Here's What's Happening

Beverly Bootstraps Best Chef
Date: March, 2nd, 2015
Location: Danversport Yacht Club
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps

Join Beverly Bootstraps for an evening of dueling chefs featuring four of your favorite restaurants on the North Shore.  In addition to the dueling chefs, your favorite local restaurants will be offering a Taste of the North Shore. Guests may sample specialties from the menus of twenty local restaurants. A cash bar, raffle, and live auction will round out the evening. Be sure to purchase your raffle tickets online, and you don't need to be present to win! For more information visit

Free Class on eBooks and eReaders
Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library

Haverhill Public Library is offering a free class on eBooks and eReaders on Monday, March 2nd, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Learn how to use Nooks, Kindles, iPads and more to read free eBooks from the library. Classes are limited to 8 people. Registration will open on February 16th at 9:00 am. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.

Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The Hampton Area Chamber F Commerce is hosting it's annual Dinner and Awards Presentation on Thursday, March 5th at Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, 1 Lafayette Road, Hampton. This event will feature cocktail hour starting at 6:00 p.m., delicious hors d'oeuvres, chance to win a 7-day cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn and many more. For tickets or more information

On the Funny Side of Life: Christine Lavin and Don White
Date: Saturday, March 7th, 2015
Location: UU Church, 326 Main St. Wakefield

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse invites you to leave your worries at the doorstep and join Christine Lavin and Don White as they present a night of comedy unlike any other with their presentation of The Funny Side of the Street: A Night of Brighter Laughter on Saturday, March 7th at Unitairan Universalist Church, 326 Main St, Wakefield. For more information visit

Indoor Rummage & Yard Sale
Date: Saturday, March 7th, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial United Methodist Church,
2 Dane St, Beverly

Indoor Rummage and Yard Sale will be on Saturday, March 7th at Memorial United Methodist Church, 2 Dane St in Beverly. This event will feature and accept crafts, games, books, and white elephant items.To donate or more information contact Memorial United Methodist Church at 978-927-1066

Gloucester Docksiders Jazz Band & Wine Tasting 
Date: Saturday, March 7th, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Gloucester House, 63 Roger St, Gloucester

Docksiders, the Gloucester High School jazz stage band, will be having their 9th annual concert and wine tasting on Saturday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. This event will take place at the Gloucester House located on 63 Roger St, in Gloucester.  In addition to the concert and wine tasting their will be a gift basket auction.  Proceeds to benefit the Docksiders and GHS music program.

Poets in the Round
Date: Saturday, March 7th, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Poets in the Round on Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. This program will take place in the special exhibition gallery featuring Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin, and is free for members, Montserrat College of Art students or with Museum admission. Space is limited, first come first served. For more information call (978) 283-0455 x10 or email

After Party Warm Up
Date: Saturday, March 7th, 12:00 p.m.
Location: Dane St Beach, Beverly

Charity Waters will be hosting an In the Water After Party Warm Up on Saturday, March 7th, at 12:00 p.m. Get the word out to help raise support to take the plunge or support the plunge. For more information contact Dan at

Stoneham Restaurant Week
Date: March 8 - 14, 2015
Location: TBA
Organization: Stoneham Food Pantry and Chamber Scholarships

The Stoneham Chambers of Commerce is holding it's first Restaurant week starting March 8th through Saturday, the 14th. This event will offer local restaurants an opportunity to showcase their menus, introduce new culinary items and much more! To see the list of restaruants involved as well as location information visit

Crazy Cat Corner 
Date:Monday, March 9th- Sunday, 22nd
Location: Online
Organization: The Lowell Trap-Neuter-Return Coalition

We are hosting our 5th annual online auction through on Monday, March 9th through Sunday 22nd, to help raise money for our medical fund. Funds raised will help cover veterinarian expenses for surgeries, diagnostic tests and medications for the cats that come into our care. This event will be completely online and for more information visit

Irish Voices With Stephen Collins
Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St, Haverhill

Join us for a dramatic reading of classic Irish writers by acclaimed actor Stephen Collins on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m.. This one man show features readings of Yeats, Joyce, Heaney, McCourt, and other prominent Irish writers. This event is free to attend and no registration is required!

Digging Ipswich
Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ipswich Library, 25 North Main St, Ipswich

On Tuesday, March 10th, author and humor columnist Doug Brendel will share his exercpts from his book Digging Ipswich.This event will take place at the Ipswich Library located at 25 North Main St, at 7:30 p.m.

At Your Service – The People Who Made Gracious Living Possible
Date: Tuesday, March, 10th, 6:30 p.m.
Location:Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 62 School St, Manchester, MA

The Manchester Historical Museum will be presenting their next lecture on Tuesday, March, 10th, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall (62 School Street, Manchester). The program will be "At Your Service – The People Who Made Gracious Living Possible" presented by Nancy Coffey from Beverly Farms. For the past several years Nancy has been researching the lives of North Shore servants through oral histories, photographs and archival research. For more information email

National Qualifying Speech and Debate Tournament
Date: Thursday, March 12th - 14th
Location: Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham

the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) will be holding a National Qualifying Speech and Debate Tournament at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. 

Free Weekend Movie
Date: Saturday, March 14th
Location: Haverhill Public Library

Join us for free recent films on screen. Check our Calendar of events for specific dates and titles.  This month we will be showing a movie on Saturday, March 14th. Showings are from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information visit or call 978-373-1586.

ST. Patrick's Day Dinner
Date: Saturday, March 14th, 5:00 p.m.
Location: 38 Gloucester Avenue, Gloucester MA

 First Baptist Church, is hosting it's annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner. The First Baptist Church in Gloucester, located at 38 Gloucester Avenue, will host its annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner on Saturday, March 14 beginning at 5pm. The doors will open at 4:30pm. Both smoked shoulder ham and corned beef will be offered along with all the trimmings. A selection of desserts and beverages are included. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 5 years old. We hope you'll come and join us for this long-standing Gloucester tradition! 

Matt and Shannon Heaton Celtic Concert
Date: Saturday, March 14th
Location: The Community House 284 Bay Rd Hamilton
Organization: Libby Concert Series

On Saturday, March 14 at  7:30pm, Matt and Shannon Heaton will take to The Community House stage playing Irish flute and guitar driven tunes and stirring songs derived from a reserve of mutual memories and experiences. For tickets and additional information visit

Divorce Matters for You! ─ What You Need to Know About Divorce 
Date: Saturday, March 14th
Location: The Barn, 10 Liberty Street, Danvers

The Divorce Center is holding it's annual Divorce Matters Event on Saturday, March 14th. Divorce Center is a non-profit organization of professionals from multiple disciplines providing support and education for people going through separation or divorce, is offering this half-day public education workshop which will cover the legal, financial, family and personal issues that are often encountered during the divorce process. For more information visit

Boston Blackthorne
Date: Saturday, March 14th, 7:20 p.m.
Location: First Universalist Church, 59 Main St, Essex

One World Coffeehouse presents New England folk and Irish band, Boston Blackthorne on Saturday, March 14th, at First Universalist Church located on 59 Main St in Essex. Doors open at 7:20 and you won't want to miss this!

Cat in Cradle Coffeehouse
Date: Saturday, March 14th, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cat in Cradle Coffehouse, Byfield 

Seth Wonkka and a Cold Lonesome Nowhere come to the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse on March 14 at 7:30 p.m.. There is a bit of country, some folk and pop, and a touch of rock to warm your soul on a cold winter's night. For more information visit

The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra 
Date: Sunday, March 15th
Location: Rogers Center, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St,
North Andover

The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to feature the Treble Chorus of New England (TCNE), led by Artistic Director, John Middleton-Cox on Sunday, March 15th. This event will take place at the Rogers Center located at Merrimack College in 315 Turnpike St, North Andover. For more information visit

Mass Audubon’s Maple Sugaring Festival 
Date: Sunday, March 15th, & 22nd and Saturday, 21st 
Location: Mass Audubon, 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon

Come enjoy and learn the process of making maple syrup as well as kid's crafts, sugaring quiz board, hot cocoa and lots more! This is Mass Audubon's 40th year of the Maple Sugaring Festival which will be on Sunday, March 15th, March 22nd and Saturday the 21st from 11:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. This event will be at Mass Audubon located on 293 Moose Hill Street in Sharon. For more information visit

Memory, Motivation and Procrastination with Richard Mullen
Comedy Night 
Date: Monday, March 16th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Location: Langleys Adams Library

Come to Memory, Motivation and Procrasination with Richard Mullen on Monday, March 16th, 6:00 p.m. through 7:45 p.m.This event will also offer interactive stress free opportunity to learn practical brain skills for those 50 and over. For more information email Diana Cummings at

Beverly Youth Hockey Association
Date: Saturday, March, 28th
Location: Giggles Comedy Club, Rte 1 South, Saugus
Organization: Beverly Youth Hockey Association

Come support the Beverly Youth Hockey Association's largest fundraiser event with Comedy Night on Saturday, March, 28th at Giggles Comedy Club located on Route 1 in Saugus. For more information visit

The Mugford Street Players Present Alphabetical Order​
Date: April 2th through 19th
Location: Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street, Marblehead
Organization: Mugford Street Players

Come enjoy the comedy "Alphabetical Order" with award winner comedic Michael Frayn  on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. starting April 2nd through 19th and Sundays at 5:00 p.m. For more information or tickets visit

Good Friday Walk Steps Off 
Date: Friday, April 3rd
Location: St. John's the Evangelist School, 552 Cabot St, Beverly

The Annual Good Friday Walk will take place on Friday, April 3rd at the St John's Evangelist School located on 552 Cabot St in Beverly. Walkers enjoy the camaraderie, views of the Beverly shoreline, great refreshments and the knowledge they are doing something to help their neighbors in need here on the North Shore. To sign up to walk or volunteer contact Alan Battistell at 978-927-5847.

Jazz Appreciation Day
Date: Saturday, April 4th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St, Salem

Come celebrate Jazz Appreciation Day on Tuesday, April 14th at Salem Five Community Room, located at 210 Essex St in Salem. This event will take place between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you enjoy Jazz music, you won't want to miss this! For more information contact

Paul Anka at North Shore Music Theatre
Date: Friday, April, 17th, 8:00 p.m.
Location: North Shore Musical Theatre, 62 Durham Road, Beverly

Come enjoy singer/songwriter, and actor Paul Anka on Friday, April 17th, at North Shore Music Theatre starting at 8:00 p.m. For more information visit

Haverhill Reads
Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St, Haverhill 

Haverhill Public Library will be hosting it's 11th annual Haverhill Reads event on Thursday, April 23rd, 7:00 p.m. We will be reading the book The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. Programming will take place in April and will tie into the book, making for a community wide reading experience.  For more information visit

Date: Friday, April, 24th, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Northeastern University, 430 Nahant Road, Nahant
Please join us for the annual Riser Lecture, an annual academic talk that honors the life and work of Dr. Nathan "Doc" Riser, first Director of the Marine Science Center (formerly the Marine Sciences Institute) on Friday, April 14th at 4:00 p.m.  This event will take place in the Bunker Classroom at the MSC. Light refreshments will be served half an hour before the start of the event.

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival

Date: Sunday, April 26th, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis, Beverly

Join us at the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival Spring Gala Fundraiser featuring Cape Ann Big Band and North Shore Jazz Band on Sunday, April 26th. This event will be located at Larcom Theatre on 13 Wallis St in Beverly. For more information visit

Royalty of Rock 'N Roll 
Date: Saturday, May, 9th, 8:00 p.m.
Location: North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Durham Road, Beverly

Come enjoy the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's with Royalty of Rock 'N Roll at North Shore Music Theatre. This event will be Saturday, May 9th starting at 8:00 p.m. You won't want to miss it!

