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Maritime Heritage Day
Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester
Organization: Maritime Gloucester

Celebrate Gloucester Schooner Festival at Maritime Heritage Day on Saturday, September 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year we are creating a busy, festive hub of traditional crafters, engaging community organizations in the First Ipswich Bank Pavilion, expert seafood demonstrations, foot stomping music with Old Cold Tater, impossible magic, schooner sails, and fun-filled family activities on Harbor Loop. Enjoy local fare at our food tents. Schooners will be docked nearby at Gloucester House restaurant and the Jodrey State Fish Pier. Admission is free to the event. The event schedule and list of event participants can be found at

Walk For Hospice Gathering
Date: Thursday, September 8th, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Honda North, Rt. 1, Danvers
Organization: Care Dimensions

Nibble and nosh on samples from more than a dozen North Shore restaurants; also includes wine and craft brew tastings, an exciting array of live and silent auction items, raffles, and cash bar. Party begins at 5:30 PM. Proceeds benefit Care Dimensions' 29th Annual Walk for Hospice on October 2nd. For tickets, visit, and click on the "BUY TICKETS NOW" button. For more information, call 978-223-9787, or e-mail

Auditions for “Mame” The Musical
Date: September 8th and 9th, at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hogan Regional Auditorium, 6 Hathorne Circle, Danvers
Organization: North Shore Players

The North Shore Players, a community theatre company in Danvers, will hold open auditions for their production of the hit musical, “Mame.” Auditions are at Hogan Regional Auditorium, 6 Hathorne Circle, Danvers, Sept. 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. The show is seeking Bohemian types, ages 8 to 80 plus, for performances the second weekend in December. More information at

September Swings!
Date: Friday, September 9th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Glen Magna Farms, Danvers
Organization: Danvers Historical Society

Enjoy food, wine, live music, dancing, and silent auctions. Experience the essence of grand 19th century New England living on Glen Magna Farms. Funds raised will be used to support community educational programs and the preservation of local historical buildings. Tickets are $75. Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please email for all inquiries.

Coast for the Cure Bike Ride
Date: Saturday, September 10th at 7 a.m.
Location: Stage Fort Park, Gloucester
Organization: Neurofibromatosis Northeast

Coast for the Cure is a bike fundraiser to battle the devastating genetic disorder, neurofibromatosis. Coast for the Cure offers three route options, 24, 66, and 100 miles. Form a team and bike through Cape Anne’s spectacular shores at Manchester-by-the-Sea, Beverly, Hamilton, and Ipswich. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. There will be rest stops with food and drinks, fully supported rides with SAG wagons, and a post ride BBQ overlooking the ocean. For further details, visit:

Bowl Painting to Support the Empty Bowl Dinner
Date: Saturday, September 10th from 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Ascension Church, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Lions Club

Come be colorful and creative! Join the Ipswich Lions Club to decorate bowls that will be sold at the Empty Bowl dinner at the Hellenic Center on November 3rd. Proceeds will benefit the new Ipswich Open Door Food Pantry at Agawam Village. For more information on the bowl painting events or corporate donations, please email

Saints March 5k Run, Walk and Fun
Date: Saturday, September 10
Location: 111 New Balch St. Beverly

Come down for a day full of fun at Saint March 5k run and walk. This event is the first one under the Saints Academy which is created from the unification of St Mary School and St John the Evangelist school. For more information please visit,

“Divorce Matters for You” Workshop
Date: Saturday, September 10th from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: 10 Liberty Street, Danvers
Organization: The Divorce Center

“Divorce Matters for You” is a workshop covering what people need to know going into, through and beyond the divorce process — the legal, financial, family and personal issues. This event is designed for people entering or in the divorce process. Trained professionals will provide knowledge and information to empower participants with confidence and peace of mind. The workshop is offered through The Divorce Center, a nonprofit educational organization. Cost is $30. For more information and advance registration visit,

27th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Date: September 9th, 10th, and 11th
Location: Hampton Beach, NH
Organization: Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce

The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival is a giant street fair on closed-to-traffic Ocean Boulevard.  It features over 50 restaurants cooking an incredible array of seafood and non-seafood delicacies under a sea of tents. There is continuous entertainment on two stages, scores of crafts, displays, culinary demonstrations, lobster roll eating competition, spectacular fireworks, a sky diving demonstration, and a children’s entertainment area. The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has been named one of the Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association in 1996, 2001, 2003, and 2006–2015. Attendance has grown to an estimated 150,000 over the years. Jude David, Chairman of the 27th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, announced that OneMain Financial is returning to this year’s festival as the Presenting Sponsor. OneMain Holdings Inc. is one of America’s leading personal finance companies offering responsible and transparent personal loan products, primarily to nonprime consumers.  For over 100 years, the company has been providing personalized, best-in-class service at more than 1,800 branches in 43 states. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer for this event, visit the festival official website, here. Or call the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce at 603-926-8718.

An Evening With Abbie Gardner and Jesse Terry
Date: Saturday, September 10th, at 7:30 p.m.
Location: 12 School St, Rockport
Organization: Old Sloop Coffeehouse

This special co-bill unites two beloved, award-winning singer/songwriters for an unforgettable evening of music. Great friends and collaborators, Abbie Gardner and Jesse Terry will trade songs, sing duets and back each other up throughout the evening. Together, they have opened and toured with the likes of Willie Nelson, Paula Cole, Tom Rush and Darrell Scott. Visit for tickets and more information.

4th Annual Muddy Leprechaun Mud Race
Date: Saturday, September 10th at 10 a.m.
Location: Marini Farm, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich YMCA

Get ready to get muddy, because Marini Farm is hosting the YMCA’s Muddy Leprechaun Obstacle Race again! The race is a 5k, and has participants facing obstacles, such as hay bales, climbing walls, water slides, and of course, mud trenches. Proceeds will benefit “Heart Healthy” educational programming and active lifestyle promotion in Ipswich elementary schools in collaboration with the Ipswich Family YMCA. Registration is online and is limited to 300 participants. Registration fee includes Muddy Leprechaun T-Shirt, refreshments with one complimentary beer, and a hose off station. For further details, visit  

A Reason To Ride
Date: Sunday, September 11th at 8 a.m.
Location: 75 Sylvan St., Danvers
Organization: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

The 9th annual A Reason To Ride for Cancer Research, presented by Fuddruckers, will be held on Sunday, September 11 at 8:00 a.m. at 75 Sylvan Street in Danvers. The funds raised by the ride since it started in 2008 have supported research initiatives and lab researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. There is something for everyone at A Reason to Ride, from leisure cyclists to serious riders, and everything in between. This year, registrants will have a choice to participate in a new 5K walk to help raise funds and awareness. The popular Trike-a-Thon for youngsters will also be back. Registration is $25 per child, $75 per adult, and $150 per family to benefit cancer care and research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The family-friendly event also includes a Fuddruckers cookout, raffles, music, and much more. This year’s ride is dedicated to Deb Brown, a gifted artist, wife, daughter, and friend. Brown was diagnosed with Primary CNS Lymphoma in the summer of 2015. Nine months later, with a determined spirit and the support of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, she is in remission and living life to its fullest. To learn more about Brown, visit To become a sponsor or make contributions contact Tom DesFosses at (508) 932-3677 or Please visit to register for this year’s ride.

2nd Annual Trouble The Dog Toy Ride
Date: Sunday, September 11th, 10 a.m.
Location: Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington
Organization: The Kennek Foundation

The Kennek Foundation has announced the second annual Trouble The Dog Toy Ride! This event will take place on Sunday, September 11.  The motorcycle ride, escorted by the Middlesex County Sherriff’s Office will benefit First Responders and the children they serve. This scenic motorcycle ride, generously sponsored by Marblehead Opticians, will start and end at the Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road in Wilmington, Mass.  Tickets are only $20.00 per rider which includes coffee and donuts courtesy of Dunkin' Donuts prior to the ride and lunch at the end of the ride including Fuddruckers Burger Bar, Polar Beverages and As Good As It Gets Café in Wilmington. Sign in and on-site registration starts promptly at 10:00AM.  Kickstands up at 11:00 AM.  For more information:  781-631-0366 or email: There will be music and great prizes! Tickets can be purchased at

