The Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors. New and existing donors are urged to make an appointment to give today. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, 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. Other blood drives on the North Shore this month:Friday, July 19, 1 to 6 p.m., Beverly Hospital Lecture Hall, 85 Herrick St., Beverly; Thursday, July 25, 2 to 7 p.m., First Ipswich Bank, 107 High St., Ipswich;Wednesday, July 31, 2 to 7 p.m., Lincoln Hall, 564 Main St., Boxford.

The Art and Science of Polling will be presented by David Williams, founder of Williams and Associates, at a Salem Atheneum summer salon on Friday, July 19, at 5:30 p.m. The presentaion will cover a retrospective of the history of survey research in political campaigns from FDR to today and show how technology and procedural changes have affected the reliability of modern polling. Williams has consulted with both corporate and political clients including the campaign committee for Presidents Rupiah Banda of Zambia, Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Gov. William F. Weld, GTE/Sylvania, Hydro-Quebec, the National Association of Government Employees, the Providence Journal-Bulletin, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of State. The Salem Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex St., Salem. The summer salons are free. For more information, call 978-744-2540.

On Sunday, July 28, at 5 p.m., Rebel Shakespeare returns to Salem Athenaeum gardens to present “Twelfth Night,” a delightful summer evening of the Bard as interpreted by local students. Bring a chair and a picnic. The Salem Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex Street, Salem. Rebel Shakespeare is free. For more information, call 978-744-2540.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes will be parking overnight in Hamilton’s Patton Park. Beginning at 6 p.m. and running till Sunday morning at 8 a.m., anyone who cares about the plight of the homeless will discover how it feels to be homeless by spending the night in a cardboard box. Join a team, start your own, or register as an individual at, and raise at least $100 to participate, either for part or all of the night. Supplies of large cardboard boxes are limited, so please bring your own, as well as a tarp, blankets, a pillow, and a sleeping bag. Shelter will be available if it rains. Patton Park is located on Route 1A in Hamilton. This event is organized by Family Promise North Shore Boston, a nonprofit that servees the homeless.  

On Thursday, Aug. 1, Soul City will perform well-known Motown, soul, and funk for Castle Hill’s family-friendly Picnic Concert. The 10-piece band has made fans throughout New England for three decades. During their concert, stroll the gardens, try a landscape-themed eye spy; or check out TunnelTeller, the interactive art installation by Alicja Kwade. Pack a picnic or purchase one from on site vendors: roast beef, pizza, ice cream, snacks. Ipswich Ale, Mill River Winery and Far From the Tree Cider and beverages at the beer and wine garden. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, is located at 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Gates open at 5 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission at the gate: $35/car or $25/car for Trustees members. Motorcycles and walk-ins are $10 for nonmembers and $8 for members. Weather cancellations (if necessary) will be announced by 3 p.m. Visit:

Salem Sound Coastwatch’s 14th Annual Swim & Fin, open water swimming races in Salem Harbor will be held Sunday, Aug. 11, starting at 8 a.m. at Forest River Park. The races vary in length from 500 meters, to 1 mile and 5K. Registration and detailed event information is available at Entry fees are discounted for youth 17 and under. Proceeds from this charity swim benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch, a local nonprofit environmental organization that has been working for almost 30 years to make our coastal waters clean and safe. For more information, contact Salem Sound Coastwatch at 978-741-7900 or email

Blueberry Hill Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 75 Brimbal Ave. in Beverly, welcomes the community to its annual antique car show outside the Beverly center on Tuesday, July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring antique cars, live music, face painting, barbeque and more. Rain date is July 24.

Beverly Public Library is celebrating Saturday, July 20, as Moon Day in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of man’s making that one giant step on the moon. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the moon will be the center of the universe — from an all-day moon-themed scavenger hunt to moon inspired story times, drop-in cosmic art, straw rocket building, and a creative cap off. There’s something for everyone of every age and level of interest, and it’s all free. The library is located at 32 Essex St., in Beverly. For a complete schedule, visit Questions? Call 978-921-6062.

The Ipswich Museum and Ipswich ReCreation & Culture is presenting six Saturday-night performances of “Goodnight, Captain White,” a maritime history-mystery. Written by Mark Stevick and directed by Lynda Robertson, the play 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. Remaining performances are July 27, and Aug. 10 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

North Shore Elder Services is seeking the following volunteers: (1) Friendly Visitors to visit with seniors living in Salem or Peabody; and (2) 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:

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.t.

