Celtic holiday celebration

On Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, presents “Celtic Holiday Celebration” with Irish harpist Áine Minogue. In addition to recording 15 solo albums, she has contributed to numerous soundtracks and compilations with recordings for PBS, BMG, Virgin, Universal and Warner Bros. For more information and to register, call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or register online at www.peabodylibrary.org. This event is part of the library’s Fall Concert Series, which is sponsored by the McCarthy Family Foundation and the Peabody Institute Library Foundation.

Danvers Holiday Festival

Danvers’ Downtown Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 to 5 p.m., in downtown Danvers. Enjoy with DJ Woody and groups from Danvers High School and Holten Richmond Middle School, along with face-painting and gingerbread cookies by students from Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School, and Santa photos at East Boston Savings Bank. At 5 p.m., Danvers High School Marching Band leads Santa downtown to light the holiday tree. For more information, visit www.supportdeep.org.

Maple Street Church’s nativity

The Maple Street Church’s eighth annual Living Nativity will appear on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m., in Danvers Square, as part of the Danvers Holiday Festival. The event will run from 2 to 5 p.m., with cookies, cocoa and DCAT elves. Bring a toothbrush to be donated to Lifebridge in Salem, an organization that serves the homeless in the community. Call the church office at 978-774-4510 or visit www.maplestreetchurch.org for more information.

Beverly’s New Year 2020

Beverly’s New Year celebration takes place Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., on downtown Cabot Street. Come for the Grand Procession parade and Kids’ Countdown beach ball drop. Enjoy Curious Creatures, Discovery Zone, celebrity authors, balloons, games, cookie decorating, music, arts and crafts and more. Performances and some activities require an admission button, kids age 2 and under are free, admission buttons on sale now through Beverly Main Streets, 978-922-8558, or visit www.beverlymainstreets.org.

Livin’ on Luck plays

The Livin’ on Luck band returns to play acoustic classic rock at The Landing Restaurant, 81 Front St., Marblehead, on Friday, Dec. 20, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. The band is made up of Marblehead’s Tom Bull, Robert Cedrone of Lexington, Rockport’s Tom and Ann O’Donnell, and Marblehead’s Josh Bevins. Their music includes covers of rock from the ‘70s to contemporary hits and features, guitar and fine vocal harmonies. There is no cover charge.

Cycling options in Salem

The city of Salem’s Zagster bike share and pilot e-scooter program offers year-round micro-mobility options, with winter operations starting in December and remaining in operation through winter and into the spring. There will be 35 bikes docked at seven stations in downtown Salem and on Salem State’s campus, and 50 e-scooters will be available. During winter, riders must end rides at one of the seven stations, and e-scooters will not be available in high winds or below-freezing temperatures. Riders are encouraged to wear reflective material at night to ensure optimal visibility.

Zito to rock the Wallis, Dec. 7

Mike Zito, a premier blues-rock guitarist, is coming to 9 Wallis (at 9 Wallis St.) in Beverly, on Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 to 9 p.m. Owner of the recently launched indie label, Gulf Coast Records, Zito’s new album “Rock N Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry,” features 21 guest guitarists and was No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. For tickets and more information, visit https://gimmelive.com/mikezito.cfm.

Blueberry Hill holiday fair

Blueberry Hill Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center will host its second holiday vendor fair on Tuesday, Dec. 10, featuring local vendors selling handmade items, gifts, jewelry and more from 4 to 7 p.m., at 75 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. For directions and information, visit blueberryhillrehab.com.

Christmas at Castle Hill

An Old-Fashioned Christmas awaits on the first weekend of December at Ipswich’s Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 288 Argilla Road. Find spectacular floral and Christmas decorations, special activities and live entertainment, self-guided tours, complimentary cookies and cider, and holiday gifts at the Castle Hill gift shop or the Harbor Sweets pop-up store. New for 2019, the Christmas Greens Courtyard is selling wreaths, kissing balls, and cut branches for arranging. Celebrations kick off Friday, Dec. 6, with nighttime lighting, holiday music, and a cash bar with beer, wine, and a special holiday cocktail. On Saturday, Dec. 7, Ipswich Moving Company’s Youth Dance Ensemble performs at 2 p.m. and North Shore musicians and singers will perform holiday favorites throughout the day. On Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 2 p.m., meet Old Saint Nick and hear local musicians perform holiday favorites. Questions? 978-356-4351 ext. 4015. Trustees members $12 adult, $8 child/senior. Nonmember $20 adult and $10 child/senior. Ipswich resident: $12 with proof of residency. Tickets at www.thetrustees.org or at the door.

