---- — HAVERHILL —The nation’s newest celebrity chef, Kristen Kish of Boston, will be the featured guest at the inaugural Spring Celebrity Series event to benefit Emmaus Inc. in Haverhill.
The event is May 8 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., with a VIP reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts on the campus of Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.
In February, Kish won the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning culinary competition series, Top Chef, Seattle: Season 10, on the Bravo network. Kish will prepare a dish, discuss her technique and take questions from the audience. Kish plans and prepares the dining experience each day at Stir, which is located in Boston’s South End. The store is one in a series of kitchens and restaurants that are the brainchild of Chef Barbara Lynch, whom Kish credits with expanding her culinary horizons. Proceeds from this event will benefit Emmaus’ operating budget and support programs such as emergency shelter, adult education and meals.
General admission tickets are $25 and include the presentation, audience question and answer session and post-presentation reception. VIP tickets are $75 each and include a private reception with the chef before the presentation. A silent auction offering entertaining and culinary gifts takes place throughout the evening. For more information about Emmaus visit online at emmausinc.org. To order tickets, visit http://conta.cc/WHm2sK.
AARP, Small Business Association host free event
METHUEN — The AARP and the Small Business Association are hosting an event for older residents with a business idea to help them take the first steps.
The event is targeted at individuals over the age of 50 who want to start or grow their own business. It will be April 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Days Hotel And Conference Center, 159 Pelham St.
This event will help connect entrepreneurs, and individuals interested in becoming one, with mentors from SBA and other resources. The event is free, but registration is required. To reserve your seat, call 877-926-8300 or reserve online at aarp.cvent.com/MASBAMethuen.
GOP Haverhill city committee to meet
HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Republican City Committee will hold a breakfast and straw poll April 20 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St. Candidates Dan Winslow, Mike Sullivan and Gabriel Gomez will be guest speakers. The nonbinding poll, which will cost each voter $10 a ballot, is intended to generate excitement for the upcoming campaign for the Republican U.S. Senate race. All Republican candidates and their teams are invited. Ballots will be counted in public at 11:01 a.m.
Storyteller comesto Groveland library
GROVELAND — Storyteller Jackson Gillman will present “On a Wing & a Song” April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Langley-Adams Library in Groveland. Features interactive poems, stories, finger plays, simple sign language and participatory movement. This program is for all ages and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Groveland Cultural Council. Registration is required. A recyclable jewelry program for teens in grades 6 through 12 is April 16 at 2 p.m. Make bracelets with water bottles. Sign-up is required. A bird walk with Richard Lombard is Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at Veasey Memorial Park and is open to all ages.
Bird house decoration, for all ages, is Thursday, April 18 at 3 p.m. Registration is required. This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Groveland Cultural Council. More information is available by calling 978-372-1732. Visit online at www.langleyadamslib.org.
Rabies clinic set forKingston Saturday
KINGSTON — A rabies clinic for pets will be offered Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the central fire station, located across from The Plains. Rabies shots are $10.
Nail trimming will be offered for $10. Town Clerk Melissa Fowler will be available to license dogs. The event is sponsored by the Kingston Volunteer Fire Association.
Atkinson market moves to new spot
ATKINSON — Atkinson Farmers Market’s last three Saturday indoor dates, April 13 and 27, and May 11, will be at the market’s new location at Freshwater Farms, 1 Kipkam Road. The markets will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Freshwater Farms will host a “Winter Damage Tree and Shrub Pruning” demonstration.
The summer market day will change from Wednesday to Friday, and will open June 21 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Seminar set for Windham on emergency readiness
WINDHAM — A free business seminar on “Emergency Preparedness for Small Businesses” will be held Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at Windham Crossing Learning Center, 125 North Lowell Road.
Space is limited; RSVP to Laura Scott, community development director, by April 16 at 432-3806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MVPC presents Haverhill workshop
HAVERHILL — The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will present a free workshop titled “Zoning and Permitting Tools for Developing Priority Development Areas” on Thursday, May 2 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 103A of the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St. The workshop will focus on the latest tools and techniques available to help Priority Development Areas (PDAs) develop into Smart Growth Centers.
The event will feature guest speakers from the MVPC, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Light refreshments will be served. Please register online at www.mvpc.org.
Armenian Martyrs’ Day April 28
NORTH ANDOVER — Music through the ages will be the focal point of a 98th memorial observance marking Armenian Martyrs’ Day April 28 in Merrimack Valley. The commemoration will take place at 3 p.m. in North Andover High School.
Titled, “Weaving Armenia’s Story Through Music,” the program will be enriched by three gifted New England soloists: soprano Knarik Nerkararyan, mezzo soprano Victoria Avetisyan and tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan, accompanied by pianist Levon Hovsepian. A memorial service will be concelebrated by pastors from different churches throughout Merrimack Valley, accompanied by a combined choir led by Paul Ketchoyian, accompanied by Arsen Russian. Admission is complimentary and open to the public. A reception will follow in the cafeteria.
Winners of a student essay contest will receive awards after reading their papers. A visual update will be offered for a $35,000 genocide memorial planned for Lowell. The project is being cultivated through donations from surrounding communities. An appearance by Nellie Nazarian as the lone remaining survivor in Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire is expected to highlight the moment. The 102-year-old Methuen resident has attended previous commemorations and has outlived all her peers. Communities in Greater Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell will commemorate the Genocide throughout the week with proclamation signings, meetings and flag-raising ceremonies with their respective city legislators.