Saturday, Sept. 7, is Choate Island Day at the Crane Wildlife Refuge, where foxes roam fields and osprey fly over breathtaking views of Essex Bay. Once home to generations of the Choate family, the island was later a retreat for Cornelius and Mine Crane, who are buried at the summit. Park your car at Crane Beach, catch the shuttle at the dock, and miles of trails, wild landscapes, and historic buildings are yours to experience. Shuttles run continuously from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last boat departs at 1 pm, and the last boat returns at 3 p.m. A guided hike to the summit, where Cornelius and Mine are buried; A history talk at the white cottage; poetry reading and story telling at the Proctor Barn; Stationed interpreters at the Choate House, White Cottage, and Proctor Barn; Natural history interpretation and activities on the beach; Maintained trails for self-guided hikes. Pack a picnic; no alcohol, but refreshments will be served. The Crane Estate is located at 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. Parking is at Crane Beach, with a van shuttle to the boat dock and a ferry. Tickets in advance or at thedock. Adult Trustees members, $12; Nonmembers, $20 for nonmembers; Senior Trustee members $6; Nonmembers, $10. For more information, visit: or call 978.356.4351 x4052.

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, Cantemus is holding auditions for tenors and basses for its 2019-2020 season at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Beverly, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., prior to the annual Season Preview Sing, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Another chance to audition comes up on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. before the first rehearsal at Miles River Middle School, Hamilton. Cantemus rehearses Tuesdays, from 7:30 until 10 p.m. at Miles River Middle School, Route 1A, Hamilton for three concerts, Dec. 7, 8, and 15. For more information or to schedule an audition, please call 888-CHORUS-1 (888-246-7871) or visit our website,

On Friday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. Beverly Public Library Film Society presents a beloved space-monster franchise, set in the deepest, coldest cosmic wastes. Free and open to adults, with free popcornm thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library who sponsor the program. Licensing prevents us from printing film titles; call the library for the title at 978-921-6062 or check

Fuddruckers will present the 12th annual A Reason to Ride on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 75 Sylvan St in Danvers. Hosted by Ramiro of HOT 96.9, and former Channel 5 anchor. Susan Wornick, the event raises money for cancer research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Start times are 8:30 a.m., 50 miles: 25 Mile: 9:30 a.m., 10 Mile: 10:30 a.m,; 5K Walk: 10:45 a.m. Participants choose their distance. The route covers the coast of the North Shore, from Danvers to Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester by the Sea, Gloucester, Ipswich, Georgetown and Topsfield, depending on length, then returns to Danvers. Non-riders can take part in a 5K walk. All pre-registered participants get an event t-shirt and a free BBQ lunch from Fuddruckers. For more information and to register, visit

The Beverly Public Library will hold an evening with Beverly authors on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Sohier Room of the Main Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly. Meet Meghan MacLean Weir (The Book of Essie), Lisa Fenn (Carry On), and S.E. Grove (The Waning Age) and hear what they have to say about their books. All are welcome to attend this special event, organized in partnership with Beverly High School Library. Copper Dog Books will be on site with books available for purchase. Questions? Contact Allison Babin, Assistant Library Director, at

“13! The Musical” will be presented by Stage 284 Youth Company, with six performances from Aug. 9 to 18 at The Community House in Hamilton, 284 Bay Road, Route 1A. Teen stories come to life through movement, with geek, poser, jock, beauty queen, and wannabes navigating the tricky mine field of the teen years. This show offers a better understanding of what teens of today are going through, and the support they need. Tickets are available online at Advance general seating is $18; $22 in advance for limited premium seating or $23 at the door for general seating, $27 at the door for premium. Handicap seating is available. For more information, email, or call 978-468-4818 ext. 13.

Danvers High School Class of 1979 will hold its 40th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St, in Danvers. Significant others are of course welcome! The cost is $60 per person, and includes dinner, music, and giveaways. If interested, please contact Cheryl Tibaudo at 978-985-8580 or email:

The Peabody Veterans Memorial High School Class of 1994 will celebrate its 25th Reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Teresa’s (formerly Thompson’s Country Club), 20 Elm St. (Route 62), North Reading. The event begins at 7 p.m., $42 per person includes dinner stations and music. A cash bar will be available. To pay by check mail check to: Jodi Hernandez, PVMHS Class of 1994, P.O. Box 4440, Peabody, MA 01961. Make checks payable to Jodi Hernandez PVMHS . To pay by Venmo send payment to: @PVMHS1994 *Please put name(s) of attendant(s) in the comments. Questions? Email Jodi at or message Carrie Hoffman Berger on FB. Join the Facebook group PVMHS Class of 1994 Reunion to stay connected.

