Author Interview with Love Inspired Suspense Author Virginia Vaughan!
Hey, Howdy, Hey, Readers! Ruby Mae here today and so excited to announce I had a chance to interview one of my favorite authors Virginia Vaughan! She writes for Love Inspired Suspense and is a very talented author and it is such a blessing to have her here today!
Welcome, Virginia! I’m so thrilled to have you here as a guest on my blog and I pray that many will be encouraged by your words today and through learning more about you and your writing. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and w hat motivated you to become a Christian fiction writer? Thanks for having me! I’m thrilled to be on your blog. I’ve always loved making up stories. Even as a child, I would make up stories in my head and act them out. Writing seemed the natural progression for me, but I didn’t start out writing Christian fiction. When I started writing, I was living like the world and my writing reflected that. But God was gracious that none of those stories ever got published! When I rededicated my life to the Lord, I wondered if my dream to be a published writer was over before it had begun. I’d never even heard of Christian fiction and didn’t know people were publishing in this area. I knew only that God had given me this gift and this dream to pursue it. So I was elated when I stumbled across an Christian romantic suspense one day in the bookstore. Suddenly, my dream was alive again!
What do you hope to accomplish through your writing? I got caught up in the secular worldview for much of my twenties and the consequences of the choices I made then are still evident in my life today. I see women all around me living the same way I did and I want to warn them about the dangers, but also about the freedom we have in Jesus Christ. I hope, through my writing, I can convey those things to other women.
What project(s) are you currently working on? I have two books that just released in August. The first is an inspirational romantic suspense with Love Inspired Suspense titled COLD CASE COVER-UP. It is the first book in my series Covert Operatives, and the second book in the series releases in November.
My other August release is a story titled FOR LOVE OR MONEY that appears in Exposed: A Christian Romantic Suspense Book Set Book Bundle Collection along with six other inspirational romantic suspense authors. It’s available as an e-book for only $0.99.
Is there a certain time period that particularly interests you in your writing? I prefer to write contemporary. I want my stories to be about women who are like me so going backwards or forwards in time doesn’t really work for my books.
What has been your favorite book so far? Why? That’s like asking which of my children are my favorite, lol! I will say I loved writing my LIS book MISSION: MEMORY RECALL which wrapped up my Rangers Under Fire series. I ended up changing that story around after my hero Marcus made an appearance in book #4 of the series as a missing-in-action army ranger. I had fans, my mother, and even my editor asking to see his story, so I threw out my idea for that book and started over with an amnesiac Marcus as the hero and my heroine hunting him down to prove he’d betrayed both her and his country. I loved how that entire story unfolded.
How have you seen the Lord work through your writing to encourage others to pursue Him? Of course, I love it when someone says they enjoy my book, but when I hear someone tell me they’ve rethought their relationship with God because of something I wrote, I know that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing. I hope my writing can be a guide to those struggling with their faith.
And just some fun questions: Coffee or tea? Neither. I’ll stick with my Diet Coke.
Cake or pie? Cake. I’m not much of desserts person (give me pasta anytime though) but I love to make just a yellow cake with peach syrup.
Where in the world would you most like to visit? My dream trip would be to England. I love English literature and I would totally go geek girl over seeing all the historical places where my favorite poets and authors lived. Plus, you know, Stonehenge.
How many siblings do you have? I’m one of five kids. Three boys and two girls and I’m the next to the youngest.
What are your favorite hobbies, pastimes? When I’m not writing, you’ll find me curled up on the couch reading, bringing a series on Netflix, or hunting down bargains at garage sales or flea markets.
What’s your favorite dessert? I love ice cream sandwiches. My grandparents used to give them to me when I would visit them and it was such a special treat for me then that it’s become a special treat for me now.
What’s your favorite book of the Bible? I love Genesis for its foundational value…and the stories!
What’s your favorite Bible verse and why? Jeremiah 29:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
This is my go-to verse whenever I’m feeling down or doubting my ability to make a difference in life. Knowing that God has a plan for my life helps me keep going.
What’s a little known fact about yourself? I hoard books. That’s a known fact, but every year at Christmas, I use my stacks of books to make a book tree. I started doing this three years ago and its a lot of fun.
Award winning author Virginia Vaughan lives by the motto ‘ It’s not hoarding if its books’ . Always the kid with her nose stuck in a book, becoming a multi-published author hasn’t stopped Virginia from continuing to grow her own collection of favorite reads. Her family has refused to help her move anymore because of the sheer number boxes of books, but she’s no quitter. She’ll keep buying books and, the next time she moves, hire a moving van.
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Club News Aug 19, 2018
Spinners & Knitters Group, meets on the first Friday of each month at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. The group is composed of knitters and spinners who create their own yarn on spinning wheels; however, all needle-workers are welcome to join. This is a place for members to relax and share what they’re working on. Instruction is not provided, but attendees can always pick up a tip or two. If attending a meeting for the first time, email in advance.
Healthy Cookbook Club, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Kimball Library, 5 Academy Ave., Atkinson. The club chooses a different healthy cookbook to dive into each month. Members check out a copy of the cookbook and then spend time trying out the various recipes at home. When the group gathers the next month, members discuss the health benefits of the various recipes and share their opinions of the meals they tried. In addition, participants prepare and bring a sample of a recipe from the cookbook to share with the group. Register in advance so that there will be enough cookbooks on hand. and to sign up, call 603-362-5234 or visit kimballlibrary.com .
The Grown-Up AV Club, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway. Open to fans of movies, shows, books, and comics that are a little off-beat; nothing is too obscure. Members gather to discuss cult films and shows, anime, weird comics, and to recommend titles to the group. visit derrypl.org .
A Course In Miracles (ACIM), meets Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at The Derry Friendship Center, 99 Railroad Ave., Derry. The study/discussion group is open to anyone who would like to reduce stress, fear, depression, anger, helplessness, and/or those who feel that they are alone. The goal of ACIM, according to the group’s facilitator George Wallace, is to find the course to inner peace. visit welcomingpeace.com/ACIM-study-group .
The Sandown Garden Club, meets on the first Monday of the month, March to October, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sandown Recreation Center, 25 Pheasant Run Drive. The nonprofit organization is a member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., and National Garden Clubs, Inc. New members are always welcome and being a Sandown resident is not required. For information on membership and upcoming events, visit sandowngardenclub.org .
The Stitched with Love Sewing Group, gathers from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. The group creates handmade items for local organizations that benefit children, the elderly and the disabled. All of their supplies are donated. New members are always appreciated. All are welcome to join and sew. Sharon Woodman at .
The Scrabble Club, meets at 1 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. One or two games will be provided, but players may also bring their own. All fans of this fun pastime are welcome. For details, call 603-329-6411.
Hampstead Seniors’ drop-in center, 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. Come for coffee, food and conversation. Newcomers are always welcome. Hampstead residency is not required to join the fun. Call 603-329-6411.
The Merrimack Toastmasters Club, meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St., North Andover. Membership is open to individuals looking to improve their speaking, presentation and leadership skills, and to overcome their fear of public speaking. Guests are always welcome. visit merrimack-toastmasters.org or email .
Hampstead Garden Club, meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., where members hold a program, socialize and conduct a short business meeting. In November, members will “Deck the Halls” by creating decorations to be hung on town buildings. The holiday party will be held in December at Sweet Baby Vineyard. Active members spend one hour a month helping at one of the town gardens. An active member also helps with the plant sale fundraiser in May and brings refreshments once a year to a meeting. Participation is easy and fun. Active member dues are $15 per year. The club combines gardening, community service and friendship. New members are welcome. 603-329-6560 or visit hampsteadgarden.org .
