One man, Nathaniel Saltonstall, emerges from Salem’s 17th century Witch trials as inspiration for a contemporary play for the 21st century American stage. Presented by Punctuate4 Productions, “Saltonstall’s Trial: the untold story of the Salem Witch Trials” runs at Beverly’s historic Larcom Theater, 13 Wallis St, Beverly, through Oct. 27. As scores of innocents are sent to their deaths, learn how Saltonstall stood alone for the accused, despite risks to himself and his family, with a compelling cast directed by award-winning actress, Myriam Cyr in a play co-written by Cyr and Michael Cormier. For more information, performance times and tickets, starting at $19.50, visit:

“Gunplay: A Play About America” will run at Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts on Oct. 24 to 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. A kaleidoscope of views are explored through dramatic vignettes on the mystique, mythologies and power of guns in American society without taking sides. A prelude conversation with playwright Frank Higgins and director Benny Sato Ambush will bne held on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and information, visit, or call 978-542-6365. The Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts is at 356 Lafayette St., Salem.

The Danvers Educational Enrichment Partnership’s 21st Annual Wine & Food Tasting will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Danversport Waterfront restaurant, 161 Elliot St., Danvers. Sample numerous wines from Merchants Liquor Mart, enjoy food and desserts by local restaurants including Vibe Food Truck, Texas Roadhouse, Kelly’s Roast Beef, Burtons, Daniella’s Café, Danversport, Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School. Take a chance on great raffle and door prizes. Proceeds from this event will go directly in support of DEEP’s Teacher Grant Program, awarded each June, which helps to enhance student curriculum. Tickets are $40, available at Merchants Liquor Mart, 88 High St., Danvers or online at You must be 21 years of age with valid ID to attend. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, visit

The Mack Park Neighborhood Association will host another Ward 6 Candidate Debate/Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Moose Family Center, at 50 Grove St., Salem. This will be the last community sponsored Ward 6 Candidate debate/forum before the election on Nov. 5. 

“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. The event currently seeks applications for participation from local businesses. Deadline for vendor sign-up is Thursday, Oct. 24. 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 are firmly on the list of offerings for the day. 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: Jan Soolman; or call 978-254-7575.

Kristin E. Heyer, Ph.D., professor of Theological Ethics at Boston College, will discuss ‘Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration in Troubled Times’ on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church Hall, 19 Chestnut St., Peabody. The fear-based approaches that currently shape the immigration debate in our country can distort the realities that migrants face. Dr. Heyer will explore the contributions that Scripture and the Catholic social tradition offer, envisioning a future of civic kinship with moral, spiritual and policy implications. This program is sponsored by Voice of the Faithful North Shore-Seacoast Affiliate. All are welcome. Free will offerings are appreciated. Questions? Call John and Barbara Gould, 978-535-2321.

North Shore Community College (NSCC) is presenting its 43rd Forum on Tolerance. In collaboration with Salem State University’s (SSU) Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the forum will focus on online hate speech, written, spoken or visual discrimination, harassment, threats or violence against a person or group on the basis of their gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, race. This free, two-day, two-campus event is open to the public on Monday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. –1 p.m. at North Shore Community College’s Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road, Room DS106B; and on Thursday, Oct. 24, 9 2 p.m. at the Lynn Campus gym, 300 Broad St. The Danvers event will include the screening of the documentary, “The Red Pill: A Feminists Journey into the Men’s Rights Movement.” The Lynn event will include speakers and a panel discussion. For more information, visit: or contact Professor Carl Jean at or at 978-762-4000, x6603.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness in partnership with the Pingree School will hold its annual National Native American Heritage Month Powwow in the Pingree School Athletic Center, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton. Immerse yourself in inter-tribal culture and art while experiencing food, music, dance, crafts, storytelling and other traditions that are part of the Native American legacy, including drumming and singing emceed by noted Native American author and motivational speaker Larry Spotted Crow Mann of the Nipmuc Nation. Doors will open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts and crafts for purchase from a variety of vendors, include native jewelry, rattles, shawls, handmade children’s drums and more. Admission is $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 children 4 to 12 years; Children 3 years and under, and Pingree School students, faculty and staff admitted free. No pets, no drugs, no alcohol and no coolers. For more information, visit, call 617-642-1683 or e-mail

Ste Anne’s annual bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 11 Cleveland St., Salem, with great holiday gift shopping and more. Take chances at the Anything Goes or Twist and Shout booths. Bring the kids to see Whoville Village and take a photo with the Grinch. Bid on special items at our Silent Auction. Stay for lunch or snacks from the Baked Goods table. Purchase raffle tickets for Lottery Tree, Split the Pot, Big Money, and more! Someone will be a $1,000 winner.... and it could be you! Drawings take place at 2 pm on Sunday.

Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington St., is once again hosting its popular annual pumpkin decorating workshops. On Wednesday, Oct. 23. From 1 to 2 p.m., we’ll welcome ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult. From 3 to 4 p.m., ages 5 to 10 have their turn for this fun afternoon of limitless creativity. The cost is $10 per child for museum members; $15 per child for non-members. Included are a pumpkin, decorating supplies, and a snack. Space is limited to 20 children per session, so reservations and prepayment are required. Please visit or call 781-631-1768 to reserve and pay by credit card, or just stop by. Pumpkin creations may be taken home or entered into the Pumpkin Illumination on Oct. 24 in the Lee Mansion garden.

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 though Dec. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Session will be held in the Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers. For more information, call 855-774-5100 or email

Holy Trinity United Methodist Church will hold a Harvest Fair on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Booths will feature baked goods, a country store, holiday table, grandma’s attic, books, jewelry boutique, gifts, accessories, and the always popular cookie walk where one can fill a container with a variety of cookies. Stop by the coffee shop for lunch or a snack, join in the silent auction. Holy Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 16 Sylvan St., Danvers (across from the library), and the fair is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 978-777-7408.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. join author Michael McGowan in the Sohier Room at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., as he describes his storied career as chronicled in his book, “Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent.” McGowan takes readers through some of his biggest cases, from international drug busts to the Russian and Italian mobs, biker gangs, contract killers, all while challenging corrupt unions, and eventually El Chapo himself. Books will be available for purchase. Questions? Contact Katie Nelson at

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 fundraising 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 donations are tax-deductible. To donate to the project by credit card or electronic check, visit To send a donation by check, made payable to “City of Salem” with “Bertram Field” on the memo line and send it to Treasurer’s Office, City of Salem, 98 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970.

Salem’s seventh Repair Café will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon (last appointment at 11:30) at The Bridge at 211. Organized jointly by SalemRecycles and The Bridge at 211, it brings together volunteers to mend clothing, sew buttons, sharpen scissors and knives, tinker with or rewire electronics and lamps, and glue wooden furniture and ceramics. This free event encourages you to learn how to fix your broken items instead of throwing them away; There are a limited number of pre-registration slots available. NOTE: Please use the entrance on Bridge Street: The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St., Salem-Dickson Room on Bridge.

Contact Micaela Guglielmi at or 978-619-5672 to schedule an appointment.

Peabody’s South Congregational Church will hold its holiday fair on Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at 60 Prospect St. Treat yourself to homemade candies, cookies, breads, pies, baked beans. Bid in a silent auction. Brows the Jewelry Boutique, explore the Attic Treasure Room and Christmes Room. Pick up used tools and furniture, then sit down to lunch in our cafe.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., the Peabody Garden Club presents Craft Night by Kathy Bouchard at the Community Covenant Church, 33 Lake St., Peabody. Choose from three ways to be crafty: kits will be provided for each craft, at $5 each, and each kit will have an instructor. All craft kits must be pre-ordered no later than Oct. 20. To order or for more information, contact Bouchard at 617-930-4466. Guest fee for the evening is $5, plus the craft kit fee.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Salem State University will host a free artist talk with choreographer Alexandra Bellar, at 4:30 p.m. in the campus Dance Studio, 303 O’Keefe Complex, Loring Avenue. Bellar is artistic director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, currently celebrating its 15th anniversary. She was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995 to 2001, performing in more than 50 countries and throughout the U.S. For more information, visit or call 978-542-6365.

The Women’s Connection October brunch will be held on Monday, Oct. 21, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. at Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Keynote speaker Kristy Lacroix will share “How to find your best life jacket.” Laura Malone will also present “a colorful, fun time for all.” All women are welcome. Cost is $17 and includes brunch. Reservations and cancellations are required. Email Laura at

“White Witch,” a one-act opera based on the 19th century Jamaican legend of Annie Palmer, a woman notoriously known as “The White Witch of Rose Hall,” will play at Salem State University’s Callan Studio Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. A tale of voodoo, murder, revenge, and hubris, it stars mezzo-soprano Angela Jajko as Palmer, accompanied by Abe Finch on percussion, in a performance on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. with a prelude conversation with composer Brian Schober and librettist Joan Ross Sorkin, at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. the pair will also present a free discussion on their work in Salem State’s Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., which is open to the public. For tickets and information, visit or 978.542.6365.

The Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead, 135 Lafayette St., invites community children and their parents to a free Halloween festival Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the church’s wheelchair-accessible Parish Hall. Children are encouraged to come in costume. Bouncy house, games, food and treats will be on hand. Families attending will be offered a reduced admission to a Halloween-themed concert, featuring the early music ensemble Seven Times Salt, at the church after the party. For more information, visit

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

The Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead, will host an informational session on Medicare 101 for seniors with Scott Maibor in the meeting room on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. The free educational program is designed to help those turning 65 looking to add Medicare coverage, as well as those already utilizing Medicare, to have a better understanding of the program and their options. The event will include a short overview of the Medicare system including what is covered and what is not; changes for 2020; options and costs of options; dates to be aware of; penalties to avoid; low-income assistance. No specific carrier plan details will be presented. For more information, call 781-631-1481 or visit

The Marblehead School of Ballet presents Carlos Fittante’s New York City-based BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) debuting in the new program, Fiesta: A Celebration of Dance and Music, on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 115 Pleasant Street in Marblehead. The program features eclectic dances of Ballet, Balinese, Baroque, and Peruvian Colonial with live Italian theorbo music and Spanish song. Join Inma Heredia, from Seville, Spain and the world’s only flamenco stand-up comedian. The company’s innovative artistry and fusion of athletic and balletic skills are enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy. BALAM has been featured at First Night New York, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Downtown Dance Festival and appeared globally and throughout the U.S. Tickets are $20 /$15 for students with ID, and seniors over 65, available at: and by cash or check at the school’s front desk. For more information, call 781-631-6262 or e-mail:

Seven Times Salt will present a Halloween concert, “The Corners of the Moon: Uncanny Music for Hallowmas,” on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. following an afternoon Halloween festival at the Church of St. Andrew (Episcopal), 35 Lafayette St., Marblehead. The Boston-based group, which specializes in repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries, has created a program of spooky music, witches’ dances, mad song, fantastic beasts and more. In addition to Karen Burciaga, who plays violin and guitar and contributes vocals, the band features Agnes Coakley Cox, soprano; Dan Meyers, recorder, flute, bagpipes, percussion, and voice; Matthew Wright, lute, bandora, and voice; David Miller, bass viola and voice; and Alastair Thompson, harpsichord and voice. For more about them, visit The suggested donation is $20, and costumes are encouraged. A reception follows. The church is handicapped-accessible.

The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., in Marblehead, will show the works of eight member artists in the Artisan Shop, beginning with an opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., and running 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

The sixth annual Colton Buckley 5K steps off Sunday, Nov. 10, from the AOH Club, 58 Lowell St., in Peabody at 10 a.m., with registration ending at 8 a.m. Online registration ends Friday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. Entry fee is $25, and proceeds support the Citizens Inn of Peabody, one of two sober living transitional housing programs in the state helping to address substance abuse. Specifically, funds will be used for a Children’s Enrichment Program at Citizens Inn with library space focusing on early childhood literacy. The foundation also supports Foster Forward and Learn to Cope, and will host a pasta dinner the evening before the race from 3 to 7 p.m. at the AOH Hall, during which you may share names of loved ones to be read or create luminary bags with messages to be displayed at City Hall for the vigil at 7 p.m. Parking is available behind the AOH Club. Visit

The Danvers Historical Society presents lunchtime history films every third Monday, noon to 1 p.m. On Oct. 21, bring lunch to Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Join the gathering and settle down for “Haunted Inns in Massachusetts,” presented by Heritage Films and society member Dan Tremblay. Discussion will follow. Although admission is free, donations are appreciated. For more information, call the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666 or email

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 It takes less than five minutes to complete and responses are completely anonymous. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15.

This October, the North Shore Players will present Mel Brooks’ musical “Young Frankenstein.” Join the Doctor, Frau Blucher, Igor, Inga and The Monster for the kind of funny that can only come from Brooks. Performances are at Hogan Regional Auditorium, 450 Maple St., Danvers, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/$20, available at the door, from cast members and online. More information on “Young Frankenstein” at

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 beginning Oct. 29 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 or 978-740-4404. Walk-ins are welcome.

Castle Hill will celebrate Halloween with an interactive theatrical cocktail party on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. that tells the story of the infamous Dr. Caligari and his Somnambulist, a man who has been sleeping since birth or so Caligari claims. As the story unfolds someone will die and another will be abducted. 1920s attire is encouraged. Admission includes light appetizers, sweets, and one drink ticket. The Great House at Castle Hill is located on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Trustees members pay $44, nonmembers $55. Advance reservations are required. Visit or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4015.

