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The Thalia Theatre to Host Summer FUN-Raiser
Date: Thursday, July 28th from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Dr, Cambridge
Organization: The Thalia

The Thalia’s Summer FUN-Raiser will be a chance for guests to mix and mingle with the people behind the new and exciting venture as well as theatre mavens from around the Boston area. The evening will include an all-dessert buffet, live music from local singer/songwriter Samantha Farrell, a silent auction with prize packages from local and national contributors, a sneak peek of the plans for the Thalia, and an update of the theatre’s progress. The event will take place within the President’s ballroom. Advanced tickets are strongly recommended and can be purchased at: or by calling, 800-838-3006. The Thalia is due to open in the fall of 2016 and will consist of a 99 seat theatre, a rehearsal hall, and a lounge where patrons can socialize. The Thalia will be home to traditional and experimental theatre, comedy, live music, dance, and more. 

Senior Day in the Park
Date: Thursday, August 4th (Reserve a meal by July 29th)
Location: Lynch Park on Ober st, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Council on Aging
The Beverly Council on Aging is sponsoring Senior Day in the Park on August 4th, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a day full of fun activities. This event is for seniors 60 years and older.  Payment in advance is required by July 29th to reserve a meal.  Please stop by the Beverly Senior Center to reserve your seat! $7.00 for residents and $10.00 non-residents.  From live musical entertainment, a delicious lunch under a huge tent, an ice cream social, and a Senior of the Year award ceremony, this day is always a highlight for Beverly seniors. Over 500 seniors from the community came out last year and celebrated a great day! If you have any questions, please email , or call 978-921-6017.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Presented by Manchester Summerstage
Dates: Thursday, July 28th, 7:00 PM
              Friday, July, 29th, 7:00 PM
              Saturday, July 30th, 7:00 PM
Location: Manchester Essex High School Auditorium
Come down to the Auditorium for the performance of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and children 12 and under. Tickets are available 1 hour before the show.

Marblehead Little Theatre Presents: The Best of Broadway

Dates: July 29th, 30th, 31st
          August 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th
Location: 12 School Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Little Theatre

Best of Broadway is a musical history of the great white way. Follow Broadway shows from their first beginnings in the early 1900’s to present day. Hold on to your hats for a fast and exciting musical ride! The cast includes: Karin Anderson, Ron Amon, John Archer, Sarah Beliveau, Kelli-Ann Camacho, Annie Dillon, Tom Edmonds, Nora Falk, Jennifer Hurley, Bobby Kerrigan, Betty Launter, Anne Lucas, Dayle Persons and Mark Shasha. You may purchase tickets for all non-benefit performances at The Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington Street in Marblehead or online at Additionally, the Saturday night July 30th performance of Best of Broadway will be a fundraiser for the Lynn Shelter Association. The Lynn Shelter Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide shelter and supportive services to homeless people. To purchase tickets for the July 30th performance, go to For additional information regarding the July 30th performance, please contact Dayle Persons at: 781-631-2932. Also, Thursday night the 7:30 p.m. August 4th performance of Best of Broadway is a fundraiser for the Marblehead Museum & Historic Society. The Marblehead Museum’s Collections and Exhibits which includes the Jeremiah Lee mansion preserve and interpret the local and national historical importance of Marblehead — and its inhabitants. To purchase tickets for the August 4th performance, contact Diane Barbour at: 781-631-0074.

Race of the Century
Date: July 30th at 8:30 a.m., and July 31st at 4:30 p.m.
Location: 137 Barton Road, Stow
Organization: Collings Foundation
Who would win in a race: A bicycle, a horse drawn carriage, or a roadster?  Come down to the Collings Foundation on July 30th and 31st to find out!  The organization will be hosting numerous races, pitting the greatest advances in motion technology against each other for a day of fun and excitement.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12.  For more information, visit
“THE BLOCK” Summer Downtown Street Party
Date: Saturday, July 30th from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Cabot Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Main Streets
Join Beverly Main Streets at THE BLOCK, their downtown street party. One block of Cabot St will be closed so guests can walk around, meet up with friends and listen to live music. Food, beer and wine will be sold by local restaurants set up on the street in the middle of the festival. Live bands will perform all night! Suggested donation at the gate is $5 per adult. Cash only. Bring your MA ID if you plan to drink. Please note bags may be subject to inspection. No pets, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, hoverboards etc. For more information, please email or visit the website at,

FREE Summer Concert at Audubon’s Moose Hill
Date: Tuesday, August 2nd from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: 293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon
Organization: Mass Audubon

Celebrate summer on Moose Hill’s front lawn with a fun and exciting evening filled with music by the 2nd Precinct Jug Band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and picnic to enjoy a variety of folk, rock and blues by this local band of musicians. Drinks and snacks will also be on sale. For more information visit: here, or call 781-784-5691. 

