Here's What's Happening

Ugly Sweater Christmas Sale
Date: Friday, November 27th, 9:30 a.m.
Location: Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop, 198 Rantoul Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps                                     
The Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop will be holding its Black Friday event – the Ugly Christmas Sweater Sale the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Thrift Shop has been collecting these colorful and bedazzled knits all year long just for this sale. The shop will open its doors at 9:30 a.m. and will also have a large selection of holiday decorations to help get your homes and parties in the spirit at bargain prices! 

Santa at the Larcom Theatre ~ A Magical Experience
Date: Saturday, November 28th
Location: The Larcom Theatre
Organization: North Shore YMCA
Enjoy a magical 90 minute Christmas program with your child at Beverly's fully-restored, historic Larcom Theatre! The program will include a multi-media presentation of The Night Before Christmas - narrated by David Bull, Christmas sing - along with Allen Estes and Santa’s Elves, and a special appearance from Santa! Get a chance to go on stage with Santa and the kids!

2015 City of Peabody Holiday Stroll
Date: Saturday, November 28th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Downtown Peabody
Organization: Haven From Hunger

Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. is inviting the public to celebrate Small Business Saturday with a Holiday Stroll, Cookie Crawl, Tree Lighting, and Elsa’s “Frozen Wonderland” Saturday, Nov. 28. There is a wide array of activities planned throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., capped off by the caroling and tree lighting with a visit from Santa at City Hall at 4 p.m. Some of the highlights of the day include: 10:00am-4:00pm Peabody Fire Department 41 Lowell Street Tours all day Visit the Smoke House Jaws of Life Demonstration Meet & Greet with “Sparky” and from 1:00pm-3:00pm Elsa’s “Frozen” Wonderland East End Veterans Memorial Park 45 Walnut Street. As you stroll through downtown, look for Olaf’’s look-a-like and visit local businesses to fill your Small Business Saturday bag with holiday cookies, confections and coupons from local bake shops and businesses. A $5 donation benefits the Haven from Hunger food pantry. Ten lucky winners will receive a gift card valued at $25. Bags can be purchased at the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce, 24 Main Street.

Annual Swedish Yule Fair
Date: Saturday, November 28th, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Hamilton/Wenham Community House, Bay Rd., Route 1A
Organization: Brika Lodge No. 732, V.O.A. of Hamilton
Swing by the traditional Swedish Yule Fair the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 28. Enjoy a day of cultural Holiday music, folk costumes, and other unique sights and sounds of the Scandinavian Christmas season. This is a perfect place to find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. You can find unusual handmade items, straw ornaments, candles, linens, wooden gnomes, folk art, and much more. Sample warm glogg with gingerbread cookies or enjoy open–faced sandwiches, pastry, and more.

Beverly’s Small Business Saturday
Date: Saturday, November 28th, All day
Location: Downtown Beverly, Cabot St.
Organization: Beverly Main Streets

The Shop Small movement encourages consumers to support small businesses that drive local economy. It kicks off each season on Small Business Saturday – the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Participating downtown businesses will be giving away a limited number of free tote bags and other fun “Shop Small” giveaways while supplies last. Shopping small helps create and support local jobs and you’ll probably run into your friends and neighbors while you’re shopping! Check the Beverly Main Streets website for the list of participating businesses

Santa at the Swampwalk
Date: Saturday, November 28th, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Danvers Rail Trail, between Wenham St (right near the Agway) in Danvers and Route 97
Organization: Toys for Tots

Don’t go to the mall, come to the Swampwalk! For the 4th year in a row, Santa will be waiting to take pictures with you in the idyllic setting of the Danvers-Wenham Swampwalk located on the Danvers Rail Trail. Images are uploaded later that day for digital download or print, with all proceeds being donated to Toys for Tots. It is fast becoming THE place to have your pictures with Santa on the North Shore. So bring the family - even the pets - walk off that turkey dinner and have your picture with Santa Saturday November 28th from 1-3. For more information please go to our website or find us on facebook! Ho ho ho!

