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Gershwin/Porter - A Musical Revue at Marblehead Little Theatre

Date: Friday, July 25th - Sunday, 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.

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, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 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 30th, 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.

M&M P.M. - Mansion & Museum Open Evenings
Date: Thursday, July 31st, 5:00 p.m. -  7:00 p.m.
Location: Marblehead Museum, Washington Street

The Museum is joining with neighboring Marblehead retailers, galleries and non-profits to encourage foot traffic down town. The Exhibits, J.O.J Frost Folk Art Gallery and Museum Gift Shop will be open at 170 Washington Street and the first floor of the Mansion will be open free of charge.  Wine, pretzels and m&m’s (a staff favorite) will be offered in the Mansion front dooryard.  Drop by and socialize on the gracious Lee Mansion portico and stone steps or take a unique peek at the grand hall during the evening hours.  If you haven’t made the time to visit in the past because of work on weekdays or Saturday commitments here is your chance! Visit for more information.

Wild Science Fridays with Clay
Date: Every Friday, August 1st - August 29
Location: Get Outside Center, 186 Main Street Gloucester 
Organization: To Benefit Kestrel Educational Adventures

Learn how to catch and name a whole host of reptiles and amphibians; from frogs and salamanders to snakes and turtles. Be part of a citizen science study and help design a new exhibit in our nature center. All this happens on a weekly adventure into some of the wildest places on Cape Ann with expert naturalist Clayton Kern. All ages, all experience levels welcome. $10 per person, each Friday. To register, email or call Jessica Kagle: (617) 290-2258,

Kingston Days Celebration
Date: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
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!

Midcoast Actors' Studio Summer Musical: 'NUNSENSE"
Date: August 1st - August 10th [Various Showtimes]
Location: UU Church in Belfast
Organization: Midcoast Actors' Studio

Midcoast Actors’ Studio presents NUNSENSE, the hilarious musical spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a talent show. Nunsense runs August 1-10 at the UU Church in Belfast. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be reserved by calling the Midcoast Actors’ Studio box office at 370-7592 or emailing Founded in 2012, the mission of the Midcoast Actors’ Studio is to entertain, enrich, and educate the cultural life of the mid coast region of Maine by providing a superior theater experience. MAS shall provide area residents the opportunity both to attend and to participate in quality productions of a cross-section of the finest theatrical works available. For more information about MAS visit and like them on Facebook.

Manchester Festival-By-The-Sea
Date: Saturday, August 2nd, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Rain Date: Sunday, August 3rd
Location: Masconomo Park, Beach Street, Manchester
Organization: Manchester Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

"Celebrating locally grown art, music, and food" in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea, this all day event will highlight not only the idyllic beauty of Cape Ann but also the incredible talent for which the area has become synonymous. Featuring local talent including musical and artistic performers alike, visitors will enjoy music, art, food, and good times while taking in the sights of Masconomo Park. This family-friendly festival will feature free fun and excitement for all ages all day long! Mark your calendar and pack your blanket for a day of great music, inspired artistry and delicious, locally grown foods! For more information, please contact Ken Riehl at 978-283-1601 or email him at


Pan Mass Challenge: Closer by the Mile
Date: Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd
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 5th
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

56th Annual Sidewalk Bazaar
Date: Thursday, August 7th - Saturday August 9th
Location: Main Street, Downtown Gloucester

With over 120 vendors, street food, live music, and children's activities, there is something for everyone! Enjoy Artists, crafters, food vendors, non-profits, kids' activities & entertainers from near and far. Make sure you don't miss the 104.9 Street Team appearances everyday, too! The Sidewalk Bazaar is sponsored by and a celebration of Gloucester Downtown and is a Gloucester tradition that shouldn't be missed!

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!

