“How Work Became Insecure: The History Behind the Gig Economy,” is the topic of a lecture by Louis Hyman on Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at the Salem Athenaeum, 133 Essex St., Salem. Her premise: that this is not the result of technology, but a choice by corporations. Hyman is a professor at Cornell University and author of the book “Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary.” Tickets are $15 nonmembers, $10 Athenaeum members and students with ID, available at salemathenaeum.net or by calling 978-744-2540.

The Topsfield Historical Society’s 51st annual free Strawberry Festival, takes place on the Topsfield Common on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with strawberry shortcakes will served in Emerson Center. Also this year: a juried craft show with over 65 artisans, a Youth Artisans Fair, Kingsnakes playing in the gazebo, children’s games and tours of the 17th century Parson Capen House. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available, Admission to this family event, sponsored by TD Bank, is free and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, contact chairperson Shawn Whitworth at whitworth2526@gmail.com.

The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites the community to a “State of the Town” breakfast and networking reception on Thursday, June 6, at 8 a.m. at The Landing Restaurant, 81 Front St., Marblehead. This event features updates on the state budget, legislation and other issues from Town Administrator Jason Silva, state Sen. Brendan Crighton, and state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, with a question-and-answer session following the presentation. Admission is $20 for Chamber members, $25 for non-members. RSVP is required at the Chamber office at 781-631-2868.

Salem Sound Coastwatch holds its Marine Invasive Species workshop on Thursday, June 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Winter Island function hall in Salem. All are welcome to get a close look at marine bio-invaders in Salem Sound at this hands-on session sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch. Barbara Warren, the group’s executive director, will give an orientation and discuss learning over the years. Those interested may explore a tidepool with staff at this child-friendly, free event. All welcome, but dress appropriately. RSVP requested, info@salemsound.org or 978-741-7900.  

The Dane Street Congregational Church will host its 35th annual free Spring Pops Concert on Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. Avard Rushton will onduct the Dane Street Church Community Concert Band, For more information, call 978-922-4325.

St. Peter’s Church in Beverly will host a concert featuring 500 years of guitar music with New York guitarist, composer and recording artist Peter Griggson on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the church at 4 Ocean St. There is onsite and street parking. Griggson will provide a chronological tour of his eclectic repertoire, from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Admission is free, but free will offerings will be accepted. A concert preview is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2lFywZSjhI. Griggson has performed more than 600 concerts in a wide range venues, and recorded on Treecastle Music, Folkways Records, Locust Records, Music of the World and CD Baby.

Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Dan McNichol will present the next program in the “Seven Lectures at Seven Gables” series, sharing tales of travel through America’s interstate roadways taken in his 1949 Hudson. “The Great American Road Trip” is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Visitors can come early to check out antique and vintage cars gathered for the occasion by the North Shore Old Car Club. McNichols will discuss how new roads quickly gave rise to motels, diners, historical markers and tourist attractions. Tickets are $10, free for Gables members. To reserve a spot, visit https://store.7gables.org/Events.aspx; email  jarrison@7gables.org; or call 978-306-7003.

The First Baptist Church in Beverly, 221 Cabot St., will hold its Spring Rummage Sale in the church gym on Friday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Clothing, small appliances, toys, books and more will be for sale. All proceeds benefit the work of the church. For more information, visit: www.fbcbeverly.org

The Ipswich Museum and Ipswich ReCreation & Culture will present six Saturday-night performances of “Goodnight, Captain White,” a maritime history-mystery. Written by Mark Stevick and directed by Lynda Robertson, the play’s setting is Salem in 1830, 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 whodunnit. Performances are June 8 and 22, July 13 and 27, and Aug. 10 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Heard House, Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St., Ipswich. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for museum members and $20 for students. For tickets go to: https://goodnightcaptainwhiteipswich.brownpapertickets.com

The June Women’s Connection Brunch will be held Monday, June 10, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m., in the Lighthouse Point Room at Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliott St. (Route 62), Danvers. Guest speaker Barbara Austin will demonstrate how to make any place beautiful by creating a garden, as well as sharing “Smiling Through Life’s Difficulties” — how you, like flowers, can bloom where you are planted. Brunch is $17 inclusive and all women are welcome. To make a reservation, call Jan at 978-303-7873 or email Laura at lauraallavon@aol.com.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) North Shore Chapter 479 invites active and retired Federal employees to its spring luncheon celebration Wednesday, June 5, at noon in the Lighthouse Room of the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The event includes lunch and musical entertainment. Cost is $34 per person. For more information, call Stella Pierce at 978-969-1761.

               

Elementary-aged kids get their own time to create crafts at Thursday Crafternoons at the Peabody Insitute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Craft supplies are available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. through June 13. Projects are themed seasonally, to upcoming holidays, or individual inspiration, and a librarian will be on hand to assist. This program is open to the public, all supplies provided. Registration not required.