Quota International of Lawrence, meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Roma Restaurant, 20 Middlesex St., Haverhill. Quota International is celebrating 83 years of service to those in need in the Greater Lawrence area. The nonprofit organization works in 14 countries with the mission of empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired in local communities. New members and guests are always welcome. Local residents interested in membership information may visit quotainternational.org or call 978-688-3596.
A Veterans Lions Club, will have a charter of Veterans Helping Veterans and their families within the local communities. All veterans, military retirees, National Guard members, Reserves and active duty men and women who would like to volunteer to help their communities are welcome to join. on how to join this specialty club, contact District Gov. Sam Longbook at 603-329-5603, or Pat Kimball, club membership committee, at 603-819-8433 for future meeting dates.
The Salem (NH) Lions Club, meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every fourth Thursday of the month at the American Legion Hall, 38 Millville St., Salem, New Hampshire. New members are welcome to attend. .
The Derry Lions Club, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 W. Broadway, Derry. .
Bridge Club, meets every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m., except holidays, at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. Drop in and join other fans of bridge. Hampstead residency is not required and sign-up is not needed. Call 603-329-6411.
Methuen Sons of Italy Lodge No. 902, located at 459 Merrimack St., meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Corn Hole and 45’s Tournaments will be held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and continue throughout the year. Card game nights and 50/50 raffles are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. Karaoke and DJ every Friday at 7:30 p.m. The function hall and bocce courts are available for parties, events and nonprofit fundraisers. The kitchen is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Fridays. The lodge is open to the public, so come in and meet new friends. Call 978-688-2258 to book a function or visit methuensonsofitaly.com for more information.
The Haverhill Sunday Co-Ed Softball League, is looking for players and/or teams. Come and play in a relaxed, fun league on Sunday mornings. Contact to learn more.
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, a local nonprofit, is looking for committed individuals to volunteer their time and talent to support older folks in a variety of ways. Elder Services offers nine programs to choose from. Volunteers may give as little as an hour each week as a Friend in Deed or more as a Medical Advocate. Most programs require training, a CORI and provide ongoing support. Leave a detailed message on the Volunteer Message Line at 978-946-3128 or email to request a volunteer application or more information.
Bingo for Veterans, is held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, 10 Reed St., Haverhill. All veterans are invited to play Bingo. Cards are free and prizes are awarded for each game. This veterans-only program is sponsored by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and VNOC. Veterans who are not enrolled with VNOC services are asked to bring identification of veteran status. Call 978-372-3626 for more information.
The Mary Immaculate Guild Inc., has been established to assist the MI Nursing/Restorative Center carry out its mission and improve the lives of its residents through service and fundraising. This organization is open to both men and women interested in this type of community service. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit mihcs.org/mary-immaculate-guild or call 978-620-1477 for more information.
Senior Men’s Basketball, Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Hampstead Memorial Gym. The program is open to area seniors 55 and over. There is no fee to participate. Players must bring proof of age and residency and will be required to sign waivers absolving the program, its organizers and the town of Hampstead from any liability. This program will be organized pickup and, depending on the level of interest this year or the next, may morph into a full-scale 55 and over league with teams, referees, etc. 603-329-4288.
Amedisys Hospice in Londonderry, has an immediate need for volunteers in Hillsborough County, especially in the towns of Nashua and Hudson. Hospice volunteers are needed to help make the life of a patient a little brighter. Activities may include reading with a patient, playing a board game or doing a puzzle together, or simply visiting and sharing valuable time. Interested individuals are asked to contact Patty Cooper at or 603-421-0414.
The Londonderry Women’s Club, offers a variety of ways for women to interact with other local women while making a difference in their communities through projects, outreach and volunteerism. In addition to social events at local venues, there are spin-off groups such as Book Group and Theater Group. and to see the club’s Calendar of Events, visit londonderrywomensclub.org , check out the page on Facebook or email .
Timberlane Community Band, seeks new members. Membership is open at all, regardless of instrument, musical skills or history. Some members play professionally, while others have resumed playing after 30, 40 or more years. The concert band has given rise to Volare, the jazz band, and the flute ensemble, Kokopelli. The band performs a full summer concert series, with annual Veterans Day, holiday concerts and other venues as well. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center (PAC), 40 Greenough Road, Plaistow. Interested parties are invited to come and listen to a rehearsal and speak with band members. or to join, call 603-362-4249, 603-898-4959 or visit timberlane-community-band.org .
FA (Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous), meets Wednesdays, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the St. Augustine Education Center, 45 Essex St., Andover; and Saturdays, 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Christ Church, 33 Central Ave., Andover. The free, 12-step program is open to anyone who struggles with their weight and/or food. Members include men and women who have lost more than 200 lbs., those who turned to bulimia, over-exercising and obsessive dieting, and those who had no weight to lose, but were obsessed with food and/or their weight. All are welcome to share their stories, from newcomers interested in learning more to people who have maintained steady, healthy weights for decades. visit foodaddicts.org .
The Seacoast Division of the National Model Railroad Association, hosts a Derry Fun Night program on the second Friday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Marion Garish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Members offer their expertise and experience in model railroading to explain how to get into and enjoy the hobby of model railroading. Topics include scenery construction, track planning, locomotive selection and maintenance, model building, model railroad operations and more. Some of the topics will be hands-on with materials provided to be worked on during the session and then brought home to complete and enjoy. Anyone interested in model trains is invited to attend the monthly program. go to seacoastnmra.org/calendar .
The Breakfast Exchange Club of Greater Haverhill, meets at 8 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Pentucket Bank, 35 Merrimack St., Haverhill. Its mission is to assist and advocate on behalf of older adults by offering a service, program or item of basic necessity to support their desire to remain safe at home in the Greater Haverhill area. New members are welcome. Anyone interested in helping older adults are encouraged to visit becgh.org or email for more information.
Haverhill’s Friendly Persuasion Toastmasters Club, meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, in the first floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill. Use the non-emergency entrance at the rear (Lincoln Avenue) side of the building. Toastmasters is an organization that helps members work on communication and leadership skills in a supportive, workshop-style environment. New members and guests are always welcome. visit https://9327.toastmastersclubs.org .
The Haverhill Firefighting Museum, is seeking volunteers and board members. Those interested in the history of firefighting, the history of Haverhill or in museum collections in general are especially welcome. The museum is home to one of the most extensive collections of firefighting artifacts that illustrate the history of firefighting in New England, from colonial days to present times. Volunteers are needed to help at events, with displays, on the days the museum is open, and for school field trips. about the museum, visit haverhillfirefightingmuseum.org . To learn more about volunteer opportunities or about serving on the museum board, call 978-994-1854.
The Exchange Club of Lawrence, which serves Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, meets on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the China Blossom Restaurant, 946 Osgood St., North Andover. The Exchange Club is a national service organization focused upon Americanism, community service, youth activities, and its national program of child abuse prevention. Visit lawrenceexchangeclub.org for more information.
The Exchange Club of Salem (NH), meets at noon every Thursday at the Black Water Grill, 43 Pelham Road, Salem, New Hampshire. Its mission is to work together to make local communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse. The meetings are open to the public; all are encouraged to attend. To learn more, visit salemexchangeclub.org .
Sanborn Babe Ruth, run exclusively by volunteers from the Sanborn district, provides an opportunity for players to play competitive baseball throughout southern New Hampshire. The senior division, ages 16 to 18, usually runs from mid-June through mid-July. The organization works with schools to try to accommodate both middle and high school schedules as much as possible, within reason. To register or for more information, visit newtonbsa.com , email , or call 978-580-1581.
