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May 15, 2014

Seventh annual Walk for Peace is Saturday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The seventh annual Walk for Peace will be held on Saturday, rain or shine, beginning at the Salvation Army, 395 Main St.

The walk is open to all ages and begins at 11 a.m., then proceeds to the Citizens Center at 10 Welcome St. and GAR Park for the remainder of the celebration.

This year’s walk is sponsored by the Haverhill High School VIP Team (Violence Intervention & Prevention) and Haverhill public schools.

This event brings the community together to raise awareness, offer education and celebrate the commitment of efforts within the community that address and prevent the impact of violence. The event will feature a Walk For Peace, the White Ribbon Campaign, youth speak-out, poetry, open mic, cooperative games, Zumba, music, dance and community resource information.

In existence since 2005, the Haverhill High School VIP Team strives to prevent violence and promote peace and respect throughout our schools and community.

Student art show on tap

The citywide Student Art Show will be held at Haverhill High School from May 16 to 23 in the front entrance and hallway.

Viewing is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when school is in session. An opening reception is May 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. The public is invited.

The show will feature shoe designs created by Kerri Alves’ second-grade students at Tilton School, who worked with art teacher Liz Kilday.

Because they were familiar with the giant painted shoes installed around the city during the “Shoe-la-bration” in 2009, these 7- and 8-year-old students were eager to decorate their small cardboard replicas — called maquettes — which are the very same forms used by professional artists involved in the project to submit their proposed designs. The learning experience went far beyond the art dimension, however, as the teachers helped the students to understand the role of shoes in Haverhill’s history, and the importance of community involvement in their lives.

For more information, contact Alice Mann, vice-president of Team Haverhill, at 617-834-3592 or am1111@comcast.net.

YWCA Tribute to Women coming up

YWCA Haverhill will host its 25th annual Tribute to Women luncheon on May 28 at 11:30 a.m. at DiBurro’s function hall featuring keynote speaker the Rev. Liz Walker, an ordained minister, television journalist, documentary film producer and humanitarian.

In the summer of 2001, she traveled to war-torn Sudan on a fact-finding mission on the controversial slave trade in southern Sudan. She was so outraged by the human rights atrocities in Sudan she co-founded “My Sister’s Keeper,” a grass roots initiative that advocates for women and children who are trying to rebuild their country and their lives. As the first African American woman to anchor a prime time weeknight newscast, a position that she held for 21 years, Walker was the recipient of two Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and special recognition from the prestigious Gabriel Awards for her on-air and documentary work.

Since 1990, YWCA Haverhill has been honoring the outstanding achievements of women, who live and work in Haverhill, its surrounding communities and southern New Hampshire. Nominations can be made by co-workers, employers, peers, churches, families and friends. All nominees are inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women. More than 275 women have been honored since 1990.

The Tribute to Women luncheon is the YWCA’s major fundraiser. Proceeds from sponsors, donors and ads in the program book help underwrite the growth and development of programs at the YWCA. Guest reservations are $50. For sponsorship, advertising and ticket information, contact Renee McGuire at 978-374-6121.

Storyteller to perform at coffeehouse

BYFIELD — The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse will host a performance by Poor Howard Stith on Saturday.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5 at the door. Poor Howard is a classic storyteller with great sounds and a dry sense of humor that allows you to sit back, tap your toes, and smile. Earnest Freeman shares the bill with their own down-east style of blues/folk/country to close out the Cat in the Cradle season. The Cat Cafe serves beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks throughout the evening.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield, and is sponsored in part by the Newburyport Bank and the Main Street Mini Mart. Visit online at www.byfieldcac.org.

Festival seeks crafters, artists

BYFIELD — The Byfield Community Arts Center is looking for crafters and artists to participate in the first Byfield Music and Arts Festival to be held on June 28.

For more information, please visit online at www.byfieldmusicfestival.org.