On Monday, May 20, join us at 6:30 p.m. to view and discuss “The Blackness Project,” an educational documentary about culture and race from the African American perspective, in the Main Level Reading Room, Abbot Public Library, Marblehead. The goal of this two year old project is to educate, elevate, and engagein an effort to bridge the racial divide in our country by creating a meaningful dialogue on race. Cookies and soft drinks will be available as we discuss, learn and grow by hearing each others stories, to make difference. The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead. For more information, call 781-631-1481 or visit www.abbotlibrary.org.

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

The Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus will present its 71st Annual Show, “Barbershop Down Broadway,” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Danvers High School, 60 Cabot Road. Special guest is the 2018 Northeastern District Silver Medalist Quartet “Daily Special.” The show also features the chorus, and its own “Essex County 4,” the 2015 Patriot Division Seniors Quartet Champion. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. To order, call 866-727-4988 or visit www.harmonize.com/northshoremen, or email northshoremen.chorus@gmail.com. Tickets for the show will also be available at the door.

The Marblehead Art Walk, “Where Art and Business Meet”, takes place on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 19 from noon to 5 p.m. in stores and restaurants throughout town, bringing artists, businesses and the community together. Find art on display with artists on site demonstrating and speaking about their work. A complete map of participating artists and business is available at: www.marbleheadchamber.org. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 781-631-2868, email: info@marbleheadchamber.org.

Endicott College will hold Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday, May 23, at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Hempstead Stadium on the Endicott campus in Beverly. The Thursday ceremony will mark the third standalone Commencement ceremony for students in Endicott’s Van Loan School of Graduate & Professional Studies, who’ll receive degrees from doctorate to master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees. The speaker will be Latoyia Edwards, Emmy Award-winning morning anchor of NBC10 Boston and host of This Is New England. Traditional undergraduate cross the stage Saturday, when the speaker is Garold C. Miller, chief executive officer of HALO. Edwards and Miller will receive honorary doctor of humane letters degrees at the ceremonies. In addition, Dr. Luke Reynolds, assistant professor of English and popular children’s book author, will be given Endicott’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Meet Ward 5 City Council Candidate Kathleen Feldman at her Campaign Kickoff at Evviva Cucina on Thursday, June 13. from 5 to 8 p.m., at 45 Enon St., Beverly. Feldman will discuss her plans for building an even better Beverly while hearing from constituents. Feldman is an experienced administrator and operations manager with the Wenham Museum who is deeply involved in the Beverly community as PTO treasurer for North Beverly Elementary School and Generosity Committee chair at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. She is also an active volunteer for the Beverly chapters of national organizations such as Family Promise and the Boy Scouts of America. Feldman lives in North Beverly with her husband, Mike, and their two sons. Interested attendees should RSVP at Facebook.com/FeldmanFor5. Visit: kathleenfeldman.com.

On Wednesday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m., Jim McAllister presents “Phillip Little of Salem: Artist and Civic Leader,” a painter-printmaker of national renown, and one of Salem’s most valuable citizens in the first half of the 20th century. In the Library (unless otherwise noted) at Salem’s historic Hawthorne Hotel. Admission is $15. Reservations by e-mail at: culturecorner@gmail.com or text 978.979.5907.

                 

Children ages 3-8 are welcome to join a free bilingual story time in Portuguese and English at 5:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Peabody Library, 82 Main St. Listen to stories in both languages and complete a story-related craft to take home. No prior knowledge of English or Portuguese is required, just be prepared to have fun!  Space is limited and registration is required, so call 978-531-3380, stop by in person, or reserve your child’s free spot at: www.peabodylibrary.org, call 978-531-3380 or stop by in person.

Elementary-aged kids get their own time to create crafts at Thursday Crafternoons at the Peabody Insitute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Craft supplies are available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. through June 13. Projects will be themed seasonally, to upcoming holidays, or individual inspiration, and a librarian will be on hand to assist. This program is open to the public, all supplies provided. Registration not required.

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 mamorgan@noblenet.org.

North Shore Elder Services is seeking volunteers to serve as friendly visitors to seniors in Salem and Peabody, and to help others balance checkbooks and prepare simple budgets. Volunteer applications are available at www.nselder.org. For more information, call 978-624-2288 or email volunteer@nselder.org

Tickets are on sale for Salem State University’s public lecture featuring PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton on Sept. 10. Eaton’s lecture will be at Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center. Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 for Salem State students, and are available at salemstate.edu/series or by calling 978-542-7555.

