, Salem, MA

November 23, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24

The Salem News

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

Saturday, Nov. 23

People and their pets are invited for a holiday photo shoot with Santa Claus today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem. All proceeds support the all-volunteer, no-kill shelter and its efforts to rescue abandoned animals. Photos are $6 each and participants will receive a goody bag. For more information, visit the shelter's "Paws with Claus" Web page.

Join the Beverly Bike Committee for a free pre-Thanksgiving lunch of fried turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, bread for making sandwiches, cider and Hoodsies today at 1:30 p.m. at West Beach, on West Street (Route 127) in Beverly. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by bike only. Meet at Beverly Common at 1 p.m. to ride over, or head directly to West Beach. For more information, visit the committee's Facebook page.

Tonight's event at Gordon College just might be music to your ears. Gordon composition students, advised by adjunct faculty member Travis Alford and Composer-in-Residence Carol Barnett, will present a free fall concert featuring new works for various instrumentations at Phillips Recital Hall on the college's campus, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The music begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Gordon College's website.

Sunday, Nov. 24

The second annual Latkepalooza kicks off at noon at Aviv Centers for Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Area residents of all ages are invited to the event, which features entertainment by Sababa, Israeli dancing, photo booth, Hanukkah-themed nail art, face painting, workshops, Hanukkah spin art, cookie decorating, programs for adults, latke tastings and more. A variety of vendors will also be present, and kosher lunch snacks will be available for purchase. Advance reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. The fun runs until 3 p.m. Reserve a spot at

Come celebrate the opening of Peabody Historical Society’s newest exhibit, “Greetings from Peabody: The Art of Greeting Cards and Postcards, 1900-1960,” at a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cassidy Art Museum, 33 Washington St., Peabody. This exhibit features a variety of antique cards from the society’s collection. Learn how styles evolved from the elaborate and sentimental cards of the late Victorian era, to the often humorous and “cartoonish” cards of the 1930s and 1940s. Visitors may also read the messages penned by Peabody residents to loved ones and friends. For more information, call Heather Leavell at 978-531-0805.

Get to know American poet Wallace Stevens at the next Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes, happening from 2 to 4 p.m. at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. For more information, call 781-631-1481 or visit the library's website.