The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival and North Shore Jazz Project have officially merged as the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. Previous NSJP concerts featured artists Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Anat Cohen, Roomful of Blues and J. Geils. In addition, the NSJP established a high school student ensemble led by tenor saxophonist and Berklee School of Music professor Mike Tucker. The festival will debut the 2016 North Shore Jazz Project All Stars at the Salem Five Community Room on Saturday, April 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. The concert is free. The 2016 Salem Jazz and Soul Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21. For more information or to audition for the 2016 NSJP All Stars please visit www.salemjazzsoul.org.
The Northshore Mall will host the Higgins Middle School Spelling Bee Competition on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. The top 30 spellers from sixth, seventh, and eighth grade will be competing. Prizes donated by Northshore Mall and its retailers will be awarded. The first place bee winner will advance to the 31st Annual Daily Item Regional Spelling Bee in Lynn on Friday, March 11. The bee will be held at the first level of the Nordstrom wing. The Northshore Mall is located at 210 Andover St. in Peabody. For more information, contact Northshore Mall’s marketing department at 978-531-3441.
“Let’s Talk About Racial Justice,” a discussion presented by Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Marblehead Ministerial Association, will be held at Marblehead High School, 2 Humphrey St., on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. Debby Irving, author of “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race,” and Shay Stewart-Bouley will discuss race relations in America. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/547105232106663.
The Boxford Library will host a knitting group, “Knitters,” every Tuesday in February from 6 to 8 p.m. New members are welcome to join the free group. No registration is required. The library is located at 7A Spofford Road. For more information, call 978-887-7323 or visit www.boxfordlibrary.org.
The Catmobile, which offers low cost spay/neuter for cats only, is coming to Petco, located at 10 Sylvan St. in Peabody, on Saturday, Feb. 6. February marks the beginning of the “Beat the Heat” campaign with $20 spays for female cats. This offer is made possible by a grant received from Petsmart Charities. Operated by Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, the Catmobile is staffed by a licensed veterinarian and one veterinary technician. The package offered consists of a spay or neuter, rabies vaccinations, exam, nail trim, and treatment for fleas and ear mites. Individually packaged take-home flea treatment is available for $15 per dose. A male neuter is $80. Ferals are $35 and will be ear-tipped. Reservations are required and can be made online at www.catmobile.org or by calling 978-465-1940.
The Hamilton-Wenham Library will be hosting AARP tax appointments from Wednesday, Feb. 10 to Wednesday, April 13 at 14 Union St. in Hamilton. Meetings will be held on Wednesday and Friday mornings. The library can provide free forms and schedules if needed. Duplicate copies of forms will be charged $0.15 per xeroxed page. Printed instruction booklets are available to purchase. To schedule a meeting with an AARP-certified volunteer, call 978-468-5577.
The Hamilton-Wenham Library will be offering family-themed events during February vacation week at 14 Union St. in Hamilton. “Mike Bent’s Abrakidabra,” a free magic show, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. “Science with Bryan Sheckells” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. for children in kindergarten through grade two and 3 p.m. for grades three through five. Preregistration is required. “Adult and Teen Zentangle Basics Workshop” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. “Art Club with Betsy,” for preschool ages and up, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 3:30 p.m. “Time for Teeth,” a storytime with dentist Pricilla Magnuson, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.hwlibrary.org or call 978-468-5577.
The Beverly Public Library will host “The Allure of Assateague Island” with artist Rob Franco on Monday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon at 32 Essex St. Franco will talk about his experiences visiting the island as both a tourist and an artist, including 10 years of experience painting the island’s wild horse population. He will also show a 20-minute National Park Service video and display a show and tell of objects he has found along the Assateague shoreline, including seashells and shipwreck artifacts. The presentation will conclude with a brief Q&A. The program is free and open to all ages. Light refreshments will be available. For information, contact Robin at email@example.com or 978-921-6062.
The city of Peabody presents the fifth annual Snowshoe Classic at Brooksby Farm, 54 Felton St., on Sunday Feb. 14. at 10 a.m. Runners will race through a snowy, 5K forest trail. If there is no snow on the ground, it will be held as a traditional foot race. Registration is required either by mail or in-person at Peabody Recreation, 50 Farm Ave., Peabody, MA 01960, online at www.peabodyrecreation.com, or by fax at 978-535-0483. For more information, contact Maureen Sammon at 978-536-7132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2016 Salem Award Ceremony honoring Anne Driscoll will be held on Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. at The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St. Swampscott resident and Salem State graduate, Driscoll, has been working to overturn wrongful convictions for the past decade. She worked for nearly a decade to help free Angel Echavarria of Lynn who was serving a life sentence and had spent 21 years in prison for a 1994 murder he did not commit. A public reception will be held at 3 p.m., followed by the award ceremony at 4 p.m. and a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the cocktail reception and award ceremony costs $35 or $15 for the award ceremony only. Purchase tickets at tinyurl.com/SalemAward2016. For more information, visit www.salemaward.org.
Democrats in Hamilton will hold a caucus to elect delegates and alternates to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Hamilton. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as delegates and/or alternates, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled. The library is handicap-accessible. For more information, call Tom Lawnsby at 978-468-1257.
A winter parking ban will be enforced in Marblehead until April 15. No parking is allowed on any street for longer than one hour between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m. No warning tickets will be given. Visit www.marblehead.org or call 781-631-0000 for more information.
The application deadline for the Danvers Garden Club Scholarship is Wednesday, March 30. The scholarship will be given to a high school senior living in Danvers with post-secondary plans in one of the following areas: floral design, landscape design, floriculture, horticulture, arboriculture, environmental science, forestry, geography, geology and meteorology. For scholarship information or materials, call 978-777-4157 or mail to DGC Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 167, Danvers, MA 01923.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore announces a new Family & Friends Support Group time. Meetings will be held every last Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Doctors Conference Room at Beverly Hospital, located at 85 Herrick St. in Beverly. The group is for family and friends of those dealing with mental health challenges. For more information email email@example.com, call 617-984-0504 or visit www.namigreaternorthshore.org.
Ipswich Housing Partnership has published a brochure that explains its functions and how its activities benefit town residents. IHP is a committee that works to make housing more available to residents who have incomes that do not allow them to pay market rates for local housing. The brochure was sent to all Ipswich households and is available upon request from Ipswich Town Hall by contacting Housing Coordinator Terry Anderson at 978-356-6607, ext. 5, firstname.lastname@example.org, visiting www.ipswichma.gov/316/planning, or the Planning Department in Town Hall, 25 Green St. in Ipswich.
The Peabody Institute Library will offer TeenGraphix, a series of graphic and media design classes for teens. From January through June 2016, teens in grades 6-12 will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign computer programs from local graphic artist Tim Spruill. Teens may attend all three series of classes or choose the design program that most appeals to them. Final projects will be shared with the public at the TeenGraphix Digital Art Show and Community Reception in the Peabody Institute Library’s Sutton Room on Tuesday, June 7. For more information, contact Cate Merlin at email@example.com or 978-531-0100, ext. 35, or visit the library’s website at www.peabodylibrary.org.