On Monday, Oct. 21, meet the people of Vietnam and learn about their history and culture as we travel the country during the Lunar New Year celebration. Also known as Tet, this festival welcomes the arrival of spring as everyone celebrates with flowers, special foods and visits to family, friends, and temples. In Asia, the Lunar New Year represents the largest migration of people as they travel great distances to celebrate with loved ones. 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

The Peabody Institute Library is holding a four-part discussion series of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” taught by Professor Theo Theoharis. The first of four meetings will be on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. in the main library, 82 Main St., Peabody. First published in 1952, “East of Eden” gave birth to mesmerizing characters and the enduring themes of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. The edition we will read is “East of Eden,” John Steinbeck, Penguin Classics, available at the main library on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit, or call 978-531-0100 ext. 17.

The Ipswich Board of Health will offer a flu clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Council on Aging Cafeteria, Town Hall, 25 Green St., Ipswich. The influenza (quadrivalent) vaccine is available free of charge to individuals over 50 years of age, pregnant women and individuals 19 years of age and older with chronic medical conditions. Please remember to bring your insurance cards. Wear clothes with short or loose fitting sleeves to the clinic. Questions? Call the Public Health Office at 978-356-6606.Or visit:

National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore is hosting a Family & Friends Support Group and an Individual (Peer) Support Group on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly MA. The two groups are for family and friends of those dealing with mental health challenges and for individuals (peers) and they meet the last Wednesday of Every Month . For more information e-mail or call 617-984-0504 and leave a message. Also visit

ReachArts, a Swampscott community arts organization, is hosting “Made By 01907,” the first artisan fair showcasing one-of-a-kind creations by Swampscott artists and artisans, on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the products from local artisans are handmade creations including jewelry, wooden items, prints and gourmet baked goods. The event also includes an art sale benefiting My Brother’s Table and a silent auction in the Grand Ballroom benefiting ReachArts. ReachArts is at 89 Burrill St., Swampscott. For more information, visit

The Danvers Public Schools is seeking peer partners to participate in our Integrated Preschool Peer Model Screening on Monday, Oct. 28, the Integrated Preschool Program offers a comprehensive early childhood curriculum taught by Massachusetts certified teachers and Special Educators with additional support from Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists. The screening process will include a 20 minute play session during which your child’s language, social, behavior, and play skills will be observed. Children who are accepted must be three prior to enrollment date. To schedule an appointment or to enquire about fees please call the Department of Student Services. For more information, call the Department of Student Services at 978-774-6112.

Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will speak as part of the Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series at St. John’s Prep on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Power is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, a Harvard University professor, and a leading voice internationally for principled American global engagement. Presented by St. John’s Centers for Mission and Research, the lecture series brings innovators, influencers, and leaders to campus to explore how an ethics-based education can shape decision-making in the real world. Tickets are free for Danvers residents as well as students and teachers from local cities and towns. General admission is $15, including check-in and a reception at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the program starts at 7 p.m. inside the Kaneb Theatre at Alumni Hall at 7 p.m. Register at

“Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop,” has returned to Salem for its 27th season of bringing the Salem Witch Trials to life. This year, “Cry Innocent” is offered alongside multiple activities so guests can customize their experience with walking tours, short film viewings, and more. Several shows daily in October, at the Old Town Hall at 32 Derby Square, Salem. Tickets for the October season are available online at

Ultra Mega Printmaking by Haig Demarjian is the focus of an exhibit running from through 31 at Salem State University’s Winfisky Gallery, in the Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Demarjian works in media ranging from fine art to commercial illustration to film. He has also written and drawn the adventures of his comic book creation Super Inga. This is the first time he’s allowed the many disparate aspects of his work to collide. The Winfisky Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or 978.542.6365.

Charter Street Cemetery in Salem will be closed through Nov. 3. The city is preparing to undertake a substantial landscape preservation and improvement project in the cemetery and has already completed early phases of work, including some headstone and tomb restoration and preliminary archaeological reviews. The city will publish information about the cemetery and its history, as well as images of notable headstones and tombs, at

Massachusetts native Melissa Moschitto brings her award-winning play “Artemisia’s Intent” to the Peabody Black Box theater, 22 Foster St., Peabody, for one performance on Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. The play is inspired by the life and artwork of the 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi — a painter of powerful women — who in 1612 was one of scores of women through Europe persecuted, tried, and in her case, horribly tortured for witchraft in a mass frenzy that predated the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at

The Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead will hold its biennial rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 to 11:45 a.m., with stuff-a-bag from noon until 1 p.m. The sale offers gently used, quality items. Light refreshments will also be for sale in the cafe, as will baked goods. For more information, visit The church, which is handicapped-accessible, is at 135 Lafayette St. (Route 114), near the Marblehead-Salem line.

The Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch at 603 Lowell St., Peabody is hosting New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. A Massachusetts native, he’ll narrate a slide presentation of the maritime tragedy and rescue featured in his book, “Ten Hours Before Dawn,” which has recently been adapted into a Young Reader’s Edition and will be available for sale and signing. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

Learn about ranked choice voting when the West Branch Library, Peabody, 603 Lowell St., hosts staff from Voter Choice Massachusetts presenting information on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. Voter Choice Massachusetts is a non-partisan, politically diverse, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Massachusetts public about electoral reform that increases the range of choice on the ballot and produces fairer outcomes of elections. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

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 as well as answer questions about writing and publishing books. A book sale and signing will follow the event. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

Children, ages three 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: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 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 or 978-977-9111. Walk-ins are welcome.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) is hosting an 8th Annual Working to Heal Breakfast at Danversport on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30am. Members of the local business community are invited to enjoy breakfast and networking before being inspired by the story of a domestic violence survivor and taking part in the Fund-a-Need auction led by guest auctioneer and State Representative Paul Tucker.  Tickets are $60. To register or donate, please visit:  

The 6th Annual Marino Donnelly Foundation Charity Casino Night for Pancreatic Cancer, this year brings you holiday shopping with 8 local craftspeople selling products on Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 7 p.m., at the Hastings House, 14 Oak St. in Beverly Farms. A percentage of their sales will be donated to the foundation, and 100% of the money raised that night goes directly towards the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. The event will be a Cash Bar, and we have craps, roulette, blackjack and Three Card Poker.

The Ipswich Public Library will hold its 15th annual “Ipswich Reads One Book” initiative with a monthlong schedule of events this fall to encourage the community to read the same book and come together to explore its themes and issues in a variety of forums. The reading selection this year is “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction,” by David Sheff, who will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 7, at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St. Sheff, who chronicles his son’s downward spiral into addiction and steps toward recovery, has created a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional roller coaster of loving a child who seems beyond help, as only a parent can. Copies may be borrowed at the library in a variety of formats. In addition to discussions and the keynote event, the library will offer a number of special events and informational programs presented by treatment providers, to panel discussions with law enforcement, and everything in between –since everyone intersects with this issue in a different way. For complete schedule, with descriptions and registration requirements, visit, or contact Library Director Patty DiTullio, at or 978-356-6649.

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 Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St. South Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit:

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

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

Corsara Artists, a Peabody-based non-profit music ensemble, presents a reimagined staging of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera ‘The Medium’ in the recently restored Frank L. Wiggin Auditorium in Peabody’s City Hall on Oct. 30 and 31. Conducted by Ismael Sandoval with New York City Soprano Sara Law, Peabody’s own Mezzo-Soprano Natalja Sticco, and Mezzo Sarah Klopfenstein, this staging marks the return of world-class opera to Wiggin Auditorium, originally built as an Opera House 1883, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Also on stage, ‘Moonrise Fae;’ a troupe of musicians, storytellers, artists, dancers, fire spinners, and flow artists with a chilling pre-opera performance. want to miss.” Topping off the Oct. 31 performance, a Halloween Party with cast and crew sponsored by Rumson’s Rum of Salem at Peabody’s Black Box Theater from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $45 at 978-326-9788, or at, or:

The American Lung Association and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center are hosting a free Better Breathers Club for those affected by chronic lung diseases. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 96 Forest St., Peabody. Different topics will be addressed each month, and light refreshments will be served. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-532-0303.

City of Salem Wi-Fi is now available in most public city buildings across the city. The free Wi-Fi, accessible by members of the public, can be found at the following locations: City Hall, City Hall Annex, Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center, Department of Public Services building, Greenlawn Cemetery Division office, Electrical Department office, All Salem Fire Department stations, Salem Police Department headquarters, Museum Place Garage office. No password is required to access the Wi-Fi, which is public and not secure. The service is provided without warranty and at the user’s own risk.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll has announced that a new online map showing all capital projects underway in the current fiscal year has been published at 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.