Saturday Night in Marblehead, monthly coffeehouse at the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead, presents country blues and Americana musician Martin Grosswendt on Saturday, Aug., 24, at 8 p.m. A nominee for the W. C. Handy Blues Award, Grosswendt sings, plays guitar, mandolin, five-string banjo, and fiddle—and is best known for his interpretations of 1920s and 1930s blues. He has shared the stage, as a solo artist, with Jesse Winchester, Tom Rush, Sam and Dave, Taj Mahal, NRBQ, and other legendary performers. Recent recordings include The Ragpicker String Band, which was nominated for Best Acoustic Album of the Year by the Blues Music Awards, and Old Songs, New Hats, recorded with singing partner Susanne Salem-Schatz. Doors open at 7:30. Admission at the door, is $15. The Church of St. Andrew ( is at 135 Lafayette St., (Route 114) in Marblehead, near the Salem line and is handicapped accessible.

The Ipswich Museum and Ipswich ReCreation & Culture has one remaining performance of “Goodnight, Captain White,” on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. The maritime history-mystery, written by Mark Stevick and directed by Lynda Robertson, takes place in 1830 Salem, when the fabulously wealthy Joseph White is found dead in his bed at his own party. The audience becomes party guests turned Committee-of-Vigilance for this historical whodunit at the Heard House, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Tickets are $30, $25 for museum members and $20 for students. Visit

The Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute of Salem State University has scheduled its 2019 summer guest speakers program, running July and August on select Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon. A wide variety of topics will be featured at the institute’s downtown Salem headquarters at 10 Federal St. Topics range from Salem abolitionists Sarah Parker Remond and Charles Lenox Remond, to eating your way to good health, and Marc Chagall and his stained glass windows. The Salem Explorers group is one of more than 400 Lifelong Learning Institute chapters across the country offering learning opportunities to adults 50 and up. There is no charge for intersession programs, but donations are welcome. Intersession is also open to nonmembers. For more information, visit or call 978-744-0804.

Beverly Bootstraps’ Summer Food Program provides food for school-aged children this summer, through Aug. 30. Families with children will be able to visit the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry, 35 Park St, every week, instead of every other week, at these times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and Tuesday from 4 to 6:45 p.m. Registration is required and may be done Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is needed to register, but clients must bring children’s birth certificate, Social Security card or report card, as well as current proof of Beverly residence (such as a piece of mail addressed to you within the last 2 weeks).

The Salem High School Class of 1960 will hold a reunion picnic, rain or shine, at Salem Willows Park (across from the Arcade) on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at noon. Members and friends are welcome. Coffee, cookies, pizza and water will be provided. Bring a chair and pack lunch or buy it at concession stands. For more information, call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776 or email Walt Doblecki at

Essex Heritage, in cooperation with the Trustees of Reservations, is offering two new public boat tours aboard the landing craft Naumkeag to Misery Island, each offering a look at the history of the Salem Sound islands. The Island Hops Tour — Thursdays through Aug. 29 — departs at 5:30 p.m. and is a narrated, 21 and older cruise. Enjoy a Notch beer and get up-close looks of the Salem Sound islands. The Misery Island Castaway Tour (ages 4 and up) departs at 2 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 30, and goes straight to Misery Island where you can join a treasure hunt. All tours leave from the dock adjacent to the Salem Ferry Landing at 10 Blaney St., where there is free parking. The Naumkeag is a large, open landing craft with a bow front that drops down so passengers can walk directly onto the beach. For tickets, visit For more details, visit or call 978-740-0444.

