DHS Falcon Marching Band

The Danvers High School Falcon Marching Band will be showcasing this year’s Field Show featuring the music of Queen on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at DHS Deering Stadium. All are welcome to this free event, but a donation can will be available to help support the Danvers HS Band Scholarship Fund.

For more information, visit: www.danversband.org

‘Salem Serves’ book launch

On Sunday, Nov. 10, the Salem Department of Veterans Services will hold a book launch party for ‘Salem Serves: Sites and Stories from the Military and Patriotic Heritage of Salem, Massachusetts, 1626-WWII’ from 2 to 4 p.m., free, at the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St. The second title in the “Salem’s Forgotten Stories” book series, this publication features 500 images from the Nelson Dionne Salem History Collection at Salem State University; an essay on Salem during wartime; Descriptions of Salem Military Units and Veterans Organizations; a list of Veterans Squares, Memorials, and Monuments; Self-guided trails of the city; Proclamation of Salem’s federal designation as the birthplace, and more. Speakers, honored guests and guests will enjoy light refreshments and free parking. Books will be available for purchase and signing, For more information, call 978-744-0924.

Developmental education screenings

Salem Public Schools offers developmental screenings to locate, identify, and refer for special education evaluation, any 3-, 4- or 5-year-old living in Salem who may have disabilities. If you have concerns about your child, you may schedule a screening by calling 978-740-1181. Screening will take place on an as-needed basis at the Salem Early Childhood Center, Bentley School, 25 Memorial Drive.

Vets free at Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is again offering military veterans and their families free admission to its 60 wildlife sanctuaries across the Commonwealth on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov.11. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, more than 300,000 veterans living in the Bay State are eligible to free admission to the network of wildlife sanctuaries extending from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires, and attracting more than a half million visitors annually. To learn more and to confirm that a specific wildlife sanctuary will be open on Nov. 11, please visit www.massaudubon.org.

PJ Library Babies & Bagels

Children, ages 3 and younger, and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Babies & Bagels for music, movement and a snack. Sessions will be held at Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Avenue in Marblehead from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays, Nov. 17, Dec. 8 and Feb. 9. RSVPs are requested to Shelby@emanu-el.org or (781) 631-9300. The program is sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and Lappin Foundation and is free and open to all. Walk-ins are welcome.

Becoming Michelle Obama

Beverly Public Library will host a Books & Brunch at the Indo Pub, 289 Cabot St. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m., to discuss “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama, copies of which are available at the 2nd floor checkout desk, on CD, or as a digital audiobook or eBook via OverDrive or hoopla. You’ll choose your own menu items and beverages. Space is limited, however, so registration is required at: ryan@noblenet.org, or call 978-921-6062, ext. 2120.

Turkey Supper

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly, will host at Turkey Supper from 5 to 6 p.m. Enjoy turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls and beverage, all includes in the cover charge: $7.00, Seniors $6 and children $3.50. Home-baked pies: $1.50 per slice. The building is handicap accessible.

Christmas Pops Concert

The Dane Street Church will hold its annual free Christmas Pops Concert on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., with the Community Concert Band playing. The church is located at 10 Dane St., in Beverly, and all are welcome. For more information, call 978-922-4325.

Holiday choral concert at St. John

French horn soloist Nancy Hudgins will be a featured performer at the Holiday Concert presented by the North Shore Chorale, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St., Beverly. A prominent French horn performer in the Boston area, Hudgins has performed with the Boston Ballet and Boston Lyric Opera, among other Boston area ensembles. She has also performed in orchestras for star act concerts including Luciano Pavoratti and Josh Grobin. The North Shore Chorale is a new community chorus of 35 singers from North Shore towns. The group will perform a variety of classical and popular music pieces by Randall Thompson, Michael Haydn and Edvard Grieg and others. For more information, visit www.nschorale.org.

Danvers Veterans Day observance

The Danvers Veterans Council will conduct Veterans Day ceremonies on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Thorpe School, Avon Road, Danvers (entrance at rear of school). The program, starting precisely at 11 a.m., will pay tribute to veterans living and deceased. The guest speaker, Danvers resident and U.S. Navy combat veteran Robert H. Roy, served in Vietnam with NMCB 58, mobile naval construction battalion, Seabees. The public is welcome and may place flags to honor any veteran. For more information, call 978-777-0001 ext. 3025.

