Haven from Hunger will serve a Christmas Day dinner beginning at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 71 Wallis St., Peabody. The event will include a visit and gift from Santa. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 978-531-1530.
The North Shore Community Development Coalition will distribute presents that were collected through the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 2 to 6 p.m., in the North Shore CDC community room, located at 104 Lafayette St., Salem, and in the lobby of Holcroft Park Homes, 9 Mill St., Beverly. Santa and his elves will provide wrapped, age-appropriate toys to all of North Shore CDC’s residential families who visit either of the locations. Questions may be directed to North Shore CDC’s main office, 978-745-8071.
The Catmobile, operated by the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society and staffed by a licensed veterinarian and two veterinary technicians, will offer low-cost spay/neuter for cats only on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Petco, 10 Sylvan St., Peabody. The package consists of spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations, exam, nail trim, and treatment for fleas and ear mites. Spay package costs $100, and neuter package costs $75. The package is available to anyone, and there is no qualification process. Reservations are required and can be made at www.catmobile.org or 978-465-1940.
The Peabody Health Department is offering free seasonal influenza vaccinations while supplies last for residents ages 10 and older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parents/guardians. Vaccines are available by appointment on Thursday, Dec. 20, by calling 978-538-5926.
Tickets are available for the Salem Theatre Company’s $5,000 Broadway Theatre Getaway fundraising raffle that offers the winner a trip to New York City for two, including round-trip travel, two nights’ accommodations, two theater tickets to two performances of the winner’s choosing (based on availability), and up to $500 to cover meals and other expenses. Tickets cost $50 each, and the drawing will take place on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m., before the final performance of “Reckless” at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. The winner does not need to be present to win and has up to one year to redeem the prize. Raffle tickets may be purchased at The Art Corner, 264 Washington St., Salem; at the STC Theater Box Office one hour before show time on all show dates; and from STC board members and staff. For complete raffle rules and more information, visit www.salemtheatre.com or call 978-790-8546.
Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton is raffling off a limited edition Franklin Mint “Heartland Hollow” dollhouse, valued at $2,500. Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5, and all proceeds benefit Operation Troop Support in Danvers and Acord Food Pantry in Hamilton. Tickets are on sale at the Green Meadows Farmstand, 656 Asbury St., Hamilton. The country-style dollhouse, designed by artists Charles Wysocki, features a front porch and brick chimney and is completely furnished down to the curtains. The house is 28 inches tall and 42 inches wide and is enclosed in a custom-built display case that includes many additional pieces of furniture. The winner will be drawn on Dec. 18. For more information, visit www.gmfarm.com or call 978-468-2277.
Ipswich YMCA presents an after-school ski program at the Bradford Ski Area on Thursdays, beginning Jan. 3 and running for six consecutive weekly sessions (weather permitting), or until six sessions have been completed. Bus transportation is available from Ipswich Middle School and Doyon and Winthrop elementary schools, with travel supervision from YMCA staff. Participants must be in grades three through eight. For more information, contact Nick Fitzgerald at email@example.com. To register online, visit www.northshoreymca.org, click Ipswich, then Forms, or pick up a registration form at Ipswich YMCA’s front desk, 110 County Road.
The Middleton Integrated Preschool is accepting registrations through Wednesday, Dec. 19, for children who will turn 3 years old prior to Sept. 1. A $60 registration fee in the form of a check made payable to “Town of Middleton” is required with the completed form. Registration forms and checks should be mailed to Sharon Lyons, preschool programs director, 28 Middleton Road, Boxford, MA 01921. A preschool lottery will be held if there are more applicants than slots in the program. Lottery results will be posted after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Howe-Manning and Fuller Meadow schools. Registration fees will be refunded to those who are not selected in the lottery. For more information and registration forms, visit www.tritownschoolunion.com and www.middletonps.org.
The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts is accepting nominations of local individuals who have demonstrated outstanding courage, generosity and service to others. Heroes will be honored at the 11th annual Community Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, March 21, at the DoubleTree in Danvers. All heroes must live or work on the North Shore. Six hero categories will be honored at the 2013 event: Enduring Hero, Community Hero, First Responder Hero, Youth Hero, Education Hero and Healthcare Hero. Nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 4. Nomination forms are available at www.redcross.org/ma/peabody/news-events/events or 978-922-2224 or by writing to American Red Cross, 85 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief. Also, for information about sponsorship opportunities, visit redcross.org/ma/Peabody.
The Peabody Institute Library will offer its Food for Fines program from Monday, Jan. 14, through Friday, Feb. 15, at the Main Library, 82 Main St.; South Branch Library, 78 Lynn St.; and the West Branch Library, 603 Lowell St., Peabody. Donations of canned goods and other nonperishable items will be accepted to clear overdue fines on Peabody-owned library materials. All donations benefit Peabody’s Haven From Hunger. For more information, call 978-531-0100.
