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North Shore Bank Food Drive 
Date: Now – Thursday, June 30th
Location: North Shore Bank Beverly Branch-50 Dodge Street in Appleseed Square
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps

North Shore Bank is teaming up with Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry and hosting a Food Drive at their branch on Dodge St in Beverly. Visit this location, now through June 30th, to donate non-perishable foods to those in need in your community. Beverly Boot Straps provides critical resources to families and individuals so they may achieve self-sufficiency. The following are what the food pantry would hope to acquire: Macaroni (pasta), Canned Tuna, Peanut Butter, Granola or Cereal Bars, Applesauce Cups, Macaroni and Cheese, Pasta Sauce, Canned Fruit, Pretzels, Pancake Mix, Syrup, Canned Beans, Canned Soup, Canned Vegetables, and Animal Crackers. North Shore Bank is a full-service community bank that serves personal and banking needs for the North Shore, eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Lobby hours are Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday & Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For any questions, please contact:
St. Peter’s Fiesta, Inc.
Date: Wednesday, June 22nd to Sunday evening, June 26th
Location: St. Peter’s Park, Gloucester
Organization: St. Peter’s Fiesta, Inc.
Go for fun and to support a great cause at the St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee’s 89th annual summer celebration. The “Fiesta” is a commemorative event that recognizes Gloucester’s foundation and is considered to be the “Showcase of Gloucester’s Heritage,” remaining as one of the most celebrated and longest running events of this type in our country. The program of events during the week include musical entertainment each evening, a 5K Road Race partnered with the Cape Ann YMCA,  a Family Activity Day, the very popular Greasy Pole contests and Seine Boat Races, and many challenging games for young children. The St. Peter’s Fiesta, Inc. is a non-profit 501 c (3) organization managed by local volunteers. You can send your contributions for the 2016 St. Peter’s Fiesta now!

Annual "Best of Beverly" Contest
Date: Nominations and entries closed June 19th, Judging is on June 24th. Winners will be announced on June 30th
The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly is happy to announce its annual “Best of Beverly” contest. Entry forms are available at the libraries, Chapmans, Leonards, Rose Hip Farm, or Wards in Beverly or on the club website.  Please nominate your friends, neighbors, or even yourself. Categories include flower gardens, vegetable gardens, window boxes (residential and business), container gardens, and porches. Gardens must be located in Beverly to be considered. All entries must be received by June 19th; judging will take place on June 24th (rain date June 25th); and winners will be announced on June 30th. For addition information or online entry forms, please visit  or email or call 978 381-FLOW (3597).

Rockport Garden Club Annual Garden Tour
Date: Friday, June 24th – Saturday, June 25th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Rockport
Organization: Rockport Garden Club
The Rockport Garden Club will be hosting its annual Garden tour this upcoming June. Get your tickets to explore 10 beautiful private gardens in Rockport, stretching from Rockport’s South End to Pigeon Cove. They will range from a cozy setting on Bearskin Neck to expansive seaside vistas and will even include a self sustaining garden complete with chickens, ducks, and beehives. The gardens taken together showcase the broad diversity of Rockport life and invite visitors to explore each one’s unique features close-up, whether self-guided or with the aid of a docent. Tickets can be purchased online at and picked up at the Rockport police station on the day of the tour. Tickets are also available in person at the Rockport police station on tour dates, or by visiting Toad Hall Books on Main Street. All proceeds from the event go to scholarships for local college students who will be pursuing study in the environmental sciences. For more information please visit the club’s website.
Billy Elliot at The Marblehead Little Theatre
Date: June 24th – July 3rd
Location: Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street
Organization: Marblehead Little Theatre
Billy Elliot is the motherless son of a coal miner, growing up in Northern England, and he trades in his boxing gloves for ballet flats. Come to the Marblehead Little Theatre to see the story unfold on stage, with book and lyrics by Lee Hall, and music by Elton John. The show is directed by Steve Black, assisted by James Scoville, and produced by Susan Parker and Lori Lord. Musical direction is by Lianne Goodwin and choreography by Lara Finn. Production runs from June 24th to July 3rd, with a cast reception immediately following the show on opening night only.  Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students on matinee shows only.  For more info, and to buy tickets online, visit  Tickets are also available at the Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington Street, Marblehead.
Byfield Music and Arts Festival
Date: Saturday, June 25th, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Manter Field, 81 Central Street, Byfield
Organization: Byfield Community Arts Center and Fusion Blue Productions
This is the third annual, day-long event. This family-friendly festival will feature 20 live bands performing throughout the day. In addition, there will be crafters, artists, and food and beverage vendors. There are many interactive activities for children. The Festival will be held at a beautiful array of athletic fields, easily located moments away from route 95. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of. For more information and to check out some of the photos from last year's event please go to their website at Volunteers are also needed to help out at this event. Proceeds from the Byfield Music and Arts Festival benefit the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central Street, and Byfield.
Marblehead Festival of Arts Hosts Champagne & Culinary Arts Reception 
Date: June 26th 5p.m. – 7p.m.
Location: Fort Sewall Ln, Marblehead, MA 01945

