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North Shore Vendor Forum

Date: Thursday, April 17th, 12 p.m.- 2 p.m., 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Location: Marriott- Boston/Peabody, 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody MA 01960
Organization: North Shore Chamber of Commerce and Mohegan Sun Massachusetts

Join the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and Mohegan Sun Massachusetts for an informational vendor forum.  Learn more about local business and supplier opportunities with the proposed Mohegan Sun resort casino in Revere.  Hear directly from current vendors and network with members of the Mohegan Sun team.   
There will be two different sessions for this event. This event is free and open to local businesses.  Please RSVP by visiting the website (friendsofmohegansun.com/events) or calling 617-710-3368.

Magic Years Trike-a-Thon
Date: Thursday, April 17th
Location: 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton MA
Organization: National Brain Tumor Society

The students and teachers at Magic Years will be hosting a trike-a-thon on Thursday, April 17 to help raise money for the NBTS. I recently created a fundraising page through the National Brain Tumor Society's Online Community Fundraising Center. National Brain Tumor Society is a non-profit organization leading the fight against brain tumors, funding innovative research and providing comprehensive, supportive care and services to all affected by brain tumors.
Supporting brain tumor patients and their families and working toward finding a cure for brain tumors is important to me.No donation is too big or too small--whatever you can give is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support. Please visit our community Page to read more about my personal connection to this organization. Rachel Shwartz

Journey to Calvary
Date: Friday, April 18th, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Asbury Grove, Hamilton

Come follow the staged displays of the Easter story from the comfort of your car. The event is free and open to the public. It will be open for viewing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18th.

Annual Rockport Community Egg Hunt
Date: Saturday, April 19th, 2 p.m.
Location: Rockport Elementary School playground area, 24 Jerden's Lane, Rockport
Organization: The Rockport Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce 

The Rockport Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 24th Annual Rockport Community Egg Hunt for the children of the town at the Rockport Elementary School playground area, 24 Jerden's Lane, Rockport, on Saturday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m.   
Pre-school children will be grouped in one section adjacent to the playground, and children in kindergarten and grade one in another.  In addition to assorted candies and chocolates, the hunt will also feature a number of special eggs to be redeemed for prizes. 
 Missy Anzivino, of Rockport Inn and Suites, is chairing this Chamber committee.  To provide financial support for the Rockport Community Egg Hunt, to make a contribution of wrapped candy or a small prize, to volunteer, or for further information please contact Missy Anzivino  (978-546-3300) or the Chamber office (978-283-1601).
 Contributors are encouraged to mail financial donations to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Rockport Division, 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.  Donations of wrapped candy and small prizes may also be dropped off at Rockport Inn & Suites, 183 Main Street, Rockport, c/o Missy Anzivino. 


Annual "Shakespeare Open Mic Night"
Date:Tuesday, April 22nd, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Gulu - Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex Street, Salem, MA
Organization: Salem Theatre Company

Everyone is invited to celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare by sharing monologues, scenes and sonnets - prepared and not!  “Come give us a taste of your quality, come a passionate speech.” Readers perform in first-come, first-served order. There is no advanced registration needed for this event. Those who wish to perform are asked to sign up at the registration table when they arrive. For those who would like to offer a spontaneous reading, the STC will have scripts available that may be borrowed.

"Reiki Clinic" for Your Health
Date: Wednesday, April 23rd, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers, 480 Maple Street, Danvers

"Reiki Clinic" for Your Health will take place on Wednesday, April 23rd from 5:30 p.m.  - 7:30 p.m., Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers, 480 Maple Street, Danvers, MA in the Pain Management Center, Suite 203.  The fee for a half-hour session is $20.  The Reiki Clinic is open to those of all ages; families welcomed.  To register for a session, please call 978-304-8601 or email Barbara Heidgerd at: bheidger@nhs-health.org. Coordinated and supervised by Reiki Master teacher Karen Pischke, BSN, RN and Nancy Earabino, LPN.  Karen and Nancy have been working professionally with Reiki in hospitals since 1999.  They bring caring, compassion and a wealth of experience and knowledge to the practice.    If you should have questions regarding Reiki, they would welcome your questions at
e-mail: info@dreamtimewellness.com

First Time Home Buyers Seminar
Date: Wednesday, April 23rd, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Location: Cummings Center 104F
Organization: First Time Home Buyers

Please join us and learn from the experts everything you need to know about qualifying for a mortgage, the property search, as well as legal and insurance requirements. There will be ample time for questions and answers from our knowledgeable panel. Seating is limited. Reserve your seats today! RSVP to Margaret Belmonte at 978 927-2737 or email # of guests to margaret@margaretbelmonte.com 

Polycythemia Vera Support Group Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 24th, 4 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester

The Polychythemias Vera support group is held several times a year at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. The next meeting will take place on April 24th from 4-5 p.m. The meeting takes place in the Oncology Conference Room on the fourth floor of Addison Gilbert Hospital. There is no fee or pre-registration required.  For further information, please call Joanne Gibbs, RN, OCN, at 978-283-4000, ext. 559.

Come Together with The Number Nines: A Fresh Take on The Beatles 
Date: Friday, April 25th
Location: Gloucester's UU Meetinghouse
Organization: Gloucester's UU Meetinghouse

The night will include top shelf harmonies by three of the North Shore's most notable vocalists, Chelsea Berry, 3rian King, and Renée Dupuis. Meff, from Boston media favorite The Army of Broken Toys, creates synth-like sitar textures by playing an acoustic mandolin through multiple effect pedals. Brendan Burns is known all over Boston for his eloquent delivery on the electric guitar, and the solid soul rhythm section is supplied by Dennis Monagle (drums) and Joe Cardoza (bass). Proceeds benefit the Meetinghouse Restoration Project. Tickets on sale now at the Church office, Liquor locker and on-line at www.gimmelive.tv

Equine EXPO & Sale (19th Annual)
Date: Saturday, April 26th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Arena Building, Topsfield Fairgrounds
Organization: Essex County Trail Assn.

The 19th annual Equine Expo & Sale will take place on Saturday, April 26th at the Arena Building in the Topsfield Fairgrounds. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be one stop shopping for the horse and rider. Many businesses, groups, and individuals will be selling anything horse related (new and used) as well as services. There will be demonstrations all day and food vendors. The event is $5 and is wheelchair accessible. Proceeds will be used to maintain trails in 6 communities for all types of passive recreation.

3rd Annual Family Fun Day Carnival
Date:Saturday, April 26th, 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: St. John's the Baptist School Gym, 19 Chesnut St Peabody
Organization: Giving Hope Foundation Inc.

Giving Hope Foundation 3rd Annual Family Fun Day Carnival takes place from 12-5pm. Tickets are $7 per person age 4-10 and $14 for ages 11 and older (under 4 yrs old is free). Special guest appearance by the New England Patriot Cheerleaders, plus Moon Bounce, cash cube machine, face painting, temp tattoo's, fortune teller, carnival games, tons of raffles and more! Ticket price includes activities and lunch, concession stand not included.

