Dr. Thomas Howard and Father Jurgen Liias’ six-week series “What Does the Catholic Church REALLY Teach” continues on Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m., in St. Margaret’s Rectory, 675 Hale St., Beverly Farms. The course meets on Sunday evenings and is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Catholicism. For more information, visit www.saintgregoryordinariate.org.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will serve a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner on Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at 4 Ocean St., Beverly. The dinner will be prepared and served by members of the church along with volunteers from the community. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially those who might otherwise be alone on the holiday. Admission is free. Three shifts of volunteers are needed: Wednesday, 5 to 9 p.m., for setup and food preparation; Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, for preparing the dinner; and again from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for serving and cleanup. Donations of turkeys, non-perishable food items, cider, eggnog, pies and desserts will be accepted. Also, monetary donations to help with the cost of the meal may be mailed to Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly, MA 01915, Attn: Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner. Volunteers and donors should contact Dena Lisle at 978-922-3438 or email@example.com.
The third annual Run-a-Latke Family Fun 5K and Hanukkah party takes place on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m., 44 Burrill St., Swampscott. There will be children’s programming during the race and a celebration with latkes and doughnuts at the finish line, followed by the lighting of a giant Lego menorah. Visit www.northshoretimingonline.com/reglivecb.aspx?eventyear_id=124 or contact Allie Vered at 781-595-2026 for more information. The community is welcome to attend.
Rabbi Emily Mathis will lead a discussion group at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody on Sundays, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 9, and April 6, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Using “The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic” as a guide, Mathis will lead a discussion of the Jewish perspective on food and justice, environmental ethics, the history and trends of Jewish dietary practices within reformed Judaism, animal rights, and more. Admission to the program is free, but books cost $12 for temple members and $18 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the temple office at 978-535-2100.