Census presentation

The Peabody Institute Library will host a presentation on the upcoming 2020 Census on Monday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m., on the secpnd floor of the Main Library at 82 Main St., Peabody. Come learn why the upcoming census is so important, and why participation is vital. A Census partnership specialist will answer questions and tell you everything you need to know. Topics include: Who and how many people will be counted; how your information is kept safe; what’s new for 2020; and how you can easily and conveniently fill yours out. You may ask any questions and information on the census and on jobs will be available. Registration is required at: https://peabodylibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/learn-about-the-2020-censusQuestions? 978-531-0100 x17.

Democratic City Committee to meet

The Beverly Democratic City Committee will meet Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Hannah Bowen, network manager at Intentional Endowments, will discuss socially conscious investing and how it’s an important tool to advocate for Democratic values. She is a member of the BDCC and active on its Outreach Sub-Committee. For more information or to add items to the agenda, contact Chairman Jim Thompson at tactech@comcast.net or 978-618-5188. Newcomers welcome!

Peabody library closes for meeting

To improve public service and the public’s library experience, the Peabody Institute Library has scheduled a staff meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.  The Main Library will be closed from 9 to 11 a.m.  The South Branch and West Branch libraries will be closed from 9 a.m. until noon. Library administration apologizes for any inconvenience this schedule change may cause.  For more information please call 978-531-0100.

Computer Society presentation

On Thursday, Feb. 13, North Shore Computer Society presents Amy Shram, Better Business Bureau community relations manager of Peabody Municipal Light Plant, speaking at 7 p.m., at 201 Warren St. Extension. The focus will be on how consumers can best utilize all of BBB’s free services to help make educated and informed consumer decisions. Also covered: major scam issues circulating the communities and how to avoid falling victim. Meetings are free to the public, presented by the North Shore Computer Society, a 501(c)(7) non-profit. Questions? www.northshorecomputer.org, call 978.977.2618, or Email: info@northshorecomputer.org.

Golden Globe winner screening

On Friday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. the Beverly Public Library is screening the winner of this year’s Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film tracks a down-at-the-heels Korean family as it latches onto a much wealthier famil and grimly proceeds to replace them by any means necessary. A one-of-a-kind hybrid of horror, satire, and class-warfare! Free to adults, with free popcorn. Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program. Licensing prevents us from printing film titles; call the library for the title at 978-921-6062 or visit www.beverlypubliclibrary.org.

Kauffman at coffee house

The Along The Way Coffee House, 12 Meetinghouse Green in Ipswich, will present Geoff Kauffman on Saturday, Feb. 15. Familiar to those who attended the Mystic Seaport’s annual Sea Music Festival, and the guiding force of that festival for some four decades, Kauffman brings with him his songs of the sea, earth, heart and spirit that weave together along with guitar, concertina, and more. Show time is 7 to 9 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10 at the door, or in advance at: www.brownpapertickets. Refreshments available. For more information, call Ernie at 978-350-2487.

New England Regional Art opening

The Marblehead Arts Association will host an opening reception for a New England Regional Exhibit: “Variations,” on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at this gathering which will include many featured artists. For close to a century the Marblehead Arts Association has exhibited the works of artists from throughout New England in the six galleries of its historic 1728 mansion, 8 Hooper St., in Marblehead. All works have been judged and prizes in Fine Arts, Photography and craft categories will be awarded at the opening reception. There will be ballots for visitors to vote for their favorite piece with a People’s Choice Award announced at the close of the exhibit. A record number of entries have been received this year; the exhibit will run to March 8. Questions? 781-631-2608, or www.marbleheadarts.org

Chill Out in the Teen Room

The teen room at the Peabody Institute Main Library, 82 Main St., is open for whatever teens are up to, from relaxation, to studying, snacking or just hanging out with friends. Drop in any time on Feb. 18, 19, and 20, spend some time or stay all day. Snacks are from 1 to 2 p.m., daily; then from 2 to 4:30 p.m., stay to read, use the computers, listen to music, bring a project to work on, or just melt into a big comfy bean bag. Hot chocolate and tea will be available, and each day at 4:30 p.m., there’ll be different programs: Tuesday Feb. 18, use your creativity to craft journals, zines, collages, and more; Wednesday, Feb. 19, teen yoga from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 20, hang out with Lydia the Comfort Dog. No registration required. Open to ages 11 to 18. Call 978-531-0100 x35 or check: https://www.peabodylibrary.org/calendar/ .  

Queer Romance: Conversation with authors

The Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, will host a panel discussion featuring local romance authors Jane C. Esther, Miranda MacLeod, and T.B. Markinson on Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. The evening, which coincides with the first meeting of the PIL Queer Book Club, will include a discussion of Anna Burke’s “Compass Rose,” and a Q&A on why queer romance matters, writing alternative romance, publishing with a queer or indie publisher, self-publishing, and why visibility and own voices matter in romance writing. Each author’s books will be available for checkout.  Copies of “Compass Rose” will be available at the Public Services Desk. Register at: https://peabodylibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/why-queer-romance-matters-local-author-panel/. For more information, call 978-531-0100 ext. 17, or check https://www.peabodylibrary.org/calendar/.

Scholarship application forms available

The City of Salem’s Scholarship and Education Committee has released the scholarship application form for students graduating from Salem High School, Salem Academy Charter School, or other high schools, and entering college or university in the fall. The one-page application form is available now at http://www.salem.com/scholarship. Application packets are due back to the committee by May 15. The City of Salem’s Scholarship and Education Committee oversees both the Scholarship Fund, to provide educational financial aid to deserving city residents, and the Education Fund, to provide supplemental educational funding for local educational needs or to provide funding for existing adult literacy programs. Since 2003 the committee has awarded over $80,000 in scholarships to Salem students graduating from Salem High School, Salem Academy Charter School, and other schools. Scholarship amounts vary from year to year, based on the number of applications.

A taste for fundraising

Marblehead Arts Association’s annual fundraiser tasting is Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m., with six select spirits on hand: three single cask softer, smoother Scotch whisky brands from the Speyside region, plus a rum, an Armagnac and a bourbon, all single cask and every bit as special as those Scotches. Enjoy pairings by 5 Corners Kitchen, learn from a spirits expert, drink in the wonders of six galleries of art supported entirely by museum fundraising efforts like this one. Tickets are $100. Reserve yours at 781-631-2608, or online at www.marbleheadarts.org. Interested in a sponsorship? Contact Executive Director Patti Baker, pbaker@marbleheadarts.org. All proceeds benefit museum programming.

Salem’s So Sweet

The whole family is welcome to get their collective Valentine’s Day act together on Saturday, Feb. 8, when The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem, embraces all things Valentine as part of Salem’s So Sweet. Find gifts in the Museum Shop, make Valentine’s Day cards and crafts, decorate a cookie with a special message. The festivities last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a family Valentine workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., cookie decorating in the visitors center from 1 to 3 p.m., and ice sculpture viewing throughout the city of Salem. The Gables once again partners with Ye Olde Pepper Company to present their own sculpture. Visit Salem Main Streets for complete details and locations: http://salemmainstreets.org/festivals/salem-so-sweet/. For more information about the Gables, visit www.7gables.org


Library hosts Bruins PJ Drive

The Peabody Institute Library has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in the 13th annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive, from Feb. 1 through March 15, to benefit the Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Wonderfund and Cradles to Crayons. During that time the library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens with a goal of 13,000 pairs of new pajamas statewide, many donated to DCF offices in the areas in which they were collected, benefiting local kids and teens. DCF estimates that at any given time the agency is working with 45,000 babies, children and teens. To raise awareness for the drive, Peabody Library staff members will wear pajamas to work on Feb. 11. and offering donors a poster of Bruins player Charlie McAvoy, courtesy of the Boston Bruins and MBLC. Participating libraries will compete with other organizations for special Bruins prizes including tickets to a Bruins game. For more information, visit: https://libraries.state.ma.us/pj-drive.

gistration fee. Reserve your space at thesacredshed@gmail.com.  

Nomination papers available in Wenham

The Wenham Town Clerk’s office has nomination papers available for the following positions: Board of Assessor, Board of Health, Board of Selectmen, Hamilton Wenham Board of Library Trustee, Planning Board, Town Clerk, Water Commission, Wenham Housing Authority. Two positions are also up for election on the Regional School Committee and papers are available at the Regional School Office. For the Presidential Primary, absentee ballots are now available until Monday March 2, at noon. Early voting will be available during regular hours the week of February 24-28. Wenham will be voting at Wenham Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. For questions on elections, contact the Wenham Town Clerk, 138 Main St., at 978-468-5520 ext. 1 or dbucco@wenhamma.gov.

