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February 4, 2014

Musical focuses on redemptive love

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Northpoint Bible College will present a new musical, “The Song of Hosea,” on Feb. 20, 21 and 22 in the Fine Arts center.

All shows start at 6:30 p.m.

Written and directed by Alan Bailey, “The Song of Hosea’’ tells the story of a prophet called by God to marry a prostitute in order to show her and the world the power of redemptive love. This show deals with themes of prostitution and human trafficking and is not suitable for children.

Northpoint Bible College is at 320 S. Main St. Admission is free and a freewill offering will be taken at intermission. For more information, contact the Northpoint receptionist at 978-478-3400. Visit online at northpoint.edu.

Cycle for Shelter early registration

Emmaus Inc. in Haverhill has announced that Early Bird registration for Cycle for Shelter 2014 is officially open with a discounted rate of $25.

This year, Emmaus hopes to build upon the tremendous success of the 25th annual event that took place on July 28, 2013. Thanks to the efforts of participating cyclists, corporate sponsors and community volunteers last year, Emmaus raised more than $130,000 that will help more than 3,000 homeless adults and children rebuild their lives.

Early Bird Registration fee of $25 is available now for a limited time. Enter a team and receive a $5 discount off the registration fee. Please use discount code “Team5.” This year’s Cycle for Shelter is presented by the Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union and International Cars Ltd. More information is available online at events.emmausinc.org.

Community Free Market planned

Good Shepherd United Methodist Chuch and The Vine/Urban Kindness will hold a Community Free Market on April 12, from 10 a.m. to p.m. at Good Shepherd UMC, 471 Main St.

The event will include a free bread and soup lunch. This event is similar to a flea market where customers shop and are given tickets to pay for their purchases, but everything is free.

The two organizations are looking for donations of household goods and clothing to make available for free to the community. No TVs, computers or large furniture will be accepted. Items can be dropped off on April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at 471 Main St.; on April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.; April 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.; and April 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. More information is available from Keith Boucher at 603-203-4917 or zoomblaster@yahoo.com.

Take your sweetheart to the race

The 23rd annual Bradford Valentine Road Race, hosted by the First Church of Christ, will be Saturday at 10 a.m.

This popular annual event will feature a 5-mile USATF certified race and a 3.7-mile (6K). Both are loop courses and runners can choose between the races.

In addition to long sleeve T-shirts to the first 500 entrants, all finishers will receive a carnation from Flowers by Steve, candy, homemade soup, fresh fruit, yogurt, water and many raffle prize opportunities. All category winners will receive custom commemorative medals, plus a $25 gift certificate to the Whirlaway Sports Center.

A post-race gathering with additional raffles prizes will be held at Archie’s Little River Ale House in Lafayette Square.

Registration is $25 before Feb. 8 and $25 on the day of the race. Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, 10 Church St. More information is available at www.bsrs-timing.com/valentinerace.