Learn how to use online learning resources Universal Class and Mango Tuesday, April 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Beverly Public Library. Participate in structured classes with lessons, homework, and instructor feedback. The library is at 32 Essex St., Beverly. Questions? Contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring street sweeping begins on Salem’s entrance corridors Tuesday, April 16 through April 25 and continue into residential neighborhoods beginning on 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.
On Tuesday, April 16, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tia’s Theater in the Manninen Center for the Arts presents a contemporary master class with Jenna Pollack, a graduate of Institute of the Arts Barcelona and the Juilliard School. The class will be a combination of research on the floor and upright, and will build on contemporary dance vocabulary, phrase work, and improvisation to drive a rigorous use of both subtlety and space. General admission is $15 (free to Endicott ID holders). Endicott College is located at 376 Hale St. Beverly. Tickets are available at tickets.endicott.edu or by calling 978-998-7700.
Salem State University will screen “Green Book” on Wednesday, April 17, and host its screenplay writer, Peabody native Brian Hayes Currie, on April 18. The film won three Academy awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor, and received three Golden Globe awards, including Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, and Best Screenplay. The screening will take place in Ryan Lecture Hall, Room 426 in Marsh Hall, at 6:30 p.m. followed by a discussion. On Thursday, April 18, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Currie will take part in a discussion and reception in the Petrowski Room, Marsh Hall Room 210. A St. John’s Prep graduate, Currie co-wrote the “Green Book” script with Nick Vallelonga and Peter Farrelly. The session will be facilitated by English professor Nancy Schultz. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Schultz at email@example.com or 978-542-6105.
The Peabody Institute Library announces the return of its third annual all-ages free Comic Con event, PILCON, on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Branch, 82 Main St. in Peabody. Free and open to the public, PILCON is a day of fun for all ages, featuring a live podcast recording, Dungeons & Dragons, workshops, artist panels, maker projects, Jedi Academy for kids, activities and board games. More than 15 local artists will present and sell their work, along with panels and Q&A sessions. Free tickets are available at http://pilcon.eventbrite.com, and complete details are available at http://pilcon.tumblr.com. PILCON is supported and sponsored by Century Bank. For more information, call 978-531-0100 ext. 35.
Artifacts come to life through the eyes of researchers and visitors in a moderated discussion on Thursday, April 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. when the Discover Danvers Roundtable meets at Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St, Danvers. Participants will carefully handle and closely view objects from the Danvers Historical Society’s collections. A collaboration of expert and novice researchers, Discover Danvers Roundtable is inspired by the artifacts in the Tapley Memorial Hall collections. This research and presentation furthers the society’s mission to educate and preserve Danvers history. For more information, visit www.danvershistory.org.
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 4-9 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 Wednesday, May 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., all are welcome to the last Community Conversation in the Becoming American series, “Immigration and Popular Culture,” at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. The evening begins with a screening of the documentary, “The Search for General Tso,” which uses the Americanized Chinese dish as a lens onto a larger story of immigration, adaptation and innovation, and dovetails with “POP: Goes the Gables,” a new exhibit that explores The Gables’ influence on popular culture. Scholar Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello will use the film to guide an audience discussion. To register, visit www.7gables.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-306-7001.
On Friday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Library will host a special presentation, “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia.” Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments, and available resources. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. Hamilton-Wenham Library is located at 14 Union St. Questions? Call 978-468-5577 or visit hwlibrary.org
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.
Celebrating 10 years of collaboration, professors Cynthia Roberts and Nicole Sa Pedro-Welch present Armations: Anthropocene, a visual/dance production investigating the Anthropogenic epoch as a transformative time in history — one that recognizes significant human impact on the Earth. The show explores urgency, bliss, and false bliss, as well as the impact of technology and human activity on our ecosystems, species, and interactions. There will be two performances, April 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m., in Tia’s Theater in the Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Tickets are $15; $5 for seniors and students of other institutions, and free to Endicott ID holders, available at tickets.endicott.edu or by calling 978-998-7700.
Endicott College will hold its fifth annual Spark Tank on Monday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at its Curtis L. Gerrish School of Business and Ginger Judge Science Center, Klebanoff Auditorium, 376 Hale St., Beverly. This competition, free and open to the public, sees students compete for a total of $15,000 in startup capital to launch their most promising ideas. Last year’s grand prize-winner, CropShop, has gained the attention of seed funding accelerator YCombinator. CropShop’s farm-to-chef app bridges the gap between local farmers and restaurants. This year’s Spark Tank, sponsored by the Cummings Foundation and TD Bank will be judged by Jugmi Rao, vice president at TD Bank; Michelle Labossiere, chief financial officer of Colmar Belting; Ric Upton, entrepreneur-in-residence at Endicott; and Gary Vogel, senior operations manager at LabCentral. For more information, visit endicott.edu/entrepreneurship.
The Peabody Ladies Lodge #1964 Order Sons of Italy in America is offering two Book Awards to graduating high school seniors of Italian descent who are residents of Peabody and will be continuing their education in the fall. Applications are available in the guidance office at your high school, by calling Norma at 978-535-3571, or by emailing email@example.com. Applications must be completed and returned by April 26.
The Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club is accepting applications for provisional membership for the 2019-2020 season. Membership is open to residents of Hamilton and Wenham who would like to participate in activities related to horticulture and design, as well as making a significant contribution to the beautification of downtown areas. The club meets monthly from September to June, usually on Wednesday evenings, and includes workshops, field trips, demonstrations and presentations on “green” topics. Not an experienced gardener? Members learn for each other. For an application, call Carol Merriman at 978-468-3243, visit hwgardenclub.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be submitted with dues by Monday, April 22.
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 email@example.com or 978-744-0171 ext. 50254.