First Respondent Dinner
Date: Thursday, September 15th, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Elks Lodge, 40 Oak St., Peabody
Organization: Peabody and Lynn Fire/Police/Ambulance Personnel

The Peabody/Lynn Lodge of Elks will be holding an appreciation dinner on Thursday September 15. The dinner will run from 6 PM until 8 PM and all Peabody and Lynn Fire, Police, and Ambulance Personnel are invited. Dinner will also be brought to all locations for people who are working and cannot make the dinner. Please call 978-531-9634, with an estimate of the number of meals you need delivered.

“THE BLOCK” Fall Downtown Street Party
Date: Saturday, September 17th from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Cabot Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Main Streets
Join Beverly Main Streets at THE BLOCK, their downtown street party. One block of Cabot St 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. Live bands will perform all night! Suggested donation at the gate is $5 per adult. Cash only. Bring your MA ID if you plan to drink. Please note bags may be subject to inspection. No pets, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, hoverboards etc. For more information, please email

TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Date(s): The weekend of September 16 – 18 and the weekend of September 23 – 25
Location: Essex County
Organization: Essex Heritage

Explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events scheduled for TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks & Water, September 16-18 & September 23-25! Enjoy a variety of guided walks, paddles, historical tours and other adventures for all ages, skill levels and interests, that will connect you to the spectacular places, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area—the 34 cities and towns of Boston’s legendary North Shore— including the communities of Salem, Gloucester, Newburyport, Lawrence, Saugus and more. See the full listing of 150+ events at

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

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

Uncorked: Wine Tasting & Art
Date: Saturday, September 24th 5 – 8 p.m.
Location: MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen
Organization: MSPCA at Nevins Farm

Join MSPCA at Nevins Farm for our brand new wine and art event! On Saturday, September 24th, Nevins Farm will be transformed into a wine, art and animal lovers dream. Guests at the event will be able to sample 25-30 intriguing wines, peruse the artwork of a number of talented local artists showing a variety of media while enjoying hearty appetizers and live music. Artwork and wine will be available for purchase or order during the evening, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a special, more in-depth, limited admission tasting experience of 5 additional exclusive wines, hosted by a special guest. These guests will also receive reserved parking and early admission to the event at 4:00 pm. All guests will be able to view the adoptable animals at Nevins Farm during the event as they stroll from room to room of the adoption center and explore our barn, bringing special meaning to this new fundraiser for our animals! Tickets for this 21 and older event are limited, so make sure to purchase early. To purchase tickets visit the website; For more information, contact Julia Pesek at 978-687-7453       x 6161 or

Fall Frolic 5K & Fun Run
Date: Sunday, October 2nd, 9:30 a.m.
Location: Lynch Park, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Elementary Schools
Join in the fun for the Seventh Annual Fall Frolic 5K & Fun Run event set for Sunday, October 2nd. Part of the 2016 NERC road race series, this 5K race begins at 9:30 and will travel the traditional Beverly Homecoming route beginning and ending at Lynch Park, 55 Ober Street. The half-mile Kids Fun Run begins at 9 am and is open to all kids grade 5 and younger. Entry fees for the 5K before Sept. 20th are $20 (K-5th grade students are $15) and Family cap (4 max applications) is $60. After Sept. 21st fees are $25 for all individuals and family cap (4 max applications) increases to $80. $2 for the Fun Run. Not a runner? No problem – Come walk the route with a friend or push a stroller and have fun supporting Beverly Public Elementary Schools. (no dogs please) Register on-line at and visit the site for more information. Don’t delay - register today!

