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.
The annual Marblehead Festival of Arts Champagne Reception benefit will be held on Sunday, June 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fort Sewall, end of Front Street, in Marblehead. Food and champagne will be served under a tent, with live music and the views of Marblehead Harbor sensational. Meet festival supporters, create an “art hat” — and if it’s most creative, earn a prize. A major fundraiser for the Summer Arts Festival, tickets are $50 in advance at Arnould Gallery and Framery (111 Washington St.), Shubie’s Marketplace (16 Atlantic Ave.) and Spirit of ’76 Bookstore (107 Pleasant St.), and $55 if bought on the date on site. Visit www.MarbleheadFestival.org for tickets, and information about the Marblehead Festival of Arts, running from July 3 to July 7.
The Board of Trustees of Harmony Grove Cemetery welcomes all to celebrate Harmony Grove Cemetery’s notable creative residents! The event will promptly kick-off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, with a 20-30 minute “Pre-Walk Talk”by Jim McAllister, Salem’s beloved historian, who’ll regale tour goers with entertaining introductions to the artistic and creative pursuits of many of HGC’s Notable & Creative Residents (Artists, Architects Authors, Diarists, Musicians, Photographers, Sculptors, and other Creative Folks). Following the “Pre-Walk Talk,” Jim will lead tour goers on a curated walking tour stopping at the grave sites of 15 of the Cemetery’s most delightful, interesting & notable creatives: Frank W. Benson (Artist), John Benson (Architect & Artist), Rev. William Bentley (Diarist), Frank Cousins (Photographer), Kate Butler Hathaway (Author), Martha & Maxim Karolik (Major American Art Collectors), Mary Harrod Northend (Author & Historic Preservationist). A suggested donation is $5. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. Call Margie Lavender, Executive Administer at the Harmony Grove Cemetery office, 978-744-0554.
To support the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH, Rest.Stop.Ranch is offering an Open Garden Day at its wheelchair-accessible memorial garden, the MargFMac Front Garden Loop, on Friday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 202 Haverhill Road in Topsfield. Founded by Mary E. MacDonald in 2010, the Rest.Stop.Ranchwas inspired by the devastating dementia-care journey and loss of Mary’s mom, Margaret, to give an accessible garden experience for all those affected by long term illnesses. It offers seven gardens —Cut Flower, Roses & Kitchen, Orchard Avenue, Ornamental Tree & Shrub, Raspberry Patch, Cedar Grove & Tunnel and Koi Pond — inter-connected by wheelchair-accessible trails, within a 0.1 mile loop. For more information, call 978-887-4202 or visit: www.rest-stop-ranch.com, where donations are gratefully accepted.
BHS 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. Please 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.
The Danvers Garden Club Past Presidents will be sponsoring the Garden Club Children’s Concert on Saturday, June 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Garden at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Brian Doser, the Music Man, will entertain young and old. The rain date is the same date and time, but inside the Children’s Room. Contact Betsy Powers- Sinclair at email@example.com.
The Marblehead Fireworks Committee and Harbor Illumination 2019 is set for 9 p.m. on July 4, with flares lit around the perimeter of the harbor, creating a magnificent ring of light that sets the stage for the main event, at 9:15 p.m. when the fireworks are launched off a barge at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor. Ideal viewing spots for the public are from the parks at Fort Sewall, Chandler Hovey Park, and Crocker Park, as well as for boaters, yacht club members at the five clubs around the harbor, and Marblehead Neck. Please note that the starting times are 15 minutes later this year than previous years to allow for a better viewing experience! High tide on July 4, is at 1:13 p.m. and low tide is at 7:09 p.m., so please take the low tide into consideration when anchoring. The US Coast Guard and Marblehead Harbormaster have a safety perimeter around the fireworks barge, so use caution when entering or leaving the harbor; the safety zone that will be marked by four orange marker buoys and will be patrolled by our volunteer civilian barge patrol. For more information, including parking and inclement weather plans, visit: http://www.marbleheadfireworks.org/.
Elizabeth Gordon McKim will be presenting at her poetry workshop, “Sounding the Stone,” on Tuesday, July 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at True North Brewery 116 County Road, Ipswich. The workshop will be held in collaboration with the “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” a project visiting Ipswich through July with portraits of courageous Americans displayed townwide by nationally acclaimed artist Robert Shetterly. McKim is a poet, spoken word performance artist, editor, and teacher of poetry for people of all ages who travels the world teaching poetry. Author of eight collections of poetry, her work has appeared in many magazines, reviews and journals including Ploughshares, Poetry and Drum Voices.
The Friends of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylan St., will hold their annual book sale, beginning Tuesday, June 25, at 9 a.m. and continuing during regular library hours through Saturday, June 29. Gently used books, videos, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks will be available for purchase at great prices. Please bring your own reusable shopping bag. Donations are being accepted through June 22 for the event which is sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. A Friends Members Only Preview Party will be held on Monday, June 24, 6 to 8 pm. If you are not a current Friends member, you may join or renew membership at the door. Proceeds fund the museum and attraction pass programs. Call 978-774-0554 for more information.
The Friends of the Beverly Public Library will sponsor Yoga on the Lawn of the library on Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. Bring a yoga mat and/or a towel, and join registered yoga teacher Kelly Rusch, in a Vinyasa yoga class. In case of rain, the class will be held in the Sohier Room of the Main Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly. Questions? Contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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. 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.
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 salemstate.edu/series 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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: email@example.com .
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 www.thetrustees.org, 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 ipswichlibrary.org, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 2203, S. Hamilton, MA 01982 or via the donate link at www.acordfoodpantry.org.
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 email@example.com.