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. Questions? Contact Chef Douglas Phillips at dphillip@northshore.edu

Author Christopher Klein tells the little-known story of the self-proclaimed Irish Republican Army that carried out five attacks on Canada — known collectively as the Fenian Raids — from 1866 and 1871 on Monday, May 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Beverly Public Library. With the tacit support of the U.S. government, this motley crew — including a one-armed war hero, an English spy infiltrating rebel forces, and a radical who staged his own funeral — managed to seize a piece of America’s northern neighbor, if only for a matter of days. Part of the “Monday Mornings” series, meet in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Free and open to adults; no registration required. Handicapped accessible. Full schedule: https://beverlypubliclibrary.org/monday-mornings/

The Salem Fire Department and Salem Harbormaster will join with their counterparts from the town of Danvers, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Coast Guard to carry out a training exercise on Tuesday, May 7. Residents may notice activity on the Danvers River off of McCabe Park, near the Kernwood Bridge, particularly in the afternoon. Agencies will be carrying out an exercise simulating an oil spill incident in the river and deploying booms and other response measures as a result. No oil will be spilled as part of this training exercise.

Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. has announced the rescheduling of the annual Peabody Pride spring volunteer community cleanup to Saturday, May 18. Volunteers should arrive at City Hall, 24 Lowell St., at 9 a.m. for supplies, then fan out to targeted areas throughout downtown. A free pizza lunch will be served to all volunteers at the Leather City Common at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 978-538-5701.

Beverly Conversations on Race & White Privilege will gather at the Beverly Public Library to address the question of “What is White Supremacy?” on Tuesday, May 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to share their thoughts. Listen, learn, and talk openly with others striving to move racial justice forward. Newcomers may want to come at 6:45 p.m. Visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BeverlyConversationsOnRace/ for more information and related articles.

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras presents its Afternoon of Spring Concerts on Saturday, May 11, at Dolan Performing Arts Center, 134 High St. Ipswich. There will be two performances; 2:30 p.m. with string ensembles, flute choir and intermezzo orchestra, and 5 p.m., with symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, and select flute choir. Both of are free and open to the public, no tickets required. Rehearsals are held weekly in Topsfield/Boxford. NMYO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit nmyo.org, email info@nmyo.org or call 978-309-983.

The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are presenting a 6-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 will be placed in gardens, along woodland paths and historic landscape features. Opening Saturday, May 18, the show is 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: www.thetrustees.org, or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4015.

Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a free bird walk at Lynn Woods in Lynn on Wednesday, May 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., with Mass Audubon Naturalist Scott Santino. Walk beautiful wetlands and forested habitat while searching for migrating birds and listenign to morning birdsong. Supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, space is limited for this event, and advance registration is required. To reserve your spot and get directions, call 978-887-9264 or register online at massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.

The Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus will present its 71st Annual Show, “Barbershop Down Broadway,” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Danvers High School, 60 Cabot Road. Special guest is the 2018 Northeastern District Silver Medalist Quartet “Daily Special.” The show also features the chorus, and its own “Essex County 4,” the 2015 Patriot Division Seniors Quartet Champion. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. To order, call 866-727-4988 or visit www.harmonize.com/northshoremen, or email northshoremen.chorus@gmail.com. Tickets for the show will also be available at the door.

On Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m., the Marblehead Museum presents “The Evolution of Photography,” a presentation with Louise Weber that looks at the invention and evolution of photography — from camera obscura and daguerreotypes to Brownie snapshots and Instagram. It features many examples pulled from the museum’s own collections. The event takes place at the museum’s JOJ Frost Gallery & Carolyn Lynch Education Center, 170 Washington St.

Tickets are $10 for members; $15 nonmembers. Visit marbleheadmuseum.org or call 781-631-1768.

The Beverly Public Library’s Books & Brews Book Discussion Group will meet Wednesday, May 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to discuss “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” by Michelle McNamara. They will meet at the The Indo, 298 Cabot St., Beverly. Registration required, and you must be 21 or older. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. To register stop by the reference desk or call 978-921-6062. Questions? Contact Lisa at ryan@noblenet.org.

The Beverly Public Library’s Farms Branch Book Discussion Group will meet Thursday, May 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to discuss “Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History” by Keith O’Brien. New members always welcome and no registration is needed. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. Contact staff for availability of alternate formats (CD or digital). Call 978-921-6066 or email bef@noblenet.org. Meet in the handicapped-accessible Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms.