58th Annual Sidewalk Bazaar
Date: August 4th to August 6th, 9 a.m. – 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.

Old House Doctor
Date: Saturday, August 6th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: The White-Ellery House, 245 Washington Street, Gloucester
Organization: Cape Ann Museum

Have your questions answered by preservation experts at this drop-in event. Learn about preservative maintenance, researching old houses, identifying a house’s architectural style, creating historic gardens, and choosing paint colors that enhance historic houses. Those who attend are encouraged to bring photos of their homes with questions to share with these house experts. Pre-registration is not required. The White-Ellery House will be open to the public during this event. A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, please email

Fitz Henry Lane Walking Tours at the Cape Anne Museum 
Dates: Saturday, August 6th 10 – 11:30 a.m.
          Friday, August 19th 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
Organization: Cape Anne Museum

Experience 19th century Gloucester history as this tour leads you through the neighborhoods and waterfront that inspired the artwork of native son Fitz Henry Lane. Participants are encouraged to bring smart phones or tablets in order to access the rich sources of information in the newly released Fitz Henry Lane Online catalog raisonne. During the walk, participants will be able to connect a location to the painting it inspired via the online catalog. Alternative visuals will also be available. Rain or shine, the guided tours will be held. Each tour is 1.5 hours. Fee for members is $10 and $20 for nonmember (includes museum admission). Space is limited; reservation required. For further details, email

Bridge & Back 10K Road Race
Date: Sunday, August 7th at 8 a.m.
Location: Charter Street, Salem
Organization: Boys & Girls Club

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Bridge & Back 10K! This is going to be one race you are not going to want to miss! For over 40 years in Salem, the first Sunday in August was the day the Heritage Road Race always took place. The Heritage Road Race was a 10K (6.2 miles) road race and was an annual tradition which ended in the mid 1990s. But have no fear. Four years ago race organizers brought back the 10K race in Salem and started this great tradition once again! Last year, the Bridge & Back 10K had over 400 runners and is the kick-off event for Heritage Week in Salem! The first 400 runners to register this year will receive a Brooks short sleeve tech shirt and each runner will also receive a free beer after the race at the Tavern in the Square, the main sponsor and host for the post-race party. The true winners of the Bridge & Back 10K will be Salem youth as all proceeds are donated to programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. Registration is $25. To register for the Bridge & Back 10K, please click here.

Call to Artists: Birds of Prey
Date: Submission Deadline: Tuesday, August 9th
Location: Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to: Jan Nareski Goba, 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon, MA 02067
Organization: Mass Audubon

Artists are invited to submit their work for the upcoming juried exhibit Birds of Prey” at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Gallery. These birds intrigue and fascinate us. While some are elusive, others are seen and heard daily, but they are always a special sighting. The most widely known of these birds include: hawks, eagles, osprey, falcons, buzzards, vultures and owls. Artists are asked to submit their perceptions and views of these captivating ambassadors of flight. Any medium is acceptable. Artists are invited to submit up to FIVE (8”x10”) PHOTO PRINTS, not matted or framed, for judging purposes only. If a piece is selected for the show, all artwork needs to be framed appropriately and ready to hang; meeting quality standard. All prints must be labeled on back with contact information, dimensions, title and medium. Entry fee is $15 and please provide a stamped return envelope if you would like your photos returned. The exhibit will run from September to December 2016. For any questions or further details, contact 

9th Annual Capt. Jennifer J. Harris Memorial Ride
Date: Saturday, August 13th from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Peabody Elks Lodge, 40 Oak Street, Peabody
Organization: The Honorable Few Marine Corps League Detachment # 1302

Join the Annual J. Harris Motorcycle Run that is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of USMC Captain Jennifer J. Harris and to pay tribute to all who have sacrificed themselves to protect and defend the United States. Jennifer, like many other American men and women have given special meaning to the title United States Marine. These same Marines live by a set of enduring Core Values that guides them: Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Registration 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Kickstands are up at 11:30 a.m. and $20 per rider / $10 per passenger. The event includes a BBQ lunch, DJ, Vendors and Raffles. For more information, visit

