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Comedian Bob Marley: 8-10 p.m. March 31, Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front North, Salisbury. Celebrating 15 years as a stand up comic, Bob Marley will perform at Blue Ocean. Marley has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night television circuit: Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. The Maine native is featured regularly on Sirius XM radio and has won their Superbowl of Comedy. He has put out over 20 comedy CDs and DVDs. He has toured the US, Europe, Canada, Kuwait and Iraq. Cost: $29.50-$32.50. For tickets and information: 978-462-5888;;
Arts and Crafts Fair & Bake Sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1, Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury. Come shop from the many crafters and artisans. The event will take place in the hall at the front of the building. The event is all one floor — no steps to climb. This event will help to raise money for church building renovations. Table set-up will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 1 and 7:30-8:30 a.m. April 2. Crafter and Artisans can reserve a 6-foot table for $20 by contacting the church at 978-388-0930 or

Walk MS Newburyport: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1, Newburyport High School, 241 High St., Newburyport. The walk will begin and end at Newburyport High School; check in opens at 9 a.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m. Walk to create a world free of MS. Ending multiple sclerosis for good will take everyone. Walk MS helps team up with friends, loved ones and coworkers to change the world for everyone affected by MS; with every step taken and dollar raised, the effort is that much closer. For information:

Monte Carlo Night: 7-11 p.m. April 1, Newburyport Senior Community Center, 331 High St. The Newburyport Education Foundation’s Texas Hold’em Poker Tourney has expanded into Monte Carlo Night that will also feature casino games. The evening will feature a variety of table games and traditional Texas Hold’em Poker Tourney, both with professional dealers. New players are welcomed and encouraged to learn how to play. All tickets will include access to the event, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Texas Hold’em Tournament tickets are $125 and includes entrance into the Texas Hold’em Tournament and casino chips for table games. There are only 100 seats available. Casino games tickets are $75 and include casino chips for table games only — no poker tourney. Prizes will be awarded to the top five Poker Tourney finishers, while casino games will be exchanged for raffle tickets that can be used to win fantastic prizes. Cocktail attire is encouraged — black tie optional. A special prize will also be given out for Best Dressed Couple. For information:

Le Vent du Nord in concert: 8-10 p.m. April 1, Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport. Quebéc’s Le Vent du Nord connects Québecois roots to the wider world. Winners of the Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and Artist of the Year at the North American Folk Alliance Gala, these Francophone ambassadors have won acclaim across Europe, Oceana and America. Cost: $10-$30. For tickets and information: 978-503-7668;;

Poetry with Amesbury’s Poet Laureate Lainie Senechal: 4 p.m. April 2, Blue Wave Gallery, 52 Main St., Amesbury. Join to welcome Lainie Senechal for National Poetry Month in Amesbury. Rabbit Heart Poetry FIlm Festival will also join from Worcester. This event is free and open to the public. For information:

Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival: 4 p.m. April 2, Blue Wave Art Gallery, 52 Main St., Amesbury. Amesbury will begin its celebration of National Poetry Month with a visit from the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, presented by Doublebunny Press, and based in Worcester. This film festival is about bringing together poetry and the visual arts at the intersection of film. Rabbit Heart will present what can be done visually with a poem, without showing performance. The poem will be the soundtrack, and the springboard for what happens visually. Rabbit Heart awards prizes at their viewing party in October. Best Overall Picture will win $200, and there will be $100 prizes in categories for Best Animation, Best Music in a Video, Best Phone/Smartphone Production, Best Under 1 Minute and Best Valentine. At the presentation, Sou Macmillan, founder and producer of the festival, will show award-winning films and explain the process of submitting to the festival. Submission are open until July 1. For information: 978-388-9771;

Cuppa Joe at Glenn’s: 6-9 p.m. April 2, Glenn’s Food & Libations, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Cuppa Joe returns to Glenn’s Restaurant & Cool Bar for a Sunday night of good times. Cuppa Joe performs golden jazz, soul and rock-n-roll classics from the ’50s and ’60s — from artists like Elvis Presley, James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Johnny Cash. Never a cover. For information: 978 465-3811;;

Design Your Own High School Experience: 7 p.m. April 3, 7 Prince Place, Suite 202 (behind Lexie’s) Brandt Wealth Advisors, Newburyport. This session will walk people through exercises presented in Burnett and Evans’ new book “Designing Your Life,” using material developed at Stanford University. Registration is recommended at 978-818-0038; Cost: free. Learning Outpost offers high school students a chance to design their own curriculum with the support of individual tutoring.

