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Beverly MA, Family Friendly, Hands-on Nature Fair at Glen Urquhart School
Join us at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly Farms Sunday, November 5th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for our family-friendly North Shore Nature Fair. Pre-K through grade eight students will enjoy hands-on activities and nature-based projects, coordinated by GUS educators and like-minded partners from across the North Shore, will be situated across our 23-acre campus. The GUS campus features a nature trail, woodlands and marsh, an athletic field, and outdoor and greenhouse classrooms. Partners include Kestrel Educational Partners, Change is Simple, Mass Audubon, The Food Project, Beverly Bootstraps, and more!
Location: Glen Urquhart School
Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA
The seventh annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than 50 works by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School from September 3 to October 30, 2016.  Beverly artists/art educators J. David and Barbara Broudo are this year’s honorary chairs. The exhibit is one of the largest outdoor sculpture shows in New England and includes the work of artists whose work is in museums, galleries, and collections throughout the country. Pingree is the only school in the US to host such an expansive outdoor exhibit of sculpture.
Location: Pingree School
Shore Country Day School in Beverly MA
Drop in on a First Friday of the month to join Shore’s all-school “house meeting” followed by a campus tour. Meet us in the Creativity Center, enjoy student and faculty presentations during the meeting in the theater, and tour the high points of campus for as long as your schedule allows. Call today to schedule a tour. 978.927.1700 X.204
Location: Shore Country Day School
Come sing, dance and get the wiggles out at Beverly Public Library
Beverly Public Library  invites families with kids under 5 (or so) to join the musical rhythmic fun! Come Dance, shake, move and sing and get the wiggles out. Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for supporting this program.
Location: Beverly Public Library
Candy Construction at the Newbuyrport Library
If you can build it, you can eat it. Join us for a sweet challenge of building creations with candies, cookies, and more. Each teen will be given “building materials” and creations to make in a timed challenge. Creations will be scored by judges, with a first, second, and third place winner based on performance. For grades 6-12.
Location: Newburyport Public Library
 Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.
The Open Door and the Ipswich Lions Club team up to host 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.
Location: Hellenic Center
preschoolers will learn about the moon and stars at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport
This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list via email.  In this session, we'll learn about the moon and stars!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Learn about turkeys at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield Massachusetts
Did you know that the wild turkey was Ben Franklin’s nominee for our national bird? Once driven nearly to extinction in much of the United States, the wild turkey has returned. Come learn about this large bird that represents our first American holiday, Thanksgiving. We’ll make a turkey craft and take a walk to catch, with luck, a glimpse of this elusive bird.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Recycle your old electronics and help the Beverly High School Music Department
The Beverly High School Music Department will host its third annual electronic recycling event on Saturday, November 4 from 8 a.m. to noon at the BHS parking lot. For a fee, drop off your old electronics at the BHS parking lot. Recycle your unwanted televisions, air conditioners, appliances, phones, fire extinguishers and much more. Proceeds will support the music department. If you wish to have items picked up, or have questions, please email: bmpaarecycling@gmail.com or call 978-712-8146 and leave a message.
Location: Beverly High School
Art: “Owl” by Michael Updike, winner of the 2016 “People’s Choice Award”.  Annual Art show at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
Owls and flowers and deer, Oh my! You don't have to go to Oz to see these wonderful sights. Come to the Crane Estate Art Show and Sale: Nature's Wisdom and you'll see all kinds of natural wonders in paint, ink, photo, and sculpture.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

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MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Brookwood School Admissions Open House Fall 2017

Located on Boston's North Shore on the Beverly/Manchester line just minutes from Route 128, Brookwood is a coeducational private independent day school for grades Pre-K through Eight.
Parents of children entering grades Pre-K through 8 are invited to learn about the exceptional education offered at Brookwood School at the school’s annual Fall Admissions Open House on Tuesday, November 14 at 9 AM and Saturday, November 18 at 1 PM. Dedicated to nurturing excellence, Brookwood is a...
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Old Tyme Country Fair

Old Tyme Country Fair at First Congregational Church in Rowley Massachusetts
Get into the Christmas spirit at the First Congregational Church of Rowley’s Olde Tyme Country Fair on Saturday, November 18th!
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ski, Skate, Board and Ride Consignment Event

Stock up for the season on new and consigned clothing and gear for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding and horseback riding!
Stock up for the season on new & consigned clothing & gear for skiing, skating, hockey, and snowboarding! Don't forget the boots; as well as bikes, blades & boards. Earn money for your previously used equipment - get great deals for the upcoming season, for children and adults!
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Festival of Trees - Saturday & Sunday

Aleppo Shriners Festival of Trees
The Aleppo Shriners will be holding its Festival of Trees on Friday, November 17 Saturday, November 18; and Sunday, November 19 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).
9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Waldorf Enchanted Holiday Fair and Curiosities

Waldorf at Moraine Farm Beverly MA Independent School. Pre-K to 8 grade.
On Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9 AM to 4 PM, The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm invites you to its annual, Waldorf Enchanted Holiday Fair and Curiosities.
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Improve your nutritional intake at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off

Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern M
Time to clean out and drop off your gently-used donations to Essex County children in need. On Saturday,  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at the Cushing Park and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Community Giving Tree center in Boxford - just down the...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Holiday Fair at First Baptist Church - Beverly

