Here's What's Happening

Vacation Bible School

Date: Sunday, July 20th - Thursday, July 24th, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: First Congregational Church of Essex
Organization to Beneift: First Congregational Church of Essex

Weird Animals VBS - Where Jesus' Love is One-of-a-Kind! Join for singing, dancing, arts & crafts, games, interactive drama, and dinner! Children pre-K through 8th grade are invited to attend. Attendence costs $20 for one child, $30 for two children, and $40 for three or more; save $5 by registering before July 13th! To register go to Any questions, email

Fluoridaion of Gloucester Public Water Works Presentation
Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Kryouz Auditorium (Upstairs City Hall), Gloucester
Organization: Gloucester Board of Health

The Gloucester Board of Health will make a presentation of their recommendations regarding drinking water fluoridation to the City Council and a response by the Cape An Fluoride Action Network will follow. All are welcome! Did you know that there has never been a scientific study which concludes that fluoride added to drinkin water reduces dental cavities? Or that fluoride ingestion has been linked to liver, kidney, and neurological diseases? Find out more at the presentation!

27th Annual Firefighters 5 Mile Road Race
Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 4:00 p.m. Registration, 6:30 p.m. Race Start
Location: Hamilton Fire Department, 265 Bay Road, Hamilton
Organization: Hamilton Fire Department Relief Association Inc, Hamilton

Come try to defeat Lynn Fire as they defend their claim to the Firefighters Perpetual Team Trophy for the 2nd Year in a row! Run to benefit the Hamilton Fire Department Relief Association which is a non-profit organization set up to help firefighters and their families in times of tragedy or distress. This competitive 5 mile wheel measured course runs throught the country roads of Hamilton, MA and Gordon Theological Seminary. In addition to the run there will be refreshments, raffles, vendors, music from a DJ, and much more! Be one of the first 100 race applicants and recieve a commemorative t-shirt! The top three finishers in both Male and Female Divisions will recieve trophies! Race divisions by age such as 16 & under, 17-29, 30- 39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+, and firefighter. Register for $20 online before the race or $25 on race day. For more information call Sandy at 978-500-0520 or visit

North Shore Elder Services
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 10:00 a.m.
Location: Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal Street, Salem
Organization: North Shore Elder Services

Paul Lanzikos, Executive Director of North Shore Elder Services and former Massachusetts Secretary of Elder Affairs, will explain the information and support his organization offers for  home health care, nursing assessments, money management, medical advocacy, companionship, and food shopping. Donations are appreciated from non-members attending. For more information call 978-744-0804 or visit

No Limit CPR - After Hours/ Presentation
Date: Thursday, July 24th, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 100 Cummings CEnter, Suite 120 E

Join the Beverly Chamber of Commerce and Brian Hill for a free Adult Hands Only CPR class with a video presentation and hands on practice. There will be snacks, coffee, soft drinks, and prizes. Please stop by to enjoy and get familiar with the Training Services and learn how to save a life!

Gershwin/Porter - A Musical Revue at Marblehead Little Theatre
Date:July 25 - August 3rd
Location: 12 School Street, Marblehead, Ma
Organization: Marblehead Little Theatre

Marblehead Little Theatre producers Henry Dembowski and Dayle Persons announce the 6th annual summer show: Gershwin/Porter - Who Could Ask For Anything More?  Written and directed by Anne Lucas with musical direction by Betty Lautner. Cole Porter and George Gershwin will be portrayed by talented MLT actors John Archer and Les Tarmy. The show will feature some of Cole Porter and George Gershwin’s classic songs including: Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm, Anything Goes, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off as well as many more of their unforgettable hits. Show dates and times are July 25, 26, 27, 31 and August 1, 2 & 3 at 7:30 pm with Sunday Matinees July 27 and August 3 at 2 pm. The opening night performance will feature a reception with refreshments immediately following the show. Ticket price for opening night is $33 all other performances are $23. The July 26 performance is sponsored by the Marblehead Museum and tickets may be purchased by calling Diane Barbour at 781-631-0074. Tickets will be available at and at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, Pleasant Street, Marblehead.

