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April 4, 2013

North Shore Entertainment Calendar


Children and families

FRIDAY FAMILY FUN NIGHT. Friday, April 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 16 Sylvan St., Danvers. The church’s gong show/talent night will be judged by the Rev. Larry Wimmer. All ages welcome. Snacks available. Wheelchair-accessible. 978-777-7408.

“GWENDOLYN THE GRACEFUL PIG.” Author reading and event, Saturday, April 6, 2 to 3 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. David Ira Rottenberg, author of “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig,” and ballerinas from the Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance will present the story. Children are encouraged to dress up in tutus, leotards, football jerseys or all three. Program is suitable for all ages. Free.

PAJAMA DAY. Sunday, April 7, noon to 2 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. JCC’s Super Spring program kicks off. Children can dress in their favorite pajamas and bring a sleeping bag for an afternoon of movies, games and popcorn. Event is suitable for children ages 4 to 9. Reserve a spot at 781-476-9907 or

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BIRDING ESSEX COUNTY. Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to noon, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For ages 13 to 17. Spend the morning birding around Essex County and join Drumlin Farm’s teen birders to look for late winter and early spring birds. $15/nonmembers, $13/Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264.

“LEARN AS YOU SOW.” Saturday, April 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Long Hill, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Learn about seed starting and help sow the first big round of seeds, which will grow into the cutting flowers in Long Hill’s pick-your-own flower fields. Families with children ages 8 and older are invited. Free admission. Register at

THE ART OF NATURE: SIGNS OF SPRING. Saturday, April 6, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 6 to 12. Watercolorist Brenda Sloane presents a class that combines nature and art; take a walk to observe the signs of spring, then create a watercolor painting with findings. $10/adults, $8/children, discounts available for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or

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