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October 10, 2013

The Lookout: Author to share family’s stories from WWII

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The performances will also raise awareness for the PAWS Act, a bill filed by Sen. Bruce Tarr that would create a registry of animal abusers, inspired by the recent “Puppy Doe” case in Quincy.

Complimentary food will be provided by Angelina’s of Salisbury.

Coffee shop hosting open mikes

A new, weekly open mike called Merrimac Mic is held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters.

Poets, writers and storytellers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for five minutes at the microphone. No experience is necessary.

Featured speakers will present from 7:30 to 8 and include poetess and teacher M.P. Carver tonight, longtime Toastmaster David Ennamorati next Thursday, poet Tom Miller on Oct. 24 and murder-mystery writer Edith Maxwell on Oct. 31.

The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email merrimacmic@gmail.com.

Adventures in home improvement

A DIY expert is visiting the Newburyport Public Library next Thursday at 7 p.m.

Ron Tanner will talk about his book “From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story” and present a slide show. Tanner tells the story of how he and his wife bought condemned property in Baltimore and restored it to its original Victorian splendor, despite knowing nothing about fixing up homes when they started. They now run the DIY website houselove.org.

The event is co-hosted by the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

Filmmaking class for middle-schoolers

A new after-school film class starts next week and is open to all seventh- and eighth-graders in the region.

Taught by filmmaker, actress and Newburyport resident Ashley Plante at Pingree School in Hamilton, the class will run for five sessions on Fridays from 4 to 5:30 p.m., starting Oct. 18. It is designed for youths who want to explore creative ways to use film to tell stories and convey feelings.

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