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Ellis Paul - Folk Legend
Date: Saturday, April 30th
Location: The Community House, 284 Bay Rd, Hamilton
Organization: Libby Fireside Concert Series
 
The Community House Libby Fireside Concert Series is thrilled to host Folk Legend, Ellis Paul, for loyal fans on the North Shore of Massachusetts! Get your tickets and enjoy music by Ellis Paul - the man behind “The World Ain't Slowing Down”—the theme song for “Me, Myself and Irene”, or as one of the more celebrated Boston musicians of all time—the guy has won an unprecedented fourteen Boston Music Awards. Don’t miss out!

Rocking Nerf Night
Date: Saturday, April 30th, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Teen Center Sterling YMCA 254 Essex St, Beverly
Organization: Pack 49 Cub Scouts

Cub Scout Pack 49 is hosting an open house for all elementary age boys who are interested in joining cub scouts. We will have a fun filled night where the boys can experience some of the fun and adventure of cub scouts through rock climbing and nerf battles. We will be at the Teen Center at the Sterling YMCA in Beverly. Additionally, the boys and their parents can also talk to boys who are currently involved in cub scouts and their parents to find out more about the scouting program.

Equine Expo and Sale
Date: Saturday, April 30th
Location: Topsfield Fairgrounds, Arena Building
Organization: Essex County Trail Assn.

One stop shopping for the horse enthusiast. Hosted by the Essex County Trail Assn.(raising funds to maintain trails for all types of passive recreation) 70+ sales spaces offering a wide variety of items (new and used) as well as services. Demonstrations all day, silent auction, food truck, accessible, plenty of parking. Admission $5. (children under 10 free)

Spring Concert
Date: Sunday, May 1st, 2:30 p.m.
Location: Sacred heart Church, 571 Boston Street, Lynn
Organization: Concert Singers of Greater Lynn
 
The Concert Singers only Spring Concert will feature both French and American music, including Faure's Requiem and American Spirituals. Also featured will be a work commission by the Concert Singers, "Gloria" by Lynn resident and composer, Javier Marquez. The concert is free and open to the public and the venue is handicap accessible.

Free Lecture: “Learning to Pray and Heal”
Date: Sunday, May 1st, 3 p.m.
Location: Masonic Hall, 70 Topsfield Rd, Ipswich

Nate Frederick will be sharing some of his best experiences, insights, and tips on how to heal mind and body. Nate’s talk is inspired by the Bible-based healing principles discovered by Mary Baker Eddy and set down in her breakthrough book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Everyone is welcome to attend this free one-hour talk on Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 PM at the Masonic Hall, 70 Topsfield Rd, Ipswich, MA. It is wheelchair accessible and childcare will be provided.

Lecture: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television
Date: Sunday, May 1st, 1 p.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art
 
Dr. Lynn Spigel and Frances E. Willard - Professor of Screen Cultures at the School of Communications at Northwestern University, will discuss early television’s role in popularizing modernism, and consider how TV continues to influence American tastes and ways of seeing the world. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.addisongallery.org

Audition for “Billy Elliot - The Musical” at the Marblehead Little Theatre
Date: Sunday, May 1st & Tuesday, May 3rd
Location: 12 School Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Little Theatre
 
Marblehead Little Theatre announces non- equity auditions for “Billy Elliot-the Musical”. Those auditioning should prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre selection in the style of the show. Children auditioning are encouraged to prepare something from Billy Elliot, however may prepare something else if more comfortable. There will be a sample song posted on mltlive.com. Please dress appropriately for dance auditions and those who tap should be prepared to do so. Everyone should register for a singing audition and attend the appropriate dance call. To register, please log onto mltlive.com.

Veterans & Community Job and Resources Fair
Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2 – 5 p.m.
Location: North Shore Community College, 300 Broad St., Lynn
 
Head out to the Veterans & Community Job and resources fair on Wednesday, May 4th. The fair opens up to veterans at 2 p.m. and will be opened to the public at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Grape Expectations
Date: Thursday, May 5th, 6 – 10 p.m.
Location: Lenzi’s, 810 Merrimack Avenue, Rte. 110, Dracut
Organization: Merrimack Valley Food Bank
 
Enjoy an evening of fine wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and live music while bidding on distinctive silent auction items.

32nd Annual Opportunity Works Lend-A-Hand Auction
Date: Saturday, May 7th, 6 – 10 p.m.
Location: DiBurro's Function Facility, 887 Boston Road, Haverhill
Organization: Opportunity Works, Inc.
 
