North Shore news in brief | Community

North Shore news in brief | Community

Patton Homestead presents ‘Avatar’ 

On Friday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m.,  Moonlight Movies, hosted by the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department, presents “Avatar: The Way of Water,” at the historic Patton Homestead, 650 Asbury St., Hamilton.  Admission is free and all are welcome to gather on the lawn at this historic property at day’s end. Bring lawn seating, pack a picnic, or buy one from on-site vendor before the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Additional movies will be screened on fourth Fridays, July 28, and Aug. 25th. Poor weather cancels; updates 24 hours prior at: @pattonhomestead + Parking is off-street and assisted by police. Beer, wine also available. Dogs on leash are welcome.  Please note the Patton Homestead is also open to the public from dawn to dusk daily. 

Free Salem Trolley back for residenys

the City of Salem is once again offering residents  free rides on the Salem Trolley now through Sept. 30. Proof of residency/ resident tickets are available at the Salem Trolley office, 8 Central St. The Trolley runs seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and its route includes much of downtown Salem and also the Salem Willows, with regular stops along the way.  The complete route map, visit” Seating is based on the availability and passengers will not be allowed to disembark and then get back onto the Trolley.

Movie Matinee at Abbot Library 

On Saturday, June 17 at 1 p.m., join Abbot Public Library’s Midday Movie Matinee in the program room of the Elveleth School, 3 Brook Road, Marblehead. This film is for adults and is adapted from a popular on a New York Times bestseller. Registration is required at:–where you can also see the title of the film. Questions? Call 781-631-148 

Marblehead Museum Garden Open House

On Saturday, June 17, the Marblehead Museum will host a Garden Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 17 Crowninshield Rd. – a private, magnificently-restored early 20th-Century Rose Garden on Peach’s Point, Marblehead. This is the home of Brian and Nancy McCarthy, who spent years recreating the multi-acre garden working with Landscape Architect Doug Jones and gardener Rick Elder. The estate known as Seaside Farm, was built in the early 20th century by Francis Boardman Crowninshield and Louise DuPont Crowninshield. Stroll among the roses, statues, and luscious plantings while taking in amazing ocean views. Advance tickets are required at:, and sales directly support the educational and preservation mission of Marblehead Museum, a private, non-profit: Tickets are: $20 Museum Members; $30 General Public.

Bird House Workshop at library

The Peabody Institute Library, West Branch, 603 Lowell St., Peabody, is hosting a free workshop on June 29, at  2 p.m.,  in the Community Room. Open to all, each participant will decorate their own birdhouse with unique wood-burned designs! Registration is required, as space is limited. For more information, please call the West Branch Library at 978-535-3354, visit us online, or stop by in person at the Public Service Desk.

Adult Summer Reading Bingo

The Peabody Institute Library’s adult summer bingo is back, from July 1 through Aug. 31. Pick up a Bingo sheet, and once completed, you’ll be entered to win a raffle prize. You must be 18 years of age or older, and there is a limit of 3 entries per person per library. Winners will be contacted Sept.  4th. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 978-535-3354, visit us online, or stop by in person at the Public Service Desk.

Pride month at Peabody Institute Library, Peabody 

The Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, has some great new activities in store for you as we celebrate Pride Month. Check out the schedule below, and watch for more up and coming listing. Questions? Check the online calendar for dates and registration links at:, or call 978-531-0100 ext. 17.

First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Adult crafting — Learn new art forms and DIY crafts on second floor of the library. Bring your own crafts or use the library’s. Registration helpful but not required. 

Monday, June 12,  6:30 p.m., Make a Wrapped Macrame Rainbow Keychain  — Crafty librarian Gabi will teach you all the basics of macrame techniques to make a Rainbow keychain.  All supplies included. Please register as space is limited.

Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 p.m.,  Pride Trivia Night with the Beverly Library —  at Peabody Library at 82 Main St. A fun, casual, and both old and new! Are you up to the challenge? For teens and adults, snacks included! Participants are welcome to bring a team, 

June 1 through 30, Interactive Book Display of the history of LGBTQ+ culture — on the first and second floors. The history of LGBTQ+ starting with the events that led up to the  first Pride festival. Stay tuned to our social media and newsletters to see the online version, coming soon!

Ipswich offers free Preventative Dental Care

After a three year hiatus due to Covid 19,  Ipswich Public Health Department will bring back the preventative dental care program, ‘Polished,’ for residents. on Tuesday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Hall, Room C, 25 Green St. Dental screenings, cleanings, sealants, and fluoride will be available for residents of all ages, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call or text Polished Founder Ellen Gould, RDH, at 508-237-5378 or by e-mail at [email protected]. To learn more about Polished, visit

Moms’ Support Group 

This Moms Support Group at Recovery Centers of America is specifically designed for moms who have children who are either actively struggling with addiction or have found recovery. Discussions will cover topics such as establishing healthy boundaries and being a supportive ally for children, while also taking care of our own well-being. This support group is a safe space for mothers, providing a sense of community and understanding among those who share similar experiences. By joining, you can find solace in the healing journey towards recovery. The group, which is free to the public, meets every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon at Recovery Centers of America at Danvers, 75 Lindall Street in Danvers.

Merry-time Fest set for Aug. 19

Salem Maritimes will hold a  Salem Merry-time Fest from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Street. Free to the public, this one-day festival marks a return of the park’s annual summer event after a prolonged hiatus due to COVID-19. This year, the fest will feature a wide range of entertainment, including musicians, magic, visiting vessels, hands-on activities, and — for the first time — the “Great Salem Maritime Cardboard Boat Regatta, with teams of two building homemade cardboard boats to launch from Derby Beach. Stay up-to-date and learn more about how to participate in this year’s event at

Saturday cartoons at West Branch 

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, the Peabody West Branch Library, 603 Lowell St. in Peabody screens Saturday Morning Cartoons in the Community Room. Snacks are provided. Registration is required, as space is limited. Free to the public. For more information, please call the West Branch Library at 978-535-3354 or stop by in person at the Public Service Desk.

Tick prevention tips available 

The Town of Ipswich reminds residents of important safety tips to avoid mosquito and tick bites. Serious viruses including West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are also spread by mosquitoes in rare instances. Tips from the CDC to limit exposure of tick and mosquito bites includes utilize insect repellents  registered with the EPA with active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol. But never use products that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children under 3 years old. Never apply insect repellent on a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, cuts, or irritated skin. For a complete list of dos and don’ts and CDC approved advice, visit:

Abbot Public Library highlights

Abbot Public Library is now open at the Eveleth School interim space at 3 Brook Road, Marblehead. Hours are: Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday: noon – 6 p.m., Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.,  Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 p.m., Sunday: Closed. Returns are accepted in the blue Library return bin near the Main Desk. The library is currently unable to accept donations. For updates on the renovations, visit Questions? Call 781-631-1481, or visit:

Adult programs: 

Mondays, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., IRS sponsored Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program – Call the 781-631-1481 to add your name to the waitlist. You need your last year’s tax returns and 2022 paperwork. Questions? Visit

Mondays, Drop-in 2:30 – 4 p.m. Open Tech Lab – in Reference Room, Abbot Public Library at Eveleth School. Every Monday, join a staff member for one-on-one help.   

Mondays, 6:30 p.m., new series with Marblehead League of Women Voters – how Marblehead Town Government works; a hybrid program, requires registration for in person or via Zoom at:

Wednesday, June 14, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Literary Agent Doug Grad Shares Book Publishing Tips- in the Program Room, at Eveleth School Registration Required at:

At the Salem Athenaeum

The Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.,  Salem, holds regular programs, group meetings and events.  Some are in person, some are continuing to meet online. Groups are open to everyone, and offer a full range of interesting topics. Check out the schedule below and for more information, visit the links listed at: Questions?  978.744.2540.  For Athenaeum on Social Medi, visit: For Goodreads: — visit:

Now Showing: Fashion Through the Pages – Elaine von Bruns’ exhibit has everything from big wigs at the courts of Louis XIV and XV in Diderot’s Encyclopédie to Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal dressmaker to dazzling gowns in the color plates of period novels like Pride and Prejudice. Free, during regular open hours. 