Come down to The Marblehead Festival of Arts annual Champagne & Culinary Arts Reception. The reception marks the start of the summer season as well as the annual Festival. In its 51st year, the festival will run from July 1st through 4th. The Festival hosts a wide range of visual art exhibits as well as other events featuring film, music, writing, boat building, and children’s activities. Music always accompanies the reception so come out and hear Boston’s top Cajun and Zydeco band. There will be many restaurants available providing food and drink.  One fun aspect of the Reception is the Annual Hat Contest. Guests design and don their own special hats. Renowned for unique as well as beautiful creations, the hats often reflect history, local color, as well as Fourth of July fun. This year, prizes awarded for most ‘Creative’ design and most ‘Elegant’ hat will be gift certificates from the Festival’s Logo Store. Invitations can be purchased until Friday, June 24th, in advance, for donations of $50.00 per person on their website ( OR Through Saturday June 25th at various Marblehead locations listed online. Invitations can also be purchased at the gate, on the day of the event, for donations of $60 per person.
St. Vasilios Greek Picnic
Date: Sunday, June 26th, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Rain Date: July 9th)
Location: Winter Island, Salem
Organization: St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church
The public is invited to the 2016 St. Vasilios Greek Picnic. This year’s event will be held at Winter Island in Salem, Sunday June 26, 2016 11 am to 9 pm (Rain date July 9, 2016). The picnic is fun for the whole family! Enjoy delicious Greek food and homemade Greek Pastries. Beer, wine & soft drinks will be offered throughout the day. At 3:30 p.m. children will entertain the group with a folk dancing performance. This will be a beautiful summer day filled with traditional Greek music, dancing, raffle prizes and games. Admission $5.00 per person and kids under 16 are free. The Winter Island parking will be FREE for this event. Call (978) 531 0777 or visit for additional information.
Cape Ann SNAP Golf Tournament
Date: Monday, June 27th, 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ipswich Country Club
Organization: Cape Ann Special Needs Assistance Program
On June 27, Cape Ann Special Needs Assistance Program will hold its 1st Annual Golf Tournament Charity Benefit at the Ipswich Country Club. Starting at 12:30pm, the shotgun/scramble will kick-off a day of fun and all for a good cause. There will be prizes, contests, a silent auction, a 50-50 raffle, and it all includes a Southern Style Buffet at the end of the day! Cape Ann SNAP is a non-profit regional organization serving the communities of Cape Ann Massachusetts. They work to provide older special needs individuals with housing, greater learning experiences and year round activities, including participation in Special Olympics Massachusetts programs. For more information visit their Facebook page Their website  is updated daily with new friends and sponsors participating in this event.

