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Auditions for Honk!
Date: January 21, 2017
Location: Hogan Auditorium, Danvers
Organization: North Shore Players

The North Shore Players of Danvers holds auditions for their Youth Theatre production of Honk! with music by George Stiles and book by Andrew Drewe. Auditions are open to all young actors, dancers and singers ages 5 to 18, for this musical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Ugly Duckling. Auditions are at Hogan Auditorium, 450 Maple Street, Danvers, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 - 5 p.m, with callbacks on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2 -6 p.m. Alternate audition times are available for those with conflicts. For more information, email

Winner's Circle Cornhole Club 1st Annual Winter Classic
Date: January 21, 2017
Location: Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Merrimack Valley - 18 Maple Street, Salisbury, MA
Organization: Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Merrimack Valley

There will be a cornhole tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Merrimack Valley. There will be a $50 entry fee per team. 50% of entry fees go to the prize pool, while 50% is donated to the Boys & Girls Club. Registration begins at 10:00 am and bags in the air at 12:00.

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series- Imagine a World Without Clams: How are Coastal New England Waters are Becoming More Acidic
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 7pm
Location: Abbott Public Library, Marblehead
Organization: Salem Sound Coastwatch

Join Salem Sound Coastwatch for the first lecture in our Underwater in Salem Sound Series. Matt Liebman will explain how coastal processes, such as nutrient enrichment, can make acidification worse, and how researchers, stakeholders and policy makers are working together in New England to better understand ocean and coastal acidification impacts and management responses. He will also offer some suggestions of what we can do to help. About one quarter of our annual CO2 emissions are absorbed by the oceans. As a result, the oceans have become measurably more acidic. What does this mean for the ocean ecosystem, for shellfish, and for our economy when 2/3 of New England's finfish and shellfish landings revenue are from American lobster and sea scallops? This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library. Visit here, call 978-741-7900 or email

Comedy Night
Date: Thursday, January 26, 7 p.m. show
Location: Moose Family Lodge on Grove st, Salem
Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem presents Comedy Night featuring the top comedian in the area Paul D'Angelo and Will Noonan on Thursday night, January 26 at the Moose Family Lodge on Grove Street in Salem Tickets are $15, which includes a buffet dinner. There will also be raffles and a silent auction. doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Tickets available at the Boys & Girls Club, 29 Highland Ave, 4th floor. email or

Cape Ann Summer Camp Fair

Date: January 29th, 2017 from 2:30-5:30pm
Location: The Get-Outside Center 186 Main St. Gloucester, MA
Organization: Kestrel Education Adventures

Come and learn about the opportunities to Get Outside, explore science and nature, and have wild adventures during the summer. Local organizations Eastern Point Day School, Camp Spindrift, Maritime Gloucester, Waldorf School Camp, Gloucester Museum School Project Adventure Camp, Sail GHS, Sandy Bay Sailing Program and Harborlight Montessori, will also be present to show what summer programs they are offering for 2017. The event is free of charge and there will be free snacks and lots of fun activities for both kids and adults.

Chelsea Berry with special guest Matt Cusson
Date: Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.
Location: 12 School St, Rockport
Organization: Old Sloop Coffeehouse

Old Sloop Coffeehouse is proud to present a performance by Chelsea Berry on Saturday, February 4, at 7:30 PM at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St. Chelsea’s beautiful voice and commanding stage presence have earned her shows from California to Washington, Minneapolis, New York, and everywhere in between. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home on Boston’s North Shore. Opener Matt Cusson is an award-winning singer/songwriter and pianist whose music encompasses jazz, pop, and sou. He won (by unanimous vote) the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s top annual prize for his jazz ballad “One of Those Nights”. Advance tickets are $15. Visit the website at, Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport, or The Bookstore in Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $18 for adults, $12 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, and $36 for families. 

Polar Plunge
Date: February 5, 2017
Location: Winter Island, Salem & Lynch Park, Beverly
Organization: North Shore Community Development Coalition

North Shore Community Development Coalition, in partnership with River House and the Salem Education Foundation, are set to host the 11th Annual Polar Plunge. This event brings families, friends, and community members together to benefit the organization’s efforts to build affordable housing and strengthen communities in the North Shore. Brave souls of all ages are invited to take the plunge at either Woodbury Beach at Lynch Park in Beverly or Winter Island Park in Salem. This event brings around 400 people to plunge each year on Super Bowl Sunday and it has become a tradition for Beverly and Salem public schools to compete for two traveling trophies — the Plunge Cup and the Big Splash Award. The Plunge Cup recognizes the school team that raises the most pledge donations and the Big Splash Award goes to the school with the highest percentage of school-wide participation. Registration is open until plunge day and all are welcomed to join as a supporter or plunger. For more information, please contact Abbie Allenson at To sign up and plunge or to support a plunger, please visit here.

