Writing program at public library
NaNoWriMo Write In will be offered this month at Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St., on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The library is joining with NaNoWriMo to offer assistance to writers participating in National Novel Writing Month. Snacks, coffee, some free printing, and editing help will be available.
For more on library programs: www.newburyportpl.org.
Golden Age Club meets Wednesday
The Newburyport Golden Age Club gathers Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Elks Hall, 25 Low St.
Light refreshments served. People ages 55 and older are welcome.
For more information, contact David at 978-363-2944.
Healthy aging program slated
The Alzheimer’s Association hosts a free program on healthy aging practices Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Newburyport Council on Aging, 331 High St.
“Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research” will address research on diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement to promote a brain-healthy lifestyle.
The program will provide hands-on tools to help incorporate recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. To register or for more information, call the association at 1-800-272-3900.
Foster parenting session Tuesday
The state Department of Children and Families will host an informational session on foster parenting children from infancy through adolescence on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant St.
Foster parents can be single, married, partnered, divorced or widowed and can rent or own a home. An RSVP for the session is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. RSVP at https://FosterMA-UU.eventbrite.com or call 508-264-1922.
Anna Jaques bake sale
The Anna Jaques Aid Association is sponsoring a bake sale and accepting orders through Friday, Nov. 22.
The sale features eight types of pies, five breads, two crisps and a Black Russian liquor chocolate cake made by Josie Dow, known for her use of fresh, local fresh ingredients. Also available will be three flavors of fudge from Winfrey’s Fudge & Chocolates.
Orders may be placed online at www.ajh.org/pie. There is a list of all offerings and their ingredients. For those who cannot decide which to choose, “Meet the Baker” will be offered Thursday, Nov. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Anna Jaques Hospital cafeteria hallway for free samples to taste.
All will be ready for pickup Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital atrium, where there will be additional pies and breads for purchase. All proceeds benefit patient care at Anna Jaques.
Donors needed for program
Community Service of Newburyport Inc. is signing up children for its annual holiday program and looking for donors to help.
Families can sign up children, infants through age 16 from Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury through Thursday, Nov. 21, to receive holiday gifts.
Children’s wishes are fulfilled with the help of the community. Presents are distributed to children in cooperation with individuals, churches, civic groups and businesses.
Families can sign up Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Community Service office at The Annex at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 35 Summer St., Newburyport. Donors can sign up by calling 978-465-7562.
Church hosts rummage sale
An annual fall rummage sale will be held Friday, Nov. 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant St.
The sale is organized around “the circular economy”: Recycle+Reuse+ Reduce=Rummage in partnership with Newburyport High School and local theater groups.
The “5 bucks a bag” special and “nearly new” fancy stuff will be offered. Donations can be dropped off at the church.
For more information, go to www.frsuu.org or call 978-465-0602.
Library hours for fall, winter
Fall and winter hours have begun 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.
Salvation Army seeks applications
The Salvation Army, 40 Water St., welcome applications from families in need of assistance with Thanksgiving and Christmas food, and Christmas gifts for children ages 14 and under.
The organization serves residents of Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Byfield, Amesbury and Salisbury. Call 978-465-0883 for more details.
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.
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.
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.
Joppa offers costume sale
Joppa Dance Company holds its annual costume sale throughout October at The Dance Place, The Tannery, 50 Water St.
Costumes range from fancy and frilly to traditional Halloween wear. Proceeds benefit Joppa’s travel to New York and Greece in 2020. Joppa is a nonprofit 501(c)(3).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 begins at 7:15 a.m. No dues or fees for members; registration not required.
For more information: 978-387-8188 or email@example.com.
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/.
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.