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Marblehead Museum Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails
Date: Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th
Location: Marblehead Museum

Friday and Saturday, September 19  & 20 as well as September 26 & 27 - Visit the Marblehead Museum Exhibit Galleries, Museum Shop and J.O.J. Frost Folk Art Gallery at 170 Washington St or take a guided tour of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion across the street.  Open hours – 10am – 4pm. In honor of Trails and Sails, Lee Mansion tours between 12 and 1pm on Friday, September 19 & 26,  will be free and the Civil War & G.A.R. Museum at the Old Town house will be open and free on Saturday September 27 from 10 am -2 pm.

Beverly Bootstraps' Spooky Opening of Halloween Pop-Up Shop
Date: Saturday, September 20th, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: 200 Rantoul Street, Beverly

The Spooky Opening of Beverly Bootstraps’ Halloween Pop-Up Store will be on Saturday September 20, from 9:30am-3pm. Come shop for costumes, masks, decorations – all your Halloween needs. 200 Rantoul Street, Beverly - Next door to the Thrift Shop. Regular shop hours through mid-October are 10am-4pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 9:30am-noon on Saturdays. All proceeds from the Halloween Pop-Up Shop will help support Beverly Bootstraps programs.

Marblehead Museum Offers Unique Opportunity - View Colonial Structures
Date: Saturday, September 20th, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Jeremiah Lee Mansion

The Marblehead Museum is on the move again, with an evening of sipping, strolling and viewing of some of  the most outstanding colonial structures in the United States. Progressive Bon Apetit! will take place on Saturday September 20, from 5:30 to 8:30, when three wonderful buildings will be part of a progressive party.

Starting at the 1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion, guests will enjoy 18th century punch as they view the first floor of the Mansion, enjoying its beautiful carvings, handpainted wallpaper and elegant ambiance. Then guests will have the special opportunity to view the 1744 Goodwin house at 47  Washington Street, recently exquisitely restored by Fine Period Homes, Inc., and hear about the work done by Jim Lavadiere and his team. The evening will conclude at the newly renovated Old Town House, with hors d'ouvres by Every Little Breeze Catering. The newly renovated Civil War & G.A.R. Museum will also be open.

What better way to spend a lovely fall evening, than viewing these properties, and supporting the Marblehead Museum. Cost for the evening is $45 for members, and $60 for nonmembers. For tickets to this limitedm event, call 781-631-1768 or go to www.marbleheadmuseum.org.

Boxford Apple Festival
Date: Saturday, September 20th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Rain Date: September 22nd)
Location: Elm Street, Boxford
Organization: Boxford Historical Society

This year's Apple Festival offers food, craft venders and all kinds of working exhibits! The festival will festure booths of local crafters, 1760 Holyoke-Frensh House tours, apple favorites, food, and music. Venders from around New England sell their handcrafted wares. Lunch, snacks and dessert are available throught the Boxford Historical Society. For more information call 978-887-5078.


Downtown Gloucester Block Party
Date: Saturday, September 20th, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Main Street, Gloucester
Organiaztion: Cape Ann Business Incubator

Main Street will be transformed into an entertainment mall with live performances on five stages, al fresco dining offered by Main Street restaurants, stores open for shopping plus a vendor area and Kids' Town to keep youngsters amused. The Block party is free with many events and a variety of entertainment. Performers who wish to join may contact whuntrock@gmail.com; merchants and those who would like a display area: lseigel1@gmail.com; sponsor contacts: kirstin@sparx3 or jbrackley2@comcast.net; food vendors, volunteers, publicity and all other concerns: glostablockpahty@gmail.com.

Windrush Farm celebrates 50th Anniversary
Date: Saturday, September 20th, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: Windrush Farm, North Andover and Boxford
Organization: Windrush Farm
 
Come celebrate the farm’s 50th Anniversary, a special Golden Jubilee event, under the tents at the Windrush Farm! The celebration will include cocktails, appetizers, dinner, dancing, awards, and raffles. Windrush Farm annually provides educational services and therapeutic activities to more than 2,150 children, adults, and their families including veterans and victims of human trafficking, with the help of around 500 volunteers. Windrush also hosts the Special Olympics every year. For ticket information please visit www.windrushfarm50.org.

Family Farm Day at Appleton Farms in Ipswich
Date: Sunday, September 21st
Location: Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich MA
 
Come and celebrate the arrival of fall and farm traditions with The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for the annual Family Farm Day event. From 10am–3pm, rain or shine, the family friendly event will feature local healthy foods, music, barnyard animals, and traditional farm crafts and activities. For more information, visit http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/northeast-ma/summer2014-0291.html, call 978-356-5728, or email appletonfarms@ttor.org

Windrush Farm Birthday Celebration
Date: Sunday, September 21st, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Windrush Farm, North Andover and Boxford
Organization: Windrush Farm
 
Come celebrate Windrush Farm’s birthday! Families and friends are invited to the farm for hay rides, live music, food, a $1,000 cash raffle, a construction equipment playground, meet and greet with marathon team Dick & Rick Hoyt, a petting zoo and more! Admission is $20 per car. Visit www.windrushfarm50.org for more details.

