Habitat for Humanity North Shore is currently accepting applications for two two-bedroom homes to be constructed in Hamilton. These homes are for working families with incomes between 40 and 60 percent of area median income. The chosen registrant must also be willing to work with Habitat and Essex Technical High School volunteers to build these units. Applications can be picked up at the Hamilton Town Hall, 577 Bay Road, or downloaded at www.habitatforhumanity-northshore.com.
Registration is open for The North Shore Players’s Summer Youth Workshop, held from Monday, July 31 through Friday, Aug. 4, at Hogan Auditorium, 450 Maple St., Danvers. Learn the basics of stage production with Youth Theatre Director Samantha Gambaccini and partake in a performance of an original one-act play. The workshop is for ages 8 to 13. Enrollment costs $265. Programs for junior counselors, ages 14 and 15, and senior counselors, ages 16 to 18, are also available. Application forms and more information are available at www.northshoreplayer.org.
The American Lung Association and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center present the Better Breathers Club for those affected by chronic lung diseases. Groups will be held on the second Wednesday of every month, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at 96 Forest St., Peabody. Learn how to manage your condition and improve quality of life. Different topics will be addressed each month and light refreshments will be served. Family members and caregivers are also welcome to attend. There is no cost to participate. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-532-0303.
“Windows,” a photography exhibit by Danvers resident Sharon Clark, will be on view through Sunday, May 28, at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. The photographs display scenes and landscapes as seen through windows. Open exhibit hours are before and after Sunday services at 10:30 a.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 978-774-7582 or visit www.nsuu.org.
FEMA has issued their revisions to Salem’s flood maps, which will go into effect in July after the appeal period has ended. The revisions are based on the city’s Letter of Map Revision and will lower base flood elevation levels in certain parts of the city. About 30 parcels will be removed completely from the FEMA flood zone and an additional 280 will be partially removed. As a result of these revisions, property owners in the impacted areas should see a full or partial decline in their flood insurance premiums. The FEMA revisions and maps are available online at www.salem.com/conservation-commission/pages/flood-map-revisions.
North Shore members of the Dorchester High School class of ’61, ’62, or ’63 are invited to a reunion on Sunday, May 21, at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St., Dorchester. For more information, email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Cast of Blues,” a sculpture and photography exhibit, will be on view through Thursday, May 25, at Endicott College’s Visiting Artist Gallery, located inside the Manninen Center for the Arts at 376 Hale St., Beverly. The exhibit features 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends created by visually-impaired artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, as well as 15 color photographs of blues performers and “juke joints” by Ken Murphy. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 978-232-2655 or visit www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
The 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship will take place Monday, June 26 through Sunday, July 2, at Salem Country Club, 133 Forest St., Peabody. National and international golfers over the age of 50, including Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Tom Watson, and Colin Montgomerie, will compete. Tickets for the full week-long event range from $125 to $225. Children 17 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult. All ticket holders receive complimentary parking and shuttle service. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.2017ussenioropen.com.
MassDevelopment and North Shore Community Development Corporation is seeking donations for a proposed 2,000-square-foot community space in Salem’s Point Neighborhood. The Espacio Community Program Space will house free strategic programming around the neighborhood’s needs and services, including public work and meeting spaces; dance, art, fitness, cooking, and sewing classes; and job search, health insurance application, legal, and tax preparation assistance. North Shore CDC’s goal is to raise $30,000 by Tuesday, May 2 in order to win a matching grant through MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places Initiative. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.patronicity.com/espacio.
Applications for the Salem Day at Kernwood Scholarship are currently being accepted through Friday, May 5. Salem residents graduating high school this year are eligible to apply. Forms are available in guidance offices at local high schools; at the Salem Parks and Recreation Office, 5 Broad St.; or by contacting Sally Hayes at 978-745-0505 or email@example.com.