Night to Shine Prom
Date: Friday, February 10, 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: North Shore Community Baptist Church, 9 Hart Street, Beverly
Organization: Tim Tebow Foundation

North Shore Community Baptist Church will serve as one of more than 350 churches around the world that will host Night to Shine sponsored, by the Tim Tebow Foundation simultaneously on Friday, February 10. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors for each honored guest and, of course, a dance floor… all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom. “We are honored to be able to work with so many churches across the country and around the world to impact the lives of people with special needs,” said Erik Dellenback, executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation. For additional information on the Night to Shine hosted by North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly, visit here. For more information on the worldwide movement of Night to Shine, visit:

An Afternoon of Movie Music, Tribute to John Williams and Friends
Date: Sunday, February 12, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Swampscott High School
Organization: Lynn Economic Opportunity, LEO

An afternoon of movie music! A tribute to John Williams and Friends will be performed by Maestro Dirk Hillyer and Hillyer Festival Orchestra at Swampscott High School. There is a $22 general admission fee, $15 senior citizens and students (with valid id) while children under 12 years are free, so long as they are accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from this concert benefit Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc. LEO is an anti-poverty agency, serving the children, families and individuals of Lynn, MA. Tickets available on Eventbrite here. For more info contact, Julie Hebeisen at

It’s All Beatles All Night
Date: Friday night, April 21, 7p.m.
Location: the Melrose Veterans Memorial Hall, 590 Main St. Melrose
Organization: The Knights of Columbus Food for Families Program
Come to It’s All Beatles All Night with New England’s best Beatles band, BeatleJuice. The Knights of Columbus is proud to be sponsoring this event to benefit The Knights of Columbus Food for Families Fund.  This will be the only chance to see BeatleJuice.  Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7:30pm. This is an all ages show. The evening will include cash bar, raffle prizes, pizza and more. Tickets can be purchased at Melrose Knights Of Columbus website here. Click Upcoming Events or send check payable to Melrose KofC to: Melrose Kof C, PO Box 760828, Melrose Ma. 02176. Tickets also available at Buckalews 504 Main St. (next to Turners Restaurant) or Wakefield Bowladrome Water St. Wakefield. Call 781-662-9154 for more info. Tickets only $20.00 per person ($25.00 day of show) or reserve a premium seating table of 10 for $250.00 by calling 781-662-9154. Tables are limited. For more information, visit here and click BeatleJuice. 

ParentsCARE Campaign
Date: January 1 – 31, 2017
Organization: DanversCARES

Raising a teen today can be challenging.  Knowing how other parents handle different situations helps. That’s why DanversCARES - a coalition focused on keeping kids and families healthy - has launched the “ParentsCARE” campaign. Each month, a topic will be covered in detail with information and resources posted on the ParentsCARES page. January’s tip is to ask your teen about their on-line activity today. It shows you care about their safety. After all, it’s a parent’s right and responsibility to periodically look at their child’s phone and computer to see what they have downloaded, check text history, and scroll through their photos. Visit for more information about ‘ParentsCARE.’ Also, if you live in the Danvers area, look for a column in the Danvers Herald written by local parents and topic experts.

Resellable vs. Recyclable
Date: ongoing
Location: Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop (198 Rantoul Street) and all Beverly Public Schools
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps and Beverly Public Schools
Are you doing fall cleaning or changing over your family’s wardrobe from summer to winter clothes? Now is the time to gather up all those things that haven’t been used or worn in a while and get rid of them. The Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop accepts new or gently used, in season clothes, as well as accessories, footwear, linens, jewelry, house ware, décor and furniture. Anything, including clothing, accessories, footwear, linens and stuffed animals, that isn’t sellable can be dropped off to the Beverly Public Schools, so long as it is dry and clean. The money raised from recycling these items goes directly to the schools to support local children's education. By separating your items and dropping them at the appropriate place, you can support both of these wonderful organizations.
Contributions of Abused Animals
Date: ongoing
Location: Beverly
Organization: RRS OASIS

Recently, RRS Oasis has rescued 101 new animals including 89 snakes, 10 birds, a tortoise, and lizard from a hoarding situation in Weston, CT. They are looking for donations to give these amazing animals a second lease on life! You can donate
here. All contributions help no matter how big or small. All donations go directly to our 501c3 non-profit RRS Oasis (FID # 81-1857191) Your support will provide new caging, food, lighting, vet care and more. These animals were in extremely poor conditions without food or water for days, some weeks, or even months! There’s more information about the animals and their conditions here.

Foster Parenting: The Home for Little Wanderers
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
here for a list of local retailers, including the online store.
Portrait Sessions Drop In
Date: Tuesdays 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: MAA - King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association
Ellen Grandpre is 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 $10/MAA members and $12/non-members. For more information call 781-631-2608, or visit
Life Drawing Drop-In Classes
Date: Sundays, 9 a.m. – Noon
Location: MAA - King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association
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, or visit
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.

"Look Good...Feel Better" Support Group for Female Cancer Patients
Date: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4 – 5:30 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.
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: (Peabody) 4th Thursday of each month
 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and (Burlington) 1st Tuesday of each month, 5:30 - 7 pm
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:781.744.8113. For information on other support groups, visit here.

Free Cognitive Screenings for Alzheimer's Disease
Date: Ongoing
Location: ActivMed Practices & Research, Methuen MA, Beverly MA, and Portsmouth NH
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 their website
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 or visit
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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