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
Don White Amputee Benefit
The COP Amputee Association — a local nonprofit that supports the limb loss/difference community on the North Shore, Cape Ann and Merrimack Valley — will benefit when Don White celebrates the release of his new album on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at the VFW, 110 County Road #92, Ipswich. “Don White Live at the Guthrie Center” was recorded at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington at the church made famous by the movie Alice’s Restaurant, and it’s a return to basics for the award-winning singer/songwriter, comedian, author, and storyteller who’s played with some of America’s greatest music legends. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the benefit begins with a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, followed by the show at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $20 at the door, cash or credit card. All proceeds support area amputees. To learn more about this nonprofit, visit www.copamp.org.
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.
‘Community of Song’
The Maple Street Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers, will host a 7th annual “Community of Song” on Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Choruses from Danvers, Beverly and Peabody high schools will fill the sanctuary with music and the joy of young people joined together in song benefiting the Danvers People-to-People Food Pantry. Admission for this concert is one non-perishable food item. The concert features a solo by gospel singer Doreen Murray of Lynn, who will lead the performances by each chorus, and a finale by all singers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Styrofoam recycling event
The Beverly Waste Reduction Committee, sponsored by the Beverly Rotary Club, will hold a styrofoam recycling event at the Beverly High School rear parking lot on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Only clean white packing blocks and pieces from electronics or other packed items will be accepted. Unacceptable are: colored food trays, egg cartons, styrofoam packing peanuts.
Hazardous Waste Collection
Salem’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, open to Salem and Beverly residents, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at Salem High School, 77 Willson St., Salem. The cost per car is $20, cash only, and proof of residency is required. No commercial vehicles are allowed, but qualified residents can drop off items such as motor oil, chemicals, pesticides, car batteries, propane cylinders and paint. Take note: Tires and latex paint will not be accepted. (Air dry latex paint in cans and place in regular trash). For a list of acceptable items, visit: www.salem.com
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.
Plumfield open house
Plumfield Academy, Charlotte Mason School, will hold an open house on Monday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the school, 123 Dayton St., Danvers. Visit with faculty, tour the facility, explore curriculum materials,
view student product samples, discuss our philosophy and methodology and visit classrooms in action. Openings are available with rolling admission, For more information, call 978-304-0273 or visit: plumfieldacademy.org.
Clifton Lutheran Church, 150 Humphrey St., Marblehead, is sponsoring its 4th annual Hope for Haiti Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. An Evening of Haitian Celebration will feature food from Boston-area Haitian restaurants, beer and wine, music from PanNubean Steel Duo, and chances to win raffle baskets from North Shore retailers and venues. The event is free and open to the public, the church is handicap accessible. All proceeds will benefit Mission of Hope, International, based in southwestern Haiti.
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. 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. Auditions and call-backs will be held at MLT at 12 School St., Marblehead. Walk-ins will be seen as time allows. Performance dates are March 6 to 15, eight performances total. Rehearsals run from Jan. 8 to Feb. 27, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m, and Feb. 2-23, Sundays, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tech week will include a cue to cue on March 1, and tech rehearsals from March 2 through 5, 6:30 to 10 p.m. www.MTIShows.com.
On Sunday, Nov. 3, two local high school seniors at New Liberty Innovation School will coordinate an Autism Awareness benefit show at Koto, 90 Washington St., in downtown Salem. With the help of some members from the New England metal community, the event will raise funds for Hopeful Journeys, A Massachusetts Private Special Education school for students ages 3-22 with Autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go to Hopeful Journeys. The benefit show is for all ages, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. All donations are appreciated.