Thursdays, June 15, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Free Young Writers Workshop – six-week workshop, for ages 10-16 to explore writing and reading to help poetry and fiction blossom; weekly topics with personalized feedback. No experience necessary. Just 12 students, so register ASAP at t/   

Peabody Institute Library Danvers programs

Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, has programs offering something for everyone Check the list below and save a spot for yourself at any event captures your interest. Registration is required for all events, both Zoom and in-person, via the events calendar at:

Lunch time History Films

The Danvers Historical Society is hosting a free series of historical documentary film screenings with discussions presented by Heritage Films, Dan Tremblay, every second Monday of each  month, from noon to 1 p.m., at Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page St., Danvers. Brings your lunch and learn! Donations appreciated. Questions? Danvers Historical Society: 978-777-1666 or E-mail to [email protected]. Schedule as follows: 

June 12, Lighthouse Keepers — The enchanting and challenging lifestyle and skills.

July 10, Gloucester Fishermen’s Fiesta History — Examining a Gloucester Cape Ann celebration

Aug. 14, Massachusetts State House Time Capsule — A late 1700s time capsule reveals messages, coins and artifacts from Paul Revere and John Adams.

Sep. 11, Old Time Automobiles Built in Essex County — Essex’s history of auto design, development, production.

Oct. 16, Ghost Stories of New England favorites — a few ghosts and unusual, creepy stuff. 

Endicott Young Writers Workshop

High School students entering grades 9-12 in the fall who are interested in creative writing can apply for Endicott College’s Fifth Annual Young Writers Workshop on June 28-30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the seaside campus, 376 Hale St. in Beverly. Sessions focus on poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting and young adult writing. Novice and advanced creative writers are welcome. New to the list of instructors are: Alena Dillon, whose new book is about women fighter pilots in WWII, and Sara Allen, who teaches in the Communication Program at Endicott and whose debut novel is due in August. Also on the faculty are: Charlotte Gordon, Distinguished Professor of English, author of Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley; Daniel Sklar, author of Flying Cats; Laurie Stolarz, author of 18 young adult novels, including Bleed , and Elizabeth Winthrop, author of four novels, including The Mercy Seat. An online application is available at: $250 registration fee includes activities, lunch and snacks and a T-shirt.

Archaeology Society Speaker Series

The Danvers Historical Society is hosting an Archaeology Society Speaker Series  every third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page St., Danvers. A Zoom link is also available, email: [email protected], or call 978-777-1666. Donations appreciated. 

Cookbook Club meets in Peabody

The Peabody Institute Library, West Branch Library,  603 Lowell St., Peabody, meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the West Branch Library, to share creations from a monthly selected cookbook or theme! From entrées to soups and desserts, each month centers around a different cookbook or theme. Books are available to be checked out a cookbook. The next meeting is Thursday, May 18, from 6 to 7 p.m., with recipes from “Cravings” by Chrissy Teigen. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required online, or call the West Branch Library at 978-535-3354 or stop by in person.

North Shore Friends meeting

The North Shore Friends (Quakers) are now meeting at 10 a.m. on Sundays at 74 Hart St. in Beverly Farms. More information is available by contacting Martin Ray at 978-283-4585.

Barbershop chorus rehearsing

The Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus welcomes men of all ages who love to sing to join them. The chorus rehearses every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 46 Cherry St., Danvers. Come to the next rehearsal, or for more information call 866-727-4988. 

Noontime basketball at the Y

The Greater Beverly YMCA has announced the return of noon-time basketball to the Sterling Center in Beverly. YMCA members 19 and older are invited to play pick-up basketball for free Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m.

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