Castle Hill Picnic Concerts continue on Thursdays, through Aug. 29, with family-friendly bands performing on the Grand Allee overlooking Crane Beach. Enjoy the sounds and sea and stroll the gardens’s 32-piece outdoor sculpture exhibition created in partnership with New England Sculptors Association. Bring a picnic or purchase seafood, roast beef, ice cream from on-site vendors and local beverages at a beer and wine garden. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is located at 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking. Concerts run from 7 till 9 p.m. Admission at gate only: $35 per car or $25 per car for Trustees members. Motorcycles and walk-ins $10 for nonmembers; $8 for members. Weather cancellations announced by 3 p.m. day of concert at www.thetrustees.org/picnicconcerts or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4052.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, from 4 to 9 p.m., Bridge Street Neck Neighborhood Association, Monserrat College of Art and participants from Salem and Beverly are kicking off the Crossing Water Arts Festival with a free 1st Party On The Bridge. This fun, family-friendly block party is part of Montserrat’s week long Arts Festival on both sides of the Salem-Beverly Bridge. BSNNA will light up Remond Park while Montserrat lights up the bridge! DJs & band, dancing, a shipping container art gallery, food vendors, Notch craft beer tent, face painting, games & bubbles are all part of the fun, all at the pier. 50% of raffle proceeds support recent Bridge Street Neck fire victims. Park on Bridge Street (overflow, Carlton School lot). Walk to Remond Park; Zagster will have an eScooter station at Mobil and Remond Park. Monserrat’s grant funding provides restrooms, rubbish removal, staging, & audio/video equipment. More information? www.facebook.com/BridgeStreetNeck, Instagram: @bridgestneck #bridgestreetneck, bridgestneck@gmail.com.

Hawthorne in Hollywood! presents the 1940 movie, ‘House of the Seven Gables,’at The Gables on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Watch as actor Vincent Price leads a one-of-a-kind tour of The Gables in this second evening in the ‘Hawthorne in Hollywood’film series. George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay join Price on the screen in performances in a gothic romance adapted from Hawthorne’s classic, “The House of the Seven Gables.” Bring friends, bring family, settle in with some popcorn and soft drinks and enjoy an evening like no other. This community film series runs through Oct. 4, ending with the great Swedish director Victor Sjöström’s silent film interpretation of the Scarlet Letter (1926). Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 general; $12 for members. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m., Care Dimensions will host a side-by-side support meeting of sharing stories and strategies of the North Shore Ostomy Support Group, led by a panel of individuals who have all supported a loved one with an ostomy. Speakers will include an ostomy nurse, a grief counselor, and some experienced spouses. The meeting will be held at Care Dimensions’ Kaplan Family Hospice House, Rogers Room. 78 Liberty St., in Danvers. For more information, call Laura Berry, 978-412-7124, northshoreostomy5@gmail.com.

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 yet entertaining presentation from the cast of Delvena Theatre Company will open up to the audience for lively discussion. The performance, part of the “Monday Mornings” program series, is free from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room. It 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. Questions? Email: Ona at ridenour@noblenet.org. For more information, visit: https://beverlypubliclibrary.org/monday-mornings/

 

The North Shore Players, the community theatre in Danvers, will host a full-day Adult Actors Workshop on Aug. 24 for ages 18 and up. Through games, improvisation and individual feedback, actors will discover how to bring the stage to life. The workshop is a great way to warm up for an audition or just to keep your stage chops intact. Open to all levels and abilities, it includes a free performance for friends and family. The workshop will be held at Hogan Regional Auditorium, 450 Maple St., Danvers. For information/registration, visit: northshoreplayers.org, or contact Martin Fucio, Board Secretary, at 978-921-0297.

On Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., Castle Hill on the Crane Estate invites you to drop in and create a sculpture combining metal scraps with magnets in the Great House Ballroom. Madeleine Lord, a New England Sculptors Association member and participant in the current “Spirit of Place”outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill, will bring a large assortment of found metal scraps, old tools, remnants from years of scavenging, along with an assortment of Neodymium magnets (strong, rare earth magnets) which allow artists to join steel and build a sculpture. Take a photo of your masterpiece, then leave the materials for others to work with. Imaginative play with found metal is fun for all. Lord will have samples on hand as inspiration. This program is free with admission to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. For more informaion, visit: www.thetrustees.org or call 978.356.4351 x4015.

