The Topsfield Historical Society will host “Sex in the 17th Century,” a talk by Mary-Ellen Smiley, on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Gould Barn. Smiley, the curator of education at Salem Museum, will present a realistic look at the intimate lives of New England Puritans, who had a reputation of being strict and stern, and the sexual attitudes of North Shore residents in the 17th century. The program is open to the public and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of talk. Admission is free, but donations to the Topsfield Historical Society will be accepted. The Gould Barn is located at 1 Howlett St. in Topsfield. For more information, visit www.topsfieldhistory.org.
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- North Shore Community Calendar Saturday, July 12 Beverly: Gloucester Crossing Yard Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Holcroft Park, at Mill Street. Information, 978-745-8071 or www.northshorecdc.org. Danvers: Highlands Bean Supper, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Danvers Highlands Common, 1 Ingersoll S
- North Shore religion news in brief St. Mary of the Annunciation Church presents Making Music, Praying Twice, a summer camp that brings parents and children together through music and movement designed to foster the Catholic faith and enrich education and family life. The camp will run
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- Quick pick: Train for the Hunger Games Calling all tributes! The Swampscott Public Library Teen Area invites teens in grades five and up to train for the 74th annual Hunger Games on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Participants will learn to create lifesaving shelter anywhere; discover how to locate a
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