Solve the Great Art Heist Mystery at the 32nd Annual Opportunity Works Lend-A-Hand Auction. Join Detectives Columbo, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Miss Scarlet, and more at DiBurro's Function Facility. Your auctioneers are the multi-talented John Budzyna and auction wizard Frank Bertolino! An expert detective who solves the case of the missing artwork will receive the exciting mystery box of rewards! Another mystery box will be raffled for mothers, lovers, and others in honor of Mother's Day! They are offering the chance to pre-bid on some of their auction items through Bidding for Good prior to the in-person live and silent auctions!! The online portion of the auction will be held from Monday, April 16th through Sunday, May 1st, at www.biddingforgood.com/OpportunityWorks. High bids from many of the online auction items will be transferred to the live and silent auctions on May 7th. You may view the item details on the site in April. For more details, please visit their website www.opportunityworks.org or go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OpportunityWorks.

Annual Kentucky Derby Auction
Date: Saturday, May 7th, 5 p.m.
Location: American Legion Hall, 14 Church St., Manchester
Organization: Manchester-Essex Rotary Club
 
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club will hold a Kentucky Derby auction at the American Legion Hall, in Manchester. Proceeds benefit the club’s fund, which supports local efforts, including scholarships for deserving Manchester and Essex students, programs at local schools, The Open Door food pantry and local community service projects in Essex and Manchester. At the event, attendees will have the chance to watch the Derby on a large, flat-screen TV, which will subsequently be auctioned off. The fundraiser will include music, dinner, wine tasting, a cash bar and a live auction hosted by Senator Bruce Tarr. Auction items include sports and event tickets, an instant wine cellar, artwork by local Cape Ann artists, gift baskets and bundles and gift certificates to North Shore restaurants. Included this year will be a prize for the best Derby hat.

Fourth Annual North Shore Spring Fling
Date: Saturday, May 7th
Location: 10 North St., Danvers
Organization: VNA Care Network & Hospice
 
The Fourth Annual North Shore Spring Fling features live music and dancing to benefit VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit visiting nurse association. Guests will get to step inside John Archer's home, which has been featured in The New York Times and Chronicle, and listen to music by Just In Time and pianist Nathan Johnson. Watch dance demonstrations and receive informal instruction in salsa, rhumba, foxtrot, and more. The benefit also includes live and silent auctions, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages. Tickets are $50. Visit www.vnacarenetwork.org or call 888-663-3688, ext. 1361.

"Peace Pipes" Celtic Music Concert to Benefit HAWC
Date: Saturday, May 7th
Location: Tabernacle Congregational Church, 50 Washington Street, Salem
Organization: HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change)
 
Get your Irish on and head on down to the "Peace Pipes" Celtic Music Concert for an evening full of Scottish and Irish music. Local musicians Jen and Bob Strom, Terri Alexander and the North Shore Pipe Band will be featured at the concert. All proceeds will benefit HAWC – an organization that provides free services and support to victims of domestic abuse residing in 23 cities and towns on Massachusetts’ North Shore.

3rd Annual Running and Walking Well 5K 
Date: Saturday, May 7th
Location: Lynch Park, Beverly
Organization: Calvary Christian Church
 
Grab some friends or family and participate in the 3rd Annual Running and Walking Well 5k to support the efforts of the Calvary Christian Church. The proceeds from last year’s Running and Walking Well allowed the church to build a well in Laela, a small town in South West Tanzania, which provides drinkable water to over 3,500 villagers and a new secondary school. The day will include a 5k race, a Kids Dash, silent auction, music, food, face painting, balloons and games for the kids. This year the celebration will continue into the afternoon with a BBQ and more games for kids and adults. With the proceeds from this year’s race, Calvary Church hopes to dig two wells in Ghana. If you would like to be part of this effort, please go to their website to see how you can support their cause and help bring drinkable water to people in Africa. They are looking for corporate sponsors, silent auction items, volunteers, donations, volunteers and of course runners and walkers. Everything including registering for the race can be done online at http://www.runningwalkingwell.org .