Qualifying Round for Hampton Beach's Lobster Roll Eating Contest!
Date: Thursday, August 7th, 6:00 p.m.
Location: McGuirk's Ocean View Restaurant and Lounge, 95 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach, NH

Think you could eat more than 14 lobster rolls in 10 minutes? James Burgess set that record last year as the first place winner of the Hampton Beach Lobster Roll Eating Contest of 2013! Take your chance to qualify for this year's competition by grabbing a seat and fight for your spot! This initial round is a hot dog eating competition to work up yoru appetite for the lobster rolls! The top eleven eaters from the qualifying round will receive the right to compete in the official Hampton Beach Seafood Festival Lobster Roll Eating Contest on September 6th at 2:00 p.m. on the Seashell Stage! For more information please visit Good luck!

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.

Gloucester Blues Festival
Date: Saturday, August 9th, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Stage Fort Park, Gloucester
Organization: Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Now in its third year, this annual event has brought blues lovers from far and wide to Gloucester each August since 2012.  Come see some of the nation's finest blues performers play at the Gloucester Blues stage! This year, the list of performers includes Willie J. Laws, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, Biscut 
Miller, Debbie Davies, Victor Wainwrite, Tinsley Ellis, and Ronnie Baker Brooks. Located right on the harbor at beautiful Cressey's Beach, the event will have a beer garden and outstanding food vendors! Make sure to bring your own chars of blankets, but keep pets at home! Tickets are $28 in advance or $40 at the gate. To purchase in advance or for further information, visit

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

18th Annual Rockport Rotary LobsterFest
Date: Saturday, August 9th, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: American Legion Hall Bandstand, Back Beach, Rockport
Organization: Rockport Rotary

Rockport Rotary's 18th Annual Lobsterfest will be held on Saturday, August 9, from 3 to 7pm, rain or shine, at the American Legion Hall Bandstand on scenic Back Beach in Rockport, MA. Enjoy a complete meal of hot boiled lobster, corn-on-the-cob, clam chowder, roll and butter, watermelon and a soft drink in this festive and picturesque setting for just $25. A cash menu of hot dogs, burgers, chips, beer and wine is also available. Each year close to 700 people enjoy this event, and this year we'll feature live entertainment by Riverside Renaissance Swing Band. Tickets are on sale now at John Tarr Store, Village Silversmith, or from any Rockport Rotarian. For more information, or to purchase tickets with a credit card, please call 978-828-0003 or visit All funds raised support the good community service projects of Rockport Rotary. Lobsterfest will be followed by the Town of Rockport's second annual fireworks show, and the town will be illuminated for the occasion. Come early, stay late, and enjoy the fun!

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!

35th Annual Rockport Acoustic Music Festival
Date: Sunday, August 10th, noon - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Millbrook Meadow, Rockport

Since 1979, the Rockport Acoustic Music Festival has brought performers from many genres such as acoustic rock, folk, world, blues, jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, world vibe, and more! See performers from across the country at the peak of the summer in Rockport!

Annual Hampton Beach Childrens Festival
Date: Monday, August 11th - Friday, August 15th
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. 

Rockport Jazz Festival
Date: Wednesday, August 13th - Sunday, August 17th
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center

The 3rd Annual Rockport Jazz Festival will feature a broad range of great jazz performances! From the vocal styling of Cyrille Aimee and innovative jazz rhythms of drummer Ali Jackson, to the Afro-Cuban inspired sounds of pianist Donal Fox and established jazz masters of Christian McBride and Kenny Barron, there is something for all types of jazz lovers! For a detailed schedule of concert performances, please visit

Haverhill Public Library’s Get Lit Book Club
Date: Thursday, August 14, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Barking Dog Ale House, Washington St., Haverhill
Haverhill Public Library's Get Lit book club will meet August 14th at 7 p.m at the Barking Dog Ale House on Washington Street. The club, aimed at 20- and 30-somethings, will discuss “The Shining Girls” by Lauren Buekes. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586

Haverhill Public Library’s Local Author Program
Date: Saturday, August 16th, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St, Haverhill
Haverhill Public Library hosts a group of local authors to share their works, discuss being published, and answer audience questions. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586. Check our website for an updated list of participating authors!

