Rohingya Documentary & discussion

Salem State University’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies presents a free screening and panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., with Nazda Alam discussing her documentary: “Rohingya: Atrocities Against Women,” which focuses on the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. Filmmaker Alam spent two weeks in Bangladesh documenting the horrors perpetrated mainly against women and girls by the Myanmar military, and was “horrified to discover that women were being used as weapons of war in conflict.” The Rohingya crisis is a humanitarian emergency that’s been going on for more than two years, but has received little attention, despite the U.N. declaring it a “classic case of ethnic cleansing.” The event is free and open to the public at Viking Hall 123, Salem State University, Central Campus. Questions? Call 978-542-3019.

Climate Crisis and the North Shore

Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., Beverly, will host a free public forum on The Climate Crisis and the North Shore, on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., moderated by Estelle Rand, Beverly Ward 2 City Councilor sponsored by The Beverly Democratic City Committee. Featured speakers include Emily Flaherty, director of School to Sea Salem Sound Coastwatch, Dr. Noel Healy, associate professor of Geography and Sustainability Salem State University, The Beverly High School Democrats.

Our Lady of Hope Bazaar set

Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich, will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be served, Santa will visit, and a boutique will feature jewelry, scarves, pocketbooks and craft items. There will also be a white elephant table, games and books, candy and bake goods tables with Fruit pies for sale. Raffle tickets will be available. For more information, call 987-356-7625.

Salem State cultural presentation

On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m., Salem State University’s Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., welcomes Ashleigh Gordon, Castle of our Skins’s artistic and executive director, who will present a lecture on cultural inclusion in arts programming, share insights from the field, and discuss issues of cultural representation, diversity and inclusion, ways to create new platforms that challenge cultural perceptions. Admission is free. For more information, visit salemstate.edu/arts or call 978-542-6365. Visit: www.salemstatetickets.com.

South Salem Association celebrates 25 years

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., the South Salem Neighborhood Association will meet in the main conference room of The Enterprise Center on Salem State’s Central Campus (121 Loring Ave.). In celebration of the Association’s 25th anniversary, refreshments and pie will be served from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a presentation by guest speaker, Mickey Northcutt on the murals in The Point neighborhood. Northcutt is the Executive Director of the North Shore Community Development Corporation, who will also mark some of the highlights of our 25 years of commitment to the South Salem neighborhood. Parking is adjacent to the Center’s main entrance, between 73E and 73W Loring Avenue. Follow to the right, past the bookstore (on the left), to the main entrance. From the main doors, cross the hallway to the windows and turn left. The conference room is on your left.

The art of investing in art

On Monday, Nov. 25, the Beverly Public Library welcomes Robert A. Gough, Jr., Ph.D., who share his expertise on the art market, and how its major segments from Old Masters to Impressionists to Contemporary present an array of interesting investment opportunities for the casual collector to the professional investor. 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 served at 9 a.m. Free and open to adults; no registration required. Handicapped accessible. Info: Ona at ridenour@noblenet.org. Full schedule: https://beverlypubliclibrary.org/monday-mornings/

Turkey Supper set for Nov. 23

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly, will host at Turkey Supper from 5 to 6 p.m. Enjoy turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls and beverage, all includes in the cover charge: $7.00, Seniors $6 and children $3.50. Home-baked pies: $1.50 per slice. The building is handicap accessible.

Community Concert Band plays Christmas 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.

‘Young Frankenstein’ auditions Saturday

Marblehead Little Theatre will hold non-Equity auditions for “Young Frankenstein” by appointment for actors ages 15 and older, Saturday, Nov. 16, noon to 5 p.m., at the theater, 12 School St., Marblehead. Actors should sign up for a singing audition between noon and 2 p.m., or 3 to 5 p.m., and be prepared to attend a mandatory dance call from 2 to 3 p.m. Plan to stay after your singing audition or arrive before to attend the dance call, with appropriate dance footwear; bring tap shoes if you have them. Prepare a verse and a chorus of a song from, or in the style of, the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Walk-ins will be seen as time allows. Performance dates are March 6 to 15. For more information, visit www.MTIShows.com.