Marblehead Little Theatre Auditions for: “Best of Broadway”
Date: Wednesday, May 11th and Thursday, May 12th
Location: 12 School Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Little Theatre
 
Marblehead Little Theatre announces non-equity auditions for their upcoming production “Best of Broadway,” directed by Anne Lucas. This production is a new review which tells the story of Broadway from its origins to today. It will blend the new, the old and the best music Broadway has had to offer! Auditions will be held on May 11th from 6:30p.m. -9:30p.m. and on May 12th from 6:30p.m. -8p.m. The Marblehead Little Theatre is casting actors and actresses in the age range of 20-35. All vocal types are invited to audition.

NEER North Blessing of the Horses
Date: Saturday, May 14th
Location: Veasey Memorial Park, 201 Washington Street, Groveland
Organization: New England Equine Rescue North Non Profit

Calling all horse owners and lovers! Trailer in to Veasey Memorial Park and your horse will be blessed by a priest for wellness & a safe season. This event is free of charge and will continue in rain or shine! Enjoy complimentary refreshments and local vendors. 

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Date: Saturday, May 14th
Organization:  Beverly Bootstraps
 
The United States Post Office will be holding its annual Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the nation, Saturday, May 14th. This drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food over the last 20 years. Leave non-perishable food by your mailbox and your local letter carrier will pick up all donations on their regular delivery route on Saturday. All food collected will then be sorted and delivered to local food pantries, including Beverly Bootstraps’ Food Pantry. With more than 50 million people facing hunger every day in America, including 17 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city.

Community Shred Day
Date: Saturday, May 14th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: 290 Merrimack St., Lawrence
Organization: Shred a Box
 
Shred a Box is hosting a free paper shredding event in the Enterprise Bank parking lot. No prior sign up needed and only 10 boxes/bags are allowed per person. Don't miss out on this free event!

Wicked Fun Essex Park Run - 5k
Date: Sunday, May 15th, 10:30 a.m.
Location: 265 Essex Park, Beverly
Organization: 6 Local Charities
 
Grab your running shoes and some friends and head on down to the 1st Annual Wicked Fun Essex Park Run! Have fun with friends, get a run in, and help support local charities! Each male and female winner of this event will get to direct their portion of the proceeds to one of the participating charities listed on their website. Don’t miss out on this wicked fun 5k!

6th Annual Dominican Republic Benefit Concert
Date: Saturday, May 21st, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Location: St. Thomas Church, 5 Margin St, Peabody
Organization: Santa Lucia Community and orphanage Casa Hogar Divino Nino Jesus
 
6th annual benefit concert for the Dominican Republic is being held in the school gym of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 5 Margin Street, Peabody, on Saturday, May 21th from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. Doors open at 6pm. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the poor of the community Santa Lucia and the orphanage Casa Hogar Divino Niño Jesus in Salcedo. An assortment of music will be played by artists like Grupo Esperanza, Jose R. Diaz, K. Leigh Regan, Raisa Ferraras and others. Tickets are $10.00 each and are available at the door or by calling (978) 531-0002 or (978) 531-0224. Raffle tickets for more than 35 prizes, pizza, pastelitos, assorted snacks and refreshments will be sold. Don’t miss out on this lineup of great entertainment for a very worthy cause.

Adult Prom - Elks Tools for School Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, May 21st
Location: Beverly Salem Elks Lodge, 39 Bow St, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Salem Elks Tools for School Project
 
It’s prom season! Relive your high school prom at this great fundraising event to support the Beverly Elks Tools for School Project. Grab your date and enjoy a night to remember all while supporting a great project which will be providing school supplies to students in Salem. Tickets are $20 each. Contact Paul Breen at pbreen72@gmail.com or (978) 473-0472 for more information.

Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour
Date: Saturday, May 21st & Sunday, May 22nd, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Gloucester & Rockport
Organization: The Cape Ann Artisans
 
The Cape Ann Artisans, now in their 33rd year, are planning a great Open Studio Tour for local and visiting art lovers. The tour is self-guided around Gloucester and Rockport where visitors are able to stop in for as long as they like in to 17 studios offering works of art in pottery, painting, sculpture, mosaics, weaving, printmaking, jewelry, and much more!

Art 300 Exhibition Opening Reception
Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 5 p.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art
 
This spring, students in the Phillips Academy course “Visual Culture: Discovering the Addison Collection” will curate an exhibition of works from the Addison’s collection following their investigation of the theme of “artists’ travel”. Join Philips Academy in celebrating the opening of their exhibition. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.addisongallery.org.