The Coloring Club for Adults, meets from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St. All of the materials are provided. This club is geared for adults only. To learn more, visit haverhillpl.org or call 978-373-1586.
The Timberlane Community Band, is looking for new members. The band meets every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center, 40 Greenough Road, Plaistow. While some band members play professionally, there are a great many who have rekindled their love of playing in a fun, supportive, yet challenging environment after 30, 40 or more years. The band has a full summer concert series, along with annual Veterans Day, holiday concerts and more. The concert band has given rise to a Jazz Band, a Dixie Land Band and Flute Ensemble. If interested in joining, contact Gena Winchell at 603-362-4249. Prospective members may come to a rehearsal and speak with band members.
The Rotary Club of Methuen, meets on Fridays from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, 459 Merrimack St., in Methuen. Rotary members strive to build goodwill and peace, and provide humanitarian service in their communities and throughout the world. Anyone interested in joining or attending a meeting is asked to contact President Frank Brucato at 978-609-4424 or email . To learn more, visit methuenrotary.org .
The Greater Lawrence Italian Women’s Club, meets monthly, six times per year, October through December and then March through May, at the 60 Canterbury St. Pauline DiTommaso at 978-682-7453.
The Methuen Garden Club, meets in the Garden Room of the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen, on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., September through May, unless otherwise noted. This nonprofit organization encourages an interest in all aspects of gardening, promotes civic beauty and the conservation of natural resources. Many meetings offer speakers and refreshments. Methuen residency is not required. Guests are always welcome. contact Susan Davis, membership chair, at or visit methuengardenclub.org .
A Mixed Bowling League, meets on Mondays at 8:15 p.m. at Academy Lanes, 725 South Main St., Bradford. Individuals and teams, of all skill levels, are welcome to join; four people per team. Contact Kevin Birch at 508-353-3569 or email if interested in joining or for more information.
Busy Hands for Comfort Care, is a group of knitters and crocheters who gather each week for conversation and to make prayer shawls and lap robes for patients at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House. The group meets on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the hospice house, 360 North Ave., Haverhill. All crafters, including those who have suffered a loss and are looking for a way to give back to their community, are welcome to join. To register, call 978-374-9257 or 978-552-4537.
Nevins Family of Services, Methuen’s only nonprofit health care organization, is recruiting men and women who have a few hours to share with elder residents. Volunteers visit newly admitted residents serving as guest ambassadors, engage residents in activities offer friendly support, and assist with special events. Volunteers are screened, attend an orientation and receive ongoing training. 978-682-7611 or email .
Campbell Highlanders Pipes and Drums, need bagpipers and drummers. Experience is not needed, only a commitment and dedication to practice; lessons are available. Email Frank at or call 978-771-5932 to learn more or visit campbellhighlanders.com .
Volunteer N.E.E.T. Drivers needed, through the Methuen Council on Aging. Drivers are needed to transport seniors from their homes to doctor appointments. A dependable car and good driving record are required. N.E.E.T. drivers will be provided with orientation into the program, supplemental insurance for their vehicles, and a reimbursement stipend of 43¢ per mile. To volunteer, call 978-983-8825.
Overeaters Anonymous meetings, 6 p.m. on Mondays at the North Andover Senior Center, 120 Main St. Thousands have found effective long-term relief through this program. visit oa.org/meetings .
Bradford Swim Club (BSC), was founded in 1965 by a group of people with an idea to build a small, yet affordable swim and recreation center for families in Bradford and in the surrounding communities. Since then, it has remained a place where families can spend the summer and their children can learn how to swim. In addition, the BSC has been instrumental in supplying exceptional swimmers to the area’s high school swimming programs. Monthly meetings are held at the BSC, located at 328 Salem St., in Haverhill. To join or for more information, call 978-373-1051, email or visit bradfordswimclub.org .
The Haverhill Council on Aging, is seeking volunteers who share the philosophy of providing dignified, quality end-of-life care for patients and their families. Anyone who enjoys doing arts and crafts or reading; are certified pet therapists; practice Reiki or aromatherapy; knit, crochet or quilt are needed. Training will be provided. contact Maria Camerlengo at 857-363-8194 or email .
Southern New Hampshire Ukulele Group (SNHUG), provides a forum for ukulele players of all levels and meets twice a month. SNHUG boasts 175 members from southern New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and southern Maine. SNHUG is also dedicated to community service and group members play at a wide variety of local events and venues from summer fairs to assisted living centers. For more, go to facebook.com/SNHUG .
Safe Place, run by The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, meets on the second and fourth Tuesday at St. Michael Parish, 196 North Main St., North Andover, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Safe Place is a confidential and free support group led by a trained suicide survivor. Visit fsmv.org for more information.
Nonfiction Book Club, meets monthly on the first Wednesday at 1 p.m. and the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. Email for more information.
Young Onset Parkinson’s and Caregivers Gathering, meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 17 Drew Woods Drive in Derry. Offers an opportunity for people affected with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s caregivers to connect for support, discussion and camaraderie. Attendees can help each other fill in empty spaces to find solutions and answers together. RSVP to Susan at .
The Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild, meets on the third Thursday of the month at Holy Name Church Hall, 8 Atkinson Depot Road in Plaistow. Meetings are open to everyone and new members are encouraged to join or visit for a $5 guest fee. The upcoming season includes new projects for children in need, lap quilts and mores. Activities include a mystery bus trip, a weekend retreat, a UFO auction, quilt show challenges, open sew days and many more. There are plenty of activities to participate in and enjoy. visit or call Angie at 603-382-6823 and leave a message.
Friendly Persuasion Toastmasters, meets on the second and fourth Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium of the Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill. Guests are welcome at any time. visit https://9327.toastmastersclubs.org .
The Hump Day Run/Walk Club, meets on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot on Railroad Street in Methuen. Join the running/walking club on the Methuen Rail Trail to meet health and fitness goals. This informal group is free and open to all ages and fitness levels; from beginners to those training for a 5K. Visit mvymca.org or methuenrailtrail.org for more information.
Andover Choral Society, a 65- to 80-voice SATB community chorus with a mission to provide the highest standard of musical performance to the Merrimack Valley community. The chorus performs two concerts per year at the Rogers Center for the Arts on the Merrimack College campus in North Andover. The repertoire focuses on fine choral and choral-orchestral works from the baroque to the 21st century. Since 1929, membership has been open to anyone with a love for great choral music and a desire to share that love with others. Contact Marie Sullivan at 603-893-5636, email or visit andoverchoralsociety.org .
The Great Stone Face Book Club, meets every third Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Kimball Library, 5 Academy Ave., Atkinson. Thoughtful discussion and snacks will be provided. This book group is for children in grades three to five only. Advance registration is required. Ask for a copy of the current book at the children’s desk. visit kimballlibrary.com , call 603-362-5234 or email .
Discover Your Past Genealogy Club, meets on the second Thursday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Novices to advanced researchers are welcome. Most meetings will have a predetermined topic to discuss. Register online at mhl.org/eventcalendar or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31.
Amvets of Haverhill meetings, held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Amvets, 576 Primrose St., Haverhill. All veterans are welcome. Call 978-374-9807 for more information.
Join the Jumpstart Merrimack Valley Community Corps, and support the language and literacy development of preschoolers in Lawrence. Serve in a classroom twice a week with a team, earn a stipend or education award over $1,000, and receive on-going training, preparation, and support. The program will run approximately September through May. 617-873-0407, email or visit jstart.org/apply .