The American Lung Association and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center are hosting a 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. Free. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-532-0303.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore Family & Friends Support Group meets the last Wednesday of every month. For more information, email csadkowski@yahoo.com, call 617-984-0504, or visit www.namigreaternorthshore.org.

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 salemstate.edu/series or by calling 978-542-7555.

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 mamorgan@noblenet.org.

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 rsvp@seniorcareinc.org.

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’s finest sculptors have been placed in gardens, along woodland paths and historic landscape as part of The Trustees’ Home Sweet Home, a free annual event celebrating the architects and craftspeople who designed and built its historic properties. The show is free from noon to 2 p.m. Participating sculptors will be on-hand during the afternoon to talk with visitors. Following the opening, 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 www.thetrustees.org, or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4015.

The Miracle League of the North Shore’s remaining spring dates are June 1 and June 15. Children with cognitive and physical abilities play together on the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf (CCCBSD) field, the only fully accessible, rubberized baseball field on the North Shore at 6 Echo Ave., Beverly. Player registration and volunteer arrivals begin at 9:30 a.m., with warm-ups at 10 a.m. The game begins at 10:30 am, followed at 11:30 a.m. with pizza. The league is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that gives children with unique challenges a chance to play baseball as a part of a team in an organized league at no cost to their family. Every player bats and scores a home run each inning, with volunteers serving as buddies. For more, visit: www.cccbsd.org/community/miracle-league or contact playball@cccbsd.org.

The second annual Senior Teen Town Dance will be held on Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Holy Ghost Society Hall, 20 Howley St., Peabody, featuring oldies hits spun by Kevin and Connor Leahy and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance by calling Joan Aucone, 978-618-9338; Joanne Solovicos, 978-532-0031; Dottie Thibodeau, 978-774-4850; Lonnie Thibodeau, 978-836-2422, or Billy Wholley, 978-744-2726. For more information, email teentownreunion@yahoo.com.

Patrons of the Ipswich Public Library may now enhance their language learning goals with access to the Rosetta Stone Library Solution. Thanks to the generosity of EBSCO Information Services, in partnership with Rosetta Stone Inc., non-native patrons may further their ESL learning as English speakers, or brush up on a language for business or vacation travel. To start using Rosetta Stone, visit ipswichlibrary.org, click on “Services,” then “Databases.” Log in with your library card number as Patron ID and follow instructions. Contact the Reference Desk at 978-356-6648 ext. 15 for assistance. For more information, contact Assistant Library Director Genevieve Picard at 978-356-6648 ext. 3017 or email gpicard@ipswichlibrary.org.

Acord Food Pantry, a provider of food assistance to residents of six towns North of Boston, will dedicate Thursday mornings, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to assisting seniors with food distribution. If you or someone you know is dealing with food insecurity, call 978-468-7424. Acord is supported solely by donations from local businesses, community groups and individuals. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 2203, S. Hamilton, MA 01982 or via the donate link at www.acordfoodpantry.org.

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 of Salem High School alumni are welcome. Coffee, cookies, pizza and water will be provided. Bring a chair and pack lunch or buy it at concession stands. Remind classmates and friends about this event. Donations will gladly be accepted. Call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776 or email Walt Doblecki at wdoblecki@comcast.net.

North Shore Community College’s Beacon Café Bakery is offering freshly made, student-prepared baked goods on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Beacon Café is located at 30 Log Bridge Road, Building 100, Middleton. Breakfast pastries are available, self-serve, at 9 a.m. and desserts at 11 a.m. — take-out or sit and enjoy. Coffee, tea and cold beverages are also available. A donation box will be on hand. Contact Chef Douglas Phillips at dphillip@northshore.edu.

On Tuesday, June 18, at 4 p.m., Salem Community Life Center will host a free group support for adult children of aging parents presented by James Ashton. Caring for an elderly parent is a big job and needs big support that group sharing provides. Collective wisdom and practical advice on topics such as senior living, home care, financial considerations, end of life; as well as self-care, boundary setting and responding to crisis with compassion and calm. Ashton is a certified life coach and workshop facilitator who has experienced it all first-hand. To register, call Rosanna Donahue at 978-744-0924, by Thursday, June 13.

The Peabody Institute Library Foundation will hold “Bubbly and Birds,” a cocktail viewing of select John J. Audubon’s Birds of America prints owned by the library. On display will be some of Audubon’s most iconic prints, including a number that were recently restored. This special event will be held on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Main Library, 82 Main St. in Peabody. Tickets are $60, available at all three Peabody Institute Library locations. This fundraiser will benefit the ongoing restoration of the Peabody Institute Library’s Birds of America prints.

