The Miracle League of the North Shore’s remaining spring date is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Danvers Historical Society will host a free summer evening of “History Harmony and Hot Dogs” on Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Glen Magna Farms, 29 Ingersoll St., Danvers. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy live music with ‘Decades of Rock.’ Tickets for hot dogs, water, soda, root beer floats, and ice cream will be sold, so please; no coolers. Or pets. For more information, call 978-777-1666 or E-mail to email@example.com. Note: rain date is Monday, July 1.
Greenbelt will host two trail runs this summer as part of the 2019 North Shore Trail Series sponsored by New England Running Company & Salomon to benefit land conservation. The first race is the Pingree Run for the Hills 5K and 10K on Saturday, July 13, at 9 am at the Pingree Reservation behind the Pingree School in South Hamilton. The route features wooded trails through a remarkable series of glacial landforms called “eskers.” Register 5K or 10K distance, online till July 10, or at the event. Greenbelt’s second summer race is the Beverly Commons 3.5 and 7-mile trail run on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the 126-acre Beverly Commons Conservation Area in Beverly Farms. The scenic route is challenging, with steep hills and rocky terrain. Runners may register for the 3.5 mile or 7 mile online until Aug. 21, or at the event. For full details on both events, visit: Visit ecga.org/events for details.
The Marblehead Festival of Arts’ Literary Festival is seeking entries for this year’s writing annual competition. Writers of creative fiction, non-fiction, essay, and poetry are encouraged to submit entries by June 19. The competition is open to all Massachusetts residents, but submissions may not have been previously published unless on a personal blog, personal website, or other self-produced publication. The entry fee is $15 per submission, and writers may submit in multiple categories. For informaton on how to enter, visit: marbleheadfestival.org/writers-festival. The grand prize for each category is $125. Second-place winners will receive $50, and honorable mentions will be presented a certificate of recognition at the awards ceremony, on the evening of Wednesday, July 3, at a location to be announced. Entries are being judged by noted North Shore writers Phyllis Karas (nonfiction), Laurie Stolarz (fiction), and Claire Keyes (poetry).
The second Senior Senior Teen Town Dance will be held on Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Holy Ghost Society Hall, 20 Howley St., Peabody. The event will feature oldies tunes spun by Kevin and Connor Leahy and a cash bar. Tickets are $10, available at the door on a first-come first-served basis or in advance by calling one of the following: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Danvers Garden Club Past Presidents will be sponsoring the Garden Club Children’s Concert on Saturday, June 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Garden at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Brian Doser, the Music Man, will entertain young and old. The rain date is the same date and time, but inside the Children’s Room. Contact Betsy Powers- Sinclair at email@example.com.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater North Shore is hosting a Family & Friends Support Group and a new Individual (Peer) Support Group on Wednesday, June 26, from 7 to 8:30 pm at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly. The two groups are for family and friends of those dealing with mental health challenges and for individuals (peers) and they meet the last Wednesday of Every Month . For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-984-0504 and leave a message. Also visit www.namigreaternorthshore.org.
Elizabeth Gordon McKim will be presenting at her poetry workshop, “Sounding the Stone,” on Tuesday, July 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at True North Brewery 116 County Road, Ipswich. The workshop will be held in collaboration with the “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” a project visiting Ipswich through July with portraits of courageous Americans displayed townwide by nationally acclaimed artist Robert Shetterly. Elizabeth Gordon McKim is a poet, spoken word performance artist, editor, and teacher of poetry for people of all ages who travels the world teaching poetry. Author of eight collections of poetry, her work has appeared in many magazines, reviews and journals including Ploughshares, Poetry and Drum Voices.
The Friends of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylan St., will hold its annual book sale, beginning Tuesday, June 25 at 9 a.m. and continuing during regular library hours through Saturday, June 29. Gently used books, videos, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks will be available for purchase at great prices. Please bring your own reusable shopping bag. Donations are being accepted through June 22 for the event which is sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. A Friends members only preview party will be held on Monday, June 24, 6 to 8 p.m. If you are not a current Friends member, you may join or renew membership at the door. Proceeds fund the museum and attraction pass programs. Call 978-774-0554 for more information.
The Friends of the Beverly Public Library will sponsor Yoga on the Lawn of the library on Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. Bring a yoga mat and/or a towel, and join registered yoga teacher Kelly Rusch, in a Vinyasa yoga class. In case of rain, the class will be held in the Sohier Room of the Main Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly. Questions? Contact Katie at email@example.com.
On Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. the Beverly Public Library will host Books & Brunch, a special book group in celebration of the library’s summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories.” The group will discuss “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon,” by Robert Kurson. The brunch and discussion take place at Bonefish Harry’s, 218 Cabot St., Beverly. Registration is required. Participants must be 21+. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. To register, stop by the Reference Desk or call 978-921-6062. Questions? Contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Peter’s Church in Beverly will host a concert featuring 500 years of guitar music with New York guitarist, composer and recording artist Peter Griggson on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the church at 4 Ocean St. There is onsite and street parking. Griggson will provide a chronological tour of his eclectic repertoire, from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Admission is free, but free will offerings will be accepted. A concert preview is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2lFywZSjhI. Griggson has performed more than 600 concerts in a wide range venues, and recorded on Treecastle Music, Folkways Records, Locust Records, Music of the World and CD Baby.
Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Dan McNichol will present the next program in the “Seven Lectures at Seven Gables” series, sharing tales of travel through America’s interstate roadways taken in his 1949 Hudson. “The Great American Road Trip” is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Come early to check out antique and vintage cars gathered for the occasion by the North Shore Old Car Club. McNichols will discuss how new roads quickly gave rise to motels, diners, historical markers and tourist attractions. Tickets are $10, free for Gables members. To reserve a spot, visit https://store.7gables.org/Events.aspx; email email@example.com; or call 978-306-7003.
The First Baptist Church in Beverly, 221 Cabot St., will hold its Spring Rummage Sale in the church gym on Friday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Clothing, small appliances, toys, books and more will be for sale. All proceeds benefit the work of the church. For more information, visit: www.fbcbeverly.org
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 are 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 American Lung Association and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center are hosting a Better Breathers Club for those affected by chronic lung diseases. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 96 Forest St., Peabody. Different topics will be addressed each month, and light refreshments will be served. Family members and caregivers are welcome. Free. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-532-0303.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore Family & Friends Support Group meets the last Wednesday of every month. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 617-984-0504, or visit www.namigreaternorthshore.org.
Tickets are on sale for Salem State University’s public lecture featuring PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton on Tuesday, 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 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Swampscott High School Drama Club’s summer theater program will be back again this summer for kids entering grades three through nine. This year’s program will culminate in a performance of “Seussical Kids,” on Aug. 1, Kids get a chance to act, sing, dance, play theater games, and do projects. The program runs three mornings a week beginning July 2, ending Aug. 1, and is available to kids from Swampscott and surrounding communities. Email Director Jim Pearse for more information (email@example.com), or call 617-459-2440.
North Shore Idol, affiliated with the Theatre of Light, is offering its 6th annual one-week Summer Musical Theatre Program for North Shore children ages 7 to 15. The theme is: “A Tribute to Queen and Freddy Mercury.”Rehearsals will be at the North Shore Children’s Theatre, 10 Tioga Way in Marblehead and the performance will be at the Old North Church in Marblehead. The program takes place Monday thru Friday, July 29 through Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enrollment, limited to 15 participants, is now in progress. There are a few openings still available. For more information or to enroll your child, call 978-210-9818 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are presenting a six-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. Thirty-two pieces created by New England’s finest sculptors have been placed in gardens, along woodland paths and historic landscape as part of The Trustees’ Home Sweet Home, a free annual event celebrating the architects and craftspeople who designed and built its historic properties. The show is free from noon to 2 p.m. Participating sculptors will be on-hand during the afternoon to talk with visitors. Following the opening, the exhibition is free with regular property admission. Trustees members, free; nonmembers, $15 per car. A free, self-guided tour program is available for the exhibition, which runs till Nov. 11. Visit www.thetrustees.org, or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4015.
The Salem High School Class of 1960 will hold a reunion picnic, rain or shine, at Salem Willows Park (across from the Arcade) on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at noon. Members and friends of Salem High School alumni are welcome. Coffee, cookies, pizza and water will be provided. Bring a chair and pack lunch or buy it at concession stands. Remind classmates and friends about this event. Donations will gladly be accepted. Call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776 or email Walt Doblecki at email@example.com.
On Tuesday, June 18, at 4 p.m., Salem Community Life Center will host a free group support for adult children of aging parents presented by James Ashton. Caring for an elderly parent is a big job and needs big support that group sharing provides. Collective wisdom and practical advice on topics such as senior living, home care, financial considerations, end of life; as well as self-care, boundary setting and responding to crisis with compassion and calm. Ashton is a certified life coach and workshop facilitator who has experienced it all first-hand. To register, call Rosanna Donahue at 978-744-0924, by Thursday, June 13.
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.
The League of Women Voters -Salem will address the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting to members of the community, at a free and open event on June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St, Salem, MA 01970. For more information, contact Judith Reilly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.