Nonprofit showcase Dec. 10

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Peabody Wealth Advisors is sponsoring a free interactive morning from 7:30 to 9 a.m., designed to let you see, hear and feel the work local nonprofit organizations are doing in the community and perhaps find the fit that’s best for you. Highlights of the show, which will take place in Wiggin Auditorium at Peabody City Hall, include networking opportunities among attendees and exhibitors, complimentary continental breakfast, door prizes, interactive information booths featuring local nonprofits, on the spot volunteer sign-up opportunities. Peabody City Hall is located at 24 Lowell St. For more information, email mayor@peabody-ma.gov.

‘Peas for Fees’ amnesty offered

Bring in canned goods or nonperishables when paying a parking violation between Dec. 1 and 23, and late fees are waived. All donations will go to local Salem food pantries. Up to $30 in late fees will be waived in exchange for at least two canned goods at the city collector’s office at Salem City Hall, open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon.

Ipswich Library marks 150th

In its 150th year of service to the Ipswich community, the Ipswich Public Library has mounted a museum-format exhibition exploring those years through its lens. Cosponsored by the Ipswich Museum, the exhibition presents a history of the library, including library cards, do’s and don’ts of library behavior through the years, and rarely seen archival highlights. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 30, in the Rogers Room of the library, at 25 North Main St. Other 150 years markers include a scavenger hunt for kids and families, postcard reproductions of library memorabilia, and a limited edition necklace by Ipswich jewelry designer Betsy Frost featuring the library’s now-familiar logo. 50% of the sales of this necklace will be donated to the Friends of the Ipswich Library, which supports the vast majority of library programming. View the necklaces at www.betsyfrostdesign.com, or at her shop at 4 Market St., Ipswich.

Beverly libraries celebrated

Join Wendy Frontiero on Monday, Dec. 2, at the Beverly Public Library for a historical, social, and artistic perspective on the creation of Beverly’s two public library buildings: The Beverly Public Library (1911-1913) located downtown, and the Beverly Farms Library (1915). The downtown library was designed by celebrated architect Cass Gilbert. Both buildings involved architect Charles Greely Loring, and his cousins, Katherine and Louisa Loring, who made fundamental contributions to progressive 20th century life in Beverly. The presentation, part of the “Monday Mornings” program series, runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St., following light refreshments at 9 a.m. Free and open to adults; no registration required. Handicapped-accessible. For full schedule: https://beverlypubliclibrary.org/monday-mornings/

Jewish book group meets

The Jewish Book Group of the North Shore will discuss “The Third Daughter” by Talia Carner on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, 240 Lynnfield St. in Peabody in the Tanzer Room. Carner illuminates a little-known piece of history: The sex trafficking of young women from Russia to South America in the late 19th century. The program is free and open to all. RSVP to Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or swyner@lappinfoundation.org. Walk-ins are welcome. The evening is co-sponsored by the Lappin Foundation and Shalom Hadassah.

Holiday drive needs gifts

SPUR has kicked off its annual Holiday Cheer Drive to provide winter essentials and meaningful gifts to some 600 recipients in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott through the sponsorship of wish lists, wherein sponsors select a list, go shopping and return the items in a pillowcase. The sponsorship period goes through Dec. 6. Visit SPUR’s office at 6 Anderson St., Marblehead, to pick-up a wish list on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or visit any of their partner locations — Mud Puddle Toys in Marblehead and Refind Store in Salem, during business hours. Tax-deductible gifts are also welcome and can be made at www.spur.community/giving or by mailing a check to SPUR, P.O. Box 1274, Marblehead, MA 01945

What’s cooking at the library

Cook something to share with the mystery ingredient and bring your dish to the group discussion on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Beverly Public Library for all to enjoy. Register online at https://beverlypubliclibrary.org/dec-12-cookbook-club/, at the Reference desk, or by calling 978-921-6062. Handicapped-accessible. Questions? Contact Katie at knelson@noblenet.org.