North Shore Civic Ballet auction set

The North Shore Civic Ballet, a nonprofit in its 45th season, hosts its annual online holiday auction from Nov. 15 to 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 in Hamilton

Birka Lodge No. 732, V.O.A. of Hamilton will hold its annual Yule Swedish Fair on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hamilton-Wenham Community House, Bay Road Route 1-A. Admission is free, music will play all day and you’ll want to be there at noon for Lucia, the Bride of Light, as well as a lunch of assorted open face sandwiches. Enjoy coffee and coffee bread, Glogg & Pepparkakor, gifts, handcrafts, imported linens, ornaments, jewelry, cards, wrapping paper, candles, candles holders & rings, Dala Horses, Straw goats, Jul Tomtes. For more information, visit: www.Birka732.com, or call 781-254-9888.

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, 85 Atlantic Ave Marblehead, or call 781 631 0086. Visit: www.sosmarblehead.org.

Cantemus Chorus offering 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.

ments will be served. Register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

Salem textile recycling drive

Salem Recycles will hold a Clothing and Household Textile Recycling Drive on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riley Plaza in the parking lot in front of the Salem Post Office, 2 Margin St. Bring clothing, sneakers, shoes, boots, slippers, belts, ties, purses, stuffed animals, bedding (comforters/ sheets/ blankets), table linens and draperies/curtains to recycle. Items can be in any condition and must be clean and dry. For more information, call 978-619-5672, or visit salem.com/recycling, or greensalem.com.

St. Adelaide’s Christmas Fair

St. Adelaide’s Church will hold its annual Christmas Fair on Friday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 708 Lowell St., Peabody, with home baked goods, holiday gift baskets, a gift extravaganza, homemade crafts, ice cream sundaes, games of chance, cradle corner, kids activities, and a wine cellar. Pictures with Santa available, 50/50 pot of gold raffles, grand raffle and super raffle, and other prizes.

K of C blood drive in Peabody

The Peabody Community Blood Drive sponsored by the Knights of Columbus is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For an appointment, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter “Peabody Knights of Columbus.” Donors may qualify for a free long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, and as a bonus, get a $5 Amazon.com gift card by email. Restrictions apply: see amazon.com/gc-legal.

Wingmasters presentation in Ipswich

Jim Parks of Wingmasters will bring some of the birds in his care to a program at the Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich, on Saturday, Nov. 23. Online registration is required, and there are two time slots: 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Go to www.ipswichlibrary.org and click on Events to register. Native American Artifacts and Birds of Prey is intended for an audience of older children, first grade and up, as well as teenagers and adults. Check with the Children’s Room staff to see if it might be a good fit. Call 978-412-8713 with any questions. The program is free thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library.

Hamilton-Wenham Library blood drive

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., from 2 to 7 p.m. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and the Red Cross makes it easy to donate. For an appointment on Nov. 13, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Steampunk at the Great House

The Great House at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, is hosting a Steampunk party on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., an interactive theatrical evening of gears, steam power, circuits, focusing on the estate’s amazing 1920s technology. Guests meet steampunk characters, solve puzzles and make choices that determine how the story unfolds. Trustees members pay $44. Nonmembers pay $55. Admission includes light appetizers and beer/wine. Advance reservations are required at www.thetrustees.org or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4015.

Sustainable Marblehead speaker series

Sustainable Marblehead, a volunteer community organization dedicated to protecting the environment and addressing the global climate crisis on a local level, presents part two of a speaker series exploring global and local climate issues, on Friday, Nov. 15, with environmental author Paul Greenburg discussing “The Future of American Fishing.” Part three is Jan. 23 and features Barbara Erickson, CEO of the Trustees of Reservations, and Tom O’Shea, Trustees’ program director for coastal and natural resources, sharing how and why the coast must be protected. Each lecture will be at Old Town House, One Market Square, in Marblehead from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 for the series and $30 per lecture. Students pay $25 for the series, $10 per lecture. 

