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March 23, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24

On Saturday, celebrate Women's History Month with a special walking tour of historic sites in downtown Ipswich with author Bonnie Hurd Smith. Learn about women lace-makers, writers, artists, mill workers, tavern keepers, preservationists and reformers who — for four centuries — helped shape the town. Meet at 10 a.m. at the bottom of Town Hill, diagonally across from the Choate Bridge Pub, rain or shine. Cost is $10.

Enjoy samplings from area restaurants and support St. John the Baptist School at the 13th annual Taste of New England auction, set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the school's gym, 19 Chestnut St., Peabody. Guests can also take part in a wine tasting and a silent and live auction, all for a $15 ticket available at the door. Proceeds benefit curriculum enhancements and programs for all students at the school.  

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure, but it can be both for you at the annual Trashfinder's Ball, set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Franco American Club. 44 Park St., Beverly. Guests are encouraged to wear a secondhand or homemade outfit for the Trashion Show, and bring up to three prized trash finds for judging. The $10 ticket price also gets you in to enjoy music by the Found Objects and a special appearance by Cape Ann Improv. A portion of proceeds will benefit Change is Simple. For more information, visit or email

Discover the wonder of pop-up books on Sunday at a family-friendly exhibit reception at the Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. From 1 to 3:30 p.m., families can enjoy selected readings and create thumbprint and monster art crafts inspired by children’s illustrator Ed Emberley. Also, the Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance will interpret classic children’s storybook through ballet at 2:15 and 2:45 p.m. The reception is free with museum admission; $8/adults, $6/children. For more information, call 978-468-2377 or visit

Later in the day, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, take part in a presentation and discussion about an important social issue at the North Shore Forum to End Homelessness. Dr. Megan Sandel, a professor of pediatrics and public health at Boston University School of Medicine, is the keynote speaker for this event, taking place at the First Church Congregational, 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott. For more information, call 978-910-0190.

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