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

Marblehead Little Theatre’s (MLT’s) first Summer of Music concert kicks-off at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, with songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Lally of Gloucester joined by Mitch Dion on drums and Derek Dupuis on bass. Produced by Marblehead’s Craig VanRemoortel, the series features rising stars and open mic nights, other dates are: Saturday evenings, July 27, Aug. 24, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $25 available online at, or at the door. Open mic nights are Thursday evenings, July 25, Aug. 1, Aug. 15, 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 p.m. 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

Broadway performer Karen Marie Pisani and Radio City Rockette Jessica Davison return to the Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) with special master classes, Jazz, Monday through Thursday, July 22 to July 25, from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. and Friday, July 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Taught at the studio at 115 Pleasant St. in Marblehead. Prepaid registration of $35 per class is required. For information/registration, call 781-631-6262 or e-mail:, or visit:

Welcome to “Art Grows Here 2019” (AGH) a free annual, 10-day, map-guided tour of outdoor art through the towns of Hamilton and Wenham is on display through July 21. A map to all 12 AGH 2019 art sites went live online at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 12, at You can also pick up a printed copy of the map at any of the AGH art locations, or at the Wenham Museum (132 Main St., Wenham (also a host site), Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main St.,; Hamilton Town Hall, 577 Bay Road; Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton, and the Community House, 284 Bay Rd., Hamilton – also an art site. For more information, email or visit: for more information.

On Tuesday, July 30, from 10 to 11 a.m., the Salem Council on Aging, 401 Bridge St., Salem, will host a program focusing on decision making. “Making Decisions When it Matters Most: Conversations About Health Care Proxy, Five Wishes and More” is designed to empowers you to advocate for your health care wishes with family, friends and medical professionals, and provides practical tools for setting up advance directives. Presented by Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, the program requires an RSVP: Call Rosanna M. Donahue, at 978-744-0924 (ext 43006).

Join Beverly Main Streets at “The Block,” its downtown summer street party. One whole block of downtown Cabot Street will be closed to cars and open to action as the summer’s block parties get underway on Saturday, July 27, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 24, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Guests can walk around, meet and mingle with friends and listen to live music. Food, beer and wine will be sold by local restaurants set up on the street. Live bands will perform into the night! Donation at the gate is $5 per adult. Cash only. No pets. Bring your ID if you plan to drink. For more information, call Beverly Main Streets at 978-922-8558, or visit:

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. Informational meetings will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 7 to 8 p.m. at the JCCNS, 4 Community Road, Marblehead and 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

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.

The Salem Athenaeum Book Group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. There will be no July meeting. The next meeting is Aug. 10, to discuss “The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian,” by Robert E. Howard. The Salem Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex St, Salem. For more information, call 978- 744-2540.

‘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, beginning Aug. 1, with an award winning 2018, animated 28 minute version of the House of The Seven Gables at a 6:30 p.m. screening attended by its director, Rockport native Ben Wickey. 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 complete details, visit:

New Entry, an independent program of the nutrition school at Tufts, has signed a 10-year lease for the farm portion of the historic Moraine Farm, 773 Cabot St., Beverly. The program focuses on beginner farmer training and improving food access for low-income communities around the North Shore and eastern Massachusetts. An Open Farm Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, features tours of the incubator farms and Food Hub CSA operations. Sample farm food and visit the farmers market in the 1882 barn designed by architect Frederick Olmsted. For more information, visit

The Friends of Beverly Animals (FOBA) is seeking pet photos for its 2020 calendar. Photos (no more than three per pet) of dogs, cats, hamsters, birds or any other animal may be sent. Photos should be good quality (jpgs, at least 100 dpi or 4″x6″in size), not blurry or dark, with no people (or people parts) in them. Identify the animal(s) by name, and state the owner’s name. Deadline for submission is July 31. Send to and include the words “2020 calendar”in the email subject line. Calendars are an important fundraiser for FOBA to support rescue and adoption placements. For more information, email or call 978-922-7190.

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

“Protect Your Home & Savings against the Risk of MassHealth and Long Term Care Costs” is the topic of a presentation by certified elder law attorneys Patrick Curley and Lucy Budman on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. hosted by the North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Drive #200, Danvers. If you have a health crisis, are you prepared? What will you do if you require nursing home care or long-term care at home or in an assisted living facility? Do you have the Estate Planning documents required to get the care you need and to protect your family and your assets? MassHealth (Medicaid) planning and eligibility, asset protection strategies for one’s home and savings, the five-year look back and Irrevocable and Revocable Trusts will all be discussed. RSVP to Curley Law Firm LLP at 781-245-2222 x10 or

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

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.