Fitz Henry Lane Walking Tours at the Cape Anne Museum 
Dates: Friday, July 29th 10 – 11:30 a.m.
          Saturday, August 6th 10 – 11:30 a.m.
          Friday, August 19th 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
Organization: Cape Anne Museum

Experience 19th century Gloucester history as this tour leads you through the neighborhoods and waterfront that inspired the artwork of native son Fitz Henry Lane. Participants are encouraged to bring smart phones or tablets in order to access the rich sources of information in the newly released Fitz Henry Lane Online catalog raisonne. During the walk, participants will be able to connect a location to the painting it inspired via the online catalog. Alternative visuals will also be available. Rain or shine, the guided tours will be held. Each tour is 1.5 hours. Fee for members is $10 and $20 for nonmember (includes museum admission.) Space is limited; reservation required. For further details, email

Navy Band Northeast Concert
Date: Thursday, June 30th 7 p.m.
Location: The Rotary Pavilion (Peabody Institute Library), Danvers
Organization: Danvers Rotary Club

The Navy Band, from Newport, RI will be in Danvers to put on a FREE concert! Sponsored by the Danvers Rotary Club, this concert will help lead off this year’s Family Festival. The Navy Band Northeast plays musical selections that are meant to inspire patriotism and entertain audiences of all ages. For further details, email Larry Raimondi at:

History of Rock & Roll 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990’s to Today
Date: Thursday, June 30th 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 1st 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 2nd 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Community House 284 Bay Road, Hamilton
Organization: Stage 284

Stage 284 has made it possible to rock & roll your way through over 60 years of music over the course of three nights! The first night, you can hear legends such as Johnny Cash, The Doors, The Who, and the King himself, Elvis Presley.  And that is just 1950s and 1960s night! The 1970s and 1980s night will have in store: Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, the Police and others. Then, on the last night, there will be music by groups from the 1990s to the present, such as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Green Day. And for an added bonus, on the final night, Caspian will perform! Order tickets online at: Tickets are $20, or $50 for a 3-night bundle deal. Otherwise, tickets are $25 at the door. For more details, visit

Red, White and Blue Breakfast 
Date: Saturday, July 2nd 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: Tuck’s Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea
Organization: Manchester-Essex Rotary Club

To kick-off the 4th of July Weekend, Manchester-Essex Rotary is putting on the annual Red, White and Blue Breakfast at Tuck’s Point. Come by to have some pancakes, eggs and other delicious breakfast items. Local businesses sponsor this breakfast through an ad in the program book. This makes it possible for the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club to increase the amount they can give to scholarships and community causes. Sponsorships are $100 for 1/3 of a page ad and $250 for a full page ad. Books are distributed for free at breakfast. The event typically serves over 1000 people. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children under 6 have free admission. For more information, visit

4th of July Dance
Date: Saturday, July 2nd at 8 p.m – Midnight
Location:  Hastings House, 14 Oak Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Farms
Get ready to dance the night away with local band, Onset at the kick-off event to another Fabulous 4th of July in the Farms! This important fundraiser for the Hastings House is still only $10 for admission and features a huge dance floor, cash bar and a guaranteed great time with your friends and neighbors. This year's 4th of July Dance is sponsored through the generosity of Lux Realty North Shore. Those who attend must be 21 or older. For more information, please visit

Farms-Prides 4th of July Horribles Parade
Date: Monday, July 4th at 8 a.m.
Location: Corner of Oak & West Street, Beverly (Near Beverly Farms)
Organization: Beverly Farms

The Farm-Pride 4th of July Horribles Parade promises to be a spectacular and unique event. The parade proceeds up West, turns right onto Hale, left onto High, left onto Haskell, left onto Everett, another left back onto Hale, right to West, and one last left back onto Oak where it will disband in front of the Hastings House. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for entries in multiple categories. For more information, please visit

