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15TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING YOGA BENEFIT. Thursday, Nov. 22, 8 to 10 a.m., Church of St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Warm-up starts at 8 a.m., Kirtan (chanting) begins at 8:10 a.m., and the class starts at 8:30 a.m. The class will include postures to relieve stress and promote digestion. Participants are asked to bring their own props. All proceeds benefit Healing Abuse Working for Change and the Marblehead Counseling Center. Admission is a $35 minimum suggested donation. Checks can be made payable to either organization. Also, bring $3 to $5 for space rental to support St. Andrew’s Church. 781-367-1181 or

FIFTH ANNUAL GABE’S RUN. Run to benefit the Gabriel Pacione Memorial Scholarships, Friday, Nov. 23, at Patton Park, 300 Bay Road, Route 1A, Hamilton. The race includes a 5K men’s and women’s cross-country trail race, a one-mile family fun run, awards, prizes, food, and fun. Race-day registration opens at 7:30 a.m., followed by the women’s race at 9 a.m., the men’s race at 9:45 a.m., fun run at 10:30 a.m. and awards at 11 a.m.

POST-TURKEY DAY COUNTRY NIGHT. Saturday, Nov. 24, 7:30 to 11 p.m., Gerry 5 VFA, 210 Beacon St., Marblehead. Featuring Bobby Carlson and Stones River Band. Doors open at 6 p.m.; barbecue food served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wear dancing shoes, jeans, boots and hats. $15/ticket, includes dinner. Cash bar also available. Tables may be reserved. Prizes awarded for best country outfit. Open to ages 21 and older. All proceeds go to the Gerry 5 Scholarship Fund. 781-631-5214.

Theater and music

SYMPHONY BY THE SEA. Saturday, Nov. 24, 3 p.m., Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., Marblehead. Special Thanksgiving weekend family concert. Storyteller Judith Black will be the guest narrator for “Babar the Elephant” set to music by Poulenc. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal to the Teddy Bear Picnic and enjoy a surprise-filled hour of music and fun.

“THE LARAMIE PROJECT.” Saturday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 25, 2 p.m., St. John’s Prep, Kaneb Theatre, Alumni Hall, 72 Spring St., Danvers. St. John’s Prep Drama Guild presents drama about a Wyoming town’s reaction to the brutal 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a local student and young gay man. $12/general, $10/seniors and students. Production recommended for patrons ages 13 and older. Tickets available at the door or in advance at or 978-744-1050.


SIGNS OF WILDLIFE. Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 to 3 p.m., Bald Hill Reservation, Boxford. As part of Essex County Greenbelt’s monthly walk, experience the quiet trails within Bald Hill Reservation and Boxford State Forest with naturalist Jim MacDougall. Free. Reserve a spot at or 978-768-7241, ext. 10. For directions, visit

Holiday festivities

THANKSGIVING OPEN HOUSE. Thursday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to noon, Parson Capen House, 1 Howlett St., adjacent to the Topsfield Common. Presented by the Topsfield Historical Society. Costumed interpreters will roast a turkey on the open fire and serve hot and cold cider and snacks. Children can play old-fashioned games on the lawn. Colonial hat/bonnet craft for young attendees. Free admission. or 978-887-9137.

TRADITIONAL TURKEY DINNER. Thursday, Nov. 22, starting at noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly. Dinner will be prepared and served by members of the church along with volunteers from the community. Free.

THANKSGIVING DINNER. Thursday, Nov. 22, noon, 71 Wallis St., Peabody. Haven From Hunger and Henry’s Market of Beverly will prepare and serve dinner this year. 978-531-1530 or

ANNUAL DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING. Friday, Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m., Lappin Park, corner of Essex and Washington streets, Salem. Ring in the holiday season and join Mayor Kim Driscoll.

WREATH-MAKING EXTRAVAGANZA. Friday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Essex County Horticultural Organization’s annual event. Bring an ornament and trim to decorate a wreath; greens will be provided. Members will also decorate a tree for the Parade of Trees showcased at Tapley Memorial Hall; bring another ornament for the tree. Attendees are asked to share their favorite snack. Friends and visitors welcome for $5 donation.

TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY. Friday, Nov. 23, 7 to 7:30 p.m., Beverly Common. Cocoa and cookies served. Free light sticks for kids. Sponsored by People’s United Bank. 978-646-3801.

HISTORIC HOLIDAYS. Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine St., Danvers. Join Sgt. Francis Nurse and his family as they portray the Colonial celebration of the fall harvest. Activities include Colonial hearth cooking and textile demonstrations, reading of the original Thanksgiving proclamation by George Washington, Colonial children’s games, holiday-themed exhibit, and seasonal refreshments for purchase. $5/adults, $3/seniors and students, free/children under 12. 978-774-8799.

65TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE. Sunday, Nov. 25, 1:30 p.m., Cummings Center, 181 Elliott St., Beverly. Will form in the Cummings Center parking lot, then travel along Cabot and Rantoul streets, then return to Cummings Center. Ray Novack will serve as grand marshal. Parade theme is “Caroling Through Beverly!” Proceeds support purchase of new uniforms for Beverly High School marching band. Bring a dollar for the beneficiary and canned food items for Beverly Bootstraps Community Services.

“WELCOME YULE.” Wednesday, Nov. 28, Cove Community Center, East Corning Street, Beverly. The public is invited to the Friendly Garden Club’s holiday meeting. 6 p.m., wreaths, centerpieces and greens baskets for purchase, plus holiday boutique, raffle items and crafters corner; 7 p.m., Betsy Williams will give demonstration on how to decorate homes with fresh greens combined with fruits, vegetables, berries, cones and nuts. Designs will be raffled off. Proceeds support the club’s civic projects and scholarship awards. $8/advance, $10/at the door. Purchase tickets with cash, or check made payable to FGCB. 978-712-0712.

VISIT WITH SANTA CLAUS. Through Monday, Dec. 24, Santa will take time off from his busy schedule to spread holiday cheer at the Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Visitors can share their Christmas lists and letters with Santa and his helpers; photo opportunities are also available. or 978-531-3440.

Exhibits and

art discussions

EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION AND HOLIDAY ART AND CRAFT SHOW. Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 to 4 p.m., Cassidy Art Museum, 33 Washington St., Peabody. “From the Bustle to the Hustle: 150 Years of Women’s History in Peabody” and the Peabody Art Association’s annual show. Exhibit features costumes, photographs, artwork and domestic artifacts that highlight important moments in women’s history. Exhibit on view through April 21. Arts and crafts show includes paintings, photographs, crafts and other gift items all priced at $100 or less. Free.

“ARTIST FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.” Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m., Kensington-Stobart Gallery, Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem. Jim McAllister presents talk, part of exhibit of works by Salem artists who are connected by neighborhood affiliation, personal relationships or both. Reservations are required. Free. or 978-825-0022. Exhibit on view through Sunday, Dec. 2.

PUBLIC ARTIST TALK: CLIF STOLTZE. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Stoltze, the founder and creative director of Stoltze Design, is known for innovative designs, expressive typography, and the highly collaborative environment of his firm that yields effective and compelling communications material. or 978-867-9624.

PUBLIC ARTIST TALK: JASON HOELSCHER. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Hoelscher, painter and professor of art theory, creates work that has both intellectual rigor and visual impact. In his paintings and writing, the theories of post-modernity are reconfigured and repurposed. or 978-867-9624.

Fairs and sales

SWEDISH YULE FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Hamilton’s Birka Lodge No. 732’s traditional Swedish “Jul Marknad” fair features the Children’s Lucia procession at noon, Scandinavian and American holiday music, colorful and authentic folk costumes, tastes and sounds of the Scandinavian Christmas season, unique handmade and imported gifts, straw ornaments, candles, candleholders and rings, jewelry, wrapping paper, linens, gnomes, hand-carved and painted wooden horses, and more. Sample warm spiced glogg and spice cookies, Swedish coffee bread and pastries. 781-933-4949.

FAIR TRADE ADVENT FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Maple Street Church, Social Hall, 90 Maple St., Danvers. The third annual fair features handcrafts by local artists and from around the world: jewelry, ornaments, textiles and original artwork. Also, various organizations will be represented. Sponsored by the World Service Committee of Maple Street Church. All proceeds support the crafters. 978-774-4510.

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE. Open through Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Cloister Gallery, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Handcrafted artworks and newly published books by parishioners. Paintings, hand-knit scarves and sweaters, books, hand-painted decorative home accessories, and greeting cards will be available for purchase. Portion of the proceeds donated to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible. 781-631-4951 or

Lectures and presentations

“ESSEX COUNTY AND THE CHINA TRADE.” Monday, Nov. 26, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Ipswich writer Doug Stewart presents an illustrated talk highlighting Beverly’s connections to the China Trade, including the role of Capt. Israel Thorndike, whose Cabot Street mansion is now Beverly City Hall. Part of the Monday Mornings free adult lecture series. Handicapped-accessible. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. 978-921-6062 or

“MANHATTAN IN MARBLEHEAD” SPEAKER SERIES. Monday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m., JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Best-selling writer Anna Quindlen talks about motherhood, journalism, life in her 30s and what comes afterward. She’ll appear with Jodi Kantor, author of “The Obamas.” $10/JCC members, $12/community. Refreshments served 30 minutes prior to program. or 781-631-8330.

JEWISH BOOK MONTH. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road, Marblehead. Cantor Matt Axelrod, Cohen Hillel Academy alumnus, will talk about his practical, funny and heartwarming guide for families and students getting ready for the big day in his book “Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah.” or 781-631-8330.

FISH TALES FROM THE FISH HOUSE LECTURE. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Swampscott Yacht Club, second floor of the Fish House at Fisherman’s Beach, 425 Humphrey St., Swampscott. Fourth Fish Tales from the Fish House lecture features Swampscott artists Sonja Grondstra and Judy Trujillo talking about their work creating jewelry and art with the sea glass and pottery pieces they collect on the beach. Some of Grondstra’s jewelry and Trujillo’s artwork will be on display and available for purchase. Door prize will be awarded. Cash bar will be open. Free; reservations requested at 781-962-5587.

THE GABLES LECTURE. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. The House of the Seven Gables’ rescheduled lecture features Dr. Louise Swiniarski. The lecture will focus on Elizabeth Palmer Peabody and her international connections. $10/members, $15/nonmembers. Reserve a spot by calling 978-744-0991, ext. 104.


BOB’S BALLROOM DANCE. Saturday, Nov. 24, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 96 Main St., Peabody. Complimentary dance lesson at 7 p.m. $15/general, $12/seniors ages 60 and over. Bob’s Ballroom Dances are held the last Saturday of each month, except in December. or 978-281-2365.


FINZ SEAFOOD AND GRILL. Friday, Nov. 23, 9 p.m. to midnight, Danny Heath Trio. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-774-8485.

GULU-GULU. Nov. 23, 8 p.m., Quill; Nov. 24, 8 p.m., Noel Snow. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.

HARDCOVER CAFE. Nov. 23, Sandy Casey. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.

HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. Nov. 23, Lois Lane and the Daily Planets; Nov. 24, Clay Ventre and the Bond Girls; Nov. 25, 6 to 8 p.m., Steve Spungin. All shows are 10 p.m. to midnight unless otherwise noted. 76 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-774-9653 or

IN A PIG’S EYE. Nov. 23, 4 to 7 p.m., Blues Jam, 9 to 11:30 p.m., Andrew Gravel Project; Nov. 24, Vein; Nov. 25, 7 to 10 p.m., Eric Reardon and Friends; Nov. 26, Open mike with Dave Bailin; Nov. 27, Zig Zag Poetry; Nov. 28, Grateful Ted and Pete Tentindo. All events 9 to 11:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.

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