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January 18, 2014

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Follow the Phillips family on a wintry jaunt around New England from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Phillips House, located at 34 Chestnut St. in Salem. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while viewing film clips of the family engaged in their favorite winter activities, then tour the house and see Phillips family items not usually on display. The program is part of the Phillips Favorites series, which includes tours, programs and movies highlighting the Phillips House Museum and life on Chestnut Street in the early 20th century. Admission is $10 per person; discounts are available for Historic New England members. For details, call 978-744-0440 or visit

Don't feel like making dinner? Head over to the Second Congregational Church in Beverly for a ham and bean supper from 5 to 6 p.m. The menu features two kinds of home-baked beans, ham, coleslaw, rolls and a beverage. Home-baked pies are also available for $1.50 a slice. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $3.50 for children. The church, which is located at 35 Conant St., is handicapped-accessible.

Follow the yellow brick road over to the Miles River Middle School for its production of “The Wizard of Oz” at 2 p.m. The school is located at 787 Bay Road in South Hamilton. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at, and cost $6 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for adults.


Shimmy over to the Sterling YMCA for a Zumbathon Charity Event from 4 to 6 p.m., at 254 Essex St. in Beverly. The event features more than 10 Zumba instructors and a special Latin dance performance by Kimberly and Tomas. Admission is $20 and all proceeds benefit Augie's Quest, a campaign that supports MDA's worldwide ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research program. ALS destroys the nerve cells that control muscles, which ultimately causes paralysis while leaving mental function intact. For more information about the event, email

Salem High School's Actors Guild presents “It's a Grand Night for Singing,” a family-friendly performance of songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, including those from “Cinderella”; “South Pacific”; “Oklahoma!”; “The Sound of Music” and more. The performance takes place at 2 p.m. in the high school's Seifert Auditorium, located at 77 Willson St. in Salem. Admission is $10 per person and $7 for students, staff and senior citizens.

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    April 19, 2014

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    April 19, 2014

  • Dear Abby: Teenage girl’s boyish figure is often deceiving to others Dear Abby: I'm a 14-year-old girl with a problem. Because of my buzzed short hair, slim hips and flat chest, I frequently get mistaken for a boy. It really bothers me because, despite my haircut and body shape, I have a feminine face and I wear women

    April 19, 2014

  • This weekend's Best Bets Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20

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  • Vet Connection: Is it OK to give a dog a bone? We have all seen the cartoons and commercials depicting dogs burying bones and stashing them away for later. Unfortunately, most pet owners are completely unaware of the significant risks and problems that are associated with feeding dogs these treat

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  • Ask Dog Lady: Why is my dog fascinated with burying things? Dear Dog Lady, My dog came across a dead cat at the park and proceeded to bury the cat with surrounding leaves by using her nose and pushing the leaves over the dead cat. Two days later, we went back to the park, and she found the dead cat again and

    April 18, 2014

  • ed Ipswich author to share drawing techniques Most of Ed Emberley's 80 children's books, 20 of which are still in print, have one goal in mind. "Showing the kids you can draw; everybody can draw something," he said. "They get encouragement from working with the simplest thing." Emberley will giv

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  • holtenhouse Quick pick 'Voices From the Back Stairs' Jennifer Pustz of Historic New England presents "Voices From the Back Stairs" tomorrow at 2, at the Judge Samuel Holten House, 171 Holten St., Danvers. In her presentation, Pustz explores domestic service in 19th- and 20

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  • Dear Abby: Assistant’s gruff attitude needs to be smoothed out Dear Abby: How do I deal with an assistant who keeps calling me a "brown-noser"? She did it again yesterday at a staff meeting in front of my boss and another assistant. It was the third time she has said it. She is gruff and rude, and several people

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