Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will speak as part of the Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series at St. John’s Prep on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Power is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, a Harvard University professor, and a leading voice internationally for principled American global engagement. Presented by St. John’s Centers for Mission and Research, the lecture series brings innovators, influencers, and leaders to campus to explore how an ethics-based education can shape decision-making in the real world. Tickets are free for Danvers residents as well as students and teachers from local cities and towns. General admission is $15, including check-in and a reception at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the program starts at 7 p.m. inside the Kaneb Theatre at Alumni Hall at 7 p.m. Register at

“Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop,” has returned to Salem for its 27th season of bringing the Salem Witch Trials to life. This year, “Cry Innocent” is offered alongside multiple activities so guests can customize their experience with walking tours, short film viewings, and more. Several shows daily in October, at the Old Town Hall at 32 Derby Square, Salem. Tickets for the October season are available online at Tickets for the remainder of September’s weekend performances are also available at

The Hamilton-Wenham Library, 14 Union St., presents New England Witchcraft Tales with Roxie Zwicker on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. The presentation, which highlights the evolution of customs and superstitions relating to witchcraft throughout New England, will leave audeine members checking underneath their front doorstep, in their chimneys or in their backyards for remnants of these stories. Zwicker, Maine’s mystery maven, has been entertaining curious souls since 1994. Her company, New England Curiosities, offers haunted tours and is nationally known, and she is the author of seven books on New England folklore and ghost stories and thoroughly enjoys educating people with tales of folklore, the strange and unusual.

Rome and Colonial America were more alike than you think. On Saturday, Oct. 19, local archaeologist Kimberley Connors will be at the Hamilton-Wenham Library, 14 Union St., to tell you why. At her 1 p.m. presentation, “Think: Tribute, Technology and Transportation,” Connors, a Harvard University trained archaeologist and educator, discusses how the Roman model formed the foundation of our landscape and history. This event is sponsored by the Hamilton Historical Society and the Friends of the HWPL, free and open to the public. Questions? Call 978-468-5577, or visit:

Jason Anick and the Rhythm Future Quartet will perform at The Salem Athenaeum on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. A virtuoso violinist and composer, Anick and his acoustic jazz ensemble has a straightforward objective: keeping the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. Influenced by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli of the Hot Club of France, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions. One of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine), and performed with music greats at renowned venues. The cost for the evening is $20 for Athenaeum members. Nonmembers pay $25, and students with ID pay $15. The Salem Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex St., Salem. Call 978-744-2540, or email:

The Danvers Democrats’ Annual Octoberfest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers, from 6 to 9 p.m., with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, Congressman Seth Moulton, Senate President Karen Spilka, state Sen. Joan Lovely and state Rep. Ted Speliotis, who will be joined by legislative colleagues and friends from North Shore communities. Special recognition will be given to the contributions of women in politics, beginning with the Suffragists who demonstrated and petitioned at great personal risk and injury to secure the right to vote for women; passed in 1919 and ratified by the states in 1920. Buffet and cash bar. Tickets are $30, $55 per couple, online at or at the door. Proceeds will support the DDTC Scholarship and other DDTC initiatives. For more information, contact Marilyn Hazel at

Ultra Mega Printmaking by Haig Demarjian will be the focus of an exhibit running from Oct. 9 through 31 at Salem State University’s Winfisky Gallery, in the Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Demarjian works in media ranging from fine art to commercial illustration to film. He has also written and drawn the adventures of his comic book creation Super Inga. This is the first time he’s allowed the many disparate aspects of his work to collide. The Winfisky Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or 978.542.6365.

“Gunplay: A Play About America” by Frank Higgins, comes to Salem State University in October. Through dramatic vignettes, Gunplay’s kaleidoscope of views explores the mystique, the mythologies and the power of guns in American society without taking sides or supporting any particular perspective. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26; and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 at the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 356 Lafayette St., Salem. The Oct. 20 matinee includes a post-show conversation, and the Oct. 24 show includes a prelude conversation at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit or call 978-542-6365.