Ballet holiday auction
The North Shore Civic Ballet (NSCB), 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. With your help, the auction can offer holiday shoppers more services and products. Individuals and businesses are invited to donate gift cards for hotel stays, restaurants, spas, retail stores, car detailing, massages, photography, artisan craft items, luxury services and more. Tickets to sports events, concerts, performances, theaters, excursions, museums and other unique experiences are also popular. All items are professionally photographed and displayed on the site. Drop donations at the NSCB’s home at the Marblehead School of Ballet, 115 Pleasant St. in Marblehead. Call 781-631-6263 for pick-up or drop off, or to volunteer. Financial contributions are also welcome and tax-deductible. Visit: http://marbleheadschoolofballet.com/the-company/.
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 at pem.org/dracula: $20, members, Salem residents, students with ID; $25 nonmembers.
Salem Moose Holly Fair
The Salem Moose Family Center, 50 Grove St., Salem, will hold its 10th Annual Holly Fair on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Reserve a 6-foot table with two chairs today for only $25. Booking deadline is Oct. 28. Raffles will be drawn at 1:30 p.m., refreshments will be for sale all day. For more information, call Dawn Boltas at 978-601-3934.
Innovata Brass & Percussion
The First Church in Swampscott Congregational, 40 Monument Ave., will host guest pianist Dr. Sanae Kanda joining the group Innovata Brass & Percussion on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m., led by artistic director and tuba player Michael S. Milnarik.The group will perform music written by Kanda exclusively for Innovata, and selections will include Baroque and classical transcriptions, Dixieland and movie-esque original music by Kanda. This concert is part of the First Church Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series and is free, open to the public, supported by free-will donations and the Kay Jauron Fund. For more information, call 781-592-6081, or visit: thefirstchurch.org.
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
Salem Recycles will hold a Clothing & Household Textile Recycling Drive on Saturday Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riley Plaza in the the parking lot in front of the Salem Post Office, 2 Margin St. The following can be recycled: clothing, sneakers, shoes, boots, slippers, belts, ties, purses, stuffed animals, bedding (comforters/ sheets/ blankets), table linens and draperies/curtains. Items can be in any condition – faded, torn, ripped or stained But they must be clean and dry. NO: carpet, rugs, bric-a-brac, oil rags, wet or mildewed items. For more information, call 978-619-5672, or visit: alem.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. in Peabody, with home baked goods, holiday gift baskets, a gif extravaganza, homemade crafts, ice cream sundaes, games of chance, cradle corner, kids activities, and a wine cellar. Great photo ops with Santa. 50/50 pot of gold raffles, grand raffle and super raffle (chance to win cash up to $2,000, and other great 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 the beloved 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 Street, Salem, but the performance hall is not handicap accessible. A second concert, on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m., in St. Paul’s Church, 15 St. Paul St., in Brookline, presents Saúl Bitrán, Lucia Lin on violins, Lila Brown on viola, Jonathan Miller on cello, Diane Walsh on piano. Tickets are $30, $25 senior, and $10 for students with valid ID, at: BostonArtistsEnsemble.org, or at the door.
Peabody Blood Drive
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, please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit: RedCrossBlood.org and enter: Peabody Knights of Columbus. You 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.
Jim Parks of Wingmasters will bring some of the birds in his care to a program at the Ipswich Public Library, 25 North Main Street in 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 for you to donate. For an appointment on Nov. 13, please 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 x4015.
The Literary Tourist
Beverly High School librarian Barb Fecteau will be at the Beverly library, Nov. 4, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to tell you 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., Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St. Free and open to adults; no registration required. Handicapped-accessible. for more information, contact email@example.com.
Sustainable Marblehad 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 Nov. 15 with environmental author Paul Greenburg discussing “The Future of American Fishing.” Part three is Jan, 23, Barbara Erickson, CEO of the Trustees of Reservations, and Tom O’Shea, Trustees’ program director for Coastal and Natural Resources, share how and why we must protect our vulnerable coast. 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”
“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 are firmly on the list of offerings for the day. 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: Jan Soolman; firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-254-7575.
Parade of Trees
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.
