The Peabody Institute Library West Branch, 603 Lowell St. in Peabody, will host a winter wreath-making workshop on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. with Evelyn Rauseo. All materials will be provided to decorate a 22-inch balsam wreath, along with wine, refreshments and door prize. Tickets are $50, available at all three library locations. All proceeds benefit the Peabody Institute Library Foundation. For more information, call 978-531-0100.

The annual Parade of Trees at Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., runs from Wednesday, Nov. 28, to Sunday, Dec. 2. A hall brimming with decorated trees and wreaths await. Each tree, along with its trimmings and gifts, will be raffled off at the end of the event. Acoustic sing-a-long, reading of “The Polar Express,” a magician, and much more. Preview Party Tuesday, Nov. 27, $15. For more information, call Joyce Cranford at 978-777-1666, or visit www.danvershistory.org.

The Salem University Chamber Orchestra will perform on Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. The program will include Dance Macabre: Ghouls, Phantoms and Scary Clowns, with Night on Bald Mountain, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Funeral March of the Marionette, and Phantom of the Opera. Mary-Jo Grenfell conducts. Admission is a goodwill offering at the door. Additional information: salemstate.edu/arts or 978-542-6365.

The North Shore Horticultural Society will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge, 10 Church St., Manchester, with a presentation by historian anthropologist Mary Ellen Lepionka, who will share her knowledge of “Algonquian Foodways and Medicinal Plants,” an exploration of Native American diet and nutrition. Nonmembers, $5. 978-232-0102.

“Christmas in Salem” invites visitors to tour homes in Salem’s Historic Derby Street neighborhood, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Homes will be decorated to the theme of “A Very Hawthorne Holiday” to celebrate The House of the Seven Gables’ 350th anniversary. The preview candlelight tour (for advance ticket holders only) is Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m. All sites will be open for tours Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 11:30 a.m. This citywide event marks the 39th anniversary of Historic Salem’s largest fundraiser. Tickets are available online at ChristmasinSalem.org, or by calling Historic Salem at 978-745-0799. Deadline for sales is Thursday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. House tour tickets can be purchased at the House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., on Dec. 1 and 2, for $40 each.

The Beverly Public Library’s Books & Brews Book Discussion Group meets Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to discuss “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly. Meeting at The Indo, 298 Cabot St., Beverly. Registration is required. Must be 21. Discussion titles are available at checkout desk. To register stop by the Reference Desk or call 978-921-6062. For more information email ryan@noblenet.org.

Beverly Public Library will hold a cookbook club meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. Cook something to share with a mystery ingredient that can be picked up at the reference desk and bring in the dish for the group to enjoy. Meet new people, experiment with cooking, and enjoy the results. Registration is a must, online at https://beverlypubliclibrary.org/cookbook-club-dec-2018/, at the Reference desk, or by calling 978-921-6062. Once you register you’ll receive the mystery ingredient. The library is located at 32 Essex St. Contact Katie at knelson@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062 ext. 2122.

On Monday, Dec. 10, Salem’s Ledger Restaurant & Bar, 125 Washington St., will host a Feast of the Seven Fishes, an all star chefs’ benefit with proceeds going to Chefs Cycle, which supports No Kid Hungry. Chefs create courses in time-honored Italian tradition. Also known as Festa dei Sette Pesci, cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. and followed at 6:30 p.m. by a seven-course pre-fix menu and saxophone music by Michael “Tune” Antunes. Manning the stoves will be: Chef Colin Lynch of Bar Mezzana, Michael Serpa of Select Oyster Bar, Anthony Caturano of Tonno and Prezza, Tony Susi of RIPASSO, Dante de Magistris of Dante and il Casale, Jay Silva and Matt O’Neil of The Blue Ox, Daniel Gursha and Pastry Chef Michelle Boland of Ledger. Cost is $185 per person. Visit: www.nokidhungry.org. Reservations are required at 978-594-1908.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Peabody Institute Library’s South Branch, 78 Lynn St. in Peabody, welcomes Bob Michelson, of Photography by Michelson, for a two-hour workshop. Learn how to edit photos using Adobe Photoshop Elements software. Learn about basic color correction, white balancing, cropping, resizing, and sharing photos with a live demonstration. Michelson is a published underwater photographer/videographer, and instructor whose work has appeared in numerous books and magazines and on national television. This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required at www.peabodylibrary.org or by calling 978-531-3380.

 

The Beverly Public Library will hold its annual Winter Book Crafts on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy some hot chocolate while you give old books a new life as ornaments and cards. No talent necessary. This program is geared toward adults and young adults (ages 14 and older). Contact Katie at knelson@noblenet.org. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

The North Shore Computer Society will meet on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., with a focus on Windows 10 Basics. Presentation by 20-year computer tech and NSCS president Joe Riess. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Peabody Municipal Light Plant, 201 Warren St. Ext, Peabody. Seating is limited. Call Ernie Felzani at 617-240-3327.

The House of the Seven Gables presents, “Becoming American,” a six-part film and discussion series on immigration issues set in historical context. The series begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, with The Century of Immigration from 1820 to 1924. Each of the six conversations will be hosted by scholar Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Ph.D. The series continues Jan. 16, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, and May 1. To register for one or more sessions, visit www.7gables.org/events, email erincon@7gables.org, or call 978-306-7001.

Friends of Beverly Animals 2019 calendars are now available. The calendar features color photos of local pets, many of which are rescues, including quite a few saved by FOBA. Calendars are $14 each, at the following Beverly locations: Beverly Wild Bird & Pet Supply, 214 Rantoul St.; Cabot Street Books & Cards, 272 Cabot St.; Carroll’s Florist, 385 Cabot St.; Dogs by Design & Cats, Too! 131 Dodge St.; DogSpa, 45 Enon St.; Marika’s Restaurant, 199 Cabot St.; Sally’s Hair Salon, 593 Cabot St.; SoHo Cats Luxury Feline Hotel, 100 Cabot St. Calendars may also be purchased online at friendsofbeverlyanimals.org. To have a calendar sent by mail, add $4 for the first calendar and 50 cents each for additional calendars. Questions? Call 978-922-7190 or write bhannable@gmail.com.

Beverly’s Iron Village Strength and Conditioning gym, 128 Park St. B7, will offer a free class on “How to Stop the bleed” on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. as part of a national campaign to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Learn how to place a tourniquet, pack a wound, and take measures to prevent a death. For more information, call 619-847-8793 or visit stopthebleedingcoalition.org/.

Historic Beverly’s second community art exhibit, titled “My Beverly,” is on display in the Cabot House’s second-floor gallery, 117 Cabot St., Beverly, through Saturday, Dec. 8. For more information, email Abby Battis at abattis@historicbeverly.net or visit www.historicbeverly.net.

“Poison of Choice,” a play by William Cunningham, will be presented from Nov. 29 through Dec. 9 at Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center, 356 Lafayette St. Chaos ensues when Alan, a struggling author, attempts to get his mind out of the graphic novel he created by taking a job that hurls him into a world of political corruption, sex, murder, addiction, etc. Is he in the real world or trapped in his novel? This is the world premiere. Showtimes are Thursday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets and information at: salemstatetickets.com or 978-542-6365.

The Rosenberg Glass Residency Artists are currently on exhibit through Nov. 30 at Salem State University’s Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center. 352 Lafayette St. The Winfisky Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit salemstate.edu/arts or call 978-542-6365.

Danvers Historical Society’s 10th annual Parade of Trees runs Tuesday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 2, at Tapley Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. View creatively-decorated faux trees and wreaths donated by local businesses, organizations and families. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, donors are thanked with a preview party from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $15 for all non-donors. Trees will be raffled off and tickets sold from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Each day there’s a special free event; nonperishable food donations are welcome for the Danvers Food Pantry. On Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m., there’s a “Polar Express” pajama party for kids. On Friday, Nov. 30, Danvers High School Falconize A Cappella choir will sing from 4 to 6 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 1, student musicians from Music Connection School perform from 1 to 3 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 2, there’s a Good Lickin’ Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor’s Ice Cream Social from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at 3:15 p.m. For more information, call 978-777-1666 or visit www.danvershistory.org.

The Dane Street Congregational Church in Beverly will hold a free Christmas Pops Concert with Avard Rushton conducting the Church Community Concert Band on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Holiday music from the British Isles to Broadway to Berlin — as in Irving — to Appalachia will be on tap, and everyone can join in for a sing-along. All are invited to the church, at 10 Dane St. in Beverly. For more information, call 978-922-4325.

“An Evening of Merrymaking” is set for Friday, Dec. 7, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Mansion at Glen Magna Farms, 29 Ingersoll St., Danvers. The event is hosted by The Danvers Historical Society. There will be live music by the “Just in Time” band, led by John Archer. Cocktails, dinner and some “Carol-oke” with friends. $75 per person, Cash bar. Advance purchase required. Deadline for tickets is Dec. 1. Call 978-777-1666 for tickets today.

Salem Arts Association with Salem Main Streets, the Creative Collective, Historic Salem, and Salem Public Art is planning a free, festive market with live music and a seasonal theme on Saturday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25. Featuring a variety of over 40 local artisans and crafters, and offering original artwork, unique gifts, and handmade treasures. Festivities include live music and activities for children. Handicapped-accessible. Open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beverly Public Library will celebrate National Writing Month with “NaNoWriMo Write-Ins” on Sunday, Nov. 25, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Bring your laptop, notebook, or scribe on select Sundays where we’ll have tables, chairs, outlets, free Wi-Fi, and snacks. Your write-in host will be Julia Mohler, municipal liaison for the North Shore. Get started by creating a free account at www.nanowrimo.org where you can join virtual write-ins, track your word count, earn badges, find writing tips, and interact with fellow addicts. The library is located at 32 Essex St. For more information, email ridenour@noblenet.org.

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 (ICC) Banquet Hall, 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 present the Better Breathers Club for those affected by chronic lung diseases. Groups 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.

The Manchester Singers’ rehearsals are underway to prepare for its December holiday concert. Rehearsals are every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Congregation Chapel, 1 Chapel Lane in Manchester. New members are welcome. The Manchester Singers is a community chorus of 35 men and women from north shore towns including Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Wenham, and Manchester. The Chorus performs concerts annually throughout the north shore under the direction of Fred Broer. For more information, call 978-283-9021, email feb.3@earthlink.net, or visit: manchestersingers.org.

The Salem Public Art Commission is seeking artists to partake in its first-ever Performer Series at Artists’ Row and Derby Square. The program, held through November, will give artists space to premiere new work, create site-specific pieces, or present traditional work in a non-traditional setting. Artists who specialize in mixed media experiences; theatre, dance, and movement performances; light installations; projections and interactive light displays; sound installations or live sound experiences; games; live music; installation arts; and more are welcome to apply. Download registration forms at www.salem.com/public-art-commission.

The Manchester Singers’ rehearsals are underway to prepare for its December holiday concert. Rehearsals are every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Congregation Chapel, 1 Chapel Lane in Manchester. New members are welcome. The Manchester Singers is a community chorus of 35 men and women from north shore towns including Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Wenham, and Manchester. The Chorus performs concerts annually throughout the north shore under the direction of Fred Broer. For more information, call 978-283-9021, email feb.3@earthlink.net, or visit: manchestersingers.org.

Babka lovers, take note. The United Polish Organization of Peabody will hold a pre-holiday Babka Sale via telephone. Choose from plain, raison, cinnamon raisin, plain cinnamon, cheese, or prune. Please place your order by phone with Lola Busta at 978-531-5592; Blazewicz at 978-531-7999; Janis Marren at 978-531-8837; or Rita Edry at 978-5398607 no later than Dec. 12. The babkas will be available for pickup on Monday, Dec. 17, from noon to 5 p.m. at St. Michael’s Hall, 15 Endicott Art, Peabody.

Winthrop’s Holiday Boutique, with over 60 vendors the largest fundraiser for the Friends of Winthrop, is set for Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 100% of the funds go back to the school to fund new technology, cultural enrichment programs that enhance the curriculum, new playground equipment and field trips. Stock up on holiday gifts, homemade cookies at the ‘Cookie Walk,” bid on gift baskets to 2 p.,m, shop with the elves in the children’s secret shop, browse the Scholastic book shop, pose with Santa, enjoy lunch at the Winthrop Cafe, and more. Admission is $2 adults; $1 children and seniors.

There will be a community conversation on Monday, Nov. 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with councilors at large Domingo Dominguez and Elaine Milo at Meche Theater, Salem Academy Charter School, 45 Congress St.

The Friends of The Marblehead Council on Aging, along with Eventide Photograpy will hold a fundraiser on Saturday Dec. 1, noon to 4 p.m. during The Marblehead Christmas Walk. This is a chance to have professional holiday photographs taken while making a charitable donation that affects Marblehead’s own. Susan Golden of Eventide Photography is donating her talents to benefit programs sponsored by The Friends of The COA and The Community Center. Pose with Mr and Mrs Claus or a winter backdrop, with carolers and festive cheer. Reservations at: mhdfriendsofcoa@gmail.com.

In partnership with the American Federation of Teachers through the First Book initiative, the Salem Teachers Union and the Peabody Federation of Teachers will be distributing 45,000 free books to students from their communities. First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources to children and educators. The event will be held on Dec. 1, at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, 485 Lowell St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beverly Bootstraps has begun a new family volunteer program to teach young children about giving back. Parents and children are asked to donate healthy snacks to the Bootstraps Food Pantry. Children will use their donations to create snack packs for local families in need. The program also features a tour of the Bootstraps building, where children will learn about the organization’s services. To sign up, contact Leslie Colten at 978-927-1561 or lcolten@beverlybootstraps.org.

The Trustees of Reservations’ Art and the Landscape public art initiative continues with its third installation, “TunnelTeller” by Alicja Kwade, at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. The piece is a contemporary interpretation of Castle Hill’s former hedge maze. The installation will be on view through April 2019. For more information, call 978-356-4351 or visit www.thetrustees.org/castlehill.

Practice public speaking skills with the Back Talk Toastmasters. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, from 7:15 to 9 p.m., at Brooksby Village’s McIntyre Building, 100 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody. For more information, visit www.backtalk.toastmastersclubs.org.

Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras is seeking musicians for its Prelude and Overture String Ensembles and Flute Choirs. Violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists between the ages of 6 and 11, and Flutists between the ages of 9 and 18 are welcome to join. The string ensembles meet weekly on Mondays at Masconomet Regional High School, 20 Endicott Road, Boxford, and The flute choirs meet weekly on Sundays at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield. For more information, call 978-309-9833 or visit www.nmyo.org.

Essex Heritage is launching a “Sponsor a Window” campaign to purchase and install 35 storm windows in the keepers’ cottages at Light Station at Bakers Island Light. Three different donation levels are available: $50 to sponsor a quarter window, $100 for a half window, and $200 for a full window. For more information, visit www.essexheritage.org/bakers.

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 please contact Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119 or mamorgan@noblenet.org.

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Tours are first come, first served and operate on preset schedules. The Guest of the Cranes tour, led by actors in character of domestic servants from 1929, is every hour on the hour. Admission is $5 for Trustees of the Reservations members and $15 for nonmembers. Other tours, including A Cupola with a View (tour that ends on the roof of the Great House), Help Wanted: Becoming a Servant at Castle Hill (first-person costumed tour), Highlights on the Hill: Castle Hill Estate Tour (seven-passenger electric golf cart tour), and The Cat’s Meow (children’s tour held on Fridays and Saturdays for ages 3-7) cost $10 for Trustees members and $20 for nonmembers. Self-guided tours of the first floor are also available. For more information, call 978-356-4351, ex. 3203, or visit www.thetrustees.org/castlehill.

16National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore Family & Friends Support Group will meet Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Beverly Hospital, Doctors Conference Room, 85 Herrick St., Beverly. The group is for family and friends of those dealing with mental health challenges and meets 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 Friendly Garden Club of Beverly, will hold their annual Holiday Happenings Event, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Beverly Cove Community Center, 19 E. Corning St. Doors open at 6 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m. by Bill Graham “Christmas! Are you ready?” Holiday Greens for sale, door prizes, opportunity drawings and the Holiday White Elephant Sale. Refreshments and desserts. Tickets $10 in Advance/ $15 at the door. Call:978-381-3597 or email: 01915gardenclub@gmail.com

Tickets are on sale for Marblehead Little Theatre’s December 6 thru 16 production of Shrek the Musical Jr, the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film and outrageous Broadway musical. Just in time for the holidays, this feel-good favorite is a family must see. Dates and times are Dec. 6, 7, 14, and 15 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets available at: mltlive.org. Catch our cast in preview at the Marblehead Christmas Walk on Dec. 1! Visit http://mltlive.org/.

Essex County Furniture Maker and Conservator Phil Lowe’s will present a photo journey of his life’s work on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. at the National Park Service Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem. A professional woodworker since 1968, Phil studied at the North Bennet Street School, becoming and went on to found and direct his own school, The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, which continues to train students in the art of furniture making and conservation. Examples of student work will be featured in the presentation and furniture pieces will be on display.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will host a free Medicare Seminar on Dec. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Marriott, 8A Centennial Drive. Peabody. Learn more about your 2019 options including: health, dental and prescription drug insurance plans, about Medicare Advantage, Medex, Part D drug coverage, and other affordable options. A sales person will be on hand with information and applications. To reserve your place, visit: medicare.bluecrossma.com/learn-more/attend-seminar. Or register at 800-262-2583, between 7 a.m. and midnight, daily. TTY/TDD users call 711.

The Trustees of Reservations’ Art and the Landscape public art initiative continues with its third installation, “TunnelTeller” by Alicja Kwade, at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. The piece is a contemporary interpretation of Castle Hill’s former hedge maze. The installation will be on view through April 2019. For more information, call 978-356-4351 or visit www.thetrustees.org/castlehill.

The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor will hold the 21st annual Holiday Pops Concert on Saturday Dec. 8, at Abbot Hall. The club’s largest fund raiser, it gives Marblehead families and friends a chance to celebrate the festive season together, and take part in an inspirational musical evening with festivities including Dirk Hillyer and The Hillyer Festival Orchestra, holiday favorites, international medleys, sing-alongs and much more. Floor tickets are $60, by mail through the order form in the Marblehead Reporter. Balcony seats and raffle tickets are $35, at www.rcomh.org or in person at Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St. and Spirit of Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St. Notecards will be available in packages of 10 cards for $15 at the concert.

The Swampscott Police Association asks those who are interested in participating the holiday parade, scheduled for Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. to please contact Ted Delano, Jay Locke, Paul Bartram, at 781-595-1111. The parade route starts at Swampscott High School, travels Essex to Burrill, Burrill to Paradise, Paradise to Vinnin to Salem St, Salem St to Humphrey St ending at Town Hall. Immediately following the Association Parade, the Town Recreation Department will be hosting music and family events on the Town Hall lawn.

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.

Veterans Coffee Socials on the North Shore, which holds regular coffee socials for both old and young veterans of wars, has resumed its activities. More information on socials throughout the North Shore can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/vetscoffee.

The Marblehead Museum will host children’s gingerbread decorating workshops on Tuesday, Nov. 27. There are two sessions, one at 1 p.m. and one at 3 p.m. Children may take home their creation or enter it into the Gingerbread Festival held at the Lee Mansion, Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. The museum is at 170 Washington St., Marblehead. Space is limited and reservations are required at 781-631-1768 or www.marbleheadmuseum.org.

The Beverly Bootstraps Homework Club students are selling “Change A Life” bracelets to raise money for the ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Bracelets cost $2 and are available at The Castle, Worthy Girl, Super Sub, Rasta Pasta Pizzeria, Clay Dreaming, Organic Garden, and Winfrey’s Fudge & Chocolate.

Salem Winter Market, an indoor seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers Market, returns on Saturday, Dec. 15­, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square. A variety of local vendors will be there with an assortment of foods and artisan crafts including seasonal produce, pasture-raised poultry and beef, locally-made cheeses, baked goods, jewelry, handmade soaps, honey, pickles, gourmet ravioli, and artisan chocolates. For more information, visit www.salemfarmersmarket.org.

Marblehead’s Holiday Buoy Festival, presented by Salem Five, offers a second day of buoy painting on Sunday, Nov. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., with one-hour slots available. The first two hours will be for families and the last hour will be for adults with wine. The buoys will decorate a lobster tree at the Town Landing during Christmas Walk weekend. Painting will take place at Creative Spirit, 80 Washington St., Marblehead. Cost is $25 per buoy (one buoy per person) Proceeds support Marblehead Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Walk Entertainment. Participants keep their buoy; those painted by local artists will be displayed in The Landing restaurant and auctioned Sunday night after the Christmas Walk.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) North Shore Chapter 479 welcomes active and retired federal employees to its holiday party Wednesday, Dec. 5, from noon to 3 p.m. at Angelica’s Restaurant and Functions, 49 S. Main St., Middleton. Cost is $34 per person. Make checks to “NARFE Chapter 479.” Send to Stella Pierce, 5 Old Planters Road, Beverly MA 01915-1519. For more information, call Pierce at 978-969-1761.

The Daughters of St. Joseph of Peabody will hold their annual Christmas Breakfast at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. Michael’s Hall, 15 Endicott St., Peabody. Cost is $20 per person; bring an unwrapped gift to be given to a hospitalized veteran at Christmas. For reservations call Lola Busta at 978-531-5592, Anna Kostos at 978-774-0985, Ann Blazewicz at 978-531-7999, or Janis Marren at 978-531-8837, no later than Nov. 26.

On Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m., Charles Sennott, Founder of the Ground Truth Project, will discuss Impactful Stories on Global Issues at Judge Science Center Auditorium, Endicott College, 376 Hale St Beverly. The GroundTruth Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to global coverage of social issues and human rights., and Sennott has reported on the front lines of wars and insurgencies in at least 20 countries, including the post 9-11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. His indepth reporting led him to dedicate himself to supporting and training the next generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of our time. This event is free and open to the public.

The Endicott College community celebrates the 10th semester of dance choreographed by guest artists in the show: Guest Choreographers X! with choreography by adjunct professor Alex Davis, original score by Tyler Catanella of Paradise Moves, and other Boston-based choreographers interpreting jazz, modern, hip hop, and Bollywood. Performances are Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., in the Endicott College Manninen Center for the Arts Rose Performance Hall. Tickets are $15; $5 for seniors and students; $1 for Endicott ID holders. For questions or reservations, contact Rebecca Kenneally at rkenneal@endicott.edu or visit tickets.endicott.edu.

The Peabody Institute Library and its branches will resume regular hours on Saturday, Nov. 24. For more information call 978-531-0100.

 

Senator Bruce Tarr’s 104.9 annual holiday toy drive is once again taking off, with sleigh loads of toys bound for North Shore children in need. Locally, unwrapped gifts will be picked up at the following drop-off locations at the following places on Dec. 13: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m, Salem State University, at Viking Hall Café (Starbucks), 73 Loring Ave., Salem. Benefits Bates Elementary School; 9 to 10 a.m., Flint Public Library, 1 South Main St., Middleton. Benefits Neighbors in Need; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Aubuchon Hardware, 50 Enon St., Beverly. Benefits Beverly Bootstraps; noon to 1 p.m., First Ipswich Bank, 32 Market St., Ipswich. Benefits Ipswich Caring.

Cantemus Chamber Chorus’ upcoming holiday concerts, under the direction of Jane Ring Frank, will celebrate the season with a joyous program performing locally at the following times and locations: Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly; and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. at First Church in Swampscott, 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott. Students 21 and under are free. General admission, $25; senior, $20. Tickets are available at www.cantemus.org, at the door, or at the following: A New Leaf in Beverly, The Bookshop of Beverly Farms, Nazir’s Fine Jewelry in Wenham, The Book Rack of Newburyport and Pak Mail Newburyport, Salem Wine Imports in Salem, and Zumi’s in Ipswich. Patrons can also purchase tickets on the Cantemus website, www.cantemus.org, or at the door.