The Ipswich Public Library will hold its 15th annual “Ipswich Reads One Book” initiative with a month-long 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 our 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 a select bestsellers “to-go.” Check out the new collection of hot titles, recent bestsellers 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

Summer Reading Participants at Hamilton-Wenham Library may enter the library’s Boston Bruins Ticket Raffle. There are four ways to enter the raffle: visit the Library store with a reading log and timesheet, attend a children’s program, read a book selected by, or about, the Bruins, and/or register & attend the Ice Cream Party. You must be registered here as a Summer Reader, and you must be between the ages of 5-7, The contest ends on Aug. 24. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St. S. Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit: hwlibrary.org

Pick up a summer reading book bingo page at Hamilton-Wenham Library and complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line to receive a coupon to the Friends Book Sale, and be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card from Jabberwocky. Complete a ‘blackout’card (filling in every single square) and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $50 Jabberwocky gift card. Prizes furnished by the Friends of the Library. Contest ends Aug. 30, full details and printable bingo page can be found at: hwlibrary.org/bingo2019. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St. South Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit: hwlibrary.org.

The North Shore Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 4, at 1 p.m. at the Torigian Senior Center, 75R Central Street, Peabody. We welcome both old members and new Federal retirees. For more information call Mike Evers at 781-842-3619.

THE BLOCK downtown street party is back in Beverly on Saturday, Aug, 24 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., with one block of Cabot Street from Pond Street to Federal Street. Guests closed to traffic and open for action. Meet friends, enjoy multiple vendors’ street food, beer and wine, and dance to live music from Over the Bridge, The Rupert Selection and John Jerome Band at the Pond Street stage. Soulo Productionz will DJ all night at Beverly Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza at One Ellis Square. Soft drinks and water will be for sale. While supplies last, novelty can coolers are available with $5 suggested donation at admission gates. Because alcohol will be served, this is an adult event, with no planned activities for children. If you plan to drink, bring your Massachusetts State ID. And please bring cash, as all vendors take cash only. Please note that bags may be subject to inspection. This is a great, growup night for a sitter. No pets, bikes, skateboards, hover boards, rollerblades or drones.

Saturday, Sept. 7, is Choate Island Day at the Crane Wildlife Refuge, where foxes roam fields and osprey fly over breathtaking views of Essex Bay. Once home to generations of the Choate family, the island was later a retreat for Cornelius and Mine Crane, who are buried at the summit. Park your car at Crane Beach, catch the shuttle at the dock, and miles of trails, wild landscapes, and historic buildings are yours to experience. Shuttles run continuously from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last boat departs at 1 pm, and the last boat returns at 3 p.m. A guided hike to the summit, where Cornelius and Mine are buried; A history talk at the white cottage; poetry reading and story telling at the Proctor Barn; Stationed interpreters at the Choate House, White Cottage, and Proctor Barn; Natural history interpretation and activities on the beach; Maintained trails for self-guided hikes. Pack a picnic; no alcohol, but refreshments will be served. The Crane Estate is located at 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. Parking is at Crane Beach, with a van shuttle to the boat dock and a ferry. Tickets in advance or at thedock. Adult Trustees members, $12; Nonmembers, $20 for nonmembers; Senior Trustee members $6; Nonmembers, $10. For more information, visit: www.thetrustees.org/CraneOutdoors or call 978.356.4351 x4052.

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, Cantemus is holding auditions for tenors and basses for its 2019-2020 season at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Beverly, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., prior to the annual Season Preview Sing, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Another chance to audition comes up on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. before the first rehearsal at Miles River Middle School, Hamilton. Cantemus rehearses Tuesdays, from 7:30 until 10 p.m. at Miles River Middle School, Route 1A, Hamilton for three concerts, Dec. 7, 8, and 15. For more information or to schedule an audition, please call 888-CHORUS-1 (888-246-7871) or visit our website, www.cantemus.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 Rd. Rt. 1A, Ipswich, MA). Please 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/call 978-356-6648.

