The 31st Salem Maritime Festival is this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with Essex Heritage and Eastern National, the festival is free and features live music and dance, harbor cruises, visiting ships, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more! Free! For more information, call the Salem Visitor Center at 978-740-1650, or for a complete schedule of events and places, visit: www.nps.gov/sama/planyourvisit/maritimefestival.htm.

‘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, theater veteran John Budzyna, will not just entertain, but if you listen closely, give you a better understanding of what teens of today are going through, and the support the need Tickets are available online at http://stage284.com/ Advance geenral 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 x13

The “Salem Maritime Festival” invites Salem Arts Members to participate in En Plein Air painting on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m. to dusk, and Sunday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salem Maritime Historic Site Maritime Festival. The works will be displayed at the Salem Maritime Visitors Center at a show from Aug. 17, through Sept. 28. Please Register free, at: Art in the Park: En Plein Air at the Salem Maritime Historic Site Maritime Festival. The weekend winds down with an informative artists talk and presentation of underwater photography with Ellen Garvey on Sunday, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. with Ellen Garvey.

The “kindie” band ‘Rolie Polie Guacamole’ — winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and NAPPA Awards — will play a free outdoor concert on Monday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m., on Central Green (Ipswich Town hall in case of rain). Bring the whole family — grandchildren to grandparents, neighbors and friends — to hear one of the hardest working bands in kids’ music, with six albums, well over 2,000 shows nationwide and top picks from Boston.com, Time Out NY Kids, and Time Out Chicago. Their smart, parent-friendly musical style dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers, plugging in a sizzling electric current of rhythm that lights up lyrics humming with relevance and humor. For more information, email: lcollins@ipswichlibrary.org, or call 978-412-8713.

Art exploration and plein air fir families with children 6 years and older is offered on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., at Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. With brushes, paint, and paper in hand, explore the outdoors with artist/instructor Mary Ann McArdle and paint a chosen landscape or subject outdoors, just like the old masters did. All materials will be provided; no experience necessary. FEE: $13/adults, $11/children. Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register go to massaudubon.org/ipswichriver or call 978-887-9264.

Sally Ride, America’s First Woman Astronaut who traveled in space in 1983, will be portrayed by actress Sheryl Faye in a program that young teens through seniors will enjoy on Aug. 14, at 3 p.m., at the Council on Aging, Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St. —Inspired as a young girl by John Glenn blasting off into space, Ride determined to do the same, despite gender hurdles. Here on earth, she was a physicist whose insatiable passion for science also led her to become a passionate advocate for STEM. Ride’s compelling story is sure to ignite students’ curiosity and inspire them to dream, dare and develop their own gifts and talents to the fullest. For more information, email: lcollins@ipswichlibrary.org, or call 978-412-8713.

The Emerald Isle did a lot to shape the American baseball diamond, as you’re invited to learn on Tuesday, Aug. 13, when Brian Sheehy takes the podium at the House of the Sveen Gables. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sheehy, Sheehy who is head of the history department at North Andover High School and national lecturer on 19th century baseball, will present “The Emerald Diamond: The Influence and Role of the Irish on Baseball’s Development.” This fascinating look at the development of America’s favorite pastime delves into the role sports play in the influence and acceptance of immigrants in our society. The House of the Seven Gables is located at 115 Derby St., Salem. Some parking is available onsite. Admission is $10 and registration is advised. Call 978-306-7003, email jarrison@7gables.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, is Family Seashore Adventure day at Grace Oliver Beach, Marblehead. From 9:30 to 11 a.m., families with children 4 + can walk across the mudflats at low tide to search for tiny fish, hermit crabs, periwinkles, and other sea creatures, make beach collages as mementos of the day. Wear clothing and non-slip footwear that can get wet. FEE: $11/adults, $10/children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required at: massaudubon.org/ipswichriver or call 978-887-9264.

