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Amesbury Days 
Date: July 2nd - July 4th
Location: Town of Amesbury

The town of Amesbury is holding a ten day celebration of community focused events. These activities include a Block Party, Craft Brewfest, Car Show, Yard Sale, Movie Showing, and more! This years firework show will be on Friday, July 3rd. For a full schedule of activities and locations visit

15th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition
Date: July 2nd-July 5th
Location: Hampton Beach, NH

The Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Championship is the longest running solo master sand sculpting event in New England. The sculptors have a total of 21 hours over three days to complete their sculptures. They are each given thier own private plot and 10 tons of sand to work with.The sculptures will be on display through July 5th, and will  be lit for night viewing. For more information anout the competition and many other activities visit

4th of July Craft Session
Date: Thursday, July 2, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library

The Haverhill Public Library invites adults to come make patriotic Garland on June 2nd at 2:00 pm. All materials will be provided. Register online at under calendar of events.

50th Celebration of the Marblehead Festival of Arts
Date: Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 5, 2015.
Location: Crocker Park, 11 Front Street, Marblehead

The Marblehead Festival of Arts invites both aspiring and seasoned filmmakers to submit films for its 2015 Summer Short Film Festival. Film screening is an outdoor event held at Marblehead’s Crocker Park with an additional showing at Abbot Public Library. This year marks the 50th Celebration of the Marblehead Festival of Arts, which will be held Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 5, 2015. For more information visit

Birdhouse Sale!
Date: Saturday, July 4th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday, July 5th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Artisan's Marketplace - 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association

Head over to the Artisan's Marketplace in Marblehead to see birdhouses creatively decorated by MAA members. They will be for sale in the Marblehead Festival of Arts Artisan's Marketplace up at Abbot Hall.The sale will be held on Saturday, July 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

North Andover 4th of July Celebration!
Date: Friday, July 3rd through Saturday, July 4th 
Location: North Andover Common

The town of North Andover is hosting 2-days of festivities on the Common! Enjoy food concessions, live bands, pony rides, pie eating contests, amusements by "All About Fun", and Fireworks Friday night (dusk) at the Middle School. For the complete schedule go to

Rockport Music Presents Pokey LaFarge, Tommy Castro & more
Date: Sunday, July 5th, 8:00 p.m.: 
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport
Organization: The Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Performing at the Shalin Liu Performance Center is Pokey LaGarge and his band. This young songwriter is reinvigorating the music of the 20's and 30's, adding a fresh new voice and energy to ragtime blues, western swing and riverboat jazz. Employing a host of acoustic instruments, including banjos, washboards, kazoos, fiddles, lap steel guitars and an assortment of horns, LaFarge and his band creat a vibrant and unpredictable sound (Tickets:$25-$39). For more information, visit our website at or call 978.546.7391

Mobile App Class
Date: Monday, July 6th 7:00 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library

The Haverhill Public Library invited begninner and intermediate smartphone and tablet users to learn ho wto use apps in areas such as books,social networking, productivity, finance, health, entertainment, music, news, shopping, travel and much more. Register online at under calendar of events.

Learn how to use Microsoft Word
Date: July 7th and July 14th; 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library

Learn how to use one of the most popular computer programs for writing documents. This two part class teaches the basics so you can make reports and resumes look professional and polished. This class is FREE and open to adults of all ages. Registration starts June 23rd. Register at or call 978-373-1586. **Free and open to the public. You do not need a library card to attend.**

Rockport Chamber Music Festival presents Cellist Cicely Parnas and pianist Noreen Polera
Date: Tuesday, July 7th, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport
Organization: The Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Performing at the Shalin Liu Performance Center is cellist Cicely Parnas and pianist Noreen Polera. Cicely Parnas is hailed by the New York Times for her "velvety sound, articulate passagework and keen imagination." (Tickets:$19-$34). For more information, visit our website at or call 978.546.7391

Christmas in July- Project Uplift Fundraiser
Date: Wednesday, July 8th, 4:30-9:30 p.m. 
Location:Jalapenos Resteraunt, 86 Main st Gloucester, MA
Organization: Project Uplift- Action Inc.'s Holiday Clothing and Toy Drive

Eat, Drink, & Be Merry! Come to Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant on July 8th and have dinner. 10% of any food or beverage purchased will go to Action's Project Uplift, Cape Ann's largest holiday toy drive.

