Here's What's Happening

Up with People 

Date: Monday, August 18th - August 25th.
Location: Merrimack Valley
Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell

Up with People is a global education, service, and performing arts program that takes students from around the globe on a six-month, multi-continent tour. Students travel to a new destination each week and stay with host families for a true cultural experience and spend several days working on community service projects within their designated areas. Up with People will visit the Merrimack Valley to complete about 800 hours of community service and perform two shows at The Collins Center and entertain attendees at the Pig-n-Pepper Festival! For more information contact Chelsey Panchot at or call 218-355-0239.

The SS Wenham Pirate Party 
Date: Wednesday, August 20th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Calling all pirates for an afternoon of swashbuckling fun creating a signature jolly roger, balloon-sword fencing and defending your ship in an outdoor water battle! All ages are encouraged to attend; member child cost is $10, non-member child is $15, adult non-member is museum admission. For more information please visit

M&M P.M.
Date: Thursday, August 21st, 5 p.m.
Location: Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington Street, Marblehead

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

Coastal Windows & Exteriors No Roof Left Behind Program
Date: Application Deadline - Friday, August 22nd
Location: Essex County Area
Organization: Coastal Windows & Exteriors 

Coastal Windows & Exteriors No Roof Left Behind Program is giving away a FREE Roof to a family in need in the Essex County Area. If you or someone you know could use a helping hand and a free roof, contact Coastal Windows & Exteriors at 888-812-2783 or apply online at deadline is August 22nd! Coastal Windows & Exteriors are a local No Roof Left Behind Contractor. 

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

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

Suicide Prevention Sunset Cruise
Date: Saturday, August 23rd
Location: Captain Bill's Whale Watch, 24 Harbor Loop, Gloucester
Organization: Suicide Prevention of Veterans

Come enjoy a sunset cruise to benefit the prevention of suicide in veterans. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Music, refreshments, and a cash bar will be available. For tickets please call 978-879-6585 or 978-879-7562. Please see the event on Facebook which is sponsored by AMVETS Post 32, AMVETS Riders Chapter 32, AMVETS Sons 32, and AMVETS Ladies Auxilary Post 32.

Wenham Museum's 42nd Annual Family Festival and Craft Fair
Date: Saturday, August 23 (Rain Date: Sunday, August 24)
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Come experience one of the North Shore's finest craft fairs featuring the region’s best artisans offering unique hand-crafted items, children's activities, and the museum galleries. Bring your best-loved doll to the doll clinic for minor repairs, and commission a keepsake hand-cut silhouette portrait. Treat yourself to lunch at the award-winning Fat Belly BBQ Truck and see a demonstration by the Window Woman of New England. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 4.  $10/adults, $6/children ages 1+. Senior rates on Wednesdays. For more information visit ​

32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival
Date: Saturday, August 23rd, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 24th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Turner Street, Salem
Organization: Antique & Classic Boat Festival, Inc.

Vintage boats and live music are the order of the weekend at the Antique & Classic Boat Festival! Come and enjoy the harborside ambiance. Performing on deck are the new New Orleans Jazz Band, New Liberty Jazz Band Stellwagen, Dory Mates, Amy Spillert and Three Sheets to the Wind. Experience boating exhibits, artists, crafters, music, and a blessing of the fleet. There is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and children under 12 years old are admitted for free. Please see for a full schedule of events and more information. to enter your boat please call (617) 666-8530 or (978) 448-6757.

Children's Services Mentoring Celebration & Newcomer Night
Date: Monday, August 25th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square, Salem
Organization: Children's Friends & Family Services

Celebrate Mentoring with information sharing, mentoring awards, and light appetizers at the Hawthorne Hotel! Interested in mentoring? Come learn a little more about this exciting volunteer opportunity over light refreshments in historic Salem! All Mentors are encouraged to attend with at least one interested friend!

Suicide Awareness Danvers Community Access Television "For The Love Of"
Date: Sunday, August 30th
Location: DCAT Studios, Danvers
Organization: Seaside Angels

Tune in to a talk with Alicia Burns for suicide awareness and education. If you have questions to use in the discussion for Alicia please email them to The show will be taped August 22nd and will air on TV on the 30th.

