Studies show that diminishing light at this time of year can cause changes including decreased levels of serotonin (affecting mood) and melatonin (affecting sleep). Doctors suggest that one solution for this is to get outside during daylight hours, and exercise. Exercise alone can increase serotonin, giving a sense of well being. Combine these two at Harold Parker State Forest every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. Meet at the headquarters at 305 Middleton Road.
Wear appropriate footwear — hiking footwear is best — no sneakers. Feel free to bring snowshoes/skis on days with snow. This is a moderate hike appropriate for all ages. Children are welcome. Bring water and sunscreen on sunny days. Cancelled only in the event of heavy rain. This community hike began in 2009 and continus through the winter. The hikes cover all the trails in the park. For more information call 617-828-1728 Or visit www.mass.gov/dcr. This free program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Harold Parker and DCR.
Blood drive at Temple Emanuel
ANDOVER — Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, will hold a community blood drive Jan. 15 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.
To volunteer before the event by giving out posters or to volunteer during the drive, contact Beth Shiro at the temple at 978-470-1356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employment support meeting planned
ANDOVER — Professionals between positions, those re-entering the workforce, or anyone searching for a new career path may be able to find their way in the current job market by attending an open house at Temple Emanuel of Andover on Jan. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The event will offer information and networking opportunities to help make the job search more productive. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the temple, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, by calling 978-470-1356 or visit the website templeemanuel.net.
Sacred Hearts School open house slated in Haverhill
HAVERHILL — Sacred Hearts School, 31 S. Chestnut St., will hold open houses Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
People are urged to come for a tour of the facilities, which include elementary (grades one to eight) and nursery, pre-K and kindergarten. For information, call elementary Principal Kathleen Blain at 978-372-5451 or Early Childhood Center director Chrissie Pettis at 978-374-7161.
Hunting and Fishing Expo is this weekend
SALEM — Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department booth at the Rockingham Hunting and Fishing Expo tomorrow and Sunday at Rockingham Park. Visit rockinghamexpo.com for details.
Stop by the New Hampshire Fish and Game booth to buy a 2013 New Hampshire hunting and fishing licenses and the 2013 New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife calendar.
Pick up maps, law books and the 2013 summer brochure for Barry Conservation Camp.
The expo features many local and national outdoor products and services, as well as hunting and fishing seminars.
Blood drive slated
in Newton Jan. 9
NEWTON — A blood drive will be held Wednesday at Town Hall.
The blood drive, sponsored by the Fire Department, is from 2 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
Appointments are recommended and can be scheduled online at redcrossblood.org by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Clothing, other donations picked
PLAISTOW — The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation is in need of the public’s support through donations of lightly used clothing and small household items.
They ask, while you clean out your closets this winter to please consider donating your lightly worn clothing. They will be collecting donations door to door in Plaistow on Tuesday.
To schedule a free curbside pickup, call 1-800-483-5503 or email email@example.com. Donations are tax deductible.
The foundation also offers special pickups for electronics recycling and car donations, contact them for more information or visit bbbsfoundation.org. Donations help support the children in local communities.
Riverside-Bradford Baseball signup
set for tomorrow
HAVERHILL — The Riverside-Bradford Baseball League will hold its first walk-in registration for the 2013 season tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon in the auditorium at the public library, 99 Main St.
Children ages 5 to 14 as of April 30 are eligible to participate. For more information visit the league online at www.rbbaseball.org.
Women’s City Club to meet in Haverhill
HAVERHILL — The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will have its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St.
Coffee hour begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 2 p.m. The program will feature Lori Gordon and Rescue Dogs and begins at 2:15 p.m. Gordon, a doctor of Veterinary Medicine, is a member of the Mass. Task Force and National Seacoast Rescue and Response System. She works with FEMA following disasters where trained dogs help find injured people.
School to hold indoor yard sale
HAVERHILL — The eighth-grade class at Hunking Middle School will hold an indoor yard sale Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event is being held to raise money for student field trips. Many families will have tables featuring various household goods. There will also be live music, raffles and a bake sale.
Sacred Hearts to hold open house
HAVERHILL — Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold an open house Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sacred Hearts offers a pre-kindergarten to grade eight program characterized by faith and values, caring community, proven academic excellence, curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts frameworks and Archdiocesan guidelines, extensive extra-curricular programs, and before- and after-school programs. Visit online at sacredheartsbradford.org or to arrange for a tour call 978-372-5451 or 978-374-7161.