The Science of Sunshine is the topic of a lively lecture by NECC chemistry professor Mike Cross on Thursday, June 27. Learn how “healthy” doses of sun can have positive effects, even in mild to exposure. Known for incorporating demonstrations and magic tricks into his presentations, Cross — who holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Utah — will provide audience members with a fun and interactive presentation appropriate for all ages. The lecture is free and open to the public at 6:30 p.m. at the Flint Public Library, 1 South Main St., Middleton. Cross taught courses in chemistry and forensic science at NECC prior to joining the NECC faculty. For more information, visit the Speakers Bureau website or contact the group at speakersbureau@necc.mass.edu or at 978-556-3862.

During Pride Month, there will be a vigil to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising on Friday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at Grace Church in Salem, 385 Essex St. It will be a safe and proud place to commemorate this momentous event in gay pride.

Salem’s Grace Church welcomes all to a Flatbread fundraiser to benefit partnership with Salem schools on Tuesday, July 2, from 5 p.m. to closing at Flatbread Pizza, 311 Derby St. Salem. Celebrate your independence from cooking and enjoy an evening out with raffles and great flatbread pizza for a great cause: the Public Schools.

The Marblehead Arts Association will open its Festival of the Arts exhibit with a reception on Thursday, June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The festival runs from July 1 through Aug. 4, and features the work of its artist members. The MAA also will host plein-air painters in the Emerging Gallery through Marblehead Festival of the Arts. The summer member exhibit is neither juried nor judged, with a diverse offering of paintings, works on paper, mixed media and three-dimensional pieces, including fine arts, photography and crafts. Visitors may vote for a favorite piece with a People’s Choice ballot. For more information, visit marbleheadfestival.org.

On Friday, June 28 from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library Film Society will screen a film based on the acclaimed novel by Angie Thomas. Licensing prevents us from printing film titles; but it’s a riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines tale about race, class, and division in America. Free and open to adults, with free popcorn! Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program. Call the library for the title and other details at 978-921-6062 or check www.beverlypubliclibrary.org.

The Massachusetts Center of Native American Awareness (MCNAA), will host a Summer Moon Native American Pow-Wow on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Endicott Park, 57 Forest St., Danvers. This authentic Native American event will feature performances by Aztec dancers from New Jersey, as well as inter-tribal dancing, drumming and singing, an interactive educational discussion, Native American arts and crafts and native foods for sale, as well as storytelling, craft making, craft demos, and other cultural traditions. This is a family-friendly event with free parking and is free for children 3 and under. Admission for adults, $5; seniors, $4, children ages 4 to 12, $3. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. For more information, visit: mcnaa3@aol.com.

“Marblehead and Beyond: An Artist’s Reflections” is the featured focus of an exhibit at Marblehead’s Abbot Public Library, Monday, July 1, through Tuesday, July 30. A public reception will be held on Friday, July 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. Highlights include palette knife paintings in oil, landscapes and seascapes of local Marblehead and surrounds. The artist, Corinne Commoss-Abercrombie, has been painting from an early age and taught art in elementary and middle school. She has participated in the Strada Easel Challenges, painting a new painting every day. The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. For additional information, call 781-631-1481 or visit www.abbotlibrary.org.

ReachArts and Marblehead Little Theatre will collaborate this August in an introductory acting class for anyone who’s ever wanted to embrace their inner actor. Improve your speaking skills, meet new people or just have a great time in a supportive environment participating in fun theatre games, talking about elements of theatre, and winding it all up with a staged reading. Your teacher will be Trudi Olivetti, sessions are 90 minutes each on Tuesday and Thursday nights, Aug. 13, 15, 20 and 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at ReachArts, 89 Burrill St., Swampscott. Registration is $100, open to ages 18 and older, at ReachArts.org or at https://events.time.ly/vjyep64/30899922/tickets.

