Volunteers sought for citywide cleanup

JAN SEEGER/Staff photo.A boy picks up trash at Plug Pond during a previous Earth Day Cleanup.

The city’s annual Earth Day cleanup is April 20 and will focus on public spaces in the city’s various neighborhoods, including downtown.

This may include cleaning sidewalks, roadsides, school grounds and parks.

The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., where volunteers are strongly encouraged to meet for a brief kick-off, remarks from the mayor, and to pick up T-shirts, trash bags and snacks for your group.

The Citizens Center will serve as the registration and information center. Trash bags, leaf bags and refreshments will be available for the duration of the event.

Volunteers can organize their own neighborhood or park cleanup or can join in another identified cleanup site. All of the cleanup locations are on city property, which includes roadsides. Trash should be put into plastic trash bags, leaves and other yard waste should be put into leaf bags, branches should be stacked in piles, and sand should be swept into piles and left on the street for pick up.

Register online at www.haverhillrec.com, which will bring you to the Haverhill Recreation page and activity registration. Go to "Register for Activities" then "Select Activity" and follow the prompts to log in. There is no cost for this event. For more information, call 978-374-2388, ext. 3928, or email Dave LaBrode at ickylabrode@verizon.net.



What: Annual Earth Day cleanup

When: April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Begins with organizing at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., before groups fan out to remove debris from sidewalks, roadsides, school grounds and parks.

More information: Call 978-374-2388, ext. 3928, or email Dave LaBrode at ickylabrode@verizon.net.




Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Photography exhibit: The public library is hosting a photography exhibit titled, "The Bay State: a Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans" by professional photographer Mark Chester now through May 12.

The exhibit, part of the Mark Chester Diversity Project, includes a selection from his over 400 inspirational portraits of newly naturalized U.S. citizens, from over 190 countries and territories around the world, who are now residents of Massachusetts. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

This exhibit can be seen on the second floor during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.


Registering children for kindergarten: Haverhill public schools have announced that registration for kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year has begun.

Children turning 5 on or before Aug. 31 are eligible to be registered. Registration appointments can be made by calling the Parent Resource Center at 978-420-1951, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Complete information can be found online at www.haverhill-ps.org.

Families are encouraged to make registration appointments as soon as possible. Parents/guardians of children who are registered by April 15 will receive their child’s school assignment on or around May 15.


Thursday Evening Book Club: The public library is hosting a book club group on the last Thursday of each month from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

For more information, contact the library’s front desk.


Haverhill Reads: The public library will hold its 2019 Haverhill Reads event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 18, with a focus on “The Cabin at the End of the World” by Paul Tremblay.

Read the book and then join in on a discussion and book signing with the author. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Planning Commission to meet: The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on April 18, at the MVPC office, 160 Main St.

The agenda includes updates of the C\commission’s activities and is available online at www.mvpc.org.


Church to hold potluck dinner: First Baptist Church, 217 Main St., will hold a “Messiah in the Passover Banquet” (potluck-style) from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 18.

The event will include a demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to sign up, call the church office at 978-374-7491.


Advance care planning talk: A presentation on “5 Wishes” will be held at 10 a.m. on April 18 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., Room 45, second floor.

Lois Marra from Home Health Foundation will discuss “Aging With Dignity’s 5 Wishes,” America’s most popular advance-care planning program with more than 30 million copies of its advance directive in national circulation.

The 12-page, personalized document is easy to use and deals with personal, family and spiritual matters, in addition to medical and legal concerns. It is also a valuable tool for beginning often-difficult family discussions. It meets the legal requirements of 42 states and is useful in states that still require state forms and mandatory notices.

Contact Mary Connolly at 978-374-2390, ext. 3915, to register for this program.


Discussion of scams and frauds: The public library will have a discussion about the BBB Scams & Fraud Program from 6 to 7 p.m. on April 22.