The Methuen Rail Trail Group, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway. New members are welcome. Call Tim Vermette at 978-685-3639, email or visit methuenrailtrail.org .
Pentucket Kiwanis Club of Haverhill, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St., Haverhill. Help support and give back to children in the local community. Kiwanis’ mission is to serve the children of the world, one child and one community at a time.
The Adult Scrabble Club, meets every other Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. All competition levels are welcome and light refreshments will be served. No sign-up is required. Call Fran at 978-686-4080, ext. 19 or email for more information.
The Methuen Republican Committee, meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. All current members and interested new members are welcome. Artie Lawless at 978-258-0361, 978-771-7805.
My Disciples Outreach Ministries, a nonprofit organization, has a mission of helping the homeless and those who are less fortunate. The group is looking for donations to benefit the community. To make a donation of food, supplies or cash donations, call Jose Figueroa at 978-457-3211 or email .
Adult Story Time, with books and crafts, is held at 10 a.m. on the first and third Friday of the month at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. This program is for developmentally disabled patrons, but all adults are welcome. No story times in July or August. Sessions will resume on Friday mornings in September. Call 603-329-6411.
Fiction Writers’ Group, typically meets at 9:15 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of the month at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. Email in advance to verify. Hampstead residency is not required. Call 603-329-6411.
The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. (except July) in the library’s Robert Frost Room, 51 Lawrence St. New members and guests welcome. Jim Ross, president of the LPL, at 978-852-0395 or email .
The Samuel Osgood Stamp Club, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month (except in July and August when meetings are on the third Wednesday only), at the Sutton Hill Center, Route 114, North Andover. There is a brief club business discussion at the start of each meeting, with presentations on the third Wednesday, and an open discussion on the first Wednesday. A bourse is usually available prior to and after each meeting and an auction normally follows the meeting. The club also sponsors an annual exhibition and dealers bourse, called SOPEX. The club welcomes new members and visitors to their meetings. contact Richard Johnson, president, at or Robert Domingue at .
Knights of Columbus Council No. 67, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at 1 Market St., Lawrence. New members are welcome. Open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics. Help those in need, grow one’s faith, serve one’s parish. contact Paul Lambert at 978-609-6420.
The Londonderry Democratic Party, meets at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at Milana Legal, 78 West Broadway, Derry. Visitors and new members are welcome. contact Tammy Siekmann at or 603-437-8898.
The Salem (NH) Woman’s Club, meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, New Hampshire. A business meeting follows the luncheon. Co-presidents are Dorothy Falco and Beverly Johnson. The club does not meet during the summer.
The Interfaith Choir, always welcomes new members. Membership is free and open to anyone of at least high school age, without audition. The choir rehearses Sundays, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Route 102 in Derry, September through April. Prior experience in a choir is not necessary. Performances are twice a year: two concerts each in December and April. Beth at 603-432-4786 or just come to a rehearsal.
Justice Resource Institute’s Intensive Foster Care and Adoption Program, is actively seeking foster parents in the Merrimack Valley to provide loving homes for children and young adults with intensive emotional and behavioral needs. These youth are from the Merrimack Valley and the goal is to place them with local foster parents to maintain a sense of normalcy and stability. Foster parents have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults who are in great need of caring homes. Contact Courtney Edge-Mattos at 508-821-7774 or email for more information.
Ballroom Dance Lessons, offered by the Andover Department of Community Services. These lessons are open to everyone, with levels from beginner to advanced. Call 978-623-8276 to register. For questions about the program, call Tom Webster, the instructor, at 978-501-4847.
Vegetarian Cooking Group, for people living in Andover. If there is sufficient interest, then an initial meeting will be scheduled in the library. Anyone interested in participating or learning more about vegetarian cooking may email .
The Massachusetts Military Academy (MMA) Alumni Association, seeks graduates of the MMA Officer Candidate School (OCS) graduates from all classes and all years. Contact the Massachusetts Military Academy headquarters’ staff or write to P.O. Box 955, Salem, NH 03079 or email for more information.
Clean-up Group, is looking for volunteers at the Merrimack River Park, Route 110, Haverhill. The group is hoping to meet once a month to keep the park clean. or to join, contact Dick LeBlond at 978-372-8231.
The Third Marine Division Association, invites anyone who served with/or in direct support of the 3rd Marine Division at any time to join the association. For a membership application or more information, contact Ray Kelley at 508-459-9937 or email .
The Andover Choral Society, invites new members to join. Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7:20 to 9:30 p.m. at Christ Church in Andover. Call 603-893-5636 for more information.
The Hampstead Civic Club Chess Club, will run Sundays through the end of March at the Hampstead Civic Club from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Open to Hampstead residents only. All skill levels are welcome. There is no charge and snacks will be served. Charlie Backman at 603-329-5867.
The Plaistow Lions Club, meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, September through June. The meeting on the second Thursday is held at the Atkinson Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive. The meeting on the fourth Thursday is held at the Vic Geary Center, 18 Greenough Road, Plaistow. visit plaistow.nhlions.org .
Newcomers of the Andovers, where Andover and North Andover neighbors become friends. See what the group is all about. Residents do not have to be new in town to join. Visit newcomersandneighbors.org for more information.
The Lawrence Cultural Council, is looking for volunteers. Must be a Lawrence resident and be available for about three to four meetings per year. To apply or for more information, call 978-620-2950.
The Methuen Ladies Auxiliary, hosts a Meat Raffle on Saturdays, from 2 to 4 p.m. at VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen.
Clan MacPherson bagpipe and drum rehearsals, are held on Mondays, from 7 to 9 p.m. at North Andover VFW Post 2104, 32 Park St. Free. Amy McGlothlin at 978-361-5525.
Bradford Grange, meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month, 7:30 p.m. at Veasey Park, Washington Street, Groveland. The public is welcome to attend all meetings. 978-374-1342.
The Merrimack Valley Townsmen Barbershop Chorus, invites interested singers to join. The group meets on Mondays, 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, Blaisdell Street, Haverhill. visit merrimackvalleytownsmen.weebly.com .
Derry Democrats Committee, meets every fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 29 West Broadway, Derry. Everyone is welcome. .
The Exchange Club of Lawrence, installed their officers for the 2012-13 year on Flag Day at the Phoenician Restaurant in Haverhill. This is the 65th anniversary of the club. The master of ceremonies was past New England District Exchange President Larry Yameen. The installing officer was Past New England District Exchange President Bob Wescott.
Rhythm of New Hampshire Show Chorus, seeks female singers to try their talents with the American art form of a cappella barbershop singing. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays, 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 35 West Broadway, Derry. 1-800-696-7351 or visit RNHChorus.org .
Bridge Club, held Mondays at 12:30 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, Room 2A, 39 W. Broadway, Derry. Free to join. Pre-registration is not necessary. Offered by Derry Parks and Recreation. 603-432-6136.
The Methuen Exchange Club, meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:45 p.m. at Michael’s Sweetheart Inn, 80 Myrtle St., Methuen. The public is welcome to learn what the club is all about. contact Brad at or Arthur at .
The North Andover Rotary Club, a nonprofit organization, meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the Edgewood Retirement Community cafeteria. All are welcome.
Whist Club, meets every Monday at 1 p.m. at the Community Center, Route 121, Atkinson. New players welcome. Cost is $2 to play. Prizes are offered. Ken Collins at 603-382-4437.
The Hampstead Civic Club Chess Club, will meet on Fridays from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. in the Hampstead Civic Club building, located next to Town Hall. The chess club is free and open to all Hampstead residents in grades 3-12. Charlie Backman at 603-329-5867.
