Celebrate a 284th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., with social and cultural historian Judith Anderson, at the King Hooper Mansion. Sept. 8 was the second of four wedding anniversary dates for Robert “King” Hooper, and Anderson will honor all four of Hooper’s wives, noting how each fit into his long and successful but ultimately pain-filled life. Anderson will discuss Hooper’s wife of 28 years, Ruth, the mother of all 11 of his children (10 of whom would survive to adulthood), and the 18 women and children who called the Hooper Mansion “home” in the 1700s, but who are now virtually unknown — including why there were four anniversaries for Marblehead’s “King.” This illustrated, informal talk hosted by the Marblehead Arts Association takes place at the King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Tickets are $5 members, $10 nonmembers. Call 781-631-2608.

On Monday, Sept. 9, 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group launches the first of a series of workshops from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St. Ipswich area residents over age 50 are invited to participate in this networking group specifically geared to the needs of a range of participants including those unemployed, underemployed, unhappily employed, returning to the workforce after a gap or retired and seeking a new career. Those looking for full- or part-time employment are welcome. Sessions will focus on topics including assessing skills, developing a search plan, revising resumes, creating a LinkedIn profile, interviewing, networking and more. Materials and resources will be offered. Issues of ageism will be addressed. Check in at 4 p.m.; There will be a Q&A from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Next dates are Sept. 23, Oct. 21 and 28, Nov. 18 and 25, Dec. 9. Registration is required at www.mcoaonline.com/50plus. Questions? Call Shiela at 978-356-6650.

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, invites the community to nominate a person or persons who has shown commitment to improving the lives of veterans. Submission deadline is Friday, Sept. 20, and nominees must live on the North Shore, MetroWest or the Merrimack Valley — or within one of the 95 Massachusetts communities served by Care Dimensions. Honorees will be recognized at a “We Honor Veterans” luncheon. Submit the nominee’s name, along with 300 words or less telling why this person is being nominated, at www.CareDimensions.org/Veterans; by mail to Care Dimensions, We Honor Veterans Award, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923; or via email to SMeehan@CareDimensions.org.

North Shore Community College’s Marketing and Design Programs Kickoff takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road, Room DS106. If you’re interested in a career in marketing, social media marketing, graphic design or integrated media, join this free, special event. Get how-to tips from companies hiring today and network with award-winning faculty and NSCC alumni working in the creative arts industry. Coffee and breakfast provided. To RSVP or for more information, contact Professor Dianne McDermott Cerasuolo, dmcdermo@northshore.edu.

“The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs” will be the focus of best-selling author Katherine Howe’s Marblehead Museum talk and book signing on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. Howe will discuss this critically acclaimed new book, a sequel to her best-seller, “The Physick Book of Deliverane Dane,” both of which are set in Marblehead, Salem, and the Boston area. The event will take place in the Carolyn Lynch Education Center at Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington St, followed by book signing and sales. Admission is $10 for members, $15 nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations are required at 781-631-1768 or online at marbleheadmuseum.org. The Marblehead Museum Fall Lecture Series is sponsored by Marble Harbor Investment Counsel.

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 marbleheadmuseum.org/marblehead-history-documents/ or the Congregational Library and Archives website. Records of the First Congregational Church (Old North) and Third Congregational Church are also available.

On Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., welcomes Gerald Lodge who will present Medicare 101, a better understanding of what’s covered, how and when to enroll, how to apply, how to choose a plan, the differences between Parts A, B, and D, and more.  Lodge, a Community Development expert with Tufts Health. Lodge has spent more than 30 years working in the Medicare health plan industry, including the last 20 years of those with Tufts. This presentation is on Medicare, not Tufts Health plans, and no sales material will be handed out. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

Author Ezra Parzybok will visit the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., to discuss his book, “Cannabis Consulting: Helping Patients, Parents, and Practitioners Understand Medical Marijuana.” Q&A and book signing to follow. Parzybok taught art, science, and humanities before becoming a medical cannabis educator, caregiver, and consultant. He also serves as a business consultant in the cannabis industry at his firm Greenglove Consulting. They work on business development, compliance and licensing support for marijuana companies in New England. For information and registration, visit danverslibrary.org or call 978-774-0554.

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., is launching a monthly genealogy series, “Digging for Roots Genealogy Series: Getting Started with Your Research,” beginning Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Professional genealogist Seema Kenney will discuss where to begin. 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 danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.