Bread & Roses Festival
Date: Monday, September, 1st, 11:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Campagnone Common, 200 Common Street, Lawrence

The annual Bread and Roses Festival is the only true Labor Day celebration in the region, commemorating the Bread & Roses Strike of 1912. Now in its 30th, year, this family-friendly festival presents a lively multicultural show, kids activities, workshops, food, and more! Bring your kids for a day at the Kidz Zone with a juggler, face painting, pony Rides, Huge Bubble Blowing, and more! For more information, please email

Pontifical Maronite Mass
Date: Wednesday, September 3rd, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Ann's Parish, Gloucester

Bishop Gregory John Mansour will officiate at a Pontifical Maronite Mass for the living and deceased family members of the Lebanese American community. Reception follows in the Church Hall from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. For questions, email

25th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Date: Friday, September 5th, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Saturday, September 6th, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 7th, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hampton Beach, NH

Sample world famous seafood at New England's biggest beach party! A variety of 60 restaurants will be serving an abundance of seafood and much more! On Sunday afternon, don't miss the annual lobster roll eating competition or the "Twist & Shout" hula hoop contest for all ages! With hundreds of merchants with end of season side walk sales, over 80 arts & crafts vendors, rides, games, face painting, and entertainment, there is fun for the whole family all weekend long! Saturday night there will be a special anniversary "double" fireworks shoot at 8:15 p.m. following a sky diving extravaganza on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.! Don't miss out on the best beach party ever! Friday and Sunday costs $5 for adults and Saturday is $8, children under 12 years old are free! For more information visit

Scottish Fold Trio Cantrip
Date: Friday, September 5th, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport
Organization: Rockport Music

Come experience an infusion of modern sensibility to beloved Scottish folk tunes as well as original pieces by the Scottish Fold Trio! Orignially a quartet, the band quickly gained a following in Scotland and signed with the well-respected Foot Stompin' rcord label Silver. The band has just finished its fourth album and their performance at the Shalin Liu is the CD Release Party. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at

13th Annual Walk of Hope for ALS
Date: Saturday, September 6th, 9:00 a.m. registration, 11:00 a.m. walk
Location: Lake Quannapowitt, Wakefield
Organization: The Angel Fund

Come walk for those who no longer can! Register and walk to raise money to find a cure for ALS! Fundraise online, recruit family members and freinds, make a team and help save a life! Enjoy a walk around Wakefield Common then visit the refreshment tent and enjoy family activities after the walk around noon! For more information or to register visit or like The Angel Fund on Facebook!

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

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

4th Annual Coast to the Cure
Date: Saturday, September 6th
Location: Stage Fort Park, Gloucester
Organization: Neurofibromatosis Northeast

Come ride to benefit Neurofibromatosis Northeast! The Road Course begins and ends at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester and offers three routes of varying lengths: 24, 64, and 100 miles. The route winds through the picturesque North Shore, home to beautiful ocean views and quaint small towns. The Mountain Bike Ride takes place at the Beverly Commons/ Greenwood Forest in Beverly Farms with a course designed to meet requirements of all levels. Please call the Neurofibromatosis, Northeast Office for more information 781-272-9936 or visit

4th Annual Swampscott Arts and Craft Festival
Date: Saturday, September 6th 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 7th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Linscott Park, Monument Ave., Swampscott
Organization: Castleberry Fairs

The scenic oceanfront Linscott Park will come alive with color, flavor and music for the Swampscott Arts and Craft Festival. Over 75 Juried Craftsmen and women from all over New England will display and sell their American made arts, crafts, and specialty foods. There will be live musical entertainment each day and the fair is held rain or shine, and free both days! For more information, call 603-332-2616 or visit

Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin
Date: Saturday, September 6th and 7th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport
Organization: Rockport Music

A three-time Grammy Award winner, she has released more than 25 recordings covering a wide range of styles, genres and composers. Isbin's music has ranged from Baroque to Spanish/Latin to crossover jazz. The evening includes an Artist Meet and Greet Reception following the concert. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased at

Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K Walk/Run
Date: Sunday, September 7, 8:00 a.m.
Location: Harrington Elementary School, 120 Richardson Rd., Chelmsford
Organization: Free to Breathe

Register, raise funds, and run or walk – that’s all it takes to be a hero in the eyes of a person facing lung cancer. Join hundreds of community members as they gather for a day of impact at the 5th Annual Chelmsford Free to Breathe Run/Walk September 7 at Harrington Elementary School in Chelmsford. The inspirational event will feature a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile walk, a Kids’ Dash and a silent auction. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring surviving lung cancer is the expectation, not the exception. Help us double lung cancer survival by 2022! To register and begin fundraising, visit

7th Annual Lebanese American Picnic
Date: Sunday, September 7th, 11:00 a.m.
Location: Stage Fort Park, across from Cupboard Restaurant, Gloucester

Come to the beautiful sea-side Stage Fort Park for an afternoon of music, dancing, games for kids, and fun for all! The event is free for all who attend. For questions to more information, please email

Cultural Event
Date: September 11, 6-8 p.m.
Location: St. John Lutheran Church, Peabody
Organization: Lutheran World Relief

Nicole Hark, Lutheran World Relief representative, will give a presentation of her experiences, refugee work and the “scene on the ground” in Syria, Egypt and Africa. Come and hear her first-hand experiences and stories and view her picture presentation. Admission is free, enjoy refreshments. For more information email or call 978-778-4480.

