Local Arts, Culture and History on Display During 22nd Annual Trails & Sails

The 22nd annual Trails & Sails event, taking place over two weeks, begins Friday and highlights historic and cultural sites throughout the Essex National Heritage Area. The series brings awareness and appreciation for heritage resources around Essex County, a federally designated National Heritage Area. Historically, according to organizers, Trails & Sails has focused on outdoor activities such as guided hikes and excursions on the water, but over the years it has grown to include historic house tours, lectures, community celebrations, special exhibitions, craft demonstrations and many other diverse activities. Among the events taking place locally is a self-guided hike of the Donald C. Freeman Memorial Trail at Whittier Birthplace. The approximately half mile loop sweeps around the historic house, up into the woods, and back down the fields.

Spillman Discusses Reality of Artificial Intelligence During Haverhill Library Talk Tonight

An industrial research chemist will speak tonight to the realities of artificial intelligence. Bob Spillman will raise awareness of the benefits and risks of AI. The technology has the potential to revolutionize much of the modern world. Spillman will try to shed light on AI so that people can make informed decisions about it and its use. The presentation will be held on Thursday, Sept.

Five High-Rise Murals Begin Going up in Haverhill Friday with Arrival of Beyond Walls

As many as five murals will be installed in Haverhill over a two-week period beginning this Friday, showcasing the impact of the city’s young people and cultural communities. The project by Beyond Walls, which previously completed murals in Lynn, Chicopee and Holyoke, was paid, in part, by a $50,000 legislative earmark for Beyond Walls’ partnership with the city, Creative Haverhill and Team Haverhill. On Friday, world-class artists will paint the exterior walls of buildings as tall as 60 feet high and 295 feet long using lifts and ladders and continue through Sept. 30. Locations and artists are 25 Washington Square, Giulio “Rosk” Gebbia from Sicily; 154 Washington St., Hailey “Flourish” Bonia of Haverhill; Broadway and Thorndike Street, father/daughter duo Cristhian “Golden305” Saravia and Ange Saravia known as “We Art Golden;” 55 Emerson St., Dovente of the Dominican Republic; and 53 Granite St., Foam of Puerto Rico.

Common Ground Ministries Plans Fundraising Dinner Sept. 21 to Support Needy

Common Ground Ministries of Haverhill is planning its annual fundraiser dinner to help it provide food, clothing and shelter to Haverhill’s needy residents. The dinner will be served Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Michael’s Function Hall, 12 Alpha St., Haverhill. There is no cost for the meal, but donations will be accepted at the end of the event. All proceeds go toward food, clothing and shelter for the homeless and the needy in Haverhill.

Calvary Baptist Church Offers Block Party Sept. 16

There will be plenty of food, fun and fellowship at Calvary Baptist Church’s Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 16. Kids can join in corn hole or one of the many other games, including a pie-eating contest. Food and snacks will be available and entertainment will be provided. The party takes place Saturday, Sept.

Nevins Memorial Library Hosts Art Therapy Classes for Those Treated for Breast Cancer

People who are being treated for breast cancer may join a six-week-long art therapy class from now through mid-October. Instructor Lisa Buglione will teach “Painting Your Journey.” Students will create still life and landscape paintings using the skills, techniques and experience they already have. Materials will be provided. Students’ work will be on display at the Nevins Memorial Library until the end of October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information contact the library at 978-686-4080.