The Mack Park Neighborhood Association will host another Ward 6 Candidate Debate/Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Moose Family Center, at 50 Grove St., Salem. This will be the last community-sponsored Ward 6 debate or forum before the election on Nov. 5.

Learn about ranked choice voting when the West Branch Library, Peabody, 603 Lowell St., hosts staff from Voter Choice Massachusetts presenting information on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. Voter Choice Massachusetts is a non-partisan, politically diverse, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Massachusetts public about electoral reform that increases the range of choice on the ballot and produces fairer outcomes of elections. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore is hosting a Family & Friends Support Group and an Individual (Peer) Support Group on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly. The two groups are for family and friends of those dealing with mental health challenges and for individuals (peers) and they meet the last Wednesday of every Month. For more information e-mail or call 617-984-0504 and leave a message. Also visit

“White Witch,” a one-act opera based on the 19th century Jamaican legend of Annie Palmer, a woman notoriously known as “The White Witch of Rose Hall,” will play at Salem State University’s Callan Studio Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. A tale of voodoo, murder, revenge, and hubris, it stars mezzo-soprano Angela Jajko as Palmer, accompanied by Abe Finch on percussion, in a performance on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. with a prelude conversation with composer Brian Schober and librettist Joan Ross Sorkin, at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. the pair will also present a free discussion on their work in Salem State’s Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., which is open to the public. For tickets and information, visit or 978.542.6365.

The Peabody Institute Library is hosting a four-part Intro to Quilting course, beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m., and continuing at the same time on the following three Wednesdays. Novice quilters can learn to make a quilt over these four-week sessions; sewing machines are available, but you may bring your own if you wish. Please provide your e-mail address when you register so we can send you a list of supplies and a copy of the quilt pattern in advance. This course is for or ages 13 to adult. Space is limited; sign up is required. Signing up for the first class session automatically registers you for the full four-week class. All four classes will be held in the Creativity Lab at the Main Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Questions? Call 978-531-0100.

From Oct. 30 through Nov. 2, Salem State University will present “White Witch” at 7:30 p.m. at Callan Studio Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. Based on the 19th century Jamaican legend of Annie Palmer, a woman notoriously known as “The White Witch of Rose Hall,” it is a one act opera of voodoo, murder, revenge, and hubris with Mezzo-soprano Angela Jajko in the title role accompanied by Abe Finch, percussion, composed by Brian Schober with a libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin. Prelude conversation with the composer and librettist on Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. For tickets and information, visit or call 978.542.6365.

David Sheff, author of “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction,” will speak at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St., on Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., “Beautiful Boy,” which chronicles his son’s addiction and steps toward recovery, is the featured reading selection in this year’s community reading program, “Ipswich Reads One Book.” Copies will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all, but seating is limited. For more information and registration requirements, please visit:

The Maple Street Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers, will host a 7th annual “Community of Song” on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Choruses from Danvers, Beverly and Peabody high schools will fill the sanctuary with music and the joy of young people joined together in song benefiting the Danvers People-to-People Food Pantry. Admission for this concert is one non-perishable food item. The concert features a solo by gospel singer Doreen Murray of Lynn, who will lead the performances by each chorus, and a finale by all singers.

Corsara Artists, a Peabody-based non-profit music ensemble, presents a reimagined staging of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera “The Medium” in the recently restored Frank L. Wiggin Auditorium in Peabody’s City Hall on Oct. 30 and 31. Conducted by Ismael Sandoval with New York City Soprano Sara Law, Peabody’s own Mezzo-Soprano Natalja Sticco, and Mezzo Sarah Klopfenstein, this staging marks the return of world-class opera to Wiggin Auditorium, originally built as an Opera House 1883, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Also on stage, “Moonrise Fae” a troupe of musicians, storytellers, artists, dancers, fire spinners, and flow artists with a chilling pre-opera performance. Topping off the Oct. 31 performance, a Halloween Party with cast and crew sponsored by Rumson’s Rum of Salem at Peabody’s Black Box Theater from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $45 at 978-326-9788, or at, or:

The COP Amputee Association — a local nonprofit that serves and supports the limb loss/difference community on the North Shore, Cape Ann and Merrimack Valley — will be the beneficiary when Don White celebrates the release of his new album on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at the VFW, 110 County Road #92, Ipswich. “Don White Live at the Guthrie Center” was recorded live at the legendary Guthrie Center in Great Barrington at the church made famous by the movie Alice’s Restaurant, and it’s a return to basics for the award-winning singer/songwriter, comedian, author, and storyteller who’s played with some of America’s greatest music legends. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the benefit begins with a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, followed by the show at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $20 at the door, cash or credit card. All proceeds support area amputees. To learn more about this nonprofit, visit