Lutheran World Relief Representative Talk
Date: Thursday, September 11th, 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. John Lutheran Church, 32 Ellsworth Road, Peabody
Organization: St. John Lutheran Church

Nicole Hark, Lutheran World Relief representative will give a presentation of her experiences, refuge work, and the "scene on the ground" in Syria, Egypt, and Africa. Come and hear her first-hand experiences and stories and view her picture presentation. Refreshments will be available at 6:00 p.m. prior to the 7:00 presentation with a discussion to follow at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free for all. For more information visit or call 978-778-4480.

Cape Ann Kids' PMC Bike Ride
Date: Saturday, September 13th, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: O'Maley Middle School, 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester
Organization: Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Ride your bike to raise funds to battle cancer one mile at a time! Register your child online for the PMC Bike Ride and they will have their own fundraising page! There is a $25 fundraising minimum for those who participate and all donations go directly to the Jimmy Fund! Pick from three routes: Minnow for ages 2-6 years old, Stripper, a 1.4 mile round trip, and Shark's Tooth, for kids 12-15, an 8 mile round trip. Those who wish more of a challenge can increase their mileage by looping the chosen route as many times as they'd like! There will be a Post Ride Party for all participants with fun activities, refreshments, awards, raffles, music and more! This event is for kids ages 2- 15 years old. Registration is $15 and can be completed by contacting Pat Morris at 978-815-2170 or by email at

The Fund for Autistic Children
Date: Saturday, September 13th, 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Location: Montvale Plaza, Stoneham
Organization: The Fund for Autistic Children, Inc.

Enjoy a night with the incredible Joey Voices at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham to benefit Autism research, education, housing and recreation. A full buffet dinner will be served. There will be raffles and prizes as well as a full show with this master impressionist. Tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds to towards the cause. call 781-492-3380 for tickets and more information. 

10th Annual North Shore Stepping Out To Cure Scleroderma Walk
Date: Sunday, September 14th, Registration at 10:00 a.m., Walk at 12:00 p.m.
Location: The Proctor School, 60 Main St., Topsfield, Massachusetts
Organization: SNFE

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

Boxford Apple Festival
Date: Saturday, September 20th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Rain Date: September 22nd)
Location: Elm Street, Boxford
Organization: Boxford Historical Society

This year's Apple Festival offers food, craft venders and all kinds of working exhibits! The festival will festure booths of local crafters, 1760 Holyoke-Frensh House tours, apple favorites, food, and music. Venders from around New England sell their handcrafted wares. Lunch, snacks and dessert are available throught the Boxford Historical Society. For more information call 978-887-5078.

Downtown Gloucester Block Party
Date: Saturday, September 20th, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Main Street, Gloucester
Organiaztion: Cape Ann Business Incubator

Main Street will be transformed into an entertainment mall with live performances on five stages, al fresco dining offered by Main Street restaurants, stores open for shopping plus a vendor area and Kids' Town to keep youngsters amused. The Block party is free with many events and a variety of entertainment. Performers who wish to join may contact; merchants and those who would like a display area:; sponsor contacts: kirstin@sparx3 or; food vendors, volunteers, publicity and all other concerns:

Windrush Farm celebrates 50th Anniversary
Date: Saturday, September 20th, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: Windrush Farm, North Andover and Boxford
Organization: Windrush Farm
Come celebrate the farm’s 50th Anniversary, a special Golden Jubilee event, under the tents at the Windrush Farm! The celebration will include cocktails, appetizers, dinner, dancing, awards, and raffles. Windrush Farm annually provides educational services and therapeutic activities to more than 2,150 children, adults, and their families including veterans and victims of human trafficking, with the help of around 500 volunteers. Windrush also hosts the Special Olympics every year. For ticket information please visit

Windrush Farm Birthday Celebration
Date: Sunday, September 21st, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Windrush Farm, North Andover and Boxford
Organization: Windrush Farm
Come celebrate Windrush Farm’s birthday! Families and friends are invited to the farm for hay rides, live music, food, a $1,000 cash raffle, a construction equipment playground, meet and greet with marathon team Dick & Rick Hoyt, a petting zoo and more! Admission is $20 per car. Visit for more details.

