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.

Cookbook Club meets Tuesday

SALISBURY — Salisbury Public Library, 17 Elm St., hosts its monthly Family Cookbook Club on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 6 to 7 p.m.

This club is recommended for children ages 7 and older along with an adult cooking partner. The club meets once a month with a different cookbook.

Participants can stop by the Children’s Room to browse the cookbook and choose a recipe. Bring the completed dish to the club meeting, where those taking part will dine and discuss their recipes. 

To register, email Joan Cox at  

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

TTS Players will perform classic

BYFIELD — TTS Players will present the classic story “It’s A Wonderful Life” on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St.

Based on the beloved film by Frank Capra, the show is staged as a live radio version and has a cast of 10 local actors who will lend their voices to these iconic characters, including Jim Clatinoff as George and Amy Nelson as Mary. Playing multiple roles are Mike Panatella, Haleigh Harris, Mike Fay, Kate Pomeroy, Frank Sisto, Audrey Sisto, A.J. Sindoni and Brooke Nelson.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

For more information, call 978-476-6053 or email

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

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.

Nonfiction group gathers Dec. 19 

SALISBURY — The Nonfiction Book Club at Salisbury Public Library, 17 Elm St., meets Thursday, Dec. 19, to discuss “How To Be A Good Creature” by Sy Montgomery.

Copies of the title are available at the circulation desk. New members are welcome.

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:  

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.

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.

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