Charter Street Cemetery in Salem will be closed through Nov. 3. The city is preparing to undertake a substantial landscape preservation and improvement project in the cemetery and has already completed early phases of work, including some headstone and tomb restoration and preliminary archaeological reviews. The city will publish information about the cemetery and its history, as well as images of notable headstones and tombs, at

Tickets for Marblehead Little Theater’s production of Anne Marilyn Lucas’s “Recovery,” running Oct. 5 through Oct. 13, are now on sale. Lucas’s poignant play follows three young women, all grappling with the reality of addiction, and their mothers. Previously staged at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, “Recovery” premiered in New York City and will be performed in Greece in March 2020. Boston director Bridget Kathleen O’Leary, former assistant artistic director of New Repertory Theatre, is directing the MLT cast of eight North Shore women, Talkbacks after every performance to discuss addiction, featuring state Rep. Lori Ehrlich on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.; Caron Treatment Centers on Oct. 10; Jeff Korsenick on the financial cost of addiction on Oct. 12; and Melissa Weiksnar, author/speaker, on Oct. 13. Tickets are available at or at the Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St, Marblehead.

Fall street sweeping in the city of Salem runs through Oct. 4 and continues on entrance corridors Tuesday, Oct. 8, through Thursday, Oct. 17. Residential neighborhood street sweeping will take place on both sides of the street on the same day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Routes will be posted with temporary No Parking/Tow Zone signs and parking will be prohibited while sweeping. Sweep days are the day after regularly scheduled trash days. Schedule and map, alternative parking locations and other information are posted on

The Mrs. Essex County Pageant will crown the 49th Mrs. Essex County at this year’s Topsfield Fair and is looking for contestants. Not a beauty competition, the Mrs. Essex County Pageant contestants must be married, living in Essex County with their spouse, and be at least 18 years of age to enter. Each contestant will submit a prepared food item. This year’s category is favorite holiday appetizer. Contestants will be judged according to the following criteria: general appearance, personality, poise and food score. This year’s pageant will be held in Coolidge Hall on the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. Applications can be downloaded at: Entry deadline is Thursday, Oct. 10. at 10 p.m. For more information, call organizers at 978-807-5976 or 508-932-2165.

Massachusetts native Melissa Moschitto brings her award-winning play “Artemisia’s Intent” to the Peabody Black Box theater, 22 Foster St., Peabody, for one performance on Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. The play is inspired by the life and artwork of the 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi — a painter of powerful women — who in 1612 was one of scores of women through Europe persecuted, tried, and in her case, horribly tortured for witchraft in a mass frenzy that predated the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at

The Beverly High School Class of 1974 will celebrate its 45th class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Beverly Golf & Tennis Club, 134 McKay St., Beverly. Tickets are $35 per person and are available by mailing a check payable to BHS Class of 1974 to Maureen Hobin, 6 Gardner St., Beverly, MA 01915. Ticket price includes food, music by a DJ, and a few surprises. Reservations are needed by Oct. 1. For more information, email or visit

The Peabody Garden Club presents “Keeping It Local: Beer, Hops and the Thirsty Gardener Granite Coast Brewery,” on Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., at 77 Main St., Peabody. A presentation by the founders, Jeff Marqjuis and Rob Dunn, as well as a tour of the brewery, games, raffles and prizes are on tap. $10 beer tasting and pizza, $5 for just pizza. Pre-registration is required; guests must be 21 with proper ID to purchase any alcohol beverages. Tickets will be sold at the door. To attend (beer and pizza purchase not required), email

The Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead will hold its biennial rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 to 11:45 a.m., with stuff-a-bag from noon until 1 p.m. The sale offers gently used, quality items. Light refreshments will also be for sale in the cafe, as will baked goods. For more information, visit The church, which is handicapped-accessible, is at 135 Lafayette St. (Route 114), near the Marblehead-Salem line.

The Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch at 603 Lowell Street, Peabody is hosting Father Ken Gandolfo will facilitate a conversation about the benefits of meditation on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the West Branch Library, Peabody, 603 Peabody St. Father Gandolfo, a spiritual director trained in the Carmelite tradition, will share his observations to evoke a conversation about what meditation is and what it is not, as well as the psychological, physiological and spiritual benefits of meditation. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author, will be on hand at a free book discussion at the Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch, 603 Lowell St, on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 1:30 p.m. Her novel, “The Lace Reader,” will be discussed. The story takes place in and around Salem, and this will be a chance to meet the author and ask questions about her writing. For more information contact Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

The Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch at 603 Lowell Street, Peabody  is hosting New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 P.M. A Massachusetts native, he’ll narrate a slide presentation of the maritime tragedy and rescue featured in his book, “Ten Hours Before Dawn,” which has recently been adapted into a Young Reader’s Edition and will be available for sale and signing. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

Learn about ranked choice voting when the West Branch Library, Peabody, 603 Lowell St., hosts staff from Voter Choice Massachusetts presenting information on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. Voter Choice Massachusetts is a non-partisan, politically diverse, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Massachusetts public about electoral reform that increases the range of choice on the ballot and produces fairer outcomes of elections. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

Award-winning author Jane Gandolfo will be at the Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch at 603 Lowell St., on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Gandolfo has published the second book in her Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery series, “A Tale of Deceit.” She was awarded the EVVY Book Award in the category of Mystery, Crime, Detective Fiction for her debut novel, “To Paint a Murder.” She’ll discuss the series as well as answer questions about writing and publishing books. A book sale and signing will follow the event. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Class of 1974 is holding its 45th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the American Legion, 37 School St., Hamilton. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Checks may be made out to and mailed to Robert Woodbury, 484 Bridge St., S. Hamilton, MA 01982. Questions? Email Nancy Symonds Thompson @

On Saturday, Oct. 19, Essex Tech will hold a Homecoming Gala to support the Catherine Larkin Memorial Cottage project at 6 p.m. in a tent on the lawn of the Smith Hall at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School. Students from various disciplines will together rebuild the cottage next spring, using historically significant materials from the original cottage, built in 1950 and once the hub of the school’s homemaking program. The school has also partnered with designLAB architects, a Boston-based architecture firm. The benefit gala, which will contribute to the $2.5 million fundraising goal, will feature live music, hors d’oeuvres, a live and a silent auction and farm-to-table meal prepared by Essex Tech culinary students, with cash beer and a wine bar. Tickets are $250 per person/$2,000 for a table of 10, available at

Multi-instrumentalists Lorraine and Bennett Hammond will appear at Saturday Night in Marblehead at the Parish Hall of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30. $15 at the door. Lorraine, master of the Appalachian dulcimer, also plays banjo, mandolin and Celtic harp and is an expressive singer and songwriter. Bennett, a superb finger-style guitarist and recent convert to the five string banjo, names “the three Bs”, Bach, the blues and Buddy Holly,” as major influences. Together, The Hammonds are versatile musicians and engaging entertainers. ST. Andrews Parish Hall is located at 135 Lafayette St, Marblehead, and is handicap accessible. For more information, call 781-631-4951.

Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. S. Hamilton, will hold an informative gardening talk on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., with Steve Flynn, Sr., owner of Nunan’s Florist and Greenhouses, who’ll discuss fall bulbs. Learn how to plant the various types of bulbs correctly for a beautiful spring garden, and how to ‘force’ bulbs. Nunan’s forces thousands of bulbs for Easter and springtime; join us to learn some new fall tricks for spring color. Funded by the Friends, free and open to the public. For more information, call 978-468-5577 or visit

The North Shore Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. at the Peabody Community Life Center, 75R Central Street, Peabody. This very important annual meeting will include election of officers for the coming year. Refreshments will be served. For further information, contact Mike Evers, 781 842 3619.

Corsara Artists’ Halloween production of ‘The Medium’ lets audiences at Frank L Wiggin Auditorium decide for themselves whether the dead really do answer, as they are immersed in a haunted opera-house in this frighteningly reimagined production of Menotti’s chilling tale of Madame Flora, who cons grieving parents into believing they are communicating with the spirits of their dead children. When she herself is touched by a hand during one of the seances, she is driven to insanity and murder. The Frank L Wiggin Auditorium is located at at Peabody City Hall, 24 Lowell St, Peabody. Showtimes are Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m., and 31, at 8 pm. Run time is approximately 90 minutes. Ticket sare $25 to $45. On sale now at or by calling 978-326-9788.

Children, ages three 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: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 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.