Dinner, movie at ALPHA

Is there more to life than this? Is there a God? Can I have faith? Treat yourself to an opportunity to ask all these questions, have great conversations, and meet new friends at ALPHA. What is ALPHA? It’s dinner, a movie, and a roundtable discussion that asks you to ask the big questions of life. Hosted by Sacred Heart, Manchester-by the Sea and St. John the Baptist, Essex, it begins Tuesday, Feb. 25 with dinner, a short film and discussion at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 62 School St. Manchester-by the Sea. Open to all on Cape Ann, the North Shore and beyond, the evening is free. To attend, visit www.mecatholic.org and click on the ALPHA drop down link to receive a confirmation.

Solarize Mass making pitch

Solarize Mass Plus will explain their program at a joint meeting of the Mack Park Neighborhood Association and Northstreet Northfields Neighborhood Association on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Salem Moose Family Center, 50 Grove St., Salem. Learn how Solarize Mass Plus works, its many money saving offers, from an installer who’ll answer any questions you may have! 

‘Skeletons in the Closet’

On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., historian Daniel Gagnon will present “Skeletons in the Closet,” a memorialization of George Jacobs Sr. and Rebecca Nurse after the 1692 Witch Trials, at Felton-Smith Historic Site, Smith Barn, 8 Felton St., Peabody. Gagnon will trace the story of how the Nurse family and the Danvers community constructed the first memorial to anyone executed for witchcraft in the United States. However, the descendants of George Jacob Sr. did not erect a headstone over his grave. Learn how Danvers (formerly Salem Village) began to acknowledge its role in the witch hunt hysteria even before the City of Salem did. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. The venue is handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 978-531-0805.

An afternoon of American music

The Friends of the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, is presenting An Afternoon of American Music performed by John Archer and Dan Murphy on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Gordon Room. The theme of the program will be Broadway show tunes (such as My Fair Lady, Camelot, Sound of Music) and American Songbook selections from favorite composers (such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin). This concert is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served during an informal reception with the performers. For more information, call 978-774-0554.

Salem farmers market seeks vendors

Salem Main Streets is looking for local farmers and food vendors for the Salem Farmers Market, downtown Salem in Derby Square on Thursdays, 3 p.m., from June 11 through Oct. 15. Applications must be submitted for consideration by March 6. Applications can be downloaded from www.salemfarmersmarket.org. Booth space is $30 a week for a 10’x 10’ spot, $60 for a 10’x 20’ spot, and $90 for a 10’by 30’ spot. There is a discount for prepayment of the entire season. There is an option to attend every other week, but vendors are asked to commit to the entire season. All products must be grown or produced in New England. Non-farm products must be high quality, locally made, take skill and creativity, and the vendor must add at least 75% of the total value to the product.  For more information, contact Salem Main Streets Executive Director Kylie Sullivan at kylie@salemmainstreets.org or 978-744-0004 x115. Visit: www.salemfarmersmarket.org.  

Calling all LEGO lovers!

Salem’s NPS Regional Visitor Center, 2 Liberty St., is hosting a Lego Lovers morning during February school vacation week, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to noon. Make your own minifigure lighthouse keeper and mini Bakers Island Light with Gavin Gardner, an NPS instructor and local LEGO expert, who’ll lead this family friendly activity that sends you home with your own minifigure lego lighthouse keeper and mini Bakers Island Light. Come celebrate the maritime heritage of Salem through the art of LEGO building! Space is limited to the first 45 to register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lego-make-take-event-hosted-by-essex-heritage-and-nps-tickets-88700653041

Seaside Garden Club’s meeting

Seaside Garden Club returns from its holiday break with a special program: Seed Starting Tips and Tricks with Marie Patrice Masse. A former teacher, Masse’s years of focus on personal growth and transformation are easily translated to her passion for seeds and plants. Every year from February to June, her house turns into a plant nursery as she brings these little green babies to life! Always trying something new, she’s known as The Seed Snatcher, The Butterfly Lady, The Worm Lady, Dirt Girl, The Garden Go-To Lady. Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners. All types and levels of gardeners are welcome. Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June, at the Manchester Community Center, 40 Harbor Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea. Social time begins with light refreshments at 7 pm, followed by the program at 7:30 pm. Guest fee is $5.

Salem’s Interactive Road Conditions Map

The City of Salem has published an interactive online tool that allows residents to easily view road surface conditions and recommended paving plans for any segment of the City’s nearly 100 miles of public roadway. The new map can be found at www.salem.com/pavingmap and follows on the City’s publication starting in 2016 of an online map showing paving work that has been completed each year. In partnership with the engineering firm BETA, Salem continues to update the road surface ratings and monitor conditions. Road surface ratings, which score from 0 (the lowest) to 100 (the highest) help inform the City’s annual multi-million dollar paving plan allocations and allow the City to set a realistic paving budget based on the repair type necessary for the road segment’s condition.

Middleton Stream Team Photo Awards

The Middleton Stream Team Photo Awards are scheduled for Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. at the Flint Library in Middleton. Award winners have been notified, but all who entered are invited, and all the entries will be displayed in the slide show to view. Many wonderful entries show the beauty of the Ipswich River Watershed in Middleton, and the photographers will be on hand to talk about their work.

‘Pippin,’ ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ slated

Stage 284 at The Community House in Hamilton will present two musicals for the young at heart, “Pippin” and “Legally Blonde Jr.,” on one stage with six performances per production. In “Pippin,” the prince discovers where true happiness lies. In “Legally Blonde Jr.,” Elle Woods tackles stereotypes through her journey of self-empowerment in law school. Presented by Stage 284 at The Community House, “Legally Blonde Jr.” remaining performance isFriday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at http://stage284.com and are $20 in advance for floor seating and $25 in advance for premium and riser seating. Tickets are $25 at the door for floor seating and $30 at the door for premium and riser seating. There is a limited amount of premium seating. Handicapped-accessible seating is available.

Valentine’s Day Paint Night

Join art instructor Tereza Swanda on Friday, Feb. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., for a special Valentine’s Paint Night at ReachArts, 89 Burrill St., Swampscott. It should be a fun night and participants will go home with their own creative work. Tickets are $25 at: reacharts.org/event-3700536. For more information, call 781-738-8278, or email: danuta.shasha@reacharts.org.

Bags for abandoned animals

Every time a reusable $2.50 Community Bag is sold at Swampscott’s 450 Paradise Road during February, friends of Marblehead’s Abandoned Animals will receive a $1 donation, joining over more than 3,000 non-profits who have raised over $332,000 to date for local communities by participating in the Stop & Shop “community bag” program. Every month, leadership at each store location chooses a local non-profit to be the default beneficiary from the Community Bag Program. Friends of Marblehead’s Abandoned Animals (FOMAA) is a non-profit established by volunteers that provides food, shelter, medical care, and good homes to animals abandoned or brought to us: truly a no-kill shelter. Our operating expenses are underwritten by the generous donations and the fees charged for adoption (which do not fully cover our costs, however).

Free tech industry training at NSCC

Thanks to a grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, North Shore Community College (NSCC) is offering a free Integrated Education & Training Information Technology program at their Adult Learning Center (ALC) starting Feb. 11. The program is open to students with or without a high school diploma, and courses include CyberSafe, CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Service Desk & Support Analyst, Microsoft Office Suite and more. All costs are covered and in addition to the IT classes, students will either study for HiSET or work on Accuplacer skills to advance their reading or math proficiency. The program runs from Feb. 11 to June 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the ALC on NSCC’s Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road. Students must be able to commit to the full class schedule. Space is limited and pre-registration is required at 978-236-1227, or email: srandell@northshore.edu.

Salem launches Century Tree program

The City of Salem, founded in 1626, will celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2026, and desires to honor its past and provide for the health and enjoyment of its citizens in the future through the beneficial effects of a replenished urban tree canopy. Therefore the the City is establishing the Century Tree Program, through which Salem residents may propose sites throughout the city where tall trees – Salem’s future heritage trees – may flourish without obstructions. Century Trees will be planted each year through 2026 within sight of public rights-of-way and labeled for posterity, in honor of the quadricentennial of the City of Salem.

