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April 8, 2014

Amesbury news in brief


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Anniversary celebration at Flatbread

Amesbury for Africa celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Pizza Nite at Flatbread Company in Amesbury today from 5 to 9 p.m. For every pizza sold (in the restaurant or take-out), Amesbury for Africa will receive a donation of $3.75.

The money collected will be used to assist AIDS orphans and other disadvantaged children in Amesbury’s sister village of Esabalu, Kenya.

Flatbread is located at 5 Market Square.

Lions Club holds recycling day

The Amesbury Lions Club will hold a Community Recycle Day on Saturday, April 26, at 23 Noel St. from 9 a.m. to noon. Discounts will be available for senior citizens and disabled adults. The Lions will also collect nonperishable food items and toiletry items for distribution by Our Neighbors’ Table food pantry.

Call 978-388-0327 or go to April 26 on the calendar of events at www.amesburyma.gov for more information or to request a pick-up.

Indoor yard sale at Market Street Baptist

The Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St,, Amesbury, is hosting an indoor yard sale on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. Items fill the gym at the back of the building. Nothing is priced. Any donations are accepted. The proceeds from this sale go directly to a fund that will pay the expenses for several church volunteers to go to Canada the week of July 19-26.

This will be the sixth summer connecting with Pastor Ian MacFarlane and the members of the Living Hope Community Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Each year volunteers spend the week at this church helping with children’s programs like Vacation Bible School and Bible Basketball. The Canadian church’s volunteers have also come to Amesbury twice to help with similar programs. Meals on Wheels drivers needed

Volunteer drivers needed to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound elderly in the Amesbury/Merrimac area. This is part time job with stipend paid. Driver must have own vehicle. Contact: Virginia Chapinski, assistant director, MVNP, 978-686-1422, ext. 28.

Caregivers Lunch at Market Street Baptist

The Market Street Baptist Church at 37 Market Street, Amesbury invites the public to attend a Caregivers Lunch on Saturday, April 26, from noon to 2 p.m.

This event is for those who have been called to care for ailing loved ones to connect with other caregivers and to hear from the experiences of others. Ruth John will share her experiences and wisdom as a caregiver for 20 years.

Cost is $5 to cover the lunch. Register in advance: call church at 978-388-0930 or email: msbcsec@verizon.net.

Wine & Cheese fundraiser benefits COA

The Amesbury Council on Aging will hold its second annual Wine & Cheese fundraiser at the Amesbury Senior Community Center on Thursday, May 8, from 4-7 p.m. Tasting will be offered by Jewell Towne Vineyards and Newburyport Brewing Company. For more information, call Annmary or Doreen at 978-388-8138.

Amesbury Cultural Council seeks volunteers

The Amesbury Cultural Council is looking for volunteers who would like to serve on the local council. Our goal is to help foster and promote the cultural enjoyment and enrichment of our citizens through local and regional arts and culture events and programs. If interested, please contact the Amesbury Town Hall for an application. Additionally, email can be sent to Amesburycc@gmail.com for information.

Lego Club at library

Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to come and build with Legos at the Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St. The Lego Club will feature a different theme to create around each month; Legos will be supplied. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.amesburylibrary.org, call the Children’s Room at 978-388-8148, ext. 4, or email cdombrowski@mvlc.org.

Compost stickers now available

Residents can now apply for a 2014 compost sticker which allows residents to use the Amesbury compost site at 60 South Hunt Road for the upcoming season.

Residents may come into the DPW office to fill out the application. Bring a copy of your vehicle registration and the $15 fee (Seniors over age 65 are free, when registering their own vehicle). The application can also be downloaded from the city website at www.amesburyma.gov/DPW and mailed to 39 South Hunt Road, Amesbury, MA 01913 with a copy of your vehicle registration and a self-addressed stamped envelope to mail the sticker to you.

The 2014 compost season is from April 3 through Dec. 7. See the city’s website for more information or call the office at 978-388-8119.

Main Street Congregational offers grant

Amesbury’s Main Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is once again offering applications for up to $5,000 in grant money to help any Amesbury resident start up a new community service or mission program. Applicants must live in Amesbury, be at least 18 years old (or have an adult sponsor) and complete their application with a description of their project and how this will provide service to the community. Find the application on the church website, www.main-street-church.org, or call 388-0982. Applications are due April 15.

Art classes at Senior Center

The Amesbury Senior Recreation Center is offering an art class on Mondays from 10-11:30 a.m. at Amesbury Council on Aging.

The class, Art with Cara, is taught by Cara Smoley, who has 20 years’ experience as an art teacher. No previous training needed.

The fee is $5 per session on a drop-in basis. Call the Center at 978-388-8138 to register. Any questions, phone Smoley at 978-430-6657.

Yoga class for female veterans

The Amesbury Council on Aging, along with Dr. Heidi Lilienthal and Whitney Willman, yoga instructor, announce the launch of a yoga class for female veterans. This class is specifically for female veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military sexual trauma (MST). This will be a 75-minute mat class and attendants should be able to get up and down from the floor with relative ease. Classes will be held over 12 consecutive weeks and will meet on Saturday mornings. This class will build new skills each session and weekly participation is crucial. Those interested in attending should contact Tarynne Crutchfield at the Amesbury COA to be screened. She can be reached at 978 388-8138, ext. 551.This class is open to female veterans from Amesbury and the surrounding communities.

Bartlett Museum annual dinner

The Annual Dinner of Amesbury’s Bartlett Museum will be held on Thursday, April 24, at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Amesbury. Social time starts at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and includes chicken breast, rice pilaf with roasted vegetables and strawberry shortcake. A vegetarian choice is also available.

This event is open to the public as well as museum members. To reserve a seat, call Carol by April 17 at 978-388-6591. Tickets are $15 each. A portion of the cost of tickets will be donated to support the Union Congregational Church. A 50/50 raffle will be held to raise money to maintain the Bartlett Museum.

A brief business meeting will be held to elect a slate of officers and board members for 2014-15 as follows: Officers: president, Anthony Knapp; treasurer, Steve Klomps; secretary, open seat; membership secretary, Carol Finn; public relations and fundraising, Dianne Dostie Cole; and board members, Selwin Mize, Gina Moscardini, Alexander Pooler, Lee-Ann Banville. There are two openings for board members.

The night will end with an historic presentation of interest that will be announced later.