EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 15, 2012

Meet and greet with newly elected officials this morning

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Northern Essex Community College, will host a meet and greet event this morning with those who were elected on Nov. 6 to serve and represent Haverhill.

The event is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center, Room 103-B, on NECC’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St. and will include a brief speaking program and coffee and breakfast pastries, compliments of the college. Expected to attend are state Rep. Brian Dempsey, chairman of Ways and Means; state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell; newly elected state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives; and newly elected state representatives Diana DiZoglio and Lenny Mirra. Also attending the event will be Denise Johnson, aide to returning Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.

This complimentary event is open to the public. Registration is not necessary. For more information contact the chamber at 978-373-5663 or info@haverhillchamber.com.

Pentucket Players stage ‘Sunset Boulevard’

This weekend, the Pentucket Players will begin their presentation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Sunset Boulevard” at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover.

The show, based on a 1950 movie of the same title, focuses on Norma Desmond, a silent movie star desperate to make a return to the screen. Fate brings an unknown screenwriter, Joe Gillis, into her life. They begin to rely on each other for much more than the rewriting of her screenplay. “Sunset Boulevard’’ features North Andover’s April Foley in the role of Norma Desmond and North Shore native Will Rousmaniere as Joe Gillis. Appearing in ensemble and supporting roles are Dale Cripe and Amy McCorkle of North Andover; Michael Levy and Jon Brody of Andover; Kerry Molloy, Meghan Lawton, and Marisa Potts of Methuen; and Egan Davis, Tracey Dorr, Janet Hickey, Holly McGrath, Jessica Woodard, and Beth Tilden, all of Haverhill.

The show is produced by Marie Bliven and directed by John Buzzell, with musical direction by Alan Freedman and choreography by Annemarie LaTulip.

The show runs: Today, tomorrow and Nov. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m.; and tomorrow, Sunday and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24. More information is available by calling 978-521-9259 or at pentucketplayers.org.

Church Christmas bazaar Dec. 1

St. James Parish will hold its Christmas Bazaar Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. James School, 415 Primrose St.

The bazaar will feature vendors, crafts, food and a visit by Santa. More information is available by calling 978-372-8537.

Haverhill High open house Nov. 28

Haverhill High School will hold an open house for all middle school parents and students Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Parents and students are encouraged to attend this event and tour the newly renovated school. Along with a dedicated staff, Haverhill High boasts an upgraded technology infrastructure, including five new Mac labs, the iSchool, Poly vision boards in every classroom, and building-wide access to Wi-Fi. Explore the challenging curriculum, which includes more than 16 advanced placement classes, the most offered in the Merrimack Valley, six foreign languages and numerous electives. Programs include early college programs with Northern Essex Community College and UMass Lowell.

Haverhill High is comprised of several academies, creating opportunities for students to study in specific areas of interest. A flexible schedule offers students the opportunity to craft a unique learning experience, including blended educational opportunities and internships. Haverhill High School is at 137 Monument St.

On tap: Performances of ‘Nutcracker Ballet’

New England Civic Ballet’s beloved annual performances of the holiday classic, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet,” will be presented at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College, North Andover.

Performances are Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at newenglandcivicballet.org or by calling the studio at 978-975-0289. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for children age 12 and under and for senior citizens age 55 and older. Special rates are available for groups of 20 or more attending the same performance. More information is available from Phyllis George at 978-975-0289.

Seminar on diabetic foot care Dec. 4

The 10 Rules of Diabetic Foot Care, a Medical Meet the Expert seminar with Podiatric Surgeon Debra Eisner, DPM, is Dec. 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first floor auditorium.

Cost of $5 includes presentation and full lunch. Menu is sliced stuffed chicken breast with cream sauce, rice pilaf, peas and pearl onions, tossed salad with dressing, rolls, coffee, tea, lemon/mint water and pie. Merrimack Valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. Registration is required. For more information or to register call 978-521-8140.

‘A Christmas Carol,’ a Live Radio Play presented

The Spotlight Playhouse will present “A Christmas Carol,” a Live Radio Play Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St.

This show, based on the classic story by Charles Dickens, is directed by Kevin Wilson of North Andover and produced by Karen Timmerman of Haverhill. Stage manager is Beckie Adams of Haverhill. The cast includes Elinor Curtin Cameron as Scrooge, Jeff Collard as Marley/Fred, Diane Ficarra as Mrs. Cratchitt, Frank Garcia as Bill/Charity and Gentleman, Derek Iversen as Tiny Tim, Natalie Kerr-Collard as Bill’s Wife, Angela Merrill as the Ghost of Christmas Past, David Monahan as narrator, Rick O’Shey as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Hannah Pageau as Young Scrooge, Elysa Porter on sound effects, Sasha Zbitnof as Bob Cratchit and Spencer Zbitnoff as Peter Cratchit.