PALS Animal Life Savers is holding a Dining for Felines fundraiser on Oct. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Stonewood Tavern, 139 Lynnfield St., in Peabody. Join us for dinner at this annual fundraiser. A percentage of all dinner sales from 5 to 8 p.m. will benefit our fabulous felines. We will have goodies for your cats, raffle items and will be accepting donations of cat food and litter. For more information, visit our Facebook page:

This Friday, Oct. 4, is Mayor’s Night Out in Salem, starting at 3 p.m. Trick-or-treating, free museum admissions, free parking and lots of bootiful ways to spend the evening. Free with photo ID proof of Salem residency, and students with ID cards, bus pass, or a Salem Public Library card; also, free parking at the Museum Place Mall Garage and South Harbor Garage after 4 p.m. Trick-or-treating starts at big fountain by the Museum Place Mall at 5:30 p.m. and continues down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and around the shops in the Museum Place Mall. Participating businesses offer a spooktacular range of attractions, Salem magician Anton the Great offers a great magic show, the Trick or Treat bags will be provided by the Salem Witch Museum, and the Salem law firm of Mazow McCullough, PC, will be distribute safety flasher lights to help keep trick-or-treaters safe and seen.

The Church of St. Andrew (Episcopal) in Marblehead will hold a workshop on white privilege featuring True Story Theater, on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Beloved Community Team, a diverse group from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lynn and St. Andrew’s, focused on the eradication of racism and social injustice. Participants will be guided through an interactive performance for white people. The goal? To move beyond blame and shame toward personal reflection to create a culture of support. Register at Facebook; see Events at Participants are encouraged to read White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo prior to attending. Light refreshments will be served. St. Andrew’s is at 135 Lafayette St., (Route 114) in Marblehead, near the Salem line, and is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact Pamela Poppe,

The Ipswich Lion’s Club will present its 24th Annual Ipswich Chowderfest on Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Downtown Ipswich River Walk. Chowder tasting runs from noon to 2 p.m., and the chowders are from acclaimed local restaurants. Crafts are also local, the music is live from the Orville Giddings Band, the beer is from the True North Brewery Truck, and there are plenty of children’s activities, vendors and more. For tickets, visit:

Owl prowling naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson visit the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to present “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World.” The learning begins at 7 p.m., and the subject is the owls of New England and beyond, including Great Horned, Barred and Eastern Screech Owls are more common than you may think. Boreal owls and Great Gray owls are rare here, yet are found on other continents. Snowy Owls, Eurasian eagle owls and familiar Barn Owls feature in popular movies and nature programs. Mark and Marcia will share the field marks, signs and naturalist’s skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them, while introducing you to six live owls up close. Everyone is treated to a hooting lesson, as well as tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. This event is free and open to the public. Register at or 978-774-0554.

The Church of St. Andrew (Episcopal) in Marblehead, 135 Lafayette St., (Route 114), invites community children — and their parents — to a free Halloween festival Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the church’s handicap accessible Parish Hall. Children are encouraged to come in costume, the better to enjoy bouncy house, games, food and treats! Families attending will be offered a reduced admission to a Halloween-themed concert, featuring the early music ensemble Seven Times Salt, at the church after the party. For more information, see

Seven Times Salt will present a Halloween concert, “The Corners of the Moon: Uncanny Music for Hallowmas,”on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. following an afternoon Halloween festival at the Church of St. Andrew (Episcopal), 35 Lafayette St., (Route 114), Marblehead. The Boston-based group, which specializes in repertoire of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, has created a program of spooky music, depicting ghost encounters, witches’dances, mad song, fantastic beasts, and more. In addition to Burciaga, who plays violin and guitar and contributes vocals, are Agnes Coakley Cox, soprano; Dan Meyers, recorder, flute, bagpipes, percussion, and voice; Matthew Wright, lute, bandora, and voice; David Miller, bass viol and voice; and Alastair Thompson, harpsichord and voice. For more about them and their music, visit: The suggested donation is $20, and costumes are encouraged. A reception will follow. The church is handicapped accessible.