SeniorCare’s RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore program is in need of volunteer drivers to take elders to their medical appointments. Commitment is flexible and volunteers determine their own hours. For information on this and other volunteer opportunities, call 978-281-1750, ext. 572, or email

The Beverly Public Library is holding free weekly adult English language practice groups on Fridays, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., at 32 Essex St. Led by local volunteers, these gatherings center around common American English expressions, grammatical curiosities, useful vocabulary, and cultural references. No registration required. For more information, contact Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119 or

Free rides are once again being offered on the Salem Trolley for Salem residents this summer, through Sept. 30. You must provide proof of residency to qualify at the Salem Trolley office at 8 Central Street in downtown Salem. The Trolley runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including much of downtown and the Salem Willows. Regular stops are at the Salem Visitors Center, Witch History Museum, Trolley Depot, Old Burial Point/Witch Trial Memorial, Pickering Wharf/Sea Level restaurant, the House of the Seven Gables, Salem Witch Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum, and Salem Witch House/Salem Inn. Passenger requested stops are also made at the Salem Maritime Site, Salem Ferry, Winter Island, Salem Willows, and Hamilton Hall/Phillips House/Chestnut Street. For a complete map, visit:

The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are presenting a six-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. Thirty-two pieces created by New England sculptors have been placed in gardens, along woodland paths and historic landscape. The exhibition is free with regular property admission. Trustees members, free; nonmembers, $15 per car. A free, self-guided tour program is available for the exhibition, which runs till Nov. 11. Visit, or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4015.

“Hawthorne in Hollywood” is a film-lovers series at The House of the Seven Gables featuring three movies made from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s iconic novels. On Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m., watch the 1940 version starring George Sanders, and Vincent Price. On Friday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m., see Swedish director Victor Sjöström’s silent film interpretation of The Scarlet Letter. For $25 members/$40 nonmembers, a ‘POP! Pass’ buys admission to all three, plus a great supply of popcorn and soft drinks. Individual tickets are $15, $12 for members.  This series is co-sponsored by Creative North Shore; Creative Collective MA, and Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, at the House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. For details, visit:

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll invites Salem residents to vote for naming the new public park at 289 Derby St. The park is open and will host a variety of programs. Constructed thanks to a state grant, it features outdoor seating, swing seats, a boardwalk connecting around most of the South River, and open space for programs. An adjacent private property owner is also advancing plans to create outdoor dining. Residents may vote for the name at: by 4 p.m. on July 31. Rank in order of preference from the following: 289 Derby, Charlotte Forten Park, Naumkeag Park, Nathaniel Bowditch Park, or simply South River Park.

Greenbelt is hosting one remaining trail run this summer as part of the 2019 North Shore Trail Series sponsored by New England Running Company & Salomon to benefit land conservation. The race is the Beverly Commons 3.5 and 7-mile trail run on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the 126-acre Beverly Commons Conservation Area in Beverly Farms. The scenic route is challenging, with steep hills and rocky terrain. Runners may register for either run online until Aug. 21, or at the event. For full details, visit

Mass Audubon’s photo contest welcomes shutterbugs of all ages, backgrounds, and experience to share the beauty of the Bay State through photography. The competition is now under way and continues through Monday, Sept. 30. You may enter in either 18-and-older or Under-18 age categories and may focus on six subject areas: People in Nature, Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Landscapes, and Plants and Fungi. Contestants can submit up to 10 images, taken any time prior to or during the 2019 contest period in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, New Hampshire. One grand prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card and be featured in Mass Audubon’s member newsletter, Explore. Eleven winners will receive $100 gift cards, and at least six honorable mentions will receive $50 gift cards. Additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges. All gift cards are to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary. To enter and to review contest information, visit

Babyccino, a free program of Aleph Academy and the Lappin Foundation, offers mothers and their tots up to 24 months, a place to meet and engage in music, arts and play. Held at Chabad of the North Shore, 44 Burrill St, in Swampscott, it runs Thursdays from 10:30 –11:30 a.m., through Aug. 29. Siblings are welcome. For more information or to register, contact Hela Nathan at 763-807-9450 or Walk-ins are welcome.

Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield offers a variety of family programs this summer. Families with children 4 years and older may join artist/naturalists for one or more of these programs combing nature exploration and crafts, Thursdays, from 9 to 11 a.m. Begin with a walk on the sanctuary, followed by a craft activity inspired by the theme of the day. Fee for class is $12 adults, $11 children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register, visit or call 978-887-9264.

The American Lung Association and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center are hosting a free Better Breathers Club for those affected by chronic lung diseases. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 96 Forest St., Peabody. Different topics will be addressed each month, and light refreshments will be served. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-532-0303.

