All Ward 3 residents are encouraged to attend a Ward 3 Candidate Forum on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Beverly High School Café. The event will feature candidates for at-large councilor, Ward 3 councilor, and Ward 3 school committee. Forum hosts are Dave Olson, editor, The Salem News, and Leslie Gould, executive director, The Greater Beverly Chamber. Don’t miss this chance to meet the candidates before the Sept. 24 preliminary election and Nov. 5 general election. Can’t make it? BevCam will run the event on TV and stream it on its website the week following.

The Peabody District Court will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on Thursday, Sept. 19, with guest speakers Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and other honored speakers, a film presentation by Peabody Access Television, national anthem singer Todd Angilly, musical arrangements by the Peabody Veterans Memorial High School Chorale and Color Guard presentations. The event will be held at the Peabody courthouse on 1 Lowell St., Peabody, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Saturday, Sept. 14, will be Swampscott’s first ever PorchFest. Capping off the Town of Swampscott’s Summer Concert Series, it will feature bands playing one hour sets on porches throughout the Olmsted/Monument Avenue area from noon to 6 p.m. Then, on Saturday, Nov. 9, look forward to “Made by 01907,” featuring handmade items from the finest artisans in town. This event will also support My Brother’s Table, raising money to sponsor a day of meals (donated by the Swampscott Community).

Apples are the juicy subject of Susan Futrell’s talk on Sept. 12, 7 p.m., at the Salem Athenaeum. Taken for granted, they are surprisingly challenging to grow and sell. Futrell, who’s spent over 35 years working in sustainable food distribution, including more than a decade with apple growers in the Northeast, bases her talk on her new book, “Good Apples,” in which she goes into the orchards, packing sheds, storage rooms, laboratories and warehouses to better understand our favorite fruit and how we as citizens and eaters can sustain the farms that provide them. The Salem Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex St. Admission is $15/$10 Athenaeum members. Students are free with ID.

Charter Street Cemetery in Salem will be closed Sept. 28 through Nov. 3, pursuant to a vote of the Salem Cemetery Commission on Sept. 10, 2019. 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 be publishing information about the cemetery and its history, as well as images of notable headstones and tombs, at www.preservingsalem.com.

The new Marblehead Museum Book Club, will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs,” Katherine Howe’s critically acclaimed new book, a sequel to her bestseller, “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane,” both of which are set in Marblehead, Salem, and the Boston area. The group will meet in the Carolyn Lynch Education Center at Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington St. Books are available to purchase at the Museum gift shop and at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore. A $5 donation is requested to cover the cost of refreshments. Learn more at marbleheadmuseum.org or call 781-631-1768.

On Friday, Sept. 27, Beverly’s Cabot Theater will host the morning portion of the 2019 Essex County Arts & Culture Summit, presented by Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) to bring together artists, nonprofits, businesses, and the community for meaningful discussion, workshops, and networking. This year’s event will focus on diversity and inclusion, cultural space development, and the future plans for ECCF’s Creativity County Initiative. The morning at The Cabot features keynote speakers Jason Schupbach, Kara Elliott-Ortega and David Howse. A networking lunch, workshop sessions, and wine reception follows at Dane Street Church in Beverly.  Early registration is recommneded, and tickets are available at: eccf.org/arts-summit, and include breakfast, lunch, wine reception and resource materials. The Cabot, is located ar 286 Cabot St. in Beverly, and will host breakfast from

8 to 9 a.m. with registration, followed by Plenary session: What Creative County Initiative Means for You and Your Community.

Tickets for Marblehead Little Theater’s production of Anne Marilyn Lucas’s “Recovery,” running Oct. 5 through Oct. 13, are now on sale. Playwright Lucas’s poignant play centers around three young women, all grappling with the reality of addiction, and their mothers, and is an ultimately redemptive tour de force. Previously staged at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, “Recovery,” premiered in NYC at Theater for the New 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, with Nina Groom as assistant director, producers Emily Black, Anne M. Lucas, and Mathew Chetnik, set designer Andrew Barnett, costumer Laura Dillon, sound designer Greg Dana, and lighting designer Len Schnabel. Talkbacks after every performance to discuss addiction, featuring Rep. Lori Erlich 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 MLTLive.org or at the Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St, Marblehead.

