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NUMSC Pubic Lecture Series: Brady Wilbur

Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 7p.m.
Location: Northeastern University Marine Science Center Murphy Bunker Lecture Hall
Organization: Northeastern University Marine Science Center
 
Brandy Wilbur, STEM coordinator at Swampscott High School, will present her seminar “Keeping Current: Ocean Drifters in the High School Classroom. For more information, please visit northeastern.edu/marinescience.

Women of the World: Philips Academy
Date: Friday, February 12th, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cochran Chapel, Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Phillips Academy Music Department
 
The Phillips Academy Music Department will present Women of the World, an award-winning international a cappella quartet that performs original and traditional folk music with a contemporary twist. The four singers represent Japan, Italy, India, and USA (by way of Haiti). Despite differences in their upbringing, language, religion, ethnicity, food, and music, they are bound by one unique desire: to explore sounds, rhythms, and musical vocabulary from all over the world. Women of the World create music that is borderless and spirited, music that carries the undeniable message of unity and peace. This event, free and open to the public, will take place in the Cochran Chapel located on the Phillips Academy campus. Cochran Chapel is handicapped accessible. For further information, please contact the Music Department at (978)749-4260 or email to music@andover.edu

SeniorCare Annual Valentines Breakfast Fundraiser at the Gloucester House
Date: Friday, February 12th, 7 – 9:30 a.m.
Location: The Gloucester House, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester
Organization: SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program
 
SeniorCare Inc. will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser Breakfast at The Gloucester House to benefit SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program. SeniorCare Inc.’s Meals on Wheels program brings a daily meal right to the door for frail and homebound elders, Monday through Friday. Menus are designed by nutrition experts to meet the needs of older adults and are prepared by a professional caterer.  SeniorCare currently delivers Meals on Wheels to more than 550 elders each day.  Annually, this means 136,216 home-delivered meals and 39,250 meals served at dining sites in Beverly, Gloucester, Essex, Manchester, Rockport, Ipswich, Hamilton, Topsfield and Wenham. For information about the breakfast or to become a sponsor, contact Paula Curley at 978-281-1750 x-560 or paula.curley@seniorcareinc.org.

Accidentally On Purpose: The North Shore's #1 Comedy Improv Troupe at the Marblehead Little
Theatre
Date: Friday, February 12th, 7 & 9 p.m.
Location: Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Little Theatre
 
Accidentally on Purpose, the North Shore’s #1 Improv Troupe will be performing two special Valentine’s Day weekend performances at the Marblehead Little Theatre! Catch the first show with friends or family or catch the later show with your sweetheart. Be a part of the hilarious show, audience participation is much welcomed! The troupe will entertain you with classic games and add new twists to your favorite games. Tickets are available online at www.mltive.org or at the Arnold Gallery, 111 Washington Street in Marblehead. For more information please visit www.mltlive.org

Phillips Academy Chamber Music Society Concert
Date: Saturday, February 13th, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Phillips Academy Music Department
 
The Phillips Academy Music Department will present the Phillips Academy Chamber Music Society comprised of faculty and students. This concert, free and open to the public, will take place in the Timken Room at Graves Hall on the Phillips Academy campus, 180 Main Street, Andover. Graves Hall is handicapped accessible. The program will include movements of chamber music by Beethoven, Bolling, Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Dvořák, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and others. For further information please contact the music department at (978) 749-4260 or e-mail to music@andover.edu.

Have a Heart Handmade: A Valentine's Pop-Up Shop
Date: Saturday, February 13th, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Lynnfield Meeting House
Organization: Northeast Animal Shelter

Shop for pottery, home goods, jewelry, paper goods, florals, sweets and more from 10+ local artists and makers at the Valentine’s Pop-Up Shop! Raffles have been donated by Whole Foods, Centre Yoga, Sweetgreen and HausWitch with all proceeds going to The Northeast Animal Shelter. Admission is free and you can make your own Valentine's! This is a great opportunity to get a little something special for that special someone! This event is hosted by Tori Kendrew of Kitchen + Kraft.

Valentine Cabaret Performances at Marblehead Little Theatre
Date: Saturday, February 13th, 2 p.m.  & 7:30 p.m.
Location: Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Little Theatre
 
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Marblehead  Little Theatre for an evening of great music suitable for all ages. Songs featured are, “Once Upon A Time Cabaret”, and “So This Is Love…?” Bring along your sweetheart and delight in these romantic songs. Both shows will feature some of MLT’s most beloved singers. For tickets or more information please visit MLT’s website at www.mltlive.org or go to The Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington Street. 