Learn about the most common scams circulating the community, including pyramid and ponzi schemes. Discuss the major “red flags” to watch out for, and the precautionary steps you can take to protect yourself from falling victim. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Free talk on Medicare options: Are you turning 65 and eligible for Medicare? Kathy Healey from the Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley SHINE office will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on April 24 to offer free, unbiased Medicare information and counseling.

Call 978-374-2390, ext. 3919, to register for this seminar.


Harb to hold office hours: New Hampshire state Rep. Bob Harb, Rockingham District 14, will have office hours from 6 to 7 p.m. on April 25 in the History Room of the Plaistow Public Library, 85 Main St.

Harb said he looks forward to meeting with and assisting constituents with state needs and to discuss public policy. For more information, call 978-373-5611 or send email to bobharb@aol.com.


Author to revisit city: It’s been 25 years since “In the Time of Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez was published.

The book, which presents a fictional account of the real life Mirabal sisters who rebelled against Dominican Republic dictator Trujillo, is being re-released by Algonquin Press. Alvarez will present a White Fund lecture titled “Butterfly Power: An Evening with Julia Alvarez,” offered in partnership with Northern Essex Community College and the Lawrence Public Library.

Alvarez will read excerpts from the book followed by a book signing. The event is free and open to the public at 6 p.m. on April 25 at the Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St. Area book clubs are encouraged to read the book and attend the event.

The new edition of “In the time of Butterflies,” will be on sale. This will be the author’s second visit to Lawrence.

Funded by a financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series has provided cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts and politics. The White Fund is collaborating with Northern Essex on this series.

For more information, contact Analuz Garcia at agarcia@necc.mass.edu.


Brain health workshop: The Council on Aging will host a representative from Cogniciti for a brain health workshop on April 25 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

This workshop will be offered in two sessions: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Get your free brain score and don’t forget to bring your eyeglasses. Call or email Mary Connolly, RN, to register for either session at 978-374-2390, ext. 3915, or send email to mconnolly@cityofhaverhill.com. Registration is required.


Coloring club for adults: Join fellow adults for a relaxing hour of coloring at Haverhill Public Library at 2 p.m. on April 28.

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


Free screenings of recent movies: Haverhill Public Library will have free showings of recent films at 2 p.m. on April 27 and 28.

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


Nurse assistant training: Northern Essex Community College will offer two, six-week nurse assistant/home health aide training programs this spring and summer on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Information sessions will be held April 24 and May 8 for the May 20 program, and June 12 and 19 for the July 8 program.

The program is designed to prepare people to sit for the Massachusetts Certified Nurse Assistant/Certified Nurse Aide exam and be listed in the Nurse Aide Registry. The program includes resume development and opportunities to speak with representatives from local health care facilities.

Classes are held weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from May 20 through June 28, and July 8 through Aug. 16.

All information sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 114 of the Opportunity Works building, 671 Kenoza St. Please enter through the MASSHIRE entrance.

Program and tuition fees are $2,019. For more information, contact Nancy Tariot at 978-659-1273 or email her at ntariot@necc.mass.edu.


Coffeehouse performances planned: The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse welcomes three female singer/songwriters to perform in the round on April 27.

Kirsten Manville, Kim Moberg and Morgan Minsk will be sharing the stage, each performing their original music and occasionally joining together.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15, at the door. The Cat Cafe serves beer and wine, soft drinks and snacks throughout the evening.

For more information or advance ticket sales, visit online at www.byfieldcac.org.


Trivia night planned: The Haverhill Education Foundation in partnership with the Haverhill Education Coalition will host a trivia night fundraiser on April 27 at the Barking Dog Ale House, 77 Washington St.

Check in begins at 6:30 p.m. and the competition starts at 7 p.m.

This year’s trivia night supports mini-grants for teacher designed classroom projects in Haverhill’s public schools.

Early bird entry fee is $30 per person before April 19. After that the fee is $35 per person.

Teams of two to 10 members are required to register and pay the entry fee in advance at www.HaverhillEducationFoundation.org or by calling 978-697-5620 for a registration form. First prize is $300, second prize is $100 and third prize is $50. There will also be a special Haverhill round with a prize of $50.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and welcomed by contacting the foundation at tfuller@haverhilleducationfoundation.org or 978-697-5620.