Swings for Support
Date: Monday, September 22nd
Location: BLack Swan Coutnry Club, Georgetown
Organization: Care Dimensions

Swings for Support is a charitable golf tournament whose primary aim is to raise money for Care Dimensions. The tournament is set up as a four person scramble. All procreeds will be donated directly to Care Dimensions. If you are interested in playing in the tournament or making any donations, feel free to contact John Zannino at 978-979-8903 or contactswings@gmail.com

SSU Alliance Welcomes Famed Artist Mary Lambert
Date: Thursday, September 25th
Location: SSU South Campus Gym; 11 Harrison Road; Salem MA
 
Salem State University is pleased to welcome famed artist Mary Lambert, (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis). Mary will be performing live on Thursday at 7:30pm to help support the school’s non-profit programs.  Tickets can be purchased for $15, and for $10 for Salem State Students. For more information, go to http://www.gooutloud.com/ssu-alliance-welcomes-famed-artist-mary-lambert/

Joan Osborne
Date: Thursday, September 25th, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport
Organization: Rockport Music

Come see singer-songwriter Joan Osborne perform songs from her latest release, Love and Hate, which combines her folk and jazz influences with her tremendous songwriting. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased at www.rockportmusic.org.

Chicago with Pre-Show Reception to Benefit NSCAP
Date: Friday, September 26th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly
Organization: North Shore Community Action Programs

See the hit musical Chicago with a special pre-show reception and help NSCAP prevent homelessness! Tickets include the coctail reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. and the 8:00 p.m. performance of Chicago. The respection will feature a light dinner, cash bar, raffles, and a chance auction. Early bird tickets are priced at $60 while regular price is $65 while they last! Reception only tickets are available for $25. Please visit www.nscap.org for more information or to purchase tickets.

NILP Presents the B Street Bombers Fundraising Music Event
Date: Friday, September 26th, 7:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Location: Wyndham Boston-Andover Hotel, 123 Old River Road, Andover
Organization: Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc.

The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. presents The B Street Bombers, high energy music in support of all people with disabilities! There is a limited number of tickets priced at $35 each including a buffet dinner. Tables, business sponsorships, and advertisements in teh program book are available. Contact Kevin Ferrell at 978-687-4288 or email him at kferrell@nilp.org for questions or more information. Checks can be made payable to NILP, 20 Ballard Road, Lawrence MA, or use PayPal at www.nilp.org. NILP is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities in Northeastern Massachusetts since 1980. 

The Gloucester Medication Disposal Program
Date: Saturday, September 27th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Location: Rose Baker Senior Center Parking Lot, 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street, Gloucester
Organization: Healthy Gloucester Collaborative

The Gloucester Medication Disposal program sponsored by Healthy Gloucester Collaborative (a program of the Gloucester Health Department) is once again hosting a community medication disposal event.  Turn in your unused or expired medications for safe disposal. This disposal event takes place in conjunction with the US Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Medication Disposal Day will take place on: Sat. Sept. 27th from 10 am-1pm at Rose Baker Senior Center Parking Lot (rain location inside Rose Baker). 6 Manuel F. Lewis St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

Music for Independent Living and Karaoke
Date: Saturday, September 27th
Location: Knights of Columbus; 94 Washington Square; Salem MA
 
Sponsored by the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann (ILCNSCA), the 6th annual benefit concert event will include musicians as well as karaoke singing, featuring Courtney P. Linehan & Allan Lapointe, and The Found Objects – with Beverly City Councilor Estelle Rand. Karaoke songs will be performed by everyone from local citizens, to ILCNSCA Board members, musicians and elected officials. Suggested donations are $15 (more if you can and less if you can’t). The event will begin at 5:30 – 9pm, and feature a few super raffle Items, food from local restaurants, and a cash bar. For more information, or to sign up and sing, go to http://www.ilcnsca.org/concert.php

Fifth Annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Date: Saturday, September 27th, 1 p.m.
Location: Pingree School

The fifth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School is open free to the public every day during daylight hours until November 23, including a reception with the artists on September 27 at 1 p.m. Forty-five sculptures are on display on the 100-acre campus at 537 Highland Street in South Hamilton. 
 
For information, contact Judith Klein at jklein@pingree.org or 978-468-4415.

Essex Residents Arts & Craftsmanship Festival
Date: Saturday, September 27th
Location: Essex Shipbuilding Museum; Waterline Center, 66 Main Street; Essex MA
 
The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum present the Arts and Craftsmanship Festival. Taking place on Saturday from 1-6pm, the event will include music, food, beer, artistry, and crafts to be sold. The event is free and open to the public, allows dogs on leashes, and is handicap accessible. 

Forty Steps Dance 2014 Fundraiser Gala
Date: Saturday, September 27th
Location: Cary Street Club, Nahant
Organization: Forty Steps Dance

Come for a night of fun at the Cary Street Club in Nahant. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be catered by Palmers Restaurant & Tavern and there will also be a silent auction, live music, and dancing! Meet and mingle with the dancers and support Forty Steps Dance, a not-for-profit modern dance troupe. Advance tickets are on sale now at $50 per person or $90 per couple. For tickets and information visit www.fortystepsdance.org or contact Sallee Slagle at 617-599-1476.