On Friday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. Beverly Public Library Film Society presents a beloved space-monster franchise, set in the deepest, coldest cosmic wastes. Free and open to adults, with free popcornm thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library who sponsor the program. Licensing prevents us from printing film titles; call the library for the title at 978-921-6062 or check www.beverlypubliclibrary.org.

Fuddruckers will present the 12th annual A Reason to Ride on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 75 Sylvan St in Danvers. Hosted by Ramiro of HOT 96.9, and former Channel 5 anchor. Susan Wornick, the event raises money for cancer research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Start times are 8:30 a.m., 50 miles: 25 Mile: 9:30 a.m., 10 Mile: 10:30 a.m,; 5K Walk: 10:45 a.m. Participants choose their distance. The route covers the coast of the North Shore, from Danvers to Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester by the Sea, Gloucester, Ipswich, Georgetown and Topsfield, depending on length, then returns to Danvers. Non-riders can take part in a 5K walk. All pre-registered participants get an event t-shirt and a free BBQ lunch from Fuddruckers. For more information and to register, visit www.areasontoride.com.

The Beverly Public Library will hold an evening with Beverly authors on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Sohier Room of the Main Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly. Meet Meghan MacLean Weir (The Book of Essie), Lisa Fenn (Carry On), and S.E. Grove (The Waning Age) and hear what they have to say about their books. All are welcome to attend this special event, organized in partnership with Beverly High School Library. Copper Dog Books will be on site with books available for purchase. Questions? Contact Allison Babin, Assistant Library Director, at babin@noblenet.org.

“13! The Musical” will be presented by Stage 284 Youth Company, with six performances from Aug. 9 to 18 at The Community House in Hamilton, 284 Bay Road, Route 1A. Teen stories come to life through movement, with geek, poser, jock, beauty queen, and wannabes navigating the tricky mine field of the teen years. This show offers a better understanding of what teens of today are going through, and the support they need. Tickets are available online at http://stage284.com. Advance general seating is $18; $22 in advance for limited premium seating or $23 at the door for general seating, $27 at the door for premium. Handicap seating is available. For more information, email carolyn@communityhouse.org, or call 978-468-4818 ext. 13.

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, in Danvers. Significant others are of course welcome! The cost is $60 per person, and includes dinner, music, and giveaways. If interested, please contact Cheryl Tibaudo at 978-985-8580 or email: tibaudoc#gmail.com.

The Peabody Veterans Memorial High School Class of 1994 will celebrate its 25th Reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Teresa’s (formerly Thompson’s Country Club), 20 Elm St. (Route 62), North Reading. The event begins at 7 p.m., $42 per person includes dinner stations and music. A cash bar will be available. To pay by check mail check to: Jodi Hernandez, PVMHS Class of 1994, P.O. Box 4440, Peabody, MA 01961. Make checks payable to Jodi Hernandez PVMHS . To pay by Venmo send payment to: @PVMHS1994 *Please put name(s) of attendant(s) in the comments. Questions? Email Jodi at jodidehernandez@yahoo.com or message Carrie Hoffman Berger on FB. Join the Facebook group PVMHS Class of 1994 Reunion to stay connected.

Saturday Night in Marblehead, monthly coffeehouse at the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead, presents country blues and Americana musician Martin Grosswendt on Saturday, Aug., 24, at 8 p.m. A nominee for the W. C. Handy Blues Award, Grosswendt sings, plays guitar, mandolin, five-string banjo, and fiddle—and is best known for his interpretations of 1920s and 1930s blues. He has shared the stage, as a solo artist, with Jesse Winchester, Tom Rush, Sam and Dave, Taj Mahal, NRBQ, and other legendary performers. Recent recordings include The Ragpicker String Band, which was nominated for Best Acoustic Album of the Year by the Blues Music Awards, and Old Songs, New Hats, recorded with singing partner Susanne Salem-Schatz. Doors open at 7:30. Admission at the door, is $15. The Church of St. Andrew (www.standrewsmhd.org) is at 135 Lafayette St., (Route 114) in Marblehead, near the Salem line and is handicapped accessible.

