Buttonwoods Museum Receives Grant to Connect History to Daily Life

Buttonwoods Museum is developing a new way of presenting regional history thanks to a matching grant from the Essex Heritage National Area. What was described as an “audience-centered interpretive plan” will “connect the River, buildings, grounds, programs, and exhibits based on experiences of daily life.” Buttonwoods, 240 Water St., serves as an Essex Heritage visitor center and is one of a dozen organizations receiving a grant of at least $2,000. In making the announcement Thursday, Essex Heritage CEO Annie Harris said the entire county benefits from regional efforts. “Over the 21-year life of the program we have provided grants to every community in Essex County—and we know that this seed money greatly impacts the region by leveraging more investments in the Essex National Heritage Area.”

In Buttonwoods case, themes might include “immigrant reactions and adaptation to the region, or simpler aspects of daily life like courting and dating. Oral histories, to be collected as part of an implementation plan, will add a human element to primary sources and objects.”

The total cost of the project must be at least $4,000.

Haverhill’s UMass Lowell iHub Plans Free Financial Management Program April 10

Haverhill’s UMass Lowell Innovation Hub is continuing its free Entrepreneur Development Series with a financial management program next week. “Raise It, Structure It, Manage It: Understanding Financing and Accounting” takes place Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m., at the iHub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for networking. Stephen “Zam” Zamierowski, managing director at Deloitte, breaks down key issues related to raising money, managing capital and effective accounting necessary for businesses to succeed. He is a speaker, reviewer, judge and mentor for several local entrepreneurial programs including the MIT Enterprise Forum, CleanTech Open, Mass Technology Transfer Center, Mass Clean Energy Council, Tufts University and Harvard Business School.

Emmaus Online Auction Features Trips, Jewelry, Red Sox Tickets Until Friday

Haverhill’s Emmaus, which operates programs to help the homeless, is in the midst of its first online fundraising auction. The auction runs until this Friday at 5 p.m., and accepts bids for spa packages, local dining, getaway trips, jewelry and Red Sox tickets among more than 80 items. The auction takes place at valleystars19.ggo.bid

Proceeds help Emmaus’ mission of helping men, women and children facing homelessness rebuild their lives. The online site also previews live auction items that will offered during Emmaus’ Fifth Annual Stepping Out with the Valley Stars Gala, this Saturday, April 6, beginning at 6 p.m., at Blue Ocean Music hall, Salisbury. Live auction items include a trip to Walt Disney World. Items won during the auction will be mailed to the winners, unless noted in the package description.

Harry Potter-Themed Wizard Market Coming to Winnekenni In May

Potter-heads get ready: A wonderful, wizard market is taking over Haverhill’s Winnekenni Castle for a weekend in May. Devoted to all things Harry Potter, the two-day event features movie-related memorabilia for sale, live music and, of course, butterbeer. Wizarding and witchcraft classes are also planned. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and tickets are available online at newizardmarket.com. The event runs from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 with proceeds benefiting the Winnekenni Foundation.

Haverhill High Stages ‘Footloose’ April 4-6

The Hillies are getting footloose and fancy free! Brown and gold thespians are preparing to stage their own production of “Footloose” for four performances this weekend at the Monument Street’s school auditorium. Directed by Melissa Allen, performances take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. A 2 p.m. Saturday matinee is also planned. $10 adult and $5 student tickets are available by visiting TicketStage.com and searching for “Haverhill High School.”

Haverhill Rabies Clinic Is Saturday, April 6

Haverhill’s four-legged friends can get their springtime vaccinations at a discount on Saturday, April 6 when the Main Street Animal Hospital offers rabies and other preventative shots for city residents at the 500 Primrose St. animal shelter. From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 6, residents can bring dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier to receive a shot for $13 per animal. No appointment is necessary and services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Other services are offered at a discounted rate, and more information is available by calling 978-374-2415.

Haverhill ‘Ranked Choice Voting’ Presentation, Mock Election Happens Saturday

Interested in learning more about ranked voter choice? Local political advocacy group Greater Haverhill Indivisible plans a presentation on the proposed change that would allow voters to rank candidates on the ballot according to their order of choice. Haverhilll’s own state Rep. Andy Vargas is among the local policymakers sponsoring legislation to enact ranked choice voting in state and federal elections. During Saturday’s 1 p.m. session at the UU Church of Haverhill, 16 Ashland St., a mock election follows the overview of the new voting proposition. A discussion of national issues is also planned.

Join Fiorentini for ‘Meet the Mayor’ Breakfast Saturday in Mount Washington

Residents of the city’s Mount Washington’s neighborhood are invited to attend a “Meet the Mayor” breakfast on Saturday, March 30 with Mayor James J. Fiorentini. Food is served at 9:30 a.m., with a question and answer session to follow at 10 a.m.

The event, sponsored by the Mount Washington Alliance and Somebody Cares New England, is free and open to all city residents. Advance registration is requested by calling 978-912-7626. Childcare will be provided.