Joan Osborne
Date: Thursday, September 25th, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport
Organization: Rockport Music

Come see singer-songwriter Joan Osborne perform songs from her latest release, Love and Hate, which combines her folk and jazz influences with her tremendous songwriting. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased at

Chicago with Pre-Show Reception to Benefit NSCAP
Date: Friday, September 26th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly
Organization: North Shore Community Action Programs

See the hit musical Chicago with a special pre-show reception and help NSCAP prevent homelessness! Tickets include the coctail reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. and the 8:00 p.m. performance of Chicago. The respection will feature a light dinner, cash bar, raffles, and a chance auction. Early bird tickets are priced at $60 while regular price is $65 while they last! Reception only tickets are available for $25. Please visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

NILP Presents the B Street Bombers Fundraising Music Event
Date: Friday, September 26th, 7:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Location: Wyndham Boston-Andover Hotel, 123 Old River Road, Andover
Organization: Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc.

The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. presents The B Street Bombers, high energy music in support of all people with disabilities! There is a limited number of tickets priced at $35 each including a buffet dinner. Tables, business sponsorships, and advertisements in teh program book are available. Contact Kevin Ferrell at 978-687-4288 or email him at for questions or more information. Checks can be made payable to NILP, 20 Ballard Road, Lawrence MA, or use PayPal at NILP is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities in Northeastern Massachusetts since 1980. 

Forty Steps Dance 2014 Fundraiser Gala
Date: Saturday, September 27th
Location: Cary Street Club, Nahant
Organization: Forty Steps Dance

Come for a night of fun at the Cary Street Club in Nahant. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be catered by Palmers Restaurant & Tavern and there will also be a silent auction, live music, and dancing! Meet and mingle with the dancers and support Forty Steps Dance, a not-for-profit modern dance troupe. Advance tickets are on sale now at $50 per person or $90 per couple. For tickets and information visit or contact Sallee Slagle at 617-599-1476.

American Music and Harvest Festival
Date: Saturday, September 27th - Sunday, September 28th, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury
Organization: Newburyport Education Foundation

Enjoy two days of music, baseball, and farm activities featuring four centuries of American music. Featuring musicians from across the country, this festival celebrates everything from tavern songs of the seventeeth century to bluegrass, funk, folk, and beyond. Enjoy a variety of farm activities during the festival: Watch Vintage Base Ball played by the 1861 rules. See tractors and other farm equipment spanning the last eighty years. Try your hand and win prizes at a corn husking bee. Learn how simple machines help farmers pump water, press cider, and prepare food. There is so much going on all weekend, you won't want to miss any of it! Please call 978-462-2634 for mroe information!

Date: Saturday, September 27th, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport
Organization: Rockport Music

Folk singer, Melanie, performs for the first time at the Shalin Liu Performance Center! Known for her surprise starring role at Woodstock and her subsequent #1 hit "Brand New Key," Melanie has remained an iconic voice for that generation. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased at

Marine Science Center's Annual Open House
Date: Saturday, October 4th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: East Point and 430 Nahant Rd, Nahant
Organization: MSC

Come see exhibits and demonstrations related to local marine life and research going on at the MSC! Learn about the local efforts to protect our local environments. Tours around East Point and parts of the Science Center will be offered. Save the date and visit for more information about the family friendly event.

The Block Downtown Street Parties
Date: Saturday, October 4th, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Cabot Street, Beverly

Join Beverly Main Streets on THE BLOCK, their downtown street parties. One block of Cabot Street will be closed so guests can walk around, meet up with friends, and listen to live music. Food, beer, and wine will be sold by local restaurants set up on the street in the middle of the festival. Three local bands will perform at each block party! There is a suggested donation at the gate of $5 per adult. Cash only, no pets, IDs needed for drinks. For more information or for questions, please call Beverly Main Streets at 978-922-8558 or visit

27th Annual Care Dimensions Walk for Hospice
Date: Sunday, October 5th, 9:00 a.m.
Location: St. John's Prep, 72 Spring Street, Danvers
Organization: Care Dimensions (formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston)

Come walk for the 27th Annual Walk for Hospice benefitting Care Dimensions! Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine! People of all ages are welcome to participate and are encouraged to form walking teams in memory or in honor of a loved one. To establish a team or obtain a sponsor form, call the Walk Office at 978-223-9787 or visit 

