, Salem, MA

October 19, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20

The Salem News

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out The Salem News' Best Bets:

Saturday, Oct. 19

Drop off old appliances and electronics for safe, easy and responsible disposal at an Appliance & Electronic Recycling Drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Masconomet Regional High School parking lot at 20 Endicott Road in Topsfield. Recycling fees range from $5 to $30. Proceeds support the music programs and music parents' scholarship fund at Masconomet Middle and High School. For more information or a list of accepted items, call 978-887-1283, or email

Sail over to the annual model ship show today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St., Peabody. Explore more than 100 model ships made from wood, paper, plastic, and other miscellaneous media. Ship modelers will be on hand to discuss their work and share their stories about making these miniature vessels, which, according to Salem News reporter Alan Burke, are often painstakingly built, with every line researched, every spar and every capstan fashioned to scale. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. Attendees should enter through the side entrance. For more information, call 978-531-2254.

Everyone is invited to attend the free health fair hosted by Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Beverly Hospital campus at 77 Herrick St., Beverly. The health fair includes prizes; refreshments from Henry's Market; facial skin cancer and blood pressure health screenings; hearing evaluations; flu shots (no appointment necessary; insurance company will be billed); a pharmacist and dermatologist available to answer questions about medication and skin care; information and resources for seniors; and much more. For details or directions, call 978-927-4110.

Meet Michael Sáenz, the actor, director, playwright and teaching artist in New York City who's debut novel is called “The Thousand Natural Shocks.” Sáenz will be in the Sutton Room at Peabody Institute Library's Main Branch where he will read from and lead a discussion about his teen novel, as well as answer questions about writing and self-publishing. Copies of “The Thousand Natural Shocks” will be available for purchase. Sáenz’s visit will take place from 2 to 3 p.m., at 82 Main St. in Peabody. For more information, contact Melissa Robinson at 978-531-0100, ext. 14.

The Orchestra On The Hill performs classical music by composers from Massachusetts at 7:30 p.m. in the Ipswich Performing Arts Center at 134 High St. in Ipswich. The concert includes the world premiere of “The Dance of Prometheus” from G. Paul Naeger. Under the musical direction of Thomas Palance, The Orchestra On The Hill is a community orchestra comprised of musicians from the North Shore. Tickets are available at the door and cost $20 for general admission and $15 for students. For details and reservations, contact orchestra manager Caroline Forrester at or 978-471-8202.

Sunday, Oct. 20

Abbot Public Library’s Poetry Salon will be devoted to a discussion of American poet Adrienne Rich’s 1973 book, “Diving into the Wreck.” Join Marblehead poet and Salem State University Professor Emerita Claire Keyes for the discussion from 2 to 4 p.m., at Abbot Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. For more information, call 781-631-1481, or visit

St. Richard's Music Ministry presents the Inspirations Concert: Music From the Heart, featuring popular country, opera, pop, classical and patriotic music from 3 to 5 p.m., at St. Richard Parish, 90 Forest St., Danvers. All are welcome to attend the free concert; free-will donations will be accepted. Doors open at 2 p.m. The program is part of the Parish's 50-year anniversary celebration. Visit for details.