Merrimack Valley Hospital will host a harvest spaghetti supper fundraiser on Friday from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at Amvets Post 147, 576 Primrose St.

Proceeds will go to Horizons for Homeless Children. Seating is limited. The event sells out every year. Special guests the Italian Serenaders will welcome attendees of the supper, which is an event of the hospital's Employee Activities and Customer Service committees.

Menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, Italian bread, salad, cash bar and assorted desserts. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 and older. Admission is free for children under 5. There will be a disc jockey and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available by calling 978-374-2000 or 978-521-8550.

Yard sale planned

Penacook Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 150 Water St., will hold a yard sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit its Residents Council.

Penacook Place is the city's only not-for-profit nursing and rehabilitation facility. Items can be donated by calling Penacook's Activities Department at 978-374-0707.

YMCA hosts Halloween event

The Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St., will host a special event celebrating Halloween on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Family fun includes spooky games, treats, a haunted walk and a costume contest. More information is available by calling the YMCA at 978-374-0506.

East Parish potluck supper planned

A potluck supper will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the East Parish Meeting House on Middle Road.

This event is held annually so neighbors can get together, enjoy a meal, and share recipes in the historic meetinghouse. There will be a silent auction to raise money for a $500 scholarship that is given to a Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School senior at graduation to use toward the student's field of study. Membership dues also are collected at this time, $10 per family or $5 per individual.

Participants are asked to bring their favorite potluck meal. More information about the menu is available from Marion Bergman at 978-372-2652. Standard items on the menu each year include Swedish meatballs, baked beans, mulled cider, chicken/broccoli casserole and squash. All are welcome.

Soroptimist celebration Sunday

Members of Soroptimist International of Haverhill/Merrimack Valley will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their club on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Atkinson Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson.

A buffet brunch will be served. The public is welcome. Cost is $30 per person. Reservations are available by calling Francie Avella at 603-362-8270.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work on projects that improve the lives of women and girls locally and throughout the world. More information is available at or by contacting Denise Johnson at 978-373-6043 or

Haverhill resident promoted

Deborah Rosenbloom-Brunton, Ph.D., M.S., ACNP-BC and GNP-BC has been promoted to the rank of assistant professor by MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston's health sciences graduate school.

Rosenbloom-Brunton of Haverhill has been on the School of Nursing faculty since 2004. Previously she was a clinical instructor and has been the director of the acute care nurse practitioner program starting in 2007.

Her expertise is in geriatric acute care, delirium prevention, and management of patients in an acute care setting.

International artist joins NECC faculty

Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo of Jamaica Plain has been appointed instructor of visual arts at Northern Essex Community College.

For the past five years, he has been an adjunct faculty member at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Barboza-Gubo holds a Bachelor of Arts in sculpture from Pontifical Catholic University in Peru, a master's degree in art in painting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a Master's of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

In addition, he is the recipient of several international awards and his work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Peru, Japan, Italy and Greece.

Pentucket Bank gets top rating

Pentucket Bank has been given a Five Star rating, the highest rating, for strength and stability by Bauer Financial Inc., the nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm since 1983.

This rating is based on areas such as capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability, putting Pentucket Bank in the elite 7 percent of the nation's banks who have earned this rating for 74 consecutive quarters. Bauer Financial is an independent firm and no institution pays Bauer Financial to rate it. No firm can choose to be excluded.

YMCA winter youth leagues forming

The Haverhill YMCA Pee Wee Basketball League is registering children ages 3 through kindergarten.

The league begins Nov. 6 with weekly practices and simulated games on Saturdays. The season is six weeks long.

Children in grades one to eight can register for the YMCA's Youth Basketball League. The league has three parts — for boys and girls in grades one to four, and a separate girls and boys division for grades five to eight. Weekday practices begin the week of Nov. 1. The season runs to Feb. 5. Assessments are required for players in grades three to eight. Registration ends Oct. 17.

YMCA girls basketball league forming

Girls in grades five to eight can register for the YMCA's new Middle School Girls Basketball League, which is designed to increase female participation in youth sports and offers a safe and less intimidating environment for girls to develop their basketball skills.

Weekday practices begin the week of Nov. 1 and the season runs to Feb. 5. Registration ends Oct. 17. Volunteer coaching positions are available. More information is available by calling 978-374-0506, ext. 1618, or at

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