Women’s Connection Brunch Nov. 11

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

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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

NARFE meeting in Peabody Nov. 6

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

Textile recycling drive coming up

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

St. Adelaide’s Christmas Fair

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

Boston Artists Ensemble play Hamilton Hall

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

K of C blood drive in Peabody

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

Wingmasters presentation in Ipswich

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

Hamilton-Wenham Library blood drive

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

Steampunk at the Great House

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

‘Literary tourist’ shares adventures

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

Sustainable Marblehead speaker series

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

Shop Local HW Holiday Festival

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

Parade of Trees needs donations

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

Sibling loss support group

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

Bertram Field fund drive

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

Garden Club Craft Night

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

Beller on the art of the dance

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

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