Promise Walk for Preeclampsia
Date: Saturday, May, 23rd, 2015
Location: Riverside Park, Methuen 
Organization: Preeclampsia Foundation

Come join and support the Promise walk for Preeclampsia on Saturday, May, 23rd at Riverside Park located in Methuen. For more information visit

Against the Tide
Date: June 20th & August 15th
Location: DCR's Hopkinton State Park & Nickerson State Park

Against the Tide consists of a 1-mile recreational or competitive swim, 2-mile kayak, 3-mile fitness walk, and 5K or 10K run. You may participate in your choice of one or more of the recreational or competitive events in any combination. This family-friendly and inspirational statewide event brings people from all demographics and abilities together with one goal in mind: breast cancer prevention. The event will take place at DCR's Hopkinton State Park on June 20th in Hopkinton, MA and again at DCR's Nickerson State Park on August 15th in Brewster, MA.

50th Celebration of the Marblehead Festival of Arts
Date: Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 5, 2015.

The Marblehead Festival of Arts invites both aspiring and seasoned filmmakers to submit films for its 2015 Summer Short Film Festival. Film screening is an outdoor event held at Marblehead’s Crocker Park with an additional showing at Abbot Public Library. This year marks the 50th Celebration of the Marblehead Festival of Arts, which will be held Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 5, 2015. For more information visit

"Faithful For India Mission 2015"
Date: July 2015
Location: (India)
Organization: Lynfield Calvary Christian Church

For 16 days in July 2015 Calvary Christian Church will be leading a team of people on a mission’s trip to Kolkata, India. While in Kolkata, they will be working with Calcutta Mercy Ministries doing outreach and medical missions. Their website is and they will have the opportunity to assist in their feeding program that serves 25,000 children a day and their Red Light ministry that cares for the thousands of women and girls who have been sexually trafficked and are now trapped in a life of prostitution. they also will minister to the daily, medical and spiritual needs of the people of Kolkata. Donations are welcomed!

Gloucester Garden Tour 2015
Date: Saturday, July, 11th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: O'Malley Middle School, 32 Cherry St. Gloucester
Organization: Stacy Boulevard Perennial Gardens

Gloucester Garden Tour 2015 will be on Saturday, July, 11th, from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m at O'Malley Middle School located on 32 Cherry St, Gloucester. This is a walking tour of unique and fabulous properties in the charming village of Annisquam. Wander between small and large private properties, some professionally designed and others lovingly planted over many years by their owners. For tickets or more information please visit


Mass Audubon's Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery
Date: Ongoing through April 28th
Location: Moose Hill Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon

Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery is pleased to announce its new exhibit “Winter” nature’s most dramatic season providing endless visions, volatility and dimension as the mysteries of this season evolve. This insightful and imaginative juried body of work reveals the creative aspirations of four remarkable artists: Lawrence Brink, Mark Landman, Andrea Lovett and Fernando Martins.Please visit our website at or call 781-784-5691for details.

ssachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition's Let's Talk Prevention
Date: March 1st through March 21st
Location: 115 Lincoln St, Framingham 

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures educational outreach materials which empower discussions between health professionals and patients will be on exhibit at  115 Lincoln Street in Framingham, MA from March 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015. 

Bill of Lading: The Art and Poetry of Roger Martin
Date: Now through June 28th
Location: Cape Ann Museum

Roger Martin, founder of Monserrat College of Art, and well known poet will be featured in Cape Ann's Museum Now through June 28th 

Marblehead Little Theatre Presents Into the Woods
Date: March 6-15
Location: 12 School Street, Marblehead

Come join us for this beloved Stephen Sondheim piece. Set in a clock tower with steampunk flair, the adaptation of the well known classic is sure to stir up your emotions about parenting, relationships, wishes and wants. From the team that brought you Godspell (October 2013 WINNER of 8 Dash Awards including Best Production), come see some of the best local talent in the North Shore and Boston portray these beloved "fairy-tale" characters in a creative black box setting. Featuring an intimate orchestra led by Ben DiScipio, Direction and Choreography by Sarah Ernst, lighting and set design by Jim and Sarah Ernst and produced by Andrea Giangreco and Jim Ernst, this show is certain to bring you something outside of the usual "woods" box. Shows are: March 6,7,8 (Friday and Saturday 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 2pm) March 12, 13, 14, 15 (Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sat-Sun 2pm) Tickets are now on sale at 


