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December 27, 2012

Lookout: Peace Dove posters on display

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — The international poster exhibit, “The Peace Dove,” can be found at the Georgetown Peabody Library through the end of next month.

The show features nearly 50 posters from the extensive collection of activist and labor movement leader Stephen Lewis. Lewis has more than 3,800 posters created by groups following the 1986 designation by the United Nations as a “year of peace.” All of the posters selected from this show include the peace dove as a symbol against violence.

The posters are hanging in the library meeting room and in the second floor reference area through Jan. 30. The display is funded in part by the Westfield Cultural Council and SEIU Local 509.

Meditation session at First Religious Society

Local musician Zach Field will host a percussion and meditation session at First Religious Society in Newburyport on Sunday.

Field, the owner and director of Zach Field Drum Studios in the Tannery, will lead a program called “Gong Meditation and Relaxation,” beginning at 10:30 a.m. He will provide a brief history of his own journey into using gongs and will offer some meditation tips, and then invite the audience to participate in a 20-minute gong meditation. In 2010 he began “The Gong Meditation Project” as a way to help himself and others learn ways to escape from the stresses of everyday life. He discovered that playing pitched gongs enhanced the meditation process and helped distract the mind while creating a relaxed state.

The First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Ring in New Year’s with Entrain

Entrain will return to Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury for a New Year’s Eve bash.

The Martha’s Vineyard-based, six-piece band was formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993 and offers a range of sounds from rock, blues and calypso to ska, zydeco, jazz and funk. The band includes conga/djembe/trombonist Sam Holmstock, lead singer/guitarist wiz Brian Alex, bassist M’Talewa, saxophonist/percussionist Phillip Young and keyboardist Tony Falcetti.

The New Year’s celebration will include a buffet and party favors, as well as a countdown to midnight and balloon drop to ring in 2013.

All seats on level one (Tables 1-38) are reserved for the show and buffet combination ticket, and will only have four seats per table. Tables 39-78 on levels 2 and 3 will have six seats per table and are open for concert-only ticket purchase. For prices and ticket information, visit

Sacred Circle Dance on New Year’s Eve

Sacred Circle dance instructor Ellen Kennedy will host the 10th annual New Year’s Eve Sacred Circle Dance from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Belleville Church hall on High Street, Newburyport, on Monday.

Welcome the new year with an evening of song, dance, ritual and meditation. Participants need not have experience as all dances will be taught.

Admission is a $15 donation at the door. Reservations are requested. The festivities will include a potluck of sweet and savory snacks. For more information or to make a reservation, call Ellen Kennedy at 978-388-8604 or email her at

Auditions for Theatre Workshop

The Georgetown Theatre Workshop will hold open auditions for the romantic comedy “Almost Maine.” The play, written by John Cariani, has a cast of four characters (two men and two women). More information about the play can be found at

Auditions will be held at the Georgetown Theatre Workshop, 22 Pleasant St., Georgetown on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and Thursday, Jan. 3, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Joppa Flats seeks volunteers

Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center is seeking education volunteers to work with children.

Throughout the school year, Joppa Flats staff and volunteers offer a range of coastal ecology and birding programs for children who visit Joppa Flats, or by bringing programs to area schools or various wild habitats.

Education coordinator Lisa Hutchings will be leading two in-the-field training sessions to prepare volunteers. Interested individuals do not need to have a background in science or teaching,

The first of four training programs will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and continue each Tuesday through Jan. 29. Each session runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will focus on winter birds and penguins, weather and wildlife, raptors and tracking and nocturnal creatures.

Training classes will begin at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center at One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, and then continue outdoors on Plum Island. For more information or to register for the training sessions, contact Lisa Hutchings at 978-462-9998 or email

Jazz Vespers on Wednesday

A free jazz vespers service will be held at First Religious Society on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. The evening will celebrate jazz, blues and swing music with special guest Bobby Spellman on trumpet, joining the house band of Lark Madden, Tomas Havrda, Susan Creamer and Andy Brewster. The service will also feature several readings.

First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Maudslay State Park calendars for sale

The Maudslay State Park Association is selling 2013 wall calendars that showcase the passive and active recreation elements of the park. Funds raised from the sales will be used to restore the park’s pond. Calendars are $15.

The calendars are being sold at Yankee Runner, 49 Pleasant St., Newburyport; Greater Boston Running Company, 27 Water St., Newburyport; The Natural Dog, 155 State St., Newburyport; Riverside Cycle, 50 Water St., Newburyport, and The Book Rack, 52 State St., Newburyport. They are also available at Maudslay headquarters at 74 Curzon Mill Road.

Photography exhibit at Joppa Flats Education Center

The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Joppa Flats Education Center will host an exhibit of nature photographs by Newburyport Art Association members Linda Dahlberg and Beth Reiter Blanchard. The show, “Take Another Look,” will run in the center’s Juliet Kellogg French Room from Jan. 6 through Feb. 24.

The public is invited to meet the two artists during a free opening reception at the center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A portion of all sales made during the exhibit are given to Joppa Flats.

The natural history education center is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 978-462-9998 for more information.

Pyche’s photos hang at Merrimac cafe

Local artist Mary Pyche is hanging a new exhibit of her paintings of Merrimac called “Our Towne” beginning today.

The free show features several of Pyche’s oil paintings of local landmarks and scenery. It runs through Feb. 11 and will hang at Rhythm Cafe, 12 School St., Merrimac. The public can meet with Pyche during a reception on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m.

To create the show, Pyche used a collection of photos taken during her morning walks on Bear Hill Road.

‘Flow State’ to air at Firehouse

Skiers get ready: Warren Miller Entertainment’s “Flow State” will be shown at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Hosted by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, the ski film brings viewers “to the top of the world’s most striking peaks, taking you on an exhilarating journey across the globe to Norway, Austria, California, Switzerland and beyond. The powder in Japan will send you scrambling to tune-up your gear, the gravity in Telluride will have you scheduling an avalanche refresher course, and the steeps in Alaska will drive you to push a little harder during your next preseason workout.”

Among the skiers making appearances in the film are Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, Colby West, Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan and David Wise.

There will be two showings of the film at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors. To purchase, visit the box office or go online to


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