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

21st Annual Chowderfest
Date: Saturday, October 15th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Ipswich High School/Middle School, 130 High Street, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Lions Club

Members of the Ipswich Lions Club will take to the Ipswich Middle/High School to raise funds as part of the 21st Annual Chowderfest! Tasting starts at 12:00 Noon. Restaurants from Ipswich and surrounding communities will serve their best chowder, vying to take home the honor of “Best Chowder” by both Judges’ and People’s Choice awards. $10 per person/$30 for families; children 8 and younger free! Over 35 local crafters and vendors, live music, children’s activities and raffles! For more information, email

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

The Beatles tribute band, Studio Two is ready to rock and continue their tour in celebration of the Beatles coming to America. By recreating the Fab Four’s music, appearance, instruments, and onstage banter, Studio Two performs your most favorite hits that will bring you to the dance floor. Food is available along with a cash bar. Reservations are required; no tickets will be sold at the door. VIP seating is $35 (limited) and General Admission is $25. Tables of 10 are available for both. For more info contact: Sheila by email

Halloween Ball Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, October 22nd from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Masonic Temple, 31 Green Street, Newburyport
Organization: Newburyport Guide

Newburyport Guide and Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley are pleased to present this event for all the witches and ghouls! This Halloween Ball will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley. The Boys and Girls Club provide social, educational, health, leadership, and character development for boys and girls during critical periods of their growth. There will be delicious refreshments from local businesses as well as raffles and silent auctions. There will also be tarot card readings for $20 a reading. Ticket cost for children 10 – 15 is $15, adults $20, and children 9 and under get in for free! Tickets can be purchased online at: or at Tickets will also be available at the door. Make sure to be in costume, because best costumes will be rewarded with King and Queen of the Ball!

Empty Bowl Dinner
Date: Thursday, November 3rd from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Hellenic Center, 117 County Road, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Lions Club

Join us for an evening of food and hospitality. The meal is simple—soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this community event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that “somewhere - someone’s bowl is empty” Tickets available at the door, costing $15 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Empty Bowl events are held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger-relief programs. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ipswich Open Door Food Pantry If you would like to make/donate bowls for this event, or to make a cash donation, please contact Ipswich Lions Club at:, or call 617-921-0595.

Flag Football League for Cape Anne Children Ages 4-14
Date: Fall 2016
Location: O’Maley Middle School, Gloucester
Organization: Gloucester Nor’Easters

We all know fall means football, and if you have a child who loves the sport, then this could be perfect for them! North Shore Flag Football offers recreational and competitive flag football for boys and girls in many towns and cities. The NSFFL runs three seasons a year: spring (April-June), fall (September-November), and winter (January-March). Register online at,, or contact for more information.

2016 Rockport @ Night
Date: Every Friday, May 27th – September 2nd, 4 – 8 p.m.
Location: Downtown Rockport
Downtown galleries and shops open their doors from 4-8pm every Friday night until September 2nd, for a “Rockport @ Night” event. The town's merchants welcome you with light refreshment, wine, and beverage while you enjoy the renowned talents of this creative Art Colony. See art demos, music, and visit the unique shops. Come celebrate as they illuminates it’s streets, and enjoy the ambiance that only Rockport can offer. Meet with the artists and shopkeepers and tour their galleries. Artists will be on hand to take questions from visitors. Just look for the "Hanging Lanterns with the Gold imprinted Ribbons" at participating Shops and Galleries. Come share the history and hospitality of this seaside community, as you stroll through the streets of beautiful downtown Rockport.

Newburyport Summer Shuttle
Date: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May 27 to Sept. 4, 2016
Location: Round Trip Route Starts at Commuter Rail Station, Travels to Downtown and Plum Island
For the second year, the Mayor's Office is offering a convenient way to get around the city during the busy summer tourism months. Visitors and residents alike can board the Newburyport Summer Shuttle, which runs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May 27 to Sept. 4, 2016. The Summer Shuttle round trips start each day at the Newburyport Commuter Rail Station at 10:40 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. For more information on this service, visit and

