Library closed Presidents Day

Newburyport Public Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 17, in honor of Presidents Day.

There are book returns at the library’s main entrance at 94 State St. and next to Market Basket on Storey Avenue. The library reopens Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 9 a.m.

For more information, call the library at 978-465-4428, ext. 226, or visit www.newburyportpl.org.

Brown School forums slated

The Conversation Café hosts a community session on the Brown School’s redevelopment Thursday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Senior Center, 331 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.”

A second session will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St.

Kelcourse holds office hours 

State Rep. James Kelcourse will offer office hours Friday, Feb. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 23 Green St.

No appointment is necessary. Kelcourse represents the First Essex District, which includes Newburyport, Amesbury and Salisbury.

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.

Beach walking tours slated

Plum Island Outdoors will conduct walking tours of North Point at Plum Island.

The tours, led by Bill Sargent, will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, and Monday, Feb. 17 — Presidents Day. The tours, rain or shine, are from Plum Island Beach to the south jetty and back.

Free parking is available in the Plum Island Beach parking lot. Participants can see the erosion on Plum Island at North Point, and discuss possible solutions for erosion at Reservation Terrace.

Details can be found at https://plumislandoutdoors.org/event/walking-tour-of-plum-island-north-point-3/

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.

Films will be shown Feb. 18 and 25 at 6 p.m. For titles, see www.newburyportpl.org 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 www.RiverValleyCharter.org/Enrollment.

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: nbpthealthfair@gmail.com. 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 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 

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.

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.

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