On Friday, May 31, at 2 p.m., join reference librarian Jeff Klapes, “The Traveling Librarian,” for an armchair journey through sunny southern Greece at the Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Home to wild mountain and coastal scenery, and Greece’s best olive groves, the southern Peloponnese also has incredible archaeological sites from ancient times and Byzantine era churches. Visit Sparta, Athens, and the medieval walled city of Monemvasia. For more information, visit www.ipswichlibrary.org or contact Patty DiTullio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-356-6649.
The new Salem Bay Collaborative Choir Camp, jointly offered by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Church of St. Andrew (Marblehead), will be held June 24 to June 29, at St. Peter’s, 24 St. Peter St., Salem. The camp, for boys and girls ages 7 to 14, is free for Salem residents, and meets Monday through Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday morning, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Choristers will learn music and sight singing and play movement games. Evensong on Saturday, June 29, at 5.p.m., followed by a closing reception. Boys’ voices must not have changed, otherwise a love of song is all that’s needed. Mary Jodice, director of music at St. Andrew’s, will be assisted by organist/accompanist Brink Bush and vocal teacher Anastasia Black. For information/registration contact Jodice at email@example.com by June 15.
On Monday, June 3, Beverly Public Library will host a free multimedia presentation by Judy Cook, who will weave together songs and ballads collected in southern Appalachian Mountains and the Ozarks, telling the story of songs that traveled from Britain to the mountains of America. Part of the “Monday Mornings” series, the program runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St., with light refreshments at 9 a.m. Open to adults with no registration required. Handicapped-accessible. Contact Ona for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beverly School for the Deaf (BSD) Alumni Association will sponsor a Spring Yard Sale on Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the BSD campus, 6 Echo Ave., Beverly. All proceeds benefit The Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf. For more information or to reserve space, contact Anna Lynch at Lynch1997@aol.com or visit https://cccbsd.org/alumni/welcome/.
North Shore Community College is offering a free Integrated Education & Training Information Technology program at the Danvers campus. Courses include CyberSafe, CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Service Desk & Support Analyst, Microsoft Office Suite and more. Thanks to a grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the costs of all courses and textbooks are covered. The program runs till June 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students must be able to commit to the full class schedule. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 978-236-1227 or email email@example.com.
The Children’s Library at the Peabody Institute Library is partnering again with Northeast Arc to offer Story Time Yoga, for children ages 1 to 3 years, with extended sessions weekly on Fridays through June 28 at 10:30 a.m., with movement, stories, and songs. Guided by a trained Northeast Arc professional, children will explore and practice movements in conjunction with their caregivers. This class will help children work on fine/gross motor development, body awareness, balance, socialization, language skills and, most importantly, their bond with their caregiver. This class will foster the physical and emotional connections that toddlers crave with their caregivers at the library, 82 Main St., Peabody.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SeniorCare Inc.’s RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore are partnering with AARP on a free AARP Tax-Aide Program for elders. Volunteers from SeniorCare RSVP will assist taxpayers ages 60 and older with middle to low income with their tax preparation and filing, providing free tax assistance at more than 30 locations throughout the North Shore. For information, visit www.seniorcareinc.org, or contact RSVP program assistant Theresa Dickson at 978-281-1750 ext. 568 or email@example.com.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore Family & Friends Support Group meets the last Wednesday of every month. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 617-984-0504, or visit www.namigreaternorthshore.org.
Tickets are on sale for Salem State University’s public lecture featuring PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton on Sept. 10. Eaton’s lecture will be at Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center. Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 for Salem State students, and are available at salemstate.edu/series or by calling 978-542-7555.
The Fresh Harvest Pop Up Stand, a new initiative to address food insecurity in Salem through a mobile bi-weekly free food pantry, will bring offerings to two locations identified as the most in need — Salem State University and Espacio. On the first and third Wednesday of every month, is open for students in need from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near Central Campus at 68 Loring Ave. On the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, it will be at Espacio, the North Shore Community Development Coalition’s Community room at 105 Congress St. in the Point neighborhood. Salem State University joins Citizens Inn and The Salem Pantry in this venture, with funding from the Brace Cove Foundation. No pre-registration is necessary, but proof of residency (photo ID, a piece of mail that has been delivered to the home address and dated within the last 30 days) or a SSU student ID is required.
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 email@example.com.
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are presenting a six-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. Thirty-two pieces created by New England’s finest sculptors have been placed in gardens, along woodland paths and historic landscape as part of The Trustees’ Home Sweet Home, a free annual event celebrating the architects and craftspeople who designed and built its historic properties. The show is free from noon to 2 p.m. Participating sculptors will be on-hand during the afternoon to talk with visitors. Following the opening, the exhibition is free with regular property admission. Trustees members, free; nonmembers, $15 per car. A free, self-guided tour program is available for the exhibition, which runs till Nov. 11. Visit www.thetrustees.org, or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4015.