Shop Local HW Holiday Festival

Shop Local HW, Hamilton-Wenham’s grassroots organization, is producing a Holiday Festival Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., enlivening the towns’ main commercial corridors along Route 1A with family-friendly events, activities, and pedestrian activity supported with a free hop-on/hop-off trolley. In the planning are a pop-up market at the Council on Aging, a tree lighting with caroling, a visit from Santa, a Cornhole Tournament hosted by Plumeria Realtors, Gingerbread Cookie decorating at Wenham Museum and wreath-making at TM Landscaping. The event falls on National Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday, encouraging holiday shoppers to patronize small, local businesses. For vendor participation queries, contact Jan Soolman at shoplocalhw@gmail.com or call 978-254-7575.

Parade of Trees needs donations

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. 6 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, Nov. 4 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.

Jewish comedy team host benefit

The father and son comedy team of Marty and Charlie Nadler will take the stage along with host, Gary Marino, at Peabody’s Black Box Theater, 22 Foster St., on Nov. 16, at 8 p.m., following a silent auction to benefit the North Suburban Jewish Community Center (NSJCC). at 6:30 p.m. Nadler senior, a writer, producer and actor with credits on Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and many other hits, is coming out of retirement to join his son, who has released two albums, tells jokes around the world, and is the co-founder of laughdealer.com. Marino, an award winning film-maker, media personality, comedian and live show producer, has appeared regularly on ABC’s “Live With Regis & Kelly,” Fox News and over 300 radio stations. Tickets include pizza, a cash bar, soda and treats, at: nsjcccomedy.brownpaperticket.com

Living Faith Holiday Fair

Living Faith United Methodist Church, 2 Dane St., Beverly, will hold its Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Come early for the best selections on baked goods, silent auction items, jewelry, Christmas decorations, new items, grandpa’s basement with treasures large and small, and lunch.

Salem Willows Survey

The city of Salem is conducting a survey of the users of Salem Willows Park to gather feedback on the park as it is now, what users like or dislike about the park, and what they envision the park looking like in the future. Responses will help the City prioritize improvements to the park and determine future projects throughout the Salem Willows. To access the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JKYH5Z7). It takes less than five minutes to complete and responses are completely anonymous. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Creative 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.

Mystery writer discusses series, craft

Award-winning author Jane Gandolfo will be at the Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch at 603 Lowell St., on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Gandolfo has published the second book in her Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery series, “A Tale of Deceit.” She was awarded the EVVY Book Award in the category of Mystery, Crime, Detective Fiction for her debut novel, “To Paint a Murder.” She’ll discuss the series and answer questions about writing and publishing. A book sale and signing will follow. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

PJ Library 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.

Library has 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 avaiable

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 at Moraine Farm

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/

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.

Peabody Chamber dinner

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) holds its 88th annual dinner, 5 to 8:30 p.m., sponsored by Community Credit Union, at the Ferncroft Country Club with special guest, Mary Bellavance, who will receive a “Distinguished Leader” award from PACC for her 30+ years supporting the city, her community, and the chamber. New local Mezzo-Soprano, Natalja Sticco from the Corsara Artists, will perform, and there will be the traditional Craft Beer & Wine raffle. Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. will speak, and Julie Daigle, PACC executive director, will announce the PACC incoming Board of Directors, and honor the outgoing members and milestone member anniversaries. Tickets are $75, and all are welcome. Call the PACC at 978-531-0384 or go to www.peabodychamber.com/events to register. All tickets must be purchased in advance; 72-hour advance cancellation notice for refunds. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. AX, MC, VS, DC accepted.

