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Beverly Historical Society presents “Create a Beverly Book,” an art project for school-age children to create an illustrated history of Beverly from the first colonial settlers to today, using pictures from the society’s collection and additional drawings and text. The program, recommended for children ages 6 to 10, takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Beverly Historical Society, Cabot House, 117 Cabot St., Beverly. Children will receive a copy of their work. Admission is $1, $5 for adults, free for society members. For details call 978-922-1186, ext. 20, or visit the Historical Society's website.
What is Arduino? Find out in "Introduction to Arduino: Computing in the Physical World," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Peabody Institute Library's Creativity Lab, 82 Main St., Peabody. Participants will learn to use Arduino, an open source microcontroller (small computer) that makes it easy to react to the world (through sensors like light, temperature and GSP) and take action (moving motors or turning on lights or appliances). The class, for ages 16 and up, introduces an easy Arduino programming environment with basic electronics for reading input and controlling output to LEDs and servo motors. Instruction is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation to offset cost of supplies. Space is limited; sign up at the Creativity Lab calendar at the library's website.
Salem Theatre Company invites everyone to celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare by sharing monologues, scenes and sonnets — prepared and not — in a special free Open Mike Night at 8 p.m. at Gulu Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem. “Come give us a taste of your quality, come a passionate speech.” For more information, visit STC's website, email email@example.com or call 978-790-8546.