Boston North Fitness Center open house: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8, 30 Prince St., Danvers. For information: 978-777-3151; To RSVP, email The open house will feature fitness, friends, fashion and more.

Salvation Army Giving Tree: noon-3 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17, Liberty Tree Mall, 100 Independence Way, Danvers. For information: Liberty Tree Mall’s Giving Tree to benefit The Salvation Army will be on display through Dec. 17. The tree features ornaments with wishes of people in need served by The Salvation Army in Salem, and shoppers are invited to fulfill a wish and make their holidays brighter by selecting an ornament and purchasing the item listed on it. Unwrapped gifts, along with their corresponding tags from the tree, will be collected at a table by Center Court, near the Panera Bread and Buffalo Wild Wings entrance.

Sounds of the Holidays Concert: 4-6 p.m. Dec. 10, St. Richard Parish, Church, 90 Forest St., Danvers. For information: The North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the fifth annual “Sounds of the Holidays” concert. Admission is free, but attendees are requested to bring a donation of non-perishable food to benefit the People to People Food Pantry. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. — seating is limited to 800. Admission to the concert is free thanks to Spada Law Group LLC, C.R. Lyons and Sons Funeral Home and St. Richard Parish, and is coordinated with a Food Drive to benefit the Danvers People to People Food Pantry.

Garden Club meeting: 7 p.m. Dec. 11, Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The upcoming Danvers Garden Club will feature Evelyn Lee, of Butternut Gardens, who will demonstrate traditional, but creative holiday designs. The arrangements will be raffled off at the end of the program for the benefit of the club.

We Give Thanks Awards Reception: 6 p.m. Dec. 14. North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Drive, Danvers. Cost: $35. For tickets, visit For information: 978-406-4599; North Shore Elder Services will host the ninth annual We Give Thanks Awards Reception to celebrate community leaders who are making a difference in the lives of older adults. Cocktail hour will be held from 6-7 p.m.; awards will be delivered from 7-9 p.m.

Menorah Lighting: 6 p.m. Dec. 15, Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. For information: 978-777-0001, ext. 3027. A lighting of the menorah will take place on the grounds of the Peabody Institute Library by the Rotary Pavilion. The menorah is provided by the Chabad of the North Shore and the Danvers Committee for Diversity and it will be lit from Dec. 12-20, marking the eight days of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, which celebrates the second-century victory of a small, greatly outnumbered army of Jews, known as the Maccabees, over the Greek army that occupied the holy land at that time. The event will feature a menorah lighting, complete with sufganiot, potato latkes and hot chocolate. There will also be Hanukkah crafts for the children as well as menorah glow necklaces and dreidels.


Celebrate Recovery: 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, 63 Jefferson Ave., Salem; noon–1:30 p.m. Fridays, 75 Lindal St., Danvers. For information: 617-803-4589. Celebrate Recovery is now holding free and open groups for anyone who would like to drop by. Celebrate Recovery is a Christian 12-step recovery program for hurts, habits, hangups and addictions.

Tai Chi: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. For information and to RSVP: 978-314-4264 Johanna Hattendorf leads this tai chi class every Tuesday — participants will strengthen joints, improve balance, breathing and concentration, and decrease stress.

“Acoustics Only” musicians program: 7-9 p.m. every third Wednesday, beginning Nov. 15, Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. For information: 978-777-2711. The “Acoustics Only” musicians program will encourage audience participation. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Danvers Historical Society.

Veterans Social: 4:30–6:30 p.m. every Thursday, VFW Hall, 5 Conant St., Danvers. For information: 978-836-2395. All veterans and their families, regardless of military branch, dates of service or location of assignments are welcome. Food and drink are served; guest speakers will provide current information on important veteran-related issues.

Overeaters Anonymous: 7–8 p.m. Mondays at All Saints Episcopal Church, 46 Cherry St., Danvers. OA is a free, 12-step support group for people with eating disorders. For information: 781-641-2303.

Teen Book Corps: 3:30–5:30 p.m. third Mondays, Peabody Institute Library West Branch, 603 Lowell St. For information and registration: Middle and high school students are invited to join the Peabody Institute Library’s new Teen Book Corps, a community service group for ages 11–18 whose mission is to spread a love of books and reading in the Peabody community. All meeting hours count toward community service requirements.

Weekly screenings by Heritage Films: 11:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and holidays, Hollywood Hits Theater, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers; 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Salem Access TV Studios, 285 Derby St., Salem; and monthly at Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. For information: 978-777-2711. Heritage Independent Films presents short, locally made documentaries not seen as usual film fare in local theatrical settings. Dan Tremblay produces this series. The films vary in topic, including history, mystery and local special events.

Multi-sensory music program—singing and signing: 10:30–11:15 a.m. first Wednesdays of each month, Peabody Institute Library South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. Registration required. For information: 978-531-3380;

The Northshoremen: 7:30–10:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Italian Community Center, 300 Rantoul St., Beverly. For information: 508-397-4444. Men of all ages invited to learn four-part harmony with The Northshoremen.

Open mic night: 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Maple Street Tavern, 49 Maple St., Danvers. For information:

Boy Scout Troop 50 meetings: 7–8:30 p.m. Thursdays, St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish Hall, 24 Conant St., Danvers. For information: 978-994-9555; Troop meetings have started for the new scouting year. Boys ages 10 and over may join, whether or not they have previously participated in Cub Scouts.

Danvers Community Access Television weekend classes: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 87 Elm St., Danvers. For information: 978-777-2720. DCAT is open every Saturday. Area residents are invited to edit, tape shows or take classes.