Festival for Our Future​
Date: Saturday, August 16th, 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Derby Wharf, Salem, Ma
Organization: To benefit The Better Future Project and Climate Summer

On August 16, we'll gather in Salem for a family-friendly "Festival for Our Future" to show our continued opposition to the proposed Salem gas plant. We'll envision a clean energy future for Salem and beyond through children's games, art projects, speeches, more. The Soul and Jazz Festival at Salem Willows is the same weekend, so come and make a day of it! The jazz festival and the action will both be accessible by trolley from the commuter rail station. Register now!

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:

Gloucester Waterfront Festival
Date: Saturday, August 16th - Sunday, August 17th, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stage Fort Park, Gloucester
Organization: Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Castleberry Fairs

More than 175 juried artists and craftsmen from throughout the United States will be coming to Gloucester so you can experience their work! Live music, unique creations and delicious food will highlight the two-day event! Enjoy a pancake breakfast Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. to kick off the festival! Bring your family to explore Sunday's array of classic antique cars on display! Admission is free for all who attend, the side is handicap accessible, and friendly pets on leashes are welcome! 

Art Class offered by Haverhill Public Library
Date: Monday, August 18th, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main Street, Haverhill

Haverhill Public Library will host artist Sabrina Pilet-Jones for a mixed media collage workshop. The event is free and all materials will be provided. Space is limited so register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.

Up with People 
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

9th Annual Swim & Fin Charity Swim
Date: Saturday, August 23rd, 8:00 a.m. (Registration), 10:00 a.m. (Race)
Location: Forest River Park, Salem
Organization: Salem Sound Coastwatch

Come and swim to support the Salem Sound Coastwatch, a local environmental organization working to keep our coastal waters and marine habitats clean, safe, and healthy. Admission to the park is free and the public is invited to atend. Races start at 10 a.m. and are4 sanctioned by USA Swimming and US Masters Swimming. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. There will be food, music, raffles, and family-friendly activities! Visit for more information. For questions, please contact the Salem Sound Coastwatch at 978-741-7900 or email

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

5th Annual Lobster Roll Eating Contest 
Date: Saturday, September 6th, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, Hampton Beach, NH

Like Lobster? How about taking on an all-you-can-eat lobster roll buffet? Twelve lucky contestants will be chosen to compete for this year's title. First place prize is $600, second is $250 and third $150. The winner will also, of course, receive bragging rights along with an automatic entry into next yea's competition! This year's eating frenzy is sponsored by McGuirk's Ocean View Restaurant and Pub on Hampton Beach which has been named Best Lobster Roll in New England by New England Cable News! 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

Date: Sunday Sept.14, 2014 – Registration at 10:00am, Walk at 12:00 pm
Location: The Proctor School, 60 Main St., Topsfield, Massachusetts

Please join us for the Tenth Annual North Shore Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk! This event is an excellent opportunity to raise money for research to find the cause and cure of scleroderma. It helps our chapter provide the necessary support resources and free educational forums for patients and families. Join us and help support the cause! Create your own fundraising page and encourage your family, friends and coworkers to support your goal. We make it easy to share your fundraising page online through email and social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Be a part of the Foundation's largest fundraising events. Because of generous donors, volunteers and participants – just like you – we are able to get one step closer to finding a cure for scleroderma.Proceeds from this annual 5K walk will benefit those served by SNFE and contribute to education, support, and research seeking a cure for this disease. For more information visit our website: 

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.

Harvest Festival
Date: Saturday, October 25th, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust Street (Rt. 35), Danvers
Organization: Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church

Calling all artisans and crafters! Join the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers for their Harvest Festival! Email Marcia Lassar at Deadline for applications is September 3rd and space is limited so apply ASAP!


Cape Ann Ceramics Festival
Date: Thursday, August 7th - Sunday, September 1st
Location: Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester
Organization: Rocky Neck Art Colony

A month long celebration of ceramics as art will be featuring local and world renowned potters! During the Pottery Trail, you can visit 12 studios and galleries experiencing all kinds of art! For the calendar of gallaries and more information visit

"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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