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December 3, 2013

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The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly features a presentation by award-winning FTD designer Bert Ford of the Ford Flower Company, titled “Deck the Halls” tonight at 6 at the Cove Community Center. Ford will demonstrate unique and fun ways to decorate for the holidays. A greens sale and holiday boutique begin at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. The event includes floral arrangements, refreshments and raffles. Cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and proceeds benefit the Garden Club’s charitable activities. The Cove Community Center is at 19 Corning St., in Beverly. For tickets and details, call 978-578-1822.

The Salem Peace Committee will sponsor a free screening of the film "Unmanned: America's Drone Wars" at 7 p.m. in the St. James Conference Room (enter from the parking lot at the corner of Bridge and Flint streets) in Salem. The documentary includes interviews with military officials, journalists investigating the U.S.'s use of drones, Pakistani families mourning the loss of loved ones and a drone operator in an effort to show the effects of the nation's drone policy. For more information, call 978-740-9917.

The Salem Winds, a 40-member professional wind ensemble, presents “Modern Wind Band Works Inspired by the Renaissance” at 7:30 p.m. at Salem State University Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., in Salem. Admission is free. For more information, call 781-942-9711.

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