The Salem Athenaeum presents its fall/winter exhibition, “Samuel Hall: Printer: Patriot of the Revolution.” Curated by Matteo Pangallo of Harvard University, the exhibit provides an in-depth exploration of the life and work of Salem’s first printer. Included in the exhibit are many of Hall’s publications, such as books, pamphlets, almanacs and newspapers. The exhibit is currently on view at 337 Essex St. in Salem. A reception and discussion with Pangallo will be held on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Registration is required at www.tinyurl.com/SamuelHall. Visit www.salemathenaeum.net or call 978-744-2540 for more information.
LEAP for Education is looking for volunteers to help students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online application for FAFSA Day Massachusetts. Volunteers are asked to work for at least two hours. FAFSA Day will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salem Academy Charter School. Register online at www.fafsaday.org/volunteer.php.
The Beverly Fire Department has begun issuing open burning permits at the Central Fire Station, 15 Hale St. in Beverly. Office hours are as follows: Monday through Wednesday, 7 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 7 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Applicants will be issued a numbered permit and an “open burning facts sheet” upon $10 payment. Only checks made out to the city of Beverly are accepted. Open burning season will be held through Sunday, May 1. Before burning, activate the permit by calling the Central Fire Station dispatch at 978-922-2424 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Swampscott Public Library is hosting a teen poetry contest. Students in grades five through 12 are asked to submit an original piece of poetry that is under 40 lines. Finalists will win between $40 and $150. Special prizes will be awarded to the best music and humorous poem. Applicants must live or attend a school located in Swampscott. Entry forms will be available at local schools, the library and www.swampscottlibrary.org. Poems must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 25. Call the library at 781-596-8867 for more information.
The Me&Thee coffeehouse presents Cricket Tell the Weather and Monia Rizzio live in concert on Friday, Feb. 5. Cricket Tell The Weather is an acoustic string band that plays traditional bluegrass, old-time and folk. Rizzio, former front-woman of New England-based Americana band Tripping Lily, is a singer-songwriter who performs country music. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St. in Marblehead. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10. Purchase at Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St. in Marblehead, Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St. in Marblehead, or online at www.meandthee.org.
The Ipswich Cultural Council will host Contra dancing events on the third Friday of every month at Town Hall Gym, 25 Green St. in Ipswich. The next event will be on Friday, Feb. 19. Contra dance is a traditional folk line dance similar to square dancing. Live fiddle music will be performed by Egrets Only, with Ana Laguarda calling the dances. Each event is free and open to the public, regardless of experience. For more information, visit www.ipswichma.gov.
Fundraising plans are underway to build a Nature and Environmental Education Center at Endicott Park in Danvers. The proposed center will showcase nature-themed exhibits, displays and interactive experiences. Personalized bricks are being sold, which will be a part of a long-lasting display at the base of the Townley Family Children’s barnyard door. They cost $100 each and are on sale at www.endicottpark.donationbricks.com. Email Andrea Enos at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding the brick fundraiser and William McKenzie, email@example.com, for questions about the Nature Center project.
If you suspect that your child, aged 3 to 22, may need an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services, you may a free request an evaluation by contacting the principal at your child’s school or the Special Education Department at 978-921-6100. This notice applies to children residing in Beverly who attend either public or private schools. It is the responsibility of the Beverly Public Schools to identify any child-aged resident of Beverly that may have a disability, regardless of its severity. It is also the responsibility of Beverly Public Schools to evaluate those students to determine if they are eligible for special education or related services under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Massachusetts Special Education Regulations.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll is seeking interested applicants to fill vacancies on a number of city boards and commissions. Those interested in being considered for a seat should fill out an application form available at www.salem.com/mayors-office/files/application-board-or-commission-appointment and send it with an up-to-date resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 978-744-9327, or by mail to Office of the Mayor, Salem City Hall, 93 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970. Additional details about the city boards are available at www.salem.com/boards.
The Peabody Essex Museum presents a multi-sensory installation entitled “Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons.” This exhibit is on view through Sunday, April 3. Cuban-born artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons explores the history of the Cuban sugar trade through large-scale blown-glass sculptures, images and soundscapes created by Campos-Pons’ husband Neil Leonard. Admission to the museum is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit www.pem.org for more information on the installation.
The Peabody Essex Museum presents “Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age.” The exhibit features 200 superlative works of art, including paintings, textiles, ceramics, silver, lacquerware, furniture, jewelry and books that reveal the transformative impact of Asian luxuries on Dutch art and life in the 17th century. It will be on view from Saturday, Feb. 27 to Sunday, June 5. Admission for the museum is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Call 866-745-1876 or visit www.pem.org for more information.
The Carry the Future charity organization will be collecting new or slightly used baby carriers for Syrian refugees as they arrive in Greece. Donations can be dropped off at Mud Puddle Toys, located at 217 Essex St. in Salem. For more information about the charity, visit www.carrythefuture.org.
Salem High School Class of 1976 will hold its 40th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 94 Washington Square in Salem from 7 to 11 p.m. Members of the class of 1975 and 1974 are also welcome to attend. An optional no-host gathering will be held on Friday, Aug. 12 from 6 p.m. The location is to be determined. The weekend will conclude with another optional event aboard the Hanna Glover on Sunday, Aug. 14. Details for the reunion will be announced at a later date.
Lappin Foundation and Temple Emanu-El present “Movement for Your Jewish Soul.” The program, led by yoga instructor Stacie Nardizzi, offers a unique way to experience the celebration of Rosh Chodesh by using gentle yoga and guided meditation. No yoga experience is required. “Movement for Your Jewish Soul” will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Ave. in Marblehead, on the following days: Wednesday, Feb. 10; Thursday, March 10; Thursday, April 7; Monday, May 9 and Tuesday, June 7. The program is free and open to the public. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a mat. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are requested by contacting Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or email@example.com.
Pickering House has announced its 2016 schedule for their Second Sunday Chowder and Lecture series. On Feb. 14, Joe Boyd will lead “The Universal Curriculum,” a discussion about deconstructing fables and folk tales to discover alternative meanings. On March 13, Jim McAllister will lead “In the Pickerings’ Front Yard,” a discussion about the Broad Street Cemetery. On April 10, John Goff will lead “Salem’s Pickerings, the Haudenosaunee, and the 1794 Pickering or Canandaigua Treaty,” a discussion about the Pickering Family. Each event will be held at 18 Broad St. in Salem. Chowder will be served at 12:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 1 p.m. Prices are $20 for Pickering House members and $25 for nonmembers. RSVPs are required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SeniorCare’s “Meals on Wheels” program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon time meals to homebound seniors in Ipswich. The hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery at 6 Caroline Ave. in Ipswich. Those interested in volunteering one or more mornings a week should call 1-866-927-1050 or 978 281-1750, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Peabody Institute Library will hold “Tai Chi for Healthy Aging,” an eight-week program, each Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Main Library, located at 82 Main St. in Peabody. Tai Chi is a form of exercise that involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner. It is a low-impact exercise that puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it suitable for many older adults. Signing up for the first class registers you for the complete eight-week series. Previous Tai Chi experience is not required. To register, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.
