Marblehead Little Theatre’s (MLT’s) first Summer of Music concert kicks-off at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, with songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Lally of Gloucester joined by Mitch Dion on drums and Derek Dupuis on bass. Produced by Marblehead’s Craig VanRemoortel, the series features rising stars and open mic nights, other dates are: Saturday evenings, July 27, Aug. 24, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $25 available online at, or at the door. Open mic nights are Thursday evenings, July 25, Aug. 1, Aug. 15, Aug. 29, Sept. 7, and Sept. 12. Admission is $5 at the door for audience and performers of all ages. Sign-in for performers begins at 7 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs about two hours. All events will be held in MLT’s Firehouse Theatre at 12 School St. in Marblehead. For more information, visit

Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr., and Peabody Main Streets have announced the City of Peabody’s Annual Free Summer Sunday Concert Series. All concerts (except Aug. 4) will be held on the Leather City Common, beginning Sunday, July 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. with “The All that 90’s Band” bringing back one-hit-wonders and songs by Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind, Eve 6, Foo Fighters, Sugar Ray, Blink-182, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many more. Remaining concerts are: July 21, Decades of Rock, 6 to 8 p.m.; JULY 28, classic rock with Tangerine 6 to 8 p.m.: AUG. 4, Rock ‘n Roll with Eleventh Hour, 7 to 9 p.m., at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School followed by fire works at 9 p.m.: AUG. 11, Pizza Fest from 4 to 6 p.m., followed from 6 to 8 p.m. by concert with Lisa Love Experience; AUG. 18, Classic Rock, Country, 80’s & 90’s with Bare Bones, 6 to 8 p.m.; AUG. 25, country music with Renee & the Renegades. Food, craft vendors a weekly craft beer brewer will be on hand. In case of rain, concerts will be rescheduled: contact the Mayor’s Office at (978)538-5704. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the Peabody Cultural Council, City of Peabody and Peabody Main Streets.

On Tuesday, July 30, from 10 to 11 a.m., the Salem Council on Aging, 401 Bridge St., Salem, will host a program focusing on decision making. ‘Making Decisions When it Matters Most: Conversations About Health Care Proxy, Five Wishes and More’ is designed to empowers you to advocate for your health care wishes with family, friends and medical professionals, and provides practical tools for setting up advance directives. Presented by Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, the program requires an RSVP: Call Rosanna M. Donahue, at 978-744-0924 (ext 43006).

The Salem Athenaeum Book Group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. There will be no July meeting. The next meeting is Aug. 10, to discuss ‘The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard. The Salem Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex St, Salem. For more information, call 978- 744-2540.

The Salem Athenaeum free Summer Salon series kicks off on July 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with storytellers sharing true stories from their lives, told without notes. The evening’s theme is “heat.” Among the storytellers will be Judy Bedell a Salem resident originally from Beijing, China; Peter Eschauzier, a former airline pilot who served on the Board of Directors of Historic Salem and has a multi-national background; Colleen Michaels, who directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art, where she’s been hosting the Improbable Places Poetry Tour for 10 years; and Bill Scannell, a graduate of Suffolk University Law School. —J.D. Scrimgeour, Chair of the Athenaeum Writing Committee, hosts. For a complete series schedule, visit:

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 sculptors have been placed in gardens, along woodland paths and historic landscape. 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.

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 are welcome. Coffee, cookies, pizza and water will be provided. Bring a chair and pack lunch or buy it at concession stands. For more information, call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776 or email Walt Doblecki at

Free rides are once again being offered on the Salem Trolley for Salem residents this summer, through 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:

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:

The Plummer Youth Promise Foundation is holding its sixth 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:

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 a.m. at the Pingree Reservation behind the Pingree School in South Hamilton. 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.

