HAVERHILL - Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill will celebrate its 100th birthday Thursday, Nov. 21 at DiBurros Function Facility with a dinner and awards ceremony. Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts, is the honorary chair of the event, titled “Girls Have a Dream” 100th Birthday Bash.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and his wife Kitty Dukakis will reminisce about Michael Dukakis’ mother, Euterpe Boukis Dukakis, who immigrated to Haverhill in 1913, the year Girls Inc. was founded. She worked in the city’s shoe factories, was inspired by Winter Street Elementary School Principal Stanley Gray to continue her education beyond Haverhill High School and was the first Greek woman in the United States to attend college. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will introduce Dukakis.
Girls Inc. will also honor three local women for being Strong, Smart and Bold. The Strong Woman Award will be presented to Kathleen Sullivan Rurak, tutor, religious educator and former first lady of Haverhill; the Smart Woman Award will be presented to Jean Poth, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Northern Essex Community College, and the Bold Woman Award will be presented to Ellen Roche, branch manager at Mortgage Network.
Girls Inc. was started in 1913 when early feminists and philanthropists saw a need in the community. At that time the shoe and textile industries in Haverhill were booming and jobs were plentiful. Many young women moved to Haverhill to work in the factories; many did not have family or friends in the city. Haverhill’s “foremothers” recognized that need and in 1913 Girls Inc. opened its doors at 114 Merrimack St. as the Kumsumore Club. In 1945, the club became a charter member of the Girls Club of America. In 1990 the Haverhill Girls Club became Girls Incorporated to avoid being confused with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Girls Inc. currently runs an onsite school-age after-school program and summer camp and operates national award winning programs in several Haverhill public schools and in other venues in the community. For information about this event, call 978-372-0771, ext. 225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at www.girlsinchaverhill.org.
Methuen Ballet Ensemble presents “The Nutcracker”
METHUEN - The Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” to The Firehouse for Performing Arts in Newburyport for a fifth year.
Show dates and times are Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. Join the cast for a gala reception which will be held in the main lobby of The Firehouse at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30 prior to the show.
Methuen Ballet Ensemble, an established ballet company under the artistic direction of Vanessa Voter Shaheen, has staged an annual production of “The Nutcracker” for over 25 years.
All principal roles are performed by members of Methuen Ballet Ensemble, whose experience totals over 150 years of classical ballet training. Students of Voter’s School of Dance, Gymnastics & Karate, established 63 years ago by Pam Voter, perform all other roles. Dancers hail from Methuen, Lawrence, Haverhill, North Andover, Salem, N.H., Pelham, Plaistow, Windham, and Manchester, N.H.
Matinee performances are $22, evening performance is $24 - all seating is reserved. Visit www.firehouse.org or call The Firehouse Center for the Arts’ box office at 978-462-7336.
Salem will honor oldest resident
SALEM — Ruth Henning will be presented the Boston Post Cane on Wednesday as the town’s oldest resident.
Henning, 99, will be honored during a ceremony at 2 p.m. at Windham Terrace in Windham.
Interfaith service to benefit food pantry
HAMPSTEAD — The 40th Annual Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the historic 1745 Olde Meeting House, 22 Emerson Ave.
The Hampstead Historic District Commission invites the community to attend this traditional interfaith service of music, readings and prayers.
A freewill offering will benefit the Hampstead Ecumenical Food Pantry; nonperishable food items are also welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Call 378-0683 for more information.
Winter lacrosse to start soon
PELHAM — Boys and girls winter lacrosse starts Nov. 24 with games played at Sportsplex in Bedford.
The cost is $130 per player. Register online at webtrac.pelhamweb.com.
Call 635-2721 or email email@example.com with questions.
Collections for Lazarus House being accepted
NORTH ANDOVER - Cowan Bolduc Doherty LLC and Avolve, LLC will be sponsoring a holiday collection drive to benefit the Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence through Monday, Dec. 9.
Nonperishable food and toys for children of all ages will be accepted at Cowan Bolduc Doherty’s office located at 231 Sutton Street, Suite 1E between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Contact Shelly Mead @ 978-620-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Haverhill Garden Club invites public to Holiday demonstration
HAVERHILL - The public is invited to attend the next meeting of the Haverhill Garden Club on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room at Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill. Designer Priscilla Styller will demonstrate how to make beautiful holiday arrangements, which will be raffled off after the presentation. The Haverhill Garden Club cares for and maintains many civic gardens throughout the city. The club is always happy to welcome new members. Light refreshments will be served.
The Haverhill Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs Inc., New England Region and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Northern District.
Free computer workshop for parents is Nov. 19
HAVERHILL - The District Parent Council invites parents of Haverhill school children to a free workshop on Internet security and safety. The workshop will be hosted by the iSchool staff at Haverhill High School and will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the iSchool room at Haverhill High, 137 Monument St.
The staff will offer tips and suggestions for creating strong online passwords, shopping and browsing safely online and social media concerns.
Please register online at http://ischool.haverhill-ps.org by clicking on “Book Appointment” then choose the desired workshop and the date offered.
More information is available from Trisha Manjounes at President@haverhilldpc.org or 978-914-4707.
Propane tanks no longer accepted
NEWTON — Propane tanks and units containing freon are no longer being accepted at the Newton transfer station.
Tanks and units cannot be dropped off until spring.