LGBTQ+ Elders in an Ever-Changing World Conference this Friday Co-Sponsored by AgeSpan

In time for Pride month, AgeSpan is collaborating to present the 11th Annual LGBTQ+ Elders in an Ever-Changing World Conference this Friday. AgeSpan, formerly Elder Services, is partnering with California State University-Sacramento, Care Dimensions, Good Shepherd Community Care, LGBT Aging Project Fenway Health, Over the Rainbow Social Group and Salem State University School of Social Work. The keynote speaker is award-winning filmmaker Stu Maddux, discussing “Social Isolation, Loneliness and Resilience in LGBTQ Older Adults” and his new documentary, “All the Lonely People.” Maddux is well-known for his documentary, “Gen Silent,”about Boston-area LGBT older people who hid their sexuality or gender to survive in the long-term care system. In addition, the virtual one-day conference features workshops on a variety of topics. Those looking for alternative resources, services or community programs to help support their individual aging or caregiving needs are invited to attend.

Top New England Cider Makers at Haverhill’s CiderFeast New England This Thursday

The second annual CiderFeast New England is set for this Thursday in downtown Haverhill with more than a dozen of the top New England cider makers participating. CiderFeast New England is the brainchild of Jimmy Carbone, who grew up in Haverhill, started hosting Cider Week NY events at his New York City beer bar in 2011 and annually hosts CiderFeast events as part of Cider Week. He said Steve Wood of Farnum Hill Ciders, of Lebanon, N.H., and Eleanor Leger of Eden Ciders of Newport, Vt., encouraged him for 10 years to bring a similar June cider happening here. Carbone calls CiderFeast an “all-inclusive food and drink tasting event.”

Besides Farnum Hill and Eden Ciders, others coming to Haverhill are Spoke and Spy Ciderworks, Ragged Hill Cider Co., Artifact Cider Project, Urban Farm Fermentory, New Salem Cider, JMASH cider of Hilltop Orchards, Moonlight Meadery, Easthampton Cider Project, Far From The Tree Cider, Stormalong Cider and Bird Dog Cider. CiderFeast New England also brings light bites from Carbone’s Kitchen, Brewer’s Crackers, La Pizza di Forno, L’Arche Hummus, Tuckaway Farms, Gulf of Maine Conservas and River Street Café.

Old Home Day Saturday in Plaistow From 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Plaistow, N.H., celebrates Old Home Day Saturday with both beard and baby contests, road races, a parade and more. Themed as “Friendly Neighbors,” events run Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., based from Town Hall Green, 145 Main St. It is suggested participants wear red, white and blue or Plaistow attire. Activities include an open house at Plaistow Historical Society, 127 Main St., ice cream and cookies at First Baptist Church’s cooling station, Lions Club Road Race, Timberlane Community Band and fireworks. Demonstrations will be presented by Phoenix Martial Arts, Ashley MacLeod’s Dance Dreams and Sergeant Porter K9.

American Cancer Society’s Annual Relay for Life Begins Friday

The American Cancer Society begins its annual Relay for Life 24-hour marathon begins tomorrow night. Cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family gather Friday, June 17, beginning at 3 p.m., at the track at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. Along with track lap events Friday at 6 p.m., there be a cancer survivor and caregivers’ dinner. On Saturday, there will be a craft fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and touch a truck from 10 a.m.-noon.

Haverhill Public Library Plans Summer Party Saturday with Music, Games and Ice Cream

The Haverhill Public Library celebrates the beginning of summer this Saturday with music, games, food and ice cream. Partying for kids and adults alike takes place Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the library, 99 Main St., Haverhill. Toe Jam Band performs from 10-10:45 a.m.; followed by Laser Tag from 10:30 a.m.-noon; Mini Golf, 10:45 a.m. -1:45 p.m.; Henna Tattoos, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Melt Food Truck and Carter’s Ice Cream, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Jedi Academy, 1-2:30 p.m.

Laser Tag and Jedi Academy require advance registration which may be done on the day of the event, but there is a risk the two events will fill up. The Kick Off Party is also a great time to sign up for the summer reading program, “Read off the Beaten Path.” Registration for summer reading is available for all ages and includes fun activities and prizes all summer. Saturday registrants will be entered to win two tickets to Canobie Lake Park.

Free Community Block Party Saturday Along Haverhill Riverfront by Wildflower Montessori Schools

Music, a dance performance, hula hooping and more takes place when local Wildflower Montessori schools plan a free community block party on the boardwalk behind Harbor Place this Saturday. Live music by the youth bands of Be Imagine Music Studio, a dance performance, interactive science experiments, entertainment by Bubbles McGee and more are scheduled on behalf of Wisteria Montessori of 76 Merrimack St.; Marigold Montessori, 26 White St.; and Snowdrop Montessori, 181 Washington St., Haverhill. The schools are part of the Wildflower network of decentralized Montessori micro-schools. The block party takes place Saturday, June 18, 3-6 p.m., on the Rep. Brian S. Dempsey Boardwalk. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, June 19.

Free Antique Car Show Takes Place Wednesday Afternoon in Haverhill

Wingate Residences at Haverhill is hosting an Antique Car Show this Wednesday. In addition to classic antique cars, there will be food, entertainment, an ice cream truck and voting for favorites. There is free admission and the event is open to the public. The Antique Car Show takes place Wednesday, June 15, from 1-3 p.m., at 10 Residences Way, Haverhill. There is a rain date of June 22 if needed.

Here’s the Who’s Who and What’s What During the Haverhill Art Walk Saturday

The first of three monthly Haverhill Art Walks kicks off this weekend. As WHAV has been reporting for months, the Haverhill Art Walk takes place on the second Saturday of each month through October, from 3-6 p.m., in downtown Haverhill. On Emerson Street, Triana’s features live painting with Brady Canney of Washington Square Tattoo and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill offers artist Azumi Moya Rivas with a performance by the children’s chorus. In Washington Square Jonee Earthquake presents an afternoon of rock trios, while Buttonwoods Museum gives an architecture tour of the Washington Street Historic District. Along Washington Street, events include Trixie Knight, Marie Neuner, Michael LaBrance with music by Kenny “Tone Deaf” Brierley at Casa Blanca restaurant; Nick Rao with live music by Currier Square at G’s Restaurant; artist: Maria Nemchuk at Exit Realty; contemporary artwork by various New England-based artists at SJ Art Consulting; “Alleyways” what if sketch sessions hosted by Fishbrook Design and Craft Haverhill; Whittier Birthplace Poetic Justice Pop-Up readings at Barking Dog; original art by the barber at Jake’s Chop Shop; and a drag show with Selina Kyle, Britney Cox and Noah Ploured at Stem.