Possible Dreams event eyes city's future

CARL RUSSO/Staff photoAlice Mann of Team Haverhill addresses the crowd at a previous Possible Dreams event.

Team Haverhill will hold its Possible Dreams 2019 event March 11 in Northern Essex Community College's Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St.

This community-visioning event is free to attend and brings people together from all across the city to share ideas and build relationships designed to shape Haverhill’s future. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the conversation begins at 7 p.m.

Team Haverhill is an independent, volunteer group dedicated to making Haverhill a better place to live, learn, work and play.

Please register at http://teamhaverhill.org/ under "Events."



What: Team Haverhill organization's Possible Dreams 2019 event

When: March 11. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., discussion begins at 7 p.m.

Where: Northern Essex Community College's Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St.

Registration: Online at http://teamhaverhill.org/ under "Events"



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Scholarship available: The Commission on Disability Issues in Haverhill is sponsoring a $2,000 scholarship to a Haverhill resident and a senior at Haverhill High or Whittier Regional High who has a disability or an illness resulting in a debilitating condition and is moving on to a post-secondary education.

Candidates may be moving on to a technical school, a specialty school like an art or music school or a regular university. They must be a student in good standing, have a minimum 3.5 grade point average, and fill out an application.

If you qualify and want to apply, visit the Haverhill High School scholarship portal (https://scholarship.haverhill-ps.org) or Whittier Regional’s portal (Naviance.com) for a copy of the application and submit it your school’s guidance department. The deadline for application submission is March 4. The scholarship award will be presented during awards night in May.


Free classic movie matinees: The public library will show free classic movies at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays in March. The library will show classic spring-fling musicals.

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.


Line dancing classes in session: The city’s Council on Aging is hosting an updated line dancing class on Mondays at 9 a.m.

A variety of songs and dance steps are used, with music from Broadway as well as folk, swing, standards, rock, traditional and country.

The class is open to anyone — no previous experience is necessary. Basic steps will be taught and reviewed each week, then expanded upon, when everyone is comfortable. Instructor Susan Tribble has taught dance, fitness and yoga classes for more than 10 years. She particularly enjoys working with people 50 and older and can provide modifications to accommodate different ability levels. Cost for the class is $5. More information is available from Tribble at susantribble517@gmail.com.


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 online at www.calvarybaptist-haverhill.org/.


Talk on urban gardening: 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 ornamental items 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.

Gretel Anspach 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.


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

This is Haverhill’s biggest road race, drawing 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.


Athletic Hall of Fame induction: The inaugural induction ceremony for Northern Essex Community College’s Athletic Hall of Fame will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the school’s Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St.

This event is open to the public. Tickets, which are $30 each, are available until Feb. 21.

A social gathering is at 6 p.m., followed by a welcome at 6:30 p.m. and a catered buffet at 6:40 p.m. Inductions are at 7:10 p.m., followed by closing remarks from NECC President Lane Glenn.

The Hall of Fame was created to recognize the accomplishments and history of NECC’s athletic program. Noelia Figueroa of Haverhill, a two-time NJCAA track and field national champion, and the 1970-71 men’s basketball team will be the first inductees. Figueroa is one of the most decorated female athletes in NECC’s history. The basketball team captured the state community college title and claimed the Eastern Massachusetts Small College Conference Championship.

For more information, contact Dan Blair, NECC’s director of athletics at dblair@necc.mass.edu.


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.

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


Calling All Knitters and Crocheters: The public library’s Knit and Crochet Group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 2 and from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on March 19. Talk about your favorite books, yarns and patterns. Bring your knitting and/or crochet project and make some progress while chatting. No registration is necessary.


State senator to visit city: State Sen. Diana DiZoglio will visit the Council on Aging at 10 Welcome St. from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 4.

DiZoglio will give an update on what she’s been working on during the first two months of her first term representing the 1st Essex District in the state Senate.

Since entering the legislature in 2012 as a state representative from Methuen, DiZoglio has made senior citizen issues a priority. She said she is excited to continue working with Merrimack Valley elders.


Alice’s Ordinary People: The public library will show and discuss "Alice’s Ordinary People" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 4.

Alice Tregay, a behind-the-scenes civil rights leader who paved the way for the Obama presidency, will be featured. She worked with Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson and many other 1960s luminaries. The film “Ordinary People” tells her story, which has inspired others to work for change in their communities.

Film and discussion with the director, Craig Dudnick, and Kat Everett, co-founder of Haverhill nonprofit POSE (Power of Self-Education) will take place. No registration is needed.


Coloring club for adults: Join fellow adults for a relaxing hour of coloring at the public library at 6 p.m. on March 5.

No registration is necessary. All materials are provided. Call 978-373-1586, ext. 608, for more information


Women's City Club to meet: Programs on poetry and a re-enactment of Julia Child’s cooking show will entertain members of the Women's City Club of Haverhill in March.

