Community Outreach

The 20th Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner

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. Bowls have been painted with care by members of the North Shore community over the last several months. A silent auction will be open from 4-8 p.m.

When: 
Thursday, May 14, 2020 4-8pm

Bowl Painting at The Open Door

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

The Open Door invites you to bowl painting session! Bring the kids to come paint bowls for the annual The 20th Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner in May where painted bowls will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. This free session is an opportunity to express yourself artistically while helping The Open Door raise funds to aid North Shore families and individuals in need.

When: 
Saturday, February 8, 2020 10am–Noon
Saturday, March 7, 2020 10am–Noon
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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, February 8, 2020 5:30-8pm

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

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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Glen Urquhart School Pre-K through 8th grade in Beverly MA

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Ice Castles - New Hampshire

Ice Castles - New Hampshire Family Fun
New Hampshire’s Ice Castles have been one of the top destinations to spend time in during the winter months. The castles are designed in a way that allows for people to play, explore, and have fun. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice...
10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Imagine, Sing & Learn: Bald Eagles on the River

Kids will learn about eagles, their migrations and varied habitat at Joppa Flats. Photo ©2018 Bill O'Connor
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...
10:00 am to 11:30 am

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

Berwick Academy STEAM Challenge for Kids

Berwick Academy for grades PreK to 12 in Berwick Maine
Berwick Academy Kids STEAM Challenge Attention parents of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders: Would your child love to dive into a STEAM project during school vacation? Sign your Middle School 'scientist' up for a Design Challenge at Berwick Academy! Students in grades 5, 6, and 7 can join our Engineering...
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Free Family STEM Program

CFCE of the North Shore and Salem Sound Coastwatch host STEM programs for local families.
CFCE of the North Shore and Salem Sound Coastwatch host STEM programs for local families. Join CFCE for a series of STEM programs for kids ages 4 and up! CFCE of the North Shore is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education...
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

PJ Library Shabbat Shalom Circle - Peabody MA

Temple Ner Tamid of the North Shore Lappin Foundation - Peabody MA
Temple Ner Tamid of the North Shore and Lappin Foundation invite families with children ages 8 and including babies, parents, grandparents and friends, are invited to welcome in Shabbat with Shabbat stories, songs, friendship, and a free dinner! This is a free program. Walk-ins welcome.
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Saturday, February 29

Cultural Festival at Harborlight Montessori

Chinese Folk Art Workshop will perform during the cultural fiestival at Harborlight Montessori School in Beverly Massachusetts! Photo: Bill O'Connor
This fantastic annual event is not to be missed.  Grab your passport, take a trip through our halls to visit a variety of countries and learn about their cultures through art, music, activities, food and more.  This year you can look forward to touring Peru, Sweden, India, China, Japan, Italy,...
9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Learn to Skate and Play

Youth Hockey, Cape Ann Youth Hockey, Gloucester Rink Learn to Skate
Boys and girls from the ages 3-16 can learn to skate and develop hockey skills in Cape Ann Youth Hockey's various programs. Cape Ann Learn-to-Skate program is held at Gloucester's Talbot Rink and provides crates for the kids learning to skate for the first time. Kids will be amazed at how quickly...
9:00 am

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 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

Sugar Shack Saturdays

Visit Appleton Farms' sugaring operation and experience a New England tradition
As we welcome the sugaring season there is no better place to be than the sugar shack. The smell of maple syrup in the air, and the smiles of all your family and friends close by. We love this season and want to share it with you! Join us for our Sugar Shack Saturdays to see how we collect and turn...
10:00 am to 3:00 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

Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals Newburyport

Poetry Outloud Champions 2019. Join the 2020 competition at Newburyport City Hall!
Poetry Ou Loud holds a semi-final competition for students in Newburyport and the surrounding area! Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest that celebrates the power of the spoken word and a mastery of public speaking skills while cultivating self-confidence and an appreciation of students...
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Ice Castles - New Hampshire

Ice Castles - New Hampshire Family Fun
New Hampshire’s Ice Castles have been one of the top destinations to spend time in during the winter months. The castles are designed in a way that allows for people to play, explore, and have fun. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice...
10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Free Family STEM Program

CFCE of the North Shore and Salem Sound Coastwatch host STEM programs for local families.
CFCE of the North Shore and Salem Sound Coastwatch host STEM programs for local families. Join CFCE for a series of STEM programs for kids ages 4 and up! CFCE of the North Shore is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education...
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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