Creative Haverhill’s “The Shops@90Wash” will return to downtown.
Located in a storefront at 90 Washington St., the shop will be open Nov. 1 to Dec. 23 to allow two full months of shopping. More than 75 vendors will be on display in this “pop-up” shop, which carries the work of local artists and artisans. All media of fine arts and crafts are represented, including artisanal foods.
The theme this year is “Create A Holiday!” Paintings and photographs, hand-turned wood, hand-woven fashion and hand-dipped chocolates are featured this year along with Danielle Rene’s sea glass and sterling silver jewelry, Ania Davis’s rare Baltic amber designs, now at the Museum of Fine Arts Shops, and Sophia Barone’s Swarovski crystal designs which are now selling at Bloomingdale’s in Chestnut Hill.
Saturday afternoon will feature ornament-making workshops for families. Also on hand every Saturday are Origami masters Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander. Activities include a Wednesday Writers’ readings and book signings, Thursday artist demonstrations, Friday night concert series and “Create A Holiday” workshops on Saturdays. Creative Haverhill is booking Sundays for private parties.
Creative Haverhill’s projects are supported by the Greater Haverhill Foundation, Haverhill Bank, the Hayes at Railroad Square, Lowell Five, the Haverhill Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council, Pentucket Bank, Pentucket Medical and Trinity EMS. The shop will be open Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Visit online at CreativeHaverhill.org.
Library to celebrate Family Literacy Month
The public library publishes its fall program schedule for youth online at haverhillpl.org/kids.
In celebration of Family Literacy Month in November, children are invited to create an ABC book or attend a Turkey Storytime. For more information contact Alissa Lauzon at 978-373-1586, ext. 626.
Pumpkin Festival weekends continue
Chris’ Farm Stand at Silsby’s Farm, 436 Salem St., is holding its annual Pumpkin Festivals every weekend this month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is free. Activities, for a small fee, include hay rides, pony rides, a hay castle, corn maze, games for younger kids, and pick-your-own pumpkin patch. A “love a bunny” pen offers children a chance to interact with live bunnies and be photographed by their parents. There will be free farm animal and tractor displays, a free haunted house for toddlers and fall photo opportunities.
A country cookout, slush, locally grown corn and apples will be available. Fresh vegetables and fall decorations such as dried corn stalks will be available for purchase. Visit online at chrisfarmstand.com or call 978-994-4315.
The Learn About Computers Everyday (LACE) program of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc. is offering a variety of computer classes this month, next month and in December.
Classes are at 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, and are based on the Windows Vista operating system. Classes are: Intro to Computers, Oct. 29 to Dec. 10 from 9 to 11 a.m.; Internet and Email, Oct. 30 to Dec. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.; Computer Graphics, Oct. 30 to Dec. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Intermediate Computer, Nov. 1 to 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Digital Camera/Pictures, Nov. 7 to Dec. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. There are no classes Thanksgiving week.
Advanced registration is required by Oct. 29. For more information call 800-892-0890, ext. 1516, and leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at http://elderservices.tripod.com.
Essex Chamber Music Players
to perform Nov. 18
The Essex Chamber Music Players of Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus will continue its 12th concert season with a fundraiser featuring the Essex Jazz Ensemble on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St.
Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. The event will feature originals and American popular standards with the music players’ artistic director and flutist Michael Finegold, internationally renowned classical composer and jazz pianist Tom McKinley, Boston’s top bassist Bruce Gertz, and well-known jazz drummer Joe Hunt. The players will continue their season with concerts on Feb. 24 (snow date is March 24) featuring pianist David Alan Pihl in recital, and May 19 featuring internationally known clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and violinist Andrew Koji-Taylor. More information is available from Mike Finegold at email@example.com or 978-470-1584.