---- — With the annual VFW Santa Parade fast approaching on Nov. 24, organizers are working to raise the money needed to pay this year’s parade expenses.
The cost to put this year’s show on the streets of the city of Haverhill is $35,000, with about $21,000 raised to date. In addition to the annual Business and Family Boosters Clubs, and the money blanket collection drive held during the parade, organizers have reached out to Papa Gino’s restaurant in Bradford Square for support.
On Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m., customers who eat in or take out orders from the restaurant will net 20 percent of the total proceeds to this year’s parade. But in order for their spending to count, parade supporters must go on the website www.vfwsantaparade.com and print out the Papa Gino’s Donation form and bring it with them when placing their order.
Candles of Remembrance event Dec. 5
Merrimack Valley Hospice will host its fifth annual “Candles of Remembrance” memorial event Dec. 5 at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St.
The clubhouse opens at 5 p.m. and the ceremony begins promptly at 6 p.m. An indoor reception including refreshments and a Tribute Book viewing will follow. All are welcome to attend this complimentary event. Participants will gather outdoors for a candle lighting ceremony to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost and impart warmth and hope to their families and friends. Each guest will be given a vigil candle and will be invited to pass the flame and say the name of his or her loved one. A chaplain will lead a brief nondenominational service.
Please RSVP by Nov. 28 by calling 978-552-4924 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to include your loved one’s name and to indicate whether you will be attending. Those who are unable to attend can reserve a vigil candle that a volunteer will hold during the event to recognize your loved one. Volunteer opportunities are also available by calling 978-552-4927 or by email to email@example.com.
Donations are also accepted and names can be added to a Memorial Tribute book with a donation of $25 or more. The book will be on display at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill for a year following the event. Those who make a gift of $100 or more will receive a 2013 commemorative candlestick holder, as a memento of their participation. With a single gift of $1,000 or more, your loved one will be honored year after year during the ceremony. Proceeds benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice patients and families who are cared for in their own homes, in long-term care facilities or at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House. Donations and memorial Tribute Book listings can be made online at www.MerrimackValleyHospice.org.
Diabetes education open house planned
The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Merrimack Valley Hospital will hold a diabetes education open house on Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Attendees will get the facts on nutrition, foot care, diabetes education, blood glucose testing and care for non-healing wounds. Diabetes education helps patients learn to manage their disease, which can cause a variety of issues, including heart disease, stroke and circulatory problems, kidney failure, blindness, diabetic nerve pain and wounds that resist healing. For more information or to register, call 978-420-1405.
Library events this month
The public library will host a holiday recipe swap on Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milhendler Room.
If you’re tired of cooking the same old thing or have a brilliant recipe to share, attend the holiday recipe swap for some ideas.
Throughout November, the library will be showing weekday matinees of great noir films from the 1940s and 1950s. All screenings begin at 11 a.m. More information is available online at www.haverhillpl.org under “Events Calendar.’’
Events for kids at the public library
A Dewey Decimal Scavenger Hunt for ages 7 to 12 will be Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
Children will use the Dewey Decimal system to follow clues, solve a puzzle, and find any book they could ever need. Registration is required.
Make a Dream Catcher for Native American Heritage month is Nov. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Learn how to weave a dream catcher, and what it means. This event is for ages 7 to 12. Registration is required.
A Plymouth Thanksgiving event is Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Children will learn about the history of Thanksgiving, design paper dolls and create their own version of the first Thanksgiving. This event is for ages 5 and up. Registration is required.
Throughout the month, the Children’s Room will be collecting diaper donations for the Anchor of Hope Diaper Drive. Stop by to drop off new diapers in any size or brand.