Artist Reception for Award Winning Painter Judith Greulich
Date: Saturday, July 26th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Bank Gloucester, 160 Main Street, Gloucester
Organization: Artists

Bank Gloucester is hosting a public reception for Judith Greulich in the bank's lobby and everyone is invited! A collection of her paintings are on display at the bank through September 12th. The reception is a great opportunity to meet Judith and speak with her regarding her work. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more about the event, visit

"Tails & Ales" Craft Beer Festival
Date: Saturday, July 26, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Nevins Farm, Methuen, MA
Organization: MSPCA at Nevins Farm

A fundraiser for animals of all sizes,  “Tails & Ales” will feature samples of approximately three dozen New England beers from 10 breweries. One hundred percent of ticket sales will benefit the animals and programs of Nevins Farm. Additionally, 10 percent of any beer orders will also be donated by Shawsheen Village Liquors. Besides the beer samplings, a delicious assortment of hors d'oeuvres will be on hand, catered by Whole Foods Market in association with local vendors. And back by popular demand, you can enjoy these treats while listening to the energetic blend of rock and blues music from the White Street Band. There are also three special raffle prizes to be drawn at the event. For more information please check out our Facebook pages at or  Tickets to Tails & Ales are available for $35 from Shawsheen Village Liquors at 4 Poor Street in Andover, Nevins Farm at 400 Broadway in Methuen, or online at  The price will be $45 at the door, but buying tickets beforehand is recommended, since the gate is being limited and the event sold out last year (age 21 and older only, please). For more information, call Nevins Farm at (978) 687-7453, ext. 6161 or Shawsheen Village Liquors at (978) 475-3636.

Shakespearean Festival on Misery Island "The Tempest Trials"
Date: Saturday, July 26
Location: Misery Island, Salem Ma
Organization: Sea Station, Inc.

Join Sea Shuttle and Sea Station on July 26th for their inaugural performance of The Tempest Trials, a Shakespearan Festival on Salem's Misery Island. The festival will feature actors of all ages participating in a reading competition before a panel of judges. A diverse group of talented actors been selected through auditions earlier this year. There will be three ferry transports from Salem Willows Park Pier onboard the Endeavour to Misery Island for three groups. Each group will see three rounds of the performances and everyone sees the finals. Each round will be 45-50 minutes with a 10-15 minute intermission. Tickets can be purchased online at: Proceeds for the The Tempest Trials will benefit the nonprofit organization Sea Station, Inc. Sea Station's mission is to safeguard the living ocean through hands-on education and the involvement of the community

Artist Reception for Award Winning Painter - Judith Greulich
Date: Saturday July 26, 2014 - 11am-1pm
Location: Bank Gloucester, 160 Main St., Gloucester Ma
Organization: To Benefit Local Artists

 BankGloucester is hosting a public reception for artist Judith Greulich on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 11 am to 1 pm in the Bank’s lobby. A collection of her paintings are on display at the bank through September 12, 2014. The reception is a great opportunity to meet Judith and speak with her regarding her work. Light refreshments will be served. Learn more about the event on BankGloucester's website.

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

Emmaus needs your financial support to insure that we'll be able to provide what homeless children and adults need to rebuild their lives - emergency shelter, housing research assistance, affordable housing, adult education and job training and support services. $500 will supply nutritional meals for 30 people for one week at Mitch's Place. $250 will help a homeless mother get her GED through the Bethel Business Center. Start finding your pledges today! For more information, visit or call 978-241-3444.

Cruise for Schools
Date: Sunday, July 27th
Location: Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester MA
Organization: Gloucester Education Foundation

Register for a 3-hour sunset cruise with food from Vinwood Caterers, cash bar, raffles, and local musicians. Tickets are $75 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Gloucester Education Foundation. Call (978)-282-5550 or visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Atlantic Pro Wrestling returns to Yankee Homecoming
Date: Sunday, July 27th
Location: Bartlett Mall, Newburyport
Organization: Yankee Homecoming

The stars of APW are returning to Bartlett Mall for another three hours of family friendly sports entertainment! Scheduled to appear are heavyweight champion, Demon Ortiz Champagne Joe Moakley and the Glamorous Ones Hampton Beach Badboy Hunter Ward. The Organization All will be in action this plus many more coming to you in July 28th and the show is free!

