On Friday, June 7, the 11th annual Salem Arts Festival kicks off with a free reception at 7 p.m. at Salem’s Old Town Hall. Sponsored by Salem Watrefront Hotel, it’s the first in a showcase of events lasting through Sunday, June 9, rain or shine, in the heart of Salem. This free celebration of arts, culture, creativity, and community features over 200 artists, four performance areas, onsite art-making, local artisans and makers selling their creations, a juried art exhibition, and a temporary eco-friendly public art installation ‘Roots on the the Row’ on Artists’ Row. A joint project of Salem Main Streets and Creative Collective, it features a juried Art Gallery in Old Town Hall, an artisan street fair in the surrounding Pedestrian Mall, and live performances on Derby Square and Front Street. In the event of bad weather, outdoor events move indoors. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Kylie Sullivan at kylie@salemmainstreets.org for sign up at salemartsfestival.com/call-for-volunteers. For more information, visit www.salemartsfestival.com.

The Ipswich Museum and Ipswich ReCreation & Culture present six Saturday night performances of “Goodnight, Captain White,” a maritime history-mystery. Written by Mark Stevick and directed by Lynda Robertson, it takes us back to 1830, when the fabulously wealthy Joseph White is found dead in his bed at his own party. You are party guests turned Committee-of-Vigilence for this historical, hysterical who-dunnit. Great summer fun. Performances June 8 and 22, July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 and 24, at Heard House, Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St., Ipswich. For tickets and times, go to: https://goodnightcaptainwhiteipswich.brownpapertickets.com For a video trailer, go to: Goodnight Captain White: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJY9BxQd-l4.

The June Women’s Connection Brunch will be held on Monday, June 10, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m., in the Lighthouse Point Room at Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliott St. (Route 62), Danvers. Guest speaker Barbara Austin will demonstrate how to make any place beautiful by creating a garden, as well as sharing “Smiling Through Life’s Difficulties”- how you, like flowers, can bloom where you are planted. Brunch is $17 inclusive and all women are welcome. To make or to cancel a reservation, please call Jan at 978-303-7873 or email Laura at lauraallavon@aol.com.

A Green Spring Clean and Plant Swap will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Long Hill Reservation, lower parking lot greenhouse, 572 Essex St,. Beverly, with household items and plant swap hosted by Cape Ann TimeBank and Full Circle Earth. Learn how TimeBanking can link you to a local network of neighbors to exchange skills, services and more. Come early, 10 to 11 a.m. to learn about sustainable agriculture and get some “hands on” experience. Swap begins at 11 at the greenhouse. Bring up to 5 each of gently used household items and small garden plants to exchange. Look for the TimeBank Sign in the lower parking lot. Free. Family friendly. Info; email: Coordinator@CapeAnnTimeBank.org.

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 mltlive.org and at Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St., in Marblehead. For more information, visit mltlive.org.

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 www.northshorecancerwalk.org.

3 Voices concludes its spring series on addiction with guest speakers Georgia Miller and Ellen Terry Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at Abbot Public Library, 238 Pleasant St., Marblehead, for a panel conversation on “Addiction: Where do we go from here?” Also returning are Ariele Goldman and Anne Lucas, featured speakers for the program on “What does it mean to live with addiction?” Goldman fought her own addictions and now helps others while pursuing a degree in social work. Lucas has written a play, “Recovery,” sharing her own experiences with a family member who fought addiction. Also joining will be Paul Kusiak, an advocate for families and a community engagement consultant with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Moderator Michelle Simons is the Lynn substance use prevention coordinator and a licensed substance use clinician with Bridgewell and the city of Lynn’s Prevention Werks. For more information, visit 3Voices.org or contact 3voicesmhd@gmail.com.

The City of Peabody’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, at the Department of Public Services, 50 Farm Ave. City residents may dispose of up to a car’s worth of hazardous materials. Contractors may not dispose of materials. Clean Harbors Environmental Services will be on site to accept oil-based paints (no latex paint), varnishes, pesticides, spray cans and other household hazardous chemicals. You may also dispose of mercury-containing waste, including batteries, thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent lamps. The recycling center at 50 Farm Ave. will be closed. For a full list of accepted materials, call the Health Department at 978-538-5926, or Department of Public Services at 978-536-0600. Cost is $20 per household, payable by check to “City of Peabody.” Proof of residency is required. TVs and computer monitors will also be accepted with the purchase of a $20 sticker per item, available on-site. Non-residents may drop off materials from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and must pay the full fee ($30 for up to 3 pounds/gallons, $36 for up to 10 pounds/gallons or $60 for up to 25 pounds/gallons). For more information, call the Health Department at 978-538-5926. This event is co-sponsored by the Peabody Municipal Light Plant.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) North Shore Chapter 479 invites active and retired Federal employees to its spring luncheon celebration Wednesday, June 5, at noon in the Lighthouse Room of the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The event includes a luncheon and musical entertainment. Cost is $34 per person. For more information, call Stella Pierce at 978-969-1761.

               

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 the following volunteers: Friendly Visitors to visit with seniors living in Salem or Peabody; and Money Managers to help seniors 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 drop 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.

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 northshoremenchorus@gmail.com or visit www.harmonize.com/northshoremen.