Quilt show planned: The Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild will hold its 30th annual Quilt Show from noon to 7 p.m. on April 26 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27 in the Hudson Community Building, 12 Lions Ave., Hudson, New Hampshire.

The building is air conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

More than 100 quilts will be displayed. Also featured will be challenge entries, special longarmer quilt exhibit, boutique, raffle baskets, quilt block sale, vendors and refreshments.

This year marks the guild’s 30th (pearl) anniversary. A quilt titled “The Pearl” is being raffled and the guild’s annual challenge for this year is also called “The Pearl.” Entrants must tie their quilting entries to the pearl theme in some way. The raffle quilt winner’s ticket will be drawn at the end of this year’s show.

Proceeds from the guild’s annual raffle quilt support the New England Quilt Museum and David’s House (CHAD), affiliated with Dartmouth Hitchcock in Lebanon New Hampshire.

Admission to this event is $8 for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free. Visit the guild online at http://hannahdustinqg.org.


Health career and job fair: Northern Essex Community College will hold its first health career and job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, April 29, in the Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Allied Health and Technology Center, 414 Common St., Lawrence.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the NECC Career Center and Center for Health Professions. Current NECC health students, alumni, and community health workers are encouraged to attend.

Visitors will meet with local healthcare providers/employers and apply for jobs, so they should bring along copies of an updated resume. Employers at this event include AFC Urgent Care, Career Services of NECC, Concord Hospital, Elliot Hospital, Exeter Hospital, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Home Care Specialists, Lahey Burlington, Lawrence General Hospital, Lowell Community Health Center, Moore Staffing, Pentucket Medical, Regis College, Sarah’s Place and Visiting Angels.



Community listening session: Members of the state's Recovery Coach Commission will hold a community listening session from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on on April 30 at Hunking School, 480 S. Main St.

Chaired by Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, the commission is charged with recommending the standards for credentialing recovery coaches, gathering data and reviewing training opportunities for recovery coaches.

The commission was created in August of 2018 following Gov. Charlie Baker’s signing of Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2018 and is comprised of a diverse panel of policymakers, public health professionals, legal scholars, clinicians and local residents.

The listening sessions provide an opportunity for the commission to gain insight about the importance and current state of recovery coaches in communities throughout Massachusetts. People seeking to submit written comments for feedback can email EHSRecoveryCoachCommission@state.ma.us.

For more information, visit www.mass.gov/orgs/recovery-coach-commission.


School plans open house: Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold an open house from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 30.

Sacred Hearts offers a comprehensive faith based nursery to grade eight program that is supported by a caring community and trademarked by proven academic excellence, school officials said. In addition to the core curriculum, students are offered a full complement of integrated arts every week. Foreign language begins in grade five (Latin, French, Spanish). In addition, the school offers extensive extra-curricular activities. The before- and after-school sessions open at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Visit online at www.sacredheartsbradford.org or call to arrange a tour at 978-372-5451 (elementary grades) or 978-374-7161 (early Childhood Program, nursery, pre-k and kindergarten).


First time home buyer training: Community Action Inc. will offer first time home buyer classes for area residents beginning May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Presidential Gardens Community Room, 140 Evergreen Drive, Bradford.

Participants will receive comprehensive information offered by housing professionals including bank lenders, buyer/seller real estate brokers, housing attorneys, insurance agents home inspectors and credit counselors, as well as information about individual household mortgage pre-qualification, foreclosure sales, affordable housing lotteries and services of a buyer broker, down payment assistance programs and reduced-interest loans.

A Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative approved certificate is awarded after completion of the three-night course. The program is also approved by MassHousing. The class meets May 1, 8 and 9 and the cost is $60 per household. There are no income requirements to take the training. For more information, contact Richard Lynch at 978-373-1971 or Susan Collins at 978-317-8998.


Trivia night planned: The Breakfast Exchange Club of Greater Haverhill will hold its third annual Family Feud-style trivia night from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 2, at the Amvets, 576 Primrose St.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. The event includes an Italian meal with salad and dessert, and a cash bar.