City of Salem Wi-Fi is now available in most public city buildings across the city. The free Wi-Fi, accessible by members of the public, can be found at the following locations: City Hall, City Hall Annex, Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center, Department of Public Services building, Greenlawn Cemetery Division office, Electrical Department office, All Salem Fire Department stations, Salem Police Department headquarters, Museum Place Garage office. No password is required to access the Wi-Fi, which is public and not secure. The service is provided without warranty and at the user’s own risk.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll has announced that a new online map showing all capital projects underway in the current fiscal year has been published at To view capital investments, maintenance, and improvement projects in design and planning or are under construction, click to open a window showing all relevant details. The 151 projects on the map total $115 million in investments to improve Salem’s parks, public spaces, streets, sidewalks, and public buildings, and enhance the City’s ability to deliver local services and maintain a high quality of life for Salem residents.

The Northshoremen Chorus of Beverly is offering three free, 45-minute singing lessons for men of all ages, sponsored by the Beverly Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The program runs Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., followed by a workshop at the Italian Community Center, 302 Rantoul St., Beverly. For more information, call 866-727-4988, email or visit

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, hosts a new cable TV show, “Caring is Everything” on Danvers Cable Access TV (DCAT). It will address youth bereavement and grief support in partnership with local schools, to deliver youth bereavement services, while training school personnel on childhood grief. Launched in response to a need — six percent of Massachusetts youth are estimated to be bereaved by age 18 — the launch show features Kristin Kowalski, MS, CAGS, who leads the school-based grief support program and will discuss how the program aims to collaborate with local schools. The show will air on Danvers Cable Access TV (DCAT) and on Comcast 99 and Verizon 36, and will run for four weeks at the following times: Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., Sundays, 3:30 p.m., Mondays, 7 p.m., Tuesdays, noon. Visit, or

The Cloister Gallery at St. Andrew’s Church will feature a show by artist Andy Knapp, with photos taken during multiple visits to the northeast Indian state of Sikkim, tucked in the Himalayas between Nepal to the west. Running from Sunday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Oct. 10, St. Andrew’s Church at 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. The Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. The Gallery is handicapped accessible. For more information, please call 781-631-4951 or visit


The City of Peabody’s Free Summer Sunday Concert Series completes its season Aug.25 with Renee & the Renegades. All concerts are held at the Leather City Common. Food, craft vendors a weekly craft beer brewer will be on hand. In case of rain, concerts will be rescheduled: contact the Mayor’s Office at (978)538-5704. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the Peabody Cultural Council, City of Peabody and Peabody Main Streets.

The Red Cross is again issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors. Blood supply has now dropped below safe levels and donors are urgently needed. All blood types, especially type O, are requested. You may make an appointment using the Blood Donor App at or by calling 1-800-733-2767. Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help reduce time. The Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive, has appointments daily.

North Shore Community College is holding free training program in essential skills for supervisors, funded by the Workforce Training Fund and offered by the college’s Corporate Training Solutions. This highly interactive program consists of (10) 3-hour modules delivered over ten consecutive weeks, beginning Sept. 10, at NSCC’s Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road. Topics include Role of the Supervisor; Effective Delegation; Overview of Labor Laws; Performance Reviews; Motivation and Conflict and more. Space is limited and there are business eligibility requirements. For details, contact Elaine Champagne at 978-236-1206 or at

The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is launching a new homeschool program offering on-campus classes to home schooled children in grades 1-8, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 10:35 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Courses span a range of topics and include Cyber Civics, Fine Arts, Handwork, Outdoor Science in Nature, Spanish, German, Strings/Music, and Theater. All courses are taught by Waldorf School at Moraine Farm faculty. The cost for an eight-week session is $250 and includes all materials needed. Registration is now open. For more information, visit:

Beverly High School Class of 1989’s 30th reunion will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Carriage House at Lynch Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. Send checks made payable to BHS Class of 1989 c/o Amy (Cook) Kearney, 22 Fawn Lane, Danville, NH 03819. There will be food, a cash bar and a DJ. Call Amy at 978-317-6418 with questions or visit Beverly High School Class of 1989’s 30th reunion on Facebook.

Essex County 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group’s meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The second Tuesday meetings are at the Council on Aging office in Danvers at 25 Stone St., and the fourth Tuesday meetings are held in Peabody at the Peter A. Torigian Senior Center, 75R Central St. Every meeting is facilitated by a professional career coach whose topics will be relevant to career transition and job search. Meetings include guest speakers, access to hiring managers and opportunities to network. For more information, call 978-762-0208.