The Danvers Historical Society present lunchtime history films every third Monday, noon to 1 p.m. This Oct. 21, bring your lunch to Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page St., join the gathering, and settle down for “Haunted Inns in Massachusetts.” A lively discussion will follow. Although admission is free, donations are appreciated. Presented by Heritage Films, Dan Tremblay, Member of DHS, tel: 978-777-2711. For more information, call the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666 or E-mail to

The City of Salem is conducting a survey of the users of Salem Willows Park to gather feedback on the park as it is now, what users like or dislike about the park, and what they envision the park looking like in the future. Responses will help the City prioritize improvements to the park and determine future projects throughout the Salem Willows. To access the survey, visit: It takes less than five minutes to complete and responses are completely anonymous. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15.

On Friday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m., the Beverly Public Library Film Society will present a politically charged horror film featuring a home invasion in which the enemy is, well... us? Free and open to adults, with free popcorn, the 3 hour screening will take place in the Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly, free of charge, thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library who sponsored this program. Licensing prevents us from printing film titles; call the library for the title at 978-921-6062 or check

This October, the North Shore Players will present Mel Brooks’ musical “Young Frankenstein.” Join the Doctor, Frau Blucher, Igor, Inga and The Monster for the kind of funny that can only come from Brooks. Performances are at Hogan Regional Auditorium, 450 Maple St., Danvers, Oct. 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m., and on Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 27, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/$20, available at the door, from cast members and online. More information on Young Frankenstein at

Children, ages eighteen months to three years old and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Creative Movement with a Jewish Twist. Enjoy a morning of creative movement and a snack with Debbie Leibowitz. This program will be held on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 29 through Dec. 3 from 10 –10:45 a.m. at Epstein Hillel School, six Community Road in Marblehead. PJ Library Creative Movement with a Jewish Twist is a free program of Lappin Foundation and Epstein Hillel School and is open to all. RSVPs are requested to Phyllis Osher at or 978-740-4404. Walk-ins are welcome.

Castle Hill will celebrate Halloween with an interactive theatrical cocktail party on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. that tells the story of the infamous Dr. Caligari and his Somnambulist, a man who has been sleeping since birth or so Caligari claims. As the story unfolds someone will die and another will be abducted. Based on the 1920s silent film, this immersive experience will thrill and delight. 1920s attire is encouraged. Admission includes light appetizers, sweets, and 1 drink ticket. The Great House at Castle Hill is located on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. Trustees members pay $44. Nonmember: $55. Advance reservations are required. Please visit or call 978.356.4351 x4015.

On Monday, Oct. 21, meet the people of Vietnam and learn about their history and culture as we travel the country during the Lunar New Year celebration. Also known as Tet, this festival welcomes the arrival of spring as everyone celebrates with flowers, special foods and visits to family, friends, and temples. In Asia, the Lunar New Year represents the largest migration of people as they travel great distances to celebrate with loved ones. Part of the “Monday Mornings” program series, the program runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Free and open to adults; no registration required. Handicapped accessible. Info: Ona at

The Peabody Institute Library is holding a four-part discussion series of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” taught by Professor Theo Theoharis. The first of four meetings will be on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. in the Main Library, 82 Main St. in Peabody. First published in 1952, it gave birth to Steinbeck’s most mesmerizing characters and the enduring themes of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. Steinbeck’s late masterpiece is a powerful and vastly ambitious novel and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis. The edition we will read is “East of Eden,” John Steinbeck, Penguin Classics, available at the Main Library on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit:, or call 978-531-0100 x17.

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 free of charge to individuals over 50 years of age, pregnant women and individuals 19 years of age and older with chronic medical conditions. Please remember to bring your insurance cards. Wear clothes with short or loose fitting sleeves to the clinic. Questions? Call the Public Health Office at 978-356-6606.Or visit:

On Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., the Salem Athenaeum welcomes Jean Trounstine, activist, author and professor emerita at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, who worked at Framingham Women’s Prison for ten years. As co-founder of the women’s branch of Changing Lives Through Literature, and co-author of two books about the program, including the highly praised “Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison” she has spoken around the world on women in prison, and will deliver and illuminating presentation, free for students with ID; $10 members, $15 non-members. The Salem Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex St. Tickets are available online at, or by calling 978-744-2540.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., the Beverly Health Department is sponsoring a free flu clinic for those age 5 years and older at the Beverly Council on Aging at 90 Colon St. A limited supply of high dose vaccine is available for those 65 and older. Please bring insurance cards and wear short sleeves or loose fitting clothing. Contact the Beverly Health Department at 978-921-8591 with any questions.

St. Michael’s Society will hold its annual Polish picnic on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 15 Endicott St., Peabody at 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 Street (the no-parking ban will be lifted for the day) Farnham Park and St. Joseph’s Church. Questions? Call 978-531-5592.

Mystery and intrigue at the Lee Mansion on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Help solve the mystery of Jeremiah and Martha’s estate after their deaths while exploring the Lee Mansion for clues and information. Work alone or form a team of investigators, and you just may solve the mysteries. The historic Jeremiah Lee Mansion is located at 161 Washington St., Marblehead, with street parking available nearby. “Mystery Night at the Lee Mansion,” includes game play, wine, and light refreshments, $35 per person; reservations recommended. Visit or call 781-631-1768.

Grace Episcopal Church, 385 Essex St., Salem, will host a Blessing of the Animals in Celebration of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, Oct. 6, as part of the 10:30 a.m and 4 p.m. services for all creatures great and small. As long as they are properly leashed and/or contained, they, and you, are welcome.

The Friends of Beverly Animals will hold its 11th Annual Fur Ball on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Italian-American Center (ICC), 302 Rantoul St., Beverly. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the trivia contest starts at 7 p.m.. The top three winning teams will receive $400 in gift cards and prizes. Food, music, dancing, raffle and silent auction items are all part of what puts the fun in this fundraiser. FOBA is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization, and the Fur Ball is its main fundraising event of the year. Tickets are $25; kids under 12 are free. For tickets, visit: or purchase at the door. FOBA’s 2020 pet calendar will be available. Questions? EMail: or call 978-922-7190.

The Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly, will host an old fashioned bean supper on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. The menu offers two kinds of home baked beans, ham, coleslaw, brown bread, rolls and beverage. Prices are: Adults $7, Seniors $6, and children $3.50. Home-baked pies are $1.50 per slice. The building is handicap accessible, and there will be music.

The Danvers Public Schools is seeking peer partners to participate in our Integrated Preschool Peer Model Screening on Monday, Oct. 28, the Integrated Preschool Program offers a comprehensive early childhood curriculum taught by Massachusetts certified teachers and Special Educators with additional support from Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists. The screening process will include a 20 minute play session during which your child’s language, social, behavior, and play skills will be observed. Children who are accepted must be three prior to enrollment date. To schedule an appointment or to enquire about fees please call the Department of Student Services. For more information, call the Department of Student Services at 978-774-6112

The Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly, will host a free concert on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m., featuring students and alumni from Chapman University. The vocal and instrumental concert will feature “The Great American Songbook.” You’re welcome to meet the performers at a reception following the concert. The building is handicapped accessible.

Marblehead’s Mugford Street Players will hold open auditions for Paul Rudnick’s hit comedy “I Hate Hamlet,” directed by John Fogle, on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., and Monday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., in Marblehead. The show will perform Jan. 10 through 26 at Marblehead Little Theatre. Actors, aged 25 to 75, are asked to bring a headshot and resume and to prepare and present a 1-2 minute comic monologue. Actors will be seen in order of arrival at the auditions, as far as possible. For more information, contact the director at

The Friends of Abbot Public Library offers a free sailing talk at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Abbot Library, 235 Pleasant St, Marblehead. Sail around the world without leaving town, as Marblehead resident Brian Hancock, who competed in two Whitbread global races, talks about his adventures on the high seas. In decades of ocean sailing, he’s had some heart-stopping moments, which taught him about human strength and the natural instinct for self-preservation. The talk will follow the Friends’ annual meeting, which the public welcome to attend as well. For more information, call 781-631-1481.

