SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 6, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7

BY MURIEL C. HOFFACKER

— Looking for something to do? The Salem News' Best Bets for this weekend include sales, seeds, and a springtime hike.

It's yard sale season and on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Memorial United Methodist Church will host an indoor yard sale at 12 Dane St., in Beverly. The sale includes small items, puzzles, games, books, CDs, toys and white elephant items. For more information, call 978-927-1066.

Help sow the first big round of seeds at The Trustees of Reservations’ Long Hill property, located at 572 Essex St., in Beverly. On Saturday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., learn about seed starting and then help sow the seeds that will grow into the cutting flowers in Long Hill's Pick-Your-Own Flower Fields. Families with children ages 8 and older are invited to attend. Admission is free. Register at www.thetrustees.org.

Go back in time and play with old-school video games during Swampscott Public Library's Teen Retro Gaming Program on Saturday. Michael and Tiber will provide gamers with old-style gaming systems, and board games will also be available. The games begin at 11 a.m., at 61 Burrill St., in Swampscott. Admission is free and open to students in grades five through 12. For more information, call 781-595-8867, ext. 304.

Join the Middleton Stream Team on Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., for its annual Spring Hike to forest vernal pools and other bodies of water. Hikers should wear off-trail hiking footwear and bring a light dip net and a small white plastic container to be used for the catch and release of any creatures found during the hike. Meet at Forest Street, located about 0.8 miles up from North Main Street, Route 114, in Middleton, near the entrance to Old Hundred Lane. Park on the south side. If it's raining, the hike will be postponed to April 14. For more information, visit middletonstreamteam.org, email Streamteam@comcast.net or call 978-777-4584.

Spend Sunday afternoon immersed in the classical clarinet music performed by Boston University clarinetists Sak Lee, Chia Yun Yeh, Chieh Cheng and Eun Hyung Kim. The performance starts at 2 p.m. in the Gordon Room of Peabody Institute Library's Danvers branch, located at 15 Sylvan St. A reception will follow. Admission is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries. For more information, call 978-774-0554.