, Salem, MA

May 11, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12

The Salem News

---- — Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

Raise money for a cause of your choice in Coast of Hope's "Walk ’Cause You Believe!,” today at the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Routes include 5K and 2K paved/unpaved paths out to Steep Hill Beach, and a 2K paved route for those with strollers or wheelchairs. The event kicks off with an annual origami paper crane drop. Same-day registration starts at 7:15 a.m. at the estate's casino, followed by the walk at 8 a.m. Cost to participate is $15/person, $40/family. For more information, visit

Spring means green and growth, and there's no better reminder than the many plant sales taking place today throughout the North Shore. Here's a quick roundup:

Join instructors from Cape Ann Waldorf School for a hands-on program to harvest honey and beeswax, and learn about the honeybee and how humans and honeybees can support one another, from 10 a.m. to noon at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. This event is designed for families with children ages 5 and older, and participants will bring home a little bear filled with honey. Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Register by calling 978-887-9264.

Tomorrow, Join the "Flip Flop Friends" for their third annual Mother’s Day Walk, at 9 a.m. at Ross Park, on Johnson Street in Peabody. The Power of Pink walk, a fundraiser to support the group's participation in the Susan G. Komen 60-mile, three-day walk, July 26-28 in Boston, will follow the Independence Greenway Bike Path. Attendees are asked to wear pink. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by 9 a.m. walk. Cost is $5 for student walkers, $10 for adult walkers, with a suggested $25 donation per family.

North of Boston Arts Center presents its first original musical, “Magic Fruit: The Tale of a Real Smoothie,” at 2 p.m., at the Memorial Building, 502 Cabot St., Beverly. This family-friendly event is free, although donations are welcome. For more information or reserved seating, email info@the or call NOBAC-8-0033.