On March 5, Augustine "Gus'' Reusch will present humorous bits and pieces from the more than 5,500 letters penned by poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Reusch is curator of the Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road. Whittier was born in 1807 in the old New England farmhouse, which is a landmark and open to the public.

On March 19, Fran Baron and Lynne Moulton will bring to life Julia Child, the famed French chef. They will take the audience "backstage'' to the taping of the television show.

Guests are welcome to join members for the meetings at 1 p.m. in the lower level of the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carlton St. Following a brief business session, an array of light refreshments will be served.

New members are always welcome. The club, founded in 1917, meets on the first Tuesday from September through December and February through April, as well as on the second Tuesday in October, March and April. Membership applications are always available. For more information, contact Judy Dionne at jmrkd43@earthlink.net.


Book Club/ Recumbent Readers: The public library will host a Wednesday morning book club the first Wednesday of every month.

The club will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on March 6. For more information, visit https://wedmornbookclub.wordpress.com/.


Bowling fundraiser: Family Services of the Merrimack Valley will hold its 11th annual Bowl a Strike for Kids fundraiser from 4 to 10 p.m. March 8 at Academy Lanes in Bradford.

Create a team, join a team or bowl on your own.

The event raises money to bring mentoring to youth in local communities. Mentoring is a proven way to make a difference in the lives of young people and positively impact the community, organizers said. Event attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite 1980s fashions and are welcome to bowling, free pizza and raffle prizes. Corporate sponsors include New Balance, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Raytheon Defense Systems, Netscout and Schneider Electric.

Members of the community are welcome to participate and should visit www.fsmv.org/bowling for more information or to register.


Free recent movies: The public library will have free showings of recent films at 2 p.m. on March 10, 16, 17 and 31.

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


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.

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

Here is a list of events: 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.


St. Patrick’s Day party planned: The Council on Aging will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day and D. Raymond Taffe Award luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on March 13 at DiBurro’s function hall.

Attendees will celebrate the holiday and honor a dedicated senior citizen with a corned beef or chicken dinner. Live music will be by the Crazy Maggie band. Tickets are $15 and are now on sale. Tables of ten can be reserved. Call 978-374-2390 for reservations.


Hearing devices explained: The public library will host a presentation by Jonathan O'Dell of the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing March 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Learn about the many kinds of devices, besides hearing aids, that are available to help people with hearing impairments, from vibrating alarm clocks to phones with captioning. Register at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Jewish genealogy discussed: The public library will host a presentation by Jessie Klein, co-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 18.

Learn how to find your ancestors and tell their stories. Learn about the latest methods and resources to research your family history. You don't need to be Jewish to benefit from this basic genealogy class. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Discussion about Real ID: A representative from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., at 1 p.m. on March 20 to discuss the Real ID.

Federal and state requirements concerning driver’s license and ID card renewals will be reviewed. This information session regards new laws which become effective 2020 when a Real ID will be required to enter a federal building or board an aircraft.

Contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390 to register for this program.


Property Fraud Watch Alert program: A representative from the Registry of Deeds will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., at 1 p.m. on March 27 to discuss the Property Fraud Watch Alert program.

Property and mortgage fraud is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes in America, and this program will assist homeowners in Essex County to protect their most valuable asset. Contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390 to register for this program.


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.

His presentation, titled "Chocolate: the Secret Indulgence” 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.

Learn how chocolate can be seen as the perfect treat and discover the various way it affects the human brain. Chocolate samples are included.

This program is offered as part of the NECC Speakers Bureau.

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


Public Gardens close to home: The public library will present an armchair tour of the public gardens north of Boston from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 30.

Meet, vicariously, the ladies and gentlemen who created these gardens, including the editor and owner of Atlantic Monthly magazine, a nephew of Isabella Stuart Gardener and a former governor of Massachusetts.

Learn about current horticultural practices and special plants at each property and hear about the efforts to restore these landscapes. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


River Trail Race planned: The 28th annual Merrimack River 10-Mile Trail Race will be held April 13 at 9 a.m. in the back parking lot of the Double Tree by Hilton hotel on Old River Road in Andover.

Race day registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

Portable restrooms will be provided. Please do not use the hotel’s facilities.

Entry fee is $10 prior to April 10 and $15 after that date. Add $10 for a T-shirt, of which only 75 are available. Make checks payable to Stephen Peterson and mail to 134 Robin Hill Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824.

Prizes include $100 for new course records home-baked Dunham treats to male and female winners, home-made Barbara banana bread to male and female winners ages 40 to 49, and fresh baked cookies to under winners under 20, and 50 through 80. Bagels, drinks and snacks will be available following the race. Post race raffle and awards ceremony will happen at 10:45 a.m.

To download an entry form, visit http://rivertrailrace.blogspot.com/.


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.


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