---- — HAVERHILL — This week, local golfers can help struggling families, while also having a chance to win some cool prizes.
It all happens at the 43rd annual Santa Fund Hole-in-One Contest at Garrison Golf Center on Hilldale Avenue.
The contest is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All money raised goes to The Haverhill Gazette Santa Fund, which distributes money through the Salvation Army and Haverhill Community Action. Money goes to families who otherwise could not afford to buy Christmas gifts for their children.
To participate, golfers pay $8 for a bucket of balls and drive them as close as they can to the hole, which is 150 yards away. Local businesses have donated gift certificates and other items as prizes. Besides helping those families, participants have a chance to win golf equipment and other prizes, based on whose drives come closest to the hole.
Last year, the event raised $4,110 despite poor weather. Rain eliminated one day of the 2011 contest, but it still generated the same amount of money as it did the year before.
Garrison owners Ted and Mary Murphy have enlisted the help of student volunteers from local high schools to help run the event.
City’s Democrats to open headquarters
HAVERHILL — Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will join the Haverhill Democratic City Committee at the Grand opening of the committee’s Coordinated Campaign Headquarters, 76 Merrimack St., the Landmark Building on Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
All Democratic candidates have been invited to attend and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help out in the fall campaign is encouraged to attend. Lawn signs and bumper stickers are available for most Democratic candidates including President Obama, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, Congresswoman Tsongas, state Senate candidate Kathleen O’Connor Ives, state Rep. candidates Barry Fogel and Diana Dizoglio, and Governor’s Council candidate Eileen Duff.
For more information please contact Roz McKeon, headquarters chair, at 978-373-4032 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Cox, City Committee chair at 978-374-6297.
Leaders promote state colleges Oct. 18
HAVERHILL — The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education is hosting an event Oct. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Haverhill High School to tell area high school students and their parents about opportunities at state colleges and universities.
The “Go Public” presentation is free and will feature a panel of students enrolled in the state’s public higher education system. The students will share their experiences, followed by breakout sessions on financial aid and career planning. Admissions representatives will also be available to answer questions.
State Rep. Brian Dempsey, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and a proud graduate of UMass Lowell, will host the event.
UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, Salem State University President Patricia Meservey, and Northern Essex Community College President Lane Glenn will all be available to answer questions. Also attending will be Richard Freeland, higher education commissioner.
More information is available at www.mass.edu/gopublic or from Ernie Greenslade, director of public relations, Northern Essex Community College, at 978-556-3862 or email@example.com.
Archie’s celebrates music of 1940s
HAVERHILL — Archie’s Little River Ale House, 27 Lafayette Square, is hosting a dinner set musical play called the Eddie Stellerman Show on Oct. 20.
The show, set in the 1940s, takes place in a lower Manhattan jazz club called Eddies. This particular night — Oct. 20, 1947 — club owner Eddie Stellerman invited his favorite singers to stop by the club to perform. The house lights go down and the conversations of the dinner set crowd become a whisper. You can hear a pin drop before the loud drum roll.
The show features jazz guitarist Rick Campbell, saxophonist Mike Cesati and vocalists Elle Gallo, John Schiavone, Peter Chase, Hoban Sanford and April Anamisis. There is no cover charge, but reservations are recommended because seating is limited. More information is available by calling Archie’s at 978-469-8010.
Medicaid advice offered
HAVERHILL — The city’s Council on Aging will host a presentation by Attorney Joshua England titled “Medicaid Traps for the Unwary” on Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center.
England will provide information on legal and financial strategies that can help preserve people’s assets. He will also discuss basic principles of estate planning, including information on wills, trusts, asset transfers and probate.