Beverly Democrats hold caucus

Registered Democrats in Beverly will hold a caucus in the Sohier Room at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex Street, Beverly, on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m., to elect Delegates and Alternates for the 2020 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, held May 30 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Beverly. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 by Feb. 15, will be allowed to participate and run as a Delegate or Alternate. Beverly can elect 21 Delegates and 21 Alternates to the Convention. Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected may apply to be an Add-on Delegate at the caucus or online at www.massdems.org. Regular committee meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Chairman Jim Thompson at 978-618-5188, or visit www.bevdems.org

Early childhood developmental screenings

Salem Public Schools offers developmental screenings to children ages 3, 4, and 5 living in Salem who may have a disability. If you have concerns about your child’s development, please call us at 978-740-1181. Screenings take place on an as needed basis at the Bentley School located at 25 Memorial Drive.

Art exhibit in Danvers

After 30 years of arranging art exhibits at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers, Shirley Guerriero has retired at the age of 85, but not before hanging a retrospective of her own work in the church this February and March. A reception will be held after church services Sunday, Feb. 9, from noon to 2 p.m. Guerriero attended Pratt Institute after high school, then married and started a family. In 1966 she resumed painting and has continued to this day. This collection includes both realistic and abstract work. Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church is at 323 Locust St. (Route 35), Danvers. The exhibit may also be seen by appointment by calling 978-774-7582. Visit www.nsuu.org for more information.

‘Awaken: Conjuring Our Tomorrow’

The Winfisky Gallery at Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem, has opened its spring season with “Awaken: Conjuring Our Tomorrow,” running through March 13. This exhibit, curated by Allison Maria Rodriguez, features the work of eight Latina artists who focus on climate justice. For more information, visit salemstate.edu/arts

NSCC seeks candidates for award

The North Shore Community College (NSCC) Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the annual Distinguished Alumnus Award, designed to recognize outstanding alumni. Interested parties on behalf of an NSCC alumnus may submit nominations. Candidates will be chosen on the basis of integrity, professional accomplishment, and community or college service. The recipient must be able to attend NSCC’s Commencement on May 21. Submit a letter of nomination describing the nominee’s special achievements and/or contributions no later than March 27 to NSCC, Distinguished Alumnus Selection Committee, DB330, One Ferncroft Road, P.O. Box 3340, Danvers, MA 01923. You may also complete an online registration form at www.northshore.edu/alumni/award.


Art Studio spaces available

The Salem Public Art Commission is calling for creatives to participate in the city’s newly revitalized Artists’ Row initiative. Currently, two studio/retail space stalls are available with two-year tenancy agreements, as well as two paid positions for Public Artists in Residence for eight months. The city is interested in uses that will contribute to the vibrancy of the downtown community. Spaces may be used for, but are not limited to, original produced or handcrafted artworks and products, performances, art “happenings,” art “interventions,” art making, and temporary public installations. Artists’ Row consists of four artist stalls, a restaurant, and a public restroom at 24 New Derby St., originally built as a marketplace and still a thriving public plaza. The City of Salem believes that bringing diverse individuals together through the arts strengthens the community fabric and provides a springboard for creatives. For more information, visit: https://www.salem.com/sites/salemma/files/uploads/artists_row_2020-2021_call_for_creatives.pdf

Computer classes at Peabody Institute

Free computer classes are underway at The South Branch of the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. Register now for: Microsoft Word on the second Wednesday of every month 2- 3 p.m.: Computer Basics: every other Saturday 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.: e-Book Class: The second Monday of every month 2 to 3 p.m. Call 978-531-3380 x11, or come into the South Branch, Lynn Street, Peabody. For more information, try our website, www.peabodylibrary.org

Northshoremen singing valentines

Barbershop quartets from the Beverly Northshoremen Chorus make Valentine’s Day special for sweethearts, as they arrive unannounced to present singing valentines to unsuspecting recipients from the ones who love them. In addition to two love songs, the quartets will also present the recipients with a long-stemmed rose, a lovely card, and a photo of the event. The valentines are one of the major fundraisers for the nonprofit Northshoremen, who put on shows at area assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the year. Cost is $65, $60 for orders placed by Feb. 6. The quartets will sing on Friday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information call 866-727-4988. Orders can be emailed to northshoremen.chorus@gmail.com, or ordered online at www.harmonize.com/northshoremen.

High school art show hosted

Montserrat College of Art will again host the Congressional Art Show and Competition for Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District in the Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly, from March 14 to 21. The show closes with an awards reception with Congressman Seth Moulton on Saturday, March 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All are welcome to this, the 26th year that Montserrat has hosted the competition, open to students, grades 10-12, from public and private schools as well as home-schooled students from the district. Winners will be presented with citations and varying levels of scholarships to Montserrat’s Summer Pre-College Program. The grand prize winning piece will be sent to Washington, D.C., to hang in the Capitol for one year along with winners from other congressional districts across the country. A ceremony to congratulate all the winners will be held in Washington, D.C., in June. Work must be dropped off on Friday, March 6, between 2 and 6 p.m., or Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Montserrat Gallery. For information and entry forms, email jo.broderick@montserrat.edu.

Kindergarten registration

Registration for kindergarten for the 2020/2021 school year for the Middleton Public Schools is underway. Information has been mailed to the households of eligible Middleton children born between Sept. 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2015. If you did not receive this information, contact the Fuller Meadow School, 978-750-4756. 

Hamilton seeks poll workers

The Hamilton Town Clerk’s Office is seeking poll workers beginning in February. Pay is $12.50 an hour. Interested parties should contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-468-5570, ext. 3, or by emailing mpeters@hamiltonma.gov or sgeorge@hamiltonma.gov.


Women’s Drill Team seeks members

The Peabody Council on Aging Women’s Drill Team has kicked off its 36th season and is looking to recruit new members. This is a cordial group where music, mind, movement and fun come together for one hour Monday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Torigian Center in Peabody. There is no cost and membership is not limited to Peabody residents. Interested? Come watch the team in action during one of its Monday morning rehearsals. Each rehearsal provides a mild physical workout, engages the mind by requiring attention to steps and formations, and establishes a genuine camaraderie. For more information, email pianoanno@gmail.com or call 978-531-3761.

Children’s weekly art workshop

A Children’s Process Art Workshop with trained visual artist Eva Der is being offered at Hamilton-Wenham Library on Thursdays through March 19, at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 3-8 with caregivers. Enjoy stories, make friends, and explore art materials in a process-based environment where children can create their own masterpieces while expanding their minds and capacity for friendship and community. Free and open to the public at the library, 14 Union St, S. Hamilton. Registration is requested at 978-468-5489.

Science Fridays for tots

Hamilton-Wenham Library is holding Science Fridays with Melanie Ward meeting Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m. through March 20. Caregivers of children ages 0-5 will listen to stories, sing songs, and explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math ideas for STEM/STEAM based fun. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested at 978-468-5489. The library is located at 14 Union St. Please note: there is no meeting on Jan. 21.

Chocolate & ice sculptures

Salem’s 18th annual So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival will run from Friday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 9, kicking off Friday with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, 231 Essex St., and followed Saturday, Feb. 8, by ice sculpting throughout downtown. Altogether, 20 ice sculptures will be created and illuminated for strollers to enjoy between 5 and 9 p.m. More information about this year’s sculptures will be available at www.salemsosweet.com as we get closer to the event. Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants, and businesses, partner annually to bring you this delectable tradition, to make your Valentine’s Day shopping sweeter. The Salem Trolley offers trolley rides around the festival route weather permitting, noon to 4 p.m. for only $2 an adult (free for children).

Language classes in Salem

As part of The Gables’ Settlement Program, The House of the Seven Gables is sponsoring free English-language classes with more options and flexibility for busy family members who want to improve their English skills. Classes are twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and run until June 18. Free child care is offered while classes are in session. The winter/spring session will be held at the Salem Academy Charter School, 45 Congress St., Salem. Drop-in registration is available. Those interested may contact Elsabel Rincon at 978-306-7001 or erincon@7gables.org. For more information visit www.7gables.org

Dub Boat CD party Feb. 8

On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Chianti Jazz Lounge, 285 Cabot St, in Beverly will host a debut party for Dub Boat’s new CD, from 9 p.m. to midnight, with instrumental reggae, syncopated bass lines, soaring trumpet and playful, yet soulful, guitar and piano leads. Founded two years ago by bassist Adam Saylor and trumpet player, Jon Persson, Dub Boat features Aaron Zaroulis on drums, Dave Drouin on guitar, keyboardist and Berklee Professor, John Funkhouser, and delivers “influences from Jazz, Rock, Funk and Soul to create a unique Reggae sound with heavy grooves, deep pockets, and catchy melodies.” This event is open to the public. For more information, call 978- 921-2233.

