---- — Join Jumpstart, to make a difference in the lives of preschool children in Lawrence. Jumpstart is looking for volunteers to help preschool children prepare for Kindergarten. Volunteers will work in a preschool classroom two mornings a week with a team of peers/community members, receive free training and professional development (leadership opportunities available), and earn a stipend or education award over $1,000. The program will run from October/November through May. For more information, contact Leslie Randall at 857-413-4574 or apply online and learn more at jstart.org.
Ballroom Dance Lessons, offered by the Andover Department of Community Services. These lessons are open to everyone, with levels from beginner to advanced. Call 978-623-8276 to register. For questions about the program, call Tom Webster, the instructor, at 978-501-4847.
Vegetarian Cooking Group getting started, for people living in Andover. If there is sufficient interest, then an initial meeting will be scheduled in the library. Anyone interested in participating or learning more about vegetarian cooking may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Ink, meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Library in Atkinson for creative writing. Open to teens ages 13 and up. For more information, email Kathy Watson at email@example.com.
Tween Book Club, meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson, N.H. All interested middle school students are welcome, (grades 6-8). Ask for a copy of the current book at the front desk. No registration required. Refreshments are served. For more information, call Kathy Watson, teen librarian, at 603-362-5234.
Baby Play Group, meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. For babies ages birth to 24 months. Enjoy music, books and toys while mingling with other parents, grandparents and caregivers. No registration is required. For more information, call Carolyn Birr, children’s librarian, at 603-362-5234.
Adult Wii Sports, every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. No registration is required. For more information, call Kathy Watson, teen librarian, at 603-362-5234.
Young Adult Book Club, meets the second Wednesday evening of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. All interested high school students are welcome. Ask for a copy of the current book at the front desk. No registration required. Refreshments. For more information, call Kathy Watson, teen librarian, at 603-362-5234.
Evening Book Club, meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. All interested adults are welcome. Ask for a copy of the current book at the front desk. No registration required. For more information, call 603-362-5234.
Friends of the Kimball Library, meets the third Wednesday of each month at the library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. Made up of volunteers, the group raises money for items above and beyond the normal library budget. The group sponsors the Peddler’s Market, holds book sales, provides speakers, children’s programming, purchases museum passes and books for children and teens, and plans trips to Tanglewood. To join or for more information, call 603-362-5234.
Morning Book Club, meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:15 a.m. at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. All interested adults are welcome. Ask for a copy of the current book at the front desk. No registration required. For more information, call 603-362-5234.
The Methuen/Salem (N.H.) Rotary Club, meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. at the Boxwood Grille at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club in Methuen. Handicap accessible. For more information, visit methuensalemrotary.org.
Teen Knitting Club, meets in the Teen Zone, Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., Haverhill. New and experienced knitters are always welcome. Open to teens in grades 5-12. Registration is required for new members requiring instruction. For more information, call 978-373-1586.
St. Monica’s Cub Scout Pack 55, is designed for boys ages 7-10. Cub Scouting combines outdoor activities, sports, academics, and more. Pack 55 has rolling enrollment. For more information or to join, call Cubmaster Jeff McManus at 978-390-1666.
The Methuen Youth Hockey Association (MYHA), is accepting skaters of all age levels for the travel team program. Full-season tuition is $1,400. MYHA offers local Valley League play, practice time, and skills workshops by Hi-Skills Hockey and Ed Walsh Hockey Schools. For more information, email Tanya Labelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit MYHA.com.
The Knitter’s & Handcrafter’s Group, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Colby Memorial Library, 7 Colby Road, Danville. New members welcome. For more information, call 603-382-6733.
The North Andover Rotary Club, hosts breakfast meetings on Thursdays, 7:15 a.m. at Luci’s Cafe, Osgood Landing, 1600 Osgood St., North Andover. New members welcome. For information, visit northandoverrotary.org.
The Rotary Club of Andover, holds regular breakfast meetings Fridays, 7:30 a.m. at the Lanam Club, 260 North Main St., Andover. Meetings feature guest speakers. Guests are welcome. For more information, visit rotaryandover.org.
