Here's What's Happening

Melody Miles Road Race
Date: Saturday, May 28th, Registration @ 9:00 a.m., Race begins @ 10:00 a.m.
Location: Winthrop School, 325 Bay Rd, Hamilton
Organization: The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District
Lace up your running shoes and join the annual Melody Miles Road Race on Saturday, May 28 where participants will make their way through the streets of beautiful Hamilton Wenham featuring student singers and instrumentalists at the starting line and along the Melody Miles course. The 5K and 5-Mile races begin at 10 a.m. Walkers are also welcome. There are two ways to help!
1) RUN / WALK - Race participants may pre-register online at for $20. Race day registration of $25 begins at 9 a.m. Be one of the first 200 runners to register and receive a free Melody Miles t-shirt.
2) PLAY - Be a part of the entertainment along the route. Runners are encouraged and entertained by many musicians from the school, community, & MUSARY borrowers. This is a great chance for your talents to be heard! If you want to get involved, email Donna for a specific placement along the route. Time commitment ranges from 30 to 90 minutes, so please specify your availability.
Melody Miles raises money to support arts education throughout the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District, including funding of instrument lessons, arts-related programs and field trips, as well as the purchase of instruments and other supplies. The Musary is proud to work closely with the HW Friends of the Fine Arts.
Beverly Memorial Day Parade
Date: Monday, May 30th, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Beverly 

Come join us for a day of fun and to honor our Veterans and support the community! The parade will begin at American Legion Spear Post at 1:00 p.m. and will travel two miles through downtown. At the event, there will be classic cars, motor bikes, marching band, WWII reenactors, two operational tanks and half-tracks, and a Veteran Rifle solute. In addition, Beverly's oldest living veteran will be honored as Grand Marshal and presented with a plaque. For more information, call (978) 778-5000.

Gloucester Police Chief to Speak at Waring
Date: Tuesday, May 31st from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Waring Theater, 35 Standley Street, Beverly

Gloucester Chief of Police Leonard Campanello will speak at the Waring Theater, 35 Standley Street, Beverly, on Tuesday, May 31st from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. He will address opioid addiction and his paradigm shifting approach, providing amnesty and rehabilitation instead of incarceration. He’s been featured on NPR, in the New York Times, and in the Boston Globe. He was recently honored by President Obama as a “Champion of Change for Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery in the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic." This event is free and open to the public. Please come to raise awareness for this issue!
Lecture: All Hands on Deck! Images of Boating Culture in American Art
Date: Wednesday, June 1st, 11 a.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art
In collaboration with Andover Reads at Memorial Hall Library and inspired by “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, Addison Curatorial Assistant Kelley Tialiou will explore the role of boating in American culture through paintings, watercolors, photographs, and sketches by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Stuart Davis, Winslow Homer, John La Farge, Charles Sheeler, and Stuart Travis from the Addison’s collection and beyond. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Springtime Sip, Shop and Stroll
Date: Wednesday, June 1st from 4-8 p.m.
Location: Merchants of Beverly Farms
Organization: Some proceeds to benefit The Women’s Fund of Essex County

Come down for a day of fun, hosted by the Merchants of Beverly Farms. Enjoy refreshments and special events at participating businesses to kick off the warm weather. A portion of the proceeds from evening will be donated to the Womens Fund of Essex County. Some of the businesses involved will include Sweetwater & Co, J.McLaughlin, Vidalias, The Book Shop, Captain Dusty's Ice Cream, Tess & Carlos, Half Baked Café

Rides for Wreaths Carnival
Date: Thursday June 2nd - Sunday, June 5th
         Th - F, 6 - 10 p.m.; Sat Noon - 10 p.m.; and Sun 1 - 6 p.m.
Location: Salem Willows, 167 Fort Ave., Salem
Organization: Salem Wreaths Across America
Salem Wreaths Across America is hosting the "Rides for Wreaths Carnival" at the Salem Willows June 2nd through June 5th to help raise funds to place wreaths on every Veteran, Firefighter and Law Enforcement Officer's Grave Marker to say thank you for their service and to teach our children of the sacrifices that were made by these individuals and their families to show that Salem does not forget. Join them for a good old fashioned carnival at the willows. Booths available to Salem youth groups if your group is interested contact us at Times for the carnival vary depending on the day; Thursday and Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission into the carnival is free.

