, Salem, MA

March 1, 2014

Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2

The Salem News

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

Saturday, March 1

Wish G.I. Joe a happy birthday at 10:30 a.m. at Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. A G.I. Joe collector will discuss the story of America’s favorite action hero and how the toy changed play and toy design. The guest lecturer will also share a rare display of G.I. Joe figures, vehicles, play sets and equipment from his private collection. This program compliments the museum’s Happy Birthday G.I. Joe exhibit. The event is free with museum admission: $8/adult, $6/child. For more information, call 978-468-2377 or visit

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras’ Flute Choir will perform at 3 p.m. at Congregational Church of Topsfield, 9 E. Common St., Topsfield. The free, family-friendly concert features performances by all three of NMYO’s flute choirs and is open to all. For more information, call 978-309-9833 or visit

Beverly Youth Hockey presents a Hypnotizing Hockey Night featuring Pete Mamos, a stage hypnotist and magician who combines audience participation, comedy, music and mystery into his presentations, at 6:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 300 Rantoul St., Beverly. The event includes a silent auction, raffle, Italian fare and cash bar. Music and dancing will follow the hypnotist show. Tickets are $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit Beverly Youth Hockey Programs.

Sunday, March 2

The North Shore Housing Action Group, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, the Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness, Promise the Children and North Shore Community Action Programs will host a short and informative advocacy training forum on the family homelessness crisis today at 2 p.m. at First Church Congregational, 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott. The forum is designed to prepare advocates for a legislative breakfast on April 3 at Salem State University, where attendees can talk with local senators and representatives about the issue. All are welcome.

The Greater Lynn Photographic Association celebrates its 126th anniversary with a member exhibit featuring color and black-and-white prints, and all are invited to meet artists in a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park Nursing Center, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. Can't make it? The exhibit is on view through April 3. For more information, visit

“Ireland on Parade 2014,” a traditional Irish music and dance extravaganza, takes place at 3 p.m. at Marblehead High School, 2 Humphrey St., Marblehead. The event features Patricia Brady, “The Irish Nightingale,” with her special guests, The Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums; the O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance; and The New England Tenors. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and proceeds go to PBD Associates Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports musicians worldwide. For tickets, call 973-761-0041 or email You can also get tickets in advance at The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St., Marblehead, and Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St., Marblehead. For more information, visit