Are you able to visit with a patient; listen to their concerns and provide a supportive, comforting presence? Can you hold a hand or engage in a shared interest or hobby? Can you help with letter-writing or life review; read to a patient; play games with a patient or family member? No matter what your skills, talents or motivation, you can make a difference as a hospice volunteer. Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, is starting four-week training program, Monday and Wednesday mornings, Sept. 16 to Oct. 9, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Host/location: Care Dimensions’Kaplan Family Hospice House. 78 Liberty St., Danvers. For more information, contact Fran Clements, Volunteer Coordinator, 978-750-9349 or FClements@CareDimensions.org.

What was “state-of-the-art” in the 1920s is still impressive today! This is a “Wear Your Grubbies and Bring Your Flashlight” tour that takes guests into the depths of the Great House at Castle Hill to explore all of the technology and systems that Richard Teller Crane, Jr., had installed to keep the great house running. The tour, on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will delve into the deepest darkest corners of the house that are rarely shown to anyone. Space is limited, so make your reservation ASAP. The Great House is at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. Trustees member: $15. Nonmember: $25. Advance reservations are required. Please visit www.thetrustees.org or call 978.356.4351 x3203 for more information.

Join Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) aboard the Finback, owned and operated by Mahi Cruises to explore Salem Sound on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Did you ever wonder what lives on the ocean bottom in our coastal area? Come check it out with an underwater camera and a remote operated vehicle that you put together with SSCW as your guide. Participants must be comfortable on the water for almost 2 hours. Open to all ages. RSVP is required to info@salemsound.org or 978-741-7900. Space is limited to 35 guests. 

SeniorCare is hosting a six-week group to meet in September and October at its offices at 100 Cummings Center, #106-H, in Beverly. The group will meet every Thursday from 1 to 2:15 p.m. for six weeks, beginning on Sept. 19. This is an ideal support group for seniors who may be letting clutter get out of control. Ask yourself: Does clutter in your home cause you stress? Creating safety concerns? Preventing you from having visitors? Do you struggle to know where to get rid of clutter? Do you have a strong attachment to your possessions? Space is limited for this program. Please contact Tiffany Machado at 978-281-1750 or tiffany.machado@seniorcareinc.org for information or to reserve a space.

Fall Street Sweeping in the City of Salem runs through Oct. 4; and continues on entrance corridors on Tuesday, Oct. 8, through Thursday, Oct. 17. Residential neighborhood street sweeping will continue to 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. The website, www.salem.com/streetsweeping, lets you look up address and street-specific details, and includes a link to an easy to use map where residents can find out their street sweeping dates are looking up their address or clicking on their street. The website also features links to alternative parking locations for street sweeping days and more.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., join us at a fundraiser at Dickson Memorial Chapel in Greenlawn Cemetery to learn about special trees and tree history in Greenlawn, the Arboretum collaboration, as well as updates on the restoration of the 1894 Dickson Memorial Chapel. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. There will be guided tree walk by Chris Burke, a public tree planting, folk music, a raffle, a silent auction of an oil painting of Greenlawn by Debra Freeman Highberger, Friends of Greenlawn tee shirts, hoodies, ball caps, Greenlawn picture cards, past tour DVDs and more for sale for fundraising for the restoration the Dickson Memorial Chapel. Please come learn and appreciate one of Salem’s best hidden rural historic gems, Greenlawn Cemetery. This event is free and open to the public.

North Shore Medical Center will host a Community Open House on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring tours of its new Emergency Department, private patient rooms and Epstein Center for Behavioral Health on the NSMC Salem Campus. The event is free and open to the public and guestst are asked to access the event the Dove Avenue entrance off of Jefferson Avenue. Refreshments will be provided by local food vendors, including Hobbs Popcorn, Treadwell’s Ice Cream, D’Amicis Bakery and Connors Farm, and NSM will raffle of sets of Apple wireless headphones. The event marks the most ambitious piece of a 10-year plan to better serve the current and future health needs of the community with improved inpatient medical and surgical care, behavioral health and emergency care. For more information, visit: nsmc.partners.org.

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: https://www.topsfieldfair.org/about/exhibitor-handbook. Entry deadline is Thursday, Oct. 10. at 10 p.m. For more information, call organizers at 978-807-5976 or 508-932 2165.

