Church hosts fair, raffle

An annual Christmas fair and basket raffle will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The fair features holiday shopping, music, lunch, a cookie walk, holiday wreaths, baked goods and candy, and a large supply of jewelry and accessories. Free admission.

The Souper Luncheon features homemade soups, including the renowned Central Church fish chowder. The raffle offers baskets with varying themes, including sports, fine art, tennis, chocolate, fairy furniture and movies, and gift certificates from downtown merchants.

Cookie Walk on Saturday

Emma L. Andrews Library and Community Center holds its annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St.

An assortment of home-baked cookies will be available for $5 a dozen. The tables will feature stained glass items, Christmas decorations, knitted and crochet items, handmade quilts, jewelry, free bike reflectors, neck warmers, fingerless gloves, and hot and cold rice packs.

All proceeds benefit the library’s scholarship fund.

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.

Mrs. Claus visits Emma Andrews

Mrs. Claus will be at Emma L. Andrews Library & Community Center, 77 Purchase St., for a holiday story hour Thursday, Dec. 5, from 3 to 4 p.m.

There will be stories, coloring, cocoa and cookies at this free event.

Village seeking some volunteers

The Greater Newburyport Village is looking for volunteers.

The nonprofit, grassroots organization is dedicated to helping people live their lives to the fullest as they age. The group helps with rides, shopping errands, light home maintenance and chores as well as providing friendly visits, social gatherings, day trips, and educational talks and presentations.

For more information or to volunteer, call 978-206-1821. Website: www.greaternewburyportvillage.org.

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 fall, winter 

Fall and winter hours have begun 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 www.newburyportpl.org.

Salvation Army seeks applications

The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., welcome applications from families in need of assistance with holiday meals and Christmas gifts for children ages 14 and under.

The organization serves residents of Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Byfield, Amesbury and Salisbury. Call 978-465-0883 for more details.

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. 

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.

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.

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 is from 7:15 to 8:15 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/.

Story hours at Emma Andrews

Story hours continue at Emma L. Andrews Library and Community Center, 77 Purchase St.

The schedule: Monday — Babies and toddlers, 10 to 11 a.m.; ages 3 and up, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday — ages 3 and up, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

There will be seasonal stories and crafts. Bring a snack for children. All children’s programs are free. No story hours on Monday holidays.

Sign up at the library or call 978-358-8097.

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.

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