The Ipswich Museum and Ipswich ReCreation & Culture has one remaining performance of “Goodnight, Captain White,” on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. The maritime history-mystery, written by Mark Stevick and directed by Lynda Robertson, takes place in 1830 Salem, when the fabulously wealthy Joseph White is found dead in his bed at his own party. The audience becomes party guests turned Committee-of-Vigilance for this historical whodunit at the Heard House, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Tickets are $30, $25 for museum members and $20 for students. Visit https://goodnightcaptainwhiteipswich.brownpapertickets.com

The Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute of Salem State University has scheduled its 2019 summer guest speakers program, running July and August on select Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon. A wide variety of topics will be featured at the institute’s downtown Salem headquarters at 10 Federal St. Topics range from Salem abolitionists Sarah Parker Remond and Charles Lenox Remond, to eating your way to good health, and Marc Chagall and his stained glass windows. The Salem Explorers group is one of more than 400 Lifelong Learning Institute chapters across the country offering learning opportunities to adults 50 and up. There is no charge for intersession programs, but donations are welcome. Intersession is also open to nonmembers. For more information, visit explorerslli.org or call 978-744-0804.

Beverly Bootstraps’ Summer Food Program provides food for school-aged children this summer, through Aug. 30. Families with children will be able to visit the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry, 35 Park St, every week, instead of every other week, at these times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and Tuesday from 4 to 6:45 p.m. Registration is required and may be done Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is needed to register, but clients must bring children’s birth certificate, Social Security card or report card, as well as current proof of Beverly residence (such as a piece of mail addressed to you within the last 2 weeks).

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.

Essex Heritage, in cooperation with the Trustees of Reservations, is offering two new public boat tours aboard the landing craft Naumkeag to Misery Island, each offering a look at the history of the Salem Sound islands. The Island Hops Tour — Thursdays through Aug. 29 — departs at 5:30 p.m. and is a narrated, 21 and older cruise. Enjoy a Notch beer and get up-close looks of the Salem Sound islands. The Misery Island Castaway Tour (ages 4 and up) departs at 2 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 30, and goes straight to Misery Island where you can join a treasure hunt. All tours leave from the dock adjacent to the Salem Ferry Landing at 10 Blaney St., where there is free parking. The Naumkeag is a large, open landing craft with a bow front that drops down so passengers can walk directly onto the beach. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/island-hops-tour-tickets-63445482145. For more details, visit www.EssexHeritage.org or call 978-740-0444.

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 this summer, 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.

“Hawthorne in Hollywood” is a film-lovers series at The House of the Seven Gables featuring three movies made from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s iconic novels. On Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m., watch the 1940 version starring George Sanders, and Vincent Price. On Friday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m., see Swedish director Victor Sjöström’s silent film interpretation of The Scarlet Letter. For $25 members/$40 nonmembers, a ‘POP! Pass’ buys admission to all three, plus a great supply of popcorn and soft drinks. Individual tickets are $15, $12 for members.  This series is co-sponsored by Creative North Shore; Creative Collective MA, and Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, at the House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. For details, visit: 7gables.org/event/hawthorne-in-hollywood/2019-08-01.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll invites Salem residents to vote for naming the new public park at 289 Derby St. The park is open and will host a variety of programs. Constructed thanks to a state grant, it features outdoor seating, swing seats, a boardwalk connecting around most of the South River, and open space for programs. An adjacent private property owner is also advancing plans to create outdoor dining. Residents may vote for the name at: http://www.salem.com/289Derby by 4 p.m. on July 31. Rank in order of preference from the following: 289 Derby, Charlotte Forten Park, Naumkeag Park, Nathaniel Bowditch Park, or simply South River Park.

Greenbelt is hosting one remaining trail run this summer as part of the 2019 North Shore Trail Series sponsored by New England Running Company & Salomon to benefit land conservation. The race is the Beverly Commons 3.5 and 7-mile trail run on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the 126-acre Beverly Commons Conservation Area in Beverly Farms. The scenic route is challenging, with steep hills and rocky terrain. Runners may register for either run online until Aug. 21, or at the event. For full details, visit ecga.org/events.

