Take your child to the library day

Celebrate National Take Your Child to the Library Day and World Read Aloud Day at the Hamilton Wenham Library on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a special story time at 11 a.m., a scavenger hunt, and a gift basket raffle, with six ways to earn raffle tickets. You can even stay and read with all of our ‘retired’ summer mascot friends. Become a “Read Aloud” family. Free and open to the public, all ages are welcome, no registration necessary, in the Children’s Room, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Contact the Children’s Room with questions: 978-468-5577 ext. 613 or email Lorraine Der: lder@hwlibrary.org.

Black Eagle at me&thee

The new Black Eagle Jazz Band, six inspired musicians who play traditional jazz, will play at 8 p.m., on Valentines Day, Feb. 14, at the me&thee coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., in Marblehead. If you love Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington, you will love this soulful and uplifting style of New Orleans Jazz played in the small, intimate setting of the me&thee coffeehouse. With a Grammy nomination, a vast repertoire and a highly entertaining stage manner, the New York Times has noted that the Black Eagles are “so far ahead of other traditional band .. there is scarcely any basis for comparison.” Tickets are $22 advance; $25 at door. Students $10. Online at www.meandthee.org, or at: Digital Docs at 157 Elm St., or the Arnould Gallery at 111 Washington St. Homemade pastries, coffee, and teas; handicapped friendly. Questions? Call 781-631-8987.

At the Artisan Shop

The Marblehead Arts Association Artisan Shop features affordable, one-of-a-kind fine crafts and art by association members. New work by different member artists is presented for sale every three months. With an opening reception on Jan. 23, at the King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., the five member artists are: Ellery Sanchez, Photography;  Stephanie Krauss Verdun, owner of Out of the Box Studio- Ceramics and Textiles; Bill Lorenz, Bill’s Beadery - Jewelry; Kiki Taron Kinney from Quitsakiki Designs- Jewelry and Textiles; and Sammia Atoui of MiraMar Print Lab - 2D Fine Art. Their work will be on sale through April 12. For more inforamtion, call 781-631-2608, or visit: www.marbleheadarts.org.

House of Seven Gables tours set

The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St, Salem, is developing a new kind of house tour for a new decade and currently giving it some test runs as a work in progress inviting community input, beginning Friday, Jan. 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. These two one-hour tours are for Gables’ members exclusively. The test tours continue with the general public welcome along with members over Jan. 18 and 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The newest techniques in interpretation and storytelling will enhance the experience in a whole new way to help you learn and comprehend more, to continue For more information, visit: https://7gables.org/event-calendar.

Neave Trio plays Gordon College

On Friday, Feb. 7, the Neave Trio will perform at 8 p.m. in the Phillips Recital Hall at Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Rd., in Wenham, as part of the Alton C. Bynum Recital Series . The program features Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor and works recorded on Neave Trio’s recent albums, Amy Beach’s Piano Trio, Op. 150 and Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio from Her Voice (Chandos Records, 2019) and Astor Piazzolla’s Estaciones Porteñas from Celebrating Piazzolla (Azica, 2018). Tickets are $10 to $20; free for children 12 and under, at: www.gordon.edu/neavetrio. For more information, visit www.neavetrio.com.

Journaling with Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones, assistant director of the Writers House at Merrimack College and a recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, will hold a journaling workshop at the Salem Athenaum on Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.

From blank page to who knows? you’ll travel on a writer’s journey inspired by images, poems, and memories, as well as revisiting old entries with strategies for generating new material. Athenaum members will pay $15, nonmembers $25, and students with ID, $10.

Immigration reform presentation

On Monday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to noon, North Shore Community College Professor Emeritus Lou Anoli will give a presentation on “The Shifting Sands of Immigration Reform,” at NSCC’s Danvers Campus in Room 119 at the Math/Science Building on 1 Ferncroft Road. Anoli, who earned degrees at Suffolk University and the University of Maine, is a retired INS/CBP officer (1966 to 2011). During that time period, he received many outstanding service awards and was selected as master trainer at the Port of Boston, a position he held at the time of his retirement. A master trainer, he traveled to many Ports of Entry in New England and to the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston where he conducted extensive training on immigration law and fraud documents. This event is free,informative and open to the public,

NSCC seeks candidates for award

 The North Shore Community College (NSCC) Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the annual Distinguished Alumnus Award, designed to recognize outstanding alumni. Interested parties on behalf of an NSCC alumnus may submit nominations. Candidates will be chosen on the basis of integrity, professional accomplishment, and community or College service. The recipient must be able to attend NSCC’s Commencement on May 21, 2020. Please submit a letter of nomination describing the nominee’s special achievements and/or contributions no later than March 27, to NSCC, Distinguished Alumnus Selection Committee, DB330, One Ferncroft Road, P.O. Box 3340, Danvers, MA 01923.  You may also complete our online registration form at: http://www.northshore.edu/alumni/award

 

Art Studio spaces available

The Salem Public Art Commission is calling for creatives to participate in the City’s newly revitalized Artists’ Row initiative. Currently, two studio/retail space stalls are available with two-year tenancy agreements, as well as two paid positions for Public Artists in Residence for eight months. The City is interested in uses that will contribute to the vibrancy of the downtown community. Spaces may be used for, but are not limited to, original uniquely produced or handcrafted artworks and products, performances, art “happenings,” art “interventions,” art making, and temporary public installations. Artists’ Row consists of four artist stalls, a restaurant, and a public restroom at 24 New Derby St., originally built as a marketplace and still a thriving public plaza. The City of Salem believes that bringing diverse individuals together through the arts strengthens the community fabric and provides a springboard for creatives To view the full Call visit: https://www.salem.com/sites/salemma/files/uploads/artists_row_2020-2021_call_for_creatives.pdf

Candidates, issues and you

The Pingree School, 537 Highland St., S. Hamilton. Join speaker Bill Mayer, professor of political science at Northeastern University, to learn how the candidates rank along critical issues including climate change, economy, gun control, healthcare, immigration and more. Monday, Feb. 3, 6 to 8 p.m., sponsored free by America the Beautiful, a non-partisan initiative, with dinner and babysitting provided. Register at: facebook/weareamericathebeautiful.

