Benefit for Don Amato

A benefit for Don Amato will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Barn Pub and Grille in Amesbury from 6 p.m. until closing. Local band Steelfingers will be playing. There will be silent auction items and raffle prizes. Admission is $25. For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/DonAmatoFundraiser, or email bryent@hotmail.com.

Seminar on dyslexia Oct. 15

For those who have difficulties with reading,decoding, spelling, writing, math,or attention deficits, dyslexia could be the cause. An informational seminar that will shine new light on the gifted minds of the visual spatial learner will be held at the Amesbury Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. Visit the library’s website to register, as space is limited. For more information, contact Margie Walker at mwalker@mvlc.org.

Whittier home meeting Oct. 16

Whittier Home October dinner meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Whittier Home, 86 Friend St. A brief business meeting followed by a short program by Whittier scholar Gus Reusch.

This event is free to members — a non-member donation of $10 is requested. Call 978-388-1337 no later than Monday, Oct. 13, for reservations.

Zentangle for adults at Amesbury Public Library

Relax, unwind and create on Monday, Oct. 20, from 6-8 p.m. at the Amesbury Public Library. Discover your inner artist with the Zentangle method of creating artwork through repetitive patterns. This creative, inspiring, and relaxing practice takes minutes to do and few materials. Emily Classon, certified zentangle teacher, will instruct adults in this introductory class. All materials will be provided; however, zentangle supplies will also be available after the class. Space is very limited and signup is required. Sign up online at www.amesburylibrary.org or call the library at 978-388-8148.

Great Pumpkin Patch Sale in Amesbury

Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St., Amesbury, will have a lawn full of pumpkins from Oct. 3-30 every day except Monday, until 6 p.m. It will, however, be open on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 13. Pricing is done by visual size instead of weight. 

Events include a daily game or two, story time with the library on Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m. and a Pet Blessing in the pumpkin patch on Oct. 18.

All proceeds will benefit the outreach activities of the Main Street church.

‘The Irish Volunteer in the Civil War’ at library Oct. 22”The Irish Volunteer in the Civil War” is a story told through song of the Irish immigration to America and their proud service in the Union Army during the Civil War. Performed in the uniform of the Union soldier and using period instrumentation, Mark LaPointe will be at the Amesbury Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m.

Beginning in the famine-ravaged land of 1840s Ireland, follow the immigrants’ journey across the sea to America and through their gloried service within the ranks of the Irish Brigade. The music is backed by a haunting slide show of Civil War photos that show the faces of the men who fought and died under their beloved flags of green.

Registration is required. For more information, contact Margie Walker mwalker@mvlc.org or 978-388-8148.

Take a trip with the COA

The following trips are sponsored by the COA:  

Oct. 26: Covered Bridges & Cathedral of the Pines. Includes guided tour of Cathedral of the Pines and seven New Hampshire covered bridges. Stop for fresh-baked cookies. Family-style dinner at East Hill Farm in Troy, N.H. Transportation included. $79 per person.

Nov. 5-7: Atlantic City and Cape May, N.J. Two nights at Bally’s Resort & Casino on the Boardwalk; includes $50 slot bonus. Tour of Victorian Cape May includes U.S. Coast Guard base. $199 per person double occupancy, $269 single.

Lego Freeplay on Saturdays

Legos are more fun the more you have to build with, so come on down to the Amesbury Public Library on the first Saturday of the month (the first one is Sept. 6) from 2-4 p.m. to see what you can create for our bins of Lego. We have Duplo, too. Great event for the whole family to build together and we’ll display the creations for a month in the library. Registration is not required. For more information, visit www.amesburylibrary.org/kids-place or call 978-388-8148, ext.4.

Storytimes in session at library

Storytime is a wonderful way to enhance a child’s early reading skills. We’ll read stories but also have fun building skills through puppets, stories, songs and actions. A craft at the end ties in with our weekly theme. Two-year-olds are on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and 3- to 5-year-olds are on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. from Sept. 16-Dec. 4. Registration is not required, but only bring children who are aged appropriate. For more information, visit www.amesburylibrary.org/kids-place or call 978-388-8148, ext. 4.

Mother Goose on the Loose Babytime Fall Session

Interactive fun awaits babies 0-23 months (and their caregivers) at the Amesbury Public Library Mother Goose of the Loose Babytime with puppets, stories, songs and music, all followed by a playtime for kids and social time for adults. The fall session runs on Saturdays from Sept. 13 to Oct. 18 at 9:45 a.m. A fun way to start a child’s literacy journey. Registration is not necessary, but attendance is on a first-come basis due to limited space. This program is free. For more information, visit www.amesburylibrary.org/kids-place or call the Children’s Room at 978-388-8148, ext. 4.