Danversband fundraiser set

Purchase gift cards through the Danversband this holiday season, and a percentage of each card purchased will directly benefit the Parents for Music Excellence Inc. and the Danvers High School Falcon Band. Select from hundreds of brands and retail categories. Checks, made payable to PME Inc., and completed order forms can be returned to any band or color guard student or to Mr. Daniels at the Danvers High band room by 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. Orders can be picked up before the Winter Concert, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, or during intermission in the auditorium lobby, or make arrangements with a band or color guard student. For more information, visit www.ShopWithScrip.com/GiftGuide or email powers@danversband.org.

USS Leopold sinking topic

The NPS Salem Visitor Center on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. will host Col. Robert Nersasian, who recounts the tale of the USS Leopold — the worst combat loss in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard, and screens “Eye Witnesses of World War II, USS Leopold”, a 30-minute documentary covering the sinking of the destroyer with interviews of surviving crew members. This event commemorates the 75th anniversary of the tragedy. Nersasian is the co-author of “Never to Return,” which tells the story of the USS Leopold through the eyes of survivors, including his brother, Sparky, a gunner. Register online at www.eventbrite.com.

Holiday concert in Beverly

On Monday, Dec. 9, Beverly’s Joe Boccia presents traditional and modern holiday music, performed on his own synthesizer. Boccia carefully composes each song’s arrangement by selecting from thousands of possible sound effects. Part of the “Monday Mornings” program series, the program runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St. Light refreshments at 9 a.m. Free and open to adults; no registration required. Handicapped-accessible. Email Ona Ridenour for more information at ridenour@noblenet.org. Full schedule: https://beverlypubliclibrary.org/monday-mornings.

Toys for Tots kicks off

Danvers resident Karissa Wheeler has been working with Toys for Tots since she was 4 years old. Now 17, Wheeler is still collecting toys for children in need. Her annual Toys for Tots Drive kicks off Friday, Dec. 6, at the Knights of Columbus, 177 Lynnfield St., Lynn, from 7 to 11 p.m. The evening features live music by Finding Dimes, food, cash bar, and raffles. A $10 donation at the door goes to buy toys for children this holiday season. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Toys-for-Tots-Fundraiser-911981349008598/.

Peace through meditation

The Peabody Institute Library, at 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, will host programs on reducing anxiety through meditation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19. Learn how successful people focus using meditation with Eileen Carlotto, a teacher, author, and illustrator with more than 35 years of meditation experience, as she connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of life. These events are free and open to the public. Register at www.danverslibrary.org or call 978-774-0554.

Winter crafts at library

Come to the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., for annual Winter Book Crafts. Enjoy hot chocolate while transforming old books into ornaments and cards. No talent necessary. This program is geared toward adults and teens ages 14 and up. Contact Katie Nelson with questions at knelson@noblenet.org. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

Finding farmland

From 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Bee Building in the Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St., Topsfield, Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust, will host a free workshop for farmers seeking affordable land. “Finding Farmland” will be led by Michael Parker, Land Access Program associate with the National Young Farmers Coalition, a national advocacy network of young farmers fighting for the future of agriculture. Goals are to discuss costs associated with acquiring farmland, strategies for finding affordable tenure, and financing options. Complimentary dinner will be provided from 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation. RSVP is required at ecga.org/Events, or contact Jane Rumrill at jane@ecga.org or 978-768-7241, ext. 17. For more information, visit www.youngfarmers.org.

Gun Sense in America event

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. the Pingree School, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton, will host a free dinner and discussion on preventing gun violence. Speakers will be state Rep. Paul Tucker, former Salem police chief, and Rebecca O’Brien of Moms Demand Action. Dinner and babysitting is provided. Bring friends. RSVP on Facebook at weareamericathebeautiful or email at theresewebo@mindspring.com. For more information, visit weareamericathebeautiful.org.

Joey & Iggy’s Great Adventures

“Joey & Iggy’s Great Adventure,” a children’s book written by the mother and grandmother of little Joey DiOrio, a Peabody toddler with seriously debilitating physical challenges, and his highly adventurous turtle friend Iggy, will be the subject of a book reading at Peabody’s Barnes and Noble on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet the authors and illustrators and hear all about Joey and Iggy at the store, located outside the Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. For more information, call 978-573-3261.

City Hall concerts set

Tickets are available for the annual Holiday Concerts at Peabody City Hall on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, with the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Dirk Hillyer, returning to celebrate “A Starlight Christmas” joined by the Peabody High School Chorale under the direction of Mr. Jonns offering some special treats. Rabbi Richard Pearlman, from the Temple Ner Tamid, will also join the program. Singer/dancer and Peabody native Bethany Vahn will add to the evening’s magic. Saturday evening, dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. On Sunday, dinner is at 5 p.m. followed by the concert at 6 p.m. Doors open 4:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 for balcony chairs seats, $45 for balcony table seats and $50 for orchestra table seats, available only through the Debbie MacGregor in the Office of Community Development at City Hall, at 978-538-5775.

Community band plays pops

The Dane Street Church will hold its annual free Christmas Pops Concert on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., with the Community Concert Band playing. The church is located at 10 Dane St., in Beverly, and all are welcome. For more information, call 978-922-4325.

Civic Ballet auction planned

The North Shore Civic Ballet, a nonprofit in its 45th season, hosts its annual online holiday auction now through Dec. 6 to help support the training of the next generation of dancers. Proceeds fund choreography, costuming, scholarships, educational projects and other resources. Donations of auction items are also needed. All items will be professionally photographed and displayed online. Drop donations at the school, located at the Marblehead School of Ballet, 115 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Call 781-631-6263 for pickup or drop off, or to volunteer. Financial contributions are also welcome and tax-deductible. Visit http://marbleheadschoolofballet.com/the-company/ for more information.

Swedish Yule Fair planned

Brass Band Holiday Concert scheduled

This year Our Lady Star of the Sea in Marblehead will extend its holiday fare beyond its Christmas fair on Dec. 7 and 8, to Sunday, Dec. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. when it will host a Christmas concert with the internationally acclaimed 30 piece New England Brass Band. In addition, Band, the Star of the Sea Children’s Choir will offer carols and holiday selections. Our Lady Star of the Sea Church is located at 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Tickets are $10 and are available at the rectory or by calling 781-631-0086. Visit www.sosmarblehead.org.

Cantemus Chorus offers 3 concerts

Cantemus Chamber Chorus will hold three holiday concerts in early December. First, on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Beverly; followed on Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newburyport, and finally, on Sunday, Dec. 15. at 4 p.m., at First Church, Swampscott. The core of all three concerts is Vivaldi’s Magnificat in G minor, a setting of the Canticle of Mary for chorus, soloists, strings and organ. Also on the program is Laudate Dominum, a work Jane Ring Frank describes as “a little but mighty piece of music.” A string quartet of two violins, viola and cello will accompany the chorus, joined by guest artists Alecia Batson and Heather Gallagher, sopranos, and bass Jeremy Satchell. Tickets are $25; seniors $20; students 21 and under free, available at www.cantemus.org, or at the door.

Parade of Trees begins, Dec. 3

The Danvers Historical Society’s 11th annual Parade of Trees is fast approaching. That’s a “parade” of faux trees and wreaths decorated in themes with ornaments and gifts by individuals, businesses, and organizations in Danvers and then donated to the event held at Tapley Hall, 13 Page St. Entries will be on display from Dec. 3 to Dec. 8. During that time, stop in and buy raffle tickets to place on favorite trees in the hopes of being a lucky winner. To donate a tree or wreath, email DHS@DanversHistory.org or call the chairperson at 978-774-8159.

Sibling loss support group

Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, will hold free support groups for those who are coping with the loss of a sibling, on Mondays, through Dec. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Session will be held in the Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers. For more information, call 855-774-5100 or email grief@CareDimensions.org.

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.

Marblehead Artisan Shop open

The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., in Marblehead, will show the works of eight member artists in the Artisan Shop, through Jan. 12, 2020. On view and for sale will be works by photographer Kimberly Crowninshield, 2D fine artist John Willand, jewelry and leather artisan Joanne Demetra, jewelry designers Deborah Way and Janet Russell, glass artist Aron Leaman and ceramicist Dorothy Arthur. The eight MAA artist members will display their works on a rotating basis, 15 to 20 affordable pieces at a time, all juried, all under $250. For more information, call 781-631-2608 or visit www.marbleheadarts.org.