Danvers Art Association meets

On Friday, Jan. 31, the Danvers Art Association welcomes Jimi Carnazza, founder of local nonprofit organization Full Circle Earth, who will speak on setting up a small greenhouse/loop house in collaboration with us (ECHO) to establish a Environmental Education Center. The event will be at 7 p.m. at 105 Elliott St. The center is a hands-on “living classroom” that will demonstrate how residents can reinterpret their yards, lawns and gardens to be more environmentally sustainable. The EEC will be a place where children can come and learn, persons with disabilities can learn how to plant and seniors how to protect pollinators in their yards. Please bring your dues, a snack and a friend ($5 if not joining). Questions? Call John Archer at 978-922-4600

Marblehead Museum charity night

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Landing Restaurant, 81 Front St, Marblehead, will host a Fund-A-Charity Night from 6 to 8 p.m., with a 50/50 raffle and 20% of all food and drink purchased in the dining room benefiting a project at the Marblehead Museum. The Museum’s featured Fund-A-Need project for 2020 is the conservation of the flag of the “Lafayette Guards,” a militia unit founded by Capt. William B. Adams prior to the Marquis de Lafayette’s visit to Marblehead in 1824. The Lafayette Guards served during the Civil War and it was during that war that this parade flag — now badly damaged — was given to the Guards “by the Ladies of Marblehead.” Funds from this event will help restoration and preservation efforts. Reservations should be made at 781-639-1266.

Music at Eden’s Edge concert

The Peabody Institute Library will present “Close Encounters with Music: Pairings and Sides,” featuring Music at Eden’s Edge as part of its series of four monthly concerts, starting on Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., with “Suite of Small Plates:”at the Main Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, performed by flutist Orlando Cela and violinist Maria Benotti will present a variety of pieces, spanning the Baroque to the twentieth century, which show the delicate as well as the robust sidesCount on lively commentary, musical old friends, pieces you might never have heard, and plenty of humor along with thoughtful perceptions. For more information and to register, call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or register online at http://www.peabodylibrary.org.

Salem Recycles Repair Café

Salem’s eighth Repair Café, hosted by SalemRecycles and The Bridge at 211 will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1. from 9 a.m. to noon (last appointment at 11:30) at 211 Bridge St. Repair volunteers will be on hand to mend clothing, sew buttons, sharpen scissors and knives, tinker with or rewire electronics and lamps, and glue wooden furniture and ceramics. It’s a fun way to get things fixed and learn how to fix things yourself. There are a limited number of pre-registration slots available. Contact Micaela Guglielmi at mguglielmi@salem.com or 978-619-5672 to schedule an appointment. Please use the entrance on Bridge Street.

Northshoremen singing valentines

Barbershop quartets from the Beverly Northshoremen Chorus make Valentine’s Day special for sweethearts, as they arrive unannounced to present Singing Valentines to unsuspecting recipients from the ones who love them. In addition to two love songs, the quartets will also present the recipients with a long-stemmed rose, a lovely card, and a photo of the event. One of the major fundraisers for the non-profit Northshoremen, who put on shows at area assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the year, Valentine proceeds support a very good cause and bring very great joy for just $65, discounted to $60 for orders placed by Feb. 6. The quartets will sing on Friday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m.- to 8:30 p.m. For more information call 866-727- 4988, or email your order to northshoremen.chorus@gmail.com, or order online at www.harmonize.com/northshoremen.

High school art show hosted

Montserrat College of Art will again host the Congressional Art Show and Competition for Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District in the Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex Street, from March 14 to 21, closing with an awards reception with Congressman Seth Moulton on Saturday, March 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All are welcome to this, the 26th year that Montserrat has hosted the competition, open to students, grades 10-12, from public and private schools as well as home-schooled students from the district. Winners will be presented with citations and varying levels of scholarships to Montserrat’s Summer Pre-College Program. The grand prize winning piece will be sent to Washington, DC to hang in the Capitol building for one year along with winners from other Congressional districts across the country. A ceremony to congratulate all the winners will be held in Washington, DC in June. Work must be dropped off on Friday, March 6, between 2 and 6 p.m., or Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Montserrat Gallery (23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA). For information and/or entry forms, contact jo.broderick@montserrat.edu.

Horticultural society meeting set

On Thursday, Jan. 23, the North Shore Horticultural Society holds its fifth meeting of the season at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 62 School St, Manchester. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and includes our annual Potluck Supper. Members should please bring a favorit recipe appetizer, main course, or salad, bread, vegetable or dessert, as well as any appropriate serving pieces if they are required. If you’re not a member, you’re welcome to join in. The usual $5 guest fee is waived for this meeting, which also includes the first houseplant auction. Donate a plant or two for auction, checks or cash only, starting just after 7 p.m. The evening also includes a Virtual Garden Tour of members’ gardens and places visited during the last year. For more information, please call 978-232-0102.

Kindergarten registration

Registration for kindergarten for the 2020/2021 school year for the Middleton Public Schools is now under way. Information has been mailed to the households of eligible Middleton children born between Sept. 1, 20014, and Aug. 31, 2015. If you did not receive this information, please contact the Fuller Meadow School, 978-750-4756. 

Me & thee winter listening season

Marblehead’s me & thee coffeehouse begins its 50th winter season with a vast array of musical talent, including singer-songwriters, traditional jazz, blues, and folk-pop. All ages are welcome; doors open at 7:30 p.m., and music starts at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street. On Feb. 7, Bob Franke and Lui Collins make music along with special guest, Bob Simons, who was the first to appear on the me & thee stage back in 1970.  For a complete listing of shows, guest musicians and directions, call 978-631-8987 or visit: www.meandthee.org.

Hamilton seeks poll workers

The Hamilton Town Clerk’s Office is seeking poll workers beginning in February. Pay is $12.50 an hour. Interested parties should contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-468-5570, ext. 3, or by emailing: mpeters@hamiltonma.gov or sgeorge@hamiltonma.gov.”