American Music and Harvest Festival
Date: Saturday, September 27th - Sunday, September 28th, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury
Organization: Newburyport Education Foundation

Enjoy two days of music, baseball, and farm activities featuring four centuries of American music. Featuring musicians from across the country, this festival celebrates everything from tavern songs of the seventeeth century to bluegrass, funk, folk, and beyond. Enjoy a variety of farm activities during the festival: Watch Vintage Base Ball played by the 1861 rules. See tractors and other farm equipment spanning the last eighty years. Try your hand and win prizes at a corn husking bee. Learn how simple machines help farmers pump water, press cider, and prepare food. There is so much going on all weekend, you won't want to miss any of it! Please call 978-462-2634 for mroe information!

Melanie
Date: Saturday, September 27th, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport
Organization: Rockport Music

Folk singer, Melanie, performs for the first time at the Shalin Liu Performance Center! Known for her surprise starring role at Woodstock and her subsequent #1 hit "Brand New Key," Melanie has remained an iconic voice for that generation. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased at www.rockportmusic.org.

Brickman Triathlon
Date: Sunday, September 28th
Location: Merrimack Valley YMCA
Organization: Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity

On Sunday, September 28th, starting at 8:00AM, with registration up to 7:30AM, swimmers, cyclists and runners from around the Merrimack Valley and beyond will descend on the Lawrence branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA to participate in the 5th annual Brickman Triathlon. Come join Mayor  Rivera of Lawrence, and the surrounding community, in support of Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity and the Merrimack Valley YMCA. Please click here to register and learn more   http://www.mvymca.org/Brickman

Beverly High School Golf Tournament
Date: Monday, September 29th
Location: Beverly Golf and Tennis
 
Beverly High school will hold its only school-wide fundraiser of the year, the Golf outing & Dinner/Auction Social. Featuring an 18 hole scramble, and a Dinner/Auction with the Beverly High School Jazz Band during cocktails. Registration begins at 12pm, and a 1pm shotgun start, followed by the dinner at 5:30pm. Space is limited so sigh up now at http://www.golfdigestplanner.com/26065-BHSPTOGOLF/. Any questions can set to bhsptogolf@gmail.com  

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum 13th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction
Date: Friday, October 3rd
Location: Essex Shipbuilding Museum; Waterline Center, 66 Main Street; Essex MA
 
Join the Essex Shipbuilding Museum for a wine tasting and Auction in support of the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum. The event will feature dozens of great items, such as wine from Chebacco Market, food catered by Tim Hopkins Catering, cookies from Lark Fine Foods, an auctioneer, local maritime artists, and live music. For more information and to purchase tickets, for $25/person, go to www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org

Fridays in the Rose: Faculty Recital
Date: Friday, October 3
Location: Rose Performance Hall, Endicott College, Beverly MA
Come watch the talented faculty of Endicott College's Performing Arts Department present their varied talents in theater, music and dance. Beginning at 12:00pm-12:50pm, the concert is free of admission to the public, and offers a light lunch reception afterwards. 

Marine Science Center's Annual Open House
Date: Saturday, October 4th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: East Point and 430 Nahant Rd, Nahant
Organization: MSC

Come see exhibits and demonstrations related to local marine life and research going on at the MSC! Learn about the local efforts to protect our local environments. Tours around East Point and parts of the Science Center will be offered. Save the date and visit www.northeastern.edu/marinescience for more information about the family friendly event.

The Block Downtown Street Parties
Date: Saturday, October 4th, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Cabot Street, Beverly

Join Beverly Main Streets on THE BLOCK, their downtown street parties. One block of Cabot Street will be closed so guests can walk around, meet up with friends, and listen to live music. Food, beer, and wine will be sold by local restaurants set up on the street in the middle of the festival. Three local bands will perform at each block party! There is a suggested donation at the gate of $5 per adult. Cash only, no pets, IDs needed for drinks. For more information or for questions, please call Beverly Main Streets at 978-922-8558 or visit www.beverlymainstreets.org.

Annual Bazaar
Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 4 – 5
Location: Sainte Anne’s School; Cleveland Street; Salem MA
 
Sainte Anne’s Salem School will host their Annual Bazaar on Cleveland Street in Salem MA on Saturday October 4th from 9:30am – 5pm, and Sunday October 5th from 9:30am – 2pm. There will be baked goods and delicious food, knitted items, handmade crafts, 50/50 raffles throughout the day, silent auction, the Holy Name Grocery Wheel, gently used items for sale in Grandma’s Attic, and many exciting prizes including the Big Money Raffle with a grand prize of $1,000. The proceeds of this event will contribute towards supporting the Parish. 

Swedish Pancake Breakfast
Date: Sunday, October 5
Location: Spiran Hall, Broadway & School St., Rockport MA
 
From 8–11 am, come and enjoy a breakfast filled with Swedish Pancakes, Sausage, Fruit cups, Juice, Coffee, Scandinavian Breads and Pastries. Tickets are sold at the door, with adults at $8, and Children at $4. 

27th Annual Care Dimensions Walk for Hospice
Date: Sunday, October 5th, 9:00 a.m.
Location: St. John's Prep, 72 Spring Street, Danvers
Organization: Care Dimensions (formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston)

Come walk for the 27th Annual Walk for Hospice benefitting Care Dimensions! Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine! People of all ages are welcome to participate and are encouraged to form walking teams in memory or in honor of a loved one. To establish a team or obtain a sponsor form, call the Walk Office at 978-223-9787 or visit www.caredimensions.org/walk. 