2nd Annual MDF Casino Night
Date: Saturday, November 28th, 7 p.m.
Location: Vittori Rocci Post, 143 Brimbal Ave, Beverly
Organization: Marino Donnelly Foundation

Join MDF at Vittori Rocci Post on Saturday, November 28th for their second annual Casino Night! Have some fun playing games such as Craps, Black Jack, Roulette, and Texas Hold 'Em, plus beverages, free food and raffle prizes. The Marino Donnelly Foundation works hard to advance research for early detection of pancreatic cancer, as well as to help victims. This fundraiser will kick-off at 7 PM and is sure to be a wonderful night. For more information visit or the MDF Facebook page

North Andover Tree Lighting
Date: Sunday, November 29th, 5 p.m.
Location: North Andover Common
Bring your family or office to the North Andover Tree Lighting Sunday, November 29 and jump into the holiday spirit! There will be hot chocolate, cookies, caroling, and a visit from Santa! This year, the Festival Committee is asking for a $40 donation from your family or organization to buy new lights for the tree. For your donation, you will receive a personalized two-sided 8 x 8 inch silver or gold ornament. It will be displayed on the tree the night of the lighting and after, you can take it home to enjoy. Forms are available at Town Hall, the library, or on the town website. 

Operation KidSafe Safety Event
Date: Monday, November 30th – Saturday, December 5th
Location: Moore GMC Truck, 80 High Street, Danvers
Organization: Operation KidSafe

Join Operation KidSafe and Moore GMC Truck for “Child Safety Week.” Parents get a lifetime digital safety record of their child and a document that’s ready to handle law enforcement in an emergency. The program is totally free and private for the entire community. It’s Monday November 30th through Saturday December 5th, weekdays from 1p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Moore GMC Truck 80 High St. in Danvers. More information at

Registration for RUN for WUN 2016 Boston Marathon Team
Date: Tuesday, December 1st            
Location: Hopkinton, Boston
Organization: Wake Up Narcolepsy
Wake Up Narcolepsy is gearing up for the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 and they would love to have you on their 2016 team! Be a part of their team #TEAMWUN to raise funds for narcolepsy medical research. The application deadline is December 1. #TEAMWUN runners are guaranteed a spot in the Boston Marathon and get a team pre-marathon lunch. For more information email Monica Gow at or call (508) 259-1100.

Lecture for Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt
Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 6 p.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, 180 Main St, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art

Kirsten Swenson, Assistant Professor of Art History, Contemporary Art & Aesthetics at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, will discuss the work of LeWitt and Hesse in the context of the 1960s New York art scene. A book signing for Swenson’s new publication Irrational Judgments: Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, and 1960s New York will follow. This program will take place in the Museum Learning Center. 

Holiday Concert with Deborrah Wyndham
Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 7 p.m.
Location: Auditorium at Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main Street, Haverhill

Acclaimed pianist Deborrah Wyndham returns to the library to perform holiday favorites. As seen on ABC Chicago, FOX and NBC, contemporary pianist/composer Deborrah Wyndham has given over 3,000 performances nation-wide. With this history and the recent release of her first CD recording of all original instrumental piano music entitled “The Beginning”, she has established herself as one of the most accomplished and inventive composers on the piano music scene today. This free concert is just what you need to put you in the holiday spirit. Please register at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.

Cape Ann Artisans Holiday Fair
Date: Friday, December 4th, 4 – 9 p.m. & Saturday, December 5th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St, Rockport
Organization: Rockport Art Association

Join the Rockport Art Association for their second annual Holiday Show & Sale.  A dozen Artisans under one roof to make your holiday shopping easier! View fabulous small works by the Rockport Art Association while supporting downtown Rockport’s special “Shop Rockport” night. To celebrate this special occasion, the Artisans will introduce a “Pink Punch” sponsored by Ryan & Wood Distilleries and invite you to come and see their own artistic version of holiday cheer.

