River Ruckus, Rubber Duck Regatta this weekend

MARY SCHWALM/Staff Photo"Quacky" hugs some visitors to a past River Ruckus.

Team Haverhill and Haverhill Rotary will join forces on Sept. 6 to present River Ruckus 2014, a celebration of the revitalized Historic District and the recreational resources of the Merrimack River.

The event is from noon to 9 p.m. and is based in Riverfront Park behind the Tap Restaurant on Washington Street.

Rotary's annual Rubber Duck Regatta begins at noon in Riverfront Park with a last chance to buy one or more of the 10,000 rubber ducks that will surge off the Comeau Bridge into the Merrimack River. The duck drop will be at 3:30 p.m. from the Comeau Bridge.

The first adopted duck through the finish tube wins its owner a $10,000 cash prize donated by Rockingham Toyota-Honda of Salem.

A classic car show is from 2 to 5 p.m. on Washington Street and will feature cars from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, as well as hot rods, muscle cars, military and specialty cars.

A juried art show is at Sage Art Gallery, 22 Washington St., from 2 to 6 p.m.

Live bands include MB Padfield, Liz Frame & the Kickers, Dan & the Wildfire, Jamie Kent, the Aldous Collins Band, and Saints of Valory. 

See the Merrimack River first-hand in a kayak with a guide from Plum Island Kayak or in a pontoon boat from Rockingham Boat. Pontoon boat rides are $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

Children’s activities include a bouncy house, face painting, dancing, sidewalk chalk, and more with healthy snacks and beverages compliments of Whole Foods Market Andover. A children's touch tank is presented by Joppa Flats Education Center/Massachusetts Audubon Society.

An Arts and Crafts Faire with more than 35 local artisans will be from noon to 7 p.m. There will also be a beer and wine garden, and “Taste of Haverhill” featuring a variety of food for sale from local restaurants.

A fireworks show over the Merrimack River will be at 9 p.m. at Riverfront Park.

For a schedule of events, visit www.teamhaverhill.org, visit River Ruckus Haverhill and Rubber Duck Regatta Haverhill on Facebook, or send email to info@teamhaverhill.org.

IF YOU GO:

What: River Ruckus Festival and Rubber Duck Regatta 

When: Sept. 6, noon to 9 p.m.

Where: The downtown Washington Street District and along the Merrimck River. The rubber duck drop is at 3:30 p.m. from the Comeau Bridge. 

Here are other activities and events around Haverhill:

Pow-wow coming to city: The 26th annual Native American Pow-Wow is coming to the city on Sept. 6 and 7.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness and the city’s Recreation Department, this family-friendly event will be held at the Plug Pond Recreational Area off of Mill Street.

The pow-wow is an opportunity to learn about Native American culture while experiencing the foods, music, dance, crafts, storytelling and other traditions that are part of this celebration.

Gates will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, canoe/mishoon or kayaks. Parking is free. Pets, swimming, drugs and alcohol are not allowed.

Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children ages 4 to 12. Admission is fee for children 3 and younger.

For more information, visit www.mcnaa.org, call 617-642-1683 or email mcnaa@aol.com.

Pentucket Burial Ground tour: The Buttonwoods Museum will host a guided tour of the historic Pentucket Burial Ground on Sept. 6 from noon to 1 p.m.

Walk the earliest section of the burial ground and listen to stories about illustrious residents of early Haverhill during this event. A children's scavenger hunt is available upon request. 

Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children. Reservations are not required. The tour will start from the Buttonwoods Museum parking lot on John Ward Avenue. Please come prepared to walk on uneven grass. More information is available by email to programs@buttonwoods.org. Visit the museum online at www.haverhillhistory.org. The Buttonwoods is at 240 Water St. 

Haverhill Senior Baseball registration: Haverhill Senior Baseball is registering players for the fall season, which has divisions for 13-year-olds, 14- and 15-year-olds, and 16- to 18-year-olds.

Play begins the weekend of Sept. 6 and will run through the end of October. There are only a few openings left on the 14- and 15- and 16- to-18-year-old teams. The 13-year-old division gets the players familiar with the large diamond for the 2015 year. For registration forms, visit www.haverhillseniorbaseball.com. Applications and payment can be sent to Haverhill Senior Baseball, PO Box 5202, Bradford, MA 01835. More information is available from Larry O’Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807-5068. Any child living in Haverhill, Merrimac, Groveland, West Newbury or Southern New Hampshire is eligible to play.

