The Peabody Institute Library’s South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody, will host a special food event on Thursday, May 30, from 7 to 8 p.m. Stocking the Kitchen: Ingredients, Recipes, and Ideas for Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Ketogenic Eating will be the focus when Peabody native Linda Sessa shares sample recipes and attendees create a simple dish for tasting. Nuts, seeds, and tree nuts will feature in this program. Registration is required for this event at www.peabodylibrary.org or call 978-531-3380.

Gay Pride month will be celebrated in Danvers with the raising of the Gay Pride flag on Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m., in front of Town Hall, 1 Sylvan St., with refreshments following in Town Hall.

Learn how to overcome stress through meditation on Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. with Cape Ann Meditation’s Eileen Carlotto — teacher, author, and illustrator — at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St, Danvers. Carlotto connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of life. This event is free and open to the public. Register at www.danverslibrary.org or call 978-774-0554.

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll has announced the availability of the city’s Draft Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020), which outlines priority activities for anticipated Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding. This funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), assists income-eligible households and low-to moderate-income neighborhoods through programs, services and improvements. The draft translates into action the goals and strategies established in the 5-Year Consolidated Plan, completed following an extensive public participation process in 2015, and considers citizens’comments received at an initial public hearing held on January 17, 2019. A public hearing will be held on Thursday, June 20, in the first floor conference room at 98 Washington Street at 6 p.m. to give residents, businesses and organizations a chnace to comment. If interested, send written comment to the City of Salem Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) by June 28. Copies of the Draft Plan are available at the Salem Public Library, Salem Housing Authority, at the DPCD, or online at: www.salem.com/planning-and-community-development/pages/studies-and-reports . The final plan will be submitted to HUD in July.

Kelsey Gosselin, manager of Medical & Scientific Research Engagement, Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, presents “The Science of Hope,” Thursday, June 6, at the Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St., Salem,  beginning at 5:30 p.m. with food and refreshments, followed by the program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn the latest research findings on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and gain a better understanding of brain changes caused by Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and how research has enabled the development of better detection methods and how this knowledge is being translated into novel therapies and prevention strategies. 

The Topsfield Historical Society’s 51st annual free Strawberry Festival, takes place on the Topsfield Common on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with strawberry shortcakes will served in Emerson Center. Also this year: a juried craft show with over 65 artisans, a Youth Artisans Fair, Kingsnakes playing in the gazebo, children’s games and tours of the 17th century Parson Capen House. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available, Admission to this family event, sponsored by TD Bank, is free and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, contact chairperson Shawn Whitworth at whitworth2526@gmail.com.

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, in partnership with the Salem Trolley, will again offer free rides on the Salem Trolley for Salem residents from June 1 to 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 Marblehead Arts Association will open its Festival of the Arts Exhibit with a reception on Thursday, June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The festival runs from July 1 through Aug. 4, and features the work of its artist members. To coincide with the Painting the Town Exhibit, the MAA will host plein-air-painters in the Emerging Gallery, through Marblehead Festival of the Arts. The Summer Member Exhibit is neither juried nor judged, with a diverse offering of paintings, works on paper, mixed media and 3 dimensional pieces. The MAA artist membership is well represented in the Fine Arts, Photography and Craft categories. Visitors may cast a vote for a favorite piece with a People’s Choice ballot. For more information, visit marbleheadfestival.org.

On Monday, June 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Pingree School, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton, will hold a free dinner and discussion on “Oceans: Our Connection to the Sea.” Speaker will be Patrick Flanagan, founder of Ollie (Ocean Learning Lab and Immersive Experiences). https://www.oceanlab.org. Babysitting will be provided, and by all means, bring friends, Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1290285054457486/ or email: theresewebo@mindspring.com. Or visit: weareamericathebeautiful.org.

On June 6, at 7 p.m., the Peabody Garden Club and Salem Garden Club present “Books in Bloom,” a fun evening of imagination and creativity at the

Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St. Individual or group presentation of floral designs interpreting a book title. Come and enjoy the design skills of the club members. This is an open meeting with a $5 guest fee. For more information contact co-presidents: MaryEllen at  978-531-9332 or Tina at 978-532-2317 .

The 2019 North Shore Cancer Walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Salem Willows to raise money for cancer care on the North Shore. The annual walk has raised more than $23 million thanks to 5,000 participants each year. Funds support oncology services on the North Shore Medical Center’s Salem campus, as well as clinical trials, wellness care and other oncology services at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. In the past, walk contributions have supported renovations, equipment purchases, clinical trials, wellness services and supportive care programs for patients and their families. For information, visit www.northshorecancerwalk.org.

Take a free tour of the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St. and the Gedney House, 21 High St., in Salem on Saturday, June 1, courtesy of Historic New England properties. For more information on hours and locations, visit www.historicnewengland.org/openhouse2019/

Salem Farmers Market 2019 opens on Thursday, June 13, on Derby Square with more than 35 vendors, and continues every Thursday through Oct. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. At the heart of the market are the produce of seven local farms, complemented by an array of specialty foods, bakery products, spices, and non-food vendors. New this year: The Herb Farmacy, The Cheese Shop of Salem, Romeo’s Juices, Roseadela’s, The Branch Olive Oil, Nubble Hydro Microgreens, Crepe du Jour, Chrissy’s Crumble, Bauman’s Best Botanicals, Giuseppe’s Ice Pops, and Uncommonly Good Bakery. To volunteer at the market, email salemfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

3 Voices concludes its spring series on addiction with guest speakers Georgia Miller and Ellen Terry Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at Abbot Public Library, 238 Pleasant St., Marblehead, for a panel conversation on “Addiction: Where do we go from here?” Also returning are Ariele Goldman and Anne Lucas, featured speakers for the program on “What does it mean to live with addiction?” Goldman fought her own addictions and now helps others while pursuing a degree in social work. Lucas has written a play, “Recovery,” sharing her own experiences with a family member who fought addiction. Also joining will be Paul Kusiak, an advocate for families and a community engagement consultant with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Moderator Michelle Simons is the Lynn substance use prevention coordinator and a licensed substance use clinician with Bridgewell and the city of Lynn’s Prevention Werks. For more information, visit 3Voices.org or contact 3voicesmhd@gmail.com.