Endicott College presents the historical exhibit “Endicott: Building A Legacy,” on display through Friday, July 21 at the school’s Halle Library Archive and Museum Gallery, 376 Hale St., Beverly. The exhibit highlights Endicott’s achievements since its opening in 1939. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Kristen Kobialka at 978-232-2257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hats Off to VNA Care Network, a Kentucky Derby Party to support the nonprofit’s Cardiac Care Program, will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at the Salem Country Club, 133 Forest St., Peabody. The benefit will feature live music by Just In Time and Essex Harmony, dancing, live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, and a Derby inspired hat contest. Funds raised by this year’s party will support VNA Care Network’s Cardiac Care Program. Nurses, rehabilitation therapists, and other clinicians support North Shore residents in learning how to manage their condition and improve their quality of life. Admission costs $50 per person. To purchase tickets, call the VNA Care Network at 888-663-3688, ext. 1361, or visit www.vnacare.org/derby.
Eight new artists will be selling their work at the Marblehead Art Association Artisan Shop, 8 Hooper St., through Monday, July 17. The artists and their preferred mediums are as follows: Jennifer Casey, American folk art; Alicia Cohen, oil paintings; Sandra Golbert, felt and beaded jewelry; Jennifer Hakkarainen, photography; Susan Kauder, multi-media collage, jewelry, and 3D pieces; Kathryn McKinnon, healing stone jewelry; Susan Quateman, hand-painted silk scarves; and Jane Saunders, handmade ceramics. For more information, call 781-631-2608 or visit www.marbleheadarts.org.
North Shore Idol and The Theatre of Light presents its fourth annual Summer Musical Theatre Program. The week-long course will teach children the basics of stage production. It wraps with a cumulative performance held at Old North Church, 35 Washington St., Marblehead. Participants will receive singing, music, dance, and styling lessons. This year’s theme is “love.” Rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday, July 24 to 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Dance Enthusiasm, 41 Mason St. #2, Salem. The final rehearsal will be held on Friday, July 28, at 9 a.m., at Old North Church, before the final performance at 2:30 p.m. The program is limited to 15 participants between the ages of 8 and 16. Enrollment costs $325 per child. Siblings receive a 10 percent discount. To register, call 978-210-9818 or visit www.northshoreidol.vpweb.com.
The city of Salem is seeking proposals for site-responsive public art installations, which will be on view at three downtown locations during the summer/fall of 2017. Artists and designers working in any media, including light, sound, or multimedia, are encouraged to submit proposals. The city is particularly interested in installations that have an impact when viewed across the site and are effective during the day and night. Artists may apply for one, two, or three sites. Applications are available at www.salem.com/public-art-commission. For information, email Deborah Greel at email@example.com.
The Beverly Public Library Farms Branch is celebrating its centennial year with an art sale. Ten paintings are currently on view at the library throughout the month of December. Residents may purchase note card prints of the paintings at the library’s circulation desk. Packs of 10 cards cost $20. Select paintings are also available to purchase. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Beverly Farms Library. For more information, call 978-921-6066 or visit www.beverlypubliclibrary.org/farms.
Endicott College is currently hosting “Om Tat Sat,” an exhibition of photographs by Maria Cusumano and Mark Towner, through Saturday, May 20, at the Manninen Center for the Arts’ Spencer Presentation Gallery, 376 Hale St., Beverly. The photographs on display depict historic and sacred sites, and 21st century modernity from the Indian cities Mumbai and Kolkata. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.endicott.edu/manninen-center-for-the-arts.aspx.
The city of Salem is currently accepting monetary donations to fund the construction of a Salem Witch Trials memorial at Proctor’s Ledge. Last year, a team of researchers and historians identified Proctor’s Ledge as the probable site for executions during the Salem Witch Trials. The proposed memorial will commemorate those who lost their lives during the hysteria. Send gifts payable to “City of Salem” with “Proctor’s Ledge” on the memo line to: City of Salem, Office of the Mayor, 93 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970.