Temple B’nai Abraham and Lappin Foundation invite families with young children to join free musical Shabbat services with Marcy Yellin on Friday, July 12, and Aug. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Lynch Park, 55 Ober St., Beverly. Bring a chair or a blanket. Pizza will be provided. In the event of rain the program will move to Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 Lothrop St., Beverly. PJ Library Shabbat by the Sea is a free program of Lappin Foundation in partnership with Temple B’nai Abraham and is supported by CJP. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, call Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or email posher@lappinfoundation.org.

The Ipswich Museum and Ipswich ReCreation & Culture is presenting six Saturday-night performances of “Goodnight, Captain White,” a maritime history-mystery. Written by Mark Stevick and directed by Lynda Robertson, the play’s setting is Salem in 1830, when the fabulously wealthy Joseph White is found dead in his bed at his own party. The audience becomes party guests turned Committee-of-Vigilance for this historical whodunnit. Remaining performances are July 13 and 27, and Aug. 10 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Heard House, Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St., Ipswich. Tickets are $30, $25 for museum members and $20 for students. Visit: https://goodnightcaptainwhiteipswich.brownpapertickets.com.

 

On Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m. Beverly Public Library will host “Yoga on the Lawn” free and open to all with registered yoga teacher, Kelly Rusch taking us through a Vinyasa yoga class on the front lawn of the Library. Please bring a yoga mat or towel. (Rain Location: Sohier Room, Main Library) Questions? Contact Katie at knelson@noblenet.org.  

            

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.

Tickets are on sale for Salem State University’s public lecture featuring PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Eaton’s lecture will be at Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center. Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 for Salem State students, and are available at salemstate.edu/series or by calling 978-542-7555.

The Beverly Public Library is holding free weekly adult English language practice groups on Fridays, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., at 32 Essex St. Led by local volunteers, these gatherings center around common American English expressions, grammatical curiosities, useful vocabulary, and cultural references. No registration required. For more information, contact Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119 or mamorgan@noblenet.org.

SeniorCare’s RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore program is in need of volunteer drivers to take elders to their medical appointments. Commitment is flexible and volunteers determine their own hours. For information on this and other volunteer opportunities, call 978-281-1750, ext. 572, or email rsvp@seniorcareinc.org.

The Swampscott High School Drama Club’s summer theater program will be back again this summer for kids entering grades three through nine. This year’s program will culminate in a performance of “Seussical Kids,” on Aug. 1, Kids get a chance to act, sing, dance, play theater games, and do projects. The program runs three mornings a week beginning July 2, ending Aug. 1, and is available to kids from Swampscott and surrounding communities. Email Director Jim Pearse for more information (pearse@swampscott.k12.ma.us), or call 617-459-2440.

North Shore Idol, affiliated with the Theatre of Light, is offering its 6th annual one-week Summer Musical Theatre Program for North Shore children ages 7 to 15. The theme is: “A Tribute to Queen and Freddy Mercury.” Rehearsals will be at the North Shore Children’s Theatre, 10 Tioga Way in Marblehead and the performance will be at the Old North Church in Marblehead. The program takes place Monday thru Friday, July 29, through Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enrollment, limited to 15 participants, is now in progress. There are a few openings still available. For more information or to enroll your child, call 978-210-9818 or email: theatreoflight@comcast.net .

The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are presenting a six-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. Thirty-two pieces created by New England’s finest sculptors have been placed in gardens, along woodland paths and historic landscape as part of The Trustees’ Home Sweet Home, a free annual event celebrating the architects and craftspeople who designed and built its historic properties. The show is free from noon to 2 p.m. Participating sculptors will be on-hand during the afternoon to talk with visitors. Following the opening, the exhibition is free with regular property admission. Trustees members, free; nonmembers, $15 per car. A free, self-guided tour program is available for the exhibition, which runs till Nov. 11. Visit www.thetrustees.org, or call 978-356-4351 ext. 4015.