Ipswich River Wildlife Society’s Bird-a-thon will be held on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. Help the sanctuary raise money to support their conservation and education programs while bird watching. A birding partner is required to participate; single guests will be paired together. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 87 Perkins Row in Topsfield. Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver or 978-887-9264.
Environmental Gardening at the Ipswich River Wildlife Society will be held on the following Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m.: March 15, 22, 29, April 5 and 12. The five-session gardening course will provide attendees the necessary tools to enrich a garden or landscape with orgasmic principals and indigenous plants. The course costs $135 for Ipswich River Society members and $160 for non-members. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 87 Perkins Row in Topsfield. Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver or 978-887-9264.
The Spring Flapjack Fling at Ipswich River Wildlife Society will be held on Saturday, March 19. Breakfast times will be held at: 8:15, 9:15, 10:15, 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Pancakes and maple syrup will be served, along with fruit, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Breakfast costs $7 for adults and $5 for children aged 3 to 8. Sugaring tours, where attendees can learn about how sap from maple trees is transformed into maple syrup, will be held at the following times: 9, 10, 11 a.m. and noon. Tours are $9 for Ipswich River Society adult members, $10 for adult non-members, $7 for child members and $8 for child non-members. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 87 Perkins Row in Topsfield. Registration is required for both events at www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver or 978-887-9264.
Sugaring tours will be held at the Ipswich River Society. Naturalists will show attendees how sap from maple trees gets processed into maple syrup. Hot beverages, hot dogs, soups and desserts will be served at the Barn following the tour. Tours will be held on the following Saturdays and Sundays at these times: Feb. 27 and 28, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.; March 5, 6, 12 and 13, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. It is recommended to dress warmly and wear waterproof boots. Tours are $9 for Ipswich River Society adult members, $10 for adult non-members, $7 for child members and $8 for child non-members. Children under 3 are free, but must be carried in a carrier backpack for the duration of the tour. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 87 Perkins Row in Topsfield. Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver or 978-887-9264.
A Teen Conservation Club for ages 14 and older will be held at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Meetings will be on the following Saturdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.: March 26, April 30, May 21 and June 4. A field trip will be held on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cori Brauer and Andrew Prazar will lead teens on nature hikes, discuss natural history topics and teach about what it means to be a conservationist. Games and activities are also featured. It is recommended to dress for the weather for each meeting. Admission for enrollment is $89 for members and $112 for non-members. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 87 Perkins Row in Topsfield. Register with Cori Brauer at email@example.com. For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver or call 978-887-9264.
The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary present “Big Night” on Friday, April 8 at 87 Perkins Row in Topsfield. Participants will take a one-hour guided walk along the vernal pool trial, where they will learn about how the wood frogs and mole salamanders begin to mass migrate during this time of year. Walks will depart every 10 minutes from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is open to families with children aged 4 years or older. Admission is $7 for Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary members and $9 for non-members. Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver or 978-887-9264.
The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library will hold coloring sessions for adults every Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. on the second floor at 14 Union St. in Hamilton. The sessions aim to tap into your inner child, relieve stress, boost creativity, and improve brain function and relationships. Call 978-468-5577 or visit www.hwlibrary.org for more information.
Online submissions of applications for the 2016-2017 academic year at Marblehead Community Charter Public School will be available through Monday, Feb. 1 at www.marbleheadcharter.org. Applications are also available at the school. The lottery will be held on Wednesday, March 2. Aplicaciones están disponibles en Español. Applications sont disponibles en Français. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org and 781-631-0777.
The Peabody Institute Library South Branch artwork by Michael Barbera at 78 Lynn St. in Peabody. His work has been featured in juried art shows with the Peabody Art Association and the Arts Galleria of the Peabody International Festival. For more information, call 978-531-3380 or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.
The Salem Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the schedule for its 2016 season. All concerts will be held at Salem High School, 77 Willson St. in Salem, at 3 p.m. They are free of charge and handicap-accessible. A performance featuring bass-baritone soloist Franklin Mosley will be held on Sunday, Jan. 31. Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ “Poem for Flute and Orchestra,” featuring soloist Judy Braude on flute, and selections from the Salem Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will be performed on Sunday, Feb. 7. Visit www.salemphilharmonic.org for more information.
The Hamilton Board of Health is asking its residents to notify the town clerk’s office if they wish to have their property excluded from the pesticide spraying utilized in mosquito control, either in writing or a certified email. “Request for Exclusion for Application of Pesticide” forms are available at the Board of Health office, 577 Bay Road in Hamilton, or at www.hamiltonma.gov. Due to state mosquito control regulations, no forms or letters will be accepted after Tuesday, March 1. For more information, call 978-468-5579.
At the end of December, the Treasurer’s Office of Ipswich will be mailing out FY16 Real Estate Tax bills with payment stubs for the third quarter tax due on Monday, Feb. 1 and the fourth quarter tax due on Monday, May 2. The tax amount due will include the $2.9 million school override that was approved in the spring.
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library presents “Sweet Dreams Story Makers” on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Susie Lord will share stories, crafts and lullabies. Children are invited to attend in pajamas and bring a stuffed friend. The event is for children aged 1 to 5 and their parents. “Sweet Dreams Story Makers” is free and open to the public. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St. in Hamilton. Registration is required with Early Childhood Partners at 978-468-5489.
Fire officials in Salem have announced the launch of a new statewide smoke alarm public awareness campaign, “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With.” The new statewide campaign is designed to support fire department education efforts and will include television and radio public service announcements, transit ads, and social media. Salem Fire Prevention Division asks all residents to check and see if the batteries in their smoke alarms are functional. Working smoke alarms provide early warning and give families crucial seconds to use their escape plan. For more information on smoke alarms and home escape plans, contact the SFPD at 978-745-7777.
The Catmobile, which offers low cost spay/neuter for cats only, is coming to Petco, located at 10 Sylvan St. in Peabody, on Saturday, Jan. 30. In celebration of “Happy Neuter Year,” neuters for male cats are $20. This offer is made possible by a grant received from Petsmart Charities. Operated by Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, the Catmobile is staffed by a licensed veterinarian and one veterinary technician. The package offered consists of a spay or neuter, rabies vaccinations, exam, nail trim, and treatment for fleas and ear mites. Individually packaged take-home flea treatment is available for $15 per dose. A female spay is $120. Ferals are $35 and will be ear-tipped. Reservations are required and can be made online at www.catmobile.org or by calling 978-465-1940.
The Marblehead Arts Association will host an exhibit featuring pieces created by new members until Sunday, Feb. 7 at 8 Hooper St. in Marblehead. Pastels, Nantucket baskets, paintings, oil paintings, sculptures, mixed media pieces, photographs, jewelry and collages will be on display. An exhibit featuring the work of Marblehead Arts Association classes will also be held on the second floor. Call 781-631-2608 or visit www.marbleheadarts.org for more information on the gallery.
The Swampscott Arts Association present “The Magic of Winter” at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park, located at 7 Loring Hills Ave. in Salem, through Tuesday, Feb. 2. The group, comprised of members hailing from Marblehead, Swampscott, Peabody and Lynn, will show their most recent works in a wide range of mediums. The gallery is handicapped-accessible and will be open from 9 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 to 6 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 978-741-5700.