Registered Democrats in Beverly will hold a caucus on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m., in the Barnet Gallery of the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., to elect delegates and alternates to the 2019 Massachusetts State Convention on Sept. 14, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Beverly. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 by May 11, 2019 may participate and run as a delegate or alternate. Beverly can elect 19 delegates and 19 alternates. You may be elected as a delegate to the Convention without attending the Caucus if advance notice is given to Ward Chair (listed on website), but priority will be given to those who attend. Youth, minorities people with disabilities, and LGBT individuals not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org. The Beverly Democratic City Committee usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month at either the Public Library Main Branch, 32 Essex Street, or the Farms Branch, 24 Vine Street, Beverly Farms. Those interested in getting involved should contact Jim Thompson at  tactech@comcast.net phone at 978-618-5188 or visit www.bevdems.org.

On May 11, at 7:30 p.m., Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society present principal players Guy Fishman (principal cello), Susanna Ogata (assistant concertmaster) and Ian Watson (associate conductor and principal keyboardist) at the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem, performing a selection of works by 17th century German and Italian composers on period instruments. Reserve tickets now. $30, $25 for Athenaeum members, students are free. Call 978-744-2540.

The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly will sponsor its annual plant sale fundraiser at the Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., open to the public, on Saturday May 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m., indoors, rain or shine. Pay with check or cash for perennials, veggies, herbs, annuals, and for shopping at our White Elephant Table. Opportunity Drawings and More! This free public event benefits community education and civic programs. For more information, visit: www.beverlygardenclub.org.

On Saturday, May 25, Marblehead Little Theater’s in-house new play festival, the TNT–Totally New Theater! Festival, will offer original play readings by Collective members. Carlton Powers is serving as this year’s festival producer, taking over from Marblehead resident Shari D. Frost, who produces the year-round Collective. MLT, located at 12 School Street, will open its doors at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. readings. Admission to the TNT Festival is free, but there will be a suggested donation at the door. For more information, visit: mltlive.com.

The 5th Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon kicks off at 8 a.m. on May 11, at Willowdale State Forest in Ipswich. Part of the 2019 North Shore Trail Series sponsored by New England Running Co., the race is run on 100% beautiful trails in Willowdale State Forest, some of which are included in the Stone Cat Marathon. Divisions are Men’s and Women’s 39 and Under, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Registration Fee is $50 before May 6, $55 after May 3. Online registration closes at noon on Friday, May 3. You may register the day of race. Please park in the lot across from Marini Farms, 259 Linebrook Road, then take the path the field for sign in, pick up your bib and t-shirt. Pre-registered runner may picl up early at New England Running Co. at 43 Enon St., Beverly. For more, email: office@ectaonline.org.

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. We serve our clients with the help of over 120 volunteers each month. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 2203, S. Hamilton, MA 01982 or via the donate link at www.acordfoodpantry.org.

‘Jackie Robinson: A Civil Rights Story,’ is the subject of a presentation on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m., at Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. One of the iconic players in Major League Baseball History, Robinson’s arrival in 1947 not only changed the game of baseball, but American society. Rescheduled after a winter weather postponement, it will be hosted by historian Anthony Guerriero (Thomas Jefferson: First Foodie, The Mythology of Tony Conigliaro). A Q&A will follow the presentation.  Please register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

Tuesday May 14 7-8:30 pm Marblehead’s Epstein Hillel School invites parents, teachers and caregiver to join in a serious discussion on eating disorders with Michelle Pierce, MA, MHC, Clinical Director of MEDA, Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association. Michelle will presnt “Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds,” a guide to promoting positive body culture/confidence, educating on the eraly symptoms of disordered eating, over exercise, and negative body image. The event is free at the school, 6 Community Road, Marblehead, and open to the community. RSVP to jrosen@epsteinhillel.org

Registered Democrats in Danvers will hold a caucus on Thursday, May 16, at the Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers starting at 7 p.m. to elect delegates and alternates to the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. This year’s state convention will be Sept. 14, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Danvers. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 by May 11, 2019 will be allowed to participate and run as delegates or alternate. Danvers can elect 6 male, 6 female, and 4 alternates to the Convention. Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate may apply to be add-on delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org. Those interested in getting involved with the Danvers Democratic Town Committee should contact Chairperson Marilyn Hazel at 978-590-1473.

The 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. You can bring a chair and pack your own lunch or buy it at concession stands. In the event of bad weather we will move to a nearby gazebo. Please remind classmates and friends about this fun, free event. Donations will gladly be accepted! Questions? Call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776 or e-mail Walt Doblecki at wdoblecki@comcast.net.

