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May 17, 2014

Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18

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

Saturday, May 17

Show your pride in Peabody at this volunteer community cleanup effort. Start at City Hall, 24 Lowell St., at 9 a.m. to pick up cleaning supplies then spread out to targeted areas throughout the city. Afterward, enjoy a pizza lunch. Participants will also receive a commemorative Peabody Pride in Motion water bottle. In case of rain, the cleanup day will move to Saturday, May 31. For more information, call the Mayor’s Office, 978-538-5704.

Middleton: Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Middleton Historical Society Museum, Pleasant Street.

The Middleton Arts Association will hold an art fair featuring a large art exhibit; paintings for sale; live painting demonstration by watercolor artist Louise Anderson; and raffles from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Middleton Historical Society Museum on Pleasant St., Middleton. Raffle winners will be announced at 2 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Enjoy one — or two — historical walking tours today:

  • Jim McAllister of Derby Square Tours will lead a walking tour of Salem's Chestnut Street neighborhood, which will focus on the lives of servants, coachmen, chauffeurs, gardeners and other workers who helped make life on Chestnut Street run smoothly. Meet at McIntire Park, across from Hamilton Hall, at 10 a.m. The walk takes place rain or shine and is sponsored by Salem Cultural Council. For more information, visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
  • What do a self-made millionaire, a nationally prominent silversmith, one of the first responders to Abraham Lincoln’s call for soldiers, and a sailor who served aboard the USS Merrimack have in common? Join Gail and Lisa Balentine for a stroll down one of Beverly’s most historic streets — Thorndike Street — for the answer. Meet at City Hall, at the corner of Cabot and Thorndike streets, at 2 p.m. This tour is sponsored by the Beverly Historical Society. Cost is $5 nonmembers, free to BHS members.

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  • Dear Abby: Young man with heart scar has options for covering it up Dear Abby: You printed a letter from "Self-Conscious in Georgia" (May 15), a young man who is insecure about the scar from his heart surgery. I have had three surgeries for congenital defects, my first at 2 years old. Because many women's fashions ex

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  • Dear Abby: Angry wife resents husband for hiding news of his health Dear Abby: When my husband is sick or needs to have surgery, he refuses to tell his family and doesn't want me to. This puts me in a very awkward position. I'm damned if I do tell them because he will be upset with me, and damned if I don't because h

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  • Dear Abby: Romantics should come back to earth Dear Abby: I have been single for a couple of years. I have always been levelheaded when it comes to romance, but I'm finding myself unable to control my feelings about the new man I'm seeing. "Brent" is smart, intelligent, sweet and loving. We have

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  • North Shore religion calendar Saturday, Aug. 16 Church Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima Church, 50 Walsh Ave., Peabody. Church-sponsored yard sale features home furnishings, clothing, children's items, furniture and more. Portuguese food will also be available. All

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  • North Shore religion news in brief The Church of the Holy Name is seeking artists and crafters to participate in the Fall Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, located at the corner of Monument Avenue and Thomas Road in Swampscott. A limited a

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  • This weekend's Best Bets Best Bets for Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out The Salem News' Best Bets.

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