2016 Reid's Ride Comedy Night
Date: Thursday, June 2nd, Doors: 6:30 p.m. -- Pizza: 7:00 p.m. -- Show: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Prince Pizza/Giggles Comedy, 517 Broadway, Saugus
Organization: Proceeds to benefit the 12th Annual Reid’s Ride
They say that laughter is the best medicine! Join them for a night filled with fun and laughter at Giggles Comedy Club as they alter the course of AYA Cancers! The event includes all you can eat cheese pizza, a comedy show, and a cash bar for all beverages. The event is for people 18 years of age or older. Tickets are currently available and $27 per person. All proceeds will benefit the 12th Annual Reid’s Ride Bike-a-thon.

Family kickoff event
Date: Saturday, June 4th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Palmer Cove Park in Salem

The Food & Nutrition Services Department of the Salem Public Schools will host a family kickoff event to promote the Salem Summer Meals Program. Many family-friendly activities are planned for the event: carnival games, face-painting, a bouncy house, gardening activities, a basketball tournament, story-time with the library, cooking demonstrations, a bike safety class, and a performance by Salem High School’s a cappella group, and much more. These activities will be sponsored by the Salem YMCA, Salem Parks & Recreation, the Boys & Girls Club, Mass in Motion, Project Bread, and the Salem Public Library. The Salem Summer Meals Program provides lunches and breakfasts at various sites in Salem to all children ages 0-18 at no charge.

Family Fun Day
Date: Saturday, June 4th, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Harry Ball Field, Beverly
Organization: Some proceeds to benefit Pete Frates Park in Centerville

Beverly Little League’s Family Fun Day will take place Saturday, June 4th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. This event will be a fun filled day with a Gymja Warrior station, music, food, games, prizes, and lots of big hits at the all ages HIT-A-THON and the 1st annual 12-year-old HOME RUN DERBY! BLL Players of all ages, non-players, and families are encouraged to join in the fun!! To participate in the Hit-A-Thon: Each player needs at least 1 donation. To participate in the Home Run Derby: Each player needs $100 in donations. Each hitter can raise money by using this 99 pledges link to enter; Some of the proceeds will be going to the Pete Frates Centerville Park in Beverly. This neighborhood park will be renamed to honor Pete Frates and his continued fight against ALS.
WFEE Winchester Town Day Road Race
Date: Saturday, June 4th, race registration at 7:30 a.m., and race at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Manchester Field, McCall Middle School
Organization: Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence
Come on down to McCall Middle School to enjoy a road-race, the perfect way to start your Winchester Town Day.  You can walk or run, and circuits are provided for both 2.5 miles and 5 miles.  The registration table begins at 7:30 a.m., and the race starts at 8:30 a.m.  After the race, a hot Rotary Pancake Breakfast will be provided in the school cafeteria.  Feel free to register for the race online at, or at the table on the event day. Proceeds will benefit all Winchesters public schools through powerED UP! This will bring technology to all Winchester Schools.

Punch Lines for Felines
Date: Thursday, June 9th, Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Finz Restaurant, Pickering Wharf, Salem
Organization: Proceeds to benefit PALS Animal Life Savers
Come for a night of laughs to support PALS annual comedy fundraiser, on Thursday, June 9th starring Dave Rattigan, Steve Calechman, and Tony V. The tickets will be $25 per person. There will be raffles, a cash bar, and a limited menu for those who want dinner. All the fun will be at Finz Restaurant at Pickering Wharf in Salem. For more information or tickets, call Donna at 781 535 8635 or email Or you can go to PAL’s website at  for more info and tickets.
Accidentally On Purpose
Date: Saturday, June 11th, 8:00 p.m.             
Location: Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street, Marblehead, MA
Organization: Marblehead Little Theatre
Join Accidentally On Purpose, North Shore’s #1 Improv Troupe, for a night of fun. It will feature a Who’s Line is it Anyway? comedy style with plenty of audience participation.  Be prepared to shout out any wacky suggestions that the actors will have to incorporate into their skit.  The show will include classic games, and new twists on your favorites. All of this adds up to a zany and hilarious family-friendly show.  Tickets are sold for $15.00 online at, or at Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington Street in Marblehead.  However, tickets are limited, and the show is certain to be a sell-out, so be sure to get them as soon as possible to enjoy the show.  Please visit for more information.