Appleton Farms expand offerings

Appleton Farms welcomes 2020 with expanded culinary and artisan offerings: new seasonal cooking classes and workshops and events transition throughout the year to stay in step with field fresh ingredients delivered daily from the farm, other North Shore farmers and local food artisans. Hands-on farm-to-kitchen cooking classes feature three course seasonal menus, under the guidance of talented chefs. BYOB to enjoy with the meal. Also through the winter months, classes focused on flavors from Italy and India, classes dedicated to warming soups, stews and chowders, a dedicated New England Comfort Foods class, and a show-stopping vegetable class, bread-making with A&J King Artisan Bakers, pasta and cheese-making with Luca Mignogna of Wolf Meadow Farm, chocolate-making with Ovedia Artisan Chocolates, Mixology with Privateer Rum, Wine Tasting & Pairing with The Urban Chef, plus private programs and events. For more information, email appletonfarms@thetrustees.org.

Help desk training offered

North Shore Community College’s Division of Corporate & Professional Education is currently offering a free Help Desk Support Certificate 100-hour training program to give students skills and knowledge in Information Technology (IT), combined with industry-recognized certifications from CompTIA that will prepare them for entry-level IT positions. In addition, NSCC is partnering with the MassHire North Shore Career Center and Year Up Greater Boston to work on career readiness skills and placement in employment or paid internships. The program, made possible with a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, runs for two sessions: Jan. 21 to April 21 and March 31 to June 25. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at NSCC’s Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and on Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. at the MassHire North Shore Career Center in Salem, 70 Washington St., first floor. For registration/information, contact Judith Nast at jnast@northshore.edu or Sandra Efstratiou at sefstratiou@nscareers.org, or call 978-236-1200.

SLAMBoston auditions

On Sunday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m., Another Country Productions and Marblehead Little Theatre will hold joint Non-Equity auditions for the April production of “Diverse Voices in Theatre: SLAMBoston Slams the North Shore!” This multi-cultural theater slam features 10 ten-minute plays competing for a cash prize. Audience participation with five judges and raucous cheering makes it a fun experience. SLAMBoston has played to sold out audiences in Boston, Provincetown and Burlington, Vermont, since 2003, and is particularly interested in a diverse cast. Auditions are by appointment in groups of up to 10 actors every half hour. audition details, visit: http://www.MLTlive.org/audition-call/diverse-voices-in-theatre-auditions.

Grieving the loss

Care Dimensions is holding six-weeks of free group meetings for parents bearing the loss of a child with developmental disabilities or delays. This type of loss can include an array of extremely complex emotions and these meetings provide a supportive space where you can speak freely and safely with peers in a setting run by a licensed Bereavement Counselor. The meetings run Tuesdays, to Feb. 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Bertolon Center for Grief and Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers. Although free, pre-registration is required by Jan. 10, at: www.Care Dimensions.org/Calendars or call 855.774.5100 or email grief@CareDimensions.org.

Job networking for adults

A free networking group that addresses the issues of age bias in hiring, workforce re-entry and career redirection for job seekers age 50+ will begin meeting under the direction of the Ipswich Senior Center at Ipswich Town Hall on a bi-monthly basis, Mondays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a focus on self-assessment and transferable skills. Future topics include interviewing, resume and cover letters, networking, utilizing local career centers, LinkedIn and other social media platforms, and more. Doors open at 4 p.m., and preregistration is required at www.mocoonline.com/50plusregistration. Questions? Call Sheila Taylor, Director of the Ipswich Council on Aging, at 978-356-6650 or sheilat@ipswichma.gov.

Bertram Field fund drive

The city of Salem has launched a private fundraising campaign associated with the Bertram Field improvement project. The $6 million effort will result in modern, accessible, and sustainable athletics facilities for football, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, community and youth sports, and other activities. While the majority of the funding has been secured through the city’s capital budget — including bonding, Community Preservation Act funds, and a state grant — the project team has set a goal of $400,000 from donations. All donations over $500 will be recognized with signs at the field. Larger donations, including naming opportunities and business sponsorships, are also available. All are tax-deductible. To donate by credit card or electronic check, visit salemathleticsfund.org. Checks should be made payable to “City of Salem” with “Bertram Field” on the memo line and sent to Treasurer’s Office, City of Salem, 98 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970.

BoSoma steps up outreach

BoSoma Dance Company, under the direction of award-winning dancer, choreographer and educator Katherine Hooper, has stepped up its community outreach. In partnership with New England Arts for Literacy Project, BoSoma has created K-12 programs that support core curricula learning, including a landmark program, “Mathematics and Science,” designed to introduce children to how choreographers use numbers and music mathematically to create choreography and movement patterns. Science topics also integrate and teach the importance of knowing human anatomy and gravity, which allows dancers to be able to move through space. For more information, contact Hooper at 978-500-3057 or company@bosoma.org

Volunteer drivers needed

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.

Free adult English practice

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.

Better Breathers Club meets

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.


Homeschool program slated

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. Visit: waldorfmoraine.org/waldorf-homeschooling-program.

Job seekers meet

50+ job seekers networking

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. Meetings are 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.

Free Judaism course

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 are Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., and 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.

Monthly genealogy series

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., has launched a monthly genealogy series, “Digging for Roots Genealogy Series: Getting Started with Your Research.” 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.

Lunchtime history films

The Danvers Historical Society hosts lunchtime history films every third Monday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m., presented by Heritage Films’ Dan Tremblay, at Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page St. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Gatherings are casual and include film and a discussion. For more information, call the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666 or E-mail to dhs@danvershistory.org

Salem grants applications

The Salem Scholarship & Education Committee is now accepting applications for education fund grants of up to $5,000 for Salem educational programs and organizations. The grants are available to provide supplemental education funding for local educational needs and for existing adult literacy programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the maximum amount available for any one grant is $5,000. Grant funds cannot be used for salaries or stipends. The application form and additional information can be found at www.salem.com/scholarship. Questions? Contact Dominick Pangallo in the Office of Mayor Kim Driscoll at dpangallo@salem.com or (978) 619-5600.

Photography showcase

The Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers is showcasing works of freelance photographer Thom Adorney through November. Adorney, who works and teaches in Beverly, has themed his work, “Celebrating the Extraordinary Within.” His images have been published, won awards, and been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Newburyport Art Association, the Beverly Guild of Artists, Porter Mill Gallery, the Marblehead Art Association, and Gallery 62 in Danvers. He has donated services to nonprofits, including The Cabot theater, the Essex County Trail Association, The House of the Seven Gables, and Beverly Bootstraps. The church, which is wheelchair accessible, is at 323 Locust St., in Danvers. View the exhibit before or after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, or call 978-774-7582. Visit www.nsuu.org.

PJ Library Babies & Bagels

Children, ages 3 and younger, and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Babies & Bagels for music, movement and a snack. Sessions will be held at Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Avenue in Marblehead from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. RSVPs are requested to Shelby@emanu-el.org or (781) 631-9300. The program is sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and Lappin Foundation and is free and open to all. Walk-ins are welcome.

Developmental education screenings

Salem Public Schools offers developmental screenings to locate, identify, and refer for special education evaluation, any 3, 4, or 5-year-old living in Salem who may have disabilities. If you have concerns about your child, you may schedule a screening by calling 978-740-1181. Screening will take place on an as-needed basis at the Salem Early Childhood Center, Bentley School, 25 Memorial Drive.

Teen music classes begin

Whether experienced musicians or total beginners, the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, welcomes teens to its monthly music class taught from 4 to 6 p.m., by professional singer/songwriter Molly Pinto Madiga each covering a different topic, from rhythm and note-reading, to songwriting and hands-on instrumental skills. This program is free and open to teens ages 12-18. Come explore music in a new way at Main Branch in the Creativity Lab. Because space is limited, registration is required. To reserve a spot, call 978-531-0100 or stop by in person.