Winning Speakers Toastmasters Club & Salem Speech Masters Club, have merged, effective immediately. Winning Speaker meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Windham Senior Center, 2 North Lowell Road. Guests are always welcome. For more information, call Sharon Amore at 603-893-4718, Dan Wilson at 603-898-7330, email@example.com or visit toastmastersnh.org.
The Salem Woman’s Club, meets on the first Tuesday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. in Kelley Library’s Beshara Room, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. Luncheon followed by a business session and program. Membership is open to any woman interested in pursuing the objectives of the club. Its many community projects include scholarships for high school seniors, purchase of large-print books for Kelley Library, sponsorship of the Christmas Concert at Salem High, donations to local food pantries and various help to the needy at home and abroad. Members get together from September through May, including a Christmas party, mystery ride and annual luncheon. For more information, call 603-893-0756.
The North Andover Garden Club, is actively seeking new members. The club meets monthly, from September through June on the second Tuesday of the month at varying times and locations. Most programs are open to the public and include garden design and maintenance, floral design, holiday workshops and much more. The club also maintains the gardens at the historic Parson Barnard House, Stevens Memorial Library and the Senior Center, provides garden therapy workshops at local assisted living facilities, decorates holiday wreathes for the town buildings and holds its annual plant sale in May. For more information about current programs and the club, visit northandovergardenclub.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mom 2 Moms Group, a discussion and craft group for moms of all ages, will meet two Thursdays a month at Crossroads Baptist Church, 43 Atwood Road, Pelham, N.H. Child care provided. Cost is $5 per meeting to cover crafts and DVD discussions. For more information, call 603-635-1556.
The “Border Crocheters,” meet one Tuesday evening per month at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., Haverhill. Prior to each meeting there is a half hour “intro to crochet class” for those needing individual project help. All local crocheters are welcome. For more information, contact Terri Bruce at email@example.com or visit meetup.com/border-crocheters.
The Friends of Stevens Memorial Library, meet every second Tuesday (except July and August) at the library, 345 Main St., North Andover at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and help plan the November Book Sale. Donations may be left at the library at any time. For more information, contact Marty Larson at 978-686-1557 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Exchange Club of Haverhill, meets on Thursdays at noon at Olivia’s in Haverhill. For more information, visit haverhillexchangeclub.com.
The North Andover Cultural Council (NACC), is seeking new members. The NACC is a group that supports community-based projects and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of North Andover. Members also represent the cultural community and help organize and participate in town events. Arts experience is not required. Members of all backgrounds are welcome. The NACC holds six to eight meetings per year. For more information, call 978-683-6627 or email email@example.com.
The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, meet every second Tuesday (except July) in the library’s Robert Frost Room, 51 Lawrence St. New members and guests welcome. For more information, call Jim Ross, president of the LPL, at 978-852-0395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Women writers group, meets on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry, N.H. New members are always welcome, whether published or unpublished. All genres. For more information, email email@example.com.
Plaistow Historical Society, meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Museum, 127 Main St., Plaistow, N.H. Free and open to the public. For more information, call Robert Carolan at 603-300-0081.
The Harvard Club of Andover, is open to graduates of Harvard University and Harvard Extension School. The club embraces members from communities surrounding Andover. Write to Lawrence Morse, club president, 19 Cherry St., Danvers, MA 01923, call 978-475-9682 or email LawMorse@bizatty.com for more information.
A vocal group, directed by Michelle Franey, rehearses Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. Emphasizes Gospel and music from diverse cultures. The group will be singing in the Southern New Hampshire, Maine and Northern Massachusetts areas. For more information, contact Susan Ropars at 603-335-2251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Greater Derry Humane Society, meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the West Side Community Center, Derry, N.H., at 7 p.m. Open to the public. Call 603-434-1512 or visit derryhumanesociety.com.
Groveland BSA Troop 87, meets most Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St. Boy Scouting is a year-round program for boys ages 11-17. Offers outdoor activities, peer group leadership opportunities, and a personal exploration of career, hobby and special interests. For more information, email Scoutmaster Jim Snow at email@example.com.
