The city's Council on Aging will hold flu clinics on three consecutive Saturdays beginning this weekend from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. The clinics will be open to all Massachusetts residents.
The shots are free, but there is a suggested donation of $20. The city will bill Medicare for people who receive benefits from that agency. The clinics are open to everyone, with no restrictions as to any particular target group.
Vincent Ouellette, director of human services for the city, said although there is no anticipated flu-shot shortage, those in high-risk groups, including those who suffer from asthma, lung disease, diabetes or heart conditions, regardless of age, should visit a clinic. Haverhill currently has 500 doses of the vaccine, and expects to receive another 1,000 doses for the last two clinics, which are Oct. 23 and Oct. 30. Community Health Nurse Susan Najuch will supervise the clinics.
"This is the standard flu shot as the H1N1 pandemic is over," Ouellette said.
Annual Walk for Youth is Saturday
The Greater Haverhill Boys & Girls Club will hold its sixth annual Walk for Youth on Saturday at 10 a.m. The walk begins and ends at the club, 55 Emerson St. Rain date is Sunday at 10 a.m. Music by a deejay will be playing outside the club and free tours and refreshments follow the walk. Participants, including children and adults, have been approaching friends, family and others with pledge sheets, asking for donations. Pledge sheets are available at the club, and on the morning of the event at the front desk. This is the club's biggest fund-raiser of the year and proceeds support operating expenses and programs for its 1,000 youth members. To take part in the walk, to sponsor a walker or become a sponsor, contact Kathleen Pruett at 978-374-6171.
Harvest Festival is Saturday
The Haverhill Farmers Market will hold a Harvest Festival Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with a variety of vendors there will be live music by Riley's Hat, face-painting for children from 10 a.m. to noon, balloons for children and angora bunnies for children to see. Pony rides, $5 each, are from 10:30 a.m. to noon. In addition to a bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables, the Farmers Market will have cider, cider donuts, baked goods and a free raffle for a basket of goodies. This outdoor market is located on Bailey Boulevard adjacent to GAR Park. Visit online at www.haverhillfarmersmarket.com.
Dribble, Dish & Swish competition is Sunday
The Haverhill YMCA will host the 2010 NBA/WNBA Dribble, Dish & Swish competition, presented by Pepperidge Farm, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 12 as of Feb. 18, 2011. Winners in each age division may be eligible to compete in a regional competition. Participants must provide a copy of a valid birth certificate or other age verification. Registration waivers are available at the YMCA's front desk, 81 Winter St.
Pumpkin Festival at Silsby's Farm
Chris' farmstand at Silsby's Farm, 436 Salem St., is having its annual Pumpkin Festival every weekend this month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features a kid's corn maze, hay rides and pony rides, a castle made of hay that children can walk through, a haunted house for very young children, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and children's games. There is a farm tractor display, a farming photo stop, face painting and a live farm animal display. Fresh vegetables and fall decorations are available for purchase. A country barbecue features hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob and locally grown apples. Visit online at www.chrisfarmstand.com.
Artist Terry Martin honored
Local artist Terry Martin is Haverhill's Artist of the Month for October. Martin has been taking photographs for the last 15 years and her favorite subject is Haverhill, especially its farms. She has three photo series currently on display in the mayor's office. Martin has been a member of various community groups, including Haverhill Brightside, the Haverhill Garden Club and Team Haverhill. The Haverhill Artist of Month was created by Mayor James Fiorentini to foster and profile Haverhill's thriving art community. Haverhill artists interested in being considered for Artist of the Month can submit copies of their work and artist's statement to the mayor's office in City Hall, 4 Summer St. For more information, call 978-374-2300.
Senior computer classes offered
The Lace (Learn About Computers Everyday) program of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc. is offering computer classes at 360 Merrimack St. in Lawrence. Classes are based on the Windows Vista operating system and offer instruction in creating holiday cards, buying a digital camera, using a laptop computer, maintaining your computer, how to use Facebook, Skype and more. Classes run from Nov. 2 to Dec. 16. Morning workshops are from 9 to 11 a.m., and afternoon workshops are from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for one day and $30 for two days.
Advanced registration is required by Oct. 25. More information and a schedule of workshops is available by calling 1-800-892-0890, ext. 1516. Please leave a message. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at http://elderservices.tripod.com.
Bank employees step it up for charity
Employees of Haverhill Bank contributed more than $1,600 in recent months to Cinderella's Closet, MooreMart and Haverhill Firefighter's Muscular Dystrophy "Fill the Boot" drive.
The money was raised and donated by the bank's Activities Committee — an employee-based group whose mission is to give back to the community. Each month employees can make a $5 donation in exchange for wearing jeans on a designated Friday. The money is donated to a local civic or charitable organization. Cinderella's Closet provides gently used dresses, bags, shoes, jewelry and shawls to Haverhill High School students in need, while Londonderry, N.H.-based MooreMart supplies soldiers and children in Iraq and Afghanistan with needed materials. In the case of the recent Fill the Boot campaign, each branch obtained and displayed a boot from the Haverhill Fire Department.
Portsmouth woman joins NECC faculty
Magdalena Suarez-Shannon of Portsmouth, N.H., was appointed assistant professor of criminal justice in the Law, Education & Social Professions Department at Northern Essex Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Literature and Foreign Language Education from the University of Maryland, a Master of Education in the Philosophy of Language Education and Cultural Diversity from Harvard University, and a law degree from Suffolk University. Suarez-Shannon speaks French, English, and Spanish and holds dual citizenship in both the United States and Ireland.
Northern Essex offers an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a certificate in Law Enforcement. For more information, call 978-556-3700.
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