Saturday, Oct. 5
Blessing of the Animals, 1 to 3 p.m., Endicott Park, 57 Forest St., Danvers. The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas will preside over the 11th annual blessing, sponsored by All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, Danvers, and the Perfect Paws Pet Ministry. The gathering during which the priest lays hands on each animal and offers a prayer and a blessing to celebrate the human-animal bond and the love and respect for all of God’s creatures. Open to all faiths, and all household and domesticated animals and their people. 978-774-1150, www.allsaintsepiscopalnorthshore.org.
Benefit Concert, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., St. Thomas School gym, 5 Margin St., Peabody. All proceeds benefit the impoverished children of Santa Lucia and the orphanage Casa Hogar Divino Nino Jesus in Salcedo, Dominican Republic. Entertainment includes Latin music by Lenguas de Fuego, Stacey Vasquez and Grupo Esperanza; dancing by Los Angeles; light rock by Protest; contemporary and pop by Zach and Talia, K. Leigh Regan and Berklee student Stephanie Skye; and praise and worship song by Mike and Anne. Raffle tickets, Dominican pastilitos, pizza, snacks and refreshments available for purchase. Grand prize is a 39-inch LED TV. $10 ticket, available at the door or by calling 978-531-0002 or 978-531-0224.
Sunday, Oct. 6
Messiah in the Feasts, 10:15 a.m., Essex River Bible Church, 391 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Mitch Forman, a representative of Chosen People Ministries, presents “Messiah in the Feasts.” Program for both Jewish and Christian communities. Open to the public. For more information, call 978-468-4500.
Blessing of the Animals in Beverly, 11:30 a.m., St. Peter’s Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly. Following the 10 a.m. service, pets and their owners are invited for a blessing on the church lawn at 11:30 a.m. Service and animal blessing are open to the public. 978-922-3438.
Blessing of Animals in Middleton, noon, St. Agnes Parish, 22 Boston St., Middleton. Animals must be on a leash or in a carrier. Free. Deborah Charewicz, 978-777-3404.