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

“Protect Your Home & Savings against the Risk of MassHealth and Long Term Care Costs” is the topic of a presentation by certified Elder Law Attorneys Patrick Curley and Lucy Budman on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. hosted by the North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Drive #200, Danvers. If you have a health crisis, are you prepared? What will you do if you require nursing home care or long-term care at home or in an assisted living facility? Do you have the Estate Planning documents required to get the care you need and to protect your family and your assets? MassHealth (Medicaid) planning and eligibility, asset protection strategies for one’s home and savings, the five-year look back and Irrevocable and Revocable Trusts will all be discussed. RSVP to Curley Law Firm LLP at 781-245-2222 x10 or

Mass Audubon’s photo contest welcomes shutterbugs of all ages, backgrounds, and experience to share the beauty of the Bay State through photography. The competition is now under way and continues through Monday, Sept. 30. You may enter in either 18-and-Older or Under-18 age categories and may focus on six subject areas: People in Nature, Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Landscapes, and Plants and Fungi. Contestants can submit up to 10 images, taken any time prior to or during the 2019 contest period in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, New Hampshire. One grand prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card and be featured in Mass Audubon’s member newsletter, Explore. Eleven winners will receive $100 gift cards, and at least six honorable mentions will receive $50 gift cards. Additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges. All gift cards are to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary. To enter and to review contest information, visit

The Salem High School Class of 1964 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Waterfront Room at Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The event will be an informal luncheon buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. Door prize donations are welcome. There will be a 50/50 raffle and cash bar. Make checks payable to Salem High School Class of 1964 and mail to Jim Solovicos, 10 Sylvia Road, Peabody, MA, 01960.

Essex Heritage, in cooperation with the Trustees of Reservations, is offering two new public boat tours aboard the landing craft Naumkeag to Misery Island, each offering a look at the history of the Salem Sound islands. The Island Hops Tour — Thursdays through Aug. 29 — departs at 5:30 p.m. and is a narrated, 21 and older cruise. Enjoy a Notch beer and get up-close looks of the Salem Sound islands. The Misery Island Castaway Tour (ages 4 and up) departs at 2 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 30, and goes straight to Misery Island where you can join a treasure hunt. All tours leave from the dock adjacent to the Salem Ferry Landing at 10 Blaney St., where there is free parking. The Naumkeag is a large, open landing craft with a bow front that drops down so passengers can walk directly onto the beach. For tickets, visit For more details, visit or call 978-740-0444.

The Greek Orthodox Church of Ipswich will hold its annual Greek Festival on July 13 from 12:30 to 11 p.m. and July 14 from 12:30 to 7 p.m. on the grounds of the Hellenic Center in Ipswich, at the junction of routes 133 and 1A. Come for the Greek specialties, roasted lamb, baklava sundaes; stay all day for the Greek music and dancing, live dance performances, vendors, a fun photo booth, big cash raffle prizes and fun for the whole family. Admission $5 valid for both days. Children under 10 are free and so is the parking.

The historic 1786 Patton Homestead will host a Military Service Day exhibition of vintage military vehicles, equipment, military re-enactors, speakers — both veterans and academics — and other veteran-related attractions. The event, Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. also honors the 100th anniversary of the A.P. Gardner American Legion Post 194 in its efforts to support veterans and their families in Hamilton. Among the speakers will be state Sen. Bruce Tarr and Rep. Brad Hill, and veterans of wars. The Patton Homestead, 650 Asbury St., Hamilton, was home to Gen. George S. Patton Jr. and his son Maj. Gen. George S. Patton IV, and is a cultural and recreational center open to the public. With the Wenham Museum managing the Patton Family Archives and offering tours. The event is free, rain or shine, with a $5 donation for parking on the Patton Homestead’s field parking lot and along Asbury Street.

There will be a meeting of the Beverly Democratic City Committee on Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Beverly Farms branch of the library, 24 Vine St. For more information about the committee or to add items to the agenda, contact Chairman Jim Thompson at or 978-618-5188. Newcomers are welcome.

On Friday, July 19, the Beverly Public Library Film Society presents 2016’s cinematic mind-bender “Arrival,” featuring an intergalactic linguist with a tricky job to do. Call the library at 978-921-6062 for more information. Screening begins at 1 p.m. in the Sohier Room of the Main Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly. Visit

Castle Hill Picnic Concerts are on for the summer on Thursdays, July 11 to Aug. 29, with family-friendly bands performing on the Grand Allee overlooking Crane Beach. Journey tribute band The Great Escape will kick off the season. Enjoy the sounds and sea and stroll the gardens’s 32-piece outdoor sculpture exhibition created in partnership with New England Sculptors Association. Bring a picnic or purchase seafood, roast beef, ice cream from on-site vendors and local beverages at a beer and wine garden. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is located at 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking. Concert runs from 7 till 9 p.m. Admission at gate only: $35 per car or $25 per car for Trustees members. Motorcycles and walk-ins $10 for nonmembers; $8 for members. Weather cancellations announced by 3 p.m. day of concert at or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4052.

