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November 23, 2013

North Shore religion calendar


The Salem News

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Holiday Craft Fair, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly. Holiday Craft Fair features area crafters, silent auction, food table, raffles, children’s room, SERRV handicrafts, snack bar, and an MGH Bloodmobile in the parking lot. Building is handicapped-accessible. Nancy Lague, 781-933-2646.

Parish Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., St. James Parish Hall, corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. Bazaar includes homemade food, baked goods, “Kid’s Korner,” Christmas decorations, knitted goods, white elephant table, raffles, penny raffle and more. Open to the public. 978-745-9060.

Christmas Holiday Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, 2 Dane St., Beverly. Annual fair includes new Christmas items, grandma’s attic, crafts, baked goods, silent auction, white elephant items, and a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 978-927-1066.

Scandinavian Fair, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Covenant Church, 33 Lake St., West Peabody. Fair includes baked goods, a country store, attic treasures, imported Scandinavian goods, crafts, quilted items, knit goods, and items for children. Luncheon served in Fellowship Hall. Nicole Leontakianakos, 508-314-5871.

Benefit Clothing Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Danvers Church of the Nazarene, 181 Dayton St., Danvers. Sale features gently-used children and adult clothing, shoes, and boots for $5 or less. All proceeds will be used to create Christmas baskets for those in need in the community. Any remaining clothing will be donated. 978-777-2060, info@DanversChurch.org.

Sunday, Nov. 24

Parish Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. James Parish Hall, corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. Bazaar includes homemade food, baked goods, “Kid’s Korner,” Christmas decorations, knitted goods, white elephant table, raffles, penny raffle and more. Open to the public. 978-745-9060.

Fair Trade Boutique, 11:30 a.m., North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Features hand-crafted items, including mobiles, scarves, wind chimes, jewelry, tree ornaments, baskets and more, made by artisans from 32 countries. Proceeds support low-income artisans and farmers. All sale items come from SERRV, a nonprofit organization that works to end poverty by providing opportunities and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. Fair takes place during coffee hour following the church service. 978-774-7582, www.nsuu.org.

Latkepalooza: Community Hanukkah Celebration, noon to 3 p.m., Aviv Centers for Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Area residents of all ages are invited to the second annual Latkepalooza. Event features entertainment by Sababa, Israeli dancing, photo booth, Hanukkah-themed nail art, face painting, workshops, Hanukkah spin art, cookie decorating, programs for adults, latke tastings and more. Also, Dr. Michael Szycher presents an adult program at 12:45 p.m. A variety of vendors will also be present. Kosher lunch snacks will be available for purchase. Advance reservations recommended, but walk-ins welcome. Reserve a spot at latkepalooza@gmail.com.

Hanukkah Party, 4 to 6 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Annual party includes games and activities, music, crafts and a potluck dinner, featuring homemade latkes. All are encouraged to bring a menorah for a candle lighting demonstration with Rabbi Meyer and an unwrapped Hanukkah gift (toy or twin size bedding) for the Mass Coalition for the Homeless. Admission is free and open to the public.

Monday, Nov. 25

All Saints Series: St. Francis of Assisi, 8:30 p.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, 80 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. The Rev. Raphael Bonnano presents a lecture on St. Francis of Assisi as part of Our Lady Star of the Sea’s All Saints Series. Free; open to the public.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, 7 p.m., Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Members of the Danvers Clergy Association, including Catholic, Protestant, and Unitarian Universalist denominations, will host a traditional, interfaith Thanksgiving service for the entire community. Donations of gently-used or new winter coats and boots will be collected and donated to homeless families. This year’s Thanksgiving offering will be donated to Wellspring, an interfaith council, helping homeless families in crisis on the North Shore. Following the service there will be a time for fellowship and light refreshments.

Sunday, Dec. 1

Thanksgivikkuh Celebration, 9 a.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. The first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving this year, which won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. Celebrate with a spin-a-thon from 9 a.m. to noon; a dreidel dash at noon for adults and 12:30 p.m. for children; Hanukkah Party from 1 to 3 p.m.; and SUP Yoga demonstration. For details and registration, visit jccns.org. All are welcome.

Mark Rotuna to speak, 10:15 a.m., Essex River Bible Church, 391 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Mark Rotuna, a pastor from Kenya, will be the guest speaker for the morning worship service. Sunday school beings at 9 a.m. All are welcome. 978-468-4500, www.essexriverbiblechurch.org.

