The city will hold flu vaccination clinics Oct. 6 from 1 to 6 p.m. and Oct. 20 and 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the main dining room of the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.
Clinics are open to the public. Residents who are at a high risk of influenza complications will be the focus of the first clinic, said city Health Nurse Sue Najuch. High risk groups include women who are pregnant, health care workers, adults age 50 and over, and those with chronic medical conditions. More information is available from the Council on Aging office at 978-374-2390. More information about the flu clinics is available at www.ci.haverhill.ma.us by clicking on the Flu Clinic Schedule information link.
Fire safety open house planned
Residents can get a look inside the Water Street Fire Station when it holds an open house on Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 the way to escape a smoke-filled room, give cooking safety and fire prevention tips, and show off Sparky the fire safety mascot.
Fire safety open houses are held to educate the community and help to better prepare families in the event of a fire. More information is available from Fire Inspector Steven Trocki at 978-373-8460.
Meditation with an expert planned
You can meditate alongside an expert when Merrimack Valley Hospital holds free meditation classes led by the Rev. Margaret Travers of West Newbury.
Classes meet on Mondays, Oct. 5, 12 and 19, at noon in the hospital's boardroom on the first floor. Travers is a Buddhist priest with Buddha Heart USA. Classes begin with Chinese yoga movements (qi gong) designed to open the body and calm the mind, followed by chanting as time permits, then a sitting meditation. The half-hour session closes with the "Five Limitless Thoughts," which are positive thoughts for happiness as well as inner and outer peace for all.
Registration is by calling 978-521-8150. Merrimack Valley Hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave.
Master storyteller to visit NECC
Fabulous Fibs, Fables and Folklore with Oklahoma-based storyteller Al Bostick will be Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Top Notch Theater on the third floor of the Spurk building on Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College.
The public is invited and admission is free, although donations will be accepted. Presented by the college's performing arts department, Bostick will introduce the audience to the tales of Anansi the Spider, Brer Rabbit, tales of the American slave south, and the how and why tales (Porquoi stories) of the Afro-Haitian cultures. This presentation is appropriate for both children and adults of all ages. More information is available from Susan Sanders at email@example.com or by calling 978-556-3374.
Spotlight Cabaret is next month
A tribute to the best songs from musical theater will highlight a Cabaret Show presented by Spotlight Playhouse.
Performances will be Oct. 2, 3, 16 and 17 in the Galleria Banquet Hall at Maria's Family Restaurant, 83 Essex St.
Doors will be open at 7 p.m. There will be a steak and chicken buffet and desserts from The Enchanted Bake Shoppe. The curtain rises at 8 p.m.
Members of the cast will sing solos, duets, quartets and large group numbers from more than a dozen popular musicals, including Rent, The Music Man, Spamalot, Wicked and Young Frankenstein. Members of the audience are asked to arrive promptly. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner. Tickets can be reserved by calling 978-380-8509 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit Spotlight Playhouse and their efforts to bring quality theater to Haverhill and the Merrimack Valley.