Ski ‘n Skate Consignment

Hamilton’s Cutler School’s annual Ski, Skate & Board Consignment event is set for Nov. 16 and 17. Hosted by the Friends of Cutler Elementary, the community-wide fundraiser offers new and consigned apparel and equipment for skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and ice-skating, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sunday, when most items will be discounted by 50%. The event is open to the public. Those interested in consigning items can visit www.skiskateandboard.com for more information. Consignors will receive 70% of sales. Donations are also welcome. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of Cutler. Drop off hours for consignors and people wishing donate items are: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to noon, and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon., Cutler Elementary School is located at 237 Asbury St., Hamilton.

Amazon sitcom premiere

Sean Lynch, a Bishop Fenwick graduate who made a name for himself in Hollywood, returns to Salem to premiere his new Amazon sitcom series and stage a live comedy night on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 8:15 p.m. at CinemaSalem. The live event will feature the first-ever screening of the 23-minute TV pilot, “Every Other Sunday,” which he wrote and directed. Starring Adam Mucci (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) Mark Riccadonna (Fox Redeye, SNL), Kerryn Feehan (a Massachusetts native) and John Mooney (30 Rock), the screening will be followed by a 90-minute live standup comedy show. Tickets are $20 and 10% of proceeds support the NSMC Salem Hospital. Visit:www.cinemasalem.com/wordpress/wpmt_performance/sean-lynch-and-his-funny-new-show

Alzheimer Caregiver session

The North Shore Alzheimer’s Partnership will present an important informational session on Conquering Caregiver Overload on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., at The Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone St., Danvers. Registration from 5 to 5:30 p.m., presentation runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mal Allard, a nurse and Alzheimer’s and dementia consultant, will share learning and advice gleaned as a board certified Alzheimers educator and founder of Their Real World, a compnay that offers Alzheimers and related dementia education. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

Salem High ‘eightysomething’ reunion

Salem High School Classes of 1980,1981, & 1982 are planning and “eightysomething” reunion, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, from 7 to 12 p.m. at Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers. Early Bird Pricing: $60 p.p., if received by March 1, 2020. Mail checks to: SHS Eightysomething Reunion c/o Patty Levasseur 22 Wilson St. Salem MA 10970. Other payment options: e-mail, shseightysomething@gmail.com. Please include: Full Name (including maiden name), Year of Graduation, and e-mail or best contact information.

Environmental Education Symposium

Join the Epstein Hillel School’s Environmental Education Symposium on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. to explore the film ‘Wasted: The Story of Food Waste.’ Hear from a panel of community leaders, learn about the impact our food has on the environment, and examine ways to consume food more sustainably. This event is free and open to the community at the Epstein Hillel School, 6 Community Road, Marblehead. To RSVP, please call 781-639-2880. For more information, please email eglore@epsteinhillel.org.

Great House Grand Tour

Castle Hill’s “From Grand Stairs to Back Stairs” will let guests experience the entirety of the magnificent Crane summer home in a special three-and-a-half-hour tour on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You’ll not only see how the family lived and the views the family had from the roof, but also the backstairs elements and staff that made this all possible. A brief respite for tea and scones is included in the program. The Great House at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is loacted at 290 Argilla Road, in Ipswich. Price for Trustees members is $32; nonmembers pay $40. Advance reservations are recommended. Visit: www.thetrustees.org or call 978.356.4351 x3203.

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, with an opening weekend reception on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. 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

Beverly Public Library Book Sale

This year’s Friends of the Beverly Public Library Fall Book Sale will take place at the main library, 32 Essex St., from Saturday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 24. In addition to books, a selection of music and movies will be available. The sale will be open daily during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Donations currently accepted (no magazines or textbooks, please); bring donations to our Children’s Room on the ground floor, or our checkout desk on the 2nd floor. Paperbacks are $1, hardcovers $2, and all children’s books are 50 cents. Don’t miss this great chance to stock up on snowy day reads, and more! All sale proceeds benefit the library. Questions? Call 978-921-6062 ext. 2122

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, Nov. 17, 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.

