Carolyn O'Connor Scholarship
Date: Deadline to apply is September 30th
Organization: Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
The Businesswomen’s Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for the 2016 Carolyn O’Connor Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a local woman looking to get back into the work force. The nomination deadline is September 30, 2016. To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must have graduated from high school or earned a GED. In addition, she must have been out of the work force for some time and/or is looking to make a career change, and seeking education or training to further her career. If an applicant would like help filling out the application, coaching from a committee member is available- call Kerry at the Chamber for details. For further information or to get an application please contact Kerry McKenna at Kerry@capeannchamber.com or call the Chamber office (978-283-1601). You can also download the application online here.
First Annual Jeeps 'N' Cars for Cause
Date: Saturday, October 1, 12 - 2 p.m.
Location: Breakaway Restaurant, 221 Newbury St., Danvers
Organization: New England Concerns for Police Survivors (NE COPS)
Help support the families of fallen law enforcement at the first annual Jeeps 'N' Cars for Cause event on Saturday, October 1 from noon to 2 p.m. Breakaway Restaurant in Danvers will host and provide food and fun for the whole family. View hundreds of classic/exotic and modified vehicles & motorcycles while listening to music and participating in raffles. All proceeds go to NE COPS (New England Concerns for Police Survivors), visit www.newenglandcops.org to learn more. Admission is $5 per person and children 10 and under are free.
Fall Frolic 5K & Fun Run
Date: Sunday, October 2nd, 9:30 a.m.
Location: Lynch Park, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Elementary Schools
Join in the fun for the Seventh Annual Fall Frolic 5K & Fun Run event set for Sunday, October 2nd. Part of the 2016 NERC road race series, this 5K race begins at 9:30 and will travel the traditional Beverly Homecoming route beginning and ending at Lynch Park, 55 Ober Street. The half-mile Kids Fun Run begins at 9 am and is open to all kids grade 5 and younger. Entry fees for the 5K before Sept. 20th are $20 (K-5th grade students are $15) and Family cap (4 max applications) is $60. After Sept. 21st fees are $25 for all individuals and family cap (4 max applications) increases to $80. $2 for the Fun Run. Not a runner? No problem – Come walk the route with a friend or push a stroller and have fun supporting Beverly Public Elementary Schools. (no dogs please) Register on-line at www.fallfrolic5K.com and visit the site for more information. Don’t delay - register today!
Hike for Hope
Date: Sunday, October 2, Registration at 11:30 a.m., Walk at 1 p.m.
Location: Andover Town Park, Bartlet St., Andover
Organization: Lazarus House
Lazarus House invites you to help raise awareness and funds this Sunday, October 2, 2016! Gather family, friends, co-workers, your club, groups or organization and anyone else who would like to "Fight Poverty One Step at a Time." The walk includes a 3-mile loop around the picturesque town of Andover. Throughout the day participants enjoy music, entertainment and a barbecue cookout at the end. This walk raises much needed funds for the people who are served by Lazarus House. Funds raised from your participation will provide food, shelter, clothing, advocacy, education, work preparation, a listening ear, a welcoming heart and the restoration of dignity and self respect to those who are poor and in dire need. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 1:00 p.m. Link to website for more info and to register: http://www.lazarushouse.org/hike-for-hope
Battle For the Airfield Re-Enactment
Date: Saturday, October 8th at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday, October 9th at 4:30 p.m.
Location: 137 Barton Road, Stow
Organization: Collings Foundation
Join the Collings Foundation in Stow MA for an exciting WWII reenactment, featuring authentic weaponry, machinery, and equipment from the war. Actors are set up in life-like camps, and will provide a wealth of information about life as a soldier. Also featured will be a Veterans Round Table discussion about survival in WWII, open to veterans of all ranks from the war. Tickets will be $10 for children and $20 for Adults. For more information, visit www.collingsfoundation.org.
21st Annual Chowderfest
Date: Saturday, October 15th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Ipswich High School/Middle School, 130 High Street, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Lions Club
Members of the Ipswich Lions Club will take to the Ipswich Middle/High School to raise funds as part of the 21st Annual Chowderfest! Tasting starts at 12:00 Noon. Restaurants from Ipswich and surrounding communities will serve their best chowder, vying to take home the honor of “Best Chowder” by both Judges’ and People’s Choice awards. $10 per person/$30 for families; children 8 and younger free! Over 35 local crafters and vendors, live music, children’s activities and raffles! For more information, email IpswichLionsSecretary@hotmail.com.
6th Annual Working to Heal Breakfast
Date: Thursday, October 20th, 7:30 a.m.
Location: Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers
Organization: HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change)
Please join business leaders, politicians and community members for our 6th Annual Working to Heal Breakfast in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year’s breakfast will honor Stephen J. Feron, former HAWC Board President, 2011-2013, and managing partner for Johnson O’Connor Feron & Carucci LLP. Learn about HAWC’s year, hear from a client speaker, and participate in their Fund-a-Need Auction! Learn more at hawcdv.org/breakfast.
The Beatles Revival
Date: Friday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m.