DanversCARES, as part of a regional effort with the Healthy Peabody Collaborative and the Tri-Town Council, offers free TIPS Training for businesses selling and/or serving alcohol, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gordon Room at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. This skills-based training is designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving, and underage drinking by enhancing the “people skills” of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol, imparting the knowledge and confidence needed to recognize potential problems and intervene to prevent tragedies. Conducted by Mike Marcantonio, a Certified TIPS Trainer with Dram Shop Consultants, the program is open to establishments with liquor licenses in the communities of Danvers, Peabody, Middleton, Boxford, and Topsfield. Online registration is required at: For more information contact Lyla Harrod at

“White Witch,” Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. Salem State University. Callan Studio Theatre. 352 Lafayette St., Salem. “White Witch” is based on the 19th century Jamaican legend of Annie Palmer, a woman notoriously known as “The White Witch of Rose Hall.” It is a tale of voodoo, murder and revenge, but above all, hubris that ultimately receives its just reward. Mezzo-soprano Angela Jajko is Annie Palmer and will be accompanied by Abe Finch, percussion. This one-act opera has music composed by Brian Schober with a libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin. Prelude conversation with the composer and librettist on Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. Tickets and information: or 978.542.6365.

The Beverly Waste Reduction Committee, sponsored by the Beverly Rotary Club, will hold a styrofoam recycling event at the Beverly High School rear parking lot on Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Only clean white packing blocks and pieces from electronics or other packed items will be accepted. Unacceptable are: colored food trays, egg cartons, styrofoam packing peanuts.

Salem’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, open to Salem and Beverly residents, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at Salem High School, 77 Willson St., Salem. The cost per car is $20, cash only, and proof of residency is required. No commercial vehicles are allowed, but qualified residents can drop off items such as motor oil, chemicals, pesticides, car batteries, propane cylinders and paint. Take note: Tires and latex paint will not be accepted. (Air dry latex paint in cans and place in regular trash). For more information and a complete list of acceptable items, call 978-741-1800 or visit:

ReachArts Gallery, 89 Burril St. in Swampscott will be showcasing the photography of Stephen J. Levin —’Abstracts: Ocean, Earth & Sky-’— from Nov. 8 through December 8, with all proceeds donated to Children’s Hospital. The exhibit opens with a reception on Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., closing with a reception with live music on Dec. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., Special discount days are Nov. 11 and 29. Seniors and students are discounted at all times.

Plumfield Academy, Charlotte Mason School, will hold an open house on Monday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at the school, 123 Dayton St., Danvers. Visit with faculty, tour the facility, explore curriculum materials,

view student product samples, discuss our philosophy and methodology

visit classrooms in action. Openings are available with rolling admission,

For more information, call 978-304-0273 or visit:

Clifton Lutheran Church, 150 Humphrey Street in Marblehead, is sponsoring its 4th annual Hope for Haiti Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 8 p.,m. An Evening of Haitian Celebration will feature food from Boston-area Haitian restaurants, beer and wine, music from PanNubean Steel Duo, and chances to win raffle baskets from North Shore retailers and venues. The event is free and open to the public, the church is handicap accessible. All proceeds will benefit Mission of Hope, International, based in southwestern Haiti.

Marblehead Little Theatre will hold non-Equity auditions for Young Frankenstein, by appointment for actors ages 15 and older, Saturday, Nov. 16, noon to 5 p.m. Actors should sign up for a singing audition between noon and 2 p.m., or 3 to 5 p.m., and be prepared to attend a mandatory dance call from 2 to 3 p.m. Plan to stay after your singing audition or arrive before to attend the dance call, with appropriate dance footwear; bring tap shoes if you have them. Prepare a verse and a chorus of a song from, or in the style of, the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Auditions and call-backs will be held at MLT at 12 School St., Marblehead. Walk-ins will be seen as time allows. Performance dates are March 6 to 15, eight performances total. Rehearsals run from Jan. 8 to Feb. 27, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m, and Feb. 2-23, Sundays, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tech week will include a cue to cue on March 1, and tech rehearsals from March 2-5, 6:30 to 10 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 3, two local high school seniors at New Liberty Innovation School will coordinate an Autism Awareness benefit show at Koto, 90 Washington St., in downtown Salem. With the help of some members from the New England metal community, the event will raise funds for Hopeful Journeys, A Massachusetts Private Special Education school for students ages 3-22 with Autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go to Hopeful Journeys. The benefit show is for all ages, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. All donations are appreciated.

