Animal lovers needed

The Marblehead Animal Shelter, 44 Village St., is in need of new volunteers, to do cleaning and feeding on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. If you love animals and have the time, drop by the shelter to pick up a volunteer application. The shelter is open Mondays and Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Fridays, 5 to 7 p.m., Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 781-631-8664.

Artist’s Market Thanksgiving weekend

Salem Arts Association returns to Salem Old Town Hall for the 7th Annual Holiday Artists’ Market on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with more than 50 local artisans, and live music by Julie Dougherty and Erinn Brown. This lively market is filled with treasures for yourself, friends, and family, with local artisans and crafters offering original fine art, unique gifts, and hand-made housewares. The Salem Boy Scouts Troop 24 will also be selling holiday wreaths. For more information, visit

Christmas at Castle Hill

An Old-Fashioned Christmas awaits you the first weekend of December at Ipswich’s crown jewel, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 288 Argilla Road. Spectacular floral and Christmas decorations, special activities and live entertainment, self-guided tours, complimentary cookies and cider, and holiday gifts at the Castle Hill gift shop or the Harbor Sweets pop-up store. New for 2019, the Christmas Greens Courtyard is selling wreaths, kissing balls, and cut branches for arranging. Celebrations kick off Friday, Dec. 6, with nighttime lighting, holiday music, and a cash bar with beer, wine, and a special holiday cocktail. On Saturday, Dec. 7, a performance by Ipswich Moving Company’s Youth Dance Ensemble at 2 p.m. and holiday favorites by North Shore musicians and singers throughout the day. On Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 2 p.m., meet Old Saint Nick and hear local musicians perform holiday favorites. Questions? 978-356-4351 ext. 4015. Trustees members $12 adult, $8 child/senior. Nonmember $20 adult and $10 child/senior. Ipswich resident: $12 with proof of residency. Tickets at or at the door.

Nonprofit showcase Dec. 10

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Peabody Wealth Advisors is sponsoring a free interactive morning from 7:30 to 9 a.m., designed to let you see, hear and feel the work local nonprofit organizations are doing in the community and perhaps find the fit that’s best for you. Highlights of the show, which will take place in Wiggin Auditorium at Peabody City Hall, include networking opportunies among attendees and exhibitors, complimentary continental breakfast, door prizes, interactive information booths featuring local nonprofits, on the spot volunteer sign-up opportunities. This a great way to get connected, give back and network with other business professionals. Peabody City Hall is located at 24 Lowell St. For more information, email

‘Peas for Fees’ program

Bring in canned goods or nonperishables when paying a parking violation between Dec. 1 and 23, and late fees are waived. All donations will go to local Salem food pantries. Up to $30 in late fees will be waived in exchange for at least two canned goods at the city collector’s office at Salem City Hall, open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon.

Ipswich Library marks 150th

In its 150th year of service to the Ipswich community, the Ipswich Public Library has mounted a museum-format exhibition exploring those years through its lens. Cosponsored by the Ipswich Museum, the exhibition presents a history of the library, including library cards, do’s and don’ts of library behavior through the years, and rarely seen archival highlights. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 30, in the Rogers Room of the library, at 25 North Main St. Other 150 years markers include a scavenger hunt for kids and families, postcard reproductions of library memorabilia, and a limited edition necklace by Ipswich jewelry designer Betsy Frost featuring the library’s now-familiar logo. 50% of the sales of this necklace will be donated to the Friends of the Ipswich Library, which supports the vast majority of library programming. View the necklaces at, or at her shop at 4 Market St., Ipswich.

Jewish Book Group Dec. 18

The Jewish Book Group of the North Shore will discuss “The Third Daughter” by Talia Carner on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, 240 Lynnfield St. in Peabody in the Tanzer Room. Carner illuminates a little-known piece of history: The sex trafficking of young women from Russia to South America in the late 19th century. The program is free and open to all. RSVP to Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or Walk-ins are welcome. The evening is co-sponsored by the Lappin Foundation and Shalom Hadassah.