The Northshoremen Chorus of Beverly is offering three free, 45-minute singing lessons for men of all ages, sponsored by the Beverly Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The program runs Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., followed by a workshop at the Italian Community Center, 302 Rantoul St., Beverly. For more information, call 866-727-4988, email or visit

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, hosts a new cable TV show, “Caring is Everything” on Danvers Cable Access TV (DCAT). It will address youth bereavement and grief support in partnership with local schools, to deliver youth bereavement services, while training school personnel on childhood grief. Launched in response to a need — six percent of Massachusetts youth are estimated to be bereaved by age 18 — the launch show features Kristin Kowalski, MS, CAGS, who leads the school-based grief support program and will discuss how the program aims to collaborate with local schools. The show will air on Danvers Cable Access TV (DCAT) and on Comcast 99 and Verizon 36, and will run for four weeks at the following times: Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., Sundays, 3:30 p.m., Mondays, 7 p.m., Tuesdays, noon. Visit, or


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:

Essex County 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group’s meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The second Tuesday meetings are at the Council on Aging office in Danvers at 25 Stone St., and the fourth Tuesday meetings are held in Peabody at the Peter A. Torigian Senior Center, 75R Central St. Every meeting is facilitated by a professional career coach whose topics will be relevant to career transition and job search. Meetings include guest speakers, access to hiring managers and opportunities to network. For more information, call 978-762-0208.

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 will be held on Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Nov. 5 and will meet at various North Shore temples. For more information or to register, visit or contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or

Stories & Songs with Ryan welcomes children ages 2 to 4 weekly, for songs, stories and activities on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Caregivers must attend — no registration needed.

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 or the Congregational Library and Archives website. Records of the First Congregational Church (Old North) and Third Congregational Church are also available.

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 or at 978-774-0554.

Admission to the New England Aquarium for all Salem residents is free throughout September, a savings of about $100 a family, thanks to the Norman H. Read Trust. See the Aquarium’s new Indo-Pacific Coral Reef exhibit, the penguins and California sea lions, Northern fur seals, and thousands of other aquatic animals. Proof of Salem residency is required at the aquarium’s box office. The Salem Ferry travels from the Blaney Street pier to Boston’s Long Wharf North, near the aquarium. For more information, visit

The Beverly Waste Reduction Committee, sponsored by the Beverly Rotary Club, will hold a styrofoam recycling event at the Beverly High School rear parking lot on Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Only clean white packing blocks and pieces from electronics or other packed items will be accepted. Unacceptable are: colored food trays, egg cartons, styrofoam packing peanuts.

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

Donate change to make a change throughout the month of September, as Beverly Bootstraps partners with local businesses to raise awareness of Hunger Action Month and support fellow community members in need. In Essex County, over 11% of children do not have enough to eat. Help keep them fed by donating the change from purchases at A New Leaf, Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop, Flourish, Prides Crossing Confections, Tartine, Super Sub and What’s Brewin’. Beverly Bootstraps provides resources to families and individuals to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

The Danvers Cultural Council is accepting applications from local artists and organizations for grants for the 2020 funding cycle. These funds are solely from an annual allocation of the Mass. Cultural Council. Individuals, groups or organizations interested in providing events or projects in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences may apply to support a variety projects and activities in Danvers — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, performances, workshops, and lectures. Online applications are available at The statewide deadline to submit is Tuesday, Oct. 15. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., the Danvers Cultural Council will meet at the Senior Center, 25 Stone St., Danvers to review all applications, and again Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., to announce awards. Applicants should attend to support their applications. Danvers individuals or groups will receive priority. For more information, visit

The Miracle League of the North Shore is ready to play ball on the field of the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf field in Beverly. This fall, games will take place on Oct. 19 and 26. The Miracle League is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 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 once each inning, all players are safe on the bases, all score home runs, volunteers serve as “buddies” to assist the players, and everybody wins. The Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf, 6 Echo Ave., Beverly, is home to an all-accessible, completely rubberized field, where all games are held. Registration, player and volunteer arrivals begin at 9:30 a.m. Warmups follow from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and the official game from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pizza will be provided for all.

Cabot and Rantoul streets in downtown Beverly will be the scene of downtown trick or treating on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. This free event is a safe and fun way for little ones in costumes to collect Halloween treats. Participating businesses on Cabot and Rantoul streets will have an orange flyer displayed in their windows. Areas of Cabot Street will be closed to cars at 3:30 p.m. For more information call Beverly Main Streets at 978-922-8558, or visit

The Beacon Café, North Shore Community College’s student-run café, will serve fresh, hot meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 15 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.

It’s 1929, the Crane family is away and the household staff is ready to play. They are opening the house to their friends and neighbors Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., so they can all see how the other half lives — by candlelight. Tours are scheduled every 30 minutes with the last departing at 8 p.m. Recommended for ages 10 and up. The Great House at Castle Hill is located on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Cost is $5 for Trustees members, $15 for nonmembers. Advance reservations recommended. Visit or call 978-356-4351 ext. 3203 for more information.

