HAVERHILL — The Sacred Hearts Church food pantry in Bradford will host a drive-thru food drive Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon in the church parking lot on Carleton Avenue.

Since the start of the pandemic, the pantry has expanded from serving about 300 families per week to more than 1,100 families each week. 

Items in need include canned beans, one pound bags of rice, jars of peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna and chicken, cereal, macaroni and cheese, cans of tomato and pasta sauce, crackers, paper towels, toilet paper and diapers sizes 3 to 5.

Run for the Troops kicks off Sunday

ANDOVER — After nine successful races with as many as 3,500 participants, Run for the Troops 5k will hold a virtual run Sunday at 9 a.m.

Online registration closes Friday at 4 p.m. at runforthetroops5k.com.

Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit construction of a specially adapted custom home for Army Sgt. Brandon Korona in the Merrimack Valley area by Homes For Our Troops. It will be mortgage-free for him.

When serving in Afghanistan, Korona was struck by an explosive device and his injuries caused the amputation of his lower left leg. Since returning home to Dracut, Korona works at a defense contractor and co-owns a business called The Dance Shoppe, LLC, with his wife, Chelsea, in Dracut.

Jewish Federation hosts comedian series

The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation is hosting a Zoom comedy series on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. 

Rabbi Bob Alper presents "The spirituality of laughter: Is there holy humor?" at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15. Joel Chasnoff performs "Jokes on us: A comedic deep dive into the absurdities of Jewish life'' at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Tickets are $10 per show. Visit merrimackvalley.ticketspice.com/spotlight-1 to purchase tickets or email Laurie@mvjf.org for more information.  

Affordable housing units available

HAVERHILL — Bread & Roses Housing is accepting applications for low-income housing opportunities for seven new units.

The homes, three of which are duplexes, are on the corner of Washington Street and Gilbert Avenue in the Mount Washington neighborhood. The site was formerly St. George’s Church, which closed in 1998.

Applications are due Nov. 15 to be considered for 21-23 Gilbert Ave.; Nov. 30 for 13-15 Gilbert Ave.; and Dec. 31 to for 430-432 or 434 Washington St.

Applicants must be first-time home buyers, meet income guidelines, meet the down-payment requirement of 3% of the purchase price and have a credit score of 680 or higher. More information is available from Yesenia Gil at y.gil@brhousing.org.

Bestselling author discusses book

ANDOVER —  On Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand will discuss her latest book, "Troubles In Paradise," in conversation with bestselling author Jane Healey in a webinar.

Hilderbrand's book centers on the character Irene Steele who just moved to a villa on St. John. She is visited by the FBI where she learns just how little she knew about her recently deceased husband, Russ. With help from their friends, Irene and her sons set up their lives while evidence mounts that the helicopter crash that killed Russ may not have been an accident.

To sign up for the webinar, go to crowdcast.io/e/elin-hilderbrand-in/register.

Festival of Trees drop off extended

HAVERHILL — The Buttonwoods Museum has extended its drop-off days and times for donations of decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces for this year's Festival of Trees.

Items can be dropped off Friday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 19, from noon to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 22, from noon to 5 p.m. 

More information is available from Tom Spitalere at 978-376-2807. Visit online at facebook.com/FOTHaverhill or tinyurl.com/y4jwdjan.


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