The Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Richardson’s Ice Cream of Middleton, invites families of the PJ Library to donate new pajamas to its second New PJ Drive, set for Monday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Richardson’s, 156 S. Main St. Pajamas of all sizes are needed. For more information, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404, or email@example.com.
As part of the Downtown Holiday Festival in Danvers, Maple Street Congregational Church will present a living Nativity today from 2 to 4:30 p.m., on the front lawn of the church, 90 Maple St. Church members will portray Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds, kings and angels, as well as shepherd boys and girls. At the same time, Santa Claus will be in the church’s Social Hall for visits and pictures with children. Cocoa, cookies and crafts will be available. The Danvers-area Girls Scouts will carol on the church’s front steps from 4 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 978-774-4510.
Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, 16 Sylvan St., Danvers, will offer an alternative for Christmas giving. In an attempt to benefit international artisans and communities in need, there will be selections available for purchase from Equal Exchange, A Greater Gift and A Bead for Life. Catalogs from Heifer International will also be available. The Alternative Christmas Market will be open after church on Sundays through Dec. 23. For more information, contact the church office at 978-777-7408.
Chabad of the North Shore’s Jewish Learning Institute presents “The Kabbalah of You: A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential,” the institute’s new, six-session fall 2012 course, led by Rabbi Yossi Lipsker. Sessions meet for six consecutive Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., through Dec. 12 at Chabad Community Shul, 44 Burrill St., Swampscott. Through the examination of the entire spectrum of what it means to be human, “The Kabbalah of You” offers recipes, tips and techniques for discovering where one’s true meaning lies, and making it a part of one’s daily existence. Sessions help participants see life as the mysterious, challenging and satisfying wonder that it really is. The program is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those with no prior experience or background. For more information or to register, call 781-581-3833 or visit myjli.com.