A Conversational English Group, will meet on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. This group is for students who have studied formal English and would like to practice their speaking and listening skills. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Contact Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602 to register or for more information.
The Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild, meets on the third Thursday of each month at St. Luke the Evangelist Church Hall (formerly Holy Angels), 8 Atkinson Depot Road, Plaistow. Angie at 603-382-6823 or visit mvquilters.wordpress.com .
The Muchachos All Age Drum and Bugle Corps, a nonprofit educational organization composed of youth and adult members, is dedicated to learning music and the performing arts in the style of drum and bugle corps. The non-competing affiliate member of the Drum Corps International Organization appears in parades and exhibitions throughout New England and parts of New York State. Membership is open to anyone aged 14 and older. While previous experience is preferred, it is not a requirement. Al Gagne, corps director, at 603-228-3971 or visit muchachos.org .
Hooked on Phonics Learn-to-Read Program, through the Sandown Lions Club. The club has purchased a Hooked-on-Phonics Classic learn-to-read program. This simple but highly effective program will be loaned to any Sandown resident with a child under 15 years old. The loan period is for three months. The loan is free, but the Lions ask for a $30 cash deposit which will be refunded when the program is returned. about the program, call Donna Green at 603-974-0758. For information about joining the Lions, call Kathi Soule at 603-974-0547.
Great Stone Face Book Club, meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham. Open to grades four to six. The group talks about the books being read, plays trivia and scavenger hunt games. Parents are welcome to read along with their children. No preregistration necessary. 603-635-7581, pelhamweb.com .
The Derry VFW Ladies Auxiliary, are participating in a drive to collect items to send to the troops. The Auxiliary has adopted four units to send items oversees to. They are in need of personal hygiene items. Members also like to include non-perishable snacks. Any help is greatly appreciated. Those who cannot get to the store, but want to contribute, may make a donation. Checks can be made payable to the Derry Memorial Auxiliary; members will purchase the supplies. Items may be dropped off at Post No. 1617, 18 Railroad Ave., Derry. Sarah Goodwin at 603-505-1466.
The Derry Village Rotary Club, meets every Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center. 603-490-8388 or email Kevin Bayley, club president, at .
Chess Club, meets every other Thursday, 3:30 p.m. at the Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham. The club is for children of all ages. To register, call 603-635-7581 or visit pelhamweb.com .
Conversational English Group, Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover. Open to students who have studied formal English and would like to practice their speaking and listening skills. To register, call Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602.
The Plaistow Exchange Club, a community service club that serves Greater Plaistow, meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Plaistow Public Library, 85 Main St., Plaistow. New members are always welcome. contact Bob Harb, club president, at 978-373-5611 or email .
Civil Air Patrol, Essex County Composite Squadron, meets on Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m. at Lawrence Municipal Airport, 52 Clark Road, North Andover. CAP is a volunteer Air Force Auxiliary, tasked by the Air Force to conduct search and rescue and disaster relief activities, to educate the public on aerospace, and to train young people (ages 12-18) in leadership, character, and the skills necessary to carry out missions. For details, call 978-683-3630 or visit gocivilairpatrol.com .
The Exchange Club of Lawrence, meets Tuesdays at noon at The Sons of Italy, 155 Marston St., Lawrence. Programming includes service and events around youth, Americanism, and child abuse prevention. about this club, call 978-662-0522.
The Haverhill Lions Club, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month (September through June) at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81-83 Essex St., Haverhill. visit haverhilllionsclub.org .
The Salem Republican Town Committee, holds meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, New Hampshire. contact Jeff Hatch at .
The Timberlane Community Chorus, meets every Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Timberlane Regional Middle School, 40 Greenough Road, Plaistow. The group is directed by David Rooney and accompanied by Alia Mavroforos on piano. New members are welcome. Auditions are not required. contact Coleen Perry at 603-362-8348 or .
Merrimack Valley Writers critique group, meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. Open to aspiring writers in the Lowell/Haverhill area. Annual membership is $35. Call Tom Smith for meeting location at 617-759-9548.
The Salem (NH) Lions Club, meets at noon on the second Tuesday of the month at Salem Boys and Girls Club, 3 Geremonty Drive, Salem, New Hampshire, and at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Black Water Grill, 43 Pelham Road, Salem, New Hampshire. .
“Sit ‘n Stitch,” meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the children’s room of the Nichols Memorial Library, 169 Main St., Kingston. Bring a project to work on. Not a class. For knitters, crocheters, sewers. Free. 603-642-3521.
The Lithuanian Citizens Gedymino Club of Haverhill, meets at 6:15 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month, except July and August, at Mr. Mike’s Restaurant in Haverhill. The club was founded as a place for Lithuanian immigrants to congregate with fellow Lithuanians. contact Kevin Masys at 603-681-2060.
The Timberlane Community Chorus, meets every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Timberlane Regional Middle School, 33 Greenough Road, Plaistow. New members welcome. contact David Ford at 978-521-6917, email or Colleen Perry at 603-362-8348, email .
The Pelham Freemasons, holds a breakfast on the third Sunday of the month from 8 to 10 a.m. and a dinner on the second Monday of the month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Pulpit Rock Lodge No. 103, Perkins Way, Pelham. The public is welcome. 603-635-7888.
The Knights of Columbus, is teaming up with Cell Phones For Soldiers. Unused cellphones may be donated at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, New Hampshire. visit cellphonesforsoldiers.com .
The Greater Salem Artists Association, holds monthly art meetings and demonstrations on the second Thursday of each month, September through May, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, New Hampshire. Includes a general meeting and a different demonstrator each month. Free admission. Call Linda Hall at 603-886-5304.
Tweens Plugged In, meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Library in Atkinson to play Wii. A variety of games are offered. Open to ages 10 and up. Kathy Watson at .
Teens Unplugged, meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Library in Atkinson to play board games. Open to grades 6 and up. Bring friends. Kathy Watson at .
Teen Ink, meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Library in Atkinson for creative writing. Open to teens ages 13 and up. Kathy Watson at .
Tween Book Club, meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. All interested middle school students are welcome, (grades 6-8). Ask for a copy of the current book at the front desk. No registration required. Refreshments are served. Kathy Watson, teen librarian, at 603-362-5234.
Baby Play Group, meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. For babies ages birth to 24 months. Enjoy music, books and toys while mingling with other parents, grandparents and caregivers. No registration is required. Carolyn Birr, children’s librarian, at 603-362-5234.
Adult Wii Sports, every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. No registration is required. Kathy Watson, teen librarian, at 603-362-5234.
Young Adult Book Club, meets the second Wednesday evening of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. All interested high school students are welcome. Ask for a copy of the current book at the front desk. No registration required. Refreshments. Kathy Watson, teen librarian, at 603-362-5234.
Evening Book Club, meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. All interested adults are welcome. Ask for a copy of the current book at the front desk. No registration required. 603-362-5234.
Friends of the Kimball Library, meets the third Wednesday of each month at the library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. Made up of volunteers, the group raises money for items above and beyond the normal library budget. The group sponsors the Peddler’s Market, holds book sales, provides speakers, children’s programming, purchases museum passes and books for children and teens, and plans trips to Tanglewood. To join or for more information, call 603-362-5234.
Morning Book Club, meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:15 a.m. at the Kimball Library, 3 Academy Ave., Atkinson. All interested adults are welcome. Ask for a copy of the current book at the front desk. No registration required. 603-362-5234.
The Methuen/Salem (NH) Rotary Club, meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. at the Boxwood Grille at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club in Methuen. Handicap accessible. visit methuensalemrotary.org .