Movement with Jewish twist

Children, ages 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Creative Movement with a Jewish Twist. Enjoy a morning of creative movement and a snack with Debbie Leibowitz. This program will be held on Tuesdays through Dec. 3 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Epstein Hillel School, 6 Community Road in Marblehead. PJ Library Creative Movement with a Jewish Twist is a free program of Lappin Foundation and Epstein Hillel School and is open to all. RSVPs are requested to Phyllis Osher at posher@lappinfoundation.org or 978-740-4404. Walk-ins are welcome.

Mommy & Me scheduled

Children, ages 3 and younger, and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist. Enjoy a morning of socializing and meeting new friends, creative music and movement with Jewish themes, free play and snack. This program will be held on the following Mondays: 11, 18 and 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Chabad of Peabody, 682 Lowell St., in Peabody. PJ Library Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist is a free program of Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation and is open to all. RSVPs are requested to Raizel at www.chabadpeabody.com or 978-977-9111. Walk-ins are welcome.

Best sellers to-go

Hamilton-Wenham Library now has select best-sellers “to-go.” Check out the new collection of hot titles, recent best-sellers in high demand, waiting for someone to check them out. These popular items circulate for two weeks, are not holdable, and may not be renewed. Swing by to check the shelf often, or browse the complete list of titles at hwlibrary.org/hot-titles. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St. South Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577 or visit hwlibrary.org.

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.

City of Salem Wi-Fi free to use

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 online map available

A new online map showing all capital projects underway in the current fiscal year 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.

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/

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.

Marblehead records digitized

The early records of Marblehead’s Second Congregational Church (now Unitarian-Universalist Church) have been digitized and are freely available online. These papers, journals, and ledgers span from 1714 to 1850 and include records of baptisms, member lists, marriages, church meeting minutes, and disciplinary records. To access, visit marbleheadmuseum.org/marblehead-history-documents/ or the Congregational Library and Archives website. Records of the First Congregational Church (Old North) and Third Congregational Church are also available.

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 is hosting 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

Lunch at Beacon Cafe

The Beacon Café, North Shore Community College’s student-run café, is serving fresh, hot meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 10. The café will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. Lunch is $5 to $7.50, depending on the menu, and will be served buffet style. The Beacon has two seating times: 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. and reservations are required. Call to make your reservation at 978-762-4000, ext. 1513 and follow the instructions in the message. The Beacon Café is located off Route 114, at 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, in the North Shore Business Center.

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.

Yoga for living with loss

Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, presents Yoga for Living with Loss, a 60-minute gentle yoga class that supports grieving as an ongoing process, Wednesdays, to Dec. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, Open to anyone in the community who has experienced the death of someone close, the cost is $75 for 8 sessions. Drop in classes will be held Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. thru Dec. 17. Cost is $10 per class or pay in advance with discount. For more information, call 855-774-5100, or email grief@CareDimensions.org.

Winter Solstice Art Show

The True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St., South Hamilton, will hold a Winter Solstice show, a group exhibition featuring the work of local artists Juliana Boyd, Leslie Doherty, Diana Sudyka, Delbert Charging-Crow and more, from Saturday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 22. The works of these artists cover an unusual and varied spectrum of mediums from oil and wool to stained glass sculptures and more. True North Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call (978) 468-1962 or email gallerydirector@truenorthgallery.net.

Free TIPS training

DanversCARES, as part of a regional effort with the Healthy Peabody Collaborative and the Tri-Town Council, offers free TIPS Training for businesses selling and/or serving alcohol, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gordon Room at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving, and underage drinking by enhancing the “people skills” of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol, you’ll gain the confidence to recognize potential problems and intervene to prevent tragedies. Conducted by Mike Marcantonio, a certified TIPS trainer with Dram Shop Consultants, the program is open to establishments with liquor licenses in the communities of Danvers, Peabody, Middleton, Boxford, and Topsfield. Online registration is required at: www.danverscares.org. For more information contact Lyla Harrod at lylaharrod@danvers.org.

Photography Show

ReachArts Gallery, 89 Burril St. in Swampscott is showcasing the photography of Stephen J. Levin — “Abstracts: Ocean, Earth & Sky” through Dec. 8, with all proceeds donated to Children’s Hospital. The exhibit closes with a reception with live music on Dec. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., Special discount days are Nov.11 and 29. Seniors and students are discounted at all times.

