Auditions for the "Haverhill Idol'' will be held April 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. and April 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Haverhill Community Television, 60 Elm St.

The contest will be divided into two age groups: Junior Idol (grades two to six) and Senior Idol (grades seven to 12). At the auditions, each performer will sing one song without music in front of a panel of judges, whose decisions are final. Finalists will be notified and will compete on stage at the annual Laurie Chase KidsFest on May 2. Rain date is May 16.

Auditions may be arranged by mailing application forms to Deb Peglow, 250 Old Gage Hill Road, Pelham, N.H. 03076; e-mailing to or; or faxing to 978-685-6232. Calls can be made to 603-893-5472 or 603-508-1488.

Forms are available at, and are being sent to Haverhill schools. KidsFest is a tradition that directly benefits the children and families of Haverhill and surrounding communities.

Haverhill High play tonight and tomorrow

Haverhill High School students are presenting the popular musical "Little Shop of Horrors" tonight at 7 and tomorrow at 1 and 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 137 Monument St.

Tickets, at the door, are $8, or $5 for students and seniors. The show stars sophomores Stevi-Lynn Gately and Katie Amaro as Audrey, junior Dan Morton as Audrey II (the plant), and sophomore Michael Buckhout and junior Nick Zylkuski as Seymour. Sets and costumes are by art teachers Sue Blim and Maria Fontaine and history teacher Ted Kempinski. The show is directed by Joseph Gori with music by Valerie Barczak. The cast includes: Michael Onofaro, Marty Miller, MacKenzie Devoe, Jessenia Filomeno, Caitlin Toscano, Morgan Devoe, Shivohn Fleming, Brianna Roldan, Andrew Trudel-Good, Egan Davis, Molly Fitzgerald, Mary Lovely and Winston Varona.

Schools announce kindergarten registration

Haverhill public schools are accepting registrations for kindergarten classes that begin in the fall.

Children who will be age 5 by Aug. 31 are eligible. Registration, by appointment only, is at the Parent Resource and Registration Center, 45 Fountain St., Monday through Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The center will be closed every Monday and Friday from July 5 through August 13. Registrations must be completed by July 30 in order to schedule transportation and class lists. Evening and Saturday registration is available as well, including for first grade, which is open to children who are age 6 by Aug. 31. Moody pre-school students are automatically enrolled for the next school year. Parents or legal guardians must bring proof of address such as a rent receipt, utility bill or driver's license; a copy of the child's birth certificate that the School Department can keep; a record of the child's shots from the doctor; and a copy of a recent physical examination. Registration forms are available for downloading at Parents and guardians must bring a record of immunizations, as well as meet with a school nurse. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the Moody School at 978-374-3459 or the registration center at 978-420-1951.

Class of 1955 plans reunion

The Haverhill High and Trade School Class of 1955 is planning a 55-year reunion for June 5 from 2 to 7 p.m. at DiBurro's function hall.

Dinner will be served at 3:30 p.m. Reservations should be made by May 1. The reunion committee is looking to contact classmates. People with information on class members are asked to contact Mary Hall Duchemin at 978-373-5894 or Joanne Nissi Fenlon at 978-372-9085.

NECC seeks outstanding alumni award nominees

Northern Essex Community College will accept nominations for the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award until April 9.

Established by NECC's Alumni Association, the award honors a former student who has achieved success in their career, is active in the community, and/or has given back to NECC as a volunteer and/or financial donor. Nominations are welcome from all members of the college community, other alumni, friends of the college and from those living in the Merrimack Valley.

The award will be presented at the graduation ceremony on May 22. Forms are available from Libby Jensen at 978-556-3621 or, and online at by clicking on the link to "Alumni Awards" and then scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking on the link to "Outstanding Alumni Nomination."

'Laugh Yourself Healthy' at NECC

Northern Essex Community College's Life Long Learning Program will present Richard Mullen of Georgetown in "Laugh Yourself Healthy" on April 1 at 2 p.m. in the Technology Center on the college's Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Admission is $2. Mullen, a natural health educator, gelatogist, hypnotherapist and comedian, will show how to incorporate laughter into daily life. Gelatology is the study of the effect humor and laughter has on the human body. More information is available from Charlene Boucher at 978-556-3825 or

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