---- — PELHAM — The John H. Hargreaves VFW Post 10722 is holding a science-fiction theme dinner Friday at 6 p.m.
People can dress as characters from their favorite science fiction adventures, such as “Star Wars’’ and “Star Trek.’’
Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for kids under 12.
The VFW is encouraging people to purchase tickets in advance. Call 603-635-7863 for more information.
Drop-In Center celebrates 25 years
HAVERHILL — Community Action, Inc. will celebrate its Drop-In Center’s 25 years of service to the homeless tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.
A meal will be provided, and guests, staff, and supporters will be honored. The public is invited.
For 25 years, the Drop-In Center has been helping Haverhill’s neediest people. Founded in 1988, the DIC provides a safe haven for people in the Haverhill area who live on the streets, in emergency overnight shelter, and in overcrowded, unsafe living environments – one step away from homelessness. It is a place where guests can be protected from the elements and receive a meal, free clothing, basic medical services, referral to HIV testing and counseling, linkage to public benefits, housing search assistance, comprehensive case management, companionship and support.
Community Action Inc., nearing its 50th year of existence, has striven from its beginnings to help the poor and to assist them in climbing out of poverty. The Drop-In Center is one of many departments working towards those goals. More information is available from Robert Gould at 978-373-1971, ext. 286.
Volunteers needed for Relay For Life Committees
METHUEN — The Relay For Life of Methuen/Merrimack Valley is looking for high school students in the Merrimack Valley area to be part of this year’s planning committee. Any and all high school students are welcome. If you have any questions regarding joining the planning committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group is also looking for new teams to join the event. Registration is now open for the 2014 Relay. Please go to http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY14NE?pg=entry&fr_id=59153 to sign up.
The 2013 Relay For Life of Methuen/Merrimack Valley ranked No. 10 in all of New England, and the group hopes to make 2014 another successful year.
Follow them on Facebook at Facebook.com/RelayForLifeofMethuenMerrimackValley.
Celebrate Halloween a day late
KINGSTON — Kingston Community Library will host two Halloween events in one Friday, the Halloween Candy Swap and Family Movie Night, starting at 4:30 p.m.
Bring extra Halloween candy to the library to donate to Operation Gratitude. Candy will be sent in care packages to troops overseas.
Kimberly Connell from the Painted Pineta will do face-painting. Make some fun Halloween crafts and a card for a soldier. Bring some food, take some food at the potluck dinner.
A screening of “ParaNorman,” rated PG, will start at 5:30 p.m. Parents are encouraged to bring a spooky potluck dish for dinner. Contact Miss Sue at email@example.com to sign up potluck dishes. All ages are welcome.
Korinow, Thomas honored by NAACP
LOWELL — Rabbi Ira L. Korinow and Rev. Dr. Gregory E. Thomas will be among those honored as Unsung Heroes by the Merrimack Valley Branch N.A.A.C.P. Saturday, Nov. 2, at its Freedom Fund Dinner at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Rabbi Ira L. Korinow is the distinguished Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill, while Rev. Dr. Gregory E. Thomas is the well known Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church also in Haverhill.
Other Unsung Heroes who are being recognized for their service to the community are Sharron Rowlett-Moore, Director of Multicultural Affairs of Rivier College in Nashua; Elsie Riddick, Church Mother of Third Baptist in Lawrence; George L. Duncan, Chairman of the Enterprise Bank, and Rev. Roger Sawtelle, past President of the Merrimack Valley Branch.
The Keynote Speaker is Rev. Dr. Barnest Patton II who is the Senior Regional Leader of Primerica Financial and President of the Gordon-Conwell Seminary Alumni Association–Boston Campus. Other activities for this gala affair will be dinner, dancing, and a silent auction, announced Aston Moore, President of the Branch.
Tickets and further information can be obtained from Lisa Riddick, chair of the Freedom Fund Dinner at 978-683-8556 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Validated parking is available.
