To support the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH, Rest.Stop.Ranch is offering an Open Garden Day at its wheelchair-accessible memorial garden, the MargFMac Front Garden Loop, on Friday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 202 Haverhill Road in Topsfield. Founded by Mary E. MacDonald in 2010, the Rest.Stop.Ranchwas inspired by the devastating dementia-care journey and loss of Mary’s mom, Margaret, to give an accessible garden experience for all those affected by long term illnesses. It offers seven gardens —Cut Flower, Roses & Kitchen, Orchard Avenue, Ornamental Tree & Shrub, Raspberry Patch, Cedar Grove & Tunnel and Koi Pond — inter-connected by wheelchair-accessible trails, within a 0.1 mile loop. For more information, call 978-887-4202 or visit: www.rest-stop-ranch.com, where donations are gratefully accepted.
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.
The annual Marblehead Festival of Arts Champagne Reception benefit will be held on Sunday, June 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fort Sewall, end of Front Street, in Marblehead. Food and champagne will be served under a tent, with live music and the views of Marblehead Harbor sensational. Meet festival supporters, create an “art hat” — and if it’s most creative, earn a prize. A major fundraiser for the Summer Arts Festival, tickets are $50 in advance at Arnould Gallery and Framery (111 Washington St.), Shubie’s Marketplace (16 Atlantic Ave.) and Spirit of ’76 Bookstore (107 Pleasant St.), and $55 if bought on the date on site. Visit www.MarbleheadFestival.org for tickets, and information about the Marblehead Festival of Arts, running from July 3 to July 7.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll will speak at the Suffrage Centennial Kickoff Celebration at Faneuil Hall in Boston. The event will be held on the 100th anniversary of Massachusetts’ ratification of the 19th Amendment and is free and open to the public next Tuesday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fanueil Hall in Boston. Driscoll joins Attorney General Maura Healey, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and other top elected officials as a speaker to launch a year of of commemorations celebrating 100 years since the 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, enabling women to vote. RSVPs are encouraged. For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suffrage-centennial-kickoff-celebration-tickets-61538076042
The Science of Sunshine is the topic of a lively lecture by NECC chemistry professor Mike Cross on Thursday, June 27. Learn how “healthy” doses of sun can have positive effects, even in mild exposure. Known for incorporating demonstrations and magic tricks into his presentations, Cross — who holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Utah – will provide audience members with a fun and interactive presentation appropriate for all ages. The lecture is free and open to the public at 6:30 p.m. at the Flint Public Library, 1 South Main St., Middleton. Cross taught courses in chemistry and forensic science at NECC prior to joining the NECC faculty. For more information, visit the Speakers Bureau website or contact the group at email@example.com or at 978-556-3862.
As part of the Hamilton-Wenham Community Block Party, on Saturday, June 22, from 4 to 9 p.m., the proceeds from several events will benefit the Acord Food Pantry. YOGA at Hamilton-Wenham Community House, Willa Worsfold will lead two yoga classes to benefit Acord Food Pantry, Both classes will be for all levels; Vinyasa and restful Yin Yoga 8:30 a.m.; Adult Yoga for ages 18+ ($20 per person), 10 a.m.; Family Yoga for ages 5+ ($15 per person/$30 max per family). Participants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Please note: Rain date is Sunday, June 23. Family Yoga for ages 5+ ($15 per person/$30 max per family) Participants under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult).
Beverly Conversations on Race & White Privilege will be gathering at the Beverly Public Library to talk about White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, on Tuesday, July 2, from 7 to 8:30 pm. With Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley Collage Center for Research on Women, who began began identifying and documenting some of the daily effects of white privilege on her life. Her widely referenced essay details hundreds of ways in which a white person may (though not always) experience their white privilege. Learn and share your thoughts with us as Beverly Conversations on Race & White Privilege explores a number of these scenarios. The discussion will be facilitated. Join us to listen, learn, and talk openly to move racial justice forward. Never been? Come at 6:45 pm to ask questions. Bring a friend!
The chamber vocal ensemble The Brookline Consort presents “Sacred Service” at 7:30 p.m. at Tabernacle Church, 50 Washington St., Salem on Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m. “Sacred Service” explores music of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith traditions and features choral music of A.R. Rahman, Ernest Bloch, and Frank Martin featuring Jewish bass-baritone Ian Pomerantz singing the cantor solo in Bloch’s “Avodath Hakodesh”. The Brookline Consort was founded in 2016 with its premiere concert in Salem and home in Brookline. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door and free for students. www.thebrooklineconsort.org for tickets and more information.