Beverly Bootstraps food drive

During the city of Beverly’s annual Holiday Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, Beverly Bootstraps will hold its annual Holiday Walking Food Drive. Volunteers from the First Baptist Church will be pushing shopping carts to collect donations to help stock the food pantry shelves. Bring non-perishable food items (no expired items or glass) to put into the shopping carts. And watch for the mac and cheese float. Top 10 pantry items needed: Cereal, healthy kid’s snacks, peanut butter, tuna fish, soup, spaghetti sauce, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, and diapers (sizes 3-6).

AARP Home Fit seminar

Salem for All Ages and the Massachusetts AARP will hold a free Home Fit seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center at 401 Bridge St. in Salem. Based on the AARP’s popular Home Fit Guide, the presentation offers smart solutions to make your home comfortable, safe, and a great fit. In conjunction with the Home Fit Guide, this presentation will offer solutions that range from do-it-yourself to larger improvements that are worth the expense. The presentation will be led by Andrea Cordis of the occupational therapy program at Bay Path University and Cody Lukasik, Rehab Director for AdviniaCare in Salem and occupational therapy assistant for over 15 years. For more information, contact Dominick Pangallo, Chief of Staff to Mayor Kim Driscoll, at 978-619-5600 or email

Holiday drive needs gifts

SPUR has kicked-off its annual Holiday Cheer Drive to provide winter essentials and meaningful gifts to some 600 recipients in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott through the sponsorship of wish-lists wherein sponsors select a list, go shopping and return the items in a pillowcase. The sponsorship period goes through Dec. 6, and you may visit SPUR’s office at 6 Anderson St., Marblehead, to pick-up a wish-list weekdays, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or visit any of their partner locations during business hours (Mud Puddle Toys, Marblehead), (Refind Store, Salem). Tax-deductible gifts are also welcome and can be made at or by mailing a check to SPUR, PO Box 1274, Marblehead MA 01945

Small Business Saturday

Tis the season of Small Business Saturday and all are encouraged to take a step back centuries with a free cup of warm Wassail while shopping in the 1665 Retire Beckett House — also known as the Museum Shop — on The House of the Seven Gable’s 2-acre historic campus. This year’s Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30 and parking throughout Salem is free, including at The House of the Seven Gables.

What’s cooking at the library

Cook something to share with the mystery ingredient and bring your dish to the group discussion on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Beverly Public Library for all to enjoy! Register online at, at the Reference desk, or by calling 978-921-6062. Handicapped accessible. Questions? Please contact Katie at Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public

Danversband fundraiser

Purchase gift cards through the Danversband this holiday season, and a percentage of each card purchased will directly benefit the Parents for Music Excellence, Inc and the Danvers HS Falcon Band. Select from hundreds of brands and retail categories, then submit a check payable to PME Inc. for the entire order for each Band student, returned with a completed order form, returned to your favorite Band/Color Guard Student or to Mr. Daniels! at the DHS Band Room by Thursday, Dec. 5, by 2 p.m. Orders can be picked up before the Winter Concert, 7 p.m. in the auditorium lobby (or make arrangements with your favorite band/Color guard student) before the show and during intermission on Wednesday Dec. 11. Visit: Questions? Contact

USS Leopold sinking topic

The NPS Salem Visitor Center on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. will host Col. Robert Nersasian, who recounts the tale of the USS Leopold – the worst combat loss in the history of the US Coast Guard, and screens “Eye Witnesses of World War II, USS Leopold”, a 30-minute documentary covering the sinking of the destroyer with interviews of surviving crew members. This event commemorates the 75th anniversary of the tragedy, and Col. Nersasian is the co-author of “Never to Return,” which tells its story through the eyes of survivors, including his brother, Sparky, a gunner. Please register online at:

Holiday concert in Beverly

On Monday, Dec. 9, Beverly’s own Joe Boccia presents holiday music both traditional and modern, performed on his own synthesizer. Joe carefully composes each song’s arrangement by selecting from thousands of possible sound effects. Prepare to be delighted the sounds and moods he creates. Part of the “Monday Mornings” program series, the program runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex Street. Light refreshments at 9 a.m. Free and open to adults; no registration required. Handicapped accessible. Info: Ona at Full schedule:

