Gun violencevigil slated

A vigil to end gun violence, sponsored by the Justice Action Ministry of the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  at the church, 26 Pleasant St.

The vigil is one of many taking place around the country to commemorate six years since 20 students and six teachers were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since those killings, more than 600,000 Americans have been injured or killed by guns.

The Justice Action Ministry has chosen to have its usual First Wednesday Forum time devoted to this event. All are invited to this vigil of music, meditation, remembrance and healing. The vigil will be followed by refreshments downstairs, then jazz vespers at 8 p.m.

For more information, see or call 978-465-0602.

Church hosts

fair, raffle

An annual Christmas fair and basket raffle will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The fair features holiday shopping, music, lunch, a cookie walk, holiday wreaths, baked goods and candy, and a large supply of jewelry and accessories. Free admission.

The Souper Luncheon features homemade soups, including the renowned Central Church fish chowder. The raffle offers baskets with varying themes, including sports, fine art, tennis, chocolate, fairy furniture and movies, and gift certificates from downtown merchants. 

Blood drive

slated Dec. 27

Boy Scout Troop 21 of Newburyport and the American Red Cross will hold a blood donation day Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Newburyport Elks Club function hall, 25 Low St.

Donor hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone 17 years of age or older, weighing 110 pounds or more and feeling in good health may be eligible to donate blood.

To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit

Salvation Army

seeks bell-ringers 

The Salvation Army in Newburyport welcomes applications to be a red kettle bell-ringer for its annual fundraising campaign.

Some paid positions are available as well as volunteer positions. Proceeds from the red kettles are used for programs, serving Newburyport, Amesbury, Salisbury, Newbury and West Newbury. Contact the office at 978-465-0883. Applicants must show a valid picture ID and Social Security card or just a passport.

Consumer protection

volunteers needed 

The Consumer Protection Program and the North Essex Mediators are looking for a few dedicated volunteers to assist area residents with consumer issues and mediation inquiries.

Both programs work in cooperation with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and offices are located at Newburyport District Court. Full training is provided and flexible schedules are available. Call 978-462-5642 or email to schedule an appointment.

Book Chat begins

at Emma Andrews

Emma Andrews Library and Community Center, 77 Purchase St., is shaking up its Book Club format and offering Book Chat on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

People are invited to chat about a book they recently read and to share their favorites — or not so favorites.

Bring a bag lunch. Friends and neighbors are welcome.

Sunday hoursstart at library

The fall and winter Sunday hours have begun at Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St.

The library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

 The NPL Archival Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Story hours at

Emma Andrews 

Story hours recently began at Emma Andrews Library and Community Center, 77 Purchase St. 

Call the library at 978-358-8097 to register children for story hours. Story hour for toddlers is Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; 3- to 5-year-olds, Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and 3- to 4-year-olds, Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Free breakfast

on Saturdays

Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., invites the community to a free breakfast on Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m.

The meal includes eggs, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fruit, cereal, coffee and juice. The program runs from September to June, excluding the first Saturday in December, and is supported by the church’s Christian Outreach Committee and Saturday Night Meal Program. 



Openings at

River Valley

River Valley Charter School, 2 Perry Way, is accepting grade K-8 applications for the 2019-20 school year enrollment lottery.

The school has 32 openings in its free full-day kindergarten program. Applications for grades 1-8 will be accepted for placement on the school’s wait list. All enrollment takes place through a public lottery.

Families may enter an application online, via mail or in person. For enrollment information, visit

The school is hosting enrollment information sessions to help parents learn more about River Valley, the Montessori philosophy, and the application process.

Session dates are: Thursday, Jan. 17, at 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 9, at 9:30 a.m.

Attendance is not mandatory, and all sessions include a tour of the school. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Feb. 26 for the lottery Feb. 28. 

Salvation Army

offers meals, food

The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., offers two free meals a week and items from its food pantry for those in need.

Lunch is served Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and dinner on Thursdays at 5 p.m. The food pantry can provide items twice a month: Mondays, 1 to 3:45 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; and Thursdays, 1 to 4:45 p.m.

The food pantry serves residents of Newburyport, Newbury, Salisbury, Amesbury, West Newbury and Byfield. People should bring their own bags, a picture ID and proof of residency. Use the Fair Street entrance. For more information, call 978-465-0883.  

Community Service

seeks kids clothing

Community Service of Newburyport needs new or like new clothing for children and is seeking donations from the community. 

Community Service is located at 35 Summer St., below Among Friends just before the Labyrinth, and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Library offers

film series

Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St., presents its International Film Series on the fourth Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m.

Popcorn will be provided along with a theater-like screen and sound system. 

For film titles, call 978-465-4428 or check the library’s website,

Cars & Coffee on

Saturday mornings


Cars & Coffee, a Saturday morning gathering of special interest, antique, sports car and vintage car enthusiasts, meets from 7 a.m. until about 9 a.m. at Port Plaza, 45 Storey Ave.

This free, weekly event is open to everyone and aims to be an informal gathering of people who enjoy seeing and talking about cars of every type. There are no rules and no donations. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Stamp Club meets

twice a month

The Newburyport Stamp Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Senior Community Center, 331 High St.

 The meetings are open to the public. Club members are available to answer stamp-collecting questions.

DAV chapter

meets at Elks

The local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans meets at the Newburyport Elks, 25 Low St., at noon every third Thursday of the month.

All disabled American veterans are welcome. Additional information is available at 978-462-2201.