thursday, Aug. 8

danvers: Red Cross blood donations, 1 to 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive. Red Cross Blood Donor App, RedCrossBlood.org, or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Marblehead: Red Cross blood donations, 1 to 7 p.m., Marblehead Masonic Hall, 62 Pleasant St. Red Cross Blood Donor App, RedCrossBlood.org, or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

hamilton: Parkour movement workshop for teens, 3:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Library, 14 Union St. Taught by Gymja Warrior’s certified Parkour instructors for teens entering grades 6 to 12. Sign up at reference desk or call 978-468-5577.

Beverly: Women’s Softball League fundraiser for David Anderson family, 6 to 10 p.m., Innocenti Field, 4 McPherson Dr. To help with medical costs and donate to CPR training and automated external defibrillator awareness following the life-saving rescue and surgery of 17-year-old David. Also a Boston sports teams theme night for the league.

Peabody: Real Talk Real Moms, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library South branch, 78 Lynn St. Share joys and hardships of being a mom. No reservation required. www.peabodylibrary.org

friday, aug. 9

danvers: Red Cross blood donations, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive. Red Cross Blood Donor App, RedCrossBlood.org, or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Beverly: Red Cross blood donations, 1 to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot St. Red Cross Blood Donor App, RedCrossBlood.org, or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

salem: Time for Twos Fridays, 10 a.m., Salem Public Library, 370 Essex St. For ages 24-35 months with adult. Stories, rhymes, finger plays, and songs.

Beverly: Adult English Language Practice Group, 11 to 11:45 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Free, no registration required. Contact Martha, 978-921-6062.

Salem: Boston Saxophone Quartet summer concert, 5 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Puccini, Mancini, and Duke. $15 members, $20 nonmembers. Students free w/ID. Pack picnic and chair. If rain, inside. Tickets at salemathenaeum.net or 978-744-2540.

Marblehead: “Steve Sweeney: Townie,” 8 p.m., 12 School St. Boston actor/comedian performs in benefit for Marblehead Little Theatre. Advance tickets $30/$35 at door, includes beer and wine. Tickets at the Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St., Marblehead, and online at MLTLive.org or ScampsComedy.com.

Hamilton: “13! The Musical,” 7:30 p.m., Community House, Hamilton, 284 Bay Road Route 1A. Presented by Stage 284 Youth Co. Tickets at http://stage284.com. Or call 978-468-4818 ext. 13.

Saturday, Aug. 10

danvers: Red Dross blood donations, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive. Red Cross Blood Donor App, or: RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

beverly: Open Farm Day at historic Moraine Farm, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 773 Cabot St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours of incubator farms and Food Hub CSA Tufts operations. For more information, visit www.nesfp.org/events/open-farm-day.

salem: Salem Athenaeum Book Group, 11 a.m., The Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., discussing “The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian” by Robert E. Howard. 978-744-2540.

ipswich: Mass Audubon family dusk paddle, 6 to 8 p.m. Canoe the Ipswich River, equipment and basic instruction provided. ‘Discovering Wetlands,’ families with children 6 +. $21 adults, $19 children (members discounted.). Advance registration at: atmassaudubon.org/ipswichriver.

Ipswich: “Good Night Captain White,” 6:30 p.m., Heard House, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. A maritime history-mystery. Tickets $30, $25 for museum members; $20 students. Visit https://goodnightcaptainwhiteipswich.brownpapertickets.com

Marblehead: Boston actor/comedian “Steve Sweeney: Townie ” in benefit for Marblehead Little Theatre, 7 and 9 p.m., 12 School St. Advance tickets $30/$35 at door, includes beer and wine. Tickets at the Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St., Marblehead, and online at MLTLive.org or ScampsComedy.com.

Hamilton: “13! The Musical,” 7:30 p.m., Community House, Hamilton, 284 Bay Road Route 1A. Presented by Stage 284 Youth Co. Tickets at http://stage284.com. Or call 978-468-4818 ext. 13.

Ipswich: Concert at the Barn at Castle Hill, 7:30 p.m., 290 Argilla Road. “The Unsung Hero,” presented by Manchester Summer Chamber Music, with violist Matthew Cohen. Pack a picnic and seating. For directions, tickets, information, visit: www.manchestersummerchambermusic.org.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Salem: Salem Sound Coastwatch’s Annual Swim & Fin open water swim races, 8 a.m. Salem Harbor start at Forest River Park. 500 meters to 1 mile and 5K. Registration and information at www.swimandfin.org.

danvers: DHS Falcon Band fundraiser car wash, 11 a,m, to 2 p.m., Hyundai Volvo Village, 24 Commonwealth Ave. $5 a ticket, sponsored by Danvers Parents for Music Excellence, Inc.

Salem: State’s Summer Orchestra free concert, 3 p.m. Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave. Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, and Grieg. Visit: salemstate.edu/arts or 978.542.6365.

Hamilton: “13! The Musical,” 3 p.m., Community House, Hamilton, 284 Bay Road Route 1A. Presented by Stage 284 Youth Co. Tickets at http://stage284.com. Or call 978-468-4818 ext. 13.