Teen Knitting Club, meets in the Teen Zone, Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., Haverhill. New and experienced knitters are always welcome. Open to teens in grades 5-12. Registration is required for new members requiring instruction. 978-373-1586.
St. Monica’s Cub Scout Pack 55, is designed for boys ages 7-10. Cub Scouting combines outdoor activities, sports, academics, and more. Pack 55 has rolling enrollment. or to join, call Cubmaster Jeff McManus at 978-390-1666.
The Methuen Youth Hockey Association (MYHA), is accepting skaters of all age levels for the travel team program. Full-season tuition is $1,400. MYHA offers local Valley League play, practice time, and skills workshops by Hi-Skills Hockey and Ed Walsh Hockey Schools. Tanya Labelle at or visit MYHA.com .
The Knitter’s and Handcrafter’s Group, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Colby Memorial Library, 7 Colby Road, Danville. New members welcome. 603-382-6733.
The North Andover Rotary Club, hosts breakfast meetings on Thursdays, 7:15 a.m. at Luci’s Cafe, Osgood Landing, 1600 Osgood St., North Andover. New members welcome. For information, visit northandoverrotary.org .
The Rotary Club of Andover, holds regular breakfast meetings Fridays, 7:30 a.m. at the Lanam Club, 260 N. Main St., Andover. Meetings feature guest speakers. Guests are welcome. visit rotaryandover.org .
Winning Speakers Toastmasters Club and Salem Speech Masters Club, have merged, effective immediately. Winning Speaker meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Windham Senior Center, 2 N. Lowell Road. Guests are always welcome. Sharon Amore at 603-893-4718, Dan Wilson at 603-898-7330, or visit toastmastersnh.org .
The Salem Woman’s Club, meets on the first Tuesday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. in Kelley Library’s Beshara Room, 234 Main St., Salem, New Hampshire. Luncheon followed by a business session and program. Membership is open to any woman interested in pursuing the objectives of the club. Its many community projects include scholarships for high school seniors, purchase of large-print books for Kelley Library, sponsorship of the Christmas Concert at Salem High, donations to local food pantries and various help to the needy at home and abroad. Members get together from September through May, including a Christmas party, mystery ride and annual luncheon. 603-893-0756.
The North Andover Garden Club, is actively seeking new members. The club meets monthly, from September through June on the second Tuesday of the month at varying times and locations. Most programs are open to the public and include garden design and maintenance, floral design, holiday workshops and much more. The club also maintains the gardens at the historic Parson Barnard House, Stevens Memorial Library and the Senior Center, provides garden therapy workshops at local assisted living facilities, decorates holiday wreathes for the town buildings, and holds its annual plant sale in May. about current programs and the club, visit northandovergardenclub.com or email .
Mom 2 Moms Group, a discussion and craft group for moms of all ages, will meet two Thursdays a month at Crossroads Baptist Church, 43 Atwood Road, Pelham. Child care provided. Cost is $5 per meeting to cover crafts and DVD discussions. 603-635-1556.
The “Border Crocheters,” meet one Tuesday evening per month at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., Haverhill. Prior to each meeting there is a half hour “intro to crochet class” for those needing individual project help. All local crocheters are welcome. contact Terri Bruce at or visit meetup.com/border-crocheters .
The Friends of Stevens Memorial Library, meets every second Tuesday (except July and August) at the library, 345 Main St., North Andover at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and help plan the November Book Sale. Donations may be left at the library at any time. contact Marty Larson at 978-686-1557 or at .
The Exchange Club of Haverhill, meets on Thursdays at noon at Olivia’s in Haverhill. visit haverhillexchangeclub.com .
The North Andover Cultural Council (NACC), is seeking new members. The NACC is a group that supports community-based projects and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of North Andover. Members also represent the cultural community and help organize and participate in town events. Arts experience is not required. Members of all backgrounds are welcome. The NACC holds six to eight meetings per year. 978-683-6627 or email .
Newcomers Club of the Andovers, new member coffee meetings. For all residents of Andover and North Andover. Meet a club representative and learn about the club at a new member coffee on the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at Panera Bread in North Andover. RSVP to Stephanie Gutowsky at 978-655-4560 if planning to attend.
Creative Women writers group, meets on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway. New members are always welcome, whether published or unpublished. All genres. .
Plaistow Historical Society, meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Museum, 127 Main St., Plaistow. Free and open to the public. Robert Carolan at 603-300-0081.
The Harvard Club of Andover, is open to graduates of Harvard University and Harvard Extension School. The club embraces members from communities surrounding Andover. Write to Lawrence Morse, club president, 19 Cherry St., Danvers, MA 01923, call 978-475-9682 or email for more information.
A vocal group, directed by Michelle Franey, rehearses Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. Emphasizes Gospel and music from diverse cultures. The group will be singing in the Southern New Hampshire, Maine and Northern Massachusetts areas. contact Susan Ropars at 603-335-2251 or email .
The Greater Derry Humane Society, meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the West Side Community Center, Derry, at 7 p.m. Open to the public. Call 603-434-1512 or visit derryhumanesociety.com .
Groveland BSA Troop 87, meets most Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St. Boy Scouting is a year-round program for boys ages 11-17. Offers outdoor activities, peer group leadership opportunities, and a personal exploration of career, hobby and special interests. Scoutmaster Jim Snow at .
The Service Club of Andover, meets monthly at 7 a.m. for breakfast at the 60 Canterbury St., Andover. Made up of business people and residents of the Town of Andover, the group’s mission is to “make a difference” in the lives of the youth and the developmentally disabled persons in the Merrimack Valley. Guests and new members welcome. 978-376-3178 or email .
The Friends RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, New Hampshire. The group is open to those who are just beginning to think about retirement as well as the soon to be or recently retired. To register, call 603-373-6144.
Adult Scrabble Club, meets every fourth Friday of the month, 10:30 a.m. at Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland. Free. Open to all levels of players. Boards are provided. Call Deb Hoadley at 978-372-1732.
Community Resources Classes, Fridays at the Hampstead memorial gym, 9:30 to 11 a.m. For $2 have a cup of coffee while your kids play, do a craft and have a snack. visit CRA-NH.org .
Adult Scrabble Club, meets Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham. 603-635-7581, ext. 3062.
High school musicians, are invited to share their musical talent by performing in the halls and lobbies of two local hospitals. Single or very small groups are needed to perform on a regular basis. Offers the opportunity for more community service hours. .
Quilters of the Merrimack Valley Quilting Guild, meet on the third Thursday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m. at Holy Angels Church Hall, Route 121A, Plaistow. 603-382-6823 or visit geocities.com .
Big Friends Little Friends, formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lawrence, matches children and youth with adults who serve as role models and friends. It is a one-year program in which the Big and Little consistently meet two to four times a month and spend between two and five hours together each time. Matches are made with considerations to such things as geographic location, interests and personalities. 978-327-6600 or visit FamilyServiceInc.com .
Hampstead Civic Club, meets the fourth Monday of each month at 8 p.m. at the club building next to the Hampstead town offices. Membership is open to any Hampstead resident 18 years and older. call Howie Steadman at 603-329-4288.
Hampstead Veterans of Foreign War Post 11254, meets the second Saturday of each month for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the English Muffin restaurant on Main St. across from the town offices. Meeting follows at 8:30 a.m. at the Hampstead Civic Club building across the street. Membership is open to veterans of foreign conflicts. call Howie Steadman at 603-329-4288.
Friends of the Nevins Memorial Library, meets on the first Monday of each month, except for the month of July, at 7:30 p.m. in the Garden Room of the library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. 978-686-4080, ext. 33.