Location: 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington
Organization: The Aleppo Shrine Center
The Beatles tribute band, Studio Two is ready to rock and continue their tour in celebration of the Beatles coming to America. By recreating the Fab Four’s music, appearance, instruments, and onstage banter, Studio Two performs your most favorite hits that will bring you to the dance floor. Food is available along with a cash bar. Reservations are required; no tickets will be sold at the door. VIP seating is $35 (limited) and General Admission is $25. Tables of 10 are available for both. For more info contact: Sheila by email SBisset@AleppoShriners.com.
Halloween Ball Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, October 22nd from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Masonic Temple, 31 Green Street, Newburyport
Organization: Newburyport Guide
Newburyport Guide and Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley are pleased to present this event for all the witches and ghouls! This Halloween Ball will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley. The Boys and Girls Club provide social, educational, health, leadership, and character development for boys and girls during critical periods of their growth. There will be delicious refreshments from local businesses as well as raffles and silent auctions. There will also be tarot card readings for $20 a reading. Ticket cost for children 10 – 15 is $15, adults $20, and children 9 and under get in for free! Tickets can be purchased online at: NewburyportGuide.com or at bgclmv.org. Tickets will also be available at the door. Make sure to be in costume, because best costumes will be rewarded with King and Queen of the Ball!
Empty Bowl Dinner
Date: Thursday, November 3rd from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Hellenic Center, 117 County Road, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Lions Club
Join us for an evening of food and hospitality. The meal is simple—soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this community event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that “somewhere - someone’s bowl is empty” Tickets available at the door, costing $15 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Empty Bowl events are held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger-relief programs. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ipswich Open Door Food Pantry If you would like to make/donate bowls for this event, or to make a cash donation, please contact Ipswich Lions Club at: IpswichLionsSecretary@hotmail.com, or call 617-921-0595.
MONTH LONG EVENTS:
Flag Football League for Cape Anne Children Ages 4-14
Date: Fall 2016
Location: O’Maley Middle School, Gloucester
Organization: Gloucester Nor’Easters
We all know fall means football, and if you have a child who loves the sport, then this could be perfect for them! North Shore Flag Football offers recreational and competitive flag football for boys and girls in many towns and cities. The NSFFL runs three seasons a year: spring (April-June), fall (September-November), and winter (January-March). Register online at, northshoreflagfootball.com, or contact Gloucester@northshoreflagfootball.com for more information.
Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute of Salem University Fall Classes
Date: September – December
Location: 10 Federal Street, Salem
Organization: Explorers LLI
Registration is in progress for fall classes at Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute of Salem State University, 10 Federal Street, Salem. Explorers is a member-directed learning group for North Shore seniors, ages 50 and above. Members can select up to five courses from more than 50 offerings. Topics include art, history, music, computer use, social media, foreign languages, literature, current events, religion, health and personal growth, the environment, wine tasting, and photography. A catalog, membership application and registration form are available at www.explorerslli.org or by calling 978-744-0804.
Dick William Picnic Bench Fundraiser
Please join us in raising money for a picnic bench and plaque in Dick William’ honor, of Dick and June’s Ice cream. The employees of Dick and June’s ice cream have started a go fund me page to help raise money in Dick William’s honor. For more information please visit, https://www.gofundme.com/2dvarcp4
Late Hours at Beverly Bootstraps
Date: Mondays and Thursdays
Location: 198 Rantoul Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps
With the goal of making the store more available than ever, Beverly Bootstraps will be staying open until 7:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Feel free to come to the thrift shop to look around, where the stock arrives daily, so you never know what gem you might find! Purchases and donations directly support the programs and services of Beverly Bootstraps.
Foster Parenting: The Home for Little Wonderers
Organization: Home for Little Wanderers
The Home for Little Wanderers is looking for caring individuals and families who want to make a difference in the life of a child. Do you have space in your home and in your heart for one of the many children in this state who cannot live at home because of abuse or neglect? Please consider becoming a foster parent. The Home for Little Wanderers offers--specialized training, a competitive stipend, paid vacation, 24-Hour support and more. The Home serves children with some emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges. If you are interested to learn more, call The Home at 888.466.3321 or visit www.thehome.org.
SHINE Jewelry Sale
Location: Online at www.heritageindustries.org/retail-services/shine-jewelry/
Organization: Northeast Arc
Northeast Arc has been supporting people with disabilities to become full participants in our communities for over 60 years. Part of their support includes providing training and employment opportunities through programs like Shine. Northeast Arc offers high quality, hand-made beaded jewelry which can be purchased at local retailers, through their online store, and if you are interested in wholesale opportunities, for your shop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Your purchase directly impacts people's lives, as well as, helps continue the employment program for Shine. Help support a growing social enterprise and provide an opportunity for artists to SHINE as creative professionals. Visit www.heritageindustries.org/retail-services/shine-jewelry/ for a list of local retailers, including the online store.
