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September 21, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22

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

Saturday, Sept. 21

Get some good reads at good prices at this weekend's book sales. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library's sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features thousands of titles and subjects, including the latest fiction, mysteries, thrillers, sports, travel, classics, cook books, gardening, biographies, religion, and more; CDs; DVDs; and audiobooks. Most selections are $2 or less; all proceeds benefit the library. If you can't make it today, be sure to check it out next week — the sale continues Sept. 23 to 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Swampscott Public Library's sale runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. The sale continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Hit up one or go to both and make a day of it. The Hamilton-Wenham library is at 14 Union St. in Hamilton. The Swampscott library is at 61 Burrill St. in Swampscott. For more information, visit or call 978-468-5577 (Ham-Wen) or 781-596-8867 (Swampscott).

There's lots to do in the region this weekend as part of Essex National Heritage Commission's Trails and Sails program, including three tours today in Beverly and Salem. For more information on these or other Trails and Sails programs, visit

  • In Beverly, learn about the historic houses of Endicott College on a free walking tour of the campus' historic buildings, some of which are estates that were once used as summer homes by some of Boston's most prominent families. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college, 376 Hale St.
  • Also at 10 a.m., a guided walking tour of Salem will highlight several key sites relevant to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, including Salem Prison and Judge Johnathan Hathorne's home. Volunteers will provide information and insight about each landmark. All 45 minutes for walking.
  • Have you seen the Ladies of Salem? They're 17 artistically rendered and creatively decorated ship figureheads on display throughout Salem's downtown. Today at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., tours will leave from the Friendship on Derby Wharf, by 160 Derby St., that focus on Salem's maritime history and this public art project. In the case of rain, tours will take place on Sunday.

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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