Book groups at Peabody Institute Library

The Peabody Institute Library is hosting two new book groups in 2020, at the Main Library, 82 Main St, Peabody. Page to Screen” meets the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Meeting on the second Thursday of the month is the Queer Book Group. The first meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13, will discuss Compass Rose by Anne Burke at 6:30 p.m., at the Main Library. It will be followed by a special author panel featuring Anna. Books for both groups are available at the Public Services Desk. Registration is not necessary. And the popcorn is free. Questions? Call 978-531-0100 x17, or: www.peabodylibrary.org/calendar/

Explore Bradley Palmer Park

Discover the wonders of our natural world at Topsfield’s beautiful Bradley Palmer State Park this winter! Explore animal adaptations, tracking, seasonal changes in the wild, and more! Participants will be eligible to receive a Junior Ranger patch and certificate with the completion of five sessions, most running Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m. to March 28. (except Feb. 22) Come to the heated Nature Center near the Bradley Palmer parking lot. Activities include hikes, weather permitting. No pre-registration required, unless numbers of participants exceeds capacity. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout this free program. Best for children 8 –12. Bradley Palmer State Park is located at 40 Asbury St., Topsfield. Questions? Email Barbara.buls@mass.gov.

Animal lovers needed locally

The Marblehead Animal Shelter, 44 Village St., is in need of new volunteers, to do cleaning and feeding on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. If you love animals and have the time, drop by the shelter to pick up a volunteer application. The shelter is open Mondays and Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Fridays, 5 to 7 p.m., Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 781-631-8664.

CuriousCity February vacation camp

Looking for something fun to do over February vacation week? Why not visit the moon! CuriousCity children’s museum has a new workshop, Space Camp for children, in partnership with Peabody Access TV (PAT) and Steamworks! Perfect for grades 2-4, Space Camp offers astronaut training, rocket designing, building and launching, testing a moon lander and moon rover, collecting and analyzing lunar samples and return to Earth, for more, including space in Virtual Reality and a DIY planetarium! Classes run from Feb. 17 to 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mornings, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,will be at Peabody Access TV (119 Foster St. Bldg. 13, Suite 2B, Peabody); next door with staff for afternoons 1PM - 4PM at CuriousCity Children’s Museum, 205 Washington St., Peabody. Space is limited, prepaid registration is $225 www.curiouscitypeabody.org. Based on the success of the pop-up summer initiative for ages 2 to 10, the museum is now temporarily located at 205 Washington St. in Peabody at the City of Peabody’s Leatherworkers Museum, awaiting construction of permanent downtown location.

Garden Club scholarships

The Town & Country Garden Club of Ipswich (TCGC) is again offering scholarships to one or two graduating high school seniors. Applicants must reside in Ipswich and should be pursuing further education in either horticulture, landscape design, forestry, conservation, botany, city planning, or environmental studies. For more information or to request an application, contact your high school guidance counselor or Marilyn Seidler, Scholarship Chairman TCGC, 2 Redwood Dr, Ipswich at seidlers@comcast.net. Application Deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2020.

CareDimensions Grief Support Group

CareDimensions is offering a free support group for those struggling to accept a loss of a loved one, led by an experienced bereavement counselor, meeting Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., from Feb. to April 2, at the Bertolon Center for Grief and Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers. Meet with others struggling with grief and develop skills to help you move on. For information/registration (fee $10), call 855-774-5100 or email grief@CareDimensions.org.

Young Widows’Support Group

Care Dimensions is holding a support group for Those Who Have Been Widowed (55 and under; all genders) Mondays, from Feb. 24 to April 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Care Dimensions, The Bertolon Center for Grief and Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers. The group is led by an experienced bereavement counselor. Cost: Free. But must register. Must attend the first session to participate in the group. Fore information/registration, call to ask if this group is right for you: 855-774-5100 or email grief@CareDimensions.org.

Lunch at NSCC’s Beacon Café!

The Beacon Café, North Shore Community College’s student-run café, is serving lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Tuesday, April 28. Choose from a standard a la carte menu including choices of soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts, and two seating times: 11:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Reservations are required at 978-762-4000, x1513. The café is off Route 114W at 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton in the North Shore Business Center. It will be closed on Feb. 13, 18 & 20, and again on March 10 & 12 for spring break. Visit: http://www.northshore.edu

Music at Eden’s Edge’s new season

Music at Eden’s Edge, the North Shore’s resident chamber music ensemble, continues its 2020 concert season at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in The Barn at Peirce Farm, 116 Boston St., Topsfield, with “Suite of Small Plates,” featuring flutist Orlando Cela and violinist Maria Benotti. From the Baroque to the 20th century, the program will include music of Boismortier, Telemann, Mozart, Bach, and Bartok; a contemporary solo piece for flute; and folk songs of Venezuela. Upcoming concerts in this series are Monday, March 2, 7 p.m.: Flute of Champagne Bubbles; Monday, March 30, 7 p.m.: Toast to Vienna, Hungary & Ireland; Monday, May 4, 7 p.m., Amaretto & Chocolate. More information about the concerts and artists is available at www.edensedge.org/concerts. Music at Eden’s Edge concerts are free and wheelchair accessible. Reservations are recommended at www.edensedge.org/concerts.

Black Eagle at me&thee

The new Black Eagle Jazz Band, six inspired musicians who play traditional jazz, will play at 8 p.m., on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, at the me&thee coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. If you love Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington, you will love this soulful and uplifting style of New Orleans Jazz played in this intimate setting. With a Grammy nomination, a vast repertoire and a highly entertaining stage manner, the New York Times has noted that the Black Eagles are “so far ahead of other traditional band ... there is scarcely any basis for comparison.” Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at door, $10 for students, and are available online at www.meandthee.org or at Digital Docs, 157 Elm St., or the Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St. Homemade pastries, coffee, and teas; handicapped-accessible. Questions? Call 781-631-8987.

Peabody Institute Library Staff Meeting

To improve public service and the public’s library experience, the Peabody Institute Library has scheduled a staff meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.  The Main Library will be closed from 9 to 11 a.m. The South Branch and West Branch libraries will be closed from 9 a.m. until noon. Library administration apologizes for any inconvenience this schedule change may cause. For more information, call 978-531-0100.

Taste of the North Shore, March 24

The Rotary Club of Peabody will once again hold its biggest fundraising event, Taste of the North Shore on Tuesday, March 24, 6 to 9 p.m., at the DoubleTree Hilton, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Raffle tickets for the $10,000 grand prize are $100 and include two admissions. Non-raffle admission is $40 per person. Tickets are available, along with names of sponsors and over 20 restaurants, at: www.peabodyrotarytaste.comhttps. Sample mouthwatering main dishes and desserts, local beer, wine and rum Thanks to the generosity of our previous Title Sponsors, hundreds of North Shore residents can enjoy a variety of local foods, spirits, craft brews, great auction items and entertainment, capped off by the $10,000 winning raffle draw. Funds raised by this event help support student scholarships, food assistance, Peabody playgrounds and partnerships with other local organizations. For more information about Peabody Rotary, visit: www.rotarypeabody.org. For this event, contact Curt Bellevance at: curt.bellavance@peabody-ma.gov, or Jeff Doherty, at: jdoherty@mhdpc.com 978-774-7123.

Deconstructing the writing process, Feb. 6

Author and playwright Kevin Carey will be at the South Branch of the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, on Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Currently teaching Creative Writing at Salem State University, his works include Unburying Malcom Miller and The Beach People. Join him as he helps deconstruct the writing process, and give would-be writers some tips on the craft. Registration for book group meetings is helpful but not necessary. For more information, call 978-531-3800 or check the calendar at  https://www.peabodylibrary.org/calendar/

Red Cross critical blood donor drive

Blood supplies remain at a critical low and the American Red Cross is continuing its drive to expand opportunities for you to help save lives by helping to make it easier to give life-saving blood. Visit https://www.redcrossblood.org to learn all about blood (Whole Blood, Power Blood, platelets and plasma) and more ways you can help make a difference by donating blood. Never donated blood before? Start by finding out if you’re eligible. You can also donate time as a Red Cross volunteer, donate money, or host a donation drive. Download the free blood donor app to hold the power to save lives in the palm of your hand. Text “BLOODAPP”to 90999 or download it from the App StoreSM or the Google PlayTM store.

Scottish music celebration

Celtic musicians will once again join Rhod Sharp to perform a romantic evening of Scottish music, stories and songs at Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School St, Marblehead, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8. This year they will bring their musical vision to the evergreen Scots ballad of shipwreck and tragedy, Sir Patrick Spens, which some might remember in the 1970 version by Fairport Convention. Favorite songs and poems of Robert Burns will also be featured including the group’s own musical version of Tam O’Shanter, a rollicking tale of pub society, horse riding under the influence, and a dance of witches. Altogether a bonny way to escape the snowy season and long nights! Tickets are $25 each at MLTlive.com or the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead.

