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January 25, 2014

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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.

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