Topsfield Boy Scout Troop 81’s annual Mother’s Day Flower, Shrub and Yard Sale will be held on Saturday May 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Topsfield Common, East Common Street. Donations are tax deductible and will be accepted on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Emerson Center parking lot, 9 East Common St. Car seats, tires skis, suitcases, computer/electronic equipment, appliances, gas grills, stuffed animals, encyclopedias or magazines will not be accepted. Cloth-based items such as sheets, towels, curtains are also being collected to support The Epilepsy Foundation. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for the Ruth E. Roberts Scholarship Award, presented by the Essex Chapter of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women, are currently available. The $500 college scholarship is designed to support or reimburse students enrolled in licensing or insurance designation courses and exams. Applications may be obtained from Marilyn Michalak, CPIW, 41 Pine St., #43, Peabody, MA 01960. The submission deadline is Wednesday, May 31. For more information contact Marilyn Michalak at 978-535-3581.
Registration is open for Salem Public Schools’ fall 2017 preschool lottery and developmental screenings. Children between the ages of 3 and 4 will be selected to attend the Salem Early Childhood Center at Bentley School, 25 Memorial Drive. Students must be three years of age before Sept. 1, 2017 in order to enter the lottery. Financial assistance may be available for those with proven need. The lottery process is open to all. Developmental screenings for children ages 3 to 5 are also currently available to locate, identify, and refer for special education evaluation. If you have not completed the city census and are interested in a preschool placement, or wish to schedule a screening appointment, contact Salem Public Schools at 978-740-1181.
The Salem Garden Club is currently accepting applications for a $1,000 college scholarship. Registrants must be a Salem resident who plans to major in one of the following areas: horticulture, environmental studies, botany, city planning, landscape design or architecture, floriculture, conservation, forestry, land management biology, or a relating field. The submission deadline is Monday, May 15. Applications are available at the guidance departments of Salem high schools or www.salemgardenclub.com.
The city of Salem is seeking creative entrepreneurs to participate in the 13th season of Artists’ Row, a Salem Arts Space Initiative, held from Thursday, May 18, through Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 24 New Derby St., Salem. The seasonal program provides space for artisans that are interested in building their audience through daily engagement with residents and visitors to Salem. All artworks that appeal to a wide audience, regardless of medium, are eligible to be showcased. To download an application, visit www.salem.com/artists-row. For information, contact Deborah Greel at email@example.com.
Street sweeping in Salem’s residential neighborhoods will be held through Friday, May 26, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Streets will be swept over two consecutive days and will alternate between both sides of the streets. Parking is prohibited on streets that are being swept. Residents will be able to use select entrance corridor streets as alternative parking areas. Street sweeping schedules and lists of parking alternatives can be found at the Department of Public Works office, 5 Jefferson Ave.; City Hall, 120 Washington Ave.; Salem Public Library. 370 Essex St.; and online at www.salem.com.
The North Suburban Jewish Community Center in Peabody is accepting applications for the Beverly Finn Memorial Scholarship. Graduating high school seniors that attended NSJCC’s early childhood program are eligible to apply by contacting Arlyne at 978-471-5520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appleton Farms’ four-week Preschool Farm Explorers program will meet on Wednesdays, beginning May 3, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at 219 County Road, Ipswich. Participants will meet Appleton’s cows, taste-test fresh vegetables, collect chicken eggs, listen to farm stories, and partake in crafts. Enrollment costs $60 for Trustees of Reservations members and $75 for nonmembers. Younger siblings may also attend for an additional fee of $24/$30 for members/nonmembers. Caretakers are required to attend at no additional cost. Registration is required at www.thetrustees.org/appleton.
Beverly Public Library is seeking donations to help fund its Teen Room renovation and expansion project. Construction is set to begin by summer 2017. To make a 100% tax-deductible donation, visit www.beverlypubliclibrary.org/teens/reno, or contact Anna Langstaff at email@example.com, or Allison Babin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 35th annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St., Salem. View and board a variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats, meet skippers and crew members, and vote for your favorite boats to win the Audience Choice award. The event also features boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, children’s activities, and a Blessing of the Fleet. Admission costs $5 per person; children under 12 are admitted free. For more information, call 617-666-8530 or 978-448-6757, or visit www.boatfestival.org.
Brooksby Farm will host its Wildlife Explorers program at 54 Felton St., Peabody. Ages 6 to 8 will meet on Tuesdays, through May 23, and ages 9 to 11 will meet on Thursdays, through May 25. Enrollment costs $40 per child. For more information or to register, visit www.tinyurl.com/PeabodyRec.
The Beverly High School Class of 1967 will host a weekend-long 50th reunion celebration beginning Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club, 134 McKay St. Class members that have not received a save-the-date postcard are asked to contact Chris Wiley at email@example.com or Jennifer Palardy at 978-927-8239.
“Second Wind,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Marblehead Arts Association members LindaLea Bertrand, Isabelle Brown, and Barbara Dowd, will be on view from Sunday, May 28 through Thursday, June 29, at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. A free opening reception will be held on May 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 978-741-5700 or visit www.grosvenorparkhc.com.
Relay For Life of Beverly will begin on Friday, May 19, at 4 p.m., and continue through Saturday, May 20, at 6 a.m. at Beverly High School, 100 Sohier Road. Participants will walk around BHS’s track all night to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. To register your team or donate to an existing team, visit www.tinyurl.com/RelayForLifeBev17.
The 2017 Falcon Marching Band Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 26, at the Ipswich Country Club, 148 Country Club Way. Sign-in begins at 6:30 a.m. (breakfast will be served), followed by a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. An award ceremony, barbecue lunch, and raffle will conclude the tournament at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will fund recourses for Danvers High School’s Falcon Marching Band, including leadership workshops, drill and field instructors, and the purchase of band equipment and uniforms. Registration costs $150 per golfer and $600 per four-some. Tax-deductible sponsorships and donations are also available. For more information on registration, visit www.danversband.org.
The Retired Educators’ Association of Massachusetts will host their spring luncheon meeting on Wednesday, May 10, at 9:45 a.m., at Angelica’s Restaurant, 49 South Main St., Middleton. Live musical entertainment will be provided by Opera on Tap. Admission costs $15 per person. Register before Thursday, May 4 by emailing Dona McDuff at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, email David Jervah at email@example.com.
The Beverly, Danvers, Hamilton, and Peabody Boards of Health are currently hosting a Diaper Drive. The public is encouraged to donate packages of unopened diapers in all sizes and baby wipes to support customers of local food pantries. Drop off locations are available at the Beverly, Danvers, Hamilton, and Peabody Town/City Halls. Call your local Board of Health for more details.
The Salem-Ota Cultural Exchange is seeking host families for 28 middle school students from Ota, Tokyo, Japan, who will be in Salem from Sunday, July 23, through Monday, July 31. Salem families with children in middle or high school are invited to sign up. The program provides a full schedule of activities for each day of the exchange student’s visit, as well as optional evening group activities. Host families are asked to provide their student with a bed and meals. No knowledge of the Japanese language is required as the Ota students are learning English. While preference is given to families who live in Salem, those from neighboring communities are also welcome to apply. For more information, visit www.salemotace.org. To apply, contact Constance Arlander at 978-979-0037 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Midori Oka at 978-809-0949 or email@example.com.
Ascension Memorial Episcopal Church is seeking applicants for the Helen Ayer Children’s Enrichment Grant. The grant aims to benefit nonprofit organizations, individuals, and programs that focus on the well-being, education, and development of children in Ipswich. Applications are available online at www.amcipswich.org or in the Parish Office at 31 County St., Ipswich. Office hours are Friday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The submission deadline is Monday, May 15.
The American Cancer Society in Massachusetts is seeking volunteer drivers for its Road To Recovery program. Drivers are asked to transport cancer patients to their treatment appointments. All drivers must provide their own cars, be 18 years or older, have a valid driver’s license, a good driving history, and proof of automobile insurance. Criminal background and driving record checks will be conducted. Volunteers arrange their own schedules. Free training is also available. To register, call 800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org/volunteer.
The award ceremony for Hamilton-Wenham Public Library’s seventh annual Themed Teen Poetry Contest will be held on Thursday, May 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. The event featuring a reading from poet Erica Funkhouser. For more information, visit www.informedteenshwlibrary.blogspot.com.
