Friday, June 14
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”: June 14-30, Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square, Newburyport. Cost: $30 (Firehouse members receive a 10% discount). For information and tickets: 978-462-7336; https://firehouse.org. Firehouse Center for the Arts will introduce the highly anticipated mainstage production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” presented by Alnoba. With a cast featuring actors of all ages and backgrounds, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the reimagined Biblical tale of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and the famous coat of many colors. Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows favored son, Joseph. After being betrayed and sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but is sent to jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his unique ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family. This is a family-friendly performance.
Creature Catch: 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 14, Harold Parker State Forest, 133 Jenkins Road, Andover. Free. For information: 978-475-7972; http://bit.ly/HaroldParkerStateForest. Guests will meet at Frye Pond Beach in the campground. Nets and buckets are provided. This activity can be wet and muddy. Guests are recommended to bring water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and cameras. It is appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, June 15
“Let’s Go Outside”: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 15, refuge visitor center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Free. For information: 978-465-5753. The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will host its fifth annual, daylong family event called “Let’s Go Outside.” The event is intended to provide children, adults and families with an opportunity to experience a range of outdoor activities including kayaking, surf fishing, archery target shooting, nature and wildlife photography and bird watching. This event will take place rain or shine. There is no preregistration. The event will also provide the public with an opportunity to meet some of the refuge’s staff and volunteers.
Sunday, June 16
The Racky Thomas Band: 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 16, Glenn’s, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Blues reigns with The Racky Thomas Band. Racky’s vocals and harmonica playing feature traditional Chicago-style blues, plantation gospel (the original blues) and New Orleans R&B.
Tuesday, June 18
Streets for Everyone: Envisioned in Film: 7 p.m. June 18, Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square, Newburyport. Free. For information: NewburyportLivableStreets@gmail.com; https://NewburyportLivableStreets.org. Kick off summer with an evening of short films presented by Newburyport Livable Streets at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. Learn how communities in the United States and Europe have taken action to make their streets and neighborhoods more comfortable and safer for all their residents. Participants will see how the Netherlands has transformed its streets, towns and cities by prioritizing cycling and walking, and look at what various U.S. cities such as Portland, Oregon, are doing to create more balanced transportation systems. After the films there will be time to talk about what Newburyport is doing to create a more walkable and bikeable city and to discuss ideas for making the city a better place to bike and walk. The evening will end with a preview of the Newburyport Open Streets Celebration, to be held June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the South End. This event is free and open to the public. Funding has been provided by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.
Thursday, June 20
Sonya Rae and Ryan Taylor with Mark Earley: 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 20, Glenn’s, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Another Thursday night edition of music at Glenn’s with Sonya Rae Taylor. Taylor is part of the new breed of blues and soul musicians who are searching for new ways to revitalize the form. She is a guitar slinger, soulful blues belter and a songwriter of depth and craft. Taylor will be joined by her husband Ryan Taylor and Mark Earley on the saxophone to provide a veritable smorgasbord of blues, soul and roots music.
Youth writing workshop: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Merrimack Valley Immigrant and Education Center, 439 S. Union St., Building 2, Level B, Lawrence. Cost: $10 per class. For information and registration: 978-683-7316; http://mviec.org. Robert Largess will lead a youth writing workshop, during which students grades 6-10, will write short stories, poems, essays and reports and learn about stories from other cultures.
Georgetown Run/Walk Club: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Lola’s Mex Cocina, 20-2 Middle St., Georgetown; Wednesdays, Flatbread Georgetown, 258 Andover St. For information: http://facebook.com/groups/georgetownrunwalkclub. The Georgetown Run/Walk Club hosts a free weekly social and fun run/walk, with 2-mile and 5K options, on paved and dirt uneven surfaces and un-closed roads in Georgetown. Meets rain or shine every Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. In case of severe thunder, participants will still meet to socialize. All ages, paces and levels of experience are welcome.
Lake Gardner Improvement Association meetings: 6:30 p.m. second Wednesdays, Code and Circuit Learning Lab, 36 Main St., Amesbury. For information: 373-388-3659; email@example.com. 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.
Yoga in the Gardens: 9 a.m. Fridays, The Stevens-Coolidge Place, 113 Andover St., North Andover. Cost: $5, trustee member; $10, nonmembers. For information: http://thetrustees.org/things-to-do; firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructor Molly Gring is a retired elementary school teacher who started her journey on her mat in 2011. No prior experience is necessary. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes to move in and bring a large towel or yoga mat.
Tai chi at the library: 9:05-9:50 a.m. Fridays, Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St., Newburyport. Improve physical and mental health by joining the free weekly: Drop in tai chi class at the Newburyport Public Library. Barb Tindall will lead the class in tai chi and qigong in the form of Wu Dang as taught by Xuan Yun. No experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing. The program is funded by the Friends of the Newburyport Public Library.
Rhythm N’ Roots Community Drum Circles:7 p.m. first Fridays, People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport. There is a suggested $5 donation at the door. For information: 978-834-0367; http://imaginestudios.org. Presented by Imagine Studios. Participants will gather in a circle and share in the group rhythm making and song. Attendees are free to bring drums and percussion instruments, or they can play those provided. All ages and experiences are welcome. Refreshments are provided by The People’s Cafe.
Drum circle with Mamadou Diop:6-7 p.m. Sundays, Tannery Dance Place, 50 Water St. #34, Newburyport. For information: 978-465-1485. The community is invited to drum with master Senegalese drummer Mamadou Diop every Sunday at the Tannery Dance Place. These low cost drum classes offer spiritual song, African rhythms in a supportive learning community. These classes are offered on a drop in basis for $15 per class, $10 to bring your own drum.
Weekly ballroom dancing event:7:30-11 p.m. Sundays, Relief’s In Function Hall, 1 Market St., Lawrence. For information: 781-452-7872. The night will feature live bands, a large wood dance floor, bar service and door prizes. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be served at 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome — singles or couples. Cost: $13. Free parking. This event is sponsored by the nonprofit Come Alive After 5 singles group for more than 30 years.
Book Nook:Georgetown Peabody Library, 2 Maple St. The Book Nook is offering a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction volumes at modest prices. Browsers are welcome any time during regular library hours: 2-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The mini shop is located to the left of the circulation desk. Proceeds from the Book Nook, run by the Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library, go toward the purchase of museum passes and provide funding for programming for children and young adults.