Salem Sound Coastwatch’s 14th Annual Swim & Fin, open water swimming races in Salem Harbor will be held Sunday, Aug. 11, starting at 8 a.m. at Forest River Park. The races vary in length from 500 meters to 1 mile and 5K. Registration and detailed event information is available at www.swimandfin.org. Entry fees are discounted for youth 17 and under. Proceeds from this charity swim will benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch, a local nonprofit that has been working for almost 30 years to make our coastal waters clean and safe. For more information, contact Salem Sound Coastwatch at 978-741-7900 or email info@salemsound.org.

On Thursday, Aug. 15, Soul Rebel project return to Castle Hill with their energetic reggae for a family-friendly picnic concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Stroll the gardens, check out the interactive art installation by Alicja Kwade, and settle down for a great summer evening by the sea. Pack a picnic or purchase one from on-site vendors. Ipswich Ale, Mill River Winery and Far From the Tree Cider will sell beverages at a beer and wine garden. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, is located at 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission at gate only: $35/car or $25/car for Trustees members. Motorcycles and walk-ins are $10 for nonmembers and $8 for members. Weather cancellations (if necessary) will be announced by 3 p.m. concert-day. Remaining picnic concerts are: Aug. 22, HELP! – Beatles Tribute Band and Aug. 29, Orville Giddings Band—Boogie Blues. For more inormation, visit: www.thetrustees.org/picnicconcerts or call 978.356.4351 x4052.

The Ipswich Museum and Ipswich ReCreation & Culture is presenting Saturday-night performances of “Goodnight, Captain White,” a maritime history-mystery. Written by Mark Stevick and directed by Lynda Robertson, the play 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. Remaining performances are Aug. 10 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.t.

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.

The Salem Athenaeum Book Group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. There will be no July meeting. The next meeting is Aug. 10, to discuss “The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian,” by Robert E. Howard. The Salem Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex St, Salem. For more information, call 978- 744-2540.

“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, beginning Aug. 1, with an award winning 2018, animated 28-minute version of the House of The Seven Gables at a 6:30 p.m. screening attended by its director, Rockport native Ben Wickey. 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.

New Entry, an independent program of the nutrition school at Tufts, has signed a 10-year lease for the farm portion of the historic Moraine Farm, 773 Cabot St., Beverly. The program focuses on beginner farmer training and improving food access for low-income communities around the North Shore and eastern Massachusetts. An Open Farm Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, features tours of the incubator farms and Food Hub CSA operations. Sample farm food and visit the farmers market in the 1882 barn designed by architect Frederick Olmsted. For more information, visit www.nesfp.org/events/open-farm-day.

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.

“Protect Your Home & Savings against the Risk of MassHealth and Long Term Care Costs” is the topic of a presentation by certified elder law attorneys Patrick Curley and Lucy Budman on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. hosted by the North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Drive #200, Danvers. If you have a health crisis, are you prepared? What will you do if you require nursing home care or long-term care at home or in an assisted living facility? Do you have the Estate Planning documents required to get the care you need and to protect your family and your assets? MassHealth (Medicaid) planning and eligibility, asset protection strategies for one’s home and savings, the five-year look back and Irrevocable and Revocable Trusts will all be discussed. RSVP to Curley Law Firm LLP at 781-245-2222 x10 or info@curleylawfirm.com.

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.

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.

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.

In honor of the summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories,” we have embraced the rumors about the Moon, including the one that says it’s made of green cheese. Join us at the Beverly Public Lbrary, 32 Essex St., on Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. , try some delicious cheeses, and learn about cheese pairings from Emmy Frye, Banquet Chef at the Hawthorne Hotel. Please register online, at the Reference desk, or call 978-921-6062. Questions? Contact Katie at knelson@noblenet.org. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

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 is hosting family dusk paddles on Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Canoe the Ipswich River to learn about the creatures that live there. All equipment and basic canoeing instruction will be provided. Paddles, for families with children 6 years and older, are themed as follows: Friday, Aug. 9, Discovering Wetlands. Fee per trip is $21 adults, $19 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.