Toys for Tots kicks off

Danvers resident Karissa Wheeler has been working with Toys for Tots since she was 4 years old. Now 17, Wheeler is still collecting toys for children in need. Her annual Toys for Tots Drive kicks off Friday, Dec. 6, at the Knights of Columbus, 177 Lynnfield St., Lynn, from 7 to 11 p.m. The evening features live music by Finding Dimes, food, cash bar, and raffles. A $10 donation at the door goes to buy toys for children this holiday season. For more information, visit

Inner peace through meditation

The Peabody Institute Library, at 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, will host programs on reducing anxiety through meditation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19. Learn how successful people focus using meditation with Eileen Carlotto, a teacher, author, and illustrator with more than 35 years of meditation experience, as she connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of life. These events are free and open to the public. Register at or call 978-774-0554.

Winter Book Crafts at library

Come to the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., for annual Winter Book Crafts. Enjoy hot chocolate while transforming old books into ornaments and cards. No talent necessary. This program is geared toward adults and teens ages 14 and up. Contact Katie Nelson with questions at Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

Gingerbread workshop set

Jump into the holiday season by creating a gingerbread house at the Marblehead Museum. These two annual family workshops, held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. (ages 2-4) and 3 p.m. (ages 5-10) are a way to make a design for competition in the Marblehead Family Fund’s annual Gingerbread Festival held at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion. All materials will be supplied; snack included. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $15, $10 for members. Reserve at or call 781-631-1768.

Finding Farmland hot topic

From 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Bee Building in the Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St., Topsfield, Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust, will host a free workshop for farmers seeking affordable land. “Finding Farmland” will be led by Michael Parker, Land Access Program associate with the National Young Farmers Coalition, a national advocacy network of young farmers fighting for the future of agriculture. Goals are to discuss costs associated with acquiring farmland, strategies for finding affordable tenure, and financing options. Complimentary dinner will be provided from 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation. RSVP is required at, or contact Jane Rumrill at or 978-768-7241, ext. 17. For more information, visit

Swampscott turkey treasure hunt

How well do you know Swampscott? Test your knowledge in this family-friendly scavenger hunt on Saturday, Nov. 24. Families set off at 10 a.m. from Swampscott High School’s parking lot, and proceed by car in an “Amazing Race” style hunt around Swampscott competing for a 20 pound Thanksgiving turkey. Admission is a small bag of requested non-perishable donations for My Brother’s Table. Items needed: gift cards to grocery stores, BJs, Dollar Tree, gas stations, and drug stores; meal replacement bars/breakfast bars/protein bars; sugar or artificial sweetener; bars of soap; mayonnaise; ketchup; mustard; socks (adult sizes); heat and eat meals; toothbrushes; deodorant; razors; salad dressing; shampoo; shaving cream; toothpaste; lotion; salt and pepper in pre-filled shakers; Ensure nutrition drinks; and reading glasses, assorted strengths.

Gun Sense in America hosts event

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. the Pingree School, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton, will host a free dinner and discussion on preventing gun violence. Speakers will be state Rep. Paul Tucker, former Salem police chief, and Rebecca O’Brien of Moms Demand Action. Dinner and babysitting is provided. Bring friends. RSVP on Facebook at weareamericathebeautiful or email at For more information, visit

Mental illness support group meets

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater North Shore is hosting a Family and Friends Support Group and an Individual (Peer) Support Group on Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Salem Hospital, Davenport Room 102A, 81 Highland Ave, Salem. 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

Art of investing in art

On Monday, Nov. 25, the Beverly Public Library welcomes Robert A. Gough Jr., Ph.D., who will share his expertise on the art market, and how its major segments from Old Masters to Impressionists to Contemporary present an array of investment opportunities for the casual collector to the professional investor. Part of the “Monday Mornings” program series, the program runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Free and open to adults; no registration required. Handicapped-accessible. Contact Ona Ridenour at for more information. For a full schedule, visit

Joey & Iggy’s Great Adventures

“Joey & Iggy’s Great Adventure,” a children’s book written by the mother and grandmother of little Joey DiOrio, a Peabody toddler with seriously debilitating physical challenges, and his highly adventurous turtle friend Iggy, will be the subject of a book reading at Peabody’s Barnes and Noble on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet the authors and illustrators and hear all about Joey and Iggy at the store, located outside the Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. For more information, call 978-573-3261.

