, Salem, MA

April 26, 2013

Best Bets for Friday, April 26

The Salem News

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

Take part in a tree-planting ceremony at Holten Richmond Middle School, 55 Conant St., Danvers. A Green Mountain sugar maple, donated by the Danvers Garden Club, will be planted at the rear of the school at 10 a.m. as part of the town's 2013 Arbor Day celebration, co-sponsored by the Danvers Forestry Division and the Garden Club. Student representatives will also participate. For more information, call 978-762-0237 or email

Which germs are good and which are bad? Peter Alachi, who teaches biology and microbiology at Salem State University, will explain why humans need bacteria to survive. Many of the more than 400 types of micro-organisms that live inside the body are beneficial and can prevent disease by making a less favorable environment for less desirable bacteria. Learn more at the Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem, from 10 a.m. to noon. Donations welcome from nonmembers who attend. For more information, call 978-744-0804 or visit


Artists who spent the last week outside painting, taking photos and working on other forms of art will celebrate their resulting artwork in a reception tonight from 5 to 8 at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. The outdoor art event is a collaboration between the Salem Arts Association and The House of the Seven Gables. For more information, check