Georgetown's Erie 4 Fire Association
Date: Saturday, April 26th, 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Georgetown's Erie Fire Station, 474 North Street, Georgetown

Ring in Spring and support our volunteer fire station and your community at the same time by enjoying a fun family dinner at Georgetown’s Erie Fire Station on Saturday April 26th 4:30-7:00 p.m.   We’ll be serving  Roast Beef, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, dinner rolls, Caesar salad, brownies and ice cream! Tickets are $9 for Adults and $7 for Seniors and Children. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The Erie Fire Station is located at 474 North Street in Georgetown.  Hope to see you there!

Don White Concert
Date: Saturday, April 26th
Location: The Community House of Hamilton and Wenham
Organization: Community House Libby Concert Series

 Don White will bring his unique combination of honest, emotional lyrics and self-deprecating humor to The Community House stage on Saturday, April 26 @ 7:30pm. This working class family man from Lynn, Massachusetts has perfected the craft of songwriting illuminating the human experience though his lyrics. His seamless performances incorporate precise comedic timing and storytelling, bringing a range of emotions to every show. From the beautiful ballad I Know What Love Is to the humoristic I’m From Lynn, What Can I Say, Don unveils his depth as a craftsman by reconstructing life experiences through is art. He coaches aspiring performers the craft of commanding the stage and captivating an audience as instructor of a performance skills workshop at Club Passim, Cambridge's legendary folk club. Any occasion to see Don White in person is an occasion not to be missed! Don White will perform at The Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 pm. Tickets: All tickets on sale via Brown Paper tickets are $15.00 plus $1.52 service fee. Tickets at the door are $18.00 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/445134 The historic Community House, located on Rte 1A in Hamilton, MA, is handicap accessible. FREE parking in 3 lots and within walking distance of the commuter rail and 3 great restaurants! 

All Saints Episcopal Church Yard Sale
Date: Saturday, April 26th, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Parish Hall, 46 CHerry Street, Danvers
Organization: All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore

All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore will host a Yard Sale on Saturday, April 26th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is ample on-street parking available. Come find all your treasures here!

Deluxe Pancake Breakfast
Date: Sunday, April 27th, 8:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Location: Vittori- Rocci Post No. 56, 143 Brimbal Ave off Route 128 at exit 19, Beverly
Organization: Peabody Marine Corps League and the Veteran's Aid Fund

There will be a deluxe pancake breakfast benefitting the Peabody Marine Corps League and the Veteran's Aid Fund on Sunday morning, April 26th. Pay $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for children and enjoy applesauce, orange juice, tomato juice, apple juice, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, baked beans, coffee, tea, and all the pancakes you can eat! This event takes place at the handicap accessible and faciliated Vittori- Rocci Post on Brimbal Ave. For more information, call the Vittori-Rocci Post at 978-922-7150.

Gallery Talk for Loisaida: New York's Lower East Side in the '80s
Date: Sunday, April 27th, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art

Gallery Talk for Loisaida: New York’s Lower East Side in the ‘80s with curators Susan Faxon and Kelley Tialiou is free and open to the public.

Think You Know Beverly?
Date: Tuesday, April 29th, 7 p.m.
Location: 117 Cabot Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Historical Society

What music legend celebrated his birthday in Beverly? Can you name all the schools in the city? What former Beverly lawyer helped write the Northwest Ordinance? Join the History Challenge and see how you measure up. Test your smarts against other history buffs to tackle challenging questions about Beverly's history. Join us for a fun and lively evening of trivia and more. Participate with a team or on your own. Show off your smarts and find out if you know the most about Beverly. 7:00pm Prizes for the top finishers. Beer, wine and snacks served. $15/$10 Society members 

Free Blood Pressure Screening 
Date: Tuesday, April 29th, 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lahey Outpatient Center, 480 Maple Street, Danvers

A free Blood Pressure Screening will be held on Tuesday, April 29th in the Cafe at the Lahey Outpatient Center. Appointments are not necessary, and all are welcome to attend!

Mediterranean Night at Ithaki
Date: Tuesday, April 29th, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ithaki, 25 Hammatt St, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Rotary Club

Experience a touch of Greece with gourmet food with a choice of entrée as you enjoy traditional Greek atmosphere including a live music performance. Join in the fun of Greek line dancing or relax and be mesmerized by authentic belly dancing. If that isn’t enough to elevate your heart rate, bring your winners luck for the silent auction and raffle, to be held at the event. The festivities begin at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $50.00 per person (cash/check) at all Ipswich and Rowley branches of the First National Bank of Ipswich, The Institution for Savings, and TD Bank. Proceeds will benefit Ipswich Rotary community projects and youth services in Ipswich and Rowley. Information www.ipswichrotary.org, or our Facebook Page “Rotary Club of Ipswich MA”

AARP Driver Safety Program
Date: Tuesday, April 29th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Rockport Police Department, 168 Main St, Rockport

The Rockport Police Department will host an AARP Driver Safety Program on Tuesday, April 29 from 10 a.m - 3 p.m. at the
Rockport Police Department, 168 Main Street, Rockport, MA.  It is not necessary to be a Rockport resident to participate, all are welcome. The AARP Drive Safety Program has offered safety refresher courses since 1979 to more than 11 million graduates.  The goal is for older drivers to better understand the updated technologies in new vehicles, provide a fresher on rules of the road and learn strategies to compensate for age-related changes in vision, hearing or response time. There is no test to take and no actual driving.  A certificate of completion will be awarded.  The cost of the program is
$15. for AARP members; $20 for non-AARP members.  Checks may be made payable to AARP.
A complimentary light lunch will be served.
 
All participants must pre-register by calling Special Officer Roger Lesch at 978-546-1212, extension 13.

Essex Heritage Annual Spring Meeting
Date: Wednesday, April 30th, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Gordon College, Ken Olsen Science Center in Wenham
Organization: Essex Heritage

Essex Heritage will hold its annual meeting and networking event on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 8:00 – 10:00 AM, at Gordon College’s Ken Olsen Science Center in Wenham. The public is welcome to attend this FREE, valuable networking opportunity that will further connect you with the work of Essex Heritage and that of our partners to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County. Essex Heritage’s semi-annual meetings provide a unique opportunity for Essex Heritage trustees, commissioners, members, supporters and partners to network with the public on a wide range of ongoing initiatives in the Essex National Heritage Area. Partnership Grant Program award recipients and new commissioners will be announced as well. Designated by the US Congress in recognition of the important role that this region played in American history and its significant heritage sites still remaining, the Essex National Heritage Area is comprised of the 34 communities of Essex County, MA. Essex Heritage is a non-profit agency that manages the Heritage Area, and works in collaboration with the National Park Service to promote public/private partnerships and develop programs that enhance, preserve and encourage regional awareness of the Area’s unique historic, cultural and natural resources. For more information and to RSVP, please call Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444 or visit http://www.essexheritage.org/annual-spring-meeting. 

Film Screening and Discussion of Style Wars
Date: Wednesday, April 30th, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art

Join Addison staff and Artist-in-Residence Chris Daze Ellis for a screening and discussion of the film Style Wars, exploring the graffiti art movement in New York City during the 1970s and 1980s. Free and open to the public.