‘Young Frankenstein’ auditions

Marblehead Little Theatre will hold non-Equity auditions for “Young Frankenstein” by appointment for actors ages 15 and older, Saturday, Nov. 16, noon to 5 p.m., at the theater, 12 School St., Marblehead. Actors should sign up for a singing audition between noon and 2 p.m., or 3 to 5 p.m., and be prepared to attend a mandatory dance call from 2 to 3 p.m. Plan to stay after your singing audition or arrive before to attend the dance call, with appropriate dance footwear; bring tap shoes if you have them. Prepare a verse and a chorus of a song from, or in the style of, the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Walk-ins will be seen as time allows. Performance dates are March 6 to 15. For more information, visit www.MTIShows.com.

Ballet holiday auction

The North Shore Civic Ballet, a nonprofit in its 45th season, hosts its annual online holiday auction from Nov. 15 to Dec. 6 to help support the training of the next generation of dancers. Proceeds fund choreography, costuming, scholarships, educational projects and other resources. Donations of auction items are also needed. All items will be professionally photographed and displayed online. Drop donations at the school, located at the Marblehead School of Ballet, 115 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Call 781-631-6263 for pickup or drop off, or to volunteer. Financial contributions are also welcome and tax-deductible. Visit http://marbleheadschoolofballet.com/the-company/ for more information.

Swedish Yule Fair

Birka Lodge No. 732, V.O.A. of Hamilton will hold its annual Yule Swedish Fair on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hamilton-Wenham Community House, Bay Road Route 1-A. Admission is free, music will play all day and you’ll want to be there at noon for Lucia, the Bride of Light, as well as a lunch of assorted open face sandwiches. Enjoy coffee and coffee bread, Glogg & Pepparkakor, gifts, handcrafts, imported linens, ornaments, jewelry, cards, wrapping paper, candles, candles holders & rings, Dala Horses, Straw goats, Jul Tomtes. For more information, visit: www.Birka732.com, or call 781-254-9888.

Brass Band Holiday Concert

This year Our Lady Star of the Sea in Marblehead will extend its holiday fare beyond its Christmas fair on Dec. 7 and 8, to Sunday, Dec. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. when it will host a Christmas concert with the internationally acclaimed 30 piece New England Brass Band. In addition, Band, the Star of the Sea Children’s Choir will offer carols and holiday selections. Our Lady Star of the Sea Church is located at 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Tickets are $10 and are available at the rectory, 85 Atlantic Ave Marblehead, or call 781 631 0086. Visit: www.sosmarblehead.org.

Cantemus Chorus concerts

Cantemus Chamber Chorus will hold three holiday concerts in early December. First, on

Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Beverly; followed on Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newburyport, and finally, on Sunday, Dec. 15. at 4 p.m., at First Church, Swampscott. The core of all three concerts is Vivaldi’s Magnificat in G minor, a setting of the Canticle of Mary for chorus, soloists, strings and organ. Also on the program is Laudate Dominum, a work Jane Ring Frank describes as “a little but mighty piece of music.” A string quartet of two violins, viola and cello will accompany the chorus, joined by guest artists Alecia Batson and Heather Gallagher, sopranos, and bass Jeremy Satchell. Tickets are $25; seniors $20; students 21 and under free, available at www.cantemus.org, or at the door.

‘Dracula’ at Peabody Essex

On Friday, Nov. 8, from 8 to 11 p.m., the Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem, will hold a screening of the spine-tingling “Dracula” film with Philip Glass’s score bringing the legend to life on the anniversary of author Bram Stoker’s birthday. Acclaimed musician and frequent Glass collaborator Michael Riesman performs live alongside the 1931 classic film starring Bela Lugosi. There will be a cash bar and light bites. Tickets are $20 for members, Salem residents and students with ID, $25 for nonmembers, available at pem.org/dracula.

Women’s Connection Brunch Nov. 11

The Women’s Connection Brunch will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lighthouse Point Room at Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The brunch features the annual country fair and auction with homemade gifts and treats. Speaker is Sarah Joy Rios, who will share how her childhood and family life prepared her for her role as a wife and mother. All women are welcome. $17 inclusive. Reservations and cancellations are required. Email Laura at Lauraallavon@aol.com.

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., will host a photo exhibit and panel discussion in observance Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. “Beginning at the End: Portraits of Dementia” by Joe Wallace will be on display in the Standring Room through Nov. 30. This exhibit is a photographic portrait project humanizing people affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, which 50 million people are currently living with globally. In the United States, one in three seniors suffers with Alzheimer’s or dementia at the time of their death. Yet dementia is often a taboo subject with limited public awareness or discourse. Join Wallace along with library director Alex Lent and health care professionals for a reception and panel discussion with those caring for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

NARFE meeting in Peabody Nov. 6

The North Shore Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Peabody Community Life Center, 75R Central St., Peabody. A BlueCross Blue Shield representative will discuss updates in the Federal Health Benefits programs. For more information contact Mike Evers at 978-821-7524.

