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February 21, 2014

Best Bets for Friday, Feb. 21


The Salem News

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

Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to a dinosaur-themed tea party from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Bring youir favorite dinosaur toy, listen to dino stories, and enjoy juice and cookies. To register for this Dino-Tea Party, call 781-631-1481 or visit www.abbotlibrary.org.

Temple Grandin, acclaimed speaker, writer and activist on the topic of autism, will culminate "Beyond Disabilities," a free symposium-style week of events at Gordon College, at 10:25 a.m. in the A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel on Gordon's campus, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. A reception will follow. All are welcome. For details and seat availability, visit www.gordon.edu/beyonddisabilities.

Renowned comparative psychologist Irene Pepperberg will share her groundbreaking studies on intelligence and communication in African grey parrots at 7:45 p.m. at Peabody Essex Museum's Morse Auditorium. A panel discussion with Mary Jo McConnell, a featured artist in the PEM exhibit “Beyond Human,” will follow. Tonight's event is free and co-sponsored by the Essex County Ornithological Club; an ECOC business meeting take place from 7:30 to 7:45 p.m. Preteen to adults are welcome. PEM is at 161 Essex St., in Salem. For more information, call 978-542-1511 or visit pem.org/calendar.