Rockport Music Presents Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
Date: Wednesday, July 8th, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport
Organization: The Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Performing at the Shalin Liu Performance Center is Tommy Castro and the Painkillers. Castro infuses his sound wth heavy doses of Memphis soul, the bluesman delivering searing Stratocaster lines alongside gritty, roadhouse-rattling vocals. (Tickets:$25-$39). For more information, visit our website at or call 978.546.7391

Sunset Boat Cruise 
Date: Thursday, July 9th, 6:30- 9:30 p.m.
Location: Cape Ann Whale Watch, Gloucester
Organization: SeniorCare, Inc

Come support SeniorCare at their Sixth Annual Sunset Boat Cruise Fundraiser. Enjoy an evening boat cruise aboard the Hurricane II on Thursday, July 9th from 6:30 – 9:30. The evening includes a raffle, door prizes, light buffet, dancing and entertainment. Tickets are $30.00 contact Paula Curley 978-281-1750 or

Rockport Chamber Music Festival presents Anonymous 4
Date: Thursday, July 9th, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport
Organization: The Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Performing at the Shalin Liu Performance Center is Anonymous 4. Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. (Tickets:$49-$68). For more information, visit our website at or call 978.546.7391

Art Walk in Ipswich
Date: Friday, July 10th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: The Ipswich Museum, The Hall-Haskell House Gallery and Suzanne Crocker Contemporary Art

On July 10th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. three venues will be open FREE to the public, The Ipswich Museum, The Hall-Haskell House Gallery and Suzanne Crocker Contemporary Art. All venues are a short walk from each other at 36, 39 and 54 South Main Street (Route 1A). "Sculptures in Open Spaces" and after dark "Project Project" can also be seen in the neighborhood.

Salem Sea Food Fest
Date: Friday, July 10th - 12th
Location: Salem Willows, 187 Fort Avenue, Salem

Enjoy the wonderful summer weather down at the Salem Willows located on 187 Fort Avenue. There will be a great Salem Sea Food Festival on Friday, July 10th through Sunday, the 12th. Dozens of restaurants and food vendors will serve up their seafood specialties including lobster, chowder, shrimp, clams and all the New England Favorites! Nonstop entertainment will be provided with live music, culinary demonstration tents, Kiddie Land, and local merchants. The festival include a firework display Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.

The Community House Theater
Date:July 10, 11, 17 & 18, 7:30pm, July 12 & 19, 4pm
Location: The Hamilton-Wenham Community House

Check out this hilarious play Directed by Hannah Lynn Mell and Greg Warwick Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends -- "those good and crazy people [his] married friends" -- explain the pro's and con's of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

Old Sloop Fair
Date: Saturday, July 11th, Friday, July 17th, Saturday, July 18th, Saturday, July 25th
Location: 12 School St, Rockport, MA
Organization: First Congregational Church of Rockport

The Old Sloop Fair at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School Street, will span three July weekends this year. The Fair will begin with the Rummage Sale on Saturday, July 11 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM. The Rummage Sale offers gently-used women's, men's, and children's clothing, bed linens, luggage, handbags, and much more. The Fair will continue with the traditional events -- Silent Auction, White Elephants, Art Mart, Jewelry, Book Nook, Handcrafted Goods, Handknits, Bake Table, and Snack Bar -- on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, and conclude on Saturday, July 25, with a Giant Yard Sale.

Beneil Miller will perform at SJSF/Berklee Summer Series on July 11 in Derby Square
Date: Saturday, July 11th  5p.m- 7p.m.  
Location:Derby Square, Salem 
Organiztion: Salem Jazz and Soul Festival                 

Beneil Miller is a young, vibrant musician from the Cayman Islands.  Although he came to Boston to study jazz piano, throughout his journey in college he also became a songwriter and vocalist. He has also received the Young Musician of the Year award from the Cayman Islands Music and Entertainment Association. In 2014, Beneil’s released his debut reggae album, “Keyz To My Heart.” With a blend of roots reggae, jazz, R&B and many more genres, he was able to create the perfect stew of what he envisioned for reggae music.
Check for more information. Photos provided upon request.

Paddle for Plummer
Date: Saturday, July 11th 
Location: Plummer Home, 37 Winter Island Road, Salem, MA
Organization: Plummer Home and Foster Kids 

The Plummer home and SUP (Stand Up Paddle) East Coast Style are teaming up for the 2nd Annual Paddle for Plummer on July 11, 2015. This SUP event will include an Elite Race (6 mile course), and a Recreational Race (1/2 or 1 mile course). Register for the exclusive pre-race clinics with Elite SUP racers Johnny O'Hara on Friday, July 10th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  and Dan Gavere Friday July 10th from 6:00- 7:30 p.m at the Plummer Home. Limited space available. Additional fitness events include SUP Yoga organized by Yoga Sakti, Waterfront Spinning, and a Poise Class with Studie Poise and much more.