Portrait Sessions Drop In
Date: Tuesdays 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: MAA - King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association
Ellen Grandpre' and Richard Grote are back for the fall to host a portrait session similar to the life drawing sessions. A clothed model will be available each week. Bring your medium of choice and a drop cloth if working with paints. A limited number of easels are available. Classes are $8/MAA members and $10/non-members.
Life Drawing Drop-In Classes
Date: Sundays, 9 a.m. – Noon
Location: 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
Exercise and refine your art skills the classic way by drawing from a nude model. Sessions are open to all, regardless of one's level of experience. Bring your medium of choice and please bring a drop cloth if working with paints. A limited number of easels are available. Cost is $12/MAA members, $15/non-members. For more information call 781-631-2608.
Opening Hidden Doors: The Unifying Power of Art
Date: Third Tuesday of each Month, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Location: Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
Join the Cape Ann Museum's new program, CAM Connections Third Tuesdays, which brings Cape Ann art, culture and history to older adults in the local community, and invites individuals with memory challenges and their care partners to be part of the experience. The program offers meaningful engagement with the Museum collection through small group conversation in the galleries on the third Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. If you are interested in learning more about the program or would like to make a reservation, please call Cara White at (978) 283-0455 x24 or email email@example.com.
Samaritans’ Crisis Services
You’ll find hope with Samaritans’ crisis services, which are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week for those feeling isolated, desperate, or uncertain about anything in their life. The services are free, confidential, anonymous, and available to all Massachusetts residents. In addition, they provide support for those with concerns for the well-being of others. Please call or text 877-870 HOPE. Calls and texts are fielded by carefully trained volunteers offering non-judgmental support and respect in a comforting and understanding manner. Those interested in becoming a Samaritans volunteer can visit samaritanshope.org.
Clothing and Shoe Drive to Benefit Orphanages in Africa
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 children’s warm weather clothes for items they may have outgrown. Donations can be brought to Denyse Creesy at 17 Middlebury Lane in Beverly.
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 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 www.catmobile.org.
Volunteer Recruitment Ongoing Events!
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 http://childrensfriend.net/services/youth-mentoring/ or contact Samantha Alves at 978-219-1528.
Freedom from Smoking - Quit Smoking for Life!
Date: Ongoing, 5 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 Lahey.org/TobaccoTreatment or call the Quite-line (781-744-7848) for assistance or further information.
"Look Good...Feel Better" Support Group for Femal Cancer Patients
Date: (Burlington) 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4 – 5:30 p.m., (Peabody) 3rd Tuesday of Every Other Month, 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Kariotis Conference Room, 3 West, 41 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington
The American Cancer Society conducts 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 makeup 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. Pre-registration is required. For questions regarding the Burlington location, please contact Annmarie Brady, LICSW at 781-744-8113. For questions regarding the Peabody location, please contact Alison Locke, LICSW. To check scheduling, visit http://www.lahey.org/Events.aspx.
Blood Cancer Support Group at Lahey Medical Center
Date: (Peabody) 2nd Monday of each month, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Or, (Burlington) 2nd Wednesday of each month, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Second Floor Conference Room, North Wing, Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Drive, Peabody. And, Karyotins Conference Room, Lahey Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington.
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 with the Peabody location, please contact Alison Locke, LICSW at: 978-538-4807. For the Burlington location, please contact Lisa Carlson at: 781-744-8604.
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 www.underagedrinking.SAMHSA.gov 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
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 www.bethany.org.
North Shore Postpartum Help
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 NorthShorePostpartumHelp.org. 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: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Beverly) and 2nd Wednesday of every month, 2 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1820 Turnpike St, Suite 106, North Andover and 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly
Organization: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program
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. RSVP for respite care or with questions for the Beverly location, please call Rachael Palmacci at: 978-921-5020 ext. 1135, or contract her through email at: RPALMACC@nhs-healthlink.org. For North Andover, please call Brianna Martin at: 978-688-3248 ext. 1102, or contact her through email at: Brianna.Martin@nhs-healthlink.org.
Early Onset Social Group - North Andover
Date: 4th Wednesday of every month, 5:30 – 7 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. A light dinner will be served. All ages are encouraged to attend. Free Respite care on site upon request. To RSVP or with questions, please contact Sherill O'Gorman at: 978-921-2065 ext. 1162, or through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breast Cancer Support Group
Date: 4th Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Sophia Gordon Cancer Center Conference Room, Lahey Medical Center, Peabody. Or, Kariotis Conference Room, 3 West, 41 Mall Road, Lahey Medical Center, Burlington
Are you a fighting breast cancer or have you survived it? The Lahey Clinic understands your troubles and offers these support groups for just that. Please, visit this support group to share your experiences and struggles. There is no fee for both. For further information or to register at the Peabody location, please contact instructor Alison Locke, LICSW at: 978-538-4807. For the Burlington location, please contact Annemarie Bradly, LICSW at: 978-744-8113.
Free Cognitive Screenings for Alzheimer's Disease
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 www.activmedresearch.com.
Healthy Streets Outreach Program
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 services. For further information, please call: 781-592-0243.
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 pawswakefield.org or call 781-246-6111 for more information.
Family Promise North Shore
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
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.
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 www.changeissimple.org