Greenbelt will host two trail runs this summer as part of the 2019 North Shore Trail Series sponsored by New England Running Company & Salomon to benefit land conservation. The first race is the Pingree Run for the Hills 5K and 10K on Saturday, July 13, at 9 a.m. at the Pingree Reservation behind the Pingree School in South Hamilton. The route features wooded trails through a remarkable series of glacial landforms called “eskers.” Register 5K or 10K distance, online till July 10, or at the event. Greenbelt’s second summer race is the Beverly Commons 3.5 and 7-mile trail run on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the 126-acre Beverly Commons Conservation Area in Beverly Farms. The scenic route is challenging, with steep hills and rocky terrain. Runners may register for the 3.5 mile or 7 mile online until Aug. 21, or at the event. For full details on both events, visit: Visit for details.

“Protect Your Home & Savings against the Risk of MassHealth and Long Term Care Costs” is the topic of a presentation by certified Elder Law attorneys Patrick Curley and Lucy Budman on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. hosted by the North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Drive #200, Danvers. If you have a health crisis, are you prepared? What will you do if you require nursing home care or long-term care at home or in an assisted living facility? Do you have the Estate Planning documents required to get the care you need and to protect your family and your assets? MassHealth (Medicaid) planning and eligibility, asset protection strategies for one’s home and savings, the five-year look back and Irrevocable and Revocable Trusts will all be discussed. RSVP to Curley Law Firm LLP at 781-245-2222 x10 or

Mass Audubon’s photo contest welcomes shutterbugs of all ages, backgrounds, and experience to share the beauty of the Bay State through photography. The competition is now under way and continues through Monday, Sept. 30. You may enter in either 18-and-Older or Under-18 age categories and may focus on six subject areas: People in Nature, Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Landscapes, and Plants and Fungi. Contestants can submit up to 10 images, taken any time prior to or during the 2019 contest period in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, New Hampshire. One grand prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card and be featured in Mass Audubon’s member newsletter, Explore. Eleven winners will receive $100 gift cards, and at least six honorable mentions will receive $50 gift cards. Additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges. All gift cards are to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary. To enter and to review contest information, visit

The Salem High School Class of 1964 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Waterfront Room at Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The event will be an informal luncheon buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. Door prize donations are welcome. There will be a 50/50 raffle and cash bar. Make checks payable to Salem High School Class of 1964 and mail to Jim Solovicos, 10 Sylvia Road, Peabody, MA, 01960.

Salem Maritime National Historic Site and The House of the Seven Gables will host “Enduring Hawthorne: A Marathon Reading of Salem native Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The House of the Seven Gables.’” From 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, till about 7 p.m. in the gardens of The House. Working in a continuing rotation, a series of park rangers, partners, and many volunteers will take turns reading for five minutes at a time. While the reading is happening, The Gables will offer activities, including open gardens, lawn games, a talk by Jim McAllister at noon, tours of Hawthorne’s birthplace, a scavenger hunt, food trucks, and more. Call 978-740-1650 or visit for information.

Essex Heritage, in cooperation with the Trustees of Reservations, is offering two new public boat tours aboard the landing craft Naumkeag to Misery Island, each offering a look at the history of the Salem Sound islands. The Island Hops Tour — Thursdays through Aug. 29 — departs at 5:30 p.m. and is a narrated, 21 and older cruise. Enjoy a Notch beer and get up-close looks of the Salem Sound islands. The Misery Island Castaway Tour (ages 4 and up) departs at 2 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 30, and goes straight to Misery Island where you can join a treasure hunt. All tours leave from the dock adjacent to the Salem Ferry Landing at 10 Blaney St., where there is free parking. The Naumkeag is a large, open landing craft with a bow front that drops down so passengers can walk directly onto the beach. For tickets, visit For more details, visit or call 978-740-0444.