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

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

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

Monday, June 27, there are new options available to keep Beverly children fed while school is out and there is no access to the free and reduced breakfast and lunch program.  Breakfast will now be served from 9:30 to 10:00am at Balch, Goldway, and Holcroft Beverly Recreation Park Programs, as well as at Apple Village and Beverly High School cafeteria on Monday through Wednesday plus Friday. Lunch will be available Monday through Friday at the High School from 11:00am to 12:45pm. And the weekly Food Pantry visits at Beverly Bootstraps will be offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00am to 12:15pm and Tuesdays from 5:00pm to 6:45pm. Pre-registration is required for this part of the program. We encourage you to take advantage of all three options.  For any questions, further details, or a layout of the dates and times, visit

Summer Solo Exhibits by Marblehead Arts Association Artists
Date: August 13th – September 25th
Location: 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association

Come see what the artists at the MAA have crafted at this new exhibit! Free and open to all; light refreshments will be served. The pieces on display include: Dancing Clowns by Richard Grote, which was inspired by a dream he once had (he will be there Saturday, August 13, 2-4 pm). Americana by Karen Hosking, which represents things that could have or did exist in the past and still exist today (a computer will be available to demonstrate and answer questions about Photoshop, Sunday, September 18, 3-5 pm). A Fashion Statement by Susan Hurst; who is a fashion illustrator (closing reception: Sunday 25 September, 2016 from 2-4pm). The Main Attraction by Paul McMahan, which is a showcase of watercolor and oil painting subjects all from the state of Maine (artist demonstration: Saturday 17 September from 1-3pm; closing reception: Sunday 25 September from 2-4pm). Catching the Wave by Mary Taddie, who creates exciting and unique mosaic wall art (artist demonstration: Sunday, September 18, 1-3 pm). Over Time by Polly Maxon Tritschler; which are paintings of still life subjects with visual references to art history (closing reception: Sunday 25 September from 2-4pm). The artists will be present to engage about their work. Each artist will also offer free programming to accompany their exhibits. For further details, visit