Monday, Aug. 12

danvers: Red Dross Blood Donations, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive. Red Cross Blood Donor App, or: RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

Danvers: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Council on Aging, 25 Stone St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Topsfield: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 11 a.m. to noon, Topsfield Town Library, 1 S. Common St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

danvers: Red Dross Blood Donations, 1 — 6:15 p.m. Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive. Red Cross Blood Donor App, or: RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

tuesday, Aug. 13

salem: Writers’ Open Studio at Salem Athenaeum, 8:49 to 11:30 a.m. 337 Essex St. Free, write in peace and quiet for up to 3 hours. Questions? Call 978-744-2540

hamilton: Museum of Science presents Science Magic Tuesday, 3 p.m. Hamilton-Wenham Library, 14 Union St. The science of magic for ages preschool and older, no registration. 978-468-5577.

hamilton: College Essay Help Tuesday, 6 p.m., Hamilton Wenham Library Writing Room, 14 Union St. With Barbara Rose of Writing Rescue. Bring your Chromebook or laptop and prompts. Free and open to the public.

Beverly: Beverly Democratic City Committee meeting, 7 p.m., Barnet Gallery at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., open to newcomers. Questions? Contact Chairman Jim Thompson at tactech@comcast.net or 978-618-5188.

wednesday, Aug. 14

Beverly: Summer Sounds outdoor concert with Bob Kramer Band, 6 to 7 p.m., Beverly Public Main Library, Winter Street Courtyard. Acoustic trio, blues/rock/roots /urban jazz influences. If rain, in Sohier Room. 978-921-6062.

BEVERLY: Misselwood Summer Wedding Show, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Misselwood Estate and mansion, Endicott College, 407 Hale St. Meet the Misselwood team of preferred wedding specialists. LGBTQ-friendly. Tickets $7, at:https://endi.co.tt/SummerWedding. Visit: misselwood.com.

Danvers: Red Cross Blood Donations, 1 to 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive. Red Cross Blood Donor App, or: RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

thursday, Aug. 15

danvers: 1 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Red Cross Blood Donations, Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive. Red Cross Blood Donor App, or: RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

ipswich: Soul Rebel project reggae picnic concert at Castle Hill, 7 to 9 p.m., the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd. Gates open 5 p.m. Admission at gate only: $35/car or $25/car for Trustees members. Motorcycles and walk-ins $10 nonmembers/$8 members. Visit: www.thetrustees.org/picnicconcerts or call 978.356.4351 x4052.

Friday, Aug. 16

Salem: Salem High School Class of 1954’s 65th reunion luncheon, 11 a.m., House of the Seven Gables. $25 per person, at the door. Make checks payable to: SHS Class of 1954. A handicap accessible event.

Hamilton: “13! The Musical,” 7:30 p.m., Community House, Hamilton, 284 Bay Road Route 1A. Presented by Stage 284 Youth Co. Tickets at http://stage284.com. Or call 978-468-4818 ext. 13.

saturday, Aug. 17

PEABODY: Book-signing by Gary Leavitt, author of the children’s book “Charlie Horse,” 12 to 2 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., 978-573-3261.

Ipswich: Concert at the Barn at Castle Hill, 7:30 p.m., 290 Argilla Road, “Songs of the Night” presented by Manchester Summer Chamber Music with contralto Emily Marvosh. Pack a picnic, seating. For directions, tickets, information, visit: www.manchestersummerchambermusic.org.

Hamilton: “13! The Musical,” 7:30 p.m., Community House, Hamilton, 284 Bay Road Route 1A. Presented by Stage 284 Youth Co. Tickets at http://stage284.com. Or call 978-468-4818 ext. 13.

Monday, Aug. 19

Peabody: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Hamilton: “13! The Musical,” 3 p.m., Community House, Hamilton, 284 Bay Road Route 1A. Presented by Stage 284 Youth Co. Tickets at http://stage284.com. Or call 978-468-4818 ext. 13.

tuesday, Aug. 20

salem: Writers’ Open Studio at Salem Athenaeum, 8:49 to 11:30 a.m. 337 Essex St. Free, write in peace and quiet for up to 3 hours. Questions? Call 978-744-2540.

wednesday, Aug. 21

Beverly: Summer Sounds outdoor concert with Love Love Trio, 6 to 7 p.m., Beverly Public Main Library, Winter Street Courtyard. Vocal and lyric driven rock. If rain, in Sohier Room.

friday, Aug. 23

Peabody: State Rep. Paul Tucker’s office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St.

saturday, aug. 24

beverly: Greenbelt’s second summer race to benefit land conservation, 9 a.m. at Beverly Commons Conservation Area in Beverly Farms. 3.5 and 7-mile trail run. For full details on both events, visit: Visit ecga.org/events for details.

Salem: High School Class of 1964 55th reunion, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Waterfront Room at Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliott St., $50 per person, an informal luncheon buffet from. Checks payable to Salem High School Class of 1964, c/o Jim Solovicos, 10 Sylvia Road, Peabody, MA, 01960.