Peabody Institute Library presents a new art exhibit, “Art for a Cause.” The exhibit consists of posters from several artists in different countries. The posters cover topics including the Spanish Civil War, migration, anti-Fascism, Angolan independence, censorship and others. Around 40 posters will be on display through Sunday, Feb. 28. The gallery hours are: Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Peabody Institute Library is located 15 Sylvan St. in Danvers. For information, call 978-774-0554 or visit www.danverslibrary.org.
Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is looking for creative entrepreneurs to participate in the 12th season of Artists’ Row, located in downtown Salem at 24 New Derby St. The 2016 season will be open from Thursday, May 19 to Tuesday, Nov. 1. Artisans specializing in handcrafted products, artwork and artisanal food products are encouraged to register. Applications are available at www.salem.com/artists-row and must be submitted by noon on Friday, Feb. 12. Hand deliver or mail completed applications to the Department of Planning and Community Development, Attn: Deborah Greel, City Hall Annex, 120 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970.
Liberty Tax Service will be accepting donated prepaid cellphones for soldiers overseas. The company is located at 7 Traders Way in Salem and is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The drive will run though April. Call 978-594-1775 for more information.
LEAP for Education has been approved to form a “Girls Who Code” club in Salem. The free computer coding course begins in February and will admit up to 15 girls in grades 8-12. LEAP for Education is a nonprofit organization that provides free academic services to North Shore youth. Space is limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is available at www.leap4ed.org or by contacting Linda Saris at email@example.com. For more information, contact Saris or Megan Hurst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SeniorCare will host a Brain Injury Survivor Support Group every third Thursday of each month at its Beverly offices, located at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106-H, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18. They will be facilitated by Tress Ricker of the Central Regional Manager of the Brain Injury Association. Brain Injury Survivor Support Group wishes to provide survivors and their loved ones with a compassionate and understanding peer group. Recreational activities and outings will also be held. Prior to attending, contact Tress Ricker at 508-475-0032. For more information, call 800-242-0030 or visit www.biama.org.
The Beverly Recreation Department is running a middle school strength and conditioning class for boys and girls, known as PAWZ (Panther Athletic Workout Zone), on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through April 1. Classes will be held at the Beverly High School field house, located at 100 Sohier Road in Beverly, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Instructors will utilize routines used by many BHS athletic teams to warm up, improve agility, work on cardiovascular and plyometrics conditioning, encourage healthy lifestyles and build self-confidence. The fee to attend is $70. Register by calling the Beverly Recreation Department at 978-921-6067.
AARP volunteers will be available by appointment for tax preparation assistance at the South and West Branches of the Peabody Institute Library from Monday, Feb. 8 through Thursday, April 14. This service is open to Peabody seniors and medium- to low-income residents. The Main Branch Library, located at 82 Main St. in Peabody, will only book appointments for West Branch meetings. Call 978-531-0100, ext. 24 to book an appointment at the West Branch, 603 Lowell St. in Peabody, or 978-531-3380 for an appointment at the South Branch, 78 Lynn St. in Peabody.
Parkinson’s Fitness will begin offering weekly Parkinson’s exercise classes in Danvers and Hamilton. Danvers classes will be held on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone St. Hamilton classes will be held on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Hamilton Council on Aging, 299 Bay Road. The Parkinson’s Fitness team can help improve balance, stability, endurance, posture and cognitive skills through ability-based exercises. For information, visit www.parkinsonsfitness.org.
VNA Hospice Care is seeking volunteers. The non-profit organization serves patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Volunteers are asked to provide companionship to patients and respite time for family members. All are welcome to help. Those who are available during the day, bilingual, or can provide pet or music therapy are greatly needed. No previous experience is necessary. VNA Hospice Care provides training and ongoing support to all volunteers. Call 781-569-2811 or visit www.vnahospicecare.org for more information.
The Peabody Institute Library has announced its technology class calendar for January. A computer lab for beginners, led by Senior Reference Librarian Michael Wick, will be held on Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. “Introduction to the Internet” and “Downloading Free Magazines, eBooks or Audiobooks” are available by appointment at 978-531-0100, ext. 33. The Peabody Institute Library is located at 82 Main St. in Peabody. To register for any class, visit www.peabodylibrary.org or call 978-531-0100.
The Theatre of Light presents a comedy improv workshop for children on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Old North Church, 35 Washington St. in Marblehead. Parents, friends, and relatives are invited to the last 30 minutes of the workshop for “Sunday Afternoon Live,” an informal improv show. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants. Register by Sunday, Jan. 31. A nominal participation fee is required. The workshop is for ages 8 to 16. For more information or to receive a registration form, call Miriam at 978-210-9818 or email email@example.com.
DanversCARES’ Strengthening Families six-week program will return on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Sessions will be held every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., excluding February school vacation week, at Highlands Elementary School, 190 Hobart St. in Danvers. The programs aims to improve family communications skills. Topics include: developmental stages, observing your child’s behavior, active listening and communicating, positive coping strategies for stress, goals, behavior influencers, limit-setting and problem-solving. It is open to all Danvers public and private schools families with children ages 6 to 11. Snacks are served at every session. Space is limited. Register at www.danverscares.org/programs/strengtheningfamilies or call Peg Sallade at 978-777-8932, ext. 2214.
The Cloister Gallery at St. Andrew’s Church presents an exhibition by local artists Dianna Daly, Elaine Daly, Harry Daly and Joan Colt Hooper. The gallery will be on view until Thursday, March 17. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. St. Andrew’s Church is located at 135 Lafayette St. in Marblehead and is handicap-accessible. For more information call 781-631-4951 or visit www.standrewsmhd.org/cloistergallery.html.
Dog owners of Ipswich must register their dogs by Thursday, Mar. 31. Registration fees are $15 for spayed or neutered dogs and $20 for intact dogs. After Mar. 31, non-registered dogs are subject to a fee of $10 per each unregistered month. Licensing can be done in person during the town clerk’s regular business hours or by mail. Application and renewal forms are enclosed with the annual census. The forms may also be downloaded at www.ipswichma.gov/213/dog-kennel-registrations. Include a valid and current rabies certificate and proof of the dog being spayed or neutered. For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 356-6600, ext. 1015.
The Swampscott Arts Association is hosting an art exhibit, “Faraway Places,” at the Abbot Library, 235 Pleasant St. in Marblehead. The exhibit, featuring works in a variety of mediums, will be on view through Saturday, Feb. 28. For additional information, call 781-631-1481 or visit www.abbotlibrary.org.
Ipswich Moving Company presents “From Our Eyes: the Brown Sisters, Forty Years of Portraits” from Thursday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Ipswich Moving Company Studio Theater, 2 Cogswell St. in Ipswich. The dance recital, inspired by Nicholas Nixon’s portraits of the Brown Sisters taken over 40 years, features eight dancers portraying the four sisters at different stages of their lives. Show times are: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, noon and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Purchase at www.oureyes.brownpapertickets.com. For information, call 978-356-5565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Me&Thee coffeehouse presents Melissa Ferrick and The Western Den live in concert on Friday, Feb. 12. Ferrick is an Ipswich music producer, record label owner, professor at Berklee College of Music and singer/songwriter who specializes on the acoustic guitar. Deni Hlavinka and Chris West are The Western Den, a Boston-based folk duo with emphasis on ambience and close harmonies. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St. in Marblehead. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Purchase at Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St. in Marblehead, Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St. in Marblehead, or online at www.meandthee.org.