Fall Frolic 5K & Fun Run
Date: Sunday, October 5th, 9:00 a.m.
Location: Lynch Park, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Public Elementary Schools

Join in on the fun fr the Fifth Annual Fall Frolic 5K & Fun Run event! Part of the 2014 NERC road race series, this 5K race begins at 9:30 a.m. and will travel the traditional Beverly Homecoming route beginning and ending at Lynch Park, 55 Ober Street. The half-mile Kids Fun Run begins at 9:00 a.m. and is open to all kids grade 5 and younger. Entry fees for the 5K before September 22nd are $20, K-5th grade students are $15. After that, all fees are $25 for everyone. Not a runner? No problem! Come walk the route with a friend or push a stroller and have fun supporting Beverly Public Elementary Schools. Register online at www.fallfrolic5K.com and visit the site for more information. Don't delay, register today!

25th Annual Apple Harvest Race
Date: Sunday, October 5th
Location: 15 Bachelor Street, West Newbury
Organization: Dr. John C. Page School

Mark your calendars for one of the best autumn races in the region. Situated in the pastoral town of West Newbury, MA, just 10 minutes from beautiful downtown Newburyport, experience an invigorating closed course, spectacular foliage, food and entertainment. The race includes a USATF certified 5-mile & 5K and a children’s 1-mile fun run. Prizes in all age and place categories, homemade food, music, kids activities and more. Most importantly - 100% of proceeds benefit educational programs at the Dr. John C. Page Elementary School.

Life Line Health Screening
Date: Thursday, October 9th
Location: Tyrian Ashler Acacia Masonic Lodge, 27 Eastern Ave, Gloucester
Organization: Community

Do you need a multiple stage test to expose health risks such as heart attack or stroke? Screenings of such health risks are being offered at the Tyrian Ashler Acacia Masonic Lodge. Blood testing is also available to expose high cholesterol or diabetus. Call 1-800-897-9177 for information or to schedule an appointment.

Portraits of a Working Waterfront Exhibition:
Date: Saturday, October 11th – Sunday, February 1
Location: Cape Ann Historical Museum; 27 Pleasant Street; Gloucester MA
 
On October 11th, the Cape Ann Museum will be opening a special exhibition entitled Portraits of a Working Waterfront, by Photographer Jim Hopper. The Exhibition is made up of 75 photographs of men and women who make their livings working today in one of the country’s oldest seaports, Gloucester, MA. The images include photos of a wide range of individuals involved in the in-shore and off-shore ground fish fishery and in the shore side business which support them. In addition to the images, a series of educational and outreach programs will be held in conjunction with the exhibit including gallery talks by Hooper. The Museum hours are 10am – 5pm on Tuesday through Saturdays, and 1pm – 4pm on Sundays. For additional information on these and other events, go to www.capeannmuseum.org.

Freedom 5K
Date: Saturday, October 11th
Location: Lake Quannapowitt, Wakefield
Organization: Loved by Route 1

Help stop domestic sex trafficking by running or walking at the 4th Annual Freedom 5K sponsored by Valid8.com, Inc. The run takes place on Saturday, October 11th at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. Sign in and registration will take place at 9 a.m. and the race will begin at 10 a.m. There will be prizes, raffles, and more more. You can pre-register online at www.freedom5k2014.eventbrite.com. Questions can be directed to routeoneministry@gmail.com.

DDS Presents Diverse-Ability Fair
Date: Friday, October 17th, 9:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Cummings Center, 181 Elliott Street, Conference Room #221, Beverly
Organization: North Shore DDS

You are cordially invited to participate in the Diverse-Ability Fair! The Fair is a reverse employment event highlighting diversity in the workforce. It is all about connecting employers and differently-abled employees to the workforce. Meet an untapped, hardworking, and skilled employment pool, learn about tax benefits, all with on the job training and support provided at no cost to your company! Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by October 15th by contacting Millie Santana via email at millie.santana@massmail.state.ma.us or by telephone at 978-927-2727x103.

A Night for Noah Benefit Dance
Date: Saturday, October 18th
Location: Vittori Rocci Post #56, Beverly MA
 
On Saturday, come and support Noah Gilady’s fight against Brain Cancer with this benefit dance. Starting from 7pm – midnight, the dance will feature music by Peacework, raffles, and prizes. For ticket information, contact France Coombs at 978-335-73463, or at anightfornoah@gmail.com

Rockport Harvest Festival
Date: Saturday, October 18th, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Rockport
Organization: WOCA Fair

The annual Rockport HarvestFest celebration features the best of the season in a quintessential coastal New England setting, offering live music, great food, and plenty of activities for families. New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport's historic corking wharves to celebrate the best of local food, fresh seafood, pastries, cider doughnuts, and more! Cooking demonstrations will take palce throughout the day, the highlight of which is the Seafood Throwdown, a competition-style showcase between two chefs, demonstrating the versatility of coastal New England's most significant harvest, fish. There will be live bluegrass, jazz, folk and Celtic music along with the annual Scarecrow Stroll, where artistic, creative, and generally facinating scarecrows can be found throughout downtown. For general inquiries, please email rockportfestivals@gmail.com. 

Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School Open House
Date: Sunday, October 19th
Location: 300 Haverhill Street, Lawrence

On Sunday, October 19th, the Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School will host an Open House. Students, families, and potential corporate work study partners are invited to witness first hand how the Cristo Rey model of urban education is changing the lives of students and the companies they work for during the school year. Opening in 2004, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School has been providing a Catholic, affordable, culturally sensitive, college preparatory education enhanced by professional work experience for young men and women from families with limited income. Contact Rebecca Twitchell at rtwitchell@ndcrhs.org or visit www.ndcrhs.org/ for more information about the open house. 

Women’s Fund of Essex County 12th Annual Luncheon
Date: Tuesday, October 21st,
Location: Peabody Marriott Hotel; 8 Centennial Drive; Peabody MA
 
The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s Annual Grant Awards Luncheon will recognize recipients of the 2014 grants awarded to Essex County non-profit agencies that fund programs supporting women and girls in need. This year’s keynote speaker is Piper Kerman, bestselling author of the memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s prison.” Come join this event to promote positive social change for women and girls! Tickets are $125 per person, and the awards begin at 11:30am – 2pm. For more information, or to register, visit  www.thewomensfundec.org.

4th Annual HAWC Working to Heal Breakfast
Date: Wednesday, October 22
Location: Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers
Organization: HAWC

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, over 250 friends, businesses, community and civic leaders will once again participate in the 4th Annual Working to Heal Breakfast at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Massachusetts.  The event is hosted by Salem-based Healing Abuse, Working for Change, Inc. (HAWC), a 36-year old social justice and domestic violence agency serving the North Shore.

Solar Energy Harvest Festival
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd, 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Rain Date: October 23rd)
Location: Behind the Beverly High School, corner of Tozer and Sohier Roads
Organization: Greenergy Park

Help celebrate 30 years of solar power at Greenergy Park! Meet the plumbers who installed the solar system at the White House, tour America's first commercial sized solar electric system, hear presentations by home energy experts, and listen to music by Salem Jazz All Stars. Enjoy local food, gifts, and produce. Beverly Cycles workshop will be selling new and used bikes and offering tune-ups for $15. Admission for the Festival is free and donations will be accepted. For more information, call 617-335-2706 or visit SolarNow.org. To learn more about HAWC or to register for the 4th Annual Breakfast please contact F. Joshua Claudio, Director of Development at joshuac@hawcdv.org, or call (978) 744-2299.  Visit www.hawcdv.org/give for information on supporting the Breakfast.

Essex Heritage Annual Fall Meeting
Date: Thursday, October 23rd
Location: The Governor's Academy, Whiston-Bragdon Arena, 1 Elm Street, Byfield
Organization: Essex Heritage

Essex Heritage's Annual Fall Meeting is Thursday, October 23, at The Governor's Academy in Byfield. • 8AM: Continental Breakfast Reception • 8:30 - 10AM: Business Meeting We invite you to participate in this free, valuable morning of networking and regional engagement. The agenda will include updates on Essex Heritage initiatives, introduction of new Commissioners, and the presentation of Essex Heritage's Pioneer in Partnership Awards. This event is free to attend; reservations are required. Please RSVP by email to debbief@essexheritage.org, or call Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444. 

Scream Queen
Date: Friday, October 24th
Location: Hawthorne Hotel; 18 Washington Square W; Salem MA
Go Out Loud and Logo TV present an exclusive Halloween competition to crown Salem’s next Official Scream Queen with 13 of the region’s most bootiful stage personalities as part of a live, interactive experience. The historic Hawthorne Hotel will be transformed into a haunted dance club with DJ Gay Jim. Celebrity judges will include Scott Keaman (Lifestyle Editor of Boston Spirit Magazine), Debra Macki (Celebrity Makeup Artist), celebrity Blood Red Carpet correspondent, Joslyn Fox, and special guest Sharon Needles, last year’s scream queen winner. Limited pre-sale discounts for Go Out Loud members ends September 15th. For more information, go to http://www.gooutloud.com/screamqueen/

Ipswich Rotary's Masquerade Ball 2014
Date: Friday, October 24th
Location: Turner Hill Mansion, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Rotary Club

Ipswich Rotary presents Masquerade Ball 2014 “A Night Among the Stars” on Friday, October 24, 7:30 to midnight, at historic Turner Hill Mansion, Ipswich. Proceeds benefit our Ipswich and Rowley community service projects. The fun evening includes music, dancing, dinner, silent auction, and cash bar. Dress as a movie star or character, or in optional black tie. Admission for this 21 and over event is $65 per person. Tickets are available in advance through October 17 from any Rotarian, and at local branches of First Ipswich Bank, Institution for Savings, and TD Bank. For more information, contact Lisa Shanko at Lisa.Shanko@TD.com or 978-518-9594; or visit our website www.ipswichrotary.org or Facebook Page.

