The Salem police K9 Unit will host a comedy show and dinner fundraiser on May 24, at 7 p.m. at the Salem Moose Hall, 50 Grove St. The dinner features stuffed chicken breast with all the trimmings and dessert. Tickets are $25 per person and include both dinner and the show. There will also be a 50/50 and raffle table. Proceeds will help support the K9 Unit. For tickets, contact Salem police Capt. Kate Stephens at or 978-744-0171 ext. 50254.

The Sunday before Memorial Day is observed as Veterans Memorial Sunday.  Each year, vets visit a different church, and this year the Annual Veterans Memorial Sunday Observance will be held Sunday, May 26, at the 10 a.m. services of the Danvers Church of the Nazarene, 181 Dayton St., Danvers.  It is a sign of reverence for all veterans and memorializes this country’s freedom of religion guaranteed by the Constitution.  All veterans are encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact Dick Moody at 978-836-2395 or Peter Mirandi at 978-777-0001 x3025.

The Woman’s Friend Society will hold an afternoon tea on Wednesday, May 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Emmerton House, 12 Hawthorne Blvd., in Salem. The tea will feature door prizes, raffles tasty treats and a chance to see the beautiful Victorian mansion. A $5 donation is requested. For more information, call the Woman’s Friend Society at 978-744-2137.

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor an Ipswich Red Cross Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 29, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to schedule an appointment. If you donate blood between May 1 and June 10 to support trauma patients, you qulaify for a $5 Gift Card* by email. Restrictions apply.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore is hosting a Family & Friends Support Group and a new Individual (Peer) Support Group on Wednesday, May 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly. 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

The North Shore Horticultural Society will hold its Annual Plant Sale and Auction on Tuesday, May 28, at the Masonic Lodge, 10 Church St., Manchester at 6 p.m., auction starting at 6:30 p.m., with a wide variety of pre-priced plants and outdoor garden items. On auction by auctioneer Fred Rice will be annuals and perennials from members’ gardens and donated by local nurseries. All are welcome, free freshment will be available; cash or check accepted, but no credit cards. Plant trays and plastic bags will be provided. Arrive early to pick up a bid number.For more information, call 978-232-0102 or visit

Salem Sound Coastwatch holds its Marine Invasive Species workshop on June 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Winter Island Park Function Hall in Salem, welcoming all to get a close look at marine bio-invaders in Salem Sound. See, touch and learn at this hands-on session sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW). Barbara Warren, SSCW executive director, will give an orientation and discuss learning over the years. Those interested may explore a tidepool with staff at this child-friendly, free event. All welcome, but dress appropriately and RSVP requested. Contact SSCW at or 978-741-7900.  

This Memorial Day weekend, Beverly’s Cabot presens ballet in partneship with the North Atlantic Dance Theater, with two performances of “The Little Mermaid,” Friday, May 24, at 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 25, at 1 p.m. Discover why this dynamic young company is said to deliver the best calibre ballet outside Boston. For movie lovers, Saturday evening the Cabot screens “Jaw.” Beer tastings from Cape Ann Brewing and Narragansett will be offered before the 8 p.m. screening, with Joe’s On A Roll parked outside for lobster rolls. The Cabot is located at 286 Cabot St, Beverly. For more information:

The Plummer Youth Promise Foundation is holding its 6th annual Paddle for Plummer event on Saturday, July 13, at its waterfront property at Plummer Youth Promise, 37 Winter Island Road, Salem. This day full of energy, fun and fitness raises significant funds for the Plummer Home which aims to find a family for every child. Participants and spectators enjoy paddling, live music, food, waterfront spinning, SUP yoga with sponsors and vendors. For information/registration, visit:

On Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Library invites you to learn about Faith Trumbull Huntington, an 18th century woman who encountered the war in 1775 during the siege of Boston, when, travelling to the patriot encampment in Roxbury she arrived on the day of the brutal Battle of Bunker Hill. Researcher Margaret Meahl’s presentation is based on family archives at the Connecticut Historical Society, with details culled from primary source documents (letters, newspaper articles, art), and sheds light on many issues: girls’ education, religion, colonial women, the war, mental illness, funerals and family bonds. Free and open to the public.