Becoming Michelle Obama

Beverly Public Library will host a Books & Brunch at the Indo Pub, 289 Cabot St. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m., to discuss “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama, copies of which are available at the 2nd floor checkout desk, on CD, or as a digital audiobook or eBook via OverDrive or hoopla. You’ll choose your own menu items and beverages. Space is limited, however, so registration is required at: ryan@noblenet.org, or call 978-921-6062, ext. 2120.

Tavern Trivia Night

Trivia fans, make haste to the King Hooper Mansion’s first trivia night, Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., when this historic setting hosts five rounds of questions, with one round on all things Marblehead. Be sure to review some highlights of history, for instance, what Supreme Court associate justice was born in Marblehead? General knowledge questions will also be be asked. Limit of four players per team and bar snacks and cash bar will be provided. The King Hooper Mansion is at 8 Hooper St, Marblehead. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Tickets are $5/person. Reserve at www.marbleheadmuseum.org. or call 781-631-1768.

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.

Million Dollar Women Symposium

Salem’s Enterprise Center will hold its 14th Annual Million Dollar Women Symposium on Friday, Nov.15, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Colette Phillips, President & CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc. who was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston, the Boston Business Journal’s 2016/2017 Power 50 and The Boston Globe’s A-List. This year’s panelists include: Holly Daniels Christensen, Founder & CEO of Dune Jewelry; Briar Forsythe, Owner of Willowdale Estate & Briar Barn Inn; Jeannette Kahn, Founder & Co-Owner of North Shore Children’s Therapies; and Samantha Shih, owner/founder of 9tailors, LLC. Program and breakfast ticket price is $40, available at www.enterprisectr.org. For more information, email: lswanson@enterprisectr.org or call 978-542-7039.

Holiday Artisan Market coming up

On Friday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the rooms of Marblehead’s historic King Hooper Mansion will be filled with a juried market of 19 local craftsmen and artisans selected for their high quality work. Enjoy spirits tastings and live musical entertainment during the Friday night preview and do your holiday shopping and support the local artists who create unique pieces you won’t find online or at the mall! The King Hooper Mansion is at 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead. For more information, call 781-631-2608, or visit: www.marbleheadarts.org.

Salem Winter Market announces dates

A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market takes place from noon to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 23, and 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

Invasives are focus at Horticultural Society

The North Shore Horticultural Society will hold its third meeting of the season on Thursday, Nov. 14, at our new location, Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 62 School St, Manchester. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., but plan to arrive early to enjoy free refreshments before the presentation, “Native Plants Versus Invasive Species” with Suzanne Mahler, who will discuss how non-native species have spread into our plant systems in Massachusetts causing economic and environmental harm by developing self-sustaining populations to the detriment of our existing systems. The presentation will provide images of hardy native plants and common local intrusive aliens, with suggestions for eradicating some of these problematic invasive species. all are welcome; there is a $5 fee for non-members. For more information, please call 978-232-0102.

Best practices offered at Digital Safety class

The Peabody Institute Library will hold a class on Online Privacy & Digital Safety on Monday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Creativity Lab at the Main Library, at 82 Main St., Peabody. In this class, we will discuss best practices for protecting your privacy online., including browsers, digital tracking, passwords, avoiding scams, managing social media settings, and other ways to stay safe while using the Internet. Space is limited; sign up is required. Call 978-531-0100 x 22.

The Scarlet Letter from History Alive

History Alive, Inc. presents The Scarlet Letter on Nov. 10 & 16 - 17 at 3:30 p.m. at Pioneer Village, at 98 West Street, Salem. Adapted by Dr. Peter Stine, Mark Stevick and Kristina Wacome Stevick, directed by Kristina Wacome Stevick, and based on the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, this production brings to life Hawthorne’s greatest classic in a site-specific adaptation for Salem’s Pioneer Village. The “author” himself guides the audience about the grounds of this 17th century village, where an unspeakable scandal shakes the community. The Scarlet Letter performs on November 10 & 16 - 17 at 3:30 pm at Pioneer Village, at 98 West Street, Salem MA. ‘Hawthorne’ will meet you at the head of the pathway. Free Parking is available in Forest River Park. General admission is $30, available at scarletletter.bpt.me.