Turkey Supper set for Nov. 23

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly, will host at Turkey Supper from 5 to 6 p.m. Enjoy turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls and beverage, all included in the cover charge: $7, seniors $6 and children $3.50. Home-baked pies: $1.50 per slice. The building is handicapped-accessible.

The History of Sturbridge Village

Heritage Films will screen the documentary ‘The History of Sturbridge Village’ at Hamilton-Wenham Library on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 10:30 a.m. The film, which takes viewers on a walk through the 1830’s style New England Village, learn of mid-19th century life through the narration of period reenactors describe mid-19th century life. Films are 1/2 hour in length with time for questions, reminiscences, and discussion. Free and open to the public, bring along a friend. The library is located at 14 Union St. S. Hamilton,

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Peabody City Hall concerts set

Tickets are available for the annual Holiday Concerts at Peabody City Hall on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, with the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Dirk Hillyer, returning to celebrate “A Starlight Christmas” joined by the Peabody High School Chorale under the direction of Mr. Jonns offering some special treats. Rabbi Richard Pearlman, from the Temple Ner Tamid, will also join the program. Singer/dancer and Peabody native Bethany Vahn will add to the evening’s magic. Saturday evening, dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. On Sunday, dinner is at 5 p.m. followed by the concert at 6 p.m. Doors open 4:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 for balcony chairs seats, $45 for balcony table seats and $50 for orchestra table seats, available only through the Debbie MacGregor in the Office of Community Development at City Hall, at 978-538-5775.

Community Concert Band plays Christmas pops

The Dane Street Church will hold its annual free Christmas Pops Concert on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., with the Community Concert Band playing. The church is located at 10 Dane St., in Beverly, and all are welcome. For more information, call 978-922-4325.

North Shore Civic Ballet auction set

The North Shore Civic Ballet, a nonprofit in its 45th season, hosts its annual online holiday auction now through Dec. 6 to help support the training of the next generation of dancers. Proceeds fund choreography, costuming, scholarships, educational projects and other resources. Donations of auction items are also needed. All items will be professionally photographed and displayed online. Drop donations at the school, located at the Marblehead School of Ballet, 115 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Call 781-631-6263 for pickup or drop off, or to volunteer. Financial contributions are also welcome and tax-deductible. Visit for more information.

Swedish Yule Fair planned in Hamilton

Birka Lodge No. 732, V.O.A. of Hamilton will hold its annual Yule Swedish Fair on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hamilton-Wenham Community House, Bay Road (Route 1A). Admission is free, music will play all day and you’ll want to be there at noon for Lucia, the Bride of Light, as well as a lunch of assorted open face sandwiches. Enjoy coffee and coffee bread, Glogg & Pepparkakor, gifts, handcrafts, imported linens, ornaments, jewelry, cards, wrapping paper, candles, candles holders and rings, Dala Horses, Straw goats, Jul Tomtes. For more information, visit, or call 781-254-9888.

Brass Band Holiday Concert scheduled

This year Our Lady Star of the Sea in Marblehead will extend its holiday fare beyond its Christmas fair on Dec. 7 and 8, to Sunday, Dec. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. when it will host a Christmas concert with the internationally acclaimed 30 piece New England Brass Band. In addition, Band, the Star of the Sea Children’s Choir will offer carols and holiday selections. Our Lady Star of the Sea Church is located at 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Tickets are $10 and are available at the rectory or by calling 781-631-0086. Visit

Cantemus Chorus offering 3 concerts

Cantemus Chamber Chorus will hold three holiday concerts in early December. First, on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Beverly; followed on Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newburyport, and finally, on Sunday, Dec. 15. at 4 p.m., at First Church, Swampscott. The core of all three concerts is Vivaldi’s Magnificat in G minor, a setting of the Canticle of Mary for chorus, soloists, strings and organ. Also on the program is Laudate Dominum, a work Jane Ring Frank describes as “a little but mighty piece of music.” A string quartet of two violins, viola and cello will accompany the chorus, joined by guest artists Alecia Batson and Heather Gallagher, sopranos, and bass Jeremy Satchell. Tickets are $25; seniors $20; students 21 and under free, available at, or at the door.