Neverland Theatre presents the beloved Broadway blockbuster “Guys and Dolls,” in concert version, featuring a live band and 20 talented adults from all over the North Shore, on Friday, May 31 at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 at 4:30 p.m. at The First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot St., Beverly. Tickets are $16.50. For more information please visit or call 978 500-8832.

The Patton Homestead Inc., the Wenham Museum, and other community partners invite you to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day the week of June 1 – June 6, at the Patton Homestead. It all starts with a community picnic, food truck festival, and keynote lecture at the Patton Homestead, 650 Asbury St., Hamilton, on June 1. All events are free and open to everyone, except for tours of the Patton Family Archives. For a full schedule of events visit:

Ipswich Museum’s Special Women’s Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, June 7, at the Heard House, 54 South Main St., at 11:30 a.m. Join independent costume historian Katy Bishop, for “Underneath It All: A Century of Fashionable Undergarments and Accessories, 1810-1910” — a revealing look at the long hidden secrets of attaining the perfect women’s figure. Tickets are $75; please RSVP to the Ipswich Museum, at 978-356-2811. Please note: two RSVPs have been receieved but the envelopes were empty with no return address. You, perhaps? Please contact the Museum!

Take a free tour of the Phillips House and Gedney House, 3129, 34 Chestnut St., Salem, on Saturday, June 1, courtesy of Historic New England properties. From Maine to Rhode Island, learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during free guided tours at Historic New England’s house museums. In Salem, Historic New England properties are Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street and Gedney House, 21 High Street. For more information on hours and locations, visit:

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. Every meeting is 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.

Stories & Songs with Ryan welcomes children ages 2 to 4 weekly, for songs, stories and activities on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Caregivers must attend — no registration needed.

The Northshoremen Chorus of Beverly is offering three free, 45-minute singing lessons for men of all ages, sponsored by the Beverly Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The program runs Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., followed by a workshop at the Italian Community Center, 302 Rantoul St., Beverly. For more information, call 866-727-4988, email or visit

The American Lung Association and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center are hosting a 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. Learn how to manage your condition and improve quality of life. Different topics will be addressed each month, and light refreshments will be served. Family members and caregivers are welcome. Free. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-532-0303.

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 or by calling 978-542-7555.

The Peabody High School Class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Saturday, June 8, at the Marriot Hotel in Centennial Drive Peabody. This is the day on which we graduated in 1969. Tickets are available and may be purchased through Stephen Delaney at: 617-791-6067 Also, go on FB, Peabody High Class of 1969 or search Stephen Delaney. So far around 100 classmates are attending; join us

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. We serve our clients with the help of over 120 volunteers each month. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 2203, S. Hamilton, MA 01982 or via the donate link at

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. You can bring a chair and pack your own lunch or buy it at concession stands. In the event of bad weather we will move to a nearby gazebo. Please remind classmates and friends about this fun, free event. Donations will gladly be accepted! Questions? Call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776 or e-mail Walt Doblecki at

On Friday, May 31, the United Polish Organization of Peabody is once again 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.

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. Applications to sell items are $20 per space and the reservation deadline is May 24. 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 or visit

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.

The Peabody Institute Library Foundation will hold “Bubbly and Birds,” a cocktail viewing of select John J. Audubon’s Birds of America prints owned by the library. On display will be some of Audubon’s most iconic prints, including a number that were recently restored. This special event will be held on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Main Library, 82 Main St. in Peabody. Tickets are $60, available at all three Peabody Institute Library locations. This fundraiser will benefit the ongoing restoration of the Peabody Institute Library’s Birds of America prints.

The Peabody Institute Library’s South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody, will host a special food event on Thursday, May 30, from 7 to 8 p.m. Stocking the Kitchen: Ingredients, Recipes, and Ideas for Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Ketogenic Eating will be the focus when Peabody native Linda Sessa shares sample recipes and attendees create a simple dish for tasting. Nuts, seeds, and tree nuts will feature in this program. Registration is required for this event at or call 978-531-3380.

The Dane Street Congregational Church will host their 35th annual free Spring Pops Concert with Avard Rushton conducting the Dane Street Church Community Concert Band, on Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. All are welcome. For more information, call 978-922-4325.

Gay Pride month will be celebrated in Danvers with the raising of the Gay Pride flag on Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m., in front of Town Hall, 1 Sylvan St., with refreshments following in Town Hall.