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Class of 1974 is holding their 45th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the American Legion, 37 School Street in Hamilton. Tickets are $20 per person in advance/$30 at the door. Checks can be made out to and mailed to Robert Woodbury, 484 Bridge Street, S. Hamilton MA 01982. Any questions email Nancy Symonds Thompson @

The Ipswich Public Library will hold its 15th annual “Ipswich Reads One Book” initiative with a monthlong schedule of events this fall to encourage the community to read the same book and come together to explore its themes and issues in a variety of forums. The reading selection this year is “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction,” by David Sheff, who will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 7, at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St. Sheff, who chronicles his son’s downward spiral into addiction and steps toward recovery, has created a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional roller coaster of loving a child who seems beyond help, as only a parent can. Copies may be borrowed at the library in a variety of formats. In addition to discussions and the keynote event, the library will offer a number of special events and informational programs presented by treatment providers, to panel discussions with law enforcement, and everything in between –since everyone intersects with this issue in a different way. For complete schedule, with descriptions and registration requirements, visit, or contact Library Director Patty DiTullio, at or 978-356-6649.

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

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

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

Corsara Artists, a Peabody-based non-profit music ensemble, presents a reimagined staging of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera ‘The Medium’ in the recently restored Frank L Wiggin Auditorium in Peabody’s City Hall on Oct. 30 and 31. Conducted by Ismael Sandoval with New York City Soprano Sara Law, Peabody’s own Mezzo-Soprano Natalja Sticco, and Mezzo Sarah Klopfenstein, this staging marks the return of world-class opera to Wiggin Auditorium, originally built as an Opera House 1883, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Also on stage, ‘Moonrise Fae;’ a troupe of musicians, storytellers, artists, dancers, fire spinners, and flow artists with a chilling pre-opera performance. want to miss.” Topping off the Oct. 31 performance, a Halloween Party with cast and crew sponsored by Rumson’s Rum of Salem at Peabody’s Black Box Theater from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $45 at 978-326-9788, or at, or:

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 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 Mayor Kim Driscoll has announced that a new online map showing all capital projects underway in the current fiscal year has been published 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.

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

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, hosts a new cable TV show, “Caring is Everything” on Danvers Cable Access TV (DCAT). It will address youth bereavement and grief support in partnership with local schools, to deliver youth bereavement services, while training school personnel on childhood grief. Launched in response to a need — six percent of Massachusetts youth are estimated to be bereaved by age 18 — the launch show features Kristin Kowalski, MS, CAGS, who leads the school-based grief support program and will discuss how the program aims to collaborate with local schools. The show will air on Danvers Cable Access TV (DCAT) and on Comcast 99 and Verizon 36, and will run for four weeks at the following times: Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., Sundays, 3:30 p.m., Mondays, 7 p.m., Tuesdays, noon. Visit, or

The Cloister Gallery at St. Andrew’s Church will feature a show by artist Andy Knapp, with photos taken during multiple visits to the northeast Indian state of Sikkim, tucked in the Himalayas between Nepal to the west. Running through Thursday, Oct. 10, St. Andrew’s Church at 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. The Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. The Gallery is handicapped accessible. For more information, please call 781-631-4951 or visit


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:

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.

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 will be held on Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Nov. 5 and will meet at various North Shore temples. For more information or to register, visit or contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or

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.

North Shore Elder Services is seeking the following volunteers: Friendly Visitors to visit with seniors living in Salem or Peabody; and Money Managers to help seniors balance checkbooks and prepare simple budgets. Volunteer applications are available at For more information, call 978-624-2288 or email:

Salem Haunted Happenings returns this October with a full month of programming. Expect costume parties, film nights, ghost stories, harbor tours, haunted houses, live music, magic shows, museums, psychic fairs, reenactments, and walking tours. One spooktacular place to celebrate Halloween, Salem Haunted Happenings has extended business hours, special programs, pumpkin-themed menu items and souvenirs. Warming up the final weekend of September with the Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival and Vampfangs’ Endless Night Vampire Ball, Salem Haunted Happenings officially steps off with the Grand Parade on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. After that, weekends will be full of activities for all ages, including, at the new Charlotte Forten Park, the Fountain Stage that spent nearly 20 years on Essex Street, along with music, free family films, and a beer garden. Also new, the Salem Halloween Museum at 131 Essex St., a 3-D trip down memory lane to learn the history of Halloween. For complete event information, visit:, or the blog on

The Scottish folk band North Sea Gas will perform at the Peabody Institute Library as part of its annual Fall Concert Series on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Known for great vocals and three-part harmonies, North Sea Gas is one of Scotland’s most popular folk bands. Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment that sells out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. For more information and to reserve your free seat, please call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or register online at

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.

