, Salem, MA


April 12, 2014

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This morning from 7 to 11, Boy Scout Troop 88 is serving up a hearty breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 96 Main St., Peabody. The menu for the Troop's Breakfast Extravaganza includes pancakes, eggs, omelets, home fries, sausage, bagels, pastries and more. Tickets for raffle baskets are also available. Admission is $7 per person and all proceeds support Troop 88’s activities.

Round up your gadgets and gizmos and head over to Winthrop Elementary School, 325 Bay Road, Hamilton, for an electronics and appliances recycling fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a nominal fee, electronics and appliances may be dropped off for environmentally safe recycling. Proceeds go to the 2014 Hamilton-Wenham Senior Class Graduation All-Night Event. Questions? Email Heather and Bill MacDonald at

The Inner Cycle spinning studio, located at 377 Cabot St. in Beverly, is hosting two 45-minute spin classes to benefit Beverly resident Peter Frates, a young athlete who was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. The first class begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the second at 12:30 p.m. Raffle items, complimentary beverages and snacks will be available. Admission is a suggested donation of $20, and all proceeds will go to The Pete Frates #3 Fund. Everyone is welcome to attend. For details, visit

Meet the baby chicks and then join Mrs. Green for a scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., Hamilton. Children of all ages are invited to attend this free event. For more information, call 978-468-2277.

This evening from 7 to 10, the community is invited to an open mike night at the King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, as part of the Marblehead Arts Association's Winter/Spring Program Series. All kinds of music, monologues, spoken word and poetry are welcome. A full PA set up, small drum kit and piano are available. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. For details, call 781-631-2608, or visit

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  • North Shore religion news in brief Congregation Shirat Hayam is offering a free, five-week Hebrew Reading Crash Course on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. from Sept. 2 through Oct. 7, at the synagogue, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Led by Nancy Miller, the course is open to the community and is

    July 26, 2014

  • North Shore religion calendar Wednesday, July 30 Book Club, 7 p.m., Aviv Centers for Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Women of all ages are invited to a free book group with conversations about Jewish identity. Group will discuss "The Harem Midwife" by Roberta Rich. RSVP to Sh

    July 26, 2014

  • Dear Abby: Teen is looking for direction after high school graduation Dear Abby: I am an 18-year-old high school senior who is scared about what's going to happen after graduation. For the past three years I have known exactly where I'll be and what I will be doing in the general sense. Now that I have one more year to

    July 26, 2014

  • macaws Vet Connection: Pet birds need training, social interaction and time out of the cage People are fascinated with the big colorful birds on display at Animal Kingdom and wild bird sanctuaries. It's always fascinating to see someone walking down the street with a big-beaked bird on his or her shoulder as a companion. We are all drawn to

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

    July 25, 2014

  • 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

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Friday's Best Bets Best Bets for Friday, July 25

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

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

    July 25, 2014

  • 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

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

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