The Greek Orthodox Church of Ipswich will hold its annual Greek Festival on July 13 from 12:30 to 11 p.m. and July 14 from 12:30 to 7 p.m. on the grounds of the Hellenic Center in Ipswich, at the junction of routes 133 and 1A. Come for the Greek specialties, roasted lamb, baklava sundaes; stay all day for the Greek music and dancing, live dance performances, vendors, a fun photo booth, big cash raffle prizes and fun for the whole family. Admission $5 valid for both days. Children under 10 are free and so is the parking.

The historic 1786 Patton Homestead will host a Military Service Day exhibition of vintage military vehicles, equipment, military re-enactors, speakers — both veterans and academics — and other veteran-related attractions. The event, Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. also honors the 100th anniversary of the A.P. Gardner American Legion Post 194 in its efforts to support veterans and their families in Hamilton. Among the speakers will be state Sen. Bruce Tarr and Rep. Brad Hill, and veterans of wars. The Patton Homestead, 650 Asbury St., Hamilton, was home to Gen. George S. Patton Jr. and his son Maj. Gen. George S. Patton IV, and is a cultural and recreational center open to the public. With the Wenham Museum managing the Patton Family Archives and offering tours. The event is free, rain or shine, with a $5 donation for parking on the Patton Homestead’s field parking lot and along Asbury Street.

There will be a meeting of the Beverly Democratic City Committee on Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Beverly Farms branch of the library, 24 Vine St. For more information about the committee or to add items to the agenda, contact Chairman Jim Thompson at or 978-618-5188. Newcomers are welcome.

The Women’s Connection July brunch will be held on Monday, July 8, 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lighthouse Point Room, Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliot St., Danvers. The fee, all inclusive, is $17. All women are welcome. Guest speaker Gloria Jeanne Beachy will share how she went “from make-believe to the real thing.” Debbie Webb, from Drops By Dew will share how homeopathic essential oils are used. Reservations and cancellations are required. Email Laura at

On Friday, July 19, the Beverly Public Library Film Society presents 2016’s cinematic mind-bender “Arrival,” featuring an intergalactic linguist with a tricky job to do. Call the library at 978-921-6062 for more information. Screening begins at 1 p.m. in the Sohier Room of the Main Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly. Visit

Castle Hill Picnic Concerts are on for the summer on Thursdays, July 11 to Aug. 29, with family-friendly bands performing on the Grand Allee overlooking Crane Beach. Journey tribute band The Great Escape will kick off the season. Enjoy the sounds and sea and stroll the gardens’s 32-piece outdoor sculpture exhibition created in partnership with New England Sculptors Association. Bring a picnic or purchase seafood, roast beef, ice cream from on-site vendors and local beverages at a beer and wine garden. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is located at 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking. Concert runs from 7 till 9 p.m. Admission at gate only: $35 per car or $25 per car for Trustees members. Motorcycles and walk-ins $10 for nonmembers; $8 for members. Weather cancellations announced by 3 p.m. day of concert at or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4052.

North Shore Summer Concerts 16th annual summer concert series get underway Wednesday nights, 7:30 p.m., through July at the (air-conditioned) Hamilton-Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Programs are: July 10, “Opera Favorites”from the great operas; July 17, “Operetta Night”from Gilbert & Sullivan; July 24, “Broadway Lights”from the greatest musicals; July 31: “Cabaret Night”, jazz, cabaret, torch songs. Tickets are $15, adults; $10, Students/Seniors; Kids 10 and under free. Summer pass savers: $40, adults; $35 students/seniors. Special rates for 10 or more. Cash only at the door, or advance online; visit our Facebook page, for updated ticketing information as it becomes available. Questions? email

Beverly Public Library is celebrating July 20 as Moon Day in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of man’s making that one giant step on the moon. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the moon will be the center of the universe — from an all-day moon-themed scavenger hunt to moon inspired story times, drop-in cosmic art, straw rocket building, and a creative cap off. There’s something for everyone of every age and level of interest, and it’s all free. The library is located at 32 Essex St., in Beverly. For a complete schedule, visit Questions? Call 978-921-6062.

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