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.

Artist Displays ‘Everyday Art’ at Innovation Hub Through June

The paintings of Charlie Gagnon, a member of the Greater Haverhill Art Association, are on display now through June in downtown Haverhill’s Innovation Hub. His colorful work, described as everyday art, covers a range of subject matter. Gagnon, a retiree, said the opportunity to explore art in his retirement has been one of his greatest joys. See Gagnon’s unique view of the world at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub’s third-floor Art Niche, at Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill. It is open during regular iHub hours, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Haverhill Veteran to Sign Copies of World War II-Era Memoir, ‘The Color of the Band’

Walter D. Medley Jr., a 94-year-old Haverhill native, will return to his hometown to sign copies of his memoir, “The Color of the Band: A Soldier Triumphs in Love and Overcomes Hate in Occupied Germany and Beyond.”

A World War II veteran, Medley worked with author Yvonne J. Medley (no relation, that they know of) to write his own story of American history – one that many Americans may not know. He wrote about the role that all-Black Army Bands and Honor Guard played to help win a second term for President Harry S. Truman, as well as to win support to desegregate the military. His is a story of a Black soldier’s navigation of Jim Crow racism in both the military and in American society. And it is the tender story of love, faith, and perseverance of a New England African American family that can trace its roots from slavery to the present day. The other story-telling thread is a personal one.

Haverhill to Celebrate Pride Month with City Hall Ceremony and Reception June 13

Haverhill plans to celebrates Pride Month June 13 with its annual flag raising ceremony and reception. The LGBTQIA Pride Month celebration takes place Thursday, June 13, 4 p.m., on the front steps of Haverhill City Hall. Haverhill City Council President Thomas J. Sullivan will serve as master of ceremonies, Mayor Melinda E. Barrett is expected to read a proclamation and Rev. Donna Spencer Collins will offer a blessing. They will be joined by Rep. Andy X. Vargas and other local elected officials and guests who will speak during a brief recognition ceremony

Following the program, the public is invited to a reception between 4:30 and 7 p.m., at Time Out Sports Bar, 122 Washington St., Haverhill, sponsored by Pentucket Bank. The event observes a tradition commemorating the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City.

Haverhill Art Walk June 8 Supports City’s Creative Endeavors

Haverhill Art Walk returns to the downtown Riverfront Cultural District, highlighting underutilized spaces and local businesses with an alleyway art market, live music and exhibitions. To close out the day of all things art, a “Brush & Booze Bar Hop,” hosted by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, features participating restaurants hosting artist-themed cocktails and an Art Supplies Drive to benefit the Academy of Creative Arts at Trinity. Programming will take place throughout downtown Haverhill on Saturday, June 8, between 2 and 8 p.m. There’s a color-coded map showing the locations of all activities at creativehaverhill.org. Family-friendly programming at Columbus Park runs from 2 to 5 p.m. includes screen printing with The Shirt Factory, Art with the Boys and Girls Club, hula hooping, Drag Queen Story Hour, and live music with Fake Leather Jacket. The neighboring alleyways come alive with the Alleyway Art Market with acoustic music by Blakat, Fatma 2.0, and Dmitri Hunt.