Shoreline Illumination and Fireworks
Date: Monday, July 4th at 9 p.m.
Location: West Beach, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Farms
Come and witness the awe inspiring display of the shoreline illumination and aerial fireworks! Tickets for the Farms-Prides Fireworks are available for $10 before the 4th at several Farms-Prides merchants and are $15 at the gate on the 4th. General admission begins at 5:00 PM for those who are not members of West Beach. You may also honor a loved one who cannot be at the shoreline illumination by filling out a Dedication Form and mailing it in or returning it to any Farms-Pride 4th of July Committee member. There is NO parking at the beach and parking is very limited along local streets. No Alcohol, fireworks, glass containers or coolers allowed and all bags are subject to search on entry. For more information, go to

Paddle for Plummer
Date: Saturday, July 16th, begins at 7:30 a.m.
Location: The Plummer Home, 37 Winter Island Rd., Salem
Organization: Plummer Home
This Stand Up Paddle (SUP) event will include an Elite Race (6 mile course), a Recreational Race (1.5 mile course), and a Fun Paddle (1/2 or 1 mile course). Exclusive Pre-Race clinics will take place before the event day at the Plummer Home with professional SUP racers such as Johnny O’Hara. There is limited space available, and more details will be coming soon. Brand new this year, relay races! All paddle event registrants get a free entry into the relay race, which will be teams of 3-4 people and an Elite paddler doing short sprints back and forth, while the crowd cheers you on. Additional fitness events include Waterfront Spinning, Sunrise Land Yoga with Anneliese Brosch of Cape Ann SUP, and SUP Yoga with Lisa Faia of SUP East Coast Style. For race day registration details, visit

Mobility Theater Reception
Date: Sunday, July 17th
Location: 15 Kirkbride Dr, Danvers

Come Down to Danvers, for a mobility theater group. There will be script reading, script writing and more. The group will meet monthly starting Sunday July 17th from 1-3p.m. There is no fee but a donation of scripts and volunteers are welcome. Registration will take place at the reception and refreshments will be served for more info call 978-716-3514 or email

Race of the Century
Date: July 30th at 8:30 a.m., and July 31st at 4:30 p.m.
Location: 137 Barton Road, Stow
Organization: Collings Foundation
Who would win in a race:  A bicycle, a horse drawn carriage, or a roadster?  Come down to the Collings Foundation on July 30th and 31st to find out!  The organization will be hosting numerous races, pitting the greatest advances in motion technology against each other for a day of fun and excitement.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12.  For more information, visit
58th Annual Sidewalk Bazaar
Date: August 4th to August 6th, 9 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Location: Main Street, Gloucester
Organization: Gloucester Downtown Association
Come on down to Main Street in Gloucester to celebrate the 58th annual Sidewalk Bazaar. Shops along the street will be putting their stores outside with Bargains & deals. Craftsmen and artists will join in with their unique crafts, accompanied by many nonprofits, restaurants, and lots of activities for kids. Free musical entertainment will add to the lively atmosphere, taking place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

Senior Day in the Park
Date: Thursday, August 4th
Location: Lynch Park on Ober st, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Council on Aging
Come down to the park on August 4th, from 10am-2pm for a day full of fun activities. From live musical entertainment, a delicious lunch under a huge tent, an ice cream social, and a Senior of the Year award ceremony, this day is always a highlight for Beverly seniors. Over 500 seniors from the community came out last year and celebrated a great day! They are looking for sponsors to help keep the cost of a ticket under $10 per ticket. If you are interested in being a sponsor please email or call 978-921-6017

Lucky 13th Annual Fundraiser to Fight Kidney Cancer
Date: Monday, August 15th
Location: Ferncroft Country Club, Peabody
Organization: The John Estrella Foundation for Cancer Research

It is the lucky 13th year for the Annual John Estrella Foundation for Cancer Research to Fight Kidney Cancer! This event includes a golf tournament and/or casino night/dinner with a silent auction and raffle. Funds raised are donated as a research grant to a scientist working at a regional hospital to cure kidney cancer. Golf and Casino night is $185/person. The Early Bird registration can be done on or before July 30th is $175/person. Golfer’s Special: Bring a first timer to the JEFCR Tournament and both golf for only $160 each! Casino Night only is $65/person and Early Bird registration is $55/person. For more information, call 978-578-4913.