Hopper's Houses - A Guided Walking Tour
Date: July 11, 25, August 1, 7, 15 & 22, 10:00 a.m.
Location: The Cape Ann Museum - 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Saturday, July 11th at 10:00 a.m. Tour last about 1.5 hours and are held rain or shine. Cost is $10 for museum members, $20 for nonmembers. Email or call (978) 283-0455 x10 for more information or to reserve a space. Tours will also be offered on July 25, August 1, 7, 15 & 22.

Gloucester Garden Tour 2015
Date: Saturday, July, 11th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: O'Malley Middle School, 32 Cherry St. Gloucester
Organization: Stacy Boulevard Perennial Gardens

Gloucester Garden Tour 2015 will be on Saturday, July, 11th, from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m at O'Malley Middle School located on 32 Cherry St, Gloucester. This is a walking tour of unique and fabulous properties in the charming village of Annisquam. Wander between small and large private properties, some professionally designed and others lovingly planted over many years by their owners. For tickets or more information please visit

Monthly Crafting for Adults!
Date: Saturday, July 11th, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library

This free crafting session for adults features a new craft every month. This month's craft will be decoupage coasters. Space is limited. All materials will be provided. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.**Free and open to the public. You do not need a library card to attend.**

Rescue Dog Reunion
Date: Sunday, July 12, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Gloucester Dog Park, Stage Fort Park

Did you adopt your dog(s) from Cape Ann Animal Aid? If so, you and your family are invited to attend the Rescue Dog Reunion on Sunday, July 12th from 11am-3pm. Bring your dog(s) to reunite with Animal Aid staff and volunteers and potentially meet litter mates and original rescuers while enjoying activities, photo opportunities, prizes and more! Register online at or call 978-283-6055 for more info. 

Sunset Tours of Gloucester Harbor
Date: Wednesday July 15, August 12
Location: The Cape Ann Museum, Maritime Gloucester

Sail away on the Schooner Ardelle! This narrated tour of Gloucester Harbor will be offered on the following Wednesday evenings: June 17, July 15, August 12. Cost is $30 for Museum Members; $45 for nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information please call (978) 281-0470 or visit

Mediation Training
Date: Tuesdays, July 14th - July 24th
Location: North Shore Community Mediation Center

North Shore Community Mediation Center, a nonprofit organization providing mediation services and training to Essex County communities, courts, families, schools, and businesses, is holding a 36-hour Basic Mediation Training beginning on Tuesday evening 7/14 (4:30pm-8:30pm), and continuing Friday 7/17 (8am – 5:00pm), Saturday 7/18 (8am-5:30pm), Tuesday 7/21 (4:30pm-8:30pm), and ending Friday 7/24 (8am-5:30pm) at Salem State University. Registration is open to residents of all Essex County communities and is limited to 20 participants.  Contact the North Shore Community Mediation Center office at 978-232-1212, for more information about cost and registration or visit the NSCMC website:

Help! The Beatles Benefit 
Date:Friday, July 17th 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Gloucester

Bird Mancini & T Max (of The Noise magazine) have put together concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles "Help!" single. Karen Ristuben of the Center will also be doing a cameo. The show will benefit the Cultural Center that supports artists with exhibitions from June to May and is currently open Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM. See online at

Cape Ann Chamber Auction
Date: Friday, July 17th, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: The Essex Room at Woodman's

Come celebrate and enjoy the 28th annual Cape Ann Chamber Auction on Friday, July 17th at the Essex Room at Woodman's. Dinner, and raffles will be offered and of course great items up for auctions. You won't want to miss them!

Rockport Music Presents Melanie
Date: Friday, July 17th, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport
Organization: The Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Performing at the Shalin Liu Performance Center is singer-songwriter Melanie perfmorming her beloved #1 hit "Brand New Key." Known for her surprise starring role at Woodstock in 1969, Melanie has remained an iconic voice for the "summer of love" generation. (Tickets:$28-$46).

Photography Show and Sale
Date: Saturday, July 18th, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water Street, Newburyport
Organization: Newburyport Art Association's Photography Interest Group

The Newburyport Art Association will host a Photography Show and Sale from July 14th through the 26th. The Gallery will be open to the public with free admission on Saturday, July 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and will offer snacks, drinks, and exciting raffles. 

Veterans Honor Roll Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, July 18th, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Location: American Legion Hall, Manchester, MA

On Saturday, July 18th the American Legion Hall will be hosting a Fundraiser for the Manchester Veterans' Honor Roll with music performed by The Closers. A drawing of the 100 ticket raffle will also take place on this night! Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the American Legion Hall or from Bruce Heisey at 978-526-4880. For more information contact Bruce at

Rockport Music Presents Iris DeMent
Date: Saturday, July 18th, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport
Organization: The Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Performing at the Shalin Liu Performance Center is country/folk artist Iris DeMent.She has Grammy-nominated albums like My Life and The Way I Should. DeMent's career flourished as she recorded and toured extensively  (Tickets:$28-$46). For more information, visit our website at or call 978.546.7391

Free Screening of Popular Movie: Chappie
Date: Saturday, July 18th, 1:00 p.m.

