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February 2, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3

Here are The Salem News' best bets for the weekend:

Families with children are invited to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary's Groundhog Day Extravaganza today, from 1 to 4 p.m., at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Festivities include nature hikes, snow sculptures, a groundhog obstacle course, crafts, refreshments and other ongoing activities. A groundhog celebration and puppet show will be held at 2 p.m. in the barn. Attendees should dress warmly as some events take place outside. Admission costs $9 for adults and $7 for children, and discounts are available for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration is required at 978-887-9264.

Support the North Shore Women's Rugby Football Club tonight at its third annual silent auction fundraiser, from 6 to 9 p.m., at O'Neill's Pub, located at 120 Washington St., Salem. The event features various auction items, a door prize and 50-50 raffle, with all proceeds going to the club to help cover its annual costs and purchase equipment. For more information, contact Janine Wuschke at 978-210-6204, Lindsay Costa at 617-686-8279, or visit

Author Amy Kwei will discuss her book “A Concubine for the Family — A Family Saga in China” tomorrow at 2 p.m., at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, located at 15 Sylvan St. Kwei's discussion will include details about Chinese customs and the Chinese New Year. A reception will follow her talk. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library, Danvers, and all are welcome to attend. For more information, visit

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  • Dear Abby: Husband who relives past should focus on present Dear Abby: I'm married to the love of my life. I can't imagine loving a man more than I love "Wayne," and I know he feels the same about me. The problem is, he's always telling stories about things he has done, including past relationships, in graphi

    August 20, 2014

  • 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

    August 19, 2014

  • 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

    August 18, 2014

  • 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

    August 16, 2014

  • 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

    August 16, 2014

  • 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

    August 16, 2014

  • 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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  • North Shore Gardener: Toad in your garden? That’s a good thing Q: There are several large toads -- some as big as a fist -- that live around the hosta on the shady side of my garden. They seem to especially like to be near the faucet, which sometimes leaks! Are they doing any harm? My small dog got one in his mo

    August 15, 2014

  • Dr. Kate's Parent Rap: Mission statement can help with co-parenting troubles More often than not, when I speak with parents today, they describe struggles with their children that originate in parenting conflicts. Parents often disagree when making daily decisions, and yet, they are steadfast in their beliefs that they share

    August 15, 2014

  • 0709_sn_out_tinticolor.jpg Salem native Hannah Tinti returns for Community Read The author of "The Good Thief" thinks her novel is a good choice for Salem's Community Read event next week. "It's something that appeals to adult readers and also younger readers," said Salem native Hannah Tinti. "It's sort of a crossover book. It w

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

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