Peabody Rotary presents its 10th annual Taste of the North Shore on Tuesday, March 11, at Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The event features more than 20 local restaurants serving a sample of their food specialities, entertainment, a drawing for a $10,000 grand prize, silent auction and more. Raffle tickets cost $100 each and include admission for two; only 300 tickets will be sold. The event is Peabody Rotary’s primary annual fundraiser and benefits the club’s community projects and initiatives. Businesses looking to donate items for the auction may contact event chairs Vanessa Silveira at email@example.com or Brian McHugh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Raffle tickets are available for purchase from any member of Peabody Rotary. For more information, visit www.peabodyrotary.org.
The 2014 Best Chef Competition to benefit Beverly Bootstraps is Monday, March 3, at 6 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Chefs will compete for the title of Best Chef while cooking with food pantry ingredients. Participating chefs will be Jake DiSilva of Latitude 43 in Gloucester, Chris Tighe of Salt Kitchen and Rum Bar in Ipswich, Patrick Shea of The Barrel House American Bar in Beverly and Anthony Marino of Marino’s Cafe in Beverly. Guests may also enjoy a Taste of the North Shore at sampling stations of more than 20 local restaurants and decide the People’s Choice Award in both the Savory and Sweet categories. The event includes a new raffle, cash bar, live auction and food drive. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the event or at www.beverlybootstraps.org for $25 each or $50 for three. Attendees are encouraged to bring a food item to donate to the Beverly Bootstraps food pantry. The event benefits the food assistance, client support, adult education, and youth and family programs at Beverly Bootstraps. Tickets cost $50 per person and can be purchased at BeverlyBootstraps.org or 978-927-1561; advance purchase suggested, as previous years have sold out.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary presents an eight-lesson Boating Skills and Seamanship Course beginning Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. and continuing on consecutive Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 5 Conant St., Danvers. The cost is $75 per person, and graduating students will receive a certificate, which may reduce boat insurance costs. Preregistration is required and can be done by contacting Brian R. McMahon at 781-229-6496 or email@example.com.
North Shore Community Development Coalition and Salem State University have partnered to present a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to provide income tax preparation to low-income taxpayers throughout the region. This year, SSU’s business school students will volunteer at North Shore CDC, 102 Lafayette St., Salem, to prepare income taxes for low-income taxpayers. Appointments are available through April 11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Fridays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. North Shore CDC is an IRS-sponsored site. To schedule an appointment, call 978-825-4014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Shore Elder Services presents One Step at a Time, a 10-week program to combat hoarding and cluttering. There are no age or geographic restrictions for group membership. The group is suitable for anyone whose clutter is affecting them at home, work or in their relationships and creating safety issues at home. The program begins the last week of February. Space is limited and preregistration is required by contacting Marnie McDonald at 978-624-2207 or email@example.com.
The town of Wenham will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., to accept public comment regarding the removal of 12 white pine trees along the north side of Main Street, from the pedestrian crossing to Arbor Street. The hearing will take place in the Board of Selectmen’s Room at Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main St., Wenham. Any person objecting to the removal of one or more of these trees must make their objection in writing at or before the public hearing. For more information, visit www.wenhamma.gov, or call 978-468-5520.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a Boating Skills and Seamanship Course beginning Wednesday, Feb. 26, and continuing for nine consecutive Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Jubilee Yacht Club on Water Street in Beverly. The course is $75 per student. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Stephen Daly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 781-245-9284.
Pingree School will host the Learning in Commons Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 537 Highland St., South Hamilton, where more than 150 educators from throughout the country are expected to attend. The conference will explore the cutting-edge concepts behind transforming traditional academic libraries into technologically sophisticated, collaborative centers of learning. The keynote speaker is David Weinberger, co-director of the Harvard University Innovation Lab and senior researcher at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The closing speaker will be D. Russell Bailey, Providence College Library director and co-author of “Transforming Library Service Through Information Commons: Case Studies for the Digital Age.” For more information, visit www.pingree.org/learningincommons.
Peabody Institute Library will offer its Food for Fines program through Feb. 14. Donations of canned goods and other nonperishable items will be accepted to clear overdue fines on Peabody-owned library materials. The program will run at Peabody’s Main Library at 82 Main St., its South Branch Library at 78 Lynn St. and the West Branch Library at 603 Lowell St. All donations benefit Peabody’s Haven From Hunger. For more information, call 978-531-0100.
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.
An eight-week Boating Skills & Seamanship Course, offered by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and Flotilla 37 of Ipswich, begins Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Ipswich VFW Hall, Route 1A, next to the YMCA. The course meets all state boating safety requirements and is designed for adults and youths ages 14 and older. A certificate will be awarded for successful completion. The New Hampshire state exam will also be offered. Text and course material are included. The cost is $77.80/adult; each adult must have his or her own book. For families, the cost is $77.80/adult and $38.90/child; both family members can share the same book. For details or to register, contact Lisa at email@example.com or 508-517-4600.
A winter parking ban in Marblehead is in effect through April 15. Parking is prohibited on any street for a period of time longer than one hour between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m. No warning tickets will be given. For more information, call 781-631-0000.
AARP volunteers will be available by appointment to meet with Peabody senior citizens and medium- to low-income residents on the following days in Peabody: Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Feb. 12 to April 15, at Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch, 603 Lowell St.; Thursdays, 4:45 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 13 to April 15, at the South Branch, 78 Lynn St.; and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, through April 15, at Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St. Schedule an appointment by calling the preferred location: West Branch, 978-535-3354; South Branch, 978-531-3380; or the Community Center, 978-531-2254.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will kick off the sugaring season with a February Flapjack Fling on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. The event features a special pancake breakfast with syrup from the sanctuary’s maple trees and offers sugaring tours to learn about the sanctuary’s maple sugaring operation and the transformation of sap to syrup. Breakfast, which includes fruit, juice and milk, will be served at 8:15, 9, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., and sugaring tours will depart at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and noon. Admission to the breakfast is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 8. The tour is $9 for adults and $8 for children (Mass Audubon members: $8 adult, $7 child). Children under 3 are free and should be in a baby carrier. Receive a $1 discount when registering for both breakfast and a tour on the same day. In case of snow, the event will be moved to Sunday, Feb. 23. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man” will be staged by the Salem Theatre Company at their theater on 90 Lafayette St. in Salem through Feb. 15, with performances playing Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 with discounts for seniors ($20) and students ($10) and are available online at www.salemtheatre.com or by calling Ovation Tix at 866-811-4111.