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May 1, 2013

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Stop in to see needlework on display and learn more about the craft as the Essex County Needlecraft Guild holds its 40th anniversary Needlework Exhibit and Tea at the Hellenic Center of Ipswich, 117 County Road. The all-day event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is free and features quilts, needlepoint, hooked rugs, knitting, felting, embroidery and more from the guild's more than 100 members. For those looking to learn, guild members will be on hand to demonstrate their crafts. For more information, visit

Authors Deahn Berrini, Robert Booth, Megan Kelley Hall, M.W. MacKay, Maria Mello, Elizabeth Buechner Morris, James Phoenix, Jason Stadtlander, Laurie Faria Stolarz and Donna Thorland will discuss their works, answer questions and sign books at a forum at the Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. The forum starts at 6:30 p.m. — books will be available for purchase by cash or check. For details, contact library director Alyce Deveau, 781-596-8868 or

View and discuss "A Place at the Table," a film about nutritional inequality in America and its impact on youth, tonight at Rose Performance Hall, Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St. The evening starts with a reception at 6:30, followed by the free film screening at 7. A panel discussion featuring Congressman John Tierney, Julie LaFontaine from Open Door in Gloucester, Patricia Baker from the MA Law Reform Institute, and Endicott faculty members Michael Kilburn, Nathalie Saltikoff and Joyce Shaw follows at 8:30 p.m. For details, contact Joanna Nandi at 978-232-2057 or

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