The Danvers Historical Society’s 11th Annual Parade of Trees is fast approaching. That’s a “parade” of faux trees and wreaths decorated in various 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. If you’d like to donate a tree or wreath, don’t hesitate, email DHS@DanversHistory.org or call the Chairperson at 978-774-8159.

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.

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.

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 knelson@noblenet.org.

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 fundraising 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 donations are tax-deductible. To donate to the project by credit card or electronic check, visit salemathleticsfund.org. To send a donation by check, made payable to “City of Salem” with “Bertram Field” on the memo line and send it to Treasurer’s Office, City of Salem, 98 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970.

Salem’s seventh Repair Café will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon (last appointment at 11:30) at The Bridge at 211. Organized jointly 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.

Contact Micaela Guglielmi at mguglielmi@salem.com or 978-619-5672 to schedule an appointment.

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.

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.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Salem State University will host a free artist talk with choreographer Alexandra Bellar, at 4:30 p.m. in the campus Dance Studio, 303 O’Keefe Complex, Loring Avenue. Bellar 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.

“White Witch,” a one-act opera based on the 19th century Jamaican legend of Annie Palmer, a woman notoriously known as “The White Witch of Rose Hall,” will play at Salem State University’s Callan Studio Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. A tale of voodoo, murder, revenge, and hubris, it stars mezzo-soprano Angela Jajko as Palmer, accompanied by Abe Finch on percussion, in a performance on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. with a prelude conversation with composer Brian Schober and librettist Joan Ross Sorkin, at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. the pair will also present a free discussion on their work in Salem State’s Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., which is open to the public. For tickets and information, visit www.salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365.

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

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: msb@havetodance.com.

The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., in Marblehead, will show the works of eight member artists in the Artisan Shop, beginning with an opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., and running 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.

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.

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.

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 beginning Oct. 29 through Dec. 3 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Epstein Hillel School, 6 Community Road in Marblehead. PJ Library Creative Movement with a Jewish Twist is a free program of Lappin Foundation and Epstein Hillel School and is open to all. RSVPs are requested to Phyllis Osher at posher@lappinfoundation.org or 978-740-4404. Walk-ins are welcome.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore is hosting a Family & Friends Support Group and an Individual (Peer) Support Group on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly MA. The two groups are for family and friends of those dealing with mental health challenges and for individuals (peers) and they meet the last Wednesday of Every Month . For more information e-mail csadkowski@yahoo.com or call 617-984-0504 and leave a message. Also visit www.namigreaternorthshore.org.

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/madeby01907.

The Danvers Public Schools is seeking peer partners to participate in our Integrated Preschool Peer Model Screening on Monday, Oct. 28, the Integrated Preschool Program offers a comprehensive early childhood curriculum taught by Massachusetts certified teachers and Special Educators with additional support from Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists. The screening process will include a 20 minute play session during which your child’s language, social, behavior, and play skills will be observed. Children who are accepted must be three prior to enrollment date. To schedule an appointment or to enquire about fees please call the Department of Student Services. For more information, call the Department of Student Services at 978-774-6112.

“Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop,” has returned to Salem for its 27th season of bringing the Salem Witch Trials to life. This year, “Cry Innocent” is offered alongside multiple activities so guests can customize their experience with walking tours, short film viewings, and more. Several shows daily in October, at the Old Town Hall at 32 Derby Square, Salem. Tickets for the October season are available online at https://cryinnocentoctober2019.bpt.me/.

Ultra Mega Printmaking by Haig Demarjian is the focus of an exhibit running from through 31 at Salem State University’s Winfisky Gallery, in the Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Demarjian works in media ranging from fine art to commercial illustration to film. He has also written and drawn the adventures of his comic book creation Super Inga. This is the first time he’s allowed the many disparate aspects of his work to collide. The Winfisky Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit salemstate.edu/arts or 978.542.6365.

Charter Street Cemetery in Salem will be closed through Nov. 3. The city is preparing to undertake a substantial landscape preservation and improvement project in the cemetery and has already completed early phases of work, including some headstone and tomb restoration and preliminary archaeological reviews. The city will publish information about the cemetery and its history, as well as images of notable headstones and tombs, at www.preservingsalem.com.

Learn about ranked choice voting when the West Branch Library, Peabody, 603 Lowell St., hosts staff from Voter Choice Massachusetts presenting information on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. Voter Choice Massachusetts is a non-partisan, politically diverse, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Massachusetts public about electoral reform that increases the range of choice on the ballot and produces fairer outcomes of elections. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

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 as well as answer questions about writing and publishing books. A book sale and signing will follow the event. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

Children, ages three 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: Oct. 28, 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.

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.

The Ipswich Public Library will hold its 15th annual “Ipswich Reads One Book” initiative with a monthlong schedule of events this fall to encourage the community to read the same book and come together to explore its themes and issues in a variety of forums. The reading selection this year is “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction,” by David Sheff, who will be the keynote speaker 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, has created a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional roller coaster of loving a child who seems beyond help, as only a parent can. Copies may be borrowed at the library in a variety of formats. In addition to discussions and the keynote event, the library will offer a number of 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 complete schedule, with descriptions and registration requirements, visit www.ipswichlibrary.org, or contact Library Director Patty DiTullio, at pditullio@ipswichlibrary.org or 978-356-6649.

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.

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 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.