Lecture: All Hands on Deck! Images of Boating Culture in American Art
Date: Wednesday, June 1st, 11 a.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art
 
In collaboration with Andover Reads at Memorial Hall Library and inspired by “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, Addison Curatorial Assistant Kelley Tialiou will explore the role of boating in American culture through paintings, watercolors, photographs, and sketches by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Stuart Davis, Winslow Homer, John La Farge, Charles Sheeler, and Stuart Travis from the Addison’s collection and beyond. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.addisongallery.org.

Summer Solstice 5k Run/Walk
Date: Tuesday, June 21st
Location: Historic Downtown Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Y & Dana Farber Cancer Institute
 
Throw on your running shoes and get ready for the Summer Solstice 5k Run/Walk! The proceeds from this event will support two organizations – the Ipswich YMCA and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This race is to honor Bill – a former member and previously on the board of directors of the YMCA who unfortunately lost his battle with Multiple Myeloma. This race is to support some of the causes that he supported in the hopes that they will be able to help others. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to run for a cause. 

Rockport Garden Club Annual Garden Tour
Date: Friday, June 24th – Saturday, June 25th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Rockport
Organization: Rockport Garden Club
 
The Rockport Garden Club will be hosting its annual Garden tour this upcoming June. Get your tickets to explore 10 beautiful private gardens in Rockport, stretching from Rockport’s South End to Pigeon Cove. They will range from a cozy setting on Bearskin Neck to expansive seaside vistas and will even include a self sustaining garden complete with chickens, ducks, and beehives. The gardens taken together showcase the broad diversity of Rockport life and invite visitors to explore each one’s unique features close-up, whether self-guided or with the aid of a docent. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rockportgardenclub.org and picked up at the Rockport police station on the day of the tour. Tickets are also available in person at the Rockport police station on tour dates, or by visiting Toad Hall Books on Main Street. All proceeds from the event go to scholarships for local college students who will be pursuing study in the environmental sciences. For more information please visit the club’s website. 

MONTHLONG EVENTS:

Clay for All Seasons: A Mother’s Day Event
Date: Friday, April 29th – Sunday, June 5th
Location: 15 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia
Organization: Lexicon Gallery
 
 Lexicon Gallery hopes you will join them in honoring the works of their artists Larry, Bethe, and Sandra, as well as paying tribute to mothers everywhere at their event, Clay for All Seasons. Enjoy excellent food, good company and exquisite works of art.

SHINE Jewelry Sale
Date: Ongoing
Location: Online at www.heritageindustries.org/retail-services/shine-jewelry/
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 msullivan@ne-arc.org. 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 www.heritageindustries.org/retail-services/shine-jewelry/ for a list of local retailers, including the online store.

Portrait Sessions Drop In
Date: Tuesdays 7 -- 9 p.m.
Location: MAA - King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead 
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association

Ellen Grandpre' and Richard Grote are back for the fall to host a portrait session similar to the life drawing sessions. A clothed model will be available each week. Bring your medium of choice and a drop cloth if working with paints. A limited number of easels are available. Classes are $8/MAA members and $10/non-members. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catmobile
Date: Ongoing
Location: Central & Eastern Massachusetts
Organization: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

Attention all cat owners! Get your cat fixed at the convenient and affordable Catmobile. Our low-cost surgical vans travel throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, and are coming to your town soon. Our low fees include include spay or neuter surgery plus a brief exam by our vet, nail trim and rabies vaccine. Make your appointment today by calling 978-465-1940 or visit us online at www.catmobile.org.
 
Free Comedy Show
Date: Every Saturday night, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Splash Salisbury, 3 Broadway, Salisbury
Organization: Community Entertainment

Have a night of friends, music, and good and free jokes! Come to Splash Salisbury every Saturday night for a free comedy show, live music performances, and drink specials! Bring your own food! For questions, call 978-808-5166.

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

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

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

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

"Look Good...Feel Better" Program at Lahey Hospital and Lahey Medical Center
Date: Every Tuesday, 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington and Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Dr., Peabody

The American Cancer Society conducts the Look Good... Feel Better program for women undergoing cancer treatment. Guided by volunteer cosmetologist, female cancer patients who participate in this class will learn how to use make-up and skin care techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Women also learn ways to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories. Following the program, participants are provided a complimentary make-up kit. For class availability or to register please call Deborah Smulian- Siegel, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, BC-DMT, at 781-744-7779.