Pints 4 Pete Fundraiser
Date: Thursday, May 1st, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: The Wild Horse, 392 Cabot Street, Beverly
Organization: Pete Frates #3 Fund

In dozens of cities around the world on May 1st, 2014, friends of Pete Frates will be gathering at 7pm local time to raise a pint for Pete! Called the Pints 4 Pete World Tour, the local stop will be at The Wild Horse at 392 Cabot Street in Beverly from 5-8 p.m.
A former standout at St. John's Prep and BC, Pete Frates was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012 at the age of 27. Since his diagnosis, Pete has enjoyed the strength and support of his family, friends, and neighbors all over the globe. They have taken an active role in raising awareness and funds for ALS research. May is ALS Awareness month so the Pints 4 Pete fundraiser on May 1st is a great way to kick it off!
The event at The Wild Horse is free and there will be music, great food, and tons of fun! Raffle tickets to win wine, beer, liquor, and sports tickets can be purchased at the event for $20. A limited number of tickets will be sold before the event to win the "Ultimate Boston Sports Package" valued at $4,000- club-level seats to the Pats, Bruins, Celts, and Sox! One winner takes it all! Tickets are $100 each and only 60 will be sold. Tickets can be purchased from Gin Wallace at gin.wallace@comcast.net. All proceeds from the event go to the Pete Frates #3 Fund. For more information, visit www.petefrates.com

Women's Fund of Essex County "Power of the Purse"
Date: Thursday, May 1st, 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Location:Willowdale Estate in Bradley Palmer State Park, 24 Asbury Street, Topsfield, MA
Organization: The Women's Fund of Essex County

The Women's Fund of Essex County's annual "Power of the Purse" fundraising event and raffle is taking place on May 1st. It's a ladies' evening of fabulous hors d'oeuvres, wine, purse raffle and fun! Proceeds help fund programs supporting women and girls in need. The Women's Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation. Please join us for this event to promote positive social change for women and girls! Tickets are $40 in advance; $40 at the door. For more information, or to register, please visit www.thewomensfundec.org

ArtsFusion Gala
Date: Saturday, May 3rd, 6:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.
Location: Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St, Marblehead
Organization: The Marblehead Festival of Arts and the Marblehead Arts Association

The Marblehead Festival of Arts and the Marblehead Arts Association have come together to create ArtsFusion, a gala in support of the arts, on Saturday May 3 from 6:30 to 10:30 at Abbot Hall. This evening of art, music, dancing, and food promises to be the bash of the season, giving North Shore art lovers a chance to mingle and take home fabulous pieces while supporting the local creative community. 
The first-ever collaborative event will feature libations, along with a delicious array of hearty hors d’oeuvres from Marco Salerno, owner of Exclusive Chefs and head of catering for Palmers Restaurant. Party-goers can participate in a silent auction and interactive art experiences and dance to live music from white-hot band Shuffle Mode. The fast-paced live auction will be hosted by WBZ’s Anthony Silva and will feature works from fabulous local artists, including Beverly Seamans, Norman LaLiberte, Anthony Padula, Charlie Allen, and Elaine Daly. Also up for auction will be the final work produced from the 35-year creative partnership that photographer Herb Goldberg shared with painter Nordia Kay.
Tickets are $55 and are available online at http://artsfusion.brownpapertickets.com. They can also be purchased at Arnould Gallery and Framing, Marblehead Arts Association, Shubie’s Market Place, and Spirit of ’76 Bookstore.
For more information about the event, contact Deborah Greel at Marblehead Arts Association, (781) 631-2608.

"Living for 32" Screening Hosted by Moms Demand Action
Date: Saturday, May 3rd, 2 p.m.
Location: Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt Street, Byfield

Local members of the Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America from the North Shore area are organizing to support state and federal initiatives aimed at reducing gun violence. As part of this effort they will be hosting a screening of the film Living for 32, the story of a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre. Following the film, a discussion will be led by Moms Demand Action North Shore leaders, building on the inspirational message of the film and exploring ways to get involved.
 Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Massachusetts Chapter

Moving Towards A Cure® Brain Tumor 5K
Date: Saturday, May 3rd, 8 a.m.
Location: DCR's Artesani Park
Organizaton: Dana-Farber Institute

Miles For Hope is holding its 4th Annual “Moving Towards A Cure®” event in Boston. Come join us on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 for a family-friendly day to include a 5K or 1M Run/Walk at the beautiful DCR’s Artesani Park! This is a heros and villians event so come dressed in your best costume! Day of event registration begins at 8:00 A.M. and 5K starts at 9:00 A.M. Register in advance at http://Boston.MilesForHope.org . Fees: 5K Run & 1M Walk $25 thru 4/20/14. Fees will be $30 thereafter. Virtual participants welcomed. All fees include an event t-shirt if registered by 4/10/14. After this date, t-shirts are available only while supplies last. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Visit Miles For Hope at http://www.MilesForHope.org for more information. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you would like to help out, please call (727) 781-4673, or register as a volunteer online. 

Bean Supper for Cystic Fibrosis
Date: Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Location: VFW #8349-33 River St., Methuen 
Organization: Cystic Fibrosis

On Saturday, May 3rd, there will be an Annual Bean Supper to support Cystic Fibrosis research. This supper will be held at the V.F.W. at 33 River Street in Methuen.

Derby Day Gala & Festivities
Date: Saturday, May 3rd, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Brackenside, 300 Bridge Street, Hamilton
Organization: Danvers Rotary Club

Danvers Rotary presents Derby Day Gala and Festivities, to be held at the grand equestrian estate of yesteryears, Brackenside. This will take place on May 3rd from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy triple crown cocktails, free flowing hors d'oeuvres, and desserts all by Henry's Catering. There will also be mint juleps and a Ladies Derby Hat Contest. Watch the derby live on TV as well. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information call Len Mercier at Danvers YMCA 978-774-2055.

4th Annual Spring for a Cure, Molly's Fantastic Faire
Date: Saturday, May 3rd
Location: Holy Family Parish Hall, Amesbury
Organization: The Children's Tumor Foundation

The 4th Annual Spring for a Cure will take place on Saturday, May 3rd to benefit Neurofibromatosis research. This event is full of fun for the whole family. Jump out of your favorite comic book or movie for a fun family day complete with costume contests, a live animal show by curious creatures, faire games and prizes, DJ entertainment, great food generously donated by local restaurants, great raffle and silent auctions items, and more. Tickets can be purchased at mollybit.com for only $10 adult and $5 kid. Prices increase at the door. Visit mollybit.com for more information.

Running & Walking Well 5k
Date: Saturday May 3rd, 9:30 a.m.
Location: Lynch Park, 55 Ober Street, Beverly

The Running Well Ministry at Calvary Christian Church wants to build at least on well in Africa in 2014. The cost to build a well is over $5,000. One well can make the quality of life so much better for hundreds of children and adults. Please join us on May 3rd at Lynch Park in Beverly to run for water for those who don't have access to clean water.  Cash prizes for winners.  Free tee shirts for the first 200 who register online. http://www.runningwalkingwell.org
 
Adults $25 ~ Youths $15 ~ Families $65

50's Dance Benefit
Date: Saturday, May 3rd, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. 
Location: Gloucester Fraternity Club, 27 Webster Street, Gloucester

Night Prowlers Hot Rod Club 50's Dance will take place on Saturday, May 3rd from 7 to 11 p.m. ENjoy music, food, prizes, and raffles. Admission is $15 per person and proceeds benefit individuals with special needs.

