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A haunted trail, ‘Witch City’ film festival, and shedding light on domestic violence

Roca, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Oct. 30, hosts weekly family night dinners for the Roca Young Mothers Program.
Roca, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Oct. 30, hosts weekly family night dinners for the Roca Young Mothers Program.John Soares/Roca

Somerville will shed light on victims of domestic violence during a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Local leaders will host the annual vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Davis Square at Statue Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Clothesline Project will visually honor survivors and victims of intimate partner violence. There will be resources and an opportunity to talk to local service providers from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The vigil is being hosted by the Somerville Commission for Women, the domestic violence victims advocacy and service group RESPOND, and Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone.

Roca — a nonprofit based in Chelsea that works to disrupt the cycle of poverty and incarceration — will celebrate its 30th anniversary with speakers, awards, live music, food, and more starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. At 5:30 p.m., speakers will include leaders in state government and Roca programs. The winners of the Roca30 Unsung Heroes awards also will be announced. The event at Roca headquarters, 101 Park St., ends at 7 p.m. Visit Roca’s Facebook page.


Ever wanted to volunteer at a haunted trail? Theater in the Open is seeking volunteers for its “Maudslay is Haunted” event in Newburyport on Oct. 21 and 22. The haunted trail is “more silly than spooky,” so kids can volunteer, but those under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. The next rehearsal is Oct. 6; newcomers are welcome and no auditions are required. The group hosts free family-friendly performances at Maudslay State Park throughout the year. Proceeds from “Maudslay is Haunted” help fund performances and arts education programs. Visit theaterintheopen.org or contact Aisha Delilah at aisha@theaterintheopen.org.

An internationally touring performance artist will make a stop in Lawrence as the first act in Northern Essex Community College’s White Fund Lecture Series. Elizabeth Acevedo, the youngest daughter of Dominican Republic immigrants, will perform and read from her new novel-in-verse “The Poet X” on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Lawrence Public Library. The free event begins at 6 p.m. Before the lecture, the discussion group will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. in the library to discuss her newest novel-in-verse. Visit necc.mass.edu/whitefund.


Filmmakers can have their work featured in a horror film festival in Salem just in time for Halloween. The first-ever Witch City Horror Film Festival will show local and regional horror films all day on Oct. 27 at Cinema Salem. Horror feature films, documentaries, and documentary shorts will be considered. Submissions are open until Oct. 5 and can be uploaded at filmfreeway.com/witchcityhorrorfilmfestival.

Morgan Hughes can be reached at morgan.hughes@globe.com.