Monthly dinner at Merrimac church

MERRIMAC — A buffet dinner featuring homemade dishes will be served Saturday, Jan. 18, 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 Book Club gathers Jan. 28

GEORGETOWN — The Council on Aging Book Club meets Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center, 51 North St.

Copies of selected titles are available at Georgetown Peabody Library as regular and large print books and audiobooks.

For more information, call the council office at 978-352-5726.

Merrimac GOP hosts meeting on Jan. 23

MERRIMAC — The Merrimac Republican Town Committee holds an organizational meeting Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.

The meeting is at the Merrimac Senior Center, 100 E. Main St.

Spaghetti supper in Amesbury on Jan. 25

AMESBURY — A spaghetti supper will be served Saturday, Jan. 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St.

The supper benefits the church’s 1835 meetinghouse. The meal also includes meatballs, garlic bread, salad and ice cream sundaes with homemade brownies. Cost is $8 per person. Takeout available for $9 per person.

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:

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.

Blood drive in Seabrook

SEABROOK — Trinity United Church is hosting a blood drive Monday, Feb. 10, at the Parish House, 29 Main St.

The blood drive is from 1 to 6 p.m.

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.

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:

Overeaters Anonymous

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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