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November 8, 2012

Yo-Yo People bring their tricks to Newburyport

Both the young and old will take delight in a special show at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Sunday.

The Yo-Yo People, John Higby and his wife, Rebecca Loomis Higby, are returning to Newburyport to wow audiences with their dazzling yo-yo skills.

Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, Higby found an old yo-yo in the attic that his grandfather let him keep — but not before teaching him three basic tricks.

Higby went from there. Now, his act icludes all the basic yo-yo tricks — and much more. Audiences may see yo-yos attached to bouncy balls, yo-yos with 10-foot strings, and multiple yo-yos looping while the Yo-Yo People hula-hoop and unicycle.

The Higbys will call upon some volunteers from the audience to help them with some of their yo-yo feats.

The show begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for seniors and students. To purchase, call 978-462-7336 or go online to The performance is sponsored in part and made possible by the Newburyport Montessori School.

Author holds book launch

at Jabberwocky tomorrow

Former Salisbury resident Danielle West is returning to the area this weekend, and will visit Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport on Friday to officially launch her first book, “All Change Please.”

The party begins at 7 p.m. at the book store at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St.

West wrote the novel over the course of seven years while she lived in London. The book was written during her commute to and from work each day — on her Blackberry smartphone.

“It was the only way to get it done, really,” West wrote in an e-mail. “I work full-time and when I started writing it my daughter was quite young, so after work a lot of my energy went into parenting. Sometimes on my way to work I’d be finished with a book I was reading and have already finished my postal correspondence, so writing the story was a great way to pass the time and there are so many inspirations on the morning and evening commute. The Blackberry handsets have keypads — or at least most do — so it was easy to sit (or stand) on a crowded train and type.”

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