The Service Club of Andover, meets monthly at 7 a.m. for breakfast at the Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St., Andover. Made up of business people and residents of the Town of Andover, the group’s mission is to “make a difference” in the lives of the youth and the developmentally disabled persons in the Merrimack Valley. Guests and new members welcome. For more information, call 978-376-3178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haverhill’s Toastmasters club Friendly Persuasion Toastmasters, meet the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Haverhill Library, 99 Main St. Visit friendlypersuasion.org.
The Friends RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. The group is open to those who are just beginning to think about retirement as well as the soon to be or recently retired. To register, call 603-373-6144.
Adult Scrabble Club, meets every fourth Friday of the month, 10:30 a.m. at Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland. Free. Open to all levels of players. Boards are provided. Call Deb Hoadley at 978-372-1732.
Community Resources Classes, Fridays at the Hampstead, N.H., memorial gym, 9:30 to 11 a.m. For $2 have a cup of coffee while your kids play, do a craft and have a snack. For more information, visit CRA-NH.org.
Adult Scrabble Club, meets Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham, N.H. For more information, call 603-635-7581, ext. 3062.
High School Musicians, are invited to share their musical talent by performing in the halls and lobbies of two local hospitals. Single or very small groups are needed to perform on a regular basis. Offers the opportunity for more community service hours. For more information, email email@example.com.
Quilters of the Merrimack Valley Quilting Guild, meet on the third Thursday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m. at Holy Angels Church Hall, Route 121A, Plaistow, N.H. For more information, call 603-382-6823 or visit geocities.com.
Big Friends Little Friends, formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lawrence, matches children and youth with adults who serve as role models and friends. It is a one-year program in which the Big and Little consistently meet two to four times a month and spend between two and five hours together each time. Matches are made with considerations to such things as geographic location, interests and personalities. For more information, call 978-327-6600 or visit FamilyServiceInc.com.
Hampstead Civic club, meets the fourth Monday of each month at 8 p.m. at the club building next to the Hampstead, N.H., town offices. Membership is open to any Hampstead, N.H., resident 18 years and older. For more information call Howie Steadman at 603-329-4288.
Hampstead Veterans of Foreign War POst 11254, meets the second Saturday of each month for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the English Muffin restaurant on Main St. across from the town offices. Meeting follows at 8:30 a.m. at the Hampstead Civic Club building across the street. Membership is open to veterans of foreign conflicts. For more information call Howie Steadman at 603-329-4288.
Friends of the Nevins Memorial Library meetings, take place the first Monday of each month, except for the month of July, at 7:30 p.m. in the Garden Room of the library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. For more information, call 978-686-4080, ext. 33.
Grey Court Poets, a group open to local poets and anyone interested in poetry, meets on the first Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Krista at 978-686-4080, ext 10.
The Groveland Garden Club, has developed a cookbook filled with members’ recipes. These hard-covered books are on sale for $12.50. Copies are available by calling Tonie Delcastillo at 978-521-1928, or by sending a check for $12.50 with the following information: Name, address, number of copies wanted, to Groveland Garden Club, P.O. Box 128, Groveland, MA, 01834.
The North Andover Library Book Club, meets on the last Tuesday of the month. New members are welcome. Call Pam Green at 978-685-4820 or the North Andover Library at 978-688-9505 for more information.
Haverhill Trails Committee, welcomes volunteers. Since 1993, the all volunteer organization has helped maintain Haverhill’s network of trails and conservation areas. Most trail maintenance is done in the spring and fall, last for a few hours and usually does not require any heavy lifting. Tools are provided. Attendance at all trail maintenance events is not required. To volunteer, contact the Haverhill Conservation Office at 978-374-2334 or email email@example.com.
The Methuen Rail Trail group, is seeking members to help create a shared use trail for walkers, hikers and cyclists. Methuen needs a safe place for recreation; a place to walk, run and ride without competing with automobiles. To join the effort to make this happen, visit methuenrailtrail.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-376-5619.
The Herb Society of Andover, a group which enjoys gardening, cooking and crafting, meets on the second Monday of the month, with varied meeting times. New members and guests are welcome. For more information, call 978-683-0322.