22nd Walk/Run for HAWC
Date: Sunday, May 4, 9 a.m.
Location: Salem Common, Salem
Organization: HAWC-Healing Abuse Working for Change

This is HAWC's largest Fundraiser to raisee money so we can continue serving victims of Domestic Violence in 23 cities and towns on the North Shore of MA. It is a scenic flat route in Salem. Run begins at 9am, Walk starts at noon. This is a family friendly day with Music, entertainment and food!! Call Maryanne at 978-744-8552 for more information

Project Bread's Walk for Hunger 2014
Date: Sunday, May 4th
Location: Boston

On Sunday, May 4th, thousands of people will walk to help fight hunger in Massachusetts in the 46th annual Walk for Hunge. Join 40,000 other Walkers on the Boston Common and help make a difference. Register and donate today at www.projectbread.org

Project Bread is the only statewide anti-hunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions. With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative initiatives and supports effective programs to eradicate hunger in our state.

Artist's Talk for Street Talk: Chris Daze Ellis in Dialogue with the Collection/ Opening Reception for the Spring Exhibitions
Date: Sunday, May 4th, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art

Please join us as we celebrate the opening of our spring exhibitions. At 2:00 pm, Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence Chris Daze Ellis will give an Artist’s Talk for Street Talk: Chris Daze Ellis in Dialogue with the Collection in Kemper Auditorium. The Opening Reception for the Spring Exhibitions will follow at 3:00 pm at the Addison Gallery. Explore our new shows, meet Daze and Addison staff, and enjoy music and a bite to eat. These events are free and open to the public. 

Veterans & Community Career and Benefits Fair
Date: Tuesday, May 6th, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: North Shore Community College Lynn Campus Gymnasium
Organization: Veterans

Event runs from 2pm - 5pm. The first hour is reserved for Veterans only. We have over 65 employers attending as well as over 20 Veterans Service Providers. For a complete list of employers and Service Providers, check out our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/635658029820893/ 

Women for Lynn Community Health Center Recognition Breakfast
Date: Thursday, May 8th
Location: Kernwood Country Club, Salem
Organization: Lynn Community Health Center

Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Women and Girls. Tickets $75 and can be purchased at http://www.lchcnet.org/donate/womens-recognition-breakfast/2014

"The Burning Fiery Furnace"
Date: Thursday, May 8th, 8 p.m. and Friday, May 9th, 8 p.m.
Location: All Saints Parish, Brookline
Organization: All Saints Parish

"The Burning Fiery Furnace" tells the story of King Nebuchadnezzar and the three Israelites, Ananias, Misael, and Azarias (corresponding Babylonian names being: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,) who were thrown into a furnace for their refusal to worship Nebuchadnezzar's image of gold. However, God saves them from death, in true and literal "deus ex macchina" as the voice of an angel joins the israelites in a Benedicte. 
From the Britten/Pears Foundation Website:
After the inward concentration of Curlew River, Britten set out to make his second Church Parable, ‘something much less sombre, an altogether gayer affair’ as he put it. Based on the Old Testament story of Nebuchadnezzar and the three Israelites, The Burning Fiery Furnace uses the same basic vocal and instrumental forces as its predecessor and retains its most distinctive structural features, but the work makes a strongly contrasted impression. 
The attempt to write in a generally lighter vein results in a more flexible approach and a greater variety of colour (aided by Britten’s imaginative deployment of the rarely used alto trombone). Although the work is no less powerful and concentrated as a result, the wider range can accommodate such memorable diversions as the young acolytes’ entertainment during the Babylonian feast and the march before the raising of the image of Merodak. For information on the cast and production crew, or to reserve tickets, please visit www.operabrittenica.com. 
Please Note: This concert will be donation only, therefore no assigned seats will be available. Those with reserved tickets will be allowed admission on a first come, first serve basis, beginning at 7:30 to select the seat(s) that best meet their needs. At 7:45, there will be open remaining seating for those without reservations, and the production will begin at 8:00pm. For any further information or questions about this policy or anything Opera Brittenica, please email our Executive Director, Joshua Collier at Operabrittenica@gmail.com.

7th Annual Renewed Hope Fundraiser
Date: Friday, May 9th, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Location: Double Tree Boston, North Danvers
Organization: Renewed Hope Project, Inc

Renewed Hope Project is a Non Profit (tax ID# 26-4120278) here in Beverly MA that provides Family Focused Addiction Recovery Services. We work with the families who have loved one who are struggling with addiction. At Renewed Hope we believe that "Your Loved One's Greatest Chance.....Begins With You". All the money raised at our fundraiser goes toward helping us continue to provide these much needed services in our communities and also includes our Free Support Group which meets every Thursday evening at 556 Cabot Street in Beverly from 7 - 8:30 pm. This event will have great food, music by "It's All About The Music", Live and Silent Auction and raffles.You can also support us through sponsorships or by donating items like gift certificates or tickets for our auction or raffle. For early registration and more information, please go to our website www.rhpb.org.

Mother's Day Auction
Date: Saturday, May 10th, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Legion Hall, Manchester
Organization: Manchester- Essex Rotary Club

The theme this year's Mother's Day Auction is "Summer Beach Party" and there will be music, dinner, wine tasting, cash bar and a live auction hosted by Senator Bruce Tarr.  Available items include, sports & event tickets, vacations/trips, “instant wine cellar”, amazing artwork by local Cape Ann artists, many gift baskets and bundles, gift certificates to north shore restaurants, etc.  It is a lot of fun and tickets are $25.00 each.  All the proceeds go to the Rotary fund which supports many local efforts including scholarships for deserving Manchester and Essex students (last year we gave away over $12K, most of which was raised at this auction), programs at the local schools, Gloucester Open Door food pantry, local community service projects in Essex and Manchester, etc. If you have a good or service that you would like to donate to the auction, please email Michael T. Gray at mailto:MGray@carpentermacneille.com and let him know and he can pick up at your convenience.  For more information, visit www.manchester-essexrotary.org

Run/Walk Against Breast Cancer
Date: Sunday, May 11th, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Location: Bradley Palmer State Park, Highland Street Entrance, 475 Highland Street, South Hamilton
Organization: Breast Cancer Education & Support Group at Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers

The Run/Walk Against Breast Cancer will take place on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014. The run will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., and the walk will start at 9:15 a.m. and end at 10:15 a.m. A new course has been added this year, a wheel measured 3-mile grass/ trail loop.The entry donation is $30 for adults and $15 for children under 14.Everything will begin at the Bradley Palmer State Park at the Highland Street entrance. If you are using GPS please enter the address:  475 Highland Street, South Hamilton, and the entrance gate should be right across the street. Pingree School is across the street from the park. T-shirts will be give to the first 150 applications. There will be an aid station and raffles. Proceeds to benefit the Breast Cancer Education & Support Group at Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers. For more information, please e-mail: mothers dayrunwalk@gmail.com
please visit: www.gaconine.net, or  facebook at G.A.C. Mother's Day Six-Hour Run/Walk.