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

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

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

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

The Home for Little Wanderers is looking for caring individuals and families who want to make a difference in the life of a child. Do you have space in your home and in your heart for one of the many children in this state who cannot live at home because of abuse or neglect? Please consider becoming a foster parent. The Home for Little Wanderers offers--specialized training, a competitive stipend, paid vacation, 24-Hour support and more. The Home serves children with some emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges. If you are interested to learn more, call The Home at 888.466.3321 or visit
SHINE Jewelry Sale
Date: Ongoing
Location: Online at
Organization: Northeast Arc
Northeast Arc has been supporting people with disabilities to become full participants in our communities for over 60 years. Part of their support includes providing training and employment opportunities through programs like Shine. Northeast Arc offers high quality, hand-made beaded jewelry which can be purchased at local retailers, through their online store, and if you are interested in wholesale opportunities, for your shop, please contact Your purchase directly impacts people's lives, as well as, helps continue the employment program for Shine. Help support a growing social enterprise and provide an opportunity for artists to SHINE as creative professionals. Visit for a list of local retailers, including the online store.
Portrait Sessions Drop In
Date: Tuesdays 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: MAA - King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Arts Association
Ellen Grandpre' and Richard Grote are back for the fall to host a portrait session similar to the life drawing sessions. A clothed model will be available each week. Bring your medium of choice and a drop cloth if working with paints. A limited number of easels are available. Classes are $8/MAA members and $10/non-members.
Life Drawing Drop-In Classes
Date: Sundays, 9 a.m. – Noon
Location: 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
Exercise and refine your art skills the classic way by drawing from a nude model. Sessions are open to all, regardless of one's level of experience. Bring your medium of choice and please bring a drop cloth if working with paints. A limited number of easels are available. Cost is $12/MAA members, $15/non-members. For more information call 781-631-2608.
Opening Hidden Doors: The Unifying Power of Art
Date: Third Tuesday of each Month, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Location: Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
Join the Cape Ann Museum's new program, CAM Connections Third Tuesdays, which brings Cape Ann art, culture and history to older adults in the local community, and invites individuals with memory challenges and their care partners to be part of the experience. The program offers meaningful engagement with the Museum collection through small group conversation in the galleries on the third Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. If you are interested in learning more about the program or would like to make a reservation, please call Cara White at (978) 283-0455 x24 or email
Samaritans’ Crisis Services
Date: Ongoing
You’ll find hope with Samaritans’ crisis services, which are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week for those feeling isolated, desperate, or uncertain about anything in their life. The services are free, confidential, anonymous, and available to all Massachusetts residents. In addition, they provide support for those with concerns for the well-being of others. Please call or text 877-870 HOPE. Calls and texts are fielded by carefully trained volunteers offering non-judgmental support and respect in a comforting and understanding manner. Those interested in becoming a Samaritans volunteer can visit
Clothing and Shoe Drive to Benefit Orphanages in Africa
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Global Orphan Foundation
A clothing and shoe drive to benefit orphanages in Africa is seeking Spring and Summer clothing for children ages 1-13. Shoes are especially needed! This is the perfect time of year to look through your children’s warm weather clothes for items they may have outgrown. Donations can be brought to Denyse Creesy at 17 Middlebury Lane in Beverly.
Date: Ongoing
Location: Central & Eastern Massachusetts
Organization: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society
Attention all cat owners! Get your cat fixed at the convenient and affordable Catmobile. Our low-cost surgical vans travel throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, and are coming to your town soon. Our low fees include spay or neuter surgery plus a brief exam by our vet, nail trim and rabies vaccine. Make your appointment today by calling 978-465-1940 or visit us online at
Volunteer Recruitment Ongoing Events!
Date: Ongoing
Location: All over the North Shore!
Organization: Children's Friends and Family Services
Children’s Friends and Family Services seeks volunteer mentors ages 21 and older to be matched with one youth mentee from the North Shore. Youth are between the ages of 5 and 18, and as a mentor you would meet every week for at least two hours to establish a one-to-one relationship that over a year’s time matures into a genuine, caring friendship. Our current program waitlist has 36 youth, there is a significant need! If you are interested or would like to know more, please visit or contact Samantha Alves at 978-219-1528.
Freedom from Smoking - Quit Smoking for Life!
Date: Ongoing, 5 p.m.
Location: Kariotis Conference Room, 3 West, 41 Mall Road, Peabody
Take advantage of the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program and make the choice to give up tobacco. Peggy Ruso, CTT-M, tobacco treatment specialist, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, and other Freedom from Smoking certified instructors will review this step-by-step plan for tobacco treatment. Learn how to overcome your tobacco addiction so that you may start enjoying the benefits of better health! Enjoy a small group setting, fun, interactive learning environment and participant workbook and other informative materials. Please pre-register at or call the Quite-line (781-744-7848) for assistance or further information.
"Look Good...Feel Better" Support Group for Femal Cancer Patients
Date: (Burlington) 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4 – 5:30 p.m., (Peabody) 3rd Tuesday of Every Other Month, 2 – 4 p.m. 
Location: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Kariotis Conference Room, 3 West, 41 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington

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

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

Date: Ongoing

An alarming number of pre-teens are already drinking alcohol, which makes it urgent to find every opportunity to talk to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking.  They really do hear you.  For tips on what to say, visit Talk. They Hear You.  A public service message from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and brought to you by DanversCARES.
Making a Commitment to Difficult to Place Orphans
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Bethany Christian Services
Many adoptable children are overlooked because of special needs and go through life without knowing the love of a forever family. Bethany Christian Services, a non- profit, global family preservation and child welfare agency, is launching the "These 400" initiative in 2014 to find loving homes for 400 special needs children. If you have room in your heart and home for one of these vulnerable children or you'd like more information, please visit
North Shore Postpartum Help
Date: Ongoing
Organization: North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force
The North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force is available to women experiencing postpartum stress, as well as the family members, friends and practitioners who support them. They are available for help, hope and connection. Visit their website at Those needing to talk to someone immediately may call the Parental Stress Hotline at: 1-800-632-8188. It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience. The initial scope of this Task Force is the North Shore United Way community, including the following towns: Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.
Spectrum Caregiver Support Groups
Date: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Beverly) and 2nd Wednesday of every month, 2 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1820 Turnpike St, Suite 106, North Andover and 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly
Organization: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program
Information & education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. Increased understanding through shared experiences. Mutual support from other caregivers. Light Refreshments will be provided. Free respite care on site upon request. RSVP for respite care or with questions for the Beverly location, please call Rachael Palmacci at: 978-921-5020 ext. 1135, or contract her through email at: For North Andover, please call Brianna Martin at: 978-688-3248 ext. 1102, or contact her through email at:
Early Onset Social Group - North Andover
Date: 4th Wednesday of every month, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: 1820 Turnpike St, Suite 106, North Andover
Organization: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program
Early Onset Social Group A comfortable and supportive environment for people and their loved ones to discuss the struggles and challenges of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease before the age of 65. A light dinner will be served. All ages are encouraged to attend. Free Respite care on site upon request. To RSVP or with questions, please contact Sherill O'Gorman at: 978-921-2065 ext. 1162, or through email at:
Breast Cancer Support Group
Date: 4th Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Sophia Gordon Cancer Center Conference Room, Lahey Medical Center, Peabody. Or, Kariotis Conference Room, 3 West, 41 Mall Road, Lahey Medical Center, Burlington

Are you a fighting breast cancer or have you survived it? The Lahey Clinic understands your troubles and offers these support groups for just that. Please, visit this support group to share your experiences and struggles. There is no fee for both. For further information or to register at the Peabody location, please contact instructor Alison Locke, LICSW at: 978-538-4807. For the Burlington location, please contact Annemarie Bradly, LICSW at: 978-744-8113.
Free Cognitive Screenings for Alzheimer's Disease
Date: Ongoing
Location: ActivMed Practices & Research, Methuen MA
Do you think you may have Alzheimer’s? Are your memory issues causing you some concern? Free Memory testing is now available for the public. ActivMed Practices & Research is offering free cognitive screenings for individuals suffering with memory problems. All testing is completed by trained medical staff and reviewed by a board certified physician. For more information please contact Alison or Rakesh at (978)-655-7155 or visit our website at    
Healthy Streets Outreach Program
Date: Ongoing
Location: 100 Willow Street, 2nd Floor, Lynn
Healthy Streets Outreach Program, a program of Health Innovation, Inc., provides HIV, Hepatitis C testing, STI testing, Narcan and overdose prevention training, referrals to substance use treatment and mental health services. For further information, please call: 781-592-0243.
PAWS Wakefield
Date: Ongoing
Welcome a loving pet into your home today.  Serving communities North of Boston, the PAWS Wakefield foster network cares for orphaned cats and dogs until they find their forever families. Please consider saving a life by adopting locally. You can also help local animals-in-need by volunteering your time, becoming a foster parent, sponsoring a pet that needs long-term care, or donating funds or supplies to support the PAWS programs. Please help PAWS make a difference for people and pets in your community. Visit or call 781-246-6111 for more information.
Family Promise North Shore
Date: Ongoing
Can You Volunteer A Couple of Hours to Help Homeless Families on the North Shore Get Back on Their Feet? Since May, Family Promise North Shore Boston has been putting up homeless families in houses of worship and assisting parents in finding jobs and sustainable housing. They need volunteers, ages 18 and up, at the Day Center in Beverly on Sundays, evenings and overnights at various houses of worship on the North Shore every day.  A shift is usually just two hours; and you don’t need to be affiliated with a congregation to volunteer! For more information please call 978-922-0787.
Bay State Textiles Recycling Rebate Program
Date: Ongoing
Location: Wakefield, Melrose, Beverly Public Schools
Organization: Wakefield, Melrose, and Beverly PTO’s, Bay State Textiles
Bay State Textiles has partnered with PTO’s in North Shore communities (along with others) in an effort to promote recycling. A collection box is placed outside each public school in the district and the PTO’s generate a $100 rebate based on the tonnage of collection that is deposited into the box. Many items ranging from footwear to linen are accepted as long as they are clean and dry. To find out more information on recycling locations or the program, visit the Bay State Textiles Facebook page.

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

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