The Fifth Annual Tour de Greenbelt kicks off at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21, at Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation in Essex. Choose from three untimed routes that can be cycled at your own pace: a half-century (50 miles) road ride, a shorter route (25 miles) road ride, and the 40-mile Gravel Grinder suitable for cyclists with the proper bike, with off-road excursions into protected forests and reservations. Riders will enjoy cycling past more than 50 of Greenbelt’s protected properties, venturing into state forests, ascending Sagamore Hill in the Donovan Reservation for beautiful views, then returning to Cox Reservation for a barbecue and music under the Big Tent. Riders register at www.bikereg.com/tourdegreenbelt before Sept. 16, or the morning of the event starting at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $155, $175 for nonmembers with fundraising optional. Riders can also select the $50 fundraiser rate. Race day registration is $200. Proceeds from this fundraiser help Greenbelt conserve the region’s farmland, wildlife habitat, scenic landscapes and places.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m., researcher Margaret Meahl will discuss “Faith Trumbull Huntington: An 18th Century Woman and the Revolutionary War,” at the The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St. An exceptional woman living in extraordinary times, Trumbull Huntington traveled to the Patriot encampment in Roxbury during the Siege of Boston in 1775, and unknowingly arrived on the day of the brutal Battle of Bunker Hill. What happened to her after that? Meahl’s presentation, based on the Trumbull and Huntington family archives at the Connecticut Historical Society, includes details culled from primary and secondary sources, and sheds light on girls’ education, religion, colonial American women, the Revolutionary War, mental illness, funerals, and family. 

Register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Northeast Arc presents a standup comedy showcase at Peabody’s Black Box Theater, 22 Foster St. A spinoff from Israeli Wonder Yael Gavish’s podcast, it lets the audience experience a different world view from performers with international roots who now call Boston home. Presale tickets are $12, $20 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m., the show starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs till 6:45 p.m. Cash bar. For more information, call 978-548-5854, or visit https://ne-arc.org/services/black-box-theater/

Castle Hill Picnic Concerts continue on Thursdays, through Aug. 29, with family-friendly bands performing on the Grand Allee overlooking Crane Beach. Enjoy the sounds and sea and stroll the garden’s 32-piece outdoor sculpture exhibition created in partnership with New England Sculptors Association. Bring a picnic or purchase seafood, roast beef, ice cream from on-site vendors and local beverages at a beer and wine garden. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is located at 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking. Concerts run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission at gate only: $35 per car or $25 per car for Trustees members. Motorcycles and walk-ins $10 for nonmembers; $8 for members. Weather cancellations announced by 3 p.m. day of concert at www.thetrustees.org/picnicconcerts or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4052.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, from 4 to 9 p.m., Bridge Street Neck Neighborhood Association, Montserrat College of Art and participants from Salem and Beverly kick off the Crossing Water Arts Festival with a free Party On The Bridge. This family-friendly block party is part of Montserrat’s weeklong Arts Festival on both sides of the Salem-Beverly Bridge. BSNNA will light up Remond Park while Montserrat lights up the bridge. Music, dancing, a shipping container art gallery, food vendors, craft beer tent, face painting, games and bubbles are all part of the fun, all at the pier. Half of raffle proceeds support recent Bridge Street Neck fire victims. Visit www.facebook.com/BridgeStreetNeck or email bridgestneck@gmail.com for more information.

17th Century Saturdays continue at The Gables this fall, beginning with “Arts and Mysteries Revealed: Historical Carpentry,” Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before power tools, sheetrock or foam insulation, the mastery of carpentry created works of lasting elegance and functionality. If you’ve ever wondered how, travel back to a long ago Salem with educator Mike Welch, who is known for his entertaining and informative explorations of the tools and techniques of early woodworkers. 17th Century Saturdays happen at the Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem, on the first Saturday of each month — Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Nov. 2 — and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is included with the price of admission. Each will present a new mystery to explore at First Period (1625) sites like The House of the Seven Gables. For more information, visit: https://7gables.org/.

Members of Bishop Fenwick High School class of 1964 will hold a 55th class reunion on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 4 p.m., at Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St, Danvers. It will be a buffet luncheon. To contact the yacht club, call 978-774-8622.

On Sept. 7 and 8, the Ipswich Humane Group is teaming up with Marini Farm in Ipswich to host the Doggy Maze Daze Fundraiser to support the Ipswich Animal Shelter. One weekend only Marini Farm opens the corn maze for pet owners and their four-legged friends to get lost from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry to maze 5 p.m.) Marini Farm, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, is just a mile east of Route 1. Admission is $14.99 per person; four-legged friends are free. There are 8 acres of family friendly pathways in the maze with helpers perched high above as guides. After the maze, visit the mall on the fields plus the 1-acre mini maze, 70′Jumping Pillow, 50-foot Giant Tube Slide, Pirate Ship Play Structure, Giant Chair, Rope Maze, Corn Silo Dig, Sand pile, Duck Races, Bounce Houses (height/weight restrictions apply), Cow Train, Games and Hayrides — all included. Every guest, ages 2 and older, must have an admission wristband. Dogs must be leashed. Those 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.ipswichhumanegroup.org/doggy-maze-daze.html.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, Riverside Squares Dance Club is hosting a free party with pizza and an introductory class in Modern Square dancing. Put on your dancing shoes and come at 7 p.m. for an hour of fun at All Saints Episcopal Church, 13 Holten St., Danvers. No partner or special clothes are necessary. If you can walk briskly, you’re welcome, and invited to watch the regular monthly club dance which follows from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Regular weekly classes start Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., for 10 weeks at a cost of $85 per person. For more information, visit Riversidesquares.org or call 978-774-8159.

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