BY MURIEL C. HOFFACKER
— Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' best bets:
From 10 a.m. to noon, learn how the geography of Afghanistan and Pakistan have contributed to the difficulty of America's longest war. Salem State University professor Stephen Young will explain the regions' geographical factors during a lecture at the Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, located at 10 Federal St., in Salem. The lecture is open to the public, and donations will be accepted from nonmembers in attendance. For more information, call 978-744-0804 or visit www.explorerslli.org.
Children ages 5 to 11 are invited to build their own fun at 2 p.m., at Flint Public Library, located at 1 South Main St., in Middleton. Children can watch a Lego expert build creative structures, then show off their own creative skills by building their own contraptions. For more information, visit www.flintlibrary.org, or call 978-774-8132.
Harpist Barbara Poeschl-Edrich will serenade her audience during the second event of a five-part classical music series titled “Close Encounters with Music,” featuring Music at Eden's Edge chamber group. Poeschl-Edrich will also give a guided tour of the harp and discuss its history. The event starts at 7 p.m., and will be held at the Peabody Institute Library, located at 82 Main St., in Peabody. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.