Three exhibits are scheduled to open this summer at Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St. “Wild Designs,” on view from Saturday, May 26, through Saturday, Aug. 4, features nature-inspired innovations in design, technology and art. An opening day celebration will be held on May 26. “A Thousand Crossings,” on view from Saturday, June 30, through Sunday, Sept. 23, features experimental photography by Sally Mann. “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City,” on view from Saturday, Aug. 18, to Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, explores the role of empresses in shaping the Qing dynasty from 1644 to 1912. Museum admission costs $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $12 for ages 16 and under and students with ID. Salem residents with ID are admitted free. For more information, call 978-745-9500 or visit

JCC of the North Shore’s fifth annual film festival will be held on Tuesday, May 8, through Friday, May 18, at various locations across the North Shore. Films screened include “RBG,” “Itzhak,” “My Hero Brother,” “When the Smoke Clears,” and “The Children of Chance.” For a complete schedule of events, visit

“Show Stoppers!,” a musical revue staring New York artists David Macaluso and Caitlin Burke, will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at Northeast Arc’s Black Box Theater, 22 Foster St., Peabody. The show, sponsored by Ana and Phil Ortins, will feature Broadway hits and songs by Gilbert and Sullivan. Proceeds will support employment opportunities for local actors, musicians, set builders, ticket sellers, and concession workers, with and without disabilities, at the theater. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at 978-624-3080 or

Peabody Recreation announces its 2018 spring adult programs. Golf lessons with Peter Cronin will be held on Tuesdays, through May 15, 6 to 7 p.m. or 7 to 8 p.m., at Golf Country at Richardson’s, 160 S. Main St., Middleton. Registration costs $130 per person. Boot Camp with Holly Smith will be offered in two separate sessions at the Peabody High School track, 485 Lowell St.: Early Risers Boot Camp will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, through May 25 and May 30 through July 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., and Late Afternoon Boot Camp will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, through May 24 and May 29 through June 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. Registration ranges from $70 to $112 per person. Gentle Yoga with Dot McKeen will be held on Mondays, May 7 through June 18, from 7 to 8 p.m., in the Brown School cafeteria, 150 Lynn St., Peabody. Registration costs $72 per person. “Painted Angels on Wood or Canvas,” an art workshop led by Jeanette Lerner, will be held on Tuesdays, through May 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Peabody Institute Library South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. Registration costs $48 per person and includes materials. To register, visit

Danvers Historical Society is seeking volunteers for its local history program for Danvers third-graders, held in early June. Retired teachers, educators, grandparents, parents, and others who enjoy working with children are welcome to sign up. Training sessions will be held on Wednesdays, May 30 and June 6, from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m., at Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. For more information, visit

The city of Peabody will host a series of curbside yard waste collection dates this spring. During the weeks of May 7 and May 21, on their normal trash pickup day, residents may leave their yard waste curbside in paper bags or barrels. No yard waste in plastic bags will be accepted. All yard waste should be picked up no later than 3 p.m. Residents should note that haulers may pick up regular trash first and return later in the day for yard waste. There is no charge for curbside yard waste collection. Downed tree branches will also be collected. Residents are asked to bundle and pile the branches in three to four feet lengths. Large branches may not be picked up. Should that happen, residents may contact Town Hall at 978-538-5702 for assistance picking up larger branches.

The Youth Company at Stage 284 will perform “School of Rock: The Musical,” an adaptation of the 2003 movie staring Jack Black, at the Hamilton-Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Showtimes are Saturday, May 5, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 6, 2 and 6:30 p.m. General admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and premium seating is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at 978-468-4818 or

The Marblehead Arts Association is seeking volunteers to join its event committee. The group’s first task is to organize two fundraiser events held this spring. Jobs include public relations and advertising, hiring catering/bar services and musical entertainment, educational programming, setup before and cleanup after the events, check-in and registration, and managing raffles and silent/online auctions. For more information, email MAA Executive Director Patti DiCarlo Baker at

North Shore Career Center of Salem and North Shore Community College will host a job and resource fair for veterans and community members on Wednesday, May 9, at NSCC’s Lynn Campus Gym, 300 Broad St. More than 50 employers from multiple industries and veterans service providers will be in attendance. The fair is open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. Veterans may attend early at 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit

The Trustees of Reservations’ Art and the Landscape public art initiative continues with its third installation, “TunnelTeller” by Alicja Kwade, at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. The piece is a contemporary interpretation of Castle Hill’s former hedge maze. A public opening will be held during the Trustees’ Home Sweet Home open house day on Saturday, May 19. The installation will be on view through April 2019. For more information, call 978-356-4351 or visit

The John Estrella Foundation for Cancer Research will hold its 15th annual Fundraiser to Fight Kidney Cancer on Monday, May 7, at the Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton. The event will feature an afternoon golf tournament, beginning at noon, and a casino night dinner, starting at 5:30 p.m. The scramble golf tournament will include lunch, and the casino night will include a silent auction, raffle, remarks, and “funny money” for gambling at the roulette, craps, and blackjack tables. Proceeds from the event will benefit a kidney cancer research grant at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center and kidney cancer patient services. Tickets for the golf tournament and casino night are $185 per person; admission to the casino night only is $75. To register, visit

Danvers High School is hosting its eighth annual Special Olympics Danvers Day Games on Tuesday May 8, at Danvers High School’s J. Ellison Morse Athletic Complex at Dr. Deering Stadium, 60 Cabot Road. The games are being held for all K-12 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Danvers Public Schools and surrounding local communities. Opening ceremonies will commence at 9:30 a.m., athletic events will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, and the awards ceremony will conclude at 12:30 p.m. Spectators are welcome to watch. For more information, email Jackie White at or Terry Keilty, vice president of communities and programs for Special Olympics MA, at

Applications for the Frances R. Soderberg Memorial Scholarship are currently being accepted. Students pursuing a degree or other higher education/vocational work to assist those with disabilities are eligible to apply. Applicants must have previous experience serving those with special needs. Preferential consideration will be given to North Shore residents. To apply, send a written statement detailing your personal and professional goals to The submission deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 1, and the scholarship recipient will be announced in September.

