, Salem, MA

January 25, 2014

Best Bets for Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26

Staff Writer

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Take a time-out from weekend chores and bring your scrapbooking project and supplies to the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., for a scrapbooking lab from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The drop-in program is open to scrapbookers who wish to work on their own independent projects and be inspired by the friendship and ideas of others. Space is limited. For details or to reserve a seat, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit

St. Peter's Church is hosting a Be the Match bone marrow donor registration drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 4 Ocean St. in Beverly. Representatives from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will be at the church to sign up potential bone marrow donors for the registry of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. Registrants must be between ages 18 and 44, meet health guidelines, and willing to donate to any patient for whom he or she is a match. No blood is drawn at registration, but participants will be asked to swab the inside of their cheek to collect cells for testing. Registrants are asked to bring their insurance cards, because many insurance plans in Massachusetts cover the testing. All those who register will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a gift certificate from Atomic Café in Beverly. St. Peter’s is hoping to recruit a minimum of 150 bone marrow registrants in honor of the church's 150th anniversary. For information about the Be the Match program, visit

Bundle up and meet at the corner of Summer and Chestnut streets in Salem for the Phillips Favorites: Winter Wonderland Walking Tour from 2 to 3 p.m. The architectural walking tour explores historic Chestnut Street and then heads to the Phillips House where hot cocoa and an optional house tour will be available. The tour is part of the Historic New England “Phillips Favorites” series, which includes programs, tours 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. Registration is required at 978-744-0440 or

Jim Parks, a wildlife rehabilitator from Wingmasters, is bringing some of his feathery friends to the Ipswich Public Library where he will present a program about owls, and how they use their specialized powers of sight, hearing, and flight to survive and thrive. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the Collins Room at the library, 25 North Main St., Ipswich. In addition to real live owls, Parks' presentation includes fact and folklore to explain the natural and unnatural history of owls. The program is suitable for families with children in kindergarten and older, teens and adults. For more information, call 978-412-8713.

As part of its 300th anniversary celebration, the First Congregational Church in Hamilton is hosting a Handel and Haydn Society Concert at 7 p.m., at 624 Bay Road. This concert -- one of three in a series celebrating each of the three centuries -- features a harpsichordist and classic 18th-century selections. Tickets cost $15 each and are available at


Get hungry for all-you-can-eat pancakes from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Vittori-Rocci Post No. 56, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. The Deluxe Pancake Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, baked beans, applesauce and beverages. Admission is a donation of $4 per adult and $3 per child in support of Danvers Youth Hockey and the Veteran’s Aid Fund. The building is handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 978-927-2103.

The Salem Philharmonic Orchestra along with soprano soloist Rebecca Hains will perform at 3 p.m. in Salem High School's auditorium, 77 Willson St., Salem. The concert is part of Salem Philharmonic Orchestra’s Winter Concert series, which is celebrating its 110th season with diverse programs and guest soloists under the direction of Alan Hawryluk, who has conducted the orchestra for the past 44 years. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.