The Guild for Human Services Trick-or-Treat Trot 5k and the 1 mile fun run/walk
Date: Saturday, October 25th
Location: The guild for Human Services; 411 Waverly Oaks Road, Suite 104; Waltham MA
Organization: The guild for Human Services
 
The Guild for Human Services is hosting a fundraiser to support its students with complex special needs. The First event, the 5k Trick-or-Treat Trot, will begin at 9am and have a $25 entry fee for adults and a $15 fee for kids 17 and under. The 1 mile fun run/walk will begin at 9:30am, and have a $13 entry fee for adults, and $8 for kids 17 and under. Registration for both events are from 7am – 8:45am. All proceeds will go to support therapeutic leisure activities for the students. To register for the event, go to http://racewire.com/event.php?id=2466

Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities
Date: Saturday, October 25th, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Cascia Hall, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St,. North Andover
Organization: CLASS

CLASS Transition Planning is a free conference providing educational support for families of children on the autism spectrum or with developmental and intellectual disabilities, ages 12 to 22 and beyond. The conference covers topics on: 
-Turning 18: Legal Matters & Government Benefits
-Independence, Housing & Transportation
-Employment / Education / Day Services
-Social & Recreational Development

This Transition Planning conference is free to the public. Breakfast and lunch are provided and there is plenty of parking available. To add yourself to the mailing list and for more information, contact Stacie Murphy at SMurphy@CLASSinc.org or 978-975-8587, ext. 1218.

Harvest Festival
Date: Saturday, October 25th, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust Street (Rt. 35), Danvers
Organization: Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church

Calling all artisans and crafters! Join the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers for their Harvest Festival! Email Marcia Lassar at nsuupeople@gmail.com. Deadline for applications is September 3rd and space is limited so apply ASAP!

My Brother’s Table Annual Walk
Date: Sunday, October 26th
Location: 60 Monument Avenue Swampscott
 
Come join a Walk for My Brother’s Table, and help to feed the poor and hungry. Starting at the Church of the Holy Name, on 60th Monument Avenue in Swampscott, the 3 Mile walk will go all along the Lynn/Swampscott shore. The Steps that you take will help to provide over 130,000 meals to those who need it. Registration is at 1pm, and the walk begins at 1:30pm. 

Cookies for Kid’s Cancer bake sale
Date: Wednesday, October 29th
Location: Eurostoves; 45 Enon Street; Beverly MA
Organization: Cookies for Kid’s Cancer
 
On Wednesday, October 29th, Eurostoves will be hosting a bake sale to raise money for the Cookies for Kid’s Cancer organization. The event will feature packaged cookies to buy as well as sugar cookies to decorate, with 100% of the proceeds going to the cancer foundation. The bake sale begins at 11am – 6pm, but may end early if all the cookies are gone, and both kids and adults are welcome. For more information about cancer organization, visit http://www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.

Register for the North Shore Cancer Run
Date: November 2
Location: Cove Community Center, Beverly MA
 
Registration for the North Shore Cancer Run has begun, and can be run along either a 5K and 10K courses. Both routes are along the scenic Beverly coast and are “out and back” courses. A post race party will include crepes from Benny’s Crepe Café, Whoopie Pies from the Whoo(pie) Wagon and fresh fruit from North Shore Fruit Basket. To register, visit www.northshorecancerrun.org. The first 300 people to register will get a free long sleeved tech running shirt. 

The Nineteenth Annual “Village of Church Fairs”
Date: Saturday, November 8th
Location: Amesbury MA
 
Come to Amesbury to enjoy the 19th annual Village of Church Fairs, an event sponsored by many of the local churches of the town. From 9am – 3pm, enjoy six church fairs on the same day, all within walking distance to each other. The Event will include homemade crafts, baked goods, Christmas & Thanksgiving decorations, raffles, a variety of food & Fun

Holiday Craft Market
Date: Saturday, November 15th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Centerville Elementary School, 17 Hull Street, Beverly

The 5th Annual Holiday Craft Market is back by popular demand! There is something for everyone on your holiday shopping list with plenty of one-of-a-kind gifts. You'll find some of the area's coolest artists and craft makers selling their fun and funky handmade creations. From jewelry to home decor to accessories, you'll find something neat for everyone on your list, even yourself! Contact holidaycraftmarket@gmail.com for more information!

Newburyport Holiday Farmer's Market
Date: Sunday, November 16th, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Tannery, Newburyport
Organization: Local Communities

Get your locally grown, fresh fruits and veggies, free range meats, milk, yogurt, butter, and more! Just in time for your holiday cooking! For more information call 978-457-6644.

Wenham Museum's Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair
Date: Friday, November 21st - Saturday, November 22nd, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Shop the Wenham Museum's Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair for one-of-a-kind gifts hand crafted by the North Shore's finest artisans! Start your holiday shopping early while supporting local artisans and the museum. The generous artisans donate portions of their proceeds to the museum. For more information please call 978-468-2377.

11th Annual Holiday Marketplace Event
Date: Saturday, November 22nd
Location: Americal Cvic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield
Organization: Christopher P. Dunne Foundation

Come experience vendors and shoppers to benefit the Christopher P. Dunne Foundation which works to help young adults with disabilities. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Marketplace, pelase email ChristopherPDunneFoundation@gmail.com. See you there!

