HAVERHILL — A hands-on cooking class titled “Cooking from the Winter Pantry” will be held on Monday, Jan. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School. Learn to cook with everyday staples found in your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer to create delicious week night meals perfect for those chilly evenings. This hands-on class includes instruction, recipe booklet and a meal at the end of the evening. Cost is $60 and pre-registration required.
For more information visit online at www.carolynsfarmkitchen.com or call 978-994-1692.
Recycling the Christmas tree
METHUEN — Now that the holidays have passed, city residents who wish to get rid of their Christmas trees may drop them off at the following locations:
Stadium Parking Lot on Pleasant View Street (anytime)
Tree Department on Lindberg Avenue (anytime)
Transfer Station on Huntington Avenue (Mondays though Fridays, 7 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and Saturdays 8 to 11:45 a.m.)
Please remove all tinsel, lights, ornaments and plastic bags or netting.
The deadline for drop off will be Friday, Feb. 21.
Scouts hold blood drive
GROVELAND — Boy Scout Troop 87 of Groveland will hold its annual blood drive with the Red Cross on Jan. 14. The drive will be held at the Central Fire Station in the Town Hall complex on Route 113 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided and troop members will be on hand to render support to donors.
Donors are asked to make their appointments online at www.redcrossblood.org. Search for Zip Code 01834 and look for the Boy Scout blood drive or call 1-800-RED-CROSS and following the prompts.
One pint of blood can save three lives. Troop 87 encourages you to help save a life. For further information, contact Christine Geiger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baseball league registration
HAVERHILL — The Riverside-Bradford Baseball League will hold walk-in registration on Saturdays, Jan. 11 and 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at the public library, 99 Main St. Online registration is also available at www.rbbaseball.org. More information is available by sending email to email@example.com.
Chinese Cultural Exchange marking Year of the Horse
ANDOVER — The Andover Chinese Cultural Exchange will celebrate the Chinese New Year — Year of the Horse — on Sunday, Jan. 26, at China Blossom, 946 Osgood St., North Andover.
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and is a time to bring family together for feasting and celebration, exchange members say.
Families are invited to indulge in a traditional dim sum buffet, enjoy gong fu (kung fu) and the Lion Dance presented by Yang’s Martial Arts in Andover, traditional folk and modern Chinese dance demonstrations and live cultural music, including an Er Hu (string instrument) performance.
Shin-Yi Yang will perform on the Guzheng, an ancient Chinese instrument (zither) that has strings that are plucked like a guitar. Yang is the founder of the Boston Guzheng Ensemble and the two-time winner of the traditional arts apprenticeship given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Folk Arts and Heritage Program.
The event will also include a Wonders of China exhibit, calligraphy featuring members of ACCE and the Chinese American Fine Arts Society of Boston and hong bao (red envelopes with lucky money). There will also be a chance to win a trip to China.
The event goes from 4 to 8 p.m., with performances and sittings scheduled for 4 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for children. Proceeds will benefit Andover Chinese Cultural Exchange, a nonprofit community group dedicated to introducing Chinese culture, educational opportunities and support for charitable causes in the Merrimack Valley.
Seating is limited and reservations are requested at http://yearofthehorse.eventbrite.com/. For more information, contact Richard Soo Hoo, president of ACCE, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography exhibit coming to library
HAVERHILL —The public library is hosting a digital photography exhibition that is on display until Jan 31. The body of work can be seen in the library’s second floor gallery and represents the collective effort of the Northern Essex Community College Creative Digital Black and White Continuing Education classes. As students began stripping color from the world around them, they learned to see and translate the tonal relationships between highlights and shadows into powerful compositions. Weekly projects took them through a number of exercises that helped develop and reinforce various principles that define the power of a well composed black and white image. From photographing abstracts, portraits and landscapes to seeing in high-key and low-key as well as applying split tones and tints, each student pushed themselves to a new level of artistry. The library is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Jan. 19 and 20, for the holiday. The public is invited to a reception on Thursday, Jan. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the second floor gallery.