Centuries of Servants on Chesnut Street
Date: Saturday, May 17th, 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Location: Phillips House Museum
Organization: Historic New England

Join Jim McAllister of Derby Square Tours for walking tour of the Chestnut Street neighborhood focusing on the lives of servants, coachmen, chauffeurs, gardeners, and other workers who helped to make life on Chestnut Street run smoothly through the years. The will take place rain or shine on Saturday, May 17 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The group will meet at McIntire Park, across the street from Hamilton Hall. Special thanks to the Salem Cultural Council for sponsorship of this tour. Centuries of Servants is part of Historic New England’s Everyone’s History initiative that will focus on the role of the variety of people who impacted everyday life at our historic properties. 


Comedy Night for Disabled Vets
Date: Saturday, May 17th
Location: Giggles Comedy Club, Rt. 1, Saugus
Organization: Disabled Veterans

Come out for a night of laughs and memories on Saturday, May 17th at Giggles Comedy Club in Saugus. Proceeds from the night will benefit Disabled Veterans. In addition to comedy, there will be pizza, drinks, raffles and auctions for a variety of items. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling 978-927-4781.

Drop-In Family Day
Date: Sunday, May 18th, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art

In conjunction with Art Museum Day, families are invited to explore the artwork in Street Talk: Chris Daze Ellis in Dialogue with the Collection and Pop! Selections from the Collection to discover the sources of artists’ inspiration and experiment with art materials to create their own unique works of art. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Free and open to the public. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Community Conversation: Reflections on Narratives of the Civil War
Date: Wednesday, May 21st, 6 p.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art

In conjunction with the Andover Historical Society’s series Lest We Forget: Andover in the Civil War, Addison Curator of Education Rebecca Hayes will engage visitors in an exploration of historical and contemporary works from the museum’s collection to reflect on how artists have understood and contributed to the evolving narrative of the Civil War. Free and open to the public.

Boston's Run to Remember Half Marathon and 5-Mile
Date: Sunday, May 25
Location: Boston

Runners are registering in record numbers for the 2014 Boston’s Run to Remember, which honors law enforcement officers, first responders and others who run toward danger, not away from it. The event’s half marathon and 5-mile races are set for Sunday, May 25, starting from the Seaport World Trade Center in downtown Boston. This is the 10th year for the annual charity event, created as a tribute to Massachusetts law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Register at www.bostonsruntoremember.com. Both races feature loop courses that start at the Seaport World Trade Center and wind through historic downtown Boston, with the half marathon crossing over the Charles River along Memorial Drive in Cambridge before looping back. For additional information, find the race on Facebook or visit the website at www.bostonsruntoremember.com

Rockport Elementary School Health Fair
Date: Wednesday, May 28th, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Location: Rockport Elementary School Gym, 34 Jerden's Lane, Rockport
Organization: Rockport Elementary School and Addison Gilbert Hospital

Rockport Elementary School and Addison Gilbert Hospital will host a health fair for students and their parents on Wednesday, May 28 from 10 a.m - 1 p.m. in the Rockport Elementary School Gym, 34 Jerden's Lane, Rockport.
 Demonstrations, educational materials being provided by Addison Gilbert Hospital will include Cape Ann Pediatricians (bring your questions about inhalers and nebulizers).  Rehabilitation at Addison Gilbert Hospital will provide a concussion information table, Food & Nutrition Services to provide healthy snack demonstration,
Access to health insurance, Emergency Department and hand washing demonstration by staff from Children's Hospital, Boston.
 Also in attendance will be Rockport Police Department, Rockport Fire Department, Rockport Harbor Master, Rockport ambulance, Gloucester Dental Center, Cape Ann YMCA, Pathways for Children and The Open Door, who will provide their farm with artificial fruits, vegetables, hens and eggs!

Rockport Garden Club's Plant Sale
Date: Saturday, May 31st, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Duffy's Greenhouse, 158 Granite Street, Rockport

Save the date for Rockport Garden Club's Plant Sale to take place on Saturday, May 31st at Duffy's Greenhouse, Rear 158 Granite Street (just opposite the former Cape Ann Tool Company in Pigeon Cove).  The Plant Sale will take place from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Don't miss the opportunity to select from a large variety of outside and outdoor plants, shrubs, bulbs and more!

BHS Up All Night Party
Date: June 1st
Location: Cedardale Health & Fitness Club, Haverhill

Once again the greater Beverly community will host the Up All Night graduation party for Beverly High graduating seniors on graduation night, June 1st. What began simply with hope and a prayer has now become a Beverly tradition. Our seniors look forward to this night from the first time they learn about it as freshmen. This year will mark the 23rd year of keeping graduates safe on graduation night! Once again this year’s party will take place at the Cedardale Health & Fitness Club in Haverhill. This event would simply not be possible without the financial support of Beverly businesses, and this year they’re counting on that support again to continue the tradition. Donations are greatly appreciated and begin at $70.

For more information please email bhsptouan@gmail.com

Knock, Knock... Who's There?
Date: Wednesday, June 4th
Location: FINZ Restaurant, Pickering Wharf, Salem
Organization: PALS Animal Life Savers

Starring comedians Dave Rattigan, Steve Calechman and Tony V. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Ticket price is $20. For tickets in advance or table reservations, call Donna at 781 535 8635 or email Carol at cafournier26@comcast.net. We advise reserving seats as this show sells out every year. 

La Chic Mentoring Fashion Show & Silent Auction
Date:  Saturday, June 7, 2014
Location: Lynn Museum and Historical Society
Organization: La Chic Mentoring Plus, Inc.

There will be a fashion show, music, food, silent auction, and a raffle at this event. We will also have well known people such as Billy Conigliaro, Red Sox players, Miss Massachusetts and Miss Teen at this event. La Chic Mentoring Plus was founded in 2012 by Keisha Conigliaro, a business owner in Beverly, MA. She is married to former Boston Red Sox and Oakland A's star Billy Conigliaro, who is the brother of former Red Sox star Tony Conigliaro. Keisha is the leader of La Chic Mentoring Plus and it is her mission to provide poor, underprivileged, and "at risk" girls in the community with a fun, clean and safe place to interact with other girls in their situation in the presence of caring adults that want to help give them a fighting chance to succeed in today's society, and become productive, responsible women. By providing these girls with educational activities, support, and a safe place to learn, it is La Chic's goal to develop emotional strength, self confidence and high self- esteem that will serve them for a lifetime. We take great pride in helping the girls achieve these goals. If you would like to attend, please contact us.

8th Annual Food and Wine Festival
Date: Saturday, June 14th, 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Location: The Stevens Estate, 7230 Osgood Street, North Andover
Organization: North Andover Booster Club Little League

The 8th Anuual Food and Wine Festival to benefit North Andover Little League will be held on Saturday, June 14th from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Stevens Estate. The Stevens Estate is located on 7230 Osgood Street in North Andover. The night also includes comedians Lenny Clarke and Christine Hurley. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. For details, visit nayouthbaseball.org.

