Plum Island Light tours 

Plum Island Light, 263 Northern Blvd., will be open for tours Sunday, July 21, from 1 to 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Plum Island Light will also be open at the same time Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Sept. 29.  

Visitors will receive spectacular views and learn about the history of a lighthouse that has guarded the Merrimack River’s entrance since 1788.

To climb to the lantern room and viewing walk, children must be least 5 years old and 42 inches tall; all must be able to climb a ladder to the upper viewing platform. 

Dessert fest set for July 28 

The second annual Strawberry/Blueberry Dessert Festival will be Sunday, July 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the lawn of Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green St.

The festival, hosted by the Holy Redeemer/Immaculate Conception Catholic Collaborative, features homemade shortcake and whipped cream with local strawberries and blueberries for $5 along with bottled water.

The money raised benefits the collaborative’s ministries so it can continue outreach and offer education programs in the four communities it serves — Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury. 

The event will be held during Yankee Homecoming, whose theme this year is “Remembering Our Past.” In keeping with the theme, there will be tours of Immaculate Conception and “A Brief History of Our Collaborative.”   

Grief seminar slated Tuesday

A one-night GriefShare seminar, “Loss of a Spouse,” will be offered Tuesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St.

The seminar will be led by experienced lay leaders who have lived through grief and want to help others through the grief process.

The seminar features video interviews with counselors, grief experts and widowed men and women who offer their insight on what to expect, how to deal with loneliness, what to do with a spouse’s belongings, and why it will not always hurt so much.

Those who attend will receive a booklet with more than 30 short readings on how to live with grief and eventually rebuild their life. 

For more information or to sign up, call the church’s office at 978-225-6812, ext. 21, or visit its website at www.hopenewburyport.com/support

Guitar Army plays monthly

The Guitar Army, an informal group of people who like to play string instruments, meets the third Friday of each month at People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St.

The group is free and people of all levels are welcome to join. They can also come just to hear the music.

For more information, email rtoleos@gmail.com.

Band plays at Elks Lodge 

The band Hoi Polloi performs Friday, Aug. 2, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Newburyport Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.

Hoi Polloi will be joined by special guest Billy Glynn for a night of classic rock and original music. Cost is $10.

Hoi Polloi consists of Rich Bostick, Charlie Cashman, Dave Currier, Tom Sadowski and Jim Sparling.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/587951398396498/.  

Kids programs at Emma Andrews

Children’s programs will be offered this summer in the backyard of Emma L. Andrews Library & Community Center, 77 Purchase St. 

The programs include the Fun & Games Magic Show on Thursday, July 25, and a presentation by the Newburyport Fire Department on Thursday, Aug. 8. Both programs are from 10 a.m. to noon.

Churches offer houseboat stay

The Holy Redeemer/Immaculate Conception Catholic Collaborative is selling 300 raffle tickets for a three-night stay with Houseboats at Newburyport.

Tickets are $10 each or five for $40. Winners, who do not need to be present, will be selected at the collaborative’s second annual Strawberry/Blueberry Dessert Festival on Sunday, July 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the lawn of Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green St.

Call Kathie for tickets at 978-992-6450 or the Immaculate Conception Parish Center at 978-462-2724. Tickets can also be purchased after Mass. For more on Houseboats at Newburyport: www.houseboatsatnewburyport.com). 

Summer classes on gardening, cooking

Nourishing the North Shore is offering a variety of gardening and cooking classes all summer for all ages.

Classes are hands on and taught by local famers, foodies and culinary experts.

Cooking classes run through Aug. 29 and include a shared meal at the end of each class. Gardening workshops run from July 27 through Oct. 5.

To learn more about workshops and to register for classes: www.nourishingthenorthshore.org

Personal care items needed

The donation of personal care items to Community Service of Newburyport’s new Making It Personal! program increases the essential products provided to residents in need from Newburyport, Newbury and West Newbury. 

The most-needed items are toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, adhesive bandages, incontinence products (men and women), laundry detergent, dish detergent and cleaning supplies.

Donations should be dropped off at Community Service, 35 Summer St., St. Paul’s Church annex, Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Golden Age Club will meet Sept. 4

The Newburyport Golden Age Club will not meet in July.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 4. The club hosts its anniversary party Wednesday, Oct. 2. A donation of $8 per person  is requested.