COA seeking volunteers

The Amesbury Council on Aging is in search of volunteers to assist in several different areas. Those interested should stop by and pick up a volunteer packet. For more information, call Jean Marie, volunteer coordinator, at 978-388-8138.

Areas of need:

Friendly Visitors: The COA is searching for adult volunteers to help caregivers and people who are frail. Friendly visitors are paired with homebound adults who are older or frail and have scheduled visit with them one-three times per week. For more information, call Lee Ford, Friendly Visitor coordinator, at 978-388-8138 (office hours are Friday mornings) or email fordl@amesburyma.gov.

COA board members:  must be an Amesbury resident, wanting to be involved in making the senior Community Center the best it can be.

Farmers table at Council on Aging

The Amesbury Council on Aging is embarking on cultivating a new program — a farmers table. A table will be located in the lobby of the COA at 68 Elm St. People who are growing fresh fruits and veggies and have an abundance are asked to drop them off to the farmers table.

The table will be open to all who come to the center to take home the well-loved fruits and veggies. When an abundance of produce is brought in, these fresh items will be served with the daily meals served at the COA. For more information, contact Annmary Connor, Amesbury COA director, at 978-388-8138.

Bartlett Museum looking for members

This is the time of year when the Bartlett Museum of Amesbury sends out membership renewals and also looks for new members. If you like local history and fundraisers than this is the place for you. The mission of the group is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and illustrating the history and culture of Amesbury, its neighboring communities and this country and making those resources available to all interested.

Membership forms are available at the Bartlett Museum, the Amesbury Public Library or email Dianne at dianco@verizon.net or call Carol at 978-388-6591 to have one mailed to you.

The Bartlet Museum located on 270 Main St. is open for the season from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Compost stickers 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.

Drivers needed for Meals on Wheels

Amesbury Meals on Wheels is seeking part-time drivers to deliver to homebound elderly in the Amesbury/Merrimac area. They must have their own vehicle; a stipend ispaid.

This program is made possible by the Merrimack Valley Nutrition Program, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and the Amesbury COA. To become a driver contact. Virginia Chapinski, assistant director, MVNP, 978-686-1422, ext. 28.

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.

Art classes at Senior Center

The Amesbury Senior Recreation Center is offering an art class on Mondays from 10 to 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.

Susan Lenore as Harriet Beecher Stowe

Susan Lenore portrays Harriet Beecher Stowe and goes deeply into her writing of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” And Harriet herself holds forth on the crucial events going on around her. She also tells about her visit with President Lincoln, about the difficulties and triumphs of her personal life. She interacts with the audience in a humorous and personal way.

Lenore will be at the Amesbury Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. Registration is required since space is limited. Register at www.amesburylibrary.org or email Margie Walker, local history librarian, at mwalker@mvlc.org.

Recycle appliance/electronics Oct. 4

An Appliance & Electronics Recycle Day fundraiser is set for Saturday, Oct. 4, on Bartlett Museum grounds at 270 Main Street from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Items should be emptied, i.e., no gas, oil or water left in them. Scrap/junk aluminum/bikes, keyboards, cellphones, household batteries, rechargeable, car and other lead acid batteries, etc., no limit for free.

All kinds of electronics: monitors, computers, stereos, radios, VHS/DVD players, lamps, etc., $5 each. All kinds of appliances: dishwashers, stoves, washer, dryer, water heaters, microwaves, lawn mowers, snow blowers, exercise equipment, AC units, dehumidifiers, small engine items, etc., $10 each. Small TV less than 20 inches, $10. Large TV more than 20 inches, $15. Wood console TV, $20.

Payment by cash or checks payable to: The Bartlett Museum. For more information call Dennis at 508-277-7513.

Annual collection on Sept. 27

The City of Amesbury’s Department of Public Works is holding a “Collection Event” for residents to dispose of prescription drugs, textiles (clean items), shoes, one-use disposable bags, cellphones, empty printer cartridges, glasses, hearing aids, mercury and styrofoam and will offer paper shredding, all free of charge. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Department of Public Works Office Parking Lot, 39 South Hunt Road. For more information, contact Laurie Pierce at the Public Works Department, 978-388-8116, or via email at laurie@amesburyma.gov.

Volunteers needed at COA

The Amesbury Council on Aging is in search of volunteers to assist in several different areas. Those interested should stop by and pick up a volunteer packet. For more information, call and speak with Jean Marie, volunteer coordinator, at 978 388 8138.

Areas of need:

1. Friendly Visitors — visit seniors weekly in their home

2. Penny Mill — price and sell merchandise for the friends of the COA

3. Receptionist — Work 8 a.m.-noon or noon-4 p.m. on the reception desk answering the phone and directing the calls, scheduling van rides to appointments, etc., signing up those wanting to attend a program or class. The COA uses a specific computer program, so learning that program is required.

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