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.

Families with children 4 years and older may join Mass Audubon’s Adventures program. Search for wildlife and learn about beach habitats in these seaside explorations. Wear clothing and non-slip footwear that can get wet. Directions will be sent. Remaining Themes are as follows: a.m., The Edge of the Sea at Mass Audubon’s Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary, Gloucester; Wednesday, Aug. 7, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Beachcombers at Grace Oliver Beach in Marblehead. Fee per adventure is $11 adults, $10 children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register go to 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.

Beverly Veterans Council will be holding a veterans cookout on Friday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza, One Ellis Square. Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, soda and ice cream, along with raffles by Beverly Vietnam Veterans. Bring snacks, games, blankets and (most important) chairs. We’ll provide the music. Thanks to Beverly resident Brian William, who graciously donated his time and equipment.

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 Peabody Institute Library’s South Branch’s popular group, “Real Talk Real Moms” will meet Thursday, Aug. 8, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the South Branch, located at 78 Lynn St., in Peabody. Sit back, relax, and share the joys and hardships of being a mom. This hour is for you, so leave the kids home! For more information, visit www.peabodylibrary.org or call 978-531-3380 x11. No registration; just show up.

Salem High School Class of 1954 will hold its 65th reunion luncheon on Friday, Aug. 16, at the House of the Seven Gables beginning at 11 a.m. The cost is $25 per person, at the door. Please make checks payable to: SHS Class of 1954. The venue is handicap accessible, Hope to see you.

Beverly Conversations on Race & White Privilege will discuss “Color Blind or Color Brave?” on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It’s a “conversational third rail” and a risky one to talk about. Is “color blindness”, where one pretends not to notice race, honest, let alone real? Instead, be Color Brave, rights, acknowledging our racial differences, and addressing racial disparities in our society and in our daily lives. Come learn and share your thoughts; the discussion will be facilitated to support the conversation. Join us to listen, learn, and talk openly with others striving to move racial justice forward. Never been? Come at 6:45 pm to ask any questions. Bring a friend! Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BeverlyConversationsOnRace/.

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, with a reception on Sunday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. to noon. 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 Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) culminates its 2019 Summer Dance Intensive with a free workshop performance, open to the public, on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1:30 p.m. at 115 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The performance features students in selected pieces from the NSCB’s repertoire, from classical to contemporary pieces, as well as original works by NSCB’s resident choreographer, Ivan Korn, New York City Radio City Rockette Jessica Davison, MSB director Paula K. Shiff, and dance instructor Nancy Murphy. A donation may be made to The Ruth N. Shiff Memorial Fund or the North Shore Civic Ballet Company (NSCB), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization headquartered at the school. The Marblehead School of Ballet is located at 115 Pleasant St, Marblehead. Call 781-631-6262.

        

The City of Peabody’s Free Summer Sunday Concert Series is underway. All concerts (except Aug. 4) are held at the Leather City Common. Remaining concerts are: Sunday, Aug. 4, Rock ‘n Roll with Eleventh Hour, 7 to 9 p.m., at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.: Aug. 11, Pizza Fest from 4 to 6 p.m., followed from 6 to 8 p.m. by concert with Lisa Love Experience; 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.

“17th Century Saturdays” at The Gables are free with the price of admission, inviting you to explore through a series of intriguing events Salem in the 1600s, when navigating the high seas was as dangerous and challenging as going to the moon. In “Arts and Mysteries Revealed: Navigation Skills,” on Saturday, Aug. 3, investigate how early traders found their way around the world. Then continue your explorations on Sept. 7, Oct. 5, and Nov. 2. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you will be in a different time and a different Salem with a new mystery to explore. The House of the Seven Gabkes is located at 115 Derby St. For more information, please contact: Julie Arrison-Bishop at: jarrison@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991, ext. 152.

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.