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.

Salem State Art + Design Faculty Showcase runs through Oct. 2 at Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center. 352 Lafayette St. This annual event features the work of faculty from within Salem State University’s nationally accredited art + design department. Works by both full-time and adjunct studio faculty in printmaking, painting, design, sculpture, photography and various other media are exhibited. The Winfisky Gallery is open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, vissit:, or call 978-542-6365.

Admission to the New England Aquarium for all Salem residents is free throughout September, a savings of about $100 a family, thanks to the Norman H. Read Trust. See the Aquarium’s new Indo-Pacific Coral Reef exhibit, the penguins and California sea lions, Northern fur seals, and thousands of other aquatic animals. Proof of Salem residency is required at the aquarium’s box office. The Salem Ferry travels from the Blaney Street pier to Boston’s Long Wharf North, near the aquarium. For more information, visit

Essex Tech is expanding its NightHawks Adult Education Program with new industry training and community enrichment courses. In addition to Advanced Manufacturing, Electrical-Journeyman Introduction and Plumbing Tier 1, the program is launching 1) Digital Photography, with Michael Chiusano, commercial photographer, Tuesdays, to Oct. 15, 5:30-8 p.m. Registration $150. 2) Harvest Beers of the North Shore Course, Thursday, Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m., students 21+ with ID. Registration: $30. 3) Holiday Wine Tasting; Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 to 8 p.m. for students 21+ with ID to the session. Registration: $30. 4) Jewelry and Metalsmithing: Bracelet Cuff Workshop with Stephanie Leary, Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 to 12:30 p.m. Tools and materials provided. Registration: $90. 5) Jewelry and Metalsmithing: Pendant Workshop with Stephanie Leary; Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tools and Materials provided. Registration: $90. Songwriting: Saturdays, Sept. 7 — Oct. 12, 3 to 4 p.m., for adult pianists and guitarists. Registration: $125. Register for any or all at:

Beverly residents, this is your chance to get to know the people responsible for preserving the past and ushering in the future of your city. Join us at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., for a series of discussion events with political and community leaders as they share what they do and answer your questions on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., with Kelley Ferretti, Ward 2 School Committee; Sue Gabriel, executive director Beverly Bootstraps; Paul Guanci, city council president; and John G. LeLacheur, chief of police. On Friday, Oct. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m., meet Catherine Barrett, director of grants; Abby Battis, associate director for collections at Historic Beverly; Aaron Clausen, director, Planning and Community Development. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m., Rachael Abell, Ward 1 school committee secretary; Julie Flowers, city councilor at-large; John Frates, Ward 6 City councilor and vice president; Gin Wallace, executive director at Beverly Main Streets. Friday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m., Mayor Michael P. Cahill. For more information, call 978-921-6062 ext. 2122, or email

The Beverly and the Salem Witch Scare starts brewing things up on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Sohier Room of the Main Library/Beverly Public Library. In partnership with Historic Beverly, Michael Cormier, author of the new play “Saltonstall’s Trial,” presents a local perspective on the infamous trials to which Beverly is historically connected, with local names like Hale, Herrick, Rootes and Tookey. “Saltonstall’s Trial,” will be presented at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre from Oct. 17 to 27, This is a rare opportunity to hear the story through the eyes and minds of Beverly’s forefathers. Nathaniel Saltonstall of Haverhill was the only judge brave enough to quit the witch court in protest and become a vocal opponent. A Q&A will follow the presentation which is free and open to adults. The library is located at 32 Essex St. Questions? Contact Ona at

St. Michael’s Society will hold its annual Polish picnic on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 15 Endicott St., Peabody at 12 noon. The Beer Hall Boys will provide the music and dancing, and the Polish kitchen will provide Golabki, Kielbasa, Kapusta and Paczki. The event is free and parking is available on Endicott St. (the no parking ban will be lifted for the day) Farnham Park and St. Joseph’s Church. Questions? Call 978-531-5592.

The Beverly Waste Reduction Committee, sponsored by the Beverly Rotary Club, will hold a styrofoam recycling event at the Beverly High School rear parking lot on Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Only clean white packing blocks and pieces from electronics or other packed items will be accepted. Unacceptable are: colored food trays, egg cartons, styrofoam packing peanuts.

