Rescue Society holds feline fair
SALISBURY — The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society will host its annual Whisker Wonderland on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The fair, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 63 Elm St., will offer cat toys and beds, knitted goods, notecards and stationery, jewelry and other handmade gifts. All sales support the organization’s programs to help cats in need.
Bakers are invited to compete in the Great MRFRS Cat-fectionary Challenge. Those who would like to enter may submit a dozen individual, cat-themed desserts such as cookies, cupcakes, brownies or other mini desserts.
A panel will judge each entry on taste and appearance. Medals will go to the top three desserts, and the first-place baker will also win the honor of naming an MRFRS cat.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Lighting, caroling now on Thursday
WEST NEWBURY — The annual tree lighting and caroling at the Training Field have been postponed to Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Typically held each year on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving, the event was pushed back because of repeated weather delays last week.
In addition to lighting the holiday tree, residents will sing carols and enjoy cocoa and cookies to welcome the holiday season.
The Training Field is on Main Street adjacent to GAR Memorial Library.
Coats wanted for annual drive
AMESBURY — The Amesbury Lions Club seeks coats for Anton’s Cleaners’ Coats for Kids winter coat collection drive.
The Lions are collecting gently used winter coats of all sizes (infants to adults) through Jan. 10. Coats may be dropped off in the receptacle in the main foyer at Amesbury City Hall, 62 Friend St.
The coats will be delivered to Anton’s Cleaners to be cleaned and distributed through the Coats for Kids Distribution Partners network, which includes organizations such as Massachusetts Community Action Program, Salvation Army, Women’s Lunch Place, DCF and Catholic Charities.
Toys needed in West Newbury
WEST NEWBURY — The Police Department’s annual Toys for Tots collection is underway through Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Residents are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys in the police station lobby to help bring cheer to children in need this holiday season.
The organization will pick up the toys from collection areas through Dec. 10.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.