Marblehead Little Theatre’s Summer of Music concert series will be held for three remaining Saturday evenings: Aug. 24, Aug. 31 and Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $25, available online at, or at the door. Remaining open mic nights are Thursday evenings, Aug. 29, Sept. 7, and Sept. 12. Admission is $5 at the door for audience and performers of all ages. Sign-in for performers begins at 7 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 and runs about two hours. All events will be held in MLT’s Firehouse Theatre at 12 School St. in Marblehead. For more information, visit

The Hamilton Police Department will run its eighth Citizens Police Academy, free, on ten consecutive Tuesdays, Sept. 24, through Nov. 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Designed to familiarize citizens with the operation and functions of the Hamilton Police Department, Communications Center and Fire Department, the classes cover topics including Criminal Law, Patrol Procedures, Evidence collection, Domestic Violence, Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Court Procedures, and use of force. Participants will observe police officers on a 2 hour police ride and a tour of the Middleton jail. Courses will be taught by Hamilton Police Officers, Police Supervisors, Hamilton Fire-Fighters and Emergency Dispatchers. You must be 18 years or older to attend, and class size is limited to 20. Pick up your application at the Hamilton Police Department, 265 Bay Road; download from:; or request one from Sgt. Stephen Walsh or Sgt. Stephen Trepanier at 978-468-1212. Application deadline is Aug. 30. Preference will be given to Hamilton residents.

Despite urgent calls for emergency donations, the Red Cross blood supply is still below safe levels (less than 3 days) and donors are urgently needed. With the help of a $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross will thank those who donate from July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Gift Card* via email. For complete donation times and locations, check the Salem News’ ongoing community calendars. Make an appointment by activating Amazon’s Alexa Red Cross Blood Skill by saying, “Alexa, find a blood drive,” or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Pack your bags for Discover Israel, the adventure of a lifetime for active adults, organized by Lappin Foundation and the JCCNS. This exciting trip will take place from April 19 to 30, 2020, and is perfect for first-time travelers to Israel or for individuals who have not visited in a while. A second informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7 to 8 p.m. at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, 240 Lynnfield Street in Peabody. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Deborah Coltin at 978-740-4428 or e-mail

Saint John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy, 28 St. Peter St., Salem, will hold a Polish Fest on Aug. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m., with Polish food by Euromart, as well as traditional homemade pastries, a full bar, and authentic Polish Beer. The kids will have games, face painting and bouncy houses, and are welcome to dance to the music of DJ Jurek. Win cash, fine merchandise and gift cars in the big raffle. or $1,000 grand prize on the Special Raffle. All are welcome! For more information, call 978-531-5592.

The 63rd reunion of the Holten High Class of 1956 will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., at the Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers. Mark Williamson will cater. For more information, call Sally Saplin at 978-777-5074, or Carol Morrissey at 978-774-2485.

The City of Salem needs volunteers to help at our Book Swaps, Textile Drives, and Swap N Drops! Our next Book Swap will be held at the Community Life Center, 401 Bridge Street on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and volunteers re needed for each of the following shifts: Friday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.,: Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 to 11:45 a.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those interested in volunteering should email Micaela Guglielmiemail, at: Please state which shift times or times you can volunteer, and what you might be suited to do to help.

The Beverly Public Library will hold Yoga on the Lawn on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. with registered yoga teacher, Kelly Rusch, who’ll take you through a Vinyasa yoga class. Please bring a yoga mat or towel. (Rain Location: Sohier Room, Main Library) Questions? Contact Katie at Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program.

Adults of all faiths who want to explore Judaism or who are considering conversion to Judaism, are invited to register for Introduction to Judaism, a free 25-week course funded by Lappin Foundation and taught by North Shore rabbis. Participants will study a variety of Jewish topics, including: Hebrew, ethics, prayer, holidays, customs, history and more. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Nov. 5 and will meet at various North Shore temples. For more information or to register, visit or contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or

The Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) celebrates its 48th anniversary with a new season of classes for 2019-2020, starting Monday, Aug. 26. Children, teenagers, and adults will find classes for all levels at the studio at 115 Pleasant St. A special highlight is the Beginner Tai Chi and the Rooting Pine Qi Gong Method class for teenagers and adults, but there are classes to meet the needs of dancers of all levels and ages, from ballet, pointe, and variations; pre-ballet and creative movement; modern and jazz; repertory; Pilates, stretch and strength, Tai Chi and Qi Gong; and partner dancing with ballroom, fox trot, swing, Latin, and Argentine Tango. Director Paula K. Shiff teaches the adult ballet classes, favorites with students, on Thursday morning and Wednesday evening. Private lessons are also available for dancers preparing for special events or requirements. The school operates year round and offers open enrollment on a rolling basis. Students are welcome to start any time, but advanced registration is required. For information/registration, visit, email:, or  call 781-631-6262.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 5 to 8 p.m., the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce annual shindig goes for a slam dunk with Beverly Fire Chief Joe Daly, Mayor Ted Bettencourt, PACC board chair Mike Maura, and board member Ed Lomasney taking the plunge in the tank at Tupper Manor, at the Wylie Inn & Conference Center on the campus of Endicott College in Beverly. It’s all part of this year’s carnival theme, sponsored and encouraged by Peabody Wealth Advisors, whose fearless leader Mike Murray will set the mood by donning a clown wig. Along with the dunking will be carnival games, food, prizes, music and more. The event — a casual, adult outing — is open to both PACC members and the public. Tickets are $40 in advance, and $50 at the door, and include buffet dinner and cash bar. For information/registration, visit:, or call: 978-531-0384. 

Friends of the late Robert “Rocky” Ellis, Beverly High School Class of 1962, are gathering to celebrate his life at the Beverly Golf & Tennis Club Wednesday, Sept 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. A buffet will be served. Reservations are required. Please make out a check for $25 to Roger Pierce and send to Roger at 667 Wethersfield St, Rowley, MA 01969. Please include your name and phone number and/or email address. Application must be received by Aug. 28.

The Salem High School Class of 1964 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Waterfront Room at Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The event will be an informal luncheon buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. Door prize donations are welcome. There will be a 50/50 raffle and cash bar. Make checks payable to Salem High School Class of 1964 and mail to Jim Solovicos, 10 Sylvia Road, Peabody, MA, 01960.

The 63rd reunion of the Holten High Class of 1956 will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers. Mark Williamson will cater. For more information, call Sally Saplin at 978-777-5074, or Carol Morrissey at 978-774-2485.

Tickets are on sale for Salem State University’s public lecture featuring PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Eaton’s lecture will be at Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center. Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 for Salem State students, and are available at or by calling 978-542-7555.

The SPUR Student Success Back-to-School drive is underway and with the partnership of individuals, families and businesses, we aim to support over 600 children, by providing new backpacks and school essentials to children in need in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott. You can help by sending a tax deductible check by Aug. 16, or visiting to sponsor a backpack and school supplies. You can also help us fill backpacks and write personalized notes to each child beginning Aug. 11. Program coordinators will then distribute the packs before the first day of school. Purchase a backpack and supplies for a K - 2nd grader ($56.35) Purchase a backpack and supplies for a 3rd - 5th grader ($62.48) Purchase a backpack and supplies for a 6th - 12th grader ($73.51) Purchase a backpack ($31.22) Purchase school supplies ($38.46). To learn more, contact Founder & Executive Director, Jocelyn Cook at 781-451-7787.

Stories & Songs with Ryan welcomes children ages 2 to 4 weekly, for songs, stories and activities on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Caregivers must attend — no registration needed.

North Shore Elder Services is seeking the following volunteers: Friendly Visitors to visit with seniors living in Salem or Peabody; and Money Managers to help seniors balance checkbooks and prepare simple budgets. Volunteer applications are available at For more information, call 978-624-2288 or email:

An all star musical lineup of Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl, Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick, and Bill Staines will kick off the 50th anniversary celebrations of the me&thee coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford St. with a special concert on Friday, Sept. 6, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Chamber of Commerce members. Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. Students, $10; or online, at, or at the Spirit of Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead. Refreshments , including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas, will be on hand. The me&thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is smoke-free, and easily reached by MBTA bus. The oldest continually running all-volunteer acoustic listening room in New England, the me&thee is a non-profit sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the website at

The Accidentally on Purpose Improv Comedy Troupe returns to Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School St., Marblehead with their original Keg-n-Komedy on Aug. 17, a comedic style similar to the TV show Whose Line is it anyway. has really gelled into a finely tuned comedy machine. Rehearse twice a month along with a bevy of shows throughout New England all year round. Audience members must be 21 or older to attend, as the R rated performance includes complimentary beer and Wine. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m., show, and tickets are $25 at:, or in person at the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead.

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