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Bob Franke and friends to perform Good Friday cantata in Marblehead

HALLS OF MUSIC — Teens from the Plummer Home for Boys in Salem and its On Point neighborhood program recently performed at the State House during Children’s Advocacy Day. From left: Brian Rodriguez, Jaren Bristol, Steven Sanchez, instructor Callie Lipton, singer Gyana Kendrick, and music director Aaron Z. Katz. They performed “Save Me,” written by Jaren Bristol.
HALLS OF MUSIC — Teens from the Plummer Home for Boys in Salem and its On Point neighborhood program recently performed at the State House during Children’s Advocacy Day. From left: Brian Rodriguez, Jaren Bristol, Steven Sanchez, instructor Callie Lipton, singer Gyana Kendrick, and music director Aaron Z. Katz. They performed “Save Me,” written by Jaren Bristol.

SINGING PRAISE: Songwriter Bob Franke and other musicians perform his Good Friday cantata, “Meditations on the Passion,” March 29 at the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead.

Vocal and instrumental performers from New England and beyond gather annually to participate in the cantata, which includes songs about the Easter story and about contemporary people who have faced figurative crucifixion.

In addition to the St. Andrew’s choir, vocalists include Geoff Bartley, Howard Bursen, Ellen Groves, Chuck Hall, Doug Johnson, Kate Katzberg, John Kirk, Jan McLanahan, Sally Rogers, Kate Seeger, and Kim Wallach.

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Instrumentalists joining Franke include Paul Combs, Martin Grosswendt, John Kirk, and Joshua Levin-Epstein.

“Many friends from the music world, as well as many fine singers from the parish, have been with the production throughout its lifetime,” Franke said.

“Although the story we retell here is at the core of Christianity, it is not necessarily about being a Christian. It’s about being human in the presence of the divine, and it’s about the presence of redemption in the midst of the most horrific and tragic dimensions of the human condition.”

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Donations ($15 suggested) are accepted at the door. Call 781-631-4951or visit www.standrewsmhd.org.

PURPOSEFUL STEPS: The Good Friday Walk in Beverly takes place for the 34th consecutive year on March 29, raising funds to help local families in need.

The walk begins at St. John the Evangelist Church on Cabot Street, and continues to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, where lunch will be served, then returns to Cabot Street.

For senior citizens who want to participate in only the first leg of the walk, transportation back to St. John’s is provided.

Volunteers coordinating with the Beverly schools to increase awareness of the walk are Jessica Lague, a teacher at Briscoe Middle School, and Faith Potorski, a student from Beverly High School.

“We are very fortunate to have had so many students over the years who have participated in the walk, increasing their awareness of poverty in our community,” said Alan Battistelli, president of Good Friday Walk Inc.

Sponsor sheets are available at www.goodfridaywalk.org. Registration is 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Call 978-927-5847.

HOMETOWN HEROES: The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts is honoring local residents Thursday at its 11th annual Community Heroes Breakfast in Danvers.

The event recognizes people who have shown courage, dedication, and character through acts of heroism and kindness, and who have made a commitment to the community, according to the event’s organizers.

This year’s Enduring Hero recipient is Don Kelley of Beverly, of Wayside Trailers, and the Humanitarian Hero is the Rev. Michael Duda, First Church of Wenham. Being honored with Community Hero awards are Rosalin Acosta of Amesbury, TD Bank; Jeanne Hennessey, formerly with Lorraine Roy Designer Collections in Danvers; and Ken Rothwell, of Ken Rothwell’s Custom Catering in Salem.

The regional agency’s Education Hero is Sergeant Major Kenneth Oswald, Lynn English High School; First Responder Hero is Sergeant Brian Proulx, Haverhill Police; and Health Care Hero is Patricia Comeau- Simonson of Ipswich, bereavement program coordinator for Hospice of the North Shore’s Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing.

The Red Cross Mission into Action Hero recipients are Jill Levine, athletic trainer at Manchester Essex Regional High School; Paul Willis of South Hamilton; and Karen Stewart, Beverly Cooperative Bank. This year’s Youth Hero is Alexandra Romano, a Peabody Veterans Memorial High School student.

All proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit American Red Cross local disaster relief efforts. Call 978-922-2224 or visit www.redcross.org/ma/peabody.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: “Heroes for My Daughter” has been recognized as a 2013 local winner of the Gracie Award, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. The show was part of the Education Forum at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, which is regularly broadcast on Comcast SportsNet at 11 a.m. on Sundays. The winners will be presented their Gracie statues at an industry luncheon in June. Massachusetts School of Law professor Diane Sullivan, who moderated the show, and Kathryn Villare, the school’s director of new media who assisted with production, direction, and editing, will accept the award. . . Salem Police Chief Paul Tucker is again preparing to participate in the annual Healing Abuse Working for Change run/walk, which takes place on May 5 in Salem and raises money for domestic violence services. “Domestic violence is a community safety issue that impacts everyone,” Tucker said. “That’s why I am running again this year and I implore others to do the same. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, support these services any way you can.”

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