Kelcourse holds office hours

State Rep. James Kelcourse, R-Amesbury, will hold office hours Friday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. at 23 Green St., Newburyport.

No appointment is necessary to meet with the representative.

Open Mic Night set for Friday

Imagine Studios presents Community Open Mic Night on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at People’s United Church & Cafe, 64 Purchase St.

Musicians, poets and performers of all ages, genres and abilities are welcome and can sign up beginning at 6:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $5. Refreshments are provided by People’s Cafe. Community Open Mic nights are the last Friday of each month.

Imagine Studios will offer its Rhythm N’ Roots community drum circle Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m. Participants will gather in a circle and share in the ancient practice of group rhythm making and song.

Feel free to bring drums and percussion instruments or play those provided. All ages and experience levels are welcome. The suggested donation is $5. Community drum circles are offered the first Friday of the month

For more information, go to or contact

Garden program slated at library

Gardener Andi Ross will present “To Bee or Not to Bee” at Newburyport Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 11a.m. 

Landscaping to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects as well as birds and butterflies is critical to survival. This program explores what plants will attract beneficial wildlife to gardens and features slides of gardens filled with wildlife.

Ross is an artistic landscape designer, certified organic land-care professional, private garden coach, horticulturalist and garden club speaker. 

The library is at 94 State St. For more:

Souper Saturday at Emma Andrews

 Emma Andrews Library and Community Center, 77 Purchase St., will host its second Souper Saturday of the year Feb. 24 from noon until the soup is gone.

The menu includes chili, clam chowder, lamb and chickpea soup, chicken gnocchi, and creamy celery and apple soup. There will also be breads and desserts, including whoopie pies from Chococoa Baking Co.

A $5 donation is appreciated to help fund the library’s children’s programs. The final soup event will be Saturday, March 24.

River Valley school accepts applications

 River Valley Charter School is accepting applications for its 2018-19 enrollment lottery.

The school has 32 openings in its free full-day kindergarten program. Applications for grades 1-8 will be accepted for placement on the school’s wait list. All enrollment takes place through the public lottery for which families may enter an application online, via postal mail or in person.

For enrollment information, visit Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for the lottery Thursday, March 1.

‘Bugs’ documentary screened Sunday

Have you eaten bugs? Would you eat bugs? Some 2 billion people around the globe already eat bugs as a main source of protein.

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival’s new series will feature “Bugs”, described as “one of most compelling documentaries about food in the past few years.”

The film will screen at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 25, at the Firehouse Center for the Arts with a free reception prior to the screening featuring wine, cheese, special snacks and a question-and-answer discussion. Tickets are $20.

 For tickets, visit the box office or order online at

  World War I soldier’s  story told Sunday

“Our Boy: Newburyport’s First WWI Casualty Finds His Way Home”, the story of Marine Corps Private Eben “Bunny” Bradbury, will be presented from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, at Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St. 

Nearly a century after Bradbury was killed June 12, 1918, in the blood-soaked wheat fields of Belleau Wood in France, Bethany Groff Dorau met his family, read his mail, and discovered they were distant cousins.

 This presentation will follow Bradbury from his doorstep on Bromfield Street to the battlefields of France, and how the love and support of his hometown decades later helped to bring his story to life.

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