Girl Scouts hear Michelle Obama, free concerts, and making hummus

Six Lawrence High School Girl Scouts (with chaperones) heard Michelle Obama speak.
Six Lawrence High School Girl Scouts (with chaperones) heard Michelle Obama speak.(Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts)

A group of Lawrence High School Girl Scouts was selected to attend Michelle Obama’s book event at TD Garden on Nov. 24. The former first lady’s “Becoming” book tour brought thousands to Boston to hear her speak. Of the 33 Girl Scouts from Eastern Massachusetts who were chosen by event organizers to attend for free, six Lawrence Girl Scouts were present. Dorchester Girl Scout Nikayla Martin introduced Obama at the start of the event. Before the event, the girls spoke with Shavely Peralta, a corporate communications specialist at JetBlue, who told them about her career path.

A local historian will introduce the characters that shaped the history of Old Newbury at the Newburyport Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Bethany Groff Dorau of Historic New England will detail the history from its founding as Old Newbury in 1635 to its separation and independence as Newburyport in 1764. The free event will begin at 7 p.m. at the library, 94 State St. Visit


Student musicians and vocalists will perform free concerts at the University of Massachusetts Lowell throughout the month of December. UMass Lowell’s Chamber Singers, University Choir, and Choral Union will perform classics and modern works at a free concert on Monday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. Student musicians from the UMass Lowell Concert Band also will play traditional and contemporary works on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. Performances will take place at Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.

A Beverly-based theater company will perform the Disney musical “Newsies” with local flare on Sunday, Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec. 10 at The Bridge in Salem. Neverland Theatre will perform the musical about a group of newspaper delivery boys, featuring adult and child actors from the North Shore. The dances were choreographed by Mariana’s Dancing Studio in Ipswich. Performances will take place at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday and at 7 p.m. on Monday. The Bridge is located at 211 Bridge St., Salem. Tickets are $16.50, and can be purchased online or at the door 30 minutes before the performance. Visit


Three local Jewish organizations invite the North Shore community to learn about Israeli cuisine in Marblehead. Participants can roll up their sleeves and learn hands-on with an interactive hummus-making demonstration. Michal Sella and Sapir Uzan, young Israeli ambassadors who are spending a year working on the North Shore as part of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Shinshinim Young Ambassadors Program, will lead the lesson. The event will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. The program is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. Contact Sara Ewing at or 781-476-9913.

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