Greater Haverhill, Newburyport Organizations Receive Anna Jaques Hospital Grants

Anna Jaques Hospital is awarding $100,000 in grants over the next two years to 10 community-based organizations serving the health needs of residents throughout the Greater Haverhill and Newburyport areas. Receiving grants of $5,000 each for the next two years are Common Ground Ministries food pantry and thrift store in Haverhill; Mitch’s Place, Emmaus’ overnight emergency shelter in Haverhill; McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Program at Haverhill Pubic Schools; Youth Empowerment Services of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Amesbury; Children and Teen Center for Help of the Link House in Amesbury; Northern Essex Elder Transport; VEGOUT program of Nourishing the North Shore in northern Essex County; Wednesday Meal Program of Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury; Behavioral Event and Substance Support Team of Pettengill House; and Sarah’s Place adult day health program in Haverhill. “We are proud to support these local organizations and the important work they do to reduce health disparities and inequities throughout our region,” said Anna Jaques Hospital President Glenn Focht. Grants are part of the hospital’s Community Benefits Program, which supports organizations in Amesbury, Haverhill, Merrimac, Newburyport and Salisbury. Grants are based on how each organization supports the four major health priorities identified during the hospital’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment, completed in 2022, including equitable access to care, social determinants of health, mental health and substance use and chronic/complex conditions.

Greater Haverhill Indivisible Hosts ‘Inequality for All’ Documentary Screening July 11

Greater Haverhill Indivisible is screening “Inequality for All,” a documentary about wealth disparity in the United States, this Thursday. The documentary is based on former Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s book “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future.” It seeks to examine the widening income gap in the U.S. and Reich’s work to reverse it during his time with the Clinton Administration. Following the screening, there will be a 30-minute discussion about the film and its subject

The screening is open to the public. It will be held Thursday, July 11, at HC Media Studio 101, 2 Merrimack St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the film will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The discussion session will finish at 9 p.m.

Buttonwoods Museum Plans Fun on Banks of Merrimack

The Buttonwoods Museum, in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, hosts a program on the banks of the Merrimack River. Budding scientists can meet an actual water scientist from the USGS, and learn about keeping the river clean and safe. This STEM-oriented program is offered to elementary and middle school aged students. In addition to meeting the scientist, participants will have the chance to explore the Buttonwoods Museum’s Riverside trail along the Merrimack and to try some of the methods the USGS uses to preserve the river. This fun learning event is free, but parents/guardians are asked to make a reservation either by filling out a form on the museum’s website or sending an email to [email protected] listing how many children they plan to bring.

Proposal Deadline Nears for Artists To Design ‘A Seat at the Table’

In August, Buttonwoods Museum will mount an exhibit in celebration of National Diversity Awareness Month, called “A Seat At the Table,” which is inspired by Shirley Chisolm’s powerful quote, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Chisolm holds an important place in American political life. She was a revolutionary figure, breaking barriers to become the first Black woman elected to Congress. Beginning in 1968, she served seven terms representing a district in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a founding member, and the only woman, of the Congressional Black Caucus, and in 1971 cofounded the National Women’s Political Caucus. But she is perhaps best known as the first Black woman to run for president, and the first woman to appear in a U.S. presidential debate, which happened in June 1972. It is Chisolm’s legacy of time and again bringing her own chair to the table that inspires the upcoming Buttonwoods exhibit.

Haverhill’s 411 Cares Collects ‘Tuna in July’ for Veterans During 2nd Annual Event

411 Cares hosts its second annual “Tuna in July” fundraiser for military veterans and Haverhill families in need this month. Donors may give any size can of tuna or jar of mayonnaise at drop off locations around the city to support the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center and several food pantries around Haverhill. “In 2023, the Greater Haverhill community gave their overwhelming support with multiple cans of tuna dropped off at various locations throughout the entire month of July. We are hoping for an even greater response this July,” says 411 Cares Executive Director Dee Jacobs O’Neil. The tuna drive runs for the entire month of July.

Favorite Colonial Children’s Story to Be Read at Buttonwoods July 11

The classic fairytale “Jack and the Beanstalk” was the most popular story told to children in colonial times. That makes the colonial farmhouse at the Buttonwoods Museum the perfect place for a reading of the centuries-old story. This magical story hour takes place on Thursday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to noon. It is designed for preschool and kindergarten-aged children. After hearing the story, the young participants will plant their own magic beans in a cup to grow at home.

River Cruise Shares History of Haverhill’s Section of Merrimack

The Merrimack River Watershed Council’s Matthew Cranney, manager of the organization’s Water Resources projects, will narrate a boat tour of Haverhill’s section of the Merrimack River, focusing on the ecology of the waterway and how the river and its health is inextricably tied to the city’s history. The cruise is one of four on-the-water fundraising events for the Watershed Council. Each scenic tour will motor through different sections of the river, guided by local experts who will educate and entertain with stories, information and insight meant to broaden knowledge and appreciation of the mighty Merrimack — and no doubt along the way, surprise passengers with sightings of fish and fowl that inhabit the river. The Haverhill-centric tour is the organization’s July cruise. Participants will see unique habitats the river supports, and will hear about efforts to improve the river’s health.

Play Along with The Band at Next Plaistow Summer Series Concert

Key Elements, a four-piece New Hampshire-based cover band featuring Plaistow-raised siblings Mike and Liz Comeau, will perform in the next concert in the Plaistow Summer Series. The Comeaus, who honed their musical talents in the Timberlane Band, perform nostalgic favorites from the 70s and 80s with their bandmates. Expect hits from artists like The Eagles, James Taylor, Carole King and Linda Rondstadt, but with a unique twist. Key Elements brings a bunch of hand percussion instruments to the gig, so audience members can play along. The concert series takes place every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Town Bandstand, 145 Main St.