Summer Sing
Date: Monday, July 28th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Newburyport, MA
Organization: Newburyport Choral Society

The Newburyport Choral Society will host a summer sing of Brahms Requiem under the baton of Dr. George Case. Admission is FREE. Singers are encouraged to bring music; limited scores will be available for loan. Come to sing or just listen, all are welcome! Email your questions to

Quilt Design Fun
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Quilts are beautiful pieces of practical art that keep us warm, tell a story and teach us shapes and colors. Enjoy the art inspired by our quilt collection, then try your hand at designing your own quilt design out of paper or fabric. All ages are encouraged to attend. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 4.  $10/adults, $6/children ages 1+. Senior rates on Wednesdays. For more information visit

Second Annual Summer Soiree
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Location: Chowder House, Tuck's Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea
Organization: North Shore United Way's Women in Action Initiative

The Second Annual Women in Action Summer Soiree builds off the successes of recent Women in Action events and the enthusiasm the initiative is generating across the North Shore. Guests will enjoy a casual cocktail party overlooking the scenic harbor at Tuck's Point, while entertained by live music, and featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres by Relish Catering and Events, cocktails, and the Ipswich Ale tap mobile.The Women in Action Host Committee once again expects over 100 guests from Cape Ann and neighboring Essex County communities to support the Women in Action mission of increasing access to nutritious food and physical activity for local kids and their families. Tickets are $40 per person and will be available for purchase at Wear casual attire; flip flops are encouraged!

Lowell Community Blood Drive
Date: Wednesday July 30 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell
Organization: Red Cross

Donate your blood to help those in need! For an appointment please call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767) or visit The first 100 presenting donors will receive a FREE pair of Lowell Spinners tickets and all presenting donors will receive a FREE Six Flags ticket! Blood is especially needed this time of year, so please schedule your donation today! *Prizes not redeemable for cash and non-transferable.

Kingston Days Celebration
Date: August 1, 2, 3
Location: "Kingston Plains", Main St., Kingston, MA

Kingston Days is an annual event that celebrates the town of Kingston’s birthday. It is located on the “Kingston Plains” on Main St. The three-day event starts Friday August 1st with great food, music & hot air balloon rides, finished with a spectacular FIREWORKS show at dusk. Saturday is a full day of events to include but certainly not limited to a huge motorcycle show, Maximum Velocity (crazy bike show), The Taste of Rockingham (local restaurants showing off their best flavors), live music all day, kids events and the flea market. That’s just a partial list of what going on Saturday. Sunday comes back with the Taste of Rockingham, arts and crafts, the famous “All Vehicle Car Show” (incredible turn out for this show!), kids events, live music and great raffles. Join us for this family & wallet friendly weekend on the historical Kingston Plains. If you would like to volunteer, email us at Check out our web site or our facebook page See you there!

Pan Mass Challenge: Closer by the Mile
Date: August 2 & 3
Location: Routes Throughout 46 Massachusetts Cities
Organization: PMC, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Jimmy Fund

The Pan-Mass Challenge, presented by the Boston Red Sox Foundation and New Balance, is the nation's original fundraising bike-a-thon, and today raises more money for charity than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. A model of fundraising efficiency, since 2007 the PMC has donated 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. On August 2nd & 3rd, 2014, 5,500 cyclists will travel one of 12 routes, logging between 25 and 190 miles over one or two days, through 46 Massachusetts cities and towns. Their collective goal is to raise more than $40 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund and bring the organization's 35-year fundraising total to $454 million.Since its 1980 inception, the PMC has contributed $414 million to lifesaving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute but we still need your support and donations to help reach our goal. For more information or to learn how you can donate visit