The First Annual Salem Food for Thought Festival is Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Palmer Cove Park. Sponsored by multiple community orgainizations, it features food-related activities for all ages to raise awareness of how important it is for all Salem residents to have access to healthy, affordable foods as well as a sustainable food system. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, planting activities, compostable art projects, Salem Y GreenSpace garden tours, nutrition education, and a Farm to School activity hosted by Salem Public Schools, and music, live, by Aaron Katz. Local non-profits Root and Citizens Inn/Haven from Hunger will host a free community lunch at the North Shore Community Development Coalition’s community room, Espacio, at 105 Congress St. from 1 to 2 p.m. and all are welcome!

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 only 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. Winner of the Best Solo Drama at the 2018 Frigid Festival, Boston actress Mariah Freda stars. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at http://bit.ly/ArtemisiaPeabody.

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 bhsclassof1974reunion@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/groups/beverlyhigh1974.

The Danvers Democrats’ Annual Octoberfest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers, from 6 to 9 p.m., with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, Senate President Karen Spilka, state Sen. Joan Lovely and state Rep.Ted Speliotis, who will be joined by legislative colleagues and friends from North Shore communities. Special recognition will be given to the contributions of women in politics, beginning with the Suffragists who demonstrated and petitioned at great personal risk and injury to secure the right to vote for women; passed in 1919 and ratified by the states in 1920. There will be a buffet, a cash bar, and plenty of banter about the Presidential primary. Tickets are $30: $55 per couple, online at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/danversdems or at the door. Proceeds will support the DDTC Scholarship and other DDTC initiatives. For more information, contact Marilyn Hazel at hazel_marilyn@yahoo.com.

The Church of St. Andrew (Episcopal) in Marblehead will hold its biennial rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 till 11:45 a.m., with stuff-a-bag from noon until 1 p.m. The largest of such events on the North Shore, 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: www.standrewsmhd.org/rummage.html. The church, whic is handicap accessible, is at 135 Lafayette Street (Route 114), near the Marblehead-Salem line.

There will be a Benefit Concert to help cure Ovarian Cancer on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly. Presented by Diane Anderson and Susan Maxwell in loving memory of their mother, the evening will feature a little something for everyone, with the Hope Chorus and many talented professional musicians. Your $25 donation will benefit cancer research.

Boston Artists Ensemble will open its 2019-20 season with “The Enlightenment & Beyond” on Sept. 20 and 22 with Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F, an early masterpiece featuring BSO principal oboist John Ferrillo. Beethoven’s String Trio in D rounds out the first half of the program with Lila Brown on viola and Jonathan Miller on cello. The Friday evening program begins at 8 p.m., at Hamilton Hall 9 Chestnut St., Salem. (please note: this is not a handicap accessible venue.) The Sunday aftrernoon performance starts at 3 p.m., at St. Paul’s Church, 15 St. Paul St., Brookline. Tickets are $30, $25 senior, and $10 for students with a valid ID; on-line at BostonArtistsEnsemble.org, or at the door – cash, credit card and checks accepted.

 

Singer-songwriter-recording artist Sally Rogers will perform at Saturday Night in Marblehead on Sept. 14, at 8 p.m., as part of the monthly concert series at the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead. Performing a mix of traditional, contemporary, and original ballads and songs interwoven with life stories, Rogers, who has performed on “A Prairie Home Companion” and toured at least two continents, is a seasoned virtuoso of song. To learn more about her, visit www.sallyrogers.com. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at door for $15. The church is wheelchair friendly and located at 135 Lafayette St. (Route 114) in Marblehead. Visit www.standrewsmhd.org/SNIM.html.

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 @ Nanrog@comcast.net.

Performer/songwriter Bill Staines returns to Danvers’ Sweet Maple Coffeehouse, 90 Maple St., on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Chosen as “one of the 80 best gifts New England has given to America,” Staines has traveled back and forth across America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies and coffeehouses and has gained an international reputation. Admission is $15; coffee, tea, and light refreshments available for purchase. Park behind the church in the Hobart Street lot; entrance for the coffeehouse is at the back door. Questions? Call 978-774-4510.

Members of Bishop Fenwick High School class of 1964 will hold a 55th class reunion on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 4 p.m., at Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St, Danvers. It will be a buffet luncheon. To contact the yacht club, call 978-774-8622.

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, and $2,000 for a table of 10, avilable online at https://jgpr.net/2019/08/29/essex-tech-to-hold-homecoming-gala-fundraiser-for-catherine-larkin-memorial-cottage/

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. 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.