5th Annual Opportunity Works Golf Classic
Date: Tuesday, September 20th (Shotgun Start) at 9 a.m.
Location: Haverhill Country Club
Organization: Opportunity Works, Inc.

The 5th Annual Opportunity Works Golf Classic 2016 TOURNAMENT returns to the premiere and private Haverhill Country Club. Enjoy a shotgun start scramble format, putting contests, luncheon, and awards. Have fun and help support the developmentally disabled! Haverhill Country Club continues to be one of the best conditioned private country clubs in the area and one that is a real treat to play. Participants in the first four tournaments raved about the event and this year is sure to sell out, so reserve your spot early. This year's event features a 9:00 am shotgun start with registration opening at 7:30 am. As in past years, the entry fee is an "all inclusive" entry fee that includes the scramble format tournament, player gift item, entry in all games, contests, and much, much more. Register today to secure your spot in this year's field of players. Space is limited and a waiting list will begin once the tournament has reached capacity. Individual entry fee is $200 and a foursome entry fee is $800. For more information, visit:

Battle For the Airfield Re-Enactment
Date:  October 8th at 8:30 a.m. and October 9th at 4:30 p.m.
Location:  137 Barton Road, Stow
Organization: Collings Foundation
Join the Collings Foundation in Stow MA for an exciting WWII reenactment, featuring authentic weaponry, machinery, and equipment from the war.  Actors are set up in life-like camps, and will provide a wealth of information about life as a soldier.  Also featured will be a Veterans Round Table discussion about survival in WWII, open to veterans of all ranks from the war.  Tickets will be $10 for children and $20 for Adults.  For more information, visit

The Beatles Revival
Date: October 21st at 6:30 p.m.
Location: 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington
Organization: The Aleppo Shrine Center

The Beatles tribute band, Studio Two is ready to rock and continue their tour in celebration of the Beatles coming to America. By recreating the Fab Four’s music, appearance, instruments, and onstage banter, Studio Two performs your most favorite hits that will bring you to the dance floor. Food is available along with a cash bar. Reservations are required; no tickets will be sold at the door. VIP seating is $35 (limited) and General Admission is $25. Tables of 10 are available for both. For more info contact: Sheila by email
Newburyport Summer Shuttle
Date: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May 27 to Sept. 4, 2016
Location: Round Trip Route Starts at Commuter Rail Station, Travels to Downtown and Plum Island
For the second year, the Mayor's Office is offering a convenient way to get around the city during the busy summer tourism months. Visitors and residents alike can board the Newburyport Summer Shuttle, which runs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May 27 to Sept. 4, 2016. The Summer Shuttle round trips start each day at the Newburyport Commuter Rail Station at 10:40 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. For more information on this service, visit and

Hidden Treasures at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Art Exhibit
Date: June 23rd-September 5th 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Location: 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon 
Organization: Mass Audubon

Expect the unexpected when you take a hike and explore the many Hidden Treasures at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife SanctuaryAward winning photographer, Fred Martins, captures the uniqueness of Moose Hill’s 2000 acres featuring 25 miles of hiking trails with his innovative photographs. Every trail offers a different experience and sensibility.  Discover the tranquility of the rustic farmlands and pastures or the magic of the serene vistas and bluffs. Each season brings another opportunity to explore nature’s wonders and beckons the visitor to come and find their own “special treasure” at this sanctuary. For more details, visit

Kids Eat Free Thru Summer the Summer Food Program
Date: June 27th – August 26th
Location: (Locations and Times vary)
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps

Monday, June 27, there are new options available to keep Beverly children fed while school is out and there is no access to the free and reduced breakfast and lunch program. Breakfast will be served at Holcroft and Goldway Playgrounds from 8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m, at Apple Village and Balch playground from 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m, Monday through Wednesday and Friday. Breakfast and lunch will be served at Beverly High School Monday through Friday; breakfast from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m and lunch from 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Additionally, weekly visits to the Food Pantry will be available at Beverly Bootstraps and pre-registration online is required on Food will be served Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday 5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. And finally, the first and third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. For any questions, further details, or a layout of the dates and times, visit

Explorers LLI Free Summer Lecture Series for North Shore Seniors
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, July 11th -- August 17th from 10 a.m. Noon
Location: Explorers LLI of Salem State University, 10 Federal Street, Suite 10, Salem (One exception stated below)
Organization: Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute 

Explorers LLI is offering a Free Lecture series for north shore seniors. Each Monday and Wednesday, there will be a different lecturer, which assures variety and an interesting experience. Monday, July 11 features Dan Connell, a visiting scholar at Boston University’s African Studies Center, he is a journalist, author and photographer. July 13th's speaker is Dennis Mannion, a retired high school teacher who served in the vietnam war as an artillery forward observer in Kilo Company of 3rd Battalion. Hear about how in early December his company was sent to Khe Sanh in response to enemy buildup around the US combat base there. Monday, July 18, Jim Kurtz shares his story of finding a box in his attic which led him to discover what his father experienced in WWII. Wednesday, July 20 you will hear from Dr. Mona Sigal who helps people stay healthy through a plant-based diet. Dr. Sigal shows us that eating well and managing stress are more effective than most prescribed medications. Monday, July 25 features Ron Grenier, who recalls his experience in building The Big Dig. Grenier shares his personal recollections and some valuable lessons learned. On Wednesday, July 27 you will hear from Lt. Sheila McDaid, the highest ranking woman officer in the Peabody Police Dept.
On August 1 the meetings move to the Hollywood Hits Theater in Danvers. The theater manager, Scott Przybycien, shows a first-run movie and gives a lecture about the Hollywood Hits Theater. Plan to arrive at the theater around 9:45 am. Admission is five dollars. On Wednesday, August 3 Jim Markan, a course leader for Explorers, is back to facilitate another round of the popular “America Exploration” game. Learn about our society, history, geography, and much more. On Monday, August 8 Jeff Crosby, president of the North Shore Labor Council in Lynn, explains the current state of the labor movement in the United States, how labor reached this state, and what is likely to happen next. Wednesday, August 10 features Jonathan W. Blodgett, the District Attorney of Essex County. He will discuss how he has been working to limit opioid abuse among young people for some time. On Monday, August 15 Jean Costello will introduce audience members to mindfulness and meditation through activities, including relaxation practice, a breathing exercise, and meditation with visualization. Wednesday, August 17, Ed Chaisson will give a presentation about boat building and fishing in Swampscott. For full lecture descriptions and dates, visit: Contact by calling at: 978-744-0804.

Late Hours at Beverly Bootstraps
Date: Mondays and Thursdays starting Monday June 6th
Location: 198 Rantoul Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps
With the goal of making the store more available than ever, Beverly Bootstraps will be staying open until 7:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Feel free to come to the thrift shop to look around, where the stock arrives daily, so you never know what gem you might find!  Purchases and donations directly support the programs and services of Beverly Bootstraps.

