Upcoming events include a Christmas concert, a Children's Christmas Pageant, a Boxford PTO fundraiser at Cowabunga, and more.
Boxford PTO fundraisers: The Boxford PTO will host the following fundraiser events: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Cowabunga’s in North Reading (backpack flyer required for entry); and 50/50 raffle from 5 p.m. to close, Jan. 8, 2018, Maggie’s Farm in Middleton.
Children’s Christmas Pageant: 10-11 a.m. Dec. 10, Middleton Congregational Church, Sanctuary, 66 Maple St. Free. For information: 978-774-3788; http://Middleton.org. Enjoy the annual Children’s Christmas Pageant, put on by the young people of MCC during worship service. Snacks and crafts to follow.
Christmas Concert & Carol Sing: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, The Meeting House on the Common, Main and Washington streets, Topsfield. Free; freewill donations accepted. The Congregational Church of Topsfield will host a family event featuring selections by G.F. Handel, J.S. Bach, Gustav Holst, Gretchaninoff and a traditional carols sing-along. CCoT Music Director Joel Schwindt will lead the Chancel and Bell Choirs, along with organist Warren Eartle and CCoT soloists. A reception will follow in the Emerson Center Fellowship Hall, 9 E. Common St., across from the Common.
Steward preschool open house, registration: open house 1:30-2:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Steward Elementary School, 261 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For registration forms: http://tritownschoolunion.com/steward. For information: Preschool Coordinator Judy LeBlanc, email email@example.com, 978-887-1538, ext. 106. The Steward School Integrated Preschool will hold open registration for the 2018-19 school year Dec. 4-20. Parents and children are invited to attend the Dec. 13 open house, with a presentation at 1:45 p.m. Programs are available for 3- and 4-year-olds. Classes for 3-year-olds are held 9 a.m.-noon for two, three or five mornings per week. The 4-year-old classes are held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for three, four of five mornings per week. Extended day hours are available for before/after school for child care 7-9 a.m. and noon-4:30 p.m. at an additional cost. A $60 nonrefundable registration fee is required at time of registration.
Evening of prayer and worship: 7-8 p.m. Dec. 13, Middleton Congregational Church, Sanctuary, 66 Maple St., Middleton. For information: 978-774-3788; http://Middleton.org. Join in for just that: to pray together and worship the Lord together.
Newtown, an Evening of Remembrance: 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, The Meeting House of the Congregational Church of Topsfield. HUGS (Hands Up for Gun Safety) hosts an event to honor the victims of gun violence and commemorate the passing of five years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. There will be a showing of the movie, “Newtown,” and the lighting of candles as the names of all 26 victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy are read aloud. There will also be an opportunity for guests to light a candle in honor and remembrance of any other victims of gun violence. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Friday Night Out — “Star Wars”: 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Danvers YMCA, 34 Pickering St. Themed fun for kids ages 6-12 the first and third Fridays of each month at the Danvers Y, which serves Danvers, Boxford, Topsfield and Middleton. A night of activities planned to give caregivers a break includes swim and gym time, games and crafts, as well as pizza and a movie. For registration: 978-774-2055; http://danversymca.org. $10-$15 per child. Registration required by the Thursday before each event.
“The Polar Express”: 6-8:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Second Congregational Church of Boxford, 173 Washington St. Kids and parents are invited to don their pajamas and robes for a screening of “The Polar Express”. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early at 5:45 p.m. for best seats and photo show. After entry at the ticket booth, staff are in uniform and await the arrival of each passenger. Event will include popcorn, Christmas lights and room decorations. Passenger’s “golden tickets” are ready to be punched by the train conductors walking the aisles. After the movie, Santa will drop in with gifts for all. Up to 100 spots are available. Advance ticket registration is required by Dec. 12. Tickets are $12 each (children 3 and under, free). For information and tickets: http://secondchurchboxford.org.
Boxford Historical Society Grand Illumination: Friday, Dec. 17. The event kicks off with a bonfire at the pony field in front of the old library, 10 Elm St. Activities and events to follow at the Holyoke French House, corner of Main Street and Topsfield Road. Refreshments will be served, and Boxford hats will be sold.
Senior Holiday Concert at Masconomet: 11:45 a.m. Dec. 20, Masconoment Regional School, 20 Endicott Road, Boxford. The Masconomet Regional School District invites all local seniors to attend the third annual Senior Holiday Concert. The event begins at 11:45 a.m. with a complimentary box lunch. A selection of lively holiday tunes will be performed by the High School Band and Chamber Singers. Sign-ups for transportation and lunch (choice of four) must be made through your local Tri-Town Council on Aging office by Friday, Dec. 15.
Christmas Eve Sunday service: 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 24, First Church Boxford, 4 Georgetown Road. For information: http://firstchurchboxford.org; 978-887-5841.
Middleton Stream Team photo contest: deadline Jan. 19. For details and entry information: http://middletonstreamteam.org. Any student through their senior year of high school is welcome to submit up to three photos. First prize is $200, second prize is $100, and third prize is $50. Photos must be taken somewhere near a stream or the Ipswich River in Middleton. There is an easy walk around the local water source, the Middleton Pond. Middleton Hiking books with suggested hikes are available for free at the library.