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 is now under way and continues through Monday, Sept. 30. You may enter in either 18-and-older or Under-18 age categories and may focus on 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 at the discretion of the judges. All gift cards are to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary. To enter and to review contest information, visit massaudubon.org/picturethis.

ReachArts and Marblehead Little Theatre will collaborate this August in an introductory acting class for anyone who’s ever wanted to embrace their inner actor. Improve speaking skills, meet new people or just enjoy a supportive environment participating in theater games, talking about elements of theater, and winding it all up with a staged reading. Led by Trudi Olivetti, sessions are 90 minutes each on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 13, 15, 20 and 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at ReachArts, 89 Burrill St., Swampscott. Registration is $100, open to ages 18 and older, at ReachArts.org or at https://events.time.ly/vjyep64/30899922/tickets.

Babyccino, a free program of Aleph Academy and the Lappin Foundation, offers mothers and their tots up to 24 months, a place to meet and engage in music, arts and play. Held at Chabad of the North Shore, 44 Burrill St, in Swampscott, it runs Thursdays from 10:30 –11:30 a.m., through Aug. 29. Siblings are welcome. For more information or to register, contact Hela Nathan at 763-807-9450 or nsjewishkids@gmail.com. Walk-ins are welcome.

Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield offers a variety of family programs this summer. Families with children 4 years and older may join artist/naturalists for one or more of these programs combing nature exploration and crafts, Thursdays, from 9 to 11 a.m. Begin with a walk on the sanctuary, followed by a craft activity inspired by the theme of the day. Fee for class is $12 adults, $11 children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register, visit massaudubon.org/ipswichriver or call 978-887-9264.

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 from Sunday, Aug. 4, 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 City of Peabody’s Free Summer Sunday Concert Series is underway. All concerts are held at the Leather City Common. Remaining concerts are: Aug. 18, classic rock, country, ’80s & ’90s with Bare Bones, 6 to 8 p.m.; Aug. 25, country music with Renee & the Renegades. Food, craft vendors a weekly craft beer brewer will be on hand. In case of rain, concerts will be rescheduled: contact the Mayor’s Office at (978)538-5704. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the Peabody Cultural Council, City of Peabody and Peabody Main Streets.

The Red Cross is again issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors. Blood supply has now dropped below safe levels and donors are urgently needed. All blood types, especially type O, are requested. You may make an appointment using the Blood Donor App at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-733-2767. Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help reduce time. The Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive, has appointments daily.

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 ten 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.

Marblehead Little Theatre’s Summer of Music concert series will be held for three remaining Saturday evenings: Aug. 24, Aug. 31 and Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $25, available online at mltlive.org, or at the door. Remaining open mic nights are Thursday evenings, Aug. 29, Sept. 7, and Sept. 12. Admission is $5 at the door for audience and performers of all ages. Sign-in for performers begins at 7 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 and runs about two hours. All events will be held in MLT’s Firehouse Theatre at 12 School St. in Marblehead. For more information, visit mltlive.org.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima Church is holding a yard sale in the church hall at 50 Walsh Ave. in Peabody. Featured items will include wall hangings, furniture, lamps, kitchenware, clothing, tools, games and more. Portuguese food available, too. 978-532-0272.

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.

Despite urgent calls for emergency donations, the Red Cross blood supply is still below safe levels (less than 3 days) and donors are urgently needed. With the help of a $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross will thank those who donate from July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email. For complete donation times and locations, check the Salem News’ ongoing community calendars. Make an appointment by activating Amazon’s Alexa Red Cross Blood Skill by saying, “Alexa, find a blood drive,” or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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.

Saint John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy, 28 St. Peter St., Salem, will hold a Polish Fest on Aug. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m., with Polish food by Euromart, as well as traditional homemade pastries, a full bar, and authentic Polish Beer. The kids will have games, face painting and bouncy houses, and are welcome to dance to the music of DJ Jurek. Win cash, fine merchandise and gift cars in the big raffle. or $1,000 grand prize on the Special Raffle. All are welcome! For more information, call 978-531-5592.

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.