“Marblehead and Beyond: An Artist’s Reflections” is the focus of an exhibit at Marblehead’s Abbot Public Library through Tuesday, July 30. Highlights include palette knife paintings in oil, landscapes and seascapes of local Marblehead and surrounding areas. The artist, Corinne Commoss-Abercrombie, has been painting from an early age and taught art in elementary and middle school. She has participated in the Strada Easel Challenge, painting a new painting every day. The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. For additional information, call 781-631-1481 or visit

ReachArts and Marblehead Little Theatre will collaborate this August in an introductory acting class for anyone who’s ever wanted to embrace their inner actor. Improve speaking skills, meet new people or just enjoy a supportive environment participating in theater games, talking about elements of theater, and winding it all up with a staged reading. Led by Trudi Olivetti, sessions are 90 minutes each on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 13, 15, 20 and 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at ReachArts, 89 Burrill St., Swampscott. Registration is $100, open to ages 18 and older, at or at

In honor of the summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories,”we have embraced the rumors about the Moon, including the one that says it’s made of green cheese. Join us at the Beverly Public Lbrary, 32 Essex St., on Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. , try some delicious cheeses, and learn about cheese pairings from Emmy Frye, Banquet Chef at the Hawthorne Hotel. Please register online, at the Reference desk, or call 978-921-6062. Questions? Contact Katie at Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

On Friday, July 19, the Beverly Public Library Film Society presents 2016’s cinematic mind-bender “Arrival,” featuring an intergalactic linguist with a tricky job to do. Call the library at 978-921-6062 for more information. Screening begins at 1 p.m. in the Sohier Room of the Main Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly. 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 is hosting family dusk paddles on Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Canoe the Ipswich River to learn about the creatures that live there. All equipment and basic canoeing instruction will be provided. Paddles, for families with children 6 years and older, are themed as follows: Friday, July 26, Owls on the Ipswich River; Friday, Aug. 9, Discovering Wetlands. Fee per trip is $21 adults, $19 children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register visit or call 978-887-9264.

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. July 25: Bark Boats; Aug. 1: Forest Floor. 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.

Families with children 4 years and older may join Mass Audubon’s Adventures program. Search for wildlife and learn about beach habitats in these seaside explorations. Wear clothing and non-slip footwear that can get wet. Directions will be sent. Themes are as follows: Tuesday, July 23, 9:30 to 11 a.m., The Edge of the Sea at Mass Audubon’s Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary, Gloucester; Wednesday, Aug. 7, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Beachcombers at Grace Oliver Beach in Marblehead. Fee per adventure is $11 adults, $10 children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register go to or call 978-887-9264.

Mass Audubon’s themed Sanctuary Discoveries campouts are for families with children 4 years and older. Explore the sanctuary after hours and camp under the stars. Saturday, July 20, 6 p.m. to Sunday, July 21, 9 a.m. join our Sanctuary Discoveries Campout, or Saturday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following morning, join for Owl Prowl Campout. Both include an evening and morning hike or activity and light breakfast. A list of equipment to bring will be sent after registration. Fee per campout is $32 adults, $29 children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register go to or call 978-887-9264.

On July 28, the Chabad of the North Shore will present an extensive exhibit of some 100 works by Jewish-Russian artist Zakhar Shapiro who recently passed away in Israel. Born in Russia, Shapiro has strong ties to the North Shore, though he lived in Israel for the last 30 years of his life. He leaves behind his wife, two sons, two grandchildren, sister, and a collection of oil and watercolor paintings. This memorial exhibition of art is made possible by the Chabad Center, at 151 Ocean St., Lynn between noon and 7 p.m. All proceeds will go toward an educational fund to benefit the artist’s two grandchildren in Israel.

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.

On Thursday, July 25, Disco Dream will perform for Castle Hill’s family-friendly Picnic Concert. The nine-piece band will get the audience grooving with timeless hits from the 1970’s. Attendees may visit the gardens; try a landscape-themed eye spy; or check out TunnelTeller, the interactive art installation by Alicja Kwade on the former site of the estate’s hedge maze. Pack a picnic or purchase one from on-site vendors: seafood, roast beef, burritos, ice cream, snacks. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted, Ipswich Ale, Mill River Winery and Far From the Tree Cider will be available in the wine garden. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is located at 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. Admission at gate is $35/car or $25/car for Trustees members. Motorcycles and walk-ins are $10, nonmembers and $8, members. In case of rain, cancellation will be announced by 3 p.m. concert-day. Visit

Castle Hill Picnic Concerts are on for the summer on Thursdays, through Aug. 29, with family-friendly bands performing on the Grand Allee overlooking Crane Beach. Journey tribute band The Great Escape will kick off the season. Enjoy the sounds and sea and stroll the gardens’s 32-piece outdoor sculpture exhibition created in partnership with New England Sculptors Association. Bring a picnic or purchase seafood, roast beef, ice cream from on-site vendors and local beverages at a beer and wine garden. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is located at 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking. Concert runs from 7 till 9 p.m. Admission at gate only: $35 per car or $25 per car for Trustees members. Motorcycles and walk-ins $10 for nonmembers; $8 for members. Weather cancellations announced by 3 p.m. day of concert at or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4052.

