National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore is hosting a Family & Friends Support Group and a new Individual (Peer) Support Group on Wednesday, May 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly. 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 csadkowski@yahoo.com or call 617-984-0504 and leave a message. Also visit www.namigreaternorthshore.org.

The North Shore Horticultural Society will hold its Annual Plant Sale and Auction on Tuesday, May 28, at the Masonic Lodge, 10 Church St., Manchester at 6 p.m., auction starting at 6:30 p.m., with a wide variety of pre-priced plants and outdoor garden items. On auction by auctioneer Fred Rice will be annuals and perennials from members’gardens and donated by local nurseries. and a nice assortment of garden ornaments as well. All are welcome, free refreshment will be available; cash or check accepted, but no credit cards. Plant trays and plastic bags will be provided. Arrive early to pick up a bid number. For more information, call 978-232-0102 or visit www.NSHorticulture.org.

Neverland Theatre presents the beloved Broadway blockbuster “Guys and Dolls,” in concert version, featuring a live band and 20 talented adults from all over the North Shore, on Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 1 ,at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 2, at 4:30 p.m. at The First Baptist Church 221 Cabot St., Beverly. Tickets are $16.50. For more information please visit www.neverlandtheatre.com or call 978 500-8832.

The Patton Homestead Inc., the Wenham Museum, and other community partners invite you to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day the week of June 1 – June 6, at the Patton Homestead. It all starts with a community picnic, food truck festival, and keynote lecture at the Patton Homestead, 650 Asbury St., Hamilton, on June 1. All events are free and open to everyone, except for tours of the Patton Family Archives. For a full schedule of events visit: pattonhomestead.org/75thanniversary.

Salem Farmers Market 2019 opens on Thursday, June 13, on Derby Square with over 35 vendors, and continues every Thursday through Oct. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. At the heart of the market are the produce of seven major local farms, complemented by an array of specialty foods, bakery products, spices, and non-food vendors. New this year: The Herb Farmacy, The Cheese Shop of Salem, Romeo’s Juices, Roseadela’s, The Branch Olive Oil, Nubble Hydro Microgreens, Crepe du Jour, Chrissy’s Crumble, Bauman’s Best Botanicals, Giuseppe’s Ice Pops, and Uncommonly Good Bakery. The market is made possible through Salem Main Streets and the Farmers’ Market Committee, as well as a host of volunteers, of which we need more! If you’d like to pitch in, contact salemfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

               

Elementary-aged kids get their own time to create crafts at Thursday Crafternoons at the Peabody Insitute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Craft supplies are available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. through June 13. Projects will be themed seasonally, to upcoming holidays, or individual inspiration, and a librarian will be on hand to assist. This program is open to the public, all supplies provided. Registration not required.

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.

All are welcome to participate in honoring veterans resting in peace with flags placed at veteran gravesites at Walnut Grove Cemetery on Wednesday, May 22. From 4 to 7 p.m., the Danvers Veterans Services Officer will be distributing flags at the Sylvan Street entrance to the cemetery (across from the library) to those who would like to assist.

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

The Sunday before Memorial Day is observed as Veterans Memorial Sunday. 

Each year, vets visit a different church, and this year the Annual Veterans Memorial Sunday Observance will be held Sunday, May 26, at the 10 a.m. services of the Danvers Church of the Nazarene, 181 Dayton St., Danvers.  It is a sign of reverence for all veterans and memorializes this country’s freedom of religion guaranteed by the Constitution.  All veterans are encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact Dick Moody at 978-836-2395 or Peter Mirandi at 978-777-0001 x3025.