The North Shore Civic Ballet (NSCB), a nonprofit in its 45th season, hosts its annual online holiday auction from Nov. 15 to Dec. 6, to help support the training of the next generation of dancers in our region. Proceeds not only fund choreography and costuming, but scholarships, educational projects and other resources. With your help, the auction can offer holiday shoppers more services and products. Individuals and businesses are invited to donate gift cards for hotel stays, restaurants, spas, retail stores, car detailing, massages, photography, artisan craft items, luxury services and more. Tickets to sports events, concerts, performances, theaters, excursions, museums and other unique experiences are also popular. All items are professionally photographed and displayed on the site. You may drop donations at the NSCB’s home at the Marblehead School of Ballet, 115 Pleasant St. in Marblehead. Call 781-631-6263 to schedule a pick-up or a drop off. If you’d like to volunteer to help, call the same number. Financial contributions are also welcome and tax-deductible. Visit:

On Friday, Nov. 8, from 8 to 11 p.m., the Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem, will hold a screening of the spine-tingling Dracula film with Philip Glass’ score bringing the legend to life on the anniversary of author Bram Stoker’s birthday. Acclaimed musician and frequent Glass collaborator Michael Riesman performs live alongside the 1931 classic film starring Bela Lugosi. There will be a cash bar and light bites. Tickets at $20, members, Salem residents, students with ID; $25 nonmembers.

The Salem Moose Family Center, 50 Grove St., Salem, will hold its 10th Annual Holly Fair on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Reserve a 6-foot table with two chairs today for only $25. Booking deadline is Oct. 28. Raffles will be drawn at 1:30 p.m., refreshments will be for sale all day. For more information, call Dawn Boltas at 978-601-3934.

The First Church in Swampscott Congregational, 40 Monument Ave., will host guest pianist Dr. Sanae Kanda joining the group Innovata Brass & Percussion on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m., led by artistic director and tuba player Michael S. Milnarik.The group will perform music written by Kanda exclusively for Innovata, and selections will include music as diverse as Baroque and classical transcriptions to Dixieland and movie-esque original music by Kanda. This concert is part of the First Church Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series and is free, open to the public, supported in part by free-will donations and the Kay Jauron Fund. For more information, call 781-592-6081, visit or the church’s Facebook page.

The North Shore Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Peabody Community Life Center, 75R Central Street, Peabody. A BlueCross Blue Shield representative will discuss updates in the Federal Health Benefits programs. For more information contact Mike Evers, at 978 821-7524.

The Great House at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, is hosting a Steampunk party on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., an interactive theatrical evening of gears, steam power, circuits, focusing on the estate’s amazing 1920s technology. Throughout the evening, guests meet steampunk characters, solve puzzles and make choices that determine how the story unfolds. Trustees members pay $44. Nonmembers pay $55. Admission includes light appetizers and beer/wine. Advance reservations are required at or call 978.356.4351 x4015.

Beverly High School librarian Barb Fecteau will be at the Beverly library, Nov. 4, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to tell you how books “dragged her across the country.” While others head to tourist attractions, what attracts her are small towns where fictional events may or may not have occurred. You may call it “literary tourism” but she calls it good old American nosiness. Fecteau will share some of the adventures she’s had while investigating the sites of the books of her childhood, from “Little House,” “Betsy-Tacy,” “The Outsiders,” and more. Part of the “Monday Mornings” program series, the event kicks off with light refreshments at 9 a.m., Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St. Free and open to adults; no registration required. Handicapped-accessible. for more information, contact

Sustainable Marblehead, a volunteer community organization dedicated to protecting the environment and addressing the global climate crisis on a local level, presents part two of a speaker series exploring global and local climate issues, on Nov. 15 with environmental author Paul Greenburg discussing “The Future of American Fishing.” Part three is Jan, 23, Barbara Erickson, CEO of the Trustees of Reservations, and Tom O’Shea, Trustees’ program director for Coastal and Natural Resources, share how and why we must protect our vulnerable coast. Each lecture will be at Old Town House, One Market Square, in Marblehead from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 for the series and $30 per lecture. Students pay $25 for the series, $10 per lecture. 

“Shop Local HW,” Hamilton-Wenham’s grassroots organization, is producing a Holiday Festival Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., enlivening the towns’ main commercial corridors along Route 1A with family-friendly events, activities, and pedestrian activity supported with a free hop-on/hop-off trolley. In the planning are a pop-up market at the Council on Aging, a tree lighting with caroling, a Visit from Santa, a Cornhole Tournament hosted by Plumeria Realtors, Gingerbread Cookie decorating at Wenham Museum and wreath-making at TM Landscaping are firmly on the list of offerings for the day. The event falls on National Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday, encouraging holiday shoppers to patronize small, local businesses. For vendor participation queries: Jan Soolman; or call 978-254-7575.

