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March 19, 2014

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Teens ages 11 to 18 looking forward to the upcoming release of the movie "Divergent" are invited to a "Divergent" party from 1 to 3 p.m. at Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. The film is based on Veronica Roth’s young adult novel. Today's event includes games, food and other fun activities inspired by the book. Fans are encouraged to adopt their chosen faction’s dress. Sign up at 978-531-0100, ext. 14, or www.peabodylibrary.org.

Author and illustrator Lisa Graves kicks off the Seven Lectures series with a discussion on some of history’s most colorful women and their amazing, courageous and oftentimes humorous adventures, tonight at 6 at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Graves will share her process of researching and writing her books “History’s Witches” and “Trail Blazers.” The lecture is free for Essex Heritage and Seven Gables members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP to sweber@7gables.org. For more information, visit www.7gables.org.

Daniel Blustein, graduate student at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center Biomimetic Underwater Robot Lab, will talk about his work studying animals and trying to create robots similar to these creatures in a special free presentation at 7 p.m. at Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Blustein will bring a lobster robot, a lamprey robot and a flying robot. All are welcome. For more information, call 781-596-8867.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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

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  • twenties_3 Ipswich's Castle Hill braces for 1,000 at Roaring '20s Lawn Party

    The latest dance craze started in the 1930s. The Lindy Hop, which first flourished in the ballrooms of Harlem, is expected to draw hundreds of people to a dance floor at the Crane Estate this Sunday. Organized by Boston Swing Central, a dance club in

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  • kallyson North Shore entertainment calendar Good cause YARD SALE TO BENEFIT JIMMY FUND. Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 11 Anna Drive, Danvers. Family yard sale with all proceeds benefiting the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. WOOSHIE'S WARRIORS FUNDRAISER FOR MS. Sunday, July 27, 10 a.

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  • The reader's eye Name: Erika Torkildsen Hometown: Beverly Description: "I took this at the Salem Common around a park where I noticed a ripped basketball net amid the blue sky. Instead of taking the picture from my original view, I tipped the camera up from under the

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