You can 'Stuff the Cruiser' to help needy people

The Haverhill Police Department will hold its third annual Stuff a Cruiser Day Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all Haverhill Market Basket locations: Westgate Plaza, Central Plaza and RiversEdge Plaza.

All donations will go to area food pantries to help out this holiday season. Police vehicles will be parked outside the stores to accept donations.

Desirable items to donate include canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups, canned hams, frozen turkeys, frozen chickens, paper goods, cranberry sauce, potatoes, yams, coffee, tea, peanut butter, jams, boxed stuffing mix, pasta, pasta sauce, baked beans and cereals.

No monetary donations will be accepted.


What: Haverhill Police Department's annual Stuff a Cruiser Day accepts food donations

When: Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Haverhill Market Basket locations: Westgate Plaza, Central Plaza and RiversEdge Plaza

Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Tickets available to home heating raffle: Tickets are available to the Groveland Historical Society's Home Heating raffle.

The drawing will take place Dec. 9. First prize is $1,000 and second prize is $500.

Winners will be notified by phone and will have their prize money paid directly to their oil, gas or electric heating account.

Tickets are $1 each, six for $5, or 15 for $10 and are available at all town events, at the Groveland Town Clerk's office and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. at Washington Hall, 101 Washington St., now through Dec. 9, when the drawing takes place.

Creative Industry Night: Haverhill.biz, a downtown business association, will present Creative Industry Night 2: Makers and Musicians on Oct. 25.

Creative Industry Night 2 is an effort that brings together Haverhill's creative economy for a night of networking and entertainment. This is the second in a continuing series that began in May and featured several local businesses and startups in connection with the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub.

Headliner Wes Jackson, an accomplished entrepreneur, music producer, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, will discuss the business of music. The event begins at 90 Washington St., second floor, and will feature local companies bringing music to Haverhill in a variety of ways. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

The event continues with a walking tour of downtown Haverhill, with stops at Coco Brown, a new creative space opening on Washington Street; Be Imagine Music Studio; and Project Sound Recording. Lastly, the tour heads to the Barking Dog Ale House for a reception and performances by Merrimack Delta Dub Set, Bliss, and Chaotic Sanity.

The event is free and all are welcome, but registration is required at http://bit.ly/haverhillindustrynight2.

Learn about Ballot Question 1: Representatives from Lawrence General Hospital will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. to discuss Question 1 on the Massachusetts ballot.

If you are interested in attending this information session, call 978-374-2390.

Evening of psychic readings: Winnekenni Castle will host an Evening of Psychic Readings Oct. 25 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Join castle staff readers Judith-Anne, Valeria and Amy Sabatino for an evening of psychic readings at the castle. Fifteen-minute readings are $25 each. Longer sessions and appointments with multiple readers can also be booked. An array of guest readers will be on hand.

Reiki sessions by Laurie Livingstone-Irwin will also be available for $20 each.

Enjoy socializing before and after your readings. Bring friends and make some new ones. Refreshments will be available. Enjoy shopping at the Stone Sisters pop-up Boutique.

Celebrating cancer survival: The Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital and the Institution for Savings will present "Couture for a Cure," a celebration of cancer survival honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 11 a.m. on Oct. 25 at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury.

This 2018 Marketplace and Fashion Show Luncheon will feature keynote speaker Karen Andreas, regional publisher for the North of Boston Media Group.

Local vendors will be offering free promotional items, discounts and more on products and services to help you look good and feel good. A special group of cancer survivors and local rock stars will walk the pink carpet in local fashions and accessories.

Also included are give-aways, raffles and information and resources for cancer patients.

Tickets are $50 and are available online at www.ajh.org/celebratingsurvival.

Whittier Club to meet: The Whittier Club will have its annual fall meeting Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. at the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road.

Diane Itaska will present a talk titled "Hannah Duston's Journey from Home to Hearth." This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Greek Festival: The annual Greek Festival sponsored by the Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox will be Nov. 2, 3 and 4 at the Hellenic Community Center, 154-156 Winter St.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 2; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Nov. 3; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 4.

The menu of authentic Greek cuisine includes lamb shanks, souvlaki, moussaka, pastichio, spinach pie and other specialties. Homemade Greek pastries and traditional loukoumades will be available throughout the weekend. Take-out will also be available on all three days.

On the evening of Nov. 3, live Greek music will echo throughout the hall. The event will have raffle prizes and free admission and parking.

Boxing club plans comedy night: Haverhill Inner City Boxing will hold its fifth annual comedy night Nov. 3 at the Amvets Post 147, 576 Primrose St.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show, featuring comics Johnny Pizzi and Chris D., starts at 8 p.m.

