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



What: Annual Native American Pow-Wow

When: Sept. 7 and 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Plug Pond Recreation Area, off Mill Street

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



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Armenian picnic: The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe will hold its annual picnic on Sunday, Aug. 25, in the church’s Family Life and Cultural Center, 1280 Boston Road.

The doors will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Jason Naroian emsemble.

Lamb kebabs, losh kebabs, chicken kebabs and kheyma dinners will be served all day. Combination plates will be available. A pastry table will feature cream and nut khadeyif, nut paklava, choereg, and various near-eastern specialties.

Also spinach pie will be available. A shuttle bus is available for off-premises parking.


Ruth's House sale in progress: The Thrift Shop at Ruth's House is holding a "mega blowout sale," now through Aug. 31. Articles of clothing are $1 each except for boutique clothing items, which are $4 each. Children's toys are $1 each. Ruth's House, located at 111 Lafayette Square, is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Country night on the boardwalk: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will present "country night on the boardwalk" from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 23 on the boardwalk behind Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St.

Enjoy live music by Annie Brobst. Admission is free. There will be a cash bar and light appetizer. La Pizza Di Forno will sell pizza.


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 it 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.


Longest table event: L’Arche Boston North will host the city’s first longest table event at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the Wingate Street Arts District.

For one night only, L’Arche, a Haverhill-based nonprofit, in partnership with the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, will transform Wingate Street into a table that seats 250 people — empowering the greater community to come together for a meal.

More than a dozen local restaurants will be serving food. Guests can choose which restaurant table they wish to dine at. There will also be live music by local performers and a silent auction.

This event will serve as the kickoff to the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s Restaurant Week, which will run from Aug. 23 to 29. Details will be announced.

For more information or to purchase tickets to this space-limited event, visit


Restaurant week returns: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its second Restaurant Week from Aug. 23 to 29.

This culinary event highlights the best Haverhill eateries with lots of great deals.

“This week-long celebration offers diners the opportunity to enjoy a full menu of tasty selections from the best slice of pizza to delicious prix-fixe meal,” said Melissa Seavey, events director the chamber.

Haverhill has a little bit of everything — from coffeehouses to bistros, trattorias to pubs — that feature some of the best Texas Southern BBQ, authentic Irish cuisine, wood-fired pizzas and more.

Pick up a dining passport for a chance to win a raffle basket. Every time a diner visits a participating restaurant, they receive a stamp. For every stamp, they earn a chance to win a raffle basket at the end of the week. The more stamps collected, the more chances to win. Dining passports will be available online and at local establishments and can be submitted at all participating restaurants during Restaurant Week.

Sponsors of Restaurant Week include AutoFair, MTM Insurance and Align Credit Union.

For an explanation of what is being offered per participating restaurant, visit online at or contact the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce at 978-373-5663.


Senior citizen trips planned: Life Long Journey Haverhill and the Council on Aging are planning a variety of trips this summer and fall, including:

A trip to Maine Sept. 23 to 24 will include visits to Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor and Acadia National Park. Cost is $459 per person, double occupancy and $599 single.

A trip to the Lake George Balloon Festival Sept. 20 to 22. Cost is $449 per person, double occupancy, and $599 single.

Contact Darlene Sutton at 978-476-4677 for more information about the trips.


College for Older Learners: Northern Essex Community College will host a seminar showcase for its College for Older Learners on Sept. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. 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. Approximately 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


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 parish 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 Tuesday 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 offered: 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.


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.


Program for English Language Learners: A free business and accounting fundamentals noncredit certificate program will be offered through Northern Essex Community College’s adult English Language Learners program this fall.

The 20-week program will begin Sept. 16. Registrations will be accepted until then. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at NECC’s Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin St., Lawrence.

The 20-hour-per week program includes English literacy and civics education, math, and digital literacy and is designed for intermediate and higher-level English learners who want to improve their English and academic and occupational skills needed to pursue higher education or employment.

Testing dates for the program are May 16 and 30, and June 6 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Riverwalk campus, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence.

For more information or to register, contact Kizzy Borbon at or 978-659-1283.


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 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 may 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


The joys and woes of aging: Cara Goalstone Smoley will conduct 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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