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.

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.