Service forRam Dass

NEWBURY – A remembrance service for Baba Ram Dass (Richard Alpert), author of “Be Here Now” and 16 other books offering deep spiritual insight, will start at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, at Roots to Wings Yoga and Healing, 76 Newburyport Turnpike.

Ram Dass died Dec. 22. All are invited to bring photos, books and artifacts to view. For more information, contact Joel Grossman at 978-904-1086 or

Blood drives in Seabrook

SEABROOK — Trinity United Church is hosting blood drives Monday, Jan. 13, and Monday, Feb. 10, at the Parish House, 29 Main St. 

The blood drives are from 1 to 6 p.m.

‘Spiritual Direction’ workshop Jan. 19 

NEWBURY — A group “Spiritual Direction” workshop will be offered Sunday, Jan. 19, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Roots to Wings Yoga and Healing, 76 Newburyport Turnpike.

The Rev. Joel Grossman, an interfaith minister and spiritual services director of constellation hospice in Newburyport, is offering the workshop.

“Spiritual Direction” is a way of receiving guidance to address areas of personal interest.

Participants will reflect on what guidance they wish to receive and then enter a time of quiet reflection open to inspiration.

The workshop is part of the “Light Up Your Spiritual Life” workshop series sponsored by the Spiritual Breakfast Club,

Other workshops include “Planning for a Good Death” with end-of-life doula Janet Prescott on May 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. and “Finding Your Spiritual Self Through Art” with artist Johanna Robertson on June 6.

Both workshops will be at the Hospice Help Foundation, 155 Fleet St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Each workshop is $20 or $50 for all three.

To register, send a check made out to Spiritual Breakfast Club to Joel Grossman, 90 Maple Street, West Newbury, MA, 01985. For more information, contact Grossman at or call 978-904-1086.

Hall of Honor nominations 

AMESBURY — Nominations for Amesbury Educational Foundation’s Hall of Honor are being accepted until Friday, Feb. 7.

Application forms and instructions are available at Former students or educators, or a community Friend of Education can be nominated and then honored Friday, May 8.

Line dancing

at senior center

GEORGETOWN — Instructor Joyce Sartorelli leads a line dance class Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. 

The class includes gentle warm-up exercises, polka and Charleston line dances, along with hand jive and The Stroll. New dances will include swing, The Twist and country and western.

For more information, call the Georgetown Council on Aging at 978-352-5726.

Classes offered for

older students 

HAVERHILL — The College of Older Learners at Northern Essex Community College hosts a showcase of upcoming winter and spring classes Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 103B of the Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliot St.

Prospective students can meet the instructors and learn about their classes. They can also register for classes. 

There are no entrance requirements, tests or term papers for these classes. Fees are nominal and parking is free.

For more information and a list of classes offered, go to the NECC website at


Info nights at

Triton schools


BYFIELD — The Triton Regional School District has scheduled preschool and kindergarten information nights at local schools.

Preschool information nights: Thursday, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m. at Salisbury Elementary School; Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m. at Pine Grove Elementary School, Rowley; Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. at Newbury Elementary School.

Kindergarten information nights: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6 to 7 p.m. at Pine Grove Elementary School; Thursday, Jan. 30, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Salisbury Elementary School; Thursday, Feb. 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Newbury Elementary School.

For more information: Newbury Elementary School, 978-465-5353; Pine Grove Elementary School, 978-948-2520; Salisbury Elementary School, 978-463-5852.

More information on the district:


Tech Help days

at 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.

Quilting groupfor seniors

GEORGETOWN — Instructor Terry Palardy leads a beginners quilting group, Quilting 101, on Tuesday, Jan 14, and Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center.

Participants will learn how to use a sewing machine with comfort, cut fabric, and machine-quilt sandwiched layers.

All materials will be provided. Call the Georgetown Council on Aging to register.

For more information on programs, call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

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:  



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

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 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

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


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