Happenings

Antique & Classic Boat Festival
Date: Saturday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 21st, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Tuner Street, Salem Ma

Come Down to the 34th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Salem. See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats. Meet skippers and crews and vote your favorite boats. Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones. There will be boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, steel drums, the Blessing of the Fleet and more! $5 donation and children under 12 are free. For more information please call 617-666-8530 or visit www.boatfestival.org

Swim & Fin
Date: Sunday, August 21st at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Forest River Park, 98 West Avenue, Salem
Organization: Salem Sound Coastwatch

Swim & Fin offers 500 meter, 1 mile and 5K races; all of which are for charity at a scenic park in historic Salem. Races are suitable for swimmers of all ages. The races start at 12:30 pm. Proceeds benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch, a nonprofit environmental organization working to make our coastal waters clean and safe. Registration is online at lightbox.reg.com. For detailed information, visit swimandfin.org. Swimmers must register by August 7 to get an event tee. Bring the family! There will be a lively DJ, music, food, a marine touch tank with sea creatures, loads of raffles and more. The City has waived admission to the park, which has spectacular water views, 2 beaches, a playground, restrooms, and a very famous concrete slide. Contact Susan at Salem Sound Coastwatch, at info@salemsound.org, or call 978-741-7900.

Summer Beginner Paddle
Date: Monday August 22nd at 5:30 p.m.
Location: 143 Country Road, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich River Watershed Association

This free paddling event on the Ipswich River is a relaxed, fun, and family-friendly paddle from the Ipswich River Watershed Association headquarters at Riverbend, right on the river in Ipswich. It is perfect for all ages and levels of paddling experience. You will have the opportunity to learn basic paddling skills, from the proper way to hold a kayak paddle to different ways to steer your canoe. You will then enjoy a leisurely evening paddle down the river and experience the beauty of the river’s wildness and maybe even encounter some of our resident wildlife, from beavers to turtles and the many birds who call the river home. We have a limited number of canoes and kayaks that may be used for free, but participants may also bring their own. Please let employees know if you need a boat and which type you prefer. Please plan on at least one hour of paddling. For information or to RSVP, please contact rsvp@ipswichriver.org or call 978-412-8200.

Accidentally On Purpose Comedy Improv Night at Marblehead Little Theatre
Date: Thursday, August 25th at 8 p.m.
Location: Marblehead Little Theatre

Accidentally on Purpose, the North Shore’s #1 Improv Troupe will be performing at The Marblehead Little Theatre on August 25th at 8PM. Their style is similar to “Who’s Line Is It Anyway”. You never know how the skits will turn out! Audience participation is key! Come be a part of this family friendly, zany and hilarious show. The AOP’ers will entertain you with classic games and add new twists to your favorite games. This show is sure to be a sellout, tickets are limited. Ticket prices are $15.00. Tickets may be purchased online at www.mltive.org or at the Arnold Gallery, 111 Washington Street.

YMCA Crane Beach Triathlon
Date: Friday, August 26th at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Crane Beach, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich YMCA

The 15th annual Y Triathlon is almost here! There will be a .5 mile ocean swim parallel to the beach, 2 mile run on sand, rocks, grass, pavement, and trails, as well as biking 9 miles on public roads. Volunteers are welcome. For a list of gear needed for the triathlon and to register, click here.

7th Annual “Ramble” On Salisbury Beach
Date: Saturday, August 27th 2 p.m.
Location: Salisbury Beach
Organization: Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund

Boston rockers the Adam Ezra Group (AEG) will present their 7th annual Ramble, a free festival on Salisbury Beach on Saturday, August 27th starting at 2:00 P.M. This year’s Ramble will support the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, an organization that helps families of service members post 9/11/2001. Ramblers will once again transform Salisbury Beach into a summer block party with two stages of live music featuring performances by the Adam Ezra Group and their invited guests San Lorenzo, Pesky J. Nixon, Frank Viele, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio, Haley Sabella, Marina Evans and Young Frontier. Non-profit organizations will set up in “Ramble Town”, where they will teach attendees how they can activate and give back in their communities throughout the year. “Ramble Town” will also include an artisan market, a cookie bake-off, and a raffle and silent auction with handmade items and services. This year, the Ramble is raising money to provide micro grants for families who have lost a service member in war. The public and sponsors are simply asked to give what they can. The day-long event begins with the Pre-Amble with beach yoga lead by Yoga Master and United States Navy Veteran Cheryl Hughes, as well as games and activities. The day culminates with fireworks at the end of the AEG concert and an after-party featuring more live music at The Upper Deck, a venue on the beach. For more information on the Ramble, visit www.GetRambled.com

Annual Armenian Food & Music Festival
Date: Sunday, August 28th from Noon – 5 p.m.
Location: American Legion Farm, 1314 Main Street, Haverhill
Organization: The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe

Come to the Annual Armenian Food and Music Festival! Music is provided by the Jason Naroian Ensemble. Menu includes Shish, Losh, & Chicken Kebab Dinners, Kheyma, Pastries, and Beverages. Also, there are raffles for cash prizes and gift certificates. The event will be air conditioned. Please bring your lawn chairs. For more information, call 978-372-9227.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bowl Painting to Support the Empty Bowl Dinner

Date: Saturday, September 10th from 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Ascension Church, Ipswich
Organization: Ipswich Lions Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“THE BLOCK” Fall Downtown Street Party
Date: Saturday, September 17th from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Cabot Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Main Streets
 
Join Beverly Main Streets at THE BLOCK, their downtown street party. One block of Cabot St will be closed so guests can walk around, meet up with friends and listen to live music. Food, beer and wine will be sold by local restaurants set up on the street in the middle of the festival. Live bands will perform all night! Suggested donation at the gate is $5 per adult. Cash only. Bring your MA ID if you plan to drink. Please note bags may be subject to inspection. No pets, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, hoverboards etc. For more information, please email info@beverlymainstreets.org.

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

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

Fall Frolic 5K & Fun Run
Date: Sunday, October 2nd, 9:30 a.m.
Location: Lynch Park, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Elementary Schools

Join in the fun for the Seventh Annual Fall Frolic 5K & Fun Run event set for Sunday, October 2nd. Part of the 2016 NERC road race series, this 5K race begins at 9:30 and will travel the traditional Beverly Homecoming route beginning and ending at Lynch Park, 55 Ober Street. The half-mile Kids Fun Run begins at 9 am and is open to all kids grade 5 and younger. Entry fees for the 5K before Sept. 20th are $20 (K-5th grade students are $15) and Family cap (4 max applications) is $60. After Sept. 21st fees are $25 for all individuals and family cap (4 max applications) increases to $80. $2 for the Fun Run. Not a runner? No problem – Come walk the route with a friend or push a stroller and have fun supporting Beverly Public Elementary Schools. (no dogs please) Register on-line at www.fallfrolic5K.com and visit the site for more information. Don’t delay - register today!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 Rockport @ Night
Date: Every Friday, May 27th – September 2nd, 4 – 8 p.m.
Location: Downtown Rockport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dick William Picnic Bench Fundraiser
Date: Ongoing
Please join us in raising money for a picnic bench and plaque in Dick William’ honor, of Dick and June’s Ice cream. The employees of Dick and June’s ice cream have started a go fund me page to help raise money in Dick William’s honor. For more information please visit, https://www.gofundme.com/2dvarcp4

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

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

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

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

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

DanversCARES
Date: Ongoing

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

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

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

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