The Block Downtown Street Parties
Date: Saturday, August 2nd, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Cabot Street, Beverly

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

Maeve 1850 A Sandy Bay Temperance Meeting
Date: Saturday, August 2nd, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ye Olde Rockport Fire House, Rockport
Organization: Ye Olde Fire House Reservation

Step into the world of 1864. Maeve is Living History. An Irish Immigrant who fled Ireland during the potatoe famine she first arrived in Boston and quickly learned the harsh realities that although Amerikay may be "free", Freedom didn't mean "accepted, "desired", or "wanted". Maeve being the eldest of 6 brothers is never one to hold her tongue or curb her stream of consciousness! She is one very opinionated, High Spirited Gal! Audience participation is encouraged and Maeve's quite the little reformer with opinions ranging from: Dress Reform, Gettysburg, Mr. Lincoln's War, Woman's Right to Vote, Temperance, Men and with 6 brothers she has a whole lot to say about men! Maeve is one gal who truly has the Irish gift to gab and the wit and wisdom of her kinsman. Maeve's views are thought provoking, occasionally confrontational, and always humorous! Tickets are $10.00 per person. Box Office Opens at 6:45 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.

Cape Ann Fluoride Action Network presents Dr. Paul Connett: An Invitation
Date: Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rockport High School Auditorium, Jerden's Lane, Rockport
Organization: Cape Ann Fluoride Action Network

On Saturday, Dr. Connett, graduate of Cambridge University with a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College, will make a presentation on drinking water fluoridation and its results. You are invited to learn about the very latest findings on fluoridation. On Sunday, Dr. Connett invites local doctors, dentists or other proponents of fluoridation to discuss his findings, providing us with a balanced discussion. The public is also welcome. 

'Catmobile" - Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic Coming to Gloucester
Date:Tuesday, August 5
Location:Cape Ann Animal Aid, Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester
Organization: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society’s Catmobile, a low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats is coming to Gloucester on Tuesday, August 5th. The mobile unit will be at Cape Ann Animal Aid's Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter at 4 Paws Lane. Cost is $80 for male cats and $120 for female cats; qualified feral cats are $35. By appointment only. For appointment or more information, call 978-465-1940 or visit

Sea Shuttle Ribbon Cutting
Date: Thursday, August 7th, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Glover Wharf Municipal Marina, 1 Water Street, Beverly

The staff and crew of Sea Shuttle's Endeavour invites you to their ribbon cutting! Join Beverly's Mayor, Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce Board Members, and sea shuttle partner as they welcome The Endeavour to her second year in Salem Sound. Light refreshments will be served and Endeavour will be doing a complimentary 30 minute cruise after the ribbon cutting. Seating is limited so RSVP to Leighton O'Connor at soon!

Childrens Hospital Blood Drive
Date: Friday, August 8th
Location: Tyrian Ashler Acacia Masonic Lodge, 27 Eastern Ave, Gloucester
Organization: Children's Hospital

Come help others by donating your blood! Refreshments and snacks will be available to those who donate. For information or questions, contact Richard Boerio at 978-394-9990 or email at

Free Fun Friday 
Date: Friday, August 8th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Enjoy free admission and activities at the Wenham Museum sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation! All ages are encouraged to attend. For more information visit

Fundraiser Cruise for Cape Ann Animal Aid featuring Soul Rebel Project
Date: Friday, August 8th, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Seven Seas Whale Watch, 63 Rogers St, Gloucester
Organization: Cape ann Animal Aid

Tickets are on sale now for the Booze Cruise Fundraiser for Cape Ann Animal Aid featuring Soul Rebel Project! The cruise is 21+ with 50/50 raffle and cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at dock. Ticekts are available at or Cape Ann Animal Aid's Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester. For more information call 978-283-6055.

