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May 20, 2013

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Masconomet Regional High School is jazzing things up again. This evening, from 7 to 9 p.m., Masco presents its annual fundraiser, but with a different theme called Swing Into Spring. Masco's High School and Middle School Jazz Bands, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Choir will perform a special selection of music while attendees enjoy an ice cream sundae bar, raffles and more. Advance tickets cost $12 per person and proceeds benefit the Masconomet Music Parents Association, which annually awards more than $12,000 in merit scholarships to underclassmen and seniors for music lessons, enrichment programs and post graduate studies. Details and reservations are available at, or by contacting Glaudia Giustra at The high school is located at 20 Endicott Road in Topsfield.

Get re-enchanted by the magic of fairytales when Cohen Hillel Academy's Upper School students perform Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” The musical intertwines the characters and plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales to tell the story of a baker and his wife. The production is suitable for all ages and will be held at Temple Sinai, located at 1 Community Road in Marblehead. Doors open 30 minutes before the show, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and cost $8 for students and $16 for adults. For more information, call 781-639-2880.

Hamilton-Wenham Public Library's Monday Night Book Group will discuss Madeline Albright's memoir, “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War,” from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State, shares her experiences of historical events, including the Nazi invasion of her hometown when she was 12 years old, the Battle of Britain, World War II, the rise of communism and the onset of the Cold War. Copies of the book are available at the reference desk. For more information, contact Rebecca Shea at 978-468-5577 or

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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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  • 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

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  • 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

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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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