North Shore Summer Concerts 16th annual summer concert series get under way Wednesday nights, 7:30 p.m., through July at the (air-conditioned) Hamilton-Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Programs are: July 10, “Opera Favorites”from the great operas; July 17, “Operetta Night”from Gilbert & Sullivan; July 24, “Broadway Lights”from the greatest musicals; July 31: “Cabaret Night”, jazz, cabaret, torch songs. Tickets are $15, adults; $10, Students/Seniors; Kids 10 and under free. Summer pass savers: $40, adults; $35 students/seniors. Special rates for 10 or more. Cash only at the door, or advance online; visit our Facebook page, for updated ticketing information as it becomes available. Questions? email

Beverly Public Library is celebrating July 20 as Moon Day in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of man’s making that one giant step on the moon. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the moon will be the center of the universe — from an all-day moon-themed scavenger hunt to moon inspired story times, drop-in cosmic art, straw rocket building, and a creative cap off. There’s something for everyone of every age and level of interest, and it’s all free. The library is located at 32 Essex St., in Beverly. For a complete schedule, visit Questions? Call 978-921-6062.

Glover’s Regiment will hold its annual summer encampment on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, at Fort Sewall in Marblehead. On July 13, The group of Revolutionary War re-enactors set up camp the way it would have been in the summer of 1778, when American and French forces challenged the British for control of Newport, Rhode Island. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can meet soldiers, sailors, camp followers and civilian townspeople from both sides of the conflict. Members of the Continental Line, French allies, and British forces will recreate skirmishes leading up to the major battle for control of Rhode Island. Visitors can tour the fort, see crafts demonstrations such as candle making,and watch musket drills. Children will have the opportunity to sign up with the regiment, and then drill and march to the beat of a drum alongside regiment members. For more information, visit:

The Salem Garden Club will host The Willows Garden Stroll, a fundraising tour of Salem gardens, on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 on the day of the event. Check-in table at the corner of Fort Avenue and Winter Island Road. For tickets and full details, visit

The Ipswich Museum and Ipswich ReCreation & Culture is presenting six Saturday-night performances of “Goodnight, Captain White,” a maritime history-mystery. Written by Mark Stevick and directed by Lynda Robertson, the play takes place in 1830 Salem, 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 whodunit. Remaining performances are July 13 and 27, and Aug. 10 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Heard House, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Tickets are $30, $25 for museum members and $20 for students. Visit

The Abbot Public Library will host a group in the Marble Room (upper level) on Tuesday, July 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. to discuss New York Times best-selling author Lisa See’s latest book, “The Island of Sea Women,” about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island. An epic set over many decades, it covers Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through to cellphones and wet suits for the women divers. The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. 781-631-1481;

Babyccino, a free program of Aleph Academy and the Lappin Foundation, offers mothers and their tots up to 24 months, a place to meet and engage in music, arts and play. Held at Chabad of the North Shore, 44 Burrill St, in Swampscott, it runs Thursdays from 10:30 –11:30 a.m., beginning July 11 through Aug. 29. Siblings are welcome. For more information or to register, contact Hela Nathan at 763-807-9450 or Walk-ins are welcome.

Mass Audubon is hosting family dusk paddles on Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Canoe the Ipswich River to learn about the creatures that live there. All equipment and basic canoeing instruction will be provided. Paddles, for families with children 6 years and older, are themed as follows: Friday, July 12, River Mammals; Friday, July 26, Owls on the Ipswich River; Friday, Aug. 9, Discovering Wetlands. Fee per trip is $21 adults, $19 children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register visit or call 978-887-9264.

Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield offers a variety of family programs this summer. Families with children 4 years and older may join artist/naturalists for one or more of these programs combing nature exploration and crafts, Thursdays, from 9 to 11 a.m. Begin with a walk on the sanctuary, followed by a craft activity inspired by the theme of the day. July 11: Marvelous Mammals; July 18: Secretive Salamanders; July 25: Bark Boats; Aug. 1: Forest Floor. Fee for class is $12 adults, $11 children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register, visit or call 978-887-9264.

Families with children 4 years and older may join Mass Audubon’s Adventures program. Search for wildlife and learn about beach habitats in these seaside explorations. Wear clothing and non-slip footwear that can get wet. Directions will be sent. Themes are as follows: Tuesday, July 23, 9:30 to 11 a.m., The Edge of the Sea at Mass Audubon’s Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary, Gloucester; Wednesday, Aug. 7, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Beachcombers at Grace Oliver Beach in Marblehead. Fee per adventure is $11 adults, $10 children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register go to or call 978-887-9264.