For more information, contact David Hicken at 978-363-2994.

LGBTQ+ book group meets 

Literary InQueeries, Newburyport Public Library’s LGBTQ+ book group for everyone, meets on the third Wednesday of the month at Commune coffee shop, 33 Pleasant St. 

All are welcome to this group, where participants will read and discuss books with LGBTQ+ themes. No reservations needed. 

For more information or to reserve a book, call the library at 978-465-4428, ext. 242.

NHS Class of ‘74 seeks classmates 

Newburyport High School’s Class of 1974 is looking for classmates as it plans its 45th reunion Saturday, Sept. 7, at SurfSide, Salisbury Beach.  

The following classmates should email nhsclassof1974@yahoo.com: Bill Deblois, Janet (Goldsmith) Crump, Diane (Brown) Dawson, Jean Jeffers, Robyn (Matheson) Fanaras, Gail (Assad) Marshall, Jody (Bennett) Nicholson, Bruce Olson, Jonathan Peabody, Toni Plant, Gretchen Van Vliet and Pete Walton.

Zen meditation set for Mondays

Free Zen meditation sessions will be offered Mondays this summer from 6:30 to 7:40 p.m. at First Religious Society’s Lower Meetinghouse, 26 Pleasant St.

Students, seniors, vets and beginners are welcome. First-time participants are encouraged to arrive at 6 p.m. for orientation. The sessions are led by Joyce Haydock, a senior dharma teacher and 30-year member of the International Kwan Um School of Zen.

Free day retreats will be offered Saturday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. The group breaks for lunch at noon, so those who are not able to stay for the afternoon may leave.

For more information, email Haydock at Joycehaydock@outlook.com, call 978-363-5457 or Google: Zen Practice with Joyce Haydock.

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. to 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. 

Summer hours start at library

Summer hours are underway at Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St.

The library closes at 1 p.m. on Saturdays in July and August. Summer hours for the library are: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NHS Class of ‘69 hosts reunion

Newburyport High School’s Class of 1969 will hold its 50th reunion Saturday, Sept. 14, at Michael’s Harborside.

Payment of $69 per person should be sent to Debra Powers, 3 Leary’s Way, Salisbury, MA 01952. For more information, contact Patti Marsh at pwmarsh69@gmail.com.

Drum classes on Sundays

African drum classes with master Senegalese drummer Mamadou Diop will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays at The Dance Place in The Tannery on Water Street.

Anyone with questions can call 978-465-5757.

These classes offer song and traditional African rhythms in a joyful, supportive learning community on a drop-in basis. Fee is $15 per class.

Soup kitchen closed in July

St. Basil’s Monday soup kitchen at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is closed in July, but reopens Aug. 5.

CoDA meets on Mondays

Weekly meetings of Co-dependents Anonymous, or CoDA, are held Mondays at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St.

Meetings of this 12-step program are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Enter by the Chapel Street door.

For more information, contact Kenny at 781-640-3018.

Exchange Club seeks members  

The Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. at the Starboard Galley, 55 Water St.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. The Exchange Club offers Kids Day in the Park during Yankee Homecoming and the Field of Honor in September.

The club’s service areas are preventing child abuse, Americanism, youth services and general community service.  

Our Neighbors’ Table market

Our Neighbors’ Table of Amesbury offers a market in Newburyport on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Service of Newburyport/St. Paul’s Episcopal Church annex, 35 Summer St.

Overeaters Anonymous 

Overeaters Anonymous meets on Saturdays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St.

The meeting begins at 7:15 a.m. No dues or fees for members; registration not required.

For more information: 978-387-8188 or info@oanorthshoreintergroup.org

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.  

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.

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, www.newburyportpl.org/.

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.

Buddhist study, meditation group  

The Buddhist Study and Meditation Group of Newburyport meets on the first and third Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Yoga Center of Newburyport, 12 Maple St.

This is a peer-led group that educates its members and local residents about Buddhist ideas and practices.

For more information, go to www.meetup.com/Buddhist-Study-Meditation-Group-of-Newburyport-BSMGN, email dgibbs7@gmail.com, or call or text David Gibbs at 978-821-9504.