Food for fines at the Peabody library

To meet seasonal needs, the Peabody Institute Library is offering the Food for Fines program from Feb. 1 to March 1. Donations of canned goods and other non-perishable items are accepted to clear overdue fines on Peabody-owned library materials. The program runs at all three Peabody library locations: the Main Library at 82 Main St., the South Branch Library at 78 Lynn St. and the West Branch Library at 603 Lowell St. Donations benefit Peabody’s Haven From Hunger. For more information, call 978-531-0100.

VFW Post 1011 Dinner, Feb. 7

All are invited to the monthly dinner of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1011 on Feb. 7 at the VFW Hall, 20 Stevens St., Peabody. Enjoy a complete dinner of chicken broccoli and ziti with alfredo sauce, salad, and dessert at the dinner, served from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. at the door. Takeout is also available.

Genealogy series resumes

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers resumes its monthly genealogy series on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. with professional genealogist Melanie McComb discussing local, state and federal sources for researching your ancestors in the Civil War, World War I and World War II. A staff genealogist for American Ancestors, McComb is also an international lecturer with expertise in Irish genealogy, New England, Prince Edward Island, Jewish genealogy, DNA, social media and military records. She is also a blogger known as The Shamrock Genealogist. Register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

Calling all LEGO lovers, Feb. 19

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, during school vacation for a LEGO “Make & Take” event co-hosted by Essex Heritage and the National Park Service at the NPS Regional Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty St., Salem, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will have the chance to make and take home their very own lighthouse keeper minifigure and mini Bakers Island Light. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Come celebrate the maritime heritage of Salem through the art of LEGO building!

Music in the round at me&thee

The me&thee welcomes Jim Trick and friends, Radoslav Lorkovic and Lisa Bastoni on February 28 at 8 p.m., playing in the round in a celebration of song and musical kinship. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the me&thee, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford St. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. Student tickets are $10, available online at www.meandthee.org or in person at the Spirit of 訐Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead. Refreshments, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas, are available. The me & thee — one of the oldest continually running acoustic listening rooms in New England — is handicap friendly, is a smoke free environment, easily reached by MBTA bus. It is volunteer driven, non-profit, and sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. Questions? call 781-631-8987 or visit: at www.meandthee.org.

Lunchtime History Films

eBay Selling Basics at Peabody Institute

Whether you’re starting your own business or cleaning out your closet, you can make eBay a source of income. On Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m., the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St. will host eBay Selling Basics, a class with tips and tools to sell your items to a worldwide market on eBay. This class covers the basics of selling on ebay, from research to shipping, for the hobbyist or serious entrepreneur. Just bring your questions and learn how to create the perfect professional listing, with eBay Community Influencer, Robbin Levin. Trained and certified by eBay University as an eBay Education Specialist in 2011, Levin, a single mother and former bracks and mortar retailer, brings current online selling information for eBay.

Peabody Rotary hosts ‘Taste of the North Shore’

The Rotary Club of Peabody will again hold its ‘Taste of the North Shore’ big fundraiser on Tuesday, March 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hilton on 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Raffle tickets are $100 and include two admissions. Non-raffle admission is $40. Sample mouth-watering dishes from over 20 North Shore restaurants, plus local beer, wine, rum, and great entertainment make for a delicious evening, capped off with a drawing of a $10,000 Grand Prize. With only 300 tickets, the odds are good, and the winner needen’t be present at drawing time. Also included are: a silent auction for highly coveted prizes including vacations, sports memorabilia, gift certificates and more; a limited number of $20 mystery bags will be available, along with wine and beer raffles. Proceeds from the evening fund a range of valuable community projects. To donate items for auction, or purchase tickets, visit: www.peabodyrotarytaste.com, or speak directly with any Peabody Rotary member.

Salem State exhibition conjures “Our Tomorrow”

Salem State’s Winfisky Gallery, 352 Lafeyette St. in Salem, presents “Awaken: Conjuring Our Tomorrow,” a free group exhibition running Feb. 5 to March 13. Curator Allison Maria Rodriguez has brought together eight Latina artists —Tatiana Arocha, Krista Caballero, Nayda Cuevas, Raquel Fornasaro, Lina Maria Giraldo, Dinora Justice, Evelyn Rydz, and Ana Maria Velasco—who explore climate justice issues, navigating between the mathematical and the fantastical, suggesting we must harness the power of both science and magic to generate a collective future. From computer programming to oil painting, these artists investigate our spiritual (dis)connection to the planet, and envision another tomorrow. Rodriguez will speak in the gallery on Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m., followed by an opening reception at 2 p.m. A community reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 29, 5 to 7 p.m. Exhibition Artists will present a panel discussion on March 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Berry Library. The gallery is open Monday — Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This exhibition is sponsored by Salem State University’s art + design department and Center for Creative and Performing Arts (salemstate.edu/arts).

Beverly Public Library seeks volunteers

The Beverly Public Library is seeking a volunteer to work exclusively with our special collections a couple of hours per week. Duties include rehousing archival materials into folders and boxes, labeling, alphabetizing historical materials, creating indexes, and transcription. Interested? Contact Lisa Ryan at ryan@noblenet.org or 978-922-6062, ext. 2120.

Adult Handicrafts at Beverly Library

Crafters of all levels are welcome the join the first adult drop-in handicraft group in the Sohier Room of Beverly Public Library’s main branch, 32 Essex St., on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. meets the second Saturday of each month and is open toall who enjoy handwork or fiber arts. Bring your project, meet other crafters, and share ideas. No instruction provided. Questions? Contact Ona at ridenour@noblenet.org. Upcoming groups: from 1 –3:30 p.m., March 14, April –No meeting, May 9 and June 13. Questions? 978- 921-6062.

House of the Seven Gables Welcome Home Days  

On Sunday, Feb. 9, residents of Ipswich are invited, free of charge, to tour Salem’s The House of the Seven Gables, as part of The Gables annual Sunday winter open door ‘Welcome Home’ to North Shore residents, so the region’s families can spend quality time in the iconic mansion with a seasoned guide, on a newly created house tour filled with fresh insights, fascinating historical anecdotes, and family friendly living history labs. Ipswich residents are welcome from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, with the living history labs between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Ipswich families must bring valid ID. Additional Welcome Home Days are: Sunday, Feb. 23, Tri-Town: Sunday, March 1, Danvers: Sunday, March 8, Peabody: Sunday, March 15, Swampscott: Sunday, March 22, Lynn/Nahant. For more information, call 978-306-7003.

Care Dimensions Grief Support

A Grief Support Group is being offered free by Care Dimensions for children and teens ages 4 to 18 who have experienced the death of someone close. Accompanied by parents or guardians, youngesters participate in small groups based on their age. At the same time, parents/guardians are invited to participate in a group focused on raising grieving children. Both groups are held at 16 Sylvan St., Danvers starting Tuesday, Feb. 25 and will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month until June 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with a casual dinner included. Although there is no charge, registration is required before the Feb. 25 date due to limited space. Contact: 978-750-9335 or CAdler-Roth@CareDimensions.org.

Girls Who Code After-School Program at NSCC

North Shore Community College (NSCC) invites girls in middle school (grades 6-8), with an interest in computer science, to join free Girls Who Code Club, an after-school program meeting Wednesday afternoons, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., from Feb. 5 to May 6 (with vacation breaks) on NSCC’s Lynn Campus, 300 Broad St., room LW304. Girls Who Code is a nonprofit to support and increase the number of young women in computer science by equipping them with computing skills necessary to pursue 21st century opportunities. Girls will learn about computer science concepts in a fun and safe environment, with a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models, and a chance to use their skills to positively impact their community. The curriculum includes activities for students with no computer science experience all the way up to college-level concepts. To apply or more information, contact Laura Rubin at lrubin@northshore.edu or at 978-762-4000, x4047.

Absentee ballots available for Presidential Primaries

With the March 3rd Presidential Primaries fast approaching, absentee ballots are now available in each city and town in Massachusetts. Voters who will be out of town on March 3rd or who have a disability or religious belief preventing them from voting at their polling place are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Those who need a ballot mailed to them may send an absentee ballot application to their city or town hall. Family members may also complete the application on a voter’s behalf. Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin recommends submitting absentee ballot applications as soon as possible. Ballots must be delivered to the local election office by the close of polls on March 3rd in order to be counted. Voters who are able to visit their city or town hall during regular business hours may complete their absentee ballot in person in their local election office. Early voting will be available Feb. 24 to 28 to all voters, with no excuse required. Absentee ballot applications may be found at: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.

