Yellow Umbrella Tour comes to Salem

Musician Christine Baze of Salem, a cervical cancer survivor, is bringing The Yellow Umbrella Tour to Salem Sunday.

FIGHT SONG: Since 2002, musician Christine Baze of Salem has made more than 100 stops throughout the United States and Canada with The Yellow Umbrella Tour, which is aimed at educating and empowering women about cervical cancer prevention.

Now, Baze - 42 and a cervical cancer survivor - is bringing the tour home. “Painting Salem Yellow’’ takes place Sunday through Jan. 15 at various locations throughout the city.

Baze performs eight different shows, with the help of many friends, sharing her music, story, and message. The week also includes fun and educational activities, such as Baze’s one-woman show “One Story,’’ a special comedy club, and a musical brunch.


Throughout each performance the message is that cervical cancer is preventable if people use the tools that are available: the HPV test for women 30 and older, the Pap test, and the HPV vaccine for girls and boys aged 9 to 26.

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Salem restaurants, businesses, politicians, and local celebrities are partnering with Baze to raise awareness. Yellow markings throughout the city indicate businesses that are supporting The Yellow Umbrella Organization.

Baze was named one of Ms. magazine’s 50 Women of the Year in 2003; was presented a Presidential Leadership award in 2005; and was named one of the Women Who Shape the World by Shape magazine in 2007. In addition, she has shared the stage and opened for a number of national musicians, including Sheryl Crow, Ben Folds,Kaki King, and The Fray.


WILD TIMES: A new nature and wildlife photography club is being formed at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.


The first meeting is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the refuge visitor center in Newburyport.

The club is intended for anyone, from beginners to professionals, who has an interest in nature and photography. It will meet once each month, usually on Saturday afternoons.

Club activities are likely to include slide shows of members’ work, intra-club mentoring and training, photo safaris, online photo sharing, and involvement in the refuge’s photography-related programming and outreach work.

The first meeting includes a presentation about the refuge’s photo camp, a slide show featuring images of wildlife and habitats, and a discussion of future club activities.

Call 978-465-5753 or visit


PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: Richard Padova of Andover, who has worked on eight presidential campaigns, both Democratic and Republican, is teaching a new history course, “Quest for the Presidency,’’ at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill beginning Jan. 23.

The course, which runs 10:45 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, is open to the public.

It will examine the legal, political, and financial environments in which recent presidential elections have occurred, as well as strategy and tactics and the implications of elections for governance.

Candidates and issues in the 2012 presidential campaign also will be studied.

Padova teaches in the global studies department at Northern Essex.

Call 978-556-3700 or visit

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Crystal Lee Perry of Lynn and Christine Adamson of Peabody have joined the staff of Essential Friends Spa in Swampscott. Perry is a graduate of the Palmer Institute of Massage in Salem and is a certified massage therapist. She has worked in day spas throughout the region and is a nursery school teacher in Marblehead. Adamson previously worked at the Elizabeth Grady salon in Danvers. She is a graduate of the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics in Woburn and North Shore Community College. . . .

The Women of Northern Essex Community College recently held a fashion show, raising more than $4,800 for student scholarships. The 100-plus attending the event also donated toys that were distributed to nearly 50 children, aged 4 through 6, who are served by the Childcare Center on the college’s Lawrence campus. The Women of NECC is a volunteer organization dedicated to assisting Northern Essex Community College and its students.

Wendy Killeen can be reached at