Plaistow Festival of Trees Runs Today Through Sunday; Proceeds Benefit Needy Children

The 2021 Plaistow Festival of Trees, featuring tree and wreath raffles, begins today and runs through Sunday. Trees and wreaths will be displayed around the hall for people to take chances on, and there will be raffle items including a 50/50. Drawings start at 3 p.m., Sunday. Admission is free and raffle proceeds benefit the Plaistow Lions Club Santa Fund for children less fortunate and other community outreach as funds allow. A craft fair will also be running during all three days of the event and a “Make it/Take it” crafts area for children.

Emmaus Joins Other Nonprofits in Seeking Donations on #GivingTuesday Nov. 30

After nearly two years of a global pandemic, local nonprofits are counting on people not forgetting the critical work they are doing to ensure people are fed, housed and healthy this holiday season. Emmaus is one of those nonprofits and hopes to build upon its past success on #GivingTuesday and reach a new and ambitious goal of $50,000 on Nov. 30. This is the eighth year Emmaus has participated in the international day of giving. Last year, Emmaus raised $46,545, bringing the seven-year total for gifts made on #GivingTuesday to Emmaus to just over $176,000.

Haverhill Garden Club Invites ‘Holiday Doors of Haverhill’ Home and Business Entrants

Following on the success of last year’s “Holiday Doors of Haverhill” celebration, The Haverhill Garden Club is seeking contenders for its second annual contest. Homeowners or businesses are invited to email photographs of their decorated doors to [email protected], where they will then be shared by the Garden Club on Facebook. There is no fee for those who want to share images “just for fun,” but there is a $10 fee for those who wish to be judged “Best Residential” or “Best Business” decorated door. Judges will select winners by Dec. 20.

Haverhill Native Morillo Delivers Message of Hope for Young People at Talks Today

Haverhill native Michy E. Morillo, who travels the country as a speaker and coach, talks with Haverhill High students today and the public tonight about her message of hope for young people. Haverhill Violence Intervention and Prevention, known as VIP, invited Morillo, now of Florida. She was expelled from Haverhill High School more than 20 years ago, served time in juvenile detention and has since dedicated her life to coaching, mentoring and advocating for young people to begin their journeys of self-development for success. Two years ago, Morillo authored a workbook, “Cell Dreamer,” an eight-week, self-development course for incarcerated youth. The course, along with coaching, offers tools and guidance to increase knowledge, challenge behavior and change actions that can assist with a more productive return to society.

New Cogswell ArtSpace Donors of $50 and Up Eligible to Win Iconic Dale Rogers’ Dog Sculpture

Donors to Creative Haverhill’s Cogswell ArtSpace Campaign could win a four-foot-tall iconic, metal American Dog statue. Artist Dale Rogers donated one of his sculptures—a smaller version of one placed at the southbound Ward Hill exit off Interstate 495—to help raise the final money needed to renovate and open the Cogswell ArtSpace at the former George F. Cogswell School, 351 S. Main St., Haverhill. Through the month of November, those donating as little as $50 receive a chance to take the dog home or donate it to a favorite business or place. It’s valued at $2,900. Pentucket Bank is currently matching all donations that come in through Dec.

Methuen Santa Parade Saturday From Pelham Street Park and Ride to Nicholson Stadium

Methuen’s Santa Parade takes place tomorrow afternoon with dozens of youth organizations, businesses and area marching bands. The parade, led by Methuen Mayor Neil Perry, begins at 1 p.m., from the Pelham Street Park and Ride, 144 Pelham St. The route continues left on Pelham Street, left on Lowell Street, right on Hampshire Street, cross Broadway onto Charles Street, continue on Pleasant Street, right onto Pleasant Street, right onto Pleasant View Street and ending at Nicholson Stadium.