Ipswich Public Library’s spring workshops for writers, featuring the “Sisters in Crime,” has one remaining session: “Pathways to Publication,” Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. Today’s authors have multiple choices to get their book into the hands of readers. Sisters in Crime is an organization of mystery and thriller authors whose speakers span best-selling authors to emerging greats, sharing their experiences in the fast-changing world of publishing. Free, but registration is required at www.ipswichlibrary.org or 978-356-6648.
The Beverly Public Library is featuring an exhibit by photographer Mark Chester of portraits of newly naturalized U.S. citizens from around the globe who are now residents of Massachusetts. A professional photographer since 1972, Chester’s photographs are in the permanent collections of museums around the country. The exhibit runs through January and is free and open to the public during regular library hours. For more information, visit www.markchesterphotography.com.
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 National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore Family & Friends Support Group meets the last Wednesday of every month. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 617-984-0504, or visit www.namigreaternorthshore.org.
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 on 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 email@example.com.
Tickets are on sale for Salem State University’s public lecture featuring PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton on 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 salemstate.edu/series or by calling 978-542-7555.
North Shore Community College is offering a free Integrated Education & Training Information Technology program at the Danvers campus. Courses include CyberSafe, CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Service Desk & Support Analyst, Microsoft Office Suite and more. Thanks to a grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the costs of all courses and textbooks are covered. The program runs till June 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students must be able to commit to the full class schedule. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 978-236-1227 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
On Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m., join author Alex Marzano-Lesnevich at Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, discussing the true crime memoir “The Fact of a Body,” an intellectual and emotional thriller as well as a murder mystery, that explores the intersection of violent crime with personal history. It tackles the nature of forgiveness and if a single narrative can ever really contain the truth and shows how the law is more personal than we like to believe—and the truth more complicated and powerful than we can imagine. This event is free and open to the public. Register at www.danverslibrary.org or call 978-774-0554.
Author Lior Samson will discuss his latest book, “Distant Sons,” on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at Temple Tiferet Shalom, 489 Lowell St., in Peabody. From the Jewish ghetto of tiny Frauenkirchen in 19th-century Austria-Hungary to a tight-knit Catholic community in the American Midwest at the turn of the 20th century, “Distant Sons” explores connections and separation, theme and variation in the lives of two generations. RSVP to Sharon Wyner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-565-4450. The program is free, open to all, and sponsored by Lappin Foundation, Chabad of Peabody, Congregation Tifereth Israel, Sephardic, Congregation Sons of Israel, Shalom Hadassah, Temple Ner Tamid and Temple Tiferet Shalom.
Jeffry Fowley, a retired attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for more than 35 years, will discuss the environment and the state of the EPA on Monday, April 22, at 5 p.m. in Endicott College’s Curtis L. Gerrish School of Business and Ginger Judge Science Center Klebanoff Auditorium, 376 Hale St. From 1985 to 1995, Fowley was the lead EPA attorney in the Boston Harbor cleanup litigation. He is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School and holds a master’s in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. This event is part of Endicott’s Earth Month programming. For more information, visit: events.endicott.edu/event/earth-day-festival-1/.
Professor Robert J. Thompson, a guru in the field of television and popular culture, will lecture at The House of the Seven Gables — where one of eight of television’s Salem “Bewitched” episodes was filmed —on Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. Thompson, a lively and important trailblazer in the study of television and popular culture, will bring additional perspective to The Gables’ new exhibition, “POP! Goes The Gables”and to popular culture’s influence on Salem and The Gables. Following the lecture, Adam-Michael James, a “Bewitched” enthusiast and author of “The Bewitched Continuum” and “I, Samantha, Take This Mortal, Darrin” will join Thompson for a book signing at The Gables Visitor Center, 115 Derby St., Salem. The cost for this lecture is $10. To reserve a seat, those interested may visit 7gables.org or call 978-306-7003.
On Friday, April 19, at 9:30 a.m. Mary Poppins will visit the Ipswich Public Library with a little bit of musical theater — interactive stories and songs — for all. Children may take photos with the and perhaps ask her advice around using a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. There will be a waiting list for this program, so sign up promptly at www.ipswichlibrary.org or call the Children’s Room at 978-412-8713.
On Saturday, April 20, join the Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop, 198 Rantoul St., from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the planet. Jewelry, home décor, garden items, recycled, up-cycled, and other Earthly goods will be for sale. The products are all donated by the local community, and proceeds benefit the programs of Beverly Bootstraps. Enter a raffle to win a five-day/four-night trip to wine country with a riverfront cottage and $1,500 travel allowance. For tickets go to https://beverlybootstraps.ejoinme.org/winecountryraffle. For more information, visit BeverlyBootstraps.org or call 978-921-4710.
The Salem State University theatre department presents the Tony Award-winning musical “Ragtime,” through April 20 in the Sophia Gordon Center, directed by Peter Sampieri, with music direction by Joseph Stroup and choreography by Jenna Pollack. Ragtime interweaves stories of characters from great white wealth to black Harlem in a gilded-age New York. Narratives connect famous figures of the time, including Harry Houdini and architect Stanford White as they confront timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair and what it means to live in America. Performance schedule is: April 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a pre-show conversation on Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available at salemstatetickets.com or 978-542-6365. $20 general/$15 seniors and students 18 and above/free for students under 18. This show is not appropriate for children.
Beginning Friday, April 19, Salem residents and visitors can have their vehicles parked downtown by valets on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight. During those times, drivers may drop their car off at four designated parking spaces along Washington Street northbound, just south of the intersection with Essex Street outside of Rockafellas and Ledger restaurants. The service costs $12 per vehicle and is open to all diners, shoppers, and visitors to downtown Salem.