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August 15, 2013

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Japanese restaurant fetes summer

Celebrate Asian culture at this weekend’s Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival.

Running from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Hana Japan, the event will feature the all-female taiko drumming troupe Genki Spark, Japanese folk dancer Miyano and Japanese hula group Pohai Hula Nohona Aloha. There will also be origami, kimono and sushi demonstrations.

Admission is free, with food at $3.50 and up and games for $1 per play.

Hana Japan is located in Port Plaza, 45 Storey Ave., Newburyport. For more information, visit hanajapannewburyport.com.

Show brings Louisiana to Newburyport

The Firehouse Center for the Arts will get a dose of New Orleans when the Swamp Romp! Louisiana Roots Music for Children debuts Sunday at 3 p.m.

Kids will sing along with jazz, Cajun, Creole, blues and zydeco tunes in the show, presented by award-winning singer Johnette Downing and Grammy win Downing has performed all over the world and is also a children’s book author. The concert will feature her original songs.

As a vice president at Rounder Records, Newburyport’s Billington has produced more than 100 albums of Louisiana roots music and has performed with a number of New England and Louisiana bands.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. To purchase, call 978-462-7336 or visit www.firehouse.org.

The Firehouse is located in Market Square, Newburyport.

Getting around the refuge with GPS

Learn how a GPS can help you navigate the outdoors in “Exploring Nature by Satellite,” a free program Saturday at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors are invited to stop by to learn GPS basics and try out the refuge’s GeoQuest route. The day will also include presentations on snowy owls and Plum Island history.

Participants with handheld GPS units or smartphones with GPS capabilities are asked to bring them along.

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