Fall Frolic 5K & Fun Run
Date: Sunday, October 5th, 9:00 a.m.
Location: Lynch Park, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Public Elementary Schools

Join in on the fun fr the Fifth Annual Fall Frolic 5K & Fun Run event! Part of the 2014 NERC road race series, this 5K race begins at 9:30 a.m. 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 9:00 a.m. and is open to all kids grade 5 and younger. Entry fees for the 5K before September 22nd are $20, K-5th grade students are $15. After that, all fees are $25 for everyone. Not a runner? No problem! Come walk the route with a friend or push a stroller and have fun supporting Beverly Public Elementary Schools. Register online at and visit the site for more information. Don't delay, register today!

Life Line Health Screening
Date: Thursday, October 9th
Location: Tyrian Ashler Acacia Masonic Lodge, 27 Eastern Ave, Gloucester
Organization: Community

Do you need a multiple stage test to expose health risks such as heart attack or stroke? Screenings of such health risks are being offered at the Tyrian Ashler Acacia Masonic Lodge. Blood testing is also available to expose high cholesterol or diabetus. Call 1-800-897-9177 for information or to schedule an appointment.

DDS Presents Diverse-Ability Fair
Date: Friday, October 17th, 9:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Cummings Center, 181 Elliott Street, Conference Room #221, Beverly
Organization: North Shore DDS

You are cordially invited to participate in the Diverse-Ability Fair! The Fair is a reverse employment event highlighting diversity in the workforce. It is all about connecting employers and differently-abled employees to the workforce. Meet an untapped, hardworking, and skilled employment pool, learn about tax benefits, all with on the job training and support provided at no cost to your company! Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by October 15th by contacting Millie Santana via email at or by telephone at 978-927-2727x103.

Rockport Harvest Festival
Date: Saturday, October 18th, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Rockport
Organization: WOCA Fair

The annual Rockport HarvestFest celebration features the best of the season in a quintessential coastal New England setting, offering live music, great food, and plenty of activities for families. New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport's historic corking wharves to celebrate the best of local food, fresh seafood, pastries, cider doughnuts, and more! Cooking demonstrations will take palce throughout the day, the highlight of which is the Seafood Throwdown, a competition-style showcase between two chefs, demonstrating the versatility of coastal New England's most significant harvest, fish. There will be live bluegrass, jazz, folk and Celtic music along with the annual Scarecrow Stroll, where artistic, creative, and generally facinating scarecrows can be found throughout downtown. For general inquiries, please email 

Solar Energy Harvest Festival
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd, 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Rain Date: October 23rd)
Location: Behind the Beverly High School, corner of Tozer and Sohier Roads
Organization: Greenergy Park

Help celebrate 30 years of solar power at Greenergy Park! Meet the plumbers who installed the solar system at the White House, tour America's first commercial sized solar electric system, hear presentations by home energy experts, and listen to music by Salem Jazz All Stars. Enjoy local food, gifts, and produce. Beverly Cycles workshop will be selling new and used bikes and offering tune-ups for $15. Admission for the Festival is free and donations will be accepted. For more information, call 617-335-2706 or visit

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

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

Holiday Craft Market
Date: Saturday, November 15th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Centerville Elementary School, 17 Hull Street, Beverly

The 5th Annual Holiday Craft Market is back by popular demand! There is something for everyone on your holiday shopping list with plenty of one-of-a-kind gifts. You'll find some of the area's coolest artists and craft makers selling their fun and funky handmade creations. From jewelry to home decor to accessories, you'll find something neat for everyone on your list, even yourself! Contact for more information!

Newburyport Holiday Farmer's Market
Date: Sunday, November 16th, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Tannery, Newburyport
Organization: Local Communities

Get your locally grown, fresh fruits and veggies, free range meats, milk, yogurt, butter, and more! Just in time for your holiday cooking! For more information call 978-457-6644.

Wenham Museum's Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair
Date: Friday, November 21st - Saturday, November 22nd, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Shop the Wenham Museum's Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair for one-of-a-kind gifts hand crafted by the North Shore's finest artisans! Start your holiday shopping early while supporting local artisans and the museum. The generous artisans donate portions of their proceeds to the museum. For more information please call 978-468-2377.

11th Annual Holiday Marketplace Event
Date: Saturday, November 22nd
Location: Americal Cvic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield
Organization: Christopher P. Dunne Foundation

Come experience vendors and shoppers to benefit the Christopher P. Dunne Foundation which works to help young adults with disabilities. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Marketplace, pelase email See you there!