The City of Peabody’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, at the Department of Public Services, 50 Farm Ave. City residents may dispose of up to a car’s worth of hazardous materials. Contractors may not dispose of materials. Clean Harbors Environmental Services will be on site to accept oil-based paints (no latex paint), varnishes, pesticides, spray cans and other household hazardous chemicals. You may also dispose of mercury-containing waste, including batteries, thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent lamps. The recycling center at 50 Farm Ave. will be closed. For a full list of accepted materials, call the Health Department at 978-538-5926, or Department of Public Services at 978-536-0600. Cost is $20 per household, payable by check to “City of Peabody.” Proof of residency is required. TVs and computer monitors will also be accepted with the purchase of a $20 sticker per item, available on-site. Non-residents may drop off materials from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and must pay the full fee ($30 for up to 3 pounds/gallons, $36 for up to 10 pounds/gallons or $60 for up to 25 pounds/gallons). For more information, call the Health Department at 978-538-5926. This event is co-sponsored by the Peabody Municipal Light Plant.

St. John’s Prep is holding an informational session for families on Monday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. on the school campus at 72 Spring St., Danvers. Preview of the Prep is an informal and low-key way to get a jumpstart on the admission process. You’ll meet students, hear from school leaders, chat with admission staff members, and tour the Prep campus. St. John’s is a Catholic, Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School for young men in grades 6 through 12. Register at stjohnsprep.org/visit. Questions? Contact the Office of Admission at 978-624-1301.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) North Shore Chapter 479 invites active and retired Federal employees to its spring luncheon celebration Wednesday, June 5, at noon in the Lighthouse Room of the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The event includes a luncheon and musical entertainment. Cost is $34 per person. For more information, call Stella Pierce at 978-969-1761.

 

The Arrangers of Marblehead will hold a yard sale on Saturday, June 1 (rain date, June 2) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 35 Devereaux St., Marblehead. Chairs, antique armoire, hutch, china, glassware, clothes, collectibles, garden items and plants are among the treasures waiting to be found. Proceeds support community service projects by members of the Arrangers, members of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

North Shore Elder Services is seeking volunteers to serve as friendly visitors to seniors in Salem and Peabody, and to help others 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

The City of Salem, through the Salem for All Ages initiative and in partnership with the Salem Chamber of Commerce, invites Salem businesses to apply for certification as an Age-Friendly Business — one in which people of all ages and abilities can comfortably shop, dine, or receive services, with staff specially trained, offering such amenities as non-slip flooring, clear and legible signage and materials, and discounts or special programs (not a requirement, but encouraged.) Nearly 57% of consumer spending in Massachusetts is by people 50 or older, annually amounting to over $150 billion. In Salem, some 8,000 residents are over the age of 60 and that number is growing. Only businesses located in Salem may apply. To apply for certification, visit https://salemforallages.org/age-friendly-business/.

Tickets are on sale for Salem State University’s public lecture featuring PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton on 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 new Salem Bay Collaborative Choir Camp, jointly offered by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Church of St. Andrew (Marblehead), will be held June 24 to June 29, at St. Peter’s, 24 St. Peter St., Salem. The camp, for boys and girls ages 7 to 14, is free for Salem residents, and meets Monday through Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday morning, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Choristers will learn music and sight singing and play movement games. Evensong on Saturday, June 29, at 5.p.m., followed by a closing reception. Boys’ voices must not have changed, otherwise a love of song is all that’s needed. Mary Jodice, director of music at St. Andrew’s, will be assisted by organist/accompanist Brink Bush and vocal teacher Anastasia Black. For information/registration contact Jodice at maryjodice1@gmail.com by June 15.

The Miracle League of the North Shore’s remaining spring dates are June 1 and June 15. Children with cognitive and physical abilities play together on the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf (CCCBSD) field, the only fully-accessible, rubberized baseball field on the North Shore at 6 Echo Ave., Beverly. Player registration and volunteer arrivals begin at 9:30 a.m., with warm-ups at 10 a.m. The game begins at 10:30 am, followed at 11:30 a.m. with pizza. The league is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that gives children with unique challenges a chance to play baseball as a part of a team in an organized league at no cost to their family. Every player bats and scores a home run each inning, with volunteers serving as buddies. For more, visit: www.cccbsd.org/community/miracle-league or contact playball@cccbsd.org.

The second annual Senior Teen Town Dance will be held on Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Holy Ghost Society Hall, 20 Howley St., Peabody, featuring oldies hits spun by Kevin and Connor Leahy and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance by calling Joan Aucone, 978-618-9338; Joanne Solovicos, 978-532-0031; Dottie Thibodeau, 978-774-4850; Lonnie Thibodeau, 978-836-2422, or Billy Wholley, 978-744-2726. For more information, email teentownreunion@yahoo.com.