1'st Annual Sho Nuf! Southern Barbeque
Date: Saturday, August 9th, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Topsfield Fairgrounds
Organization: Topsfield American Legion Post 225

Come support our veterans in need and see bluegrass band E.C. and the Moonshiners perform at a Southern style barbeque! This family fun afternoon offers ribs or chicken plus all the Southern barbecue fixings for adults and hot dogs for children. Tickets sold before August 1st are $13 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years old. After that, adult tickets are $15 and children under ten are $6. All Proceeds go to veterans in need. This event will happen rain or shine! For advance tickets or for questions, please contact Dave Comeau and

Essex Heritage Photo Safari Featuring Olympus
Date: Saturday, August 9th, 8:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich
Organization: Essex National Heritage Commission

Come capture your inspiration with latest camera gear from Olympus! All photo enthusiasts are invited to capture the rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, anchient stone walls, tree-lined carriage paths and more at Appleton Farms in Ipswich! Personally coached by technical experts from Hunt's Photo & Video, all participating photographers will capture beautiful images to take home on a digital memory card along with a Hunt's gift card! Come experience inspiration though your lens! This event is open to the public and reservations are required so come reserve your spot today! Essex Heritage & The Trustees of Reservations Members may reserve a spot for $35; Non-Members for $45. For more information and to register visit or call 978-740-0444.

Salem Village Wiffle Ball Tournament
Date: Saturday, August 9th, 8:30 a.m (registration), 9:30 a.m. (first pitch)
Location: Danvers High School, 60 Cabot Road, Danvers
Organization: Danvers Rotary

Come join Danvers Rotary and play in the ultimate charity event! The first ever Salem Village Wiffle Ball Tournament will be a one day event featuring teams from throughout the community as they compete in America's favorite backyard game: Wiffle Ball! Teams of all ages are welcome and are guarenteed four games. Teams are allowed 2-5 players. Teams, sponsors, fans and donors are wanted so visit to register, sponsor the event, or find out more information! Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event and first pitch is at 9:30 a.m. The event runs all day so stop by and watch the games!

Annual Hampton Beach Childrens Festival
Date: Monday, August 11 - Friday, August 15
Location: 115 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, NH

Join the Hampton area Chamber of Commerce and the Hampton Beach Village District for five days of FREE fun for children of all ages at the annual Hampton Beach Childrens Festival. Jam-packed with music, balloons, face painting, magicians, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and much more. This year’s production is sure to be very exciting! The Festival kicks off with a magic show and builds up to a Giant Costume Parade that marches almost the length of Hampton Beach on Friday, August 15th.  Every child gets a prize just for being in it!  We’ve added tons of fun; so don’t miss this one! Each day will be a blockbuster, filled with non-stop activity and entertainment:  mini-golf, a Ronald McDonald show, dancing, story tellers, balloons, face painting and more. There’s even a kids’ bumper sticker contest. All Children’s Festival activities are free and open to the public. The Annual Children’s Festival at Hampton Beach is an eagerly anticipated event. For more information, call the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce office at (603) 926-8717. A complete Children’s Festival schedule will be posted at along with other Hampton Beach events. 

Knowing Your Peabody Park Trees
Date: Saturday, August 16th, 10:00 a.m.
Location: Peabody Institute Library, 15, Sylvan Street, Danvers

Join naturalist Michael Wojtech for his presentation and outdoor workshop exploring bark. The bark of the tree is the characteristic that is always visible on the trees of the stunning library grounds of the Peabody Institute library. This event is free for all participants. For more information email Jennifer McGeorge at

Downtown Gloucester Block Party
Date: Saturday, August 16th, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Main Street, Gloucester
Organiaztion: Cape Ann Business Incubator

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

Knowing Your Peabody Park Trees
Date: Saturday, July 16 at 10:00am
Location: Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan Street, Danvers

Join naturalist Michael Wojtech for his presentation and outdoor workshop exploring bark, the tree characteristic that is always visible on the trees of the stunning library grounds of the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers. All are welcome!