Boston’s off-beat actor and comedian Steve Sweeney, takes his well-received one-man show “Steve Sweeney: Townie” to Marblehead for three shows on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9 and 10, for the benefit of the Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street, where it will be presented by Scamps Comedy and Silly Theatre Productions, on Friday, August 9 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, August 10 at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door) which includes beer and wine. Tickets are available at the Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington Street, Marblehead, and online at MLTLive.org or ScampsComedy.com. Sweeney has been a featured on, among other national media platforms, David Letterman, Evening at the Improv, Comics Come Home and Comedy Central, and starred in his own Boston-based sitcom, Park Street Under.

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/

The Boston Saxophone Quartet will perform Puccini, Mancini, and Duke on Friday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. This unique blend of musicians has performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra and leading Broadway theaters throughout New England with a wide ranging repertoire. Pack a picnic and a chair and enjoy! Admission is $15 for members; $20 for non-members; Free for students with ID.

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.

State Sen. Joan Lovely and Salem Rep. Paul Tucker and members of their staff will assist seniors ages 65 and older with applying for senior-discount rate Charlie Cards on Friday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St., Salem. The Department of Transportation requires seniors to travel to the Charlie Card store in Boston to have their photographs taken and apply for the cards. Staff from Lovely’s and Tucker’s offices will take photos and process the applications in Salem, so seniors can have their Charlie Cards mailed to them. Participating seniors should bring a photo ID that includes date of birth. If your Charlie Card is about to expire or needs to be replaced, please call (617) 222-3200. You can renew over the phone two weeks before it expires. The Charlie Cards are valid for discounted travel on all MBTA transportation, including bus, commuter rail and subway.

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. 1, Aug. 15, 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.

On Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., horticulturalist Beth Walsh will lead visitors on a walking tour of the grounds at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Participants will stroll through the woodland path, Italian Garden and Rose Garden and learn about what’s in bloom and what it takes to keep these restored gardens historically appropriate. Admission $20, or $12 for Trustees members. Space is limited and advance reservations are recommended. Visit www.thetrustees.org or call 978.356.4351 x4015.

History Alive, Inc. presents “Two Points Off the Weather Bow,” a whaling adventure play based on a 19th century ship’s log. This interactive piece debuts for free at the Salem Maritime Festival on Sunday, Aug. 4, at noon at the historic St. Joseph Hall, and continues Monday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at Salem’s Old Town Hall. General admission is $14; children 5 to 18, $5; children under 5 and Salem residents (with proof of residency) free, For tickets and more information, visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4296918.

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. Immediate donations may be made this Friday, Aug. 2, at the John T Heard Masonic Lodge, 70 Topsfield Rd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 8, VFW Post, 321 West Shore Drive, Marblehead, 1 to 7 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 9, First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot St., Beverly.; Monday, Aug. 12, Gloucester Fraternity Club, 27 Webster St., Gloucester, 2 to 7 p.m. 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).

There will be a meeting of the Beverly Democratic City Committee on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Barnet Gallery at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. For more information about the BDCC or to add items to the agenda, contact Chairman Jim Thompson at tactech@comcast.net or 978-618-5188. Meeting is open and newcomers are welcome.

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.

Salem State’s Summer Orchestra will present a free concert on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 3 p.m. in the university’s Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave. Lynn resident Brandon Von, a 2017 graduate of Lynn Classical, is the featured soloist in Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1. The concert will include works by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, and Grieg, and musicians will be led by Salem State music professor Mary-Jo Grenfell who will share the podium with Marshunda Smith conducting Mozart’s Divertimento in D and Two Elegiac Melodies by Edward Grieg. For more information, visit: salemstate.edu/arts or 978.542.6365. This performance is sponsored by Salem State University’s Music and Dance Department and Center for Creative and Performing Arts (salemstate.edu/arts).