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

The Danvers Historical Society is hosting a Jump iN Jam –Open Mic “Acoustic Performers Night” every third Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Bring an instrument, tell a story, tell us some jokes, read a poem and have fun. No need to pre-register for this free program. Talent of all types encouraged. Contact Dan at or 978-777-2711. Free, but donations appreciated. FOr more information, call 978-777-1666 or

The Danvers Historical Society is hosting a Speaker Series every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page St., Danvers. Artifacts come to life through the eyes of volunteer researchers from Salem State University with audience participation in a moderated discussion. Admission is free, funded, in part with a Discussion Grant from Mass.Humanities; but donations are appreciated. Call 978-777-1666 or email:

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m., award-winning historian, author and preservation specialist Bethany Groff Dorau will present her illustrated lecture, “Secure the Shadow: Victorian Spirit and Post-Mortem Photography.” The seventh in this year’s Seven Lectures at Seven Gables’series continues to explore the reach and influence of pop culture in our society. Dorau’s lecture will be held in the Visitor Center, The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Members are admitted free of charge. General admission is $10. Some parking is available. For more information, visit:; email; or call 978-306-7003, or:

The second annual non-sanctioned Pickleball Tournament-Salem Coats for Kids Pickleball Charity 2019 tournament will be held on Sept. 28 and 29, at Collins Cove Park in Salem, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tournament will raise funds with your registration fee to buy winter coats for children in the North Shore with the help of SPUR, a 100% volunteer-led nonprofit North Shore charitable organization established to inspire good deeds, provide meaningful volunteer activities to all ages, and offer service learning opportunities for our next generation of leaders. To learn more, visit: ; ; ;;

A Salem Councilor At-Large Candidate Forum will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Salem Moose Family Center, 50 Grove St. All are encouraged to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 617-682-2446.

Actress Kathy Najimy returns to Salem to revisit her role as Mary Sanderson in the 1993 comedy-horror hit “Hocus Pocus” Saturday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square, Salem. Najimy will appear for meet and greets with fans following a screening of the movie, much of which was shot in Salem. She will also participate in a 90-minute question and answer panel followed by an autograph and photo op meet and greet. A VIP package available which includes dinner and more. For tickets and more information, visit

The House of the Seven Gables’ Hawthorne in Hollywood film series finishes with the 1926 silent film, “The Scarlet Letter,” Friday, Oct. 4. Peter Kransinski will provide special piano accompaniment. A discussion about the film and the Hawthorne novel it was based on with Salem State University professor Nancy Schults will follow. The event, complete with popcorn and soft drinks, starts at 6:30 p.m. in The Gables Visitor Center, 115 Derby St., Salem. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for members. For more information visit

There will be a meeting of the Beverly Democratic City Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Beverly Public Library Beverly Farms branch, 24 Vine St., at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Lisa Peterson, candidate for Congress in the 6th District. For more information or to add items to the agenda, contact Chairman Jim Thompson at or 978-618-5188. Newcomers welcome. 

The McGinn Committee will host a fundraiser in support of Pete McGinn’s re-election campaign for Peabody Ward 2 councilor. The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Petrillo’s Restaurant, 6 Foster St., Peabody. There will be light fare and a cash bar. Parking is available at the municipal lot on Foster Street. The suggested donation is $25 per person (checks payable to The McGinn Committee) which may be mailed in advance to The McGinn Committee, 8 Park St., Peabody, MA 01960. For more information, go to:

On Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m., Waldorf School at Moraine Farm will host Windows into the World of Waldorf, an open house for prospective parents and students. Choose from a series of 30-minute classes in Nursery and Kindergarten, Math, Science, Language Arts, Music, specific to a range of grade levels. Homeschooling families can get a feel for the Waldorf subject classes offered to homeschooled students. Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is located at 701 Cabot St., Beverly. For information or to register, visit

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., Mary Crowe, LICSW, ACHP-SW, director of professional and community education at Care Dimensions, will present a free program at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. “Making Decisions When It Matters Most: Conversations about Healthcare Proxy, Five Wishes and More,” will cover advance care planning and related issues, empowering people to advocate for their health care with family, friends, and medical professionals, as well as providing practical tools for setting up advanced directives. All are welcome. For more information, visit or, or call 978-774-0554. 