Small Business Saturday

Beverly Main Streets’ Small Business Saturday is all day Saturday, Nov. 30, in Downtown Beverly. Participating businesses will kick things off by giving away free tote bags and other fun “Shop Small”giveaways. Admission is free, and you’re encouraged you to Shop Small every day and support downtown businesses.v For more information, visit: www.beverlymainstreets.org, or call 978-922-8558.

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 Sundays, Dec. 8 and 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.

Winter Market announces date

A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market takes place from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at the historic Old Town Hall. Support local farms and artisans with truly unique holiday gifts from a diversity of local vendors’s foods, artisan crafts, seasonal produce, baked goods, wreaths, handmade soaps, honey, pickles, gourmet ravioli and artisan chocolates. Organized by Salem Main Streets, with the City of Salem and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, Creative Collective, and many other local business sponsors and community volunteers, more information on the Winter Market is available at: salemfarmersmarket.org.

Holiday choral concert

French horn soloist Nancy Hudgins will be a featured performer at the Holiday Concert presented by the North Shore Chorale, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St., Beverly. A prominent French horn performer in the Boston area, Hudgins has performed with the Boston Ballet and Boston Lyric Opera, among other Boston area ensembles. She has also performed in orchestras for star act concerts including Luciano Pavoratti and Josh Grobin. The North Shore Chorale is a new community chorus of 35 singers from North Shore towns. The group will perform a variety of classical and popular music pieces by Randall Thompson, Michael Haydn and Edvard Grieg and others. Tickets are: Adults $10, Seniors & Students $7. There is ample free parking in the church parking lot. The church is easily accessible from Rte. 128, exit 20B. For more information, visit www.nschorale.org.

Holiday Marketplace Nov. 30

Finz Seafood and Grill and Sea Level Oyster Bar will host a third annual Holiday Marketplace, at both Pickering Wharf restaurant locations, on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring 27 vendors from small businesses and local artisans offering handmade craft items and local artisan products. All are welcome, and soft drinks and mimosas will be available for sale to shoppers at both locations. Finz is located at 86 Wharf Street in Salem: Sea Level isjust steps away at 96 Wharf Street. For more information, visit hipfinz.com/event/holiday-marketplace-2/ .

‘Holiday Pops On the Move’

The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor will present “Holiday Pops On the Move,” on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, with maestro Dirk Hillyer and members of the Hillyer Festival Orchestra at the King Hooper Mansion. From 7 p.m. on, musical groups will perform throughout the house, with catering offered by Every Little Breeze, creating a warm holiday setting for family and friends to gather to enjoy great music from many cultures and genres. Established in 1998 as a holiday ensemble for the city of Peabody, the Hillyer Festival Orchestra has become one of Greater Boston’s most popular orchestras, recognized for its quality and creative programming. Tickets are $75, available at www.rcomh.org, or in person at Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Marblehead charities, scholarships and philanthropic projects of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor.

‘Top Girls’ at Gordon Center

Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 352 Lafayette St., presents “Top Girls” through Dec. 8. Now 37 years after its premiere, Caryl Churchill’s Obie-Award winning play still resonates as gender stereotypes and gender inequities remain. The story centers on Marlene who has just been promoted to the job of her dreams. But at what cost? Churchill’s witty dialogue leaves the audience simultaneously laughing and gasping at the horror of Marlene’s reality. Performance times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets and information: www.salemstatetickets.com or 978-542-6365.

Vehicle charging at sanctuary

In recognizing climate change, Mass Audubon, the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit, now provides electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at an increasing number of its wildlife sanctuaries throughout the Commonwealth. With the transportation sector now accounting for more than 40 percent of the state’s carbon emissions, EV owners should know that electricity provided at Mass Audubon 11 wildlife sanctuary charging stations comes from renewable sources. On the North Shore, they include the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, in Topsfield. To learn more, visit www.massaudubon.org/evcharging.

Philharmonic begins 72nd season

The North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, under the musical direction of Robert Lehmann, is now in its 72nd season presenting Shubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”and the Mozart “Mass in C Minor.” Two holiday concerts on Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. at St. Richard’s Church in Danvers, and Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere are free in exchange for a substantial donation of non-perishable food to benefit local food pantries.

