BY MURIEL C. HOFFACKER
— Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:
Help local animal shelters raise funds for their furry friends. Chet’s Video in Marblehead will host a combination fundraiser for Friends of Beverly Animals, Friends of Marblehead Abandoned Animals and Friends of Lynn Saugus Animals from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a raffle drawing at 8 p.m. The event will feature special sales at the store, raffles, 50-50 drawing, face-painting, Balloon Kid, refreshments, and an opportunity to speak with volunteers from each group about how to adopt, rescue and foster animals. Raffle tickets cost $3 each or four for $10. The event will be held at 1 Essex St., Marblehead. For more information, call 781-631-9550 or visit www.chetsvideo.com.
Rhymesters, wordsmiths, sonneteers, rhapsodists, epigrammatists, and plain ole poets alike are invited to attend the Massachusetts State Poetry Society Inc.'s meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Peabody Institute Library West Branch, 603 Lowell St., Peabody. The meeting includes “Noah Webster and Words,” a program presented by the Wordcrafters Chapter; a workshop by Jeanette C. Maes titled “Calling On Your Muse Of Numbers;” and a luncheon. Admission is free and new members are welcome. The $15 annual membership fee includes newsletters and contest brochures. For more information, call 508-843-9526.
If you love musicals then you'll love the Community House of Hamilton and Wenham's in-house production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” especially since Maria and Captain von Trapp's granddaughter Kristina von Trapp is attending today's 3 p.m. performance. Following the show, attendees can learn more about the von Trapps during a question-and-answer session with Kristina. If you miss this afternoon's performance, there's always tonight's 7:30 p.m. show, but without the chance to meet a von Trapp. Performances will also run on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, March 3 and 10, at 3 p.m. The Community House is at 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Advance tickets cost $18 for adults and $13 for children; tickets at the door cost $20 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets can be purchased at www.communityhouse.org or by calling 978-468-4818, ext. 10. Don't forget to call and reserve your seat.
St. John's Episcopal Church is breaking the silence with a 4 p.m. screening of the 1928 silent film “The Docks of New York,” featuring live accompaniment by award-winning pipe organist Peter Krasinski, a specialist in the art of live silent film accompaniment. The event will be held at the church, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms, and is sponsored in part by the Manchester Cultural Council. Attendees can meet the artist at a reception following the performance. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lucy Frederiksen at 978-468-2039.