Salem textile recycling drive

Salem Recycles will hold a Clothing and Household Textile Recycling Drive on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riley Plaza in the parking lot in front of the Salem Post Office, 2 Margin St. Bring clothing, sneakers, shoes, boots, slippers, belts, ties, purses, stuffed animals, bedding (comforters/ sheets/ blankets), table linens and draperies/curtains to recycle. Items can be in any condition and must be clean and dry. For more information, call 978-619-5672, or visit, or

Wingmasters presentation in Ipswich

Jim Parks of Wingmasters will bring some of the birds in his care to a program at the Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich, on Saturday, Nov. 23. Online registration is required, and there are two time slots: 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Go to and click on Events to register. Native American Artifacts and Birds of Prey is intended for an audience of older children, first grade and up, as well as teenagers and adults. Check with the Children’s Room staff to see if it might be a good fit. Call 978-412-8713 with any questions. The program is free thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library.

Shop Local HW Holiday Festival

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. 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, contact Jan Soolman at or call 978-254-7575.

Parade of Trees needs donations

The Danvers Historical Society’s 11th annual Parade of Trees is fast approaching. That’s a “parade” of faux trees and wreaths decorated in 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. To donate a tree or wreath, email or call the chairperson at 978-774-8159.

Sibling loss support group

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, through Dec. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Session will be held in the Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers. For more information, call 855-774-5100 or email

Bertram Field fund drive

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 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 are tax-deductible. To donate by credit card or electronic check, visit Checks should be made payable to “City of Salem” with “Bertram Field” on the memo line and sent to Treasurer’s Office, City of Salem, 98 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970.

BoSoma steps up outreach

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

Marblehead Artisan Shop open

The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., in Marblehead, will show the works of eight member artists in the Artisan Shop, 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

Living Faith Holiday Fair

Living Faith United Methodist Church, 2 Dane St., Beverly, will hold its Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Come early for the best selections on baked goods, silent auction items, jewelry, Christmas decorations, new items, grandpa’s basement with treasures large and small, and lunch.

Creative movement with Jewish twist

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 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.

PJ Library Mommy & Me scheduled

Children, ages 3 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: 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.

Library has best sellers to-go

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:

Volunteer drivers needed

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

Free adult English practice

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

Better Breathers Club meets

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 free to use

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 online map available

A new online map showing all capital projects underway in the current fiscal year 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.

Homeschool program slated

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:

50+ job seekers networking

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. Meetings are 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.

Free Judaism course

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 are Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., and meet at various North Shore temples. For more information or to register, visit or contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or

Marblehead records digitized

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.

Monthly genealogy series

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.

Lunchtime history films

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

Lunch at Beacon Cafe

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.

Salem grants applications

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.

Photography showcase

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

Yoga for living with loss

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

Salem ‘eightysomething’ reunion

Salem High School Classes of 1980, 1981 and 1982 are planning and “eightysomething” reunion, on Friday, Nov. 6, 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.

Winter Solstice Art Show

The True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St., South Hamilton, will hold a Winter Solstice show, a group exhibition featuring the work of local artists Juliana Boyd, Leslie Doherty, Diana Sudyka, Delbert Charging-Crow and more, from Saturday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 22, with an opening weekend reception on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. The works of these artists cover an unusual and varied spectrum of mediums from oil and wool to stained glass sculptures and more. True North Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call (978) 468-1962 or email

Beverly Public Library Book Sale

This year’s Friends of the Beverly Public Library Fall Book Sale will take place at the main library, 32 Essex St., from Saturday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 24. In addition to books, a selection of music and movies will be available. The sale will be open daily during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Donations currently accepted (no magazines or textbooks, please); bring donations to our Children’s Room on the ground floor, or our checkout desk on the 2nd floor. Paperbacks are $1, hardcovers $2, and all children’s books are 50 cents. Don’t miss this great chance to stock up on snowy day reads, and more! All sale proceeds benefit the library. Questions? Call 978-921-6062 ext. 2122

Free TIPS training

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. Designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving, and underage drinking by enhancing the “people skills” of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol, you’ll gain the confidence 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

Swampscott photography Show

ReachArts Gallery, 89 Burril St. in Swampscott is showcasing the photography of Stephen J. Levin — “Abstracts: Ocean, Earth & Sky” through Dec. 8, with all proceeds donated to Children’s Hospital. The exhibit closes 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.

