Author’s Storytime Doubles as Children’s Book Drive Saturday

Historic New England, the oldest, largest and most comprehensive independent preservation organization in the United States, will collaborate with Ruth’s House and the Haverhill Public Library for a children’s book drive and storytime featuring author Josh Funk. Funk will read from his award-winning “Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast” series. Those who attend are asked to bring and donate a gently used children’s book for Ruth’s House as a way to pass on the joy of reading to another family. Funk is a software engineer and a prolific children’s book author who often blends information from his work life into his stories. The book drive/storytime is Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St.

Haverhill Veterans Office Offers Ways to Honor Service on Memorial Day

Haverhill will honor its fallen service members as it does every year with flags placed on veterans’ graves in advance of Memorial Day, and a parade from Kenoza Avenue to Linwood Cemetery with a closing ceremony there on the holiday. Volunteers who would like to help place an American flag at veterans’ graves are welcome to join members of local veterans’ organizations and Scouts in the task. Veterans Services Officer Jeffrey C. Hollett can help direct volunteers to the locations where help is needed. He can be reached at 978-374-2351, ext. 3910, or in person in his office at the Haverhill Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Greater Haverhill Arts Association Spring Art Exhibit at Penacook Place Through May 18

The Greater Haverhill Arts Association is presenting a Spring Art Exhibit featuring members’ works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, digital art and stained glass. The display is the latest in the second year of an ongoing series of quarterly exhibits of favorite artworks from the studios of members. Art is on display to the public through Saturday, May 18, during regular hours in the main floor hallway at Penacook Place, 150 Water St., Haverhill.

Atkinson Church Tonight Hosts Film, Discussion on Teens’ Mental Health Challenges

Local parents and grandparents who want to support their children’s mental health can learn more at a program hosted by Atkinson Congregational Church. Area mental health professionals will lead a discussion after guests watch the film, “What I Wish My Parents Knew.” It shows the individual struggles of 10 young people dealing with anxiety and depression. “We’re living at a time when anxiety, depression, and suicide seem to be rising at an alarming rate in young people,” said Pastor Jim Thomas.  According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates for Americans ages 10 to 24 increased by 62% between 2007 and 2021, the latest date for which full statistics are available. “This event is meant to help parents and grandparents become more educated on sensitive mental health issues, while being able to ask questions and find resources in a safe environment,” Thomas said. The program, run in cooperation with Southern Rockingham Coalition for Healthy Youth, is on Tuesday, May 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Atkinson Congregational Church, 101 Main St., Atkinson, N.H. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and light refreshments will be served before the program begins.

Haverhill Gardeners Prepare for Season At Annual Plant Sale

It’s a gardener’s dream: shopping for lovingly hand-raised plants, access to soil testing, and a pre-season tune-up for garden tools, all provided at the Haverhill Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale. The club’s lone fundraiser for the year, the sale supports the organization’s scholarships and public planting projects. Shoppers will find a wide variety of annuals, perennials, herbs and small shrubs, until they are sold out. A master gardener will be on hand to test a sample of gardeners’ soil, and club volunteers will clean and sharpen tools for maximum performance in local gardens. The popular event is a favorite of area gardeners, and items normally sell out quickly.

Learning English or Spanish? Practice with Others at the Haverhill Public Library

The Haverhill Public Library gives English or Spanish language learners a casual and welcoming place to practice with regular conversation groups. On Mondays from 6 to 7:30, those who are learning English can converse with native English language speakers. There will be no class on May 27, because of the Memorial Day holiday. The remaining Spanish language conversation practice for May is from 11 a.m. to noon on the 18th. Registration is not required for these sessions, which meet in the Milhendler Room.

Atkinson Congregational Church Debuts Spring Fest

Atkinson Congregational Church will welcome spring with a celebration of food, fun, family and friends. Pastor Jim Thomas said the goal of the church’s first-ever Spring Fest is to “provide a festival that’s about community and simply being together. It goes without saying that we’re excited for this event.”

A wide range of activities will take place on church grounds, including dining on fare from a variety of food-truck vendors, arts and crafts fair, and a multitude of offerings of interest to children, from a touch-a-truck event, bounce house, face painting, and games. All ages will enjoy music from a local, five-member band, Splatter Band. Parking will be in a field next to the church, accessible from the entrance on Meditation Lane in Atkinson, N.H., and will be clearly marked.