Ipswich yard sweep

On Saturday, Nov. 20, grab your rakes and trash bags and head over to the historical Heard and Whipple Houses, 53 S. Main St, Ipswich. From 9 a.m. to noon, you can help leave no leaf unturned in the big, end of autumn yard cleanup. It’s great exercise and it’s greatly appreciated. Questions? Call 978-356-2811.

‘Christmas in Salem’ tours

Historic Salem, Inc’s beloved ‘Christmas in Salem’ house tour tickets are now available online at www.christmasinsalem.org. Experience holiday decorated homes, with music and a return of fresh wreath-making by the Salem Garden Club. The tour — “A Return to Tradition” — features eight homes — an historic and architectural mix of what makes Salem merry at the holidays, Dec. 4-5; the Salem Garden Club workshop/sales room will be at First Church, 316 Essex St. Virtual Christmas in Salem tours are $35, online at www.christmasinsalem.org. All proceeds support Salem historic preservation in Salem. For more information, visit: https://www.salemgardenclub.com/christmas-boutique Friends of Beverly Animals calendar

Just in time for holiday gift giving, the Friends of Beverly Animals 2022 calendar is now on sale at the Beverly locations listed below. Get yours today. Call for store hours. Payment for calendars must be either by cash or check. Proceeds help to cover veterinarian costs, care and supplies for the local homeless that the Friends rescue. Book Shop of Beverly Farms, 40 West St., 978-927-2122; Copper Dog Books, 272 Cabot St., 978-969-3460; DogSpa, 45 Enon St., 978-922-9227; Sally’s (beauty salon), 132 Enon St., 978-969-3834; at the First Baptist Church Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit: friendsofbeverlyanimals.org, call 978-927-4157, or email: fobacalendar@gmail.com.

Homeless kitties Thanksgiving food drive

On Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday Nov. 21, the Marblehead Animal Shelter is holding a food drive for homeless kittens and cats. Desired donations are: pate style wet food for kittens, meat flavored baby food and dry food for kittens, wet and dry food for adult cats. Drop-off locations are: Marblehead Animal Shelter, 44 Village St., PETCP, 419 Paradise Road, Swampscott, Stop & Shop, 450 Paradise Rd., Swampscott, and Stop & Shop, 224 Elliott St, Beverly

Piano recital at Saint Mary Star of the Sea

The Beverly Catholic Collaborative will host a piano recital with organist Leo Abbott on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. at Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church on Cabot Street. Abbott is Organist and Music Director Emeritus of Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston. His program will include works of Franck, Saint Saens, Peeters, Jongen and Langlais. All of this music is uniquely suited to the church’s Hook and Hastings organ. The recital is part of the church’s 150th anniversary celebration. All are welcome to attend. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

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