Holiday choral concert at St. John

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.

Jim McAllister lecture, Nov. 19 

Join historian Jim McAllister on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the lower level library in Salem’s historic Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W., as he traces the Salem Common area’s evolving landscape and land use. Visit long-forgotten almshouses and bath houses, schools, inns, institutions, tourist attractions, historic landmarks and industries; meet former neighborhood merchants, statesmen, artists, scientists (and even a very strange seer) and some of their magnificent mansions. The talk will also explore past use of the Salem Common for important events and as a setting for novels, films, and works of art. Admission is $15 and reservations are suggested. Contact Jim at culturecorner@gmail.com or 978-979-5907. Audience members receive 20% discount on meals or desserts (excluding alcoholic beverages).

‘Leven, a cappella concert set for Nov. 16

The Along The Way Coffee House, 12 Meeting House Green in Ipswich, brings the voices of ‘Leven, a Cape Ann-based a cappella group of six women, to the stage on Saturday, Nov. 16, with the powerful, poignant and eclectic repertoire that’s won them accolades. Show time is from 7 to 9 p.m., and doors open at 6:30. Admission is $10 at the door or via BrownPaperTickets.com. Refreshments are available. For questions, call 978-233-3597, or see the event notice on Facebook.

Songs of the Cemetery

On Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m., The Salem Witch House presents the “Cemetery Project,” a new work by local composer Ian Wiese that uses as its text epitaphs from gravestones in the Old Burying Point in Salem. The Essex Piano Trio, made up of Ashley Offret on violin; David Cabral on violin, viola, and cello; and Beverly Soll on harpsichord, joined by guest Antanas Meilus, bring to life lives lived long ago in Salem. Wiese will be on hand to answer questions about his new piece. A donation of $15 is suggested. The Salem Witch House is located at 310 Essex St., Salem. For more information, call 978-744-8815 or email info@witchhouse.info.

Salem State debuts ‘Romantic by Nature’

Castle of Our Skins — a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music — debuts ‘Romantic by Nature’ on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Salem State University’s Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave. Richly indulgent and thoroughly romantic, this program includes a newly unearthed string quartet by Florence Price and the Neo-Romantic flare of Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in his monstrous Clarinet Quintet. The evening includes a post-concert reception with the artists. For tickets and information, visit: www.salemstatetickets.com or call 978-542-6365.

‘Top Girls’ at Sophia Gordon Center

Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 352 Lafayette St., presents “Top Girls” Nov. 21 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.

Electric vehicle charging at Ipswich 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.

North Shore Philharmonic begins 72nd season

The North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, under the musical direction of Robert Lehmann, begins its 72nd season on Sunday, Nov. 17 with music of Franz Shubert and W.A. Mozart. The 3 p.m. concert at Swampscott High School Auditorium will feature Shubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”and the Mozart “Mass in C Minor.” Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.nspo.org , or at the door for $30, $25 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.nspo.org. The Orchestra will also play two holiday concerts on Dece. 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. Both concerts is free in exchange for a substantial donation of non-perishable food to benefit local food pantries.

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., will host a photo exhibit and panel discussion in observance Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. “Beginning at the End: Portraits of Dementia” by Joe Wallace will be on display in the Standring Room through Nov. 30. This exhibit is a photographic portrait project humanizing people affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, which 50 million people are currently living with globally. In the United States, one in three seniors suffers with Alzheimer’s or dementia at the time of their death. Yet dementia is often a taboo subject with limited public awareness or discourse. Join Wallace along with library director Alex Lent and health care professionals for a reception and panel discussion with those caring for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

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