Haverhill City Councilor Bevilacqua to Address Asperger Works’ ‘Dinner of Hope’ Friday Night

Haverhill City Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua is the keynote speaker at Asperger Works’ annual “Dinner of Hope” this Friday night. The Haverhill-based nonprofit, which matches prospective employees with autism spectrum disorder with employers, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Founding Board Member and Secretary M. Eva Rajczyk, during a recent appearance on WHAV’s morning program, explained why adults with Asperger’s make good employees. “Because they are extremely valuable people, they have incredible talents that are usually not recognized because of their sometimes odd behavior. People feel threatened by others who are different.

Haverhill Police Welcome Public at ‘Faith & Blue’ Kickoff Friday; Club Sells Blue Lights in Support

When National Faith & Blue Weekend kicks off Friday, the Exchange Club of Haverhill will be selling blue light bulbs and encouraging residents to use them on their porches to show support for law enforcement. Organizers say Faith & Blue encourages “safer, stronger, more just and unified communities by directly enabling local partnerships among law enforcement professionals, residents, businesses and community groups through the connections of local faith-based organizations.” The Exchange Cub is building on this effort with its “Leading Lights” program promoting “healthy relationships between communities and law enforcement by sponsoring open communication, support and collaboration.”

“A strong partnership between the community and the police is vital to having a peaceful city,” said Eva Montibello, club president. “As someone who grew up in the city, I’ve seen Haverhill go through different levels of public safety and crime. It’s time for the community to make our city a place we have all dreamed of living in. Strong support of our law enforcement officers is a good place to begin.”

Haverhill Police host a “Faith and Blue” event on Friday, Oct.

Haverhill Firefighting Museum Seeks Contestants and Diners for Annual Chili Cook-Off

The Haverhill Firefighting Museum is looking for cooks to participate—and diners to sample and judge—during its annual chili cook-off. The cook-off takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, from 6-9 p.m., at the Haverhill Firefighting Museum, 75 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill. Tasting and judging takes place from 6-8 p.m. There will also be door prizes and a silent auction. Admission is $10 per person.

Final Haverhill Art Walk of 2022 Concludes This Weekend with Punk in the Park and Art Market

The Tims, Punk in the Park and Neck Dive are among the highlights of this weekend’s final Haverhill Art Walk of the year. The Haverhill Art Walk is a monthly event running from June to October highlighting local businesses and underutilized spaces with art, exhibitions, demonstrations and musical performances. The last festival is happening Saturday, Oct. 8, from 3-6 p.m., throughout downtown Haverhill across Washington, Wingate, Essex and Emerson Streets. At Washington Square, the Punk in the Park show is being presented by Heaventown Haverhill, a community of local artists, musicians and enthusiasts who encourage creativity in the Merrimack Valley.

Women’s City Club Presents ‘Women of ‘76’ Tuesday, Oct. 18

Five women who helped change the course of the American Revolution are brought to life in the one woman play, “Women of ’76,” featuring Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions. The production, sponsored by the Women’s City Club of Haverhill, takes place at its Tuesday, Oct. 18, meeting. The club part of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. and the public may join at 1:45 p.m. for the 2 p.m. performance, at Advent Christian Church, lower level, 160 Carleton St., Haverhill. A few of the women to be portrayed include a Massachusetts housewife who led an all-female militia searching for British spies.

Haverhill Kiwanis Hosts $10,000 Putting Contest, Silent Auction and More at Golf Tournament Monday

Haverhill Kiwanis’ golf tournament, featuring a variety of activities and prizes, takes place Monday. The tournament takes place Monday, Oct. 3, with check-in starting at 11 a.m. and shotgun start at noon, at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill. A bag lunch or hot dog meal with chips are available before tee off and a $50 dinner is set to commence following the tournament. The event includes 18 holes of golf and activities like a $10,000 putting contest, tee shot cannon, closest to the pin contest, silent auction and raffles.

Second Annual ‘Pink Party’ Takes Place Oct. 1 in Haverhill to Benefit Dana-Farber

The second annual Pink Party is taking place in Haverhill Saturday to benefit Dana-Farber and Dr. Sara Tolaney’s Novel Therapeutic Fund. The free event is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Riverside Church, 278 Groveland St., Haverhill. All guests receive one free ticket for the chance to win a door prize. An art show and silent art auction are also featured.

Groveland Historical Society Hosts 19th Annual Pines Speedway Reunion and Car Show

The Groveland Historical Society is presenting vintage cars and special honors at the 19th annual Pines Speedway Reunion and Car Show. The free event takes place Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Pines Speedway’s original track site, 183 Main St., Groveland. Vintage race cars from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s are featured, along with a live band and raffles. Food and drink will be served.