Holocaust Remembrance Day set

Mayor Ted Bettencourt of Peabody will present a mayoral proclamation for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Monday, Jan. 27, at Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. This is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and we will hear from survivor Sonia Weitz, who is deceased but her testimonial is timeless, and from Holocaust Legacy fellow Alan Chak, a teen who visited Auschwitz in August. Selections will be read from the Megillat HaShoah and the memorial prayer for the departed will be recited. The program is free and all are welcome. RSVPs are requested to: Susan Feinstein n 978-740-4431 sfeinstein@lappinfoundation.org

Danvers concerned residents to meet

In anticipation of the Feb. 10 Special Town Meeting, all Danvers residents are invited to attend a special Danvers Concerned Residents Forum, sponsored by Topics of the Town on Jan. 23, at the Danvers Peabody Institute Library in the Stranding Room (main floor entrance). The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., to provide the residents and Town Meeting members an opportunity to discuss issues and ask questions related to our responsibilities and authority as elected town residents. Please bring your questions and possibly answers so we all can share. For more information, call 978-922-7190.

Skeletons in the closet

On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., historian Daniel Gagnon will present ‘Skeletons in the Closet, a memorialization of George Jacobs Sr. and Rebecca Nurse after the 1692 Witch Trials at Felton-Smith Historic Site, Smith Barn, 8 Felton St., Peabody. Mr. Gagnon will trace the story of how the Nurse family and the Danvers community constructed the first memorial to anyone executed for witchcraft in the United States. However, the descendants of George Jacob Sr. did not erect a headstone over his grave. Learn how Danvers (formerly Salem Village) began to acknowledge its role in the witch hunt hysteria even before the City of Salem did. Members are welcome free fro this events; Non-members are welcome at $5 per person. Handicap accessible. For more information, call 978-531-0805.

Yoga at the Library, Feb. 2

Join registered yoga teacher, Kelly Rusch at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 3:30 p.m., as she leads a Vinyasa yoga class. Please bring a yoga mat or towel and water bottle. Questions? Contact Katie at knelson@noblenet.org.

NAMI hosts ‘In Our Own Voice’

(National Alliance of Mental Health) NAMI Greater North Shore and NAMI Cape Ann welcome all to a special meeting ‘In Our Own Voice’ on Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Emerson Center, 9 East Common St., Topsfield, in which two NAMI members with lived experience with mental health conditions openly talk about them and how they found paths to hope and healing...via personal testimony, video, and discussion with audience participation. This event is suitable for students and adults in any walk of life interested in understanding how real and disabling symptoms can be and how recovery is possible. This event is free, parking is avialable and refreshments will be served.

‘Labor In Vain’ plays Along the Way

The Ipswich based ‘Labor In Vain’ Band returns to The Along The Way Coffee House, 12 Meeting House Green, in Ipswich, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, with an upbeat and lively mix of Folk, Blues, and Bluegrass. The band, now up to as many as 10 members, was started in 2009, and promises to deliver an evening of the kind of heart warming, hand made music that’s made them a favorite. Show time is 7 to 9 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 25, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, and refreshments are available. The Along The Way Coffee House is sponsored by the historic First Church In Ipswich, and is uphill and diagonally across the street from the main church building’s front entrance.

Women’s Drill Team seeks members

The Peabody Council on Aging Women’s Drill Team has kicked off its 36th season and is looking to recruit new members. This is a cordial group where music, mind, movement and fun come together for one hour Monday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Torigian Center in Peabody. There is no cost and membership is not limited to Peabody residents. Interested? Come watch the team in action during one of its Monday morning rehearsals. Each rehearsal provides a mild physical workout, engages the mind by requiring attention to steps and formations, and establishes a genuine camaraderie. There is a satisfying sense of accomplishment from finishing a drill together: come share it! For more information, email: pianoanno@gmail.com or call 978-531-3761.

Monthly Music Class

Music lovers ages 12-18 will love this. A free monthly music class taught by professional singer/songwriter Molly Pinto Madigan. beginning Feb. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Peabody Institute Library Main Branch Creativity Lab. Each month she’ll focus a a different topic, covering things like rhythm and note-reading, as well as songwriting and hands-on instrumental skills. Experienced musicians and total beginner are welcome to come explore music in a new way at Main Branch in the Creativity Lab. The Main Library is located at 82 Main St., Peabody. Registration is required at: 978-531-0100, or stop by in person.

Children’s Weekly Art Workshop

A Children’s Process Art Workshop with trained visual artist Eva Der is being offered at Hamilton-Wenham Library on Thursdays through March 19 at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 3-8 with caregivers. Enjoy stories, make friends, and explore art materials in a process-based environment where children can create their own masterpieces while expanding their minds and capacity for friendship and community. Free and open to the public at the library, 14 Union St, S. Hamilton. Registration is requested at 978-468-5489.

Science Fridays for tots

Hamilton-Wenham Library is holding Science Fridays with Melanie Ward meeting Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m. through March 20. Caregivers of children ages 0-5 will listen to stories, sing songs, and explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math ideas for STEM/STEAM based fun. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested at 978-468-5489. The library is located at 14 Union St. Please note: there is no meeting on Jan. 21.

Yoga for children planned

Yoga for Children invites kids ages 3 to 5 with caregiver for a 45-minute morniing adventure into storytelling and yoga at Hamilton-Wenham Library, 14 Union St. on Friday, Jan. 17 at 10:15 a.m., With basic stretches, breathing activities, music & games we will bring a story to life with yoga. Don’t forget comfy movement clothes and a smile! Free, but registration is required by Friday, Jan. 17 at 10:15 a.m.

Library literary luncheon slated

Hamilton-Wenham Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton, will hold a literary luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 11:30 a.m., to discuss The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. All are welcome. For more information, call 978-468-5577. Visit: hwlibrary.org.

Read with Rabbits at the Library

Raspberry & Henry, an adorable rabbit duo from Land’s Sake Farm will be at Hamilton-Wenham Library on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and you can enjoy special reading times with the. Register for one of two time slots, 1 or 3:30 p.m. Learn about rabbit behavior and anatomy through a story & craft, and stay for the bunny circle where you can gently interact with our stars! For ages of 3 to 8 at the library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton, Snow date is Thursday, Jan.30. hwlibrary.org.978-468-5577.