The Peabody Essex Museum will host “Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style,” a traveling exhibit showcasing the history of ocean liner design and culture, from Saturday, May 20, through Monday, Oct. 9. Nearly 200 pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London will be on view, including paintings, sculpture, models, furniture, lighting, wall panels, textiles, fashion, photographs, posters, and film from the mid-19th century through the late-20th century. Museum admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors; $12 for students; and free for PEM members, youth 16 and under, and Salem residents. For more information, call 866-745-1876 or visit www.pem.org.
Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend will the headline Salem State Speaker Series on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m., at Salem State University’s Rockett Arena, 225 Canal St. At the event, Legend will receive the inaugural Salem Advocate for Social Justice award (different than the annual Salem Award) for his work to make a difference in the lives of others. Legend will perform some of his hit songs in addition to discussing his initiative, the Show Me Campaign, which focuses on education as a key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $60 for reserved seating, and $10 for SSU students. Premium tickets are also available for $100; those who purchase will be entered to win a dinner with Legend. Purchase tickets at 978-542-7555 or www.salemstate.edu/series.
The Franco-American Club is seeking vendors for a craft and goodies fair on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 44 Park St., Beverly. Patrons can either sell their original work or any unwanted objects. Display tables are available at $25 each. For more information, email Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Salem Atheneum Re-Appraisal Reading Circle will discuss the works of James Fenimore Cooper on Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m., at 337 Essex St., Salem. Book club members are welcome to read one or more books from each meeting’s selected author at the Atheneum Reading Room. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 978-744-2540 or visit www.salemathenaeum.net.
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School class of 1982 will hold its 35th reunion on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at the Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8 Centennial Drive. Tickets are available at www.pvmhs82.com.
Topsfield Fire Department will host its first citizens fire academy at 27 High St. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, through May 9 (no class on May 2), from 6 to 9 p.m. Topsfield firefighters will teach participants the duties and services they fulfill on a daily basis. The academy is free and open to residents age 18 and up. Applications are available at the Fire Department or online at www.topsfieldfire.com/resources-firms.
“WIRED,” a watercolor exhibit by artist Linda Hurd, will be on view through May at Peabody Institute Library South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. The paintings on display depict telephone poles as metaphors for the various ways people think. For more information, call 978-531-3380 or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.
Danvers Art Association’s Gallery 62 will be selling artwork every Saturday and Sunday, through Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 105 Elliott St., Danvers. Paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, textiles, crafts, cards, and home and fashion accessories from local artists will be available to purchase. Artists will also be available for commissioned work. For more information, call 978-777-8501 or visit www.thedanversart.org.
The Fourth Annual Step Up for Colleen 5K will be held on Sunday, May 7, at 9 a.m., at Andover Central Park on Bartlet Street. The race is held in memoriam of former Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. Proceeds from the event will benefit college scholarships awarded to graduating Andover, Danvers, and Nashoba Regional High School seniors who plan to pursue a teaching career after college. Register at www.stepupforcolleen.com/register. Sponsorships opportunities are also available at www.stepupforcolleen.com/about/sponsors.
The Peabody Essex Museum will exhibit entries from World of WearableArt, an annual design competition held in New Zealand through Sunday, June 11, at 161 Essex St., Salem. The exhibition features avant-garde wearable artworks crated by artists and designers from around the world. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the third Thursday of every month, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 866-745-1876 or visit www.pem.org.
Danvers Integrated Preschool is currently enrolling new students and will host a peer partner screening on Friday, May 12, at Riverside Elementary School, 95 Liberty St., Danvers. Language, social, physical, and cognitive development of children ages 3 (by October 2017) to 5 will be screened during the 20-minute play group session. A lottery system is used to complete the final selection of students when the number of applicants exceeds the number of openings. Schedule an appointment by calling the Department of Student Services at 978-774-6112.
Artist Paul Theriault will exhibit his paintings through Wednesday, May 3, at Salem State University’s Winfisky Gallery, located inside the Ellison Campus Center at 352 Lafayette St. Theriault’s work is inspired by water, light and gravity. He utilizes chance and error in his artistic process until the accumulation of these elements results in a final harmony. The Winfisky Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 978-542-6365 or visit www.salemstate.edu/arts.