Chappie, director Neill Blomkamp, 2015, R, 120 minutes
**Free and open to the public. You do not need a library card to attend.**

11th Annual Reid's Ride Bike-A-Thon
Date: Sunday, July 19th; 7:30am
Location: Lynnfield High School

Join in the fight against cancers striking adolescents and young adults by participating in the 11th annual Reid's Ride Bike-a-thon. Reid's Ride is a 28-mile bike ride that starts at Lynnfield High School and finishes at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. This scenic route will end with a celebration of festivities including barbeque, refreshments, music and prizes. People of all ages are welcome to participate in this event. To register go to

Mugford Street Players Open Auditions for Death of a Salesman 
Date:Sunday, July 19th 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.and Saturday July 25th 2:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Location: Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA

The Mugford Street Players of Marblehead announce open auditions for a November 2015 production of Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN - on Tuesday, July 21 from 6:30-8:30pm and Saturday, July 25 from 2-4:30pm at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street in Marblehead. All roles are available. John Fogle directs (

Rockport Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rhiannon Giddens
Date: Tuesday, July 21st 8 p.m
Location: 37 Main St, Rockport, MA 01966

Rhiannon Giddens of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform her debut at Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance Center.  Singer and fiddle/banjo player Rhiannon Giddens’s Tomorrow Is My Turn is her first solo endeavor from being part of the tremendously popular Carolina Chocolate Drops which she formed with Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson in 2005.  After several records and some high profile festival appearances, the band released their Grammy-winning Genuine Negro Jig. Tickets: $30-$55

Hamilton Firefighters 5 Mile Road Race
Date: Tuesday, July 21st, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Hamilton Fire Station, 265 Bay Road

Time for the 28th Annual Firefighters 5 Mile Road Race! This competitive race travels through the country roads of Hamilton, MA and Gordon Theological Seminary. Start and Finish is at the Hamilton Fire Department. This race benefits the Hamilton Fire Department Relief Association which is a 501c3 non-profit organization, set to help fallen firefighters and their families in time of tragedy or distress. Registration fee is $25 and a Free Commemorative shirt will be given to the first 100 registered. Register online at  Registration ends 7/19/2015 at noon.

Luncheon with Greater Merrimack Valley CVBs
Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Sonesta ES Suites, 4 Tech Drive, Andover

Join the North of Boston and Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau for a joint luncheon on July 22nd. Network with other CVB members while enjoying an outdoor BBQ at Sonesta ES Suites. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.To purchase tickets or for more information go to

Free Facebook Class
Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library 

The library is hosting a free class on Facebook on July 23rd at 2 p.m. Learn how to make a Facebook page, load pictures, keep your account secure and more! Registration starts on July 2. Register online at under Calendar of Events of call 978-373-1586.
**Free and open to the public. You do not need a library card to attend.**

Rockport Shalin Liu Performance Center, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Date: Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24, both at 8 pm
Location: 37 Main St, Rockport, MA 01966

The married duo of superstar banjoist Béla Fleck and clawhammer banjo player/singer Abigail Washburn, will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Fleck is a virtuosic banjoist who combines classical and jazz elements into his bluegrass music. Washburn blends her clawhammer banjo and intimate songwriting with Appalachian old time music. The duo takes old traditional tunes and reinvigorates them with new innovative arrangements, while writing brand new tunes that sound as if they were written at the turn of the century. Though they have played together in many iterations and lineups, this past year they released their first recording as a duo.  Tickets: $80-$95  

Red Sox 6th Annual Run to Home Base
Date: Saturday, July 25th
Location: Boston's Fenway Park

Sponsored by New Balance, runners and walkers are invited to experience the thrill of crossing home plate at Boston's Fenway Park. All proceeds from this event support the Home Base Program's efforts to help Post 9/11 Veterans and Families heal from the Invisible Wounds of War. Event registration is now open! 
Visit to sign up, get fundraising details and participation information. This 2 Mile Run has an adult fundraising minimum of $250. Participants must be at least 14 years old. Younger children can also walk if accompaied by a full fundraising adult and must only raise a minimum of $125. 

Boston Music Award Winners Ruby Rose Fox & Jesse Dee
Date: Saturday, July 25th
Location: The Cabot Theatre, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly

GIMMELIVE brings Boston's best to Beverly for this special concert featuring Boston Music Award winners Ruby Rose (Female Vocalist of the Year) and Jesse Dee (Male Vocalist of the Year). Don't miss this rare chance to see some of the area's hottest bands on the same stage at the air-conditioned Cabot Theatre.