North Shore Bacon + Brew Fest
Date: Saturday, August 13th from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Raymond J. Bourque Arena @ Endicott College - 300 Hale St, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Main Streets and Beverly Arts District
Do you like bacon? Do you like craft beer and cider? Then come on down to the 1st annual North Shore Bacon + Brew Fest and “chill” at the Raymond J. Bourque Ice Arena. Indulge in an unlimited amount of samplings of 20 craft beer and cider vendors and 20 bacon foodies. There will also be a DJ! Those who are 21+ only welcome. If you intend to drink, please bring your MA ID. Tickets are for sale prior to the event online at, VIP tickets are $65 (admission at 3 p.m. before crowd, designated VIP lounge with exclusive food and drink, swag bag, and preferred parking), $45 for general admission (admission at 3:30 p.m.), and $20 for designated drivers (must accompany a friends on same ticket order of VIP or general admission). For the list of breweries and restaurants, check the Facebook page here.

Bowl Painting to Support the Empty Bowl Dinner
Date: Saturday, August 13th and Saturday, September 10th from 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Ascension Church, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Lions Club

Come be colorful and creative! Join the Ipswich Lions Club to decorate bowls that will be sold at the Empty Bowl dinner at the Hellenic Center on November 3rd. Proceeds will benefit the new Ipswich Open Door Food Pantry at Agawam Village. For more information on the bowl painting events or corporate donations, please email

Danvers High School Band Golf Classic
Date: Monday, August 15th
Time: 6:30am Registration 7am start
Location: Ferncroft Country Club, 10 Village Rd, Middleton
Come Down to Ferncroft Country Club for a great day on the links. Help support the Danvers High School Band and PME (Parents for Music Excellence, Inc). Breakfast, Lunch and gift tee bag included in your registration fee. $175 per golfer, $700 per four-some.  $125 for a Hole Sponsor and up. For my information, please visit

Lucky 13th Annual Fundraiser to Fight Kidney Cancer
Date: Monday, August 15th
Location: Ferncroft Country Club, Peabody
Organization: The John Estrella Foundation for Cancer Research

It is the lucky 13th year for the Annual John Estrella Foundation for Cancer Research to Fight Kidney Cancer! This event includes a golf tournament and/or casino night/dinner with a silent auction and raffle. Funds raised are donated as a research grant to a scientist working at a regional hospital to cure kidney cancer. Golf and Casino night is $185/person. The Early Bird registration can be done on or before July 30th is $175/person. Golfer’s Special: Bring a first timer to the JEFCR Tournament and both golf for only $160 each! Casino Night only is $65/person and Early Bird registration is $55/person. For more information, call 978-578-4913.

Summer Mardi Gras Concert with Henri Smith & Charles Neville
Date: Friday, August 19th from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location: Vittori-Rocci Hall, Beverly
Organization: Vittori-Rocci Hall

New Orleans legend Henri Smith brings his summer Mardi Gras party to Vittori-Rocci Hall, starring Grammy-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell, including a special appearance by the New England Neville Brothers featuring Charles Neville with his two sons: keyboardist Khalif and drummer Talyn. There's plenty of room at Beverly's Vittori-Rocci hall to dance in the aisles with Henri, the New England Neville Brothers and the whole band during the traditional Second Line. There is plenty of FREE on-site parking and the hall is fully air conditioned. There is also a full bar with wine, beer and top-shelf liquor. Tickets are $25, while premium tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased online, here.

Swim & Fin
Date: Sunday, August 21st at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Forest River Park, 98 West Avenue, Salem
Organization: Salem Sound Coastwatch

Swim & Fin offers 500 meter, 1 mile and 5K races; all of which are for charity at a scenic park in historic Salem. Races are suitable for swimmers of all ages. The races start at 12:30 pm. Proceeds benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch, a nonprofit environmental organization working to make our coastal waters clean and safe. Registration is online at For detailed information, visit Swimmers must register by August 7 to get an event tee. Bring the family! There will be a lively DJ, music, food, a marine touch tank with sea creatures, loads of raffles and more. The City has waived admission to the park, which has spectacular water views, 2 beaches, a playground, restrooms, and a very famous concrete slide. Contact Susan at Salem Sound Coastwatch, at, or call 978-741-7900.