MSPCA Holiday Tree & Christmas Feast for the Horses
Date: Saturday, December 5 4:30 -6:30 p.m.
Location: MSPCA Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen
Organization: MSPCA
Join MSPCA at Nevins Farm to celebrate the holidays by honoring the animals who share our lives. Help MSPCA create a Christmas Feast to share with the horses by bringing carrots, apples, and peppermints to place in the stockings of their adoptable horses. Then, the 2015 Holiday Tree will be lit and decorated with photo-personalized ornaments bearing your pet's names! Immediately following, visit the adoption center’s Open House to enjoy festive music and light refreshments as MSPCA kicks off a joyous holiday season. Santa will be available for photos with your family (bring your own camera!). Free to the public, although donations for the animals are gratefully accepted.
Salem Garden Club Annual Christmas Boutique
Date: Saturday, December 5th 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: The First Church, 316 Essex St., Salem
Organization: Salem Garden Club
Salem Garden Club will host their annual Christmas Boutique on Saturday, December 5, 2015. The Boutique features fresh wreaths, centerpieces, swags, and boxwood trees. Each item is handmade by the members of the Club. The Boutique is a unique event and just the place to find that something special to trim your own home for the holiday or to find a gift for someone special. The money raised at this event is reinvested into the community through the Salem Garden Club’s civic endeavors. Shop at the Christmas Boutique, start the Holiday Shopping, and support a local organization!

Align Credit Union: Home Buying Workshop
Date: Saturday, December 5th, 10 a.m. – noon
Location: 110 Newbury Street, Danvers
Organization: Align Credit Union

Today houses sell fast…really fast. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, interested in moving or looking to downsize, come to Align Credit Unions Home Buying Workshop. Their financing experts, along with a local realtor and attorney, will take you through the entire home buying process so you’re ready this spring. Attendees will learn about developing a budget and savings plan, choosing the loan that’s right for you, understanding and improving your credit score, and much more! Come learn how to find the perfect home, make the right offer, apply for a loan and close on your dream home. RSVP to Amy Spindler at (978) 275-2755 or today.

New Orleans Christmas Starring Henri Smith
Date: Saturday, December 5th
Location: The Larcom Theatre
Organization: gimmeLIVE
Join Henri Smith, Grammy-award winner Amadee Castenell, and renowned trumpeter Stanton Davis of The Mercer Ellington and Lionel Hampton Orchestras at Beverly's most intimate, acoustically spectacular listening venue for New Orleans jazz & blues, traditional Mardi Gras songs and Christmas favorites. Sing along with the standards you know so well and dance in the aisles with the band during the traditional Second Line. Grab your friends and family and groove into the holiday spirit!

Lexicon Holiday Festival
Date: December 5th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & December 6th, 12 – 6 p.m.
Location: Lexicon Gallery, 15 Lexington Ave., #1, Gloucester
Organization: Lexicon Gallery

Come find your treasure at the Lexicon Gallery’s Holiday Festival. Over 30 artists will be featured; sharing their creations. During the Lexington Lights Family Festival in Magnolia, Lexicon Gallery and Lexington Lights Ceramic Artists from Cape Ann join Ten Pound Studio Hand Painted Silk Artists for a weekend extravaganza sale and feast for the eyes. View and choose ceramics, jewelry, wearable and wall art. For more information visit

Sea Shells and Jingle Bells
Date: Sunday, December 6th 1-5 p.m.
Location: Rockport Inn and Suites, 183 Main Street, Rockport
Organization: Rockport High School DECA program
Visit beautiful seaside homes and inns of Rockport, decked out for the holidays. Organized by Rockport High School's DECA Program and The Inns of Rockport, enjoy some of Rockport's finest inns and homes all decked out in their holiday finest. Enjoy seasonal food samplings and wonderful company. In the process, help support Rockport High School's DECA program which consists of over 70 students. DECA is a national organization for all high school students enrolled in a marketing program. The group is the only student organization, which prepares its members to be America’s future leaders in the fields of marketing, management and entrepreneurship. For more information on the event and ticket sales, visit

