River Valley info session
AMESBURY – There will be an information session hosted by River Valley Charter School at Flatbread Company on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Anyone interested is invited to come for pizza and have their questions answered about Montessori curriculum, Massachusetts charter schools and how to enroll in the lottery.
River Valley Charter School in Newburyport is celebrating its 20th anniversary this school year. The school offers a Montessori education — full-day kindergarten through eighth grade — to students from Amesbury, Newburyport, Groveland, Merrimac, West Newbury, Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury.
The enrollment lottery will be on Thursday, Feb. 27; the deadline for lottery applications is Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m.
To apply, go to rivervalleycharter.org.
Vacation week fun at library
AMESBURY — Several school vacation week activities will be offered at Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St.
There will be drop-in craft activities all week, allowing children to make fun fake food. That includes felt food and paper bag pizzas.
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7- to 12-year-olds can roll and enjoy candy sushi. Registration is required.
On Thursday, Feb. 20, people of all ages can drop off a stuffed animal to spend the night at the library. The stuffed animal will enjoy treats and games. When picked up the next day, the animal will have a craft, note for its owner and lots of pictures.
All programs are free thanks to funding from Friends of the Amesbury Public Library. For more information, go to www.amesburylibrary.org or call 978-388-8148.
COA offering tax preparers
GEORGETOWN — Three AARP Tax Aide preparers will be available through Thursday, April 9, to help elders and other moderate-income individuals with income tax preparations on Thursdays.
The tax preparers will be available from 9 a.m. to noon at the Georgetown Council on Aging office, 1 Library St.
Information on income tax preparation and the criteria for the Massachusetts Circuit Breaker income tax credit program is available at the COA office.
Appointments for income tax preparation are required. To schedule an appointment, call the COA office at 978-352-5726.
Group offering scholarship
WEST NEWBURY — The West Newbury Democratic Town Committee seeks applicants for the Kathy Pasquina Civic Engagement Scholarship.
The scholarship awards $1,000 to a graduating senior from West Newbury attending Pentucket Regional High School, Whittier Technical High School or Essex Agricultural and Technical High School.
The recipient must be planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college. The scholarship was established to honor Pasquina’s 35-year commitment to the committee.
Students are encouraged to apply online via a Gmail account at www.westnewburydems.org/civic-engagement-scholarship.html or by emailing the application form, essay, letter of recommendation and transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 15.
For more information, contact Elena Bachrach at email@example.com or 978-387-0707.
Ham, bean supper served on Feb. 29
MERRIMAC — A ham and bean supper, followed by bingo, will be held Saturday, Feb. 29, at Holy Redeemer Parish, 4 Green St.
The supper starts at 5 p.m. following the 4 p.m. Mass. Bingo follows at 6:30 p.m.
The meal includes coleslaw, rolls, and apple crisp. Coffee, tea and water will be served. The cost is $8. Bingo is $1 per card.
Pentucket budget hearing Feb. 25
WEST NEWBURY – The Pentucket School Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the fiscal 2021 school budget for Tuesday, Feb. 25., at 6:15 p.m.
The hearing will be in the Pentucket Regional High School cafeteria at 24 Main St.
Valentine lunch at senior center
SALISBURY — The Council on Aging offers a valentine lunch Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11:15 a.m. at the Salisbury Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.
The lunch will feature roast turkey, butternut squash, baked potatoes, various desserts, candy and musical entertainment. Tickets are $5.
For more information, call 978-462-2412.
Merrimac GOP meets Thursday
MERRIMAC — The Merrimac Republican Town Committee will hold a meeting at the Merrimac Council on Aging, 100 E. Main St. on Thursday, Feb. 20.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
Credit union offers college scholarships
Students can apply for one of 15 $1,000 college scholarships through Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Bridgewater Credit Union, a division of Merrimack Valley Credit Union.
Students from Amesbury, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Tewksbury and West Newbury are eligible.
Two scholarships will be awarded to credit union members, while the other 13 will be available to high school seniors attending a school within the field of membership.
Applications must be postmarked by Sunday, March 1, and are available for download at www.mvcu.com/scholarship.
In addition to the application, students must submit a transcript of their grades and letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, coach, Scout leader or religious leader. Students will also be asked to write a 500-word essay finishing the sentence, “If I ran the credit union, I would ... .”
