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January 11, 2014

Best Bets for Saturday, Jan. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 12

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The Phillips House kitchen has gadgets and gizmos of plenty. Learn how these odd-looking tools in the kitchen made work easier for domestic staff in the 20th century during a special tour today, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the 1821 residence, located at 34 Chestnut St. in Salem. The tour is part of Historic New England’s “Everybody’s History,” which looks at daily life, work and heritage around New England. General admission is $15 per person and $10 for Historic New England members. Space is limited and advance registration is suggested by calling 978-744-0440 or visiting


Lace up your kicks and head to the Beverly School for the Deaf for the Beverly-Salem Elks Club's local competition of the annual Elks National Free Throw Contest. Boys and girls ages 8 to 13 are invited to give it their best shot in each of their separate divisions. The competition starts at 9 a.m. for participants ages 12 to 13; 11 a.m. for ages 8 to 9; and 1 p.m. for ages 10 to 11. Age is determined by the child's age on April 1, 2014. There is no cost to participate. For details, call Charles Summit at 508-843-1321 or the Beverly-Salem Elks Club at 978-922-9608.

Nicholas W. Kent grew up on the North Shore, spending countless hours in the boatyards of Marblehead with his father, Christopher, an avid sailor and boatman. Christopher’s death a few years ago affected Nicholas deeply. The love of boats and boat yards, use of boat-specific materials, images from the past, memories of his father, and the emotional turmoil of his father's loss are all reflected in Nicholas' exhibit, “Spirits of the Boatyard,” which is this month's featured exhibit at Stetson Gallery in Marblehead. An opening reception will be held from noon to 2 p.m. today at the gallery, which is located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, visit, or email

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  • North Shore religion news in brief Congregation Shirat Hayam is offering a free, five-week Hebrew Reading Crash Course on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. from Sept. 2 through Oct. 7, at the synagogue, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Led by Nancy Miller, the course is open to the community and is

    July 26, 2014

  • North Shore religion calendar Wednesday, July 30 Book Club, 7 p.m., Aviv Centers for Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Women of all ages are invited to a free book group with conversations about Jewish identity. Group will discuss "The Harem Midwife" by Roberta Rich. RSVP to Sh

    July 26, 2014

  • Dear Abby: Teen is looking for direction after high school graduation Dear Abby: I am an 18-year-old high school senior who is scared about what's going to happen after graduation. For the past three years I have known exactly where I'll be and what I will be doing in the general sense. Now that I have one more year to

    July 26, 2014

  • macaws Vet Connection: Pet birds need training, social interaction and time out of the cage People are fascinated with the big colorful birds on display at Animal Kingdom and wild bird sanctuaries. It's always fascinating to see someone walking down the street with a big-beaked bird on his or her shoulder as a companion. We are all drawn to

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ask Dog Lady: Her little dog is obsessed with food Dear Dog Lady: I have a 3-year-old, long-coated Chihuahua named Mexipep (after a brand of hot sauce). She has many fine attributes -- she's very sweet, not nervous and barky like the short-coated Chihuahuas can be. On the subject of food, however, th

    July 25, 2014

  • howe Book Notes: Local novelist sees ‘conversion’ syndrome in witch trials The parallels between 1692 and today are so close, they're frightening. That's one conclusion you could draw from reading "Conversion," Marblehead resident Katherine Howe's new novel, which compares the world of the Salem Witch Trials to the life of

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • vehicles Quick pick: Festival of vehicles

    Festival of vehicles Take a ride over to the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library for the 16th annual Vehicle Night on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The festival of fire trucks, emergency vehicles, cruisers and snow plows takes place in the library park

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Friday's Best Bets Best Bets for Friday, July 25

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dear Abby: Tyke becomes a terror when mom takes back her cellphone Dear Abby: When my friend "Fran" and I get together with our kids, they often play games on her cellphone until the battery dies. If she tries to take the phone from her 6-year-old to make a call or recharge the phone, he starts yelling at her, pushe

    July 25, 2014

  • misselwood_2 Rare, classic cars make an appearance at annual Endicott College show

    The original Concours d'Elegance was a fashion show on wheels. "It did start in 17th century France, where some of the aristocracy wanted to show off the fashions they were wearing," said Patrick Cornellison, chairman of the event. "Mainly women woul

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

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