Children’s Holiday Party

On Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m, two special guests will be visit the Children’s Room Holiday Party at the Ipswich Public Library. First there’s Princess Beauty and the who is known for her love of books, and will be singing, story telling, and taking photos and chatting with young patrons. Then, there’s the man in the red suit. Not just an elf, but Santa himself. It’s free fun for the family with live music, refreshemtn and DIY keepsake crafts. Call the Children’s Room at 978-412-8713 with questions or check out the schedule online at www.ipswichlibrary.org. And please note: the Ipswich Rotary’s Interact Club Jingle Bell Walk will take place the following Saturday, Dec. 14.

Poinsettia Fundraiser for Danvers HS bands

Choose your poinsettia on Monday, Dec. 2, pick it up on Dec. 6, and you’ve not only made a gorgeous dent in your holiday decorating, but a much appreciated donation to Danvers High School music. The Poinsettias, all from Kane’s Flower World, come in four colors: red, white, pink and burgandy, and three sizes: 6.5” for $13, 7.5” for $19, and 8.5” for $24, Submit orders by Monday, Dec. 2, by 2 p.m. to Mr. Daniels at Danvers High School Band Room, or by 5 p.m. to Ann Jones at 55 Nichols Street, Danvers. Pick up Friday, Dec. 6, in Danvers High School auditorium lobby (Or make arrangements with your favorite band/color guard student) Questions? Email: PME@danversband.org or visit www.danversband.

Shulem Lemmer in concert

The North Shore Jewish Arts Co-Op and Chabad of the North Shore present Shulem Lemmer and Friends live in concert on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Chabad Lynn Campus, 151 Ocean St. Raised in Boro Park, Brooklyn, Shulem’s singular voice has gained widespread attention in the Chasidic community and beyond. The first Orthodox singer to ever sign a major record deal in the U.S., his recent contract with Universal Music’s Decca Gold Label positions him as an artist primed to break through to a global audience. For more information or for tickets, visit www.nsjewish.com or call 781-581-3833.

‘Frozen Jr.’ at the MLT Dec. 13

Tickets for Marblehead Little Theatre’s all-youth production of “Frozen Jr.” are available online at mltlive.org and at Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St., in Marblehead. Performances run Dec. 13 to 22 at the MLT Firehouse Theatre, 12 School St, Marblehead. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students/children. With music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and book by Jennifer Lee, this is the story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Princesses Anna and Elsa, who, when faced with danger, discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. Loaded with beloved characters, magic, adventure and humor, it’s directed by Victoria Herman, with music direction by Georgia Bills and choreography by Janet Sheehan. During the run of “Frozen Jr.”, the theater will hold a winter clothing drive for Pathways for Children. New winter coats, scarves, gloves, fleece, and hats can be dropped off in the theater’s collection box at 12 School St. For more information, visit mltlive.org.

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.

AARP Home Fit seminar

Salem for All Ages and the Massachusetts AARP will hold a free Home Fit seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center at 401 Bridge St. in Salem. Based on the AARP’s popular Home Fit Guide, the presentation offers smart solutions to make your home comfortable, safe, and a great fit. In conjunction with the Home Fit Guide, this presentation will offer solutions that range from do-it-yourself to larger improvements that are worth the expense. The presentation will be led by Andrea Cordis of the occupational therapy program at Bay Path University and Cody Lukasik, Rehab Director for AdviniaCare in Salem and occupational therapy assistant for over 15 years. For more information, contact Dominick Pangallo, Chief of Staff to Mayor Kim Driscoll, at 978-619-5600 or email dpangallo@salem.com.

Holiday drive needs gifts

SPUR has kicked-off its annual Holiday Cheer Drive to provide winter essentials and meaningful gifts to some 600 recipients in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott through the sponsorship of wish-lists wherein sponsors select a list, go shopping and return the items in a pillowcase. The sponsorship period goes through Dec. 6, and you may visit SPUR’s office at 6 Anderson St., Marblehead, to pick-up a wish-list weekdays, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or visit any of their partner locations during business hours (Mud Puddle Toys, Marblehead), (Refind Store, Salem). Tax-deductible gifts are also welcome and can be made at www.spur.community/giving or by mailing a check to SPUR, PO Box 1274, Marblehead MA 01945.

Gingerbread workshop set

Jump into the holiday season by creating a gingerbread house at the Marblehead Museum. These two annual family workshops, held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. (ages 2-4) and 3 p.m. (ages 5-10) are a way to make a design for competition in the Marblehead Family Fund’s annual Gingerbread Festival held at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion. All materials will be supplied; snack included. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $15, $10 for members. Reserve at www.marbleheadmuseum.org or call 781-631-1768.

