, Salem, MA

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

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

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