Corsara Artists, a Peabody-based non-profit music ensemble, presents a reimagined staging of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera ‘The Medium’ in the recently restored Frank L. Wiggin Auditorium in Peabody’s City Hall on Oct. 30 and 31. Conducted by Ismael Sandoval with New York City Soprano Sara Law, Peabody’s own Mezzo-Soprano Natalja Sticco, and Mezzo Sarah Klopfenstein, this staging marks the return of world-class opera to Wiggin Auditorium, originally built as an Opera House 1883, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Also on stage, ‘Moonrise Fae;’ a troupe of musicians, storytellers, artists, dancers, fire spinners, and flow artists with a chilling pre-opera performance. want to miss.” Topping off the Oct. 31 performance, a Halloween Party with cast and crew sponsored by Rumson’s Rum of Salem at Peabody’s Black Box Theater from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $45 at 978-326-9788, or at bit.ly/TheMedium2019, or: www.CorsaraArtists.com.

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 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 Mayor Kim Driscoll has announced that a new online map showing all capital projects underway in the current fiscal year has been published 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 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.

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, hosts a new cable TV show, “Caring is Everything” on Danvers Cable Access TV (DCAT). It will address youth bereavement and grief support in partnership with local schools, to deliver youth bereavement services, while training school personnel on childhood grief. Launched in response to a need — six percent of Massachusetts youth are estimated to be bereaved by age 18 — the launch show features Kristin Kowalski, MS, CAGS, who leads the school-based grief support program and will discuss how the program aims to collaborate with local schools. The show will air on Danvers Cable Access TV (DCAT) and on Comcast 99 and Verizon 36, and will run for four weeks at the following times: Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., Sundays, 3:30 p.m., Mondays, 7 p.m., Tuesdays, noon. Visit CareDimensions.org, or www.DanversTV.org/videos.

     

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

Admission to the New England Aquarium for all Salem residents is free throughout September, a savings of about $100 a family, thanks to the Norman H. Read Trust. See the Aquarium’s new Indo-Pacific Coral Reef exhibit, the penguins and California sea lions, Northern fur seals, and thousands of other aquatic animals. Proof of Salem residency is required at the aquarium’s box office. The Salem Ferry travels from the Blaney Street pier to Boston’s Long Wharf North, near the aquarium. For more information, visit www.neaq.org.

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 Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 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.

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

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.

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. Click the “Education Fund Application”button on the left side of the page. Questions? Contact Dominick Pangallo in the Office of Mayor Kim Driscoll at dpangallo@salem.com or (978) 619-5600.

The 16th annual Crane Estate Art Show & Sale: Dynamic Motion, starts with a Soirée featuring hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, a beer and wine bar, and contact 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 more than 300 original works, a special theme-inspired installation, plus works from the North Shore’s best student artists. Proceeds will benefit the artists and The Trustees. Special activities during the weekend 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 activities will be at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Admission to the Soirée is $68 for Trustees Members and $85 for Nonmembers; to be deducted from any art purchase; reservation recommended at www.thetrustees.org, or call 978.356.4351 x4015.

The Peabody Institute Library will welcome 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 a program of 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.

Owl prowling naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson visit the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to present “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World.” The learning begins at 7 p.m., and the subject is the owls of New England and beyond, including great horned, barred and Eastern screech owls, boreal owls and great gray owls that are rare here, yet are found on other continents; snowy owls, Eurasian eagle owls and familiar barn owls. The Wilsons will share field marks, signs and naturalists’ skills people can use to find wild owls without disturbing them, while introducing attendees to six live owls up close. Everyone is treated to a hooting lesson, as well as tips on how to attract and protect owls. This event is free and open to the public. Register at danverslibrary.org or 978-774-0554.

St. Vasilos 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, 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.

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.

 Join Don White on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at the VFW, 110 County Road #92, Ipswich, as he celebrates the release of his new CD to benefit the COP Amputee Association, a local nonprofit that serves and supports the limb loss/difference community on the North Shore, Cape Ann and Merrimack Valley, “Don White Live at the Guthrie Center” was recorded live at the legendary 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/

The Peabody Institute Library is hosting a four-part Intro to Quilting course, beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m., and continuing at the same time on the following three Wednesdays. Novice quilters can learn to make a quilt over these four-week sessions; sewing machines are available, but you may bring your own if you wish. Please provide your e-mail address when you register so we can send you a list of supplies and a copy of the quilt pattern in advance. This course is for or ages 13 to adult. Space is limited; sign up is required. Signing up for the first class session automatically registers you for the full four-week class. All four classes will be held in the Creativity Lab at the Main Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Questions? Call 978-531-0100.

The Friends of Abbot Public Library plan a book sale this Saturday, Oct. 26, through Tuesday, Oct. 29, with books for children, the holiday season, fiction and non-fiction. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, and 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. On Monday evening, there will be a bag of books for $2 and Tuesday is clearance day. The Abbott Library is located at 235 Pleasant St, Marblehead. All proceeds benefit the library. For more information, call 781- 631-1481.

The Peabody Institute Library will host a two-part Getting Organized with Google class. The first part will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Creativity Lab at the Main Library, l82 Main St. in Peabody. Google provides a wide array of free interconnected programs and apps that can make everyday life easier, organized and more efficient. In this two-week class, learn the basics of Gmail email, Drive cloud file sharing, Calendar, Keep to-do lists, and more, plus how to share and sync information and documents with others, using your computer and your smartphone. If you already have a Google account, please bring your login information. Space is limited; please sign up in advance. Signing up for the first class session registers you for both. Call 978-531-0100 x 22.

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, 140 Lynn St., Peabody, will hold its annual Parish Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Sat. 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.

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.

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

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