Vendors needed for craft fair: Vendors are being sought to participate in a craft fair in the parking lot of the Walmart in Plaistow on Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost is $20 per space. Money from space rentals will be donated to CHaD, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. More information is available by calling 603-556-3049.

Groveland Day on tap: The Town of Groveland will celebrate Groveland Day on Sept. 6.

Clubs, churches, and other organizations will join together to create a fair-like event for all ages. Events take place all day long at the Pines Recreation Area, 227 Main St., and include carnival games, rides, food vendors, other vendors and exhibitors.

Events and activities include a Curious Creatures show, face painting, music, J & J pony rides, dunk tank, cow pie bingo, Shriner clown hightower and balloon fun, Seacoast United Soccer Club juggling and soccer speed contest, second annual chili cook-off contest (Boston Chowda), Acting Out Theatre Company of Lawrence, Agnes Strecker Dance Studio dancers, Cub Scouts egg drop, classic/cool car night, pie contest, beer and wine tent (Tap Brewery), barbecue, movie night in the park, mechanical bull riding, fire pit (Groveland Fire Fighter Association) and a band. Visit online at www.grovelandrec.org under Groveland Day.

Senior lunch planned: An event titled “Senior Lunch on Driving Assessment and Training’’ at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley in Haverhill will be Sept. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave.

The program, through Northeast Rehab, is for people who have had an illness, injury or age-related decline in skills that could affect their ability to drive safely. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner and the presentation. Menu is herb roasted boneless chicken breast, salad, mashed sweet potato, mixed vegetables, rolls, butter, coffee, tea and apple crisp. Registration is required by calling the DoctorFinder line at 800-488-5959. For more information please call 978-521-8140.

Swim clubs plan reunion: A reunion of the Haverhill High School and local swim clubs is planned for Sept. 13 with the installation of a trophy case in the lobby of the school's pool building. 

The installation will include the 1978 state championship trophy that has not been displayed, but was packed away until Tom McCutcheon, swim coach who led the team to this championship, contacted former team member Michael Regan.

Vendors needed for flea market: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church at 471 Main St. invites vendors to participate in its annual Fall Festival and Flea Market on Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rain date is Sept. 20. Cost of a 12-by-12-foot space is $20. No food vendors are allowed. For more information or to reserve a space, call 603-329-6047.

Ladies in Jazz Concert planned: Winnekenni Castle's 15th annual Ladies in Jazz Concert will be held on Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.

This unique music event is a celebration of women in music and brings together five female musicians. This annual concert has become a signature event at Winnekenni Castle. Admission is free. Donations are welcomed.

This year's roster includes Ladies in Jazz returnees renowned vocalist and artistic director Candida Rose, guitarist Laurie Goldsmith, bass player Tal Shalom-Kobi, drummer Gillian DeLear and Ririka Masuda on reeds. This concert will take place inside the castle, with seating provided. Refreshments will be available.

Winnekenni Castle is located on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave. For more information, send email to winnekenni@yahoo.com, call 978-521-1686 or visit online at www.winnekenni.com.

Day and overnight trips planned: Bethany Community Services is offering a variety of trips and tours.

Overnight trips include: Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City, Sept. 14 to 18; and New York City with two nights on the Norwegian Gem, Nov. 7 to 9, which includes tickets to the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Show, a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and a New York City tour.

Upcoming day trips include: Seafood Festival at Hampton Beach on Sept. 5 (bus is $10 and admission is $5); and New England Goes Country with Jimmy Lehoux & Nicole Frechette at the Danversport Yacht Club on Sept. 17 (cost is $79 with your choice of chicken or scrod).

A Grand Night for Singing, a Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein featuring the Reagle Players at the Robinson Theater in Waltham on Oct. 4 for the 2 p.m. show. Departure is at noon from Haverhill. Premium seating-tickets are limited. Cost is $49 for bus and show.

More information is available from Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165 or dsutton@bethanycommunities.org.

