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April 26, 2014

Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27

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Saturday, April 26

The Salem Alliance for the Environment, 350 Massachusetts and Healthlink will host a free forum on the movement to divest from fossil fuels at 10 a.m. at First Church, 316 Essex St., Salem. A panel will discuss the efficacy of divestment as a strategy to hasten the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. For more information, call 978-744-2941 or email

Salem Y celebrates YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event from noon to 3 p.m. at Salem Common, 18 Washington Square, Salem. Salem Y department directors will lead games and activities for children of all ages. The event features Sheriff’s Department K-9 dogs; Salem Fire Department Safe House to learn how to handle a fire situation; McGruff the Crime Dog; local youth sports leagues; Walgreens health screenings and a pediatric dentist; energy-efficiency information; New York Life Kid identification kits; bouncy house; and more. In case of rain, event will take place at the Salem Y on Sewall Street. For more information, contact Mary Sholds at 978-744-0351.

The Endicott College Drama Club in conjunction with playwriting courses and the English Department will hold their second annual presentation of one-act dramas, comedies and monologues written by students, professors and staff of the college at 7:30 p.m. in Tia's Theater, at Endicott's Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Some are fully staged, while others are semi-staged readings. See the works up close and chat with performers, directors and writers. Tickets are $10 general, free to Endicott ID holders. For details and reservations, visit or call 978-998-7700.

Sunday, April 27

Two events at the Franco-American Club, 44 Park St., Beverly, will benefit Mason Switzer, a 2 1/2-year-old who was diagnosed with stage 3 liver cancer in February. For more information, visit

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