---- — HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Lodge of Elks will host a free Thanksgiving meal for veterans and those in need on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The lodge is at 24 Summer St., behind City Hall. For more information contact Joseph Michaud at 508-726-8243.
Ladies group has holiday bake sale
HAVERHILL — The Ladies Philoptochos Society Elpis of Holy Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul Church will have its annual holiday bake sale Dec. 23.
People wishing to preorder Greek pastries and tsourekia are asked to contact Valerie Gounaris at 978-478-7991 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Available items include: Tsourekia (sweet bread) at $7 each, baklava at $3 each, kourambiedes (white powdered cookies) at $1 each, finikia (walnut cookies) at $ each, and koulourakia (braided cookies) at $3 for a bag of six and $6 for a bag of 12.
The ordering deadline is Dec. 1. Prepayments can be made by cash or a check payable to Ladies Philoptochos Society Elpis. Pickup dates are Dec. 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Church, 154 Winter St.. Proceeds will go to various charities, including the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, the American Heart and Cancer societies, and a variety of social services.
The Ladies Philoptochos Society Elpis is as non-profit organization.
Salvation Army accepts applications for Christmas help
HAVERHILL — The Salvation Army will accept applications for 2012 Christmas assistance for residents of Groveland, Bradford and Haverhill.
Applications will be taken Dec. 4 through Dec. 6 from 1 to 6 p.m. Applicants must bring valid identifications for all adults in the household, birth certificates for all children, proof of 30 consecutive days of income, and proof of residence. Applications will be accepted at The Salvation Army, 395 Main St. More information is available by calling 978-374-7571.
Elmo to visit Haverhill library
HAVERHILL — The public library will host a visit from Elmo Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. Children will participate in a story time, and can act out books with their favorite Sesame Street character. More information is available from Sherri Galego at 617-680-5496.
Rock concert Saturday a benefit performance
PLAISTOW — Zanois, a Manchester rock band, will play at The Sad Cafe Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. The cafe is at 148 Plaistow Road (Route 125).
The band includes Zane McDaniel (lead vocals, bass, keyboards), Gavin McDad (drums), and Justice McAwesome (guitar). They have performed at numerous venues in Southern New Hampshire and greater Boston. In 2011, they were cited by the Boston Phoenix as one of the best new bands in the country.
In addition to Zanois,11th Hour, Youthful Minds, Bandwagon Inferno, Strawberry Embassy and Julia Steer will perform.
This is a benefit for Elliot pediatric services.
in Windham this weekend
WINDHAM — New England Dance Ensemble performs “The Nutcracker” Saturday and Sunday in Windham.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $20. Visit tix.com or call 1-800-595-4TIX. More information is available at NEDE.org.
Hampstead Library to hold craft workshop
HAMPSTEAD — Come spend an afternoon crafting in the company of others at Hampstead Public Library’s craft workshop on Wednesday.
The library will provide supplies for winter crafts like 3-D paper snowflakes, jewelry and paper bag luminarias. Attendees are also encouraged to share their own specialties by exchanging “crafting recipes.”
For more on the event, email ProgramsHPL@gmail.com or bring ideas to the library in advance of the event.
Three Northern Essex Community College employees — Linda Comeau of Haverhill, Linda Hudson of Merrimac and Clare Thompson-Ostrander of Amesbury — received the quarterly employee recognition award for the fourth quarter of 2012.
The award recognizes the contributions of the college’s nearly 700 employees. Employees are selected each quarter based on recommendations from supervisors and co-workers. Recipients receive a $150 certificate to the restaurant or mall of their choice.
Comeau, advisor, coach, and recruiter for iHealth@NECC — an initiative offering affordable health training, flexible scheduling, and fast completion of a variety of health career programs — was nominated by iHealth instructor Deb LaValley who praised her high work standards and empathy for students.
Hudson, a staff assistant for facilities management, was nominated by several co-workers who praised her for being a team player and one of NECC’s most dedicated and exceptional employees who always shows grace under pressure. She began her career at the college in the Center for Business and Industry and has held her current position for the last 12 years.
Thompson-Ostrander, assistant professor of developmental writing, was honored by several of her colleagues for her work, specifically her work with the College Success Seminar, a course offering the skills and resources needed to be successful in college. She began working at Northern Essex in 1999 as a tutor in the writing center.