‘Cemetery Boys’ Book Up for Discussion at Buttonwoods’ Teen Book Club Tonight at Library

Teens discuss the book “Cemetery Boys” by Aiden Thomas tonight during a book club sponsored by Buttonwoods Museum in partnership with the Haverhill Public Library. In the book, a trans boy is determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family by summonsing a ghost who refuses to leave. The book is free with registration. The book club is sponsored by a Cummings Foundation grant and part of “Revitalize Buttonwoods: Restore the Past, Shape the Future” initiative. The program takes place tonight, May 25, 6:30 p.m., at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., Haverhill.

Updated: Haverhill’s First City-Wide Civics Project Showcase Open to the Public Tonight

Back again: Presentations take place tonight, May 24, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Dr. Albert B. Consentino School library, 685 Washington St. Haverhill. Haverhill’s first “City-Wide Civics Project Showcase,” prepared by eighth and 10th grade public school students, takes place tonight. Propelled by a 2018 Massachusetts law, the “history of the United States of America and social science, including civics, shall be taught as required subjects to promote civic service and a greater knowledge thereof and to prepare students, morally and intellectually, for the duties of citizenship.” One of the requirements is Student-led Civics Projects. “This event showcases the top projects from each middle school and Haverhill High School, and provides students with an opportunity to bring their issues to local stakeholders and decision-makers,” reads the invitation from the Haverhill Public Schools Social Studies/History Department.

Arteaga Takes Home $1,000 Scholarship at ‘Dream, Reach, Succeed’ Event

Kaitlyn Marin Arteaga, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill’s Youth of the Year, walked away with a $1,000 scholarship Friday during the Club’s annual “Dream, Reach, Succeed” academic and leadership recognition

Arteaga’s $1,000 scholarship came from Bank of New England. The event, open to Club members and their families, highlighted Boys & Girls Club members who excelled in academic and leadership programming throughout the year. Program recognition included Math and Reading, STEAM, Art, as well as the Club’s tween and teen leadership programs, Torch Club and Keystone Club. Four members who demonstrated exceptional effort this year were also presented with Campership awards to attend Camp Tasker in Newton, N.H., for all nine weeks this summer for free thanks to donations from the Wysocki family and Club Board member Richard Early Jr.

Exchange Club Plans Third Annual Hometown Heroes Tribute Program Thursday with Cannon Salute

A military cannon salute Thursday formally kicks off the seasonal presentation of 160 “Hometown Heroes” banners, honoring veterans, going up throughout the city’s central business district. Besides the military cannon salute, organizers say, the Third Annual Hometown Heroes Tribute Program features speakers, distinguished guests and local officials. Organized by the Exchange Club of Haverhill, banners appear on poles along Essex, Washington, Merrimack, Main, Water and South Main Streets; Bailey Boulevard; and Basiliere and Comeau Bridges. The ceremony takes place Thursday May 25, 2 p.m. at GAR Park in downtown Haverhill. The patriotic banners are displayed from Memorial Day to Veterans Day and then returned to donors.

Singer Songwriter Kristen Ford Performs Saturday at New Moon Coffeehouse in Haverhill

An Indie rock rising star now living in Nashville but who has toured 48 states and 10 countries, brings folk and acoustic music to Haverhill tomorrow night. Kristen Ford is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with five albums showing her versatility as she blends the styles of reggae, indie, folk and blues into a lively, unique all-body performance that even may include beatboxing. Ford performs live Saturday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., at the New Moon Coffeehouse at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St., Haverhill. Doors opens at 7. Admission is $20 cash at the door; and half price for those ages 18 and under.

Learn About, and Sample, Chocolate at Whittier Birthplace Tomorrow Night; Small Bites and Wine Too

“Exploring Foodways: History of Chocolate” is on tap tomorrow night at Haverhill’s Whittier Birthplace. Historian Michele Gabrielson discusses the history and production of chocolate with special attention to early American consumption. There will be chocolate samples donated by Lindt. The event is for those of at least age 21 and takes place Thursday, May 18, from 6-8 p.m., at Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road, Haverhill. Small bites by la Pizza di Forno and a glass of wine are included in the $30 per person, ticket price.