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

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

The Art of the Artifact: Art Inspired by the Wenham Museum Collection 
Date: Open through August 24
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

What happens when the toys, textiles, and trends of yesteryear inspire today’s artists? Come and find out at the Wenham Museum! Nine New England artists have taken a close look at the huge collection of vintage and antique toys and other artifacts at the museum and have been inspired to create bright, brilliant (and sometimes very funny) new art! Kids and adults will be inspired to make their own art right in the gallery and climb into a life–size version of a toy Rocket Racer that inspired one of the paintings. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 4.  $10/adults, $6/children ages 1+. Senior rates on Wednesdays. For more information visit ​

Fill the Cart Personal Care Item Drive at Beverly Bootstraps
Date: August 1 - August 31
Location: Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop, 198 Rantoul Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry

The 6th annual Fill the Cart, Fill the Window, Fill the Belly drive for Beverly Bootstraps is happening all August. Please donate personal care items to help fill the shopping cart in the Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop window. The goal is to fill the cart, then fill the entire window with donations to be used at the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry. Suggested items include toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, soap, size 4-6 diapers, deodorant, toilet paper and laundry detergent. Donations should be brought to the Thrift Shop at 198 Rantoul Street during their regular business hours during August.

Fill the Cart Personal Care Items Drive
Date: Month of August
Location: Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop, 198 Rantoul Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry

The 6th Annual Fill the Cart, Fill the Window, Fill the Belly drive for Beverly Bootstraps is happening all August! Please donate personal care items to help fill the shopping cart in the Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop window. The goal is to fill the cart, then fill the entire window with donations to be used at Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry. Suggested items include toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, size 4-6 diapers, deoderant, toilet paper, and laundry detergent. Donations should be brought to the Thrift Shop during their regular business hours in the month of August.

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

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

"Flowers" Art Exhibit
Date: July 17 through October 15 - Open Daily 10am-5pm
Location: Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA 02067
Organization: Mass Audubon 

Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the juried art exhibit “Flowers”. In this show, flowers are brought to life with delicate appreciation, elegant simplicity, vivid rhythm and graceful textures. Experience the distinctive qualities as revealed from the inspired visions of twelve artists through a variety of mediums. As a special tribute, the Gallery will also highlight the artwork of Jim Tupper, a juried artist and photographer, 1959-2014, from his “Collection of Flowers” photography. The exhibit will run through October 15, 2014. The Gallery is open daily 10 AM – 4 PM. Moose Hill Sanctuary is located at 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA. Please visit our website or call 781-784-5691 for details.

Recycle for Rover
Date: Sundays, June - August, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA
Organization: Cape Ann Animal Aid's

Save your redeemable cans and bottles this summer and bring them to Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter to raise funds for the Animal Transportation Fund. Rinsed redeemables can be dropped off at 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester every Sunday, June through August, between 12pm and 3pm. For more information, visit or call 978-283-6055.

Free Comedy Show
Date: Every Saturday night, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Splash Salisbury, 3 Broadway, Salisbury
Organization: Community Entertainment

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

Gloucester Movie Nights
Date: Every Wednesday Night from July 9th - August 27th, at sunset
Location: 65 Roger Street, Gloucester

Join us for a movie night every week in Gloucester! Take a break from your week, bring your family and friends and come see classic movies for free on the harbor! Be sure to bring chairs, blankets, and anything to make yourself comfortable to see movies like The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and more! Food will be available to purchase starting at 6:00 p.m. and the movies begin at sunset. For more information, visit 

Dee's Back-to-School Backpack Challenge
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Single Source Marketing & Beverly Bootstraps

 In 2008, my son Ben and I started a project to buy and stuff 30 backpacks that we donated to the amazing nonprofit, Beverly Bootstraps who then found the kids in need to receive the backpacks. Since then, we have donated over 650 backpacks. Between bulk buying, shopping deals and working with Costco and Target to give us substantial discounts and donations, we have managed to keep the cost of a filled backpack right around $35. So please accept my challenge: For every $35 you send, Single Source will match it. Our goal this year is to provide at least 200 backpacks to kids in need. Please make checks out to Single Source Marketing and send to PO Box 29, Danvers, MA 01923.
 For just $35 you are helping a child on so many levels, giving them tools necessary to succeed, improving their self-esteem and quite, possibly, fueling a life-long love of learning. 