Textile recycling drive coming up

Salem Recycles will hold a Clothing and Household Textile Recycling Drive on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riley Plaza in the parking lot in front of the Salem Post Office, 2 Margin St. Bring clothing, sneakers, shoes, boots, slippers, belts, ties, purses, stuffed animals, bedding (comforters/ sheets/ blankets), table linens and draperies/curtains to recycle. Items can be in any condition and must be clean and dry. For more information, call 978-619-5672, or visit salem.com/recycling, or greensalem.com.

St. Adelaide’s Christmas Fair

St. Adelaide’s Church will hold its annual Christmas Fair on Friday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 708 Lowell St., Peabody, with home baked goods, holiday gift baskets, a gift extravaganza, homemade crafts, ice cream sundaes, games of chance, cradle corner, kids activities, and a wine cellar. Pictures with Santa available, 50/50 pot of gold raffles, grand raffle and super raffle, and other prizes.

Boston Artists Ensemble play Hamilton Hall

On Friday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m., Hamilton Hall will present the Boston Artists Ensemble performing Bach Sonata for Solo Violin in C major. This accompanies Beethoven variations based on a theme from The Magic Flute, followed by Turina’s romantic and intoxicating Piano Trio, and Granados’ fiery Piano Quintet. Hamilton Hall, a registered national landmark, is located at 9 Chestnut St., Salem, but the performance hall is not  handicapped-accessible. Tickets are $30, $25 seniors, and $10 students with valid ID, at BostonArtistsEnsemble.org or at the door. 

K of C blood drive in Peabody

The Peabody Community Blood Drive sponsored by the Knights of Columbus is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For an appointment, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter “Peabody Knights of Columbus.” Donors may qualify for a free long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, and as a bonus, get a $5 Amazon.com gift card by email. Restrictions apply: see amazon.com/gc-legal.

Wingmasters presentation in Ipswich

Jim Parks of Wingmasters will bring some of the birds in his care to a program at the Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich, on Saturday, Nov. 23. Online registration is required, and there are two time slots: 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Go to www.ipswichlibrary.org and click on Events to register. Native American Artifacts and Birds of Prey is intended for an audience of older children, first grade and up, as well as teenagers and adults. Check with the Children’s Room staff to see if it might be a good fit. Call 978-412-8713 with any questions. The program is free thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library.

Hamilton-Wenham Library blood drive

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., from 2 to 7 p.m. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and the Red Cross makes it easy to donate. For an appointment on Nov. 13, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Steampunk at the Great House

The Great House at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, is hosting a Steampunk party on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., an interactive theatrical evening of gears, steam power, circuits, focusing on the estate’s amazing 1920s technology. Guests meet steampunk characters, solve puzzles and make choices that determine how the story unfolds. Trustees members pay $44. Nonmembers pay $55. Admission includes light appetizers and beer/wine. Advance reservations are required at www.thetrustees.org or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4015.

‘Literary tourist’ shares adventures

Beverly High School librarian Barb Fecteau will be at the Beverly library, Nov. 4, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to explain how books “dragged her across the country.” While others head to tourist attractions, what attracts her are small towns where fictional events may or may not have occurred. You may call it “literary tourism” but she calls it good old American nosiness. Fecteau will share some of the adventures she’s had while investigating the sites of the books of her childhood, from “Little House,” “Betsy-Tacy,” “The Outsiders,” and more. Part of the “Monday Mornings” program series, the event kicks off with light refreshments at 9 a.m. in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St. Free and open to adults; no registration required. Handicapped-accessible. For more information, contact ridenour@noblenet.org.

Sustainable Marblehead speaker series

Sustainable Marblehead, a volunteer community organization dedicated to protecting the environment and addressing the global climate crisis on a local level, presents part two of a speaker series exploring global and local climate issues, on Friday, Nov. 15, with environmental author Paul Greenburg discussing “The Future of American Fishing.” Part three is Jan. 23 and features Barbara Erickson, CEO of the Trustees of Reservations, and Tom O’Shea, Trustees’ program director for coastal and natural resources, sharing how and why the coast must be protected. Each lecture will be at Old Town House, One Market Square, in Marblehead from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 for the series and $30 per lecture. Students pay $25 for the series, $10 per lecture. 

Shop Local HW Holiday Festival

Shop Local HW, Hamilton-Wenham’s grassroots organization, is producing a Holiday Festival Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., enlivening the towns’ main commercial corridors along Route 1A with family-friendly events, activities, and pedestrian activity supported with a free hop-on/hop-off trolley. In the planning are a pop-up market at the Council on Aging, a tree lighting with caroling, a visit from Santa, a Cornhole Tournament hosted by Plumeria Realtors, Gingerbread Cookie decorating at Wenham Museum and wreath-making at TM Landscaping. The event falls on National Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday, encouraging holiday shoppers to patronize small, local businesses. For vendor participation queries, contact Jan Soolman at shoplocalhw@gmail.com or call 978-254-7575.

