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September 12, 2013

North Shore Entertainment Calendar



FULLISH MOON PADDLE. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Despite the full moon taking place prior to the event, there will be enough moonlight for a paddle down the Ipswich River. Leaders: Carol Decker, sanctuary director; and Scott Santino, teacher and naturalist. Watch for ducks, herons and other birds flying by; bats flitting above the water catching insects; muskrats, beavers or otters swimming; and, once the sun sets, listen to owls and other sounds of the nocturnal river habitat. Stop on one of the river’s islands for a campfire and snacks. Meets in front of the Visitor Center. Program for adults. All equipment provided. Participants should have prior canoeing experience. $28 member, $32 nonmember. Pre-registration required at 978-887-9264.

Lectures & workshops

EMAIL, SPAM & YOU. Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., McCarthy Auditorium, Peabody Municipal Light Plant, 201 Warren St. Extension, Peabody. North Shore Computer Society meeting includes a Tech Talk Time followed by “Email, Spam & You!,” a presentation on email programs, how to get rid of spam and more by Charles Hoover. All are welcome. or 888-955-6727.

HUMMINGBIRDS, MAGIC IN THE AIR. Friday, Sept. 13, 7:45 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Morse Auditorium, East India Square, Salem. Expert birder Gina Nichol shares vivid photographs of hummingbirds from the United States, Costa Rica and Ecuador, and stories of how these birds survive in diverse habitats. Free with museum admission. Co-sponsored by the Essex County Ornithological Club. ECOC business meeting from 7:30 to 7:45 p.m. or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.

SENIOR CHARLIECARD DAY. Monday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St., Peabody. Sen. Joan Lovely will host a workshop for any North Shore senior citizens, age 65 and up, who would like to apply for reduced rate CharlieCards, which can be used for reduced fare travel on all MBTA, including buses, subway, commuter rail and boat services. MBTA requires each senior to have his or her photo displayed on the reduced-rate card. Workshop attendees will have their photos taken and apply for senior-rate CharlieCards. Seniors are asked to bring a photo ID that includes date of birth. Lovely will greet seniors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Senator Lovely, 617-722-1410 or

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