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Haul the sails and head out on an adventure of a life time aboard the Schooner Ardelle out of Gloucester!
Haul the sails and head out on an adventure of a life time!  Maritime Gloucester and the Schooner Ardelle join forces to offer theCoastal Explorers summer program! During this week-long program ages 8-11 climb aboard Schooner Ardelle and set a course for fun and exploration! Throughout the week students learn to sail a traditional Gloucester fishing schooner while participating in exciting hands-on marine science and maritime heritage explorations along the North Shore. 
Location: Maritime Gloucester, Schooner Ardelle
Kids will explore the tidal pools of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge with a park ranger in Newburport
For generations children have enjoyed exploring tide pools and discovering the fascinating plants and animals that live in this realm between the tides. A refuge ranger will guide this hands-on program.
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Come to downtown Beverly MA for live entertainment and community fun!
Join Beverly Main Streets on THE BLOCK, their downtown street parties series. 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.
Location: Beverly Main Streets
Come to Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about Monarch Butterflies!
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge invites families to join Katie Hone, The Monarch Gardener, for a fun and hands-on program that will focus on the charismatic monarch butterfly and its fascinating life cycle.  Meet live monarch caterpillars.  Make a common milkweed seed bomb to take home and start your very own monarch habitat.  Visit the refuge's butterfly garden to see milkweed and to look for monarch eggs.  Meet in the r
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
The Danvers Farmers Market has fresh fruit produce and other locally made foods every Wednesday June Through October.
The Danvers Farmers Market has fresh fruit produce and other locally made foods every Wednesday June through August in the heart of Danvers Massachusetts.  Come visit to see our array of local and regional vendors. This community building program is sponsored by the Danvers Rotary.
Location: Danvers Farmers Market
Things to do with Dogs at MarketStreet Lynnfield MA
Polkadog Bakery in Lynnfield and Slobbr are joining forces to bring us Bastille Day at MarketStreet Lynnfield. Bring your 4 legged friend and meet on The MarketStreet Green for 2 hours of Complimentary Doggy Ice Cream, Dog-Friendly Vendors, Giveaways and more! The first 100 people to visit the Slobbr booth and check-in will receive a special Swag bag sure to delight your pup!
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Alex's Team Fundraiser
The Alex’s Team Foundation is proud to announce that the 4th Annual Spirit Ball will be held on December 2nd at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. This signature event celebrates the life of Alexandra Jane Miliotis and memorializes her journey of hope and courage during her battle against Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Her angelic smile, positive outlook, and unwavering loyalty to her friends and family has been instilled in the Foundation. As a testament to her strength and courage, the Alex’s Team Foundation strives to find unique ways to support childhood cancer research and nursing. The Foundation’s motivation lies within the impact they are able to make within the cancer community by providing multiple layers of service-driven support to nursing care staff, doctors and families. Through their flagship programs with Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University Medical School and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Alex’s Team Foundation truly believes that the groundwork has been laid to establish a lasting impact on the search to cure childhood cancer and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
Essex County Greenbelt will host their 3rd annual road cycle event to raise funds for conservation efforts on the North Shore!
Essex County Greenbelt Association will host the third annual road cycle event to raise funds for conservation efforts on the North Shore! Seasoned road cyclists, beginner bike enthusiasts, spectators, and volunteers are all invited to participate in the Tour de Greenbelt.  Two routes,  a half century (50 mile) and a shorter loop, show off some of Greenbelt’s finest conserved properties.
Location: Cox Reservation
Learn about beach creeatures and their habitats at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport. Photo: ©2013
Your family loves spending time at the beach at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, so do many wildlife families!  Come join refuge staff and volunteers to learn who else makes the refuge beach their home, and all the shoreline treasures that help support their food, water, shelter needs. This is a drop-in program.  Come for 15 minutes or a few hours.  Kids and families will play games, make crafts, and learn about wildlife and beach habitats using discovery kits.  Earn prizes.  Look for our tent on the beach at Lot #1.  NO preregistration for this program.
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Learn about piping plovers of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on this ranger guided tour.
Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge to learn about the federally – threatened Atlantic coast piping plover nests and how it raises its young on Plum Island’s beaches from April through August. Join a refuge ranger for a chance to glimpse this native species in its wild habitat and to hear the story of how biologists work to conserve the plover under the Endangered Species Act.
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge