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Kids are encoruaged to experiment with woodworking and sculpture at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum!
Wood, hammers and nails--add a little imagination and watch what happens!  The result is always fun! All ages welcome. Those 12 and  under must be accompanied by an adult. Perfect for kids, tweens and teens.  Please register via email by November 25 at 5pm.
Location: Essex Shipbuilding Museum
The Heather Pierson Quartet, December 12 performs A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Old Sloop Coffee House in Rockport Ma
The Heather Pierson Quartet will perform the entirety of the Charlie Brown Christmas album as recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, as well as other well known and popular Christmas tunes.  Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer.  Her quartet also includes Joe Aliperti on alto and tenor sax, Shawn Nadeau on bass, and Matty Bowman on drums.
Location: First Congregational Church of Rockport
Brookwood School in Manchester MA for children grades Pre-K - Grade 8.
On Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., parents of students entering grades Pre-K through Eight are invited to Brookwood School's Open House to learn about the exceptional education the school offers.
Location: Brookwood School
Celebrate hearth and home on a candlelit tour of this colonial salt water farm in Ipswich Massachusetts
Step back in time and be inspired by the nightscape at a 17th century saltwater farm. Stroll through the house, lit by candlelight, and imagine life in colonial days. This Open House is offered in conjunction with Ipswich is First...Period, a community celebration of 17th century architecture, and an homage to hearth, home and the celebration of Thanksgiving. A quartet will fill the halls with period music.
Location: Greenwood Farm
SalemRecycles hosts a textile recycling drive! Salem Massachusetts
SalemRecycles is hosting their annual textile recycling event! Clean out your closets the green way - drop off USABLE and UNUSABLE textiles at SalemRecycles' fifth annual Clothing and Textile Recycling Drive. Look for the Goodwill truck in Riley Plaza (212 Washington Street, Salem). Usable items will be sold in Goodwill stores; unusable items will be recycled into new products.
Location: Downtown Salem
Salem Main Streets,, Visit Salem MA for the holidays
The holiday spirit is in the air in downtown Salem with holiday wreaths, a holiday tree, window decorating contest, fantastic shopping, dining and Santa’s arrival. The kids go wild with excitement as Santa Claus arrives in Salem as he traditionally does on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel. The Salem Fire Company is expected to assist him with their ladder truck.
Location: Hawthorne Hotel, Lappin Park
Come Race the Festivus 5k in downtown Salem Massachusetts and raise funds for th
Come race the Festivus 5k in downtown Salem Massachusetts and raise funds for the Northshore Education Consortium of Beverly to help them purchase technology to assist and educate children with autism! The Festivus-themed 5k holiday race is a fun race through Salem, MA. Costumes are encouraged and the course will feature parts of the city that have not been used by other races in Salem. 
Location: Downtown Salem
The Salem Farmers' Market goes indoors for the Winter months of Nov & Dec
The Salem Farmers Market will hold two Winter markets through December 2015 to help you make your holidays more delicious! These markets feature some of the summer vendors, as well as many new ones offering fresh and organic foods that use locally grown ingredients, baked goods, crafts, festive holiday items and much more! Markets will be held indoors on the pedestrian mall at 217 Essex Street in downtown Salem.
Location: Downtown Salem
Community Giving Tree is proud to announce the Annual Toy Fair held at the Topsfield Fairgrounds in Coolidge Hall. This massive annual toy sale, is a good time to pick up gifts for the holidays as contributions will go to benefit Essex County children and families in need.
Location: Topsfield Fairgrounds
The NEF Auction raises funds to enhance public education in the Newburyport Scho
Join the Newburyport Education Foundation for their Lighthouse Auction to raise funds that will go to enhance the quality of public education in the Newburyport School District. This is a fun night with complimentary hors d'ouevres and a cash bar (all proceeds from the bar directly benefit the NEF). Auction night kicks off this year at 5:00p with Happy Hour, followed by a fantastic buffet from some of the BEST restaurants in town. Come hungry!
Location: Masonic Hall Newburyport