Admission is a donation of $25. The event will include raffles, music and auctions.

For tickets, call Joe Ferguson at 978-914-2116. Visit online at www.haverhillinnercityboxing.org.

Village of Church Fairs: Amesbury will host its 23rd annual Village of Church Fairs Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Seven church fairs will happen on the same day.

Maps and menus will be available at every church in the city. Traditional offerings will include handmade crafts, baked goods, Christmas and Thanksgiving decorations, raffles and various foods. The event is sponsored by many of the churches of Amesbury.

Talk on Ansel Adams: The Museum of Printing will present a special slide lecture by Lance Hidy, who will speak about Ansel Adams - Environmentalist and Photographer on Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.

The event is open to the public. Admission is free.

Adams, who lived from 1902 to 1984, devoted his life to sharing the transformative power of wilderness through his art, and to leading the environmental movement. Hidy was chosen by Adams to collaborate on the final book of Adams' career, "Yosemite and the Range of Light'' published in 1979. Hidy continues to design official Ansel Adams books for the Ansel Adams Trust and publisher Little, Brown & Company. Through his first-hand experience, Hidy brings a personal perspective to the Ansel Adams story.

In his lifetime Adams shot more than 40,000 photos, produced several dozen books that have sold over a million copies, and co-founded the first museum department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art. For nearly 40 years, he was a leader in the Sierra Club. The lecture is enlivened by quotes from Adams' autobiography and by dozens of his finest photos.

The Museum of Printing is at 15 Thornton Ave. Visit online at www.museumofprinting.org.

School plans open house: Saint Michael School, 80 Maple Ave., North Andover, will hold an open house Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The families of prospective students are invited for a tour and to learn more about Saint Michael School and its ursery, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grade 1-to-8 programs. Please RSVP to [email protected] or 978-686-1862.

Learn about Real ID: A representative from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will be at the Citizen Center, 10 Welcome St., on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m to discuss the new Real ID, which will be required for entrance to federal buildings and also to board a plane in the U.S. effective October 2020.

The REAL IDs are available now and will be required by 2020. Call 374-2390 to register for this important presentation.

Veterans Day Awards Breakfast planned: The Rotary Club of Haverhill will hold its third annual Veterans Day Awards Breakfast on Nov. 8 at the Haverhill Golf & Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane.

The event is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and will feature guest speaker Francisco Urena, secretary of veterans affairs for Massachusetts; a Salute to Veterans; and an awards presentation to veterans.

Rotary will present three awards from the nominations that are being accepted.

Individuals must have served or be currently serving in any branch of the United States armed forces and be an active and ongoing volunteer, or have a strong history of contribution or volunteerism in the Haverhill area.

Tickets to this event are $25 per person and include a full breakfast.

For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Allison Field at 978-556-5517 or [email protected]

For more information, including Veterans Service Award nomination forms, visit online at www.haverhillrotary.com.

NECC plans poetry reading: Acclaimed Alaskan poet Tom Sexton will deliver a poetry reading on Northern Essex Community College's Haverhill campus on Nov. 8.

Sponsored by NECC's Liberal Arts: Writing Option program and the Center for Liberal Arts, the reading will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Top Notch Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building, 100 Elliott St. It is free and open to the public.

Sexton, a Lowell native, attended Northern Essex from 1964 to 1966 before transferring to Salem State, here he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English. While at Northern Essex, he helped found "Parnassus," the college's literary magazine, which is still publishing 50 years later. In 2002, he was named one of Northern Essex's 40 notable alumni.

Sexton was appointed Alaska's poet laureate in 1995 and served until 2000 when the title was changed to state writer.

His work has appeared in most of the leading literary journals. He has authored 14 collections of poetry.

Sexton will stay in Eastport, Maine, this winter so he can spend time in his hometown of Lowell, while he completes his collected Lowell poems to be called "Cumiskey's Alley." He will be reading many poems from this collection during his reading at Northern Essex.

For more information about this event, contact Patricia Portanova at [email protected] or 978-556-3379.

Autumnfest Bazaar: The Women's Guild at Hye Pointe Armenian Church will hold its annual Autumnfest Bazaar on Nov. 9 and 10 at the church's Family and Cultural Life Center, 1280 Boston Road.

Doors will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days. Lamb kebab, chicken kebab, losh kebab and kheyma dinners will be served all day.

