Event to benefit Historical Society

GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Historical Society sells raffle tickets to the North Shore Music Theatre’s 25th anniversary production of “A Christmas Carol” on Monday, July 22, starting at 5 p.m. at The Spot, 19 W. Main St.

In addition, 10% of food sales will be donated to the Historical Society. 

Blueberry fest at Cider Hill Farm

AMESBURY — Cider Hill Farm celebrates summer with its annual Blueberry Festival on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival features blueberry picking, live music, lawn games, family-friendly activities, hayrides, blueberry sweets and hard cider tastings.

Admission is $8. Cost includes a 1 quart blueberry-picking container and two picking wristbands. Wristbands are required for hayrides and pick-your-own blueberries.

Bake sale set for Aug. 10 

MERRIMAC —  The Friends of the Merrimac Senior Center hosts its Gateway to Merrimac bake sale at the center Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be free coffee and tea at the center, 100 E. Main St.

Balance workshop set for Aug. 13

SALISBURY — Certified yoga instructor Jennifer Freeman leads a balance workshop Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.

Participants will learn how to reduce the fear of falling and increase their activity level. This session introduces steps to reduce falls, increase flexibility, and improve health, well-being and balance.

The warm-up will be followed by strength and balance exercises, ending with a cool-down stretch. 

Elder law help in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — Elder law attorney Elaine Dalton provides free 15- minute elder law consultations Tuesday, July 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Senior Community Center, 51 North St.

Appointments are required by calling the Georgetown Council on Aging. Assistance available regarding health care proxies, the durable power of attorney and other elder law issues.

Call the COA to schedule an appointment.

Kitty Cafe in Salisbury 

SALISBURY — Kitty Cafe will be presented Wednesday, July 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Salisbury Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.

Those who attend will meet kittens that can be adopted from the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society and also Ollivander, while also hearing his story.

There will be light refreshments, and cat care tips and information on adopting and fostering.

Summer program at Seabrook church

SEABROOK — R4 Summer, a program for children 6 and older, will be offered at Rand Memorial Congregational Church, 134 S. Main St.

The program will be held on Tuesdays — July 23 and 30 and Aug. 6 and 13 — from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Activities include tie dyeing, nature, crafts, cooking, and stories and Bible time. 

For more information and to sign up, call Meredith at 978-417-1373, Susie at 617-827-5338 or Deb at 603-474-2988.  

Marble planet pendant program

AMESBURY — Young people in grades 7 to 12 can create marble planet pendants Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. at Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St.

Participants, led by Mandy Roberge, will learn how to make pendants using wire, pliers and vintage marbles. They will also learn to create a beaded necklace on which to hang the pendant, along with other jewelry pieces as time allows.  

Registration is required by contacting Margie Walker at 978-388-8148 or mwalker@amesburylibrary.orgr. The program is funded by Amesbury Youth Funding.

Larvicide may be sprayed locally 

SALISBURY — The Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District anticipates it may be necessary to conduct a helicopter application of the biological larvicide BTI to control mosquito larvae over coastal salt marshes during daylight hours through Saturday, July 27. 

The salt marshes are in Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Ipswich and Rowley. Residents do not need to take special precautions, according to the district.  

BTI, or Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelenisis, is a natural bacterium found in soil and water. It is nontoxic to people, fish, birds, bees and insect species, affecting only mosquito larvae and a few closely related aquatic insects. The helicopter will fly low and directly over the salt marsh. BTI’s product name is Vectobac 12AS (EPA Reg. # 73049-38).

For more information, contact district Director Roy Melnick at 978-352-2800.

Knitters gather in Georgetown 

GEORGETOWN — The Council on Aging’s knitting group will meet Tuesday, July 25, at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Community Center, 51 North St.

The group shares skills and patterns while working on individual projects. Some service projects will be planned. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

Blood drives in Seabrook 

SEABROOK — Trinity United Church is hosting numerous blood drives this year at the Parish House, 29 Main St.

 The blood drives are scheduled for Mondays from 1 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

Drumming at Newbury library

NEWBURY  – Kristine Malpica of Imagine Studios will offer a community drumming circle at the Newbury Town Library on the third Tuesday of the month, except in July.

This drum circle is free and open to all.

All are invited to gather and share in the ancient practice of group rhythm making and song. Feel free to bring drums and percussion instruments or play those provided. All ages and experiences are welcome. 

For more information, contact kristine@imaginestudios.org or 978-834-0367.

Bartlett Museum tours offered

AMESBURY – The Bartlett Museum, 270 Main St., will host tours each Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. for a small fee through Sept. 1.

 Special tours by appointment at other times can be arranged by calling 978-388-3089. The 1870 Italianate-style schoolhouse features local history from the carriage industry, old maps and mementos, and a collection of prehistoric and Native American artifacts.

There is also memorabilia from the Colonial, Federal and Victorian periods; a natural history room featuring birds, shells and fossils; and an original schoolroom and carriage shed housing Amesbury-made carriages.

The museum is a nonprofit run by volunteers and funded through membership fees, donations and fundraisers. Membership is open to adults from any community. Email dianco@verizon.net for a membership form.

Monetary donations are accepted payable to: Bartlett Museum Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 692, Amesbury, MA 01913.

Genealogy Club meets at library

BYFIELD — The Genealogy Club gathers the first Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt St.

The club is open to anyone interested in discovering who they are and from where they came. The club provides ideas, resources and motivation to help uncover the life stories of ancestors.

For more information on library events, go to newburylibrary.org/events.