The Beverly Public Library will hold Yoga on the Lawn on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. with registered yoga teacher, Kelly Rusch, who’ll take you through a Vinyasa yoga class. Please bring a yoga mat or towel. (Rain Location: Sohier Room, Main Library) Questions? Contact Katie at knelson@noblenet.org. Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program.

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.

The Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) celebrates its 48th anniversary with a new season of classes for 2019-2020, starting Monday, Aug. 26. Children, teenagers, and adults will find classes for all levels at the studio at 115 Pleasant St. A special highlight is the Beginner Tai Chi and the Rooting Pine Qi Gong Method class for teenagers and adults, but there are classes to meet the needs of dancers of all levels and ages, from ballet, pointe, and variations; pre-ballet and creative movement; modern and jazz; repertory; Pilates, stretch and strength, Tai Chi and Qi Gong; and partner dancing with ballroom, fox trot, swing, Latin, and Argentine Tango. Director Paula K. Shiff teaches the adult ballet classes, favorites with students, on Thursday morning and Wednesday evening. Private lessons are also available for dancers preparing for special events or requirements. The school operates year round and offers open enrollment on a rolling basis. Students are welcome to start any time, but advanced registration is required. For information/registration, visit www.marbleheadschoolofballet.com, email: msb@havetodance.com, or  call 781-631-6262.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 5 to 8 p.m., the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce annual shindig goes for a slam dunk with Beverly Fire Chief Joe Daly, Mayor Ted Bettencourt, PACC board chair Mike Maura, and board member Ed Lomasney taking the plunge in the tank at Tupper Manor, at the Wylie Inn & Conference Center on the campus of Endicott College in Beverly. It’s all part of this year’s carnival theme, sponsored and encouraged by Peabody Wealth Advisors, whose fearless leader Mike Murray will set the mood by donning a clown wig. Along with the dunking will be carnival games, food, prizes, music and more. The event — a casual, adult outing — is open to both PACC members and the public. Tickets are $40 in advance, and $50 at the door, and include buffet dinner and cash bar. For information/registration, visit: peabodychamber.com, or call: 978-531-0384. 

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 Salem High School Class of 1964 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Waterfront Room at Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The event will be an informal luncheon buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. Door prize donations are welcome. There will be a 50/50 raffle and cash bar. Make checks payable to Salem High School Class of 1964 and mail to Jim Solovicos, 10 Sylvia Road, Peabody, MA, 01960.

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.

The SPUR Student Success Back-to-School drive is underway and with the partnership of individuals, families and businesses, we aim to support over 600 children, by providing new backpacks and school essentials to children in need in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott. You can help by sending a tax deductible check by Aug. 16, or visiting www.spur.community to sponsor a backpack and school supplies. You can also help us fill backpacks and write personalized notes to each child beginning Aug. 11. Program coordinators will then distribute the packs before the first day of school. Purchase a backpack and supplies for a K - 2nd grader ($56.35) Purchase a backpack and supplies for a 3rd - 5th grader ($62.48) Purchase a backpack and supplies for a 6th - 12th grader ($73.51) Purchase a backpack ($31.22) Purchase school supplies ($38.46). To learn more, contact Founder & Executive Director, Jocelyn Cook at 781-451-7787.

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.

An all star musical lineup of Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl, Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick, and Bill Staines will kick off the 50th anniversary celebrations of the me&thee coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford St. with a special concert on Friday, Sept. 6, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Chamber of Commerce members. Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. Students, $10; or online, at www.meandthee.org, or at the Spirit of Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead. Refreshments , including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas, will be on hand. The me&thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is smoke-free, and easily reached by MBTA bus. The oldest continually running all-volunteer acoustic listening room in New England, the me&thee is a non-profit sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the website at www.meandthee.org.

The Accidentally on Purpose Improv Comedy Troupe returns to Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School St., Marblehead with their original Keg-n-Komedy on Aug. 17, a comedic style similar to the TV show Whose Line is it anyway. has really gelled into a finely tuned comedy machine. Rehearse twice a month along with a bevy of shows throughout New England all year round. Audience members must be 21 or older to attend, as the R rated performance includes complimentary beer and Wine. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m., show, and tickets are $25 at: mltlive.com, or in person at the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead.

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.

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