U.S. Rep. and presidential candidate Seth Moulton will participate in a Town Hall Meeting this Saturday, June 15, at Peabody City Hall, 24 Lowell St. in Peabody. Hosted by The Indivisible MA 06 Collaborative, the meeting will run from 11:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m., during which time Moulton will update the community on his work in Congress. This will be a great opportunity to meet the Congressman, learn about his current legislative initiatives, share concerns and ask questions about issues important to the community. The Indivisible Project’s mission is to cultivate a grassroots movement of thousands of local groups to elect progressive leaders, realize bold progressive policies, rebuild our democracy, and defeat the Trump agenda. Across the nation, over 5,900 local groups – at least two in every congressional district – are using the Indivisible Guide to hold their members of Congress accountable.
The Beverly Democratic City Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m., at Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff will be guest speaking discussing plans for summer and fall, and electing a new Affirmative Action Officer. Newcomers are always welcome. Questions? Call 978-618-5188.
The Marblehead Festival of Arts’ Literary Festival is seeking entries for this year’s writing annual competition. Writers of creative fiction, non-fiction, essay, and poetry are encouraged to submit entries by June 19. The competition is open to all Massachusetts residents, but submissions may not have been previously published unless on a personal blog, personal website, or other self-produced publication. The entry fee is $15 per submission, and writers may submit in multiple categories. For informaton on how to enter, visit: marbleheadfestival.org/writers-festival. The grand prize for each category is $125. Second-place winners will receive $50, and honorable mentions will be presented a certificate of recognition at the awards ceremony, on the evening of Wednesday, July 3, at a location to be announced. Entries are being judged by noted North Shore writers Phyllis Karas (nonfiction), Laurie Stolarz (fiction), and Claire Keyes (poetry).
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. Elizabeth Gordon 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 Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylan St., will hold its annual book sale, beginning Tuesday, June 25 at 9 a.m. and continuing during regular library hours through Saturday, June 29. Gently used books, videos, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks will be available for purchase at great prices. Please bring your own reusable shopping bag. Donations are being accepted through June 22 for the event which is sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. A Friends Members Only Preview Party will be held on Monday, June 24, 6 to 8 pm. If you are not a current Friends member, you may join or renew membership at the door. Proceeds fund the museum and attraction pass programs. Call 978-774-0554 for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. the Beverly Public Library will host Books & Brunch, a special book group in celebration of the library’s summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories.” The group will discuss “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon,” by Robert Kurson. The brunch and discussion take place at Bonefish Harry’s, 218 Cabot St., Beverly. Registration is required. Participants must be 21+. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. To register, stop by the Reference Desk or call 978-921-6062. Questions? Contact Lisa at email@example.com.
St. Peter’s Church in Beverly will host a concert featuring 500 years of guitar music with New York guitarist, composer and recording artist Peter Griggson on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the church at 4 Ocean St. There is onsite and street parking. Griggson will provide a chronological tour of his eclectic repertoire, from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Admission is free, but free will offerings will be accepted. A concert preview is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2lFywZSjhI. Griggson has performed more than 600 concerts in a wide range venues, and recorded on Treecastle Music, Folkways Records, Locust Records, Music of the World and CD Baby.
Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Dan McNichol will present the next program in the “Seven Lectures at Seven Gables” series, sharing tales of travel through America’s interstate roadways taken in his 1949 Hudson. “The Great American Road Trip” is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Come early to check out antique and vintage cars gathered for the occasion by the North Shore Old Car Club. McNichols will discuss how new roads quickly gave rise to motels, diners, historical markers and tourist attractions. Tickets are $10, free for Gables members. To reserve a spot, visit https://store.7gables.org/Events.aspx; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 978-306-7003.
The First Baptist Church in Beverly, 221 Cabot St., will hold its Spring Rummage Sale in the church gym on Friday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Clothing, small appliances, toys, books and more will be for sale. All proceeds benefit the work of the church. For more information, visit: www.fbcbeverly.org
Elementary-aged kids get their own time to create crafts at Thursday Crafternoons at the Peabody Insitute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Craft supplies are available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. through June 13. Projects are themed seasonally, to upcoming holidays, or individual inspiration, and a librarian will be on hand to assist. This program is open to the public, all supplies provided. Registration not required.
The American Lung Association and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center are hosting a 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. Free. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-532-0303.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore Family & Friends Support Group meets the last Wednesday of every month. For more information, email email@example.com, call 617-984-0504, or visit www.namigreaternorthshore.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.