The Peabody Institute Library’s South Branch will host a Valentine’s Day Stories & Sweets event on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the South Branch, 78 Lynn Street in Peabody. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to celebrate the day of love with Valentine’s Day stories and edible crafts! Space is limited and registration is required. Please visit or call 978-531-3380.

The Peabody Institute Library’s South Branch welcomes local author E. J. Gandolfo for a discussion on her new book ‘To Paint A Murder’ on Thursday, Feb. 14, 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Branch, 78 Lynn St, Peabody. Gandolfo writes about Veronica Howard stumbling into a world of art theft, murder, and deception in small seaside town on the North Shore of Boston. Middle-aged Veronica is drawn into events when she opens her vintage-antique shop and becomes an unwitting sleuth and accomplice. A Q&A follows. Registration is required at:, or at 978-531-3380.

Ipswich’s annual Empty Bowl Dinner will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. Take your Valentine for a simply meaningful meal of soups and chowders prepared by local restaurants. and organized by Rotary — an event at which people choose a hand-painted “empty bowl” to take home to remind them that somewhere, someone’s bowl is always empty. Held again at the Hellenic Center, 117 County Road (at the intersection of Route 1A and Route 133) in Ipswich. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for children under 12. All proceeds support The Open Door Food Pantry in Ipswich, which serves Ipswich, Rowley, Topsfield, Boxford, Hamilton and Wenham.

Folk singer/songwriter Lui Collins will be performing at Saturday Night in Marblehead, the coffeehouse at the Church of St. Andrew, Marblehead, on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. Along with creating four-string arrangements of some favorite original songs, she has been exploring the jazz chords in old American standards and bossa nova on tenor ukulele. A donation of $15 is requested at the door; doors open at 7:30. The church is at 135 Lafayette St.reet (Route 114) in Marblehead, near the Salem line, and is handicapped accessible. For more information, visit:

Music Director Robert Lehmann will conduct the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra in its Winter Concert on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. at Swampscott High School. The program will include trumpeter Joseph Foley playing the Trumpet Concerto by Hummel Antonin Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dances” and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4. Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors and students; children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door or through For more information about the NSPO, visit:

The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly presents “The Top 10 Invasive Plants,” a free presentation by master gardener Catherine Carney-Feldman, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Learn to identify invasice species, be ready for spring. Topics include how to identify them, removal, professional removal, substitute plantings and more. Visit: www.beverly

The Ipswich Public Library will host a presentation on Google Drive on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The speaker will be Jennifer Koerber, a trainer and speaker on emerging technologies, and co-author of “Emerging Technologies: a Primer for Librarians.” Registration is not required. Visit for othe 2019 winter/spring lineup of technology classes.

Salem State Student Art Awards’ opening reception is Feb. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Winfisky Gallery. Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. This annual event features students who have been selected by the art + design faculty for exceptional work in a wide variety of media. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit:, or call 978-54-.6365.

Women of the World, the award-winning vocal quartet, will perform on Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Salem State Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave. Formed in 2008, the quartet performs in 32 languages and a wide range of styles sharing the universal language of music around the globe. Tickets are $20 general/$15 seniors and students 18 and up/under 18 free. or 978-542-6365.

Uncommon Women and Others. will be performed from Feb. 14 through 24 at Salem State University, Callan Studio Theater, 352 Lafayette St. In Wendy Wasserstein’s debut play seven Mount Holyoke alumna meet several years after graduation, measuring their youthful dreams fagainst the realities they face in their lives. Wasserstein took Broadway by storm with this in 1977 and, in the process changed the way contemporary women were presented onstage. Directed by Brianne Beatrice. Tickets: $20 gen/$15 seniors and students 18 and up/free for under 18. Purchase: or 978-542-6365.

Interested in 3D printing? Join an introductory class on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sohier Room at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. This class includes the basics of working with a 3D printer, how to use MakerBot Print software, and create simple design using Tinkercad. Open for teens and adults. Questions? Contact Lisa at

Marblehead’s Abbot Public Library’s Sunday Poetry Salon’s Feb. 17 event will feature the influence of the work of poet Philip Levine on the poetry of guest poet, Salem State Professor Kevin Carey from 2 to 4 p.m.. Marblehead Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant St, Marblehead. Tel. 781-631-1481.