North Shore Community Action Programs and Beverly Bootstraps are offering free tax-preparation services by IRS-certified volunteers in Peabody and Beverly. This program focuses on a special tax credit for low-to moderate-income workers. Appointments in Peabody will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and selected Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Register by calling 978-531-0767, ext. 222. Beverly appointments will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 978-927-1561, ext. 31 to book an appointment. For details, visit www.nscap.org/taxes.
Gordon College presents “Urinetown: The Musical.” The Tony Award-winning Broadway show is a satire and musical parody that deals with themes of waste, conservation and poverty. Shows will be held through Saturday, Jan. 30. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.gordon.edu/tickets or by calling the bookstore at 978-867-4282. Gordon College is located at 255 Grapevine Road in Wenham. Visit www.gordon.edu/theatreschedule to learn more.
The Middleton Stream Team photo contest winners have been announced. The first place award of $200 was received by Inger Pols of Boxford for “Yellow Leaves on Water.” Pols also received an honorable mention award for another photograph. Both were taken at Thunder Bridge. Second place went to Alison Colby-Campbell of Haverhill for her photograph, “Snow in Autumn Scene.” Third place went to Elaine Gauthier of Middleton for “Autumn Scene of Farnsworth Landing.”
The Salem Public Library’s Winter/Spring 2016 Storytime Session will be held through mid-May. Sessions are offered to infants through children in grade four. Salem Public Library is located at 370 Essex St. in Salem. Call 978-744-9667 or visit the Children’s Room for further details or to register your child.
Grace Taylor, Salem Public Schools’ teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing, will lead a free 10-week American Sign Language class for children at the Salem Public Library Children’s Room, 370 Essex St. in Salem. Children ages 5 and up and their caregiver are welcome to attend on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. beginning on Thursday, Jan 28. Call 978-744-9667 or visit the Children’s Room to register.
North Shore Elder Services will reinstate its Morning Support Groups in February at 300 Rosewood Drive in Danvers. Groups will meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The next meeting will be on Feb. 3. Those who are caring for elderly family members or friends, especially with dementia, are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.nselder.org or call 978-750-4540 and ask for Information Services.
The Peabody Institute Library will offer a poetry four-week study on Shakespeare’s sonnets. With the assistance of video presentations by noted British actors delivering the sonnets, students will look into Shakespeare’s poetry, probing the language and imagery. The classes, taught by poet Claire Keyes, will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Main Library, located at 82 Main St. in Peabody. Any full collection of the sonnets will serve as a text. Registration is required at 978-531-0100, ext. 10 or www.peabodylibrary.org.
A Zendala workshop, taught by Emily Classon, will be held on Monday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. in Peabody. Combine structured patterns with white and dark space in a circular form using the Zentangle method. Participants must complete the Zentangle Basics class to attend. Registration is required at 978-531-0100, ext. 10 or www.peabodylibrary.org.
Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody has been awarded a grant to support four students who have been named CSF Scholars in the classes of 2017 to 2020. CSF Scholars are students who are identified as individuals motivated to succeed academically, serve their community, have demonstrated financial need and who will benefit greatly from a Catholic education.
The city of Salem’s Snow Emergency Brochure, featuring information that aims to help residents through the winter months, has been updated. The brochure outlines how the city notifies its businesses and residents when a snow emergency will be declared and canceled, information regarding snow plowing operations, alternative designated parking areas during snow emergencies, and residents’ responsibilities regarding snow removal. New this year is the Downtown Snow Emergency District, designated downtown streets for parking during snow emergencies. Brochures are available at www.salem.com/public-works. Call 978-744-3302 for a mailed brochure.
The Peabody Institute Library will offer its Food for Fines program from Monday, Feb. 1 through Monday, Feb. 29. Donations of canned goods and other non-perishable items will be accepted to clear overdue fines on Peabody-owned library materials. The program will run at all library locations: Main Library, 82 Main St.; South Branch Library, 78 Lynn St.; and West Branch Library, 603 Lowell St. All donations benefit Peabody’s Haven From Hunger. For more information, visit www.peabodylibrary.org or call 978-531-0100.
Scholarship applications are now available to high school seniors of Polish descent with plans to attend an institution of higher education. The applicant or a member of his or her family must be an active participant in one of the United Polish Organization member clubs for at least one year prior to the application date. Applications are available at the guidance departments of Bishop Fenwick High School, 99 Margin St. in Peabody, and Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, 485 Lowell St., or the following Peabody UPO member clubs: Plav Walter Dombrowski Post 63; Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 63; Daughters of St. Joseph; St. Michael’s Society; and St. Joseph’s Faith Community. Applications must be turned in by Saturday, April 30.
The following seats are available for the Ipswich Town Election, which will be held on Tuesday, May 17: Selectman, two seats, three-year term; School Committee, two seats, three-year term; Moderator, one seat, one-year term; Housing Authority, one seat, five-year term. Potential candidates must obtain at least 50 registered voter signatures that are certified by the Board of Registrars for their name to be placed on the ballot. The last day to obtain and return the nomination papers is Tuesday, Mar. 29. Contact the town clerk’s office at 978-356-6677 to obtain nomination papers.
As part of Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll’s pledge in her 11th State of the City address to enhance transparency and openness in city government, the city will be posting weekly current board and commission vacancies in both English and Spanish; posting electronic versions of matters submitted by the mayor to the City Council; releasing a Salem Visual Budget during the 2017 fiscal year; establishing a graphical website that illustrates how and where tax dollars are being invested to deliver services to Salem residents, as well as a Salem Participatory Budget round in which residents will be invited to propose innovative capital projects to improve the community; adding additional open source data to the city’s new online GIS mapping tool at www.mapsonline.net/salemma; and initiating City Hall to Go, a tool to give important city services to residents where they are.
Friends of Beverly Animals’ 2016 calenders are now 50 percent off at $6.50 each. Purchase at friendsofbeverlyanimals.org or at the following Beverly locations: Beverly Wild Bird & Pet Supply, 214 Rantoul St.; Carroll’s Florist, 385 Cabot St.; DogSpa, 45 Enon St.; Dogs by Design & Cats, Too!, 131 Dodge St.; Marika’s Restaurant, 190 Cabot St.; and Soho Cats, 100 Cabot St. To order by mail, send a check to P.O. Box 3378, Beverly, MA 01915. Add $3 shipping for the first calendar, plus 50 cents for each additional calendar. Proceeds from sales support FOBA’s mission. For more information, email email@example.com or call 978-922-7190.
“It’s Not How Smart You Are, It’s How You Are Smart,” a presentation about the notion of intelligence, will be held Friday, Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. in Hamilton. Deirdre Budzyna of the Northern Essex Community College Speakers’ Bureau will discuss the theory of multiple intelligences and how intelligence based on IQ testing is limiting to the human experience. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 978-468-5577 or visit www.hwlibrary.org.