Meet the author on Jan. 23

Author Peter Zheutlin will be a the Hamilton Wenham Library on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. to discuss his newest book, The Dog Went Over the Mountain. Zheutlin is a freelance journalist and bestselling author of works including Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway. Books will be available for sale and signing after the talk. This program is free and open to the public at the library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton, Snow date is Thursday, Jan.30. hwlibrary.org.978-468-5577.

Global Reading Group to meet

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton, will host a Global Reading Group Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Join the group as it reads and discusses historical and contemporary nonfiction covering major global issues and questions such as: Are there ways we can be engaged global citizens? The group will kick off with The New Odyssey: The Story of the Twenty-first Century Refugee Crisis by Patrick Kingsley. Please RSVP to Lewis: lparsons@hwlibrary.org.978-468-5577.

Danvers honors MLK Jr

Danvers will honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Danvers High School from 4 to 6 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Danvers Committee for Human Rights and Inclusion and the Danvers Public Schools, the event will feature artwork by Danvers students in grades K-12 created around themes central to the life and work of MLK Jr. The Holten Richmond Middle School’s ‘Hawks in Harmony’ chorus, the Danvers High School Chamber Singers and the Brandeis University a capella ensemble, ‘Voice Male,’ will all perform. Students United for Acceptance (SUFA) has produced a video and excerpts of Dr. King’s speeches will be shared. This event is free and open to all and has received the financial support of many organizations, including: Eastern Bank, CVS Health and NorthEast Community Bank, Danvers Educational Enrichment Partnership (D.E.E.P.), Danvers Kiwanis, East Boston Savings Bank, Essex County OB/GYN Associates, North Shore Bank and John M. Ross and Son, Inc. For more information, email: sallypkerans@gmail.com or call 978-766-8661.

Chameleon Arts Ensemble plays

On Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m., Salem State University presents an evening of chamber music with Chameleon Arts Ensemble in the Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave. The program includes Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” for flute and piano, “Mozart’s Duo No. 1 in G” for violin and viola and “Quartet for the End of Time” by Olivier Messiaen for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. Tickets $20, $15 for seniors, under 18 is free. Tickets and information: www.salemstatetickets.com or 978-542-6365.

Music lecture set for Jan. 29

Boston University Music Professor Andrew Shenton will present a free lecture featuring music examples and an outline of the program of the Quartet, as well as a discussion of the Holocaust and the eschatology of war. Presented in association with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble Jan. 30 concert at Salem State, which includes Olivier Messiaen’s epic masterpiece, “Quartet for the End of Time.” Co-sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide, the lecture will be held on Jan. 29, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Salem State University Faculty Reading Room, Berry Library. 352 Lafayette St. Free.

Photo exhibit at St. Andrew’s

The Cloister Gallery will feature a collection of work from junior and Senior students in Advanced Photography at Marblehead High School,through Thursday, Feb. 6, with a reception for the show, entitled “B205,” on opening day from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The gallery, which is handicapped-accessible, is at St. Andrew’s Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead, with hours Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 781-631-4951 or visit standrewsmhd.org/cloistergallery.html.

All that jazz coming to town

Tickets are on sale now for a special show at Beverly’s Chianti Jazz Lounge, 285 Cabot St., featuring Boston/Greater Boston and North Shore artists celebrating 10 years of shows from Jazz Sessions & More. On Sunday, Jan. 19, from 3 to 8 p.m., the house will hear from artists Greg Abate, Barbara Alex, Laura Brerton, Andrea Capozzoli, Rebecca Cline, Mike Connors, Brian Friedland, John Funkhouser, Lydia Harrell, John Lockwood, Greg Loughman, Marcia J. Macres, Joe Musella, Austin McMahon, Colleen Nicholas, Tom Palance, Tim Ray, Kelly Riley, Jerry Sabatini, Phil Sargent, Adrian Sicam, Jennifer Truesdale, Mike Tucker, Chris Veilleux and Mark Walker. For reservations, email balex@comcast.net. Advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4486214.

Chocolate & ice sculptures

Salem’s 18th annual So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival will run from Friday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 9, kicking off Friday with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, 231 Essex St., and followed Saturday, Feb. 8, by ice sculpting throughout downtown. Altogether, 20 ice sculptures will be created and illuminated for strollers to enjoy between 5 and 9 p.m. More information about this year’s sculptures will be available at www.salemsosweet.com as we get closer to the event. Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants, and businesses, partner annually to bring you this delectable tradition, to make your Valentine’s Day shopping sweeter. The Salem Trolley offers trolley rides around the festival route weather permitting, noon to 4 p.m. for only $2 an adult (free for children).

The Poet Sings on Jan. 31

On Friday, Jan. 31, from noon to 12:50 p.m., Rose Theater at Endicott College presents the first of this year’s free “Fridays in the Rose” concert series at Endicott College offers listeners a chance to enjoy some music and grab a bite on the lunch hour. On stage at Rose Hall, Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St. will be accomplished soprano Jessica McCormack and pianist Cathy Meyer presenting The Poet Sings, a concert promising beauty and thoughtful interpretation.  This free event is open to the public and includes a light appetizer reception. Seats can be reserved at: www.tickets.endicott.edu. Call 978-998-7700 or email: centerforthearts@endicott.edu. The series is curated by Rebecca Kenneally, Chair of Performing Arts and Choral Director at Endicott College. For more information, visit www.endicott.edu

 

Great House tour Feb. 1

On Saturday, Feb. 1, from 11:30 to 12:30p.m., curator Susan Hill Dolan will lead a special tour of the Great House on the Crane Estate during this February birthday week of Mrs. Florence Crane. The tour will focus on Mrs. Crane, her family, and the interiors she helped design with her architect, David Adler. Birthday cupcakes are included! Trustees members pay $12; nonmembers pay $20. Space is limited and advance reservations are recommended. The Great House at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. Visit www.thetrustees.org or call 978.356.4351 x4015 for more information.

Israel on Campus

Lappin Foundation invites the community to hear an update about Israel on campus, the challenges and the progress, with guest speaker Jacob Baime, executive director of the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC). ICC’s mission is to inspire American college students to see Israel as a source of pride and empower them to stand up for Israel on campus. A dessert reception in honor of the 2019 Teen Israel Advocacy Fellows will follow the program on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St. in Peabody. This program is free and open to all. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or email swyner@lappinfoundation.org.