Draw Me a Story: Tomie de Paloa and Friends
Date: Friday, March 6th - April 27th 2015

Explore the creative world of children’s literature in a display of original book illustrations in Wenham Museum’s annual children’s book illustrator exhibit, Draw Me a Story: Tomie and Friends, on display March 6 – April 27, 2015. Celebrate the art of the award-winning author/illustrator Tomie dePaola and five fellow guest children’s book illustrators Jesse Watson, Lisa Cinelli, Katia Wish, Elizabeth Wolff and Cyndy Szekeres Prozzo in a vibrant display of original works featured in this joyful exhibit.


Adult Scrabble
Dates: Meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at 10:30a.m. starting Fridays, March 13th and 27th.
Location: Langley-Adams Library

Starting Friday, March 13th, Adult Scrabble will meet every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at Langley-Adams Library located on 185 Main St, Groveland, MA

Knit-A-Bitters Group:

Meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. starting  March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th.

Clothing and Shoe Drive to Benefit Orphanages in Africa
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Global Orphan Foundation

A clothing and shoe drive to benefit orphanages in Africa is seeking Spring and Summer clothing for children ages 1-13. Shoes are especially needed! This is the perfect time of year to look through your childrens warm weather clothes for items they may have outgrown. Donations can be brought to Denyse Creesy at 17 Middlebury Lane in Beverly. 

Date: Ongoing
Location: Central & Eastern Massachusetts
Organization: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

Attention all cat owners! Get your cat fixed at the convenient and affordable Catmobile. Our low-cost surgical vans travel throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, and are coming to your town soon. Our low fees include include spay or neuter surgery plus a brief exam by our vet, nail trim and rabies vaccine. Make your appointment today by calling 978-465-1940 or visit us online at

Free Comedy Show
Date: Every Saturday night, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Splash Salisbury, 3 Broadway, Salisbury
Organization: Community Entertainment

Have a night of friends, music, and good and free jokes! Come to Splash Salisbury every Saturday night for a free comedy show, live music performances, and drink specials! Bring your own food! For questions, call 978-808-5166.

Volunteer Recruitment Ongoing Events!
Date: Ongoing
Location: All over the North Shore!
Organization: Children's Friends and Family Services

Children’s Friends and Family Services seeks volunteer mentors ages 21 and older to be matched with one youth mentee from the North Shore. Youth are between the ages of 5 and 18, and as a mentor you would meet every week for at least two hours to establish a one-to-one relationship that over a year’s time matures into a genuine, caring friendship. Our current program waitlist has 36 youth, there is a significant need! If you are interested or would like to know more, please visit or contact Samantha Alves at 978-219- 1528. 

Dyer Library/ Saco Museum Events
Date: Ongoing
Location: Dyer Library and Saco Museum, Saco, Maine
Organization: Dyer Library/ Saco Museum

Dyer Library and Saco Musuem have many events coming up throughout the summer. This includes exhibitions like At Home in the Victorian Era, displaying the 18th century Victorian obsession with the material world and extravagant clutter. Nature Artist, Royce W. Stevens will have artwork displayed at the Dyer Community Gallery for the entire month of July. Programs such as the Fizz, Boom, Read: Youth Summer Reading Program, Watercolor Classes with Judith Kinsman, as well as book clubs and crafting groups are open and ready for attendees! Sign up for your group or exhibit today! The Dyer Library is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, Museum hours and rates, and events, please visit

Freedom from Smoking - Quit Smoking for Life!
Date: Ongoing starting April 14th, 5:00 p.m.
Location: Kariotis Conference Room, 3 West, 41 Mall Road, Peabody

Take advantage of the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program and make the choice to give up tobacco. Peggy Ruso, CTT-M, tobacco treatment specialist, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, and other Freedom from Smoking certified instructors will review this step-by-step plan for tobacco treatment. Learn how to overcome your tobacco addiction so that you may start enjoying the benefits of better health! Enjoy a small group setting, fun, interactive learning environment and participant workbook and other informative materials. Please pre-register at or call the Quite-line (781-744-7848) for assistance or further information.

