---- — The Exchange Club of Haverhill will present “Stop the Bull Haverhill,” the city’s first local anti-bullying rally, on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. on the athletic fields behind Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St.
More than 1,000 students and adults from Haverhill and surrounding communities are expected to attend. The rally is free and open to the public. It will feature celebrity guests 15-year-old folk singer Hayley Reardon, national spokesperson for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, and 17-year-old Madyson Milordi, Miss Massachusetts Teen USA. The rain-or-shine program of activities includes: DJ for the night, David from Spinner Music Productions; a 16-foot jumbo video screen broadcasting the event live; celebrity anti-bullying testimonials; mechanical bull rides, live musical performances; and student engagement activities to spread the message of stopping bullying.
“Haverhill High’s Excel and VIP clubs (Violence Intervention Prevention) have been amazing by reaching out to other area schools and students,” said Leanne Eastman, president of the Haverhill Exchange Club. “If this rally gives even one person the confidence to speak up against bullying, or causes him/her to think twice before taking a hurtful action against another person, then we may tout success.”
The rally targets students in grades five through 12 in the Haverhill school system, Pentucket Regional High School and Timberlane Regional High School. The event is sponsored in partnership with Haverhill Community Television. For more information, visit facebook.com/stopthebullhaverhill or twitter.com/HilliesStopBull.
Planning Commission meets Thursday
The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the MVPC office, 160 Main St.
The agenda includes updates on the Regional Comprehensive Plan and Environmental and Transportation Projects for the Merrimack Valley. For more information, contact Nancy Lavallee at 978-374-0519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Car wash fundraiser Saturday
The Haverhill High School Lacrosse Boosters will hold a car wash on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Water Street Fire Station.
Proceeds support the boys and girls lacrosse programs.
All Saints Parish to hold Thanksgiving in May dinner
All Saints Parish will hold a Thanksgiving in May roast turkey dinner with all the fixings in the church hall on Saturday, after the 4 p.m. Mass.
Entertainment is by “Oldies Live” with Tony and Laurie. Enjoy dinner, conversation and music from the ’50s and ’60s and an old fashioned sing-a-long. The cost of the dinner is $8 for adults and $3 for children. The church is at 120 Bellevue Ave.
Scholarship fundraiser planned
A Bowl-a-Thon in memory of Zack Zalewski of Groveland will be held on May 31 at 6 p.m. at Leo’s Super Bowl, 84 Haverhill Road (Route 110) in Amesbury.
Participants may form their own five-person team or simply register and be assigned to a team. The event will include a silent auction, raffle prizes, music, food and beverages. Tickets, $25 for adults and $5 for children, include two strings of bowling, shoes and pizza. All proceeds go to the Zack Zalewski Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established in 2012 in memory of Zack, who lost his life in a car accident in Haverhill in February 2012.
His parents, Ed and Cindy Zalewski, want to extend their son’s love of giving by offering two scholarships in his name: The first to a Pentucket Regional High School Senior who exemplifies Zack’s exuberance and charismatic spirit, and the second to a deserving Bagnall Elementary School student who wishes to attend the ski and snowboard program at Ski Bradford, where Zack taught snowboarding.
Zack was a 2008 graduate of Pentucket Regional High School, where he was a member of the Sachems football team. He graduated from Northern Essex Community College with a degree in liberal arts. Only 22 at the time of his death, Zack touched many people during his short life. To participate in this fundraiser, contact Ed Zalewski at 978-204-4751 or email@example.com, or Cindy Zalewski at 978-314-5433 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up on Facebook in memory of Zack Zalewski.
Road race and walk benefits veterans
The Methuen Sons of Italy, formerly the Lawrence Sons of Italy, will hold their 24th annual 5K Road Race, Health Walk and 1K Youth Run on May 25.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk and youth run begin at 9:30 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. at the new lodge, 459 Merrimack St., (Route 110) Methuen. The race supports the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill and Merrimack Valley Hospice. Runners and walkers may designate a person or persons to honor on their application form. Certificates will be presented with the honorees’ names.
A ceremony will honor our armed forces, our veterans, and especially our Vietnam veterans. Those finishing both the Sons of Italy Race and the Baldi 5-Mile River Run and Fitness Walk (May 26 in Haverhill) will receive a free commemorative cup. There is a reduced fee for those entering both races. A homemade pasta meal will be served after the races. More information and registration is available at www.coolrunning.com. Visit the race online at www.sonsofitalymethuenroadrace.com.