Also available are Armenian specialties including nut and cream kadeyif, paklava, choereg, spinach pies, cheese boeregs, tourshi (Armenian pickles), lamejun and grains, as well as other Armenian cuisine items. Gift baskets and cash prizes will also be featured. The event will have free parking and free coffee.

Annual 5K race planned: The annual Run to Overcome 5K Race to support the Haverhill Alternative School and TEACH program will be held on Nov. 11, the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day.

The race starts at 10 a.m. Register online at Running4Free.com. More information is available from John DePolo at 978-374-3482.

Visit Nashville, see Patriots play Titans: Senior citizens and their families have an opportunity to visit Nashville and also see the Patriots play the Titans on Nov. 11.

Lifelong Journey Haverhill is hosting this trip in three different forms: Nov. 10 to 12 for $1,499; Nov. 9 to 12 for $2,099; or Nov. 8 to 12 for $2,399. Prices are per person, double occupancy.

Call Darlene Sutton at 978-476-4677 for details.

BSO rehearsal trip: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the Boston Symphony Open Rehearsal performance at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 15.

Andris Nelsons will conduct HK Gruber's Aerial, Concerto for trumpet and orchestra, and Mahler's Symphony No. 5. Tickets and transportation are $50. Call 978-374-2390 to register for the trip.

Tribute to singer Rod Stewart: Life Long Journey Haverhill and the Council on Aging are planning a trip to Venus De Milo in Swansea for a Tribute to Rod Stewart on Nov. 15.

Tickets are $92 per person and include transportation, lunch, show, tax and gratuity. Contact Darlene Sutton at 978-476-4677 for more information.

Program of music: Voices of Distinction will return after a two-year hiatus with "Voices of Gratitude - an evening of Thanks'' at 8 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17 at Kingston's Church on the Plains on Main Street.

The 35-member chorus, under the direction of Danny Smith, will perform choral selections, sacred and popular, embracing gratitude and thanksgiving. The chorus has not performed in Kingston since 2014.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 each at the Right Cut Salon on West Main Street, online at www.voicesofdistinction.org or at the door for $20 each. Advance tickets will be available for purchase on Oct. 15. For more information, visit www.voicesofdistinction.org or call 603-642-5262.

'Hack Haverhill': The city's first 24-hour civic tech hackathon, titled "Hack Haverhill" will be held Nov. 16 and 17 at the UMass Lowell iHub at Harbor Place.

Participants are invited to use data and technology to create a digital ecosystem that uplifts student and family success. Participating teams will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes.

A hackathon is a sprint-like event where computer programmers, technologists, software developers and others seek to develop a technology-based solution to a challenge or problem through the creation of functional software or hardware. Civic hackathons seek to use technology to lead to civic innovations that solve problems, using public and community data.

Hack Haverhill is open to anyone interested in using data, software and technology to solve this civic challenge. Software, technical support, and three meals will be provided during the event. Come as a team (two to five people) or as an individual and be matched with a team.

High school and college students are encouraged to register for this event.

Hack Haverhill is sponsored by Team Haverhill and Mitre Corp and is being hosted by a steering committee led by state Rep. Andy Vargas and City Council President John Michitson and supported by the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and the City of Haverhill.

Sponsorships are available and volunteers are needed. Send email to [email protected] To register for this event, visit https://hackhaverhill.com.

Christmas fair planned: The Council on Aging will hold its annual Christmas fair on Dec. 1 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Christmas trip planned: Groups Inc. and the Council on Aging are planning a trip on Dec. 2 to the Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer and to the Stageloft Theatre in Sturbridge for a production of "Christmas Survival Guide," followed by admission to "Bright Nights," the famous Christmas lighting display in Springfield.

Cost is $95 per person. Contact Groups Inc. at 978-372-8080 for details.

Concert trip planned: Life Long Journey Haverhill and the Council on Aging are planning a Best of Times trip to the Danversport Yacht Club on Dec. 4 for a performance by the Sicilian Tenors titled "Christmas Amore."

The trip includes motor coach transportation, the performance, and a luncheon of stuffed chicken breast or baked scrod. Cost is $92. Contact Darlene Sutton at 978-476-4677 for details.

Trip to Maine planned: Groups Inc. and the Council on Aging are planning a trip on Dec. 8 to Freeport, Maine, for lunch and shopping.

Transportation will include a train ride on the Amtrak Downeaster to Freeport, where passengers will be transported by bus to the Harraseeket Inn for lunch and then on to shopping the outlet stores, including L.L. Bean. The trip back to Haverhill is by motor coach. Cost is $95 per person. Call Groups Inc. for details at 978-372-8080.