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The Generation Games will be held from Friday, Feb. 3, to Sunday, Feb. 5. People from multiple generations are invited to participate in a host of games and activities, including snowshoe races, oversized games, basketball and flag football tournaments, water polo and volleyball, and black light dodgeball. Events will be held at multiple locations, including Salem State University Twohig and Gasset Center Gymnasiums, 225 Canal St.; Olde Salem Greens Golf Course, 75 Willson St.; Salem Council on Aging, 5 Broad St.; and Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA, 40 Leggs Hill Road, Marblehead.
Montserrat College of Art will host the third annual North Shore Game Jam from Friday, Jan. Participants will collaborate to create a video or board game within the 32 hour time limit. Game developers, art and sound designers, coders, and animators of all abilities are welcome to participate. The event will kick off with a keynote speech by Jordan Pailthorpe, product designer and creative producer at The Engagement Lab at Emerson College. There is no cost to participate. Lieber will teach parents ways to engage their children in philanthropy and the concept of giving back. The event is free and open to the public.
The American Cancer Society in Massachusetts is seeking volunteer drivers for its Road To Recovery program. Drivers are asked to transport cancer patients to their treatment appointments. All drivers must provide their own cars, be 18 years or older, have a valid driver license, a good driving history, and proof of automobile insurance. Criminal background and driving record checks will be conducted. Volunteers arrange their own schedules. Free training is also available.
A Retrospective, an art exhibit featuring works by the late Marblehead watercolorist Nordia Kay, will be held throughout January at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead Stetson Gallery, 28 Mugford St. Framed and unframed pieces will be on view and available to purchase. The Stetson Gallery is open weekday mornings, during church events and Me Coffeehouse concerts, and by appointment.
The Peabody Essex Museum presents Pleasure and Pain, an exhibition that explores the creativity of footwear from around the globe, through Sunday, March 12, at 161 Essex St., Salem. The exhibit features more than 300 pairs of shoes, including ancient Egyptian sandals, 16th century footwear, celebrity and designer collections, and futuristic shoes created on a 3 D printer. Museum admission costs $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 for students, and free for PEM members, ages 16 and under, and residents of Salem.
North Shore Elder Services is seeking volunteers to visit seniors weekly or help organize their bill payments once a month.
The city of Salem currently is seeking senior applicants for its tax work off abatement program, which aims to reduce property tax bills in exchange for volunteer community service to the city. Residents 60 years or older who receive an annual income of no more than $47,080 (or senior married couples with a combined annual income of no more than $53,346) are eligible to apply. Accepted applicants will be matched up with work opportunities in a variety of city offices and may volunteer up to 100 hours for the full $1,000 maximum abatement allowable. Abatements will appear on the third and fourth quarter tax bills. Eight applicants will be chosen. Participants will be selected by lottery if there are more applicants than openings. To apply, schedule an appointment with Kathleen McCarthy, program manager at the Salem Council on Aging, by calling 978 744 0180 or 978 744 0924.
Habitat for Humanity North Shore is currently accepting applications for two two bedroom homes to be constructed in Hamilton. These homes are for working families with incomes between 40 and 60 percent of area median income. The chosen registrant must also be willing to work with Habitat and Essex Technical High School volunteers to build these units.
VNA Care, a nonprofit organization with a location in Beverly, seeks adult hospice volunteers to provide companionship for patients and their family members. Volunteers who are available during the day, are bilingual, or can provide pet or music therapy are specifically requested. No previous experience is required. VNA Hospice Care provides training and ongoing support to all volunteers.
The Nature and Environmental Education Center at Endicott Park gift brick fundraiser now has less than 40 bricks available. The proposed Danvers center will showcase nature themed exhibits, displays, and interactive experiences. Each personalized brick will be a part of a long lasting display at the base of the Townley Family Children barnyard door.
Salem Mass in Motion will be working with Salem’s Department of Public Works to post walk time and way finding signage in the North Salem area. These signs will display the average walk time and direction to important local landmarks and facilities. The city hopes to expand the programs to neighborhoods in the future, especially while work is being done on the Derby Neighborhood Envision 2020 improvement project.
The Peabody Institute Library Museum Pass Program offers library card holders free or discounted admission to local cultural, educational, and recreational organizations. Sign up for passes at the Main Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. One per family. Each museum sets its own program terms, which the Peabody Institute Library is obliged to comply.
The Hillyer Festival Orchestra will present Afternoon of Movie Music, a tribute to John Williams and friends, on Sunday, Feb. at Swampscott High School, 200 Essex St. in Swampscott. The program will include orchestral interludes from Wars, of the Lost Ark, List and other soundtracks. Soloist Jacyn Tremblay, a native of Danvers, will be featured. The cost is $22, or $15 for senior citizens and students with valid photo ID. Children 12 years and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will benefit Lynn Economic Opportunity Inc., which works to alleviate the impact of poverty while providing pathways to financial stability. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite, using search word: Hillyer.