Breakfast with Santa
Date: Sunday, December 6th, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: North Andover VFW, Park Street
Organization: North Andover Santa Parade
Bring the kids to breakfast, eat with Santa, and get into the holiday spirit December 6! Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, fruit salad, milk, juice and coffee. Take pictures and make memories. Children under 12 are $5 and everyone over 12 is $10. All proceeds will fund the Santa Parade in North Andover.

Lecture with Sebastian Smee
Date: Sunday, December 6th, 2 p.m.
Location: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover
Organization: Addison Gallery of American Art

Pulitzer-Prize-winning Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee will talk about friendships between prominent artists, the subject of his forthcoming book. This program will take place in the Kemper Auditorium. Free and open to the public. 

11th Annual "No Place Like Home" Dinner and Auction
Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliot St, Danvers
Organization: North Shore CDC

Join North Shore CDC in celebrating their 11th Annual “No Place Like Home” Dinner & Auction held on Wednesday, December 9th from 6:00- 9:00pm at the Danversport Yacht Club.  The event celebrates a year of North Shore CDC’s work and impacts throughout the region and includes annual pillars of the community awards, passed hors d'oeuvres, plated dinner, a wall of wine, Youth Build raffles, and a silent and live auction. The event attracts over 400 local stakeholders, who come together to support North Shore CDC as they invest in neighborhoods to create thriving communities.  Individuals and businesses are encouraged to attend by purchasing tickets and sponsorships in advance at All event proceeds directly benefit the neighborhoods and residents served by North Shore CDC.

Date: Friday, December 11th, 7 p.m. & Saturday, December 12th, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Location: Holten Richmond Middle School, 55 Conant St, Danvers
Organization: Holten Richmond Theater

Holten Richmond Theater Organization presents three performances of HONK Jr. performed by students at the Holten Richmond Middle School, on Friday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 12th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. More information available at

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Date: Saturday, December 12th, 7:30 p.m.
Location: First Congregational Church, 12 School Street, Rockport
Organization: First Congregational Church of Rockport

Old Sloop Coffeehouse will depart from its usual folk and acoustic fare with a jazz performance by The Heather Pierson Quartet Saturday, December 12, at 7:30 PM at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport. The Heather Pierson Quartet will perform the entirety of the Charlie Brown Christmas album, as well as other popular holiday tunes. One of the most endearing Christmas tales ever told, A Charlie Brown Christmas has proven itself to be an enduring classic since its original telecast in December 1965. Advance tickets are $10. Visit, Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport, or The Bookstore in Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $12 for adults, $8 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, and $24 for families.

Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert
Date: Saturday, December 12th, 8 p.m. & Sunday, December 13th, 2:30 p.m.
Location: Belleville Church 300 High St., Newburyport
Organization: Newburyport Choral Society
The Newburyport Choral Society (NCS) is an educational, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to excellence in performance and to bringing outstanding choral music to the North Shore of Boston. Check out their concert December 12 & 13. This concert will feature music of many different composers from many different faith traditions and different cultural traditions. The highlights include Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies of the Southwest; Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata with brass ensemble; the Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus; and a varied Newburyport Choral Society Orchestra. To purchase tickets, visit their website

Intro to Genealogy
Date: Tuesday, December 22nd, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Computer Lab at Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main Street, Haverhill

Learn how to get started tracing your family history with the library’s “Introduction to Genealogy Part 2.” This class is designed for the beginning family researcher but all are welcome and can benefit from the information presented in the class. This is a demonstration style class using computers. Prior computer knowledge is required. This class will use walk through examples to demonstrate features of online resources. In order to take Part 2 patrons must have first taken Part 1. The library is not able to offer individual genealogical research assistance. Please register at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.

2nd Annual Holiday Skate
Date: Wednesday, December 23rd, 5:30 – 6:50 p.m.
Location: Pingree Rink, Hamilton
Organization: Boston Children’s Hospital
Dig out your old skates and bring the family to the Pingree Skating Rink! Come and skate for a great cause with Rick Middleton, a former hockey player from the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins. The event will be hosted by 7th grader, Griffin Bouchard, from Miles River Middle School. Enjoy an evening full of skating, raffles, and food with friends or family and help support Boston Children’s Hospital! A suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door.

Beverly’s New Year 2016
Date: Thursday, December 31st, 3 – 7 p.m.
Location: Cabot St, Downtown Beverly

It’s the North Shore's BEST Family-Friendly Celebration of the New Year. Beverly’s New Year Grand Procession is at 6 p.m. and Kids’ Countdown beach ball drop is at 6:45 p.m. Enjoy performances, magic, music, arts and crafts and more! Outdoor events are free, indoor performances require an admission button, children 2 and under are free.

Public Lectures at the MSC: Dr. Tarik Gouhier
Date: Tuesday, January 12th,  7 p.m.
Location: Northeastern University Marine Science Center, 430 Nahant Rd, Nahant
Organization: Northeastern University Marine Science Center
Check out MSC's free, family-friendly public lecture series in the Murphy Bunker Lecture Hall on select Tuesday evenings during the academic year. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Dr. Tarik Gouhier, Assistant Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University, will present his seminar "Collapse and recovery of coral ecosystems under global change."


The Mugford Street Players Present: Death of a Salesman
Date: November 19-29
Location: Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street, Marblehead
Organization: Mugford Street Players
To honor the Centennial Celebration of the birth of Arthur Miller, the Mugford Street Players are proud to present Miller’s masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, directed by John Fogle. First performed on Broadway in 1949, Death of a Salesman was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. The play has since been acknowledged as a milestone of the American theater. Nearly seventy years after its debut, the play is still constantly performed around the world and remains the most acutely contemporary of our classic American plays. Arthur Miller redefined the tragic hero in Willy Loman—the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine. Death of a Salesman compresses epic extremes of hope and anguish, promise and loss, within the unstable walls of a suburban American home. For tickets and more information please visit

Salem Theatre Presents Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Date: Thursdays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m. and Sundays 3 p.m. in the month of November
Location: 90 Lafayette Street, Salem             
Organization: Salem Theatre
Enjoy Salem Theatre’s final production in the black box on Lafayette Street, Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The theatre will be moving to a location in Shetland Park in the new year. One of William Shakespeare’s most beautiful, thoughtful, and sad tragedies, Hamlet tells the story of a young man who discovers and loses himself all at the same time as he seeks revenge for the murder of his father. Staged in the intimate black box space, the production asks audience members to truly take part in Hamlet’s tragic journey of self-discovery while unable to reconcile loss, love, anger and the dark corners of one’s mind. Tickets are $12-$25 online at and $15-$30 at the door.

Holiday Classics
Date: Tuesdays in December, 10 a.m. – noon
Location: Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main Street, Haverhill

Every Tuesday during the month of December, Haverhill Public Library will host a matinee movie; showing holiday classics. On Tuesday, December 01 at 10 a.m., the library will be screening “It's a Wonderful Life” (1946) starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. Check the calendar of events to see what films will be shown for the rest of the month, or call 978-373-1586 for specific titles. Reminder- All events at the Haverhill Public Library are free and open to the public. You do not need a library card to attend.
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

Track & Field
Date: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Gloucester High School

Gloucester High School will be offering Track & Field for special needs on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. They are also looking for volunteers to coach these athletes as well. For more information contact Shawn Williamson at

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. 

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
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 

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" 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 

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 

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: 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, 

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 

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

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: 
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 

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
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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