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There are only 7 sign up dates this year. Please plan to sign up on one of the October dates to avoid the rush in November. Business There will be no late sign up Spotlight times. All parents or guardians must meet income guidelines in order to participate. On the day you plan to sign up for the program, please bring in the following information: 1. ID verifying an Amesbury residency (recent utility bill, rental contract,etc. 2. Verification of income (last 4 pay stubs, tax form, recent bank statement, unemployment or disability information) for each family member. 3. Birth certificate for each child being enrolled in this program. Real Children must be Estate For Sale • under the age of 18 to participate. For 4. Gift Sale request, clothing sizes and shoe/boot sizes for each child. The more you plan ahead, the easier the sign up time will go. If parents or guardians have questions, please call Raelene at 978- Sports 388-0626. Please do • not Sports call the office of Community • Sports Action. ------------------------------------------------------------ AMESBURY - Rita Parisi from Waterfall Productions will present “Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight” at the October Meeting of the Whittier Home Pets, on October 26th Animals, from 4:00 to 6:00pm. This theatrical Plus presentation will feature stories about Curses, Death and Immortality from the 19th century New England writer, Sarah Orne Jewett. A native of South Berwick Maine, her stories mirror the Health everyday lives of New Englanders; & Fitness often reflecting the mysterious and supernatural. John Greenleaf Whittier and Sarah Orne Jewett shared a warm friendship through extensive correspondence, and had mutual admiration for each other’s work. For Whittier, Sarah Jewett became the “daughter” he had never had; for Miss Jewett, Whittier took the place of the father she lost all too early. This program is funded by a grant from the Amesbury Cultural Council. Rita Parisi has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years in the New England area. Seasonal refreshments will be provided. The cost is $10 per person. For more information and reservations, please call the Whittier Home at 978-388-1337. Or visit our website at www. ------------------------------------------------------------ GEORGETOWN – The Georgetown school system is collecting register receipts from Crosby’s in Georgetown. The register for receipts education program helps schools to purchase items needed for their school. Receipts collected can be dropped off at any of the Georgetown Public Schools front offices where they will be collected on a weekly basis tallied up and kept track of. Participating schools in Georgetown include the perley integrated preschool the Pennbrook School and the middle / High School. I thank you in advance for your support of the Georgetown Public School System. ------------------------------------------------------------ GEORGETOWN – The Georgetown Historical Society invites the public to a Halloween cemetery tour on October 28th and 29th at 2:00 pm. Join GHS President Chris Comiskey and the Grim Reaper for a glimpse at the macabre side of Georgetown’s history. Hear the legends of the bewitched meal chest and the ghost of Moses Nelson; ponder the mysterious deaths of suspected witch Elizabeth Cloughlin and her nasty black cat; plus hear stories of ghastly deaths including a murder—and a most surprising murderer! Tours take place in Georgetown’s historic Union Cemetery on East Main Street. Tours last about an hour. Cost of admission is $5 per person. For more information, contact GHS at info@ ------------------------------------------------------------ IPSWICH - In celebration of Halloween, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate will host a unique and interactive live-action theatrical production, “Jekyll & Hyde: A Castle Hill Halloween Party.” During this nontraditional production, actors will interact with guests attending the cocktail party as Dr. Jekyll tries in vain to keep Mr. Hyde at bay. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1920s attire and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while being immersed in this lively interactive production and Halloween party. The Great House at Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich on Saturday, October 28, 7-9:00 PM. Trustees Member: $44, Nonmember: $55. Ages 13 and up only. Reservations are required and can be made through www. For more information call 978.356.4351 x4015. ------------------------------------------------------------ IPSWICH - The 14th annual Crane Estate Art Show & Sale: Nature’s Wisdom celebrates the beauty of the natural world. The theme pays homage to Miné Crane, wife of Cornelius Crane and a Japanese painter, whose 100th birthday would have been in 2017. Miné drew inspiration from the natural world, particularly from the animals and trees at the Crane Estate. The show will feature more than 400 works of original artwork on the first and second floors of the Great House, sculpture on the Grand Allee, plus works from North Shore high schools and Montserrat College of Art in the Casino. Art proceeds will benefit the artists and The Trustees. Special activities during the weekend will include a special Miné Crane art display, a community chalk board, People’s Choice Award voting, and a free student art show reception on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Casino. Friday’s special preview party, “Crane Estate Art Show Soirée,” will offer catered hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, an open beer and wine bar, and a champagne birthday toast. Attendees will have first dibs on the artwork and have their admission cost deducted from any art purchased during the party. The Crane Estate thanks its generous art show sponsors The

October 18 - 24, 2017 Page 7 Institution for Savings, The outsidah, First Ipswich bank, and port Lighting Systems. Castle Hill on the Crane estate, 290 Argilla road, Ipswich. Crane estate Art Show Soirée is on Friday, November 3, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.; The free public show is Saturday and Sunday, November 4 & 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free Saturday and Sunday. tickets to Friday’s preview event, “Crane estate Art Show Soirée,” are $68 for trustees Members and $85 for Nonmembers. The cost of a ticket will be deducted from any art purchase made Friday night. Advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made through For more information call 978.356.4351 x4015. ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURY - NtL book Club is currently reading A Dictionary of Mutual understanding by Jackie Copleton. The Newbury Library book Club meets the last Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 7:00. New members are always welcome! october 26th at th Newbury town Library, 0 Lunt Street, byfield, ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURYPORT - November Learn to Skate uSA enrollment is now open! The Merrimack Valley Skating Club will hold classes on Sundays at 4pm and Thursdays at 6pm. Specialized and fun Learn to Skate uSA classes focus on the basic fundamentals that are important for shaping both hockey and figure skating skill development. Learn to Skate uSA is endorsed by uS Figure Skating, uSA Hockey and uS Speed Skating. Skaters have the chance to earn skill-badges throughout the series. Student to coach ratio is kept low and classes are available for skaters age 3 through adult. Classes run as 6-7 week sessions continuously throughout the year. each member of the Merrimack Valley Skating Club coaching staff is a credentialed professional who has successfully completed a comprehensive background screening process through the National Center for Safety Initiatives. Visit for registration forms and detailed information regarding both programs. Classes fill up quickly so don’t hesitate! please contact Nikki in the front office at 978-462-8112 or nikki@ with any questions. ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURYPORT - essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger will speak on the role of prison policy and programs in the criminal justice reform initiatives now being discussed on beacon Hill. There are a dozen or more bills still making their way through the Massachusetts legislature to provide alternatives to incarceration, and to improve the services that prepare inmates to return to their communities and become productive citizens. The cost to keep one adult in prison is nearly $50,000/year. The savings from shorter sentences and more programs are significant. wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7pm. At the First religious Society, unitarian universalist, Lower Meeting House, unicorn St., Newburyport. Free and open to all. Sponsored by the Justice Action Ministry of The First religious Society, unitarian universalist, Newburyport. Visit frsuu. org/jam. ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURYPORT - It is “that time of year” again, when The Salvation Army in Newburyport prepares to take applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance. This longstanding program, as ever, is reliant on the goodwill and generosity of local residents and businesses, stepping up to provide toys for children, and food for families seeking help. over the years we have been amazed by the positive response from the community, making this program such a success! Clients who live in Newburyport, Newbury, west Newbury, byfield, Amesbury and Salisbury can come and apply on the following dates: tuesdays: october 17, 24 and 31 – from 9 am to Noon; wednesdays: october 18, 25 and November 1 – from 1 pm to 4 pm; Thursdays: october 19, 26 and November 2 – 1 pm to 5.30 pm. please note: you will be expected to bring with you: Valid picture ID; Children’s birth certificates AND health insurance cards; Custody papers where relevant; proof of ALL household income: SSI, SSDI, pay Stubs, unemployment, Alimony, Child Support, etc. proof of residence & expenses: rent or mortgage and utility bills. Applicants request toys for their children living with them, ages 0 to 14. They can request a free real Christmas tree for their home. The children can be signed up to come for a charming “photo with Santa.” we are very happy to help families with food for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and with toys for their children. Individuals without children are welcome to apply for food only. we are looking to members of the public to help us by fulfilling “angel tag” requests for toys and clothing for the children. They can “Adopt a Family” or just one child, and go the extra mile with extra gifts and goodies for the children. please contact Major rosemarie Hughes at The Salvation Army office: 978 465 0883 ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURYPORT - The Salvation Army in Newburyport is getting ready for their big “red Kettle” annual fundraiser. when you see a “bell-ringer” standing with a red Kettle outside a store, or in the street, please remember that the proceeds go largely towards helping members of our community with food, meals, rent, utilities, and other social services and programs. Major todd Hughes, who with his wife, Major rosemarie, run The Salvation Army on water Street in Newburyport, has set a goal of $55,000. Last year the goal was $50,000 but this was exceeded by a few thousand dollars. There are opportunities to be employed as a bell-ringer, but many are volunteers who are looking to help, even for just a few hours. please contact Major todd Hughes for further information: 978 465 0883 ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURYPORT - pennies for poverty hosts its fifth annual Music for Change event on November 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the elks Lodge in Newburyport. The event features local favorites, eJ ouellette & Crazy Maggy, and Liz Frame and the Kickers, both high-energy bands great for dancing and listening. The evening also offers a selection of small plates donated by local restaurants, live and silent auctions and a cash bar. The Institution for Savings, Leeward Charitable Foundation and Newburyport Five Cent Savings Charitable Foundation sponsor this year’s event. All proceeds will go directly to address urgent needs and underfunded programs at social service organizations that help those living in need in Newburyport and surrounding towns. “Music for Change is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together, shop at a terrific auction, and share great music and food, while raising funds to help our neighbors in need,” said Susan McKittrick, copresident of pennies for poverty. “Many volunteers, local businesses, and talented musicians make this event the fundraising highlight of our year. we are pleased to put it all together, particularly knowing that all the funds we raise are going directly to those in need right here in our community.” tickets ($30) and reserved tables for 8 ($240) are available in online at tickets are also available at Dyno records, Middle Street, and Greetings by Design, one rear water Street, in Newburyport. ------------------------------------------------------------ ROWLEY - The rowley book Club will be reading Ghostland: an American History in Haunted places by Colin Dickey, one of Npr’s Great reads of 2016. Following ghost stories through old houses and hotels, prisons and hospitals, Dickey is on a journey across America to discover the hidden history left out of textbooks. Join us for a discussion on Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. Check our web site for future titles. The rowley public Library is located at 141 Main Street and is fully accessible. For more information, call the library at 978-948-2850. ------------------------------------------------------------ WEST NEWBURY - Laurel Grange number 161 located at 21 Garden St, west Newbury MA, is hosting its annual Harvest supper on october 28th in conjunction with the paige School in west Newbury Massachusetts. There are three seatings the first one at 4 p.m. the second seating at 5:20 p.m. and the last seating at 6:40 p.m. The cost for adults is $7 and children $5. tickets are available through the paige School in west Newbury Massachusetts. 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