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk brings “Sleepy Hollow,” Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman to Salem on Thursday, Oct. 3. Kruk, who annually performs more than 60 sell-out shows at Sleepy Hollow’s Old Dutch Church, brings Washington Irving’s ghostly tale to the capacious neoclassical sanctum of Salem’s Tabernacle Church, 50 Washington St., from 8 to 9:15 p.m. He’ll be donned in a bespoke frock and accompanied on eerie organ by Jim Keyes. Best for ages 10 and older. Tickets are $25 at the door, or available in advance at

The Danvers Cultural Council is accepting applications from local artists and organizations for grants for the 2020 funding cycle. These funds are solely from an annual allocation of the Mass. Cultural Council. Individuals, groups or organizations interested in providing events or projects in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences may apply to support a variety projects and activities in Danvers — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, performances, workshops, and lectures. Online applications are available at The statewide deadline to submit is Tuesday, Oct. 15. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., the Danvers Cultural Council will meet at the Senior Center, 25 Stone St., Danvers to review all applications, and again Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., to announce awards. Applicants should attend to support their applications. Danvers individuals or groups will receive priority. For more information, visit

The Miracle League of the North Shore is ready to play ball on the field of the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf field in Beverly. This fall, games will take place on Oct. 19 and 26. The Miracle League is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 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 once each inning, all players are safe on the bases, all score home runs, volunteers serve as “buddies” to assist the players, and everybody wins. The Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf, 6 Echo Ave., Beverly, is home to an all-accessible, completely rubberized field, where all games are held. Registration, player and volunteer arrivals begin at 9:30 a.m. Warmups follow from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and the official game from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pizza will be provided for all.

Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, 485 Lowell St., Peabody, will host two public events on Thursday, Oct. 3. There will be an open house, from 6 to 8 p.m., for current and prospective students and families to learn about the high school. Tour the facilities and interact with staff about programs available to students. High school teachers and administrators will be on hand to showcase the school and answer questions. And from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Field House, students and families from any North Shore community may visit with representatives of 95 colleges during College Night. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 978-536-4517.

Cabot and Rantoul streets in downtown Beverly will be the scene of downtown trick or treating on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. This free event is a safe and fun way for little ones in costumes to collect Halloween treats. Participating businesses on Cabot and Rantoul streets will have an orange flyer displayed in their windows. Areas of Cabot Street will be closed to cars at 3:30 p.m. For more information call Beverly Main Streets at 978-922-8558, or visit

The Beacon Café, North Shore Community College’s student-run café, will serve fresh, hot meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 15 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.

It’s 1929, the Crane family is away and the household staff is ready to play. They are opening the house to their friends and neighbors Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., so they can all see how the other half lives — by candlelight. Tours are scheduled every 30 minutes with the last departing at 8 p.m. Recommended for ages 10 and up. The Great House at Castle Hill is located on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Cost is $5 for Trustees members, $15 for nonmembers. Advance reservations recommended. Visit or call 978-356-4351 ext. 3203 for more information.

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library will host two free writers’ workshops, at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 9 and 16. Have a great idea and don’t know how to get started? Stuck with a messy first draft and need help with organization and editing? Come prepared to exercise writing skills and review all aspects of the craft. All levels and genres of writers are welcome. Plan to attend both sessions. The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St., Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit

The Ipswich Board of Health will offer a flu clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Council on Aging Cafeteria, Town Hall, 25 Green St., Ipswich. The influenza (quadrivalent) vaccine is available to people over 50 years of age, pregnant women and those 19 years of age and older with chronic medical conditions. The flu clinic is free, but bring insurance cards. Wear clothes with short or loose fitting sleeves. For more information, call the Public Health Office at 978-356-6606 or visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at

To help raise awareness of the nature of the rapidly rising rate of veteran suicide, the Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Francisco Urena is hosting “a conversation about suicide and mental health” at North Shore Community College on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. The U.S. Navy confirmed that just last week three sailors assigned to the USS George H. Bush aircraft carrier died by suicide. A 2016 study estimates that 20 veterans commit suicide every day. Last year, 675 veterans in the Northeast region committed suicide, of which 60 were from Massachusetts. Join the conversation and learn from the panel why it’s so crucial to end the stigma of mental health. All are welcome to attend this talk, which will be held at North Shore Community College, Math & Science Building, Room 119, Danvers. RSVP to Randace Rauscher, 617-210-5751.

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