Beverly artist Constance Festo Lafond is having her second one-person show at the Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine St., Beverly, through Sept. 27. Library hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 617-840-9451 or visit her Facebook page, @constantlycreating.

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. 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.

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 posher@lappinfoundation.org.

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 pditullio@ipswichlibrary.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 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, nharty@ipswichlibrary.org or 978-356-6648.

Danvers High School Class of 1979 will hold its 40th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St,, Danvers. Significant others are welcome. The cost is $60 per person, and includes dinner, music, and giveaways. If interested, contact Cheryl Tibaudo at 978-985-8580 or email: tibaudoc@gmail.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 rsvp@seniorcareinc.org.

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.

Free rides are once again being offered on the Salem Trolley for Salem residents through Sept. 30. You must provide proof of residency to qualify at the Salem Trolley office at 8 Central Street 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.

Mass Audubon’s photo contest welcomes shutterbugs of all ages, backgrounds, and experience to share the beauty of the Bay State through photography. The competition, which continues through Monday, Sept. 30. has two entry categories: 18-and-older or Under-18. There are six subject areas: People in Nature, Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Landscapes, and Plants and Fungi. Contestants can submit up to 10 images, taken any time prior to or during the 2019 contest period in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, New Hampshire. One grand prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card and be featured in Mass Audubon’s member newsletter, Explore. Eleven winners will receive $100 gift cards, and at least six honorable mentions will receive $50 gift cards. Additional honorable mentions may be awarded. Gift cards may be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary. For information/registration, visit massaudubon.org/picturethis.

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 bit.ly/TheMedium2019, or: www.CorsaraArtists.com.

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 www.salem.com/projectsmap. 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 northshoremenchorus@gmail.com or visit www.harmonize.com/northshoremen.

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 CareDimensions.org, or www.DanversTV.org/videos.

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 standrewsmhd.org/cloistergallery.html.

     

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: waldorfmoraine.org/waldorf-homeschooling-program/

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 Hamilton Police Department will run its eighth Citizens Police Academy, free, on 10 consecutive Tuesdays, Sept. 24, through Nov. 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Designed to familiarize citizens with the operation and functions of the Hamilton Police Department, Communications Center and Fire Department, the classes cover topics including Criminal Law, Patrol Procedures, Evidence collection, Domestic Violence, Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Court Procedures, and use of force. Participants will observe police officers on a 2 hour police ride and a tour of the Middleton jail. Courses will be taught by Hamilton Police Officers, Police Supervisors, Hamilton Fire-Fighters and Emergency Dispatchers. You must be 18 years or older to attend, and class size is limited to 20. Pick up your application at the Hamilton Police Department, 265 Bay Road; download from: www.Hamiltonma.gov; or request one from Sgt. Stephen Walsh or Sgt. Stephen Trepanier at 978-468-1212. Application deadline is Aug. 30. Preference will be given to Hamilton residents.

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.

The City of Salem needs volunteers to help at our Book Swaps, Textile Drives, and Swap N Drops! Our next Book Swap will be held at the Community Life Center, 401 Bridge Street on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and volunteers re needed for each of the following shifts: Friday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.,: Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 to 11:45 a.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those interested in volunteering should email Micaela Guglielmiemail, at: mguglielmi@Salem.com. Please state which shift times or times you can volunteer, and what you might be suited to do to help.

  

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 www.lappinfoundation.org or contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or posher@lappinfoundation.org.

Friends of the late Robert “Rocky” Ellis, Beverly High School Class of 1962, are gathering to celebrate his life at the Beverly Golf & Tennis Club Wednesday, Sept 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. A buffet will be served. Reservations are required. Please make out a check for $25 to Roger Pierce and send to Roger at 667 Wethersfield St, Rowley, MA 01969. Please include your name and phone number and/or email address. Application must be received by Aug. 28.

The 63rd reunion of the Holten High Class of 1956 will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 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.

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 www.nselder.org. For more information, call 978-624-2288 or email: volunteer@nselder.org.

All are welcome to attend the Jewish Book Group of the North Shore for an evening with Faith Quintero, local author of the newly released novel, “Loaded Blessings,” on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at Temple Tiferet Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Alternating between Inquisition-era Spain and modern-day Israel, “Loaded Blessings,” is a story that reaches across time. RSVPs are requested to Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or swyner@lappinfoundation.org. The program is free and open to all. Walk-ins are welcome. The evening is sponsored by: Lappin Foundation; Temple Tiferet Shalom; Congregation Ahavas Achim; Congregation Sons of Israel; Congregation Tifereth Israel, Sephardic; Hadassah Northeast; North Suburban Jewish Community Center, Temple Ahavat Achim and Temple Ner Tamid.