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is hosting the second of two free writers’ workshops, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Have a great idea and don’t know how to get started? Stuck with a messy first draft and need help with organization and editing? Come prepared to exercise writing skills and review all aspects of the craft. All levels and genres of writers are welcome. The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St., Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit

The Ipswich Board of Health will offer a flu clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Council on Aging Cafeteria, Town Hall, 25 Green St., Ipswich. The influenza (quadrivalent) vaccine is available to people over 50 years of age, pregnant women and those 19 years of age and older with chronic medical conditions. The flu clinic is free, but bring insurance cards. Wear clothes with short or loose fitting sleeves. For more information, call the Public Health Office at 978-356-6606 or visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at

Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will speak as part of the Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series at St. John’s Prep on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Power is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, a Harvard University professor, and a leading voice internationally for principled American global engagement. Presented by St. John’s Centers for Mission and Research, the lecture series brings innovators, influencers, and leaders to campus to explore how an ethics-based education can shape decision-making in the real world. Tickets are free for Danvers residents as well as students and teachers from local cities and towns. General admission is $15, including check-in and a reception at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the program starts at 7 p.m. inside the Kaneb Theatre at Alumni Hall at 7 p.m. Register at

The Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers is closed for repairs until Oct. 21. Most items may be returned in book drops. No fines will be charged on returned items. Returned items may remain on your record longer than usual. If you would like to send your holds to another library, consult av staff member. Your library card works at all NOBLE libraries. For more information and updates, visit:

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 Click the “Education Fund Application”button on the left side of the page. Questions? Contact Dominick Pangallo in the Office of Mayor Kim Driscoll at or (978) 619-5600.

The 16th annual Crane Estate Art Show & Sale: Dynamic Motion, starts with a Soirée featuring hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, a beer and wine bar, and contact juggling, on Friday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m., followed by the free public show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. View more than 300 original works, a special theme-inspired installation, plus works from the North Shore’s best student artists. Proceeds will benefit the artists and The Trustees. Special activities during the weekend include People’s Choice Award voting, an art eye spy, a 32-sculpture installation in the landscape by the New England Sculptors Association, and a free student art show reception on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Casino Complex. All activities will be at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Admission to the Soirée is $68 for Trustees Members and $85 for Nonmembers; to be deducted from any art purchase; reservation recommended at, or call 978.356.4351 x4015.

Beverly City Councilor-At-Large Julie Flowers is hosting ‘drop-ins’ at locations around the city and its six wards, giving voters a chance for one-on-one meetings to ask questions and voice concerns. Ward 6, Oct. 16, office hours at Half-Baked Cafe, 8:30 to 10 a.m., and Dunkin’ Donuts on West Street, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Flowers also hosts regular monthly online live Q&A sessions for those who cannot make drop-in times. Questions? Email

The Danvers Republican Town Committee (DTRC) will meet Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Danvers Fire Station meeting room, 62 High St. Danvers, to focus on the nomination of Republicans to be elected as DTRC members on the 2020 Presidential Primary Election Ballot. You must have registered Republican before Aug. 21, 2019. This meeting is open to all and all registered Republicans are urged to attend. The Danvers Republican Town Committee exists to support Republican candidates during the election season and beyond. The DRTC has a slate limit of 35 members. After the 2020 Presidential Primary Election all the newly elected members of the DRTC must meet and reorganize the Committee by electing DRTC officers. The Republican Party has diverse membership and coalitions. Non-Republicans can lobby for your coalition & nominate members. You need not be present to be nominated. We will need to verify Republican credentials before they can be added to the slate. For more information, email: or call 978-774-5262.

The Beacon Café, North Shore Community College’s student-run café, will be serving fresh, hot meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 15 through Dec. 10. The caféw ill be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving. Luncheons are $5 to $7.50, depending on the menu, and will be served buffet style. There are two seatings: 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., and reservations are required. Please call in your reservations at 978-762-4000, x1513 and follow the instructions in the message. The cafe is located off Route 114W at 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, in the North Shore Business Center.

The annual North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church Mammoth Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St. (Rte 35), in Danvers. No large furniture, exercise equipment or electronics, but everything else, including a large collection of jewelry, and delicious food and beverages in our café. For more information, contact Barbara Haight at 978-729-5422, or visit:

The Church of St. Andrew (Episcopal) in Marblehead, 135 Lafayette St., (Route 114), will hold its semi-annual rummage sale Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., with stuff-a-bag from noon until 1 p.m. For sale at bargan prices will be gently used, quality items, including adults’ and children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses/bags, and accessories; electronics and small appliances; small furniture; kitchenware and bric-a-brac; linens; books; toys and games; gardening items; sporting goods; artwork; and Christmas items. High-quality items will be for sale in the boutique. Light refreshments and baked goods will be available. Donations will be accepted from Oct. 19 through 24 at noon sharp. No helmets, baby seats, cribs, stuffed animals, large appliances or furniture, weights, skis/ski boots, or CRT monitors/TVs. A complete list of items that can and cannot be accepted, as well as times for dropping off donations, is at:

The event is handicap accessible. For more information, call 781-631-4951.

The Ipswich Lion’s Club will present its 24th Annual Ipswich Chowderfest on Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Downtown Ipswich River Walk. Chowder tasting runs from noon to 2 p.m., and the chowders are from acclaimed local restaurants. Crafts are also local, the music is live from the Orville Giddings Band, the beer is from the True North Brewery Truck, and there are plenty of children’s activities, vendors and more. For tickets, visit:

The Peabody Institute Library will welcome the New England Chamber Players on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 82 Main St. in Peabody. Founded in 2013 by flutist Alex Conway and clarinetist Thomas Weston, the Players will present a program of music for woodwinds and string trio, featuring seldom heard masterworks from across the spectrum of music for woodwinds including music of Crusell, Garfield, and Britten. Part of the library’s Fall Concert Series, the evening is sponsored by the McCarthy Family Foundation and the Peabody Institute Library Foundation. For information/registration, call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or visit:

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

Danvers’ “Zero Waste Weekend” is Oct. 26 and 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Danvers High School parking lot, 60 Cabot Road. Co-sponsored by the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation, JRM and XTechnology Global, the Town of Danvers Department of Public Works. Zero Waste Recycling Weekend welcomes bagged clothing, shoes, purses, linens and select domestics for the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation. For details, check XTechnology Global will collect electronics including – at varying costs – TVs and computers monitors, desktop printers, large printers, ACs, stereos and VCRs, cellphones and small electronics. Cub Scout Packs 16 and 155 will collect redeemable bottles and cans all weekend. Compost bins are for sale at discounted price of $25, recycling bins and carts for $5 and $40. No cash accepted — checks only. Questions? Visit or contact the DPW at 978-777-0001 ext. 3011.

Owl prowling naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson visit the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to present “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World.” The learning begins at 7 p.m., and the subject is the owls of New England and beyond, including great horned, barred and Eastern screech owls, boreal owls and great gray owls that are rare here, yet are found on other continents; snowy owls, Eurasian eagle owls and familiar barn owls. The Wilsons will share field marks, signs and naturalists’ skills people can use to find wild owls without disturbing them, while introducing attendees to six live owls up close. Everyone is treated to a hooting lesson, as well as tips on how to attract and protect owls. This event is free and open to the public. Register at or 978-774-0554.

Endicott College’s Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, 406 Hale St., Beverly, will host Dr. Robert Whitehair, executive director of the Center for National Vesting, discussing his new book, “American Buyout” on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., following a half-hour introduction by former state Rep. Mary Grant. Whitehair will discuss the nonprofit organization he launched to address the economic issues outlined in his book, namely, how $15 trillion of untapped value in the economy can help provide a livable wage for every citizen in this country. Following his lecture, he will answer questions collected online and live at the event.

The Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead, will host an informational session on Medicare 101 for seniors with Scott Maibor in the meeting room on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. The free educational program is designed to help those turning 65 looking to add Medicare coverage, as well as those already utilizing Medicare, to have a better understanding of the program and their options. The event will include a short overview of the Medicare system including what is covered and what is not; changes for 2020; options and costs of options; dates to be aware of; penalties to avoid; low-income assistance. No specific carrier plan details will be presented. For more information, call 781-631-1481 or visit

St. Vasilos in Peabody is holding its annual Greek Festival Nov. 1 to Nov. 3. The biggest fundraiser of the year, it’s a great weekend of Greek food, music, dance and fun, and fun, with kids activities throughout and home-made Greek specialities: Lamb, mousaka, pastitso, gyro, Greek pasties and coffee. Live music from “Orfeos” and “Mousiko Taxi.” Traditional Greek dance performances by the Sons and Daughters of Alexander and our own St Vasilios Dance Troupe. Shop for unique items at our “Agora,” or at our Country Store stocked with food items and great gifts. Take a chance on winning $5,000, a week at the Cove in Yarmouth, 65-inch 4K TV and many more prizes. All at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Paleologos St., Peabody.

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, Oct. 23 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

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