Fall seminars for Older Learners: Adults 50 and older who are interested in learning for the fun of learning are invited to attend Northern Essex Community College’s College of Older Learners (CoOL) seminar showcase on Sept. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 103B in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college's Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

At the showcase, attendees will learn more about the seminars, which begin the week of Sept. 29, and meet the seminar leaders. This event is free and open to the public.

Seminar topics for the fall include Brain Fitness; Six Poems-Six Weeks; More Parks and Trails; Discover Historic New England; Great Expectations Indeed; Develop Character Strengths for Your Best Life; Wild Herbs of the Merrimack Valley; Climate Change: A Hot Topic; Let’s Fund Our Fountain of Youth; The Hispanic Caribbean: Culture, Dictators, Colonies, and Revolutions; Vatican City’s Art and Architecture; and Senior Theater: Applaud Your Inner Thespian.

Seminars meet on a designated weekday for six consecutive weeks, unless otherwise noted, on the Haverhill campus, at NECC's Riverwalk in Lawrence, or off-campus. The cost is $30 for each seminar.

For more information, send email to coolnecc@gmail.com or call 978-556-3110 and leave a message. You can also contact Ted Coughlin at tedcoughlin@verizon.net.

Grant writing workshop planned: The Haverhill Cultural Council will hold a grant writing workshop on Sept. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Applicants are encouraged to attend. This year, the Cultural Council will distribute more than $22,000 in grants.

Council co-chairs Karren McCabe and Ruby Lyons said these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Haverhill, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

Applications and more information about the local Cultural Council program are available at www.mass-culture.org/haverhill. Applications will also be available at the public library and City Hall. 

Community Help Day planned: The Council on Aging’s Community Help Day is Sept. 17.

Senior citizens can sign up for a free yard cleanup. They are asked to call early to get their names on the list. This yard cleanup event is sponsored by the Council on Aging and Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union. More information is available from Joel Berg at 978-374-2390, ext. 38.

Senior citizen tour and tea planned: The Buttonwoods Museum in partnership with the Council on Aging will host a special museum tour and tea on Sept. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Guides will lead an exploration of the museum’s three historic buildings. Finger sandwiches, light desserts and tea will be served.

Cost is $15 per person. Please let the museum staff know if you have difficulty with stairs, walking on uneven grass or food allergies.

Space is limited and preregistration is required. To register, please email programs@buttonwoods.org or call 978-374-4626 by Sept. 16. Visit the museum online at www.haverhillhistory.org. The Buttonwoods is at 240 Water St.

Library’s monthly book club to meet: The public library’s Get Lit book club will meet Sept. 18 at 7 p.m at the Barking Dog Ale House on Washington Street.

The club, aimed at 20- and 30-somethings, will discuss “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.

Talk on Irish travel: The public library will host travel experts offering tips on getting the most out of your travel to Ireland on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

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

Town-Wide yard sale planned: The Friends of the Groveland Council on Aging will host their second annual Town-Wide Yard Sale on Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

For a donation of $25, the Friends will handle publicity, town maps which show yard sale locations, signs and advertising. Participants will hold their yard sale in their own or a friend’s house in Groveland and keep the proceeds.

Registration forms are available at the Council on Aging office in Groveland Town Hall, 183 Main St., or from Valerie Osborne, 3 Pleasant St., Groveland. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and a form will be sent to you. Deadline to be included on the yard sales maps is Sept. 15. Forms with included check made out to the FGCOA Inc. may be sent to Osborne or dropped off at the Council on Aging office. For more information, call Osborne at 978-374-6253.

Learn about hiking the Pacific Coast Trail: The public library will host a presentation on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. by Wendy Johnston, who will share her experiences hiking the 2,300 mile Pacific Coast Trail from Mexico to Canada.

Visitors will hear her story and see photos from the journey. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.

Behavioral Medicine Conference planned: The fourth annual Behavioral Medicine Conference presented by Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley in Haverhill is planned for Sept. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.

Cost of $35 includes continental breakfast, full lunch and six physician CMEs or six CEUs for nurses, social workers and addiction counselors.