Up with People Media Partnership
Date: Monday, August 18th - August 25th.
Location: Merrimack Valley
Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell

Up with People is a global education, service, and performing arts program that takes students from around the globe on a six-month, multi-continent tour. Students travel to a new destination each week and stay with host families for a true cultural experience and spend several days working on community service projects within their designated areas. Up with People will visit the Merrimack Valley to complete about 800 hours of community service and perform two shows at The Collins Center and entertain attendees at the Pig-n-Pepper Festival! For more information contact Chelsey Panchot at or call 218-355-0239.

The SS Wenham Pirate Party 
Date: Wednesday, August 20th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Calling all pirates for an afternoon of swashbuckling fun creating a signature jolly roger, balloon-sword fencing and defending your ship in an outdoor water battle! All ages are encouraged to attend; member child cost is $10, non-member child is $15, adult non-member is museum admission. For more information please visit

Wenham Museum's 42nd Annual Family Festival and Craft Fair
Date: Saturday, August 23 (Rain Date: Sunday, August 24)
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Come experience one of the North Shore's finest craft fairs featuring the region’s best artisans offering unique hand-crafted items, children's activities, and the museum galleries. Bring your best-loved doll to the doll clinic for minor repairs, and commission a keepsake hand-cut silhouette portrait. Treat yourself to lunch at the award-winning Fat Belly BBQ Truck and see a demonstration by the Window Woman of New England. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 4.  $10/adults, $6/children ages 1+. Senior rates on Wednesdays. For more information visit ​

Suicide Awareness Danvers Community Access Television "For The Love Of"
Date: Sunday, August 30th
Location: DCAT Studios, Danvers
Organization: Seaside Angels

Tune in to a talk with Alicia Burns for suicide awareness and education. If you have questions to use in the discussion for Alicia please email them to The show will be taped August 22nd and will air on TV on the 30th.

25th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Date: Friday, September 5th, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Saturday, September 6th, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 7th, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hampton Beach, NH

Sample world famous seafood at New England's biggest beach party! A variety of 60 restaurants will be serving an abundance of seafood and much more! On Sunday afternon, don't miss the annual lobster roll eating competition or the "Twist & Shout" hula hoop contest for all ages! With hundreds of merchants with end of season side walk sales, over 80 arts & crafts vendors, rides, games, face painting, and entertainment, there is fun for the whole family all weekend long! Saturday night there will be a special anniversary "double" fireworks shoot at 8:15 p.m. following a sky diving extravaganza on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.! Don't miss out on the best beach party ever! Friday and Sunday costs $5 for adults and Saturday is $8, children under 12 years old are free! For more information visit

13th Annual Walk of Hope for ALS
Date: Saturday, September 6th, 9:00 a.m. registration, 11:00 a.m. walk
Location: Lake Quannapowitt, Wakefield
Organization: The Angel Fund

Come walk for those who no longer can! Register and walk to raise money to find a cure for ALS! Fundraise online, recruit family members and freinds, make a team and help save a life! Enjoy a walk around Wakefield Common then visit the refreshment tent and enjoy family activities after the walk around noon! For more information or to register visit or like The Angel Fund on Facebook!

Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K Walk/Run
Date: Sunday, September 7, 8:00 a.m.
Location: Harrington Elementary School, 120 Richardson Rd., Chelmsford
Organization: Free to Breathe

Register, raise funds, and run or walk – that’s all it takes to be a hero in the eyes of a person facing lung cancer. Join hundreds of community members as they gather for a day of impact at the 5th Annual Chelmsford Free to Breathe Run/Walk September 7 at Harrington Elementary School in Chelmsford. The inspirational event will feature a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile walk, a Kids’ Dash and a silent auction. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring surviving lung cancer is the expectation, not the exception. Help us double lung cancer survival by 2022! To register and begin fundraising, visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Recycle for Rover
Date: Sundays, June - August, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA
Organization: Cape Ann Animal Aid's

Save your redeemable cans and bottles this summer and bring them to Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter to raise funds for the Animal Transportation Fund. Rinsed redeemables can be dropped off at 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester every Sunday, June through August, between 12pm and 3pm. For more information, visit or call 978-283-6055.