Language classes in Salem

As part of The Gables’ Settlement Program, The House of the Seven Gables is sponsoring free English-language classes with more options and flexibility for busy family members who want to improve their English skills. Classes are twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and run until June 18. Free child care is offered while classes are in session. The winter/spring session will be held at the Salem Academy Charter School, 45 Congress St., Salem. Drop-in registration is available. Those interested may contact Elsabel Rincon at 978-306-7001 or erincon@7gables.org. For more information visit www.7gables.org

Sacred Story workshop Feb. 1

Join local author and writing workshop leader Barb Bodengraven to fine-tune your sacred relationship with the natural world at “Writing Your Sacred Story” a workshop for everyone and anyone, regardless of faith, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to noon in the meeting rooms at Trinity Church Topsfield, 124 River Rd., Topsfield. The workshop is designed around readings and writing prompts based on Bodengraven’s Creation-based spiritual memoir, The Sacred Shed on the Edge of the Ravine, a copy of which is included in the $45 registration fee. Reserve your space at: thesacredshed@gmail.com.  

Dub Boat CD party Feb. 8

On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Chianti Jazz Lounge, 285 Cabot St, in Beverly will host a debut party for Dub Boat’s new CD, from 9 p.m. to midnight, with instrumental reggae, syncopated bass lines, soaring trumpet and playful, yet soulful, guitar and piano leads. Founded two years ago by bassist Adam Saylor and trumpet player, Jon Persson, Dub Boat features Aaron Zaroulis on drums, Dave Drouin on guitar, keyboardist and Berklee Professor, John Funkhouser, and delivers “influences from Jazz, Rock, Funk and Soul to create a unique Reggae sound with heavy grooves, deep pockets, and catchy melodies.” This event is open to the public. For more information, call 978- 921-2233.

Family friendly concert

The CommonWealth Orchestra presents a family freindly concert at Second Congregational Church, Beverly, on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Entitled “Finding Our Voices,” the performance features readings and poetry along with music by Charles Wakefield Cadman, Florence Price and local composers Tomoko Iwamoto and Charles Turner. Children are welcome. Tickets: $20 adults, $12 seniors and students, children under 12 free. COOP Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/commonwealthorchestra/

Spaghetti supper Jan. 18

On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly, will host a spaghetti supper from 5 to 6 p.m., with spaghetti, meatballs, salad, rolls and beverage. Prices are: Adults $7, Seniors $6, children $3.50, Home-baked pies $1.50 a slice. The building is handicap accessible and there will be musical entertainment.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

The community is invited to the local commemoration of the United Nations proclaimed International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St. in Peabody. The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp will be remembered, and the memory of the more than six million Jewish victims and millions of other victims will be honored. The event is free and all are welcome. Reservations are requested to Susan Feinstein at sfeinstein@lappinfoundation.org or 978-740-4431. Walk-ins are welcome. The program is sponsored by Lappin Foundation, Holocaust Legacy Foundation and Temple Ner Tamid.

Environmental symposium

The Epstein Hillel School, 6 Community Road, in Marblehead will hold its first Environmental Education Symposium on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., exploring the film “Wasted: The Story of Food Waste.” Hear from a panel of community leaders, learn about the impact our food has on the environment, and examine ways to consume food more sustainably. This is a free event. For more information, email eglore@epsteinhillel.org.

Saturday Night in Marblehead

On Saturday, Jan. 18, singer-songwriter Tom Smith will perform at 8 p.m. at Saturday Night in Marblehead, a monthly coffeehouse at the Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St., in Marblehead. Smith’s songs, deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, tell timeless stories that he has performed at festivals, coffeehouses, schools and concerts throughout the northeastern United States to all sizes of audiences and all ages. See: www.tomsmithmusic.com. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. A suggested donation of $15 is payable at the door. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. The church is handicapped accessible.

Appleton Farms expand offerings

Appleton Farms welcomes 2020 with expanded culinary and artisan offerings: new seasonal cooking classes and workshops and events transition throughout the year to stay in step with field fresh ingredients delivered daily from the farm, other North Shore farmers and local food artisans. Hands-on farm-to-kitchen cooking classes feature three course seasonal menus, under the guidance of talented chefs. BYOB to enjoy with the meal. Also through the winter months, classes focused on flavors from Italy and India, classes dedicated to warming soups, stews and chowders, a dedicated New England Comfort Foods class, and a show-stopping vegetable class, bread-making with A&J King Artisan Bakers, pasta and cheese-making with Luca Mignogna of Wolf Meadow Farm, chocolate-making with Ovedia Artisan Chocolates, Mixology with Privateer Rum, Wine Tasting & Pairing with The Urban Chef, plus private programs and events. For more information, email appletonfarms@thetrustees.org.

Monthly pancake breakfast

Like pancakes? Like breakfast? Like helping out local veterans? Come down to the Vittori Rocci Post #56, 143 Brimbal Ave, Beverly on Jan. 26 for all three. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, beans and more runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for kids, who’ll enjoy coloring and activities. Questions? Call 978-922-9792.

Digital audiobooks class

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., shows how digital audiobooks can bring stories and characters to life and are great for people on the go, allowing you to listen from your phone or other portable device. This hands-on class teaches basics, using Libby and hoopla. Learn how to search for books, check them out, and listen to them with your personal device. Questions? Contact Lisa at 978-921-6062, ext. 2120 or ryan@noblenet.org.

Thinking about climate change

Feeling confused or helpless about climate change? On Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., welcomes Kevin O’Reilly of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, who will give an illustrated presentation on its causes and effects on coastal communities and possible policy actions in Massachusetts to reduce greenhouse gases. A retired history teacher, O’Reilly, a longtime Beverly resident, has written 29 books on critical thinking, and been a climate change activist for a decade. Free and open to all. Questions? Email ridenour@noblenet.org.

The best movie of the 2010s

Join fellow filmies on Friday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., for a screening of the film hordes of critics have crowned the best movie of the 2010s. Free and open to adults, with free popcorn, licensing prevents us from printing film titles; but you can call 978-921-6062 for the title, or check www.beverlypubliclibrary.org.

