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Pettengill House Fundraiser – Have a Blast Supporting Local!

Mark your calendar for the annual Pettengill House Fundraiser, Friday March 6th from 6-10 pm at Blue Ocean Music Hall.  Enjoy a special performance from Bob Surette, top-tier master fine artist for: Disney, Star Wars, DC Comics, Dreamworks, Muppets and he is also know as the fastest portrait artist in the world. The Pettengill House Fundraiser will include dinner, live music by the Jumpstreet Band, dancing, speed painting, live and silent auctions, all for a great cause!  Purchase your tickets before the sell out. Tickets are $60 per person or reserve a table for eight people for $450.

Founded in 1994 by area residents and agencies, The Pettengill House has been helping Greater Newburyport families and individuals for more than 20 years. The Pettengill House supports at-risk families and individuals by providing wrap-around services and core basics such as food, shelter, clothing and health and safety. As of today, the Pettengill House helps an estimated 3,030 clients. many of them children. Among the communities served by the Pettengill House are: Amesbury, Newburyport, Groveland, Byfield, West Newbury and Salisbury.

“Together with our generous friends and supporters, it’s time to celebrate all that our agency does for the nine local towns that we serve. Our work continues as we remain steadfast in our mission to ensure that the basic needs of every individual, child and family in our service area are met,” Pettengill House Executive Director Deb Smith said.

“Thank you for your continued support and rest assured that every donation stays local and has an immediate impact on individuals, families and children of the Pettengill House community,” Smith said.

Riverside Community Bike Swap – Buy or Sell Used Bikes

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Make sure to visit the Riverside Cycle Tannery Tent on Sunday, April 19th from 10 am – 2 pm for the annual community bike swap, hosted by the locally based Pan Mass Challenge Team, The Riverside Rockets. This is an amazing opportunity to pick up used bikes at very reasonable prices, while helping support important fundraising efforts. If your interested in selling or donating bikes drop them off at Riverside between 9 am – 5 pm, April 11th though the 18th. Whether you’re, buying, selling or donating, a portion of all proceeds will go to the Jimmy Fund to help fight cancer as well as the Coastal Trails Coalition to help improve our local bike trails.

Here’s how it works; on April 19 between 1o am – 2 pm, head over to Riverside Cycle’s Tannery tent and and browse the the amazing selection of used bikes. We recommend arriving early for the bike swap, as this is a popular event and a line normally forms by 9:30 AM! Pick out and pay for your favorite bike, and the friendly staff at Riverside Cycle give it a quick safety check, and get you on your way.

If you’re interested in selling used bikes make sure to drop off bikes between 9 am – 5 pm, April 11th through the 18th at Riverside Cycle. There are two options; take 80% of the purchase price in cash, or 100% as store credit at Riverside. Either way, 20% of the purchase price will be a donation. If you choose to donate bikes, all proceeds will go to charity. Remember, donations are tax deductible! If you can’t make it to the drop off times, call the shop to arrange a pick-up, 978-465-5566.

According to Riverside Cycle owner Aaron Millett, the goal of the bike swap is to raise money to help in the fight against cancer and support our local bike trails, while providing a venue for people to buy or sell secondhand bicycles. About 75 percent of those taking part in past bike swap events, are customers who enjoy finding great deals and supporting our fundraising efforts. Among them are plenty of parents looking for gently used bikes for their children, or looking to part with older bikes their kids have outgrown. Some just stop by to donate bicycles. Regardless of the motive, it’s a great opportunity for customers and our fundraising efforts. “I think it’s a win-win.”

It’s Time For The Annual AOH Father Daughter Dance

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For a few hours, Newburyport City Hall will be bustling with smiling and screaming daughters and their dads as the annual semi-formal Ancient Order of Hibernians Father Daughter Dance returns. Tickets are $25 each with proceeds to the March 23rd event going to the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center of Newburyport and Amesbury. Subtitled “A Chuisle Mo Chroi,” Gaelic for ” The Beat of My Heart,” the AOH Father Daughter Dance gives fathers a special opportunity to spend a memorable evening with their daughters and raise money for the nationally known organization that provides care for victims of domestic violence.

AOH Father Daughter Dance organizer Paul O’Brien called the event, which will transform the upper floor of Newburyport City Hall into a sea of “green, white and orange,” a special evening which will draw fathers and daughters from all walks of life. “From CEO’s to police offices to firefighters,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien said the idea for the AOH Father Daughter Dance came more than four years ago when he attended a parent-teacher conference and discussed the special relationship between a daughter and their father. That conversation created the spark that prompted O’Brien to brainstorm ways to increase those bonds outside of school in a way that befits the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  Founded in 1836 in New York City, the AOH is an Irish Catholic organization whose members are Catholic and either born in Ireland or of Irish descent.  After some research, O’Brien found other communities and groups that were hosting similar dances and thought it would be a sweet fit for Newburyport.

As for the dance itself, O’Brien called it a throwback to an earlier time and will feature three hours of “little girl music” spun by a hired disc jockey. When asked what little girl music meant to him, O’Brien said songs by Taylor Swift and other current artists that make little girls scream in delight. For the fathers there will be some classic Beatles songs as well as oldies from that decade and other decades. He said the three-hour AOH Father Daughter Dance will feature a mix of slow songs and fast songs that will allow daughters to dance with their friends as well as their fathers.

About 125 to 150 fathers and daughters are predicted to attend the AOH Father Daughter Dance, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary. O’Brien said holding it inside Newburyport City Hall gives it a vintage community feel as opposed to renting out space at a more glitzy location. And that is part of what O’Brien said makes the dance special and unique in Newburyport, adding that no other organization within city limits hosts a father daughter dance. “It’s not at a fancy place, its a throwback idea,” O’Brien said.

For more information about A Chuisle Mo Chroi/AOH Father Daughter Dance or to order tickets, visit:  www.eventbrite.com/e/a-chuisle-mo-chroiaoh-fatherdaughter-dance-2018-tickets-42172038703

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