford.

Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St., Haverhill.

Hill View Montessori School, 75 Foundation Ave. (in the Ward Hill Industrial Park).

Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St.

Help homeless children: Horizons for Homeless Children seeks energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to play with children living in family homeless shelters in Northeastern Massachusetts, including Haverhill. Those with two hours a week to spare and a desire to make a difference in the lives children are encouraged to fill out an application. Attendance at a training session and six-month commitment are required. Contact Brittany Pyle at 978-557-2182 or northeast@horizonsforhomelesschildren.org.

Sign language: Northern Essex Community College provides sign language instruction for families with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Information, contact Glenys Crane-Emerson, Family Sign Language Program coordinator, at fslp@necc.mass.edu, 978-556-3701 (voice/tty), 978 556-3703 (fax), and 978-241-7057 (VP/VRS).

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