Chamber concert set for Tuesday

The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival presents its annual outdoor family concert in Patrick Tracy Square on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m.

Chairs will be provided for this free concert — featuring music by Mozart, Shostakovich and Bartok — or bring your own. In case of rain, the concert take places in the lower meetinghouse at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant St.

For more information, visit or call 978-701-4914.

Evening stroll at state park

An evening stroll will be offered Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maudslay State Park, 74 Curzon Mill Road.

The park interpreter will lead a moderately paced walk, rain or shine, to see different areas of the park and experience the changes at Maudslay over the summer. The stroll is for ages 6 and up, but is most appropriate for adults.

There is a $5 fee — 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily — for Massachusetts vehicles and a $10 fee for out-of-state vehicles. Meet at the park headquarters.

Bringing water and wearing sunscreen are recommended as well as appropriate walking shoes. For more information, call 978-465-7223.

Kelcourse hosts office hour

State Rep. James Kelcourse, R-Amesbury, will hold an office hour Thursday, Aug. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. at 23 Green St.

No appointment is necessary.

Kitty Cafe at public library

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society presents Kitty Cafe on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St. 

Those who attend will meet kittens that can be adopted and also Ollivander, while also hearing his story.

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

Plum Island Light tours 

Plum Island Light, 263 Northern Blvd., will be open for tours on the third Sunday of each month through September — Aug. 18 and Sept. 15 — along with Sept. 29. 

The tours will be from 1 to 4 p.m., weather permitting.

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


History tour at Maudslay

A Maudslay State Park interpreter leads a history tour series of the Moseley family estate Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

This session of the three-part tour includes a walk to the coachmen’s area, which is usually closed to the public. Access to the coachmen’s area is only allowed during this tour. Participants should wear appropriate walking shoes and sunscreen, and bring water. The tour is for ages 6 and older. 

Participants should meet at the park headquarters at 74 Curzon Mill Road. There is a parking fee of $5 for Massachusetts vehicles and $10 for nonresident vehicles for most programs at Maudslay.

For more information, call 978-465-7223.

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 through Oct. 5.

To learn more about workshops and to register for classes:

Peace Garden needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Peace Garden beside the boardwalk on Newburyport’s waterfront.

There is no minimum commitment, and volunteers usually work for an hour and a half at a time on random mornings once or twice a month during the summer.

The garden was established in 2003 by the Women’s Action for New Directions to honor civilians and military personnel on both sides who died during the Iraq War. To help, contact volunteer coordinator Joanna Hammond at 978-270-3941.

Community Service

looking for clothing

Community Service of Newburyport seeks donations of children’s back-to-school clothing in new or great condition for students in preschool through high school. All boys and girls sizes needed.

Community Service is also looking for summer clothing for men and children, including tops, light pants, shorts, short sleeve T-shirts, spring jackets, sweatshirts, summer shoes. All donations should be in new or like-new condition. 

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.