North Shore Elder Services is seeking volunteers to serve as friendly visitors to seniors in Salem and Peabody, and to help others balance checkbooks and prepare simple budgets. Volunteer applications are available at www.nselder.org. For more information, call 978-624-2288 or email volunteer@nselder.org

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

Salem residents may now resume dropping yard waste at the Salem Transfer Station on Swampscott Road on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proof of residency or property ownership in Salem must be shown. Waste should be in a paper yard waste bag or dumped loose at the designated area on the site. Plastic bags will not be accepted, nor will stumps and branches greater than 2 inches in diameter. The next curbside yard waste collection is the week of April 22, on regular trash days. Residential trash and construction and demolition debris will not be accepted.

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.

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

The American Lung Association and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center are hosting a 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. Learn how to manage your condition and improve quality of life. Different topics will be addressed each month, and light refreshments will be served. Family members and caregivers are welcome. Free. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-532-0303.

Tickets are on sale for Salem State University’s public lecture featuring PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton on Sept. 10. Eaton’s lecture will be at Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center. Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 for Salem State students, and are available at salemstate.edu/series or by calling 978-542-7555.

North Shore Community College is offering a free Integrated Education & Training Information Technology program at the Danvers campus. Courses include CyberSafe, CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Service Desk & Support Analyst, Microsoft Office Suite and more. Thanks to a grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the costs of all courses and textbooks are covered. The program runs till June 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students must be able to commit to the full class schedule. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 978-236-1227 or email srandell@northshore.edu.

The Children’s Library at the Peabody Institute Library is partnering again with Northeast Arc to offer Story Time Yoga, for children ages 1 to 3 years, with extended sessions weekly on Fridays through June 28 at 10:30 a.m., with movement, stories, and songs. Guided by a trained Northeast Arc professional, children will explore and practice movements in conjunction with their caregivers. This class will help children work on fine/gross motor development, body awareness, balance, socialization, language skills and, most importantly, their bond with their caregiver. This class will foster the physical and emotional connections that toddlers crave with their caregivers  at the library, 82 Main St., Peabody.

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.

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.

Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a free bird walk at Lynn Woods in Lynn on Wednesday, May 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., with Mass Audubon Naturalist Scott Santino. Walk beautiful wetlands and forested habitat while searching for migrating birds and listenign to morning birdsong. Supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, space is limited for this event, and advance registration is required. To reserve your spot and get directions, call 978-887-9264 or register online at massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.

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

The second annual Senior Senior Teen Town Dance will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Holy Ghost Society Hall, 20 Howley St., Peabody, featuring oldies hits spun by Kevin and Connor Leahy and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance by calling: Joan Aucone, 978-618-9338; Joanne Solovicos, 978-532-0031; Dottie Thibodeau, 978-774-4850; Lonnie Thibodeau, 978-836-2422 Billy Wholley, 978-744-2726. For more information, email: teentownreunion@yahoo.com.

The Peabody High School Class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Saturday, June 8, at the Marriot Hotel in Centennial Drive Peabody. This is the day on which we graduated in 1969. Tickets are available and may be purchased through Stephen Delaney at: sdelaneyphotography.com 617-791-6067 Also, go on FB, Peabody High Class of 1969 or search Stephen Delaney. So far around 100 classmates are attending; join us

The Salem High School Class of 1960 will hold a reunion picnic, rain or shine, at Salem Willows Park (across from the Arcade) on Wednesday Sept. 11, at noon. Members and friends of Salem High School alumni are welcome. Coffee, cookies, pizza and water will be provided. You can bring a chair and pack your own lunch or buy it at concession stands. In the event of bad weather we will move to a nearby gazebo. Please remind classmates and friends about this fun, free event. Donations will gladly be accepted! Questions? Call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776 or e-mail Walt Doblecki at wdoblecki@comcast.net.

Stage 284 Youth Company at Hamilton’s Community House presents eight great performances of LION KING JR. from May 17 to 26! Join Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters trekking from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this musical that’s captivated the world and will now be performed in the round right here on the North Shore. Shows are Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, May 18 & 25, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundays, May 19 and 26, 3 p.m. and Thursday, May 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at: stage284.com/ $18 in advance for general seating, $22 in advance for premium seating or $23 at the door for general seating, $27 at the door for premium. Premium seating is limited. Handicap seating is available. The 284 Community House is located at 284 Bay Road Route 1A, Hamilton. Tel: 978-468-4818.