“Love Letters”comes to Larcom Theatre

 “Love Letters”—the humorous and highly-esteemed story of childhood sweethearts who maintain a lifelong correspondence that supports them both through years of life’s many joys and disasters— will be at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre in time for Valentine’s Day. Anne Marilyn Lucas –accomplished actress, playwright, director, and drama professor, and John Archer – local philanthropist, preservationist, entrepreneur, and a long-time performer and supporter of the arts, take the stage  Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m., at the Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis Street, downtown Beverly, and tickets are on sale now starting at $22. Groups of six or more automatically get 20% off, with no coupon required. More details are at: https://www.thelarcom.org/loveletters, or for more questions, call 978-922-6313.

Darwin week at Salem State

Salem State University will celebrate Charles Darwin’s 211th birthday with a week of events including lectures, discussions and an array of award-winning films, all free and open to the public. Now in its 41st year, events run Feb. 10 — 14, with 11 talks and 16 films with topics ranging from disease ecology to ocean exploration and research to forensic science in criminal investigations, to the evolution of the brain and behavior. Presenters include Paul Zambella, a forensic scientist, Micaela Martinez, an infectious disease ecologist, Sotheany Leap, a Salem State alumna who examines human resilience through the lens of her parents struggles under Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime; and Roger Hanlon, a marine biologist who recently presented a talk on the brains and morphing skin of octopuses at TED2019. All seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Full details can be found at salemstate.edu/DarwinFestival.

Fin de Siècle Quartet: America, Inside and Out

On Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., Fin de Siècle Quartet returns to the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., for another concert exploring music from a specific time and place. The place is the United States and the time is the last decade of the 19th century, with a look at three composers who combined the vernacular and classical traditions in very different ways: Ives, Joplin, and Dvorak. Performing on gut strings, the musicians give listeners an opportunity to hear the music as it was originally written. Tickets are $20 members, $25 non-members, $12 students with ID at: www.salemathenaeum.net. Note: children under 17 are free.

Tales from broken hearts

Seven local storytellers rehash their past loves with candid humor and lots of wisdom at the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., on Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in an apres­—Valentine evening: Storytelling: Bad Romance. Hear the kinds of lessons only love and disaster can teach. This fun and heartfelt evening of breakdowns and breakups will feature seven curated stories and live folk music, built around our theme of “bad romance.” Free to members, $10 for nonmembers. Tickets at: www.salemathenaeum.net

Rock’n’Roman Fundraiser

Party like it’s 46 B.C. when the Salem Athenaeum throws a fundraising celebration of Leap year —Roman style—honoring the slightly longer solar year created by Julius Cæsar and the astronomer Sosigenes of Alexandria. The fun begins at 8 p.m. and rocks till 11 p.m., Feb. 29, in the Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem. For tickets, visit: www.salemathenaeum.net.

Explore Essex National Heritage Area

Essex Heritage is the non-profit organization that manages the Essex National Heritage Area by developing programs that enhance, preserve and encourage recreation, education, conservation and interpretation projects on Boston’s North Shore and the Lower Merrimack River Valley. The Essex National Heritage Area is comprised of the 34 cities and towns of Essex County. For more information, visit www.EssexHeritage.org or call (978) 740-0444.

Sense & Sensibility at the Crane Estate

Castle Hill Productions on the Crane Estate presents “Sense and Sensibility” Thursdays, March 12 and 19, at 7 p.m.; Fridays, March 6, 13 and 20, at 7 p.m.; Saturdays, March 7, 14, and 21, at 7 p.m.; and Sundays, March 8, 15 and 22, at 6 p.m. Based on the novel by Jane Austen, adapted by Kate Hamill, staged in the grandeur of the Great House, this humorous adaptation tells the story of the Dashwood sisters who are left penniless and without good marriage prospects after their father’s death. Whispered gossip, witty barbs, and reputations on the verge of ruin make this classic 18th-century tale resonate with a thoroughly modern sensibility. “Sense and Sensibility” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc. of New York. The Great House at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is at 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Space is limited and advanced reservations are recommended. Tickets are $28 for Trustees members, $35 for nonmembers. Visit www.thetrustees.org or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4015 for more information.

6th Annual Spring for the Trails

Join the 6th Annual Spring for the Trails half marathon on Saturday, May 9, beginning at 8 a.m. on beautiful trails, both single and double track, in Willowdale State Forest. See some of the trails included in the Stone Cat Marathon and experience many new trails you may not otherwise find. This course is 100% on trails! Divisions are: Men’s and Women’s 39 and Under, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Online registration fee is $50 before May 4; $55 after May 4.

You may register the day of race. Park at the Willowdale parking lot, across from Marini Farms, 259 Linebrook Road in Ipswich. Follow the path to the field, sign in, pick up your bib and t-shirt (T shirts are first come first served). Early pickup for registered runners at New England Running Co. at 43 Enon Street in Beverly on Friday, May 8. Questions? Email: office@ectaonline.org.

Greenbelt 2020 Films Highlight Farming

Greenbelt’s 2020 Film & Lecture Series “Food for Thought”is focusing on farming and food. With the help of local experts, the series is exploring food waste, urban agriculture, and sustainable and regenerative farming, showcasing two groups of local farmers: a panel of women in agriculture and a group of dairy farmers from North Andover. On Feb. 20, at the Salisbury Public Library, the series presents ‘ a film following a fourth-generation farming family in the Shenandoah Valley,who produce food without chemicals. Set in the stunning Shenandoah Valley, Polyface Farm has been named by Time Magazine among the most innovative in the world, feeding over 6,000 Virginia and West Virginia families, and supplying many restaurants. The film will be followed by a discussion with local regenerative farmers from Cedar Rock Gardens in Gloucester. Greenbelt will introduce a few of the remarkable women who farm in Essex County at a panel discussion at the Gould Barn in Topsfield on Feb. 27. The series concludes on March 29 at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester with. “For information on all programs in the continuing series or to register, visit www.ecga.org/filmseries. For information on Greenbelt, which has protected nearly 17,800 acres of local land, visit ecga.org or call 978-768-7241.

History Alive at the Salem Inn

Does the Salem Inn really have spiritual activity? Decide for yourself on a weekend with Louisa Rogers, local historian and believer, and Cora Sprague-Fox, a local medium whose expertise in spiritualism and history can connect you to the Inn’s activity and the ghosts of Salem’s past. Who walks these halls unseen, and what are they trying to say? Experience the first collaboration of History Alive, Inc. and the Salem Inn in Art & Craft, where you can witness the living and spiritual worlds collide. Art & Craft begins a debut run of weekends from Feb. 21 to March 15, at the Salem Inn, 7 Summer St., Salem. History Alive, Inc. is committed to the production of new plays and theatrical scenarios based on true stories from the past, with all the modern conveniences of a 21st century boutique hotel. Tickets and rooms for the show-and-stay experience are available for customization through the Salem Inn at https://saleminnma.com/artandcraft/. Tickets are $40 each, plus room. The Salem Inn is pet and family friendly, with 40 guest rooms in three historic homes. Questions? Visit: https://www.historyalivesalem.com/

Post 63 Polish Legion fundraiser breakfast

The Walter Dombrowski Post 63 Polish Legion of American Veterans in Peabody will host a fundraiser breakfast on Sunday, March 15, at the Portuguese American War Veterans Hall, 103 Tremont St, Peabody. A full breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person and tables for eight may be reserved. All proceeds benefit PLAV Post 63. For tickets and information, please contact Lola Busta ta 978-5805592, or Ann and Walter Blazewicz at 978-5817999. Pst 63 honors the memory of Sergeant Walter Dombrowski, whio gave his life during WW11.

Swampscott’s ReachArts opens exhibit

Swampscott’s ReachArts Gallery, 89 Burrill St., will hold a free Walking in Meditation Exhibit from March 13 to 29, with a “Meet the Artist” reception and afternoon tea on Saturday, March 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. Leslie Ann Eliet will be exhibiting new prints, artist’s books and an installation. The current exhibition is the latest in a series of 17 Walking (Ink) Meditations, comprised of prints, installations and accordion books inspired by Japanese folding screens and albums. One piece spans some 33 feet. https://reacharts.org/event-3721908?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=3/3/2020

Cost: Free. The works address the artist’s encounters with landscape in different parts of the world, as well as the marshes and woodland ponds of her home on the North Shore.

