, Salem, MA

February 1, 2014

Best Bets for Saturday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 2

The Salem News

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How about some ice cream for breakfast? In celebration of National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, Cherry Farm Creamery is serving an ice cream “breakfast” menu from 8 a.m. to noon, during which half of all proceeds will donated to the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Essex County Community Foundation. Cherry Farm is located at 210 Conant St. in Danvers. For more information, visit or call 978-774-0519.

Peruse the expansive collection of items available for purchase at the Friends of Ipswich Public Library's winter book sale today, from 9 to 4, in the Collins Room at the library, 25 North Main St., Ipswich. The sale features fiction, nonfiction, special interest books for adults and children, CDs, recorded books and DVDs. For details, visit or call 978-356-6648.

As part of the Chamber Music By Candlelight Series, the Cambridge Society for Early Music presents “Beethoven and the Romantic Violin” this evening at 8. The concert features English keyboard master Ian Watson and violinist Susanna Ogata. The concert takes place at the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. A reception will follow. The cost is $30 for nonmembers, $25 senior citizens, and free for Athenaeum members and students with ID. Tickets are available for purchase by cash or check at the door. For details or to make a credit card purchase, visit


Neighborhood Health Plan, in partnership with the North Shore Community Health Center and WXKS-FM, is hosting a family-friendly health education event from noon to 4 today, at the Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. The event, which aims to raise awareness about staying healthy and managing chronic diseases, includes free health screenings, activities for children and adults, and giveaways. Everyone is invited to attend.

Join the Middleton Stream Team on its annual winter discovery hike today, from 1 to 4, to explore the habitats of beavers, birds and other wildlife on the upland banks of impoundments and on safe frozen surfaces. Meet at 12:50 p.m. at the unpaved section of North Liberty Street, about a mile north of Prichard’s Pond in Middleton; the hike will start and end at same location. Bring cameras and wear warm clothing, hats, gloves and nonslip foot gear. Also, hiking sticks are encouraged, as there may be rough spots and ice. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. Visit in case of possible changes due to snow or icy conditions. Send an email to or call 978-777-4584 with questions.

The Salem Philharmonic Orchestra is performing at 3 today in the Salem High School 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 49 years. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.