Ocean Frontiers Film Festival
Date: June 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Murphy Bunker Lecture Hall at Northeastern University Marine Science Center, 430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA
Organization: Northeastern University Marine Science Center
Come visit to see the newest installment of the public summer film series! This film will be Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea. The film focuses on the new techniques used by scientists, businesses, farmers, government workers, and all others involved in Ocean conservation. Doors will be open and free to the public at 6:30 p.m., with no RSVP or ticket required. The film will begin at 7:00 p.m. Popcorn and lemonade will be served to viewers for the 45 minute film, so feel free to come down to learn about our Oceans and enjoy refreshments.

Seaside Garden Club Ikebana Demonstration
Date: June 14th, Social at 7:00 p.m. and the demonstration begins at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Manchester Community Center
Organization: Proceeds to benefit Seaside Garden Club
The Seaside Garden Club presents The Art of Ikeban. There will be an Ikebana Demonstration by Kaye Vosburgh on Tuesday, June 14th at the Manchester Community Center. All are welcome to join and light refreshments will be served. The Seaside Garden Club is pleased to announce that this program is supported by a grant from the Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Vosburgh will demonstrate seven to nine arrangements, beginning with the arrangement a new student would learn in class. The Sogetsu School of Ikebana is known for its creative and expressive designs. Most of the program will be this contemporary style of Ikebana that is popular in Japan today.

Connors Farm Strawberry Festival
Date: Saturday, June 18th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.             
Location: Connors Farm, Danvers
Organization: Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber
Come down to the farm to enjoy the annual Strawberry Festival since 1904!  Admission per person will be $7.95, and two-year-olds and younger will get in free. (A Portion of the Proceeds Benefit Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber) Note: Everyone must pay the $7.95 fee for entrance to pick your own and all festivities activities.  Included with $7.95 admission are live music, jumping pillow, farm animals, hayrides, a cow train, grain train, duck races, pedal carts & more!  There will be an additional charge for food, their famous strawberry shortcake, BBQ food, to pick your own strawberries, pony rides, strawberries dipped in chocolate and face painting.
Summer Solstice 5k Run/Walk
Date: Tuesday, June 21st
Location: Historic Downtown Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Y & Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Throw on your running shoes and get ready for the Summer Solstice 5k Run/Walk! The proceeds from this event will support two organizations – the Ipswich YMCA and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This race is to honor Bill – a former member and previously on the board of directors of the YMCA who unfortunately lost his battle with Multiple Myeloma. This race is to support some of the causes that he supported in the hopes that they will be able to help others. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to run for a cause.

Rockport Garden Club Annual Garden Tour
Date: Friday, June 24th – Saturday, June 25th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Rockport
Organization: Rockport Garden Club