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.

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.

SeniorCare Inc.’s RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore are partnering with AARP on a free AARP Tax-Aide Program for elders. Volunteers from SeniorCare RSVP will assist taxpayers ages 60 and older with middle to low income with their tax preparation and filing, providing free tax assistance at more than 30 locations throughout the North Shore. For information, visit www.seniorcareinc.org, or contact RSVP program assistant Theresa Dickson at 978-281-1750 ext. 568 or theresa.dickson@seniorcareinc.org.

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.

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 rsvp@seniorcareinc.org.

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.

The Miracle League of the North Shore’s remaining spring date is June 15. Children with cognitive and physical abilities play together on the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf (CCCBSD) field, the only fully-accessible, rubberized baseball field on the North Shore at 6 Echo Ave., Beverly. Player registration and volunteer arrivals begin at 9:30 a.m., with warm-ups at 10 a.m. The game begins at 10:30 am, followed at 11:30 a.m. with pizza. The league is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that gives children with unique challenges a chance to play baseball as a part of a team in an organized league at no cost to their family. Every player bats and scores a home run each inning, with volunteers serving as buddies. For more, visit: www.cccbsd.org/community/miracle-league or contact playball@cccbsd.org.

The second annual Senior Teen Town Dance will be held on Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Holy Ghost Society Hall, 20 Howley St., Peabody, featuring oldies hits spun by Kevin and Connor Leahy and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance by calling Joan Aucone, 978-618-9338; Joanne Solovicos, 978-532-0031; Dottie Thibodeau, 978-774-4850; Lonnie Thibodeau, 978-836-2422, or Billy Wholley, 978-744-2726. For more information, email teentownreunion@yahoo.com.

On Tuesday, June 18, at 4 p.m., Salem Community Life Center will host a free group support for adult children of aging parents presented by James Ashton. Caring for an elderly parent is a big job and needs big support that group sharing provides. Collective wisdom and practical advice on topics such as senior living, home care, financial considerations, end of life; as well as self-care, boundary setting and responding to crisis with compassion and calm. Ashton is a certified life coach and workshop facilitator who has experienced it all first-hand. To register, call Rosanna Donahue at 978-744-0924, by Thursday, June 13.

The Peabody Institute Library Foundation will hold “Bubbly and Birds,” a cocktail viewing of select John J. Audubon’s Birds of America prints owned by the library. On display will be some of Audubon’s most iconic prints, including a number that were recently restored. This special event will be held on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Main Library, 82 Main St. in Peabody. Tickets are $60, available at all three Peabody Institute Library locations. This fundraiser will benefit the ongoing restoration of the Peabody Institute Library’s Birds of America prints.

The Dane Street Congregational Church will host their 35th annual free Spring Pops Concert with Avard Rushton conducting the Dane Street Church Community Concert Band, on Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. All are welcome. For more information, call 978-922-4325.

Salem State University and the Salem Athenaeum will host an 8th Salem Poetry Seminar and poetry readings, free, from Tuesday, June 4 thru Friday, June 8, evenings at 7:30 at the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., and Salem’s Pickering House, 18 Broad St. Thirteen select students from statewide colleges and universities will study poetry writing with noted teachers and authors Charlotte Gordon, J.D. Scrimgeour, and January Gill O’Neil. Since its founding in 2000, participants have produced twenty-five books of poetry; thirteen went on to edit national magazines or found presses. Over twenty have been accepted into graduate programs, including NYU, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The seminar is supported by Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts. In addition to classes, there are free readings featuring established poets and seminar participants. For more information, contact Karen Gahagan at: kgahagan@salemstate.edu, or call 978-542-7890.

The League of Women Voters -Salem will address the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting to members of the community, at a free and open event on June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St, Salem, MA 01970. For more information, contact Judith Reilly at: lwvsalem@gmail.com.

The Topsfield Historical Society’s 51st annual free Strawberry Festival, takes place on the Topsfield Common on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with strawberry shortcakes will served in Emerson Center. Also this year: a juried craft show with over 65 artisans, a Youth Artisans Fair, Kingsnakes playing in the gazebo, children’s games and tours of the 17th century Parson Capen House. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available, Admission to this family event, sponsored by TD Bank, is free and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, contact chairperson Shawn Whitworth at whitworth2526@gmail.com.

A wine tasting benefit for The House of the Seven Gables will be held Saturday, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. “The Art of Wine” will make some 100 wines available for tasting on the Gables’ outdoor lawn area overlooking Salem Harbor, along with light bites and music. The wines, from Salem Wine Imports, will include premier wines valued at up to $100 per bottle. There will be a silent auction featuring bottled wine and a gift certificate for two for a Salem Food Tour. Discounted wine can be ordered on the day of the event, which runs rain or shine (with a tent covering the tasting area). Tickets are $38, available at Salem Wine Imports, 32 Church St.; online at localwineevents.com (fees apply), or by calling 978-741-9463. A Facebook event page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/412204299600954/

Beverly’s Second Congregational Church will host a Strawberry Social on Saturday, June 15, from 3 to 5 p.m., featuring strawberries, home-baked biscuits, ice cream and whipped cream. This is a free community event, and all are welcome to stop by. The church is located at 35 Conant St.