Saturday, Oct. 6
Blessing of the Animals, 1 to 3 p.m., Endicott Park, 57 Forest St., Danvers. The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas, rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, Danvers, will preside over the 10th annual blessing. Free. All faiths welcome. As part of the ceremony, Keith-Lucas lays hands on every animal that attends, praying for the blessings of a long life, good health and a caring, happy home. The event is held in honor of the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. www.calvaryepiscopal-danvers.org/petministry/blessing2012.htm.
St. Francis Day: Blessing of the Animals, 2 p.m., St. Peter’s Church, 24 St. Peter St., Salem. As part of St. Francis Day, owners are invited to bring any and all types of pets to receive a blessing. Photos of pets are also welcome. Donations of pet food, toys, medical supplies and money are welcome, and will be donated to the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem. 978-745-2291.
“Misgivings,” 5:30 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5 Margin St., Salem/Peabody line. Father Patrick Aloysius presents stories and one-liners about growing up Catholic. From miracles and marriage counseling to bazaars and birth control, nothing escapes Father Patrick’s Irish wit. Event includes a raffle, Bingo game, and a ham and bean supper served at 5:30 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m. Donations accepted for church collection. $20/person. Purchase tickets at the door or by calling Linda, 508-843-8622, or Colleen, 978-531-2278.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Third Annual Blessing of Animals, noon, St. Agnes Parish, 22 Boston St., Middleton. Church will host its third annual Blessing of the Animals when pets can receive a blessing. Free. Deborah Charewicz, 978-777-3404.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Maple Eves Women’s Group Meeting, 6 p.m., Maple Street Church, Social Hall, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Maple Eves Women’s Group of Maple Street Church will hold its first meeting of the year. Meeting includes a sing-along with Marj and potluck supper; bring a dish to share. Those that are interested in attending but aren’t on the Maple Eves call list may call the church office, 978-774-4510.
Saturday, Oct. 13
Rosary Prayer Service, noon to 1:30 p.m., Danvers Town Hall, 1 Sylvan St., Danvers. Special rosary prayer service to commemorate the 95-year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s appearance to the three children of Portugal. Members of St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish and others will gather to publicly pray the holy rosary for world peace, and for guidance and protection of the country and its leaders. For details, contact Dorothy Talbot, 978-774-3635.
Concert to benefit church, 7 p.m., The Church of The Holy Name, 60 Monument Ave., Swampscott. An evening of acoustic blues and roots music by Guitars Inc., a duo featuring Larry Power and Steve Coveney. $10 donation. Fundraiser for the church’s Building Fund, which helps defray the cost of operating and maintaining the church. www.churchoftheholyname.com.
Sunday, Oct. 14
The Genesis of Judaism, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Dr. Michael Szycher explores the book of Genesis from a historical, theological and archeological perspective. Complimentary bagels, lox and pastries. Reserve a spot at 978-535-2100 or email@example.com.
Choral Evensong, 5 p.m., Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott St., Danvers. The Choir of Christ the Redeemer will sing the classic Anglican service of evening prayer with music by Edward Bairstow, Leo Sowerby and Anthony Wilson. Free. 978-774-3163 ext. 353.
Sunday, Oct. 21
Sixth Annual Make a Joyful Noise!, 3 p.m., Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. All are welcome to the sixth annual Make A Joyful Noise! –– The Sounds and Soul of Native American Spirit featuring Grammy-winning Native American Flute Man, Joseph Firecrow. $15/advance, $20 at the door, $10/seniors and students. Sponsored by the Council for Spiritual Connection, in collaboration with North Shore Community College’s Forum on Tolerance, Many Faiths-One Family: A Celebration of Harmony and Humanity. 781-599-8005.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Multi-Media Presentation from Abayudaya Jewish community leader, 7:30 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Aaron Kintu Moses, leader of the Abayudaya Jewish community in Mbale, Uganda, will present a dynamic multi-media program updating audiences on the Kulanu-supported Abayudaya primary and high schools. Traditional African food will be served. $12 per person for dinner. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. to those with reservations. Reserve a spot at 978-535-2100. Visit templebethshalom.org for details.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Comedy Night, 6:45 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Temple Beth Shalom’s Comedy Night features 90-minutes of comedy by comedians Mark Scalia, Steve Bjork and Jimmy Dunn. $30/ticket, includes three drinks, munchies and dessert. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; show begins at 7:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds go to the religious school and building maintenance. For tickets, call 978-535-2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Nov. 9
A Fair For All Seasons, 6 to 9 p.m., St. Adelaide’s Church, 708 Lowell St., Peabody. Fair includes hand-knit items, gift baskets, jewelry, holiday boutique, raffles, food, baked goods, children’s activities and more. 978-535-2314 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Nov. 10
A Fair For All Seasons, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Adelaide’s Church, 708 Lowell St., Peabody. Fair includes hand-knit items, gift baskets, jewelry, holiday boutique, raffles, food, baked goods, children’s activities and more. 978-535-2314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.