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April 10, 2014

The Lookout: Stroll through the downtown art scene

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A free opening reception will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., in conjunction with ArtWalk.

The gallery at the Firehouse is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., later on performance days. However, the gallery will be closed this Saturday.

Jamaican birds the focus of program

A slide program and lecture on “Birding Jamaica” will be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Last month, sanctuary director Bill Gette led a group of Mass Audubon naturalists on a wildlife adventure to Jamaica, where they visited the island’s premier wildlife viewing areas. Gette will share photographs of the red-billed streamertail, Jamaican tody, Northern potoo, orangequit and more.

The program is $4 for nonmembers. Registration is not required.

Joppa Flats is located at 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.

Musical journey to benefit cancer center

Voices of Hope is raising money for cancer therapies with its annual spring show on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the North Shore Music Theatre.

“Once on This Island” is a tropical island fairy tale filled with nonstop dance, vibrant singing and exuberant music. Follow the journey of a young orphan girl named Ti Moune, who sets out to prove that love will always win in the end.

Voices of Hope is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for cancer research through music and song. Everyone in the group, which counts Newburyport, Amesbury and Seabrook residents among its 100-plus members, has been affected by cancer.

Tickets cost $35 to $75 and are available online at www.nsmt.org; by calling 978-232-7200; or at the theater, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. Proceeds will benefit the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Fundraiser brings Africa to Amesbury

“The Dancing Angels of Rwanda: A Celebration of Traditional African Dance and Culture” will take place Sunday at Unity on the River in Amesbury.

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