Calendar of Events for NorthShore Families in Beverly MA
The biggest fair in downtown Beverly, First Baptist Church’s day includes wonderful crafters, a bake table and country store, raffle items, a huge Silent Auction, a roomful of white elephants at Grandma’s Attic, both breakfast and a luncheon with chowder, sandwiches, chili and pie, pictures with
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches

Shop three of the best church fairs in New England, in the same neighborhood on the same day!
Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a cold, winter’s day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fair. All three churches are within walking distance with free on street parking. Gift bargains are served up...
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, opening Saturday, October 14, 2017.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cape Ann Thanksgiving Harvest Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market hosts a Thanksgiving market at the UU Church on Middle Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts!
At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market Thanksgiving Market, you'll find over 20 vendors and farms. Vendors will be selling fresh produce - squash, greens, brussel sprouts, onions, potatoes, apples, pears, garlic, kale, carrots, cabbage, parsnips, radishes, turnips, oh my! All fresh, all local, just in...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Pretty Poppy Open at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Shopping at MarketStreet Lynnfield Pretty Poppy. A women's jewelry and accessory store with something for everyone
Pretty Poppy is a women's jewelry and accessory store with something for everyone, whether you are 9 or 90!  We focus on all styles of jewelry, hangbags, scarves, belts, and other accessories - and all at very affordable prices!  We also have fashion forward collections that we update every few...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Car Seat Safety Checkpoint

Come to the Ipswich Fire Department for a car seat safety inspection and Touch a Truck!.
The Ipswich Fire Department, Police Department, and Action Ambulance will be hosting a carseat checkpoint at fire headquarters.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair

Find One-of-a-Kind gifts at Wenham Museum's Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair!
Each November, the Wenham Museum hosts this festive fair of hand-crafted artisan goods. This is a fine occasion to bring the whole family to the museum for a day of fun. Exhibits will be open with special programming and activities for the kids and shopping for the adults.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dads & Donuts At Sawyer Free

Calling all dads! Bring your kids to Sawyer Free Library for a Saturday morning
This is a great opportunity for dads (uncles, grandfathers, cousins or other father figures) to spend time with their kids! Come to the Sawyer Free with the kids for a storytime filled with songs, stories,snacks and fun!  Great for kids aged 2-6 (siblings are welcome). Moms and siblings welcome to...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Sing & Dance with the Music Man - Saturday

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton Visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician, Brian...
10:30 am to 11:15 am

Karen K and The Jitterbugs Thanksgiving Show

Come join the fun at the Regent Theater for local favorite Karen K and the Jitterbugs' Thanksgiving Show!
Join us for what will no doubt be a very special morning at the beautiful Regent Theatre where you will Bug Out! at the Annual Thanks and Giving Show with Karen K and her Jitterbugs: Hop (the over-excited grasshopper);Bumble (the bee who doesn’t sting); Stinky (loves to play in dirt, refuses to...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Salem Winter Farmers Market

The Salem Farmers' Market goes indoors for the Winter months of Nov & Dec
Salem Main Streets is pleased to announce the return of the Salem Winter Market!!  A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market will take place inside the Witch City Mall (formerly Museum Place Mall) located a 1 church street in Salem.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper

Come to the Essex Fire Deaprtment for the annual spaghetti fundraiser!
27th Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

North Shore YMCA's Dare to Dream Ball

North Shore YMCA Dare to Dream Gala
Don't miss this year's #1 event on the North Shore!  Join the North Shore YMCA for an incredible evening of fun, dinner, a live auction, and dancing, as you learn about the Y's impact in your community. Help us raise funds for individuals, children and families across the 25 communities we serve on...
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

IMS presents Peter Pan, Jr.

Ipswich Middle School presents Peter Pan, Jr at Ipswich Performing Arts Center in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Ipswich Middle School performs Peter Pan, Jr. Join the fun as Peter Pan and his lost boys, a band of Brave Girls and a ship full of Pirates retell this modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up...
7:00 pm

Saturday, November 25

Historic Holidays at Rebecca Nurse Homestead

Learn about the history of the Holiday celebrations at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers Massachusetts!
Come to Rebecca Nurse Homestead for our annual Historic Holidays event. This year's theme is "Christmas Through The Ages". Take a break from Christmas shopping and visit us for a good old-fashioned holiday celebration with reenactors from different time periods. Have a cup of mulled cider while you...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man - Saturday

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton Visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician, Brian...
10:30 am to 11:15 am

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops - Matinee

Join the Cape Ann Symphony featuring Wendy Bets and the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus
A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops concert features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts performing with the orchestra under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa. The Chorus and Orchestra join together to perform a wide...
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

The Nutcracker at the Firehouse Center

The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite!
Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The company is thrilled to announce that world renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Sabi Varga will be joining this year's production...
3:00 pm

Kids Cookie Decorating Class at Marini Farm

Kids will learn how to decorate holidQay cookies at Marini Farm in Ipswich MA!
A class that will focus around decorating Holiday Cookies. Our little chefs will begin by decorating a holiday craft. They will then use their creative energy and icing to decorate their holiday cookies. Each chef will receive enough cookies to have a snack and take a few home.
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Nutcracker & Gala Reception at the Firehouse Center

The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite!
Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The company is thrilled to announce that world renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Sabi Varga will be joining this year's production...
6:00 pm

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops

Join the Cape Ann Symphony featuring Wendy Bets and the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus
A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops concert features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts performing with the orchestra under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa. The Chorus and Orchestra join together to perform a wide...
8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Sunday, November 26

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm