The Swampscott High School Drama Club’s summer theater program will be back again this summer for kids entering grades three through nine. This year’s program will culminate in a performance of “Seussical Kids,” on Aug. 1, Kids get a chance to act, sing, dance, play theater games, and do projects. The program runs three mornings a week beginning July 2, ending Aug. 1, and is available to kids from Swampscott and surrounding communities. Email Director Jim Pearse for more information (, or call 617-459-2440.

North Shore Idol, affiliated with the Theatre of Light, is offering its 6th annual one-week Summer Musical Theatre Program for North Shore children ages 7 to 15. The theme is: “A Tribute to Queen and Freddy Mercury.”Rehearsals will be at the North Shore Children’s Theatre, 10 Tioga Way in Marblehead and the performance will be at the Old North Church in Marblehead. The program takes place Monday thru Friday, July 29, through Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enrollment, limited to 15 participants, is now in progress. There are a few openings still available. For more information or to enroll your child, call 978-210-9818 or email:

On Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. the Beverly Public Library will host Books & Brunch, a special book group in celebration of the library’s summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories.” The group will discuss “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon,” by Robert Kurson. The brunch and discussion take place at Bonefish Harry’s, 218 Cabot St., Beverly. Registration is required. Participants must be 21+. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. To register, stop by the Reference Desk or call 978-921-6062. Questions? Contact Lisa at

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

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

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

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

Patrons of the Ipswich Public Library may now enhance their language learning goals with access to the Rosetta Stone Library Solution. Thanks to the generosity of EBSCO Information Services, in partnership with Rosetta Stone Inc., non-native patrons may further their ESL learning as English speakers, or brush up on a language for business or vacation travel. To start using Rosetta Stone, visit, click on “Services,” then “Databases.” Log in with your library card number as Patron ID and follow instructions. Contact the Reference Desk at 978-356-6648 ext. 15 for assistance. For more information, contact Assistant Library Director Genevieve Picard at 978-356-6648 ext. 3017 or email

A new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) site will open in Beverly on June 18, to increase fresh food access to low income families and provide training that helps cultivate local, small-scale farmers who grow this food. The sites, at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St., are sponsored by the New Entry Food Hub, a Beverly based nonprofit dedicated to strengthening local communities and increasing access to fresh food by partnering with senior centers, homeless shelters, childcare facilities, food banks, and other organizations serving low-income residents, as well as providing training and other support to the local farmers who serve the CSA. Anyone on the North Shore can sign up to receive weekly shares of fresh, locally farm grown food. New members are currently being accepted for pickups, between 2:30 and 6 p.m. on Fridays, through Nov. 1. Contact Ginger Turner at the New Entry Food Hub at 978-656-1654, or visit online at

Acord Food Pantry, a provider of food assistance to residents of six towns North of Boston, will dedicate Thursday mornings, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to assisting seniors with food distribution. If you or someone you know is dealing with food insecurity, call 978-468-7424. Acord is supported solely by donations from local businesses, community groups and individuals. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 2203, S. Hamilton, MA 01982 or via the donate link at

The Salem High School Class of 1960 will hold a reunion picnic, rain or shine, at Salem Willows Park (across from the Arcade) on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at noon. Members and friends of Salem High School alumni are welcome. Coffee, cookies, pizza and water will be provided. Bring a chair and pack lunch or buy it at concession stands. Remind classmates and friends about this event. Donations will gladly be accepted. Call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776 or email Walt Doblecki at

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

Ipswich Public Library patrons can use their library passes to visit Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries at a discounted rate of $2 per person (for up to four people per pass). For more information, call 781-259-9500.

To help customers save money and energy, the Middleton Electric Light Department (MELD) is launching an awareness program about electric vehicles. Middleton Drives Electric’s website provides comprehensive EV resources and support via a toll-free line (1-833-433-8363) and email ( staffed by EV specialists. Visit and sign up to receive the latest information about incentives and upcoming events.

Work has begun on the Route 1 portion of Peabody’s Clean & Sustainable Water Infrastructure program. Work crews will replace smaller water mains with larger ones to improve water quality and distribution to Peabody homes and businesses along the Route 1 corridor. Most of the construction will take place Sunday through Thursday evenings from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on the northbound side of Route 1 and between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the southbound side. The initial work, which started on April 16, is on the northbound side at its intersection with Dearborn Road. At least one lane of traffic will remain open during construction hours. Police details will accompany work crews and sign boards have been installed to help notify motorists. Revoli Construction Co, Inc., is the city’s contractor for the project and Weston & Sampson will provide engineering oversight.

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

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

Food Assistance volunteers are needed at Beverly Bootstraps. Committed to feeding people in the community that need food assistance, Beverly Bootstraps welcomes your help. Many positions are open both during the day and the evening, year-round or just for the summer. For more information please contact Leslie Colten, Volunteer Coordinator

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.