Eight new artists will be selling their work at the Marblehead Art Association Artisan Shop, 8 Hooper St., through Sunday, July 15. The artists and their preferred media are as follows: Joyce Mayer Clark, beaded jewelry; Marisa Cole, jewelry; Karen Hosking, photography; Bruce Iverson, Asian brush painted silks; Brian O’Connor, woodcraft; Barbara Rafferty, ink drawings; Zev Rejman, etched metal jewelry; and Mary Taddie, mosaic art and jewelry. For more information, call 781-631-2608 or visit

The North Shore CDC Youth Homelessness Forum will be held on Wednesday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Salem Five’s Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem. The forum is designed for learning about the issues surrounding youth homelessness on the North Shore, in addition to providing ideas to combat this issue and provide meaningful resources for opportunity youth. Panelists include of John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA; Linn Torto, ED of Interagency Council on Housing; North Shore CDC’s YouthBuild students; Ilene Vogel, North Shore CDC’s Project Manager; and Felicia Pierce, North Shore CDC’s YouthBuild Director. Admission is free. For more information, email Abbie Allenson at

Salem Arts Association presents “Go Away,” an art exhibit inspired by travel and transportation, on view though Sunday, May 27, at the Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St., Salem. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 978-745-4850 or visit

North Shore Elder Services in Danvers is seeking volunteers for its state and federal law-mandated ombudsman program, which provides a means for persons in long-term care facilities to voice their problems and concerns and have their complaints addressed. Volunteer should be prepared to work with the older population, be sensitive to the needs of residents in long-term care homes, have good listening skills, and able to resolve issues in an impartial and calm manner. Two to three hours per week at an assigned home are required. There is a mandatory three-day training class to become certified as a representative of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman program. For more information, call 978-750-4540 or visit

Marblehead Little Theatre’s in-house play development program Totally New Theater is seeking new members. The collective will host workshops once a month through May for new and experienced playwrights, along with a new play festival in June and additional 10-year anniversary celebration events throughout the year. Submit resumes and writing samples to

Peabody Institute Library’s Creativity Lab hosts guided classes for teens every Wednesday, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at 82 Main St., Peabody. The lab provides space, tools, and learning opportunities to create art, technology, science and fabrication. Services include 3-D printers, a sound recording studio, and a large-scale printer. Classes are open to ages 11-18. For more information, call 978-531-0100, ext. 22, or visit

Auditions for Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church’s November musical theater production of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” will be held Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 188 Elliott St., Danvers. For more information, contact Dan McKinley, the church’s music minister, at

The Community Preservation Committee has released its fiscal 2018 Community Preservation Plan and fiscal 2017 Annual Report. The Community Preservation Plan is used to guide the CPC’s decision-making when reviewing and recommending projects for Community Preservation Act funding. It also references several planning documents that have been vetted through public processes and summarizes some of the relevant needs, goals and recommendations of those plans. The plan also serves as an annual report that summarizes the status of funded projects and includes copies of the required state reports. The fiscal 2018 Community Preservation Plan and fiscal 2017 Annual Report, fiscal 2018 Determination of Eligibility Application, and other information on the CPA can be found at

The Hamilton Board of Health reminds residents that Massachusetts has updated its method of submitting Pesticide Exclusion Requests. The form will be processed directly through the state and then passed along to the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District. This exclusion request replaces the previous requirement by which requests were submitted to a city or town clerk by certified mail. To learn more about how to submit a Pesticide Exclusion Request form, visit and click on “Mosquitoes and Ticks” or call the Board of Health at 978-468-5579.

Applications for Simon Youth Community Scholarships are currently open for Peabody high school students. For more information, visit

The Salem High School class of 1958 is seeking former classmates to RSVP for its 60th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 15. For more information, contact Rachel Needleman Spector at 781-449-3523 or Roberta Newton Brown at

The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly is seeking applicants for its annual scholarship. Beverly high school seniors planning to pursue higher education in horticulture and design, or earth sciences and conservation are eligible to apply. For more information, call 978-381-3597 or visit

Applications are currently being accepted for the Peabody Garden Club Scholarship. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to two graduating high school or current college students furthering their education in any of the following areas: horticulture, landscape design, botany, landscape architecture, forestry, land management, environmental science, agriculture, floriculture, conservation, or city planning. The applicant must be a Peabody resident and a graduating senior of an accredited private, public, vocational, or charter high school accepted to an accredited two- or four-year college or institute of higher education or a current college student. The submission deadline is Tuesday, May 15. Applications are available by contacting Joan Ciampat at

The 2018 Falcon Marching Band Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 25, at the Ipswich Country Club, 148 Country Club Way. Sign-in begins at 6:30 a.m. (breakfast will be served), followed by a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. An award ceremony, luncheon, and raffle will be held after the tournament at noon, and the award ceremony will follow at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the event will fund recourses for Danvers High School’s Falcon Marching Band, including leadership workshops, drill and field instructors, and the purchase of band equipment and uniforms. Registration costs $150 per golfer and $600 per four-some. Tickets for non-golfers to attend the luncheon and awards ceremony are $30 each. Tax-deductible sponsorships and donations are also available. To register, call 617-901-8774 or visit

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