BY MURIEL C. HOFFACKER
— Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:
Check out the creative bargains at the McCarthy School's Spring Craft Fair, which will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 76 Lake St., Peabody. The fair includes more than 50 crafters and vendors, raffles, a cookie walk, snack bar, Scholastic book fair and activities for children. Admission is free. For more information, email McCarthyfair@aol.com.
If your tomato slices look more like ketchup, then perhaps it's time to sharpen your knife. Shubie's Marketplace, at 16 Atlantic Ave. in Marblehead, is hosting a knife sharpening clinic on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., led by a representative from Wusthof Knives. Learn how to care for knives and have your own knives (any brand) sharpened during the clinic. Your first knife will be sharpened for free; a $3 fee will be applied to each additional knife (up to three). All proceeds will be donated to The Marblehead Food Pantry. For more information, call 781-631-0149.
If you think a baby chick is cute, wait until you see 300 of them. Children of all ages are invited to meet Green Meadows Farm's 300 baby chicks anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, at 656 Asbury St., in Hamilton. For more information, visit www.gmfarm.com or call 978-468-2277.
The Peabody Historical Society will host a lecture and slide show presentation by Christopher Daley, titled “Irish need Not Apply.” Daley will share stories about the Irish immigration into Boston after the potato famine, the anti-Irish-Catholic sentiment, how the Irish banded together, and how they were finally assimilated into American culture. The presentation starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and will be held at the Felton-Smith Historic Site, which is adjacent to Brooksby Farm on Felton Street in Peabody. The program is free to Peabody Historical Society members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call 978-531-0805 or visit www.peabodyhistorical.org.