The event welcomes individuals, pairs and teams welcome in tables of eight.

Tickets are $20 each by April 26 or $25 at the door. Proceeds from this event support the club's heat, transportation, food and other basic necessities it provides to older adults in Greater Haverhill.

Sponsorships are available. To register, visit www.becgh.org/events.html.


Workshops on historic properties: Historic New England will host a series of workshops on strategies related to managing museum, non-profit, and municipally owned historic properties and their contents.

All workshops are from 9 to 3:30 p.m. and will be held at the Haverhill Regional Office at 151 Essex St., Haverhill.

Here are details:

"Caring for Museum and Historic Buildings: Their Structures, Finishes, and Contents'' is May 3. It focuses on conservation, care, and cleaning standards and methods related to small museums and historic houses.

"Managing Municipal, Museum, and Other Non-Profit Historic Properties'' is May 10. It explores zoning, planning, and code regulations that affect historic properties and treatment approaches to maintaining historic buildings.

"Organizational Development for Small Museums and History Non-Profits'' is May 31. It focuses on small and mid-sized historic properties, museums, and other organizations that need effective, realistic resource planning to be successful.

Cost per workshop is $30 or $25 for Historic New England members. Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6644 for more information. Box lunch and beverages will be provided.


Yard sale planned: North Parish Church in North Andover will hold its annual Mega Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 4.

Admission is $1. The church is located in North Andover’s Old Center, 190 Academy Road.

The sale will include household goods, clothing, kitchenware, toys, books, furniture, outdoor equipment, treasures and other items. Lunch will be available as well.


Kentucky Derby event: The Haverhill Firefighting Museum will hold its third annual Kentucky Derby Gala - 145th Run for the Roses from 5 to 10 p.m. on May 4.

Derby viewing begins at 6:30 p.m.

Included are raffles, mystery balloons, a cash bar featuring mint juleps and a full southern buffet. Prizes for best derby hat and attire will be awarded.

Tickets to this adults-only event are $60 per person, in advance. This is expected to be a sold-out event.

Tickets can be purchased through PayPal at www.haverhillfirefightingmuseum.org or by calling 978-835-1565 or 978-994-1854.

Anyone who sponsors a racehorse receives two free tickets to the gala, free mint juleps and advertising for their business.


Benefit Concert at temple: Temple Emanu-El at 514 Main St. will host Koleinu, Boston’s Jewish Community Chorus, at 4 p.m. on May 5 for a benefit concert for the victims of the fall 2018 Merrimack Valley gas explosions.

The concert will include choral music by Koleinu and will feature Temple Emanu-El Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Cantor Michael McCloskey of Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill, and a singalong led by Music Out Front, the musical arm of Mothers Out Front.

Koleinu, Boston’s Jewish Community Chorus, brings the joy of Jewish music and culture to Greater Boston and beyond. The 70-member chorus performs a wide range of sacred, secular, traditional and contemporary Jewish choral works in concerts and community collaborations.

Mothers Out Front are mothers, grandmothers, and others working to accelerate the transition to renewable energy so that children will not have to face disasters like the one that happened last fall in the Merrimack Valley.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Greater Lawrence Gas Explosion Fund.

Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $18 for individuals and $40 for families. More information is available by caling 978-373-3861 or contacting Nancy@TempleEmanu-El.org.


Learn about dog and cat fostering: Bob Rocheleau of Sweet Paws rescue will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., at 1 p.m. on May 8 to discuss the benefits of fostering a dog or cat until it is adopted.

Over the years, Rocheleau has fostered many animals and adopted several as his own, and he would like to share his story with other senior citizens. Sweet Paws provides reimbursement for food, medications, flea and tick prevention as well as all vet bills.

Visit www.sweetpawsrescue.org to view photos of available dogs and cats.


Legacy Gala planned: The YMCA of the North Shore will hold its 2019 Legacy Gala on May 11 at Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road.