Parade of Trees needs donations

The Danvers Historical Society’s 11th annual Parade of Trees is fast approaching. That’s a “parade” of faux trees and wreaths decorated in themes with ornaments and gifts by individuals, businesses, and organizations in Danvers and then donated to the event held at Tapley Hall, 13 Page St. Entries will be on display from Dec. 3 to Dec. 8. During that time, stop in and buy raffle tickets to place on favorite trees in the hopes of being a lucky winner. To donate a tree or wreath, email DHS@DanversHistory.org or call the chairperson at 978-774-8159.

Sibling loss support group

Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, will hold free support groups for those who are coping with the loss of a sibling, on Mondays, Nov. 4 through Dec. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Session will be held in the Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers. For more information, call 855-774-5100 or email grief@CareDimensions.org.

Bertram Field fund drive

The city of Salem has launched a private fundraising campaign associated with the Bertram Field improvement project. The $6 million effort will result in modern, accessible, and sustainable athletics facilities for football, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, community and youth sports, and other activities. While the majority of the funding has been secured through the city’s capital budget — including bonding, Community Preservation Act funds, and a state grant — the project team has set a goal of $400,000 from donations. All donations over $500 will be recognized with signs at the field. Larger donations, including naming opportunities and business sponsorships, are also available. All are tax-deductible. To donate by credit card or electronic check, visit salemathleticsfund.org. Checks should be made payable to “City of Salem” with “Bertram Field” on the memo line and sent to Treasurer’s Office, City of Salem, 98 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970.

Garden Club Craft Night

On Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., the Peabody Garden Club presents Craft Night by Kathy Bouchard at the Community Covenant Church, 33 Lake St., Peabody. Choose from three ways to be crafty: kits will be provided for each craft, at $5 each, and each kit will have an instructor. All craft kits must be pre-ordered no later than Oct. 20. To order or for more information, contact Bouchard at 617-930-4466. Guest fee for the evening is $5, plus the craft kit fee.

Beller on the art of the dance

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Salem State University will host a free artist talk with choreographer Alexandra Beller, at 4:30 p.m. in the campus Dance Studio, 303 O’Keefe Complex, Loring Avenue. Beller is artistic director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, currently celebrating its 15th anniversary. She was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995 to 2001, performing in more than 50 countries and throughout the U.S. For more information, visit salemstate.edu/arts or call 978-542-6365.

BoSoma steps up outreach

BoSoma Dance Company, under the direction of award-winning dancer, choreographer and educator Katherine Hooper, has stepped up its community outreach. In partnership with New England Arts for Literacy Project, BoSoma has created K-12 programs that support core curricula learning, including a landmark program, “Mathematics and Science,” designed to introduce children to how choreographers use numbers and music mathematically to create choreography and movement patterns. Science topics also integrate and teach the importance of knowing human anatomy and gravity, which allows dancers to be able to move through space. For more information, contact Hooper at 978-500-3057 or company@bosoma.org

Marblehead Artisan Shop

The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., in Marblehead, will show the works of eight member artists in the Artisan Shop, through Jan. 12, 2020. On view and for sale will be works by photographer Kimberly Crowninshield, 2D fine artist John Willand, jewelry and leather artisan Joanne Demetra, jewelry designers Deborah Way and Janet Russell, glass artist Aron Leaman and ceramicist Dorothy Arthur. The eight MAA artist members will display their works on a rotating basis, 15 to 20 affordable pieces at a time, all juried, all under $250. For more information, call 781-631-2608 or visit www.marbleheadarts.org.

Colton Buckley 5K

The sixth annual Colton Buckley 5K steps off Sunday, Nov. 10, from the AOH Club, 58 Lowell St., in Peabody at 10 a.m., with registration ending at 8 a.m. Online registration ends Friday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. Entry fee is $25, and proceeds support the Citizens Inn of Peabody, one of two sober living transitional housing programs in the state helping to address substance abuse. Specifically, funds will be used for a Children’s Enrichment Program at Citizens Inn with library space focusing on early childhood literacy. The foundation also supports Foster Forward and Learn to Cope, and will host a pasta dinner the evening before the race from 3 to 7 p.m. at the AOH Hall, during which you may share names of loved ones to be read or create luminary bags with messages to be displayed at City Hall for the vigil at 7 p.m. Parking is available behind the AOH Club. Visit www.northshoretimingonline.com/reglive2017.aspx?eventyear_id=1618.