February Vacation Drop-In Family Day
Date: Thursday, February 18th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art
 
Grab the whole family and drop in the Addison Gallery of American Art for a day filled with family fun! Explore works related to themes of “home” through story time, portrait sessions of favorite objects from your home, and participate in creating a large-scale collaborative dollhouse. All ages are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Actor Jim Carter Hosts Nepal Fundraisers
Date & Location: Thursday, February 18th, 7:30 p.m. – The Music Hall Historic Theatre, Portsmouth
                         Friday, February 19th, 8 p.m. – The Somerville Theatre, Somerville
                         Sunday, February 21st, 7 p.m.  – The Regent Theatre, Arlington
Organization: The Linda Cruse Foundation
 
Jim Carter, also known as Carson from Downtown Abbey, will be hosting entertaining fundraising events for victims of the devastating earthquakes of 2015. These evenings will feature live music, magic and stories from Downtown Abbey. The audience will be able to ask questions. Inspirational humanitarian aid worker Linda Cruse will give an update on her foundation’s work in Nepal. Lesley Smith, renowned ventriloquist, entertainer and singer/songwriter will perform and MC the evening. Carter and Linda Cruse teamed up to start “WandAid,” whose proceeds go to the Linda Cruse Foundation. WandAid uses magic, music and entrepreneurs to bring joy and recovery to the “forgotten people” at home and abroad. It aims to empower challenged communities impacted by natural disaster, political crisis and disadvantage so that children and families can rebuild their lives and livelihoods. 

Old Fashioned Bean Supper
Date: Saturday, February 20th, 5 – 6 p.m.
Location: 35 Conant St, Beverly
Organization: Second Congregational Church
 
Stop by the Second Congregational Church for an Old Fashioned Baked Bean Supper! The menu includes: homemade baked beans, coleslaw, brown bread, rolls and coffee, tea, or milk. There will also be music and entertainment. The building is handicap accessible.

Roundtable Discussion on Opiate Abuse and Addiction
Date: Thursday, March 3rd, 6 p.m.
Location: Manchester – Essex Regional High School
Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts House of Representatives
 
Bradford Hill will be co-hosting a roundtable discussion on opiate abuse and addiction with the Manchester Police Department. Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel will be speaking about the state’s efforts in combating the epidemic. Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins will also be on hand to discuss how the Sheriff’s Department is working to implement drug treatment programs. First responders, a local community member who has lost a loved one to overdose and members of the Cape Ann chapter of Learn to Cope will also be present at the discussion. This discussion will be a way for the community as a whole to see this crisis up close and personal, discuss how the state is working to combat the opiate crisis and to offer assistance for those who require it.

MSPCA's Spin for Animals
Date: Saturday, March 5th, 9 a.m.
Location: Seacoast Sports Club
Organization: MSPCA at Nevins Farm
 
Register for MSPCA’s 13th Annual Spin for Animals! Get in shape all while supporting animals. Join other animal lovers at Seacoast Sports Club in Portsmouth to spin for one, two or three hours while the fun and fierce Jenna George entertains, inspires, feeds and pushes you to the finish line. Space is limited – register and reserve your space now. Want to help but can’t make it? Join the event as a virtual spinner and you can ride at your own gym and still raise funds for the animals! Learn more about the event at www.mspca.org/spinforanimals.

A Couple of Blagurads
Date: Thursday, March 17th & Friday, March 18th
Location: Larcom Theatre
Organization: Gimmelive
 
Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with "A Couple of Blaguards" the Rollicking Irish Comedy written by Frank McCourt (Pulitzer Prize winning author of New York Times Bestseller "Angela's Ashes") and Malachy McCourt, author of New York Times Bestseller "A Monk Swimming.” The evnt will be at Beverly’s intimate Larcom Theatre. For more information and tickets, visit http://gimmelive.com.

It’s All Beatles All Night
Date: Friday, April 15th, 6 p.m.
Location: Melrose Veterans Memorial Hall, 590 Main St., Melrose
Organization: The Knights of Columbus Food for Families Fund
 
Get your tickets to see New England’s best Beatles band, BeatleJuice live in concert to benefit The Knights of Columbus Food for Families Fund. The show is appropriate for all ages. The evening will include a cash bar, raffle prizes, pizza and more! For more information, visit www.muzzdrums.com.

MONTHLONG EVENTS:

Northern Lights Online Auction
Date: Thursday, February 18th – Monday, February 29th
Location: www.pingree.org
Organization: Pingree School
 
Each year, Pingree School’s Parents Association hosts a Benefit Auction to support the programs at Pingree. This school year the auction will be held Thursday, February 18th through Monday, February 29th. The proceeds from this event will support financial aid, professional development for faculty and service learning.

Laurie Simmons: In and Around the House
Date: Saturday, February 6th – Sunday, April 17th
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art

Stop by Philips Academy to view the exhibition that celebrates the Addison’s recent acquisition of a complete set of Laurie Simmons’s seminal series: In and Around the House, 1976-78. Depicting female dolls in dollhouse interiors performing the stereotypical chores of a 1950s housewife, these images are paradoxically sentimental and critical. Created by the artist at the threshold of her career, these poignant and melancholy black and white photographs reflect concerns and themes—artifice and fiction, gender and identity, and memory and nostalgia—that continue to inform her work today. A formative piece within the artist’s oeuvre, it is with this pioneering series of photographs that Simmons became one of the first of a generation of artists to push the boundaries of photography into the realm of conceptual art.


Marblehead Little Theatre Presents: 12 Angry Men
Date: Friday, March 11th – Sunday, March 20th, 7 p.m.
Location: Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Little Theatre

Tickets are now on sale for The Marblehead Little Theatre’s upcoming production of 12 Angry Men. The play is based on the book by Reginald Rose. The show is being produced and directed by Robert Kerrigan with stage management by Susan Parker. At each performance, one lucky audience member will win a $75 gift certificate courtesy of Turtle Cove, Village Plaza in Marblehead. What begins as an open-and shut-case of murder soon becomes a detective story that presents a succession of clues creating doubt, and a mini-drama of each of the jurors’ prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. All of the action takes place in the jury room, and you are right there through for every tense moment. For tickets or more information please visit www.mltlive.org. Tickets are also for sale at Arnold Gallery and Framing, 111 Washington Street in Marblehead.

Portrait Sessions Drop In
Date: Tuesdays 7 -- 9 p.m.
Location: MAA - King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead 
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association
 
Ellen Grandpre' and Richard Grote are back for the fall to host a portrait session similar to the life drawing sessions. A clothed model will be available each week. Bring your medium of choice and a drop cloth if working with paints. A limited number of easels are available. Classes are $8/MAA members and $10/non-members. 

Life Drawing Drop-In Classes
Date: Sundays, 9 a.m. - Noon 
Location: 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead

Exercise and refine your art skills the classic way by drawing from a nude model. Sessions are open to all, regardless of one's level of experience. Bring your medium of choice and please bring a drop cloth if working with paints. A limited number of easels are available. Cost is $12/MAA members, $15/non-members. For more information call 781-631-2608

Opening Hidden Doors: The Unifying Power of Art
Date: Third Tuesday of each Month, 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Location: Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

Join the Cape Ann Museum's new program, CAM Connections 
Third Tuesdays, which brings Cape Ann art, culture and history to older adults in the local community, and invites individuals with memory challenges and their care partners to be part of the experience. The program offers meaningful engagement with the Museum collection through small group conversation in the galleries on the third Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. If you are interested in learning more about the program or would like to make a reservation, please call Cara White at (978) 283-0455 x24 or email carawhite@capeannmuseum.org.

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 williamsonshawn@yahoo.com

Unifying Power of Art 
Date: Ongoing 
Location: Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 

The Cape Ann Museum announces the start of a new and unique program called Third Tuesdays. CAM Connections Third Tuesdays, which brings Cape Ann art, culture and history to older adults in the local community, and invites individuals with memory challenges and their care partners to be part of the experience. The program offers meaningful engagement with the Museum collection through small group conversation in the galleries on the third Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 
The heart of the Third Tuesday’s program is to create a welcoming space for open-ended discussion, art appreciation and reflection. Art is for everyone. The Third Tuesday’s museum experience of slowing down to explore the world of a painting, object or artifact stimulates wonder, and ignites new ideas and discoveries for participants.

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

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

Catmobile
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 www.catmobile.org.
 
Free Comedy Show
Date: Every Saturday night, 7 p.m. – 9 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 
http://childrensfriend.net/services/youth-mentoring/ or contact Samantha Alves at 978-219-1528

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

Take advantage of the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program and make the choice to give up tobacco. Peggy Ruso, CTT-M, tobacco treatment specialist, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, and other Freedom from Smoking certified instructors will review this step-by-step plan for tobacco treatment. Learn how to overcome your tobacco addiction so that you may start enjoying the benefits of better health! Enjoy a small group setting, fun, interactive learning environment and participant workbook and other informative materials. Please pre-register at Lahey.org/TobaccoTreatment 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 – 4 p.m.
Location: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington and Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Dr., Peabody

The American Cancer Society conducts the Look Good... Feel Better program for women undergoing cancer treatment. Guided by volunteer cosmetologist, female cancer patients who participate in this class will learn how to use 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 availability 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 -- 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 
www.underagedrinking.SAMHSA.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 www.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 -- 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 -- 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 - 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 - 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

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. 

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 – 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 one’s addiction. For more information, please call 
978-522-4310 or email mw@rhpb.org
 
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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