Fair Trade Boutique, 11:30 a.m., North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Features hand-crafted items, including mobiles, scarves, wind chimes, jewelry, tree ornaments, baskets and more, made by artisans from 32 countries. Proceeds support low-income artisans and farmers. All sale items come from SERRV, a nonprofit organization that works to end poverty by providing opportunities and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. Fair takes place during coffee hour following the church service. 978-774-7582, www.nsuu.org.

Monday, Dec. 2

All Saints Series: St. John of the Cross, 8:30 p.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, 80 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. The Rev. George Evans presents a lecture on St. John of the Cross, the final lecture in Our Lady Star of the Sea’s All Saints Series. Free; open to the public.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Family Life Center, First Congregational Church, 4 Georgetown Road, Boxford. Fair includes fresh greens arrangements; Christmas wreaths; homemade cookies; white elephant sale; jewelry; gently-used handbags; and gift baskets. 978-887-5841.

Gift of Christmas annual fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church Parish Center, 80 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. “The Gift of Christmas,” the Star of the Sea’s annual Christmas fair, features varied creations by local artisans and craft vendors; gift baskets and raffles; used books; small craft items suitable for children’s holiday gifts; children’s crafts, including cookie decorating, face painting and ornament creation; and a visit from Santa. Fair continues Sunday, Dec. 8. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. A light breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. For details or raffle tickets, call 781-631-0086 or visit www.staroftheseamarblehead.org.

Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield. Annual fair features hand-crafted gifts; hand-knitted and crocheted items; holiday crafts and decorations; a jewelry boutique; scarves, bags, purses and other accessories; home-baked goods; books for all ages; raffles and more. Lunch served from noon to 2 p.m. and features homemade corn chowder, chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs and chips. Call 978-887-5570 for more information.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Parish Church (yellow church), 225 Cabot St., Beverly. Cafe features breakfast, lunch, and a dozen homemade soups in the Soup-er Bowl vying for the Golden Ladle Award. Sample soups and cast a vote. Also, fair includes local artists and crafters; books; DVDs; music; attic treasures; new and nearly-new gifts; baked goods; raffles; children’s corner toys; games; sports equipment; children’s crafts, activities and face painting. www.firstparishbeverly.org.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Gift of Christmas Fair: Raffle winners announced, 9 to 11 a.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church Parish Center, 80 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. “The Gift of Christmas,” the Star of the Sea’s annual Christmas fair, features varied creations by local artisans and craft vendors; gift baskets; used books; small craft items suitable for children’s holiday gifts; and children’s crafts; and raffles. Raffle winners will be announced between 9 and 11 a.m. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. For details or raffle tickets, call 781-631-0086 or visit www.staroftheseamarblehead.org.

Fair Trade Boutique, 11:30 a.m., North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Features hand-crafted items, including mobiles, scarves, wind chimes, jewelry, tree ornaments, baskets and more, made by artisans from 32 countries. Proceeds support low-income artisans and farmers. All sale items come from SERRV, a nonprofit organization that works to end poverty by providing opportunities and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. Fair takes place during coffee hour following the church service. 978-774-7582, www.nsuu.org.

Sounds of the Holidays, 4 p.m., St. Richard Church, 90 Forest St., Danvers. Concert features the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra. Seating is limited to 800. Free admission. Doors open at 3 p.m. All attendees are requested to bring a donation of non-perishable food to benefit the People to People Food Pantry. Event chairman is John Call, 978-739-9004.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Holiday Handbell Concert, 7:30 p.m., Maple Street Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. The Back Bay Ringers, one of New England’s leading handbell ensembles, celebrates its 10th anniversary concert season with the holiday concert “Comfort and Joy.” Program includes selections from the ensemble’s new CD and original compositions for handbells. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 senior citizens and students. Tickets and details available at http://backbayringers.ticketleap.com/comfortandjoy-danvers/.

Sunday, Dec. 15

Service to welcome missionary, 10:15 a.m., Essex River Bible Church, 391 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Worship service will welcome missionary G.S. Nair. Sunday school beings at 9 a.m. All are welcome. 978-468-4500, www.essexriverbiblechurch.org.