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June 14, 2013

Haverhill Farmers Market plans June 29 opening

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The popular Haverhill Farmers Market returns for its 35th season on June 29 with more than 25 vendors offering products including wine, salsa and unique teas, just a few of the offerings. The market will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 26 and is located next to the Haverhill Police Station, 40 Bailey Blvd. “We are excited to welcome an incredible and diverse group of more than 25 vendors,” said Jeff Grassie, volunteer coordinator. Customers will find farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, meats, wines, handmade soaps, unique teas, flowers and plants, doggie treats and much more. The market also features weekly live music, a free craft table for kids, and it partners with a local food pantry so residents can donate extra garden produce each Saturday. For more information visit online at www.haverhillfarmersmarket.org.

Council on Aging plans trips

A “Little Italy” trip to Providence, R.I., is July 11 and includes a sit-down luncheon at Cassarino’s, located in Little Italy’s Federal Hill. Dessert is at the LaSalle Bakery. A step-on tour guide will provide a historical look at Providence. Tickets are $72 per person. A bus and rail excursion to Portland, Maine, aboard Amtrak’s Downeaster train is July 13. Cost is $89 per person. A summer sail on the schooner Thomas E. Lannon and a visit to Gloucester and Rockport is July 31. Cost is $95 per person. A trip to Baltimore to see the Boston Red Sox play the Orioles in Camden Yards is July 26 to 28 and includes a visit to Gettysburg National Park for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Included are three Red Sox games at Camden Yards and two nights in the Crowne Plaza in Timonium, Md., with full American breakfasts. Cost is $449 per person, double occupancy. A Boston Harbor Cruise to Provincetown is Aug. 3. Cost is $94 per person. An overnight trip to Tanglewood for a BSO concert with fireworks and the Berkshires is Aug. 6 and 7 and includes deluxe motor coach transportation, one night hotel at the Comfort Inn in Pittsfield, full course luncheon, BSO concert, and admissions to several museums. Cost is $299 per person, double occupancy.

Workshop on Solving Computer Aggravations planned

The Council on Aging will host a presentation by Miklos Jakos titled “Solving Computer Aggravations” on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. The presentation will cover 20 of the most common aggravations a person can experience when using a computer. For more information or to register for this workshop please contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Free vacation Bible school offered

King of Grace Church will hold a free Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School featuring games, experiments, tasty snacks and music July 8 to 12 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The church is at 28 Chadwick St. in Bradford. This event is for children ages 3 to 12. Register online at www.kingofgrace.org.

Dutch organist to perform in Haverhill

The Merrimack Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organist will present an organ recital by Matthias Havinga on Friday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 26 White St. Havinga’s recent recordings of organ music have received enthusiastic reviews in the press. “Passacaglia,” his most recent CD, has been recognized as one of the top 10 recordings of the month by MusicWeb International. In his program at Trinity Episcopal Church, Matthias will play works by Dutch and French composers. The concert will conclude with the famous “Carillon de Westminster” by Louis Vierne. This is a free concert and a reception will follow. Donations will be accepted to support the organ restoration fund and the young organist scholarship fund of the MVAGO.

Chamber event to feature talk by Boston Marathon race director

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 97th Annual Meeting and Annual Dinner on Thursday at DiBurro’s in Ward Hill. This event is open to all active members and begins at 5:30 p.m. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program. The dinner is the capstone event of the chamber’s program year. This year’s theme is “We Are Boston Strong” and features keynote speaker Dave McGillivray, race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon. This will be the first public speaking engagement held by McGillivray since the tragedy on April 15. Also appearing will be Boston Police Department Superintendent Frank Mancini, Boston EMS Superintendent-in-Chief Brendan Kearney, and WBZ Radio reporter Carl Stevens who will participate in a panel discussion, as well as many first responders who were actively administering first aid at the marathon. These responders will be honored during the event. Award-winners include Elaine Barker, Charles E. Billups Award recipient; Jean Poth, Jerry Loy Outstanding Director of the Year recipient, and Larry Olasky, Community Leadership Award recipient. The chamber will thank outgoing chairman John Chemaly and welcome incoming chairwoman Clare Macoul. Tickets are $85 per person or $750 per table include cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, awards ceremony tributes and the keynote speech. For more information please contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com or visit the Chamber’s online at www.haverhillchamber.com.