The Danvers Historical Society’s 11th Annual Parade of Trees is fast approaching. That’s a “parade” of faux trees and wreaths decorated in various themes with ornaments and gifts by individuals, businesses, and organizations in Danvers and then donated to the event held at Tapley Hall, 13 Page St. Entries will be on display from Dec. 3 to Dec. 8. During that time,stop in and buy raffle tickets to place on favorite trees in the hopes of being a lucky winner. If you’d like to donate a tree or wreath, don’t hesitate, email or call the Chairperson at 978 774 8159.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness in partnership with the Pingree School will hold its annual National Native American Heritage Month Powwow in the Pingree School Athletic Center, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton. Immerse yourself in inter-tribal culture and art while experiencing food, music, dance, crafts, storytelling and other traditions that are part of the Native American legacy, including drumming and singing emceed by noted Native American author and motivational speaker Larry Spotted Crow Mann of the Nipmuc Nation. Doors will open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts and crafts for purchase from a variety of vendors, include native jewelry, rattles, shawls, handmade children’s drums and more. Admission is $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 children 4 to 12 years; Children 3 years and under, and Pingree School students, faculty and staff admitted free. No pets, no drugs, no alcohol and no coolers. For more information, visit, call 617-642-1683 or e-mail

Ste Anne’s annual bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 11 Cleveland St., Salem, with great holiday gift shopping and more. Take chances at the Anything Goes or Twist and Shout booths. Bring the kids to see Whoville Village and take a photo with the Grinch. Bid on special items at our Silent Auction. Stay for lunch or snacks from the Baked Goods table. Purchase raffle tickets for Lottery Tree, Split the Pot, Big Money, and more! Someone will be a $1,000 winner.... and it could be you! Drawings take place at 2 pm on Sunday.

Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, will hold free support groups for those who are coping with the loss of a sibling, on Mondays, Nov. 4 through Dec. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Session will be held in the Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers. For more information, call 855-774-5100 or email

On Saturday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. join author Michael McGowan in the Sohier Room at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., as he describes his storied career as chronicled in his book, “Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent.” McGowan takes readers through some of his biggest cases, from international drug busts to the Russian and Italian mobs, biker gangs, contract killers, all while challenging corrupt unions, and eventually El Chapo himself. Books will be available for purchase. Questions? Contact Katie Nelson at

The city of Salem has launched a private fundraising campaign associated with the Bertram Field improvement project. The $6 million effort will result in modern, accessible, and sustainable athletics facilities for football, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, community and youth sports, and other activities. While the majority of the funding has been secured through the city’s capital budget — including bonding, Community Preservation Act funds, and a state grant — the project team has set a fundraising goal of $400,000 from donations. All donations over $500 will be recognized with signs at the field. Larger donations, including naming opportunities and business sponsorships, are also available. All donations are tax-deductible. To donate to the project by credit card or electronic check, visit To send a donation by check, made payable to “City of Salem” with “Bertram Field” on the memo line and send it to Treasurer’s Office, City of Salem, 98 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970.

Salem’s seventh Repair Café will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon (last appointment at 11:30) at The Bridge at 211. Organized jointly by SalemRecycles and The Bridge at 211, it brings together volunteers to mend clothing, sew buttons, sharpen scissors and knives, tinker with or rewire electronics and lamps, and glue wooden furniture and ceramics. This free event encourages you to learn how to fix your broken items instead of throwing them away; There are a limited number of pre-registration slots available. NOTE: Please use the entrance on Bridge Street: The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St., Salem-Dickson Room on Bridge.

Contact Micaela Guglielmi at or 978-619-5672 to schedule an appointment.

Peabody’s South Congregational Church will hold its holiday fair on Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at 60 Prospect St. Treat yourself to homemade candies, cookies, breads, pies, baked beans. Bid in a silent auction. Brows the Jewelry Boutique, explore the Attic Treasure Room and Christmes Room. Pick up used tools and furniture, then sit down to lunch in our cafe.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., the Peabody Garden Club presents Craft Night by Kathy Bouchard at the Community Covenant Church, 33 Lake St., Peabody. Choose from three ways to be crafty: kits will be provided for each craft, at $5 each, and each kit will have an instructor. All craft kits must be pre-ordered no later than Oct. 20. To order or for more information, contact Bouchard at 617-930-4466. Guest fee for the evening is $5, plus the craft kit fee.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Salem State University will host a free artist talk with choreographer Alexandra Bellar, at 4:30 p.m. in the campus Dance Studio, 303 O’Keefe Complex, Loring Avenue. Bellar is artistic director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, currently celebrating its 15th anniversary. She was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995 to 2001, performing in more than 50 countries and throughout the U.S. For more information, visit or call 978-542-6365.