The 1928 silent film which stars comedian Harold Lloyd, will be shown at the Maple Street Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers, on Saturday, Jan. This was Lloyd last silent film, and its plot revolves around his attempt to save the last horse drawn streetcar in New York. Yankees star Babe Ruth plays one of Speedy hapless passengers. Pianist Robert Humphreville, who has played for silent movies in Boston and Cambridge, will accompany the screening.
The Peabody Institute Library in Danvers will host Struggles, an international labor poster exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lews, through Saturday, Feb. 25, at 15 Sylvan St. The posters on view are from various countries and address workers rights issues that took place over multiple generations.
The Friends of Beverly Animals 2017 calendar is currently available to purchase at the following Beverly locations: Beverly Wild Bird Pet Supply, 214 Rantoul St.; Carroll Florist,
385 Cabot St.; DogSpa, 45 Enon St.; Dogs by Design Cats, Too!, 131 Dodge St.; and Marika Restaurant, 190 Cabot St.; and Soho Cats, 100 Cabot St. Calendars are $13 each and only payable by cash or check in stores. Box 3378, Beverly, MA 01915. Add $3 shipping for the first calender, plus 50 cents for each additional calendar. Proceeds from sales support FOBA.
Danvers Public Schools will host centralized kindergarten registration sessions from Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday, Jan. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Thursday, Jan. Forms must be completed and submitted during the day of registration. A school nurse and secretary will be available to answer questions. Those who are unable to attend must submit completed paperwork to the superintendent office, located inside Danvers High School, after Wednesday, Feb. 1. Registration does not guarantee placement at a particular school. For more information, call 978 777 4539.
The Marblehead Arts Association holiday store is open through Sunday, Jan. 15, at King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Eight MAA artisans will be selling ceramics, jewelry, paintings, photographs, needle felting, and hand woven textiles.
Beverly Public Schools will be conducting kindergarten registration for the 2017 18 school year at the McKeown School, 70 Balch St., Beverly, on the following days: Saturday, Jan. Registering children must be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 31, 2017. Registration packets must be completed before submission.
The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission and Swampscott Police Department will be conducting minimum age purchase law compliance checks throughout the year of 2017. Any inquiries regarding this operation can be directed to Chief Ronald Madigan at 781 595 1111.
Applications for the Regina Falkowski Scholarship Award, presented by the United Polish Organizations of Peabody, are currently available. Peabody high school seniors of Polish descent with connections to one of the UPO Peabody member clubs, either as an active member or relative of one, are welcome to apply. The clubs include the Plav Walker Dombroski Post 63, Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 63, Daughters of St. Joseph, St. Michael’s Society, and St. Joseph’s Faith Community. Applications may be obtained from any of these organizations or at the Bishop Fenwick or Peabody Veteran’s Memorial High School guidance offices. The submission deadline is Sunday, April 30. For more information, call Lola Busta at 978 531 5592.
Members of the Swampscott Arts Association will exhibit their work through Thursday, Feb. 2, at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park Nursing Center, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. Paintings, photographs, prints and collages will be on view. For more information, call 978 741 5700.
Stage 284 will present A Musical at the Hamilton Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. The original musical, directed by Jay Pension, Nathaniel Punches, and George Luton, is a creative spin on the classic Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale. Children of all ages and adults are welcome to attend. Showtimes are: Saturdays, Jan. Tickets are $18 in advance at 978 468 4818, ext.
Care Dimensions will offer a seven week support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one caused by substance abuse. Meetings will be held on Mondays, from Jan. The group, led by licensed social worker Nathaniel Lamkin, aims to offer a safe, caring, and non judgmental space for grieving. It is free and open to the public.
The sixth annual Snowshoe Classic 5K will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Brooksby Farm, 54 Felton St., Peabody. Participants will race through single or double track courses in snowshoes. Awards will be given to the top three racers in each of the multiple age groups. Breakfast snacks and beverages will be served before and after the race. A limited number of snowshoes for adults and children are available to rent for the race; cross country shoes cost $10 and regular shoes cost $5. All rentals require early reservations and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. In the event of poor snow conditions, the race will be held as a trail run. A final determination concerning the race status will be made on Friday, Feb. 10. Registration costs $25 before Wednesday, Feb. 1, and $30 after.
In preparation for their spring concerts, The Concert Singers of Greater Lynn will host open rehearsals on Tuesdays, Jan. Prospective members, including tenors, basses, sopranos, and altos, are welcome to attend and try out the selected pieces. There is no obligation to pay dues or purchase music during these rehearsals. Registration to perform during the spring performances will close after these three rehearsals. For more information, call Peggy Oleson at 781 639 4558 or William Sano at 978 744 4787.
The Danvers Committee for Diversity and Danvers Public Schools will present a tribute ceremony to Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. Music and excerpts of King writings will be presented by the Follow Hymn Interfaith Chorus, North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church Singers, and Danvers High School students. Artwork by Danvers students in grades 3 12 will also be on display. The event is free and open to the public. Patrons may purchase advertising space in the The Friends of the Danvers Committee for Diversity upcoming MLK tribute book. Prices range from $35 to $400 and proceeds will support committee initiatives and scholarships. For more information,
contact Susan Fletcher at 978 777 0001, ext.