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 Sept. 7 and 21, 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.
Hawthorne in Hollywood! presents the 1940 movie, “House of the Seven Gables,” at The Gables on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Watch as actor Vincent Price leads a one-of-a-kind tour of The Gables in this second evening in the “Hawthorne in Hollywood” film series. George Sanders and Margaret Lindsay join Price on the screen in performances in a gothic romance adapted from Hawthorne’s classic, “The House of the Seven Gables.” Bring friends, bring family, settle in with some popcorn and soft drinks and enjoy an evening like no other. This community film series runs through Oct. 4, ending with the great Swedish director Victor Sjöström’s silent film interpretation of the Scarlet Letter (1926). Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 general; $12 for members.
On Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m., Care Dimensions will host a side-by-side support meeting of sharing stories and strategies of the North Shore Ostomy Support Group, led by a panel of individuals who have all supported a loved one with an ostomy. Speakers will include an ostomy nurse, a grief counselor, and some experienced spouses. The meeting will be held at Care Dimensions’ Kaplan Family Hospice House, Rogers Room. 78 Liberty St., in Danvers. For more information, call Laura Berry, 978-412-7124, email@example.com.
Step back in time and meet Isabella Stewart Gardner, famed founder of the Gardner Museum in Boston on Monday, Sept. 9, at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Learn about her life, charm, friends and acquaintances, travels, stylish taste, and unconventional behavior. An informative presentation from the cast of Delvena Theatre Company will open up to the audience for lively discussion. The free performance, part of the “Monday Mornings” program series, is held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room. The event is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. No registration required. Handicapped accessible. Email Ona at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. For more information, visit https://beverlypubliclibrary.org/monday-mornings/
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: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 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 www.chabadpeabody.com or 978-977-9111. Walk-ins are welcome.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited will perform in the Arena on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at the 201st Topsfield Fair. Founding members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford have had quite a ride, but recently announced they are ending the touring band. Tickets are $30 for pit (standing in front of the stage) and $25 for general admission. Fair admission is $15 daily, at www.topsfieldfair.org through Sept. 30. Discount tickets can be purchased for $12. A three-day pass is $30. Children under 8 with an adult are free. Discounted food vouchers and ride tickets are also available when purchased in advance at www.topsfieldfair.org.
Lappin Foundation and the North Suburban Jewish Community Center invite families with children, 5 and younger, to get ready for Rosh Hashanah with hayrides, apple picking, a holiday arts and crafts project, feeding the animals and more, on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Brooksby Farm, 54 Felton St., Peabody. Older siblings are welcome. PJ Library Get Ready for Rosh Hashanah is a free program of Lappin Foundation and the North Suburban Jewish Community Center and is supported by CJP. For more information or to RSVP, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or email@example.com.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., Castle Hill on the Crane Estate invites you to drop in and create a sculpture combining metal scraps with magnets in the Great House Ballroom. Madeleine Lord, a New England Sculptors Association member and participant in the current “Spirit of Place” outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill, will bring a large assortment of found metal scraps, old tools, remnants from years of scavenging, along with an assortment of Neodymium magnets (strong, rare earth magnets) which allow artists to join steel and build a sculpture. Take a photo of your masterpiece, then leave the materials for others to work with. Imaginative play with found metal is fun for all. Lord will have samples on hand as inspiration. This program is free with admission to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. For more informaion, visit: www.thetrustees.org or call 978.356.4351 x4015.
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 www.ipswichlibrary.org, or contact Library Director Patty DiTullio, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 hwlibrary.org/hot-titles. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St. South Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit: hwlibrary.org.
The North Shore Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 1 p.m. at the Torigian Senior Center, 75R Central St., Peabody. We welcome both old members and new federal retirees. For more information call Mike Evers at 781-842-3619.
Saturday, Sept. 7, is Choate Island Day at the Crane Wildlife Refuge, where foxes roam fields and osprey fly over breathtaking views of Essex Bay. Once home to generations of the Choate family, the island was later a retreat for Cornelius and Mine Crane, who are buried at the summit. Park your car at Crane Beach, catch the shuttle at the dock, and miles of trails, wild landscapes, and historic buildings are yours to experience. Shuttles run continuously from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last boat departs at 1 pm, returns at 3 p.m. A guided hike to the summit, where Cornelius and Mine are buried; A history talk at the white cottage; poetry reading and story telling at the Proctor Barn; Stationed interpreters at the Choate House, White Cottage, and Proctor Barn; Natural history interpretation and activities on the beach; Maintained trails for self-guided hikes. Pack a picnic; no alcohol, but refreshments will be served. The Crane Estate is located at 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Parking is at Crane Beach, with a van shuttle to the boat dock and a ferry. Tickets in advance or at the dock. Adult Trustees members, $12, $20 for nonmembers; senior Trustee members $6; nonmembers, $10. For more information, visit www.thetrustees.org/CraneOutdoors or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4052.
The Ipswich Public Library’s next featured author for the 2019 Johnson Lecture series is naturalist and national bestseller Sy Montgomery, who will discuss and read from her works on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. Researching articles, films, and her 21 books, she’s been chased by an angry silverback gorilla, hunted by a tiger in India, swum with piranhas, electric eels and pink dolphins in the Amazon. From the cloud forest of Papua New Guinea to the Altai Mountains of the Gobi, she has met and befriended all manner of beautiful beasts of the earth and loved every minute of it. Seating is limited so registration is required at this free event at the mansion at the Hellenic Center (117 County Road, Route 1A, Ipswich). Register on the library’s online calendar or call 978-356-6648. Book sales and cash bar will available at 6:30 p.m. This event is recommended for ages 10 and up. For more information, contact Nathalie Harty, email@example.com or 978-356-6648.