, Salem, MA

March 19, 2014

Best Bets for Wednesday, March 19

The Salem News

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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

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 For more information, visit

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.