Salem Willows Survey

The city of Salem is conducting a survey of the users of Salem Willows Park to gather feedback on the park as it is now, what users like or dislike about the park, and what they envision the park looking like in the future. Responses will help the City prioritize improvements to the park and determine future projects throughout the Salem Willows. To access the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JKYH5Z7). It takes less than five minutes to complete and responses are completely anonymous. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Creative movement with Jewish twist

Children, ages 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Creative Movement with a Jewish Twist. Enjoy a morning of creative movement and a snack with Debbie Leibowitz. This program will be held on Tuesdays through Dec. 3 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Epstein Hillel School, 6 Community Road in Marblehead. PJ Library Creative Movement with a Jewish Twist is a free program of Lappin Foundation and Epstein Hillel School and is open to all. RSVPs are requested to Phyllis Osher at posher@lappinfoundation.org or 978-740-4404. Walk-ins are welcome.

ReachArts Artisan Fair

ReachArts, a Swampscott community arts organization, is hosting “Made By 01907,” the first artisan fair showcasing one-of-a-kind creations by Swampscott artists and artisans, on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the products from local artisans are handmade creations including jewelry, wooden items, prints and gourmet baked goods. The event also includes an art sale benefiting My Brother’s Table and a silent auction in the Grand Ballroom benefiting ReachArts. ReachArts is at 89 Burrill St., Swampscott. For more information, visit ReachArts.org

Mystery writer discusses writing

Award-winning author Jane Gandolfo will be at the Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch at 603 Lowell St., on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Gandolfo has published the second book in her Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery series, “A Tale of Deceit.” She was awarded the EVVY Book Award in the category of Mystery, Crime, Detective Fiction for her debut novel, “To Paint a Murder.” She’ll discuss the series and answer questions about writing and publishing. A book sale and signing will follow. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

PJ Library Mommy & Me

Children, ages 3 and younger, and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist. Enjoy a morning of socializing and meeting new friends, creative music and movement with Jewish themes, free play and snack. This program will be held on the following Mondays: 11, 18 and 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Chabad of Peabody, 682 Lowell St., in Peabody. PJ Library Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist is a free program of Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation and is open to all. RSVPs are requested to Raizel at www.chabadpeabody.com or 978-977-9111. Walk-ins are welcome.

Pancreatic Cancer benefit

The 6th Annual Marino Donnelly Foundation Charity Casino Night for Pancreatic Cancer, this year brings you holiday shopping with 8 local craftspeople selling products on Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 7 p.m., at the Hastings House, 14 Oak St. in Beverly Farms. A percentage of their sales will be donated to the foundation, and 100% of the money raised that night goes directly towards the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. The event will be a Cash Bar, and we have craps, roulette, blackjack and Three Card Poker.

Ipswich Reads One Book

The Ipswich Public Library will hold its 15th annual “Ipswich Reads One Book” initiative with a month long schedule to encourage the community to read the same book and come together to explore its themes and issues in a variety of forums. This year’s selection is “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction,” by David Sheff, who will speak on Nov. 7, at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St. Sheff, who chronicles his son’s downward spiral into addiction and steps toward recovery in iercely candid memoir. There will also be special events and informational programs presented by treatment providers, to panel discussions with law enforcement, and everything in between –since everyone intersects with this issue in a different way. For a schedule and registration requirements, visit www.ipswichlibrary.org.

Best Sellers to-go

Hamilton-Wenham Library now has select best-sellers “to-go.” Check out the new collection of hot titles, recent best-sellers in high demand, waiting for someone to check them out. These popular items circulate for two weeks, are not holdable, and may not be renewed. Swing by to check the shelf often, or browse the complete list of titles at hwlibrary.org/hot-titles. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St. South Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit: hwlibrary.org.

Volunteer drivers needed

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.

Free adult English practice

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.

Better Breathers Club

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.

City of Salem Wi-Fi

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.

Salem online map

A new online map showing all capital projects underway in the current fiscal year at www.salem.com/projectsmap. To view capital investments, maintenance, and improvement projects in design and planning or are under construction, click to open a window showing all relevant details. The 151 projects on the map total $115 million in investments to improve Salem’s parks, public spaces, streets, sidewalks, and public buildings, and enhance the City’s ability to deliver local services and maintain a high quality of life for Salem residents.

     

Homeschool program

The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is launching a new homeschool program offering on-campus classes to home-schooled children in grades 1-8, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 10:35 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Courses span a range of topics and include Cyber Civics, Fine Arts, Handwork, Outdoor Science in Nature, Spanish, German, Strings/Music, and Theater. All courses are taught by Waldorf School at Moraine Farm faculty. The cost for an eight-week session is $250 and includes all materials needed. Registration is now open. For more information, visit: waldorfmoraine.org/waldorf-homeschooling-program/

50+ job seekers networking

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. Meetings are 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.