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.

The City of Peabody’s Annual Free Summer Sunday Concert Series is underway. All concerts (except Aug. 4) are held on the Leather City Common. Remaining concerts are: July 21, Decades of Rock, 6 to 8 p.m.; July 28, classic rock with Tangerine, 6 to 8 p.m.: Aug. 4, Rock ‘n Roll with Eleventh Hour, 7 to 9 p.m., at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School followed by fire works at 9 p.m.: Aug. 11, Pizza Fest from 4 to 6 p.m., followed from 6 to 8 p.m. by concert with Lisa Love Experience; Aug. 18, classic rock, country, ’80s & ’90s with Bare Bones, 6 to 8 p.m.; Aug. 25, country music with Renee & the Renegades. 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.

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 North Shore Concert Band, David Benjamin, director, presents: “Teddy Bears Picnic” Youth Concert on July 23, at 7 p,m., at the Robert Hayes Band Shell, Salem Willows, Salem . Af ree family concert featuring interactive tunes and activities for the youngsters; an instrument parade, Teddy bear parade, classic stories, Disney music and more. Bring your own teddy bear. Rain date is Thursday, July 25. For information visit or call 978-531-4741.

Beverly Veterans Council will be holding a veterans cookout on Friday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza, One Ellis Square. Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, soda and ice cream, along with raffles by Beverly Vietnam Veterans. Bring snacks, games, blankets and (most important) chairs. We’ll provide the music. Thanks to Beverly resident Brian William, who graciously donated his time and equipment.

On Saturday, July 20, Jump ‘n Jam from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with a free evening of music and comedy at Tapley Memorial Hall starring Danvers native Matt Farley of Motern Media, who’s made a name for himself in the music world by releasing 20,000 songs, and performing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. This show includes his best songs, and some funny stories from his unusual entertainment career. Tapley Memorial Hall is located at 13 Page St., Danvers. For more information, call the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666, or email:

The Friends of Beverly Animals will have a meeting on Monday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Keller-Williams Real Estate Office, 500 Cummings Center, Beverly. Newcomers are always welcome. Items on agenda include Fur Ball fundraiser to be held at the ICC on Friday, Oct. 11, and other matters. To learn more about FOBA, visit Facebook page or website or contact

Nineteen youths from across the North Shore will bring Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored classic of the jungle upbringing of Mowgli to life in Stage 284 Youth Company’s summer workshop production, with four performances from July 26-28. Directed by Katie Clarke, and co-directed by Boston’s James Turner, these kids are not kidding when it comes to turning in a first-class act. Performances are Friday, July 26, 7 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 1 p.m., and 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, at 1 p.m. Tickets, available online at:, are $18 in advance for general seating, $22 in advance for premium seating or $23 at the door for general seating, $27 at the door for premium. Handicap seating is available at the Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton: phone: 978-468-4818.

North Shore Summer Concerts 16th annual summer concert series get underway Wednesday nights, 7:30 p.m., through July at the (air-conditioned) Hamilton-Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Programs are: July 24, “Broadway Lights” from the greatest musicals; July 31: “Cabaret Night,”, jazz, cabaret, torch songs. Tickets are $15, adults; $10, Students/Seniors; Kids 10 and under free. Summer pass savers: $40, adults; $35 students/seniors. Special rates for 10 or more. Cash only at the door, or advance online; visit our Facebook page, for updated ticketing information as it becomes available. Questions? email

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). tarting Friday, July 19, 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 Peabody Institute Library’s South Branch’s popular group, “Real Talk Real Moms” will meet Thursday, Aug. 8, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the South Branch, located at 78 Lynn St., in Peabody. Sit back, relax, and share the joys and hardships of being a mom. This hour is for you, so leave the kids home! For more information, visit or call 978-531-3380 x11. No registration; just show up.

Salem High School Class of 1954 will hold its 65th reunion luncheon on Friday, Aug. 16, at the House of the Seven Gables beginning at 11 a.m. The cost is $25 per person, at the door. Please make checks payable to: SHS Class of 1954. The venue is handicap accessible, Hope to see you.

The third part of the free seven part series, “How Blue Can You Get?” will be at Flint Library in Middleton starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24. Musician Charlie Sawyer addresses the question: “What makes it blue?” – the musical mechanics of the blue note, scales and harmony, and why there are two fewer black keys than white, the stolen ninth of a second that makes it swing and the mysteries of phrasing. This event is sponsored by sponsored by Boxford Cable Tv, and four local libraries. For more information, visit or

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