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.

Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays
Date: Every Tuesday, July 1st - August 19th, 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Corner of Union & Estes Streets, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Recreation & Culture

Join the town of Ipswich in various genres of dance instruction and DJ by Greg Coles for free! Dancing genres will range from Disco, to Latin, Motown, Swing, to African! Downtown Tuesdays on the Ipswich Riverwalk are free for all who attend. For more information, schedules, and questions, please email Kerrie Bates at 

Gloucester Movie Nights
Date: Every Wednesday Night from July 9th - August 27th, at sunset
Location: 65 Roger Street, Gloucester

Join us for a movie night every week in Gloucester! Take a break from your week, bring your family and friends and come see classic movies for free on the harbor! Be sure to bring chairs, blankets, and anything to make yourself comfortable to see movies like The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and more! Food will be available to purchase starting at 6:00 p.m. and the movies begin at sunset. For more information, visit 

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

This June and July, come to the Langley-Adams Library for a fascinating learning experience. Historic performer Kathyrn Woods will be porttraying Sojourner Truth in "A Woman Ain't I" on Monday, June 6th. On Thursday, June 19th, come for a banjo performance by Paul Sedgwick for the Juneteenth Celebration. Then on Saturday, June 21st come to see the film documentary "Slavery By Another Name", a documentary based on the book by Douglas Blackmon on the forms of forced labor that kept thousands of recently freed slaves in bondage after the civil war. On Monday, June 23rd, there will be a facilitated discussion of the film led by historian Lee Thomas, B.A., M. Ed. Another film documentary, "Freedom Riders", will be played on Saturday, June 28th. "Freedom Riders" is about students who risked their lives and time in prison to stand up for racial equality. The following Monday, June 30th, there will be "An Evening of Music & History of the Freedom Riders" with Freedom Rider Mike Wolfson and a musical performance by Kim and Reggie Harris with a facilitated discussion of the film. On Monday, July 14th, author Dick Lehr will be making an appearance at Langley-Adams Library to discuss his books "Whitey" and "Black Mass" and other work. The week after that, on Monday, July 21st, come to Nichols Village in Groveland to listen to The Boston Saxophone Quartet perform "Civil War and The Boston Saxophone Quartet: "Age of Innocence, Memories, and Passion (1860-1870)". Then on Monday, July 28th, author Jeremy D'Entremont will present "Lighthouses of New England & the People Who Kept Them". All events are free and open to the public. Please call 978-372-1732 or go online to to register or for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wenham Museum Summer Events
Date: June-August
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

This summer, bring your kids to the Wenham Museum for some fun and educational events! Events this summer include the Wenham Museum Annual Underwood Faery Festival, Military History Day, Quilt Design Fun, the SS Wenham Pirate Party, and many more events and galleries. Admission is now $10 for adults, $6 for children, and Wednesday is now Senior Day! The Wenham Museum is open Tuesday- Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more information and events, visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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.

Free Summer Question and Answer Sessions- Linden & Malden Cement Block Co.
Date: Every Wednesday from June 4th - August 27th, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Linden & Malden, 636 Lynn Street, Malden
Organization: Linden & Malden Cement Block Company

You're invited to attend the Linden & Malden free summer question and answer sessions. There will be discounts, giveaways, refreshments, and more! Contractors, masons, and homeowners are all welcome and encouraged to attend! Sessions include information on retaining wall installation, stone for walls and patio areas, cement resurfacing, and so much more! For more information, visit them online at or call at 781-324-7777.

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

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

Free Lunches to Any Child Under 18: Beverly's Summer Lunch Program
Date: Monday, June 30th - Friday, August 22nd
Location: varies
Organization: Children of Beverly 18 or under

This summer lunch program will bridge the gap while children are out of school for the summer by providing a free nutritional noontime meal. Lunches will be available to any child 18 or under and will be served at the Beverly Recreation Park Programs at Balch, Holcroft and Goldway Parks, and Apple Village on Monday through Wednesday plus Friday 11-11:30 a.m., and at the McPherson Teen Center on Monday through Friday, noon to 2:00 p.m. All other children can get their free lunch at Beverly High School, Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Summer Lunch Program is a collaboration between Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly Public Schools Food Services, Beverly Recreation Department, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Project Bread, and the USDA, and funded by the North Shore Community Health Network.

The Art of the Artifact: Art Inspired by the Wenham Museum Collection 
Date: Open through August 24
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

What happens when the toys, textiles, and trends of yesteryear inspire today’s artists? Come and find out at the Wenham Museum! Nine New England artists have taken a close look at the huge collection of vintage and antique toys and other artifacts at the museum and have been inspired to create bright, brilliant (and sometimes very funny) new art! Kids and adults will be inspired to make their own art right in the gallery and climb into a life–size version of a toy Rocket Racer that inspired one of the paintings. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 4.  $10/adults, $6/children ages 1+. Senior rates on Wednesdays. For more information visit ​

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Streets Outreach Program
Date: Ongoing
Location: 100 Willow Street, 2nd Floor, Lynn

Healthy Streets Outreach Program, a program of Health Innovation, Inc.,
provides HIV, Hepatitis C testing, STI testing, Narcan and overdose prevention
training, referrals to substance use treatment and mental health
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. 

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

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

Family Promise North Shore
Date: Ongoing

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

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

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

The Next Step Forward (a part of Renewed Hope Project) is a free interactive & educational support group for families, friends, and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics. This group meets every week on Thursday evenings at the Beverly Church of the Nazarene. Those who run the group are focused on giving you the information needed to make your own decisions on where you are in your crisis at the time. The meetings are free and you will find many peers, learning to deal with similar issues related to a loved ones addiction.
For more information, please call 978-522-4310 or
Free & Confidential Business Counseling
Date: 2nd Tuesday of Every Month
Location: Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce

The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce now offers FREE and Confidential small business counseling on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to help you raise capital, start or grow your business, here in Massachusetts. Appointments in Peabody with a representative from the Small Business Development Center at Salem State College are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis between 9 AM and 1:30 PM.
Call 978-531-0384 today to schedule yours!
Peabody Rotary Meetings/Book Sale
Date: Every Thursday morning - 7:30 a.m.
Locatoin: Red's Kitchen and Tavern, Route 1 Northbound in Peabody

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

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

Free small business counseling is offered at the Cape Ann Chamber's 33 Commercial Street office in Gloucester on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  Anyone who is considering starting a business or has questions about an aspect of their current business is invited to make an appointment to meet with a representative from the Small Business Development Center of Salem State College at the chamber office.  This is the twenty-fourth year that the Chamber has offered this service to area firms and prospective new business owners; and over 7,400 business-people have taken advantage of this service. 
Call the Chamber office at 978-283-1601 or email for an appointment.    
Free Hypnotherapy Smoking Cessation
Date: Ongoing
Location: Salem Hospital
Organization: Salem Hospital

Salem Hospital is offering free smoking cessation treatment using a combination of hypnosis and “the patch” to qualified candidates.  To find out if you’re eligible to participate, or to learn more about HYPQUIT, call study coordinator Joanne Rowley, MS, RN-CS at 978-745-4391 ext. 247.

Fellowship Soup
Date: Every Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., Gloucester
The Gloucester United Methodist Church invites you to join them every Saturday for their community outreach program, Fellowship Soup. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fellowship Soup gives you the opportunity to share a free meal and enjoy the company of others in the community.
Call 978-281-1040 or email for more information.
Y for All
Location: Any YMCA

The YMCA believes the all kids deserve a chance to learn, discover, and succeed. With your help, the YMCA is doing just that, helping those who truly need and deserve the community's support. The Y For All campaign raises money for children and families who are in need of YMCA programs and services, but are unable to afford them. Such services include childcare, early learning education, youth and teen programming, unemployment relief and affordable housing. By donating, the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.
For more information, visit or call 978-927-6855.

Go Green
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Change is Simple

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

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