HHS Junior Gabriela Vargas Reads From Own Book of Poetry Tuesday Night

The Hillies are embracing one of their own Tuesday night, Oct. 29 when junior Gabriela Vargas reads from her published book of poems “The Rhymes of My Times” during the school’s latest humanities lecture series event. Starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Haverhill High School library, 137 Monument St., 15-year-old Vargas will offer a selection of poetry from her book that highlights love, pain, racism and lessons learned through the eyes of a teen. She’ll also sign copies of the book after the event, organizer Tom Jordan tells WHAV. The event is free and open to all.

Haverhill Curbside Leaf Collection Planned for Saturday, Nov. 9

The Haverhill Department of Public Works has planned a second curbside leaf collection day on Saturday, Nov. 9 as a result of the large amount of leaves that have fallen in recent weeks due to high winds and storms.

Leaves must be placed in biodegradable paper bags or open-top containers that do not exceed 50 pounds by 6 a.m. in order to be picked up. Loose leaves or grass in piles or plastic bags will not be collected. The DPW Recycling Center at 500 Primrose St., remains open six days a week for disposal of leaves and grass through Dec. 14, weather permitting.

‘First Light Flashback’ Presentation at Haverhill Public Library Is Nov. 3

An opportunity to reflect and learn about Native American history comes on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. as the Haverhill Public Library hosts a presentation and performance by Annawon Weedon. Weedon, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag community, seeks to educate and provide a more nuanced depiction of indigenous peoples and cultures. The event promises to discuss such topics as the figure Squanto, the first inhabitants of Turtle Island, and the Massachusetts whaling industry. To register for this free event, call 978-373-1586 x. 608.

Haverhill Council on Aging Christmas Craft Fair Is Saturday, Nov. 16

Look no further to complete your shopping list as the Council on Aging holds their annual Christmas Fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Citizens Center on 10 Welcome St. The fair is a chance for crafters to sell their wares, with those 60 and older able to participate at no cost. To register for a table or for more information call Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.

‘All for Ang’ 5K in Memory of Hunking Teacher Angela Iannalfo Is Sunday, Nov. 3

The second annual “All for Ang” memorial 5K takes place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road, Haverhill, and tickets are still available. The 5K walk/run is held to remember Angela Conte Iannalfo—a Hunking School teacher and mother who died in 2017. Proceeds from the walk go towards groups including the Haverhill Public Schools. There is a $27 entry fee for adults and $15 for children.

Plaistow’s St. Luke’s Food Pantry Seeks Donations

St. Luke’s Food Pantry at Holy Angels Parish in Plaistow, N.H. seeks donations of non-perishable food items throughout the month of October with Plaistow Town Hall, 145 Main St., serving as a collection point. Suggested items include peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, boxed cereal, pasta and sauce and gluten- and sugar-free items.