Native American PowWow
On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness in partnership with the Pingree School will hold its annual National Native American Heritage Month PowWow in the Pingree School Athletic Center, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton. Immerse yourself in inter-tribal culture and art, food, music, dance, crafts, storytelling and other traditions, including drumming and singing emceed by noted Native American author and motivational speaker Larry Spotted Crow Mann of the Nipmuc Nation. Doors open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts and crafts for purchase from a variety of vendors, include native jewelry, rattles, shawls, handmade children’s drums and more. Admission is $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 children 4 to 12 years; Children 3 years and under, and Pingree School students, faculty and staff admitted free. No pets, no drugs, no alcohol and no coolers. For more information, visit mcnaa.org, call 617-642-1683 or e-mail email@example.com.
Ste. Anne’s annual bazaar
Ste. Anne’s annual bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 11 Cleveland St., Salem, with great holiday gift shopping and more. Take chances at the Anything Goes or Twist and Shout booths. Bring the kids to see Whoville Village and take a photo with the Grinch. Bid on special items at our Silent Auction. Stay for lunch or snacks from the Baked Goods table. Purchase raffle tickets for Lottery Tree, Split the Pot, Big Money, and more! Someone will be a $1,000 winner.... and it could be you! Drawings take place at 2 pm on Sunday.
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 Street, Danvers. For more information, call 855-774-5100 or email grief@CareDimensions.org.
Undercover in the FBI
On Saturday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. join author Michael McGowan in the Sohier Room at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., as he describes his storied career as chronicled in his book, “Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent.” McGowan takes readers through some of his biggest cases, from international drug busts to the Russian and Italian mobs, biker gangs, contract killers, all while challenging corrupt unions, and eventually El Chapo himself. Books will be available for purchase. Questions? Contact Katie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.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.
South Congregational Holiday Fair
Peabody’s South Congregational Church will hold its holiday fair on Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at 60 Prospect St. Treat yourself to homemade candies, cookies, breads, pies, baked beans. Bid in a silent auction. Brows the Jewelry Boutique, explore the Attic Treasure Room and Christmes Room. Pick up used tools and furniture, then sit down to lunch in our cafe.
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.
Bosama 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 email@example.com.
BALAM Dance Theatre
The Marblehead School of Ballet presents Carlos Fittante’s New York City-based BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) debuting in the new program, “Fiesta: A Celebration of Dance and Music,” on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 115 Pleasant St., in Marblehead. The program features eclectic dances of ballet, Balinese, Baroque, and Peruvian colonial with live Italian theorbo music and Spanish song. Join Inma Heredia, from Seville, Spain, and the world’s only flamenco stand-up comedian. The company’s innovative artistry and fusion of athletic and balletic skills are enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy. BALAM has been featured at First Night New York, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Downtown Dance Festival and appeared globally and throughout the U.S. Tickets are $20/$15 for students with ID, and seniors over 65, available at bit.ly/BALAMDanceFiesta and by cash or check at the school’s front desk. For more information, call 781-631-6262 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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: Nov. 4, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 619-5600.
Art at Crane Estate
The 16th annual Crane Estate Art Show & Sale: Dynamic Motion, starts with a Soirée of hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, a beer and wine bar, and juggling, on Friday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m., followed by the free public show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. View over 300 works, a special theme-inspired installation, plus works from the North Shore’s best student artists. Proceeds benefit the artists and The Trustees. Special activities include People’s Choice Award voting, an art eye spy, a 32-sculpture installation in the landscape by the New England Sculptors Association, and a free student art show reception on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Casino Complex. All at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Soiree is $68 for Trustees Members and $85 for Nonmembers; to be deducted from any art purchase; reservation recommended at www.thetrustees.org.
New England Chamber Players
The Peabody Institute Library welcomes the New England Chamber Players on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 82 Main St. in Peabody. Founded in 2013 by flutist Alex Conway and clarinetist Thomas Weston, the players will present music for woodwinds and string trio, featuring seldom heard masterworks from across the spectrum of music for woodwinds including music of Crusell, Garfield, and Britten. Part of the library’s Fall Concert Series, the evening is sponsored by the McCarthy Family Foundation and the Peabody Institute Library Foundation. For information/registration, call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or visit: http://www.peabodylibrary.org.