The Fresh Harvest Pop Up Stand, a new initiative to address food insecurity in Salem through a mobile bi-weekly free food pantry, will bring offerings to two locations identified as the most in need — Salem State University and Espacio. On the first and third Wednesday of every month, is open for students in need from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near Central Campus at 68 Loring Ave. On the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, it will be at Espacio, the North Shore Community Development Coalition’s Community room at 105 Congress St. in the Point neighborhood. Salem State University joins Citizens Inn and The Salem Pantry in this venture, with funding from the Brace Cove Foundation. No pre-registration is necessary, but proof of residency (photo ID, a piece of mail that has been delivered to the home address and dated within the last 30 days) or a SSU student ID is required.

North Shore Community College is offering a free Integrated Education & Training Information Technology program at the Danvers campus. Courses include CyberSafe, CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Service Desk & Support Analyst, Microsoft Office Suite and more. Thanks to a grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the costs of all courses and textbooks are covered. The program runs till June 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students must be able to commit to the full class schedule. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 978-236-1227 or email srandell@northshore.edu.

The Children’s Library at the Peabody Institute Library is partnering again with Northeast Arc to offer Story Time Yoga, for children ages 1 to 3 years, with extended sessions weekly on Fridays through June 28 at 10:30 a.m., with movement, stories, and songs. Guided by a trained Northeast Arc professional, children will explore and practice movements in conjunction with their caregivers. This class will help children work on fine/gross motor development, body awareness, balance, socialization, language skills and, most importantly, their bond with their caregiver. This class will foster the physical and emotional connections that toddlers crave with their caregivers  at the library, 82 Main St., Peabody.

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 mamorgan@noblenet.org.

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 rsvp@seniorcareinc.org.

A new, one week musical camp, Salem Bay Collaborative Choir Camp, will be introduced this summer for boys and girls ages 8, June 24 through 29, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 24 St. Peter St., Salem. Directed by Mary Jodice, Director of Music at the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead and assisted by organist Brink Bush and vocal teacher Anastasia Black. Learn music, sight singing, and Bible stories, and play movement games. Camp will meet daily at the following times: Monday–Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Thursday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m. and Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. till noon. Evensong service—open to the public—will be at 5 p.m. and followed by a festive reception. Tuition is $100; a maximum of $150 per family. Scholarships are available; no one will be turned away for lack of resources. For information/application contact Mary Jodice at maryjodice1@gmail.com. Tuition is due June 1.

The Marblehead Historical Commission opens its innovative new exhibit “Mapping Marblehead: From Founding to Freedom” free at the Old Town House, 1 Market Square, on June 1, with an opening reception on May 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. Based on the first two centuries of Marblehead’s recorded history, the exhibit features highlights of the town’s early settlement, growth, and economy as it grew from fishing village to prominent port of trade and revolutionary stronghold. The exhibit runs through June 23, Thursdays, 1 to 7 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1-4 pm.

The Beverly Public Library’s Evening Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, May 21 from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m., to discuss “Hold Still: a Memoir with Photographs” by Sally Mann. New members are always welcome and no registration is needed. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. Please contact our staff for availability of alternate formats (CD or digital): 978-921-6062 or bev@noblenet.org. Meet in the handicapped accessible Fogg Room, 32 Essex Street, Beverly.

The Beverly Public Library’s LGBTQ Book Discussion Group will meet on Monday, May 20 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., to discuss “My Brother’s Husband: Volume 1” by Gengoroh Tagame. New members are always welcome and no registration is needed. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. Please contact our Reference staff for availability of alternate formats (CD or digital): 978-921-6062 or bev@noblenet.org. Meet in the handicapped accessible Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly.

Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a free bird walk at Lynn Woods in Lynn on Wednesday, May 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., with Mass Audubon Naturalist Scott Santino. Walk beautiful wetlands and forested habitat while searching for migrating birds and listenign to morning birdsong. Supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, space is limited for this event, and advance registration is required. To reserve your spot and get directions, call 978-887-9264 or register online at massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.

The Miracle League of the North Shore’s remaining spring dates are June 1 and June 15. Children with cognitive and physical abilities play together on the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf (CCCBSD) field, the only fully-accessible, rubberized baseball field on the North Shore at 6 Echo Ave., Beverly. Player registration and volunteer arrivals begin at 9:30 a.m., with warm-ups at 10 a.m. The game begins at 10:30 am, followed at 11:30 a.m. with pizza. The league is an all-volunteer, non-profit 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 and scores a home run each inning, with volunteers serving as buddies. For more, visit: www.cccbsd.org/community/miracle-league or contact playball@cccbsd.org.

