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2nd Annual Holida Diaper Drive
Date: Now through December 16th
Location: Various locations listed in description
Organization: Open Door Food Pantry

The Gloucester Health Department in partnership with the Gloucester Fire Department, The Open Door Food Pantry and the Mayor’s Office will be sponsoring a Holiday Diaper Drive benefitting Gloucester families. Mayor Romeo-Theken states “The lack of clean diapers can have a negative impact on moms and children in our community. This holiday season, let’s help our families in need and provide diapers to keep our children clean, dry, and healthy”. We accept new packages of diapers and wipes from newborn to size 6, with the greatest need being size 3 and up. All donations will stock the shelves at the Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester for families in need.
Donations accepted November 28 – December 16 at the following locations during normal business hours:
City Hall, 9 Dale Ave., City Hall Annex, 3 Pond Rd., Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St., Gloucester Fire Station, 8 School St., Manchester Athletic Club, Gloucester and Manchester locations. Financial Contributions by Check: Please send a check, made payable to The Open Door, with “Diapers” in the memo to: The Open Door, 28 Emerson Avenue Gloucester, MA 01930. If you dine at Jalapeno’s Restaurant on December 21, 2016, proceeds from your bill will be donated to the Open Door Food Pantry Diaper Fund. For further information, please contact Public Health Nurse, Kelley Ries, at 978-325-5266 or visit

Beverly High School Fall Play, "It's A Wonderful Life"
Date: December 2nd, and 3rd at 7 p.m. December 4 at 2 p.m.
Location: Beverly High School Auditorium
Organization: Beverly High School Drama Club

Beverly High School Principal, Betty Taylor will be directing her 30th fall play at Beverly High School with the production of, It’s A Wonderful Life. Over 50 students from BHS, North Beverly and Ayers Elementary as well as Briscoe Middle School will perform at the Beverly High School auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for students and seniors. 
Phillips Academy Messiah Benefit Concert
Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Phillips Academy, Cochran Chapel (180 Main Street), Andover
Organization: Neighbors in Need, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
The Phillips Academy Music Department will be sponsoring its 29th annual holiday concert, featuring excerpts from Handel’s oratorio, Messiah. This concert is to support Neighbors in Need, a food pantry in the Merrimack Valley, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The program will feature the Phillips Academy Community Chorus and the Academy Chamber Players, made up of students, faculty and the staff of the Academy, along with musicians from the Merrimack Valley, Boston, and North Shore areas. General admission is $5.00; seniors and students may be admitted with a donation of nonperishable or canned food. The venue is handicapped accessible. 

Old Sloop Christmas Bazaar
Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: First Congregational Church, 12 School Street, Rockport
Organization: First Congregational Church of Rockport

The Old Sloop Christmas Bazaar will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 12 School Street, Rockport, Mass. This is an annual event at which parishioners, townspeople, and visitors gather for fun and fellowship for the benefit of the church. The event features wreaths, swags, winterberries and centerpieces, handcrafts, hand-knit items, Christmas Past, jewelry, bake table and snack bar, and more. For more information, visit, send email to, or call 978-546-3157.

Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair
Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Annisquam Village Hall, 34 Leonard St.   
Organization: Cape Ann community programs

The Annisquam Sewing Circle 179th Annual Christmas Fair will be taking place on Saturday, December 3 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Annisquam Village Hall, 34 Leonard St. Annisquam. The Fair will feature holiday greens, centerpieces, decorated wreaths, plants, handicrafts, gift baskets, home baked gourmet foods and preserves. A three-course chicken lunch will be served at 12:30 pm for $18.00. Please call 978-283-2247 for reservations. All proceeds are contributed to Cape Ann community programs. 

