The 44th annual Haverhill Gazette Santa Fund Hole-in-One Contest will be held Oct. 9 through 12 at the Garrison Golf Center. 654 Hilldale Ave.
The event raises money for local families who otherwise would go without gifts for their children during the holiday season.
The contest will run from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. In its previous 43 years, the contest has raised nearly $200,000 — more than $5,000 last year alone. The money goes to organizations such as the Salvation Army for distribution to needy families.
The contest raises money through participants paying $8 for a bucket of balls, which they drive toward a hole 125 yards away. Those landing closest to the pin win prizes donated by local businesses and individuals. The prizes include golf equipment and gift certificates for local restaurants and services.
Breast cancer discussion Tuesday
New Horizons in Women’s Health, a special Meet the Expert seminar in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be held at Merrimack Valley Hospital on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s first-floor auditorium.
Speakers and topics include Introduction to the daVinci Robot with award-winning Gynecologist Melinda R. Birdsall, MD; Genomics and Genetics in Regard to Breast Cancer with General Surgeon Kathryn Hughes, MD; and Advances in Breast Reconstruction with Reconstructive Surgeon Michael Kutka, MD.
The seminar is free. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. Two contact hours in nursing will be awarded at the end of the presentation. Merrimack Valley Hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave.
For more information or to register, call 978-420-1168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trails and Sails events this weekend
The Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails program is holding two events in Haverhill this weekend.
Tonight from 3 to 4 p.m. there will be a cemetery Civil War walk at Hilldale Cemetery, 338 Hilldale Ave., hosted by the cemetery’s board of directors to commemorate the city’s Civil War history. The walking tour will focus on some of the 300 local soldiers and their stories. Attendees should bring water and good walking shoes.