Patrons of the Ipswich Public Library may now enhance their language learning goals with access to the Rosetta Stone Library Solution. Non-native patrons may further their ESL learning as English speakers, or brush up on a language for business or travel. To start, visit ipswichlibrary.org, click on “Services,” then “Databases.” Log in with your library card number as Patron ID and follow instructions. Contact the Reference Desk at 978-356-6648 ext. 15 for assistance. Or contact Assistant Library Director Genevieve Picard at 978-356-6648 ext. 3017 or email gpicard@ipswichlibrary.org.

Acord Food Pantry, a provider of food assistance to residents of six towns North of Boston, will dedicate Thursday mornings, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to assisting seniors with food distribution. If you or someone you know is dealing with food insecurity, call 978-468-7424. Acord is supported solely by donations from local businesses, community groups and individuals. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 2203, S. Hamilton, MA 01982 or via the donate link at www.acordfoodpantry.org.

The Salem High School Class of 1960 will hold a reunion picnic, rain or shine, at Salem Willows Park (across from the Arcade) on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at noon. Members and friends of Salem High School alumni are welcome. Coffee, cookies, pizza and water will be provided. Bring a chair and pack lunch or buy it at concession stands. Remind classmates and friends about this event. Donations will gladly be accepted. Call Dennis Korumpas at 978-744-7594, Sisty Klein at 978-594-5776 or email Walt Doblecki at wdoblecki@comcast.net.

North Shore Community College’s Beacon Café Bakery is offering freshly made, student-prepared baked goods on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Beacon Café is located at 30 Log Bridge Road, Building 100, Middleton. Breakfast pastries are available, self-serve, at 9 a.m. and desserts at 11 a.m. — take-out or sit and enjoy. Coffee, tea and cold beverages are also available. A donation box will be on hand. Contact Chef Douglas Phillips at dphillip@northshore.edu.

Ipswich Public Library patrons can use their library passes to visit Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries at a discounted rate of $2 per person (for up to four people per pass). For more information, call 781-259-9500.

To help customers save money and energy, the Middleton Electric Light Department (MELD) is launching an awareness program about electric vehicles. Middleton Drives Electric’s website provides comprehensive EV resources and support via a toll-free line (1-833-433-8363) and email (ev@ene.org) staffed by EV specialists. Visit www.MiddletonDrivesElectric.org and sign up to receive the latest information about incentives and upcoming events.

Children ages 3-8 are welcome to join a free bilingual story time in Portuguese and English at 5:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Peabody Library, 82 Main St. Listen to stories in both languages and complete a story-related craft to take home. No prior knowledge of English or Portuguese is required. Space is limited and registration is required, so call 978-531-3380, stop by in person, or reserve a spot at www.peabodylibrary.org.

Free salon services are being offered for all North Shore first responders at the North Shore Community College Cosmetology Clinic, North Shore Business Center, Building 100, 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton. No appointment is necessary, but a call ahead is appreciated. Bring your first responder ID, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Chemical services must be started by 10:30 a.m.) For more information, call 978-762-4000, ext. 1516.

Food Assistance volunteers are needed at Beverly Bootstraps. Committed to feeding people in the community that need food assistance, Beverly Bootstraps welcomes your help. Many positions are open both during the day and the evening, year-round or just for the summer. For more information please contact Leslie Colten, Volunteer Coordinator lcolten@beverlybootstraps.org.

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. Every meeting is 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.

The Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute of Salem State University has scheduled its 2019 summer guest speakers program, running July and August on select Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon. A wide variety of topics will be featured at the Institute’s downtown Salem headquarters at 10 Federal St. Explorers LLI of Salem State University is one of more than 400 Lifelong Learning Institute chapters across the USA. Explorers LLI offers a variety of multi-week courses to members 50+ during the fall and spring terms. Founded in 1992, with over 300 current members, it is open to the public and donations are appreciated. For more information contact: Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Suite 10, Salem MA. 01970. Or email: explorers@verizon.net, or call 978-744-0804.

