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April 17, 2014

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---- — Amesbury High School Prom May 16

With the theme A Night in The Twenties, the Amesbury High School Prom will be held May 16 at Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers, from 6-11 p.m. Promenade at the Amesbury Public Library, 4-5:30 p.m. Ticket sales start Monday, April 28, through Wednesday, May 14, during lunch and after school. $78 each. Participants meeting Wednesday, May 14, 1:30 p.m. in AHS Cafeteria.

Mary Baker Eddy house opens for tours May 1

The Mary Baker Eddy Historic House at 277 Main St. will again open its doors for guided tours from May 1 through Oct. 31. The house will be open the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; also by appointment (48-hour advance notice required).

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, is the only American woman to found a worldwide religion. In the Amesbury home of Sarah Bagley, Mrs. Eddy, known at the time as Mrs. Glover, found a quiet refuge. Here she did some of her earliest writing on Christian Science. She lived in the house during the summer of 1868 and again for several months in the early spring of 1870. Its furnishings have remained substantially unchanged since the mid-1800s.

Suggested donation: $5; museum members and children under 12: free.

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.

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.

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.

‘Legendary Locals of Amesbury’ author book signing

Margie Walker, author of “Legendary Locals of Amesbury,” will be signing her book at Dolan Financial, 108 Main St., Amesbury, on Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. Books will be available for purchase.

Genealogy Club meets April 28

The next meeting of the Amesbury Library Genealogy Club will meet on Monday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. Kelly Turner from the Massachusetts State Library will be presenting on preserving family history. She will focus on how people can assess, organize and take care of their personal/familial collections without getting too stressed out, spending too much money or wasting any valuable time. She will share what materials they can get without having to special order them and how to use them properly so that their scrapbooks, photos, newspaper clippings and other material will be well taken care of, and hopefully, passed down through generations. For more information, contact Margie at 978-388-8148 or mwalker@mvlc.org

Introduction to Genealogy

The Amesbury Public Library will be offering a four-week Introduction to Genealogy workshop with Richard Doyle on June 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 1-3 p.m. He will cover different websites to use for research, Ancestry.com will be used in the class, and other resources that are available. Feel free to bring a laptop. Registration is required. Those who register for the first class are registered for all. For more information, contact Margie at 978-388-8148 or mwalker@mvlc.org or register online at www.amesburylibrary.org.

Pizza fundraiser for James Place

A fundraiser for James Place will be held at Flatbread Co. on Tuesday, April 22, 5-9:30 p.m. James Place is an out-of-school program. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward the James Place Summer Field Trip Fund. For more, call 78-834-3009.

Old Newbury Crafters at Bartlett Museum Dinner

Geoffrey T. Blake of Old Newbury Crafters will present a silversmith demonstration at the Annual Dinner of the Bartlett Museum on Thursday, April 24, at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St. The book “Legendary Locals of Amesbury” by Margie Walker will be signed and available for purchase.

Social time starts at 6 p.m. Dinner is 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 all at $15 a ticket. Please make reservations by April 14. Call Carol at 978-388-6591. A “50/50” raffle will be held to raise money to maintain the Bartlett Museum.

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.

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.

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.

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.