The Rockport Garden Club will be hosting its annual Garden tour this upcoming June. Get your tickets to explore 10 beautiful private gardens in Rockport, stretching from Rockport’s South End to Pigeon Cove. They will range from a cozy setting on Bearskin Neck to expansive seaside vistas and will even include a self sustaining garden complete with chickens, ducks, and beehives. The gardens taken together showcase the broad diversity of Rockport life and invite visitors to explore each one’s unique features close-up, whether self-guided or with the aid of a docent. Tickets can be purchased online at and picked up at the Rockport police station on the day of the tour. Tickets are also available in person at the Rockport police station on tour dates, or by visiting Toad Hall Books on Main Street. All proceeds from the event go to scholarships for local college students who will be pursuing study in the environmental sciences. For more information please visit the club’s website.
Billy Elliot at The Marblehead Little Theatre
Date: June 24th - July 3rd
Location: Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street
Organization: Marblehead Little Theatre
Billy Elliot is the motherless son of a coal miner, growing up in Northern England, and he trades in his boxing gloves for ballet flats. Come to the Marblehead Little Theatre to see the story unfold on stage, with book and lyrics by Lee Hall, and music by Elton John. The show is directed by Steve Black, assisted by James Scoville, and produced by Susan Parker and Lori Lord. Musical direction is by Lianne Goodwin and choreography by Lara Finn. Production runs from June 24th to July 3rd, with a cast reception immediately following the show on opening night only.  Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students on matinee shows only.  For more info, and to buy tickets online, visit  Tickets are also available at the Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington Street, Marblehead.
Byfield Music and Arts Festival
Date: Saturday, June 25th, 10 a.m. -9 p.m.
Location: Manter Field, 81 Central Street, Byfield
Organization: Byfield Community Arts Center and Fusion Blue Productions
This is the third annual, day-long event. This family-friendly festival will feature 20 live bands performing throughout the day. In addition, there will be crafters, artists, and food and beverage vendors. There are many interactive activities for children. The Festival will be held at a beautiful array of athletic fields, easily located moments away from route 95. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of. For more information and to check out some of the photos from last year's event please go to their website at Volunteers are also needed to help out at this event. Proceeds from the Byfield Music and Arts Festival benefit the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central Street, and Byfield.
Cape Ann SNAP Golf Tournament
Date: Monday, June 27th, 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ipswich Country Club
Organization: Cape Ann Special Needs Assistance Program
On June 27, Cape Ann Special Needs Assistance Program will hold its 1st Annual Golf Tournament Charity Benefit at the Ipswich Country Club. Starting at 12:30pm, the shotgun/scramble will kick-off a day of fun and all for a good cause. There will be prizes, contests, a silent auction, a 50-50 raffle, and it all includes a Southern Style Buffet at the end of the day! Cape Ann SNAP is a non-profit regional organization serving the communities of Cape Ann Massachusetts. They work to provide older special needs individuals with housing, greater learning experiences and year round activities, including participation in Special Olympics Massachusetts programs. For more information visit their Facebook page Their website  is updated daily with new friends and sponsors participating in this event.
Paddle for Plummer
Date: Saturday, July 16th, begins at 7:30 a.m.
Location: The Plummer Home, 37 Winter Island Rd., Salem
Organization: Plummer Home
This Stand Up Paddle (SUP) event will include an Elite Race (6 mile course), a Recreational Race (1.5 mile course), and a Fun Paddle (1/2 or 1 mile course). Exclusive Pre-Race clinics will take place before the event day at the Plummer Home with professional SUP racers such as Johnny O’Hara. There is limited space available, and more details will be coming soon. Brand new this year, relay races! All paddle event registrants get a free entry into the relay race, which will be teams of 3-4 people and an Elite paddler doing short sprints back and forth, while the crowd cheers you on. Additional fitness events include Waterfront Spinning, Sunrise Land Yoga with Anneliese Brosch of Cape Ann SUP, and SUP Yoga with Lisa Faia of SUP East Coast Style. For race day registration details, visit
58th Annual Sidewalk Bazaar
Date: August 4th to August 6th, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Main Street, Gloucester
Organization: Gloucester Downtown Association

Come on down to Main Street in Gloucester to celebrate the 58th annual Sidewalk Bazaar. Shops along the street will be putting their stores outside with Bargains & deals. Craftsmen and artists will join in with their unique crafts, accompanied by many nonprofits, restaurants, and lots of activities for kids. Free musical entertainment will add to the lively atmosphere, taking place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.
Newburyport Summer Shuttle
Date: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May 27 to Sept. 4, 2016
Location: Roundtrip Route Starts at Commuter Rail Station, Travels to Downtown and Plum Island
For the second year, the Mayor's Office is offering a convenient way to get around the city during the busy summer tourism months. Visitors and residents alike can board the Newburyport Summer Shuttle, which runs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May 27 to Sept. 4, 2016. The Summer Shuttle round trips start each day at the Newburyport Commuter Rail Station at 10:40 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. For more information on this service, visit and
Clay for All Seasons: A Mother’s Day Event
Date: Friday, April 29th – Sunday, June 5th
Location: 15 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia
Organization: Lexicon Gallery
Lexicon Gallery hopes you will join them in honoring the works of their artists Larry, Bethe, and Sandra, as well as paying tribute to mothers everywhere at their event, Clay for All Seasons. Enjoy excellent food, good company and exquisite works of art.
SHINE Jewelry Sale
Date: Ongoing
Location: Online at
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 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 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
Unifying Power of Art 
Date: Ongoing
Location: Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA
The Cape Ann Museum announces the start of a new and unique program called Third Tuesdays. 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 12:00 noon. The heart of the Third Tuesday’s program is to create a welcoming space for open-ended discussion, art appreciation and reflection. Art is for everyone. The Third Tuesday’s museum experience of slowing down to explore the world of a painting, object or artifact stimulates wonder, and ignites new ideas and discoveries for participants.
Samaritans’ crisis services
Date: Ongoing

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

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 children’s 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 p.m. – 9 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.
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 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 – 4 p.m.
Location: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington and Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Dr., Peabody
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 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 availability 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 -- 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 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 -- 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 -- 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 - 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 - 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 services. 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 – 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 one’s addiction. For more information, please call 978-522-4310 or email

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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