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, in partnership with the Salem Trolley, is again offering free rides on the Salem Trolley for Salem residents from June 1 to Sept. 30. You must provide proof of residency to qualify at the Salem Trolley office at 8 Central Street in downtown Salem. The Trolley runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including much of downtown and the Salem Willows. Regular stops are at the Salem Visitors Center, Witch History Museum, Trolley Depot, Old Burial Point/Witch Trial Memorial, Pickering Wharf/Sea Level restaurant, the House of the Seven Gables, Salem Witch Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum, and Salem Witch House/Salem Inn. Passenger requested stops are also made at the Salem Maritime Site, Salem Ferry, Winter Island, Salem Willows, and Hamilton Hall/Phillips House/Chestnut Street. For a complete map, visit: http://salemtrolley.com/map-of-tour-3.html.

Beverly Bootstraps’ Summer Food Program, which provides food for school aged children, through Aug. 30. Families with children will be able to visit the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry, 35 Park St, every week, instead of every other week, at these times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and Tuesday from 4 to 6:45 p.m. Registration is required and may be done Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is needed to register, but clients must bring children’s birth certificate, Social Security card or report card, as well as current proof of Beverly residence (such as a piece of mail addressed to you within the last 2 weeks).

Tickets are now available for Marblehead Little Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia,” the musical tale of a young bride-to-be’s search for her father on a sunny Greek island with her wildly unpredictable mother. Performances are June 21 through June 30 at the MLT Firehouse Theatre, 12 School St. Tickets are $25, with a special $15 student rate for matinee performances, available at mltlive.org and at Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St., in Marblehead. For more information, visit mltlive.org.

The Beverly Public Library is holding free weekly adult English language practice groups on Fridays, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., at 32 Essex St. Led by local volunteers, these gatherings center around common American English expressions, grammatical curiosities, useful vocabulary, and cultural references. No registration required. For more information, contact Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119 or mamorgan@noblenet.org.

North Shore Elder Services is seeking the following volunteers: (1) Friendly Visitors to visit with seniors living in Salem or Peabody; and (2) Money Managers to help seniors balance checkbooks and prepare simple budgets. Volunteer applications are available at www.nselder.org. For more information, call 978-624-2288 or email: volunteer@nselder.org.

Stories & Songs with Ryan welcomes children ages 2 to 4 weekly, for songs, stories and activities on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Caregivers must attend — no registration needed.

The Northshoremen Chorus of Beverly is offering three free, 45-minute singing lessons for men of all ages, sponsored by the Beverly Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The program runs Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., followed by a workshop at the Italian Community Center, 302 Rantoul St., Beverly. For more information, call 866-727-4988, email northshoremenchorus@gmail.com or visit www.harmonize.com/northshoremen.

The Friends of Beverly Animals (FOBA) is seeking pet photos for its 2020 calendar. Photos (no more than three per pet) of dogs, cats, hamsters, birds or any other animal may be sent. Photos should be good quality (jpgs, at least 100 dpi or 4″x6″in size), not blurry or dark, with no people (or people parts) in them. Identify the animal(s) by name, and state the owner’s name. Deadline for submission is July 31. Send to bhannable@gmail.com and include the words “2020 calendar”in the email subject line. Calendars are an important fundraiser for FOBA to support rescue and adoption placements. For more information, email bhannable@gmail.com or call 978-922-7190.

The Plummer Youth Promise Foundation is holding its 6th annual Paddle for Plummer event on Saturday, July 13, at its waterfront property at Plummer Youth Promise, 37 Winter Island Road, Salem. This event raises significant funds for the Plummer Home, which aims to find a family for every child. Participants and spectators enjoy paddling, live music, food, waterfront spinning, SUP yoga with sponsors, and vendors. For information/registration, visit: plummeryouthpromise.org/get-involved/paddle-for-plummer/

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 am at the Pingree Reservation behind the Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA. 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 ecga.org/events for details.