Send the completed application and required materials to: Marketing Department, Merrimack Valley Credit Union, 500 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843.
Tech Help days at town library
BYFIELD — Newbury Town Library will offer help with electronic devices and other technology during its Tech Help Wednesdays.
Mike Olson will provide one-on-one assistance every Wednesday from 12 to 2 p.m., including help with word processing and spreadsheets, internet browsing, email, and safely storing documents, photos and music.
No registration is required. The library is at 0 Lunt St.
Steppe Up In thrift shop
AMESBURY — Steppe Up In thrift shop at Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St., offers used clothing and housewares. Donations are welcome.
The shop is open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, call 978-388-0982.
Reiki, meditation at Groveland COA
GROVELAND — Reiki and meditation is offered on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Council on Aging, 183 Main St.
The class is led by Sue Cullen. Cost is $5. Council on Aging programs are not limited to Groveland residents.
For more information, call Nisha at 978-372-1101.
Book Club to gather
BYFIELD – The Newbury Library Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m.
The club gathers at the library at 0 Lunt St. No registration and new members welcome.
For more information on library activities: newburylibrary.org/events.
AMESBURY — Overeaters Anonymous meets each Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Amesbury Health Center, 24 Morrill Place.
Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step support group for people dealing with eating disorders that reflects physical, emotional and spiritual changes in living. There are no fees, scales or diets.
For more information: 978-387-8188 or oanorthshoreintergroup.org.
Newbury library items delivered
NEWBURY — The Newbury Council on Aging and Newbury Town Library are delivering library materials, including books and DVDs, to patrons physically unable to visit the library.
Residents may inquire about eligibility and how to apply by calling 978-465-0539.
Items needed for food pantry
WEST NEWBURY — The town food pantry needs donations.
Residents who can are asked to consider donating some of the following most-needed items to help alleviate hunger and other needs in the community: paper products such as paper towels, tissues and plates; snacks such as cookies, chips, granola bars and crackers; pasta sauce; jelly and jam; Pull-ups (size 2t-3t-4t); and bladder control pads.
Anyone who can help should contact Council on Aging Director Theresa Woodbury at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-363-1104.
Drumming at Newbury library
BYFIELD – Kristine Malpica of Imagine Studios offers a community drumming circle at the Newbury Town Library on the third Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m.
This drum circle is free and open to all.
All are invited to gather and share in the ancient practice of group rhythm making and song. Feel free to bring drums and percussion instruments or play those provided. All ages welcome and no experience needed.
Contact the library to register at www.newburylibrary.org.
Our Neighbors’ Table, The Market
AMESBURY — Our Neighbors’ Table offers meals, open to everyone, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St., as well as hours for The Market pantry four days each week.
The Market, 194 Main St., is open from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays; 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays and Saturdays. Another market is offered Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Service of Newburyport/St. Paul’s Annex, 35 Summer St., Newburyport.
The Market is open to residents of Amesbury, Boxford, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, South Hampton and West Newbury.
The Merrimac Mobile Food Pantry, for Merrimac residents, visits the Merrimac Senior Center, 100 E. Main St. on the first and third Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Friday knitting sessions offered
BYFIELD — Opportunities to knit will be available from 1 to 2 p.m. on Fridays at Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt St.
Knitters can bring their latest project. All levels welcome. Registration is not required.
Mapping tool now available
NEWBURY — Residents can now view, print and select information from the Board of Assessors, Conservation Commission, Inspectional Services Department, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.
This can done through The Interactive Mapping Tool (MIMAP 2.0) Tool — an online geographic information system view of Newbury’s data and maps.
To learn more about using this tool, see the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission’s interactive mapping tool tutorial on YouTube.
Genealogy Club meets at library
BYFIELD — The Genealogy Club gathers the first Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt St.
The club is open to anyone interested in discovering who they are and from where they came. The club provides ideas, resources and motivation to help uncover the life stories of ancestors.
For more information on library events, go to newburylibrary.org/events.
Amesbury club meets Mondays
AMESBURY – The Amesbury Duplicate Bridge Club now meets at the Main Street Congregational Church parish house, 145 Main St.
Open stratified games are Monday at 7 p.m. The club welcomes players of all levels and the games are ACBL sanctioned.
Games are played in an accessible first-floor room. Treats provided.
For more information, go to Amesburydbc.com or call 978-407-8006.