Grey Court Poets, a group open to local poets and anyone interested in poetry, meets on the first Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. , or call Krista at 978-686-4080, ext 10.
The Groveland Garden Club, has developed a cookbook filled with members’ recipes. These hard-covered books are on sale for $12.50. Copies are available by calling Tonie Delcastillo at 978-521-1928, or by sending a check for $12.50 with the following information: Name, address, number of copies wanted, to Groveland Garden Club, P.O. Box 128, Groveland, MA 01834.
The North Andover Library Book Club, meets on the last Tuesday of the month. New members are welcome. Call Pam Green at 978-685-4820 or the North Andover Library at 978-688-9505 for more information.
Haverhill Trails Committee, welcomes volunteers. Since 1993, the all volunteer organization has helped maintain Haverhill’s network of trails and conservation areas. Most trail maintenance is done in the spring and fall, last for a few hours and usually does not require any heavy lifting. Tools are provided. Attendance at all trail maintenance events is not required. To volunteer, contact the Haverhill Conservation Office at 978-374-2334 or email .
The Herb Society of Andover, a group which enjoys gardening, cooking and crafting, meets on the second Monday of the month, with varied meeting times. New members and guests are welcome. 978-683-0322.
The Massachusetts Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, is seeking gentlemen who are direct descendants of commissioned officers of the United States Army, Navy or Marine Corps who served in the Civil War, 1861-1865. Membership recruitment is continuous and ongoing. The purpose is to honor those who fought to preserve the Union and free the slaves. write to P.O. Box 955, Salem, NH 03079; call 603-898-4286; or email .
The Groveland Garden Club, is seeking new members. Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Red School House. Prospective members need only to have an interest in gardening. Meetings include horticultural tips from members, paid speakers and refreshments. Gail Dickson at 978-372-7675.
The Men’s Book Club, meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library, Hampstead. Call 603-329-6411.
The Granite State African Violet Society, meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. (except January and July) at the Marion Gerrish Community Center in Derry. There are regular workshops, plant and leaf sales, and swaps. New members and visitors are always welcome. and/or directions, call Connie at 603-887-3154.
Greater Haverhill Guild for the Blind, meets Saturdays at various locations. Any person who is blind or partially blind is welcome to attend, as are both singles and couples. or for the location of upcoming meetings, call Marge Brewer at 978-373-5903.
William R. Dewhirst Jr. Post 7366 Veterans of Foreign Wars, welcomes all veterans to join its monthly meeting held every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. The group meets inside Veasey Memorial Park, 201 Washington St., Groveland.
Clan MacPherson, a bagpipe band with about 20 members, began in Lawrence in 1921 to keep alive the tradition of Scottish music and customs. Open to men and women interested in continuing the tradition of piping and drumming, the band meets every Monday, 7 to 9 p.m. at the VFW Post 2104, 32 Park St., North Andover. Call 978-470-1680 or visit clanmacpherson.org .
Merrimack Valley Chorus, a women’s a cappella chorus, has open rehearsals every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at the Arts Council Building, 219 Middlesex Ave. (Route 62), Wilmington. Call 800-928-6151 or visit merrimackvalleychorus.org .
Treble Chorus of New England, offers choral training for children ages 5 through 18. In residence at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. Call 978-837-5461 or visit treblechorus.com .
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Society, performs at the Rogers Center, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. For tickets, call 978-685-3505; to join, call 978-687-7098. Also visit mvpomusic.org .
Merrimack Valley Bird Club, sponsors bird walks throughout the year, including the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. Call Al Retelle, president, at 978-475-4412 or Kitty Tremblay at 978-462-3917.
Merrimack River Watershed Council, a nonprofit citizens’ organization working for clean water and wise use of natural resources associated with the river which extends from Laconia, New Hampshire, to Plum Island. Canoe and kayak trips. Located at 600 Suffolk St., fifth floor, Lowell. Call 978-275-0120 or visit merrimack.org .
The Haverhill Garden Club, is seeking new members. The club meets each month from September through June at the public library. Monthly activities include workshops ranging from garden design, organic gardening, container gardening, lawn care and floral arranging to cooking with herbs. The club holds its annual greenery sale in December and its annual plant sale in May to help support ongoing civic beautification projects around Haverhill. 978-372-8080 or 978-372-1028.
The Haverhill Marine Corps League William Glynn Detachment, hold meetings in the basement of City Hall the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Enter on the side opposite the Elks Lodge. Richard Broadnax at 978-372-9441 or Gerard Boucher at 978-521-3982.
The Boys & Girls Car Campaign, will accept most any car with no restrictions now that the price of scrap metal has risen. Cars will be picked up anywhere in Massachusetts, usually within a week, and are sold at auction. To donate, call 1-800-246-0493. Funds obtained by the sale go directly to help the Massachusetts clubs.
Vintage Base Ball Clubs, including The Essex Base Ball Club and Lynn Live Oaks Base Ball Club, who play throughout the North Shore and Merrimack Valley, are looking for anyone interested in 19th century baseball. They are currently recruiting players, umpires, scorekeepers and sideline interpreters. Those interested may contact Brian Sheehy at or 978-790-5707 or visit essexbaseball.wordpress.com .
The College Club of Greater Lawrence, a women’s organization that strives to develop an interest in college work, provides scholarships to students in the Greater Lawrence area who will attend four-year, degree-granting institutions, and promotes sociability among college-educated women. The club meets Tuesdays five times a year and welcomes new members. For information, email or call 978-372-1027.
Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard, meets at 7:15 p.m. every second Monday of the month at the Social Naturalization Club, 120 Broadway, Lawrence. The organization is devoted to preserving Civil War history in the Merrimack Valley. All are welcome. Call 978-686-9881 or email .
The Downtown Women’s Club, invites the public to mix and mingle with Andover’s professional network of women. Events are open to the public and held the first Wednesday of every month in the lounge at Glory on 19 Essex St. Admission is free. For information, visit downtownwomensclub.com or call Jennifer Tortorella at 978-270-8060.
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 8, is seeking new members. Must be of Irish Catholic birth or descent. Club meets the second Wednesday of the month at The Claddagh Pub, 399 Canal St., Lawrence. For information, call President Anne Marie Doherty at 978-794-0911.
The Rotary Club of Methuen/Salem, meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. at the Sweetheart Inn, Myrtle Street, Methuen. For information, email .
The Exchange Club of Haverhill, meets every Thursday at noon at Olivia’s in Haverhill. The club is an all-volunteer service club dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Its programs include Junior Police, Fire Prevention, Trees for Tots, Read Across America, Youth of the Year, ACE Award and the Book of Golden Deeds. For information, call Sue Daneau at 978-372-2843 or visit haverhillexchangeclub.com .
The Rotary Club of Lawrence, meets every Thursday at noon at the Greater Lawrence Technical School, Rotarians from other clubs and guests are welcome. For information, visit lawrencerotary.org .
The Massachusetts OCS Alumni Association, is seeking graduates of the Massachusetts Military Academy and the Massachusetts Regional Training Institute to renew past acquaintances with classmates, reaffirm their loyalty to the government during the present war and to render whatever assistance they can to a new generation of officer candidates of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Write to P.O. Box 955, Salem, NH 03079; email ; or call 603-898-4286.
Lawrence Ladies Lodge Sons of Italy, meets third Sunday, 2 p.m., Service Center, 246 Andover St., Lawrence.
Sons of Italy Lodge 902, meets third Thursday, officers meet third Tuesday, at 155 Marston St., Lawrence.