Annual Armenian Food & Music Festival
Date: Sunday, August 28th from Noon – 5 p.m.
Location: American Legion Farm, 1314 Main Street, Haverhill
Organization: The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe

Come to the Annual Armenian Food and Music Festival! Music is provided by the Jason Naroian Ensemble. Menu includes Shish, Losh, & Chicken Kebab Dinners, Kheyma, Pastries, and Beverages. Also, there are raffles for cash prizes and gift certificates. The event will be air conditioned. Please bring your lawn chairs. For more information, call 978-372-9227.

September Swings!
Date: Friday, September 9th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Glen Magna Farms, Danvers
Organization: Danvers Historical Society

Enjoy food, wine, live music, dancing, and silent auctions. Experience the essence of grand 19th century New England living on Glen Magna Farms. Funds raised will be used to support community educational programs and the preservation of local historical buildings. Tickets are $75. Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please email for all inquiries.

Saints March 5k Run, Walk and Fun
Date: Saturday, September 10
Location: 11 New Balch St. Beverly

Come down for a day full of fun at Saint March 5k run and walk. This event is the first one under the Saints Academy which is created from the unification of St Mary School and St John the Evangelist school. For more information please visit,

27th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Date: September 9th, 10th, and 11th
Location: Take I95 to Exit 2 in Hampton. Then, bear Left after Hampton Toll Booth onto 101 East towards Hampton. Take the first Exit, Exit 13 to Rte. 27 East. Follow the signs to any of the 13 Fee Park and Free Shuttle Parking lots.
Organization: Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce

The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival is a giant street fair on closed-to-traffic Ocean Boulevard.  It features over 50 restaurants cooking an incredible array of seafood and non-seafood delicacies under a sea of tents. There is continuous entertainment on two stages, scores of crafts, displays, culinary demonstrations, lobster roll eating competition, spectacular fireworks, a sky diving demonstration, and a children’s entertainment area. The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has been named one of the Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association in 1996, 2001, 2003, and 2006–2015. Attendance has grown to an estimated 150,000 over the years. Jude David, Chairman of the 27th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, announced that OneMain Financial is returning to this year’s festival as the Presenting Sponsor. OneMain Holdings Inc. is one of America’s leading personal finance companies offering responsible and transparent personal loan products, primarily to nonprime consumers.  For over 100 years, the company has been providing personalized, best-in-class service at more than 1,800 branches in 43 states. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer for this event, visit the festival official website, here. Or call the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce at 603-926-8718.

“THE BLOCK” Fall Downtown Street Party
Date: Saturday, September 17th from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Cabot Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Main Streets
Join Beverly Main Streets at THE BLOCK, their downtown street party. One block of Cabot St will be closed so guests can walk around, meet up with friends and listen to live music. Food, beer and wine will be sold by local restaurants set up on the street in the middle of the festival. Live bands will perform all night! Suggested donation at the gate is $5 per adult. Cash only. Bring your MA ID if you plan to drink. Please note bags may be subject to inspection. No pets, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, hoverboards etc. For more information, please email

5th Annual Opportunity Works Golf Classic
Date: Tuesday, September 20th (Shotgun Start) at 9 a.m.
Location: Haverhill Country Club
Organization: Opportunity Works, Inc.

The 5th Annual Opportunity Works Golf Classic 2016 TOURNAMENT returns to the premiere and private Haverhill Country Club. Enjoy a shotgun start scramble format, putting contests, luncheon, and awards. Have fun and help support the developmentally disabled! Haverhill Country Club continues to be one of the best conditioned private country clubs in the area and one that is a real treat to play. Participants in the first four tournaments raved about the event and this year is sure to sell out, so reserve your spot early. This year's event features a 9:00 am shotgun start with registration opening at 7:30 am. As in past years, the entry fee is an "all inclusive" entry fee that includes the scramble format tournament, player gift item, entry in all games, contests, and much, much more. Register today to secure your spot in this year's field of players. Space is limited and a waiting list will begin once the tournament has reached capacity. Individual entry fee is $200 and a foursome entry fee is $800. For more information, visit:

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

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

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

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:, or call 617-921-0595.

