The Topsfield Historical Society’s 51st annual free Strawberry Festival takes place on the Topsfield Common on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with strawberry shortcakes will served in Emerson Center. Also this year: a juried craft show with over 65 artisans, a Youth Artisans Fair, Kingsnakes playing in the gazebo, children’s games and tours of the 17th century Parson Capen House. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available, Admission to this family event, sponsored by TD Bank, is free and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, contact chairperson Shawn Whitworth at email@example.com.
Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, in partnership with the Salem Trolley, will again offer free rides on the Salem Trolley for Salem residents from June 1 to Sept. 30. You must provide proof of residency to qualify at the Salem Trolley office at 8 Central St., in downtown Salem. The trolley runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including much of downtown and the Salem Willows. Regular stops are at the Salem Visitors Center, Witch History Museum, Trolley Depot, Old Burial Point/Witch Trial Memorial, Pickering Wharf/Sea Level restaurant, the House of the Seven Gables, Salem Witch Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum, and Salem Witch House/Salem Inn. Passenger requested stops are also made at the Salem Maritime Site, Salem Ferry, Winter Island, Salem Willows, and Hamilton Hall/Phillips House/Chestnut Street. For a complete map, visit: http://salemtrolley.com/map-of-tour-3.html.
The Marblehead Arts Association will open its Festival of the Arts Exhibit with a reception on Thursday, June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The festival runs from July 1 through Aug. 4, and features the work of its artist members. To coincide with the Painting the Town Exhibit, the MAA will host plein-air-painters in the Emerging Gallery, through Marblehead Festival of the Arts. The Summer Member Exhibit is neither juried nor judged, with a diverse offering of paintings, works on paper, mixed media and 3-dimensional pieces. The MAA artist membership is well represented in the fine arts, photography and craft categories. Visitors may cast a vote for a favorite piece with a People’s Choice ballot. For more information, visit marbleheadfestival.org.
On Monday, June 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Pingree School, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton, will hold a free dinner and discussion on “Oceans: Our Connection to the Sea.” The speaker will be Patrick Flanagan, founder of Ollie (Ocean Learning Lab and Immersive Experiences). Its website is www.oceanlab.org. Babysitting will be provided, and by all means, bring friends, Please RSVP on school’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1290285054457486/ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit: weareamericathebeautiful.org.
On June 6, at 7 p.m., the Peabody Garden Club and Salem Garden Club present Books in Bloom, a fun evening of imagination and creativity at the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St. Individual or group presentation of floral designs interpreting a book title. Come and enjoy the design skills of the club members. This is an open meeting with a $5 guest fee. For more information contact co-presidents: MaryEllen at 978-531-9332 or Tina at 978-532-2317 .
The 2019 North Shore Cancer Walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Salem Willows to raise money for cancer care on the North Shore. The annual walk has raised more than $23 million thanks to 5,000 participants each year. Funds support oncology services on the North Shore Medical Center’s Salem campus, as well as clinical trials, wellness care and other oncology services at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. In the past, walk contributions have supported renovations, equipment purchases, clinical trials, wellness services and supportive care programs for patients and their families. For information, visit www.northshorecancerwalk.org.
Take a free tour of the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St. and the Gedney House, 21 High St., in Salem on Saturday, June 1, courtesy of Historic New England properties. For more information on hours and locations, visit www.historicnewengland.org/openhouse2019/
Salem Farmers Market 2019 opens on Thursday, June 13, on Derby Square with more than 35 vendors, and continues every Thursday through Oct. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. At the heart of the market are the produce of seven local farms, complemented by an array of specialty foods, bakery products, spices, and non-food vendors. New this year: The Herb Farmacy, The Cheese Shop of Salem, Romeo’s Juices, Roseadela’s, The Branch Olive Oil, Nubble Hydro Microgreens, Crepe du Jour, Chrissy’s Crumble, Bauman’s Best Botanicals, Giuseppe’s Ice Pops, and Uncommonly Good Bakery. To volunteer at the market, email email@example.com.
