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September 27, 2012

Chili cook-off is set for Saturday

Haverhill in a Minute

By Mike LaBella
mlabella@eagletribune.com

---- — The Haverhill Firefighting Museum will hold its sixth annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the museum, 75 Kenoza Ave.

This event is open to the public. Tasting and judging are from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Free for children under 5.

Attendees will judge 20 chili recipes in three categories: Best Individual, Best Restaurant and Best Firehouse. The event includes a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, cash bar, pizza, salad, sausages, desserts and more. For more information contact Patricia Graham at 978-835-1565.

Martini Family Fundraiser is tomorrow

Friends and loved ones of the Martini family of Bradford will hold a fundraiser for the family tomorrow at 7 p.m. at The Claddagh Pub, 399 Canal St., Lawrence.

Tickets are $20 each. The event includes silent auctions, raffles, music, food and a cash bar. All proceeds go to the Martini family. More information is available online at http://martinifamilyfundraiser.webs.com.

October Pumpkin Festivals begin

this weekend

Chris’ Farm Stand at Silsby’s Farm, 436 Salem St., will hold its annual Pumpkin Festival every weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Columbus Day.

Admission is free. Fresh vegetables, pumpkins and fall decorations such as dried corn stalks and straw bales will be available for purchase.

Activities, some of which require a small fee, include hay rides, pony rides, a hay castle, corn maze and pick your own pumpkin patch. A “love a bunny” pen offers children a chance to interact with live bunnies and be photographed by their parents.

There will be free farm animal and tractor displays, a free haunted house for toddlers as well as fall photo opportunities. A country cookout is part of the festivities. Visit online at chrisfarmstand.com or call 978-994-4315.

Annual Greek Festival is this weekend

Holy Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul Church will hold its annual three-day festival this weekend in the Hellenic Community Center, behind the church at 154-156 Winter St.

The hours are to

morrow from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. The event features exceptional homemade Greek food and pastries as well as Greek music and dancing. DJ Kosta will perform Friday and Orpheus will perform Saturday at 8 p.m.

A presentation by Zoo Creatures is Saturday at 2 p.m. There will be raffles for cash prizes of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, and a raffle for a Milan Lucic autographed jersey.

There will be many more items in the annual Pic n’ Choose, including toys, electronics and home goods. More information is available by calling the church at 978-373-3311 or visiting holyapostleshaverhill.org.

Black Cat Benefit Bash is Oct. 13

Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley (ARMV) will hold its annual Black Cat Benefit Bash Oct. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen.

This silent auction/fundraiser benefits the area’s homeless animals and will feature psychic readings, live music, performances by the Black Diamonds, a local kids’ band, dance performances, food prepared by local chefs,

a silent auction and raffles.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Proceeds help ARMV purchase food, provide medical care and fund sterilization clinics for the many feral, stray, and foster cats in its care.

ARMV donation boxes are located at the Market Basket in RiversEdge and Westgate plazas in Haverhill, at Market Basket and Shaw’s in Plaistow, N.H., at Market Basket in North Andover and at Stop & Shop in Methuen.

For tickets to the gala, sponsorship opportunities or for more information about

ARMV call 978-374-7233 or visit online at armv.

org.

Flu shots to be offered at the Citizens Center

Flu shots for Haverhill residents ages 6 months and older will be offered at the Citizens Center on Mondays in October from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of Columbus Day.

Please bring your Medicare or insurance cards. For more information contact Mary Connolly, RN, at 978-374-2390, ext. 15.