Members of the Andover Knights of Columbus Council 1078, are collecting supplies and funds to send to soldiers in Iraq. Items include prepaid phone cards, protein bars, packets of powdered orange Gatorade, Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, instant flavored coffee, sunflower seeds, nuts, sun block, dental floss, lip balm and batteries. Baskets are located in the back of the church, St. Augustine School, 26 Central St., Andover, and the Knights of Columbus Hall, 10 Brook St., Andover.
Raytheon Andover Alumni Association (RAAA), a nonprofit association of employees with any service at Andover who wish to stay in touch with each other through a variety of social functions, welcomes new members to join for $6 a year. Send dues to Barbara Cote, 4 Riverbank Circle, Bradford, MA 01835. Ms. Dowd at 978-685-5581.
The Chester MOMS Club, is seeking new members. The club is a great way to meet other moms in the area and to participate in fun activities. Many daytime activities are planned such as park days, playgroups, holiday parties, craft projects, outings to zoos, museums, movies and much more. The club also offers a Moms’ Night Out and donates to local charities. contact Kim at 603-401-4664 or by email at .
Southern New Hampshire Human Service Council, meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, in Derry. Offers the opportunity to meet other area human service agencies and learn about potential partnerships, collaborations, programs and services available throughout Southern New Hampshire. contact Cynthia Marshall at 603-437-8477, ext. 18, or by email at .
The Derry Knights of Columbus, Phil Lessard Council 3023, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center. visit kofc3023.org .
St. Mark’s Lodge No. 44 of Free and Accepted Masons, meets on the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple on East Broadway. A potluck supper is at 6:30 p.m. before the meeting. All Masons are welcome. Ed Younker at 603-432-2853.
Toastmasters of Manchester, meets the first, third, and fifth Thursdays of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at VHG Labs, 276 Abby Road, Manchester. Visitors are welcome. Call 603-437-2627.
Creative Women Writers Group, seeks new members and meets every month at the Derry Public Library. Participants need not be published authors. All genres welcome. Call 603-437-1481.
Divine Derry Dames, meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Flagship Cinema in Derry. The Derry chapter of the Red Hat Society, the group meets regularly for trips, book discussions and other events. Call June for information at 603-437-0519.
The FamilyTime Playgroup, meets Wednesdays or Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Church of the Transfiguration, 1 Hood Road, Derry. The group is free for children up to age 5 and their parents. Register by calling Mimi Cagle at 603-216-5414.
The Merrimack Valley Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, numbers 43 women from 27 communities in Greater Boston and Southern New Hampshire who share a love of music and singing a cappella four-part harmony. Women 14 and older who love to sing are invited to attend open rehearsals on Thursdays at the Wilmington Arts Council Building, 219 Middlesex Ave., (Route 62), Wilmington. No prior experience is necessary. Music and audio learning tapes or CDs are provided. More information is available at merrimackvalleychorus.org or by calling 1-800-928-6151.
My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group, meets at the Kingston First Congregational Church in Kingston on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Quilts are sewn together and then sewn into sleeping bags, also known as “Ugly Quilts,” for the homeless. New members are always welcome. contact Lisa Fortin at 603-382-3904.
The MOMS Club of Windham, the local chapter of “MOMS Offering Moms Support,” engage in activities to enrich the lives of children in the community and to undertake at least one charitable, humanitarian or social welfare project related to children each year. The club, which is particularly helpful to new moms, is open for new members. Monthly activities include a business meeting, a morning or afternoon seasonal or holiday themed brunch or dinner potluck, and a MOMS night out which has included a movie night, martial arts practice, manicures and pedicures, and paddle boarding on Cobbetts Pond. Activities take place during daylight hours and children are welcome. Meet up places include local playgrounds, the town beach, Windham Coop, Windham Middle School, and Windham Bible Chapel. go to momsclubwindham.weebly.com or email .
Chester Historical Society, welcomes new members to join and learn more about the town’s history. The group’s office and historical exhibits are open at Stevens Memorial Hall, the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit chesterhistorical.org .
Plaistow Fish and Game Ladies Organization, meets the third Monday of each month at the Fish and Game Club, 6:30 p.m. The club is located on May Ray Road in Plaistow. New members are always welcome. Send emails to .
Rockingham Herb Society, meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Stevens Memorial Hall in Chester. Call 603-329-5584.
Derry-Salem Elks, meets the first and third Wednesdays monthly, 8 p.m., at Lodge Hall on Shadow Lake Road, Salem, New Hampshire. visit bpoe2226.org .
The Sandown Mothers Club, is seeking members. Offers new ideas, new attitudes and the chance to make new friends. Help local communities and others in need by joining the nonprofit organization. Features play dates, social time and mom’s night out. The club includes a laid-back, diverse group of working and stay-at-home moms whose children are infants to age 5. visit sandownmothers.tripod.com , email or call Kate at 603-887-7202.
Home Schooling Group, meets from 3 to 5 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at the Hampstead Public Library. Home schooling can be a somewhat lonely chore. The group offers a time to share experiences and knowledge with other home schooling parents. Parents who are thinking about home schooling their children are also welcome to attend. The meetings offer the chance to learn about different curricula and various ways of handling the problems and questions that arise. the library at 603-329-6411.
The Methuen Rail Trail, is seeking members to help create a shared use trail for walkers, hikers and cyclists. Methuen needs a safe place for recreation; a place to walk, run and ride without competing with automobiles. To join the effort to make this happen, visit methuenrailtrail.org , email , or call 978-376-5619.
The North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, meets at 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month at the Boxford Community Center. The club does star parties for schools and other groups, and members help people choose the best telescope for their level of experience. People of all experience levels are welcome to join. visit nsaac.org .
Book clubs, the following is a list of area book and poetry clubs and discussion groups.
Hampstead Public Library, Hampstead: Meets the third Thursday of every month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call 603-329-6411.
Langley-Adams Library, Groveland: Book club meets the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Call 978-372-1732.
Little Farm Reading Club, Newburyport area: Meets last Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Topics focus on New England and field trips to relevant sites are taken throughout the season. Call 978-462-2634.
Mystery writers group, Haverhill: Meets Mondays at Haverhill Public Library from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 978-372-2440.
Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen: Book groups meet once a month on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 978-686-4080.
Poets and writers group, Bradford: Kalliope (named after the ninth muse, who represented lyric poetry) meets once a month in Bradford from 2 to 5 p.m. Call 978-373-6212.
Stevens Memorial Library, North Andover: Book group meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7:15 p.m. in the library’s rotunda. Suggestions for future discussions are welcomed. All readers are invited to share in the discussion but meetings are very casual and participation is optional. Call 978-685-4820.
Windham Writers’ Group: Meets second Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at Nesmith Library. Call 603-437-7096.
Wingate Writers’ Group, Haverhill: Meets alternating Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. near downtown Haverhill for fiction writers with experience writing short stories or novels. Call 978-687-6212 on evenings and weekends.
Mystery and a Cup of Tea Book Club: Meets every third Wednesday of the month at Groveland Town Hall. Refreshments served. Free. Call 978-372-1732.
Poetry: Theirs and Ours, meets the first Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library. Includes reading and discussion of poems selected by and/or written by members. Call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, mhl.org .
Boomer Book Club: Meets every third Thursday at Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, Andover. Call for book selection. Call 978-623-8321 or visit boomerventure.com .
Do you have Club News? Please share your club milestones, member accomplishments, and interesting events. Photos are welcome and will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Mail your Club News to Betsy Curry, Club News, Sunday North, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA 01845; email it to ; or fax it to 978-687-6045. Tags