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May 17, 2014

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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
  • 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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