Chamber festival presents program

Theater in the Open teams up with Auricolae Music Troupe and the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival for a free puppet show with music for all ages Wednesday, Aug. 7.

There will be two performances: at noon at the gatehouse at Maudslay State Park, 1 Spring Lane, (bring a chair) and again at 4 p.m. at Byron’s Court (Inn Street pedestrian mall, adjacent to the parking lot – seating provided).

The program will feature the stories “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Adventure at Granny’s” (Little Red Riding Hood) and ‍“The Princess and the Man with a Pure Heart.”

The performance is one of a dozen free presentations offered during the 18th season of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, which continues until Sunday, Aug. 18, including six open rehearsals, two panel discussions, and another outdoor family concert.

For a schedule and ticket information, visit www.newburyportchambermusic.org.

Evening stroll at state park

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

The park interpreter and special guest Dawn Adams of New Dawn Herbals will lead a moderately paced walk to identify plants and herbs that are beneficial to your health.

The program is for ages 6 and up, but an adult must accompany children 12 and under. The event will be canceled if it rains.

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.

Free meditation retreats on tap

Free Saturday meditation retreats will be offered Aug. 10 and Aug 31 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm in the lower meetinghouse at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant St.

There will be lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 pm. Lunch will be provided and anyone unable to stay for the afternoon session may leave at that time.

The retreats will be led by Joyce Haydock, a senior dharma teacher with the International Kwan Um School of Zen.

Register at Joycehaydock@outlook.com or by phone at 978-363-5457.

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: www.nourishingthenorthshore.org.

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.

Kids programs at Emma Andrews

Children’s programs are being offered this summer in the backyard of Emma L. Andrews Library & Community Center, 77 Purchase St.

The Newburyport Fire Department gives a presentation Thursday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Children can meet the firefighters, climb on a truck, and look at the equipment.

Visitors can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the backyard.

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.

Kids program at Maudslay

Kidleidoscope, a preschool-aged program for children who love nature, will be presented Thursday, Aug. 8, at Maudslay State Park, 74 Curzon Mill Road.

The free program, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., features a story, craft and walk involving outdoor exploration. It is ideal for children 3 to 6 years old. A different nature topic is presented each week, rain or shine.

Participants should wear appropriate walking shoes, sunscreen and bring water. 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.

Golden Age Club meets on Sept. 4

The Newburyport Golden Age Club will next meet Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The club hosts its anniversary party Wednesday, Oct. 2. A donation of $8 per person is requested.

For more information, contact David Hicken at 978-363-2994.

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.

Art program at Maudslay

Art in the Park! will be presented Friday, Aug. 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maudslay State Park, 74 Curzon Mill Road.

This program will be led by a park interpreter and involves gathering natural materials and creating a piece of art that will be reclaimed by nature.

Participants, who will meet at park headquarters, should wear appropriate walking shoes and sunscreen, and bring water. 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.

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.

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 platform.

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.

NHS Class of ‘74 seeks classmates

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

The following classmates should email nhsclassof1974@yahoo.com: Bill Deblois, Janet (Goldsmith) Crump, Diane (Brown) Dawson, Jean Jeffers, Robyn (Matheson) Fanaras, Gail (Assad) Marshall, Jody (Bennett) Nicholson, Bruce Olson, Jonathan Peabody, Toni Plant, Gretchen Van Vliet and Pete Walton.

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.

Public library’s summer hours

Summer hours are underway 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.