Food Drive Tomorrow by Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council, United Way and Merrimack Valley Chamber

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The Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council, along with the United Way of Massachusetts and the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce are holding a food drive tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 27. Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council Secretary/Treasurer Bobby Brown told the Haverhill City Council Tuesday that, due to the coronavirus, there continues to be a significant increase in the number of people in need of help feeding their families this year

“Currently, one in eight families are facing food insecurities statewide and along in the Merrimack Valley and as well as Haverhill,” he said. Brown said the last time the group sponsored a food drive in Haverhill, it received between 5,000 and 6,000 pounds of food for local pantries. The food drive takes place at the Haverhill City Hall parking lot, 4 Summer St., from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Brown emphasized volunteers will be masked and following COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of those who contribute.

Buttonwoods Museum Offers Two New Puzzle Designs Featuring Haverhill and Women’s Suffrage

Haverhill’s Buttonwoods Museum is taking advance orders for two new puzzle designs. Of the two new designs, one features Haverhill images from the Buttonwoods Museum and the other depicts the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Each design is 16 by 20 inches and contain 504 pieces. Puzzles are $25 each and expected to arrive soon. The museum is selling them at buttonwoods.org where credit cards are accepted.

Haverhill’s Moody Pre-School Conducts Lottery Friday for 2021-2022 School Year

Haverhill’s Moody pre-school is accepting applications today for the first round of the 2021-2022 School Year lottery. The first lottery drawing is Friday, Feb. 26. Families will be notified the week of March 1 if they have been accepted for the 2021-2022 school year. Those families interested in being in the lottery are asked to call Moody Preschool at 978-347-3459.

Haverhill Exchange Club’s 19th Annual Rick Barry St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Goes Online

The Haverhill Exchange Club’s 19th Annual Rick Barry St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is going online live this year with traditional Irish music, real “leprechaun loot,” prizes and giveaways. The celebration, sponsored by Haverhill Bank, takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17, at 10 a.m., with live Facebook and HC Media streams and cable television channel 22. Tickets are $40 an include an event box “filled with signature items, surprises and scratch tickets.” There are also optional live drawings for $100 Lucky Shamrock baskets and $1,000 giveaway.

Greater Haverhill Arts Association Celebrates 50th Anniversary; Takes Virtual Show on the Road

The Greater Haverhill Arts Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and offering to bring share its history with groups and organizations via online presentations. A “Talking Pictures Show,” discussing the work and mission of the Greater Haverhill Arts Association is available as a Google slide show with live commentary in either 15- or 30-minute versions. Officials are also available for interviews. “We’re very excited to let the community know we’ve been providing area artists and enthusiasts with inspiration, opportunity and community for half a century,” the organization said in a statement. Those interested are invited to email [email protected] to make arrangements.

Aly Halpert Performs Saturday Night During Temple Emanu-El’s ‘Musical Havdalah’

Jewish singer and songwriter Aly Halpert performs tomorrow night during Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill’s “Musical Havdalah.”

Halpert, a singer, pianist, drummer and guitar player, performs online after a Havdalah service at 7 p.m., Saturday. The Temple says Halpert “believes deeply in the power of music to awaken us to the loss and hope we carry, expand our sense of possibility and connect us to each other and our collective strength.”

There is a suggested nonmember donation of $18 and registration takes place online here.

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Haverhill Public Library Offers Special Programs for Black History Month; Tonight History of Civil Rights

The Haverhill Public Library presents the “History of Civil Rights” during a special online presentation tonight (Feb. 18) as part of Black History Month. Retired history teacher Lee Thomas speaks from 6:30-7:30 p.m. about the history of the civil rights movement in the United States. He includes a discussion of his life in the south during the height of the civil rights movement. The library continues Black History Month with “Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement,” presented by Galen Abdur-Razzaq, Monday, Feb.

Central Labor Council, United Way and Merrimack Valley Chamber Plan Food Drive in Haverhill Feb. 27

The Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council, in coordination with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a food drive to benefit Haverhill food pantries Saturday, Feb. 27. Food and money donations will be collected at the Haverhill City Hall Parking lot, 4 Summer St., from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Organizers say, due to the ongoing pandemic, the need for food in Haverhill has never been greater. “Despite tireless effort from our food pantry coordinators and volunteers, many shelves remain bare at the end of each week. After the extraordinary success of the previous food drive during the summer, we feel it is time to again aid in Haverhill’s recovery and provide assistance for our community members in need,” a statement reads.