---- — This week, local golfers can help struggling families, while also having a chance to win some prizes.
The 43rd annual Santa Fund Hole-in-One Contest at Garrison Golf Center on Hilldale Avenue is today, Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All money raised goes to The Haverhill Gazette Santa Fund, which distributes money through the Salvation Army and Haverhill Community Action. Money goes to families who otherwise could not afford to buy Christmas gifts for their children.
To participate, golfers pay $8 for a bucket of balls and drive them as close as they can to the hole, which is 150 yards away. Local businesses have donated gift certificates and other items as prizes.
Besides helping those families, participants have a chance to win golf equipment and other prizes, based on whose drives come closest to the hole.
Last year, the event raised $4,110 despite poor weather. Rain eliminated one day of the 2011 contest, but it still generated the same amount of money as it did the year before.
Women’s club meets
The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will meet Oct. 16 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. The program will feature local historian Gus Reusch in a presentation of the poet Robert Frost. Reusch, curator of the Whittier Birthplace, will talk about Frost’s early years and his life after he became famous.
Ghost Hunt helps Santa Fund
The Hilldale Cemetery Trustees will sponsor a ghost hunt Oct. 13, with proceeds to benefit the Gazette Santa Fund.
The fund helps needy local families at holiday time. Cemetery gates will open at 6:30 p.m. for the event. More information is available from Tom Spitalere at 978-376-2807.
Book Chat session
The public library will host a Book Chat session Oct. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m.
This is an informal monthly readers advisory group where you can hear the latest fiction and non-fiction reviews and share what you are currently reading. Book Chats also feature author talk alerts, e-reader demonstrations and staff picks. More information is available from Jaclyn Payne at 978-373-1586, ext. 608.