“Protect Your Home & Savings against the Risk of MassHealth and Long Term Care Costs” is the topic of a presentation by certified Elder Law Attorneys Patrick Curley and Lucy Budman on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 1 – 2 p.m. hosted by the North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Dr #200, Danvers. If you have a health crisis, are you prepared? What will you do if you require nursing home care or long-term care at home or in an assisted living facility? Do you have the Estate Planning documents required to get the care you need and to protect your family and your assets? MassHealth (Medicaid) planning and eligibility, asset protection strategies for one’s home and savings, the 5 year look back and Irrevocable and Revocable Trusts will all be discussed. To reserve a space, please RSVP to Curley Law Firm LLP at 781-245-2222 x10 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Trustees of Harmony Grove Cemetery welcomes all to celebrate Harmony Grove Cemetery’s notable creative residents. The event will promptly kick-off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, with a 20 to 30 minute “Pre-Walk Talk” by Jim McAllister, Salem’s beloved historian, who’ll regale tourgoers with entertaining introductions to the artistic and creative pursuits of many of HGC’s Notable & Creative Residents (Artists, Architects Authors, Diarists, Musicians, Photographers, Sculptors, and other Creative Folks). Following the “Pre-Walk Talk,” He will lead tourgoers on a curated walking tour, stopping at the gravesites of 15 of the cemetery’s most delightful, interesting & notable creatives: Frank W. Benson (Artist), John Benson (Architect & Artist), Rev. William Bentley (Diarist), Frank Cousins (Photographer), Kate Butler Hathaway (Author), Martha & Maxim Karolik (Major American Art Collectors), Mary Harrod Northend (Author & Historic Preservationist). A suggested donation is $5. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. Call Margie Lavender, executive administer at the Harmony Grove Cemetery office, 978-744-0554.
BHS 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. Please 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.
The Danvers Garden Club Past Presidents will be sponsoring the Garden Club Children’s Concert on Saturday, June 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Garden at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Brian Doser, the Music Man, will entertain young and old. The rain date is the same date and time, but inside the Children’s Room. Contact Betsy Powers- Sinclair at email@example.com.
The Marblehead Fireworks Committee and Harbor Illumination 2019 is set for 9 p.m. on July 4, with flares lit around the perimeter of the harbor, creating a magnificent ring of light that sets the stage for the main event, at 9:15 p.m. when the fireworks are launched off a barge at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor. Ideal viewing spots for the public are from the parks at Fort Sewall, Chandler Hovey Park, and Crocker Park, as well as for boaters, yacht club members at the five clubs around the harbor, and Marblehead Neck. Please note that the starting times are 15 minutes later this year than previous years to allow for a better viewing experience! High tide on July 4, is at 1:13 p.m. and low tide is at 7:09 p.m., so please take the low tide into consideration when anchoring. The US Coast Guard and Marblehead Harbormaster have a safety perimeter around the fireworks barge, so use caution when entering or leaving the harbor; the safety zone that will be marked by four orange marker buoys and will be patrolled by our volunteer civilian barge patrol. For more information, including parking and inclement weather plans, visit: http://www.marbleheadfireworks.org/.
Elizabeth Gordon McKim will be presenting at her poetry workshop, “Sounding the Stone,” on Tuesday, July 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at True North Brewery 116 County Road, Ipswich. The workshop will be held in collaboration with the “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” a project visiting Ipswich through July with portraits of courageous Americans displayed townwide by nationally acclaimed artist Robert Shetterly. McKim is a poet, spoken word performance artist, editor, and teacher of poetry for people of all ages who travels the world teaching poetry. Author of eight collections of poetry, her work has appeared in many magazines, reviews and journals including Ploughshares, Poetry and Drum Voices.
The Friends of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylan St., will hold its annual book sale, beginning Tuesday, June 25, at 9 a.m. and continuing during regular library hours through Saturday, June 29. Gently used books, videos, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks will be available for purchase at great prices. Please bring your own reusable shopping bag. Donations are being accepted through June 22 for the event which is sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. A Friends Members Only Preview Party will be held on Monday, June 24, 6 to 8 pm. If you are not a current Friends member, you may join or renew membership at the door. Proceeds fund the museum and attraction pass programs. Call 978-774-0554 for more information.
The Friends of the Beverly Public Library will sponsor Yoga on the Lawn of the library on Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. Bring a yoga mat and/or a towel, and join registered yoga teacher Kelly Rusch, in a Vinyasa yoga class. In case of rain, the class will be held in the Sohier Room of the Main Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly. Questions? Contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. the Beverly Public Library will host Books & Brunch, a special book group in celebration of the library’s summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories.” The group will discuss “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon,” by Robert Kurson. The brunch and discussion take place at Bonefish Harry’s, 218 Cabot St., Beverly. Registration is required. Participants must be 21+. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. To register, stop by the Reference Desk or call 978-921-6062. Questions? Contact Lisa at email@example.com.