On Friday, June 28 from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library Film Society will screen a film based on the acclaimed novel by Angie Thomas. Licensing prevents us from printing film titles; but it’s a riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines tale about race, class, and division in America. Free and open to adults, with free popcorn! Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program. Call the library for the title and other details at 978-921-6062 or check www.beverlypubliclibrary.org.

‘Cutting the Cord: Exploring Alternatives to Cable TV’ will be the topic on Tuesday, July 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. when the Sohier Room at the Beverly Main Library invites you to explore some of the ways you can quit cable, keep the channels you care about, gain access to on-demand content, and even retain your DVR capabilities. Ready to stop spending gobs of money on a cable bundle packed with channels you never watch? Curious about the Internet-based alternatives you’ve heard about, like Sling, Hulu or DirecTV Now? Join us at the library, 32 Essex Street, Beverly, Questions? Call 978-921-6062.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore Family & Friends Support Group meets the last Wednesday of every month. For more information, email csadkowski@yahoo.com, call 617-984-0504, or visit www.namigreaternorthshore.org.

“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 – 2 p.m. hosted by the North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Dr #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 5 year look back and Irrevocable and Revocable Trusts will all be discussed. To reserve a space, please RSVP to Curley Law Firm LLP at 781-245-2222 x10 or info@curleylawfirm.com.

Beverly Conversations on Race & White Privilege will be gathering at the Beverly Public Library to talk about White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, on Tuesday, July 2, from 7 to – 8:30 pm. With Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley Collage Center for Research on Women, who began began identifying and documenting some of the daily effects of white privilege on her life. Her widely referenced essay details hundreds of ways in which a white person may (though not always) experience their white privilege. Learn and share your thoughts with us as Beverly Conversations on Race & White Privilege explores a number of these scenarios. The discussion will be facilitated. Join us to listen, learn, and talk openly to move racial justice forward. Never been? Come at 6:45 pm to ask questions. Bring a friend!

The chamber vocal ensemble The Brookline Consort presents “Sacred Service” at 7:30 p.m. at Tabernacle Church, 50 Washington St., Salem on Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m. “Sacred Service” explores music of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith traditions and features choral music of A.R. Rahman, Ernest Bloch, and Frank Martin featuring Jewish bass-baritone Ian Pomerantz singing the cantor solo in Bloch’s “Avodath Hakodesh”. The Brookline Consort was founded in 2016 with its premiere concert in Salem and home in Brookline. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door and free for students. www.thebrooklineconsort.org for tickets and more information.

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.

BHS Class of 1989’s 30th reunion will be Saturday Sept. 21, at the Carriage House at Lynch Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. Please send checks made payable to: BHS Class of 1989 c/o Amy (Cook) Kearney 22 Fawn Lane Danville, NH 03819. There will be food, a cash bar and a DJ. Call Amy at 978-317-6418 with questions or visit Beverly High School Class of 1989’s 30th reunion on Facebook.

Elizabeth Gordon McKim will be presenting at her poetry workshop, “Sounding the Stone,” on Tuesday, July 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at True North Brewery 116 County Road, Ipswich. The workshop will be held in collaboration with the “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” a project visiting Ipswich through July with portraits of courageous Americans displayed townwide by nationally acclaimed artist Robert Shetterly. McKim is a poet, spoken word performance artist, editor, and teacher of poetry for people of all ages who travels the world teaching poetry. Author of eight collections of poetry, her work has appeared in many magazines, reviews and journals including Ploughshares, Poetry and Drum Voices.

The Friends of the Beverly Public Library will sponsor Yoga on the Lawn of the library on Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. Bring a yoga mat and/or a towel, and join registered yoga teacher Kelly Rusch, in a Vinyasa yoga class. In case of rain, the class will be held in the Sohier Room of the Main Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly. Questions? Contact Katie at knelson@noblenet.org.

