Brown School forum slated

The Conversation Café hosts a second community session on the Brown School’s redevelopment Thursday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St.

Using a structured format, the session will address what residents hope or fear will be the redevelopment’s impact on the community and neighborhood.

Residents can express their views and hear other points of view. The format stresses intentional listening. Sessions will conclude with a recap of “what we heard.”

Souper Saturday set for Feb. 29  

Souper Saturday will be held Feb. 29 at Emma L. Andrews Library and Community Center, 77 Purchase St.

The event is from 12 noon until the soup runs out. The meal includes beef stew and mashed potato soup from Port City Sandwich, fish chowder, minestrone, split yellow pea soup with kielbasa and Italian wedding soup.

There will also be fresh bread and homemade desserts. A $5 donation is appreciated to fund the library’s children’s programs.

Top films at public library

Academy Award-nominated films will be shown on select Monday and Tuesday nights in February and March at Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St.

These include Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. For titles, see or call 978-465-4428, ext. 242.

Openings at River Valley

River Valley Charter School, a public Montessori school, is accepting grade K-8 applications for the 2020-21 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

Applications must be received no later than Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. for the lottery Thursday, Feb. 27.

Clubs seek health fair sponsors

The combined Lions and Exchange clubs of Greater Newburyport seek sponsors and table vendors for their first health and wellness fair on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Elks Lodge, 21 Low St.

Vendors from health-related fields will demonstrate their goods and services. Free admission.

The clubs are looking for sponsors at the $1,000, $500, $300 and $100 levels. All sponsorships are tax deductible through the Lions Club 501(c)(3) (EIN 47-3532870) status. Sponsorships include the option of a table display. Company logos will be included in all advertising.

Table vendors are also sought in the fields of acupuncture, assisted living, children’s day care, chiropractic, dental, eye care, financial management, fitness, hearing, holistic medicine, home health care, hospital, massage, nutrition, physical therapy and yoga/meditation. The table fee is $50.

For applications or more information: Categories will be filled on a first-received, first-accepted basis. Only 32 tables available. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 28. 

Community Service looking for clothing

Community Service of Newburyport seeks donations of new and like-new clothing for men, women and children, including long sleeve shirts, button-down collar shirts, pants, sweatshirts and sweatpants.

 Large to XXX tops and bottoms for men and women are especially needed.

 Clothing can be dropped off Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the annex at St. Paul’s Church, 35 Summer St.

Library hours for this winter 

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

The library will be open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the library at 978-465-4428 or go to

Conversations in Spanish hour 

A weekly Spanish conversation hour, organized by Holly Cashman, called “Cerveza & Conversación” meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at RiverWalk Brewing Co., 40 Parker St.

The group is free and all levels of Spanish ability are welcome.

For more information, go to and sign up as a member to receive updates and to RSVP. 


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