Creatures visit Emma Andrews

Children can meet various creatures Thursday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in the backyard of Emma L. Andrews Library & Community Center, 77 Purchase St. 

Curious Creatures will bring soft, hard-shelled, friendly and shy creatures for children to touch and learn about, including their habits and diet — weather permitting. The animals could be a snake or baby alligator, hedgehog, chinchilla or rabbit, tarantula or frog. Guests can bring a picnic lunch for after the event.

Other summer children’s programs to be held in the library’s backyard 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.

Women’s caucus will host event

The Greater Newburyport Committee of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus holds a networking event Tuesday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at TopKnots CoWorking, 18 Titcomb St. 

The event, which also features wine and hors d’oeuvres, is an opportunity for women who have run for office, are running for office or may be interested in running for office.

 The public is invited to attend and share ideas about political campaigns, learn from the experience of others, and talk about the importance of increasing the number of elected woman representatives at every level, locally and nationally. 

The committee is dedicated to the goal of 50% representation in public office in Greater Newburyport communities. For more information or to RSVP, contact Elizabeth Kilcoyne at ekilcoyne10@gmail.com.

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

Grief seminar slated July 23 

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.  

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.

Soup kitchen closed in July

St. Basil’s Monday soup kitchen at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church will be closed in July, reopening on Aug. 5.

Anyone with questions can call 978-465-5757.

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 begin Saturday, July 6, 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.

Community Service looking for clothing

Community Service of Newburyport is seeking donations of spring and 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. 

Anyone with clothing in good condition is asked to drop the items off Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Annex at St. Paul’s Church, 35 Summer St.

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.

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

NHS Class of ‘74 seeks classmates 

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

The following classmates should email nhsclassof1974@yahoo.com: Diane (Brown) Dawson, Donna (Daigle) Hannan, Jean Jeffers, Robyn (Matheson) Fanaras, Bruce Olson, Toni Plant and Gretchen Van Vliet. 

Plum Island Light tours 

Plum Island Light, 263 Northern Blvd., will be open for tours on the third Sunday of each month through September — July 21, 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 platform. 

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.

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.

LGBTQ+ book group meets 

Literary InQueeries, the 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.

Community Service seeks kids clothing

Community Service of Newburyport needs new or like new clothing for children and is seeking donations from the community. 

Community Service is located at 35 Summer St., below Among Friends just before the Labyrinth, and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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.