Book chat at senior center

SALISBURY — A casual book chat and refreshments will be offered Thursday, Feb. 13, at noon at the Salisbury Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.

The book chat will feature Cara from Salisbury Public Library. Seniors can share what they are reading, hear about new titles and get ideas on what to read.

The group will discuss starting a book club at the senior center. Call 978-462-2412 to sign up.

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 or call 978-388-8148.

Monthly dinner at Merrimac church

MERRIMAC — An Italian buffet dinner featuring homemade dishes will be served Saturday, Feb. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St.

The dinner includes salads, desserts, drinks and a variety of choices. Dine in or take out.

Admission is $8, free for children under 5. For more information, call 978-346-8400.

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 or by emailing the application form, essay, letter of recommendation and transcript to

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 15.

For more information, contact Elena Bachrach at 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.

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

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.

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