The Arts at Salem State University present a sound and video installation by Richard Lewis entitled “THERE is no THERE THERE: The Narrated Self” through Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Winfisky Gallery. Through his work, Lewis considers the narratives we all construct in order to make sense of our lives. The Winfisky Gallery is located inside the Ellison Campus Center and open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call 978-542-7890 or visit www.salemstate.edu/arts.
“Full Circle 25+,” a glass and ceramic art exhibit by John Volpacchio, will be held from Saturday, Feb. 8, through Wednesday, March 2, in the Winfisky Gallery at Salem State University. Volpacchio, an art professor at SSU for more than 25 years, will display work he created throughout his teaching career. The gallery is located in the Ellison Campus Center. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, a gallery talk with the artist will be held at 12:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 2 p.m. The Winfisky Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call 978-542-7890 or visit www.salemstate.edu/arts.
Stage 284 presents “The Drowsy Chaperone” through Sunday Jan. 31. The satirical musical lampoons typical musical theater tropes of the 1920s. Performances will be held at The Community House, 284 Bay Road in Hamilton. Showtimes are Saturday, Jan. 30, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m. General admission purchased at the door is $25. Advance tickets are $18 through www.communityhouse.org or 978-468-4818, ext.10.
The Friends of Abbot Library Book Sale will be held from Saturday, Jan. 30, through Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. in Marblehead. On Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the sale will be restricted to Abbot Library Friends members. On Sunday, Jan. 31, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., the sale will be open to the public. On Monday, Feb. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., seniors will receive a 20 percent discount, followed by the “Bag of Books for a Buck” special from 6 to 8 p.m. All books will be on clearence on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 781-631-1481 or visit www.abbotlibrary.org for more information.
Endicott College will present an eight-artist exhibition, “Transformations: Beauty, Color, Form,” through Friday, March 25, on campus at the Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St. in Beverly. The exhibit features pieces crafted from glass, wood, stoneware, ceramics, plexi, bronze, aluminum, fiberglass, porcelain and urethane on polyurethane block. A free public reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Extended hours after Saturday, Feb. 13, are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marblehead Festival of Arts Long Winter Short Film Festival will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. The following short films, shot by members of the North Shore, will be screened: “In Capricious Hands” by Stephen Larson; “Crazy Glue” by Elizabeth Orne; “Lady Parts” by Emily Fraser and Katherine Gorringe; “The Lonely Baker” by Cytheara Tham, Alli McInerney and Ayanna Marte; “Curley: A Historiophoty” by Billy Palumbo; “I Was a Teenage Girl, Apparently” by Lyn Eliot and Nina Frenkel; “Jordan” by Katie Russell; “Open 24 Hours” by Henry Chaisson; “La Princesse de l’Amour d’Amour” by Arnaud Lalanne; “Hyperhidrosis: The Silent Handicap” by Molly McGinnis; “Stumped” by Robin Berghaus; “Sidewalk” by Celia Bullwinkel; and “81 Year Old Sweethearts” by Danielle Lurie. Call 781-631-1481 or visit www.abbotlibrary.org for more information.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Peabody will hold a free launch party for the annual event on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stonewood Tavern, 139 Lynnfield St. in Peabody. Appetizers, a cash bar featuring a signature purple cocktail, and door prizes will be featured. Awards will also be given to top fundraising teams and participants. Guests will have the opportunity to register a team for the Relay For Life, which will be held and from Friday, June 10, 4 p.m. to Saturday, June 11, 6 a.m. at Peabody High School. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/peabodyma or contact Ellen Nager-Barden at 978-852-8576 or email@example.com.
The Town and Country Garden Club of Ipswich is offering scholarships to one or more graduating high school seniors. Applicants must reside in Ipswich and should be pursuing further education in one of the following fields of horticulture: landscape design, environmental studies, conservation, forestry, botany or city planning. The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, April 14. For further information or to request an application, contact your high school guidance counselor or Marilyn Seidler, at 978-356-0224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Nature Preschool is hosting an open house session on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary, 346 Grapevine Road in Wenham. Parents will be able to tour the facility and meet with preschool director Karen First. Ipswich River Nature Preschool offers a nature-based, emergent curriculum promoting language, math and social development for ages 3 to 5. Two-, three- and five-day enrollment options are available from 9 a.m. to noon. Early morning drop-off at 8 a.m. and “lunch bunch” until 1 p.m. are also available. For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/ipswichpreschool, or contact First at email@example.com or 978-237-0108.
Danielle Miraglia and The Peter Parcek 3 will perform at the Me&Thee Coffeehouse, 28 Mugford St. in Marblehead, on Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Miraglia, a resident of Revere, is a guitarist who specializes in blues and roots-rock, similar to the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. The Peter Parcek 3 from Connecticut play traditional blues and cite Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and B.B. King as influences. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Call 781-631-8987 or visit www.meandthee.org for more information.
Ipswich High School will present “Almost, Maine,” a play by John Cariani, on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m. The play centers around the residents of Almost, Maine as they strangely begin to fall in and out of love with one another. Performances will be held at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St. in Ipswich. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. For more information, call 978-356-3137 or visit www.ipsk12.net/pages/ipswich.
The Marblehead Little Theatre announces its upcoming production of “The Miracle Worker.” The play follows Helen Keller, a deaf and blind woman, and her teacher and companion Annie Sullivan. The production will run through Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School St., Marblehead. Visit www.mltlive.org for show times and more information. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students at matinee performances only. Purchase online or at The Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St. in Marblehead.
Thai Forest monk and meditation master, Achan Da Nilpant, will offer a public talk on Mahasati insight meditation on Friday, Feb. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Mindfulness and Insight Meditation, 72 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Mahasati meditation focuses on cultivating mindfulness through focused awareness of body movements. Those who attend the discussion are welcome to a one-day meditation retreat on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required at www.cfmim.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 978-515-7648.
The First Church Congregational in Boxford will host a Valentine’s Day celebration during their Wednesday Night Dinners series on Feb. 10 at 6:15 p.m. Ham and scalloped potatoes will be served. First Church Congregational is located at 4 Georgetown Road. Admission is $10 per plate; families pay no more than $20. For more information, visit www.firstchurchboxford.org.
Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival will be held from Friday, Feb. 5, through Sunday, Feb. 7. The festival begins with a chocolate and wine tasting on Friday, Feb. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, 227 Essex St. Tickets are available at 978-744-0004, www.salemmainstreets.org/festivals/salem-so-sweet, or the Salem Chamber of Commerce, 265 Essex St. Ice sculptures will be on view downtown beginning Saturday, Feb. 6. The Salem Trolley will offer trolley rides around the festival route , and a small skating rink will be available at the Museum Place Mall fountain on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Hot chocolate will be served. For more information, visit www.salemmainstreets.org.
The North Shore improv-comedy troupe “Accidentally on Purpose” will perform two Valentine’s Day-themed shows on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 and 9 p.m. The 7 p.m. show is family friendly, while the 9 p.m. show is for mature audiences. Audience participation will be requested at certain points during the show. Both performances will be held at the Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School St. in Marblehead. Tickets are $15 and available at Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St. in Marblehead, or www.mltive.com.
The North Shore Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St., Peabody. During the meeting, members will be writing to their congressional representatives, signalling their interest in current proposals to protect federal retiree benefits. A business meeting will follow with raffles and refreshments. For questions, contact Mike Evers at email@example.com or 978-922-6932.