The Farms-Prides Fourth of July Committee is holding its fifth annual logo contest. Local artists of any age are encouraged to enter. The logo design should depict the Fourth of July celebration, West Beach, Farms/Prides area or any patriotic graphic that would be associated with the holiday. A panel of judges will select finalists and the public will vote for the winner at the annual Launching the 4th Party, set for Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Hastings House. The designer of the winning logo will be awarded a cash prize of $150. The winning logo will also receive wide visibility on the website and on promotional materials and will be reproduced for sale as limited-edition framed art, T-shirts, sweatshirts and other items to raise funds for the 2013 Farms-Prides Fourth of July celebration. For more information, contest rules and entry forms, visit www.beverlyfarms.org.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the Peabody Essex Museum will present a Human Rights Film Festival, which will feature six films dealing with human rights issues. The festival will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, in the museum’s Morse Auditorium in Salem and features the following lineup: Jan. 19, 1 p.m., “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” and 3:15 p.m., “Bidder 70”; Jan. 20, 1 p.m., “They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain,” and 3:15 p.m., “Words of Witness”; Jan. 21, 1 p.m., “Pink Ribbons, Inc.,” and 3:15 p.m., “Salaam Dunk.” Visit www.pem.org for film descriptions.
The application deadline for the Danvers Garden Club Scholarship is Friday, March 29. The scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who lives in Danvers and whose postsecondary plans include floral design, landscape design, floriculture, horticulture, arboriculture, environmental science, forestry, earth science (geography, geology or meteorology) or a closely related field. For scholarship information or materials, call 978-777-4157, or mail to DGC Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 167, Danvers, MA 01923.
Montserrat College of Art is offering area residents and college students home for break an opportunity to earn college credits in January. Winter session will be held Jan. 2 to 4 and Jan. 7 to 11 at 23 Essex St., Beverly. The program is designed to allow participants time and instruction to delve into a new skill or subject through short-term, three-credit, intensive classes. The courses are ideal for undergraduate students, visiting students from other institutions, and adult art enthusiasts of all backgrounds and professions. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 978-921-4242, ext. 1202, or visit www.montserrat.edu/academics/wintersession/.
North Shore Community Action Programs is accepting applications for fuel assistance. Low-income families and individuals can get help with the cost of heating their homes, even if heat is included in their rent. Eligibility is based on the gross annual income of all household members over the age of 18 and the number of household members. To qualify, applicants must be residents of Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem, Topsfield, Middleton or Marblehead. For more information on fuel assistance or to make an appointment, call 978-531-0767, ext. 136. NSCAP also offers energy conservation services to both homeowners and renters who qualify for fuel assistance. Learn more at 978-531-0767, ext. 118.
Salem Public School System’s preschool program has openings for 3- and 4-year-old students in the Salem Early Childhood Center. Children must have turned 3 by Aug. 31, 2012, and must be a Salem resident to be eligible for placement. For more information or to request an application, call 978-740-1181.
The Veterans Acupuncture Care Boston/North Shore Clinic, a new, free, walk-in clinic for veterans and their families living in cities and towns north of Boston provides free acupuncture treatments to help treat the symptoms and emotional effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. The VAC Clinic is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday at the Vittori-Rocci Post No. 56, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Clients are treated while sitting in chairs in a group, fully clothed, and needles are inserted in the ears based on a protocol developed by the National Acupuncture Detox Association. The clinic is managed by acupuncturists Paul Madden and Desneige Datillo. For more information or to make a donation, contact Desneige Datillo at 781-246-8588.
Al-Anon, a nonprofit, public service organization that helps people who are affected by someone else’s drinking or drug abuse, will hold meetings every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 96 Main St., second floor, Peabody. For more information or other locations in Massachusetts, call 508-366-0556 or visit www.ma-al-anon-alateen.org.
The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley will run Safe Place, a confidential, free support group led by a suicide survivor. The group will meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly, every first and third Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Safe Place is for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. It is a safe place to talk, listen, be silent, grieve, be accepted, be understood, and offer acceptance and understanding to someone else in need. The group is appropriate for adults and children ages 16 and older. For more information, contact Debbie at 978-327-6671 or dhelms@FamilyServiceInc.com.
Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step organization similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, will meet weekly for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. Members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic statuses, and social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Meetings are held at Beverly Hospital on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call Murray at 978-535-7676.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a free, 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., at The White Whale, 9 Hale St., Beverly, and Thursdays at 9 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Adult Education Room, 124 River Road, Topsfield. For more information or a list of additional meetings at other locations, call 781-932-6300, or visit www.foodaddicts.org. Locally, attendees can call Susan at 978-969-3499.
The Peabody Institute Library Foundation has limited opportunities for the 2013 Adopt-a-Window program at the library’s main building at 82 Main St., Peabody. For a $500 contribution, each donor receives a personalized nameplate below one of the historic windows in the library’s newly restored main lobby. At the end of the year, the nameplate is moved to a permanent donor board in the library. Proceeds benefit the Peabody Institute Library. Application forms are available in the library director’s office or on the foundation’s website, www.peabodylibrary.org/about/foundation.html. For more information, contact Martha Holden at 978-531-0100, ext. 16.