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 Peabody Institute Library’s South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody, will host a special food event on Thursday, May 30, from 7 to 8 p.m. Stocking the Kitchen: Ingredients, Recipes, and Ideas for Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Ketogenic Eating will be the focus when Peabody native Linda Sessa shares sample recipes and attendees create a simple dish for tasting. Nuts, seeds, and tree nuts will feature in this program. Registration is required for this event at www.peabodylibrary.org or call 978-531-3380.
The Salem police K9 Unit will host a comedy show and dinner fundraiser on May 24, at 7 p.m. at the Salem Moose Hall, 50 Grove St. The dinner features stuffed chicken breast with all the trimmings and dessert. Tickets are $25 per person and include both dinner and the show. There will also be a 50/50 and raffle table. Proceeds will help support the K9 Unit. For tickets, contact Salem police Capt. Kate Stephens at email@example.com or 978-744-0171 ext. 50254.
Join Gretal Alspach, Massachusetts Master Gardener, on Tuesday, May 21, 7 to 9 p.m., who’ll share what she knows about “Growing Vegetables in Less than Full sun. Sponsored by the Friendly Garden Club of Beverly, she’ll be at the Beverly Public Library Main Branch, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., and will explain the different types of sunlight and the vegetables she recommends that can be grown in each condition; including leafy and root veggies for shady gardens. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit: www.beverlygardenclub.org.
On Wednesday, May 15, the Salem High School senior class will participate in a “Reality Fair” simulation of the financial obstacles students will face through life at Salem State’s Bertolon School of Business. From 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., students will learn to budget their spending, use a credit card, save money, and be better equipped with tools to manage their finances. As each student proceeds through a simulation process that replicates their future financial lives, they receive credit counseling, with a goal toward making sound financial decisions so they can cover their expenses with the monthly income of their chosen job/profession. This event is possible through the sponsorship of Cabot Wealth Management, and The Office of Economic Empowerment at the State Treasurer’s office, as well as support from institutions including Beverly Bank, Lynn Housing Authority, First Ipswich Bank, Amergent, MA Gov - Division of Banks, and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
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 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.
Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. has announced the rescheduling of the annual Peabody Pride spring volunteer community cleanup to Saturday, May 18. Volunteers should arrive at City Hall, 24 Lowell St., at 9 a.m. for supplies, then fan out to targeted areas throughout downtown. A free pizza lunch will be served to all volunteers at the Leather City Common at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 978-538-5701.
The Daughters of St. Joseph will hold their annual Mothers Day Tea on Sunday, May 19, at 1 p.m., free, at St. Joseph’s Hall, 15 Endicott St., Peabody. Guests are asked to bring unwrapped gifts for newborn infants, such as diapers, receiving blankets, sleep or play outfits. These will be donated to an organization offering comprehensive pre and post-natal education and support programs for teens and young mothers. Those planning to attend should call Lola Busta at 978-531-5592, Janis Marren at 978-531-8837, or Ann Blazewicz at 978-531-5592.
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.
Ipswich Cask & Clam Week is coming! The 3rd annual Cask & Clam Festival is going back to its roots and back to the brewery – which is built inside a former clam processing plant – to celebrate cask beer and clams! And, dig it. This week-long series of events — Tuesday, May 14 through Sunday, May 19 — not only celebrates Ipswich’s clamming and brewing culture but supports local nonprofits that help with the conservation of clams and the clamming industry: Ipswich River Watershed Association, and the Green Crab R&D Project. A complete schedule of the events, culminating in a final fest block-party style Fest at 2 Brewery Place, is available at www.ipswichalebrewery.com/caskandclam.html. Highlights include sit down dinners, a cornhole tournament, live music lineups, a classic clambake, and that final Sunday fest: a cask and clams block party blowout. Although walkins are welcome, reservations are recommended. Call 978-356-3182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, May 17, the Essex Horticultural Organization welcomes Mary Higgins, a foodie and writers for the Peabody Institute Library, to speak at 7 p.m., at Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St., Danvers on the demise of bumblebees. She’ll also discuss organic vs. non-organic fruits and vegetables. Higgins is a certified nutrition specialist and personal fitness trainer who has worked as a nutrition consultant and a program director for Active Older Adults.
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.
Ipswich Public Library patrons can use their library passes to visit Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries at a discounted rate of $2 per person (for up to four people per pass). For more information, call 781-259-9500.
Salem Downtown Neighborhood will meet on Tuesday, May 21, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Turner’s Restaurant, 43 Church St., second floor (elevator accessible). Guest speakers are Bob McCarthy, Ward 1 councilor, and Christine Madore, Ward 2 councilor.
On Monday, June 3, Beverly Public Library will host a free multimedia presentation by Judy Cook, who will weave together songs and ballads collected in southern Appalachian Mountains and the Ozarks, telling the story of songs that traveled from Britain to the mountains of America. Part of the “Monday Mornings” series, the program runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St., with light refreshments at 9 a.m. Open to adults with no registration required. Handicapped-accessible. Contact Ona for more information at email@example.com.
The Beverly School for the Deaf (BSD) Alumni Association will sponsor a Spring Yard Sale on Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the BSD campus, 6 Echo Ave., Beverly. Applications to sell items are $20 per space and the reservation deadline is May 24. All proceeds benefit The Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf. For more information or to reserve space, contact Anna Lynch at Lynch1997@aol.com or visit https://cccbsd.org/alumni/welcome/.
On Tuesday, June 18, at 4 p.m., Salem Community Life Center will host a free group support for adult children of aging parents presented by James Ashton. Caring for an elderly parent is a big job and needs big support that group sharing provides. Collective wisdom and practical advice on topics such as senior living, home care, financial considerations, end of life; as well as self-care, boundary setting and responding to crisis with compassion and calm. Ashton is a certified life coach and workshop facilitator who has experienced it all first-hand. To register, call Rosanna Donahue at 978-744-0924, by Thursday, June 13.
On Saturday, May 18, the Cottage Gardeners of Marblehead and Swampscott will hold their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, 67 Cornell Road, Marblehead. On sale will be hundreds of perennial plants grown in local gardens, as well as containers filled with annuals and succulents. Herbs and vegetable plants will also be for sale along miscellaneous garden items. The Cottage Gardeners are members of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Proceeds of the sale go to the plantings and maintenance of the Cottage Gardeners’ community projects, including gardens at the Hooper Mansion and Devereaux Beach in Marblehead.
The Peabody Institute Library Foundation will hold “Bubbly and Birds,” a cocktail viewing of select John J. Audubon’s Birds of America prints owned by the library. On display will be some of Audubon’s most iconic prints, including a number that were recently restored. This special event will be held on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Main Library, 82 Main St. in Peabody. Tickets are $60, available at all three Peabody Institute Library locations. This fundraiser will benefit the ongoing restoration of the Peabody Institute Library’s Birds of America prints.