PLAISTOW — The Plaistow Community YMCA will hold its third-annual 5K "Going Going Gobble" Road Race on Nov. 19. Start time is at 9 a.m. in front of the Pollard School, 120 Main St.

This event raises money in support of the Plaistow YMCA. The race will be chip timed and will include post-race awards, photos, refreshments and more at the Pollard School. The course is relatively flat. Trophies for overall male and female finishers, age group medals for runners from ages 13 and younger through 70-plus. The first male and female Plaistow residents to finish the race will also receive a trophy.

Preregistration prior to race day is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 13 and younger. Race-day fee is $30 and $20. Free T-shirts are included with entry fee. Register online through Active.com by entering "Going Going Gobble."

Pink Flamingos have landed

Haverhill High School’s Hockey Boosters are holding the annual Pink Flamingo fundraiser now through Nov. 19.

Flamingos might appear anywhere on front lawns. Residents are asked not to harm the birds, which will roost for 24 hours. If you would like to specify the next person’s (or victim’s) lawn, follow instructions attached to the bird. You can purchase a single flamingo for $10 or a flock of flamingos to send to anyone within the city.

You can also purchase anti-flocking insurance for $10, to ensure the birds won't return to your property. If you purchase a flock of three or more you will be entered into a drawing to win $100.

Casino night benefits Boys & Girls Club 

The second-annual Casino Royale to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will be held Nov. 18 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St. The evening will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and charitable gaming such as black jack, Texas hold'em, craps, roulette and raffles. Those who attend are asked to wear cocktail attire.

This event is being held in partnership with Trinity EMS, Franklin American Mortgage Company and Pentucket Bank.

Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple. Purchase a pair of tickets before Nov. 10 and be entered into a drawing for an overnight stay at the Renaissance on the night of the event. Tickets are available online at www.haverhillbgc.org or by calling 978-374-6171, ext. 104.

Candles of Remembrance Ceremony

Merrimack Valley Hospice will hold an outdoor candle-lighting ceremony to cherish the memories of loved ones lost while sharing the warmth of family and friends Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St., Haverhill. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

The evening includes a brief memorial service and outdoor candle-lighting ceremony, during which attendees will receive a vigil candle to light as they say the name of their loved one. Merrimack Valley Hospice chaplains and bereavement professionals will be in attendance to lend support. Following the outdoor activities, light refreshments will be served indoors.

The event includes the display of a Tribute Book listing the names of those who have been honored with a $25 memorial donation. Donations must be received by Nov. 29 in order for the name to be listed in the Tribute Book. Donations received after Nov. 29 will be added at a later date and available for viewing at High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice, located at 360 North Ave. in Haverhill.

All are welcome to attend this complimentary ceremony and reception. Donations are not required to attend or to light a candle.

To donate to the Tribute Book or to RSVP, visit www.MerrimackValleyHospice.org/candles or call Erin Masterson at 978-552-4188.

Holiday fundraiser planned

Penacook Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 150 Water St. will hold a holiday fundraiser on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will include a bake sale, gift-basket raffles, decorated-wreath raffles and hog dogs.

All proceeds benefit the residents’ activities fund. More information is available by calling 978-374-0707.

Learn about Adult Foster Care

William Adrien of Adult Foster Care of the North Shore will be at the Council on Aging, 10 Welcome St., on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. to introduce this MassHealth Program to assist disabled adults in need of care.

Family members who are currently caregivers and dedicated people who welcome adults with disabilities into their homes can learn how to become eligible for monthly payments. Contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390 to register for this program.

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