Japanese festivalcoming Sunday
Traditional Natsu Matsuri Japanese family festival performances are scheduled Sunday, Sept. 15, at Hana Japan Restaurant, 45 Storey Ave.
The festival, featuring a Shishimai (Japanese lion dance) performance by Stephen Long, children’s dance, kimono show and more, is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Performances will run from 12:45 to 2 p.m.
Author speaksat public library
New York Times best-selling author Peter Zheutlin will talk about his new book Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St.
Zheutlin will speak about the cross-country journey with his dog Albie that inspired “The Dog Went Over the Mountain.” He will sign and sell copies of his book after the talk.
For more on library programs: www.newburyportpl.org/.
Emma Andrewshosts yard sale
Emma Andrews Library & Community Center, 77 Purchase St., hosts a yard and bake sale Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Golden Age Clubmeets Wednesday
The Newburyport Golden Age Club gathers Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Elks Hall, 25 Low St.
There will be a brief business meeting followed by refreshments and a social. People ages 55 and older are welcome.
For more information, contact David at 978-363-2944.
Book launchparty Sept. 20
Newburyport debut author Monica Duncan celebrates the launch of her literary fiction novel, “Twine,” on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop, 50 Water St.
“Twine” celebrates a quietly radical view of small-town life, ambition and motherhood.
Duncan is a Michigan native with music degrees from Michigan State and Indiana State universities. She is a freelance musician and teacher.
Community Servicelooking 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.
Plum IslandLight tours
Plum Island Light, 263 Northern Blvd., will be open for Sunday tours Sept. 15 and Sept. 29.
The tours will be from 1 to 4 p.m., weather permitting. The last group goes up at 3:50 p.m.
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.
Irish author willspeak Thursday
Irish-born author and Newburyport resident Áine Greaney presents her fifth book,” Green Card & Other Essays,” on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Emma Andrews Library & Community Center, 77 Purchase St.
Her book, published by Wising Up Press, is a blend of memoir, contemplation and opinion pieces, with the essays set in the Merrimack Valley, Newburyport and Ireland. The essays map the journey of Greaney, who moved to the U.S. in 1986, from being a new immigrant to a naturalized citizen.
Greaney’s work has also been published and broadcast in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Canada. Her essays and articles have appeared in or on Creative Nonfiction, NPR/WBUR, The Boston Globe Magazine, Salon, The Drum, New Hibernia Review and Litro Magazine, among others.
She received a citation in “Best American Essays” and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her work.
Quilt showat church
The Merrimack Valley Quilt Guild holds its annual quilt show, “39 and Counting,” on Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St.
There will be vendors, a penny raffle, silent auction, demonstrations, boutique, a white elephant room, luncheon, and more than 100 juried and nonjuried quilts for viewing. Admission is $8 at the door.
For more information: mvquilters.wordpress.com/quilt-show/.
Nourishing the North Shore is offering a variety of gardening workshops for all ages.
Classes are hands on and taught by local experts. The gardening workshops run through Oct. 5.
To learn more about workshops and to register for classes: www.nourishingthenorthshore.org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are needed at Emma Andrews Library & Community Center, 77 Purchase St.
Help is needed at the circulation desk. Other opportunities to volunteer are also available. If interested, call 978-465-5848.
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.
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.
Cars & Coffee on
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.
NHS Class of ‘69
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.