Small Business Saturday

Beverly Main Streets’ Small Business Saturday is all day Saturday, Nov. 30, in Downtown Beverly. Participating businesses will kick things off by giving away free tote bags and other fun “Shop Small”giveaways. Admission is free, and you’re encouraged you to Shop Small every day and support downtown businesses.v For more information, visit:, or call 978-922-8558.

PJ Library Babies & Bagels

Children, ages 3 and younger, and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Babies & Bagels for music, movement and a snack. Sessions will be held at Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Avenue in Marblehead from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays, Dec. 8 and Feb. 9. RSVPs are requested to or (781) 631-9300. The program is sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and Lappin Foundation and is free and open to all. Walk-ins are welcome.

‘Becoming,’ by Michelle Obama

Beverly Public Library will host a Books & Brunch at the Indo Pub, 289 Cabot St. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m., to discuss “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama, copies of which are available at the 2nd floor checkout desk, on CD, or as a digital audiobook or eBook via OverDrive or hoopla. You’ll choose your own menu items and beverages. Space is limited, however, so registration is required at:, or call 978-921-6062, ext. 2120.

Developmental screenings set

Salem Public Schools offers developmental screenings to locate, identify, and refer for special education evaluation, any 3-, 4- or 5-year-old living in Salem who may have disabilities. If you have concerns about your child, you may schedule a screening by calling 978-740-1181. Screening will take place on an as-needed basis at the Salem Early Childhood Center, Bentley School, 25 Memorial Drive.

Winter market announces dates

A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market takes place from noon to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the historic Old Town Hall. Support local farms and artisans with truly unique holiday gifts from a diversity of local vendors’s foods, artisan crafts, seasonal produce, baked goods, wreaths, handmade soaps, honey, pickles, gourmet ravioli and artisan chocolates. Organized by Salem Main Streets, with the City of Salem and Mayor Kim Driscoll, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, Creative Collective, and many other local business sponsors and community volunteers, more information on the Winter Market is available at:

Choral concert at St. John

French horn soloist Nancy Hudgins will be a featured performer at the Holiday Concert presented by the North Shore Chorale, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St., Beverly. A prominent French horn performer in the Boston area, Hudgins has performed with the Boston Ballet and Boston Lyric Opera, among other Boston area ensembles. She has also performed in orchestras for star act concerts including Luciano Pavoratti and Josh Grobin. The North Shore Chorale is a new community chorus of 35 singers from North Shore towns. The group will perform a variety of classical and popular music pieces by Randall Thompson, Michael Haydn and Edvard Grieg and others. Tickets are: Adults $10, Seniors & Students $7. There is ample free parking in the church parking lot. The church is easily accessible from Rte. 128, exit 20B. For more information, visit

Holiday Marketplace Nov. 30

Finz Seafood and Grill and Sea Level Oyster Bar will host a third annual Holiday Marketplace, at both Pickering Wharf restaurant locations, on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring 27 vendors from small businesses and local artisans offering handmade craft items and local artisan products. All are welcome, and soft drinks and mimosas will be available for sale to shoppers at both locations. Finz is located at 86 Wharf Street in Salem: Sea Level isjust steps away at 96 Wharf Street. For more information, visit

‘Holiday Pops On the Move’

The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor will present “Holiday Pops On the Move,” on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, with maestro Dirk Hillyer and members of the Hillyer Festival Orchestra at the King Hooper Mansion. From 7 p.m. on, musical groups will perform throughout the house, with catering offered by Every Little Breeze, creating a warm holiday setting for family and friends to gather to enjoy great music from many cultures and genres. Established in 1998 as a holiday ensemble for the city of Peabody, the Hillyer Festival Orchestra has become one of Greater Boston’s most popular orchestras, recognized for its quality and creative programming. Tickets are $75, available at, or in person at Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Marblehead charities, scholarships and philanthropic projects of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor.

