---- — Residents can learn about fire prevention and safety tips and enjoy free pizza when the Fire Department holds a free open house on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Water Street Fire Station.
October is National Fire Prevention Month and Papa Gino’s restaurants are teaming up with local fire departments, including Haverhill’s, to help educate the community on fire safety and prevention. During the open house, firefighters will demonstrate how to “stop, drop and roll,” how to plan an escape route, and how to crawl to safety through a smoke-filled room. Firefighters will also give cooking safety and fire prevention tips, and show off Sparky the fire safety mascot.
Papa Gino’s on River Street will provide free pizza and children’s fire safety coloring sheets. Fire safety open houses are held to educate the community and help better prepare families in the event of a fire. More information is available from Fire Inspector Steven Trocki at 978-373-8460.
Classic car show
at Amvets Sunday
Amvets Post 147 and the Sons of Amvets will hold their third annual car show and craft fair on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event is at 576 Primrose St. and will feature dozens of classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and other vehicles. The event will include doors prizes, give-aways, raffles, music and a food court. Rain date is Oct. 14.
Admission is free. Coffee and cocoa and flags will be free while they last. Proceeds benefit veterans charities sponsored by the Sons of Amvets. For more information or for the rain postponement hotline call 978-374-9807. Tables for the craft fair that will be held in the upstairs hall are $25 each. For table rentals call Pat Dean at 978-914-4817.
Church hosts Blessing of the Animals Sunday
GROVELAND — The Rev. Marya DeCarlen, rector of St. James Episcopal Church, will preside over the eighth annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 121 Washington St.
As part of the ceremony, DeCarlen will lay hands on every animal that attends, praying for the blessings of a long life, good health and a caring, happy home. The event is held in honor of the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. Members of PAWS New England and Great Dog Rescue New England, organizations that foster and place dogs in loving homes, will be at this event, along with their dogs. Representatives from Therapy Dog Inc. along with their dogs will also attend, sharing their pet therapy activities during visits to nursing homes, hospitals, schools and any facilities where interactions with dogs would benefit people.
Bobby Bell Road Race Sunday
The 26th annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race/Walk will be Sunday, starting at the Lasting Room Grille on Washington Street.
The walk starts at 10:30 a.m. and the run starts at 11 a.m. Cost is $22 for pre-entry and $27 for post entry. Numerous awards will be handed out in various age, weight and specialty categories. The race benefits local scholarships, the Haverhill Police Auxiliary, Haverhill’s Brightside and the Andover Striders. More information about the race, including registration, is available at yankeetiming.com/Bbell/. You must enter the uppercase “B” as noted in the web address.
are set for Friday
The public library will celebrate Mad Hatter Day and Star Wars Reads Day on Friday.
Mad Hatter Day is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Cavalarro Room. Be silly by making your very own Mad Hatter hat. The event is for people 5 and older. Star War Reads Day is from 2 to 4 p.m. Activities include a character guessing game, movie trivia, costume contest, LEGO Star Wars and more. More information is available online at haverhillpl.org.
Heating Assistance Program talk Oct. 11
A representative from Community Action’s Heating Assistance Program will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the application process for this winter.
Eligibility for this program is based on income only. Assets are not considered for participation. Assistance is not available for residents living in subsidized housing where heat is included in the rent. Homeowners who qualify may also receive additional assistance with additional utility expenses, such as natural gas, telephone and electricity. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390.
Ruth’s House reschedules 20th annniversary event
Ruth’s House, a nonprofit thrift store at 111 Lafayette Square, is moving up the date of its 20th anniversary celebration to April 11, mostly to allow more time to plan the event.
In the meantime, please consider all those unused winter clothing items in your closet and lighten the load by bringing them to Ruth’s House, where they will be distributed to people in the community. Donations may be dropped off on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The shop is closed Sunday and Monday. Ruth’s House is also looking for volunteers willing to donate as little or as much time as they are able. For more information call 978-521-5575 or visit online at ruthshouse.org.