The Miracle League of the North Shore’s remaining spring dates are June 1 and June 15. Children with cognitive and physical abilities play together on the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf (CCCBSD) field, the only fully-accessible, rubberized baseball field on the North Shore at 6 Echo Ave., Beverly. Player registration and volunteer arrivals begin at 9:30 a.m., with warm-ups at 10 a.m. The game begins at 10:30 am, followed at 11:30 a.m. with pizza. The league is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that gives children with unique challenges a chance to play baseball as a part of a team in an organized league at no cost to their family. Every player bats and scores a home run each inning, with volunteers serving as buddies. For more, visit: www.cccbsd.org/community/miracle-league or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second annual Senior Teen Town Dance will be held on Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Holy Ghost Society Hall, 20 Howley St., Peabody, featuring oldies hits spun by Kevin and Connor Leahy and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance by calling Joan Aucone, 978-618-9338; Joanne Solovicos, 978-532-0031; Dottie Thibodeau, 978-774-4850; Lonnie Thibodeau, 978-836-2422, or Billy Wholley, 978-744-2726. For more information, email email@example.com.
Patrons of the Ipswich Public Library may now enhance their language learning goals with access to the Rosetta Stone Library Solution. Thanks to the generosity of EBSCO Information Services, in partnership with Rosetta Stone Inc., non-native patrons may further their ESL learning as English speakers, or brush up on a language for business or vacation travel. To start using Rosetta Stone, visit ipswichlibrary.org, click on “Services,” then “Databases.” Log in with your library card number as Patron ID and follow instructions. Contact the Reference Desk at 978-356-6648 ext. 15 for assistance. For more information, contact Assistant Library Director Genevieve Picard at 978-356-6648 ext. 3017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) site will open in Beverly on June 18 to increase fresh food access to low income families and provide training that helps cultivate local, small-scale farmers who grow this food. The sites, at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St., are sponsored by the New Entry Food Hub, a Beverly based nonprofit dedicated to strengthening local communities and increasing access to fresh food by partnering with senior centers, homeless shelters, childcare facilities, food banks, and other organizations serving low-income residents, as well as providing training and other support to the local farmers who serve the CSA. Anyone on the North Shore can sign up to receive weekly shares of fresh, locally farm grown food. New members are currently being accepted for pickups, between 2:30 and 6 p.m. on Fridays, through Nov. 1. Contact Ginger Turner at the New Entry Food Hub at 978-656-1654, or visit online at www.nesfp.org/NewEntryCSA.
Acord Food Pantry, a provider of food assistance to residents of six towns North of Boston, will dedicate Thursday mornings, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to assisting seniors with food distribution. If you or someone you know is dealing with food insecurity, call 978-468-7424. Acord is supported solely by donations from local businesses, community groups and individuals. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 2203, S. Hamilton or via the donate link at www.acordfoodpantry.org.
The Salem High School Class of 1960 will hold a reunion picnic, rain or shine, at Salem Willows Park (across from the Arcade) on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at noon. Members and friends of Salem High School alumni are welcome. Coffee, cookies, pizza and water will be provided. Bring a chair and pack lunch or buy it at concession stands. Remind classmates and friends about this event. Donations will gladly be accepted. Call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776 or email Walt Doblecki at email@example.com.
North Shore Community College’s Beacon Café Bakery is offering freshly made, student-prepared baked goods on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Beacon Café is located at 30 Log Bridge Road, Building 100, Middleton. Breakfast pastries are available, self-serve, at 9 a.m. and desserts at 11 a.m. — take-out or sit and enjoy. Coffee, tea and cold beverages are also available. A donation box will be on hand. Contact Chef Douglas Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, May 31, the United Polish Organization of Peabody is sponsoring a Polish food sale featuring stuffed cabbage and Polish donuts at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Hall, 15 Endicott St., Peabody. Phone orders may be placed to Lola Busta at 978-531-5592, Janis Marren at 978-531-8837, or Ann Blazewicz at 978-531-5592.
Ipswich Public Library patrons can use their library passes to visit Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries at a discounted rate of $2 per person (for up to four people per pass). For more information, call 781-259-9500.
On Tuesday, June 18, at 4 p.m., Salem Community Life Center will host a free group support for adult children of aging parents presented by James Ashton. Caring for an elderly parent is a big job and needs big support that group sharing provides. Collective wisdom and practical advice on topics such as senior living, home care, financial considerations, end of life; as well as self-care, boundary setting and responding to crisis with compassion and calm. Ashton is a certified life coach and workshop facilitator who has experienced it all first-hand. To register, call Rosanna Donahue at 978-744-0924, by Thursday, June 13.