Rockport's Hidden Garden Tour - Summer 2014
Date: Friday, June 20th and Saturday, June 21st, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Rockport Garden Club's Hidden Gardens

The Rockport Garden Club's Hidden Gardens tour will take place on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 - 10:00 a.m -
4:00 p.m. Ticket price is $20. per ticket before June 1 and $25. after June 1.   To purchase tickets, please contact
Lynn Bird at  508-981-6698, or purchase tickets online by going to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rockports-hidden-gardens-a-walking-tour-tickets-10122469579[eventbrite.com]

Against the Tide
Date: Saturday, June 21st, 7 a.m.
Location: DCR's Hopkinton State Park
Organization: Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be holding their annual statewide Against the Tide swim, kayak, walk, or run fundraising events again in 2014. The morning events consist of several components: competitive and recreational swim, recreational kayak, recreational walk, and competitive and recreational run. Participants of all ages and abilities can choose 1, 2 or 3 of these exciting activities. The event also offers an Aquathlon "Splash and Dash" component, where participants "splash" in the competitive 1-mile swim and immediately "dash" into the competitive 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant).
 
The statewide metro-Boston Against the Tide will be held for the 22nd consecutive year at DCR's Hopkinton State Park on Saturday, June 21st. The statewide event starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 12 noon. Please visit www.mbcc.org/swim or call 800-649-MBCC for more information and to register.

Gallery Talk for POP! Selections from the Collection
Date: Sunday, June 22nd, 2 p.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover 
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art

Gallery Talk for POP! Selections from the Collection with curators Allison Kemmerer and Kelley Tialiou. Free and open to the public.

Rockport Navy Weekend Visit
Date: July 11-13th
Location: Rockport

The Town of Rockport and the Rockport Navy Committee will once again welcome members of the US Navy and the US Naval Academy to Rockport on July 11-13, 2014. Please see attached tentative schedule of events.  Five 44' sloops from  Annapolis with 50 midshipmen on board will arrive on Friday, July 11th. Members of the US Navy band have been invited for a concert on Sunday, July 13. They also hope to play a second concert on Saturday, July 12th. A cannon gun crew from The USS Constitution has also been invited to Rockport as well as sailors from the Portsmouth Navy Shipyard. Many more activities will take place throughout the weekend. All events are free of charge to all Sailors!

Cycle for Shelter
Date: Sunday, July 27th
Location: Northern Essex Community College, Haverill
Organization: Emmaus

Emmaus needs your financial support to insure that we'll be able to provide what homeless children and adults need to rebuild their lives - emergency shelter, housing research assistance, affordable housing, adult education and job training and support services. This year more than 3,000 homeless adults and children will seek help from Emmaus as they face homelessness, a crisis that most of us can only imagine in our worst nightmares.
Here's the good news. Armed with sufficient resources, Emmaus can get the job done. In the past year alone, we have moved 200 homeless families and 80 individuals into permanent housing. Your support helps Emmaus "empower families and individuals reach their fullest potential".
This Cycle will take place on Sunday, July 27th, rain or shine at Northern Essex Community College in Haverill, MA. If you raise $500 by June 1st, your name will be entered into a random drawing to win an XBox One. $1,000 will provide shelter, meals, and support services for a family for one week at the Emmaus Family House. $500 will supply nutritional meals for 30 people for one week at Mitch's Place. $250 will help a homeless mother get her GED through the Bethel Business Center. For more information, visit www.emmausinc.org or call 978-241-3444.


MONTHLONG EVENTS: 

Langley- Adams Library May Events
Date: May
Location: Langley - Adams Library, 185 Main Street, Groveland
Organization: Langley- Adams Library


There are three exciting events coming up in the month of May at the Langley- Adams Library. The first is "The History of Howard Johnson's: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became a Roadside Icon" presented by author Anthony Sammarco, Monday, May 5th at 6pm followed by an Ice Cream Social. Next is "Ragtime Piano" concert and history given by nationally touring Deborrah Wyndham, Monday, May 12th at 6:00pm. Finally there is the "History in Architecture: A Study of Early Houses in Groveland and Surrounding Areas" by John F. Cole. Monday, May 19th at 6:30pm. These events are free and open to the public. Please call 978-372-1732 or go online to www.langleyadamslib.org to register.

Loisaida: New York's Lower East Side in the '80s
Date: April 12- July 31
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art


The decades leading up to the 1980s were a time of ferment and unrest in the country, triggered by events such as the Vietnam War, the bombing in Cambodia, the Kent State shootings, black power initiatives, gay riots at Stonewall Inn, and for the City of New York, the fiscal crisis in 1974. All of this set the stage in the early ’80s for what the Boston-based, avant-garde collector John P. Axelrod (Phillips Academy Class of 1964) has called “a roiling environment for the emergence of new and exciting art forms.” In New York two distinct yet intertwined threads of art emerged: Graffiti, which left its spray-painted tags on the streets, bridges, trains, and abandoned buildings beginning first in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, and then spreading soon after to the outer boroughs, and Loisaida, the colloquial Latino pronunciation of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where this diverse group of artists concentrated their activity. It is Loisaida’s uniquely American expression that has captured Axelrod’s most recent collecting enthusiasm and resulted in the selection from his personal collection that is presented in this exhibition. Open Tuesday–Saturday 10–5, Sunday 1–5; closed Mondays and national holidays

Street Talk: Chris Daze Ellis in Dialogue with the Collection
Date: May 3rd- July 31st
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art

A member of the “second generation” of New York graffiti artists, Chris Ellis—best known by his street name, Daze—has been hailed as one of the most important ‘writers’ of his time. Daze began his career in graffiti as a teenager, tagging subway cars alongside Crash, Seen, Lady Pink, and Futura. Turning his focus from trains to canvas in the early 1980s, Daze has been one of the most successful graffiti artists of his generation to transition from street to studio. Using spray paint in combination with the more traditional media of oil and acrylic to capture the energy and essence of the urban scene, Daze’s large-scale paintings are a provocative blend of spontaneity and control, abstraction and representation. This exhibition presents recent works in juxtaposition with a group of paintings, prints, and photographs chosen by the artist from the Addison’s permanent collection. Revealing intriguing and unexpected resonances in artistic approach, theme, and subject matter, this conversation not only sets Daze’s work within the context of American art history, but also provides new insight into some of the museum’s familiar favorites. Chris Daze Ellis is the Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence for spring 2014. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00-5:00 pm; closed Mondays and national holidays.

POP! Selections from the Collection
Date: May 3rd- July 31st
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art

Characterized by bright, explosive, and accessible imagery, Pop Art was unlike any other movement of the 20th century in its instant popularity and its all-encompassing cultural impact. Emerging in the U.S. in the early 1960s, a time of unprecedented economic prosperity, Pop Art explored the image world of a rapidly growing consumer society. Taking inspiration from advertising, pulp magazines, billboards, movies, television, comic strips, and shop windows, and basing their techniques and style on aspects of media and mass reproduction, artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol blurred the lines between art and commodity in humorous, witty, and often ironic works that can be seen as both celebrations and critiques of popular culture. POP! includes prints, sculptures, paintings, and artists’ books drawn from the permanent collection, many never before exhibited at the Addison. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and national holidays.