BoSoma Dance Company, under the direction of award-winning dancer, choreographer and educator Katherine Hooper, has stepped up its community outreach. In partnership with New England Arts for Literacy Project, BoSoma has created K-12 programs that support core curricula learning, including a landmark program, “Mathematics and Science,” designed to introduce children to how choreographers use numbers and music mathematically to create choreography and movement patterns. Science topics also integrate and teach the importance of knowing human anatomy and gravity, which allows dancers to be able to move through space. For more information, contact Hooper at 978-500-3057 or

The Marblehead School of Ballet presents Carlos Fittante’s New York City-based BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) debuting in the new program, “Fiesta: A Celebration of Dance and Music,” on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 115 Pleasant St., in Marblehead. The program features eclectic dances of ballet, Balinese, Baroque, and Peruvian colonial with live Italian theorbo music and Spanish song. Join Inma Heredia, from Seville, Spain, and the world’s only flamenco stand-up comedian. The company’s innovative artistry and fusion of athletic and balletic skills are enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy. BALAM has been featured at First Night New York, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Downtown Dance Festival and appeared globally and throughout the U.S. Tickets are $20/$15 for students with ID, and seniors over 65, available at and by cash or check at the school’s front desk. For more information, call 781-631-6262 or e-mail:

The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., in Marblehead, will show the works of eight member artists in the Artisan Shop, beginning with an opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., and running through Jan. 12, 2020. On view and for sale will be works by photographer Kimberly Crowninshield, 2D fine artist John Willand, jewelry and leather artisan Joanne Demetra, jewelry designers Deborah Way and Janet Russell, glass artist Aron Leaman and ceramicist Dorothy Arthur. The eight MAA artist members will display their works on a rotating basis, 15 to 20 affordable pieces at a time, all juried, all under $250. For more information, call 781-631-2608 or visit

The sixth annual Colton Buckley 5K steps off Sunday, Nov. 10, from the AOH Club, 58 Lowell St., in Peabody at 10 a.m., with registration ending at 8 a.m. Online registration ends Friday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. Entry fee is $25, and proceeds support the Citizens Inn of Peabody, one of two sober living transitional housing programs in the state helping to address substance abuse. Specifically, funds will be used for a Children’s Enrichment Program at Citizens Inn with library space focusing on early childhood literacy. The foundation also supports Foster Forward and Learn to Cope, and will host a pasta dinner the evening before the race from 3 to 7 p.m. at the AOH Hall, during which you may share names of loved ones to be read or create luminary bags with messages to be displayed at City Hall for the vigil at 7 p.m. Parking is available behind the AOH Club. Visit

The city of Salem is conducting a survey of the users of Salem Willows Park to gather feedback on the park as it is now, what users like or dislike about the park, and what they envision the park looking like in the future. Responses will help the City prioritize improvements to the park and determine future projects throughout the Salem Willows. To access the survey, visit It takes less than five minutes to complete and responses are completely anonymous. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Children, ages 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Creative Movement with a Jewish Twist. Enjoy a morning of creative movement and a snack with Debbie Leibowitz. This program will be held on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 29 through Dec. 3 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Epstein Hillel School, 6 Community Road in Marblehead. PJ Library Creative Movement with a Jewish Twist is a free program of Lappin Foundation and Epstein Hillel School and is open to all. RSVPs are requested to Phyllis Osher at or 978-740-4404. Walk-ins are welcome.

ReachArts, a Swampscott community arts organization, is hosting “Made By 01907,” the first artisan fair showcasing one-of-a-kind creations by Swampscott artists and artisans, on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the products from local artisans are handmade creations including jewelry, wooden items, prints and gourmet baked goods. The event also includes an art sale benefiting My Brother’s Table and a silent auction in the Grand Ballroom benefiting ReachArts. ReachArts is at 89 Burrill St., Swampscott. For more information, visit

“Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop,” has returned to Salem for its 27th season of bringing the Salem Witch Trials to life. This year, “Cry Innocent” is offered alongside multiple activities so guests can customize their experience with walking tours, short film viewings, and more. Several shows daily in October, at the Old Town Hall at 32 Derby Square, Salem. Tickets for the October season are available online at

Ultra Mega Printmaking by Haig Demarjian is the focus of an exhibit running through Oct. 31 at Salem State University’s Winfisky Gallery, in the Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Demarjian works in media ranging from fine art to commercial illustration to film. He has also written and drawn the adventures of his comic book creation Super Inga. This is the first time he’s allowed the many disparate aspects of his work to collide. The Winfisky Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or 978.542.6365.

