HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill and Amesbury Chambers of Commerce are collaborating to host a first ever “Family Appreciation Day: Winter Festival" on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Amesbury Sports Park, 12 S. Hunt Road, Amesbury.
In appreciation of both Chambers’ business memberships and residents, the two organizations are working with the Amesbury Sports Park to deliver this unique event to people of all ages. This event will feature unlimited snow tubing, an open skating rink, magic shows, and more. The sports park will have food and beverages for sale. The festival will start in the afternoon to allow young families and school-aged children to participate, and will continue into the evening to allow for professionals to participate after the work day concludes.
Tubing and skating activities will take place outdoors; food and beverage and activities will be indoors. Participants should bring their own ice skates to enjoy the open skating rink.
Families are encouraged to participate and businesses are encouraged to treat their employees to a fun night out. The event is split into two waves or blocks of time: Afternoon Wave (3:30 to 6:15 p.m.) and Evening Wave (6:15 to 9 p.m.). Tickets are $10 per wave or $18 for both.
Tickets must be pre-ordered by visiting the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce online at www.HaverhillChamber.com or by calling 978-373-5663, or visiting the Chamber at 80 Merrimack St., second floor. Tickets are also available from the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce at www.AmesburyChamber.com, by calling 978-388-3178 or visiting the Chamber at 5 Market Square, Amesbury.
Whole Foods holding Kaleidoscope benefit
ANDOVER — Whole Foods Market, 40 Railroad St., is donating 5 percent of net sales on Wednesday, Jan. 15, to the Kaleidoscope Scholarship Fund to assist more families with tuition this summer. Representatives from Kaleidoscope will also be at Whole Foods that day to speak with interested families.
Kaleidoscope, which is entering its 34th year, provides more than 170 courses in science, math, art, drama, music, computers and more to children ages 3 to 13. New courses this summer will include Baking Bonanza, Zentangle Art, Kaleidoscope’s Got Talent, Fashion Design Challenge, Drum Beat, Raising Roofs and Wood Works. The program runs in three, one-week sessions from July 7 to 29. In addition, the KITE program for high-ability students in kindergarten through grade 8 runs from July 28 to Aug. 1. Both programs are held on the campus of Pike School in Andover. For more information, visit www.kaleidoscopekids.com or call 978-475-1422.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a Free Community Skate
HAVERHILL — The Ice Skating Academy will celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a free community skate at the Veterans Memorial Rink on Monday, Jan. 20. The skate is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes skate rentals, treats and music by a DJ. Members of the Academy will be collecting food pantry items for Somebody Cares New England in Haverhill. Donations are not required but appreciated. The rink is located behind Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St. Follow the main driveway to the rear of the school.
Who's Tracking you Online?
METHUEN — Every search and keystroke we make on all electronic devices paint a picture of us for the data collectors in the world today.
They help define us to retailers, health care professionals and even the government. How does this effect us and what has happened to that elusive concept of privacy?
Join Greg Page, CEO of Merrimack Analytics for an interactive discussion of these critical issues and find ways to minimize your online footprint. The discussion will be held Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. To register for the program go to www.nevinslibrary.org.
Council on Aging offers new programs
HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Council on Aging is starting a new exercise program titled "3B Senior Fitness: Balance, Bones and Brain." This class will begin on Friday, Jan. 17 and runs from 11 a.m. to noon. The first class is being offered free of charge. Classes will be held at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. This is a comprehensive program of fitness appropriate for seniors and includes balance training to prevent falls, strength training to increase bone density and age appropriate trivia to challenge the brain. By incorporating trivia questions along with the workout, you will enjoy the workout, laugh, and not only challenge your body but your brain too. For more information or to register, call 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.
Free wellness clinic available for North Andover senior citizens
NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover Senior Center and Home Health/VNA operates a wellness clinic every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon at the center, 120R Main St.
North Andover senior citizens can have their blood pressure, blood sugar, weight and blood oxygen level checked. Seniors can also consult privately with a registered nurse regarding any medication and health questions they have. There is no charge for this service, but donations are accepted.