Mass Audubon’s themed Sanctuary Discoveries campouts are for families with children 4 years and older. Explore the sanctuary after hours and camp under the stars. Saturday, July 20, 6 p.m. to Sunday, July 21, 9 a.m. join our Sanctuary Discoveries Campout, or Saturday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following morning, join for Owl Prowl Campout. Both include an evening and morning hike or activity and light breakfast. A list of equipment to bring will be sent after registration. Fee per campout is $32 adults, $29 children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required. For complete program descriptions and to register go to or call 978-887-9264.

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. Topics range from Salem abolitionists Sarah Parker Remond and Charles Lenox Remond, to eating your way to good health, and Marc Chagall and his stained glass windows. The Salem Explorers group is one of more than 400 Lifelong Learning Institute chapters across the country offering learning opportunities to adults 50 and up. There is no charge for intersession programs, which begin July 15, but donations are welcome. Intersession is also open to nonmembers. For more information, visit or call 978-744-0804.

“Marblehead and Beyond: An Artist’s Reflections” is the focus of an exhibit at Marblehead’s Abbot Public Library through Tuesday, July 30. Highlights include palette knife paintings in oil, landscapes and seascapes of local Marblehead and surrounding areas. The artist, Corinne Commoss-Abercrombie, has been painting from an early age and taught art in elementary and middle school. She has participated in the Strada Easel Challenge, painting a new painting every day. The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. For additional information, call 781-631-1481 or visit

ReachArts and Marblehead Little Theatre will collaborate this August in an introductory acting class for anyone who’s ever wanted to embrace their inner actor. Improve speaking skills, meet new people or just enjoy a supportive environment participating in theater games, talking about elements of theater, and winding it all up with a staged reading. Led by Trudi Olivetti, sessions are 90 minutes each on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 13, 15, 20 and 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at ReachArts, 89 Burrill St., Swampscott. Registration is $100, open to ages 18 and older, at or at

On Monday, July 15, at 7 p.m., the Abbot Public Library will host a discussion addressing “Continuing Conversations on Race: What About Reparations?” Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team, it will tackle the complexities of issues surrounding this controversial question and explore alternative ideas about reparations and approaches to making reparations that are actionable. This group welcomes all, and will take place in the lower level meeting room at the library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. 781-631-1481;

On July 28, the Chabad of the North Shore will present an extensive exhibit of some 100 works by Jewish-Russian artist Zakhar Shapiro who recently passed away in Israel. Born in Russia, Shapiro has strong ties to the North Shore, though he lived in Israel for the last 30 years of his life. He leaves behind his wife, two sons, two grandchildren, sister, and a collection of oil and watercolor paintings. This memorial exhibition of art is made possible by the Chabad Center, at 151 Ocean St., Lynn between noon and 7 p.m. All proceeds will go toward an educational fund to benefit the artist’s two grandchildren in Israel.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 Swampscott High School Drama Club’s summer theater program is 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.

Beverly Bootstraps’ Summer Food Program provides food for school-aged children this summer, through Aug. 30. Families with children will be able to visit the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry, 35 Park St, every week, instead of every other week, 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).

Beverly High School Class of 1989’s 30th reunion will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Carriage House at Lynch Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. Send checks made payable to BHS Class of 1989 c/o Amy (Cook) Kearney, 22 Fawn Lane, Danville, NH 03819. There will be food, a cash bar and a DJ. Call Amy at 978-317-6418 with questions or visit Beverly High School Class of 1989’s 30th reunion on Facebook.

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.

The Salem Athenaeum free Summer Salon series kicks off on July 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with storytellers sharing true stories from their lives, told without notes. The evening’s theme is “heat.” Among the storytellers will be Judy Bedell a Slaem resident originally from Beijing, China; Peter Eschauzier, a former airline pilot who served on the Board of Directors of Historic Salem and has a multi-national background; Colleen Michaels, who directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art, where she’s been hosting the Improbable Places Poetry Tour for 10 years; and Bill Scannell, a graduate of Suffolk University Law School. —J.D. Scrimgeour, Chair of the Athenaeum Writing Committee, hosts. Fora complete series schedule, visit: