Community Outreach

The Open Door Autumn Breakfast

The Open Door Autumn Breakfast is a fundraiser for that helps families in need on the North Shore

Cruiseport Gloucester and The Open Door invite you to a celebration of community spirit! Join us as kick off the 2019 Thanksgiving Food Drive season with a morning of community celebration. Last year The Open Door programs served more than 7,986 people living in 10 cities and towns in the northeast corner of Essex County. We are committed to providing a Holiday Basket to every home in need this Thanksgiving, but we need your help!

When: 
Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:30-9am

Foster Care Backpack Drive - Stuffing Event

Come help stuff backpacks for foster children in need in Massachusetts!

10,000+ kids are in foster care in Mass. Fostering Care seeks to support children in foster care and their foster families by providing basic necessities and personal care items. At this event we will assemble items donated into age-appropriate backpacks for kids in transition. We will also have some food, some fun, and celebrate community! 

When: 
Sunday, April 28, 2019 4-7pm

Girls Rock Climb-A-Thon

Come to MetroRock Newburyport for a fun night of climbing! Proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area!

Hosted by Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, this fun event is a fundraiser and climb-a-thon in support of Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area. Participants are encouraged to fundraise before the event and then come to MetroRock for a night of climbing complete with a music, pizza, ice cream, snacks and prizes! Our top fundraisers will be awarded prizes and all climbers will be entered into our prize drawing taking place at the close of the event. 

When: 
Saturday, January 26, 2019 5:30-8:30pm

YMCA's Taste of Cape Ann

YMCA's Annual Taste of Cape Ann dinner - a fundraiser for youth and teen programs!

Cape Ann YMCA invites you to a celebration of community spirit! Celebrating our TENTH YEAR! The most delicious event of the year, The Taste of Cape Ann features the best of Cape Ann eateries offering food, wine and spirits for one $25 ticket price with 100% of the proceeds of ticket sales going to support the Cape Ann YMCA’s Youth & Teen programs in Gloucester and Rockport. Annually, some 300 guests take part in this fabulous foodie festival. 

When: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018 6-9pm

Blackout Boulder Brawl

Blackout Boulder Brawl is climbing fun for all ages at MetroRock in Newburyport!

Boulders! Amazing designs! Glow in the dark! Finals Round! Pizza! We got it all! Here's the lowdown: Imagine a normal bouldering competition, but the room is only illuminated by black lights and each problem has an amazing day-glow design around it. Climbers can be part of the show by wearing white or fluorescent colors. It's the most visually interesting climbing event you'll ever see! Climbing for all ages and levels during the day, finals round in the evening, complete with refreshments and spectacle.

When: 
Saturday, October 27, 2018 12-7pm

Walk to End Homelessness

The Walk to end Homelessness is a powerful show of support for families who are getting a fresh start.

The Walk to End Homelessness unites friends, family and volunteers in support of families who are getting a fresh start. We'll enjoy coffee, juice and breakfast snacks at Lynch Park before our 3-mile stroll through the heart of the Beverly and along the shore. Back at Lynch Park, we'll enjoy more refreshments and celebrate our success. Please support The Walk to reverse the downward spiral of poverty on the North Shore, one family at a time.

When: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018 8am
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The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner 2018

 Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.

The Open Door will hold its annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 4-8 pm at Cruiseport Gloucester.  Share in a simple meal of soup, bread and a cookie and take the dinner bowl home as a reminder of someone in need of a meal. Empty Bowl events are held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger-relief programs.

When: 
Thursday, May 3, 2018 4-8pm

Spring Celebration and Clothing Drive

Community Giving Tree Spring clothing drive at Ipswich Birth to Three Family Center

Come Celebrate Spring at Birth to Three! We will have a pizza party to celebrate good friends, community partners and warmer weather. Community Giving Tree will be on hand to collect your gently used clothing, shoes and baby items. Please remember that clients receiving items from CGT range in age from 0-18 years old. See you there!

When: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018 4:30-6pm

Ipswich Empty Bowl Dinner

 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.

When: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 4-8pm
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Harborlight Montessori School - Infant to Grade 8 - Beverly MA

Rockport Maker's Festival

Come celebrate the maker spirit in downtown Rockport Massachusetts!
Shop for the perfect handmade gifts in a seaside Christmas village! Join us for a town-wide festival and holiday market, with maker-themed events in the shops, festive food, holiday music and attractions—even horse drawn carriage rides! Plan your visit today! A Town-wide Festival!
12:00 am

Gingerbread Decorating for Teens

Gingerbread Decorating at Flint Public Library in Middleton Massachusetts
Come to Flint Library for refreshments, crafts, and a countdown to noon! This celebration is perfect for little ones who want to celebrate the New Year, but may be too young to stay awake until midnight. Make your own party hat, create a festive collage, and help us to welcome 2020!

Deck The Halls: Hammond Castle

A holiday themed tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
For the first time in years, Hammond Castle will be open to the public to celebrate the holiday season! The Museum will be open for self guided tours beginning Saturday December 7th through Friday December 20th from 10:00am to 3:00pm daily (except for Sunday December 15th when the Museum is closed...

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield will once again welcome guests to celebrate the magic of the winter season with the return of The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Capital One.

MAC Holiday Toy Drive

Manchester Athletic Club Holiday Toy Drive - Manchester MA
With the need for toys at an all-time high for local children, Manchester Athletic is offering a generous benefit for your donation. Bring in any new and unwrapped toy to donate to the toy drive, MAC will waive the join fee.
6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Museum of Science Celebrates the Rails with an Assortment of Train Activities - Cambridge

Museum of Science Celebrates the Rails with an Assortment of Train Activities
Celebrate the winter season at the Museum of Science with a suite of train-themed attractions, sure to entertain the entire family. For the second year in a row, the Museum’s temporary model train exhibit, All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, makes its return, in a new space within the Museum,...
9:00 am to 5:00 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

Homeschool Winter and Spring Sessions Registration Open

Waldorf at Moraine FArm Homeschool Winter and Spring Sessions
Waldorf Homeschool Program - Academic and Artistic Enrichment Classes for Homeschooled Students – First through Eighth Grade Level Classes Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is pleased to announce registration is open for the Homeschool Program on our beautiful Beverly, Massachusetts campus.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

PEM Pals Special Guest Boston Ballet School

Peabody Essex Museum PEM PALs - Salem MA
Peabody Essex Museum PEM Pals program welcomes special guests from @bostonballetschool for a special Nutcracker storytime! Designed for toddlers and their caregivers, PEM Pals is a drop-in program every Wednesday and holiday Monday at 10:30am, included with admission.  by @bpackert and @...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

PEM Pals

PEM has a story time in the museum just for kids under 5! Salem, Massachusetts
Heather Tharpe, also known as the Toddler Whisperer, leads the weekly interactive programs at Peabody Essex Museum PEM Pals with songs, movement, music, art, books and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoo
10:30 am to 11:30 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-3 Months

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Teen Advisory Board at Manchester Public Library

Teen Advisory Board in Manchester Public Library Massachusetts
THE TEEN ADVISORY BOARD IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! Join TAB, the Manchester Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board, and let your voice be heard! ♦ Receive Community Service Hours ♦ Suggest YA titles and movies
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

Come to Mendel Observatory for stargazing sessions every Wednesday night.
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7 p.m., whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Obse
7:00 pm

Thursday, December 12

Rockport Maker's Festival

Come celebrate the maker spirit in downtown Rockport Massachusetts!
Shop for the perfect handmade gifts in a seaside Christmas village! Join us for a town-wide festival and holiday market, with maker-themed events in the shops, festive food, holiday music and attractions—even horse drawn carriage rides! Plan your visit today! A Town-wide Festival!
12:00 am

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield will once again welcome guests to celebrate the magic of the winter season with the return of The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Capital One.

Gingerbread Decorating for Teens

Gingerbread Decorating at Flint Public Library in Middleton Massachusetts
Come to Flint Library for refreshments, crafts, and a countdown to noon! This celebration is perfect for little ones who want to celebrate the New Year, but may be too young to stay awake until midnight. Make your own party hat, create a festive collage, and help us to welcome 2020!

Deck The Halls: Hammond Castle

A holiday themed tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
For the first time in years, Hammond Castle will be open to the public to celebrate the holiday season! The Museum will be open for self guided tours beginning Saturday December 7th through Friday December 20th from 10:00am to 3:00pm daily (except for Sunday December 15th when the Museum is closed...

MAC Holiday Toy Drive

Manchester Athletic Club Holiday Toy Drive - Manchester MA
With the need for toys at an all-time high for local children, Manchester Athletic is offering a generous benefit for your donation. Bring in any new and unwrapped toy to donate to the toy drive, MAC will waive the join fee.
6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Museum of Science Celebrates the Rails with an Assortment of Train Activities - Cambridge

Museum of Science Celebrates the Rails with an Assortment of Train Activities
Celebrate the winter season at the Museum of Science with a suite of train-themed attractions, sure to entertain the entire family. For the second year in a row, the Museum’s temporary model train exhibit, All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, makes its return, in a new space within the Museum,...
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday 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...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Homeschool Winter and Spring Sessions Registration Open

Waldorf at Moraine FArm Homeschool Winter and Spring Sessions
Waldorf Homeschool Program - Academic and Artistic Enrichment Classes for Homeschooled Students – First through Eighth Grade Level Classes Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is pleased to announce registration is open for the Homeschool Program on our beautiful Beverly, Massachusetts campus.
10:00 am to 12:00 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

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am
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