Classical guitarist Scott Ouellette at Firehouse: 7:30 p.m. April 5, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. Local classical guitarist Scott Ouellette will perform his original guitar music as well as selections from the classical, Spanish, Brazilian and Latin-American guitar repertoire. Ouellette returns to the Firehouse stage, sharing another evening of classical guitar. He will perform works by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Barrios and more. He has played locally and in the Boston area since the early ’90s, and most recently with his original music, which has been performed by guitarists in Europe. Cost: $16 for members; $18 for nonmembers. For information: 978-462-7336;

Wine and Paint Event: 5-7:30 p.m. April 6, BrushStrokes and GrapeVines, 79 Elm St. Amesbury. This event is designed for people who like to paint and drink wine — simultaneously. Complimentary appetizers and light fare from a nearby restaurant will be served, guests can also enjoy libations from local wineries and breweries. Jeanette Lerner will lead the class in the painting exercise. Attendees should dress casually in disposable clothes, as acrylic paint is not easily removable from clothing. Aprons are provided. Seating is limited. RSVP by March 15. For information or to RSVP:

Grief Share: 7-8:30 p.m. April 6 and 13, Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport. Hope Community Church will offer a special 13-week Grief Share seminar and support group for those rebuilding their lives after the loss of a loved one. The sessions will be facilitated by Hope’s Associate Pastor of Care Dennis Gill and experienced lay leaders who have lived through grief and want to help others through the difficult grief process. It is made up of a combination of video presentations, small group discussions and workbook exercises. There is a $15 donation for the GriefShare workbook which can be paid at the first class. The program is nondenominational and features biblical concepts for healing from grief. For information or registration: 978-463-HOPE;

Divorce Care: 7-8:30 p.m. April 6 and 13, Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport. This 13-week support group is designed to help those who are experiencing divorce or separation. Join to share important principles and personal stories. For information and registration:

Matter of Balance: 10 a.m. to noon April 7, 14, 21 and 28, Salisbury-Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury. This four-week session is designed to reduce fear of falling, increase activity levels and confidence. Preregistration is required. A minimum of 8 people are needed for this program. For information and registration: 978-462-2412.

Beach Blanket Bingo: 7-10:30 p.m. April 7, Nicholson Hall, 7 Harris St., Newburyport. Join for Beach Blanket Bingo. Attendees can play bingo, enjoy hors d’oevres and desserts, a cash bar, and vie for prizes and raffles. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at the Black Duck and will be sold for $25 at the door. The ticket price includes game cards. All proceeds will support the Newburyport High School Class of 2017 Senior Safe Night Celebration. For information: 781-254-9053.

Ladies and Gems: 7-10 p.m. April 7, Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St. The Newburyport Art Association has announced its new fundraiser, Ladies & Gems. The night will include jewelry for sale by the NAA’s own artist jewelers, a silent auction of jewelry consigned by special NAA friends, music by Liz Frame & The Kickers, refreshments by The Poynt, Brown Sugar by the Sea and Glenn’s Restaurant & Cool Bar. The NAA is raffling off a $5,000 shopping spree donated by Kaya Jewelers of Newburyport. Raffle tickets are $50 and only 250 will be sold -— it is not necessary to attend the event to win. Tickets for the event are $25 each; with the purchase of two raffle tickets, admission to the event is free. Raffle and event tickets may be purchased online via the NAA’s website, A limited number of raffle tickets will also be for sale at Kaya Jewelers located at 41 State St., Newburyport. Proceeds will go towards supporting the NAA’s mission — exhibition, education and community outreach. For information: 978-465-8769;

“Godspell”: 7:30 p.m. April 7, 8, 14 and 15; 2 p.m. April 9, Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport. Belleville Church and Black Rat Productions will present “Godspell,” conceived and directed by John-Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Tickets are $20; $10 for students and seniors. Proceeds from the show will be split between the Pelican Fund for Addiction Treatment and the Music Ministries of Belleville Church. For information and tickets: 978-462-4899.

“Cold Spring Harbor” —a Billy Joel tribute band: 8 p.m. April 7, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. Join for this family-friendly concert featuring the music of New York’s own Billy Joel, a national treasure. Since their last performance at the Firehouse, the band has now grown to six members, all Triton High School students: Benjamin Eramo, Andrew Pesaturo, Josh Heselton, Lucas Connatser, Sean Godbout and Matthew Kelley. Tickets: $13 members; $15 nonmembers. For tickets and information: 978-462-7336;

GNFC Baby & Kids Spring/Summer Sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8, West Newbury Town Annex, 381 Main St., West Newbury. Greater Newburyport Families Club will host their annual 2017 Baby & Kids Spring/Summer Sale. This is an event open to the public. For information:;

Sixth annual Sign of Spring — “Books in Bloom”: 6:30-9 p.m. April 8, Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St., Newburyport. The first and second floors of the library will be transformed into a celebration of flowers, books and springtime. 40 floral displays will be placed all throughout the library’s first and second floors. The displays have been created by both professional floral designers and amateurs. All displays somehow call to mind the theme, plot or characters of a particular book, which is also displayed with the floral arrangement. A printed program brochure guides guests through the colorful floral exhibits. This event will also feature a silent auction, live music, a raffle and hors d’oeuvres by Loretta. Staffed bars will serve beer, wine and soft drinks. Tickets are $25 and are available at the library’s main circulation desk and at the door on the evening of the event. The funds raised from Books in Bloom are used by both organizations to benefit the community. For information:

RISE, presented by Joppa Dance Company: 2 and 5 p.m. April 9, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. RISE will feature new choreography by directors Fontaine Dubus, Jen Steeves, Cheryl Fisher and Pam Smith, in addition to student works. Joppa Dance Company, established in 1982 as an adult jazz company, eventually became a youth dance troupe. Joppa, based at The Dance Place in Newburyport, offers consistent performance opportunities for serious dancers who wish to continue dancing at university and beyond. Cost: $12 members, students and seniors; $14 nonmembers. For tickets and information: 978-462-7336;

Healthy Eating Workshop: noon to 2:30 p.m. beginning April 11-May 16, Salisbury-Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury. This six-week session will begin April 11. Participants will learn about portion control, label reading, exercise and more. Preregistration is required. A minimum of 8 people are needed. For information and registration: 978-462-2412.

CWRTM Meeting: 7:30-9:30 p.m. April 12, East Parish Methodist Church, Salisbury Square, Salisbury. The Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack will meet view “Echoes of the Blue and Gray, Vol. 2,” a 1938 newsreel commemorating the 75th reunion of the Civil War veterans at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.. Admission is free and anyone with an interest in America’s Civil War is invited to attend. For information: 978-462-8518;

Stand Up Comedy Night: 8 p.m. April 14, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. Firehouse Center for the Arts and Laugh Riot Productions will present comedians Corey Rodrigues, Mark Riley and Matt Brown. Rodrigues is a regular in Las Vegas and has been seen on Comedy Central and Gotham Comedy TV, has appeared in the Boston Comedy Festival and was the winner of the The Funniest Comic in New England Contest. Riley is one of the Boston area’s top comedians and is a regular in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlantic City and major clubs across the country. Brown is a rising star on the Boston comedy scene having already opened for some of the top names in the business and is being called on regularly to open high level shows throughout Boston and New England. Cost: $20. For tickets and information: 978-462-7336 ;

Theater as a Vehicle for Education: 7 p.m. April 20, Belleville Congregational Church Stage Room (entrance on Chapel Street), 300 High St., Newburyport. Join Newburyport theater veteran Beth Randall, of Learning Outpost, to find out more and learn about how this artistic approach can help students. Registration is recommended at 978-818-0038; Cost: free. Learning Outpost offers high school students a chance to design their curriculum with the support of individual tutoring.

Mass Senior Action Council meeting: 10-11:30 a.m. April 21, Newburyport Senior Center, 331 High St. Mass Senior Action Council, North Seacoast area, will meet at the Newburyport Senior Center; meetings are always on the third Friday. Adults from any Greater Seacoast area towns are invited; they need not be a senior or a member to attend. Meetings begin promptly with a short report from the previous month, a speaker and then discussion, coffee and a 50/50 raffle. This month’s speaker will be Fire Chief Christopher Le Claire, who will be talking with us about fire safety with tips especially for older adults. For information: 617-284-1234;;

Operation Kidsafe Safety Event: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22, Wall’s Ford, 2 Merrill St., Salisbury. Operation Kidsafe is free and private event for families. Parents take home the only record of the visit — a bio document — that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency. Safety tips to start a family safety action plan are also included. No special information is needed, as there is no databasing. For information: 978-462-6658;

Oil painting exhibit “In Between the Two Horizons” by Erik Bornemann: until April 23, Institution for Savings Art Gallery at Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. An artist reception in the Gallery is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. April 8. A series of organic, patterned abstractions drawn from natural landscapes, hillsides and grasslands, is on view at the Institution for Savings Art Gallery at the historic Firehouse Center for the Arts. Erik Bornemann is a New England painter working primarily in oils and mixed media. He was born in Maryland and raised in Acton, a small suburban town just northwest of Boston. In 2014, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His artwork has appeared in juried, solo and group shows in various Boston galleries and can be found in several private and corporate collections in New England. In 2016, he was awarded a Boston Cultural Council Opportunity Grant. He currently lives and works in Jamaica Plain.