Help desk training offered

North Shore Community College’s Division of Corporate & Professional Education will offer a free Help Desk Support Certificate 100-hour training program, starting Jan. 21, to give students skills and knowledge in Information Technology (IT), combined with industry-recognized certifications from CompTIA that will prepare them for entry-level IT positions. In addition, NSCC is partnering with the MassHire North Shore Career Center and Year Up Greater Boston to work on career readiness skills and placement in employment or paid internships. The program, made possible with a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, will run for two sessions: Jan. 21 to April 21 and March 31 to June 25. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at NSCC’s Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and on Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. at the MassHire North Shore Career Center in Salem, 70 Washington St., first floor. For registration/information, contact Judith Nast at jnast@northshore.edu or Sandra Efstratiou at sefstratiou@nscareers.org, or call 978-236-1200.

Creativity Lab’s classes

The Creativity Lab at the Peabody Institute Library has scheduled free classes this January on the lower level of the Main Library, at 82 Main St. in Peabody. Due to limited seating, please sign up on the library’s calendar at https://www.peabodylibrary.org/calendar/. The remaining classes are classes are Wednesdays, Jan. 22 and 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Make a Reusable Shopping Bag, ages 13 to adult learn basic machine sewing and vinyl cutting to make their own reusable bag. Fabric will be provided.

SLAMBoston auditions

On Sunday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m., Another Country Productions and Marblehead Little Theatre will hold joint Non-Equity auditions for the April production of “Diverse Voices in Theatre: SLAMBoston Slams the North Shore!” This multi-cultural theater slam features 10 ten-minute plays competing for a cash prize. Audience participation with five judges and raucous cheering makes it a fun experience. SLAMBoston has played to sold out audiences in Boston, Provincetown and Burlington, Vermont, since 2003, and is particularly interested in a diverse cast. Auditions are by appointment in groups of up to 10 actors every half hour. audition details visit http://www.MLTlive.org/audition-call/diverse-voices-in-theatre-auditions.

Genealogy series resumes

Danvers’ Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., resumes its monthly genealogy series on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. with professional genealogist Seema Kenney discussing the use of DNA results in genealogy searches. Kenney, who is also a software instructor, has a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, completed ProGen and is an active member of several societies and part of the NERGC planning committee. Register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

Grieving the loss

Care Dimensions is holding six-weeks of free group meetings for parents bearing the loss of a child with developmental disabilities or delays. This type of loss can include an array of extremely complex emotions and these meetings provide a supportive space where you can speak freely and safely with peers in a setting run by a licensed Bereavement Counselor. The meetings run Tuesdays, from Jan. 14 to Feb. 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Bertolon Center for Grief and Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers. Although free, pre-registration is required by Jan. 10, at: www.Care Dimensions.org/Calendars or call 855.774.5100 or email grief@CareDimensions.org.

Super blood donation drive

The American Red Cross is holding a super blood donation drive with a very special incentive to give the gift of life. Schedule your next blood, platelet or AB Elite plasma donation appointment before Jan. 19, and get a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl LIV. One lucky winner will get two tickets, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), plus a $500 gift card for expenses. For Super Bowl contest details, visit: RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl

Job networking for adults

A free networking group that addresses the issues of age bias in hiring, workforce re-entry and career redirection for job seekers age 50+ will begin meeting under the direction of the Ipswich Senior Center at Ipswich Town Hall on a bi-monthly basis, Mondays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a focus on self-assessment and transferable skills. Future topics include interviewing, resume and cover letters, networking, utilizing local career centers, LinkedIn and other social media platforms, and more. Doors open at 4 p.m., and preregistration is required at www.mocoonline.com/50plusregistration. Questions? Call Sheila Taylor, Director of the Ipswich Council on Aging, at 978-356-6650 or sheilat@ipswichma.gov.

Bertram Field fund drive

The city of Salem has launched a private fundraising campaign associated with the Bertram Field improvement project. The $6 million effort will result in modern, accessible, and sustainable athletics facilities for football, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, community and youth sports, and other activities. While the majority of the funding has been secured through the city’s capital budget — including bonding, Community Preservation Act funds, and a state grant — the project team has set a goal of $400,000 from donations. All donations over $500 will be recognized with signs at the field. Larger donations, including naming opportunities and business sponsorships, are also available. All are tax-deductible. To donate by credit card or electronic check, visit salemathleticsfund.org. Checks should be made payable to “City of Salem” with “Bertram Field” on the memo line and sent to Treasurer’s Office, City of Salem, 98 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970.

BoSoma steps up outreach

BoSoma Dance Company, under the direction of award-winning dancer, choreographer and educator Katherine Hooper, has stepped up its community outreach. In partnership with New England Arts for Literacy Project, BoSoma has created K-12 programs that support core curricula learning, including a landmark program, “Mathematics and Science,” designed to introduce children to how choreographers use numbers and music mathematically to create choreography and movement patterns. Science topics also integrate and teach the importance of knowing human anatomy and gravity, which allows dancers to be able to move through space. For more information, contact Hooper at 978-500-3057 or company@bosoma.org

Best sellers to-go

Hamilton-Wenham Library now has select best-sellers “to-go.” Check out the new collection of hot titles, recent best-sellers in high demand, waiting for someone to check them out. These popular items circulate for two weeks, are not holdable, and may not be renewed. Swing by to check the shelf often, or browse the complete list of titles at hwlibrary.org/hot-titles. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St. South Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit hwlibrary.org.

Volunteer drivers needed

SeniorCare’s RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore program is in need of volunteer drivers to take elders to their medical appointments. Commitment is flexible and volunteers determine their own hours. For information on this and other volunteer opportunities, call 978-281-1750 ext. 572, or email rsvp@seniorcareinc.org.

Free adult English practice

The Beverly Public Library is holding free weekly adult English language practice groups on Fridays, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., at 32 Essex St. Led by local volunteers, these gatherings center around common American English expressions, grammatical curiosities, useful vocabulary, and cultural references. No registration required. For more information, contact Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119 or mamorgan@noblenet.org.

Better Breathers Club meets

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

City of Salem Wi-Fi free

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

Salem online map available

A new online map showing all capital projects underway in the current fiscal year at www.salem.com/projectsmap. To view capital investments, maintenance, and improvement projects in design and planning or are under construction, click to open a window showing all relevant details. The 151 projects on the map total $115 million in investments to improve Salem’s parks, public spaces, streets, sidewalks, and public buildings, and enhance the City’s ability to deliver local services and maintain a high quality of life for Salem residents.

     

Homeschool program slated

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. Visit: waldorfmoraine.org/waldorf-homeschooling-program.

Job seekers meet

50+ job seekers networking

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

Free Judaism course

Adults of all faiths who want to explore Judaism or who are considering conversion to Judaism, are invited to register for Introduction to Judaism, a free 25-week course funded by Lappin Foundation and taught by North Shore rabbis. Participants will study a variety of Jewish topics, including: Hebrew, ethics, prayer, holidays, customs, history and more. Classes are Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., and meet at various North Shore temples. For more information or to register, visit www.lappinfoundation.org or contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or posher@lappinfoundation.org.

Marblehead records digitized

The early records of Marblehead’s Second Congregational Church (now Unitarian-Universalist Church) have been digitized and are freely available online. These papers, journals, and ledgers span from 1714 to 1850 and include records of baptisms, member lists, marriages, church meeting minutes, and disciplinary records. To access, visit marbleheadmuseum.org/marblehead-history-documents/ or the Congregational Library and Archives website. Records of the First Congregational Church (Old North) and Third Congregational Church are also available.

Monthly genealogy series

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., has launched a monthly genealogy series, “Digging for Roots Genealogy Series: Getting Started with Your Research.” Starting with pen and paper and introducing the proper genealogical forms, explore how and where to research family history. Discuss tracking research, how best to include the Internet, questions to ask living relatives and things you can do to help others who are researching their ancestors. Register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

Lunchtime history films

The Danvers Historical Society hosts lunchtime history films every third Monday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m., presented by Heritage Films’ Dan Tremblay, at Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page St. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Gatherings are casual and include film and a discussion. For more information, call the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666 or E-mail to dhs@danvershistory.org

Salem grants applications

The Salem Scholarship & Education Committee is now accepting applications for education fund grants of up to $5,000 for Salem educational programs and organizations. The grants are available to provide supplemental education funding for local educational needs and for existing adult literacy programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the maximum amount available for any one grant is $5,000. Grant funds cannot be used for salaries or stipends. The application form and additional information can be found at www.salem.com/scholarship. Questions? Contact Dominick Pangallo in the Office of Mayor Kim Driscoll at dpangallo@salem.com or (978) 619-5600.

Photography showcase

The Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers is showcasing works of freelance photographer Thom Adorney through November. Adorney, who works and teaches in Beverly, has themed his work, “Celebrating the Extraordinary Within.” His images have been published, won awards, and been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Newburyport Art Association, the Beverly Guild of Artists, Porter Mill Gallery, the Marblehead Art Association, and Gallery 62 in Danvers. He has donated services to nonprofits, including The Cabot theater, the Essex County Trail Association, The House of the Seven Gables, and Beverly Bootstraps. The church, which is wheelchair accessible, is at 323 Locust St., in Danvers. View the exhibit before or after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, or call 978-774-7582. Visit www.nsuu.org.

PJ Library Babies & Bagels

Children, ages 3 and younger, and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Babies & Bagels for music, movement and a snack. Sessions will be held at Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Avenue in Marblehead from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. RSVPs are requested to Shelby@emanu-el.org or (781) 631-9300. The program is sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and Lappin Foundation and is free and open to all. Walk-ins are welcome.

Developmental education screenings

Salem Public Schools offers developmental screenings to locate, identify, and refer for special education evaluation, any 3, 4, or 5-year-old living in Salem who may have disabilities. If you have concerns about your child, you may schedule a screening by calling 978-740-1181. Screening will take place on an as-needed basis at the Salem Early Childhood Center, Bentley School, 25 Memorial Drive.

Vehicle charging at sanctuary

In recognizing climate change, Mass Audubon, the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit, now provides electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at an increasing number of its wildlife sanctuaries throughout the Commonwealth. With the transportation sector now accounting for more than 40 percent of the state’s carbon emissions, EV owners should know that electricity provided at Mass Audubon 11 wildlife sanctuary charging stations comes from renewable sources. On the North Shore, they include the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, in Topsfield. To learn more, visit www.massaudubon.org/evcharging.

Animal lovers needed locally

The Marblehead Animal Shelter, 44 Village St., is in need of new volunteers, to do cleaning and feeding on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. If you love animals and have the time, drop by the shelter to pick up a volunteer application. The shelter is open Mondays and Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Fridays, 5 to 7 p.m., Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 781-631-8664.

Teen music classes begin

Whether experienced musicians or total beginners, the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, welcomes teens to its monthly music class taught from 4 to 6 p.m., by professional singer/songwriter Molly Pinto Madiga each covering a different topic, from rhythm and note-reading, to songwriting and hands-on instrumental skills. This program is free and open to teens ages 12-18. Come explore music in a new way at Main Branch in the Creativity Lab. Because space is limited, registration is required. To reserve a spot, call 978-531-0100 or stop by in person.

Year-round cycling options in Salem

The city of Salem’s Zagster bike share and pilot e-scooter program offers year-round micro-mobility options, with winter operations starting in December and remaining in operation through winter and into the spring. There will be 35 bikes docked at seven stations in downtown Salem and on Salem State’s campus, and 50 e-scooters will be available. During winter, riders must end rides at one of the seven stations, and e-scooters will not be available in high winds or below-freezing temperatures. Riders are encouraged to wear reflective material at night to ensure optimal visibility.

