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December 14, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15

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Saturday

How about completing a good deed today? The Wenham Affordable Housing Trust is seeking volunteers to assist with painting a housing unit, located at 11 Friend Court in Wenham, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be supplied with painting supplies and equipment, and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to participate. For more information, contact Mark Andrews, Wenham town administrator, at mandrews@wenhamma.gov.

The bakers of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold their seventh annual Christmas Cookie Sale today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the church social hall at 64 Forrester St., Salem. A large variety of festive cookies will be available on decorative holiday plates. For more information, contact Father Theophan Whitfield at 978-744-5869, or Maria Johnson at 603-659-6669.

Haven't met with Santa yet? While his sleigh and reindeer are resting up for the big night, Santa will arrive by hay cart to join visitors on a hay ride at Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., South Hamilton, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aspiring elves and children may also make themselves an ornament to keep. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $1 helps pay for materials. For more information, call 978-468-2277.

After his visit to South Hamilton, Santa will pack his lobster boat, check his charts and at 2:30 p.m., head for the site of Washington's Naval Base. Thanks to the Beverly Lobster Fleet and the Beverly Harbormaster Department, the sea borne Santa will arrive aboard the Janie M., captained by Michael Malewicki, at the Ferryway Public Landing, where he’ll greet boys and girls and hand out candy canes and hot chocolate. Most importantly, he will be taking children’s last-minute requests for the holiday. Santa's visit to Beverly will take place rain, snow or shine. The Ferryway Public Landing is near the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Public Pier.

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