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March 20, 2014

Best Bets for Thursday, March 20

Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

Pizza and a movie? Yes please. From 3 to 5 p.m., teens are invited to Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead, to watch a newly released superhero movie and eat pizza. Friends are welcome. The event will take place in the library's meeting room. For more information, call 781-631-1481 or visit

Salem State University invites all to a roundtable discussion on “The Crisis in Crimea: Ukraine, Russia and the West,” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Berry Library, on North Campus, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. The free discussion will feature Dr. Kanishkan Sathasivam, Department of Political Science and Bates Center of Public Affairs; Dr. Elizabeth Coughlan, Department of Political Science and Bates Center of Public Affairs; Dr. Alexandros Kyrou, Department of History; and Dr. Christopher Mauriello, Department of History and Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. For more information, call 978-542-7435 or 978-542-7147, or email or

Princemere Writers Series of Gordon College presents Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail, winner of the Irish American Cultural Institute Prize for Poetry and the Marten Toonder Prize for Literature, at 7 p.m. at the college's Jenks Library, room 112, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. O’Siadhail will read from his newly published “Collected Poems” (Bloodaxe, 2013), which draws on 13 books of poetry. For more information about this free event, contact Professor Mark Stevick at

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  • macaws Vet Connection: Pet birds need training, social interaction and time out of the cage People are fascinated with the big colorful birds on display at Animal Kingdom and wild bird sanctuaries. It's always fascinating to see someone walking down the street with a big-beaked bird on his or her shoulder as a companion. We are all drawn to

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  • Ask Dog Lady: Her little dog is obsessed with food Dear Dog Lady: I have a 3-year-old, long-coated Chihuahua named Mexipep (after a brand of hot sauce). She has many fine attributes -- she's very sweet, not nervous and barky like the short-coated Chihuahuas can be. On the subject of food, however, th

    July 25, 2014

  • howe Book Notes: Local novelist sees ‘conversion’ syndrome in witch trials The parallels between 1692 and today are so close, they're frightening. That's one conclusion you could draw from reading "Conversion," Marblehead resident Katherine Howe's new novel, which compares the world of the Salem Witch Trials to the life of

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • vehicles Quick pick: Festival of vehicles

    Festival of vehicles Take a ride over to the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library for the 16th annual Vehicle Night on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The festival of fire trucks, emergency vehicles, cruisers and snow plows takes place in the library park

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Friday's Best Bets Best Bets for Friday, July 25

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  • Dear Abby: Tyke becomes a terror when mom takes back her cellphone Dear Abby: When my friend "Fran" and I get together with our kids, they often play games on her cellphone until the battery dies. If she tries to take the phone from her 6-year-old to make a call or recharge the phone, he starts yelling at her, pushe

    July 25, 2014

  • misselwood_2 Rare, classic cars make an appearance at annual Endicott College show

    The original Concours d'Elegance was a fashion show on wheels. "It did start in 17th century France, where some of the aristocracy wanted to show off the fashions they were wearing," said Patrick Cornellison, chairman of the event. "Mainly women woul

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • twenties_3 Ipswich's Castle Hill braces for 1,000 at Roaring '20s Lawn Party

    The latest dance craze started in the 1930s. The Lindy Hop, which first flourished in the ballrooms of Harlem, is expected to draw hundreds of people to a dance floor at the Crane Estate this Sunday. Organized by Boston Swing Central, a dance club in

    July 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • kallyson North Shore entertainment calendar Good cause YARD SALE TO BENEFIT JIMMY FUND. Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 11 Anna Drive, Danvers. Family yard sale with all proceeds benefiting the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. WOOSHIE'S WARRIORS FUNDRAISER FOR MS. Sunday, July 27, 10 a.

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  • The reader's eye Name: Erika Torkildsen Hometown: Beverly Description: "I took this at the Salem Common around a park where I noticed a ripped basketball net amid the blue sky. Instead of taking the picture from my original view, I tipped the camera up from under the

    July 24, 2014

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