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Cost: member, $10; nonmember, $12. No preregistration required. For more information, call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the website at www. massaudubon.org/joppaflats. EVENING PADDLE FOR RAILS Venture into Bunker Meadows, a freshwater marsh on the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, by canoe to look and listed for breeding wetland birds such as rails and pied-billed grebes. We’re also likely to encounter marsh wrens, swamp sparrows, wood ducks, and many other birds. All canoe equipment and basic paddling instruction will be provided. Wednesday, May 23, 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Fee: $19 ($16 Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required; call 978-887-9264 or register online at massaudubon.org/ ipswichriver. APPRAISAL NIGHT The Georgetown Historical Society is hosting an Antiques Appraisal fundraising event on Wednesday, May 23rd from 7 to 9 p.m. Have your “treasures” verbally appraised by the entertaining and informative antiques appraiser Dan Meader of McInnis Auctioneers. The event will be held at the First Congregational Church on 7 Andover Street in Georgetown. Admission is free, but there is a charge of $5 per item to be appraised, with a limit of three items per person. GHS will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win two tickets to HAMILTON at the Boston Opera House on September 28th. Raffle tickets are $10 each. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. HOMELESSNESS AND SHELTERS Homeless shelters can be life savers for people who don’t have a place to stay overnight. But for people in Greater Newburyport, the nearest shelter, except for some very cold nights, is at Emmaus House in Haverhill. And it is always full. The mission of HOPE in Action is to educate our communities about housing-insecurity in our area and to initiate a call for action. All are welcome. There is no admission charge. Bring your questions. Wednesday, May 23, at 7 pm, Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St, Newburyport. THURSDAY, MAY 24th INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES Please join us May 24th at 2:30 pm for the first installment of the Newburyport Public Library’s International Film Series! We will be showing a different international foreign language film on the fourth Thursday of every month at 2:30 pm. Please contact reference staff at (978) 465-4428 or check our website calendar for titles! FRAUD & SCAMS AWARENESS Please join us Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Newburyport Public Library for a presentation about protecting your home from fraud and scams. Representatives from the Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds will be here to explain the benefits of their Property Fraud Watch Alert Notification program and to answer questions. The seminar is free & open to the public. FRIDAY, MAY 25th BIRDING THE LOCAL GEMS OF ESSEX COUNTY Essex County has many lesser-known birding locations – hidden gems that we will explore with Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary naturalist Scott Santino. We’ll visit Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area in Groveland, Mill Pond Reservation in West Newbury, Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport, and Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area in Newbury. Each location is home to a unique habitat and a diversity of bird species. We’ll focus on field identification as well as birdsong. Van transportation from the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is provided. Friday, May 25, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Fee: $48 ($40/Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required; call 978-887-9264 or register online at massaudubon.org/ipswichriver. FRIDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS: FOCUS ON WARBLERS The early bird gets the worm! Mornings are when birds are most active and easier to see. We’ll focus on the beautiful warblers migrating through our area and stay on the lookout for other neotropical migrants as we explore such birding hotspots as the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Hill Cemetery, Pikes Bridge Road, and others. Fri, May 25, 2018 8:00 am - 11:00 am. Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Cost: member, $12; nonmember, $15. No preregistration required. For more information, call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the website at www. massaudubon.org/joppaflats. NEW! – BICYCLE TOUR OF GREAT BAY NWR Join a refuge ranger for a behind the scenes tour, by bicycle, of Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, located in Newington, NH. Participants will have an opportunity to visit areas of the refuge that are not normally open to the public. Friday, May 25th 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. See a diversity of habitats and learn how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is managing this very special landscape for wildlife. Cyclists will travel over generally level terrain on a combination of paved and unpaved surfaces. The distance covered will depend on how many stops are made and how much time is spent at each stop. Tour duration will be about 2 hours. Appropriate for adults and children age 16 or older. Each participant must provide a either a hybrid or mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle. Insect repellant, sun block, binoculars and/or a camera are optional (provided these items can be safely stowed while biking). Meet the ranger in the Great Bay NWR parking lot 15 minutes before the tour start time. Limited to 10 participants. Preregistration required. 