New Weekly Haverhill Recovery Support Group Meets Thursday Nights

The Haverhill Overdose Prevention Education—or HOPE—team of Northeastern Family Institute sponsors a weekly recovery support group Thursday nights. The peer support group helps those 18 and up build a foundation of support and begin their journey of recovery with free meetings with coffee and refreshments. Certified HOPE Recovery Coaches Bob and Andrea, as well as HOPE Program Director Charlie Manzi facilitate the meetings based on their lived experiences with recovery. Meetings take place every Thursdays, from 5:30-7 p.m., at NFI Massachusetts, 76 Winter St., Haverhill. Attendees may either walk in or sign up in advance by calling 978-373-1181, ext.

Advocates to Gain Insights on Aging LGBTQ+ Population

Caregivers and those working with LGBTQ+ elders can join others from across the country for a virtual conference titled, “LGBTQ+ Elders in an Ever-Changing World.”

LGBTQ+ people interested in their own aging or caregiving needs are invited to attend. This year’s theme is “Bridges to Belonging: Fostering Inclusivity and Identity in LGBTQ+ Aging” and features keynote speaker Robyn Ochs, an educator, speaker, and grassroots activist. Ochs is an advocate for the rights of people of all orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full access and opportunity. Her work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities and mobilizing people to become allies. Nine workshops will be offered during the daylong event, on topics ranging from intergenerational storytelling, addressing social isolation and support among transgender and gender-diverse older adults, and the importance of inclusion in the research of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Shred Unwanted Papers, Help Plaistow Library Saturday

Online commerce and banking offer the promise of a paperless existence, but that is far from reality. Billing statements, bank correspondence, medical documents and more contain information that, if in the wrong hands, can violate privacy and put finances at risk. The Friends of the Plaistow Library have scheduled a paper shredding event tomorrow to help residents rid themselves of extra paper while destroying unnecessary documents that contain sensitive information. The cost is $10 for a medium storage box, $25 for three, payable either by cash or check. Checks should be made out to the Friends of the Plaistow Library.

Haverhill’s Annual Multicultural Festival June 22 Celebrates City’s Growing Diversity

The Haverhill Cultural Council is hosting its annual Multicultural Festival a week from Saturday, giving the public an opportunity to learn about, engage with and celebrate the myriad communities that make up the city. They’ll have the chance to get in touch with local cultural programs such as the Tendai Trust, the Latino Coalition of Haverhill and the Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Greater New England. Kickoff will be at 12 p.m. with a welcome from Mayor Melinda Barrett, followed with performances by Chilean band Grupo Fantasía, Moves N’ Vibes Samba Dancers, the Veronica Robles Mariachi Band, poet Deyah Blank, Marigold Montessori School at Trinity Church, Be Imagine Music Studio, Indian poet and dancer Surya Sarkhel and Senegalese musician Mamadou Diop. Those taking part in the free event will also enjoy food, live music, performances and artisan vendors. Arike Michelle Broadnax, founder of the nonprofit Purification’s International Enterprise and volunteer for the festival, told WHAV listeners this week about the motivation behind the event.

Greater Haverhill Boys and Girls Club Hosting Camp Tasker Open House Thursday-Friday

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill is holding an open house at Camp Tasker tomorrow and Friday. The open house will give potential campers the opportunity to tour the camp, learn about its facilities and ask questions. The event will be held Thursday and Friday, June 13and 14, from 4-6 p.m. at the camp on 36 Country Pond Road, in Newton, N.H.

Those who wish to learn more may email [email protected].

Haverhill Library Hosts Mindfulness Instruction for Relaxation

Laura Klain, a certified life coach and therapist will lead a workshop on mindfulness at the Haverhill Public Library. The practice is a way to find relaxation, peace of mind, and stress relief using the breath, mind and body as tools to help focus on calming inner turmoil. It can be added to any lifestyle and performed anywhere. No one else need know what you’re doing. Long, slow line at the grocery store?

Haverhill Public Library Holding Patron Food Drive for Sacred Hearts Food Pantry

Haverhill Public Library is asking for donations during its Patron Pantry Food Drive to support the St. Vincent de Paul Sacred Hearts Food Pantry. Contributors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items such as canned foods, peanut butter, pasta and pasta sauce, olive oil, spices, baby food and formula. The food drive will run from Monday, June 17, to Saturday, June 29 during regular hours at the library at 99 Main St., Haverhill. Those with questions may call 978-373-1586, ext.

Sons of the American Legion Cornhole Tournament June 15 Benefits Veterans

Prizes, a raffle, doughnuts and coffee, and a competitive cornhole game add up to a boost in funding for local veterans services. Sons of the American Legion sponsors the single-elimination tournament. The cost to compete is $40 for a two-person team. The winning team takes the prize money, which will be determined by the number of players. The tournament will be played on Saturday, June 15, following the 10 a.m. registration and check-in, in the field at American Legion Post 4, 1314 N. Main St., Haverhill.