Mass Audubon’s themed Sanctuary Discoveries campouts are for families with children 4 years and older. Families can explore the sanctuary after hours and camp under the stars, from Saturday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following morning. The program includes an evening and morning hike or activity and light breakfast. A list of equipment to bring will be sent after registration. Fee per campout is $32 adults, $29 children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register, go to massaudubon.org/ipswichriver or call 978-887-9264.

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.

Beverly High School Class of 1954 will hold its 65th reunion luncheon on Saturday, Aug 10, at noon at the Sylvan Street Grille, 12 Sylvan St, Peabody. To RSVP, pelase call Maralyn Klibansky at 978-922-9213, or email: maralynklib@gmail.com.

The Peabody Chamber of Commerce invites you to power up your business poolside at Peabody’s Torigian YMCA, Chamber for Good Non-Profit of the Month. Hear great guest speakers, practice your pitching, mix, mingle and meet with like minded people who want to grow their businesses. Save the date, Aug. 13, and be there at 7:30 a.m. The Torigian Family YMCA is located at 259 Lynnfield St., in Peabody, and the meeting lasts till 9 a.m. Admission is free for chamber members, $10 depending on membership level; all guests are $20. The Chamber for Good Non-Profit of the Month is sponsored by: Peabody Wealth Advisors. Register onlne at: http://www.peabodychamber.com/.

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, North Shore Elder Services will offer a free asset protection presentation at 1 p.m. at North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 200, 2nd Floor, Danvers. Open to the public, the presentation, by Certified Elder Law Attorneys Patrick Curley and Lucy Budman of Curley Law Firm LLP in Wakefield, is entitled “Protect Your Home and Savings Against the Risk of MassHealth and Long-Term Care Costs.”, and is offered in connection with the 2019 Elder Law Education Program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) with support from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MassNAELA). More information can be found at www.nselder.org or by calling 978-750-4540.

Salem’s Ice Scream Bowl is back! Sample some of the best ice cream being scooped in shops on the North Shore on Wednesday, Aug. 7 on the Salem Common from 6 to 7:30 p.m., rain or shine. This annual event is a chance to taste some classic flavors and new combinations from, among others: Melt Ice Cream, Captain Dusty’s, Cherry Farm Creamery, Soc’s Ice Cream, The Sweet Truck. Tickets, spoon and napkin —all recyclable— are $6 for adults and $4 for children, purchased at the event, cash only.  Proceeds go to support Salem Main Streets, a nonprofit organization focusing on the continued revitalization of downtown Salem and coordinated by Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem as part of Salem Heritage Days. Questions? Call Kylie Sullivan at Salem Main Streets at (978) 744-0004 x115 or email at kylie@salemmainstreets.org.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes will be parking overnight in Hamilton’s Patton Park. Beginning at 6 p.m. and running until Sunday morning at 8, anyone who cares about the plight of the homeless is welcome to discover how it feels to be homeless by spending the night in a cardboard box. Join a team, start your own, or register as an individual at FamilyPromiseNSB.org, Raise at least $100 to participate, either for part or all of the night. Supplies of large cardboard boxes are limited, so please bring your own, as well as a tarp, blankets, a pillow and a sleeping bag. Shelter will be available if it rains. Patton Park is located on Route 1A in Hamilton. This event is organized by Family Promise North Shore Boston, a nonprofit that servees the homeless.  

On Thursday, Aug. 1, Soul City will perform Motown, soul and funk for Castle Hill’s family-friendly Picnic Concert. The 10-piece band has made fans throughout New England for three decades. During the concert, stroll the gardens, try a landscape-themed eye spy; or check out TunnelTeller, the interactive art installation by Alicja Kwade. Pack a picnic or purchase one from on-site vendors. Ipswich Ale, Mill River Winery and Far From the Tree Cider and beverages will be available at the 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., concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission at the gate: $35/car or $25/car for Trustees members. Motorcycles and walk-ins are $10 for nonmembers and $8 for members. Weather cancelation (if necessary) will be announced by 3 p.m. Visit: www.thetrustees.org/picnicconcerts.