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Summer program at Seabrook church

SEABROOK — R4 Summer, a program for children 6 and older, will be offered at Rand Memorial Congregational Church, 134 S. Main St.

The program will be held on Tuesdays — July 23 and 30 and Aug. 6 and 13 — from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Activities include tie dyeing, nature, crafts, cooking, and stories and Bible time. 

For more information and to sign up, call Meredith at 978-417-1373, Susie at 617-827-5338 or Deb at 603-474-2988. 

Chicken barbecue slated in Amesbury

AMESBURY — A chicken barbecue will be served Saturday, July 27, 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 includes barbecue chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, corn and blackbean salad, rolls, and make-your-own ice cream sundaes. Cost is $12 per person. 

Group performs in West Newbury

WEST NEWBURY — The Mark Marquis Group performs Thursday, July 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the summer concert series in the park.

The free show will be at 381 Main St. In case of rain, the show moves to the Annex.

Knitters gather in Georgetown 

GEORGETOWN — The Council on Aging’s knitting group will meet Thursday, July 25, at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Community Center, 51 North St.

The group shares skills and patterns while working on individual projects. Some service projects will be planned. Refreshments will be served.

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

Kitty Cafe in Salisbury 

SALISBURY — Kitty Cafe will be presented Wednesday, July 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Salisbury Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.

Those who attend will meet kittens that can be adopted from the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society and also Ollivander, while also hearing his story.

There will be light refreshments, and cat care tips and information on adopting and fostering.

Larvicide may be sprayed locally 

SALISBURY — The Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District anticipates it may be necessary to conduct a helicopter application of the biological larvicide BTI to control mosquito larvae over coastal salt marshes during daylight hours through Saturday, July 27. 

The salt marshes are in Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Ipswich and Rowley. Residents do not need to take special precautions, according to the district.  

BTI, or Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelenisis, is a natural bacterium found in soil and water. It is nontoxic to people, fish, birds, bees and insect species, affecting only mosquito larvae and a few closely related aquatic insects. The helicopter will fly low and directly over the salt marsh. BTI’s product name is Vectobac 12AS (EPA Reg. # 73049-38).

For more information, contact district Director Roy Melnick at 978-352-2800.

Bake sale set for Aug. 10 

MERRIMAC —  The Friends of the Merrimac Senior Center hosts its Gateway to Merrimac bake sale at the center Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be free coffee and tea at the center, 100 E. Main St.

Marble planet pendant program

 AMESBURY — Young people in grades 7 to 12 can create marble planet pendants Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. at Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St.

Participants, led by Mandy Roberge, will learn how to make pendants using wire, pliers and vintage marbles. They will also learn to create a beaded necklace on which to hang the pendant, along with other jewelry pieces as time allows.  

Registration is required by contacting Margie Walker at 978-388-8148 or [email protected]. The program is funded by Amesbury Youth Funding.

Blood drives in Seabrook 

SEABROOK — Trinity United Church is hosting numerous blood drives this year at the Parish House, 29 Main St.

 The blood drives are scheduled for Mondays from 1 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

Balance workshop set for Aug. 13

SALISBURY — Certified yoga instructor Jennifer Freeman leads a balance workshop Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.

Participants will learn how to reduce the fear of falling and increase their activity level. This session introduces steps to reduce falls, increase flexibility, and improve health, well-being and balance.

The warm-up will be followed by strength and balance exercises, ending with a cool-down stretch. 

Drumming at Newbury library

NEWBURY  – Kristine Malpica of Imagine Studios will offer a community drumming circle at the Newbury Town Library on the third Tuesday of the month, except in July.

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 and experiences are welcome. 

For more information, contact [email protected] or 978-834-0367.

Bartlett Museum tours offered

AMESBURY – The Bartlett Museum, 270 Main St., will host tours each Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. for a small fee through Sept. 1.

 Special tours by appointment at other times can be arranged by calling 978-388-3089. The 1870 Italianate-style schoolhouse features local history from the carriage industry, old maps and mementos, and a collection of prehistoric and Native American artifacts.

There is also memorabilia from the Colonial, Federal and Victorian periods; a natural history room featuring birds, shells and fossils; and an original schoolroom and carriage shed housing Amesbury-made carriages.

The museum is a nonprofit run by volunteers and funded through membership fees, donations and fundraisers. Membership is open to adults from any community. Email [email protected] for a membership form.

Monetary donations are accepted payable to: Bartlett Museum Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 692, Amesbury, MA 01913.

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

Overeaters Anonymous 

AMESBURY — Overeaters Anonymous meets each Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in the Carriage Room of Amesbury Health Center, Highland Street.

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: call 978-388-2552 or go to the Overeaters Anonymous website. 

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 is in need of donations to restock the shelves.

The food pantry seeks donations of small containers of peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit and pasta sauce, and boxes of pasta.

Donations can be dropped off at West Newbury Town Hall, 381 Main St., or the central fire station, 401 Main St.

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:

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.

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.


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