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Buttonwoods Museum Festival of Trees hosts events this week – Eagle

The Buttonwoods Museum’s 15th annual Festival of Trees continues this week with a variety of special events. 

The festival, which is closed Monday and Tuesdays, runs through Dec. 11.

A children’s scavenger hunt and holiday music is Thursday from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Festival hours on Thursday are from noon to 8 p.m.

Senior Day is Friday and features $1 off admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Accordion music is from noon to 1 p.m., and holiday music is from 4 to 8 p.m. Festival hours on Friday are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Children’s Crafts Day is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with refreshments included. Santa visits from 1 to 2 p.m. Holiday music is from 4 to 8 p.m. Festival hours on Saturday are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Demonstrations by the Greater Haverhill Arts Association are Sunday. Joanne Turner is featured from noon to 2:30 p.m. and Roseanne Bartlett is featured from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Festival hours on Sunday are from noon to 5 p.m.

The Buttonwoods Museum is at 240 Water St. Enter by John Ward Avenue. Visit online at

 Learn about advanced knee, hip surgery

Anna Jaques Hospital will present a free seminar on the Mako Robotic Arm Interactive System that enables orthopedic surgeons there to perform advanced knee and hip procedures for patients suffering from joint pain. 

The presentation is on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. The talk will be presented by orthopedic surgeon Michael Wack of Seacoast Orthopedics.

Anna Jaques is one of only two hospitals in a 50-mile radius to offer Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Surgery.

Register for this program at or call 978-463-1475.

 Giving tree set up at Citizens Center

The Council on Aging’s annual Giving Tree is now on display in the dining room at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

 Please stop by and pick up a tag for an item that will be donated to local disadvantaged seniors in Haverhill nursing homes. More information is available from Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.

 Planning Commission to hold monthly meeting

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the MVPC office, 160 Main St. 

The agenda includes updates on economic development, and environmental and transportation programs in the region. The agenda is available on the MVPC website,

For more information call Nancy Lavallee at 978-374-0519 or email

 First-time homebuyer course offered

Community Action Inc. is offering its first-time home buyer education program for area residents beginning Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Presidential Gardens Community Room, 140 Evergreen Drive, Bradford.

Participants will receive comprehensive information offered by housing professionals including bank lenders, buyer/seller real estate brokers, housing attorneys, insurance agents home inspectors and credit counselors, in addition to information about individual household mortgage prequalification, foreclosure sales, affordable housing lotteries and services of a buyer broker, down payment assistance programs and reduced interest loans.

A Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative approved certificate is awarded after completion of the three-night course. The program is also approved by MassHousing. The dates for the course are Dec. 1, 7 and 8. The cost is $60 per household. There are no income requirements to take the training.

For more information, contact Richard Lynch at 978-373-1971 or Susan Collins at 978-317-8998.

Spotlight Playhouse to present holiday songs, humor

Spotlight Playhouse will present Broadway on Essex – Holidaze in the Galleria Banquet room at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St.

Performances are Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

More than 30 performers will present Broadway and traditional and not so traditional holiday songs that will please the whole family, including such favorites as “I’ll be Home for Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” Tickets are $35 for seniors and members. General admission is $38. Tickets include a full dinner, dessert buffet and coffee and tea. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 617-470-2175 or you can email

Holiday craft fair planned

Darlene Sutton’s Life Long Journey will host a craft cair titled “A Snowman’s Journey” on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St. 

Craft/art items include knitted baby afghans and knitted necklaces, children’s knitted and crocheted sweaters, sports teams hats, blankets and other sports clothing items, hand-painted Christmas decorations, hand-made jewelry with sea glass, hand-crafted wooden bowls, wooden birdhouses and more.

Cost of tables is $20 for one or two for $30 and all crafters are welcome. To reserve a table, contact Darlene Sutton at 978-476-4677.

 Penguin Pub Crawl set for Friday

The sixth annual Downtown Haverhill Penguin Pub Crawl to benefit Ozzie’s Kids will be held on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

This year, 13 downtown restaurants and bars are participating. Registration is $30 per person. To register, send email to

Penguin Crawlers walk with friends and patronize the restaurants/bars with either beverages or food. An after party at 9 p.m. will include a DJ and heavy appetizers.

Downtown establishments taking part are: Keon’s, The Lasting Room, the Chit Chat Lounge, The Tap, Barking Dog Ale House, Wang’s Table, Battle Grounds Cafe, Terri’s Place, Essex Street Grille, Peddler’s Daughter, Maria’s Restaurant, Butch’s Uptown and Smith’s Tavern.

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