Rockport Shalin Liu Performance Center, Martin Sexton
Date: Sunday, July 26, at 7 pm
Location: 37 Main St, Rockport, MA 01966

Martin Sexton returns to the Shalin Liu Performance Center for an encore appearance. Owning an incredibly powerful voice, Martin Sexton blends the worlds of folk, soul, country and rock and roll with apparent ease. For the last 25 years, he has brought his creative songwriting and beautiful vocals to a dedicated group of devoted fans around the world. Sexton got his start busking in the streets and subways of Boston, and quickly rose to the top of the city’s bustling folk scene. Black Sheep, his record label debut, vaulted Sexton into the main stages of the country’s folk festival circuit.  His songs have even appeared on shows like Scrubs and Parenthood. In 2015 he released his 10th record, the acclaimed Mixtape of the Open Road.  Tickets: $45-$78

Harry Potter's Birthday Party
Date: Friday, July 31st 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library

Come celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday at the Haverhill Puiblicc Library on July 31st from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. with family fun and harry related activites. This event is for all ages and there is no registration necessary.

Rockport Shalin Liu Performance Center, Paula Cole 
Date: Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31, both at 8 pm, 
Location: 37 Main St, Rockport, MA 01966

Rockport’s own Paula Cole returns home for her incredibly popular summer concerts at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. She bring a memorable night of hits like “I Don’t Want to Wait” and “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” as well as tunes from her most recent record, Raven.  Cole got her big break opening for Peter Gabriel in 1992 and later skyrocketed into stardom while performing in Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair tour. Her platinum-selling, Grammy-winning sophomore record This Fire had multiple hits, and her sound has broadened in recent years, as she has delved into jazz, electronica and contemporary pop. She is now a faculty member at her alma mater—Berklee College of Music.  Tickets: $49-$68             

Festival by the Sea
Date: Saturday, August 1st
Location: Masconomo Park, Manchester-by-the-Sea

Festival by the sea will take place on Saturday August 1st at the Masconoma Park. This all-day extravaganza taps into the long-line of local talent with musical and artistic performers alike. Visitors can take in the sights of Masconomo Park while surveying the art and handcrafted items from some of the finest talent assembled. An annual event coordinated with the Manchester Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce this all-day extravaganza taps into the long-line of local talent with musical and artistic performers alike. Mark your calendars and back a blanket for an all-day extravaganza!

7th Annual Golf Tournament
Date: Monday, August 3rd, 12:30 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Country Club

Join the 7th Annual Gold Tournament to benefit thel Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill. Registration/Lunch begins at 11:00 am with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. For more information or to register contact Kathleen Pruett at 978-374-6171 or

Gloucester Blues Festival
Date: Saturday, August 8th
Location: Stage Fort Park, Gloucester

Come bring your friends, family, and even your pet to the Gloucester Blues Festival on Saturday, August 8th at the Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. Here to rock the stage will be Sugar Ray, Biscuit Miller, Tinsely Tones and Blues Tones. There will also be great food vendors and enjoy Cressey's beach which is located right by Stage Fort Park. For tickets or more information visit

Rockport Jazz Fest
Date: August 13th - 18th
Location: TBA

Come enjoy a great lineup of artist at Rockport's 4th Annual Jazz Festival starting Thursday, August 13th through Tuesday, August 18th. Some artist that will be featured that week are Mikarimba, Alicia Olatuja, Joey Alexander Trio, Sean Jones and lots more! For more information or location of each event visit

Waterfront Festival 
Dates: Saturday, August 15th & Sunday, August 16th, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stage Fort Park, Gloucester

Come enjoy the Waterfront Festival on Saturday, August 15th and Sunday, August 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the State Fort Park in Gloucester. Enjoy live music, delicious food and lots more.

The Cabot: The Jon Butcher Axis
Date: Saturday, August 15th
Location: The Cabot Theatre, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly

The Jon Butcher Axis returns to Beverly at the larger Cabot Theatre on Saturday August 15th for their only Boston area concert this summer. Don't miss this rare chance to experience Grammy-nominated Jon Butcher up close and personal with his iconic band, The JON BUTCHER AXIS. For more information or tickets visit

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition's (MBCC) Annual Statewide Against the Tide Event
Date: Saturday, August 15th, 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Location: Cape Cod, MA

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be holding its annual statewide Against the Tide swim, kayak, walk, and/or run fundraising event on Cape Cod again in 2015. The morning events consist of several components: competitive and recreational swims, a recreational kayak, a recreational walk, and competitive and recreational runs. Participants of all ages and abilities can choose 1, 2, or 3 of these exciting activities. The event also offers an Aquathon "Splash and Dash" component, where participants "splash" in the competitive 1-mile swim and immediately "dash" in the competitive 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant). Participants may register as an individual or as part of a team, and are encouraged to fundraise $175 ($100 if a team member). All proceeds support the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.Please visit or call 617-376-MBCC (6222) for more information and to register.

