The Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus will present its 71st Annual Show, “Barbershop Down Broadway,” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Danvers High School, 60 Cabot Road. Special guest is the 2018 Northeastern District Silver Medalist Quartet “Daily Special.” The show also features the chorus, and its own “Essex County 4,” the 2015 Patriot Division Seniors Quartet Champion. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. To order, call 866-727-4988 or visit www.harmonize.com/northshoremen, or email northshoremen.chorus@gmail.com. Tickets for the show will also be available at the door.

The Marblehead Art Walk, “Where Art and Business Meet”, takes place on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 19, from noon to 5 p.m. in stores and restaurants throughout town, bringing artists, businesses and the community together. Find art on display with artists on site demonstrating and speaking about their work. A complete map of participating artists and business is available at: www.marbleheadchamber.org. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 781-631-2868, email: info@marbleheadchamber.org.

On Monday, May 20, join us at 6:30 p.m. to view and discuss “The Blackness Project,” an educational documentary about culture and race from the African American perspective, in the Main Level Reading Room, Abbot Public Library, Marblehead. The goal of this two year old project is to educate, elevate, and engage in an effort to bridge the racial divide in our country by creating a meaningful dialogue on race. Cookies and soft drinks will be available as we discuss, learn and grow by hearing each others stories, to make difference. The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead. For more information, call 781-631-1481 or visit www.abbotlibrary.org.

Registered Democrats in Danvers will hold a caucus on Thursday, May 16, at the Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers starting at 7 p.m. to elect delegates and alternates to the state Democratic Convention. This year’s state convention will be Sept. 14, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Danvers. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 by May 11 will be allowed to participate and run as delegates or alternate. Danvers can elect six male, six female, and four 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 add-on delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org. Those interested in getting involved with the Danvers Democratic Town Committee should contact Chairperson Marilyn Hazel at 978-590-1473.

The Beverly Public Library’s Farms Branch Book Discussion Group will meet Thursday, May 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to discuss “Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History” by Keith O’Brien. New members always welcome and no registration is needed. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. Contact staff for availability of alternate formats (CD or digital). Call 978-921-6066 or email bef@noblenet.org. Meet in the handicapped-accessible Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms.

On Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m., the Marblehead Museum presents “The Evolution of Photography,” a presentation with Louise Weber that looks at the invention and evolution of photography — from camera obscura and daguerreotypes to Brownie snapshots and Instagram. It features many examples pulled from the museum’s own collections. The event takes place at the museum’s JOJ Frost Gallery & Carolyn Lynch Education Center, 170 Washington St. Tickets are $10 for members; $15 nonmembers. Visit marbleheadmuseum.org or call 781-631-1768.

Dr. Sue Weaver Schopf will conduct a marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” on May 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 at The Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. One of American literature’s central works (1855), we will read to commemorate Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday year. Free, all welcome. Come and contribute a verse, or sit, listen and enjoy with us! For more information, call 978-744-2540; Info@SalemAthenaeum.net.

“How Work Became Insecure: The History Behind the Gig Economy,” is the focus of a lecture by Louis Hyman on June 5, at 7 p.m. at the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Hyman, of Cornell University, is the author of the recent book “Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary,” and will explain how our economy moved from postwar security to today’s precarity, not through technological inevitability but corporate strategy. $15, $10 Athenaeum members and students with ID free.

Julie Dobrow, a journalist and a professor at Tufts University, will speak on May 22, at 7 p.m. at the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem, of “After Emily,” her new biography of Emily Dickinson that weaves together the stories of Dickinson and the women who built her literary legacy – Mabel Loomis Todd and her daughter Millicent Todd Bingham. Admission is $15, $10 Athenaeum members and students with ID free.

The Salem Athenaeum will host a Members Garden Party on June 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. with live music and afternoon picnicking, and an open bar. Don your hat, and head down to 337 Essex St., Salem to reconnect with old friends and make new! The $25 admission fee may be applied toward the cost of a new membership.

On Wednesday, May 22, Salem Public Schools’ Dual Language Community Forum will celebrate bilingualism at our schools. Come learn more about Salem’s plan to open a two-way bilingual program in the future. We will hear from Dual Language programming expert Alexandra Guilamo and seek community feedback to shape future language learning in Salem. The forum is from 6:00-7:30 PM at LEAP for Education, 35 Congress Street, Suite 102, Salem, MA

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.