Newburyport Summer Shuttle
Date: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May 27 to Sept. 4, 2016
Location: Round Trip 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

Hidden Treasures at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Art Exhibit
Date: June 23rd-September 5th 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Location: 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon 
Organization: Mass Audubon

Expect the unexpected when you take a hike and explore the many Hidden Treasures at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife SanctuaryAward winning photographer, Fred Martins, captures the uniqueness of Moose Hill’s 2000 acres featuring 25 miles of hiking trails with his innovative photographs. Every trail offers a different experience and sensibility.  Discover the tranquility of the rustic farmlands and pastures or the magic of the serene vistas and bluffs. Each season brings another opportunity to explore nature’s wonders and beckons the visitor to come and find their own “special treasure” at this sanctuary. For more details, visit

Kids Eat Free Thru Summer the Summer Food Program
Date: June 27th – August 26th
Location: (Locations and Times vary)
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps

Monday, June 27, there are new options available to keep Beverly children fed while school is out and there is no access to the free and reduced breakfast and lunch program.  Breakfast will now be served from 9:30 to 10:00am at Balch, Goldway, and Holcroft Beverly Recreation Park Programs, as well as at Apple Village and Beverly High School cafeteria on Monday through Wednesday plus Friday. Lunch will be available Monday through Friday at the High School from 11:00am to 12:45pm. And the weekly Food Pantry visits at Beverly Bootstraps will be offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00am to 12:15pm and Tuesdays from 5:00pm to 6:45pm. Pre-registration is required for this part of the program. We encourage you to take advantage of all three options.  For any questions, further details, or a layout of the dates and times, visit

Explorers LLI Free Summer Lecture Series for North Shore Seniors
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, July 11th -- August 17th from 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Explorers LLI of Salem State University, 10 Federal Street, Suite 10, Salem (One exception stated below)
Organization: Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute 

Explorers LLI is offering a Free Lecture series for north shore seniors. Each Monday and Wednesday, there will be a different lecturer, which assures variety and an interesting experience. On Wednesday, July 27th you will hear from Lt. Sheila McDaid, the highest ranking woman officer in the Peabody Police Dept. On August 1st the meetings move to the Hollywood Hits Theater in Danvers. The theater manager, Scott Przybycien, shows a first-run movie and gives a lecture about the Hollywood Hits Theater. Plan to arrive at the theater around 9:45 am. Admission is five dollars. On Wednesday, August 3rd Jim Markan, a course leader for Explorers, is back to facilitate another round of the popular “America Exploration” game. Learn about our society, history, geography, and much more. On Monday,August 8th Jeff Crosby, president of the North Shore Labor Council in Lynn, explains the current state of the labor movement in the United States, how labor reached this state, and what is likely to happen next. Wednesday, August 10th features Jonathan W. Blodgett, the District Attorney of Essex County. He will discuss how he has been working to limit opioid abuse among young people for some time. On Monday, August 15th Jean Costello will introduce audience members to mindfulness and meditation through activities, including relaxation practice, a breathing exercise, and meditation with visualization. Wednesday, August 17th, Ed Chaisson will give a presentation about boat building and fishing in Swampscott. For full lecture descriptions and dates, visit: Contact by calling at: 978-744-0804.

Summer Solo Exhibits by Marblehead Arts Association Artists
Date: August 13th – September 25th
Location: 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association

Come see what the artists at the MAA have crafted at this new exhibit! Free and open to all; light refreshments will be served. The pieces on display include: Dancing Clowns by Richard Grote, which was inspired by a dream he once had (he will be there Saturday, August 13, 2-4 pm). Americana by Karen Hosking, which represents things that could have or did exist in the past and still exist today (a computer will be available to demonstrate and answer questions about Photoshop, Sunday, September 18, 3-5 pm). A Fashion Statement by Susan Hurst; who is a fashion illustrator (closing reception: Sunday 25 September, 2016 from 2-4pm). The Main Attraction by Paul McMahan, which is a showcase of watercolor and oil painting subjects all from the state of Maine (artist demonstration: Saturday 17 September from 1-3pm; closing reception: Sunday 25 September from 2-4pm). Catching the Wave by Mary Taddie, who creates exciting and unique mosaic wall art (artist demonstration: Sunday, September 18, 1-3 pm). Over Time by Polly Maxon Tritschler; which are paintings of still life subjects with visual references to art history (closing reception: Sunday 25 September from 2-4pm). The artists will be present to engage about their work. Each artist will also offer free programming to accompany their exhibits. For further details, visit

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 or by calling 978-744-0804.

Dick William Picnic Bench Fundraiser
Date: Ongoing
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,

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
Date: Ongoing
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
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
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 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
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" 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
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. 

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: 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: For North Andover, please call Brianna Martin at: 978-688-3248 ext. 1102, or contact her through email at:
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:
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
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.

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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