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 http://activatedstorytheatre.com.

The 7th Taste of The Gables fundraiser is Sunday, Sept. 15, starting at 4 p.m. For the seventh year, its community of supporters have come together for an evening of merriment and mingling to help The Gables preserve, share and continue the American story. Twenty-one vendors will be on hand, along with food, local spirits and craft beers. Guests are invited to participate in a silent auction with more than 40 items followed by a live auction at 6:15 p.m. with comedian Mark Scalia is the auctioneer. Tickets are $100 and $125 for general admission. All are welcome. To reserve a spot, register online at 7gables.org/Taste-of-The-Gables. For more information visit www.7gables.org

Marblehead’s me&thee coffeehouse welcomes back New England-based folk quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem on Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St. After seventeen years of touring and recording, this seasoned band’s wit, camaraderie, and original mix of contemporary and traditional music leaves audiences humming and happy. Fiddle, bass, electric and acoustic guitar ,ukulele, percussion, are all part of what drives the joy and rapture of their music. Tickets for Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are $20 advance/$23 at the door/ students, $10. Online at www.meandthee.org, or in person at the Spirit of Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead. Homemade pastries, coffee, and teas will be avialable, and the venue is handicapped-friendly, smoke-free and easily reached by MBTA bus. For more information call 781-631-8987 or visit: www.meandthee.org.

Salem Main Streets needs local Salem enthusiasts to greet visitors at the October Information Booth. Volunteers will staff the booth at the start of the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, handing out maps and sharing information about Salem. Last year volunteers assisted over 22,000 visitors during weekends and holidays in October. All volunteers must serve a minimum of two shifts for two hours each and will be required to complete a one hour orientation session on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center. We also need volunteers to serve at other event throughout the month and multi-lingual volunteers to assist the many international visitors who come to Salem. If you’d enjoy helping visitors please join us. For more volunteer information, contact Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets’Executive Director, at (978)744-0004 x115 or kylie@salemmainstreets.org.

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: HauntedHappenings.org, or the blog on HauntedHappenings.org.

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 http://www.peabodylibrary.org.

The Brentwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, 56 Liberty St., Danvers, will host a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 2 to 6 p.m. The drive will be held in the dining room at the center. To sign up to give blood, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org. Because of the urgent need for blood, Blood Drive will be held on the North Shore at ongoing locations and time listed in the Salem News community calendar. Please check for a date and place convenient for you.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., presents Meditation for Inner Peace During Turbulent Times. Join Eileen Carlotto, who with 35 years meditation experience, offers workshops and demonstrates how spirituality and incorporating meditation in our lives can make a huge difference in our lives and the lives of others. Participants will be guided through a first-hand personal experience of meditation, as Eileen demonstrates how to integrate meditation into your jam packed busy life. Questions? Contact Katie at 978-921-6062, ext. 2122 or knelson@noblenet.org.

Join author John Young at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. for a reading and discussion. Author of “When the Coin is in the Air,” a coming-of-age novel of a family in conflict, Young tells of Jason Blake’s struggle to find his place in the world after an upbringing of domestic violence and uncertainty. Filled with tragedy, humor and pathos, come hear Young’s own story of how he and his character ended up settling in the North Shore. This program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, invites the community to nominate a person or persons who has shown commitment to improving the lives of veterans. Submission deadline is Friday, Sept. 20, and nominees must live on the North Shore, MetroWest or the Merrimack Valley — or within one of the 95 Massachusetts communities served by Care Dimensions. Honorees will be recognized at a “We Honor Veterans” luncheon. Submit the nominee’s name, along with 300 words or less telling why this person is being nominated, at www.CareDimensions.org/Veterans; by mail to Care Dimensions, We Honor Veterans Award, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923; or via email to SMeehan@CareDimensions.org.

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 marbleheadmuseum.org/marblehead-history-documents/ or the Congregational Library and Archives website. Records of the First Congregational Church (Old North) and Third Congregational Church are also available.

On Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., welcomes Gerald Lodge who will present Medicare 101, a better understanding of what’s covered, how and when to enroll, how to apply, how to choose a plan, the differences between Parts A, B, and D, and more.  Lodge, a Community Development expert with Tufts Health. Lodge has spent more than 30 years working in the Medicare health plan industry, including the last 20 years of those with Tufts. This presentation is on Medicare, not Tufts Health plans, and no sales material will be handed out. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

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: hwlibrary.org.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m., the Masconomet School Counseling Dept. will host a college application information session for parents of seniors in the Masconomet Regional High School auditorium, 20 Endicott Road, Boxford. You will be able to discuss with the counselors important issues that will assist you in helping your student with the college application process. The evening will consist of an initial general presentation followed by a small group, question-and-answer meeting with your student’s individual counselor. Topics to be discussed include the use of Naviance to navigate the college admissions process, the Common Application, the ever changing role of standardized testing, the important role of recommendation letters, and the current trends in national college admissions.

Questions? Call 978-887-2323, Ext. 11250, or email: ksimi@masconomet.org.

Author Ezra Parzybok will visit the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., to discuss his book, “Cannabis Consulting: Helping Patients, Parents, and Practitioners Understand Medical Marijuana.” Q&A and book signing to follow. Parzybok taught art, science, and humanities before becoming a medical cannabis educator, caregiver and consultant. He also serves as a business consultant in the cannabis industry at his firm Greenglove Consulting. They work on business development, compliance and licensing support for marijuana companies in New England. For information and registration, visit danverslibrary.org or call 978-774-0554.

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., is launching a monthly genealogy series, “Digging for Roots Genealogy Series: Getting Started with Your Research,” beginning Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Professional genealogist Seema Kenney will discuss where to begin. 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 danverslibrary.org 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 www.bikereg.com/tourdegreenbelt 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 https://ne-arc.org/services/black-box-theater/

On Friday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m., the Beverly Public Library Film Society screens a high-tension, high stakes tale of an eccentric Icelandic choir-master who happens to spend her spare time doubling as an eco-terrorist! Free and open to adults with free popcorn in the Sohier room, 32 Essex St., thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. Licensing prevents us from printing film titles; call the library for the title at 978-921-6062 or check www.beverlypubliclibrary.org.

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: www.salemstate.edu/tedxsalemstateuniversity. For more information visit www.salemstate.edu/tedxsalemstateuniversity.

On Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m., Topsfield architect Ben Nutter will be at the Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St, Topsfield, to discuss major Architectural Styles in Topsfield, from the First Period (17th century) to present day, enabling the audience to identify each historic style in much the same way that we recognize classic automobiles or birds from each other. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome, thanks to the generous support of the Topsfield Historical Society’s lectures, performances and children’s programming. Questions? Call 978-219-4940.

Join Beverly Library reference librarian Lisa Ryan on Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. for an Art & History walking tour of building and grounds of Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Learn its art and history and view the prints of Will Barnet, explore the Social Library, original architecture, special collections, and lots more. Meet at the Reference Desk. Questions? Contact Lisa Ryan, Head of Reference, at ryan@noblenet.org.

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: salemstate.edu/arts, or call 978-542-6365.

Salem State Writers Series will present Helena Maria Viramontes — acclaimed author of “The Moths and Other Stories” and “Under the Feet of Jesus” — on Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Salem State University. Viking Hall, Room 123. Loring Avenue. The recipient of the 2006 Luis Leal Award, the John Dos Passos Award for Literature and an NEA Fellowship, Viramontes is as prolific as she is original; a not to be missed event. For more information, visit: salemstate.edu/arts, or call 978-542-6365.

Salem State University presents an Evening of Dance on Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m., with dance faculty Meghan McLyman and Betsy Miller joined by guest artist Ali Kenner Brodsky for an evening featuring repertory favorites and new works. The performance will take place at Salem State University, Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 356 Lafayette St., and includes a pre-show conversation at 6:30 pm.Tickets: $20 general/$15 seniors and non-SSU students/under 18 admitted free. For tickets and/or information, visit: salemstatetickets.com or call 978-542-6365.

Salem State University’s Veterans 10-Minute Play Festival will be held on Sept. 19 to 21, at 7:30 pm. in the Callan Studio Theatre, 352 Lafeyette Street, Salem State University. This inaugural festival is free and features the work of eight writers from across the United States. Each work explores varied experiences that surround the military. Each evening includes a post-show conversation about the plays with the audience and the creative team. For more information, visit: salemstate.edu/arts, 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 www.neaq.org.

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, Sept. 17 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:

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