---- — NORTH ANDOVER — The 2010 movie “Shutter Island,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was set on a fictitious island in Boston Harbor.
The true stories of the 34 Boston Harbor islands, however, are even stranger than fiction, according to Christopher Klein, author of “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores,” published by Union Park Press in 2008.
Klein, an Andover resident, will talk about the islands at the Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St., at 7 p.m. Thursday. His presentation, “The Real Shutter Islands: Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands,” will provide a virtual tour through their colorful history.
Klein will tell stories of ghosts, shipwrecks, prisoners of war, and Revolutionary War battles that took place on these islands.
Klein is an author and freelance writer who specializes in history, travel and sports.
Thanks to the Boston Harbor Alliance, it is easier to visit the harbor islands this summer. The Stevens Memorial Library has museum passes for the Boston Harbor Islands Ferry. These passes provide a 2-for-1 ticket for up to four people. Passes can be reserved via the library’s website, by phone or in person.
Klein’s presentation is another of the library’s free Thursday Nights programs, a series of speakers at the library every Thursday through Aug. 15.
The library’s summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed Saturdays and Sundays. For more information about the library or Summer at the Stevens, visit the library, its website, www.StevensMemLib.org, or call 978-688-9505, extension 42016.
Classic Car Show Sunday
NORTH ANDOVER — Smolak Farms will host its second annual Antique and Classic Car Show on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More than 250 antique and classic cars will be spread out over the grass fields overlooking the pond and apple orchards. The gates will open at 8 a.m. for show car registration. There will be an outdoor barbecue, ice cream, pizza and popcorn.
Guests with “hot wheels” of their own are encouraged to enter their show cars in the Spectator Display. The event will also include music, trophies, door prizes, and free arts and crafts for children.
Hay rides will be available throughout the day and guests can pick their own raspberries, blueberries, peaches and plums. They can purchase fresh fruit at the farm stand and cider doughnuts and doughnut holes at the bakery.
Smolak Farms is at Dale and South Bradford streets near the Boxford line.
For more information, visit www.smolakfarms.com, call 978-682-6332 or visit Smolak Farms on Facebook and Twitter.
The rain date for the car show will be Aug. 18.
Burger King helps Jimmy Fund campaign
NORTH ANDOVER — Customers visiting Burger King, 188 Turnpike St., can help fight cancer through Sept. 2 by contributing $1 to the Jimmy Fund through the A Chance for Kids & Families program.
With each contribution, customers will receive a promotion card guaranteed to be a winner, with prizes ranging from an all-inclusive trip from TNT Vacations, theme park tickets, and prizes from Burger King, Aubuchon Hardware, and Old Navy.
In the last 13 years, participating Burger King restaurants have raised nearly $11 million for cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Burger King restaurants in New England that will participate in the campaign include locations is Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, metro New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
For more information about the Jimmy Fund or A Chance for Kids & Families, including official rules and an alternate method of entry, visit a participating Burger King restaurant, visit JimmyFund.org, or call the Jimmy Fund at 617-582-9675.
Entrepreneurial training offered
More people are using retirements and layoffs as a way to launch their second careers.
A new eight-week, non-credit course titled “Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) Intensive for Boomers,” designed for boomers who have a business idea they want to explore, will be offered this fall through Northern Essex Community College’s Center for Corporate and Community Education.
While NECC has offered an ETP course for more than a decade, this new course is designed specifically for people born between 1946 and 1964. The “Boomerpreneurs” are looking to their retirement years as an opportunity to be their own boss while continuing to generate an income, according to Diane Zold-Gross, assistant dean for the Center for Corporate and Community Education at the Riverwalk in Lawrence.
The course will be taught by Paul Jermain, experienced instructor and consultant and business owner of Jermain and Company. The course will be offered Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9 starting Sept. 23 at the Riverwalk.
Participants will create a solid business plan and learn the skills and knowledge to implement that plan. They will learn how to size and segment markets, evaluate the competition, determine the best product/service offering, create a marketing plan and consider the impact of factors such as management background and location on the new enterprise. Developing and using financial statements such as balance sheets, sales forecasts, and cash flow and income statements will also be examined.
For more information contact Dianne Lahaye at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-659-1222.