The Essex National Heritage Commission announces matching grants for local heritage projects in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The grants aim to help municipalities and qualified nonprofit organizations whose projects preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage area. Applicants have until Monday, Feb. 15 to apply for grants in either education, interpretation and preservation. Further information, including application materials and guidelines, can be found at www.essexheritage.org/grants.
Endicott College will present the solo art exhibition “INSCAPES” by Barbara Burgess Maierin at the Spencer Presentation Gallery, Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Maierin, a professor of fine arts at Endicott, will display her paintings and prints. The exhibition will be on view from Monday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, May 21. A reception, presentation and artist meet-and-greet will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m.; and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Shore Community College will host Kids to College and North Shore Academy programs beginning Saturday, Feb. 13. Kids to College courses are for children in kindergarten through grade three, while North Shore Academy courses are for grades four through eight. Classes will be held at the Danvers campus, 1 Ferncroft Road, except for culinary arts classes which will be held at the Middleton campus, 30 Log Bridge Road. Early registration is recommended by calling 978-236-1200. For more information and a full list of available courses, visit www.community.northshore.edu/ktc.
Salem State University will present “A Small Death in a Big Country,” a new play by William Cunningham, at the Callan Studio Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. in Salem. The play tells the story of three generations of the Barry family, faced with difficult decisions around aging parents and challenging transitions in each of their lives. Showtimes are Thursday, Feb. 25 through Saturday, Feb. 27 and Thursday, Mar. 2 through Saturday, Mar. 5 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 28 and Mar. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 non-SSU students. Purchase at www.salemstatetickets.com or 978-542-6365.
The Danvers Cultural Council will host a reception in honor of its 2016 grant award recipients at the Gordon Room at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, on Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Sen. Joan Lovely and Rep. Ted Speliotis will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be available. The event is free and open to all residents of Danvers. For more information, visit www.massculturalcouncil.org.
Local artisans Barbara Malek and Susan Walsh will be showing their quilts at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St. in Danvers through Sunday, Mar. 27. Both artisans are members of Nimble Thimblers Quilt Guild in Reading. The exhibit may be seen before and immediately after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, or by appointment by calling 978-774-7582. For more information, visit www.nsuu.org.
LEAP for Education and Salem Academy Charter School will assist students and parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salem Academy Charter School, 45 Congress St. in Salem. Every student attending college during the 2016-2017 academic year needs to complete the FAFSA to apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid. All FAFSA forms will be filled out online with assistance from volunteers. The service is free and open to the public. Register at www.fafsaday.org. For more information, call 877-424-7627 or email email@example.com.
Middleton Public Schools will hold registration for kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year at the Fuller Meadow School from Monday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information has been mailed to households of eligible Middleton children born between Sept. 1, 2010 and Sept. 1, 2011. Those without the necessary information are asked to call Fuller Meadow School at 978-750-4756.
“Lettice and Lovage,” an interactive play about a tour guide in an historic house, will be performed at the Crane Estate on Castle Hill in Ipswich on Fridays and Saturdays, March 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, March 13 and 20 at 6 p.m. The unique production, originally written actress Maggie Smith, requires the audience to enter and leave specific rooms from scene to scene. The Crane Estate is located at 290 Argilla Road. Tickets are $20 for Trustees of Reservations members and $30 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required at www.thetrustees.org/lettuceandlovage. For more information, contact Pilar Garro at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-356-4351, ext. 4050.
The Marblehead Little Theatre will present two Valentine’s Day-themed cabaret performances on Saturday, Feb. 13. “Once Upon A Time Cabaret,” the first show held at 2 p.m., is a family-friendly salute to the “Happiest Place On Earth.” “So This Is Love…?” the second show held at 7:30 p.m., features classic songs of romance. Marblehead Little Theatre is located at 12 School St. in Marblehead. Tickets are $10 for the 2 p.m. performance and $15 for the 7:30 p.m. performance. Purchase at Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St. in Marblehead, or www.mltive.com.
The Follen Angels band will return to the Marblehead Little Theatre with “More Songs of Sinatra” on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The jazz group will cover songs by the late Frank Sinatra in honor of his 100th birthday. Marblehead Little Theatre is located at 12 School St. in Marblehead. Tickets are $30 for general admission and are sold at the door. The first 100 tickets sold over the phone at 1-800-418-7771 are $26. Tickets purchased at Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St. in Marblehead, are $27. For more information, call 781-631-9697 or visit www.mltlive.com.
“Comedy at The Cabot,” a stand-up comedy showcase, returns to 286 Cabot St. in Beverly on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. Dan Boulger, Betty Crocker Award-winner Dave Decker, actor Ira Proctor, and radio personality and actor Chris Zito will perform. Beer, champagne and wine are available on show nights. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $22 for general admission. Purchase them at the box office, www.thecabot.org, 978-927-3100.
Political comedian Jimmy Tingle will make an appearance at the Ipswich Democratic Town Committee’s Annual Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ipswich VFW, 110 County Road. Tingle, a resident of Cambridge, has appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien and NPR. The committee will also honor the Ipswich Birth to Three Family Center with its Community Service Award. Invited speakers include surrogates for Sen. Hillary Clinton, Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders. A gourmet breakfast will be catered by The Wooden Spoon. Tickets are $30 per person and $50 for sponsors. Purchase online at www.secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ipswich2016 or call Sherry Hurley at 978-500-0694.
Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Salem Fire Chief David Cody have announced the “Adopt a Hydrant” campaign. Sign up online at www.mapsonline.net/salemma/hydrant.html. Red hydrants are available for adoption and green hydrants have been adopted. Volunteers are asked to keep their adopted fire hydrant clear of snow in case of fire emergencies.
The Marblehead Arts Association has announced its upcoming winter solo exhibits being held from Saturday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Mar. 13 at 8 Hooper St. in Marblehead. The exhibitions are: “Other Voices, Other Rooms” by Eleanor Fisher; “Living the Landscape” by Maria Sagris Herrey; “A Change of Mood: New England Landscapes” by Dick Paik; “De la Condition Humaine (Of the Human Condition)” by Pascale Queval; and “From Sea to Land” by Karen Tusinski. A mixed-media exhibit from the National Art Honor Society of Marblehead High School will also be on view. Each artist will host a program discussing their work. Visit www.marbleheadarts.org/programs-and-events/events for the complete schedule. A free opening reception for the exhibits will be held on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.marbleheadarts.org call 781-631-2608.
The Beverly Democratic City Committee will meet at the Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, 24 Vine St., Beverly, on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Members will discuss the upcoming caucus to elect delegates and alternates to the 2016 Massachusetts State Convention. Democrats registered no later than Jan. 31, 2016 may participate in the caucus, which will be held at the Barnet Gallery, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly, on Saturday, Mar. 12 at 10 a.m. The library is handicap-accessible. For more information, contact Chairman Duane Anderson at email@example.com or 978-922-2368, or visit www.bevdems.org.
