, Salem, MA

December 28, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 28 and 29

The Salem News

---- — Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

Saturday, Dec. 28

If you've missed other opportunities to give blood this month, come to the Peabody YMCA, at 259 Lynnfield St. in Peabody, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This American Red Cross-sponsored drive is open to all eligible and new donors. For more information, visit

Enjoy post-holiday pancakes and more as the Masonic Hall at 20 Washington St. in Beverly hosts a Christmas Community Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. The meal includes all-you-can-eat blueberry and plain pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and all the fixings. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children and proceeds support the Masons' charitable initiatives. For more information, call George Haile at 978-807-4150.

Want to see more chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and cardinals in your yard? Come to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to make a bird feeder. This event, part of the sanctuary's Vacation Week Family Fun Days, is open to children ages 4 to 12 and parents, who will receive a kit containing all the necessary parts to build a feeder. A short slide presentation will highlight the birds that commonly come to feeders. Attendees will also observe the sanctuary feeders to see which birds are looking for food. Meet in the barn at the sanctuary, at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, and dress for weather. Register in advance by calling 978-887-9264.

Sunday, Dec. 29

Got an old radio that needs to be recycled? Bring it to the new National Grand Bank parking lot, across from 91 Pleasant St. in Marblehead, for an electronics recycling event from noon to 3 p.m. Come prepared to pay a fee — acceptable by cash, check, MasterCard or VISA — depending on the type of electronic device you're looking to recycle. Discounts are available for those who donate canned food at the event. Please note that hazardous materials will not be accepted. A percentage of proceeds will support the Marblehead Food Pantry. Questions? Contact Christopher at 617-233-4120 or

Predators such as the eastern coyote can’t go to the market for groceries, so how do they get their food? Come to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to find out. First you'll spend some time indoors learning about the different predators in Massachusetts, including how they hunt and how they stay warm to survive the cold winter months. Then, take a walk to look for fishers, river otters, foxes, hawks and owls. Tracks, chews, scat, pellets, and bones will show where predators have partied. Meet in the barn and dress for weather. This program is designed for families with children ages 4 to 12. There is a fee: $7 adult, $6 child for Audubon members; $9 adult, $7 child for nonmembers. Register at 978-887-9264.