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.
St. Vasilios in Peabody is holding its annual Greek Festival Nov. 1 to Nov. 3. The biggest fundraiser of the year, it’s a great weekend of Greek food, music, dance and fun, with kids activities throughout and home-made Greek specialities: Lamb, mousaka, pastitso, gyro, Greek pasties and coffee. Live music from “Orfeos” and “Mousiko Taxi.” Traditional Greek dance performances by the Sons and Daughters of Alexander and our own St Vasilios Dance Troupe. Shop for unique items at our “Agora,” or at our Country Store stocked with food items and great gifts. Take a chance on winning $5,000, a week at the Cove in Yarmouth, 65-inch 4K TV and many more prizes. All at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Paleologos St., Peabody.
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.
The Muse & the Museum
Isabella Stewart Gardner will tell you with characteristic verve and candor why she came to be considered America’s First Patroness of the Arts, when character re-enactor Jessa Piaia channels the grand dame on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m., in the Gordon Room of the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St,, Danvers. The dramatic portrayal is set in 1910, seven years after the opening of Fenway Court, the house-museum she designed and built for her art collection, and willed to the City of Boston upon her demise. This program is free and open to the public, supported in part by a grant from the Danvers Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Light refreshments will follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. For more information, call 978-774-0554.
Moulton hosts town hall
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, will host a town hall on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Winthrop Elementary School, 65 Central St., Ipswich. All are welcome to voice their ideas, issues and concerns at this listening event. Note: Doors will open approximately 20 minutes in advance of the event.
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.
‘White Light’ at Peabody Essex
The Salem Film Fest and Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) are presenting a free screening of George Gittoes’ new documentary “White Light” on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. Gittoes, an Australian painter, photographer and social/humanitarian documentarian, recently had works acquired by PEM for its permanent collection. He and other members of the film’s creative team will be on hand at the screening for a Q&A. This will be the New England premiere of the film, which focuses on gun violence on Chicago’s South Side. For more information, visit: https://salemfilmfest.com/2019.
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
Run or walk with your dog or solo or just be there for the love of animals at the Run4Rescue, a 5K benefit for local shelters and rescues — including the Marblehead Animal Shelter — on Nov. 2, starting at noon at Marblehead Lighthouse, Chandler Hovey Park. ame day registration starts at 10 a.m., reduced fee for students 18 and under. Awards and prizes are at 1 p.m. For details and registration, visit: run4rescue.org. To learn more about the Marblehead Animal Shelter, visit: www.marblehead-animal-shelter.org, or call 781-631-8664.
St. Ann’s Parish Bazaar
St. Ann’s Parish, 140 Lynn St., Peabody, will hold its annual Parish Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall. There will be Theme Baskets, gently used jewelry, “Grandma’s Attic,” a Children’s Table, a New Prize Table, a Country Store (with delicious baked goods, knitted items, and homemade fudge), a kitchen with fish chowder, lobster rolls, and meatball subs, and more, including raffles and almost two dozen private crafters and vendors.
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, email@example.com. Please include: Full Name (including maiden name), Year of Graduation, and e-mail or best contact information.
Salem Repair Café
Salem’s seventh Repair Café is Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon (last appointment 11:30) at The Bridge at 211. Organized by SalemRecycles and The Bridge at 211, it brings together volunteers to mend clothing, sew buttons, sharpen scissors and knives, tinker with or rewire electronics and lamps, and glue wooden furniture and ceramics. This free event encourages you to learn how to fix your broken items instead of throwing them away; There are a limited number of pre-registration slots available. NOTE: Please use the entrance on Bridge Street: The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St., Salem-Dickson Room on Bridge. Call Micaela Guglielmi at 978-619-5672 for an appointment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com or visit: www.danverskofc.org/contact
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.