The annual Marblehead Festival of Arts Champagne Reception benefit will be held on Sunday, June 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fort Sewall, end of Front Street, in Marblehead. Food and champagne will be served under a tent, with live music and the views of Marblehead Harbor sensational. Meet festival supporters, create an “art hat” — and if it’s most creative, earn a prize. A major fundraiser for the Summer Arts Festival, tickets are $50 in advance at Arnould Gallery and Framery (111 Washington St.), Shubie’s Marketplace (16 Atlantic Ave.) and Spirit of ’76 Bookstore (107 Pleasant St.), and $55 if bought on the date on site. Visit www.MarbleheadFestival.org for tickets, and information about the Marblehead Festival of Arts, running from July 3 to July 7.

The Marblehead Fireworks and Harbor Illumination is set for Thursday, July 4, at 9 p.m., with flares lit around the perimeter of the harbor, creating a ring of light that sets the stage for the main event. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m., launched from a barge at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor. Ideal viewing spots are from Fort Sewall, Chandler Hovey Park and Crocker Park. Those planning to view from boats should be aware that high tide will be at 1:13 p.m. and low tide at 7:09 p.m., so take the low tide into consideration when anchoring. The US Coast Guard and Marblehead Harbormaster have a safety perimeter around the fireworks barge. For more information, including parking and inclement weather plans, visit: http://www.marbleheadfireworks.org/.

On Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Andy Volpe will be at Salem’s House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., to demonstrate how Paul Revere used his skills to inscribe not just anniversary dates on commemorative silver bowls but to create revolutionary materials, like his “Boston Massacre” print. An artist, educator and historian with a special expertise in early printmaking, Volpe will demonstrate various 17th-and 18th-century engraving techniques and a portable printing press. The event is interactive and included in the admission. Free for members. For more information, call Dan Marshall at 978-744-0991, ext. 101, or email at dmarshall@7gables.org

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.Photographs may have been taken any time prior to or during the 2019 contest period, but must have been shot in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, NH. 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 massaudubon.org/picturethis.

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. Please 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 be hosting “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’ it will be all Hawthorne all the time, all in one sitting, and all from 1851’s ‘The House of the Seven Gables.’ Working in a continuing rotation, a series of Park Rangers, partners, and many heroic volunteers will take turns reading for five minutes at a time. While the reading is happening, The Gables have a ton of fun 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! About Salem Maritime. Located in Salem, MA, Salem Maritime National Historic Site is open daily May 1 through Oct. 31 and Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 1 through April 30. Questions? Call 978-740-1650, or visit: www.nps.gov/sama

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 unique look at the history of the Salem Sound islands. The Island Hops Tour —Thursdays June 27 thru Aug. 29 — departs at 5:30 p.m. and is a narrated, 21+ cruise. Enjoy a Notch beer and get up-close looks of the Salem Sound islands. The Misery Island Castaway Tour (ages 4+) departs at 2 p.m. on Fridays, June 28 thru 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: www.eventbrite.com/e/island-hops-tour-tickets-63445482145. Or visit: www.EssexHeritage.org 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 beautiful grounds of the Hellenic Center in Ipswich, junction of routes 133 and 1A, Exit 20N on Route 128. 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 reenactors, 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 Senator Bruce Tarr and State Representative 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.

Marblehead Festival of Arts Film Festival Redux is set for Saturday, July 6, from 10:30 am to 12:30 p.m. The premiere screening of the 2019 Film Festival will be an outdoor event at Crocker Park, on Wednesday, July 3, at 9 pm. There will be a repeat showing of all the films on Saturday, July 6, at 10:30 am in the Abbot Public Library’s lower level Meeting Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblhead. More details and a full listing of the short films will be available online at www.abbotlibrary.org or www.marbleheadfestival.org.