Charter Street Cemetery in Salem will be closed through Nov. 3. The city is preparing to undertake a substantial landscape preservation and improvement project in the cemetery and has already completed early phases of work, including some headstone and tomb restoration and preliminary archaeological reviews. The city will publish information about the cemetery and its history, as well as images of notable headstones and tombs, at

Award-winning author Jane Gandolfo will be at the Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch at 603 Lowell St., on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Gandolfo has published the second book in her Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery series, “A Tale of Deceit.” She was awarded the EVVY Book Award in the category of Mystery, Crime, Detective Fiction for her debut novel, “To Paint a Murder.” She’ll discuss the series as well as answer questions about writing and publishing books. A book sale and signing will follow the event. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

Children, ages three and younger, and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist. Enjoy a morning of socializing and meeting new friends, creative music and movement with Jewish themes, free play and snack. This program will be held on the following Mondays: Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Chabad of Peabody, 682 Lowell St., in Peabody. PJ Library Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist is a free program of Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation and is open to all. RSVPs are requested to Raizel at or 978-977-9111. Walk-ins are welcome.

The 6th Annual Marino Donnelly Foundation Charity Casino Night for Pancreatic Cancer, this year brings you holiday shopping with 8 local craftspeople selling products on Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 7 p.m., at the Hastings House, 14 Oak St. in Beverly Farms. A percentage of their sales will be donated to the foundation, and 100% of the money raised that night goes directly towards the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. The event will be a Cash Bar, and we have craps, roulette, blackjack and Three Card Poker.

The Ipswich Public Library will hold its 15th annual “Ipswich Reads One Book” initiative with a monthlong schedule of events this fall to encourage the community to read the same book and come together to explore its themes and issues in a variety of forums. The reading selection this year is “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction,” by David Sheff, who will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 7, at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St. Sheff, who chronicles his son’s downward spiral into addiction and steps toward recovery, has created a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional roller coaster of loving a child who seems beyond help, as only a parent can. Copies may be borrowed at the library in a variety of formats. In addition to discussions and the keynote event, the library will offer a number of special events and informational programs presented by treatment providers, to panel discussions with law enforcement, and everything in between –since everyone intersects with this issue in a different way. For complete schedule, with descriptions and registration requirements, visit, or contact Library Director Patty DiTullio, at or 978-356-6649.

Hamilton-Wenham Library now has select best-sellers “to-go.” Check out the new collection of hot titles, recent best-sellers in high demand, waiting for someone to check them out. These popular items circulate for two weeks, are not holdable, and may not be renewed. Swing by to check the shelf often, or browse the complete list of titles at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St. South Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit:

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

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


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:

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.

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

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.

The early records of Marblehead’s Second Congregational Church (now Unitarian-Universalist Church) have been digitized and are freely available online. These papers, journals, and ledgers span from 1714 to 1850 and include records of baptisms, member lists, marriages, church meeting minutes, and disciplinary records. To access, visit or the Congregational Library and Archives website. Records of the First Congregational Church (Old North) and Third Congregational Church are also available.

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., has launched a monthly genealogy series, “Digging for Roots Genealogy Series: Getting Started with Your Research.” Starting with pen and paper and introducing the proper genealogical forms, explore how and where to research family history. Discuss tracking research, how best to include the Internet, questions to ask living relatives and things you can do to help others who are researching their ancestors. Register at or at 978-774-0554.

The Danvers Historical Society is hosting lunchtime history films every third Monday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m., presented by Heritage Films’ Dan Tremblay, at Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page St. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Gatherings are casual and include film and a discussion. For more information, call the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666 or E-mail to

The Beacon Café, North Shore Community College’s student-run café, is serving fresh, hot meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 10. The café will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. Lunch is $5 to $7.50, depending on the menu, and will be served buffet style. The Beacon has two seating times: 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. and reservations are required. Call to make your reservation at 978-762-4000, ext. 1513 and follow the instructions in the message. The Beacon Café is located off Route 114, at 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, in the North Shore Business Center.

The Salem Scholarship & Education Committee is now accepting applications for education fund grants of up to $5,000 for Salem educational programs and organizations. The grants are available to provide supplemental education funding for local educational needs and for existing adult literacy programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the maximum amount available for any one grant is $5,000. Grant funds cannot be used for salaries or stipends. The application form and additional information can be found at Questions? Contact Dominick Pangallo in the Office of Mayor Kim Driscoll at or (978) 619-5600.