Ipswich YMCA Triathlon 
Date: Friday, August 21st
Location: Crane Beach, Ipswich

Support the Ipswich Family YMCA and give your body some good exercise by registering for the Ipswich YMCA Triathlon. Complete a 0.5 mile ocean SWIM parallel to the beach, RUN approximately 2.4 miles on sand, rocks, grass, pavement and trails, and BIKE approximately 9 miles on public roads. Ages 16+. For more information or to register call 978-356-9622 xt 1310 or email

Beverly Football Boosters: Roy C Norden Golf Tournament
Date: Friday, August 21st, 6:30 a.m.
Location: Beverly Golf & Tennis

Join the annual Roy Norden Golf Outing to support the BHS Football Boosters on Friday, August 21st. Sign in begins at 6:30 a.m,; shotsun start at 7:30 a.m. Cost: $150.00/golfer. Also, hole sponsorhips are available to individuals at $100.00/hole. For more information contact Mike Nardella at or 978-376-1041.

The Armenian Church Annual Summer Picnic
Date:Sunday, August 23rd, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: The American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St. Haverhill, MA

The Armenian Church at Hye Point will hold its annual picnic on Sunday, August 23rd from 12-5 p.m at the American Legion Farm in Haverhill. Enjoy live music by the Jason Naroian Ensemble and delicious Armenian foods and pastries. Have fun and join in on field games, facepainting, kickball, or just enjoy the good weather. Don't forget to bring a lawn chair! All proceeds will go to support the church and community. For more information, find Armenian Church at Hye Point on Facebook or call 978-327-9227. 

Zack's Team Foundation 2nd Annual Links Fore Recovery Golf Tournament
Date: Monday, August 24th
Location: Four Oakes Country Club, 1 Clubhouse Lane, Dracut, MA 01826

Zachary passed away on July19, 2013 after a long battle with the disease of addiction. In his remembrance Zack's Team has set up a Golf Tournament to help out others with addiction. All benefits and proceeds go towards The Plymouth House, which is to help teach life-changing principles and practice the Twelve Steps while offering a safe and healthy environment for recovery from addiction. If you have any questions regarding the sponsorship program or the golf tournament, please contact Louise Griffin at 978-257-5971 or Taylor Gys at 978-996-1071 or by email at also visit for any other information. 

Salem Country Festival
Date: Friday, August 28th - Sunday, August 30th
Location: Salem Willows, 187 Fort Avenue

Come stop by and bring your kid's to the Salem Country Festival on Friday, August 28th through Sunday, August 30th. This event will take place at the Salem Willows located at 187 Fort Avenue in Salem. Enjoy great food, great music and lots more. You won't want to miss this! To see who is playing as well as more information visit

3rd Annual Muddy Leprechaun Mud Run
Date: Saturday, September 12th, 10:00 a.m.
Location: Marini Farm, Ipswich

Register for the Ipswich YMCA Mud Run 5K. This run will benefit the Heart Health Initiative in Ipswich. With over 8 obstacles this course runs along the amazing Marini Farm. For more information or to register go to

One World Coffeehouse -- First show of the season!
Date: Saturday, September 12
Location One World Coffeehouse, Essex 

Join One World Coffeehouse, on Saturday, September 12th as they kick off their series of music with their first show of the season! Allen Estes will host a Songwriter's Circle with Jon Butcher and Nashville's Louise Mosrie! 

Date: Saturday/Sunday October 17th & 18th 
Location: Seaport Inn Fairhaven, MA
Organization: Cancer Research

An annual music concert event of peace and love filled with music from the Beatles and Gerge Harrison. The event includes performances of the best Beatle cover and tribute bands, custom Beatles artwork and rare memorabilia available for purchase. This is a fun event, suitable for older children and adults of all ages.

One World Coffeehouse
Date: Saturday, October 17th
Location One World Coffeehouse, Essex 

Check out the One World Coffeehouse in Essex as they host this great combination of traditional American folk musicians. Atwater & Donnelly will perform with their Irish tap and step dancing buddy Kevin Doyle. 