Beverly: “The Block” summer street party, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. One whole block of downtown Cabot Street closed to cars, open for partying. Donation at the gate: $5 cash only. No pets. Bring ID if you plan to drink. Call Beverly Main Streets at 978-922-8558, or visit: www.beverlymainstreets.org.

Ipswich: Concert at the Barn at Castle Hill, 7:30 p.m., 290 Argilla Road. Manchester Summer Chamber Music string players celebrate the end of summer with a Four Seasons bash! Pack a picnic, seating. For directions, tickets, information, visit: www.manchestersummerchambermusic.org.

sunday, aug. 25

Salem: Polish Fest, 1 to 6 p.m., Saint John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy, 28 St. Peter St., Polish food, beer, pastries, full bar. Face painting and bouncy houses. DJ music, $1,000 Raffle. Call 978-531-5592.

Monday, Sept. 9

Danvers: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Council on Aging, 25 Stone St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Topsfield: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 11 a.m. to noon, Topsfield Town Library, 1 S. Common St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

wednesday, Sept. 11

Salem: Salem High School Class of 1960 reunion picnic, noon, rain or shine at Salem Willows Park (across from the Arcade) Bring a chair, pack lunch or buy it at concession. Call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776.

Monday, Sept. 16

Peabody: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Monday, Sept. 23

Salem: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Beverly: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 11 a.m. to noon, Council on Aging, 90 Colon St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

friday, Sept. 27

Peabody: State Rep. Paul Tucker’s office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St.

Monday, Oct. 7

Salem: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Beverly: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 11 a.m. to noon, Council on Aging, 90 Colon St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Monday, Oct. 21

Peabody: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

friday, Oct. 25

Salem: State Rep. Paul Tucker’s office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St.

Monday, Oct. 28

Danvers: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Council on Aging, 25 Stone St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Topsfield: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 11 a.m. to noon., Topsfield Town Library, 1 S. Common St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Monday, Nov. 4

Salem: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Beverly: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 11 a.m. to noon, Council on Aging, 90 Colon St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Monday, Nov. 16

Peabody: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Monday, Nov. 25

Danvers: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Council on Aging, 25 Stone St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Topsfield: Sen. Joan Lovely office hours, 11 a.m. to noon., Topsfield Town Library, 1 S. Common St. 617-722-1410 or email Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov.

Monday,

salem: Sensory Storytime Mondays, 10 a.m., Salem Public Library, 370 Essex St. ages 18 months to 3 years with adult. Stories, songs, and activities with visual supports and sensory activities. Call 978-744-9667 to register.

wednesday

salem: Babies and Books Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Salem Public Library, 370 Essex St. Ages 0-11 months with adult. Rhymes, finger plays, and songs. Register at 978-744-9667.

salem: Bucket Drumming for Kids Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Salem Public Library, 370 Essex St. Register at 978-744-9667.

salem: Library Explorers, 4 p.m., Salem Public Library, 370 Essex St. Stories and crafts for grades K-4. Register at 978-744-9667.

Thursday,

salem: Tiny Toddlers Thursdays, 10 a.m. Salem Public Library, 370 Essex St, ages 12-23 months with adult. Stories, rhymes, finger plays, and songs. Register at 978-744-9667.

salem: Arts and Crafts Night for Children in Grade 2 and up, 6:30 p.m. Salem Public Library, 370 Essex St, Register at 978-744-9667.

Fridays

salem: Time for Twos Fridays, 10 a.m., Salem Public Library, 370 Essex St, Ages 24-35 months with adult. Stories, rhymes, finger plays, and songs.

Beverly: Free weekly adult English language practice group, 11 to 11:45 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. No registration required. Contact Martha at 978-921-6062

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon

Fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Next meeting: August 27.

La Tertulia Spanish Language Discussion

Second and Fourth Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Next meetings: August 13, 27.

Memoir Writing Group

Fourth Thursdays at 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Next meeting: August 22.

Monday Evening Conversations

Second Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Next meeting: August 12.

Re-Appraisal Reading Circle

Bimonthly on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Next meeting: September 18, Gilbert Parker

Sir Horatio Gilbert George Parker, 1st Baronet PC, known as Gilbert Parker, began his career as a teacher at the Ontario Institute for the Deaf and Dumb and went on to lecture at Trinity College. In 1886, he went to Australia and became associate editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. He traveled extensively in the Pacific, Europe, Asia, Egypt, and northern Canada. In the early 1890s, he developed a growing reputation as a fiction writer. Of his many works, a few were Top 10 Sellers of the Year according to Publishers Weekly archives: The Seats of the Mighty (1896, outselling Crane’s Red Badge of Courage), The Battle of the Strong (1898), and The Right of Way (1901-02, outselling Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles). His best novels involve the history and life of the French Canadians.

Salem Writers’Group—NO AUGUST MEETINGS

Writers’Open Studio Hours—NO AUGUST HOURS

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Tuesday, April 16

Beverly: “Hidden Life of Trees” with Linda Weltner, 7 —9 p.m. Beverly Public Library Main Branch, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. with Linda Weltner, Massachusetts Master Gardener, sponsored by the Friendly Garden Club of Beverly. www.beverlygardenclub.org

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