Become a Self-Directed Learner for High School: 7 p.m. April 25, Community Center, 2nd floor, 331 High St., Newburyport. Learn skills needed to become a self-directed learner, whether it applies to academic, business or adventurous life. Registration is recommended at 978-818-0038; Cost: free. Learning Outpost offers high school students a chance to design their own curriculum with the support of individual tutoring.

Personal growth workshop for women: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays March 2-April 20, 21 Pleasant St., Newburyport. Begin spring with a renewed, strengthened, empowered and healthier self. For more information, contact Deborah Greenslit, LMHC/RN at 508-954-2090 or at
Breathe & Smile Chair Yoga & Tai Chi Spring Session: 2-3 p.m. Thursdays March 23-May 25, Belleville Congregational Church Hall, 300 High St., Newburyport. Residents are invited to enjoy this 10-week yoga/tai chi program — to breathe deeply and reduce stress. This class will feature simple breath exercises combined with healing movements/self massage help to improve immunity, digestion, sleep patterns and relax the nervous system. All 12 organ systems are supported by the practice. This program is gentle on the joints and can be done sitting in a chair or standing and walking. The course is will be facilitated by Carla Mattioli, artist, art therapist, yoga and tai chi practitioner. Mattioli has taught yoga for over 15 years and is certified in Yoga Instruction in the ViniYoga style, which values adapting yoga to the individual needs of each student. Cost: $150 for 10 weeks. For information or to register: 978-546-8018;
Anna Jaques Birth Center & Neonatal Care Center Tours: 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport. Anna Jaques Hospital invites families who are expecting, or are considering starting a family, to tour their Birth Center and Neonatology Care Center. Get a closer look at the facilities, see the birthing rooms and learn about the resources for moms and babies who need extra care. Participants will receive a wealth of information on classes and programs available to expectant parents including early pregnancy, prepared childbirth, breast-feeding classes and consultation service, pre-natal exercise, hypnobirthing, pre-natal and post-partum massage and new mothers’ support group There is no charge for this event. RSVP at with a name and due date. Remember to bring an ID to sign in the night of the tour. For information:
Salisbury Senior Center games and events: 45′s at 1 p.m. Monday; Mah Jonng 11:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Bridge at noon on Wednesdays, Salisbury Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road. Drop-in for any of these events and have some fun and maybe learn some new tricks. No registration or prior knowledge of the games is necessary. For information: 978-465-6873.
Newburyport Choral Society ongoing rehearsals: 7:15-9:30 p.m. Mondays. Choral members range from high school to retirees joining together to perform concerts with professional orchestra and soloists. NCS presents two major choral concerts annually in December and May. For information:
Lake Gardner Improvement Association meetings: 6:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, Code and Circuit Learning Lab, 36 Main St., Amesbury. The Lake Gardner Improvement Association is an active advocacy group dedicated to promoting and protecting the lake. The public is welcome to join, get involved and help plan upcoming events. For information: 373-388-3659;
South Hampton Baptist Church worship and events: Wednesdays/Sundays, South Hampton Baptist Church, 10 Jewell St., South Hampton, New Hampshire. South Hampton Baptist Church holds Sunday morning service 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Wednesday evening Bible study 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and game day every third Sunday beginning at noon. For information: 603-394-2224.

Belleville Congregational Church adult and youth choir groups: Thursdays/Sundays, Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport. Adult choir rehearsals are held 7 p.m. Thursdays. Youth choir rehearsals are held after worship and Sunday school on Sundays. For information:
Community Giving Tree: 10 a.m. to noon third Saturday of each month, Kent St., Playground/Cushing Park parking lot. The Community Giving Tree will collect donations of gently used baby’s gear and children’s clothing. All donations go to children on the North Shore. For information:
Parker Wheeler Sundays at The Grog: 7-11 p.m. Sundays, The Grog, 13 Middle St., Newburyport. Parker Wheeler and Friends will perform with guest local musicians. Cost: $7. For information: 978-465-8008;