The 16th annual Crane Estate Art Show & Sale: Dynamic Motion, starts with a Soirée featuring hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, a beer and wine bar, and juggling, on Friday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m., followed by the free public show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. View more than 300 original works, a special theme-inspired installation, plus works from the North Shore’s best student artists. Proceeds benefit the artists and The Trustees. Special activities include People’s Choice Award voting, an art eye spy, a 32-sculpture installation in the landscape by the New England Sculptors Association, and a free student art show reception on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Casino Complex. All at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Admission to the Soirée is $68 for Trustees Members and $85 for Nonmembers; to be deducted from any art purchase; reservation recommended at, or call 978.356.4351 x4015.

The Peabody Institute Library will welcome the New England Chamber Players on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 82 Main St. in Peabody. Founded in 2013 by flutist Alex Conway and clarinetist Thomas Weston, the Players will present a program of music for woodwinds and string trio, featuring seldom heard masterworks from across the spectrum of music for woodwinds including music of Crusell, Garfield, and Britten. Part of the library’s Fall Concert Series, the evening is sponsored by the McCarthy Family Foundation and the Peabody Institute Library Foundation. For information/registration, call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or visit:

The Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers is showcasing works of freelance photographer Thom Adorney through November. Adorney, who works and teaches in Beverly, has themed his work, “Celebrating the Extraordinary Within.” His images have been published, won awards, and been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Newburyport Art Association, the Beverly Guild of Artists, Porter Mill Gallery, the Marblehead Art Association, and Gallery 62 in Danvers. He has donated services to nonprofits, including The Cabot theater, the Essex County Trail Association, The House of the Seven Gables, and Beverly Bootstraps. The church, which is wheelchair accessible, is at 323 Locust St., in Danvers. View the exhibit before or after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, or call 978-774-7582. Visit

St. Vasilos in Peabody is holding its annual Greek Festival Nov. 1 to Nov. 3. The biggest fundraiser of the year, it’s a great weekend of Greek food, music, dance and fun, and fun, with kids activities throughout and home-made Greek specialities: Lamb, mousaka, pastitso, gyro, Greek pasties and coffee. Live music from “Orfeos” and “Mousiko Taxi.” Traditional Greek dance performances by the Sons and Daughters of Alexander and our own St Vasilios Dance Troupe. Shop for unique items at our “Agora,” or at our Country Store stocked with food items and great gifts. Take a chance on winning $5,000, a week at the Cove in Yarmouth, 65-inch 4K TV and many more prizes. All at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Paleologos St., Peabody.

Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, presents Yoga for Living with Loss, a 60-minute gentle yoga class that supports grieving as an ongoing process, Wednesdays, to Dec. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, Open to anyone in the community who has experienced the death of someone close, the cost is $75 for 8 sessions. Drop in classes will be held Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. thru Dec. 17. Cost is $10 per class or pay in advance with discount. For more information, call 855-774-5100, or email

 Join Don White on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at the VFW, 110 County Road #92, Ipswich, as he celebrates the release of his new CD to benefit the COP Amputee Association, a local nonprofit that serves and supports the limb loss/difference community on the North Shore, Cape Ann and Merrimack Valley, “Don White Live at the Guthrie Center” was recorded live at the legendary Guthrie Center in Great Barrington at the church made famous by the movie Alice’s Restaurant, and it’s a return to basics for the award-winning singer/songwriter, comedian, author, and storyteller who’s played with some of America’s greatest music legends. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the benefit begins with a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, followed by the show at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $20 at the door, cash or credit card. All proceeds support area amputees. To learn more about this nonprofit, visit

Isabella Stewart Gardner will tell you with characteristic verve and candor why she came to be considered America’s First Patroness of the Arts, when character re-enactor Jessa Piaia channels the grand dame on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m., in the Gordon Room of the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St,, Danvers. The dramatic portrayal is set in 1910, seven years after the opening of Fenway Court, the house-museum she designed and built for her art collection, and willed to the City of Boston upon her demise. This program is free and open to the public, supported in part by a grant from the Danvers Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Light refreshments will follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. For more information, call 978-774-0554.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, will host a town hall on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Winthrop Elementary School, 65 Central St., Ipswich. All are welcome to voice their ideas, issues and concerns at this listening event. Note: Doors will open approximately 20 minutes in advance of the event.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) holds its 88th annual dinner, sponsored by Community Credit Union, at the Ferncroft Country Club with special guest, Mary Bellavance, who will receive a “Distinguished Leader” award from PACC for her 30+ years supporting the city, her community, and the chamber. New local Mezzo-Soprano, Natalja Sticco from the Corsara Artists, will perform, and there will be the traditional Craft Beer & Wine raffle. Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. will speak, and Julie Daigle, PACC executive director, will announce the PACC incoming Board of Directors, and honor the outgoing members and milestone member anniversaries. Tickets are $75, and all are welcome. Call the PACC at 978-531-0384 or go to to register. All tickets must be purchased in advance; 72-hour advance cancellation notice for refunds. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. AX, MC, VS, DC accepted.