Book groups at Peabody Institute Library

The Peabody Institute Library will host two new book groups in 2020, both starting in January at the Main Library, 82 Main St, Peabody. Page to Screen” meets the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m., at the Main Library. The first meeting, Feb. 3rd, will feature a popular comedic film about a wealthy family in Singapore. We’ll get together to discuss the book, compare the two and eat popcorn. Meeting on the second Thursday of the month is the Queer Book Group. The first meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13, will discuss Compass Rose by Anne Burke at 6:30 p.m., at the Main Library. It will be followed by a special author panel featuring Anna. Books for both groups are available at the Public Services Desk. Registration is not necessary. Questions? Call 978-531-0100 x17, or: www.peabodylibrary.org/calendar/

Explore Bradley Palmer Park

Discover the wonders of our natural world at Topsfield’s beautiful Bradley Palmer State Park this winter! Explore animal adaptations, tracking, seasonal changes in the wild, and more! Participants will be eligible to receive a Junior Ranger patch and certificate with the completion of five sessions, most running Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m. to March 28. (except Feb. 22) Come to the heated Nature Center near the Bradley Palmer parking lot. Activities include hikes, weather permitting. No pre-registration required, unless numbers of participants exceeds capacity. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout this free program. Best for children 8 –12. Bradley Palmer State Park is located at 40 Asbury St., Topsfield. Questions? Email Barbara.buls@mass.gov.

Slavery in New England

By the American Revolution, enslaved people comprised about 4% of New England’s population and had become integral to its economy and culture. On Thursday, Feb. 6, join author Dr. Jared Ross Hardesty at the Salem Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty St., Salem, as he brings New England slaves to life while exploring the importance of slavery to colonization, agriculture and industry, New England’s deep connections to Caribbean plantation societies, and the significance of emancipation movements in the era of the American Revolution are also covered in his lecture, taken from his book, ‘Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds, a history of slavery in New England.’ Doors open at 6:45 p.m., program starts at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public; bring your book to be signed.

Marblehead Artisan Shop open

The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., in Marblehead, is showing the works of eight member artists in the Artisan Shop, through Jan. 12. On view and for sale will be works by photographer Kimberly Crowninshield, 2D fine artist John Willand, jewelry and leather artisan Joanne Demetra, jewelry designers Deborah Way and Janet Russell, glass artist Aron Leaman and ceramicist Dorothy Arthur. The eight MAA artist members will display their works on a rotating basis, 15 to 20 affordable pieces at a time, all juried, all under $250. For more information, call 781-631-2608 or visit www.marbleheadarts.org.

Animal lovers needed locally

The Marblehead Animal Shelter, 44 Village St., is in need of new volunteers, to do cleaning and feeding on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. If you love animals and have the time, drop by the shelter to pick up a volunteer application. The shelter is open Mondays and Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Fridays, 5 to 7 p.m., Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 781-631-8664.

CuriousCity February vacation camp

Looking for something fun to do over February vacation week? Why not visit the moon! CuriousCity children’s museum has a new workshop, Space Camp for children, in partnership with Peabody Access TV (PAT) and Steamworks! Perfect for grades 2-4, Space Camp offers astronaut training, rocket designing, building and launching, testing a moon lander and moon rover, collecting and analyzing lunar samples and return to Earth, for more, including space in Virtual Reality and a DIY planetarium! Classes run from Feb. 17 to 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mornings, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,will be at Peabody Access TV (119 Foster St. Bldg. 13, Suite 2B, Peabody); next door with staff for afternoons 1PM - 4PM at CuriousCity Children’s Museum, 205 Washington St., Peabody. Space is limited, prepaid registration is $225 www.curiouscitypeabody.org. Based on the success of the pop-up summer initiative for ages 2 to 10, the museum is now temporarily located at 205 Washington St. in Peabody at the City of Peabody’s Leatherworkers Museum, awaiting construction of permanent downtown location.

Patti Austin at the Cabot

Beverly’s Cabot Theatre is launching its year-long 100th anniversary celebration with “An Evening With Patti Austin” fundraiser benefit on Thursday, Jan. 23. The Grammy winner is donating her time to help raise money for The Cabot. Thad Siemasko, a founder at The Cabot and a principal of SV Design, along with principals Jean Verbridge and Tobin Shulman, are hosting the event, and members of the design community are invited. Proceeds benefit The Cabot 100 capital campaign to raise $6.8 million to complete the renovations, for which the theatre’s fall benefit raised $1M. The evening will also pay tribute to former Cabot-employee, the late Josh Robinson, with a portion going to the Northshore Recovery after-school program held at The Cabot. Tickets are VIP and performance only, at: TheCabot.org or at the box office.VIP tickets include premium orchestra seating and pre-performance party, with food, drinks, and a silent auction. For tickets and more information, https://thecabot.org/cabot100events.

Garden Club scholarships

The Town & Country Garden Club of Ipswich (TCGC) is again offering scholarships to one or two graduating high school seniors. Applicants must reside in Ipswich and should be pursuing further education in either horticulture, landscape design, forestry, conservation, botany, city planning, or environmental studies. For more information or to request an application, contact your high school guidance counselor or Marilyn Seidler, Scholarship Chairman TCGC, 2 Redwood Dr, Ipswich at seidlers@comcast.net. Application Deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2020.

CareDimensions Grief Support Group

CareDimensions is offering a free support group for those struggling to accept a loss of a loved one, led by an experienced bereavement counselor, meeting Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., from Feb. to April 2, at the Bertolon Center for Grief and Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers. Meet with others struggling with grief and develop skills to help you move on. For information/registration (fee $10), call 855-774-5100 or email grief@CareDimensions.org.

Young Widows’Support Group

Care Dimensions is holding a support group for Those Who Have Been Widowed (55 and under; all genders) Mondays, from Feb. 24 to April 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Care Dimensions, The Bertolon Center for Grief and Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers. The group is led by an experienced bereavement counselor. Cost: Free. But must register. Must attend the first session to participate in the group. Fore information/registration, call to ask if this group is right for you: 855-774-5100 or email grief@CareDimensions.org.

Lunch at NSCC’s Beacon Café!

The Beacon Café, North Shore Community College’s student-run café, will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 23 and serve on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Tuesday, April 28. Choose from a standard a la carte menu including choices of soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts, and two seating times: 11:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Reservations are required at 978-762-4000, x1513. The Beacon Caféis located off Route 114W at 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton in the North Shore Business Center. The café will be closed on February 13, 18 & 20, and again on March 10 & 12 for spring break. Visit: http://www.northshore.edu

 

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