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Get to know the poets who will be featured at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will be held in Salem from May 2 to 4, in an ongoing program at Peabody Institute Library's main branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. The second of six meetings takes place today at 12:30 and features Rhina Espaillat. Salem State University Professor Jennifer Jean, also a poet, will lead the discussion. For more information, visit the library's website or call 978-531-0100, ext. 10.
Attend a reception for "The Malala Portraits," and exhibit on view at The House of Seven Gables, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the house, at 115 Derby St., Salem. The exhibit features a collection of portraits of Malala, a young girl who spoke up in favor of education for girls and was shot for that opinion. Painted in various mediums by local high school students, these portraits honor the Nobel Peace Prize nominee and depict her intelligence, courage and dignity.
Maureen Clark, owner of Marketplace Quilts in Salem, is the featured guest at tonight's Garden City Quilters' Guild meeting, at 6:30 at Church in the Cove, 167 Hale St., Beverly. New members are welcome.