MONTHLONG EVENTS: 

Tuesdays at the Marblehead Museum
Date: Tuesday, September 16th, 23rd, & 30th; October 7th, 21st, 28th
Location: Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington Street, Marblehead MA
Beginning on Tuesday the 16th, and continuing every Tuesday for the next 6 weeks, drop your children off at the Marblehead museum for some after school fun. There, children from between the ages of 6-10 can enjoy great activities with Marblehead artist Patti O’Hare Williams. Each afternoon includes a lesson, story time, a snack, all arts and crafts materials and instruction, and wonderful projects to take home. The costs is $150 for museum members, and $240 for nonmembers. The class is only limited to 25 students, so to register, call 781-631-1786

"Flowers" Art Exhibit
Date: July 17 through October 15 - Open Daily 10am-5pm
Location: Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA 02067
Organization: Mass Audubon 

Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the juried art exhibit “Flowers”. In this show, flowers are brought to life with delicate appreciation, elegant simplicity, vivid rhythm and graceful textures. Experience the distinctive qualities as revealed from the inspired visions of twelve artists through a variety of mediums. As a special tribute, the Gallery will also highlight the artwork of Jim Tupper, a juried artist and photographer, 1959-2014, from his “Collection of Flowers” photography. The exhibit will run through October 15, 2014. The Gallery is open daily 10 AM – 4 PM. Moose Hill Sanctuary is located at 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA. Please visit our website www.massaudubon.org. or call 781-784-5691 for details.

Photography Exhibits at the Marblehead Arts Association
Date: Saturday, September 20th – Sunday, November 2nd
Location: The Marblehead Arts Association; King Hooper Mansion; 8 Hooper Street; Marblehead MA
 
The Marblehead Arts Association (MAA) will be presenting six galleries of photography in its upcoming exhibits, with the opening reception for all exhibits taking place on Sunday, September 21st, from 2pm – 4pm. One exhibit, entitled “Geology”, is a series of abstract photographs by photographer and painter Kathleen Gerdon Archer portraying nature in an unusual way. Additionally, on Wednesday, October 22nd, from 2-3pm, Kathy Archer will be the featured MAA ‘Artist in the Gallery’, during which she will be available to meet and discuss her work with exhibit visitors. This and many other exhibits will be available to showcase the diverse and varied work of the MAA. For more information, please call 781.631.2608, email info@marleheadarts.org or visit www.marbleheadarts.org

Free Comedy Show
Date: Every Saturday night, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Splash Salisbury, 3 Broadway, Salisbury
Organization: Community Entertainment

Have a night of friends, music, and good and free jokes! Come to Splash Salisbury every Saturday night for a free comedy show, live music performances, and drink specials! Bring your own food! For questions, call 978-808-5166.

Dee's Back-to-School Backpack Challenge
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Single Source Marketing & Beverly Bootstraps

 In 2008, my son Ben and I started a project to buy and stuff 30 backpacks that we donated to the amazing nonprofit, Beverly Bootstraps who then found the kids in need to receive the backpacks. Since then, we have donated over 650 backpacks. Between bulk buying, shopping deals and working with Costco and Target to give us substantial discounts and donations, we have managed to keep the cost of a filled backpack right around $35. So please accept my challenge: For every $35 you send, Single Source will match it. Our goal this year is to provide at least 200 backpacks to kids in need. Please make checks out to Single Source Marketing and send to PO Box 29, Danvers, MA 01923.
 For just $35 you are helping a child on so many levels, giving them tools necessary to succeed, improving their self-esteem and quite, possibly, fueling a life-long love of learning. 

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 http://childrensfriend.net/services/youth-mentoring/ or contact Samantha Alves at 978-219- 1528. 

Pick-Your-Own-Flowers at the Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden
Date: Fridays & Saturdays, 10:00am - 5:00pm, July 18 - September 27
Location: The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden, 137 Andover Street, North Andover, MA  
Organization: Trustees of Reservations

The Cutting Garden at The Stevens-Coolidge Place, a property of The Trustees of Reservations in North Andover, opens for its third season on Friday, July 18. The public is invited to pick flowers in this garden on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. In addition to pick-your-own standards like zinnias, dahlias and rudbeckia, visitors will find new varieties to add pop and flair to their bouquets. The garden is fun for all ages and there is always something new to learn! For inspiration, explore the beautifully maintained landscape and gardens of The Stevens Coolidge Place including the Perennial Garden, Rose Garden, and Potager, or “French Vegetable” Garden planted with flowers, herbs, and fruit as well as many beautiful vegetables. And, don’t forget to greet the Belted Galloway Cows moo-ving in July to the field behind the historic Main House. Admission to the property is FREE and visitors are welcome to enjoy all the gardens on the property year-round, 8am to sunset. Please note there is a fee to cut flowers and picking is only available at the Cutting Garden during PYO hours. 
Adult-size bouquets are $10 and child-size are $5. Be sure to stop by the tent to pick-up your scissors, cup and water before starting your bouquet. For more information about the The Stevens-Coolidge Place and The Cutting Garden call: 978.682.3580, e-mail: kblock@ttor.org, or visit: www.thetrustees.org/scp.