Free Judaism course

Adults of all faiths who want to explore Judaism or who are considering conversion to Judaism, are invited to register for Introduction to Judaism, a free 25-week course funded by Lappin Foundation and taught by North Shore rabbis. Participants will study a variety of Jewish topics, including: Hebrew, ethics, prayer, holidays, customs, history and more. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Nov. 5 and will meet at various North Shore temples. For more information or to register, visit www.lappinfoundation.org or contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or posher@lappinfoundation.org.

Marblehead records digitized

The early records of Marblehead’s Second Congregational Church (now Unitarian-Universalist Church) have been digitized and are freely available online. These papers, journals, and ledgers span from 1714 to 1850 and include records of baptisms, member lists, marriages, church meeting minutes, and disciplinary records. To access, visit marbleheadmuseum.org/marblehead-history-documents/ or the Congregational Library and Archives website. Records of the First Congregational Church (Old North) and Third Congregational Church are also available.

Monthly genealogy series

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., has launched a monthly genealogy series, “Digging for Roots Genealogy Series: Getting Started with Your Research.” Starting with pen and paper and introducing the proper genealogical forms, explore how and where to research family history. Discuss tracking research, how best to include the Internet, questions to ask living relatives and things you can do to help others who are researching their ancestors. Register at danverslibrary.org or at 978-774-0554.

Lunchtime history films

The Danvers Historical Society is hosting lunchtime history films every third Monday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m., presented by Heritage Films’ Dan Tremblay, at Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page St. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Gatherings are casual and include film and a discussion. For more information, call the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666 or E-mail to dhs@danvershistory.org

Lunch at Beacon Cafe

The Beacon Café, North Shore Community College’s student-run café, is serving fresh, hot meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 10. The café will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. Lunch is $5 to $7.50, depending on the menu, and will be served buffet style. The Beacon has two seating times: 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. and reservations are required. Call to make your reservation at 978-762-4000, ext. 1513 and follow the instructions in the message. The Beacon Café is located off Route 114, at 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, in the North Shore Business Center.

Salem grants applications

The Salem Scholarship & Education Committee is now accepting applications for education fund grants of up to $5,000 for Salem educational programs and organizations. The grants are available to provide supplemental education funding for local educational needs and for existing adult literacy programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the maximum amount available for any one grant is $5,000. Grant funds cannot be used for salaries or stipends. The application form and additional information can be found at www.salem.com/scholarship. Questions? Contact Dominick Pangallo in the Office of Mayor Kim Driscoll at dpangallo@salem.com or (978) 619-5600.

Photography showcase

The Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers is showcasing works of freelance photographer Thom Adorney through November. Adorney, who works and teaches in Beverly, has themed his work, “Celebrating the Extraordinary Within.” His images have been published, won awards, and been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Newburyport Art Association, the Beverly Guild of Artists, Porter Mill Gallery, the Marblehead Art Association, and Gallery 62 in Danvers. He has donated services to nonprofits, including The Cabot theater, the Essex County Trail Association, The House of the Seven Gables, and Beverly Bootstraps. The church, which is wheelchair accessible, is at 323 Locust St., in Danvers. View the exhibit before or after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, or call 978-774-7582. Visit www.nsuu.org.

Yoga for living with loss

Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, presents Yoga for Living with Loss, a 60-minute gentle yoga class that supports grieving as an ongoing process, Wednesdays, to Dec. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, Open to anyone in the community who has experienced the death of someone close, the cost is $75 for 8 sessions. Drop in classes will be held Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. thru Dec. 17. Cost is $10 per class or pay in advance with discount. For more information, call 855-774-5100, or email grief@CareDimensions.org.

Peabody Chamber dinner

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) holds its 88th annual dinner, sponsored by Community Credit Union, at the Ferncroft Country Club with special guest, Mary Bellavance, who will receive a “Distinguished Leader” award from PACC for her 30+ years supporting the city, her community, and the chamber. New local Mezzo-Soprano, Natalja Sticco from the Corsara Artists, will perform, and there will be the traditional Craft Beer & Wine raffle. Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. will speak, and Julie Daigle, PACC executive director, will announce the PACC incoming Board of Directors, and honor the outgoing members and milestone member anniversaries. Tickets are $75, and all are welcome. Call the PACC at 978-531-0384 or go to www.peabodychamber.com/events to register. All tickets must be purchased in advance; 72-hour advance cancellation notice for refunds. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. AX, MC, VS, DC accepted.