The Massachusetts Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, is seeking gentlemen who are direct descendants of commissioned officers of the United States Army, Navy or Marine Corps who served in the Civil War, 1861-1865. Membership recruitment is continuous and ongoing. The purpose is to honor those who fought to preserve the Union and free the slaves. For more information, write to P.O. Box 955, Salem, NH 03079; call 603-898-4286; or email email@example.com.
The Derry Lions Club, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Marion Gerrish Community Center in Derry, N.H. Call 603-234-2731.
The Hampstead Garden Club, meets every third Wednesday at the Hampstead Congregational Church, Hadley Hall, Hampstead, N.H., at 7 p.m. Members gather to learn, create, teach and share information about all aspects of gardening with others who love gardening. Call 603-329-6205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Granite State African Violet Society, meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. (except January and July) at the Marion Gerrish Community Center in Derry, N.H. There are regular workshops, plant and leaf sales, and swaps. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more information and/or directions, call Connie at 603-887-3154.
Greater Haverhill Guild for the Blind, meets Saturdays at various locations. Any person who is blind or partially blind is welcome to attend, as are both singles and couples. For more information, or for the location of upcoming meetings, call Marge Brewer at 978-373-5903.
William R. Dewhirst Jr. Post 7366 Veterans of Foreign Wars, welcomes all veterans to join its monthly meeting held every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. The group meets inside Veasey Memorial Park, 201 Washington St., Groveland.
The Methuen Garden Club, resumes meeting from September through June, first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library. New members welcome. The club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and the National Garden Club Inc. Call Susan at 978-682-4783 or visit methuengardenclub.org.
Clan MacPherson, a bagpipe band with about 20 members, began in Lawrence in 1921 to keep alive the tradition of Scottish music and customs. Open to men and women interested in continuing the tradition of piping and drumming, the band meets every Monday, 7 to 9 p.m. at the VFW Post 2104, 32 Park St., North Andover. Call 978-470-1680 or visit clanmacpherson.org.
Merrimack Valley Chorus, a women’s a cappella chorus, has open rehearsals every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at the Arts Council Building, 219 Middlesex Ave., Route 62, Wilmington. Call 800-928-6151 or visit merrimackvalleychorus.org.
Treble Chorus of New England, offers choral training for children ages 5 through 18. In residence at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. Call 978-837-5461 or visit treblechorus.com.
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Society, performs at the Rogers Center, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. For tickets, call 978-685-3505; to join, call 978-687-7098. Also visit mvpomusic.org.
Merrimack Valley Bird Club, sponsors bird walks throughout the year, including the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. Call Al Retelle, president, at 978-475-4412 or Kitty Tremblay at 978-462-3917.
Merrimack River Watershed Council, a nonprofit citizens’ organization working for clean water and wise use of natural resources associated with the river which extends from Laconia, N.H., to Plum Island. Canoe and kayak trips. Located at 600 Suffolk St., fifth floor, Lowell. Call 978-275-0120 or visit merrimack.org.
The Haverhill Garden Club, is seeking new members. The club meets each month from September through June at the public library. Monthly activities include workshops ranging from garden design, organic gardening, container gardening, lawn care and floral arranging to cooking with herbs. The club holds its annual greenery sale in December and its annual plant sale in May to help support ongoing civic beautification projects around Haverhill. For more information, call 978-372-8080 or 978-372-1028.
The Haverhill Marine Corps League William Glynn Detachment, hold meetings in the basement of City Hall the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Enter on the side opposite the Elks Lodge. For more information, call Richard Broadnax at 978-372-9441 or Gerard Boucher at 978-521-3982.
The Boys & Girls Car Campaign, will accept most any car with no restrictions now that the price of scrap metal has risen. Cars will be picked up anywhere in Massachusetts, usually within a week, and are sold at auction. To donate, call 1-800-246-0493. Funds obtained by the sale go directly to help the Massachusetts clubs.
Do you have Club News? Please share your club milestones, member accomplishments, and interesting events. Photos are welcome and will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Mail your Club News to Betsy Curry, Club News, Sunday North, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA 01845; email it to email@example.com; or fax it to 978-687-6045.