New Music and Arts Program Stamps Out Summer Boredom

Merrimack Valley Music & Arts has a plan to stamp out children’s and young teen’s summer boredom. The non-profit organization is targeting children in grades five to nine with a series of weekly themed events involving video games, movies and pop artists beginning next Monday, July 18.

“Gamer’s Paradise” is the theme for the week of July 18 through 22. Participants will learn to play theme songs from “Legends of Zelda,” “Mario Bros” and others; draw favorite character; participate in a live reenactment from a Mario Brothers scene; and learn “cool facts” about the creators of popular video games and how they made them happen.

“Movie Craze!” is the theme for the week beginning Monday, July 25. Participants will learn theme songs from popular movie soundtracks, including “Ghost Busters,” “Star Wars,” “Frozen, Charlie Brown” and “Hunger Games;” act out mini-scenes from recent movies; join a famous movie star look-a-like contest and fashion show; and enjoy a red carpet banquet  with a mock awards ceremony.

During “Pop Radio Live,” Aug. 1 through 5, groups will learn songs from today’s pop artists; sing, dance and perform; take roles in an end of week performance; learn cool facts about today’s major artists; learn what a pop star eats and drinks; learn essential vocal exercises and breathing techniques; and enjoy a special guest appearance and mini concert.

Programs take place Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Riverside Church, 278 Groveland St., Haverhill. Participants should bring a sack lunch. The fee is $100 per week and all major credit cards are accepted. For more information, click on “summer sessions” at, email [email protected] or [email protected] or call or text 978-332-4934.

The mission of Merrimack Valley Music & Arts, founded by Letriah Masters, is to “provide a positive alternative to drug and substance abuse, gang affiliated activities, and act as a stimulus for higher academics.”