The Salem Film Fest and Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) are presenting a free screening of George Gittoes’ new documentary “White Light” on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. Gittoes, an Australian painter, photographer and social/humanitarian documentarian, recently had works acquired by PEM for its permanent collection. He and other members of the film’s creative team will be on hand at the screening for a Q&A. This will be the New England premiere of the film, which focuses on gun violence on Chicago’s South Side. For more information, visit:

Hamilton’s Cutler School’s annual Ski, Skate & Board Consignment event is set for Nov. 16 and 17. Hosted by the Friends of Cutler Elementary, the community-wide fundraiser offers new and consigned apparel and equipment for skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and ice-skating, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sunday, when most items will be discounted by 50%. The event is open to the public. Those interested in consigning items can visit for more information. Consignors will receive 70% of sales. Donations are also welcome. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of Cutler. Drop off hours for consignors and people wishing donate items are: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to noon, and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon., Cutler Elementary School is located at 237 Asbury St., Hamilton.

Sean Lynch, a Bishop Fenwick graduate who made a name for himself in Hollywood, returns to Salem to premiere his new Amazon sitcom series and stage a live comedy night on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 8:15 p.m. at CinemaSalem. The live event will feature the first-ever screening of the 23-minute TV pilot, “Every Other Sunday,” which he wrote and directed. Starring Adam Mucci (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) Mark Riccadonna (Fox Redeye, SNL), Kerryn Feehan (a Massachusetts native) and John Mooney (30 Rock), the screening will be followed by a 90-minute live standup comedy show. Tickets are $20 and 10% of proceeds support the NSMC Salem Hospital.

Run or walk with your dog or solo or just be there for the love of animals at the Run4Rescue, a 5K benefit for local shelters and rescues — including the Marblehead Animal Shelter — on Nov. 2, starting at noon at Marblehead Lighthouse, Chandler Hovey Park. ame day registration starts at 10 a.m., reduced fee for students 18 and under. Awards and prizes are at 1 p.m. For details and registration, visit: To learn more about the Marblehead Animal Shelter, visit:, or call 781-631-8664.

St. Ann’s Parish, 140 Lynn St., Peabody, will hold its annual Parish Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall. There will be Theme Baskets, gently used jewelry, “Grandma’s Attic,” a Children’s Table, a New Prize Table, a Country Store (with delicious baked goods, knitted items, and homemade fudge), a kitchen with fish chowder, lobster rolls, and meatball subs, and more, including raffles and almost two dozen private crafters and vendors.

Learn the fascinating history behind Elbridge Gerry, a Marblehead native and one of America’s founding fathers. Presented by Robert Allison, Ph.D. at the Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington St., on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., “Elbridge Gerry: Beyond the Gerrymander” tells the full story of Gerry, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Congressional Representative, Governor of Massachusetts, former Vice President of the United States, and namesake of the phrase “Gerrymandering” being applied to creating partisan districts. Allison is a professor of History at Suffolk University in Boston, teaches at the Harvard Extension School, and is author of books including “The Boston Tea Party,” “The Boston Massacre,” and “Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero.” The lecture is presented in partnership with the Essex National Heritage Area. Tickets are $15. Reservations required at: or call 978-740-0444.

The North Shore Alzheimer’s Partnership will present an important informational session on Conquering Caregiver Overload on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., at The Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone St., Danvers. Registration from 5 to 5:30 p.m., presentation runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mal Allard, a nurse and Alzheimer’s and dementia consultant, will share learning and advice gleaned as a board certified Alzheimers educator and founder of Their Real World, a compnay that offers Alzheimers and related dementia education. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

Salem High School Classes of 1980,1981, & 1982 are planning and “eightysomething” reunion, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, from 7 to 12 p.m. at Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers. Early Bird Pricing: $60 p.p., if received by March 1, 2020. Mail checks to: SHS Eightysomething Reunion c/o Patty Levasseur 22 Wilson St. Salem MA 10970. Other payment options: e-mail, Please include: Full Name (including maiden name), Year of Graduation, and e-mail or best contact information.

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