Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:
Teens, get ready for some sweet competition, as Cupcake Wars comes to the Swampscott Public Library. Newman's Bakery is donating undecorated cupcakes and half-moons, and celebrity judge Austin Sagan and other members of the Swampscott Public Library Teen Advisory Board will rate contestants' decorating skills. Teens can participate by themselves or with a team of friends. Cupcake Wars takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Bring artistic skills and an appetite. For more informaiton, call 781-596-8867.
New England sharks aren't all like we see in "Jaws," and tonight Mae Taylor, an adjunct professor at Salem State University, will present an exploration of the common — and lesser-known — sharks of the region. This free lecture is suitable for children ages 8 and older, and there will be time for questions. "Sharks of New England" takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. For more information, visit www.hwlibrary.org.
Explore Salem's paranormal side in tonight's lecture at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Kimberly Bizjak, a professional paranormal investigator and proprietor of Paranormal Salem, will discuss the history and theory of ghost hunting, debunking and equipment, and share some of her own spooky findings. The lecture, which starts at 7 p.m., is part of Gables' annual Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series, honoring Nathaniel Hawthorne and his literary works. For more information, visit www.7gables.org.