The Women's Council of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will host a Celebration of Advent on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at 130 Essex St., Hamilton. The program will include readings from scriptures and joyous music and carols. The cost for the program and luncheon is $12 per person. Registration is required by Monday, Nov. 28, with Debbie Lewis at 978-646-4047 or

Each month, Catholic Charities North receives more requests for food assistance than can be provided with the funding available. Providing this type of assistance has grown more difficult in recent years as the demand for food assistance has risen. To help provide food to a local family who needs it, anyone may donate a gift card from a local grocery store at Catholic Charities sites at 280 Washington St., Salem (978-740-6923), and the Family Counseling and Guidance Center, 152 Sylvan St., Danvers, on the second floor (978-774-6820). More site locations can be found at

St. Thomas the Apostle Church is offering a trip to the Newport Playhouse in Rhode Island on Monday, Dec. 5, departing the churchyard, 1 Margin St., Peabody, at 9 a.m. The cost is $85 per person and includes a buffet lunch, the Edwards Twins Christmas Show at the Newport Playhouse, and deluxe motor coach transportation. The motor coach will return to the church at approximately 6 p.m. Make checks payable to St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1 Margin St., Peabody, MA 01960. For more information or to register, contact Sheila Lynch at 978-531-0224 or 978-922-7632.

Temple Beth Shalom presents "What is an Interfaith Family to do?" on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 10:15 p.m. at 489 Lowell St., Peabody. All interfaith families (adults only) are invited to attend a workshop and discussion that addresses the answers to many common concerns. There is a lot of pressure to "do the holidays right," especially during the winter holiday season. The event is free and open to both members and nonmembers. Register by Friday, Dec. 2, to For more information, call 978-535-2100.

A wine tasting will be held on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Mill River Winery, 498 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley. Admission is $25 and includes tastings, cheese, chocolate treats, tour of the winery and a raffle. Event proceeds will benefit Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich. Tickets are limited. To purchase tickets, call Ascension Memorial Church's parish office at 978-356-2560.

The Temple Beth Shalom Jewish Food Pantry needs supplies and food. Items can be dropped off in the temple foyer at 489 Lowell St., Peabody. The pantry needs paper towels, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, kosher soups, crackers, tomato sauce, jelly, beans, tuna, pasta, juice and nonperishable milk. For more information, call 978-535-2100.

Maple Street Church at 90 Maple St. in Danvers holds a food drive collection for the Danvers food pantry on the second Sunday of each month. Members are encouraged to bring juice boxes, pasta, canned soups and vegetables, and other items and leave them in the narthex or the shopping cart in the Social Hall. For more information, call Priscilla Curda at 978-777-0793 or email

First Parish Church in Beverly, Unitarian Universalist, serves a meal to the needy at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the church, 225 Cabot St., Beverly. For more information or to volunteer, call Ron Sweet at email

The Chabad of the North Shore and the Chabad of the Merrimack Valley invites the public to celebrate the candle-lighting festivities of Hanukkah, which will commence with the lighting of the first candle on Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Howe-Manning Elementary School cafeteria, corner of Route 114 and Central Street, Middleton. Following the lighting, attendees are invited to enjoy a DJ, traditional potato latkes and drinks. For more information, call 781-581-3833.

Chabad of Peabody's Jewish Learning Institute's Torah Studies course meets on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Chabad Center, 83 Pine St., Unit E, Peabody. The course is designed for adults at all levels of Jewish knowledge. Interested students are welcome to attend a few sessions free, without obligation to continue. Course tuition is free; course textbooks cost $36 but are not required for participation. For more information or to enroll, call 978-977-9111 or visit

Temple B'nai Abraham and the JCC of the North Shore are offering "Ikkarim: Parenting Through a Jewish Lens" at the temple, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly, and the JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Sessions include a time to meet and get to know other parents; engage in meaningful discussion; and learn with instructors who understand the interests and concerns of parents. Free on-site baby-sitting is available at both locations. Prices and leaders vary at each location. Space is limited; to register or for a schedule of sessions, visit, or contact Alanna Cooper at 978-224-4900 or

Teachers in Jewish schools on the North Shore are invited to attend classes that will meet once a month through February on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Woodbridge in Peabody. Topics will focus on new and exciting ways to make Jewish lessons more fun, engaging and enriching. Teachers will receive free materials at every class that can be used to plan exciting lessons. Inspirational Jewish Teaching is a free program of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation. To register or for a list of dates and topics, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or

The North Suburban Jewish Community Center in West Peabody is offering various age-appropriate play groups for infants and toddlers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 83 Pine St., West Peabody Office Park, Peabody. For more information and schedules, visit or call 978-535-2968.

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