---- — The Hyssongs, a family that performs gospel music, will present a night filled with Christmas songs Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 217 Main St.
A collection will be taken to help disadvantaged teenagers in Greater Haverhill.
For more information, call Steve Case at 603-659-2034 or email email@example.com
Festival of Trees opening Friday
An opening night gala for the 12th annual "Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees" is Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Admission to the gala event is $20 per person and includes buffet food from local restaurants. The evening will include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a performance by Haverhill High School's chorus.
The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is at 240 Water St.
The festival runs from Saturday to Dec. 15 and will showcase holiday trees, wreaths and centerpieces and activities for all ages. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. All donated trees, wreaths and other decorative items will be raffled off on the last day of the event to benefit the museum. This year's Festival of Trees will feature art demonstrations and an art class, holiday gift wrapping, children's scavenger hunt, senior day, family day, a stroll with hot apple cider, Victorian tea, a visit by Santa along with Minnie and Mickey and other activities. More information is available by calling 978-374-4626 or email FOT@haverhillhistory.org. Visit www.haverhillhistory.org for a schedule of events.
Luncheon focuses on memory loss, dementia
Memory Loss and Dementia, a senior lunch presentation with Mary Richardson, Community Liaison for Steward Health Care and former co-host of the WCVB Channel 5 show Chronicle, will be held on Dec. 3 at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave.
Richardson will interview Neuropsychologist Dr. Buck H. Woo and Patricia Lavoie, LICSW from Merrimack Valley Hospital’s Adult Behavioral Medicine Center, and take questions from the audience. The luncheon is from 1 to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s first-floor auditorium.
The cost of $5 includes a full dinner and the presentation. The menu includes meat lasagna, whole green beans, garlic bread, Caesar salad with choice of dressings, dessert, coffee and tea. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 978-521-8140.
School accepts donations for blanket project
For the last five years, parents, teachers and students at St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish has been providing sick children at Tufts Floating Hospital in Boston with handmade "towel blankets."
Kindergarten teacher Teri Lyons and parent Kelly Simard stitch the towel blankets together. Then each year on Christmas Eve, they bring their colorful and cuddly creations to Tufts Floating Hospital for distribution to children on Christmas day. In the spirit of Christmas and giving, they are asking for the community's help. Please consider donating one yard or more of fleece fabric in any color or design and/or one brightly colored bath towel to their project.
Lyons and Simard said that on Black Friday Jo-Ann fabric will sell fleece material for $3 per yard, which can be ordered online or purchased in their stores. Bath towels in various colors can be purchased at Target for $3.99 each. If you want to make a cash donation instead, Lyons and Simard will shop for you.
More information is available by calling the school at 978-521-4256.
Support group for caregivers
A support group for caregivers of loved ones with memory loss meets the third Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor atrium.
This group is led by Patricia Lavoie, LICSW. Light refreshments will be served. The hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave. More information is available from Lavoie at 978-420-1162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.