The Beverly Public Library’s Books & Brews Book Discussion Group will meet Wednesday, May 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to discuss “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” by Michelle McNamara. They will meet at the The Indo, 298 Cabot St., Beverly. Registration required, and you must be 21 or older. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. To register stop by the reference desk or call 978-921-6062. Questions? Contact Lisa at ryan@noblenet.org.

The Ipswich Public Schools is currently accepting applications for School Choice for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications are available on the district website: www.ipsk12.net and are also located at Central Office, 1 Lord Square in Ipswich. A lottery for available seats will take place on Wednesday, June 12. For questions, please call 978-356-2935.

The second annual Senior Senior Teen Town Dance will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Holy Ghost Society Hall, 20 Howley St., Peabody, featuring oldies hits spun by Kevin and Connor Leahy and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance by calling: Joan Aucone, 978-618-9338; Joanne Solovicos, 978-532-0031; Dottie Thibodeau, 978-774-4850; Lonnie Thibodeau, 978-836-2422 Billy Wholley, 978-744-2726. For more information, email: teentownreunion@yahoo.com.

The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly will sponsor its annual plant sale fundraiser at the Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., open to the public, on Saturday May 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m., indoors, rain or shine. Pay with check or cash for perennials, veggies, herbs, annuals, and for shopping at our White Elephant Table. Opportunity Drawings and More! This free public event benefits community education and civic programs. For more information, visit: www.beverlygardenclub.org.

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

North Shore Community College’s Beacon Café Bakery is offering freshly made, student-prepared baked goods on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Beacon Café is located at 30 Log Bridge Road, Building 100, Middleton. Breakfast pastries are available, self-serve, at 9 a.m. and desserts at 11 a.m. — take-out or sit and enjoy. Coffee, tea and cold beverages are also available. A donation box will be on hand. Questions? Contact Chef Douglas Phillips at dphillip@northshore.edu.

The Daughters of St. Joseph will hold its annual Mothers Day Tea on Sunday, May 19, at 1 p.m., free, at St. Joseph’s Hall, 15 Endicott St., Peabody. Guests are asked to bring unwrapped gifts for newborn infants, such as diapers, receiving blankets, sleep or play outfits. These will be donated to an organization offering comprehensive pre and post-natal education and support programs for teens and young mothers. Those planning to attend should call Lola Busta at 978-531-5592, Janis Marren at 978-531-8837, or Ann Blazewicz at 978-531-5592.

On Friday, May 31, the United Polish Organization of Peabody is once again sponsoring a Polish food sale featuring stuffed cabbage and Polish donuts at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Hall, 15 Endicott St., Peabody. Phone orders may be placed to Lola Busta at 978-531-5592, Janis Marren at 978-531-8837, or Ann Blazewicz at 978-531-5592.

Registered Democrats in Peabody will hold a caucus on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m., at the Torigian Community Life Center/Senior Center, 75R Central St., to elect delegates and alternates to the 2019 state Democratic Convention. This year’s convention is Sept. 14 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Peabody. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 by May 11, will be allowed to participate and run as a delegate or alternate. This year, Peabody Democrats can elect 25 delegates and 24 alternates to the convention. Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org. If interested, contact Chair Beverley Griffin Dunne at 978-531-2427 or PeabodyDemocraticCityCommittee@gmail.com.

Salem Downtown Neighborhood will meet on Tuesday, May 21, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Turner’s Restaurant, 43 Church St., second floor (elevator accessible). Guest speakers are Bob McCarthy, Ward 1 councilor, and Christine Madore, Ward 2 councilor.

On Monday, June 3, Beverly Public Library will host a free multimedia presentation by Judy Cook, who will weave together songs and ballads collected in southern Appalachian Mountains and the Ozarks, telling the story of songs that traveled from Britain to the mountains of America. Part of the “Monday Mornings” series, the program runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St., with light refreshments at 9 a.m. Open to adults with no registration required. Handicapped-accessible. Contact Ona for more information at ridenour@noblenet.org.

On Saturday, May 18, the Cottage Gardeners of Marblehead and Swampscott will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, 67 Cornell Road, Marblehead. On sale will be hundreds of perennial plants grown in local gardens, as well as containers filled with annuals and succulents. Herbs and vegetable plants will also be for sale along miscellaneous garden items. The Cottage Gardeners are members of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Proceeds of the sale go to the plantings and maintenance of the Cottage Gardeners’ community projects, including gardens at the Hooper Mansion and Devereaux Beach in Marblehead.

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