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.
Author speaks at public library
Local author Tammy Bottner will present her book, “Among the Reeds: The true story of how a family survived the Holocaust,” on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. at Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St.
She will also lead a discussion about epigenetics, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and prejudice.
For more information on library programs: www.newburyportpl.org/.
MLK Jr. event slated Jan. 23
The YWCA Racial Justice Committee, led by area high school students, hosts its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 60 Pleasant St.
Sammy Shina, a mechanical engineering professor at UMass Lowell, will talk about his experience as a Jewish immigrant from Baghdad, Iraq.
The group, supported by sponsors and community donations, will explore the history of the Jews of Baghdad and the manifestations of anti-Semitism today. Members will discuss how to combat anti-Semitism at the local and national levels.
Light refreshments will be served and students attend for free. Committee members are committed to informing and compelling people to join efforts to eliminate racism and ensure dignity and justice for all.
Tickets for the celebration are $15. To donate or purchase a ticket, go to ywcanewburyport.org or call 978-465-9922.
Valentine workshop scheduled Jan. 29
Tinkerhaus Maker Space in Newburyport will host a Valentine’s Day-themed workshop Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Participants will make unique Valentine’s cards and beautiful envelopes, and learn about mail art. The workshop is led by Barbara Burns-Dore. The cost is $25.
Visit www.tinkerhaus.org to register.
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 www.RiverValleyCharter.org/Enrollment.
The school is hosting enrollment information sessions to help parents learn more about River Valley, the Montessori philosophy and the application process. Session dates are: Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 9 a.m.; Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1, at 9:30 a.m.
Attendance is not mandatory, and all sessions include a tour of the school.
Applications must be received no later than Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. for the lottery Thursday, Feb. 27.
Elks will host senior dinner
The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks will host a senior dinner Sunday, Feb. 16, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at 25 Low St.
The meal will include turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, stuffing, gravy, rolls and pies.
For more information, call the Elks Lodge at 978-465-9872.
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 www.newburyportpl.org.
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 meetup.com. and sign up as a member to receive updates and to RSVP.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.