---- — The Salvation Army in Haverhill is accepting applications for 2012 Christmas assistance for residents of Groveland, Bradford and Haverhill.
Applications will be taken today, tomorrow and Thursday, as well as Nov. 13 and 15, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. Applicants must bring valid identifications for all adults in the household, birth certificates for all children, proof of 30 consecutive days of income, and proof of residence. Applications will be taken at The Salvation Army, 395 Main St. More information is available by calling 978-374-7571.
Salvation Army seeks sponsors
The Salvation Army in Haverhill is seeking the public’s help this Christmas season.
Many families in the city will not be able to experience and celebrate Christmas due to a lack of money, said Salvation Army Lt. Jeff Hardy.
“Our neighbors struggle just to cover the bare minimum,” he said. “This is where we need your help.”
Members of the community are encouraged to adopt a child or a family and provide the gifts or resources for a merry Christmas. More information is available by calling 978-374-7571.
Ruth’s House accepts donations for raffle/penny auction
Ruth’s House, a nonprofit thrift store and clothing pantry at 111 Lafayette Square, will hold a Christmas Raffle and Penny Auction Fundraiser on Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookridge Community Church, 232 Main St.
Tickets are available in advance at Ruth’s House at $10 for 25, or $15 for 25 at the event. Ruth’s House is also asking that you consider making a donation from your business or organization in either the form of money or a prize to be auctioned off to help make this event a success. Proceeds will enable Ruth’s House to continue its ministry.
Ruth’s House has a unique referral program, named “Hands Across The Valley,” that enables it to give each referred client four free complete outfits, new undergarments and socks. Each client is given weather-appropriate clothing four times a year. So far this year, Ruth’s House has clothed more than 5,000 clients. More information is available by calling 978-521-5575.
is this weekend
The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe in Haverhill will have its Autumnfest 2012 Bazaar on Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. at the church, 110 Main St.
Armenian and Middle Eastern dishes will be featured, including shish, losh, chicken kebab and kheyma dinners. The pastry table will offer choereg, paklava, khadayif with nuts and cream and other homemade pastries. There will be raffles for homemade gift baskets, cash and other items. The Country Store will have tourshi, relish, jams, grains and other items. Take-out orders are available by calling 978-372-9227. A special display of Alex and Ani Jewelry sponsored by Nazarian Jewelers will be available.
Buttonwoods accepts trees, wreaths this week
There is still time to drop off a decorated tree, wreath or centerpiece to be featured in the 11th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees.”
Donations of decorated items can be brought to the museum tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday (the last day for drop off) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 9 and will be open for viewing Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.
You may also support the museum by buying advertising space in the Festival of Trees program booklet. Deadline for advertising is Nov. 11. Donated trees and wreaths will be raffled off at the conclusion of the event, with proceeds going to the Buttonwoods Museum. For more information or to download a form to donate, visit haverhillhistory.org or call 978-374-4626.
Family computer safety talk is Nov. 8
St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will host a free lecture on computer safety for you and your family on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria, 56 Oak Terrace.
This is the first event in a Family First Lecture Series designed to bring experts in their fields to parents to discuss relevant topics that affect today’s families. The lectures are open to the public. This first program in the series will feature experts from the FBI and Megahertz Computer. Supervisory Special Agent Russ Brown, a cybercrime expert, will discuss online safety for you and your child and help you answer such questions as: Should you post your child’s picture to Facebook? What personal information should you keep private? Is it OK to share your location information?
Joining in the discussion will be computer consultant Robert Bertoni of Megahertz Computer in Bradford. He will discuss how to configure your computer to protect your vital information, including setting up fire walls and parental controls. This lecture is geared toward parents and children in grades five and up. If you are interested in attending, please let the school know by visiting its Facebook page. More information is available from Dawn DiPersio at 978-729-6453. Visit the school online at sjshav.com.
Hillies Havoc Fit Run at castle Nov. 11
The Hillies Havoc Fit Run will be held Sunday at Winnekenni Castle.
Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Activities begin at 9 a.m. The first of what is intended to be an annual event, the Hillies Havoc is a test of endurance and agility, with four divisions negotiating a four-mile walk, run or havoc-filled eight-obstacle race course. All competitors will receive a Hillies Havoc T-shirt. Participants can walk, run or take the Havoc Challenge.
Overflow parking and bus shuttle is available from Pentucket Lake Elementary School, 252 Concord St. Participants will support the partnership with the Haverhill YMCA and Haverhill Athletic Department, which backs Haverhill youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. This event benefits Haverhill High School student sports fees and the Haverhill YMCA’s Teen Leaders Club. For more information, including event criteria and sponsorship opportunities, contact Ryan Allen at 978-374-0506, ext. 1660, or email@example.com.
Church hosts holiday fair in Groveland
GROVELAND — St. James Episcopal Church will hold a holiday fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 119 Washington St.
The fair will features a variety of well-priced Christmas gift baskets, home-baked goodies and crafts, a silent auction, tea, and a free gift basket drawing. Ten percent of the proceeds go to mission and utreach. More information is available by calling 978-373-1270.