The Ipswich Public Schools is currently accepting applications for School Choice for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications are available on the district website: www.ipsk12.net and are also located at Central Office, 1 Lord Square in Ipswich. A lottery for available seats will take place on Wednesday, June 12. For questions, please call 978-356-2935.

Revisit the Golden Age of Boston Television on Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St, Danvers, with recollections of the great and beloved TV personalities of a glorious time in Boston’s history. Presenter Terry Ann Knopf, an award-winning writer, has worked for the Miami Herald and the Patriot Ledger as a TV critic and the Boston Globe as a TV correspondent. This event is free and open to the public. Register at www.danverslibrary.org or 978-774-0554. 

The Northshore Universalist Church (NSUU) in Danvers will host an A Cappella Concert on Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Presented by the voluntary group SoulSong, “Songs of Peace and Healing for Challenging Times”is a free program of multi-cultural music and songs of peace. There will also be a sing along. SoulSong’s mission is, through song, to bring peace to the souls of those with serious illnesses and/or at the end of life. Anyone interested in this ministry should contact Helen Brandt, the Founder/Director of SoulSong. No audition is required. The church is located at 323 Locust St. (Rte 35), and deadlines will be gratefullu accepted. For more details, contact Ms. Brandt at the church: 978-774-7582, or visit www.nsuu.org.

The Patton Homestead Inc., the Wenham Museum, and other community partners invite you to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day through June 6, at the Patton Homestead. It all starts with a community picnic, food truck festival, and keynote lecture at the Patton Homestead, 650 Asbury St., Hamilton, on June 1. All events are free and open to everyone, except for tours of the Patton Family Archives. For a full schedule of events visit: pattonhomestead.org/75thanniversary.

The Peabody High School Class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Saturday, June 8, at the Marriot Hotel in Centennial Drive Peabody. This is the day on which we graduated in 1969. Tickets are available and may be purchased through Stephen Delaney at: sdelaneyphotography.com 617-791-6067 Also, go on FB, Peabody High Class of 1969 or search Stephen Delaney. So far around 100 classmates are attending; join us.

Ipswich Museum’s Special Women’s Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, June 7, at the Heard House, 54 South Main St., at 11:30 a.m. Join independent costume historian Katy Bishop, for ‘Underneath It All: A Century of Fashionable Undergarments and Accessories, 1810-1910’ — a revealing look at the long hidden secrets of attaining the perfect women’s figure. Tickets are $75; please RSVP to the Ipswich Museum, at 978-356-2811. Please note: two RSVPs have been receieved but the envelopes were empty with no return address. You, perhaps? Please contact the Museum!

The Plummer Youth Promise Foundation is holding its 6th annual Paddle for Plummer event on Saturday, July 13, at its waterfront property at Plummer Youth Promise, 37 Winter Island Road, Salem. This day full of energy, fun and fitness raises significant funds for the Plummer Home which aims to find a family for every child. Participants and spectators enjoy paddling, live music, food, waterfront spinning, SUP yoga with sponsors and vendors. For information/registration, visit: https://plummeryouthpromise.org/get-involved/paddle-for-plummer/

The North Shore Players of Danvers present Neil Simon’s “Rumors” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 7, 8 and 9, at the Hogan Regional Auditorium, 450 Maple St., Danvers. The play centers around a deputy mayor of New York who invites eight friends to his anniversary party, then attempts suicide. Or does he? “Rumors” was Neil Simon’s first farce, and the New York Times said the play’s only goal was to get laughs. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15/$20, available at the door or online at www.northshoreplayers.org.

Beverly’s Cove Community Yard Sale will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 19 E. Corning St. Tables are $20 each, $25 for non-members. Proceeded benefit the Scholarship Fund. For more information, or to reserve a spot, contact Nancy Coletti at Nancygrav@comcast.net.

Salem State University and the Salem Athenaeum will host an 8th Salem Poetry Seminar and poetry readings, free, through Friday, June 8, evenings at 7:30 at the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., and Salem’s Pickering House, 18 Broad St. Thirteen select students from statewide colleges and universities will study poetry writing with noted teachers and authors Charlotte Gordon, J.D. Scrimgeour, and January Gill O’Neil. Since its founding in 2000, participants have produced twenty-five books of poetry; thirteen went on to edit national magazines or found presses. Over twenty have been accepted into graduate programs, including NYU, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The seminar is supported by Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts. In addition to classes, there are free readings featuring established poets and seminar participants. For more information, contact Karen Gahagan at: kgahagan@salemstate.edu, or call 978-542-7890.

The League of Women Voters-Salem will address the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting to members of the community, at a free and open event on June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St, Salem, MA 01970. For more information, contact Judith Reilly at: lwvsalem@gmail.com.