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

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

Pick-Your-Own-Flowers at the Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden
Date: Fridays & Saturdays, 10:00am - 5:00pm, July 18 - September 27
Location: The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden, 137 Andover Street, North Andover, MA  
Organization: Trustees of Reservations

The Cutting Garden at The Stevens-Coolidge Place, a property of The Trustees of Reservations in North Andover, opens for its third season on Friday, July 18. The public is invited to pick flowers in this garden on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. In addition to pick-your-own standards like zinnias, dahlias and rudbeckia, visitors will find new varieties to add pop and flair to their bouquets. The garden is fun for all ages and there is always something new to learn! For inspiration, explore the beautifully maintained landscape and gardens of The Stevens Coolidge Place including the Perennial Garden, Rose Garden, and Potager, or “French Vegetable” Garden planted with flowers, herbs, and fruit as well as many beautiful vegetables. And, don’t forget to greet the Belted Galloway Cows moo-ving in July to the field behind the historic Main House. Admission to the property is FREE and visitors are welcome to enjoy all the gardens on the property year-round, 8am to sunset. Please note there is a fee to cut flowers and picking is only available at the Cutting Garden during PYO hours. 
Adult-size bouquets are $10 and child-size are $5. Be sure to stop by the tent to pick-up your scissors, cup and water before starting your bouquet. For more information about the The Stevens-Coolidge Place and The Cutting Garden call: 978.682.3580, e-mail:, or visit:

Dyer Library/ Saco Museum Events
Date: Ongoing
Location: Dyer Library and Saco Museum, Saco, Maine
Organization: Dyer Library/ Saco Museum

Dyer Library and Saco Musuem have many events coming up throughout the summer. This includes exhibitions like At Home in the Victorian Era, displaying the 18th century Victorian obsession with the material world and extravagant clutter. Nature Artist, Royce W. Stevens will have artwork displayed at the Dyer Community Gallery for the entire month of July. Programs such as the Fizz, Boom, Read: Youth Summer Reading Program, Watercolor Classes with Judith Kinsman, as well as book clubs and crafting groups are open and ready for attendees! Sign up for your group or exhibit today! The Dyer Library is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, Museum hours and rates, and events, please visit

Freedom from Smoking - Quit Smoking for Life!
Date: Ongoing starting April 14th, 5:00 p.m.
Location: Kariotis Conference Room, 3 West, 41 Mall Road, Peabody

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

Pick-Your-Own Flowers at The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden
Date: Opens Friday, July 18th, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., every Friday and Saturday until September 27th
Location: The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden, 137 Andover Street, North Andover
Organization: The Trustees of Reservations

The public is invited to choose from zinnias, dahlias, and rubeckia, and many more flowers to pick and take home! Learn abut the flowers you pick! Explore the beautifully maintained landscape and gardens at the Perennial Garden, Rose Garden, and Potager or the "French Vegetable" Garden planted with flowers, herbs, and fruit as well as many beautiful vegetables. Admission is free and visitors are welcome to the property year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset! Adult-size bouquets are $10 and child-size are $5. For more information call 978.682.3580, e-mail, or visit

17th Century Saturdays Exhibit 
Date: June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6 and October 4, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Tour the museum’s 17th century house and discover how people lived, worked, dressed and played in New England for three centuries. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 4.  $10/adults, $6/children ages 1+. Senior rates on Wednesdays. For more information visit

"Look Good... Feel Better" Program at Lahey Hospital and Lahey Medical Center
Date: Every Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington and Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Dr., Peabody

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

Our Amazing Brains: How We Learn Our Whole Lives Through Exhibit Family Discovery Gallery
Date: June 24 – September 28
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

Learn how the different parts of our brains develop to perform all their important functions. Discover games, puzzles and activities to keep our brains healthy and growing from early childhood until our elder years. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 4.  $10/adults, $6/children ages 1+. Senior rates on Wednesdays. For more information visit ​

Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days: Summer Fashions Exhibit 
Date: Open through September 14
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham
Organization: Wenham Museum

To celebrate the arrival of summer (at last) we have chosen a selection of summer fashions spanning over a century. From delicate sprigged muslins to funky jumpsuits, skorts and summery shoes, we'll explore how summer wear has changed over the years.  And -- a new feature for our fashion and textile gallery -- we are including doll clothes, many of which have never been on display before! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 4.  $10/adults, $6/children ages 1+. Senior rates on Wednesdays. For more information visit ​

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

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

Date: Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cranney Cares for the Community Campaign Celebrates Three Years of Giving
Date: Ongoing

