Brushing up

Art takes over the city during Amesbury Open Studios & More, set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 23rd annual event hosted by the Amesbury Cultural Council features around 70 artists displaying, demonstrating and selling their work at 20 locations, as well as live music, family activities and food.

A free trolley will transport guests to the different locations, including Market Square and City Hall.

For maps, schedules and more information, visit

Toto drops in

One of the tiniest survivors from the tornado that hit western Massachusetts in June 2011 is visiting the Merrimac Public Library this afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m.

Toto, who was a kitten rescued from a tree in Brimfield that day, and his owner, Jonathan Hall, will greet guests and share the two books that Hall has written about the cat’s adventures, “Toto the Tornado Kitten” and “Oh Toto! Where Did You Go?”

Registration is not required, and the event is recommended for ages 4 and up. The library is located on Route 110 at 86 W. Main St.

Wild about nature

The latest installment in the series “The Arts and the Experience of Nature” is set for Wednesday at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Three presenters are scheduled: Rhina Espaillat, an award-winning local poet who will read from her new collection “The Field”; Zara Raab, a creative nonfiction writer and poet; and Ron Quinn, a plein air impressionist artist from Amesbury.

Guests can share their favorite nature-oriented poems in an open mic after the presentations.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Admission is $4 for nonmembers.

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