Students raise funds for diabetes research
HAMPSTEAD — Seventh-graders at Hampstead Academy put their creative talents and wove bracelets to support the American Diabetes Association.
Students donated their time and talent during their activity period to weave bracelets to sell during lunch.
A total of $400.60 was raised with the help of the Hampstead Academy community.
Some students and their families participated the annual Step Out Walk for Diabetes in Boston earlier this month.
Presentation on senior citizen bullying
HAVERHILL — Jason Ebacher, assistant superintendent of training for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, will be at the Citizens Center on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. for a presentation on Senior Bullying.
Ten to 20 percent of senior citizens have experienced some type of senior-to-senior aggression. To register for this event, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
Halloween party is Thursday
HAVERHILL — The Council on Aging will host a Halloween Dance Party on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, although costumes are optional. Entertainment is by A Goodtime DJ George Whitehouse. As a special treat, he will bring his fun Coney Island Photo Booth. Lunch will be provided by Wingate of Haverhill.
Activities will include a Horribles Parade and door prizes. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance by contacting Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.
‘Adventures in Music’ is casting
PELHAM — Pelham Parks and Recreation is putting on a musical, “Adventures in Music.”
Two groups of actors are needed, ages 5 to 10 and 11 and up. Production starts Nov. 4, with the show scheduled for Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in Sherburne Hall. The cost to join the cast is $125. Register online at webtrac.pelhamweb.com or call 635-2721 for more information.
‘Spooky Buddies’ screens Wednesday
NEWTON — Enjoy a new movie release on the big screen at Gale Library Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. for “Spooky Buddies.”
Bring a drink or snack; the library supplies the popcorn.
Friends of the Library will hold their annual Trick or Treat Party at the library on Newton’s trick or treat night from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy goodies, drinks, and pictures.
Call 603-382-4691 for more information.
Craft fair at Methuen Senior Center
METHUEN — The Annual Holiday Craft Fair at Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St, will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Don’t miss this fun – filled day featuring a wide variety of assorted craft items, a luncheon snack bar, free hourly drawings, pastry shoppe, jewelry table, Gift Shop table and a Giant Raffle with dozens of prizes to choose from, including gift certificates, cash prizes and great gifts items. Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend.
Wine tasting and auction planned
HAVERHILL — The Pentucket Kiwanis Club of Haverhill will hold its fifth annual Wine Tasting and Charity Auction on Nov. 8 in the Galleria Room at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St.
The cost of $35 per person includes wine and beer tasting, carving and pasta station, and silent and live auctions for items such as trips, golf packages, restaurant certificates, hotel stays and sports items.
Entertainment is by the Pentucket Jazz Band. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the night for a major prize in excess of $600. All proceeds benefit community programs, projects and local charities, including Haverhill High School and Pentucket Regional High School scholarships, Community Action, Emmaus House, Community Meals and Adopt-A-Park.
For tickets or more information, contact Nancy McKenna-Roberts at 978-521-0445 or Nate Webster at 978-204-4692. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Playground renovations discussed
HAVERHILL — Team Haverhill will host a neighborhood meeting to discuss renovation plans for the Portland Street Playground on Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Please use the William Street entrance.
People who live near the playground are encouraged to attend this event, which will include a complimentary dinner and an alternate activity for children. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure sufficient food and child care. The agenda includes a review of the basic layout for the renovated site, which is expected to include a playground area for children and a basketball court. The planning team will present various options for play equipment and seek feedback from potential playground users about which they would like to see included.
For almost two years, Team Haverhill has been working in partnership with the city and the neighborhood to develop plans and build support to renovate the playground, which is located between 4th and 5th avenues. Team Haverhill is providing volunteer leadership for the project and is currently raising funds to match the city’s $25,000 financial commitment dollar-for-dollar. Business sponsors and private donors are being sought for the project.
Residents can make dinner reservations by email to email@example.com. Please include your name, address, telephone number, and ages of children attending. You can also leave a telephone message for Team Haverhill at 978-228-1060. Please include your name, phone number, and ages of children who will be attending.