Foster Parenting: The Home for Little Wonderers
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Home for Little Wanderers

The Home for Little Wanderers is looking for caring individuals and families who want to make a difference in the life of a child. Do you have space in your home and in your heart for one of the many children in this state who cannot live at home because of abuse or neglect? Please consider becoming a foster parent. The Home for Little Wanderers offers--specialized training, a competitive stipend, paid vacation, 24-Hour support and more. The Home serves children with some emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges. If you are interested to learn more, call The Home at 888.466.3321 or visit
SHINE Jewelry Sale
Date: Ongoing
Location: Online at
Organization: Northeast Arc
Northeast Arc has been supporting people with disabilities to become full participants in our communities for over 60 years. Part of their support includes providing training and employment opportunities through programs like Shine. Northeast Arc offers high quality, hand-made beaded jewelry which can be purchased at local retailers, through their online store, and if you are interested in wholesale opportunities, for your shop, please contact Your purchase directly impacts people's lives, as well as, helps continue the employment program for Shine. Help support a growing social enterprise and provide an opportunity for artists to SHINE as creative professionals. Visit for a list of local retailers, including the online store.
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
Samaritans’ Crisis Services
Date: Ongoing
You’ll find hope with Samaritans’ crisis services, which are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week for those feeling isolated, desperate, or uncertain about anything in their life. The services are free, confidential, anonymous, and available to all Massachusetts residents. In addition, they provide support for those with concerns for the well-being of others. Please call or text 877-870 HOPE. Calls and texts are fielded by carefully trained volunteers offering non-judgmental support and respect in a comforting and understanding manner. Those interested in becoming a Samaritans volunteer can visit
Clothing and Shoe Drive to Benefit Orphanages in Africa
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Global Orphan Foundation
A clothing and shoe drive to benefit orphanages in Africa is seeking Spring and Summer clothing for children ages 1-13. Shoes are especially needed! This is the perfect time of year to look through your children’s warm weather clothes for items they may have outgrown. Donations can be brought to Denyse Creesy at 17 Middlebury Lane in Beverly.
Date: Ongoing
Location: Central & Eastern Massachusetts
Organization: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society
Attention all cat owners! Get your cat fixed at the convenient and affordable Catmobile. Our low-cost surgical vans travel throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, and are coming to your town soon. Our low fees include spay or neuter surgery plus a brief exam by our vet, nail trim and rabies vaccine. Make your appointment today by calling 978-465-1940 or visit us online at
Volunteer Recruitment Ongoing Events!
Date: Ongoing
Location: All over the North Shore!
Organization: Children's Friends and Family Services
Children’s Friends and Family Services seeks volunteer mentors ages 21 and older to be matched with one youth mentee from the North Shore. Youth are between the ages of 5 and 18, and as a mentor you would meet every week for at least two hours to establish a one-to-one relationship that over a year’s time matures into a genuine, caring friendship. Our current program waitlist has 36 youth, there is a significant need! If you are interested or would like to know more, please visit or contact Samantha Alves at 978-219-1528.
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 or call the Quite-line (781-744-7848) for assistance or further information.
"Look Good...Feel Better" Support Group for Femal Cancer Patients
Date: (Burlington) 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4 – 5:30 p.m., (Peabody) 3rd Tuesday of Every Other Month, 2 – 4 p.m. 
Location: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Kariotis Conference Room, 3 West, 41 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington

The American Cancer Society conducts the Look Good... Feel Better program for women undergoing cancer treatment. Guided by volunteer cosmetologist, female cancer patients who participate in this class will learn how to use makeup and skin care techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Women also learn ways to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories. Following the program, participants are provided a complimentary make-up kit. Pre-registration is required. For questions regarding the Burlington location, please contact Annmarie Brady, LICSW at 781-744-8113. For questions regarding the Peabody location, please contact Alison Locke, LICSW. To check scheduling, visit
Blood Cancer Support Group at Lahey Medical Center
Date: (Peabody) 2nd Monday of each month, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Or, (Burlington) 2nd Wednesday of each month, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Second Floor Conference Room, North Wing, Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Drive, Peabody. And, Karyotins Conference Room, Lahey Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington.
Organization: Lahey Medical Center

A free support group will be held in Conference Room A, second floor, North Wing (next to Orthopaedic Surgery) for blood cancer patients. Dinner will be served. For more information or to register with the Peabody location, please contact Alison Locke, LICSW at: 978-538-4807. For the Burlington location, please contact Lisa Carlson at: 781-744-8604. 

