Pancake breakfast at St. Paul’s Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., will hold its second annual Yankee Homecoming pancake breakfast Sunday, July 28.
The breakfast is open to all and will run from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 for children, $7 for adults, with a maximum of $20 per family.
Churches offer houseboat stay
The Holy Redeemer/Immaculate Conception Catholic Collaborative is selling 300 raffle tickets for a three-night stay with Houseboats at Newburyport.
Tickets are $10 each or five for $40. Winners, who do not need to be present, will be selected at the collaborative’s second annual Strawberry/Blueberry Dessert Festival on Sunday, July 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the lawn of Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green St.
Call Kathie for tickets at 978-992-6450 or the Immaculate Conception Parish Center at 978-462-2724. Tickets can also be purchased after Mass. For more on Houseboats at Newburyport: www.houseboatsatnewburyport.com).
Slavery program slated tonight
Historian Susan Harvey speaks about Newburyport and New England’s often overlooked history of slavery Thursday, July 25, at the Museum of Old Newbury.
The free, illustrated presentation will be given at the museum’s headquarters at 98 High St. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. in Francis Benjamin Lecture Hall. Space is limited and reservations requested.
To make a reservation, call 978-462-2681 or email email@example.com.
Kids programs at Emma Andrews
Children’s programs will be offered this summer in the backyard of Emma L. Andrews Library & Community Center, 77 Purchase St.
“Fun & Games Magic Show” will be presented by magician Debbie O’Carroll on Thursday, July 25. The Newburyport Fire Department gives a presentation Thursday, Aug. 8. Children can meet the firefighters, climb on a truck, and look at the equipment.
Both programs are from 10 a.m. to noon. Visitors can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the library’s backyard.
Church to present outdoor concert
Traditional Irish music will be performed Monday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the garden at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St.
Killeeshil, featuring church music director Michael Hamill on fiddle and accordion and John Schnelle on concertina and vocals, will perform at the free concert. Guests can bring a chair or borrow one there.
If it rains, the performance will move inside.
Dessert fest on Sunday
The second annual Strawberry/Blueberry Dessert Festival will be Sunday, July 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the lawn of Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green St.
The festival, hosted by the Holy Redeemer/Immaculate Conception Catholic Collaborative, features homemade shortcake and whipped cream with local strawberries and blueberries for $5 along with bottled water.
The money raised benefits the collaborative’s ministries so it can continue outreach and offer education programs in the four communities it serves — Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury.
The event will be held during Yankee Homecoming, whose theme this year is “Remembering Our Past.” In keeping with the theme, there will be tours of Immaculate Conception and “A Brief History of Our Collaborative.”
Preschool program offered at Maudslay
Kidleidoscope, a preschool-aged program for children who love nature, will be presented Thursday, Aug. 1, 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.
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.
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.
Band plays at Elks Lodge
The band Hoi Polloi performs Friday, Aug. 2, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Newburyport Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.
Hoi Polloi will be joined by special guest Billy Glynn for a night of classic rock and original music. Cost is $10.
Hoi Polloi consists of Rich Bostick, Charlie Cashman, Dave Currier, Tom Sadowski and Jim Sparling.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/587951398396498/.
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 from July 27 through Oct. 5.
To learn more about workshops and to register for classes: www.nourishingthenorthshore.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
Soup kitchen closed in July
St. Basil’s Monday soup kitchen at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is closed in July, but reopens Aug. 5.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or text David Gibbs at 978-821-9504.