The event begins at 5 p.m. and will include a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and an auction. The event will also recognize the Y's impact and honor Haverhill Rotary and Pinnacle Physical Therapy.

This year, the Haverhill YMCA and Plaistow Community YMCA will provide more than $900,000 in financial aid for membership, programs, childcare, camp, and all YMCA services. The Y says "yes" to every child, family, adult, or senior citizen who requests and qualifies for financial assistance. Saying “yes” to all who are in need relies on the community's support.

Please RSVP by April 28. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.northshoreymca.org under "News & Events."


Meatball contest planned: The Sons of Italy in Haverhill will hold its second meatball contest from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 18 at the Lasting Room, 122 Washington St.

All meatballs will be voted on by name, so please name your meatballs, which must be approximately 1 inch in diameter. Please bring a minimum of 150 meatballs. Fees are $3 for voters and $5 for contestants. Raffles will be held for the Hearts Apart organization at Hanscom Air Force Base.

If you are interested in participating in the meatball contest, please call Renee Ouellette at 603-508-9051.


Ghost Hunt at Veasey Park: Join author, paranormal investigator, and radio host, Ron Kolek and the rest of the New England Ghost Project Team for a night of Food and Spirits at the Veasey Estate, the summer home of Haverhill industrialist, Arthur D. Veasey.

The event is from 7 p.m. to midnight on May 19 at Veasey Memorial Park, 201 Washingtoni St., Groveland. `

The house, which sits high atop of Nun’s Hill in Groveland was also once the home of the Little Missionary Sisters of Charity.

The event will begin with dinner and will continue with team led paranormal investigations of the estate. According to the caretakers, spirit activity abounds and many visitors to the house have had paranormal experiences of their own. So don’t miss out in this rare opportunity and help preserve the building because a portion of ticket sales goes directly to the preservation of the park.

Tickets are $99 each and are limited and can be purchased through Eventbrite or by calling 978-521-9345

Visit the New England Ghost Project at www.neghostproject.com. Visit Veasey Park online at www.veaseypark.org.


Spring Farmers Market: A special Haverhill Spring Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 25 during the Memorial Day weekend at Willow Spring Vineyards, 840 West Lowell Ave.

This indoor event will include live music and shopping with popular vendors. The regular Haverhill Farmers Market opens June 22 in front of the Merrimack Street parking garage.


Talk on World War II letters: The Council on Aging and the public library will present a talk titled “Reconstructing History & Genealogy: Mom’s WWII Letters” in the library’s Johnson Auditorium at 2 p.m. on June 6.

In May 2017, Corinne Smith found her mother’s stash of more than 100 letters from 16 servicemen she had corresponded with from 1944 to 1945. Smith began to trace the soldiers’ family trees with one goal in mind: to return the letters in person to their children.

This presentation links history and genealogy to present-day research and diligence. Smith, who is originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, served for several years on the board of the Blair County Genealogical Society in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Her first book was a self-published family history titled “From Saxony to the Lehigh Valley: The Descendants of Ludwig Hossfeld” (published in 1992). Since then, she has written several books about American author Henry David Thoreau. She is a former librarian and lives in Gardner, Massachusetts.

Register for this program at www.haverhillpl.org or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.


Golf tournament is June 10: The Kulea Childcare Villages 2019 Golf Tournament takes place June 10 at the Bradford Country Club.

Golf is limited to the first 144 people to register. Dinner, raffles, and an auction can be enjoyed separately if you are not a golfer.

Kulea Childcare Villages, a local nonprofit, provides support services to orphans in Kenya and Tanzania, Africa.

Proceeds from this year’s tournament will go towards construction of a preschool in a village in Kenya to replace what is nothing more than a flimsy metal roof supported by sticks and partially surrounded by two stone walls.

To register, donate an auction or raffle item or become a sponsor, contact Richard Boynton at 978-902-1029, Jim Grant at Jamesgrant6672@yahoo.com or Mary Beth Abate at maryabate30@gmail.com.

To learn more about Kulea Villages or to make a donation, visit www.kuleavillages.org.


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