"Look Good... Feel Better" Program at Lahey Hospital and Lahey Medical Center
Date: Every Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington and Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Dr., Peabody

The American Cancer Society condicts the Look Good... Feel Better program for women undergoing cancer treatment. Guided by volunteer cosmetologist, female cancer patients who participate in this class will learn how to use make-up and skin care techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Women also learn ways to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories. Following the program, participants are provided a complimentary make-up kit. For class availibility or to register please call Deborah Smulian- Siegel, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, BC-DMT, at 781-744-7779.

Blood Cancer Support Group at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
Date: 3rd Monday of each month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Drive, Peabody
Organization: Lahey Medical Center

A free support group will be held in Conference Room A, second floor, North Wing (next to Orthopaedic Surgery) for blood cancer patients. Dinner will be served. For more information or to register, please contact Deborah Smulian-Siegel, MSW, LCSWMFT, BC-DMT, at 781-744-7779.

Date: Ongoing

An alarming number of pre-teens are already drinking alcohol.  Which makes it urgent to find every opportunity to talk to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking.  They really do hear you.  For tips on what to say, visit  That’s   Talk.  They Hear You.  A public service message from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and brought to you by DanversCARES.

Making a Commitment to Difficult to Place Orphans
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Bethany Christian Services

Many adoptable children are overlooked because of special needs and go through life without knowing the love of a forever family. Bethany Christian Services, a non- profit, global family preservation and child welfare agency, is launching the "These 400" initiative in 2014 to find loving homes for 400 special needs children. If you have room in your heart and home for one of these vulnerable children or you'd like more information, please visit

North Shore Postpartum Help
Date: Ongoing
Organization: North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force

The North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force is available to women experiencing postpartum stress, as well as the family members, friends and practitioners who support them. They are available for help, hope and connection. Visit their website at Those needing to talk to someone immediately may call the Parental Stress Hotline at: 1-800-632-8188. It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience. The initial scope of this Task Force is the North Shore United Way community, including the following towns: Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.

Spectrum Caregiver Support Groups
Date: 2nd Wednesday of every month, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 1820 Turnpike St, Suite 106, North Andover
Organization: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group (Free respite care upon request) 2nd Wednesday of every month, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Information & education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. Increased understanding through shared experiences. Mutual support from other caregivers. Light Refreshments will be provided. Free respite care on site upon request. 

Early Onset Social Group - North Andover
Date: 4th Wednesday of every month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: 1820 Turnpike St, Suite 106, North Andover
Organization: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program

Early Onset Social Group A comfortable and supportive environment for people and their loved ones to discuss the struggles and challenges of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease before the age of 65 4th Wednesday of Every Month, 5:30–7:00 pm A light dinner will be served. All ages are encouraged to attend. Free Respite care on site upon request. 

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group - Beverly
Date: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly
Location: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group – Beverly (Free respite care upon request) 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of every month, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Information & education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. Increased understanding through shared experiences. Mutual support from other caregivers. Light Refreshments will be provided. Free respite care on site upon request. 

Survivors of Breast Cancer: Wellness Group at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
Date: 1st Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Conference Room A, First Floor, Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Drive, Peabody

Are you a breast cancer survivor? The Survivors of Breast Cancer Wellness Group meets on the first Thursday of each month. There is no fee. For further information or to register, please contact Deborah Smulian- Siegel, MSW, LCSWMFT, BCDMT, 781-744-7779.