Rockport Music Upcoming Events
Date: May
Location: Rockport
Organization: Rockport Music


On Thursday, May 1 at 7 pm, the Berklee World Strings, directed by cellist Eugene Friesen, will perform music of the Harlem Renaissance.  This group features an international collection of Berklee's most accomplished and promising soloists, chamber players and fiddlers who perform lively programs that typically include new compositions and arrangements from a wide variety of the world’s music. With a repertoire drawn from Celtic, bluegrass, South American, Arabic, Gypsy, jazz, and classical styles, Berklee World Strings redefines the traditional string orchestra with bright melodies, dance rhythms, improvisation and sparkling interplay.  The evening’s performance will include participants from the Rockport High School string program. Free, No tickets required.
 On Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 pm, clarinetist and visual artist Stephen Bates and pianist Bonnie Anderson present a program entitled, The Changing Language of Artistic Expression, which will explore the integration of art and music.  The concert program will include Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 for clarinet and piano, Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Clarinet and Stephen Kleiman’s Sonatine No. 2 for clarinet and piano, “Inner Dance.”  As part of the program, Bates will show his own artistic works as well as works by Kandinsky,  briefly discussing Kandinsky's move towards abstraction, as well as synaesthesia—the connection between two senses—in this discussion the connection between colors or images triggered by different sounds. Free, no tickets required.
 On Saturday, May 17, as part of the Town of Rockport’s Motif No. 1 Day celebration, Rockport Music will host their annual Instrument Petting Zoo at the Old Firehouse Trust (Dock Square) at 10 am.  Try out instruments of the string family, as well as instruments of the brass and woodwind families, and a Celtic harp. Great fun for the entire family!  Free, no tickets required.  At noon the same day, the Wenham Street Brass will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  A trio of young professionals dedicated to engaging audiences through performance and education, the Wenham Street Brass will perform a varied and fun program enjoyable by all ages. 
 For ticket information and details on these and other 2013-14 events, please visit our website at www.rockportmusic.org.  Tickets are also available through the Box Office at 978-546-7391 or visiting 35 Main Street, Rockport, MA.  The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4 pm.  
Rockport Music is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

Become a Mentor to a Local Kid!
Date: Ongoing
Location: All over the North Shore
Organization: Children's Friends and Family Services

Children’s Friend 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. Whether it’s taking a walk in the park, watching a movie, cooking or just talking on the phone – when you take time out of your day to enrich the life of a child, you’re making a real difference. Our program waitlist has 26 youth, so there is a significant need! If you are interested or would like to know more, please visit http://childrensfriend.net/services/youth-mentoring/ or contact Samantha Alves, Director of Youth Mentoring at salves@childrensfriend.net or call 978-219- 1528

Senior Supper Club

Date: Second Tuesday of each month, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester
Organization: Addison Gilbert Hospital and Unidine, in partnership with the Gloucester Police Department and the Rockport and Gloucester Senior Centers.

Addison Gilbert Hospital's "Senior Supper Club" is available to Rockport and Gloucester seniors 65 years of age or older. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month through October at 4:30 p.m. The next dinner will be held at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester. A hot nutritious complimentary dinner will be provided by the Cafe at Addison Gilbert Hospital followed by a speaker. Gloucester seniors are asked to contact Lucy Sheehan, Director, Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765, extension 22. Rockport seniors are asked to contact Diane Bertolino, Director, Rockport Senior Center at 978-546-257. Seating is limited.

DanversCARES
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 underagedrinking.SAMHSA.gov.  That’s www.underagedrinking.S-A-M-H-S-A.gov.   Talk.  They Hear You.  A public service message from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and brought to you by DanversCARES.

Essex Elementary PTO Online Auction
Date: Tuesday, April 8th, 4:00 p.m. -  Thursday, April 17th, 9:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Organization: Essex Elementary School

Essex Elementary School is holding its 5th annual online auction to benefit the children of Essex Elementary School. The online auction goes live on Tuesday, April 8th at 4:00 pm and bidding closes on Thursday, April 17th at 9:00 pm. Simply log on to www.essexpto.com to browse and bid on any of our amazing items! This year we are offering a 2 week session at Camp Cody on Lake Ossippee in NH, restaurant gift certificates, professional photo sessions, a ride on the schooner Ardelle, an overnight stay at Great Wolf lodge and waterpark, and much more! There is something for everyone.

April Events at the Haverhill Public Library
Date: Ongoing
Location: Haverhill Public Library

This April stop by the Haverhill Public Library for some great events! Escape the doldrums of winter! Events include musical performances by Two Old Friends and the Merrimack Valley Townsmen, a book group, Poetry Night, a program on sleep disorders, an author event, a matinee series, a Book to Film club, and the Haverhill READS program in May. For more information on these exciting events, visit www.haverhillpl.org.

Worldwide Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Lyme Disease Association

May is Worldwide Lyme Disease Awareness month.  If you, a friend or family member suffers from Lyme or other tick borne diseases, please join the awareness campaign by hanging a bright green ribbon or Lyme Awareness flag from your porch, fence, car, or lapel.  We need a sea of green ribbons to show how far-reaching this epidemic has become. According to the CDC, there are more than 300,000 NEW cases of Lyme each year.  If not caught and treated right away, Lyme Disease and its co-infections represent a serious, disabling, and complex multi-system disease that can affect any system or organ in the body – including heart and brain.  Please learn about Lyme Disease and how to protect yourself and your loved ones by visiting http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org/. Get Smart! Stay Tick-Safe!

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 bethany.org.

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 NorthShorePostpartumHelp.org. Those needing to talk to someone immediately may call the Parental Stress Hotline at: 1-800-632-8188. It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience. The initial scope of this Task Force is the North Shore United Way community, including the following towns: Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.

Donations Needed for Wenham Museum's Spring Attic Treasures Sale
Date: Now through April 24th

Wenham Museum’s Attic Treasures Sale has been a North Shore tradition for over 60 years. Organized by a crew of dedicated volunteers, this event has expanded and has become a staple event for many in the community. Veteran bargain hunters will revel in the tables loaded with unique, vintage, and “new with tags” items including jewelry, furniture, home décor and gently used clothing all donated to the museum by those looking to clean out some space in their homes this spring. The museum needs your help to make this semi-annual fundraiser the success it has always been.  Donations are accepted by appointment prior to April 21st by calling or for pick up. Volunteers will also be at the museum in Burnham Hall from April 21st through 24th to help you unload your car or truck. All accepted donations are tax deductible and proper paperwork will be given the day of your donation. To insure that all items be accounted for, we suggest you submit an inventory with your donation.

Any inquiries about appropriate items, pick-up scheduling, volunteering and shopping opportunities, please contact Cheryl Emmons, Trustee, at (978) 853–0711.