Weddings at the Topsfield Fair has announced the Fairest of Them All Wedding Expo on Sunday, Mar. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. at Coolidge Hall, Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St. in Topsfield. Brides, grooms and their loved ones are invited to view wedding vendors, enter raffles and enjoy complementary food and drink. The event costs $5 per bride at the door. Pre-register online at www.topsfieldfairweddings.com for free admission. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Kate O’Brien at 978-887-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2016 preschool placement lottery for Salem Public Schools is underway. Residents with children between the ages of 3 and 4 are eligible to enroll in the preschool program at the Salem Early Childhood Center. Students must be three years of age before Sept. 1, 2016 in order to enter the lottery. Financial assistance may be available for those with proven need. The lottery process is open to all. For those who have not completed the city census and are interested in a preschool placement, call 978-740-1181.
Salem Public Schools will be offering a developmental screening to locate, identify and refer for special education evaluation, any 3- to 5-year-olds living in Salem who may have disabilities. To schedule an appointment, call 978-740-1181. Screenings will take place at the Salem Early Childhood Center, Bentley School, 25 Memorial Drive.
Rep. Bradford Hill and Sen. Bruce Tarr, in conjunction with the Hamilton Board of Selectmen, will host an informational forum to discuss Chapter 40B on Monday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Chapter 40B is the state statute that creates affordable housing by allowing developers to override zoning in municipalities with 10 percent or less affordable housing stock. Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development will offer a presentation on Chapter 40B and its guidelines and regulations and be available to answer any and all questions from the public.
The Beverly Northshoremen Chorus are offering “singing valentines” on Friday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. In addition to singing two love songs, the quartets will also present the recipient with a long stemmed rose, a lovely card and a photo of the event. The “singing valentines” campaign is a major fundraiser for the nonprofit singing group. For more information on ordering, contact Charlie Coogan at 978-774-7177 or 866-727-4988 or email email@example.com.
Applications for the George and Rachel Shaw Scholarship, administered by the Peabody Historical Society and funded by Sylvia and Ralph Marble, are available at society headquarters, 35 Washington St. in Peabody, or by mail. The scholarship is $2,500. To be eligible, a student must be a resident of Peabody completing his or her sophomore year in college or beyond, and a full-time college student carrying at least twelve credits per semester. Submission deadline is Friday, April 1. For an application, call the Historical Society at 978-531-0805.
Applications for the Andrew Metropolis Scholarship, offered by the Peabody Historical Society and Museum, are available at society headquarters, 35 Washington St. in Peabody, by mail or at www.peabodyhistorical.org/news. The scholarship is $2,500. To be eligible, a student must be a resident of Peabody, be a graduating member of the 2016 senior class of Peabody Veterans Memorial High School and committed to pursuing a degree in history, museum studies, historic preservation or political science. Submission deadline is Friday, April 1. For more information, call 978-531-0805.
The Boston Bruins PJ Drive will be held from Monday, Feb. 1, through Tuesday, March 15. The drive hopes to collect 6,750 pyjamas all over Massachusetts and raise $9,000 for homeless and impoverished children. New children’s pajamas in sizes 4/5T to 18/20 and monetary donations in the amount of $10 can be dropped off at all Peabody Institute Library locations: Main Library, 82 Main St., 978-531-0100; South Branch, 72 Lynn St., 978-531-3380; and West Branch, 603 Lowell St., 978-535-3354. Any checks should be made payable to “Cradles to Crayons.”
Students within 50 miles of the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers and Northshore Mall in Peabody are eligible for a Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school. The application period ends on Tuesday, March 1. Apply online at www.syf.org/scholarships.
The Peabody Institute Library has announced its technology class calendar for February. A computer lab for beginners, led by Senior Reference Librarian Michael Wick, will be held Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. “Introduction to the Internet” and “Downloading Free Magazines, eBooks or Audiobooks” are available by appointment at 978-531-0100, ext. 33. “Microsoft PowerPoint 2013: The Basics” will be held Tuesdays, Feb. 2, and 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. “Photos for iPad and iPhone” will be held Monday, Feb. 1, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. “Email for iPad and iPhone” will be held Monday, Feb. 8, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The Peabody Institute Library is located at 82 Main St. in Peabody. To register for any class, visit www.peabodylibrary.org or call 978-531-0100.
The Christian Women’s Connection January Brunch will be held Monday, Feb. 8, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. at the Lighthouse Point Room, Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliot St., Danvers. Guest speaker Jean Steber will be the speaker, and Laura Malone will lead a Valentine craft project. Admission is $15 per person for the all-inclusive brunch. Register by Saturday, Feb. 6, by calling Jan at 978-303-7873.
St. Richard’s Parish of Danvers will hold its annual Pasta Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 90 Forest St. The dinner will include pasta, meatballs, salad and dessert. Music, raffles and a cash bar will also be featured. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family. Purchase them at the door or at the back of the church following any weekend Mass. For more information, call 978-774-7575 or visit www.stricharddanvers.org.
The Danvers High School Class of 1976 will be celebrating its 40th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Polish Club, 12 Cheever St. in Danvers. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 per person. Checks can be made out to “DHS Class of 1976” and mailed to Dave Bevan, 14 Riverview Ave. Danvers, MA, 01923. For more information, contact Bevan at 617-438-8386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Me&Thee Coffeehouse presents Debra Cowan and the Vox Hunters on Friday, Feb. 26. Cowan, a traditional ballad singer, will conduct sing-alongs in the style of old-fashioned pub sings. Audience participation is encouraged. She will be joined by The Vox Hunters, featuring Arman Aromin on violin and Benedict Gagliardi on concertina. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St. in Marblehead. Tickets are $18 in advance and $21 at the door. Student tickets are $10. Purchase at Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St. in Marblehead, Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St. in Marblehead, or online at www.meandthee.org.
Bertram House of Swampscott will host a monthly Caregiver Support Group to provide support, resources and information to anyone caring for a loved one with dementia. The next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 18, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Bertram House library, 565 Humphrey St., Swampscott. The group is free; RSVPs are requested at 781-595-1991.
“Art Grows Here,” a map-guided tour of free outdoor art installations and performances in Hamilton and Wenham, is accepting designs for their poster. Submissions should highlight art in the environment. The winning design will hbe featured on posters, social media outlets, press and websites. Posters should be designed to read well on 8.5 x 11 inch paper; digital designs should have a resolution of 300 DPI. Incorporate the title of the event and leave space for the dates, website, AGH logo and sponsor logo. Send designs to email@example.com or 58 Rust St., Hamilton, MA 01936 by Wednesday, March 9. The art show will be held in July. Visit www.artgrowshere.com for more information.
The Danvers Rail Trail Committee will hold a winter “chocolate walk” on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. Meet at the Putnamville Park off Wenham Street in Danvers. Rail Trail Committee member Charles Lincicum will lead the 3.5-mile round-trip forest walk to Route 97 in Wenham. Walkers are welcome to share pieces of their favorite chocolate. Come prepared with proper footwear and outerwear. Visit www.danversrailtrail.org for more information.
The winner of the 2016 Marblehead Festival of Arts Logo Contest is Alicia Hart. Her work will be used to advertise the festival. MFoA will be held from Saturday, July 2 through Tuesday, July 5. For more information, call 781-639-ARTS or visit www.MarbleheadFestival.org.