Topics include The Role of Medication in Managing Opiod Dependence with Barbara Herbert, MD, director of addiction services for Steward Medical Group, and chief of addiction services at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston; Contemporary Behavioral Health: Developing Recovery-Based Services with Ana Wolanin, MS, RN, senior director of quality and regulatory for behavioral health at Steward Health Care; Neuropsychology and Clinical Aging of Persons with Psychiatric Disorders with Buck Woo, PhD, neuropsychologist and program director at the Center for Recovery and Wellness at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley; Substance Abuse Treatment and Dual Diagnosis with Philippe Sioufi, MD, medical director at the Center for Recovery and Wellness and consulting psychiatrist at the Comprehensive Addiction Program at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley; and The Role of the Acute Care Setting in Psychiatric Disorders with Sheela Hedge-Batlivala, MD, medical director at the Center for Behavioral Medicine at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

Registration deadline is Sept. 12. To register, call DoctorFinder at 800-488-5959. Registration will be confirmed when payment is received. Checks must be made payable to Holy Family Hospital and mailed to: Jean MacDougall-Tattan, c/o Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. For more information, call 978-420-1168 or email jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Rocks Village tour on tap: The Buttonwoods Museum will host a free tour of the Rocks Village Historic District on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to noon as part of this year’s Trails & Sails Essex Heritage events.

Rocks Village is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. It was home to Haverhill’s early ship building industry, but has remained largely residential since the late 1700s. As a result, much of the 18th century architecture still stands today. Highlighting new research by historic preservation intern Samantha Krenzer, this free tour will lead participants in exploring the history and architecture of the Rocks Village, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Tours start at the Rocks Village Fire Station. For more information, please email programs@buttonwoods.org. Visit the museum online at www.haverhillhistory.org. The Buttonwoods is at 240 Water St.

Chili Cook-off planned: The seventh annual Haverhill Firefighting Museum Chili Cook-off is Sept. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sept. 1 is the deadline to register for this event. This chili cook-off is the nonprofit museum’s largest annual fundraiser and draws hundreds of people to taste and vote on the best chili recipes around, win door prizes and take part in a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.

Chili cook-off categories include Best Fire House recipe, Best Individual recipe and Best Restaurant recipe. Entry forms can be found online at www.haverhillfirefightingmuseum.org. There is a $25 entry fee. Checks can be made out to Haverhill Firefighting Museum Chili Cook-off, and mailed to the museum at 75 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. For more information or to secure your spot, please email Cynthia at ceegee4@hotmail.com or call 978-994-1854.

Duncan House tour planned: The Buttonwoods Museum will host a special tour of the historic Duncan House and burial plot of the Duncan family on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Duncan House, the main building now occupied by the Buttonwoods. Learn about new genealogical research of the family that built and lived at the Buttonwoods before the museum was there.

The tour involves climbing stairs inside the Duncan House, walking down a hill to the Pentucket Burial Ground, and walking on grassy, uneven ground to grave sites.

Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for those ages 7 to 17. The tour is limited to 15 people. Reserve your space by emailing programs@buttonwoods.org. Spots may be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the tour. Visit the museum online at www.haverhillhistory.org. The Buttonwoods is at 240 Water St.

Volunteer Expo planned: The Haverhill YMCA will host the city’s first Volunteer Expo on Sept. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. at the YMCA, 81 Winter St.

The expo is sponsored by Team Haverhill and is being organized by representatives of Team Haverhill, YMCA, Emmaus Inc., Ruth’s House and other community groups.

This event is planned as a one-stop shop for residents looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities. Whether your passion is education, sports, children and families, the environment, the arts, or social justice, there’s a volunteer opportunity waiting for you. All ages are welcome. Parking is available. Food, door prizes, raffles, and adult and children’s activities will be provided.

If you would like to become a volunteer, learn more about the event, or are part of an organization that would like to participate, send email to info@volunteerhaverhill.org or call 978-771-9914.

Trip to the Clark Museum planned: The Council on Aging offering a trip to the newly renovated Clark Art Institute and a Berkshire Fall Foliage Adventure on Oct. 4.

This trip includes motor coach transportation, lunch at the Williams Inn, admission to the museum, and travel on the Mohawk Trail. Cost is $89 per person. More information is available by calling 978-374-2390.

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.

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.

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