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January 17, 2013

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Yoga and wine

at Mill River

Pack up your yoga mat and head to Mill River Winery in Rowley on Sunday for a day of exercise and refreshments.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. with a one-hour Vinyasa yoga class. The session is appropriate for all skill levels. Following the class, enjoy a sampling of organic food, green tea, lemon water and a glass of Mill River’s “Sunrise.”

Reservations are required; $20 per person. To purchase tickets online, visit www.millriverwines.com or call 978-432-1280.

New Works Festival begins this weekend

Newburyport’s New Works Festival is returning to the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

For the festival, area playwrights are asked to submit new plays that have not been staged previously. The submissions are then judged by a panel of theater professionals who choose a mix of works to be given to a director and actors to perform.

One full-length play, which opens the festival tomorrow night, is performed as a staged reading. Numerous one-act plays and short plays are memorized by the actors.

This year’s New Works Festival is set for tomorrow and Saturday, as well as Jan. 25 and Jan. 26.

The program began 11 years ago as an opportunity to give local writers a chance to see their plays on stage. In recent years, it has started to attract attention from writers throughout New England. This year organizers received close to 140 submissions from across the region, breaking the previous record of entries of about 100.

Tickets are $13 per evening or $38 for a 4-day festival pass. For more information or to view the festival’s schedule, visit www.firehouse.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office at 978-462-7336.

‘Open Heart’ earns

Oscar nod

Earning his first real film credit was exciting enough for Newburyport native John Pouliot, but last week it became an amazing dream come true as well.

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