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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.