Krista Baroni in Concert

On Friday, March 13, the ReachArts Gallery at 89 Burrill St. in Swampscott presnts the music of Krista Baroni, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. An artist with two full length, independently released albums including The Alabaster Girl, which received national recognition, her sound, inspired by the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters, is described as having “warm textures, great songwriting, and a timeless quality. “ A seasoned professional, she has performed throughout the Northeast and Southeast U.S and concluded her a European tour. Tickets are $12 at the door. For more information, visit: reacharts.org/event-3728927?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=3/3/2020

Grammy nominee headlines North Shore Shelter Fest

The Marblehead Festival’s North Shore Shelter Fest—the annual live-music fundraiser to support local affordable housing initiatives of Harborlight Community Partners, will this year be held from 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the First Baptist Church in Beverly. There will be a lineup of local star talents, with Grammy nominated Jon Butcher headlining. Hear Chin Friction, Bob Kramer Band, Andrew “Hacksaw” Harney,  The Neighbors,  Sweet Escape, Skylight Traveler, and the Endicott College Jazz/Rock Ensemble. All on one stage, all for a great cause. Advance tickets are available at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/fbcbeverly/333925

Questions? 508-932-5982. www.marbleheadfestival.org/press

Long Winter Short Film Fest

The Marblehead Festival of Arts’ Long Winter Short Film Festival unreels Wednesday, Feb. 19th, with popcorn and refreshments at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. in Marblehead. This free event starts at 6:45 p.m. and includes works screened during the 2019 Summer MFoA Short Film Festival as well as thought-provoking original shorts. A Q&A with guest filmmakers follows the 90-minute show. Works range from comedy to the environment. One film, War Paint, took the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. These are not commercial multiplex films, and parents should review them at: www.marbleheadfestival.org, which also provides information about our organization and volunteer opportunities.

Author Night at Salem State

On Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Salem State writers series presents Kimberly McLarin at the Ellison Campus Center. 1 Meier Drive. McLarin is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Taming It Down (1999), Meeting of the Waters (2001), and Jump at the Sun (2006) and of the memoir Divorce Dog: Motherhood, Men, & Midlife.  Her most recent book is Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Life and Love. Additional information: salemstate.edu/arts or 978.542.6365.

Jazz after 5 a Salem State

On Friday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 pm. Salem State University presents Jazz after 5 with Grammy nominated Singer/ Songwriter Nicole Zuraitis in the Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave. Ease into the weekend with this free concert by Zuraitis, who is capping an artists residency in Salem State’s music department with this event and will be joined by Colleen Clark on drums and Inbar Paz on bass. No reservations are required. Questions? salemstate.edu/arts or 978.542.6365.

Bedroom Farce at Salem State

From Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, Feb. 23. Salem State University. Salem State’s Callan Studio Theatre. 352 Lafayette St. presents Alan Ayckbourn’s critically acclaimed comedy ‘Bedroom Farce’ from Thursday Feb. 13 to Feb. 23. Full of wit and arch observation of human nature, ‘Bedroom Farce’ reveals the quirks, foibles and comforts of marriage with a kind eye toward the love that binds couples together. $20 general/$15 senior/under 18 free. Directed by Celena Sky April. Prelude conversation with creative team on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 pm. For tickets and more information, ,intact www.salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365.

Free computer classes

If you don’t have computer skills, you need help, and the computer classes at Peabody Institute’s South Branch are geared to give you all the help you need with the following classes: Computer Basics, when you just need to get started, 2 sessions, every other Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Microsoft Word, when you need to put your thoughts on paper, second Wednesday of every month, 2 to 3 p.m.; and eBooks, free electronic books from the Library, customizable for desktop, laptop, tablet, Kindle or phone, the 2nd Monday of every month, from 2 to 3 p.m. For information/registration, call 978-531-3380, or come by any branch of the Peabody Institute Library, or access us online at https://www.peabodylibrary.org/calendar/.

Museum Place parking project commencing

The City of Salem is moving forward on a major improvement project aimed at upgrading conditions in the Museum Place parking garage, which provides over 900 spaces of parking in the center of downtown. Should the funding be approved and work commence, during the approximately three months of the project the first floor of the garage will be temporarily closed for parking, either in full or in part at times. Parking will remain available on the upper floors. The upcoming phase is principally focused on long-standing water infiltration problems and other necessary repairs. A funding request for the $1.1 million project will come before the City Council on Thursday, Feb. 13, and, pending its approval, the City anticipates work commencing by late March, with completion expected around the end of June. The design phase for the next round of improvements will also take place on other levels of the garage, as well as installation of security cameras throughout the garage which has already been funded and is currently going through design and procurement. The work will largely be funded by a capital bond that will be paid for by parking revenues.

Flight Calls: Exploring Massachusetts through Birds

North Shore Community College (NSCC) presents ‘Flight Calls: Exploring Massachusetts through Birds,’ Monday, March 2, 11 a.m. –noon, at theDanvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road, Math & Science building, room DS119. A slide show presentation with readings by author and NSCC Professor Emeritus, John Nelson, the presentation combines stories of the author’s birding experiences with an exploration of prime birding locations in Massachusetts, a brief history of bird study in our state and literature by writers including poets Emily Dickinson and Mary Oliver. Nelson mixes in some humor with a serious look at bird conservation and the future prospects for Massachusetts birds. Nelson is NSCC’s 2020 Visiting Writer and is currently teaching the course “Creative Nonfiction”at the Gloucester Writers Center.

Polish Legion fundraiser breakfast

The Walter Dombrowski Post 63 Polish Legion of American Veterans in Peabody will host a fundraiser breakfast on Sunday, March 15, at the Portuguese American War Veterans Hall, 103 Tremont St, Peabody. A full breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person and tables for eight may be reserved. All proceeds benefit PLAV Post 63. For tickets and information, please contact Lola Busta ta 978-5805592, or Ann and Walter Blazewicz at 978-5817999. Pst 63 honors the memory of Sergeant Walter Dombrowski, whio gave his life during WW11.

Art exhibit at the Cloister Gallery at St. Andrew’s Church

The Cloister Gallery will feature a new show entitled “Black Lives Matter: A Struggle for Justice and Equality” an exhibition of small art quilts related to civil rights history and justice reform, from Sunday, Feb. 9 through Monday, March 23, with an opening reception on Sunday, Feb. 9, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The gallery is handicap friendly and located at 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. For more information, please call 781-631-4951 or visit standrewsmhd.org/cloistergallery.html.

Bruce P. Eaton Americanism Award

The Drapeau-McPhetres American Legion Post 180 of Danvers will be presenting their Bruce P. Eaton Annual Americanism Award on Thursday, Feb. 13, at the VFW Hall, 5 Conant St., Danvers, at 7 p.m. This year’s recipient will be Danvers Youth Soccer, which is being recognized for their continuing efforts in support of American soldiers and their families. The Post’s Americanism Officer Retired Col. Dick Moody, USAF, will be making the presentation. The general public and past recipients are invited to attend.

‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!’

Holten Richmond Middle School, 55 Conant St., Danvers, is presenting the beloved musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” on Saturday, Feb. 8. There are two remaining performances of the musical which features a car that flies and sails the seas, and is based on the 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, with a score by the Sherman Brothers of “Mary Poppins” fame. Shows are Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors. Contact Amy Emery at tickets@hrto.org to purchase.

Honeycomb Pajama Party

Honeycomb Cafe, 248 Bay Road in Hamilton, will hold a preschoolers pajama party on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2:30 p.m. Children accompanied by caregivers will join author Laurie Collins, a children’s librarian in Ipswich, and the illustrator, Margie Florini, from Florini Fine Arts studio at Timeless Interiors and Gifts in Hamilton. Share pajama stories, and participate in The Pajamas of My Dreams Rap! Create pajama craft and enjoy Honeycomb’s sweet treats and hot chocolate included in $15 admission. Honeycomb is accepting donations of new children’s pajamas for the annual Boston Bruins Pajama Drive for distribution to children in need.

Salem’s So Sweet

The whole family is welcome to get their collective Valentine’s Day act together on Saturday, Feb. 8, when The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem, embraces all things Valentine as part of Salem’s So Sweet. Find gifts in the Museum Shop, make Valentine’s Day cards and crafts, decorate a cookie with a special message. The festivities last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a family Valentine workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., cookie decorating in the visitors center from 1 to 3 p.m., and ice sculpture viewing throughout the city of Salem. The Gables once again partners with Ye Olde Pepper Company to present their own sculpture. Visit Salem Main Streets for complete details of Salem’s So Sweet events and locations: http://salemmainstreets.org/festivals/salem-so-sweet/. For more information about the Gables, visit www.7gables.org.




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