---- — Mayor James Fiorentini said the city has opened an outdoor ice rink at Riverside Park.
The rink is at the lighted softball field. It is free to skate there and the rink is open every day until 8 p.m., weather permitting. The lights are turned on at 4 p.m. City officials said this is the second year the city has opened this outdoor rink for the public.
Hay bales are available for sitting and watching or lacing up your skates, but the public is welcome to bring folding or pop-up chairs. Skating is also available at Plug Pond and at the basin at Winnekenni Park.
Annual ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ is Saturday
First Church of Christ in Bradford will hold its ninth annual “Souper Bowl of Caring” on Saturday at 5 p.m.
This year, the event will be held in place of the February ham-and-bean supper. All proceeds go directly to fighting hunger in the community. Sample from a smorgasbord of home-made soups, stews and chowders. Included with the meal are bread and butter, dessert and beverages.
Visitors can fill their bowls as many times as they want and try as many soups as they want. The cost of $10 per person includes a ceramic bowl to take home, or $5 for a disposable bowl. Children 12 and under pay $5. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Sacred Hearts Food Pantry will be accepted. The church is next to Bradford Common. More information is available by calling 978-374-1114 or visiting online at www.fccbradford.org.
Take Your Child to the Library day is Saturday
The public library will celebrate “Take Your Child to the Library” day on Saturday.
Children’s author and illustrator David Hyde Costello will present a program about kindness and community titled “I Can Help,” from 1 to 2 p.m. Please register for this event online at www.haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events, Kids, and searching by date.
All the animals in Costello’s story will be familiar to kids, with the possible exception of the sunbird, who has his own special song at the start of the program. When Costello reads the book, children will quickly recognize the pattern of the story: One animal is helped by the next, who is helped by the next, and so on.
The final page provides a view of the community that is created when individuals pay attention to each other and offer help. The program closes with a visit from a 6-foot-tall giraffe puppet who needs help reaching the delicious-looking leaves of a tree. Audience members supply the problem-solving skills and help complete the scene. Recommended for children in kindergarten to grade two.
The Children’s Room will also have a raffle for a Barnes & Noble gift card (available for children 12 and under) for stopping in and meeting the staff and browsing the library’s resources. New patrons are welcome to take a tour of the library and get a new library card.
Teachers awarded mini-grants
The Haverhill Foundation for Excellence in Education announced the winners of its annual mini-grants, which are open to all Haverhill public school teachers.
The foundation’s Board of Directors met on Jan. 8 and voted on funding several teacher mini-grant applications.
The grant winners are: Versatile Radio Telescope, Haverhill High School Physics Club, Edward Roberts; Conrad Combination Press Stand, HHS Fine Art Department, Susan Blim; German Exchange Program, HHS Foreign Language Department, Brenda Simblaris; Model UN Program, HHS History Department, Zachery Simmons.
These programs are paid for by fundraising and grants worked on by the students in these programs. The foundation was established in 1990 to provide support for projects and programs in Haverhill public schools that lure students to learn and increase academic achievement. For more information about the foundation, visit www.HaverhillEducationFoundation.org or call 978-697-5620.
Coffeehouse performances on tap
Folk music artist Chelsea Berry will perform at the New Moon Coffeehouse on Feb. 15, at 8 p.m.
The opening act is Kangaralien, the Boston-based acoustic guitar duo of Eric Clemenzi and Steve Belleville. Admission is $20 and $10 for ages 18 and under. Tickets will be available at the door starting around 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be reserved prior to the show by visiting www.newmooncoffeehouse.org or by calling 978-459-5134.
The coffeehouse is in the Universalist Unitarian Church at 16 Ashland St. There are two parking lots available behind the church on both sides of Ashland Street. The coffeehouse entrance is at the back of the church.
Haircuts for the homeless
Hair Cuttery in Haverhill will host Share-A-Haircut for the Homeless on Feb. 4 and 5.
Every time an adult or child receives a haircut at any of the Hair Cuttery salons in New England, including the Hair Cuttery Salon at 300 Main St., a free haircut will be donated to a homeless person in the community.
Hair Cuttery’s nationwide have participated in the annual fall Share-A-Haircut program, where for every child’s haircut purchased, a back-to-school haircut is donated to a disadvantaged child in the community. Share-A-Haircut for the Homeless is another way to give back to the community.
Through partnerships with numerous local government and nonprofit social service organizations throughout New England, vouchers will be distributed to adults in need to obtain a free haircut this winter.