U.S. Rep. Trahan to be Joined by VA Director Ng and Gen. Hammond in Veterans Town Hall Online

Congresswoman Lori Trahan is having a virtual town hall this afternoon, focusing on relief and resources available to Massachusetts veterans. The town hall features VA Boston Healthcare System Director Vincent Ng and Executive Director of Massachusetts General Home Base Program Gen. Jack Hammond (Ret.) at 1:30 p.m., on Trahan’s Facebook page. The event is free and open to the public.

Cub Scouts Organize ‘Plaistow Pride Town Clean Up Day,’ May 16

Note: This event has been postponed. Although everyone is expected to take precautions and socially distance, Plaistow, N.H., Cub Scout Pack 118 is organizing the “Plaistow Pride Town Clean Up Day,” Saturday, May 16. The Scouts are inviting all residents to choose a section of their road to clean. Volunteers may obtain trash bags from Brian Stack at the gazebo between 9 and 11 a.m. that day.

UMass iHub Online Event Addresses ‘Fearlessness as a Daily Practice’

“Fearlessness as a Daily Practice” is the focus of a UMass Lowell Innovation Hub virtual presentation next week. Devon Grilly, coach, speaker and blogger, leads the free live webcast Thursday, May 14, from noon-1 p.m. Zoom login information will be forwarded to those who register. Organizers say, “Fear is an exhausting emotion even when there’s not a global pandemic going on. It takes precious energy away from moving forward in our goals for our lives and our careers.” Instead, they ask, what if “pushing” and “fighting” against fear, one were able to approach the challenges of business and life with ease instead? Besides UMass iHubs,located in Haverhill and Lowell, the event is ghosted by Women Accelerators and Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union.

Area High School Seniors May Apply for Robert Gablosky Memorial Scholarship by May 15

Graduating high school seniors from Haverhill and abutting towns who plan a career in the visual arts are eligible for the Robert Gablosky Memorial Scholarship from the Greater Haverhill Arts Association. High school seniors, including public, private and home-school, are eligible for the minimum $1,000 scholarship if enrolling in a two- or four-year college program. The deadline is Friday, May 15. Seniors must reside in the school districts of Haverhill, Methuen, North Andover, Masconomet, Pentucket, or Timberlane. The application is at GHAA.art.

Haverhill’s Museum of Printing Invites the Public to Try ‘The Alphabet Factory At Home’

Haverhill’s Museum of Printing is participating in a reimagined annual ArtWeek festival by featuring “The Alphabet Factory At Home.”

To play the Alphabet Factory At Home, participants “Print” their names with anything but paper and create their own typefaces. Organizers say, “From thumbtacks to daffodils, use what you have at home and shape it into your name.” Take a pic and share it with Artweek and The Museum of Printing between May 1 and 10. Use tags #ArtWeekAtHome @ArtWeekMa. The format replaces the original statewide ArtWeek that would have featured almost 800 creative events in over 170 communities across Massachusetts, including many free events for families, children, residents and visitors. There is more about the Museum of Printing at museumofprinting.org

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Brings Back $5,000 Prize Raffle to Help Finish Landscaping

Earlier this year, a key fundraiser to help pay for the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was sidelined by the emergence of the coronavirus, but supporters are trying again. Ralph. T. Basiliere, chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ad Hoc Commission, said a Spring Raffle with a $5,000 first prize, will pay for complete landscaping at the Mill Brook site. “The raffle is the sole fundraiser that’s viable and necessary to finish,” Basiliere explained. Tickets are $100 each and only 250 tickets will be sold.

Virtual Breakfast for Hope Thursday Aims to Destigmatize, Prevent Suicide

Samaritans is taking its 2020 Breakfast for Hope virtual in response to the public health crisis created by COVID-19. The Breakfast for Hope begins Thursday, April 30, at 8 a.m., and features stories from people who have benefitted from the nonprofit’s lifesaving suicide prevention, postvention and intervention services. Gov. Charlie Baker offers opening remarks and Boston radio host Kennedy Elsey appears by video. Those who wish to participate may learn about registration, sponsorship and additional information here. Those interested in registering guests for a virtual table may select the complimentary ticket type, “Table Guest,” and complete their information or send a list of guest names and email addresses to [email protected] Donations are requested to support the nonprofit’s lifesaving work.

Haverhill to Collect Grass and Leaves at Curbside This Saturday, May 2

Haverhill is collecting grass and leaves at the curbside this Saturday, May 2. The city’s trash collection vendor, Capitol Waste, is conducting the pickup of grass and leaves only. Brush, including tree limbs, branches, sticks or tree trunks will have to wait until the city’s Public Works site on Primrose Street reopens later this year. Residents are asked to have open-top barrels and biodegradable paper leaf bags curbside by 6 a.m., Saturday morning. Open-top containers may not weigh more than 50 pounds.