Easter Seals Walk With Me Seeks Wakefield Volunteers
Date: Now through May 29th
Organization: Easter Seals Massachusetts

Easter Seals is looking for volunteers who would like to help plan its Walk With Me fundraiser in Wakefield on May 29th. The walk supports Easter Seals' life-changing services, which empower children and adults with disabilities to reach their full potential. The 5-k, family fun walk will start from the parking lot at Comverse, 200 Quannapowitt Parkway. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the walk will step off at 6 p.m. Snacks and music will follow the walk's completion. Participants may walk as individuals, join a team or form their own team of friends, family members and coworkers. 

For more information, contact Katie Hafner at 508-751-6443 or khafner@EasterSealsMA.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cranney Cares for the Community Campaign Celebrates Three Years of Giving
Date: Ongoing

January 15, 2014 – Cranney Home Services is celebrating three years of donating $1,000 per month to local non-profit organizations nominated by residents of the North Shore and surrounding areas. The only requirement is that the charity has 503-C IRS status. Please visit www.cranneyhomeservices.com to nominate the charity of your choice. A random drawing will occur on the last day of each month. Winners will be announced on the company’s Web site, their Facebook page, in their newsletter and in local news publications. 

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

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

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

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

Three Bags Full: All About Wool Exhibit
Date: Tuesday, January 21st - Sunday, April 27th
Location: Wenham Museum

 Wool is a very ancient fiber which has been keeping us both warm and cool for thousands of years. It can be dense and fuzzy or gossamer fine. It is used for clothes (both what you see and don’t), accessories, and even toys and dolls. In West Gallery, we explore the versatility of wool, from cobwebby shawls and tough twill for military uniforms to tweed jackets and dress fabric. Woven, knitted, crocheted, and felted, wool can do it all. Included with museum admission. $8 adults, $6 children, members free. Group rates available. 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA, 978-468-2377, www.wenhammuseum.org

Membership Drive
Date: Ongoing
Location: Auditorium Hall, Holy Family Church, Bessom St, Lynn

Order of the Sons of Italy The Order of the Sons of Italy in America/Santa Famiglia Lodge #2834 located in Lynn is currently conducting a membership drive. Its missions include: encouraging the study of Italian language/culture in American schools and universities; preserving Italian American traditions, culture, history and heritage; promoting closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy. OSIA/Santa Famiglia #2834 is for people of any gender, age, religion and profession. You don't even have to be Italian to join! Whether you are of Italian heritage or simply have a love for things Italian, OSIA welcomes you as a member. If you are interested in helping out not only the Sons of Italy in America but also your local community as well, please contact Frank R. Iacono, Financial Secretary, Santa Famiglia Lodge #2834 at 857-333-4281 and leave your name and message. AVANTI/Come in one and all! 

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 pawswakefield.org or call 781-246-6111 for more information. 

BNI Lighthouse Meetings
Date: Fridays, 7 - 8:30 am

The Lighthouse chapter of BNI meets weekly at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester. Meetings are held Friday from 7:00 to 8:30 am, and visitors are welcome. For information or a reservation to attend, please call Lindsay Thompson at 978.281.3939.

Family Promise North Shore
Date: Ongoing

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

For more information please call 978-922-0787

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

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

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

For more information, please call 978-522-4310 or emailmw@rhpb.org
 
Free & Confidential Business Counseling
Date: 2nd Tuesday of Every Month
Location: Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce

The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce now offers FREE and Confidential small business counseling on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to help you raise capital, start or grow your business, here in Massachusetts. Appointments in Peabody with a representative from the Small Business Development Center at Salem State College are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis between 9 AM and 1:30 PM.

Call 978-531-0384 today to schedule yours!
 
Peabody Rotary Meetings/Book Sale
Date: Every Thursday morning - 7:30 a.m.
Locatoin: Red's Kitchen and Tavern, Route 1 Northbound in Peabody

Peabody Rotary meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m.. Currently, they are selling the Entertainment Books for $30 each. These books contain coupons for local and national restaurants, entertainment venues, retail stores, and much more. The purchaser will save more than the $30 cost. The proceeds benefit the Rotary who in turn helps out the community in many ways. For information about Peabody Rotary, go to www.rotarypeabody.org or for membership information, contact Membership Chair Martha Holden at holden@noblenet.org.
 
Event: Ipswich Museum
Date: Various events throughout the month
Location: 54 Sount Main Street, Ipswich, MA

Visit the Ipswich Museum for special brown bag lunch events, lectures, and walking tours throughout the month. Details of all events are online atwww.ipswichmuseum.org
 
Free Small Business Counseling
Date: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
Location: 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester
Organization: Cape Ann Chamber

Free small business counseling is offered at the Cape Ann Chamber's 33 Commercial Street office in Gloucester on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  Anyone who is considering starting a business or has questions about an aspect of their current business is invited to make an appointment to meet with a representative from the Small Business Development Center of Salem State College at the chamber office.  This is the twenty-fourth year that the Chamber has offered this service to area firms and prospective new business owners; and over 7,400 business-people have taken advantage of this service. 

Call the Chamber office at 978-283-1601 or email info@CapeAnnChamber.com for an appointment.    
 
Free Hypnotherapy Smoking Cessation
Date: Ongoing
Location: Salem Hospital
Organization: Salem Hospital

Salem Hospital is offering free smoking cessation treatment using a combination of hypnosis and “the patch” to qualified candidates.  To find out if you’re eligible to participate, or to learn more about HYPQUIT, call study coordinator Joanne Rowley, MS, RN-CS at 978-745-4391 ext. 247.
 
Membership Drive
Date: Ongoing
Location: Bessom Street, Lynn, MA
Organization: Order of the Sons of Italy

The Order of the Sons of Italy in America/Santa Famiglia Lodge #2834 located in Lynn is currently conducting a membership drive. Its missions include: encouraging the study of Italian language/culture in American schools and universities; preserving Italian American traditions, culture, history and heritage; promoting closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy. OSIA/Santa Famiglia #2834 is for people of any gender, age, religion and profession. You don't even have to be Italian to join! Whether you are of Italian heritage or simply have a love for things Italian, OSIA welcomes you as a member. If you are interested in helping out not only the Sons of Italy in America but also your local community as well, please contact Frank R. Iacono, Financial Secretary, Santa Famiglia Lodge #2834 at 617-240-6055 and leave your name and message. AVANTI/Come in one and all! 
 
Fellowship Soup
Date: Every Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., Gloucester
The Gloucester United Methodist Church invites you to join them every Saturday for their community outreach program, Fellowship Soup. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fellowship Soup gives you the opportunity to share a free meal and enjoy the company of others in the community.

Call 978-281-1040 or email gloumc@verizon.net for more information.
 
Y for All
Location: Any YMCA

The YMCA believes the all kids deserve a chance to learn, discover, and succeed. With your help, the YMCA is doing just that, helping those who truly need and deserve the community's support. The Y For All campaign raises money for children and families who are in need of YMCA programs and services, but are unable to afford them. Such services include childcare, early learning education, youth and teen programming, unemployment relief and affordable housing. By donating, the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.

For more information, visit www.WhatAboutYou.org or call 978-927-6855.

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 www.changeissimple.org.
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