Ski ‘n Skate Consignment

Hamilton’s Cutler School’s annual Ski, Skate & Board Consignment event is set for Nov. 16 and 17. Hosted by the Friends of Cutler Elementary, the community-wide fundraiser offers new and consigned apparel and equipment for skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and ice-skating, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sunday, when most items will be discounted by 50%. The event is open to the public. Those interested in consigning items can visit www.skiskateandboard.com for more information. Consignors will receive 70% of sales. Donations are also welcome. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of Cutler. Drop off hours for consignors and people wishing donate items are: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to noon, and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon., Cutler Elementary School is located at 237 Asbury St., Hamilton.

Amazon sitcom premiere

Sean Lynch, a Bishop Fenwick graduate who made a name for himself in Hollywood, returns to Salem to premiere his new Amazon sitcom series and stage a live comedy night on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 8:15 p.m. at CinemaSalem. The live event will feature the first-ever screening of the 23-minute TV pilot, “Every Other Sunday,” which he wrote and directed. Starring Adam Mucci (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) Mark Riccadonna (Fox Redeye, SNL), Kerryn Feehan (a Massachusetts native) and John Mooney (30 Rock), the screening will be followed by a 90-minute live standup comedy show. Tickets are $20 and 10% of proceeds support the NSMC Salem Hospital. Visit:www.cinemasalem.com/wordpress/wpmt_performance/sean-lynch-and-his-funny-new-show

He put the Gerry in Gerrymandering

Learn the fascinating history behind Elbridge Gerry, a Marblehead native and one of America’s founding fathers. Presented by Robert Allison, Ph.D. at the Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington St., on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., “Elbridge Gerry: Beyond the Gerrymander” tells the full story of Gerry, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Congressional Representative, Governor of Massachusetts, former Vice President of the United States, and namesake of the phrase “Gerrymandering” being applied to creating partisan districts. Allison is a professor of History at Suffolk University in Boston, teaches at the Harvard Extension School, and is author of books including “The Boston Tea Party,” “The Boston Massacre,” and “Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero.” The lecture is presented in partnership with the Essex National Heritage Area. Tickets are $15. Reservations required at: www.essexheritage.org or call 978-740-0444.

Alzheimer Caregiver session

The North Shore Alzheimer’s Partnership will present an important informational session on Conquering Caregiver Overload on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., at The Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone St., Danvers. Registration from 5 to 5:30 p.m., presentation runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mal Allard, a nurse and Alzheimer’s and dementia consultant, will share learning and advice gleaned as a board certified Alzheimers educator and founder of Their Real World, a compnay that offers Alzheimers and related dementia education. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

Salem High ‘eightysomething’ reunion

Salem High School Classes of 1980,1981, & 1982 are planning and “eightysomething” reunion, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, from 7 to 12 p.m. at Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers. Early Bird Pricing: $60 p.p., if received by March 1, 2020. Mail checks to: SHS Eightysomething Reunion c/o Patty Levasseur 22 Wilson St. Salem MA 10970. Other payment options: e-mail, shseightysomething@gmail.com. Please include: Full Name (including maiden name), Year of Graduation, and e-mail or best contact information.

Veterans free at Seven Gables

Admission the The House of the Seven Gables will be free for Veterans all day Monday, Nov. 11, with military ID. The National Historic Landmark site is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in November and features six historic properties, house tours and its ongoing, annual exhibition, “POP! Goes the Gables.” Active members of the military may present their military ID and receive the military discount for a guide tour of The House of the Seven Gables at any time the property is open to the public.

Environmental Education Symposium

Join the Epstein Hillel School’s Environmental Education Symposium on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. to explore the film ‘Wasted: The Story of Food Waste.’ Hear from a panel of community leaders, learn about the impact our food has on the environment, and examine ways to consume food more sustainably. This event is free and open to the community at the Epstein Hillel School, 6 Community Road, Marblehead. To RSVP, please call 781-639-2880. For more information, please email eglore@epsteinhillel.org.

Knights of Columbus meetings

Danvers’ Thomas Power Council #1505, Knights of Columbus, will hold two regular business meetings this November, both beginning at 8 p.m. The first is slated for Monday, Nov. 11, and the second will be on Monday, Nov. 25. Both meetings will be held at Danvers Knights of Columbus, 35 Elm St., Danvers. All regular members are encouraged to attend. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Knights of Columbus please email to this address: danverskofc@yahoo.com or visit: www.danverskofc.org/contact

‘GI Jews’

The Lappin Foundation, Jewish War Veterans North Shore Post 220 and Temple Ner Tamid invite the community to honor Jewish War Veterans at a special free screening of the documentary ‘GI Jews’ on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. at Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. The film tells the story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who fought in World War II. The event is free and open to all. Dessert and coffee will be served. Reservations are requested to Susan Feinstein at sfeinstein@lappinfoundation.org or 978-740-4431. Walk-ins are welcome.