Seaside Garden Club’s Oct. 8 meeting will feature “Confessions of a Garden Fanatic, Still Crazy After All These Years,” with Linda Lipton presenting a PowerPoint view of the historical garden she created with her husband Fred in their Salem backyard. Featured in the summer 2018 issue of North Shore Home Magazine, the site creates a feeling of authenticity and charm in a New England DIY designer garden. The Seaside Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Manchester Community Center. A 7 p.m. social hour is followed at 7:30 p.m. by the meeting. The cost is $30 for the year, or $5 per meeting. For more information, email

Beverly City Councilor-At-Large Julie Flowers is hosting ‘drop-ins’ at locations around the city and its six wards, giving voters a chance for one-on-one meetings to ask questions and voice concerns. Her remaining schedule is as follows: Ward 5, Oct. 9, office hours at Dunkin’ Donuts on Enon Street, 8:30 to 10 a.m., and Panera Bread, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Ward 6, Oct. 16, office hours at Half-Baked Cafe, 8:30 to 10 a.m., and Dunkin’ Donuts on West Street, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Flowers also hosts regular monthly online live Q&A sessions for those who cannot make drop-in times. Questions? Email

On Monday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Topsfield Fair will make it easier for children and adults with autism and other sensory sensitivities to enjoy the fair, without the issues that can accompany large scale events. Adjustments include: No flashing lights, music, or announcements in Kiddie Land, the Midway, or by any vendors. Sound stage volume will be lowered, as well as all public address announcements. Throughout the 11-day run of the fair, the Kids Safe Zone offers a quiet space to relax or re-group next to the Picnic Area. Sensory materials are available. Daily fair tickets are $15; discount admission is available at the ticket booth on the fairgrounds at 207 Boston St. through Oct. 3, for $12, good any day. A three-day pass is $30. Children under eight with an adult are free. Discounted food vouchers and ride tickets are also available when purchased in advance.

Saturday, Oct. 5, is pumpkin decorating day at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., bring a pumpkin and decorate it with paint, stickers, ribbons, sparkles, feathers and more. Take it home or leave it for the library’s annual contest. All ages are welcome, no registration necessary. The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St., Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit

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

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:

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 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.

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, Peabody, 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.

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 St., 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, South 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:

Beverly High School Class of 1989’s 30th reunion will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Carriage House at Lynch Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. Send checks made payable to BHS Class of 1989 c/o Amy (Cook) Kearney, 22 Fawn Lane, Danville, NH 03819. There will be food, a cash bar and a DJ. Call Amy at 978-317-6418 with questions or visit Beverly High School Class of 1989’s 30th reunion on Facebook.

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.

The 63rd reunion of the Holten High Class of 1956 will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., at the Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers. Mark Williamson will cater. For more information, call Sally Saplin at 978-777-5074, or Carol Morrissey at 978-774-2485.

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:

The National Touring Theatrical Troupe Act!vated Story Theatre returns this year to the Salem Lit Fest, with their current production of “Star Studded Stories,” on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Salem Library, 370 Essex St. Prior to the performance, actors will host a workshop for kids ages 6 and up. Limited to the first 12, participants will be cast as “guest stars,” dress in a costume and perform a scene in the production, “activates” — rather than just tells — stories from the 2019 library summer reading theme of ‘A Universe Of Stories.’ No experience is needed, but kids must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to show time. The performance itself is open to all ages. For more information, call the library at 978-744-0860. To learn about Act!vated Story Theatre, visit

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.

September is library card sign up month at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Encourage your friends & neighbors to visit the library to get their cards: they’ll get a raffle ticket and they can name you as a referral for a ticket, too. Open to Hamilton or Wenham residents only. New registrants must have valid proof of residency. Raffle closes 9/28. GoPro Hero 7 is funded by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library. Questions? Call 978-468-5577, or visit:

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.

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 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 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

Tickets are available for TEDxSalemStateUniversity, featuring talks by Salem State University faculty on “Mindfulness and Transformation” on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 356 Lafayette Street, Salem. Speakers will cover a range of topics including: “the Transformation of Women’s College Sports,” to “What Running Taught Me About Grief, Fear, and Black Women,” “Talking Mindfully About Whiteness,” “Thinking Like a Coach,” “ Dancing Our Way to Transformation,” and “How Mindfulness can Transform the way you Think about Writing. Tickets are $25 for the general public/$15 students, at: For more information visit

Salem State Art + Design Faculty Showcase runs through Oct. 2 at Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center. 352 Lafayette St1. 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 32nd Annual Walk for Hospice Benefiting Care Dimensions takes place on Sunday, Sept. 29, at St. John’s Preparatory School, 72 Spring St., Danvers. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m., rain or shine. People of all ages are welcome to participate and are encouraged to form walking teams in memory or in honor of a loved one. To register yourself or a team, or to support another team, visit

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

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 7p.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:

The Danvers Historical Society is hosting an Evening of Music and Comedy on Sept. 21, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page Street, Danvers, free, with Danvers native, Matt Farley of Motern Media, who made a name for himself in the music world by releasing 20,000 songs, which landed him on The Tonight Show. Songs and stories from an unusual career! Call 978-777-1666 or email:

Visit the National Historic Landmark 1794 Derby Summer House at Glen Magna Farms, 29 Ingersoll St., Danvers on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, for free guided half-hour tours beginning on the hour: 9, 10, and 11 a.m. Learn the stories and history of this architectural masterpiece, and updates on the restoration project. Watch master crafts persons demonstrate the intricacies of authentic period woodworking. Although admission is free, donations are much appreciated for restoration work. Sturdy shoes and bug spray are highly recommended. Bottled water is available. Please no pets. For more information, call the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666, or email:

Donate change to make a change throughout the month of September, as Beverly Bootstraps partners with local businesses to raise awareness of Hunger Action Month and support fellow community members in need. In Essex County, over 11% of children do not have enough to eat. Help keep them fed by donating the change from purchases at A New Leaf, Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop, Flourish, Prides Crossing Confections, Tartine, Super Sub and What’s Brewin’. Beverly Bootstraps provides resources to families and individuals to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

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:

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. 

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.

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.

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

Marblehead’s Haunted Walking Tour invites you to explore the spooky past of historic downtown Marblehead with our costumed historian as she recounts some of the town’s eeriest stories. You might encounter the Wizard of Orne Hill or hear the Screeching Woman. One lantern-led night remains, Friday, Oct. 4, starting at 7 p.m. at Jeremiah Lee Mansion, 161 Washington St. Street parking available nearby. Suitable for children 8 and older. $15 members; $20 future members; $5 children under 16. Registration required. Visit or call 781-631-1768.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 1 pm, historian and curator Kelly Daniell will explore the question if why and how some people managed to escape accusation during the Salem Witch trials. One family, the Feltons, will be the focus of her presentation. Residents of then Salem Village, they managed to escape 1692 unscathed, and even tried to help their accused neighbors, the Proctors, and Rebecca Nurse. The experience of the Felton family sheds new light on the well-known events of that fateful year. Learn about this and more, at the Oct. 9 presentation at the handicap-accessible Felton-Smith Historic Site, Smith Barn, 38 Felton Street, Peabody; free for members, non-members pay $5. Questions? Call 978-531-0805.

The Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers will be closed for repairs from Oct. 5 to Oct. 21. Most items may be returned in book drops. No fines will be charged on returned items. Returned items may remain on your record longer than usual. If you would like to send your holds to another library, consult av staff member. Your library card works at all NOBLE libraries. For more information and updates, visit:

On Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m., the Topsfield Historical Society welcomes Susan Swan, who will examine the 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence and its ramifications for future labor relations. Initiated by women textile workers, the strike was a landmark in labor history, succeeding where other strikers failed. The program will take place at the Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St, Topsfield, with the generous support of the Society’s lectures, performances and children’s programming. For more inforamtion, call 978-219-4940.

The Salem Scholarship & Education Committee is now accepting applications for education fund grants of up to $5,000 for Salem educational programs and organizations. The grants are available to provide supplemental education funding for local educational needs and for existing adult literacy programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the maximum amount available for any one grant is $5,000. Grant funds cannot be used for salaries or stipends. The application form and additional information can be found at Click the “Education Fund Application”button on the left side of the page. Questions? Contact Dominick Pangallo in the Office of Mayor Kim Driscoll at or (978) 619-5600.

Montserratt College of Art is showcasing two perspectives of Cuban cultural identity. One is Pending Memories, a solo exhibition by Havana-based multimedia artist Adrián Fernández Milanés, whose work builds on an exploration of the artifice, the spectacle of consumerism, and includes a massive mixed-media sculpture, on view through Oct. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly. Opening with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct 3, in the Montserratt Gallery, 23 Essex St, Beverly, the other on view through Nov. 9, is ‘Pose’ by Anthony Goicolea whose work reflects the visceral reaction to changing dialogues around ethnicity, sexuality and religion as seen through the lens of a Cuban Catholic gay boy in the Deep South in the early ’70s. For more information, email or call 978-867-9623,

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