---- — The District Parent Council has launched its 23rd annual Write Away!! Contest.
The event promotes and celebrates creative writing by students in Haverhill public schools. More than 2,500 entries are expected this year. Students can submit their entries (one per student) from school or from home. Contest entries are ranked by a panel of judges that includes elected officials, college administrators, librarians, retired teachers and authors.
Organizers will again be awarding two Maureen White Writing Excellence Awards to the two first-place high school winners. Cash prizes, gift certificates and certificates of achievement will be presented to the authors of the 55 winning entries at the Annual Write Away!! Awards Ceremony, to be held in the Haverhill High School auditorium on May 15 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The contest is run by volunteers and is a donation-funded event. For more information visit online at www.haverhilldpc.org.
Women’s City Club to meet
The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will meet on Tuesday at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carlton St.
Coffee Hour begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 2 p.m. Richard Hughes will present a program titled “Silent Movies” at 2:15 p.m. Hughes will take guests on a trip to the past and will play charming and moody music of the silent movie era. He will also talk about that era’s history.
Free seminar on heartburn
Heartburn: When Will It End?, a medical Meet the Expert seminar with Steward Health Care Gastroenterologist Norman Miller, MD, will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium.
Attendees will learn the different diagnoses for upper gastrointestinal symptoms, diagnostic tools for heartburn and treatment options. The event is free. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. One contact hour in nursing will be awarded. For more information or to register, please contact Jean at 978-420-1168 or email@example.com. The hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave.
February events at the library
The library will launch its new streaming video and audio service, called Hoopla, on Monday.
Demonstrations of this service will be available along with a free raffle for prizes.
Deirdre Budzyna, instructor at Northern Essex Community College, will present her program “It’s Not How Smart You Are; It’s How You Are Smart” on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
This program is designed to help people identify the ways in which you can succeed, based on the best part of your intelligence. Based on the theory of multiple intelligences, Budzyna will help participants find theirs and build on it. Please register online at www.haverhillpl.org. This event is resented through the NECC Speakers Bureau.
Get Lit, a book group for 20 and 30 somethings, will meet on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Barking Dog Ale House on Washington Street.
The group will discuss Meg Wolitzer’s book “The Interestings.” Visit the library’s website for more details and to register.
The library’s new Book and Film Club will meet on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Milhendler Room. The group will discuss the book “Push” by Sapphire and its movie adaptation “Precious.” Visit online for more details or to register.
The library will be screening classic romance films every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the auditorium in February. For specific movie titles, check the library’s calendar of events.
Workshop on health and wellness planned
Dr. Beth Greene of New Life Chiropractic in Central Plaza will share tips and suggestions for keeping the spine healthy at all ages in order to minimize pain and maximize function.
This workshop will be held on Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Greene will focus on the importance of being active, preventing and healing injury, and the role good nutrition plays. To reserve your seat at this talk, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.