SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 30, 2013

North Shore religion calendar


The Salem News

---- — Saturday, Nov. 30

Menorah Lighting, 6:30 p.m., Lappin Park, corner of Essex and Washington streets, Salem. Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Chabad of the North Shore present the second annual Menorah Lighting in Lappin Park. The community is invited to celebrate the Festival of Lights in a public display of unity as the city kindles the giant, 12-foot menorah. Hanukkah treats and live music will follow the program. All are welcome. 781-581-3833, www.northshorechanukah.com.

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Advent Taizé Prayer Service: Wait for the Lord, 7 p.m., St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish, 24 Conant St., Danvers. All Christians are invited to an evening of prayer in the style of the ecumenical community of Taizé, France. Come contemplate the coming of the Lord through sacred scripture, prayer, silent reflection and beautiful music. 978-774-0340.

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.

Red Bow Holiday Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Red Bow Holiday Fair features gift baskets; wreaths; holiday kissing balls; centerpieces; gifts; jewelry; white elephant room; gently-used computers and books; homemade baked goods, hot beverages, snacks and lunch in the Holyoke Café; for children, creative arts center with Mrs. Claus; raffles and more. All are welcome. Takes place during Marblehead Christmas Walk. 781-631-1215.

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

Toys Only Rummage Sale, 9 to 11 a.m., Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Church will hold its 23rd annual Toys Only Rummage Sale featuring gently-used and new toys. Games, puzzles and children’s books are also available. www.standrewsmhd.org.

Grace Kelly Quintet to Perform, 7 p.m., Temple Sinai, 1 Community Road, Marblehead. Jazz sensation Grace Kelly and her quintet will perform. Kelly is a saxophonist, singer and composer. Tickets include appetizers and cocktails, followed by two sets of music by the Grace Kelly Quintet and an intermission with desserts, CD signings and photo opportunities with Kelly. Come with friends; parties of 10 may reserve a table in advance. For concert and ticket information, contact Susan or Josh at 781-631-2763 or susan.templesinai@gmail.com.

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/.

“The Man Born To Be King,” 8 p.m., First Church of Danvers, 41 Centre St. First Church of Danvers and North Point Evangelical Presbyterian Church present a live performance of “The Man Born To Be King,” a radio play by Dorothy L. Sayers that was originally written for the BBC. Admission is a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Danvers Food Pantry, or a warm coat for those without a home. 732-744-6407.

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.