Date: Ongoing

An alarming number of pre-teens are already drinking alcohol, which makes it urgent to find every opportunity to talk to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking.  They really do hear you.  For tips on what to say, visit Talk. They Hear You.  A public service message from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and brought to you by DanversCARES.
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: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Beverly) and 2nd Wednesday of every month, 2 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1820 Turnpike St, Suite 106, North Andover and 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly
Organization: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program
Information & education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. Increased understanding through shared experiences. Mutual support from other caregivers. Light Refreshments will be provided. Free respite care on site upon request. RSVP for respite care or with questions for the Beverly location, please call Rachael Palmacci at: 978-921-5020 ext. 1135, or contract her through email at: For North Andover, please call Brianna Martin at: 978-688-3248 ext. 1102, or contact her through email at:
Early Onset Social Group - North Andover
Date: 4th Wednesday of every month, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: 1820 Turnpike St, Suite 106, North Andover
Organization: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program
Early Onset Social Group A comfortable and supportive environment for people and their loved ones to discuss the struggles and challenges of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease before the age of 65. A light dinner will be served. All ages are encouraged to attend. Free Respite care on site upon request. To RSVP or with questions, please contact Sherill O'Gorman at: 978-921-2065 ext. 1162, or through email at:
Breast Cancer Support Group
Date: 4th Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Sophia Gordon Cancer Center Conference Room, Lahey Medical Center, Peabody. Or, Kariotis Conference Room, 3 West, 41 Mall Road, Lahey Medical Center, Burlington

Are you a fighting breast cancer or have you survived it? The Lahey Clinic understands your troubles and offers these support groups for just that. Please, visit this support group to share your experiences and struggles. There is no fee for both. For further information or to register at the Peabody location, please contact instructor Alison Locke, LICSW at: 978-538-4807. For the Burlington location, please contact Annemarie Bradly, LICSW at: 978-744-8113.
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 services. For further information, please call: 781-592-0243.
PAWS Wakefield
Date: Ongoing
Welcome a loving pet into your home today.  Serving communities North of Boston, the PAWS Wakefield foster network cares for orphaned cats and dogs until they find their forever families. Please consider saving a life by adopting locally. You can also help local animals-in-need by volunteering your time, becoming a foster parent, sponsoring a pet that needs long-term care, or donating funds or supplies to support the PAWS programs. Please help PAWS make a difference for people and pets in your community. Visit or call 781-246-6111 for more information.
Family Promise North Shore
Date: Ongoing
Can You Volunteer A Couple of Hours to Help Homeless Families on the North Shore Get Back on Their Feet? Since May, Family Promise North Shore Boston has been putting up homeless families in houses of worship and assisting parents in finding jobs and sustainable housing. They need volunteers, ages 18 and up, at the Day Center in Beverly on Sundays, evenings and overnights at various houses of worship on the North Shore every day.  A shift is usually just two hours; and you don’t need to be affiliated with a congregation to volunteer! For more information please call 978-922-0787.
Bay State Textiles Recycling Rebate Program
Date: Ongoing
Location: Wakefield, Melrose, Beverly Public Schools
Organization: Wakefield, Melrose, and Beverly PTO’s, Bay State Textiles
Bay State Textiles has partnered with PTO’s in North Shore communities (along with others) in an effort to promote recycling. A collection box is placed outside each public school in the district and the PTO’s generate a $100 rebate based on the tonnage of collection that is deposited into the box. Many items ranging from footwear to linen are accepted as long as they are clean and dry. To find out more information on recycling locations or the program, visit the Bay State Textiles Facebook page.

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

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