Free ‘Possible Dreams’ Community Brainstorming Event Planned for March 11

The “Possible Dreams” event takes place March 11 at Northern Essex. (Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News)

Have something you’d like to see take hold in Haverhill in coming months? Volunteer activism group Team Haverhill invites all interested residents with ideas on the future of the city to attend March 11’s “Possible Dreams” event at Northern Essex Community College. Held at Northern Essex’s Hartleb Technology Center, the annual event serves as a starting point for many community-based improvement efforts in Haverhill. In recent years, residents have worked together to address concerns about after-school programming, worked preserve and maintain green spaces and helped foster downtown development.

Trahan Appearing at MVCC Congressional Breakfast Forum Monday

Rep. Lori Trahan takes the oath of office administered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 3 in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy file photograph)

Newly elected Third Congressional District Rep. Lori Trahan delivers an update from Washington, D.C., during a visit to the area on Monday, Feb. 11 for the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual congressional breakfast forum. Held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Andover DoubleTree by Hilton, 123 Old River Road, the event also features remarks from Congressman Seth Moulton. Tickets are $50—with a discount available for Chamber members—and can be reserved by calling 978-686-0900.

COCO Brown Celebrates Black History Month With Lectures, Open Mic Shows

A series of events marking Black History Month are planned at COCO Brown, 293 Washington St. (File photograph)

Kat Everett and the team at COCO Brown are celebrating February’s Black History Month with a series of lectures, open mic shows and other events at the Washington Street creative space. Each Friday in February, an Open Mic Show event is planned from 7-9 p.m., with Sulay Daphne Sanchez participating in the inaugural show Feb. 8. Wednesday night lectures happen on Feb.

Women’s City Club of Haverhill Gathers Tuesday for Tea

Members and city residents are invited to join the Women’s City Club of Haverhill for afternoon tea Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. Carrying a Valentine’s Day theme, the session features a discussion of what courtship was like in 1908, with actress Rita Parisi getting into character and donning in period dress. The gathering takes place on the lower level of the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carlton St., right off of route 97. Future sessions take place Tuesday through April and membership applications are available at all meetings.  

City Plans Several Kindergarten Information Sessions in March

Information sessions are held on March 5 and 7 at the Haverhill Public Library. (File photograph)

Haverhill Public Schools are getting ready to welcome the class of 2032 to kindergarten! City parents are invited to attend one of several information sessions in early March. In addition to part-time kindergarten offered free of charge, a full-day classroom option is available for families on a tuition basis. Superintendent Margaret Marotta and staff from the school system are available to discuss options and the registration process on Tuesday, March 5 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. or Thursday, March 7 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Haverhill Public Library auditorium, 99 Main St.

Urban Gardening Q&A at Library Is Feb. 23

Haverhill is going green with February’s implementation of a plastic bag ban, and the city’s public library wants to keep the eco-conscious effort going at an urban gardening Q&A session on Feb. 23. Led by Gretal Anspach, the seminar from 11 a.m.-noon will touch on topics including how to grow in small spaces. Advance registration is requested by calling the library at 978-373-1586 x608.  

‘Big Friends Little Friends’ Program Seeks Local Mentors

Have extra time on your hands and a desire to give back to the community? Family Services of the Merrimack Valley seeks adults to mentor area children ages 6-14 as part of the “Big Friends Little Friends” program. Mentors are asked to commit to meet with their young match twice a month for a minimum of one year. Couples, spouses, friends, co-workers or families are able to volunteer jointly as mentors. Matches are made with consideration of shared interests and location.

MVCC Plans Game Night for Young Professionals Next Week in Methuen

Giant Jenga, Mario Kart and a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament is on tap next Wednesday night, Feb. 6 at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s game night for young professionals. Food will be provided at the event in Methuen, which runs from 5-7 p.m. at Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St. behind Outback Steakhouse. Tickets are $10 and advance registration is requested by calling 978-686-0900.