January 15, 2014 – Cranney Home Services is celebrating three years of donating $1,000 per month to local non-profit organizations nominated by residents of the North Shore and surrounding areas. The only requirement is that the charity has 503-C IRS status. Please visit to nominate the charity of your choice. A random drawing will occur on the last day of each month. Winners will be announced on the company’s Web site, their Facebook page, in their newsletter and in local news publications. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Membership Drive
Date: Ongoing
Location: Auditorium Hall, Holy Family Church, Bessom St, Lynn

Order of the Sons of Italy The Order of the Sons of Italy in America/Santa Famiglia Lodge #2834 located in Lynn is currently conducting a membership drive. Its missions include: encouraging the study of Italian language/culture in American schools and universities; preserving Italian American traditions, culture, history and heritage; promoting closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy. OSIA/Santa Famiglia #2834 is for people of any gender, age, religion and profession. You don't even have to be Italian to join! Whether you are of Italian heritage or simply have a love for things Italian, OSIA welcomes you as a member. If you are interested in helping out not only the Sons of Italy in America but also your local community as well, please contact Frank R. Iacono, Financial Secretary, Santa Famiglia Lodge #2834 at 857-333-4281 and leave your name and message. AVANTI/Come in one and all! 

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

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

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

BNI Lighthouse Meetings
Date: Fridays, 7 - 8:30 am

The Lighthouse chapter of BNI meets weekly at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester. Meetings are held Friday from 7:00 to 8:30 am, and visitors are welcome. For information or a reservation to attend, please call Lindsay Thompson at 978.281.3939.

Family Promise North Shore
Date: Ongoing

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

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

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

The Next Step Forward (a part of Renewed Hope Project) is a free interactive & educational support group for families, friends, and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics. This group meets every week on Thursday evenings at the Beverly Church of the Nazarene. Those who run the group are focused on giving you the information needed to make your own decisions on where you are in your crisis at the time. The meetings are free and you will find many peers, learning to deal with similar issues related to a loved ones addiction.
For more information, please call 978-522-4310 or
Free & Confidential Business Counseling
Date: 2nd Tuesday of Every Month
Location: Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce

The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce now offers FREE and Confidential small business counseling on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to help you raise capital, start or grow your business, here in Massachusetts. Appointments in Peabody with a representative from the Small Business Development Center at Salem State College are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis between 9 AM and 1:30 PM.
Call 978-531-0384 today to schedule yours!
Peabody Rotary Meetings/Book Sale
Date: Every Thursday morning - 7:30 a.m.
Locatoin: Red's Kitchen and Tavern, Route 1 Northbound in Peabody

Peabody Rotary meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m.. Currently, they are selling the Entertainment Books for $30 each. These books contain coupons for local and national restaurants, entertainment venues, retail stores, and much more. The purchaser will save more than the $30 cost. The proceeds benefit the Rotary who in turn helps out the community in many ways. For information about Peabody Rotary, go to or for membership information, contact Membership Chair Martha Holden at
Free Small Business Counseling
Date: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
Location: 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester
Organization: Cape Ann Chamber

Free small business counseling is offered at the Cape Ann Chamber's 33 Commercial Street office in Gloucester on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  Anyone who is considering starting a business or has questions about an aspect of their current business is invited to make an appointment to meet with a representative from the Small Business Development Center of Salem State College at the chamber office.  This is the twenty-fourth year that the Chamber has offered this service to area firms and prospective new business owners; and over 7,400 business-people have taken advantage of this service. 
Call the Chamber office at 978-283-1601 or email for an appointment.    
Free Hypnotherapy Smoking Cessation
Date: Ongoing
Location: Salem Hospital
Organization: Salem Hospital

Salem Hospital is offering free smoking cessation treatment using a combination of hypnosis and “the patch” to qualified candidates.  To find out if you’re eligible to participate, or to learn more about HYPQUIT, call study coordinator Joanne Rowley, MS, RN-CS at 978-745-4391 ext. 247.

Fellowship Soup
Date: Every Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., Gloucester
The Gloucester United Methodist Church invites you to join them every Saturday for their community outreach program, Fellowship Soup. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fellowship Soup gives you the opportunity to share a free meal and enjoy the company of others in the community.
Call 978-281-1040 or email for more information.
Y for All
Location: Any YMCA

The YMCA believes the all kids deserve a chance to learn, discover, and succeed. With your help, the YMCA is doing just that, helping those who truly need and deserve the community's support. The Y For All campaign raises money for children and families who are in need of YMCA programs and services, but are unable to afford them. Such services include childcare, early learning education, youth and teen programming, unemployment relief and affordable housing. By donating, the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.
For more information, visit or call 978-927-6855.

Go Green
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Change is Simple

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

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