Great House Grand Tour

Castle Hill’s “From Grand Stairs to Back Stairs” will let guests experience the entirety of the magnificent Crane summer home in a special three-and-a-half-hour tour on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You’ll not only see how the family lived and the views the family had from the roof, but also the backstairs elements and staff that made this all possible. A brief respite for tea and scones is included in the program. The Great House at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is loacted at 290 Argilla Road, in Ipswich. Price for Trustees members is $32; nonmembers pay $40. Advance reservations are recommended. Visit: www.thetrustees.org or call 978.356.4351 x3203.

Witch City Writers

Write with the Witch City Writers at The House of the Seven Gables on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Writers of all ages and skill levels can count on a quiet, supportive calm with the encouragement of Salem’s Witch City Writers, free of charge, to brainstorm, write, network and share with others writers. Join a lively, creative community while getting some pages done at the same time. Meet at the Visitor Center, House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Some parking is available. Writing materials will be made available, but you are, of courese, free to bring tablets or laptops, pens and paper. For more information, visit https://7gables.org/event-calendar.

Beverly High School Open House

Beverly High School, 100 Sohier Road, will hold an open house on Nov. 7, for 8th grade parents, guardians and students. The evening will begin in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation and overview by Principal Betty Taylor of the multiple opportunites the high school has to promote student success. From 6:45 to 7:30 p.m., there will be an academics and activities fair, during which you may meet with faculty members and student representatives of athletic teasm and extra curricular activities and clubs. For more information, call 978-921-6132.

Rohingya Documentary & discussion

Salem State University’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies presents a free screening and panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., with Nazda Alam discussing her documentary: “Rohingya: Atrocities Against Women,” which focuses on the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. Filmmaker Alam spent two weeks in Bangladesh documenting the horrors perpetrated mainly against women and girls by the Myanmar military, and was “horrified to discover that women were being used as weapons of war in conflict.” The Rohingya Crisis is a humanitarian emergency that’s been going on for more than two years, but has received little attention, despite the U.N. declaring it a “classic case of ethnic cleansing.” The event is free and open to the public at Viking Hall 123, Salem State University, Central Campus. Questions? Call 978-542-3019.

Winter Solstice Art Show

The True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St., South Hamilton, will hold a Winter Solstice show, a group exhibition featuring the work of local artists Juliana Boyd, Leslie Doherty, Diana Sudyka, Delbert Charging-Crow and more, from Saturday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 22, with an opening weekend reception on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. The works of these artists cover an unusual and varied spectrum of mediums from oil and wool to stained glass sculptures and more. True North Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call (978) 468-1962 or email gallerydirector@truenorthgallery.net

Beverly Public Library Book Sale

This year’s Friends of the Beverly Public Library Fall Book Sale will take place at the main library, 32 Essex St., from Saturday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 24. In addition to books, a selection of music and movies will be available. The sale will be open daily during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Donations currently accepted (no magazines or textbooks, please); bring donations to our Children’s Room on the ground floor, or our checkout desk on the 2nd floor. Paperbacks are $1, hardcovers $2, and all children’s books are 50 cents. Don’t miss this great chance to stock up on snowy day reads, and more! All sale proceeds benefit the library. Questions? Call 978-921-6062 ext. 2122

A son’s addiction

David Sheff, author of “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction,” will speak at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St., on Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. “Beautiful Boy,” which chronicles his son’s downward spiral and steps toward recovery, is the featured reading selection in this year’s community reading program, “Ipswich Reads One Book.” Copies will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all, but seating is limited. For more information and registration requirements, please visit: www.ipswichlibrary.org.

Free TIPS training

DanversCARES, as part of a regional effort with the Healthy Peabody Collaborative and the Tri-Town Council, offers free TIPS Training for businesses selling and/or serving alcohol, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gordon Room at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving, and underage drinking by enhancing the “people skills” of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol, you’ll gain the confidence to recognize potential problems and intervene to prevent tragedies. Conducted by Mike Marcantonio, a certified TIPS trainer with Dram Shop Consultants, the program is open to establishments with liquor licenses in the communities of Danvers, Peabody, Middleton, Boxford, and Topsfield. Online registration is required at: www.danverscares.org. For more information contact Lyla Harrod at lylaharrod@danvers.org.

Photography Show

ReachArts Gallery, 89 Burril St. in Swampscott will be showcasing the photography of Stephen J. Levin — “Abstracts: Ocean, Earth & Sky” — from Nov. 8 through Dec. 8, with all proceeds donated to Children’s Hospital. The exhibit opens with a reception on Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., closing with a reception with live music on Dec. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., Special discount days are Nov.11 and 29. Seniors and students are discounted at all times.

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