North Shore Community College’s Beacon Café Bakery is offering freshly made, student-prepared baked goods on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Beacon Café is located at 30 Log Bridge Road, Building 100, Middleton. Breakfast pastries are available, self-serve, at 9 a.m. and desserts at 11 a.m. — take-out or sit and enjoy. Coffee, tea and cold beverages are also available. A donation box will be on hand. Questions? Contact Chef Douglas Phillips at dphillip@northshore.edu.

On Friday, May 31, the United Polish Organization of Peabody is once again sponsoring a Polish food sale featuring stuffed cabbage and Polish donuts at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Hall, 15 Endicott St., Peabody. Phone orders may be placed to Lola Busta at 978-531-5592, Janis Marren at 978-531-8837, or Ann Blazewicz at 978-531-5592.

Registered Democrats in Peabody will hold a caucus on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m., at the Torigian Community Life Center/Senior Center, 75R Central St., to elect delegates and alternates to the 2019 state Democratic Convention. This year’s convention is Sept. 14 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Peabody. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 by May 11, will be allowed to participate and run as a delegate or alternate. This year, Peabody Democrats can elect 25 delegates and 24 alternates to the convention. Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org. If interested, contact Chair Beverley Griffin Dunne at 978-531-2427 or PeabodyDemocraticCityCommittee@gmail.com.

The Dane Street Congregational Church will host their 35th annual free Spring Pops Concert with Avard Rushton conducting the Dane Street Church Community Concert Band, on Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. All are welcome. For more information, call 978-922-4325.

Endicott College will hold Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday, May 23, at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Hempstead Stadium on the Endicott campus in Beverly. The Thursday ceremony will mark the third standalone Commencement ceremony for students in Endicott’s Van Loan School of Graduate & Professional Studies, who’ll receive degrees from doctorate to master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees. The speaker will be Latoyia Edwards, Emmy Award-winning morning anchor of NBC10 Boston and host of This Is New England. Traditional undergraduate cross the stage Saturday, when the speaker is Garold C. Miller, chief executive officer of HALO. Edwards and Miller will receive honorary doctor of humane letters degrees at the ceremonies. In addition, Dr. Luke Reynolds, assistant professor of English and popular children’s book author, will be given Endicott’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Meet Ward 5 City Council Candidate Kathleen Feldman at her Campaign Kickoff at Evviva Cucina on Thursday, June 13. from 5 to 8 p.m., at 45 Enon St., Beverly. Feldman will discuss her plans for building an even better Beverly while hearing from constituents. Feldman is an experienced administrator and operations manager with the Wenham Museum who is deeply involved in the Beverly community as PTO treasurer for North Beverly Elementary School and Generosity Committee chair at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. She is also an active volunteer for the Beverly chapters of national organizations such as Family Promise and the Boy Scouts of America. Feldman lives in North Beverly with her husband, Mike, and their two sons. Interested attendees should RSVP at Facebook.com/FeldmanFor5. Visit: kathleenfeldman.com.

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

Children ages 3-8 are welcome to join a free bilingual story time in Portuguese and English at 5:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Peabody Library, 82 Main St. Listen to stories in both languages and complete a story-related craft to take home. No prior knowledge of English or Portuguese is required, just be prepared to have fun!  Space is limited and registration is required, so call 978-531-3380, stop by in person, or reserve your child’s  free spot at: www.peabodylibrary.org, call 978-531-3380 or stop by in person.

Free salon services are being offered for all North Shore first responders at the North Shore Community College Cosmetology Clinic, North Shore Business Center, Building 100, 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton. No appointment is necessary, but a call ahead is appreciated. Bring your first responder ID, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Chemical services must be started by 10:30 a.m.) For more information, call 978-762-4000, ext. 1516.