Family Services of MV Plans ‘Bowl a Strike for Kids’ March 6

Family Services of the Merrimack Valley is hosting a bowling fundraising event to match young people with positive role models. “Bowl a Strike for Kids” begins Friday, March 6, 4 p.m., at Academy Lanes, 725 S. Main St., Haverhill. Family Service’s goal is to empower, nurture and support children and families through life’s challenges. This year’s theme is “Rock n’ Bowl.”

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Chemistry Professor Discusses ‘Chocolate: The Secret Indulgence’ This Saturday

If you like chocolate, but are worried about side effects, Northern Essex Community College Professor Michael Cross discusses pros and cons—with free samples—during a talk this Saturday. According to Cross, despite the potential side effects of over-indulging, chocolate consumption actually comes with a wide range of physical and mental health benefits. A chemistry professor, Cross presents “Chocolate: The Secret Indulgence,” Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m., at Merrimac Public Library, 86 West Main St., Merrimac. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Atkinson Congregational ‘Connections’ Dinner Party This Wednesday

Atkinson Congregational Church is beginning a new year of Connections dinner parties, with the first scheduled for this Wednesday. Organizers say, Connections, which meets every first Wednesday of the month, is designed for people who can’t fit Sunday services into their lives, for those with no relationship with organized religion or those who’ve been hurt by church in the past. This week’s free, family-style meal includes shepherd’s pie, salad and apple crisp. Connections meet Wednesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 6 p.m., in the church’s Lovejoy Hall, 101 Main St., Atkinson.

New Hampshire Philharmonic Presents Winter Idylls and Springtime Concert

This weekend, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, presents “Winter Idylls & Springtime Visions,” a concert of symphonies by conductors Bruckner, Finzi, and Haydn. Anton Bruckner’s fourth symphony, “Romantic,” captures a 19th century perspective of noble knights, castles, forests and mountains from Europe’s past. Finzi’s “Romance for Strings,” depicts the cool, green English countryside and Haydn’s 73rd symphony, while “The Hunt,” leads listeners through hedgerows and fields. The concert helps bring listeners out of the cold New England weather and into the warmer English Summer. The performances are Sat.

‘Hot Metal Day’ Details the Linotype Saturday at Haverhill’s Museum of Printing

Haverhill’s Museum of Printing presents “Hot Metal Day” tomorrow with Linotype demonstrations and a presentation on the history of the print method. There are opportunities to watch Linotype demonstrations, cast one’s name in hot metal on the Ludlow and print a keepsake. A Linotype Model 31 demonstration will be presented by Michael Babcock, of Interrobang Press. History of the Linotype and Ludlow some from Museum President Frank Romano during presentations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Doug Wilson’s movie, “Linotype: The Film” screens at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., 15 Thornton Ave., Haverhill. Visitors may also see the rare 1883 second prototype called the Second Band Machine and a 1972 Elektron II, the last model Linotype built.

Haverhill Public Library Hosts ‘Community Baby Shower’ Feb. 8

Haverhill Public Library is hosting a “Community Baby Shower,” Saturday, Feb. 8. A presentation includes local family resources, play baby shower games and an abbreviated baby storytime. This event is for expectant parents and families who had a child in 2019 and little ones are welcome to attend. There are free car seat checks available and every family receives a board book gift.

Pentucket and Triton Districts Host Workshops on Mental Health and Bullying

Pentucket and Triton Regional School Districts are collaborating to host a series of events on mental health and bullying. The workshops are free, open to the public and are aimed at parents, guardians and community members from Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury. “It’s essential that the adults in our students’ lives have a strong understanding of the social and emotional needs of children and teens today and we hope these events will be informative and helpful for families navigating these complex topics,” Pentucket Superintendent Justin Bartholomew said. “In order for students to succeed in school, they need to feel supported, valued and safe.”

This is the first year Pentucket has partnered with Triton to offer a series of educational events to parents and guardians regarding bullying and mental health, in addition to various supports and resources offered in each district. The districts have also partnered with Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY), a nonprofit organization that works to increase the health and safety of students through training, collaboration and programming, for portions of the series.

Haverhill MultiCultural Festival Names Kelley as Project Manager; First Event is June 20

Shawna Kelley has been named as project manager for next June’s MultiCultural Festival. Kelley is a graphic artist and her hobby of working at music festivals, like Newport Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and Rhythm and Roots Festival, merged with her art when she became the concert program manager at Brandeis University after moving to Haverhill in 2004. “Shawna will bring a fresh new perspective from the view of an outsider looking in, which is what we need for this event to take off and soar to great heights in our first year of hosting a Multicultural Festival,” said Haverhill Cultural Council Chairman Nathan E. Webster III. Kelley previously operated Artmosphere, formerly the Paint and Wine Lounge, at 57 Wingate St. She has participated in Team Haverhill, Creative Haverhill and the Haverhill Cultural Council through events such as River Ruckus, KidsFest, and Make Some Noise Concert Series.