Step back in time and meet Isabella Stewart Gardner, famed founder of the Gardner Museum in Boston on Monday, Sept. 9, at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Learn about her life, charm, friends and acquaintances, travels, stylish taste, and unconventional behavior. An informative presentation from the cast of Delvena Theatre Company will open up to the audience for lively discussion. The free performance, part of the “Monday Mornings” program series, is held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room. The event is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. No registration required. Handicapped accessible. Email Ona at ridenour@noblenet.org with questions. For more information, visit https://beverlypubliclibrary.org/monday-mornings/

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.

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. The artist will host a reception on Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Her art includes impressionist watercolors, collages, acrylic paintings as well as photography. She also has T-shirts, coasters, trays, cutting boards, pillows — all with her original colorful art images. 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. 9, 16, 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Chabad of Peabody, 682 Lowell St., in Peabody. PJ Library Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist is a free program of Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation and is open to all. RSVPs are requested to Raizel at www.chabadpeabody.com or 978-977-9111. Walk-ins are welcome.

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.

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 are welcome. Coffee, cookies, pizza and water will be provided. Bring a chair and pack lunch or buy it at concession stands. For more information, call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776 or email Walt Doblecki at wdoblecki@comcast.net.

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.

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 sculptors have been placed in gardens, along woodland paths and historic landscape. 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.

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 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.

     

North Shore Community College is holding free training program in essential skills for supervisors, funded by the Workforce Training Fund and offered by the college’s Corporate Training Solutions. This highly interactive program consists of (10) 3-hour modules delivered over 10 consecutive weeks, beginning Sept. 10, at NSCC’s Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road. Topics include Role of the Supervisor; Effective Delegation; Overview of Labor Laws; Performance Reviews; Motivation and Conflict and more. Space is limited and there are business eligibility requirements. For details, contact Elaine Champagne at 978-236-1206 or at echampag@northshore.edu.

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 ten 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.

Pack your bags for Discover Israel, the adventure of a lifetime for active adults, organized by Lappin Foundation and the JCCNS. This exciting trip will take place from April 19 to 30, 2020, and is perfect for first-time travelers to Israel or for individuals who have not visited in a while. A second informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7 to 8 p.m. at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, 240 Lynnfield Street in Peabody. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Deborah Coltin at 978-740-4428 or e-mail dcoltin@lappinfoundation.org.

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.

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.

 

Taste of the Gables, now in its 7th year as a deliciously food friendly fundraiser, is coming to the House of the Seven Gables on Sunday, Sept. 15, starting at 4 p.m. Twenty-one vendors, including Alma Fusion, Finz, Hawthorne Hotel, Sea Level Oyster Bar, Stella’s and Ledger, present table-scapes, food, local spirits and craft beers, while guests are invited to participate in a silent auction featuring more than 40 items. A live auction follows at 6:15 p.m. with comedian Mark Scalia as auctioneer. Participate in the raffle and you may win a $2,000 gift certificate from Long’s Jewelers.  It’s a great opportunity to introduce people to all the Gables does —not just Hawthorne, not just preservation but, also, the work of the Settlement Program that supports our immigrant population as they establish themselves.  Tickets are $100 for members and $125 for general admission. All are welcome. To reserve a spot, register at: 7gables.org/Taste-of-The-Gables.

 

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.

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.

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.

Salem’s Mack Park Neighborhood Association (MPNA) will return to its monthly schedule with a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m., at the Moose Family Center, 50 Grove St. This month’s meeting will consist of a Ward 6 Councilor Candidate Debate. The presentation starts promptly at 7 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. pre-meeting social, including refreshments. We will also be accepting donated items for our yard sale, which will be held on Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. at the corner of Tremont and Harrod Streets., in Salem.

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.

On Monday, Sept. 9, 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group launches the first of a series of workshops from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St. Ipswich area residents over age 50 are invited to participate in this networking group specifically geared to the needs of a range of participants including those unemployed, underemployed, unhappily employed, returning to the workforce after a gap or retired and seeking a new career. Those looking for full- or part-time employment are welcome. Sessions will focus on topics including assessing skills, developing a search plan, revising resumes, creating a LinkedIn profile, interviewing, networking and more. Materials and resources will be offered. Issues of ageism will be addressed. Check in at 4 p.m.; There will be a Q&A from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Next dates are Sept. 23, Oct. 21 and 28, Nov. 18 and 25, Dec. 9. Registration is required at www.mcoaonline.com/50plus. Questions? Call Shiela at 978-356-6650.

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 Department 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.

The Danvers High School Falcon Band Annual MUMS plant sale sponsored by Danvers Parents for Music Excellence, Inc. is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11. Orders are due no later than Wednesday, Sept. 11, and there are no guarantees on late orders. Please submit all orders to Jeffrey Daniels in the DHS Band Room, 60 Cabot Road, Danvers, MA. $5 from each plant sold will go directly to your favorite student’s trip account. Colors are yellow, red, orange, purple, white. Pick up is Friday, Sept. 20, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Danvers High School. Please make checks payable to: “PME. Inc.” Questions? Email Sue Prideaux at sue@danversband.org. Support your favorite Band or Color Guard student! are Forms available at www.danversband.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 Street, 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 from Sept. 4 through October 2 at Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center. 352 Lafayette St, with an Artists’ reception on Sept. Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. 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, Rm. 123. Loring Ave. 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 Community Chorus will hold its opening rehearsal on Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Stanley Building, Salem State University, 70 Loring Ave. This is the chorus’s second season. Open to anyone 18+ who loves to sing, registration is at: sshane@salemstate.edu. Additional information: salemstate.edu/community-chorus

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.

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