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll has announced the availability of the city’s Draft Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020), which outlines priority activities for anticipated Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding. This funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), assists income-eligible households and low-to moderate-income neighborhoods through programs, services and improvements. The draft translates into action the goals and strategies established in the 5-Year Consolidated Plan, completed following an extensive public participation process in 2015, and considers citizens’comments received at an initial public hearing held on January 17, 2019. A public hearing will be held on Thursday, June 20, in the first floor conference room at 98 Washington Street at 6 p.m. to give residents, businesses and organizations a chance to comment. If interested, send written comment to the City of Salem Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) by June 28. Copies of the Draft Plan are available at the Salem Public Library, Salem Housing Authority, at the DPCD, or online at: . The final plan will be submitted to HUD in July.

The new Salem Bay Collaborative Choir Camp, jointly offered by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Church of St. Andrew (Marblehead), will be held June 24 to June 29, at St. Peter’s, 24 St. Peter St., Salem. The camp, for boys and girls ages 7 to 14, is free for Salem residents, and meets Monday through Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday morning, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Choristers will learn music and sight singing and play movement games. Evensong on Saturday, June 29, at 5.p.m., followed by a closing reception. Boys’ voices must not have changed, otherwise a love of song is all that’s needed. Mary Jodice, director of music at St. Andrew’s, will be assisted by organist/accompanist Brink Bush and vocal teacher Anastasia Black. For information/registration contact Jodice at by June 15.

The Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute of Salem State University has scheduled its 2019 summer guest speakers program, running July and August on select Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon. A wide variety of topics will be featured at the Institute’s downtown Salem headquarters at 10 Federal St. Explorers LLI of Salem State University is one of more than 400 Lifelong Learning Institute chapters across the USA. Explorers LLI offers a variety of multi-week courses to members 50+ during the fall and spring terms. Founded in 1992, with over 300 current members, it is open to the public and donations are appreciated. For more information contact: Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Suite 10, Salem MA. 01970. Or email:, or call 978-744-0804.

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, in partnership with the Salem Trolley, will again offer free rides on the Salem Trolley for Salem residents from June 1 to Sept. 30. You must provide proof of residency to qualify at the Salem Trolley office at 8 Central Street in downtown Salem. The Trolley runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including much of downtown and the Salem Willows. Regular stops are at the Salem Visitors Center, Witch History Museum, Trolley Depot, Old Burial Point/Witch Trial Memorial, Pickering Wharf/Sea Level restaurant, the House of the Seven Gables, Salem Witch Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum, and Salem Witch House/Salem Inn. Passenger requested stops are also made at the Salem Maritime Site, Salem Ferry, Winter Island, Salem Willows, and Hamilton Hall/Phillips House/Chestnut Street. For a complete map, visit:

Beverly Bootstraps’ Summer Food Program, which provides food for school aged children, starts Monday, June 17. Families with children will be able to visit the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry, 35 Park St, every week, instead of every other week, through Aug. 30, at these times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and Tuesday from 4 to 6:45 p.m. Registration is required and may be done Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is needed to register, but clients must bring children’s birth certificate, Social Security card or report card, as well as current proof of Beverly residence (such as a piece of mail addressed to you within the last 2 weeks).

The Marblehead Arts Association will open its Festival of the Arts exhibit with a reception on Thursday, June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The festival runs from July 1 through Aug. 4, and features the work of its artist members. The MAA also will host plein-air painters in the Emerging Gallery through Marblehead Festival of the Arts. The summer member exhibit is neither juried nor judged, with a diverse offering of paintings, works on paper, mixed media and three-dimensional pieces, including fine arts, photography and crafts. Visitors may vote for a favorite piece with a People’s Choice ballot. For more information, visit

Tickets are now available for Marblehead Little Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia,” the musical tale of a young bride-to-be’s search for her father on a sunny Greek island with her wildly unpredictable mother. Performances are scheduled for June 21 through June 30 at the MLT Firehouse Theatre, 12 School St. Tickets are $25, with a special $15 student rate for matinee performances, available at and at Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St., in Marblehead. For more information, visit

The 2019 North Shore Cancer Walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Salem Willows to raise money for cancer care on the North Shore. The annual walk has raised more than $23 million thanks to 5,000 participants each year. Funds support oncology services on the North Shore Medical Center’s Salem campus, as well as clinical trials, wellness care and other oncology services at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. In the past, walk contributions have supported renovations, equipment purchases, clinical trials, wellness services and supportive care programs for patients and their families. For information, visit

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

North Shore Elder Services is seeking the following volunteers: (1) Friendly Visitors to visit with seniors living in Salem or Peabody; and (2) Money Managers to help seniors balance checkbooks and prepare simple budgets. Volunteer applications are available at For more information, call 978-624-2288 or email:

Stories & Songs with Ryan welcomes children ages 2 to 4 weekly, for songs, stories and activities on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Caregivers must attend — no registration needed.

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

The Friends of Beverly Animals (FOBA) is seeking pet photos for its 2020 calendar. Photos (no more than three per pet) of dogs, cats, hamsters, birds or any other animal may be sent. Photos should be good quality (jpgs, at least 100 dpi or 4″x6″in size), not blurry or dark, with no people (or people parts) in them. Identify the animal(s) by name, and state the owner’s name. Deadline for submission is July 31. Send to and include the words “2020 calendar”in the email subject line. Calendars are an important fundraiser for FOBA to support rescue and adoption placements. For more information, email or call 978-922-7190.

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Cindy Kallet will perform at Saturday Night in Marblehead, the monthly coffeehouse at the Church of St. Andrew, on Saturday, June 22, at 8 p.m. Kallet has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” and WFMT’s Folkstage, recorded 11 albums and published a songbook of original songs. Her first album, “Working on Wings to Fly,” was voted one of the Top 100 Folk Albums of the last Century by WUMB Boston radio listeners. For more information, visit:, or Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; a $15 donation is requested at the door. The church is at 135 Lafayette St. (Route 114) near the Salem line, and is handicapped accessible.

The Ipswich Museum and Ipswich ReCreation & Culture will present six Saturday-night performances of “Goodnight, Captain White,” a maritime history-mystery. Written by Mark Stevick and directed by Lynda Robertson, the play’s setting is Salem in 1830, when the fabulously wealthy Joseph White is found dead in his bed at his own party. The audience becomes party guests turned Committee-of-Vigilance for this historical whodunnit. Remaining performances are June 22, July 13 and 27, and Aug. 10 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Heard House, Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St., Ipswich. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for museum members and $20 for students. For tickets go to:

The Plummer Youth Promise Foundation is holding its 6th annual Paddle for Plummer event on Saturday, July 13, at its waterfront property at Plummer Youth Promise, 37 Winter Island Road, Salem. This event raises significant funds for the Plummer Home, which aims to find a family for every child. Participants and spectators enjoy paddling, live music, food, waterfront spinning, SUP yoga with sponsors, and vendors. For information/registration, visit:

The Danvers Historical Society will host a free summer evening of ‘History Harmony and Hot Dogs’ on Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Glen Magna Farms, 29 Ingersoll Street, Danvers Bring your blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy live music with ‘Decades of Rock.’ Tickets for Hot Dogs, water, soda, Famous Root Beer Floats, and ice cream will be sold, so please; no coolers. Or pets. For more information, call 978-777-1666 or E-mail to Note: rain date is Monday, July 1.

Greenbelt will host two trail runs this summer as part of the 2019 North Shore Trail Series sponsored by New England Running Company & Salomon to benefit land conservation. The first race is the Pingree Run for the Hills 5K and 10K on Saturday, July 13, at 9 am at the Pingree Reservation behind the Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA. The route features wooded trails through a remarkable series of glacial landforms called “eskers.” Register 5K or 10K distance, online till July 10, or at the event. Greenbelt’s second summer race is the Beverly Commons 3.5 and 7-mile trail run on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the 126-acre Beverly Commons Conservation Area in Beverly Farms. The scenic route is challenging, with steep hills and rocky terrain. Runners may register for the 3.5 mile or 7 mile online until Aug. 21, or at the event. For full details on both events, visit: Visit for details.

On Friday, June 28 from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library Film Society will screen a film based on the acclaimed novel by Angie Thomas. Licensing prevents us from printing film titles; but it’s a riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines tale about race, class, and division in America. Free and open to adults, with free popcorn! Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program. Call the library for the title and other details at 978-921-6062 or check

‘Cutting the Cord: Exploring Alternatives to Cable TV’ will be the topic on Tuesday, July 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. when the Sohier Room at the Beverly Main Library invites you to explore some of the ways you can quit cable, keep the channels you care about, gain access to on-demand content, and even retain your DVR capabilities. Ready to stop spending gobs of money on a cable bundle packed with channels you never watch? Curious about the Internet-based alternatives you’ve heard about, like Sling, Hulu or DirecTV Now? Join us at the library, 32 Essex Street, Beverly, Questions? Call 978-921-6062.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater North Shore is hosting a Family & Friends Support Group and a new Individual (Peer) Support Group on Wednesday June 26, from 7 to 8:30 pm at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly. The two groups are for family and friends of those dealing with mental health challenges and for individuals (peers) and they meet the last Wednesday of Every Month . For more information e-mail or call 617-984-0504 and leave a message. Also visit

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore Family & Friends Support Group meets the last Wednesday of every month. For more information, email, call 617-984-0504, or visit

Jennifer Evans and Mike Modern will share the stage at The Along The Way Coffee House, 12 Meeting House Green in Ipswich, on Saturday, June 22. Jennifer Evans, an accomplished finger style guitarist with a rich voice, performs the honed, socially relevant compositions of her songwriter brother, Griff Evans, and other contemporary songwriters. Mike Modern’s love of folk music evolved to include his own works, as well as cowboy songs, sea songs, Scottish and Irish songs, and some from the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Doors open at 6:30, and show time is at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door, or via Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Ernie or Amy at 978-223-3597, or at