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May 9, 2013

Take a virtual safari at Joppa Flats

A slide program and lecture, “Botswana ­— Safari in the Okavango Delta,” will be presented Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Joppa Flats Education Center.

In March, David Larson, science and education coordinator at Joppa Flats, led a group of natural history enthusiasts to the Okavango Delta, a seasonal wetland largely preserved for wildlife observation. Larson’s program will lead attendees through the trip, spying on leopards, lions, giraffes and elephants.

Admission is free for members and $4 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call 978-462-9998 or visit www.massaudubon.org.

Joppa Flats Education Center is located at 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport.

Fundraiser promises a tasty time

Sample a host of culinary delights and help raise money to rebuild the beach at the annual A Taste of Plum Island next Friday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Plum Island Taxpayers Association Hall, 8 Plum Island Blvd.

The fundraiser features food, desserts, beer and wine from a number of restaurants in the region, as well as music and a number of raffle items.

This year’s event will support sand restoration efforts, as well as maintenance for PITA Hall.

Tickets cost $35 and are available at Dick’s Variety, Mad Martha’s, Bob Lobster, Mr Moe’s and Plum Island Beachcoma.

To purchase by phone or for more information, call 978-462-8579.

Studio has ‘Tales’ to tell

The Actors Studio of Newburyport will present “Tales of Attraction and Distraction,” short plays by Jack Rushton, this weekend and next weekend.

The seven plays feature 16 actors and six directors and explore a spectrum of human interaction. They are not suitable for children.

Show times are May 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and May 12 and 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 978-465-1229 or visit www.newburyportacting.org.

The Actors Studio is located in the Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5.

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