Dyer Library/ Saco Museum Events
Date: Ongoing
Location: Dyer Library and Saco Museum, Saco, Maine
Organization: Dyer Library/ Saco Museum

Dyer Library and Saco Musuem have many events coming up throughout the summer. This includes exhibitions like At Home in the Victorian Era, displaying the 18th century Victorian obsession with the material world and extravagant clutter. Nature Artist, Royce W. Stevens will have artwork displayed at the Dyer Community Gallery for the entire month of July. Programs such as the Fizz, Boom, Read: Youth Summer Reading Program, Watercolor Classes with Judith Kinsman, as well as book clubs and crafting groups are open and ready for attendees! Sign up for your group or exhibit today! The Dyer Library is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, Museum hours and rates, and events, please visit 
www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org.

Freedom from Smoking - Quit Smoking for Life!
Date: Ongoing starting April 14th, 5:00 p.m.
Location: Kariotis Conference Room, 3 West, 41 Mall Road, Peabody

Take advantage of the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program and make the choice to give up tobacco. Peggy Ruso, CTT-M, tobacco treatment specialist, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, and other Freedom from Smoking certified instructors will review this step-by-step plan for tobacco treatment. Learn how to overcome your tobacco addiction so that you may start enjoying the benefits of better health! Enjoy a small group setting, fun, interactive learning environment and participant workbook and other informative materials. Please pre-register at Lahey.org/TobaccoTreatment or call the Quite-line (781-744-7848) for assistance or further information.

Pick-Your-Own Flowers at The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden
Date: Opens Friday, July 18th, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., every Friday and Saturday until September 27th
Location: The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden, 137 Andover Street, North Andover
Organization: The Trustees of Reservations

The public is invited to choose from zinnias, dahlias, and rubeckia, and many more flowers to pick and take home! Learn abut the flowers you pick! Explore the beautifully maintained landscape and gardens at the Perennial Garden, Rose Garden, and Potager or the "French Vegetable" Garden planted with flowers, herbs, and fruit as well as many beautiful vegetables. Admission is free and visitors are welcome to the property year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset! Adult-size bouquets are $10 and child-size are $5. For more information call 978.682.3580, e-mail kblock@ttor.org, or visit www.thetrustees.org/scp.

17th Century Saturdays Exhibit 
Date: June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6 and October 4, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Tour the museum’s 17th century house and discover how people lived, worked, dressed and played in New England for three centuries. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 4.  $10/adults, $6/children ages 1+. Senior rates on Wednesdays. For more information visit www.wenhammuseum.org

"Look Good... Feel Better" Program at Lahey Hospital and Lahey Medical Center
Date: Every Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington and Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Dr., Peabody

The American Cancer Society condicts the Look Good... Feel Better program for women undergoing cancer treatment. Guided by volunteer cosmetologist, female cancer patients who participate in this class will learn how to use make-up and skin care techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Women also learn ways to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories. Following the program, participants are provided a complimentary make-up kit. For class availibility or to register please call Deborah Smulian- Siegel, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, BC-DMT, at 781-744-7779.

Our Amazing Brains: How We Learn Our Whole Lives Through Exhibit Family Discovery Gallery
Date: June 24 – September 28
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Learn how the different parts of our brains develop to perform all their important functions. Discover games, puzzles and activities to keep our brains healthy and growing from early childhood until our elder years. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 4.  $10/adults, $6/children ages 1+. Senior rates on Wednesdays. For more information visit www.wenhammuseum.org. ​

Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days: Summer Fashions Exhibit 
Date: Open through September 14
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

To celebrate the arrival of summer (at last) we have chosen a selection of summer fashions spanning over a century. From delicate sprigged muslins to funky jumpsuits, skorts and summery shoes, we'll explore how summer wear has changed over the years.  And -- a new feature for our fashion and textile gallery -- we are including doll clothes, many of which have never been on display before! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 4.  $10/adults, $6/children ages 1+. Senior rates on Wednesdays. For more information visit www.wenhammuseum.org. ​

Blood Cancer Support Group at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
Date: 3rd Monday of each month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Drive, Peabody
Organization: Lahey Medical Center

A free support group will be held in Conference Room A, second floor, North Wing (next to Orthopaedic Surgery) for blood cancer patients. Dinner will be served. For more information or to register, please contact Deborah Smulian-Siegel, MSW, LCSWMFT, BC-DMT, at 781-744-7779.

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.

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.

Spectrum Caregiver Support Groups
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 (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. 

Survivors of Breast Cancer: Wellness Group at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
Date: 1st Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Conference Room A, First Floor, Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Drive, Peabody

Are you a breast cancer survivor? The Survivors of Breast Cancer Wellness Group meets on the first Thursday of each month. There is no fee. For further information or to register, please contact Deborah Smulian- Siegel, MSW, LCSWMFT, BCDMT, 781-744-7779.

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

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

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
Date: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 5 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. 

Free Cognitive Screenings For Alzheimer's Disease
Date: Ongoing
Location: ActivMed Practices & Research, Methuen MA

Do you think you may have Alzheimer’s? Are your memory issues causing you some concern? Free Memory testing is now available for the public. ActivMed Practices & Research is offering free cognitive screenings for individuals suffering with memory problems. All testing is completed by trained medical staff and reviewed by a board certified physician. For more information please contact Alison or Rakesh at (978)-655-7155 or visit our website at activmedresearch.com

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.
 
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.

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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