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May 23 - 29, 2018 www.TheTownCommon.com Page 5 TURTLE TIME For families with children 5 years and older. Join us as we explore our wetlands in search of turtles. We’ll visit areas where turtles like to nest in hopes of finding some eggs, and if we’re lucky, get an up-close look at a painted turtle. We’ll conclude with a hike down to Rockery Pond to see if we can summon up our resident snapping turtle, Godzilla. Saturday, May 26, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Fee: $10/adults, $8/ children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required; call 978-887-9264 or register online at massaudubon.org. SPAGHETTI SUPPER SATURDAY Old fashioned Spaghetti Supper & Ice Cream Sundaes! Saturday, May 26, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury (across from Alliance Park). Spaghetti with homemade sauce, meatballs, garlic bread, and salad. Try our ice cream sundaes with homemade brownies. “All you can eat!” Individual $8. Family $28. Take-out available for $9. To benefit Union Congregational Church’s historic 1835 Currier & Ives Meetinghouse overlooking the Merrimack River. Handicapped accessible. Please join us! Plenty of parking. Handicapped accessible. Our events and services are open to all no matter what denomination or religion. We are an Open and Affirming congregation. All are welcome! Rev. Lucy Blood, Minister. 978-388-0631. www.amesburyunion.org SUNDAY, MAY 27th NEWBURYPORT SPRING FEST 2018 Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday & Monday, May 27 & 28, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Celebrate the season in downtown Newburyport! Enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport’s best restaurants & children’s entertainment MUSEUM TOURS The Bartlett Museum, one of Amesbury’s Treasures, located at 270 Main Street, Amesbury will offer tours of the Museum and Carriage Shed on Sunday, May 27 as part of Amesbury’s 350th Incorporation Celebration Day. At Noon free trolley tours of Amesbury’s Treasures including the Bartlett Museum will begin in front of City hall, with historians Peter Bryant and Peter Hoyt as tour guides. Volunteers will be present at each Treasure so that visitors may get off the trolley to explore the historic sites. Special events include special family-friendly presentations or activities. Treasures and Trolley tours will be open until 5:00 pm. The Bartlett Museum will host tours every Sunday during the summer from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at a fee of $3.00 per person. To arrange a special tour at other times: call 978-388-3089. MONDAY, MAY 28th BIRDING THE WARD RESERVATION The sprawling 705-acre Ward Reservation in Andover offers hills, wetlands, and riverine habitats as well as an abundance of spring migrants. Spectacular hilltop vistas of the Boston skyline can also contain a kettle of raptors on their way north. Walk with us to find the many birds that will be both passing through and setting up breeding territories. Mon, May 28, 2018 8:00 am - 11:30 am. Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Cost: member, $25; nonmember, $30. Preregistration required. For more information, call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the website at www. massaudubon.org/joppaflatsprograms. NEWBURYPORT SPRING FEST 2018 See Sunday, May 27th. TUESDAY, MAY 29th POET DAVID SURETTE On Tuesday, May 29th, 6-7:30 pm, the Amesbury Public Library presents a reading by David Surette. Surette is the author of five collections: Wicked Hard, The Immaculate Conception Mothers’ Club, Young Gentlemen’s School, Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In and Stable which was named an Honor Book at the 2005 Massachusetts Book Awards. His poems have been published in literary journals and appear in the anthologies French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets, Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses, and 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers. Surette will be reading from his new book, Malden, selected and new poems about growing in his Malden, Massachusetts neighborhood of the 60’s and 70’s. It was a world of family, school, church, park, and rink, full of friends, nuns, loves, bullies, and teammates. The book was published by Moon Pie Press. The library, 149 Main St., hosts a monthly poetry series with an open mic. Each month there will be a featured poet followed by a discussion, an open mic and light refreshments. More information amesburypubliclibrary.org or 978-388- 9771 FLOWER MOON PADDLE ON THE IPSWICH RIVER. Canoe the Ipswich River under the magical light of the full Flower Moon with Sanctuary Director Carol Decker and Teacher-Naturalist Scott Santino. 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