MSPCA ‘Adopt a Classic’ Senior Cat Adoptathon
Date:July 1st- July 31st
Location: 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA

Thanks to our generous Catvocates donors, the adoption fee for cats 9 years and older is being waived throughout the month of July in all three MSPCA Adoption Centers.With dozens of senior cats waiting for new homes, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm is certain to have the perfect match for your family. Come visit a homeless cat in need - you’ll never regret it! Visit to learn more. 

Gloucester's Schooner Adventure Sails
Date: Wednesday evenings from 4-8 PM : July 1, 8, 15, and 22 
Location:  23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA

The Schooner Adventure is a national treasure that is resuming active sailing as an icon of the American fisheries and as a floating classroom for maritime history and environmental education programs. The Schooner will be operated at sea, primarily along the New England coast, as a living monument to Massachusetts’€™ fishing heritage.If you have any questions please feel free top contact or you can also reach Gloucester's Schooner Adventure Sails at 978-281-8079 

Essex Heritage Guided Boat Tours
Date: July 1st through September 7th
Location: Salem Ferry Dock

Register for an escorted, guided boat tour aboard landing craft, Naumkeag, to Bakers Island Light Station. Bakers Island is located at the mouth of the harbor in Salem. A lighthouse was built on the island in 1820- on the site. A guide will lead passengers on a 2 hour tour around the 10-acre light station property and onto the island. Tickets: $35 -- available online for purchase at

Carolyn B. O'Connor Scholarship Nominations
DEADLINE: Monday, August 31st
The Businesswomen’s Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for the 2015 Carolyn O’Connor Scholarship.
This scholarship, is awarded annually to a local woman looking to get back into the work force. The nomination deadline is August 31, 2015 .
To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must have graduated from high school or earned a GED. In addition, she must have been out of the work force for some time and/or is looking to make a career change, and seeking education or training to further her career. For more information or to get an application please contact Kerry McKenna at or call the Chamber office (978-283-1601).

Track & Field
Date: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Gloucester High School

Gloucester High School will be offering Track & Field for special needs on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. They are also looking for volunteers to coach these athletes as well. For more information contact Shawn Williamson at

Free Weekday Movie Matinees
Date: Tuesdays in June, 10 a.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library

On Tuesdays in June at 10 a.m. film noir classics will be shown at the Haverhill Public Library. Check or call 978-373-1586 for specific titles.**Free and open to the public. You do not need a library card to attend.**

Free Superhero Movies
Date: Mondays in July, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library

The library will have free screenings of recent superhero movies at 6 p.m. Mondays in July. Call 978-373-1586 for specific titles. **Free and open to the public. You do not need a library card to attend.**

Rockport Summer Series
Date: May 30th - August 28th

Rockport Music proudly announces the 2015 Summer at Rockport series of folk, pop and world music.  Featuring such artists as the banjo duo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Western swing singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge, and folk/blues singer-songwriter Chris Smither, this summer in Rockport promises a lively line-up. To see the list and dates please visit

Marblehead Little Theatre Children's Summer Programs
Date: July 6-10, July 13-17, August 24-28
Location: Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street, Marblehead

Now accepting registration for Summer Children's Workshops! The theatre is offering three sessions of theatre workshops for children ages 7 to 12. These half-day (morning) workshops involve writing and producing a play in one week and performing the play on the last day of the workshop for family and friends. For more information or to register go to under the Youth Threatre tab.
Session One: July 6 - 10, 2015
Session Two: July 13 -17, 2015
Session Three: August 24-28

"Faithful For India Mission 2015"
Date: July 2015
Location: (India)
Organization: Lynfield Calvary Christian Church

For 16 days in July 2015 Calvary Christian Church will be leading a team of people on a mission’s trip to Kolkata, India. While in Kolkata, they will be working with Calcutta Mercy Ministries doing outreach and medical missions. Their website is and they will have the opportunity to assist in their feeding program that serves 25,000 children a day and their Red Light ministry that cares for the thousands of women and girls who have been sexually trafficked and are now trapped in a life of prostitution. they also will minister to the daily, medical and spiritual needs of the people of Kolkata. Donations are welcomed!

Summer Lunch Program
Date: July 30 - August 28
Location: Various

KIDS EAT FREE through Beverly’s Summer Lunch Program, which provides free lunches to any child 18 or under who are at risk of missing meals during the summer without access to the school lunch program.  For a schedule of times go to This program is a collaboration between Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly Public Schools Food Services, Beverly Recreation Department, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Project Bread, the Greater Beverly YMCA and the USDA. 

Clothing and Shoe Drive to Benefit Orphanages in Africa
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Global Orphan Foundation

A clothing and shoe drive to benefit orphanages in Africa is seeking Spring and Summer clothing for children ages 1-13. Shoes are especially needed! This is the perfect time of year to look through your childrens warm weather clothes for items they may have outgrown. Donations can be brought to Denyse Creesy at 17 Middlebury Lane in Beverly. 