Salem Arts Association announces it first exhibit of 2019, “Young at Art” featuring the multi-faceted work of local teenagers, ages 13 to 19. Salem Arts Scholarships, sponsored by the Salem Arts Associaton, are awarded to students pursuing the arts  either through a university program or an art school. Two scholarships are offered: The Paula Beaulieu Art Scholarship for $1,000 to a Salem High School Senior, and the Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 to any Salem resident graduating from any Salem School. Details on applying can be found on The Call for Art details for entering can be found on  Deadline is Sunday, Feb. 24. The exhibit opening reception will be Friday, March 1, 5 to 8 p.m.

Beverly Bootstraps needs several volunteers. You can help it meet its mission of helping those in need in this community by volunteering to help clients file taxes and apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a free tax preparation program that focuses on low-income individuals and families receiving the earned income tax credit. EITC is held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and volunteers are asked to commit to one shift a week for the tax season.

Weddings at the Topsfield Fair, operated by the same non-profit organization as the Topsfield Fair, have announced their annual Fairest of Them All Wedding Expo, on March 3, in the newly renovated Coolidge Hall on the fairgrounds. From noon to 3p.m., brides, grooms, and their loved ones can explore and enjoy complementary food and drink. Bridal attendees who register at the door pay only $5 per person; and those who pre-register online now ( can be admitted free. The expo features some of the North Shore’s best wedding vendors, along with prizes and other giveaways. For more information or to become a featured vendor or sponsor, contact Kate O’Brien at 978-887-5000 or email:

Marblehead Arts is holding registration for 2019 programs and classes. Drawing and painting intensive with Tereza Swanda will be held on Saturdays, Feb. 16 and March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 8 Hooper St. Marblehead. Cost is $75 (each date) for members, $90 non-members, $85 YMCA members. All levels welcome. Call 781-631-2608, contact or visit

The sixth annual Second Sunday Chowder Lecture Series at the Pickering House, 18 Broad St., Salem, has begun. $20 members, $25 nonmembers. Remaining lectures are as follows:

Feb. 24, 3 p.m., join a fireside chat with Keith Trickett in a staged Reading of an Original New Theatrical Piece Written Upon the Charles Endicott Account of Leslie’s Retreat, Feb. 26, 1775, $10 members, $15 nonmembers.

March 10, 12:30 p.m., National Archivist David Ferriero discusses “The Glory and Romance of Our History — the many roles of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration,” $20 members, $25 nonmembers.

April 14, 12:30 p.m., G. Peter Jemison on Art and the Canandaigua Treaty, $20 members, $25 non-members.

April 21, 3 p.m., another fireside chat with John Goff on some “Ancient Way” Explorations: West & South of the Pickering House in 2019, the Nanepashemet 400th Memorial Year, $10 members, $15 nonmembers.

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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

Get organized with Google on Thursday, Feb. 21, and Thursday, Feb. 28, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in a special class in the second-floor Technology Lab at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. If you have a Google account, bring your login information, as well as laptop or smartphone if available. The library has five laptops for public use. Registration is required. Call 978-531-0100 ext. 24 or register online at

The Peabody Institute Library is offering the Food for Fines program from Feb. 1 through March 1. Donations of canned goods and other non-perishable items are accepted to clear overdue fines on Peabody-owned library materials. The program runs at all library locations: the Main Library at 82 Main St., the South Branch Library at 78 Lynn St. and the West Branch Library at 603 Lowell St. Donations benefit Haven From Hunger. For more information call 978-531-0100.

The Peabody Institute Library Foundation and Board of Trustees welcome all to a very special after-hours event on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. to celebrate George Peabody’s birthday. Celtic harpist Aine Minogue will offer a free concert in the Main Library’s Historic Main Room located at 82 Main St., in Peabody. Space is limited, so reserve a seat by calling 978-531-0100 ext. 10.

The Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem, presents its fall/winter exhibit, The Language of Flowers. Discover books, looks and artwork that show how flowers can be a secret code to express emotions. For more information, visit

The Marblehead Arts Association is offering discounts to YMCA members for classes. This community partnership between the MAA and the Lynch Van Otterloo Y continues a special relationship which started last year with exhibits of MAA artists’ work in the atrium of the Leggs Hill facility on a six-week rotation.

Applications for the 2019 Women in Finance Fellowship program are now being accepted. In its fourth year, the initiative places Massachusetts’ female-identifying undergraduate students into financial departments within the Massachusetts State Treasury. Additionally, Fellows are paired with a female EY professional acting as a “private sector advisor.” The State Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment, in a public-private partnership with the Greater Boston offices of Ernst & Young LLP (EY), is accepting the applications, which are due by a deadline of Feb. 15. The program launches in June and concludes on July 31. For more information, visit