The May Women’s Connection Brunch will be held on Monday, May 13, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m., in the Lighthouse Point Room at Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliott St. (Route 62), Danvers. Brunch is $17 inclusive and all women are welcome! Our speaker is Margie Lansdorf, who will be sharing “Atheist Believer –How Did That Happen?” Also, Judy Holt, a consultant with Thirty One Gifts, will show some of their fun, decorative and unique items. To make or to cancel a reservation, please call Jan at 978-303-7873 or email Laura at lauraallavon@aol.com

The Peabody Institute Library’s South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody, will host a special food event on Thursday, May 30 from 7 to 8 p.m. Stocking the Kitchen: Ingredients, Recipes, and Ideas for Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Ketogenic Eating will be the focus when Peabody native Linda Sessa shares sample recipes and attendees create a simple dish for tasting. Nuts, seeds, and tree nuts will feature in this program, so please be advised if you have any food allergies. Registration is required for this event at: www.peabodylibrary.org or call 978-531-3380.

Elementary-aged kids get their own time to create crafts at Thursday Crafternoons at the Peabody Insitute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Craft supplies are available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. through June 13. Projects will be themed seasonally, to upcoming holidays, or individual inspiration, and a librarian will be on hand to assist. This program is open to the public, all supplies provided. Registration not required.

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.

North Shore Elder Services is seeking volunteers to serve as friendly visitors to seniors in Salem and Peabody, and to help others balance checkbooks and prepare simple budgets. Volunteer applications are available at www.nselder.org. For more information, call 978-624-2288 or email volunteer@nselder.org

The City of Salem, through the Salem for All Ages initiative and in partnership with the Salem Chamber of Commerce, invites Salem businesses to apply for certification as an Age-Friendly Business — one in which people of all ages and abilities can comfortably shop, dine, or receive services, with staff specially trained, offering such amenities as non-slip flooring, clear and legible signage and materials, and discounts or special programs (not a requirement, but encouraged.) Nearly 57% of consumer spending in Massachusetts is by people 50 or older, annually amounting to over $150 billion. In Salem, some 8,000 residents are over the age of 60 and that number is growing. Only businesses located in Salem may apply. To apply for certification, visit https://salemforallages.org/age-friendly-business/.

Salem residents may now resume dropping yard waste at the Salem Transfer Station on Swampscott Road on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proof of residency or property ownership in Salem must be shown. Waste should be in a paper yard waste bag or dumped loose at the designated area on the site. Plastic bags will not be accepted, nor will stumps and branches greater than 2 inches in diameter. The next curbside yard waste collection is the week of April 22, on regular trash days. Residential trash and construction and demolition debris will not be accepted.

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 American Lung Association and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center are hosting a 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. 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.

Spring street sweeping began on Salem’s entrance corridors Tuesday, April 16 through April 25 and will continue into residential neighborhoods from Monday, April 29 through May 24. Entrance corridor sweeping will take place between 5 and 7 a.m. Corridors will be swept over a period of two consecutive days alternating between odd and even sides of streets. City workers will utilize blowers to clear corridor sidewalks of debris prior to sweeping. The city will also expand its entrance corridor sweep schedule by adding sweeps in June, July, and August. Each corridor will be posted with temporary “No Parking/Tow Zone” signs. Parking will be prohibited between the hours of 5 to 7 a.m. Street sweeping schedules can be found online at www.salem.com, at the DPS office at 5 Jefferson Ave., City Hall, and the Salem Public Library. Weather cancellations will be posted on www.salem.com.

The Salem police K9 Unit will host a comedy show and dinner fundraiser on May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Salem Moose Hall, 50 Grove St. The dinner features stuffed chicken breast with all the trimmings and dessert. Tickets are $25 per person and include both dinner and the show. There will also be a 50/50 and raffle table. Proceeds will help support the K9 Unit. For tickets, contact Salem police Capt. Kate Stephens at kstephens@salempd.net or 978-744-0171 ext. 50254.

The Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead holds its semi-annual rummage sale Saturday, May 11, 8 to 11:45 a.m. with stuff-a-bag from noon until 1 p.m. One of the largest on the North Shore, the sale offers gently used, quality items, including adult and children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses, bags, and accessories; electronics and small appliances; small furniture; kitchenware and bric-a-brac; linens; books; toys and games; gardening items; sporting goods; artwork; and Christmas items. High-quality items will be for sale in the boutique. Light refreshments will be available. Donations in good condition will be accepted May 4 through May 9 at noon. For a list of items that can and cannot be accepted, visit www.standrewsmhd.org/rummage.html. Proceeds benefit St. Andrew’s, its missions and ministries. Nonprofits interested in after-sale items should phone Michelle Liming at 781-248-3003 or Merritt Ringer at 978-203-9123. The church is at 135 Lafayette St., and is handicapped-accessible. For more information, www.standrewsmhd.org/Rummage.html, or call 781-631-4951.

On Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Library will host antique book appraisals. Presented by the Hamilton Historical Society, the appraisals are free and open to the public. Bring papers, books, and manuscripts for an afternoon with the expertise of Frank Wood of DeWolfe & Wood. Hamilton-Wenham Library is located at 14 Union St. Questions? Call 978-468-5577 or visit hwlibrary.org.

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

Ipswich Public Library’s next featured author for the 2019 Johnson free Lecture series will be Gregory Maguire, author of “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister,” and several dozen other novels for adults and children on Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the Mansion at the Hellenic Center, 117 County Road, Route 1A, Ipswich. Registration is required on the library’s online calendar or call 978-356-6648. Book sales and cash bar will available at 6:30 p.m. Bar will be cash only. No debit/credit cards. For more information, call Nathalie Harty at 978-356-6648, or email her at nharty@ipswichlibrary.org.

The Salem Education Foundation is hosting its second annual spelling bee on Thursday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in Ames Hall at the Salem YMCA. The event (adults only) is a fundraiser, with a goal of raising $50,000 to support programs in Salem schools. Competitors participate as individuals or with a team. The Individual bee starts at 6:30 p.m., and registration is $50. The team event, for groups of three, starts at 7:30 p.m. Team registration is $400. With the help of Salem personalities, audience members can buy “helps” or “hindrances” for $10. Helps include neck massages for the contestant, or buying the next letter of a word. Hindrances include Stingers and Polar Plunges -- a signature cocktail sent to the team of one’s choice, or requiring a contestant to put theirn hands in ice water as they spell. Judges are Salem State University Provost David Silva and Assistant Dean Michelle Pierce, along with a roster of local people. There will be catered food, drinks and live and silent auctions. Prizes include: two nights at a Wellfleet home during the Oyster Fest, and a private wine course/tasting for 20. Questions? Contact executive director Carrie Francis Cabot at 617-331-6589: Cfranciscabot@salemeducationfoundation.org.

The Children’s Library at the Peabody Institute Library is partnering again with Northeast Arc to offer Story Time Yoga, for children ages 1 to 3 years, with extended sessions weekly on Fridays through June 28 at 10:30 a.m., with movement, stories, and songs. Guided by a trained Northeast Arc professional, children will explore and practice movements in conjunction with their caregivers. This class will help children work on fine/gross motor development, body awareness, balance, socialization, language skills and, most importantly, their bond with their caregiver. This class will foster the physical and emotional connections that toddlers crave with their caregivers  at the library, 82 Main St., Peabody.

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.

s to hiring managers and opportunities to network. For more information, call 978-762-0208.

There will be a meeting of the Beverly Democratic City Committee on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the Beverly Farms Branch of the library, 24 Vine St. Guest speaker will be Sen. Joan Lovely. For more information or to add items to the agenda, contact Chairman Jim Thompson at tactech@comcast.net or 978-618-5188. Newcomers are always welcome!  

The United States Post Office will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the nation, next Saturday, May 11. This drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food over the last 25 years. Leave non-perishable food by your mailbox and your local letter carrier will pick up all donations on their regular delivery route on Saturday. All food collected will then be sorted and distributed to local food pantries, including Beverly Bootstraps’ Food Pantry, whose most needed items are: cereal, healthy kids’ snacks, peanut butter, tuna fish, soup, pasta sauce, toothpaste and tooth brushes, feminine hygiene products, diapers (sizes 3 to 6). Please do not donate expired food or anything in glass containers.

Join Gretal Alspach, Massachusetts Master Gardener, on Tuesday, May 21, 7 to 9 p.m., who’ll share what she knows about “Growing Vegetables in Less than Full sun. Sponsored by the Friendly Garden Club of Beverly,  she’ll be at the Beverly Public Library Main Branch, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., and will explain the different types of sunlight and the vegetables she recommends that can be grown in each condition; including leafy and root veggies for shady gardens. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit: www.beverlygardenclub.org.

Chef Mary Ann Esposito will be at the Hawthorne Hotel on Thursday, May 9, from 6 to p.m. for Aperitivo with the Author, presented by Spirit of `76 Bookstore. Esposito, chef and cookbook author, is host of the longest running cooking show on television, Ciao Italia. Enjoy a glass of wine and a sample tasting of two appetizers prepared by the hotels chef using recipes from Esposito’s latest book, My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy! Then Esposito will give a brief talk on food, culture and her signature cooking style followed by a Q&A and book signing. The $65 admission includes Esposito’s latest cookbook. The Hawthorne Hotel is located at 18 Washington Square. For information.reservations, call 781-631-7199.