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February 21, 2013

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:Annual auction is upcoming: You can bid on dinner for two in the Newburyport Light House, children’s items, trips, pro game tickets, restaurant gift certificates, rounds of golf and more when Opportunity Works holds its 29th annual Lend-a-Hand Auction. The event is Feb. 23, from noon to 9 p.m. and will be televised live on local Comcast public access channels in the Greater Haverhill and Greater Newburyport areas, as well as streamed online at www.portmedia.org. A special preview and prebidding of all auction items will be open to the public Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nock Middle School in Newburyport. Online pre-bidding of certain items was available until Feb. 18 at www.biddingforgood.com/opportunityworks. To sign up for a frequent bidder number for the live auction, call 978-499-9670 on Feb. 22. You must watch the live auction to make sure you are the highest bidder on your favorite items. For more information, contact Deborah Andrews at 978-462-6144, ext. 234, or deborah.andrews@opportunityworks.org.

:Riverside-Bradford Baseball registration: The Riverside-Bradford Baseball League will hold walk-in registrations for the 2013 season on Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St. Children ages 5 to 14 as of April 30 are eligible to participate. Player evaluations for the Single A, Double A, Triple A, Major A and RB13 divisions will be held at the Consentino Middle School gymnasium on Feb. 24 and March 3. Registered players will be individually contacted with their scheduled day and time prior to the evaluation. For more information, visit the league online at www.rbbaseball.org.

:Library to host free concert: The public library will present a free concert of “Kafka Fragments” by Gyorgy Kurtag Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium, 99 Main St. Performers are soprano Aliana de la Guardia and violinist Gabriela Diaz. A brief discussion about this work by composer and scholar Christian Gentry precedes the concert and a reception will follow. Reservations can be made online at www.DirtyPaloma.com or by calling the library at 978-373-1586, ext. 621. Kurtag’s “Kafka Fragments” is one of his most virtuosic works, not only due to its length, but also its technical difficulty. Completed in 1987, this work of contemporary chamber music for a soprano and violin duo is composed of brief fragments from the diaries, notebooks and letters of short-story writer and novelist Franz Kafka. The concert is less than an hour long.

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