Date: Ongoing
Location: Central & Eastern Massachusetts
Organization: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

Attention all cat owners! Get your cat fixed at the convenient and affordable Catmobile. Our low-cost surgical vans travel throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, and are coming to your town soon. Our low fees include include spay or neuter surgery plus a brief exam by our vet, nail trim and rabies vaccine. Make your appointment today by calling 978-465-1940 or visit us online at
Free Comedy Show
Date: Every Saturday night, 7:00 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.

Volunteer Recruitment Ongoing Events!
Date: Ongoing
Location: All over the North Shore!
Organization: Children's Friends and Family Services

Children’s Friends and Family Services seeks volunteer mentors ages 21 and older to be matched with one youth mentee from the North Shore. Youth are between the ages of 5 and 18, and as a mentor you would meet every week for at least two hours to establish a one-to-one relationship that over a year’s time matures into a genuine, caring friendship. Our current program waitlist has 36 youth, there is a significant need! If you are interested or would like to know more, please visit or contact Samantha Alves at 978-219- 1528

Volunteer with YouthBuild North Shore
Date: Ongoing
Location: Beverly, Salem, Peabody, and Lynn
Organization: North Shore Community Development Coalition

North Shore CDC will be hosting 5 community events (July-August) in order to make an impact on local communities and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the North Shore region. For more information and specific dates go to or contact Jackie Giordano at 978-825-4016.

Volunteers Needed
Date: Wed, Thu & Fri 6/24-26, Sunday, June 28th
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association

Volunteers needed for hanging, Wed, Thu & Fri, 6/24-26 in the afternoons and also for the Opening Reception on June 28 1:30-4:00 p.m. For more information or to sign up, email

Freedom from Smoking - Quit Smoking for Life!
Date: Ongoing, 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 or call the Quite-line (781-744-7848) for assistance or further information.

"Look Good... Feel Better" Program at Lahey Hospital and Lahey Medical Center
Date: Every Tuesday, 2:00 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.

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.

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  That’s   Talk.  They Hear You.  A public service message from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and brought to you by DanversCARES.

Making a Commitment to Difficult to Place Orphans
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Bethany Christian Services

Many adoptable children are overlooked because of special needs and go through life without knowing the love of a forever family. Bethany Christian Services, a non- profit, global family preservation and child welfare agency, is launching the "These 400" initiative in 2014 to find loving homes for 400 special needs children. If you have room in your heart and home for one of these vulnerable children or you'd like more information, please visit

North Shore Postpartum Help
Date: Ongoing
Organization: North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force

The North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force is available to women experiencing postpartum stress, as well as the family members, friends and practitioners who support them. They are available for help, hope and connection. Visit their website at Those needing to talk to someone immediately may call the Parental Stress Hotline at: 1-800-632-8188. It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience. The initial scope of this Task Force is the North Shore United Way community, including the following towns: Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.

Spectrum Caregiver Support Groups
Date: 2nd Wednesday of every month, 5 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. 

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

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
For further information, please call: 781-592-0243.
PAWS Wakefield
Date: Ongoing

Welcome a loving pet into your home today.  Serving communities North of Boston, the PAWS Wakefield foster network cares for orphaned cats and dogs until they find their forever families. Please consider saving a life by adopting locally. You can also help local animals-in-need by volunteering your time, becoming a foster parent, sponsoring a pet that needs long-term care, or donating funds or supplies to support the PAWS programs.
 Please help PAWS make a difference for people and pets in your community. Visit or call 781-246-6111 for more information. 

Family Promise North Shore
Date: Ongoing

Can You Volunteer A Couple of Hours to Help Homeless Families on the North Shore Get Back on Their Feet? Since May, Family Promise North Shore Boston has been putting up homeless families in houses of worship and assisting parents in finding jobs and sustainable housing. They need volunteers, ages 18 and up, at the Day Center in Beverly on Sundays, evenings and overnights at various houses of worship on the North Shore every day.  A shift is usually just two hours; and you don’t need to be affiliated with a congregation to volunteer!
For more information please call 978-922-0787

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

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

Is your business interested in implementing environmentally friendly practices, and supporting your community? If so, consider having Change is Simple "green" your next event or fundraiser. Change is Simple is a nonprofit that teaches environmental education in schools.
Change is Simple will partner with your organization to reduce the total waste, using creative and practical methods such as a single stream recycling and using compostable utensils. We will manage all the waste generated from your event, and lessen your impact on the environment. "Greening" your event will not only draw responsible consumers, it also will support environmental education in your local community. Promote your company's environmental mission with the help of Change is Simple.
For more information or to contact us, go to


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