Annual picnic slated Sunday
An annual neighborhood picnic will be hosted by Old South Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal St., on Sunday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Atwood Park.
There will be grilled hot dogs, salads, dessert, music and games. Visitors may tour the church’s historic sanctuary and climb the stairs to see the famous Paul Revere bell and the view from the steeple.
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.
Youth Services offers Sox trip
Newburyport Youth Services is offering a community trip, open to everyone, to see the 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, July 17.
Transportation is provided with a free round-trip bus from Port Plaza. Community members can purchase tickets and choose to ride the bus or not. Children under the age of 14 need adult supervision.
The bus will leave the former Kmart parking lot at 4:30 p.m. for the 7:10 p.m. game. The seats are in right field bleacher section 41 and tickets are $37, including transportation.
Sign up by calling Youth Services at 978-465-4434, going to newburyportyouthservices.com, or by stopping at the NYS office at 40 Milk St.
Golden Age Club will meet Sept. 4
The Newburyport Golden Age Club will not meet in July.
The next meeting will be 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.
Grief seminar set for 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com: Diane (Brown) Dawson, Donna (Daigle) Hannan, Jean Jeffers, Robyn (Matheson) Fanaras, Bruce Olson, Toni Plant and Gretchen Van Vliet.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com, or call or text David Gibbs at 978-821-9504.