‘Top Girls’ at Gordon Center

Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 352 Lafayette St., presents “Top Girls” through Dec. 8. Now 37 years after its premiere, Caryl Churchill’s Obie-Award winning play still resonates as gender stereotypes and gender inequities remain. The story centers on Marlene who has just been promoted to the job of her dreams. But at what cost? Churchill’s witty dialogue leaves the audience simultaneously laughing and gasping at the horror of Marlene’s reality. Performance times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets and information: or 978-542-6365.

Charging station at sanctuary

In recognizing climate change, Mass Audubon, the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit, now provides electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at an increasing number of its wildlife sanctuaries throughout the Commonwealth. With the transportation sector now accounting for more than 40 percent of the state’s carbon emissions, EV owners should know that electricity provided at Mass Audubon 11 wildlife sanctuary charging stations comes from renewable sources. On the North Shore, they include the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, in Topsfield. To learn more, visit

North Shore Philharmonic plays

The North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, under the musical direction of Robert Lehmann, is now in its 72nd season presenting Shubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”and the Mozart “Mass in C Minor.” Two holiday concerts on Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. at St. Richard’s Church in Danvers, and Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere are free in exchange for a substantial donation of non-perishable food to benefit local food pantries.

Children’s Holiday Party

On Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m, two special guests will be visit the Children’s Room Holiday Party at the Ipswich Public Library. First there’s Princess Beauty and the who is known for her love of books, and will be singing, story telling, and taking photos and chatting with young patrons. Then, there’s the man in the red suit. Not just an elf, but Santa himself. It’s free fun for the family with live music, refreshemtn and DIY keepsake crafts. Call the Children’s Room at 978-412-8713 with questions or check out the schedule online at And please note: the Ipswich Rotary’s Interact Club Jingle Bell Walk will take place the following Saturday, Dec. 14.

Poinsettia Fundraiser for Danvers HS bands

Choose your poinsettia on Monday, Dec. 2, pick it up on Dec. 6, and you’ve not only made a gorgeous dent in your holiday decorating, but a much appreciated donation to Danvers High School music. The Poinsettias, all from Kane’s Flower World, come in four colors: red, white, pink and burgandy, and three sizes: 6.5” for $13, 7.5” for $19, and 8.5” for $24, Submit orders by Monday, Dec. 2, by 2 p.m. to Mr. Daniels at Danvers High School Band Room, or by 5 p.m. to Ann Jones at 55 Nichols Street, Danvers. Pick up Friday, Dec. 6, in Danvers High School auditorium lobby (Or make arrangements with your favorite band/color guard student) Questions? Email: or visit www.danversband.

Shulem Lemmer in concert Nov. 30

The North Shore Jewish Arts Co-Op and Chabad of the North Shore present Shulem Lemmer and Friends live in concert on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Chabad Lynn Campus, 151 Ocean St. Raised in Boro Park, Brooklyn, Shulem’s singular voice has gained widespread attention in the Chasidic community and beyond. The first Orthodox singer to ever sign a major record deal in the U.S., his recent contract with Universal Music’s Decca Gold Label positions him as an artist primed to break through to a global audience. For more information or for tickets, visit or call 781-581-3833.

‘Frozen Jr.’ at the MLT Dec. 13

Tickets for Marblehead Little Theatre’s all-youth production of “Frozen Jr.” are available online at and at Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St., in Marblehead. Performances run Dec. 13 to 22 at the MLT Firehouse Theatre, 12 School St, Marblehead. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students/children. With music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and book by Jennifer Lee, this is the story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Princesses Anna and Elsa, who, when faced with danger, discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. Loaded with beloved characters, magic, adventure and humor, it’s directed by Victoria Herman, with music direction by Georgia Bills and choreography by Janet Sheehan. During the run of “Frozen Jr.”, the theater will hold a winter clothing drive for Pathways for Children. New winter coats, scarves, gloves, fleece, and hats can be dropped off in the theater’s collection box at 12 School St. For more information, visit

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