Salem Garden Club Annual Christmas Boutique
Date: Saturday, December 3rd
Location: Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square West Salem) - Library Function Room, from 9:30a.m. - 4p.m.
Organization: Salem Garden Club civic endeavors

The Salem Garden Club will host its annual Christmas Boutique on Saturday, December 3, 2016.  The Boutique features uniquely decorated fresh wreaths, center pieces, sprays, boxwood trees and much more.  Each item is hand made by the talented Club members.  Funds raised are reinvested into the community through the Clubs civic endeavors. The Boutique is a unique event and just the place to find that something special to trim your own home for the holiday or to find a gift for someone special. Shop early for the best selection possible. They wll be happy to hold your purchase while you do the Christmas in Salem House Tour! Visit here for more information.

St. Mary's School Melrose Annual Grade 8 Christmas Tree Sale
Date: Sunday, December 4th, at 12:30 p.m.
Location: 4 Myrtle Street, Melrose
Organization: St. Mary's School Grade 8 Graduation Activities
St. Mary's School Grade 8 presents its Annual Christmas Tree Sale! Come and pick out everything you need to make your home look festive! There will be beautiful trees, wreathes for your door, kissing balls, poinsettias, and more! While shopping for greenery, be sure to come to the lower church hall for the bake sale and raffle gift baskets. You don't want to miss the fun!

Breakfast With Santa
Date: Sunday, December 4th, 8 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: North Andover VFW, 32 Park Street
Organization: North Andover VFW
Come have breakfast with Santa on December 4th at the North Andover VFW at 32 Park St. Breakfast Will be served from 8a.m. to 11:00a.m.  There will be pancakes, sausages, fruit salad, milk, juice and coffee served.  The cost is $5.00. Bring your cameras, take photos, Get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the breakfast with Santa! All proceeds benefit North Andover Santa Parade.

Seashells and Jingle Bells Holiday Inn and Home Kitchen Tour
Date: Sunday, December 4th, 12 – 4 p.m.
Location: starts at Rockport Inn and Suites 183 Main Street
Organization: Rockport High School DECA Program

Enjoy this now annual tradition in Rockport. Come take this self guided tour and see some of the finest homes and inns decked out in their holiday finest and help support the students of the Rockport High School DECA program. Upon check in at the Rockport Inn, visitors will recieve a map and a program for their tour. Tickets are $25 each. Visit here for information.

Tree Jubilee
Date: December 3rd, 4th & 10th from 10 – 7pm. 2nd & 9th from 12pm – 7pm
Location: Marini Farm, 259 Linebrook Rd., Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Animal Shelter
Tour the gallery of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths donated by local organizations, families, and businesses then choose the ones you want a chance to win! More than 50 spectacularly decorated trees and wreaths will be raffled off (decorations and all!) at the end of the Jubilee. Proceeds benefit the Ipswich Humane Group to support the animals at the Ipswich Animal Shelter. For more than 30 years the Ipswich Humane Group has been dedicated to assisting cats and dogs of Ipswich in their time of need. To date they have found loving families for over 2,500 cats and dogs.

Opportunity Works Holiday Bazaar
Date: Friday, December 9th, 3p.m.
Location: Opportunity Works, 10 Opportunity Way, Newburyport
Organization: Opportunity Works

Opportunity Works is looking for vendors to join them at their Annual Holiday Bazaar. The event is open to individuals from 1 pm to 3 pm, and the public is welcome to browse and shop starting at 3:00. This is a festive, much anticipated event, and a great opportunity to showcase your craft, baking, or product. Please contact Monica Albach here or 978-462-6144 X 229 for more information.

"No Place Like Home" Dinner and Auction
Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Danversport Yacht Club
Organization: North Shore CDC

Join North Shore CDC in celebrating their 12th annual "No Place Like Home" dinner and auction on December 14th, from 6 to 9 p.m. Danversport Yacht Club will host the event. North Shore CDC will present their annual Pillars of the Community awards while passed hors d'oeuvres and a plated dinner are served. Participate in a silent and live auction; all of the money raised benefits North Shore CDC's mission to invest in neighborhoods to create thriving communities.