Evening book group meets

The Beverly Public Library’s Evening Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. in the Fogg Room, 32 Essex St. to discuss “House of Names” by Colm Toibin. New members are always welcome; no registration needed. Handicapped accessible. Books are available at our checkout desk. Please contact our Reference staff for availability of alternate formats (CD or digital): 978-921-6062 or bev@noblenet.org.

LGBTQ book discussion Dec. 16

The Beverly Public Library’s LGBTQ Book Discussion Group will meet on Monday, Dec. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss “Oranges are Not the Only Fruit” by Jeanette Winterson. New members always welcome; no registration needed. Handicapped accessible. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. Please contact our reference staff for availability of alternate formats (CD or digital): 978-921-6062 or bev@noblenet.org. Location: Sohier Room, 32 Essex Street, Beverly.

Books & Brews discussion group

The Beverly Public Library’s Books & Brews Book Discussion Group meets on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to discuss “Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” by Kate Moore. Meeting location: The Indo, 298 Cabot Street, Beverly. Registration is required. Must be 21+. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. To register stop by the Reference Desk or call us at 978-921-6062. Questions about this group? Contact Lisa at ryan@noblenet.org.

Beverly Farms discussion group

The Beverly Public Library’s Farms Branch Book Discussion Group meets Thursday, Dec. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. New members always welcome; no registration needed. Handicapped accessible. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. Please contact our Reference staff for availability of alternate formats (CD or digital): 978-921-6066 or bef@noblenet.org. Location: Conrad Room, 24 Vine Street, Beverly Farms.

Salem High music fundraiser

On Friday, Dec. 6, the Salem High School co-ed a cappella group Witchpitch and chorus will perform at 8 p.m., in Salem High School’s M. Ruth Norton Auditorium, 77 Willson St., following a 7 p.m. celebratory dinner to salute retiring officials who have served the city for over 50 years. The evening is a fundraiser for Salem High School’s music program at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in April 2020. Tickets are $25, available through Salem High School Music Department music director Cindy Napierkowski at 978-745-9300. Donations are also gratefully accepted. Make checks payable to SHS Music Boosters, c/o Beth Debski, 43 Calumet St., Salem.

History of Christmas in Boston

On Thursday, Dec. 12, author and historian Anthony Sammarco returns to the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of his book “Christmas Traditions in Boston.” He’ll look at the holiday from 1659, when the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony banned it as seasonal excess with no Biblical authority, through 1856 when Christmas Day became a state holiday in Massachusetts, and beyond to the 19th century introduction of the Christmas tree, to Christmas cards, caroling, bell ringing, Nativity scenes and other traditions. Books will be available for purchase. Register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

Babyccino begins Dec. 5

Babyccino is a fun, free place for parents and caregivers and tots, up to 24 months, to meet and have fun exploring the season through music, sensory activities, creative arts, and interactive play. Babyccino will be held at Chabad of the North Shore, 44 Burrill Street in Swampscott from 10 to 11 a.m. every Thursday, Dec. 5 through Dec. 19. Babyccino, a program of Aleph Academy and Lappin Foundation, is supported by CJP. For more information or to register, contact Hela Nathan at 763-807-9450 or nsjewishkids@gmail.com. Walk-ins are welcome.

St. Michael’s Advent services

Advent Lessons and Carols will be held, free and open to all, at St. Michael’s in Marblehead’s historic district, on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. The St. Michael’s choir, under new Director of Music Raymond Hawkins, will offer a service of Lessons and Carols for Advent, with music including J.S. Bach’s “The Only Son from Heaven” and John Gardner’s “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day.” Choir and congregation will join in hymns for Advent — new and old. A light reception follows in the 1714 Parish Hall, one of the oldest Anglican church buildings in New England. For more information, visit www.stmichaels1714.org or call 781-631-0657. St. Michael’s is at 26 Pleasant St.

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 by professional singer/songwriter Molly Pinto Madigan. Beginning Dec. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m., each month will cover a different topic, from rhythm and note-reading, to songwriting and hands-on instrumental skills. This program is free and open to teens. Come explore music in a new way at Main Branch in the Creativity Lab. This program is free to teens ages 12-18, but space is limited and registration is required. To reserve a spot, call 978-531-0100 or stop by in person.

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