‘Jazz is a Rainbow’ offers new horizons in Lynn

13nocalendar - Children ages 10 to 18 can raise their voices in “Jazz is a Rainbow”, a free music/theatre camp taking place in Lynn from August 14 through August 25 at Lynn Arts. ( Harry Platcow)
Harry Platcow
Children ages 10 to 18 can raise their voices in “Jazz is a Rainbow,” a free music/theater camp in Lynn.

ALL THAT JAZZ Are your kids looking for something to do before you-know-what starts?

Check out the acclaimed “Jazz is a Rainbow,” a free music/theater camp for ages 10 to 18 held at LynnArts, 25 Exchange St.

The camp will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 14 through Aug. 25, closing with a performance.


Ray Rickman, executive director of Stages of Freedom, a Providence-based nonprofit that strives to provide cultural opportunities to inner-city youth, will host a group discussion during camp.

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Children are asked to arrive with snacks, lunch, and drink. Transportation is available. Contact directors Lynne Jackson and Mike Palter at 978-526-8620 or

Tony Scarpetta
The Key Lime Pie doughnut at Kane’s in Saugus.

SWEET SURRENDER Hate summer to end? Bring it to a bittersweet close with three “hole” new tastes of summer at Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts, 120 Lincoln Ave., in Saugus.

Through Aug. 31, the finger-licking landmark doughnut shop will be cooking up fresh batches of their new tastes: Key Lime Pie, Ginger Pear Fritter, and the double-trouble Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze covered in Kane’s signature honey glaze and another made from Teddie Peanut Butter in Everett.

Even the gluten-free crowd can chomp along with a decadent Chocolate Amaretto doughnut and Blueberry & Cream cupcake.


Donuts of any flavor cost $2.25 each and $27 for a dozen. Visit

13nocalendar - Gloucester Stage Company presents Playtime Stories for ages 2 and older at 10 a.m. featuring ÒHarold and the Purple CrayonÓ (August 12), ÒMake Way for DucklingsÓ (August 19), and ÒGo Dogs Go!Ó(August 26) and more. (Heidi Dallin)
Heidi Dallin
“Playtime Stories” at the Gloucester Stage Company Saturdays in August.

STORIES ON STAGE What’s better than reading a children’s book? Seeing that story performed live.

“Playtime Stories” continues in August for ages 2 and older Saturday mornings at the Gloucester Stage Company, 298 East Main St.

Books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company are: “Harold and the Purple Crayon” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (Aug. 12); “Make Way for Ducklings” and “Owl Babies” (Aug. 19); and “Go, Dog. Go!” and “Are You My Mother?” (Aug. 26).

“We had a great response to the Playtime Stories program over the past two summers,” said youth acting workshop director Heidi Dallin. “It is a terrific way to spark excitement in younger audiences to live performance.”


Admission is $5. All performances are at 10 a.m. Call 978-281-4433 or visit

Maureen Hancock
Medium Maureen Hancock will connect audience members to spirits of deceased loved ones at the Cabot in Beverly.

SPIRIT IN THE SKY During summer get-togethers, are you missing a loved one who has passed away?

Renowned medium Maureen Hancock comes to the Cabot in Beverly with her show, “Postcards From Heaven,” on Aug. 17.

Star of “Psychic in Suburbia” on the Style network, a reoccurring guest on “Monica the Medium” on ABC Family, and author of the best-selling book, “The Medium Next Door,” Hancock is a renowned speaker and holistic healer.

During the show in Beverly, she will try to connect many audience members with their loved ones who have passed on using her gift of communication and sense of humor. Even if you don’t connect, you’ll leave with a feeling of hope that your loved ones are always here in spirit.

Tickets are $41 to $61. Not everyone will receive a reading. This event is appropriate for those 14 and older. The show starts at 7 p.m.

The Cabot is located at 286 Cabot St. To purchase tickets, go to

SINGING SOAP STAR “Days of our Lives” fans: remember Steve Blackwood, who played the bumbling Bart Biederbiecke on the long-running soap? Did you also know that the Newburyport resident is a jazz singer?

Catch the release of his latest CD, “Steve Blackwood with Robben Ford,” in Salisbury from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Deck, 179R Bridge Road.

Blackwood will be accompanied by pianist John F. Hyde, Les Harris Jr. on drums, and Mark Earley on sax.

There is no cover charge. Visit and

Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at