Salem Winter Market
Date: Saturday, December 17th, 1 – 5p.m.
Location: Museum Place Mall, 1 Church Street, Salem
Organization: Salem Main Streets

Salem Main Streets is pleased to announce the return of the Salem Winter Market!!  A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market will take place on Saturday, December 17th­, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Various local vendors will be present at the Winter Market this season. Patrons can expect to find an assortment of foods and artisan crafts including locally-caught lobster, dried fruit and nuts, chowder, baked goods (including vegan and dairy-free options), wreaths, handmade soaps, spices, honey, pickles, gourmet ravioli, jewelry, and produce. The indoor market this year will take place inside the Museum Place Mall (1 Church Street). Visit
here for more information.

Fisherman Health Care Enrollment

Date: Begins November 1, 2016
Organization: Fishing Partnership Support Services

If you are a commercial fishermen and need Heath Care enrollment help, call Fishing Partnership Support Services. The annual enrollment for health coverage through the Massachusetts Health Connector begins November 1st. This is the time to enroll in a health plan or renew existing coverage. The Fishing Partnership's health care navigators will answer all your coverage questions. This is a FREE service. Contact Fishing Partnership Support Services at 1-888-282-8816 or visit

Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute of Salem University Fall Classes
Date: September – December
Location: 10 Federal Street, Salem
Organization: Explorers LLI
Registration is in progress for fall classes at Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute of Salem State University, 10 Federal Street, Salem. Explorers is a member-directed learning group for North Shore seniors, ages 50 and above. Members can select up to five courses from more than 50 offerings. Topics include art, history, music, computer use, social media, foreign languages, literature, current events, religion, health and personal growth, the environment, wine tasting, and photography. A catalog, membership application and registration form are available 
here or by calling 978-744-0804.

Dick William Picnic Bench Fundraiser
Date: Ongoing

Please join us in raising money for a picnic bench and plaque in Dick William’ honor, of Dick and June’s Ice cream. The employees of Dick and June’s ice cream have started a go fund me page to help raise money in Dick William’s honor. For more information please visit

Resellable vs. Recyclable
Date: ongoing
Location: Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop (198 Rantoul Street) and all Beverly Public Schools
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps and Beverly Public Schools
Are you doing fall cleaning or changing over your family’s wardrobe from summer to winter clothes? Now is the time to gather up all those things that haven’t been used or worn in a while and get rid of them. The Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop accepts new or gently used, in season clothes, as well as accessories, footwear, linens, jewelry, house ware, décor and furniture. Anything, including clothing, accessories, footwear, linens and stuffed animals, that isn’t sellable can be dropped off to the Beverly Public Schools, so long as it is dry and clean. The money raised from recycling these items goes directly to the schools to support local children's education. By separating your items and dropping them at the appropriate place, you can support both of these wonderful organizations.
Contributions of Abused Animals
Date: ongoing
Location: Beverly
Organization: RRS OASIS

Recently, RRS Oasis has rescued 101 new animals including 89 snakes, 10 birds, a tortoise, and lizard from a hoarding situation in Weston, CT. They are looking for donations to give these amazing animals a second lease on life! You can donate
here. All contributions help no matter how big or small. All donations go directly to our 501c3 non-profit RRS Oasis (FID # 81-1857191) Your support will provide new caging, food, lighting, vet care and more. These animals were in extremely poor conditions without food or water for days, some weeks, or even months! There’s more information about the animals and their conditions here.

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
here for a list of local retailers, including the online store.
Portrait Sessions Drop In
Date: Tuesdays 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: MAA - King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association
Ellen Grandpre is 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. For more information call 781-631-2608, or visit
Life Drawing Drop-In Classes
Date: Sundays, 9 a.m. – Noon
Location: MAA - King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association
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, or visit
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.

"Look Good...Feel Better" Support Group for Female Cancer Patients
Date: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4 – 5:30 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.
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: (Peabody) 4th Thursday of each month
 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and (Burlington) 1st Tuesday of each month, 5:30 - 7 pm
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:781.744.8113. For information on other support groups, visit here.

Free Cognitive Screenings for Alzheimer's Disease
Date: Ongoing
Location: ActivMed Practices & Research, Methuen MA, Beverly MA, and Portsmouth NH
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 or visit
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 

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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