Blood Cancer Support Group at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
Date: 3rd Monday of each month, 5:30 -- 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Drive, Peabody
Organization: Lahey Medical Center

A free support group will be held in Conference Room A, second floor, North Wing (next to Orthopaedic Surgery) for blood cancer patients. Dinner will be served. For more information or to register, please contact Deborah Smulian-Siegel, MSW, LCSWMFT, BC-DMT, at 781-744-7779.

DanversCARES
Date: Ongoing

An alarming number of pre-teens are already drinking alcohol, which makes it urgent to find every opportunity to talk to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking.  They really do hear you.  For tips on what to say, visit www.underagedrinking.SAMHSA.gov Talk. They Hear You.  A public service message from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and brought to you by DanversCARES.

Making a Commitment to Difficult to Place Orphans
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Bethany Christian Services

Many adoptable children are overlooked because of special needs and go through life without knowing the love of a forever family. Bethany Christian Services, a non- profit, global family preservation and child welfare agency, is launching the "These 400" initiative in 2014 to find loving homes for 400 special needs children. If you have room in your heart and home for one of these vulnerable children or you'd like more information, please visit www.bethany.org.

North Shore Postpartum Help
Date: Ongoing
Organization: North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force

The North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force is available to women experiencing postpartum stress, as well as the family members, friends and practitioners who support them. They are available for help, hope and connection. Visit their website at NorthShorePostpartumHelp.org. Those needing to talk to someone immediately may call the Parental Stress Hotline at: 1-800-632-8188. It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience. The initial scope of this Task Force is the North Shore United Way community, including the following towns: Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.

Spectrum Caregiver Support Groups
Date: 2nd Wednesday of every month, 5 -- 6:30 p.m.
Location: 1820 Turnpike St, Suite 106, North Andover
Organization: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group (Free respite care upon request) 2nd Wednesday of every month, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Information & education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. Increased understanding through shared experiences. Mutual support from other caregivers. Light Refreshments will be provided. Free respite care on site upon request. 

Early Onset Social Group - North Andover
Date: 4th Wednesday of every month, 5:30 -- 7:30 p.m.
Location: 1820 Turnpike St, Suite 106, North Andover
Organization: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program

Early Onset Social Group A comfortable and supportive environment for people and their loved ones to discuss the struggles and challenges of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease before the age of 65 4th Wednesday of Every Month, 5:30–7:00 pm A light dinner will be served. All ages are encouraged to attend. Free Respite care on site upon request. 

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group - Beverly
Date: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Location: 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly
Location: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group – Beverly (Free respite care upon request) 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of every month, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Information & education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. Increased understanding through shared experiences. Mutual support from other caregivers. Light Refreshments will be provided. Free respite care on site upon request. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Streets Outreach Program, a program of Health Innovation, Inc., provides HIV, Hepatitis C testing, STI testing, Narcan and overdose prevention training, referrals to substance use treatment and mental health services. For further information, please call: 781-592-0243.
 
PAWS Wakefield
Date: Ongoing

Welcome a loving pet into your home today.  Serving communities North of Boston, the PAWS Wakefield foster network cares for orphaned cats and dogs until they find their forever families. Please consider saving a life by adopting locally. You can also help local animals-in-need by volunteering your time, becoming a foster parent, sponsoring a pet that needs long-term care, or donating funds or supplies to support the PAWS programs. Please help PAWS make a difference for people and pets in your community. Visit pawswakefield.org or call 781-246-6111 for more information. 

Family Promise North Shore
Date: Ongoing

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

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

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

The Next Step Forward (a part of Renewed Hope Project) is a free interactive & educational support group for families, friends, and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics. This group meets every week on Thursday evenings at the Beverly Church of the Nazarene. Those who run the group are focused on giving you the information needed to make your own decisions on where you are in your crisis at the time. The meetings are free and you will find many peers, learning to deal with similar issues related to a loved one’s addiction. For more information, please call 978-522-4310 or email mw@rhpb.org
 
Go Green
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Change is Simple
Is your business interested in implementing environmentally friendly practices, and supporting your community? If so, consider having Change is Simple "green" your next event or fundraiser. Change is Simple is a nonprofit that teaches environmental education in schools. Change is Simple will partner with your organization to reduce the total waste, using creative and practical methods such as a single stream recycling and using compostable utensils. We will manage all the waste generated from your event, and lessen your impact on the environment. "Greening" your event will not only draw responsible consumers, it also will support environmental education in your local community. Promote your company's environmental mission with the help of Change is Simple. For more information or to contact us, go to www.changeissimple.org.

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