Suicide Survivor Support Group Meets in Beverly Farms
Date: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month

Safe Place, a peer-run suicide survivor support group is held for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The support group is sponsored by the Samaritans of Merrimack Valley of Lawrence, MA. Friends and family are welcome and invited to attend the free support group that meets at St. John's Episcopal Church, 705 Hal St, Beverly Farms on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. There is no fee. Pre-registration is not required. For further information, please call Debbie Helms at 978-327-6671.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
Date: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, North Andover

A free Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group is held at the Spectrum Adult Day Health Program in North Andover on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Free respite care is available upon request. Light refreshments are served. The support group provides information and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorder, increased understanding through shared experiences, mutual support from other caregivers.
To RSVP for respite care or with questions, please contact Gail McCarthy, LCSW at 978-921-5020 ext. 1138. 

Free Cognitive Screenings For Alzheimer's Disease
Date: Ongoing
Location: ActivMed Practices & Research, Methuen MA

Do you think you may have Alzheimer’s? Are your memory issues causing you some concern? Free Memory testing is now available for the public. ActivMed Practices & Research is offering free cognitive screenings for individuals suffering with memory problems. All testing is completed by trained medical staff and reviewed by a board certified physician. For more information please contact Alison or Rakesh at (978)-655-7155 or visit our website at

Healthy Streets Outreach Program
Date: Ongoing
Location: 100 Willow Street, 2nd Floor, Lynn

Healthy Streets Outreach Program, a program of Health Innovation, Inc.,
provides HIV, Hepatitis C testing, STI testing, Narcan and overdose prevention
training, referrals to substance use treatment and mental health
For further information, please call: 781-592-0243.
PAWS Wakefield
Date: Ongoing

Welcome a loving pet into your home today.  Serving communities North of Boston, the PAWS Wakefield foster network cares for orphaned cats and dogs until they find their forever families. Please consider saving a life by adopting locally. You can also help local animals-in-need by volunteering your time, becoming a foster parent, sponsoring a pet that needs long-term care, or donating funds or supplies to support the PAWS programs.
 Please help PAWS make a difference for people and pets in your community. Visit or call 781-246-6111 for more information. 

Family Promise North Shore
Date: Ongoing

Can You Volunteer A Couple of Hours to Help Homeless Families on the North Shore Get Back on Their Feet? Since May, Family Promise North Shore Boston has been putting up homeless families in houses of worship and assisting parents in finding jobs and sustainable housing. They need volunteers, ages 18 and up, at the Day Center in Beverly on Sundays, evenings and overnights at various houses of worship on the North Shore every day.  A shift is usually just two hours; and you don’t need to be affiliated with a congregation to volunteer!
For more information please call 978-922-0787

Bay State Textiles Recycling Rebate Program
Date: Ongoing
Location: Wakefield, Melrose, Beverly Public Schools
Organization: Wakefield, Melrose, and Beverly PTO’s, Bay State Textiles

Bay State Textiles has partnered with PTO’s in North Shore communities (along with others) in an effort to promote recycling. A collection box is placed outside each public school in the district and the PTO’s generate a $100 rebate based on the tonnage of collection that is deposited into the box. Many items ranging from footwear to linen are accepted as long as they are clean and dry. To find out more information on recycling locations or the program, visit the Bay State Textiles Facebook page.
Next Step Forward Support Group
Date: Every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: 556 Cabot Street, Beverly
Organization: Renewed Hope Project

The Next Step Forward (a part of Renewed Hope Project) is a free interactive & educational support group for families, friends, and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics. This group meets every week on Thursday evenings at the Beverly Church of the Nazarene. Those who run the group are focused on giving you the information needed to make your own decisions on where you are in your crisis at the time. The meetings are free and you will find many peers, learning to deal with similar issues related to a loved ones addiction.
For more information, please call 978-522-4310 or
Go Green
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Change is Simple

Is your business interested in implementing environmentally friendly practices, and supporting your community? If so, consider having Change is Simple "green" your next event or fundraiser. Change is Simple is a nonprofit that teaches environmental education in schools.
Change is Simple will partner with your organization to reduce the total waste, using creative and practical methods such as a single stream recycling and using compostable utensils. We will manage all the waste generated from your event, and lessen your impact on the environment. "Greening" your event will not only draw responsible consumers, it also will support environmental education in your local community. Promote your company's environmental mission with the help of Change is Simple.
For more information or to contact us, go to

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