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 masters, bachelors, 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.

On Wednesday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m., Jim McAllister presents “Phillip Little of Salem: Artist and Civic Leader,” —a painter - printmaker of national renown, and one of Salem’s most valuable citizens in the first half of the 20th century. In the Library (unless otherwise noted) at Salem’s historic Hawthorne Hotel. Admission is $15. Reservations by e-mail at: culturecorner@gmail.com or text 978.979.5907.

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.

                 

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.

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.

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 Marblehead Historical Commission opens its innovative new exhibit “Mapping Marblehead: From Founding to Freedom” free at the Old Town House, 1 Market Square, on June 1, with an opening reception on May 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. Based on the first two centuries of Marblehead’s recorded history, the exhibit features highlights of the town’s early settlement, growth, and economy as it grew from fishing village to prominent port of trade and revolutionary stronghold. The exhibit runs through June 23, Thursdays, 1 to 7 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1-4 pm.

The Beverly Public Library’s Evening Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, May 21 from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m., to discuss “Hold Still: a Memoir with Photographs” by Sally Mann. New members are always welcome and no registration is needed. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. Please contact our staff for availability of alternate formats (CD or digital): 978-921-6062 or bev@noblenet.org. Meet in the handicapped accessible Fogg Room, 32 Essex Street, Beverly.

The Beverly Public Library’s LGBTQ Book Discussion Group will meet on Monday, May 20 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., to discuss “My Brother’s Husband: Volume 1” by Gengoroh Tagame. New members are always welcome and no registration is needed. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. Please contact our Reference staff for availability of alternate formats (CD or digital): 978-921-6062 or bev@noblenet.org. Meet in the handicapped accessible Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly.

The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are presenting a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. Thirty-two pieces created by New England’s finest sculptors will be placed in gardens, along woodland paths and historic landscape features. Opening Saturday, May 18, the show is part of The Trustees’ Home Sweet Home, a free annual event celebrating the architects and craftspeople who designed and built its historic properties. The show is free from noon to 2 p.m. Participating sculptors will be on-hand during the afternoon to talk with visitors. Following the opening, the exhibition is free with regular property admission. Trustees members, free; nonmembers, $15 per car. A free, self-guided tour program is available for the exhibition, which runs till Nov. 11. Visit: www.thetrustees.org, or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4015.

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 Beverly Public Library’s Books & Brews Book Discussion Group will meet Wednesday, May 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to discuss “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” by Michelle McNamara. They will meet at the The Indo, 298 Cabot St., Beverly. Registration required, and you must be 21 or older. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. To register stop by the reference desk or call 978-921-6062. Questions? Contact Lisa at ryan@noblenet.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.

Beverly’s Cabot Theater has launched a production partnership with New England-based dance company North Atlantic Dance Theatre (NADT), resulting in two works to be presented at the renowned venue: “The Little Mermaid,” on May 24 and 25 and “The Nutcracker,” in December. In its fourth season in Beverly, the NADT offers high calibre ballet outside of Boston, but “The Little Mermaid” marks its first co-production with The Cabot. Performances are Friday, May 24, at 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 25, at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at thecabot.org. Dates for “The Nutcracker” will be announced over the summer.

On Friday, May 31, at 2 pm., join reference librarian Jeff Klapes, “The Traveling Librarian” for an armchair journey through sunny southern Greece at the Ipswich Public Library, 25 North Main St. Home to wild mountain and coastal scenery, and Greece’s best olive groves, the southern Peloponnese also has incredible archaeological sites from ancient times and Byzantine era churches. Visit Sparta, Athens, and the medieval walled city of Monemvasia. This event is free to the public, thnaks t a grant from the Coburn Charitable Society. The Traveling Librarian will visit Ipswich once a month through June! For more information, visit: www.ipswichlibrary.org, or contact Patty DiTullio, at pditullio@ipswichlibrary.org or 978-356-6649.

On Saturday, May 25, Marblehead Little Theater’s in-house new play festival, the TNT–Totally New Theater! Festival, will offer original play readings by Collective members. Carlton Powers is serving as this year’s festival producer, taking over from Marblehead resident Shari D. Frost, who produces the year-round Collective. MLT, located at 12 School Street, will open its doors at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. readings. Admission to the TNT Festival is free, but there will be a suggested donation at the door. For more information, visit: mltlive.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