3 Voices concludes its spring series on addiction with guest speakers Georgia Miller and Ellen Terry Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at Abbot Public Library, 238 Pleasant St., Marblehead, for a panel conversation on “Addiction: Where do we go from here?” Also returning are Ariele Goldman and Anne Lucas, featured speakers for the program on “What does it mean to live with addiction?” Goldman fought her own addictions and now helps others while pursuing a degree in social work. Lucas has written a play, “Recovery,” sharing her own experiences with a family member who fought addiction. Also joining will be Paul Kusiak, an advocate for families and a community engagement consultant with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Moderator Michelle Simons is the Lynn substance use prevention coordinator and a licensed substance use clinician with Bridgewell and the city of Lynn’s Prevention Werks. For more information, visit 3Voices.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Peabody’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, at the Department of Public Services, 50 Farm Ave. City residents may dispose of up to a car’s worth of hazardous materials. Contractors may not dispose of materials. Clean Harbors Environmental Services will be on site to accept oil-based paints (no latex paint), varnishes, pesticides, spray cans and other household hazardous chemicals. You may also dispose of mercury-containing waste, including batteries, thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent lamps. The recycling center at 50 Farm Ave. will be closed. For a full list of accepted materials, call the Health Department at 978-538-5926, or Department of Public Services at 978-536-0600. Cost is $20 per household, payable by check to “City of Peabody.” Proof of residency is required. TVs and computer monitors will also be accepted with the purchase of a $20 sticker per item, available on-site. Non-residents may drop off materials from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and must pay the full fee ($30 for up to 3 pounds/gallons, $36 for up to 10 pounds/gallons or $60 for up to 25 pounds/gallons). For more information, call the Health Department at 978-538-5926. This event is co-sponsored by the Peabody Municipal Light Plant.
St. John’s Prep is holding an informational session for families on Monday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. on the school campus at 72 Spring St., Danvers. Preview of the Prep is an informal and low-key way to get a jumpstart on the admission process. You’ll meet students, hear from school leaders, chat with admission staff members, and tour the Prep campus. St. John’s is a Catholic, Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School for young men in grades 6 through 12. Register at stjohnsprep.org/visit. Questions? Contact the Office of Admission at 978-624-1301.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) North Shore Chapter 479 invites active and retired Federal employees to its spring luncheon celebration Wednesday, June 5, at noon in the Lighthouse Room of the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The event includes a luncheon and musical entertainment. Cost is $34 per person. For more information, call Stella Pierce at 978-969-1761.
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 email@example.com.
The Arrangers of Marblehead will hold a yard sale on Saturday, June 1 (rain date, June 2) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 35 Devereaux St., Marblehead. Chairs, antique armoire, hutch, china, glassware, clothes, collectibles, garden items and plants are among the treasures waiting to be found. Proceeds support community service projects by members of the Arrangers, members of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites the community to a “State of the Town” breakfast and networking reception on Thursday, June 6, at 8 a.m. at The Landing Restaurant, 81 Front St., Marblehead. This event features updates on the state budget, legislation and other issues from Town Administrator Jason Silva, state Sen. Brendan Crighton, and state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, with a question-and-answer session following the presentation. Admission is $20 for Chamber members, $25 for non-members. RSVP is required at the Chamber office at 781-631-2868.
The Woman’s Friend Society will hold an afternoon tea on Wednesday, May 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Emmerton House, 12 Hawthorne Blvd. in Salem. The tea will feature door prizes, raffles, tasty treats and a chance to see the beautiful Victorian mansion. A $5 donation is requested. For more information, call the Woman’s Friend Society at 978-744-2137.
Salem Sound Coastwatch holds its Marine Invasive Species workshop on Thursday, June 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Winter Island function hall in Salem. All are welcome to get a close look at marine bio-invaders in Salem Sound at this hands-on session sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch. Barbara Warren, the group’s executive director, will give an orientation and discuss learning over the years. Those interested may explore a tidepool with staff at this child-friendly, free event. All welcome, but dress appropriately. RSVP requested, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-741-7900.
Beverly’s Cove Community Yard Sale will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 19 E. Corning St. Tables are $20 each, $25 for non-members. Proceeded benefit the Scholarship Fund. For more information, or to reserve a spot, contact Nancy Coletti at Nancygrav@comcast.net.