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February 20, 2014

North Shore Entertainment Calendar


VETERAN REPORTER AND AUTHOR TO SPEAK. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Ted Reinstein, a veteran reporter, commentator, producer and occasional anchor for WCVB-TV Channel 5’s “Chronicle,” will talk about his new book, “New England Notebook,” a collection of his favorite stories from reporting around New England. Program includes a slideshow and question-and-answer session. Books available for purchase and signing. Reserve a spot at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or


FLAPJACK FLING. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary kicks off the sugaring season with a February Flapjack Fling on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Event features a pancake breakfast with syrup from the sanctuary’s maple trees, fruit, juice and milk, and sugaring tours to learn about the sanctuary’s maple sugaring operation and the transformation of sap to syrup. Breakfast served at 8:15, 9, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.; sugaring tours depart at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and noon. Breakfast, $6/adults, $4/children ages 3 to 8; tours, $9/adults, $8/children (Mass Audubon members: $8 adult, $7 child). Children under 3 are free and should be in a baby carrier. Receive a $1 discount when registering for both breakfast and a tour on the same day. Snow date, Sunday, Feb. 23. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or

FIFTH ANNUAL CHOCOLATE WALK. Sponsored by Danvers Bi-Peds, Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m., Putnamville crossing, Wenham Street, Danvers. Ski or walk the northern portion of the Danvers Rail Trail from Wenham Street to the Swamp Walk. Finish up with hot chocolate and chocolate treats. All, including dogs on leashes, are welcome. 978-777-4661 or


PEM/PM EVENING PARTY: FEEDBACK. Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Listen to master guitarists create riveting sounds on their Gibson solid body electric guitars, hear performers inject unexpected musical sounds in PEM’s collection, see a guitar-building demonstration and make art. Limited number of timed tickets available starting at 5 p.m. Free/PEM members and Salem residents with ID, $10 nonmembers at the door. Cash bar available. 978-542-1511 or

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  • North Shore religion news in brief Congregation Shirat Hayam is offering a free, five-week Hebrew Reading Crash Course on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. from Sept. 2 through Oct. 7, at the synagogue, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Led by Nancy Miller, the course is open to the community and is

    July 26, 2014

  • North Shore religion calendar Wednesday, July 30 Book Club, 7 p.m., Aviv Centers for Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Women of all ages are invited to a free book group with conversations about Jewish identity. Group will discuss "The Harem Midwife" by Roberta Rich. RSVP to Sh

    July 26, 2014

  • Dear Abby: Teen is looking for direction after high school graduation Dear Abby: I am an 18-year-old high school senior who is scared about what's going to happen after graduation. For the past three years I have known exactly where I'll be and what I will be doing in the general sense. Now that I have one more year to

    July 26, 2014

  • macaws Vet Connection: Pet birds need training, social interaction and time out of the cage People are fascinated with the big colorful birds on display at Animal Kingdom and wild bird sanctuaries. It's always fascinating to see someone walking down the street with a big-beaked bird on his or her shoulder as a companion. We are all drawn to

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ask Dog Lady: Her little dog is obsessed with food Dear Dog Lady: I have a 3-year-old, long-coated Chihuahua named Mexipep (after a brand of hot sauce). She has many fine attributes -- she's very sweet, not nervous and barky like the short-coated Chihuahuas can be. On the subject of food, however, th

    July 25, 2014

  • howe Book Notes: Local novelist sees ‘conversion’ syndrome in witch trials The parallels between 1692 and today are so close, they're frightening. That's one conclusion you could draw from reading "Conversion," Marblehead resident Katherine Howe's new novel, which compares the world of the Salem Witch Trials to the life of

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • vehicles Quick pick: Festival of vehicles

    Festival of vehicles Take a ride over to the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library for the 16th annual Vehicle Night on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The festival of fire trucks, emergency vehicles, cruisers and snow plows takes place in the library park

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Friday's Best Bets Best Bets for Friday, July 25

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

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  • Dear Abby: Tyke becomes a terror when mom takes back her cellphone Dear Abby: When my friend "Fran" and I get together with our kids, they often play games on her cellphone until the battery dies. If she tries to take the phone from her 6-year-old to make a call or recharge the phone, he starts yelling at her, pushe

    July 25, 2014

  • misselwood_2 Rare, classic cars make an appearance at annual Endicott College show

    The original Concours d'Elegance was a fashion show on wheels. "It did start in 17th century France, where some of the aristocracy wanted to show off the fashions they were wearing," said Patrick Cornellison, chairman of the event. "Mainly women woul

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

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